Major expansions, notable new additions and buzzworthy programming are driving excitement for The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®, running January 8-15, 2019 and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market, January 9-13, 2019. International Market Centers reports buyers will discover more than 9,000 brands across all categories of home furnishings, décor and gifts showcased in more than 1,400 showrooms and 3,300 temporary booths at the first major Market of the year.
“We are expecting a robust market this week in Atlanta,” said Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “Momentum and excitement for this Market have been building since AmericasMart joined the IMC family in July 2018. We look forward to welcoming the design and retail community to Atlanta as we expand our existing relationships and establish new ones with those who are new to an IMC experience.”
More than 20 buying groups will be coming to the Market with two groups – the Good Toy Group and the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association – having their first AmericasMart experiences. Buying groups will have an impact on a variety of categories with interests ranging from general gift to hardware, universities, florists, and museums. Attending groups include 17 of the top garden centers in the United States, three of top four hardware retailers and three of top four mass-market retailers.
New and Expanded Showrooms Across the Campus
Seventy new and expanded showrooms make their debut at the January 2019 Market. Representing more than 210,000 square footage of growth, the leasing updates span all permanent categories at AmericasMart.
In total 23 showrooms have new and expanded spaces in the Building 1 Commercial Design, Home & Rug, Home Accents & Fine Linens, Home Accents & Furnishings and Home & Design categories. Notable newcomers to the home décor collection include Ashley Furniture showcasing trend-driven lifestyle product presentations on Floor 4 and Wildwood and Chelsea House opening their first showroom locations outside of High Point, N.C. on Floor 14.
In the gift collection, the 47 showroom updates include renowned sales agency Anne McGilvray & Company making its Atlanta market debut in Building 2, Floor 17. Notable gift collection expansions in Building 2 include Link2Sales expands on Floor 16, Pavilion Gift nearly doubles its space on Floor 15 and Harman, Inc grows on Floor 11.
Specialty categories also have seen growth leading into 2019. The Gourmet & Housewares and Tabletop & Gift collections features more than 800 brands with more than 6,000 square feet of new showroom space in Building 2 including Natural Olive Wood and Two Lumps of Sugar on Floor 8 and Crown Linen Designs, Robinson Home Products and Skyros on Floor 9. In The Gardens® in Building 2, highlights include the relocation and expansion of Magnolia Casual and the expansion of Georgetown Home & Garden on Floor 9 and a new showroom for 4 Seasons Trends on Floor 10.
Significant expansions, in combination with new showrooms, put the Holiday / Floral & Home Décor collection in Building 1 nearly at capacity for the Market. New showrooms include Dekra-Lite Industries, Inc., May Silk/Greenhouse Intl., Universal LED Lighting and Zerene all on Floor 16. Major expansions include Green Import Limited tripling its footprint on Floor 20, Lancaster Home & Holiday / Vintage Floral doubling its space on Floor 18, W.G.V. International doubling its space and Designs Combined Inc (DCI) almost doubling its space on Floor 19 and Barcana, which expands for its second time this year on Floor 17.
New and Next in the Temporaries
The Market’s temporary collection features nearly 2,000 exhibitors showing more than 330,000 square feet of product. More than 350 new-to-Atlanta exhibitors can be found across the Market’s 32 temporary neighborhoods.
The Museum Collective in Building 2, Floor 8 makes its second AmericasMart presentation in partnership with the Museum Store Association and features a selection of gifts, décor, collectibles and private label products. The juried LUXE collections – HIGH DESIGN LUXE® in Building 2, Floor 1; Tabletop LUXE in Building 2, Floor 2; Gourmet LUXE in Building 2, Floor 3; Gardens LUXE in Building 2, Floor 4 and Body & Soul LUXE in Building 3, Floor 3 – showcase high-end luxury goods. Designers source new, old and original in HD Home in Building 1, Floor 1; ANTIQUES in Building 1, Floor 2 and DECOR | Light & Lifestyles in Building 1, Floor 7. On Trend Gifts in Building 3, Floor 5 and the sold out HIGH DESIGN® in Building 2, Floor 1 are hotspots for buyers looking for what’s new, next and trendy in gifts. Specialty categories including Tabletop & Entertaining and Gourmet Housewares in Building 2, Floor 2; Gourmet Foods in Building 2, Floor 3; Birding & Backyard Nature, Coastal Lifestyles, The Gardens® in Building 2, Floor 4; Made in America in Building 3, Floor 2; and Body & Soul Spa Products in Building 3, Floor 3 let buyers explore new categories and experiences for their customers.
Market attendees will find an engaging and interactive experience highlighted by thought leader presentations and seminars, cooking demonstrations, hospitality and industry celebrations. (A full list of Market events can be found at AmericasMart.com/events.)
Shop the Show, the curated program where design and lifestyle influencers shop the Market and share their experiences, returns with a new set of tastemakers who will share favorite picks and experiences through social media (#ShoptheShowATL), videos, workshops, a live pop-up and special events.
AmericasMart Atlanta is a leading wholesale marketplace housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home accents, décor, tabletop, gourmet, area rug and fashion apparel merchandise. Its 16 annual markets and shows serve specialty retailers, designers and major buying groups from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries. The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market runs January 8-15, 2019. For more information, visit AmericasMart.com.
About International Market Centers, L.P.: International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com/
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