HIGH POINT – The High Point Premarket Committee wasted no time reacting to a postponed High Point Market. The spring Premarket, originally scheduled for March, will now take place April 25-27.
The date change was in reaction to the news that the spring High Point Market, typically in April, will postpone until June 5-9.
The move will make for a crowded industry event schedule in April considering the announcement earlier today of the postponement of 2021’s first Las Vegas Market from January to its new dates, April 11-15.
A biannual tradition, Premarket is designed to provide a select group of furniture retailers with a precursory look at the product introductions set to debut at the upcoming High Point Market. These extended appointments allow attending retailers to experience a more in-depth showroom visit and frees up their schedule when they return to High Point during Market to be able to visit other vendors, thus allowing them to visit a larger group of exhibitors overall.
“Given our traditional schedule a few weeks ahead of each High Point Market, the logical conclusion was for us to shift alongside Market, especially given that one of the reasons for the date change was the current supply chain disruptions within the industry,” said Doug Bassett, chairman of the Premarket Committee and president of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, in a release. “Our committee is fully supportive of Spring Market’s date change and are thankful for the additional time to plan and prepare.”
I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.