Dallas Market Centerannounced today that strong attendance and increased order writing created solid momentum for its recent Total Home & Gift Market, January 18-24. Eager buyers attended the show including more new buyers from key regions, new buying groups, an increase in major stores, and more leading specialty stores throughout the Central U.S. Tens of thousands of retailers from around the world discovered hundreds of new exhibitors and experienced unmatched networking, world-class speakers, and celebrity guests.
“Buyers came to Dallas in force and placed larger than average orders with renewed confidence,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Across all product categories we received positive reports from temporary and permanent exhibitors, with many enthusiastically reporting their best market ever, which further illustrates that Dallas doesn’t just deliver buyers, we deliver buyers eager to write large orders. In fact, the show’s strong attendance and steady order writing confirm our position as the premier marketplace for the Central U.S.”
Buyers from all 50 states and more than 60 countries attended the show. Leading the traffic were retail buyers from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, California, and Florida. International buyers representing Mexico, Canada, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and the Caribbean made up the majority of international attendance. Key attendance increases included new buyers visiting Dallas from across the Midwest (+2%) and high volume buying organizations including buying groups, home centers, online retailers, and mass merchants (+46%).
Increasing consumer confidence and strong retail sales within the strongest economic zone in the U.S. paired with solid growth inside the 5 million square foot Dallas Market Center across gift, home décor, lighting, holiday/floral, housewares, gourmet, fashion, and many associated categories created unique conditions for a January Market where enthusiastic buyers and exhibitors conducted significant business.
Gift resources were showcased across more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space. Highlights included the 6000 square foot expansion of Portico, a leading multi-line showroom in the World Trade Center, and the 4000 square foot expansion of Goetz Inc., a luxury multi-line showroom in the Trade Mart. Goetz Inc. also held a soft opening of their 9,000 square foot World Trade Center showroom with a more formal renovation and grand opening planned for June 2017.