According to the High Point Market Authority, the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as government restrictions, and economic difficulties from the pandemic has led to this week’s decision to cancellation the Spring 2020 High Point Market. The next High Point Market will go on as scheduled for October 17–21.
The April Spring High Point Market was originally postponed until June, allowing for the possibility that conditions would improve in time for the show to occur. “While our hope was that restrictions enacted in March would improve the situation enough to allow for a June show, it is clear now that recovery will take longer than originally projected,” comments Dudley Moore, Jr., Chairman of the High Point Market Authority’s board of directors and President of Otto & Moore.
“It was an incredibly difficult decision, but cancellation is the most prudent course of action given the current circumstances and was unanimously approved by our executive committee,” adds Tom Conley, President & CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “We now set our sights towards Fall Market with excitement and anticipation to fully welcome the industry back to High Point.”
Market Authority officials will continue with their plans to promote spring product introductions through a variety of digital channels, including a special website section, articles, e-newsletters, social media posts, and webinars. They are additionally working with industry partners to develop creative programs and resources to assist in ongoing information sharing.
Major buildings and individual showrooms who are positioned to welcome buyers during non-Market times will likely open for appointments at some point over the summer, once government regulations ease to allow the buildings to reopen.
Registration for Fall Market will open in mid-July.