June 15, 2022
On the heels of the news that Ferguson has entered into an agreement to acquire long-time Dallas Market Center (DMC) Lightovation tenant Minka Group comes an announcement from the DMC that Minka – along with 39 other companies – has either renewed/extended its showroom lease. Recently, Minka Group relocated its showroom to the enormous space previously held by Kichler on the fourth floor of the Trade Mart atrium.
“We are firmly and deeply committed to Dallas as our sole showroom for key reasons,” said Tim Flannery, Executive VP/Sales, Minka Group. “From one central location we can serve existing customers with the comprehensive Minka experience including products, inspiration, and education. We can also expand our reach to new customers in Dallas like no other marketplace. We all want to create more business and support customers but for our company when you carefully study the alternatives in Las Vegas and High Point there is just no comparison. Finally, we also value the partnership with the DMC team; we look forward to working together for many years to come.”
In commenting on the pending acquisition, Christine Dwyer, Senior Director of Communications & Public Relations for Ferguson, noted that Minka will continue to operate as it always has and will be business as usual.
Additional companies recently extending their DMC leases are Hinkley, Visual Comfort Group, Quoizel, Quorum/Oxygen, WAC, Schonbek, Arteriors, Hunter Fan Co., Fanimation, and more than 25 others. For the majority of these companies, DMC is either their only wholesale showroom in North America or their flagship showroom location.
“Our lighting company partners have deepened their commitments and as an industry have indicated that Dallas will remain the dominant marketplace for lighting inspiration and commerce,” said Cindy Morris, President & CEO of DMC. “Likewise, our commitment to their success extends from trade events including Lightovation to unmatched daily business serving the design community to our partnerships with organizations such as the American Lighting Association and Lighting One.”
Lightovation takes place June 22-25; the new dates for the winter 2023 edition of Lightovation are January 10-13.