HIGH POINT, N.C.–Beginning April 2009, the High Point Market will shift to a Saturday to Thursday pattern, and shorten the biannual market by one day to six days (April 25-30), the High Point Market Authority board of directors unanimously voted today.
The changes will not impact the 2008 Fall Market, which is scheduled to run October 20-26. The schedule changes are being made to better accommodate the needs of better-end buyers, particularly interior designers, decorative accessories and gift dealers, and smaller independent retailers, said Brian D. Casey, HPMA president and chief executive, in a release.
“We have talked extensively with our customers and each of these constituencies has expressed a preference for shopping the High Point Market over a weekend,” Casey said. “Moving to a Saturday opening ensures that all customers will find all showrooms open and available to them, and staffed with the key executives and personnel they need to see in order to move business forward.”