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Merchandise Mart Reports 'Robust' Activity in Chicago

Posted on December 19, 2011 by HFN Staff

CHICAGO, Ill.-As it readies for the New Year and its winter Market in January, the Chicago Merchandise Mart reported a "robust" leasing start to 2012 with its permanent gift industry showrooms. A combination of new showroom openings, long-term lease renewals, showroom expansions and benchmark anniversaries illustrate a renewed confidence in the region's gift industry, according to the Merchandise Mart.

"Providing our buyer's year-round access to the best and largest line-up of resources is critical to their success as well as ours," said Mark Furlet, vice president of gift + home, Chicago Merchandise Mart. "We are proud to permanently house some of the gift industry's most respected names, Peterson Associates and Sarm & Nastovski, who are celebrating their 50th and 20th anniversaries respectively with us in 2012. We are equally as thrilled to welcome the new names to our expanding gift floors."

Effective January 1, 2012 the total square footage to be occupied by gift industry showrooms will have increased 17 percent over 2011. New showrooms include Alliance Sales, Ashton Fine Arts, C & F Enterprises, Charlie & Me, Haefling Group, MiSun Fashion House and Pam DeLuca. Expanded showrooms include AND! Sales, Designs Combined and Young's, Inc. Showrooms that have renewed their leases include Casa Bella, Diane Baker, DNA, Mera Vic, Midwest-CBK and Sarm & Nastovski.

The show runs Jan. 19 - 25.