NEW YORK-The 7W New York showroom building plans to reduce the amount of space for vendor showrooms starting in January 2014.
According to Chris Collins, vice president and general manager of the building, the plan calls for the conversion of the fifth through the 12th floors into single-user office space, with showroom vendors on those floors vacating by the end of 2013. The concourse through the fourth floor will remain showroom floors until at least 2015, Collins said.
He added that about 50 vendors will vacate the building as the conversion shapes up. Among those who will remain (some of whom will be moving into new show space) will be Kurt Adler, Two’s Company, Creative Bath, Sam Salem, Hallmart, Orian Rugs, Steelite, High Accessories, Home Essentials, Godinger, Gund, Surya, Robely Trading, Mango and American Century Home. The move will cut down the amount of showroom space in 7 W from about 340,000 square feet as of now to about 120,000 square feet.
Collins also said he will leave his current post after the transition. Noting that his earlier career was spent in executive positions with companies in home furnishings, he said he would seek similar posts in companies in tabletop, textiles and gift.