July 16, 2021
Atlanta Market experiences robust attendance and buying
Atlanta Market is roaring back with enthusiastic buying by national retailers and designers – with an uptick in out-of-region attendees, independent retailers and buying groups – in the first days of its Summer 2021 staging. The market runs through July 19, 2021 at AmericasMart Atlanta.
“Atlanta Market is buzzing with optimism. Buyers and brands are energized by the ability to come together again to tap the unmatched discovery opportunities that can only be found at Atlanta Market,” said Bob Maricich, CEO for International Market Centers (IMC). “Recovery is accelerating with market attendance beating projections.”
The Market is tracking to return to its pre-pandemic size, scope and influence driven by confidence from buyers from all 50 states and nearly 30 countries. Notable growth is in attendees from the midwest and the northeast.
By close of business on Wednesday, July 14, Atlanta Market had surpassed its Summer 2020 attendance figures and is pacing with its pre-pandemic 2019 presentation.
Back to Business
Buyers from coast-to-coast are choosing Atlanta Market for their return to in-person sourcing.
“Atlanta is back! Exhibitors in Atlanta appear to be at their best,” said Walter Lowry of TableArt Inc. in Los Angeles. “This is my first trade show since I walked Ambiente in February 2020. It is both heartening and stimulating to be back among exhibitors and colleagues, having conversations and discussions that I have missed.”
Retailers and designers, eager to get out on the trade show floor, arrived in record numbers before the market officially opened on Tuesday, July 13.
Atlanta Market exhibitors are confirming that buyers are not just at market for the experience – they are placing serious orders.
“We are very pleased to see so many of our long-standing customers in person after 18 months. Business is brisk and the orders firm,” said Nick Geimer, managing director of Ngala Trading, which opened a new showroom this market.
Atlanta Market continues through Monday, July 19 (temporary exhibits Sunday, July 18) with some 8,000+ lines. New and notable for Summer 2021 are nearly 60 new, expanded and relocated brands opening among the market’s 1,000+ gift and home décor showrooms.
The Market’s temporary exhibits have expanded significantly since Winter 2021 market with more brands and renewed partnerships with three leading industry organizations – the Accessories Council, Museum Store Association and Virginia’s Finest.
- Atlanta Market’s showrooms are open through Monday, July 19, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Temporaries are open July 14-17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and July 18, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- ANTIQUES closes on July 17 at 2 p.m.