The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announced Monday that it is shifting the spring 2021 market from April to early June.

The market was originally scheduled for April 17-21 but now is planned for June 5-9. After hearing from several exhibitors that suggested the change, Market Authority board members met Monday and unanimously approved the new dates.

“We are encouraged by the recent headlines about COVID-19 vaccines but realistic about its impact on a spring time frame, as the rollout will be slow,” said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Coupled with the reality within our industry regarding supply shortages and manufacturing/shipping disruptions, the board of directors agreed it would be most beneficial to delay spring market until June.”

Like the original April event, the rescheduled June market is a five-day event, rather than repeating the nine-day schedule held in October, which was aimed at spreading out attendance to minimize any impact from COVID-19.

“While our safety measures proved effective this past fall, allowing more time this upcoming spring for the pandemic situation to improve and travel restrictions to ease makes sense,” said Dudley Moore Jr., chairman of the HPMA board of directors and president of Otto & Moore. “The industry will also benefit from a few additional weeks for product manufacturing and shipping. Our paramount objective of prioritizing the health and safety of both industry members and the High Point community remains, while also allowing us to continue supporting ongoing business.”

Officials said that registration for the spring 2021 market will open in late February at Fall 2021 market dates remain as originally planned for Oct. 16-20.

The new schedule also will shift dates for Premarket, originally planned for March 15-16. Officials are expected to announce the new Premarket dates, expected sometime in mid to late April, later this week.

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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