Two of the largest interiors trade exhibitions in the US – International Market Centers (IMC) and AmericasMart (AmericasMart) – are merging to form the world’s largest operator of industry showroom space.
The combined entity, which will operate under the name International Market Centers, will own and operate nearly 20 million sqft of permanent showroom space in Las Vegas (NV), High Point (NC), and Atlanta (GA), creating the world’s largest permanent exhibition space for furniture, home decor, rug, gift and apparel.
The individual markets and their respective venues will continue to operate under existing names and branding.
Robert Maricich, CEO of IMC, will become CEO of the combined entity. He says: “IMC has always had immense respect for AmericasMart and its founders, the Portman family, who established a tremendous reputation in the industry. We look forward to bringing together our two companies to provide exhibitors with exceptional access to global markets, and buyers with even more convenient opportunities to explore top products across sectors.”
AmericasMart houses the world’s largest collection of home decor, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise, with a complex comprising over 7.1 million sqft in Atlanta. AmericasMart hosts 17 annual markets and shows.