Not one, not two, but three Las Vegas furniture markets will be vying for exhibitor dollars of manufacturers and foot traffic of retailers in July 2005, and several bedding makers have committed to showing at Las Vegas venues.
Construction continues on the World Market Center near downtown Las Vegas at the intersection of I–15 and U.S. 95. Project officials say the home and hospitality contract furnishings show complex will eventually total 7.5 million square feet. Phase One, with 1.3 million square feet, is expected to open sometime in 2005, with the first market July 18–22. The initial phase of the project will include a Design Center and showrooms for furniture, accessories, lighting, bedding and rugs. (The World Market Center’s first show was originally scheduled for January 2005 but earlier this year the date was pushed back to July.)
After holding its first Las Vegas furniture show in February of this year, Bentley International Group of Henderson, Nev., plans another International Furniture & Accessories Marketplace for July 19–21. This time, the 750,000 square feet of temporary space will include an Outdoor Living Expo section, as well as a Home Entertainment Pavilion.
“Our vision for the future is to evolve the show into an all–in–one shopping venue for buyers, covering everything for indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories, along with the entire spectrum of home entertainment products,” said Shane O’Sheeran, show manager.
Just a few blocks away, Triad Global Expositions will be hosting its first Las Vegas Furniture Show July 19–21 in 330,000 square feet of temporary space at the Sands Expo Convention Center. Stephan Phelps, president of the Louisville, Ky.–based show producer, said about 190,000 square feet had been reserved or sold by June 2004.
The company is targeting residential furniture and home accessory makers, Phelps said.
Some observers have questioned if Las Vegas will support three new furniture markets, but Phelps said he believes the competition will be useful.
“The more manufacturers that are in Vegas, the better it’s going to be for the buyer,” he said.