Merchandise Mart Reports 'Robust' Activity in Chicago
December 19, 2011,
CHICAGO, Ill.-As it readies for the New Year and its winter Market in January, the Chicago Merchandise Mart reported a "robust" leasing start to 2012 with its permanent gift industry showrooms. A combination of new showroom openings, long-term lease renewals, showroom expansions and benchmark anniversaries illustrate a renewed confidence in the region's gift industry, according to the Merchandise Mart.
"Providing our buyer's year-round access to the best and largest line-up of resources is critical to their success as well as ours," said Mark Furlet, vice president of gift + home, Chicago Merchandise Mart. "We are proud to permanently house some of the gift industry's most respected names, Peterson Associates and Sarm & Nastovski, who are celebrating their 50th and 20th anniversaries respectively with us in 2012. We are equally as thrilled to welcome the new names to our expanding gift floors."
The show runs Jan. 19 - 25.
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