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Furniture First To Hold Meeting At Spring Market

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Furniture First, a national retail furniture buying group, is making the most of High Point. With the majority of its members attending the Spring 2007 High Point Market, the buying group plans to hold its biannual members meeting in downtown High Point. Based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Furniture First represents 320 retail store fronts in 42 states, with buying power of approximately $1.2 billion. Bill Hartman, President of Furniture First, is an avid supporter of the High Point Market and says that the buying group’s members come for opportunities that exist only in High Point. “They also appreciate the many amenities that have been added to Market in recent years,” Hartman notes, adding that the members of Furniture First attend at least one High Point Market each year. The Furniture First member meeting is a private event scheduled for Sunday, March 25, the evening prior to the start of Market this year, which runs from Monday, March 26 to Sunday, April 1st. The meeting and reception will take place in the High Point Theatre, courtesy of the High Point Market Authority. “We’re obviously pleased that Furniture First continues to make its presence felt at the High Point Market,” says Brian D. Casey, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority, “and we think that these retailers should be recognized for their smart approach to business. The members of Furniture First understand the value of the High Point Market and are benefiting from the ideal networking atmosphere here, as well as the opportunity for buyers to find the styles, products and sources that make for a competitive retail business that they can’t find anywhere else. By sponsoring their meeting space, the Authority is seeking to support their efforts and to add yet another element to the member’s productive buying experience.” About Furniture First: Furniture First is a national organization serving the retail home furnishings industry. Furniture First focuses on establishing and constantly improving profitable partnerships with members, suppliers, employees, customers and the community. Its aim is to continually improve members’ profitability through volume purchasing, innovative operations and marketing. About the High Point Market Authority: The High Point Market Authority is the official sponsor of the High Point Market: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings. Featuring more than 2600 exhibitors and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 110 countries, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry.

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