ARCADIA, Wis. - Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) will be exhibiting at the Merchandise Mart for the first time this year. The company has transformed a 12,500-sq. ft. space on the seventh floor of the building to exhibit their line at both the ICFA Preview Show in July and the Casual Market Chicago trade show taking place in September.
“We are very excited about coming to the Chicago markets,” said Todd Wanek, President and CEO, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. “We have listened to our customers and the market and we want to be where the buyers shop for outdoor. Our growth in this category, since launching two years ago, has been phenomenal and we are ready to take it to the next level.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ashley Furniture for this year’s ICFA Preview Show and Casual Market Chicago,” said Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President at theMART. “Casual Market Chicago offers the largest selection of outdoor furnishings together under one roof. Adding one of the most well-known furniture manufacturers serves to further strengthen our collection of leading brands while also providing our customers with an enhanced selection.”
“We started booking appointments for July last week,” noted Andy Sokol, Vice President of Merchandising-Outdoor, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. “The showroom will feature current best-selling collections plus several new introductions. We are adding new categories to our line which will debut in Chicago in addition to collections that are current and in stock. For many collections, customers can order at the show and have their order in about a week, to keep their season going, or, they can place their orders early for the next season.”
As the world’s largest furniture manufacturer, Ashley is able to provide retailers with unmatched logistics, inventory, support and selection all year long. Retailers depend on Ashley to provide rapid access to inventory of all kinds – with the simplicity of all product arriving on one truckload.
About The Merchandise Mart (theMART)
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado Realty Trust, is a leading owner and operator of integrated showroom and office buildings, as well as trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together through market events, trade and consumer events and conferences. As both a property manager and trade show producer, MMPI has been North America’s market maker for the industries it serves, bringing together wholesalers, retailers and consumers for more than 65 years.