Monday, May 16, 2011

ATLANTApix: AmericasMart Atlanta

Americas Mart Atlanta, building 3
AmericasMart Atlanta, Building 3
Atlanta's four-building, 7.7 million square foot AmericasMart Atlanta, formerly known as the Atlanta Gift Mart and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart, was founded by well-known architect and developer, John Portman. Today, Portman and his son, Jeffrey Portman, Sr., jointly own and manage the company.

"AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and the largest trade mart/tradeshow complex of its kind in the world. More retailers, from more places, do business at AmericasMart than in any other U.S. wholesale market."

Established in 1957, today AmericasMart is home to 15 annual markets that are attended by more than half a million visitors annually. What are those visitors looking for? Quite a lot, actually, including gift, home furnishings and area rugs, as well as fashion apparel and accessories, to populate retail locations around the world. Oh, and there are fashion shows at the AmericasMart! Now, how does someone get invited to one of those, I wonder?

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