High Point Furniture Market postponed due to coronavirus

In this Oct. 20, 2011, photo, a portion of the downtown furniture market area is seen from the suites at Market Square in High Point, N.C. (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Sonny Hedgecock)

RALEIGH — The High Point Market Authority announced Thursday that it is postponing the spring furniture market due to ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

This year’s Spring Market, scheduled for April 25-29, will be held at a later date in early June, according to a release from the market.

“The decision was difficult, as any change in date could have tremendous economic repercussions on our industry and community, as well as the countless small businesses whose livelihoods rely on High Point Market, but underscores our shared concern and well-being of the citizens in our community and our industry partners,” said Dudley Moore, Jr., chairman of the High Point Market Authority’s board of directors.

The High Point Market has been staged since 1909. Throughout its history, the event has been cancelled once when the 1942 markets were cancelled due to World War II.

“Our board of directors will continue to monitor the situation, and we will remain in communication with the proper medical and elected officials,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Our aim is to have a decision in early May as to if Market can occur, given the uncertainties of this rapidly evolving situation.”