To build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor, gift and apparel industries. As the center of commerce for these industries, IMC brings buyers and sellers from the global marketplace together in the most effective, efficient and compelling venues. Our company provides buyers with unparalleled access to cross-category resources and exhibitors with unrivaled access to buyers.. Through dedication to customer service, ongoing commitment to quality and experience combined with strategic initiatives, the IMC team delivers Markets that create exceptional value and growth opportunities for our partners.
In May 2011, an event unprecedented in the home furnishings, gift and home décor industries occurred when a new company, International Market Centers, L.P., was formed to create the world’s largest network of premium showroom and exhibition space in these industries. IMC announced an investment of more than $1 billion to unite iconic showroom assets in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas and create an effective, efficient and compelling world-class business-to-business platform for both buyers and sellers. Since that time, International Market Centers has successfully integrated four companies into one organization with best-in-class talent, elevated the service standard for market experiences in both High Point and Las Vegas, and added a significant number of new industry leaders as tenants to its properties.
In September 2017, the Blackstone Group acquired IMC from Bain Capital Private Equity, L.P. and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.; Fireside Investments also partnered with Blackstone on the acquisition. IMC resides in the Tactical Opportunities group of Blackstone, a division focused on long-term investments. Blackstone’s goal for International Market Centers is to assist in the acceleration of IMC’s strategic plan while also identifying future growth opportunities.
In July 2018, IMC acquired AmericasMart Atlanta, a merger of the two best-in-class B2B showroom operators, creating the world’s largest permanent mart for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. In September 2018, IMC acquired Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), a design center with 50 year-round home furnishings showrooms, solidifying the company’s role as a residential and commercial interior designer resource.
Today the combined corporate entity, which operates under the name “International Market Centers,” now owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of permanent showroom space in Las Vegas (NV), High Point (NC), and Atlanta (GA). The individual Markets and their respective venues continue to operate under their existing names and branding, and the company is currently in the process of bringing together best practices, technology, and personnel from both organizations.
IMC owns and operates nearly 7 million square feet of showroom space across 16 properties in High Point, North Carolina - the world’s home for home furnishings. IMC properties include International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), Showplace, the Commerce & Design Building, the Historic Market Square and Suites at Market Square complex, Main Street Properties including the National Furniture Mart, Furniture Plaza, Plaza Suites and 200/320/330 North Hamilton, among others. In early 2013, IMC underwent a multi-million dollar capital plan for building improvements and infrastructure to enhance the market experience across its properties. These multimillion dollar initiatives brought IMC’s buildings to the highest operational efficiency and enables IMC to deliver premium service to its valued customers and guests. In addition, the company continues to explore opportunities to reinvest in the local High Point community. In 2018, it announced a one million dollar redevelopment initiative that includes a key investment in HP365, a year-round entrepreneur center, and a leasing commitment for a Founders Suite in the newly announced baseball stadium. For more information, visit www.IMCHighPointMarket.com.
In Las Vegas, IMC has firmly positioned Las Vegas Market as the most comprehensive buying platform in the western United States. With over 5 million square feet of showroom space in World Market Center’s A, B and C buildings and The Pavilions, Las Vegas Market highlights 4,000+ indoor and outdoor furniture, gift, home décor, bedding, interior design and hospitality design resources representing these industries’ top brands. Today, Las Vegas Market showrooms are approaching full occupancy and in Winter 2019, construction is scheduled to begin on a new 350,000-square-foot Expo Center. The Center will be adjacent to Building C and will be the home of the temporary exhibits during Market and also available for year-round use for non-Market events. In addition, IMC operates the Las Vegas Design Center, a year-round resource open to both the design trade and consumers that is comprised of more than 40 showrooms and hundreds of designer brands. For more information, visit www.LasVegasMarket.com.
AmericasMart Atlanta is the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise. The largest of AmericasMart’s 17 annual Markets and shows are The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January and July, events that draw buyers from every U.S. state and as many as 80 countries. More than 4,500 exhibitors, including 1,500 showrooms and more than 3,000 temporary exhibiting companies, highlight product lines and introductions during these Markets..
Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than 7.1 million square feet of space. It is a global stage on which manufacturers, designers and sales representatives unveil new lines, launch new designs and introduce new categories – all for the benefit of buyers seeking all that is fresh and first in the home, rug, gift and apparel arenas. For more information, visit www.AmericasMart.com.
IMC is majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. Fireside Investments is also an investor in the company.