From the halls of the furniture market

TUPELO – The fall Tupelo Furniture Market officially opened Friday. Here are the experiences of two manufacturers showing at the event.
‘Thursday was awesome’
- World Imports, a 23-year-old importer based in Philadelphia, Pa., opened a warehouse in Bruce earlier this year. That prompted the company to show for the first time in Tupelo, a move that marketing manager Neil Vanryper said is producing dividends.
“We opened the warehouse and we had customers who saw the catalogs and printouts,” he said. “Now this is a chance for them to come in and see and feel what we have available.
“We’ve had a lot of visitors. Thursday was awesome – we saw some of the Top 100 come in.”
Vanryper said World Imports’ 20,000-square-foot showroom features complete furnishings for the home: upholstery, case goods, dinettes, tables, etc.
“We call it one-stop shopping,” he said.
‘They’re here to buy’
- Lane’s showroom in Building VI was bustling with business on Friday.
Company President Greg Roy said he was pleased with what he had seen so far.
The fall market marks the first time Lane has shown on the Tupelo Furniture Market’s campus. Previously, it had featured its products at its showroom on McCullough Boulevard.
“We don’t have any direct comparison to previous shows since this is our first time here, but I’m very pleased that we’re showing here in this building,” he said. “People haven’t come to window shop – they’re here to buy.”
Lane came to the market with several market specials and Roy said that some had sold out while others were quickly depleting.
Lane is sharing a showroom with sister company Broyhill, but the lines are separated inside the space. Both companies are part of Furniture Brands International.
Roy said the outlook for furniture sales is improving, but that it will come slowly.
Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or dennis.seid@djournal.com.

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