Independent textiles group closes shop
May 17, 2002,
New York — NITRO, the National Independent Textile Retailers Organization, which was founded to give independent retailers feedback and support, has dissolved, said Thom D'Addario, vp of the organization.
The group was founded about eight or nine years ago, he said, and at its apex had almost 100 members. But over the past few years, membership fell drastically, said D'Addario, who is also general manager of The Linen Store, Delray Beach, FL.
As an alternative, the Home Furnishings International Association, Dallas, has invited former NITRO members to join its group. A not-for-profit trade organization with 2,000 members in 49 states, the HFIA caters its programs and services to small- to mid-sized home furnishings retailers. It also has a presence at High Point, the Tupelo furniture market, and the gift shows in San Francisco, Atlanta and Dallas.