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Americasmart preps 15th floor Home & Design Center for Jan. opening

The Americasmart growth plan for expansion of its Home & Design franchise to Building 1, Floor 15, is on track and on schedule, company officials report.

Construction is under way and the floor will be ready to open in January 2015 at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market with an anchor tenant and a mix of new and relocated exhibitors.

The Floor 15 development is a major expansion for Americasmart’s home furnishings product mix, adding more than 100,000 square feet of space created expressly for high-end furniture, lighting and accents. The expansion continues Americasmart’s broader mission of delivering a product-rich market experience for designers, specifiers and specialty retailers, according to a press release.

“This expansion helps satisfy the pent up demand for space in the Home & Design center by allowing current tenants to expand and new manufacturers who have been on waiting lists to be part of Americasmart,” said Karen Greaber, vice president of leasing. “The additional space also provides an opportunity for us to continue helping drive growth of some of the companies who are ready to move from our successful temporary collections into permanent showrooms. We have crews working around the clock to ensure the space is ready for buyers in January.”

With a connecting bridge to Building 2, Floor 15, buyers will be able to seamlessly shop the expanded home collection and its corresponding gift collection both during Americasmart’s four annual Markets and as part of its Open Daily marketplace.

Amenities will include a new designer workroom to provide a place for designers to work with their clients on site, as well as designated Americasmart staff to work with the retail and design customers.

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