“The six decades linking January 1957 and January 2017 chronicle a business driven toward the future, compelled by innovation and unfailingly committed to the industry we love and lead.” -Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr.
When The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® opens for business at AmericasMart Atlanta® on January 10, 2017, the global retail and design community will celebrate the 60th consecutive winter show under continuous Portman Family ownership and management and the latest and largest in a continuing legacy of industry-leading market events.
Founded in 1957, AmericasMart is the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug and apparel marketplace, designed to create a unique business environment. “While the nature of the home, rug, gift and apparel industries has evolved with unimaginable speed over those 60 years, our mission sustains the course set by our founding compass: to create markets of necessity powering the growth of the tens of thousands of buyers and sellers choosing to do business here. That was, is and forever will be our passion,” says Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of the AmericasMart marketplace envisioned and founded by his father, John C. Portman, Jr., who continues as chairman and chief executive officer.
January 1957: Architect-developer John Portman stages his first furniture market in the garage of downtown Atlanta’s Belle Isle Building.
1961: Atlanta Merchandise Mart (Now AmericasMart Building 1) opens as the first unit of the Atlanta Market Center.
1968: Merchandise Mart first expansion opens.
1979: Atlanta Apparel Mart (Now AmericasMart Building 3) opens.
1986: Merchandise Mart second expansion opens.
1988: Atlanta Apparel Mart expansion opens.
1992: Atlanta Gift Mart (Now AmericasMart Building 2) opens.
18 stories built on 5-story parking garage.
1996: Atlanta Market Center rebranded as AMERICASMART ATLANTA to establish the market’s new global trademark.
2009: AmericasMart Building 2 West Wing opens.
10 stories with expansion capacity to 18 stories.
2017: The best is yet to come!
Join us January 10 – 17, 2017 for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® .