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Tunica exhibitors pleased with inaugural furniture market

Organizer says show will return in 2015
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TUNICA, Miss. — Exhibitors were pleased with traffic and sales at the first Tunica Furniture Market here this week, and organizer Scott Morton says he is committed to having a second show in January 2015.

About 45 exhibitors were at the initial show, which wrapped up its two-day run on Thursday.

Morton, a longtime furniture sales representative who said he organized the show to help retailers buy product before the important tax refund selling season, estimated there were around 500 buyers in attendance. Manufacturers at the show told him they did enough business at the event to make it a success.

"I didn't hear one person say they wouldn't be back next year," he said. "A lot of them said they were going to tell their friends to come too."

Cold weather and the threat of snow around the area might have hurt attendance somewhat, but Morton said he welcomed buyers from as far away as Illinois and Oklahoma.

The show, held at casino hotels in this resort city in northwest Mississippi, "went off without a glitch anywhere," he said.

Morton said that because of the good comments from exhibitors, he is committing to twice the square footage at the Tunica venues for next year's show, which will be held Jan. 7-8, 2015.


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