69th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards to be Held in Dallas

  •    Author: Mike Jasfer

Dallas Market Center recently announced that the 69th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, produced by Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine–part of Progressive Business Media–will be hosted in Dallas in June of 2020. The iconic event celebrates the stars of the gift industry from coast to coast.The annual event recognizes excellence in store events, store design, visual merchandising, multiple-location management, best specialty store, social media and digital savvy, and efforts to be eco-friendly and socially responsible. In addition, an Industry Achievement Award is presented each year in cooperation with Gift for Life, the charitable organization of the gift, home and stationery industries.GDA’s June 2020 event will take place in Dallas during the first edition of the Total Lifestyle Market featuring multiple trade events taking place simultaneously including Total Home & Gift Market, Lightovation—Dallas International Lighting Show, KidsWorld, and Apparel & Accessories Market. The exact date and location of the award ceremony and reception will be announced at a later time.“Recognizing retail excellence is central to our mission and tradition,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “As a family-owned business it is in our company DNA to strongly support independent retail as a partner in their success. To celebrate the hard work and share the stories of thriving retailers is an opportunity we proudly embrace. We look forward to building upon the legacy of the REAs while adding a new spirit of excitement and celebration.”“We are thrilled for this exciting new opportunity to host the REAs in Dallas,” said Lenise Willis, editor in chief for GDA. “For decades, our annual event has honored retail excellence across the nation and, though it historically has been hosted in New York, we look forward to shaking things up for 2020 and being more inclusive and accessible for our West Coast retailers. We’re ecstatic to have Dallas Market Center as our headline sponsor. DMC and GDA have always had a wonderful partnership and I know that, with their support, the 69th Retailer Excellence Awards will be truly magical.”The 69th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, the premier national gift industry event, joins top business awards programs produced by Dallas Market Center including the annual ARTS Awards—the foremost awards for home décor—held in Dallas for more than 25 years, and the Showroom of the Year Awards—the top honors for the business of lighting retail—celebrating 10 years in Dallas.More information on the re-location of the 69th annual Retailer Excellence Awards may be found on GDA’s website. 
For more information, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com.
 About Dallas Market Center: Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the world’s  largest western marketplace, opening in 2021; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. For more information, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com

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