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Merchandise Mart Acquires Canadian Design Show

By Home Furnishings Business in Markets on April 2007 Merchandise Mart Properties, Chicago, announced Thursday that its Canadian division has acquired Design Vancouver (dv €“ Internior Design & Urban Living Expo), a design show for upscale consumers and design professionals on the West Coast.

Design Vancouver€™s third annual event will be held May 4 to 6 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Jason Heard, show founder and president, will joing the Merchandise Mart management team in Canada and continue to run the event.

€œWe are proud to add Design Vancouver to our portfolio of great shows and events that are leading the way in design, creativity and innovation in the residential and built environments,€ said Steven Levy, senior vice president, MMPI. €œDesign Vancouver is a highly respected and distinct show that is unmatched in its ability to reach consumers looking for great design trends, style and functionality for their homes.€

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Toronto-based Merchandise Mart Properties Canada produces The Interior Design Show and IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, which attracts more than 325,000 visitors and 1,800 exhibitors annually. MMPI produces more than 300 trade shows, market events and conferences each year. It also manages Chicago€™s Merchandise Mart, properties in High Point, N.C. that include Market Square and design centers and showroom buildings in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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