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Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Renews Long-term Commitment to International Market Centers

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World Market Center Las Vegas reported that one of the most recognizable brands in the home furnishings industry renewed its long-term commitment to International Market Centers this week.

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. signed a deal to keep their exclusive 146,000 square foot space on the fifteenth floor of Building B at World Market Center Las Vegas. Even more, the agreement expands the industry leader’s space to include a new 20,000-square-foot, Market-floor showroom to open for Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market.

“We are proud to continue moving forward with International Market Centers, renewing and growing our space in Las Vegas,” said Todd Wanek, owner and chief executive officer of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. “Ashley Furniture has been a staple at World Market Center Las Vegas for more than 4 years and we’re excited at the opportunities that this continued partnership will bring. The Las Vegas Market continually delivers exceptional results for our brand and we are committed to continued success with IMC.”

“This renewal and expansion solidifies our great partnership, highlighting the value this national brand finds in the Las Vegas Market,” said Tom Mitchell, home furnishings president of IMC, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas. “International Market Centers is confident that through joint ventures with well positioned and established brands like Ashley Furniture, we can continue to deliver exceptional markets in both Las Vegas and High Point that buyers are compelled to attend.”

Ashley Furniture has held the entire fifteenth floor of Building B at World Market Center Las Vegas since the building opened in January 2007. This newly inked agreement will also expand their total space by opening a new 20,000 square foot merchandised showroom for Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market, with opportunities for even more growth in the future.

“Ashley Furniture is a tremendous partner, both for their recognition as a brand and industry leader, as well as a mainstay for new and returning buyers to attend our Markets,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of IMC. “We look forward to our continued mutual successes with Ashley in August and into the future.”

Founded in 1945, Ashley Furniture has been a world leader in manufacturing home furnishings and accessories for more than 65 years. Their products are available through independent furniture dealers worldwide, as well as more than 400 Ashley Furniture Home Store retail locations across North America and Asia.

The upcoming Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market is Aug. 1-5. The Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market is scheduled for Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2012.

For more information on Las Vegas Market, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

About Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.: Established in 1945, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. offers one of the largest product assortments in the home furniture industry to retail partners in 123 countries. From design through fulfillment, Ashley continuously strives to provide the best product at the best prices accompanied by the best service in the industry. For more information on the company and its products, visit www.ashleyfurniture.com.

About World Market Center Las Vegas: World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its trade shows including the bi-annual Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home, visit www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas.  IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries.  For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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