(Robinsonville, MS) A.D. Blount likes business the old-fashioned way, face-to-face.
That’s why he’s set up shop at Tunica’s first-ever furniture market.
"Well, we always come to market, looking for new customers.”
The two-day event brings furniture manufacturers and retailers together, the way the more established and popular Tupelo and High Point markets do.
Organizer Scott Morton though saw something missing at those events.
"My inspiration was listening to the manufacturers, listening to the reps, and listening to the retailers.”
He says they all wanted a low-cost location, easy travel, good food, and a show before the busy tax season, when people spend refund money on home improvements.
Another thing that’s unique about the Tunica Furniture Market is it’s spread out among the Harrah’s Convention Center, the event center at the casino and the nearby GoldStrike, that brings business which is good for the casinos.
Morton remains hopeful the Tunica market will become a success, even if it takes a couple of years to catch on.
"The location the proximity to the Memphis airport, but the main thing is, I got a million square feet of fun here!”
In fact, he’s already booked for next year and hopes to add a summer market too down the road.
His customers seem to agree he’s onto something.
”I think people like the one-on-one, meet the owner, meet salesmen and I think this is here to stay for sure.”
Morton believes as much as a million dollars could change hands during his two-day event.
Morton says some of the remaining furniture from the market will be sold to the public at the casino factory shoppes on January 18th.