Founded in 1957 by world-renowned architect and developer, John C. Portman, Jr.—and now with son Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr. as vice chairman and chief operating officer jointly leading the company — AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace. The burgeoning wholesale complex, launched as the Atlanta Market Center, and later rebranded AmericasMart Atlanta, ranks first as the world’s largest trade mart/trade show facility with more than seven million square feet of enclosed space.
Designed to create a business environment unlike any other, AmericasMart’s facilities and services are unmatched in efficiency, accessibility and convenience. The extraordinary mix of specialty product presented in its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibit halls eclipses that of any other single marketplace, anywhere. The product mix and service standards are so essential that retailers from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries worldwide identify AmericasMart as the wholesale marketplace most important to their business, as compared to all competing U.S. wholesale markets in independently conducted quantitative research.
Across its 16 markets and shows staged annually, AmericasMart houses more than 11,000 temporary exhibit booths, which join the more than 1,500 permanent showrooms operating within the three-building complex to create the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, rug and apparel product. Leading its annual show lineup are the January and July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Markets, which consistently rank as the largest home furnishings and gift markets in the highly respected Trade Show Network News (TSNN) TOP 250 ranking of the nation’s largest trade markets and shows. January and July Markets also consistently rank in the Trade Show Executive Magazine’s coveted GOLD 100 coterie of top global trade shows for calendar years 2010 through 2014.
AmericasMart’s large and ever-growing product mix covers the broad gift, home furnishings and area rug landscape, and extends to include fashion apparel and accessories product in huge quantities. AmericasMart assures retailers access to the nation’s largest single collections of product in:
Holiday & Floral/Home Décor
Tabletop & Gift
Fashion Accessories/Fine Jewelry
Apparel & Fashion Accessories
General & Specialty Gift
Gourmet & Housewares
Additionally, AmericasMart has been an integral part of Atlanta’s hospitality industry for almost 60 years. The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart — the convention and meeting side of the business — has paced the growth of the city and evolution of the industry. It is a preferred resource for conventions, corporate meetings, tradeshows and special events with more than 1 million square feet of space specifically designed for tradeshow and special-event staging.