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NRF Issues Follow-up Statement on the Javits Center Schedule Change for 2015

For Immediate Release
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119

NRF Issues Follow-up Statement on the Javits Center Schedule Change for 2015

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2013 – The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President Bill Thorne in response to a meeting with representatives from the Governor’s office and Jacob K. Javits Center officials about the recent decision to shift the tradeshow and events schedule at The Jacob K. Javits Center in 2015:

“The National Retail Federation appreciates the dialogue that has begun related to the trade show schedule for the Javits Center beginning in January 2015.  The Governor’s recent unilateral and precedent setting decision to grant the New York Boat Show dates in mid-January certainly impacts the NRF annual ‘Big Show,’ which generates over $20 million to the New York economy.

“Our annual event – held in mid-January at the Javits Center for more than a decade – brings over 27,000 people to New York City, and it continues to grow.  We expect to break a new attendance record in January 2014 and will continue to work with state officials and Javits Center board members to ensure sustained growth and economic opportunity despite the Governor’s mandate.”

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com