CASTELLE announces that it will maintain a permanent showroom in the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart on a long term basis. This agreement was made between CASTELLE and Merchandise Mart Properties (MMPI) for the continued occupancy of CASTELLE’s showroom on the Mart’s 15th floor. The luxury casual furniture designer and manufacturer has maintained the 11,000 square foot showroom since 2012 when it relocated due to the restructuring of the casual furnishing floors. With this lease agreement, the showroom will continue to be the focal point of CASTELLE’s designer and specialty sales activities including the International Casual Furnishings Association’s July and September markets.
“The Mart is a proven supporter of our industry and subsequently, CASTELLE is committed to maintaining a major presence within The Mart. With a long term agreement, our ongoing partnership will be able to continue in a manner advantageous to everyone,” said Steve Lowsky, president, CASTELLE. “The exposure the showroom offers our retail partners to our products and personnel is valuable and an opportunity we are now positioned to provide long term.”
“MMPI has been a steward of consistent growth for the casual industry and the host of thousands of casual furnishings buyers annually,” said Byron Morton, Vice President of Leasing, MMPI. “CASTELLE has been a part of the Merchandise Mart family for over 35 years and we are excited to have reached this agreement to continue this valuable relationship.” In 2014, the International Casual Furnishings Association reached an agreement with MMPI for the continued hosting of the organization’s annual trade show.