‘Independent Home Improvement Show’ Comes to the IGC Show
The Independent Garden Center Show (IGC Show) and the National Hardware Show (NHS) jointly announced they have entered into an agreement that introduces the “Independent Home Improvement Show – Powered by NHS” with the IGC Show, premiering at this summer’s event that takes place in Chicago, at Lakeside | McCormick, Aug. 13-15.
Strategically co-located alongside the IGC Show, the Independent Home Improvement Show (IHIS) will be a dedicated show floor set to showcase a broad range of categories of interest to independent retailers, such as hardware and tools, homewares, tailgate, BBQ, electrical and more.
Rich Russo, National Hardware Show vice president, says, “Many independent home improvement and hardware retail businesses include garden departments, and we have long recognized the IGC Show for its leadership as America’s biggest and best garden center event. Additionally, both retailer audiences potentially sell various home improvement and houseware items from the vendors we will bring. It’s a perfect fit.”
Exhibiting vendor booths at the Independent Home Improvement Show will occupy a dedicated space, located adjacent to the IGC Show floor to facilitate attendee traffic across both product showcases.
Independent hardware retailers will also have the opportunity to register for Continuing Education @ IGC, the world’s premier retail advancement program for independent garden centers. Five retail-focused tracks will cover merchandising, marketing, branding, store operations and much more.
IHIS attendees will have full access to all of the amenities that the IGC Show offers: free admission to the trade show; free admission to all three keynotes; and Wednesday’s free networking party and concert with San Francisco music legends Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, one of the most iconic rock bands of our time, known for their timeless anthems, “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Sara” and other shining audio gems.
Jeff Morey, IGC Show founder and CEO, says, “We are very excited to team up with our friends at the National Hardware Show and bring this new show just for independent retailers to be held in conjunction with our show. It will be a real ‘win-win’ for everyone involved and is another help for independents to compete against big boxes.”
Morey calls the IGC Show’s alliance with the new Independent Home Improvement Show an important development for multiple independent retail channels: “Independent hardware stores are so closely aligned to independent garden centers — they are cousins of sorts. Each is positioned to benefit from the other’s unique experiences and perspectives as independent retailers.” He continues, “This key alliance further expands the networking opportunities at the IGC Show, so that garden centers and hardware stores can together celebrate the successes of independent retailing and share strategies to surmount today’s toughest challenges. Independent Home Improvement Show at IGC Show opens the door to new opportunities for both independent retail sectors.”