The Cobb Galleria Centre welcomed the Southeast Flooring Market March 11-12, 2021 for the country’s first flooring trade show in over a year. With safety and health as top priorities, show management reported a successful market for buyers and sellers.

“It was critical for us to provide our exhibitors and buyers a safe, clean and physically proper market floor for commerce to take place and business relationships to flourish,” said Barbara Stroup, managing partner of Market Maker Events, which produces the Flooring Markets. “The foundation of our success was upfront communication with our team at the Cobb Galleria Centre. We met virtually on multiple occasions to review Covid-19 practices, safety standards, and employee training to ensure that our teams worked together as one unit.”

Some of those safety procedures included required pre-registration, staggered arrival times, pre-arrival health screenings, a mask requirement, floor decals to ensure proper safe and physical distancing with 6-foot spacing, sanitation stations, increased aisle width and space between booths, and assigned distancing traffic flow patterns for entrances and exits.


Stroup said it was important for buyers and sellers to meet face-to-face because the flooring industry is a tactile experience. “Nothing takes the place of seeing and feeling the product,” she said.

The Mission of the Flooring Markets is to be the regional resource for product innovation, education, networking and growth opportunities for dealers and designers in the flooring industry. Top flooring brands exhibit at the Flooring Markets to present their new products and cutting-edge solutions to push the industry forward. Flooring Markets are held each year in Atlanta, Dallas, and Biloxi, Miss. For more information, visit

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