Dallas Gets Its Toys! More or Less.
On Tuesday, as expected, the Toy Industry Association decided whether or not to keep its mammoth Fall Toy Preview show in Dallas. And the answer is: Yes, absolutely. At least, the TIA will keep its annual shindig at Dallas Market Center through 2010, after which time it will again decide whether the move should be more long-term than temporary. Says the TIA's release: "The Trade Show Committee said that TIA will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the Dallas location to be sure that it meets the industry’s needs." In other words: We're on probation.
Nonetheless, says TIA prez Carter Keithley, "We are thrilled to confirm Dallas as the location of the Fall Toy Preview for the next three years. This is a pivotal event that serves such an important retail segment.” Christmas just came early for Orlando-based CNL Income Properties, which actually owns Dallas Market Center after buying it for $250 million from Crow Holdings in February 2005. Still, though. --Robert Wilonsky