2013 National Association of Convenience Stores Show Will Be Largest Ever
The 2013 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Show will feature a 392,000 net square foot exposition, which will make it the largest NACS Show expo ever.
This year’s NACS Show will take place Oct. 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. A total of 1,050 companies are exhibiting at the 2013 NACS Show - 150-plus companies are first-time exhibitors.
“We are extremely pleased with the strong exhibitor commitment to the NACS Show in 2013,” said NACS Vice Chairman of Convention Pat Lewis, a partner at Twin Falls, Idaho-based Oasis Stop ’N Go.
He added, “The near-record retailer attendance in 2012 and the strong attendance thus far in 2013 demonstrate that the NACS Show is an essential part of annual plans for both retailers and suppliers.”
The NACS Show recently was rated in the top 10 among U.S. tradeshows in 2012 in three of the four key categories used by exhibitors to measure audience quality, according to a national survey of the country’s biggest trade shows conducted by Exhibit Surveys Inc.
The 2012 survey results were tabulated from more than 30 of the top annual U.S. trade shows.
At this year’s NACS Show, best-selling author Chip Conley will be an opening general session speaker.
Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre, California’s largest independent hotel company and America’s second-largest boutique hotelier, with more than 40 unique and award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas.
At the 2012 NACS Show, a record number of buyers fueled a 7.2 percent surge in attendance, which hit 24,056 — the second-highest total ever.
Exhibit space for the 2013 NACS Show is almost completely sold out, which is unprecedented so far in advance of the event, according to show officials.