Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center, located in Dallas, Texas (USA), is a 5 million square foot (460,000 m²) wholesale trade center housing showrooms which sells consumer products including gifts, lighting, home décor, apparel, fashion accessories, shoes, tabletop/housewares, gourmet, floral, holiday, and more.[1] It was also the destination of United States President John F. Kennedy's motorcade when he was assassinated in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. The marketplace is closed to the public but open to qualified retail buyers and interior designers, manufacturers, and industry professionals. Market events throughout the year attract more than 200,000 buyers and sellers from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. The address is 2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, Texas, 75207, USA.

Dallas Market Center
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Dallas Market Center (Trade Mart to the left, World Trade Center to the right)
Coordinates32°48′11″N 96°49′30″W / 32.803°N 96.825°W / 32.803; -96.825Coordinates: 32°48′11″N 96°49′30″W / 32.803°N 96.825°W / 32.803; -96.825
Inaugurated1957 (Homefurnishings)
  • 1959 (Trade Mart)
  • 1960 (Market Hall)
  • 1964 (Apparel Mart)
  • 1974 (World Trade Center)
Enclosed space
Public transit accessDART Light Rail, Orange and Green lines (Market Center station)

Dallas Market Center 
  •  Shopping 
  •  Transit 
  •  Attractions 

Interior Home + Design Center
Trade Mart
Market Hall
World Trade Center
Market Center (DART station)
The Eagle (bronze by Elisabeth Frink, 1964)

The campusEdit

The four-building campus includes the World Trade Center, Trade Mart, International Trade Plaza (The Plaza), and Market Hall. Inside these buildings, nearly 2,300 permanent showrooms offer more than 35,000 product lines from manufacturers around the world.

Trammell Crow developed the nearby Dallas Decorative Center, which opened in 1955.[2][3]

The two-story International Trade Plaza, which opened in 1957,[2] is the first building at the current site of Dallas Market Center. The original name for this building was the Dallas Homefurnishings Mart, designed by Donald H. Speck. The 434,000 square feet (40,300 m2) building was repurposed in 1999 as the International Floral & Gift Center and later in 2012 as The International Trade Plaza.[citation needed] The current name is the Interior Home + Design Center following a renovation in 2017.[4]

The Dallas Trade Mart, the second Dallas Market Center building, was designed by Harold Berry, Donald Speck, and Harwell Hamilton Harris and opened its doors in 1958. The project provided 980,000 square feet (91,000 m2) of showroom space and cost $12.64 million. It is four stories tall and the atrium at its center is named The Grand Pavilion.[4]

Market Hall, which opened in 1960 and is across Market Center Boulevard from the rest of the campus, is the only building that is open to the public with more than 60 shows per year. It has 202,000 square feet (18,800 m2) of floor space.[4]

In 1964, the Apparel Mart opened for business at a cost of $15 million with 1.6 million square feet (150,000 m2) of space. For four decades, the building served as a trading center for women's, men's, and children's apparel and accessories. It closed in 2004, and the 600 tenants were moved to the World Trade Center.[5][6] Today, apparel and accessories showrooms reside on the top floors of World Trade Center, and apparel trade events held at Dallas Market Center attract buyers from around the world.

The largest building and centerpiece of the campus is the World Trade Center, opened in 1974 with seven stories. It was expanded in 1979 to have 3.1 million square feet (290,000 m2) of floor space and 15 stories.[4] Inside the World Trade Center are showrooms including gifts, home accessories, lighting, floral, holiday, jewelry, rugs, toys, gourmet foods, furniture, and linens.[citation needed]


Dallas Market Center was founded in 1957 by real estate developer Trammell Crow.[7] The first trade event at Dallas Market Center was held in July 1957 and was attended by 1,850 visitors. Today, the largest markets attract more than 50,000 attendees from all 50 states and 84 countries.

The Trade Mart was the destination of United States President John F. Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963 when he was assassinated in Dealey Plaza. He was scheduled to give a speech to 2,600 people at a sold-out luncheon in the Grand Courtyard. Notable guests awaiting Kennedy's arrival included Market Center partners Trammell Crow and John Stemmons; United States Senator Ralph Yarborough; J. Erik Jonsson, one of the owners of Texas Instruments; and Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell.[8] Special dispensation had been arranged to allow the Catholics to eat the planned steak main course at the luncheon.[9]

On October 12, 1964, English sculptor Elisabeth Frink created the bronze sculpture "The Eagle" which sits outside the main entrance today. It features a William Blake quote and a plaque which reads, "Placed in memorial by the friends of United States President John Fitzgerald Kennedy who awaited from his arrival at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963 when he was assassinated in Dealey Plaza."

By the late 1980s, Dallas Market Center comprised six buildings with 6.9 million square feet (640,000 m2) of space housing 3,200 tenants employing 60,000.[5]

Trade events and marketsEdit

Dallas Market Center hosts dozens of trade events throughout the year, including nine major markets attracting some 200,000 retail buyers.

The Accessories Resource Team (ART), the trade association for home decorative accessories, partners with Dallas Market Center to sponsor the ARTS Awards gala held each January which recognizes excellence and achievement in retailing, manufacturing, design, and representation.

The Toy Industry Association holds its Fall Toy Preview at Dallas Market Center each fall. This show for mass market retailers is the toy industry's most important preview of products under development for the following year.


Dallas Market Center is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings and is managed by Market Center Management Company (MCMC), a diversified international company owned by Crow Holdings. MCMC and Crow Holdings have more than five decades of experience developing, owning, and/or managing trade centers around the world including the Brussels International Trade Mart, Kobe Mart, INFOMART, and ShanghaiMart, as well as consulting partnerships for special projects in the US and abroad.

In popular mediaEdit

Portions of the 1976 film Logan's Run were filmed in the Apparel Mart. The 1984 slasher favorite The Initiation was filmed in the World Trade Center [5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Major redo coming at Dallas Market Center northwest of downtown | Business | Dallas News". 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  2. ^ a b /tartar, Clarissa (April 1984). "Anatomy of the Apparel Mart". D Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Decorative Center Dallas". The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "About Our Campus". Dallas Market Center. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Henderson, Jim (11 May 2003). "Dallas' Apparel Mart to close". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Dallas Apparel Mart is Closing ..." (Press release). SGB Media. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  8. ^ "Fifty Years Ago at the Trade Mart in Dallas". HFN. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  9. ^ Granberry, Michael (November 2013). "Unease, then shock followed wait at Trade Mart for JFK speech that never came". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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