With construction well underway on its 500,000-square-foot lighting expansion, a $21 million project that will extend the four floors of the Trade Mart running adjacent to Harry Hines Boulevard, the Dallas Market Center  has leased more than 90 percent of the available space.
Though completion is slated for January 2007, many existing tenants, such as Fine Art Lamps , Justice Design Group  and Maxim Lighting , have already locked into multi-year commitments to increase the size of their showrooms in the newly expanded space. Kichler , the market’s largest showroom, has extended its lease through 2011.
Already host to more than 260 lighting companies, DMC hopes the expansion, which includes additional showrooms with higher ceilings, new elevators, both superior electrical and environmental capabilities, expanded restrooms and extra space to grow, will better serve the needs of exhibitors and buyers alike.
In the meantime, the market must go on, and visitors may have to dodge dust. Fortunately, DMC officials do not fore-see any major complications.
“Only 300 of our 11,000 free parking spaces will be temporarily absent until the new parking garage and addition are complete,” says DMC CEO Bill Winsor. “Although this is minimal, we will be stepping up our transportation efforts [by offering both] shuttles and trams.”