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Outdoor Retailer on the move

The shows will stage at the Denver Convention Center beginning in January.

7th July 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Salt Lake City, UT


“For 35 years Outdoor Retailer has enjoyed the trust of the outdoor community, who know we can be relied upon to propel our industry forward. In that spirit, we announce that Denver, Colorado has been selected as Outdoor Retailer’s new home for all shows, including Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, which will move to November in 2018,” said Marisa Nicholson, Show Director of Outdoor Retailer.

The shows will stage at the Denver Convention Center beginning in January, with the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show taking place from 25-28 January 2018. Outdoor Retailer Summer Market will be held from 23-26 July 2018 and Outdoor Retailer Winter Market will be running from 8-11 November 2018. “We will announce future dates shortly, once contracts are finalised for both Outdoor Retailer as well as for the co-location of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect,” explained Marisa Nicholson.

Combined events

“Denver is a wonderful choice for hosting a co-located Outdoor Retailer and Grassroots Connect,” commented Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. “These combined events in Denver will deliver the most effective and efficient nine days of our specialty-retail buying cycle. We look forward to continue working closely with Outdoor Retailer and OIA to achieve this and other shared industry goals.”

“Thank you for your continued support through this complex process. We are excited about the move and look forward to our next 35 years.”

Building a future with Denver

Outdoor Retailer says it is looking forward to building a future together with Denver and thanks Governor Hickenlooper, Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and Mayor Hancock for their gracious support.

“While we now turn to the future I must say that the support of the Salt Lake City community was essential in helping Outdoor Retailer grow and thrive over the past 22 years. We love Utah and the Salt Lake City community. Though the show may be departing, we will continue to support and visit Utah’s public lands, communities, retailers and brands,” said Marisa Nicholson.

Denver was selected not only because it met the logistical criteria to host a successful show (the show expects to bring more than 85,000 attendees annually, across three shows), but also because the state of Colorado shares the industry’s passion for outdoor recreation and preserving public lands, organisers explain.

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