ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Backlash against North Carolina continues to grow in the wake of passage of HB2, the state's controversial new law preventing municipalities from enacting LGBT protections in public services and in the workplace.
Today, industry powerhouse Mike Moore called for an "Intelligent Boycott" of the High Point Furniture Market, due to open on April 16th. Moore, the former president of BDDW and a former director of Pottery Barn, has a client roster that includes Chanel, Pratesi Linens, Hermes, and the W, Kimpton, and Four Seasons hotel groups.
"Republican Governor McCrory and his legislators have, quite cleverly, forced the home furnishings industry into an impossible situation," stated Moore. "Our dilemma is this: how can we send Raleigh a thunderous message of disapproval without harming our friends and colleagues in the process?"
"How? Stay home, buy more. Invest the travel savings into your inventory and vendors," Moore continued. "Take your business away from North Carolina, not from your vendors. I've found politicians react quickly when their money dries up."
In an economic impact study, conducted by Duke University in 2013, the High Point Market is considered North Carolina's largest annual economic event. With impact of $5.38 billion, the High Point Market generates over 600,000 visitor days and is responsible for 37,000 jobs in the state of North Carolina.
Moore offered another form of intelligent boycott, "go to market, but cut your trip short. Race through, take pics of new products and new exhibitors. Go home. Place orders."
When asked about his own business, which is based in North Carolina, and about his personal intentions, Moore stated, "I'm going to market. One day instead of three. I've got four hotels on our project boards at the moment, so I'll be the guy running the hallways. Regarding my business? The Governor seems unaware that I live here - as do many - by choice, not by necessity. If McCrory's, and his lawmakers', intent is to make us want to move our business and home out of N.C., they're doing a great job."
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