Abbey Carpet & Floor celebrated its diamond anniversary this year at its annual convention and expo, held February 19-23 in Long Beach, Calif. Retailers and supplier partners from across the country came together for this family reunion experience to both celebrate the successes of past years, and to prepare for another successful 60-year run. The theme of the convention, “Time for Action,” highlighted the group’s overarching goal to help members grow their businesses.
The convention kicked off with breakfast and the general session on Tuesday, February 20, followed by breakout sessions, covering topics such as 2018 product releases from supplier partners, tax reform opportunities, and sales and business management. Tuesday wrapped up with a Member Mixer and Hot Buys event. Wednesday hosted the opening of the expo floor as well as regional advertising group meetings. Approximately 65 suppliers were on the expo floor, as well as the Money Talks! Member raffle. On Wednesday evening, Abbey hosted a 60th anniversary street festival at The Cove, featuring entertainment, street performers, live music, games and food from local food trucks. The expo continued on Thursday, and the event closed with a tour and dinner cruise aboard the RMS Queen Mary.