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CHICAGO [January 21, 2003] — Distinguished bridal designers and manufacturers will unveil their newest gowns and accessories during The National Bridal Market™ at the Chicago Apparel Center and The Merchandise Mart, April 5–8, 2003. The National Bridal Market, produced by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) with assistance from The National Bridal Market Association, is the largest national market in the country. In addition to the comprehensive collection of lines featured on floors 10, 12 and 13 of the Chicago Apparel Center and in The Merchandise Mart’s 8th-floor Market Suites, this to-the-retail-trade market is also full of exciting fashion events, hospitality breaks, market parties and more.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS • “Romancing Bridal” Fashion Show Saturday, April 5 6 p.m. – Cocktails 6:30 p.m. – Fashion Show Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Ballroom, 14th Floor

• Buyers’ Brunch Sunday, April 6 9 a.m. Café, The Merchandise Mart, 8th-Floor Market Suites

• Retailer Appreciation Party Sunday, April 6 6 p.m. South Lobby, The Merchandise Mart

TO REGISTER TO ATTEND The National Bridal Market is only open to members of the retail trade. Registration requires retail buyers to provide appropriate credentials for admittance, including a photo ID, business card and current retail business license. Buyers can register in advance online at www.merchandisemart.com (follow The National Bridal Market link and click on “Registration”) or on site at the show.

Show hours for The National Bridal Market are 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday, April 5–Monday, April 7, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. For more information about The National Bridal Market, visit www.merchandisemart.com or call 800.677.6278 (MART).



Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is a trade show and property management firm, specializing in managing buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and commercial office space. MMPI produces more than 300 trade shows, market events and conferences each year.

MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart, Chicago Apparel Center, and 33 North Dearborn in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building in New York; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center and Washington Office Center in Washington, D.C.

Vornado Realty Trust, owner of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

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