A Legacy of Excellence
Founded in 1957 by world-renowned architect and developer John C. Portman, Jr., AmericasMart began life as The Atlanta Merchandise Mart, first staged in Atlanta’s Belle Isle Building. In 1961, the first dedicated building – now known as Building 1 – opened and laid the foundation for what is now a fully integrated three-building campus spanning more than 7 million square feet. Portman sought to create a unique environment for wholesale exchange with easy access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. By stimulating trade and tourism, Portman was the catalyst that established Atlanta as one of the nation’s premiere convention cities.
In 2018, AmericasMart merged with International Market Centers to form the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space.