“During the past two years, the Home Furnishings and Casual showrooms have been consolidated on four floors representing over 700,000 square feet of space, creating a strong and vibrant showcase for these industries who are now well-positioned going forward,” said Maurer. “Over 100 showrooms have significantly improved their presentations during the last year.”“We have continued to invest significant capital resources into The Mart to serve the changing needs of permanent showrooms, tradeshows, and office tenants,” said Maurer. During the past two years, MMPI improved and reorganized The Mart's design center, casual furnishings and gift permanent showrooms and invested significantly in infrastructure to make The Mart the epicenter for commerce across multiple industries, including a new Design Center Resource Lounge on the 14th floor. MMPI has also improved cell phone coverage throughout the building. The Merchandise Mart welcomes 38,500 people each business day and millions of people each year. Visitors frequent The Mart's retail shops and restaurants, LuxeHome® kitchen and bath boutiques, nine floors of permanent showrooms for gift, home, outdoor and commercial furnishings, 20 major trade and consumer shows as well as hundreds of meetings and special events, including Dream Home, the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, CHILL, NeoCon, One of a Kind, the Chicago Gift Market, and several apparel shows. About MMPIMMPI is one of the world's leading owners and operators of showroom buildings and trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together in more than 100 market events, trade and consumer shows and conferences each year. MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart in Chicago and the Architects & Designers Building and Piers 92/94 in New York City. Vornado Realty Trust, owners 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.