WRLA show has strong start at new venue

CALGARY — If attendance on day one was any indication, the relocation from Saskatoon to Calgary of the buying show for Western dealers could be considered a success. The show, put on by the Western Retail Lumber Association, managed to draw at least as many dealers as last year, although attendance from Saskatchewan fell even as dealer representation from Alberta—and British Columbia—was up.

Many of the more than 270 vendors who are exhibiting expressed satisfaction (and some relief) that attendance by dealers was strong enough to justify their investment in the new location. And while some were concerned about the higher costs of hotels and transport in Calgary, the ease of getting around the city, and the unseasonably warm weather, helped make those higher costs more palatable.