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NECO’s End-Of-The-Summer Buying Show

The Northeast dealer co-op holds its annual buying expo.

The first cool wisps of autumn bring color to the leaves and the NECO Alliance to Connecticut for its annual September Expo.

This year the buy fair drew a record turnout to the Mohegan Sun casino and resort, a first-time venue for the $1.5 billion co-op, comprised of independent appliance, CE and furniture dealers. The show featured live grilling events; seminars on digital advertising, Google analytics and other web-based services; and plenty of opportunities to prepare for the holiday season ahead.

The formula, built around member-owned warehouses, is apparently working. NECO’s four chapters and 474 independent dealers added $200 million in volume over the past three years, noted NECO and ADC president Mike Napoletano, and are outpacing appliance industry growth by nearly 7 percent year-to-date through August, NECO executive director Anthony Bruno reported.

Here’s a look at last month’s doings on the show floor.