With no Phil Long Center, HBA moves show to former Circuit City

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The Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association said today it will host its annual home and garden show at the former Circuit City building at the Barnes Marketplace shopping center off Powers Boulevard.

HBA has been conducting the show for the last 50 years, and spent the last five years at the Phil Long Expo Center. However, the center was purchased by The Springs Church in October and is no longer available for trade shows.

This year’s home show will be a scaled-back version due to space limitations in the new venue. The former Circuit City building has only 33,000 square feet, compared to 75,000 square feet the HBA used at the Phil Long center.

The scaling back means the HBA has eliminated the garden portion of the show, although Event Manager Kirk Standley expects the association will announce a dedicated garden show sometime in early April.

A number of organizations that relied on the Phil Long Expo Center for convention space will likely find themselves in the same boat this year.
The HBA was able to use the Circuit City space because it is owned by Nor’wood Development, an HBA member. It is likely a one-time exception to the building’s use.

“We have a great member in Nor’wood Development that was gracious enough to allow us to do this,” Standley said. “The building is not going to be an event center, it won’t be leased out or rented to anyone else for this type of thing. It’s a big box store and they’re looking for someone to come in and fill it.”

The show will be held Feb. 11-13.

For more information visit www.cshba.com.