Monday, May 18, 2009

Medical Mart could have competitor in Nashville

Cleveland's Medical Mart could face competition in Nashville, with developer MMPI, Cuyahoga County's partner, racing against its rival, Market Center Management Company, to be the first to open.

The Dallas company says it might open its medical mart as early as next year. It hopes to beat MMPI, which plans to get its first Cleveland trade shows and exhibits up in Public Hall by the end of 2010. (The Medical Mart and convention center should be completed in 2012 and 2013, respectively.)

MedCity News says the MMPI vs. MCMC battle is as fierce as the Browns-Steelers rivalry. MMPI VP Mark Falanga accuses the Dallas company of a "cut-and-paste job," stealing its concept from MMPI's website. The Nashville plan has no funding, Falanga says. MMPI has vacancies in its properties, the Dallas guy snaps back.

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