The Alabama Retail Association was formed in 1943 for retailers by retailers who saw a need for representation when public policy was made. Today, Alabama Retail represents 4,300 members with some 6,000 locations statewide, ranging from small, family owned retail stores to large national chains.


The primary objective of the Alabama Retail Association is to lobby the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress on behalf of retailers. Alabama Retail works at the local, state and national levels of government to educate lawmakers on the needs of retailers and cultivate a strong business climate. The association continually monitors legislative activity and represents retailers on such issues as workers’ compensation regulation, worthless check fees, tax reform and business license reform.


Through its political action committees, Retail PAC and Retail Association PAC, Alabama Retail also works to elect pro-business candidates.


Alabama Retail also provides its members with the latest information and technology through its magazine, weekly legislative summaries, e-mail notices and this website.


Alabama Retail membership benefits you, your business and your bank account! Whether we save you money by stopping intrusive legislation, providing the state’s most cost-effective workers’ compensation coverage, linking you to low-cost credit card processing, providing a free employment law resource or offering you one of our many other benefits, it pays to belong!