The Alabama Retail Association sponsors the annual Retailer of the Year program. Nominees must operate or manage a retail business in Alabama, which has been in business for at least five years. To be considered a retailer, the business must collect state and local sales taxes. (Banks, insurance agencies and dry cleaners do not qualify.) Gold winners can only be recognized once within a sales category. All other previous winners can be nominated in subsequent years. Once Alabama Retail receives a nomination, the nominee is sent a complete entry form to be used in the judging process.
Due to the interruption of business operations resulting from the novel coronavirus, the Retailer of the Year program was suspended in 2020. Nominations received in 2020 were carried over to 2021. 2021 nominations are due Monday, March 22.
If sufficient nominations are received, honorees are selected in four categories by Alabama annual sales volume:
- less than $1 million
- $1 million to $5 million
- $5 million to $20 million; and
- more than $20 million
Bronze, Silver and Gold level awards may be presented in each category, except the More Than $20 Million category. A single winner will be awarded in the highest sales volume category.
>> Read and watch videos about the 2019 honorees (pictured)
EMERGING RETAILER AWARD:
In memory of the late Alabama Retail board member and UAB professor Mickey Gee, the Gee Emerging Retailer of the Year Award goes to an innovative and effective Alabama retailer who has been in business for at least two years, but less than five years. The award will only be presented in years when the Retailer of the Year judges feel there is a candidate worthy of the Gee name. To nominate someone for this award, simply complete a Retailer of the Year nomination form and indicate in the section about why you are nominating them. They will be placed in the Gee Emerging Retailer of the Year award based on information they provide in their Retailer of the Year entry form.