After taking a hiatus in 2020, the Alabama Retail Association this year honors 11 retail businesses with operations in 13 Alabama cities as Retailers of the Year. Together, these businesses employ more than 400 at 16 locations. Alabama Retail has been presenting the Retailer of the Year Awards since 1999.
A panel of judges – representing retail developers, chambers of commerce and former Retailers of the Year – selected 10 Retailers of the Year. Each winner has demonstrated a blend of sound business practices along with commitment to their communities, customers and employees. The public chose the Customers’ Choice Award Retailer of the Year through an contest online and on the Alabama Retail Association’s Facebook page.
Throughout the month of September, on the dates indicated, the Alabama Retail Association will travel the state to present the awards in person to this year’s recipients. The level of each award will be announced during the presentations. As the awards are presented, full releases on each award will be linked here.
In the meantime, congratulate the retailers to be honored:
- Sherry Hartley and Beth Staula, partners in Alabama Goods with stores in Homewood and Huntsville – Sept. 8 News Release
- David and Jeff Barranco, owners of Chappy’s Deli, which has five locations in Montgomery (3), Prattville and Auburn – Sept. 13 News Release
- Steve and Alisa Ascik, owners of Eastern Shore Ace Hardware in Spanish Fort – Sept. 15 News Release
- April McClung, owner and chief executive officer of Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes in Homewood – Sept. 8 News Release
- Adena Green, owner of Hope’s Chest Boutique & Gifts in Clanton – Sept. 27
- Melissa M. Cross, president of McAleer’s Office Furniture in Mobile – Sept. 16 News Release
- Patrick, Will and Tyler Younghouse, owners of Papa Dubi’s Cajun Kitchen in Albertville – Sept. 27
- Ralph and Rebecca Sorrell, pharmacists and owners of Ritch’s Pharmacy in Mountain Brook – Sept. 27
- Crystal Peavy, owner of Southern Gyp Boutique, in Bay Minette – Sept. 15
- Ashley Morrow, Joseph “Skip” Nichols and Josh Kelley, owners of The Shoppes at Coldwater in Tuscumbia – Sept. 28
- Dewey and Annette Todd, owners of and partners in Todd Farms in Headland – Sept. 24 news release
“It is an honor to be able to recognize such an outstanding group of retailers, who have persevered and served their customers in difficult times. Each of these retailers is a credit to their community and the retail industry,” said Rick Brown, president of the Alabama Retail Association.
The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Through sales of food, clothing, furniture, medicine and more, our 4,300 independent merchant and national company members touch almost every aspect of daily living. Since 1943, we’ve worked to promote what’s best for the retail industry in Alabama. Whether voicing the retail view when public policy is made, educating members about issues that impact them, negotiating rates for benefits and services or communicating the retail story, the Alabama Retail Association and its members are better together.
Nancy King Dennis, Alabama Retail Association | 334.551.0643 | 800.239.5423