“Shop Alabama for the Holidays” tour spotlights Clanton

CLANTON – The Alabama Retail Association has selected Clanton as a 2018 host city for its third annual Shop Alabama for the Holidays tour! Just in time for the busiest shopping weeks of the year, Alabama Retail will kick off the statewide shopping initiative and announce its new holiday hashtag campaign, #DoubleYourGift, at a community gathering and news conference. The event, hosted in partnership with the City of Clanton, Chilton Chamber of Commerce and downtown Clanton businesses, is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Corner Park near City Hall. Remarks will be made by Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver and representatives from the Alabama Retail Association and Chilton Chamber.

WHAT:  Shop Alabama for the Holidays Kickoff

WHO:  Alabama Retail Association, Chilton Chamber of Commerce, City of Clanton

WHERE:  Corner Park, at the intersection of 2nd Ave. North and 6th St. North in Clanton, across from City Hall

WHEN:  10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14

The Alabama Retail Association predicts 2018 will be the strongest holiday shopping season on record for the state, with more than $12 billion dollars expected to be spent in the months of November and December. The numbers represent a 4.5% increase in holiday spending this year than last.

Other stops on the Shop Alabama for the Holidays tour include Cullman, Huntsville, Montgomery, Opelika and Orange Beach. Shop Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Retail Association, encourages residents to create a powerful ripple effect in their community by keeping their shopping, dining and leisure dollars local. The annual Shop Alabama for the Holidays tour also celebrates the experiences, traditions and contributions local businesses bring to the holiday season. Retail, including food and drink establishments, supports one in four jobs in Alabama and brings in $19 billion, or 9.5 percent of Alabama’s gross domestic product, placing retail in the state’s top five highest-producing industries outside of government.

When you #ShopAlabama you STRENGTHEN your local economy, SUPPORT your community and INVEST in the vibrancy of your city!

Melissa Warnke | 256.338.0621 | mwarnke@alabamaretail.org
Francine Wasden | 205.755.2400 | francine@chiltonchamberonline.org