Nominate Your Favorite Alabama Retailer as a Retailer of the Year

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Retail Association will accept nominations for the 2014 Retailer of the Year awards through Monday, May 19. This prestigious award, which celebrates its 15th observance this year, recognizes outstanding retailers who have demonstrated a blend of sound business practices with commitment to their communities, customers and employees.

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Nominations can be made online at

For convenience, a link to the nomination form also will be available on  the home page of through Monday, May 19.

A winning entry is a retailer who has been a credit to retailing and an asset to their community. Retailers provide jobs, serve their communities and help boost Alabama’s economy,” said Alabama Retail President Rick Brown. “The Retailer of the Year awards honor just a few of the many outstanding retailers who make a positive difference every day in the communities they serve.”

Anyone may nominate an Alabama retailer and nominators may submit multiple retailers for consideration in any given award year. Previous nominees who did not receive an award may be nominated again. Gold winners can only be recognized once. For a list of previous winners, go to All other previous winners can be nominated in subsequent years. Self-nominations are appropriate.

If sufficient nominations are received, finalists will be selected in four categories by sales volume:

  •  Less than $1 million
  • $1 million to $5 million
  • $5 million to $20 million
  • More than $20 million

A Bronze, Silver and Gold award will be presented in each category when warranted.

Nominees must own, operate or manage a retail business with a physical presence in Alabama and that Alabama location must have been in operation for a minimum of five years. To be considered a retail operation, a business must collect state and local sales taxes. (Banks, insurance agencies and dry cleaners do not qualify.)

Upon being nominated, each nominee will be sent an entry form that must be completed and returned to Alabama Retail no later than Friday, June 20.Winners will be notified by Aug. 1. The 2014 Retailer of the Year recipients will be honored at a luncheon in the fall held in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business’ Retail Day. The recipient’s nominators also will be invited to attend. Neither nominators nor nominees have to be Alabama Retail members to participate.

For additional information on the Retailer of the Year Awards or to make a nomination by telephone, please contact Nancy Dennis at (334) 551-0643, (800) 239-5423 or


The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Our 4,000 independent merchant and national company members sell food, clothing, furniture and other general merchandise at more than 6,000 locations throughout Alabama. Alabama Retail promotes what is best for the retailing industry in Alabama and has been doing so since 1943. From legislation to education, through communication and member services, Alabama Retail members benefit from the value of membership in their association. Retail works!

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy King Dennis | 334.551.0643 | 800.239.5423 |   facebook   twitter

(Originally posted March 31, 2014)