Archives for June 2013

FBI Community

On Tuesday, May 28th, the Retail Alliance Loss Prevention Task Force met with a representative from the FBI Community Outreach Program. This program was established after 9/11 to de-mystify the FBI and to build relationships with the community.

Double Take for Women I and II

1. When was your business established? We opened Double Take I in Hilltop at Virginia Beach in April 2009. Our second store, Double Take II was opened in Norfolk in April 2011. 2. How would you describe your business and the services you provide? We provide a fashion forward recycling concept for women. Double Take… [Read More]

Retail Pulse: Local Mother’s Day Retail Sales Fall Short of National Forecasts

This Retail Pulse Mother’s Day Edition tracked shopping trends in Hampton Roads, which stores benefited from higher sales, and the consumer’s willingness to participate in seasonal purchases. According to the NRF’s Mother’s Day spending survey, consumers were projected to spend an average of $168.94, up 11 percent from last year’s $152.52. Total spending was estimated… [Read More]

Schlotzsky’s Deli

Kae and Gary both had corporate jobs in California before relocating to Virginia. Their long time friends, who own the Schlotzsky’s in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, showed them the business concept in 1994.   They always liked the quality and flavor profile of Schlotzsky’s sandwiches when they lived in Las Vegas. The Sartors were interested in… [Read More]

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Retailer of the Year Winners

Hampton Roads Overall Winner: Simply Selma’s The Virginia Beach-based retailer was selected from among the four regional winners. Regional winners were selected from 44 finalists in the Hampton Roads area. This year’s regional winners are: Norfolk Winner: Changes City Spa Virginia Beach Winner: Simply Selma’s Chesapeake/Portsmouth Winner: The Coffee Shoppe (Ports) Peninsula Co-Winners: Walk This… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Chris Sink, Hi-Ho Silver

1.         How Did You First Become Involved With Retail Alliance? I became a member of Retail Alliance in 2003. As a brand new retailer, I had a lot of questions about retail for which I needed answers. We were inexperienced in many aspects of retailing and found many of the educational seminars to be very… [Read More]

Marketplace Fairness Act Passes US Senate.

Brings Brick-And-Mortar Retailers One Step Closer to Level Playing Field. Recently, there have been many different opinions asserted about the Marketplace Fairness Act. Retail Alliance feels very strongly that it will foster the survival of all brick-and-mortar retailers, from the smallest to the largest, and create a fair and level playing field for all retail… [Read More]

Chesapeake Square

Chesapeake Square is a 717,282 sq ft regional mall, owned by Simon Property Group. The mall was built and opened in October 1989 in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake. Later on, the business district grew with two other shopping centers including the adjacent Chesapeake Center (also Simon-owned) and the Crossroads at Chesapeake Square across… [Read More]

The ROTYs are over and the winners announced!

During this year’s “On The Silver Screen” event, I was proud of all our retail members who participated and supported the candidates. The finalists were top notch and the judges had their work cut out for them. It was clear to me that every one of our finalists qualified for the distinction of being 2013’s … [Read More]