Transportation Funding and Reform Package

Finally the Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the first transportation bill in Virginia since 1986. Governor McDonnell’s 2013 Transportation Funding and Reform Package is intended to solve the short and long-term transportation funding needs in the state of Virginia. It took a necessary compromise between both parties to earmark roughly $3.5 billion in… [Read More]

MediaFest Prize Winners!

Retail Alliance held another successful MediaFest exhibition recently with 56 exhibitors and over 400 attendees.   Check out the winners and photos from the event!   Colleen Hartman won the Nook (photo) Pat Overton won the Nikon camera (photo) Trish Conley won the iPod (photo) DeAndre Coke won the iPad (photo) Photos courtesy of MediaFest… [Read More]

Retail Academy Kicks Off in Portsmouth

In the fall of 2012, the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC) was the recipient of one of six nationally awarded Portable Assistance Grants by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Retail Alliance Appoints New Board Members

Norfolk, Va. – The Retail Alliance, formerly the Retail Merchants Association of Tidewater, has appointed six new Board members at their Annual Meeting in February. After serving his two year term, Robert (Bob) Gurnee of Suburban Asset Management has handed over the reigns as Chairperson to James (Jim) M. Wofford, General Manager of MacArthur Center…. [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Bob Gurnee, Suburban Asset Management

One-on-one Interview with outgoing Chairman of the Retail Alliance Board How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? When I was working for Dollar Tree, Tom Bowyer was Dollar Tree’s representative on the Board. He departed the organization in 2003 and I was asked to join in his stead. What committees have you been… [Read More]

Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor, in Newport News, opened its doors on October 16, 2012 following a four and a half week period of inventory acquisition. With one store successfully operating, plans are underway to take the concept to Chesapeake-Greenbrier by the end of 2013. The first thing owners Tobias Janke, his wife Lori and her sister Traci… [Read More]

Legislative Update: WaWa/Retail Alliance Day at the General Assembly

The following pictures are from the Wawa/Retail Alliance Day (February 7, 2013) at the Capitol. Our Legislative Sponsors were Senator McEachein, Delegate Cosgrove, and Delegate Knight. There was a tent set up in front of the General Assembly Building in which we provided breakfast and lunch to Legislators and anyone else that wanted to stop… [Read More]

Inching Our Way Forward: Cautious Optimism for 2013 (excerts from reports by NRF, PNC Bank and Retail Alliance)

National Retail Sales Growth Expected to Pull Back in 2013 According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), job growth seems to be moving in the right direction, the housing market appears to have turned a corner and equity prices are holding up — all good news for consumers still smarting from the recession. Still, the… [Read More]

Retail Pulse: Valentine’s Day Results

This Retail Pulse survey for Valentine’s Day looked at shopping trends in Hampton Roads, where consumers shop, and they’re willingness to participate in Valentine’s Day purchases. Valentine’s Day sales this year are estimated to contribute around $18.6 billion to the economy, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) a 5.7 percent increase from Valentine’s Day… [Read More]

Valentine’s Day Sales Reap Benefits Overall but Jewelry Sales Fall Flat: Retail Alliance survey

Norfolk, Va. – Retail Alliance’s Retail Pulse survey for Valentine’s Day looked at shopping trends in Hampton Roads, where consumers shopped, and their willingness to participate in Valentine’s Day purchases. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Valentine’s Day is estimated to contribute around $18.6 billion to the economy, a 5.7 percent increase from Valentine’s… [Read More]