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]

The Retail Angle on Transportation

Letter to the Editor – The Virginian-Pilot The Governor’s new transportation proposal has become THE hot topic in this year’s General Assembly. Is this proposal a Band-Aid solution or will it cure the transportation crisis? The governor is proposing several changes as it relates to funding transportation: 1.   Eliminating the current 17.5 cents fuel tax… [Read More]

Sarah’s Train Trip from Norfolk to D.C.

Why did you decide to go on the trip? Since 2009, I’ve been involved with a group called “Virginians for High Speed Rail.” I am a light rail and a high speed rail advocate and enthusiast.

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