Press Releases

Retail Alliance Announces 2018 Retailer of the Year Winners

Curvaceous Boutique in Norfolk wins Overall Retailer of the Year Retail Alliance announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs) at their awards celebration on Thursday night (May 24) at Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton. Established in 2007, Norfolk-based small business, Curvaceous Boutique, received the Overall Retailer of the… [Read More]

Thank you to Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy

In response to The Virginian-Pilot’s praise of Farm Fresh in their editorial pages, we wrote a response with thanks given to two Farm Fresh personnel in particular, Michelle Ellis-Young and Randall Benjamin. Read the letter below or at the following link on the Pilot’s website, https://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/article_43477eb4-2d53-11e8-9a09-c7ef1b8f45bf.html Retail Alliance, the Hampton Roads regional retail trade association,… [Read More]

Retail Alliance Board – New Officers and Directors

Hampton Roads’ Retail Alliance board elected new officers, four new board members, and re-elected directors. The 2018-2019 officers are: Joe Taylor (Taylor’s Do It Center), Chairman of the Board Ben Willis, III (Willis Furniture), Immediate Past Chairman of the Board Pam Katrancha (Garden Gazebo/Hickory Farms), Vice Chairperson of the Board Ray Mattes (Retail Alliance), President/CEO Beth… [Read More]

Vote for your favorite restaurant, retail or service business in Hampton Roads!

Retailer of the Year Awards 2018 nominations are open! It’s important in every community to support one another so please nominate a fellow retailer, restaurant, or service business at the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ROTY18NOMS You can nominate up to 3 different businesses at a time and even save a nomination for your own business; we don’t… [Read More]

How did local retailers fare during holiday season?

NRF released holiday sales figures on January 12, 2018 with holiday sales rising to $691.9 billion in November and December, marking a 5.5 percent increase from the year before. The NRF had forecast holiday spending growth of 3.6 percent to 4 percent. They attributed this to growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence, leading consumers… [Read More]

Locals Rewarded for Being Loyal to Local

Three local consumers have proven their loyalty to buying local this holiday season, each winning a $100 gift voucher to a local LOVEVA business of their choice in the ‘Shift Your Shopping’ competition. Alice Gay Jenney of Virginia Beach, David Wolfe of Norfolk and Judith Joynes of Hampton were the three winners randomly selected on… [Read More]

Ready, Set, Bid: Open House & Silent Auction Sneak Peek

The Retail Alliance (RA) team is very excited to host members and guests this  Thursday for our Annual Holiday Open House & Silent Auction. We hope to see you there in your ugly Christmas sweater and ready to bid on some wonderful auction items. This is the perfect time to fellowship with the Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Steps To Business Success For The Holiday Season And Beyond

Brick-and-mortar businesses – retailers, restaurants, services companies – must constantly reshape their goals and create the future rather than letting it control them. The final quarter of 2017 is upon us.  And the annual holiday period can make or break a business’s bottom-line. Here are a few tips for creating success, for the holiday season… [Read More]

We’re Taking the Pulse of Retail in Hampton Roads This Holiday Season!

    Retail Pulse is back! If you aren’t familiar with Retail Pulse, it’s an annual survey Retail Alliance conducts, to check on the vitality and success of retail in the Hampton Roads region. This year we are back with a survey to gauge the expectations and intentions of shoppers and store owners this holiday… [Read More]

Certificate in Retail Operations Now Available to All Gloucester Businesses

Retail Alliance’s Center for Retail Excellence partners with Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Retail Alliance’s educational arm, the Center for Retail Excellence, has partnered with Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust to launch a Certificate in Retail Operations, available to all retailers in Gloucester and surrounding areas. “We are excited that our partnership with Retail Alliance… [Read More]