rotylogo2015Nominations are open to the public for Retail Alliance’s Annual Retailer of the Year (ROTY) awards. Now in it’s eighth year, the ROTYs celebrate the accomplishments of the local retail industry in Hampton Roads.

Nominate your favorite local retailer before March 20 by visiting or completing the form below.


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Winners do not have to be Retail Alliance members and are not based on how many nominations are made – you only need to be nominated once to be eligible! Judging is undertaken by an impartial group of business and retail industry experts. The best part is that there is no cost to be involved!

This year, there will be a winner and runner-up from three different categories: retailers, services, and restaurants. So get your nominations in now to be part of this great annual tradition.

On the evening of Thursday, May 28, 2015, Retail Alliance will honor these Hampton Roads “local retail superheroes” at their annual awards event at The Wells Theater in Downtown Norfolk. The ROTYs is an extravagant evening of entertainment, cocktails, tastings, and a glamorous awards show. Vanessa Coria, WVEC-Channel 13, will once again host the 2015 ROTYs.

Nominees must be in business for at least three years and show excellence in creativity, business acumen, retail success, and ability to thrive in any economy. Impartial judges will make the selection based on business growth, community involvement, financial strength, stability, etc.

For more information about the Retailer of the Year award and ceremony please contact Kelly Nahaj                           @ 757-455-9324 or email We rely on the support of our local community to host a successful event. You can get involved as a sponsor for as little as $100. For more information contact Kelly.

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About Retail Alliance

The Retail Alliance, formerly known as the Retail Merchants Association of Tidewater, is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of local retailers in Greater Hampton Roads. The organization promotes and supports the healthy growth of retail businesses and trade through education, advocacy and member benefits.