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Retail Alliance

Retail Alliance is committed to strengthening the retail community by championing for your success, educating you and your peers, and building lasting relationships far beyond membership.

The Retail Alliance is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of local retailers in Hampton Roads since 1903. We promote and support the healthy growth of retail businesses and trade through our signature programs: STRIVE educational workshops, Center for Retail Excellence education, Virginia Retail Federation legislative lobbying and industry advocacy, LOVEVA Buy Local rewards program, plus many other discounts and member benefits.

We promise to provide our retail and business partners with dependable, responsive, and uncompromising products and service. We build alliances within the retail community, with vendors, industry and community leaders, and allied businesses for the success of our retail members.

Retailer of the Year Awards

Since 2008, Retail Alliance has conducted the Retailer of the Year (ROTY) event for Hampton Roads’ retailers. The ROTY awards is our premier signature event that recognizes excellence in retailing while honoring merchants who demonstrate the very best in product quality, customer service and community involvement across retail, service, and restaurant categories. In addition, we recognize Up and Comer retailers for Southside and Peninsula, People’s Choice award (voted by consumers) for LOVEVA businesses, and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will also be celebrated and we look forward to honoring their many years in business and the successes and contributions to the retail and wider community.

Eligibility

  1. Must be in business for at least 3 years (less than 3 years can still be nominated and are included in our Up & Comer awards)
  2. Any business that can describe itself as the following is eligible: The last hand-off of any product or service to the end user. They deliver to customers everything from lawn mowers, to art, to insurance, to clothing, to food, to, quite literally, the kitchen sink.
  3. The “Overall Retailer of the Year” may only be designated as the “Overall Winner” once. However, runner-ups may be nominated or selected unlimited number of years.
  4. Nominees or recipients do not need to be a Retail Alliance member.
  5. Criteria for selecting a Lifetime Achievement Award winner is based on: Length of time in business (longevity); Profitability; Community involvement; Reputation; Visual merchandising; Aesthetics; Must be a retailer but doesn’t have to be a member of Retail Alliance.

Nomination Form

If you would like to nominate your favorite service, retailer, or restaurant, click here (and we won’t tell if you want to nominate yourself!).

Nomination Deadlines

Nominations are open from January 1 through to March 1, 2019.

12 awards are presented at an awards ceremony, to be held in May 2019. Winners are announced at the event, apart from Lifetime Achievement Award winner, which is announced in March 2019.

Award Listing

  • Overall Retailer of the Year Award Winner
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • Restaurant Award Winner – Southside
  • Restaurant Award Winner – Up & Comer (<3 years in biz)
  • Restaurant Award Winner – Peninsula
  • Retail Award Winner – Southside
  • Retail Award Winner – Up & Comer (<3 years in biz)
  • Retail Award Winner – Peninsula
  • Service Award Winner – Southside
  • Service Award Winner – Up & Comer (<3 years in biz)
  • Service Award Winner – Peninsula
  • LOVEVA Award Winner

Previous Award Winners (2018)

  • Curvaceous Boutique – Overall Retailer of the Year Award Winner
  • Willis Furniture – Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • Cafe Europa – Restaurant Award Winner – Southside
  • 757 Poke’ – Restaurant Award Winner – Up & Comer (<3 years in biz)
  • Scratch Bakery – Restaurant Award Winner – Peninsula
  • Tidewater Diamond – Retail Award Winner – Southside
  • Great Outdoor Provision Co. – Retail Award Winner – Up & Comer (<3 years in biz)
  • Yolanda’s – Retail Award Winner – Peninsula
  • Escape Room – Service Award Winner – Up & Comer (<3 years in biz)
  • TechArk Solutions, LLC – Service Award Winner – Southside
  • Chase Roofing, LLC – Service Award Winner – Peninsula
  • The Royal Chocolate – LOVEVA Award Winner

How Are Awards Judged

  • Retail  –  Mystery shops + nomination application
  • Service – Digital/Telephone mystery shops + nomination application
  • Restaurant – “People’s Choice” consumer voting
  • LOVEVA – “People’s Choice” consumer voting

Mystery shop judges are certified mystery shoppers and are independent contractors.

The Retailer of the Year event could not be held without the generosity of sponsors. Sponsorship contributions enable us to offer a discounted admission ticket to each nominee. Sponsorship also contributes to the cost of the event, from venue hire and audio/visual, to decorations, trophies and food. Sponsorship packages are detailed below or download a copy here.

Presenting Sponsor – $8,000 (Exclusive) – RESERVED

  • Billed as “Presenting Sponsor” on all communications associated with Retailer of the Year 2019
  • Company/Organization linked logo and ad space on webpage and Retail Alliance website leading up to the event, billed as “Presenting Sponsor”
  • Recognition as presenting sponsor on social media (with logo and link), member e-newsletters , event emails, and postcards prior to event
  • Company logo on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Cover page recognition in professional event program and full page advertisement on back page of the program
  • Ten (10) tickets to Retailer of the Year event
  • Company logo as Presenting Sponsor shown on PowerPoint slide along with verbal acknowledgement
  • Four (4) additional full page advertisements in our quarterly Retail Angles print publication for Q3 & Q4 2019 – Q1 & Q2 2020
  • Presenter rights for Overall Retailer of the Year Award on the night of the event
  • Sponsor spotlight/advertorial published in Retail Angles and digitally prior to event

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor – $5,000 (Exclusive)

  • Billed as “Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor” on all communications associated with Retailer of the Year 2019
  • Company/Organization linked logo and ad space on webpage Retail Alliance website leading up to the event, billed as “Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor”
  • Recognition as Lifetime Achievement sponsor on social media (with logo and link), member e-newsletters , event emails, and postcards prior to event
  • Company logo on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Logo recognition in professional event program and full page advertisement on inside front page of the program
  • Eight (8) tickets to Retailer of the Year event
  • Company logo as Lifetime Achievement Sponsor shown on PowerPoint slide along with verbal acknowledgement
  • Two (2) additional full page advertisement in our quarterly Retail Angles print publication for Q3 & Q4 2019 – Q1 & Q2 2020

Platinum Sponsor – $2,000 (Multiple)

  • Company/Organization linked logo on the Retail Alliance website leading up to the event
  • Recognition on social media (with logo and link), member e-newsletters , and event emails prior to event
  • Company logo on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Logo recognition in professional event program and PowerPoint presentation at event
  • Full page advertisement inside the event program
  • Six (6) tickets to Retailer of the Year event

Gold Sponsor – $1,000 (Multiple)

  • Company/Organization linked logo on the Retail Alliance website leading up to the event
  • Recognition on social media (with logo and link), member e-newsletters, and event emails prior to event
  • Company logo on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Logo recognition in professional event program and PowerPoint presentation at event
  • Half page (1/2) advertisement inside the event program
  • Four (4) tickets to Retailer of the Year event

Silver Sponsor – $500 (Multiple)

  • Company/Organization linked logo on the Retail Alliance website leading up to the event
  • Recognition on social media (with logo and link), member e-newsletters, and event emails prior to event
  • Company logo on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Logo recognition in professional event program and PowerPoint presentation at event
  • Half page (1/2) advertisement inside the event program
  • Two (2) tickets to Retailer of the Year event

Bronze Sponsor – $250 (Multiple)

  • Company/Organization linked logo on the Retail Alliance website leading up to the event
  • Recognition on social media (with logo and link), member e-newsletters, and event emails prior to event
  • Company logo on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Logo recognition in professional event program and PowerPoint presentation at event
  • Two (2) tickets to Retailer of the Year event

Leadership Circle Contributor – $100 (Multiple)

  • Company/Organization name (no logo) as a Leadership Circle Contributor on the Retail Alliance website leading up to the event
  • Company name on the promotional posterboard/banner located at event venue
  • Company name recognition in professional event program and PowerPoint presentation at event

ROTY Logo

ROTY Nominee Badges for Social Media

Q: Is there any cost associated with accepting the nomination?

A: No, the nomination process is free of charge.

Q: Who can nominate a business for Retailer of the Year (ROTY) 2019?

A: Anyone can nominate a business for ROTY through filling out this brief nomination form.

Q: My business has been nominated, what do I do next?

A: Once your business has been nominated, you will be notified via email and/or mail regarding what category and award you were nominated for. In those communications, you’ll be given a link to ACCEPT and COMPLETE your nomination and provide further details. After you’ve accepted and completed nomination, your nomination submission will be eligible for judging.

Q: How will my nomination/business be judged?

A: Awards are split into three categories, Retail, Service, and Restaurants. Retail and Service nominations are independently judged via mystery shops. The Restaurant category is NOT judged but selected based on popular vote of consumers.

Q: How & when are winners announced?

A: Winners are announced the night of our annual Retailer of the Year Awards event on May 30 and released to the media and retail community the following day.

Q. What do winners receive?

A: Winners receive a trophy and a banner to hang at their business location as well as bragging rights! There will also be publicity of the winners to the media and through social media channels. The overall Retailer of the Year winner will receive a professionally produced video in the month following the event.

Q: Are categories split by city and or region?

A: Yes, only businesses in the Hampton Roads region are eligible to win awards. Each category will have designated winners from the Southside & Peninsula.

Q: Are categories split by the age of business?

A: Yes, each category will have a designated Up & Comer winner, which is classified by being in business three years or under. If a franchise or multiple branch, the corporate headquarters establishment will take precedence over the individual store age.

Q: What businesses are eligible to win the LOVEVA Award?

A: Only current LOVEVA businesses on the app, during the voting period, are eligible to win the LOVEVA award. All LOVEVA businesses are automatically nominated and winner is chosen via popular vote of consumers.

Q: Do nominees attend the Retailer of the Year event for free?

A: No, but nominee tickets are subsidized at a discounted rate, thanks to the support of our event sponsors.