About us
Throughout our 90 year history, department stores, specialty shops, drugstores, grocery stores, discount stores, hardware stores, jewelry shops and many other retailers doing business in Texas have all counted on TRA to be their voice in Austin as well as a valued industry resource. In short, we are the voice of Texas retail.

About us

Today, the Texas Retailers Association represents the companies and retail professionals who make up one of the world’s largest economies and provides them a voice in Austin and Washington, DC, as well valuable membership benefits. Through TRA’s various initiatives we aim to improve the lives of not just retailers, but customers as well. By providing government advocacy, industry information and education resources and events, as well as supporting educational programs  and scholarship funds, we ensure our members concerns are met and protected.


The Texas Retailers Association advocates on behalf of our members and industry, in front of lawmakers and government agencies, to defend their business interests and needs. Additionally, TRA serves as a trusted industry resource for retailers doing business in Texas, through any number of opportunities to engage with TRA and fellow retailers.  Through our Texas Retailers Education Foundation, T.R.E.F., we support educational programs and scholarships at the college and high school levels to promote paths to professional careers in retail. And, we are leading the way with innovative efforts, such as our Organized Retail Crime/Loss Prevention initiatives. TRA is a national leader in addressing theft of retail plastic products, which cost retailers and their customers millions every year. For information how you can join TRA and get involved with all we do, email us at tra@txretailers.org.
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Our Members

We represent retailers across Texas, ranging from Texas based companies of all sizes, to those with a significant presence in our state, to independent shops and stores, to the household names you know. Collectively, TRA represents over 10,000 store fronts and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the state. Listed below is a cross section of some of our members.
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  • faust
  • AI
  • bimbo
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Our Team


George Kelemen



Jim Sheer

V.P. of Government & Regulatory Affairs


Lauren Swetland

Business Development Manager


Diana Cardona

Director of Administration


Texas Retailers Association

1250 Capital of Texas Hwy. Bldg. 3, Suite 385 Austin, TX 78746 Tel. 512-472-8261 Fax. 512-474-5011

Direct Media Inquiries To:

Lauren Swetland Email. lswetland@txretailers.org Tel. 512-472-8261

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