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.

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 Education Foundation (TREF) is a charitable educational foundation of TRA. It is funded by TRA members to make available educational opportunities through programs, seminars, partnerships and scholarships for the next generation of retail professionals in Texas.

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TREF Objectives:

  • Work toward improving the Texas workforce through the funding of scholarships and educational opportunities.

  • Support the Retail Management Program at University of Houston Downtown.

  • Support Retail Industry Program of the Houston Independent School District.

  • Support and helps fund the Center for Retail Enterprises at University of Texas Tyler.

  • Support and helps fund the Retail Management Program at Tyler Junior College.

  • Support Retail Management Program at Houston Community College.

  • Support Retailing and Consumer Science Department at University of Houston.

  • Host the Annual Texas Retailers Golf Tournament Benefiting the Texas Retailers Education Foundation.

To learn more about TREF programs or to become a part of our giving community by donating to TREF, please contact Justin Williamson at jwilliamson@txretailers.org


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The mission of The Texas Federation of Drug Stores (TFDS) is to promote and extend the use and sale of products sold and dispensed in retail drug stores in the State of Texas; improve relations with suppliers, government, consumers, news media, educators and educational institutions and other enterprises and professions concerned with the delivery of healthcare; and to establish and maintain business practices of the highest standards

The Texas Federation of Drug Stores (TFDS) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association representing companies that operate more than 2,300 community retail pharmacy outlets in the State of Texas.

The Federation is a dues-paying member of the Texas Retailers Association. The Federation has its own Board of Directors and Bylaws.

The Federation’s activity is focused on pharmacy-specific legislative and regulatory issues, including: the administration of state and federal drug programs (i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, workers’ compensation); Texas State Board of Pharmacy activities; scope of practice issues; and professional practice issues (i.e. conscientious objection and workforce issues).

The organization is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Congress and Texas Pharmacy Practice Coalition. Through these organizations, the Federation enjoys a close working relationship with the Texas Pharmacy Association, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Texas State Board of Pharmacy, Texas Medicaid Vendor Drug Program, and all of the colleges and schools of pharmacy in Texas.

The Federation meets on a quarterly basis and communicates regularly through email, except during the regular legislative session (January to May of even-numbered years), when they hold weekly conference calls that are generously funded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

For more information about the Texas Federation of Drug Stores, contact us at (512) 472-8261 or email dcardona@txretailers.org.

Some of the many issues that the Texas Food Council are actively engaged and advocates for food retailers are:

  • TABC Reform

  • EBT and eWIC

  • SNAP Program

  • WIC Program

  • New Hire Reporting and Wage Garnishment

  • Tobacco Regulations and Enforcement

  • Money Services

  • Organized Retail Crime

  • Legislative Issues

Texas Food Council (TXFC)

Texas Food Council is a freestanding affiliate of the Texas Retailers Association. The premier group representing the supermarket and grocery store industry in Texas, the Texas Food Council is the successor organization to the Texas Food Marketing Association which merged into the Texas Retailers Association in 1984 and the Gulf Coast Retailers Association which merged into TRA in 2006.

The current chair of the Texas Food Council is Kathy Sweidel- Caton with Lewis Food Town. Ms. Sweidel-Caton also serves on the Texas Retailers Association Board of Directors as an officer and member of the Executive Committee.

To request further information or to become a member of the Texas Food Council, contact Gary Huddleston at ghuddleston@txretailers.org.

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