Tell Congress to Protect Debit Swipe Fee Reform!

We need your help to preserve debit swipe fee reforms. Please urge your Congressional Representative to oppose efforts by the big banks to repeal the debit swipe fee reforms, which would limit competition and double debit swipe fees for retailers. Repeal would cost our industry and our customers over $6 billion a year. In 2010, […]


Texas Retailers oppose Border Adjustment Tax

The Texas Retailers Association is leading a charge against the Boarder Adjustment Tax – a segment of the House GOP’s tax reform plan – arguing that the “ill-conceived effort” would hurt consumers and retailers. Thursday the group announced the official Texas launch of the Americans for Affordable Products coalition, a collection of more than 400 companies, groups and associations […]


Texas Retail Lobby Day 2017 – 85th Legislative Priorities

Texas Retail Lobby Day is Wednesday, March 29th. The Texas Retailers Association (TRA) has prepared legislative priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.  Collectively, TRA represents more than 320,000 retail establishments and over 3.5 million jobs across the state. The association supports all levels of Texas retail including grocery stores, chains and single location small businesses. […]


Swipes Fees Hurt Retailers and Consumers

Texas is known for its friendliness, delicious food, honesty, and of course, that everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State. The grocery industry is no different. Grocers invest in the communities they serve, ensuring quality and affordable food is readily available, while competing openly in a large industry every day to create […]


TRA Opposes the Border Adjustment Tax

The proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) could cost the average family $1,700 in the first year alone if it is enacted. TRA is pushing back against the ill-conceived tax that could burden our members. TRA, along with other retail associations, retailers, and retail service providers have joined the Americans for Affordable Products Coalition. The Americans […]


In the Cart: February 2017 Compilation

Here’s a compilation of some of the biggest stories affecting grocers for February 2017. New Rules from TX Department of State Health Services on Food Handlers Texas Food Establishment Rules adopted this past year (September 2016) have several new requirements for retail establishments. One of those areas of rule change is in article 228.33  (click […]

Food Deserts talk at Rice

Food Deserts: A National Concern

Recently TRA’s Joe Williams spoke to students of Rice University about a very important topic: Food Deserts. Joe’s been working with grocers across the nation for decades and has seen the impact a proper grocery store can have on a community. He also knows what can happen when fresh, healthy food isn’t readily available. We’ve […]