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The Texas Retailers Association celebrated champions of the retail industry during their inaugural Forum’s awards ceremony at La Torretta Resort on Lake Conroe. The Forum brought together more than 150 retail industry leaders for education, networking and honoring award winners.
Texas’ own Brookshire’s Grocery received the title of Large Retailer of the Year with Target and Walmart coming in as finalists. Brookshire’s Grocery has been actively involved at every level of supporting the state retail industry including promoting lobbying efforts both locally and nationally.
TRA presented Walmart with the Education Champion award for their support of the Retailers. They have contributed to TRA’s efforts to provide retail management training to small business store owners. Finalists within this category that also promote industry education were Academy and Lewis Foodtown.
Kroger was recognized as Grocer of the Year as an instrumental member of Texas Retailers Association. They are supportive of issues involving customers on the front end, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. HEB, Brookshire Brothers and Brookshire Grocery were finalists.
The Forum also focused a session track on small but growing Texas retail businesses. Katy-based Amber’s Designs, run by Amber Gustafson, won Small Retailer of the Year.
Amber’s Designs creates and sells fine jewelry. Aggieland Bookstore and BookPeople were also recognized for their achievements in the small retail sector.
George Kelemen, President and CEO of the Texas Retailers Association said, “This has been a successful event that included industry leaders, respected speakers and state and federal representatives capped off by our awards ceremony. We are honored to have brought so many retailers together under one roof to congratulate our distinguished award winners.”