Nominations open now for state’s best retailers

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Annette Harris, owner of Cullman’s Rumors Deli, accepts the 2017 Silver Retailer of the Year award in October 2017. Nominations are open now for the 2018 awards. / Photo courtesy of the Alabama Retail Association

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Retail Association will accept nominations for the 2018 Retailer of the Year awards through Monday, May 14. This prestigious award, begun in 1999, recognizes outstanding retailers who have demonstrated a blend of sound and innovative business practices with commitment to their communities, customers and employees.

Nominees must own, operate or manage a retail business with a physical presence in Alabama and that Alabama location must have been in operation for a minimum of five years, with the exception of the Emerging Retailer category, in which case a minimum of two years is required. To be considered a retail operation, a business must collect state and local sales taxes.

“A winning entry is a retailer who has been a credit to retailing and an asset to their community. Retailers provide jobs, serve their communities and help boost Alabama’s economy,” said Alabama Retail President Rick Brown. “The Retailer of the Year awards honor just a few of the many outstanding retailers who make a positive difference every day in the communities they serve.”

Cullman businesses are no stranger to the Retailer of the Year honors. Rumors Deli was named by the Alabama Retail Association as Alabama’s 2017 Silver Retailer of the Year in the Annual Sales Less Than $1 Million category.

For more information on the Retailer of the Year Awards or to submit nominations, visit