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Dan Wolter, Hy-Vee Recognized With Advocate of the Year Award

2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

Screenshot 2022 10 03 at 13 20 24 DRAFT NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION Minnesotas Retail Champions 2022St. Paul (October 4, 2022) – The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize Dan Wolter, government relations director at Hy-Vee, with its Advocate of the Year award as part of the 2022-2023 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Dan is an outstanding advocate not only for Hy-Vee but for the retail industry across Minnesota. Dan has a unique ability to tell the story of retail and its importance to our economy,” said Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president.  “He takes sometimes complicated issues and breaks them down to impacts on customers, employees, and communities. In addition, Dan has the ability to relate to anyone he meets and is able to build effective coalitions on issues impacting Minnesota’s retailers. This award could not go to a more deserving person.”

“Whether it’s buying groceries for tonight’s dinner or having a good-paying job opportunity to pay for that dinner, the lives of Minnesotans are meaningfully impacted each and every day by our retail industry,” said Wolter. “I feel truly fortunate to be able to come to work every day representing not only the helpful smiles of Hy-Vee, but a sector of our economy that puts our customers and our communities first. I am deeply grateful to the Minnesota Retailers Association for this humbling honor.”

Dan Wolter is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Advocate of the Year award. Ten other organizations and individuals will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Manager of the Year, Social Responsibility, Retail Innovation, Customer Experience, Best Place to Work, Building Community Through Retail, Partner of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Special Achievement and Retailer of the Year.

WEmployee Owned 2olter will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Thursday, October 6, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Click here to see all the 2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that add value to its members. www.mnretail.org.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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Buncha Recognized With Partner of the Year Award

2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

bunchaSt. Paul (October 4, 2022) – The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award Buncha with our Partner of the Year award as part of the 2022-2023 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Buncha has a mission to reinvent the last mile to the customer through scheduled, weekly deliveries, with a focus on neighborhoods, lowering costs, and cutting carbon emissions. And Buncha’s retail partners are loving it,” said Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “Based in Minneapolis, Buncha is one of the fastest growing social commerce platform in the U.S., with plans to expand to 12+ markets in the next 12 months. As a key partner to Minnesota retailers of all sizes, Buncha has changed the way customers look at delivery and its value.  We are honored to celebrate the entrepreneurial team at Buncha with our Partner of the Year award and we look forward to their continue success.”

Buncha is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Partner of the Year award. Twelve other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Lifetime Achievement, Retailer of the Year, Retail Manager of the Year, Best Place To Work, Advocate of the Year, Social Responsibility, Special Achievement, Customer Experience, and Building Community Through Retail.

The team at Buncha will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Thursday, October 6, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Click here to see all the 2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that adds value to its members. www.mnretail.org.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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My Happy Place Boutique Recognized With Customer Experience Award

2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

happyplaceSt. Paul (October 4, 2022) – The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize My Happy Place Boutique with its Customer Experience award as part of the 2022-2023 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Located in Somerset, Wisconsin, shoppers–many of them from Minnesota–discover more than just a store when they visit,” said Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “My Happy Place Boutique lives up to its’ name and is so popular, customers travel hundreds of miles to enjoy the latest in women’s fashion, accessories, décor, gifts, and furniture. Cherie and the entire team kick the customer experience up a notch in-store, but also have incredible live shopping shows twice a week on their app, website, Facebook, and Instagram. It’s easy to see why the customer experience is one of the best around and we are honored to recognize My Happy Place Boutique with our Customer Experience award.”

Cherie Link stated “We are honored to receive this award. Our entire team strives to create a memorable experience that keeps our customers coming back time and time again. We have new inventory arriving daily, so our customers find fabulous treasures every visit. Our highlight of the year is our Winter Wonderland event that is always the first Friday in November. The entire store transforms into a magical wonderland and our customers love finding Christmas décor and gifts for everyone on their list.”

My Happy Place Boutique is one of the recipients of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Customer Experience award. Ten other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Manager of the Year, Social Responsibility, Best Place To Work, Advocate of the Year, Building Community Through Retail, Partner of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Special Achievement and Retailer of the Year.

The Team at My Happy Place Boutique will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Thursday, October 6, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Click here to see all the 2022-2023 Minnesota's Retail Champions award winners.

About the Minnesota Retailers Association: The Minnesota Retailers Association promotes, preserves and enhances the retail industry in Minnesota by taking a leadership position in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members. MnRA also works to enhance the public image of the retail industry by providing information, services and support that adds value to its members. www.mnretail.org.

Contact: Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (651) 227-6631

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