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Eight Retail Leaders Recognized As Minnesota’s Retail Champions Amid Industry Innovation & Changing Consumer Trends!

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce Recognized With Retail Innovation Award For Destination Downtown Initiative

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2019

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce Recognized With Retail Innovation Award For Destination Downtown Initiative

After reviewing dozens of applications from across the state, the Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce with its Retail Innovation award in the 2019 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“With more than 25 local business and organizations coming together to support the Brainerd Lakes retail community, we are pleased to recognize the truly innovative Destination Downtown project,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “This initiative brings together the entire community around launching retail entrepreneurs and their dream of starting a business in the Brainerd area. As it accepts this award on behalf of stakeholders, we recognize the support that the Brainerd Lakes Chamber offers the entire area retail community as a true model of retail innovation in Minnesota. Never before have we seen a local initiative like this that brings a community together to support launching unique retailers that add to making the area a true destination for shoppers. Congratulations to the Brainerd Lakes community.”

“Our community was truly surprised and honored to be recognized for retail innovation, and the Chamber is excited to accept the award on behalf of this entire team,” says Matt Kilian President of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce. “The Brainerd Lakes Area is fortunate to have an engaged business community that rallies together to address challenges in creative ways. We’re proud of our established retailers as well as those who are just starting their business journeys through this contest. They help make our area one of Minnesota’s premiere tourism destinations.”

Matt Kilian will accept the award in person during the Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the Brookview in Golden Valley beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event features seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Speakers include local favorite and award-winning news anchor-reporter Robyne Robinson with fiveXfive Public Art.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Retail Innovation award. Seven other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Community of the Year, Retail Employee of the Year, Social Responsibility, Retailer of the Year, Outstanding Achievement, Best Place To Work, and Retailer of the Year.

Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Hubert White Named Retailer of the Year

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2019

Hubert White Named Retailer of the Year

After reviewing dozens of applications from across the state, the Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award Hubert White its Retailer of the Year award in the 2019 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“When you look at successful retailers and how they not only serve customers but how long they have been in business, Hubert White stands out,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “From their admired helpful and respectful staff, to their quality products, to the fact that they have been in business since 1916, everything about the store is impressive. The storyline of the White family alone is awe-inspiring. We are honored to recognize Hubert White as our Retailer of the Year.”

“As a family-owned company, we focus on the relationships we can build in retail,” says Bob White, owner of Hubert White. “Our staff respects the customers and makes sure the environment in the store is warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Some of my best friends have been met through Hubert White. My grandfather started the store, passed it down to my father, and now to me. This company is not only my livelihood but my family’s legacy. We are so pleased to be recognized as the Retailer of the Year.”

Bob White will accept the award in person during the Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Brookview in Golden Valley beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event features seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Speakers include local favorite and award-winning news anchor-reporter Robyne Robinson with fiveXfive Public Art.

Hubert White is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Retailer of the Year award. Seven other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Outstanding Achievement, Retail Employee of the Year, Social Responsibility, Vendor Partner of the Year, Customer Experience, Best Place to Work, and Retail Innovation.

Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Mall of America Recognized With Social Responsibility Award For Its Commitment To Sustainability

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2019

Mall of America Recognized With Social Responsibility Award For Its Commitment To Sustainability

After reviewing dozens of applications from across the state, the Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award Mall of America the Social Responsibility award in the 2019 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Minnesota businesses are at the forefront of social responsibility and sustainability, and Mall of America is a distinct leader when it comes to innovative programs and modeling what it means to do the right thing,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “At Mall of America, sustainability is a way of doing business, and it’s not only important to them, but important to their tenants and guests. Just walking around the Mall, you can see so many ways it works to encourage recycling and reuse while reducing waste. And for every sustainability program you can see, there is another behind the scenes that you can’t, but they are equally important. We congratulate Mall of America on receiving our Social Responsibility award.”

“Mall of America was built with sustainability always at the forefront,” said Jill Renslow, SVP of Business Development & Marketing at Mall of America. “We strive to include a sustainability perspective in all that we do. For example, we have worked hard to design a system that makes recycling easy for our tenants and guests. Few people know we are also home to 30,000 live trees and plants, all while maintaining a pesticide-free environment. Mall of America aims to continue leading efforts in being a good steward of the environment and is honored to accept the 2019 Minnesota Retailers Association Social Responsibility Award.”

Jill Renslow and other Mall of America representatives will accept the award in person during the Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Brookview in Golden Valley beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event features seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas. Speakers include local favorite and award-winning news anchor-reporter Robyne Robinson with fiveXfive Public Art.

Mall of America is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Social Responsibility award. Seven other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Retail Community of the Year, Retail Employee of the Year, Social Responsibility, Retail Innovation, Outstanding Achievement, Best Place To Work, and Retailer of the Year.

Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

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