News Releases

How do you respond when shoppers ask you to discount merchandise?

By Meegan Holland, MRA Vice President, Communications and Marketing

One of the favorite parts of my job is talking to retailers. I hear plenty of bizarre stories,

Michigania: A store that exemplified Pure Michigan


They shared three loves: Michigan, Lansing and doing work that matters.

If anyone epitomized the Buy Nearby philosophy of the Michigan Retailers Association,

Robaire’s Bakery owner Dina Desormes of Mount Pleasant: In her own words

Dina Desormes photo


If you go to Robaire’s Bakery website, you won’t see owner Dina Desormes’ name. But make no mistake, the French native has been the force behind the popular stop in Mount Pleasant since 1961.

March sales up after rough February

LANSING – Michigan took a leap in the right direction, with a large increase in retail sales in March, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch.

Musings: After 22 years, a new look

By James P. Hallan, MRA President and Chief Executive Officer

Spring means new beginnings and that applies to The Retailer as well. By now, you’ve noticed the publication you hold in your hands looks very different from what you’ve seen in the past.

Michigan Retail Association Executive Amy Drumm nationally recognized for public affairs efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today recognizes the extraordinary leadership in public affairs, industry relations and community relations of Amy Drumm, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Retailers Association.

New member benefit: Discounted payroll processing with ConnectPay

The Michigan Retailers Association and ConnectPay are announcing a partnership that adds a valuable benefit available to MRA members.

ConnectPay, which processes payroll and payroll taxes for thousands of small businesses across the nation,

February floods: Retailers deal with insurance issues, loss of records and inventory

By John Schneider

Jeff Johnson was in Marquette on Feb. 21, watching his grandson compete in a ski race, when he got word that disaster was about to strike his business back home in Lansing.

Retail pop-up stores help entrepreneurs test ideas

By Rick Haglund

Downtown Muskegon was slowly revitalizing, years after the failed Muskegon Mall was demolished. But a crucial commercial element was missing.

“Retail wasn’t coming downtown as fast as we’d like,” City Clerk Ann Meisch said.