News Releases

MRA announces 2019-2020 scholarship winners

21 students receiving Retailers scholarships

MRA’s annual scholarship competition is awarding 21 scholarships totaling $30,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.

The awards are funded by the Michigan Retailers Foundation and contributions from MRA members and other donors.

Food Retailers Summit is Sept. 25-27: Register now!

Grocers, suppliers and friends – join us at Crystal Mountain Resort for the Food Retailers Summit, where we’ll take networking to the next level! This year’s agenda is full of hot topics and networking events that we can’t wait to share with you.

The power of power tools on your shelves: More customers

According to Hardware Retailing magazine, 81 percent of power tools are purchased in-store, not online.

The magazine surveyed customers, who said they purchased a new tool based on price and where they were already shopping at the time.

Sign up to take advantage of $5 billion class action settlement

By JOHN MAYLEBEN

As some of you already know, there is a class action lawsuit claiming that merchants paid more fees than they should have for accepting Visa and MasterCard as payment from consumers.

Retail shop gives back to community in a big way

Story and photos: SHANDRA MARTINEZ

You might call Copper Nail a successful failure. It was supposed to be a senior center with a little shop. Instead, it became a successful retail shop that brings seniors together.

How the Grand Hotel remains current in a somewhere-in-time setting

By SHANDRA MARTINEZ

For most of its life, the 133-year-old Grand Hotel has been a favorite summertime destination for Michiganders. But in the last decade,

Congratulations to 3 MRA retirees

Michigan Retailers will say goodbye to four retiring employees this summer, and three are happening on June 28! President and CEO James P. Hallan’s retirement was previously announced and will occur on Aug.

Urgent Verifone Terminal Issue

If you don’t process with a Verifone terminal, or if you have already completed this update, please disregard this notice.

Verifone has informed us of an expiring certificate that will impact processing if not resolved prior to June 25,

Buy Nearby unveils two new features

Buy Nearby Guy is out visiting parades, festivals, 5Ks and business expos, as the busy season to promote MRA’s shop-local campaign kicks into high gear. And MRA is working hard to make the Buy Nearby campaign as relevant as possible to your downtowns.

James Hallan: Late-Spring musings

By JAMES P. HALLAN – MRA President and CEO

ISSUES ABOUND
As the opening lyric in the old Lovin’ Spoonful tune goes, “Hot town, summer in the city” my prediction is that this is going to be a long legislative summer.