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Chad Ayers

Podcast: Strong community and culture

MLive's Eric Hultgren chats with Chad Ayers, Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. board member, and owner of Allendale True Value. Ayers shares how much appreciation he has for his staff and the company culture and talks about how his community came…

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Kalamazoo Shopper Wins $500 Gift Card on Buy Nearby Weekend

Michigan Retailers Association awards prize in #buynearbymi photo contest. Robin DeHaan’s trip to Grand Rapids over Buy Nearby Weekend won her a $500 gift card from the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) for buying nearby. DeHaan visited Mokaya, an artisan chocolate…

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Redirect Your Shopping Dollars to Michigan Businesses

If Michigan consumers changed just one in 10 of their out-of-state purchases to a Michigan store, our economy would get a $1.9 billion boost and add nearly 14,000 jobs. With 122,000 stores, Michigan’s retail industry employs about 758,000 workers and…

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MRA’s Annual Buy Nearby Weekend is Oct. 1-3

Shop local, enter photo contest, get deals at participating retailers Many businesses, including Michigan Retailers Association members, across the state will celebrate Buy Nearby Weekend on Oct. 1-3, offering special merchandise or sales and the chance for one lucky shopper…

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Eric Hultgren and MRA President and CEO Bill Hallan

Podcast: Connecting with your membership

Eric Hultgren, of MLive, interviews Michigan Retailers Association President and CEO William J. Hallan on how the association advocates and connects with their membership. Hallan also discusses the status of revenge shopping and what he predicts what sales will look…

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