Nominations sought for Retailer of the Year Award

Nominations sought for Retailer of the Year Award The South Dakota Retailers Association is seeking nominations for the Retailer of the Year Award.

The award is presented each year to a retail store owner or manager who consistently provides outstanding customer service and is also actively involved in the community. People who own or manage a retail store are eligible.

SDRA Awards Committee Chairman Dave Nielsen of Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls says the award provides a way for customers, business groups and employees to honor retail businesses who have made significant contributions to their communities, and have done a good job in spite of the many obstacles faced by businesses today.

"I have a special admiration for those South Dakota retailers who have been able to compete in a sea of global business giants," says Nielsen. "Every town in South Dakota has business owners who are a credit to their community and to retailing as a whole, and this award is a way to recognize those values and that dedication."

Prior winners of the award have come from every size of community throughout South Dakota, and have operated businesses as diverse as clothing stores, grocery stores, computer stores, appliance businesses, hardware stores, shoe stores, gift shops, restaurants, implement dealerships and pharmacies. Finalists for the award receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service.

"When a customer or employee nominates a business operator for this prestigious award, it demonstrates that people recognize the important role that retailers play in the community," Nielsen noted. "There are countless businesses in our state who have weathered many seasons, who have continued to work hard when it's tough to make a dollar, and still go the extra mile for their customers, while also finding other ways to be of service to their communities."

Nominations for the Retailer of the Year Award must reach the Retailers Association office by Nov. 15 to be considered. A committee of retailers from throughout the state will select the winner, and the recipient will be honored at th4e SDRA Awards Banquet in PIerre in January.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at (605) 224-5050 or toll-free at 1-800-658-5545, or via e-mail at dleslie @sdra.org.

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