TAHLEQUAH — The history of Independent Retailer Month from its website:
Independent Retailer Month started life in the USA and was born from the collaboration of two very different individuals who share a common desire to salute independent retailers around the globe.
Tom Shay, principal of Profits Plus, created a holiday, ‘National Independent Retailer Week’, to show retailers how they could create celebrations for their communities, industries and own businesses.
Kerry Bannigan, co-Founder of Nolcha Fashion Week, devised ‘Independent Retail Week’, a week-long, city-wide, shopping extravaganza in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Jersey advancing the business of independent fashion retailers. This initiative worked with over 400 retailers, garnered support from the city’s tourism boards, chambers of commerce and Mayor’s office; with features on NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS.
Early discussions began between Bannigan and Shay as they wanted to be inclusive of everyone that had some form of recognition for independent retailing. July 2011 Independent Retailer Month USA was born with the goal to become a global campaign highlighting the important role local merchant’s play in the community, economy and overall retail sector.
The campaign expanded to the United Kingdom, ‘Independent Retailer Month UK’, led by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion.
‘Independent Retailer Month Canada’ is born led by Barbara Crowhurst, Retail Makeover.