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#ShopAlabama for the Holidays Multi-City Kickoff

As the busiest shopping days of the year approach, the Alabama Retail Association is launching a statewide “#ShopAlabama for the Holidays” tour. The multi-city kickoff event is set for Thursday, Nov. 17 through Monday, Nov 21, with stops in Auburn, Dothan, Fairhope, Montgomery, Mountain Brook and Tuscaloosa. Alabama Retail will hold a news conference in each of the six cities in partnership with the local chamber or business association to encourage residents to shop local for their holiday purchases and support the retailers who support their community. The mayors of Auburn, Dothan, Montgomery, Mountain Brook and Tuscaloosa are scheduled to speak at their city’s respective kickoff.

#ShopAlabama for the Holiday Tour Schedule

THURSDAY, NOV. 17
9 a.m. – Montgomery
ISHI Boutique, 10 Court Square

Speakers: Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery; Lisa McGinty, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce; Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association

2 p.m. – Auburn
Wrapsody, 112 N. College St.
Speakers: Mayor Bill Ham, Auburn; Lolly Steiner, Auburn Chamber of Commerce; Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association

FRIDAY, NOV. 18
11 a.m. – Birmingham
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road
Speakers: Mayor Stewart Welch, Mountain Brook; Dan Bundy, Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce; Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association

2 p.m. – Tuscaloosa
Effie’s, 404 Queen City Ave. 
Speakers: Mayor Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa; Al Spencer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association

MONDAY, NOV. 21
10 a.m. – Dothan
Northside Mall, Outside Eagle Eye Outfitters, 3535 Ross Clark Circle
Speakers: Mayor Mike Schmitz, Dothan; Commission Chairman Mark Culver, Houston County; Matt Parker, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce;
Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association

3:30 p.m. – Fairhope
Fairhope Welcome Center, 20 N. Section St.
Speakers: Alex Robinson; Downtown Fairhope Business Association;
Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association

#ShopAlabama, a statewide initiative of the Alabama Retail Association, promotes Alabama retailers and the contributions they make to their individual communities. Spending your money with Alabama retailers creates a powerful ripple effect and returns the most to your local economy. By shopping locally, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors – the ones who sponsor your Little League teams, donate to your fundraisers and reinvest their time and money into your community. Retail, including food and drink establishments, supports one in four jobs in Alabama and brings in $19 billion, or almost 10 percent of Alabama’s gross domestic product, placing retail in the state’s top four highest-producing industries outside of government.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Melissa Warnke, Alabama Retail Association | 256.338.0621