Nominations Sought for South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award

The South Dakota Retailers Association invites customers, vendors and civic organizations to nominate their favorite retail store, grocery store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award.

Each year, the Association presents the award to a business owner or manager who is committed to running an excellent business and who plays a positive role in their community.

“Every community has those business people who stand out because they go the extra mile in taking care of their customers, they are supportive of their employees, and they give back to their community in meaningful ways,” says Shawn Lyons, Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA). “Those are the people who help to make a city or town a better place to live, and we want to hear about them.”

Individual business owners and managers are eligible for the award, as are partners and families who run a business as a team.

Previous recipients of the Retailer of the Year Award include hardware stores, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, flower shops, appliance stores, gift shops, pharmacies, implement dealers, book stores, and other businesses that play a vital role in the daily life of communities across the state.

Nominations may be mailed, emailed or faxed by Nov. 1, 2016. Nomination forms and instructions are available online at Nominations may also be submitted by letter to SDRA at PO Box 638, Pierre, SD 57501, by fax at 605.224.2059 or by email at

A committee of retailers will select the recipient, who will be honored at the SDRA Awards Banquet in Pierre in January. The event is attended by legislators and state officials, as well as by business people from across the state.

Nominees who are finalists for the award will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service by mail.

For more information, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at 800-658-5545, visit the association’s website at or email

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