AmericasMart forms alliance with Georgia and Florida retail associations
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, October 14, 2011
AmericasMart Atlanta, the Georgia Retail Association and the Florida Retail Federation have joined forces in an historic alliance giving top retailers from two of the Southeast's fastest-growing states preferred access to the nation's single-largest home, gift and apparel wholesale marketplace, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., AmericasMart president and chief operating officer and Rick McAllister, president and chief executive officer of the Georgia and Florida entities.
Highlighting the new alliance is the Georgia Retail Association (GRA)-Florida Retail Federation (FRF) AmericasMart Business Center open for the exclusive use of GRA/FRF members shopping AmericasMart's 13 annual markets. Located on floor 6, showroom 677B of AmericasMart Building Two West Wing, the Business Center affords members private lounge facilities and networking opportunities, with GRA/FRF staff associates present during market to address questions and field member input regarding various business, education, service and legislative initiatives.
The alliance opens the door to new education, innovation and business-growth opportunities for thousands of Federation and Association members who as credentialed retailers currently attend or are open to attend AmericasMart arkets, and accelerates AmericasMart's long-standing focus on its expansive southeastern customer base.