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Ten Retail Leaders Recognized As Minnesota’s Retail Champions

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2020

Today’s Minnesota consumer is well-researched, cost-conscious and appreciative of shopping experiences and options. Join the Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) as we recognize ten leading retailers and industry partners at the announcement of the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champions.

Winners accepted their awards virtually during Retail Rally on Wednesday, October 7. Retail Rally is changing the way retailers and their key business partners engage with today’s consumer. The event featured seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas.

“We are proud to recognize ten innovative retailers, communities and partners that are leading the way in connecting with consumers and today’s trends following a vigorous process to identify Minnesota’s Retail Champions,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “The retail industry has a deep impact on Minnesota communities, and these award recipients are truly representative of what’s great about retail across the state, how the industry is changing, and what it takes to attract customers today.”

Watch the winner's video announcement here!

The following is a complete list of the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champion Award recipients:

Best Place to Work
Fitger’s on the Lake, Duluth, MN
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Customer Experience
Past & Present Home Gallery, Alexandria, MN
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Lifetime Achievement
Roberta Bonoff, Minnetonka, MN
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Retailer of the Year
Schuler Shoes, Locations throughout MN
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Retail Manager of the Year
Scott Farrell, Down in the Valley, Golden Valley, MN
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Retail Innovation
Jaxon Grey, Minneapolis, MN
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Business Resource of the Year
Boulay, Eden Prairie, MN
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Vendor Partner of the Year
Minneapolis Mart, Minnetonka, MN
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Retail Community of the Year
MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, Blaine, MN
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Advocate of the Year
Christine Ward, various locations in Minnesota
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MnRA started the award process by putting out a statewide call for nominations early in the year. A panel of peer judges reviewed nearly eight dozen nominations and selected the top nominee in each category. Tickets to the event are $25 online at

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