Since 1966, RMA has been recognizing a local retailer who has exemplified his or herself as both an industry leader and a community supporter.

Through the years retail has changed and evolved. In 1966 you couldn’t simply google something and online sales weren’t even a dream. If you wanted to talk to someone, you picked up the phone and called. With so many things that have changed, one thing has not changed, the dedication of local retailers to our community.

Local businesses have always been the backbone of our communities. They give the area economic stability, they employ our friends and neighbors, and they are invested in helping the community thrive.

Starting in 1966, RMA has been honoring an exceptional and distinguished retailer. Retail legends like William Thalhimer and Webster Rhoads were among the first to be recognized for their distinguished leadership in the community by this award. Today, the current Distinguished Retailer of the Year is Ronnie Adolf, Adolf Jewelers. Ronnie’s proven leadership and dedication to giving back to our community truly set him apart.

As we look forward to honoring another Richmond legend this year, we look back and celebrate the tremendous leadership and selfless giving of RVA’s local retailers.

Thank you, local retailers, we wouldn’t be the Richmond we are without you.






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