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Retail Strategies Welcomes Top Talent to Expanding Retail Recruitment Team

Alex Edwards, Hanna Simmons Join Growing Team

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 10, 2023) – Retail Strategies is pleased to announce that Hanna Simmons and Alex Edwards have joined our growing implementation team. As Portfolio Directors, Hanna and Alex will act as the day-to-day contact for our client communities, making retailer and property owner outreach.

Portfolio directors act as the day-to-day contact for clients and make retailer and property owner outreach on behalf of the city. Retail development coordinators focus on retail recruitment by identifying retail, restaurant, and hospitality companies to fill gaps within client communities.

Clay Craft, Retail Strategies’ vice president of client services, shares his excitement about growing his team with new, elite talent. “Alex and Hanna are driven individuals who will oversee retail recruiting proactively while developing strong relationships with clients. We can’t wait to see how their expertise will advance our implementation efforts.”

Alex Edwards will serve as portfolio director servicing clients in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Alex previously held the position of director of solutions operations at Landing, where she created a new department and set up KPIs to assess how its performance impacted the organization. Alex received her Bachelor of Arts in communications and information sciences, with a double major in journalism and political science from the University of Alabama.

Hanna Simmons is the portfolio director for client communities in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Hanna most recently worked as a sales associate for Business Interiors, where she developed and presented solutions, nurtured and built relationships, and improved clients’ working environments. She also served for four years as a marketing manager. Hanna graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in environmental design.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities.  Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality-of-life amenities.

With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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