Helping communities learn to attract retail, teaching how data provides options, and real estate drives decisions.
Retail Recruitment courses for communities looking to utilize their real estate.
we do this by…
communities to ask for what they deserve.
communities on what similar towns have received.
communities to approach retail partners in a smart way.
communities to meet their true potential.
We currently work with 60+ communities.
“Our experience encountered, the information shared, and the strategies learned during our session at Retail Academy in Birmingham, Alabama was worth the time spent and money expended.”
~ James Graham, CEcD
International Economic Development Council
“Our rural communities will benefit greatly from experiencing the Retail Academy process. Data, process, introductions to developers and specific targets were provided to each participant in a customized format. Invaluable.”
~ Michael M. Philpot ,
Executive Director, West Tennessee Industrial Association
“We were able to analyze and understand the data and analysis and help focus our efforts on property for retail development… we now have the necessary tools and industry connections to effectively recruit retailers to our community.”
~ Joe Dike
Industrial Development Corporation
New Boston, Texas
You know your detailed story.
~ Let us give you your retail story. ~
Yoakum EDC, TX
As the EDC Director in a small rural, city (pop. 6,000), I found traditional retail marketing companies too expensive. Retail Academy provided a greater value, allowing me to focus on identified retailers with the greatest potential fit. The first year resulted in two new retail franchises and one national chain filling 25,000 square feet of existing space and 10,000 square feet of new construction.
Anytime Fitness had already purchased land in a nearby city for a new store. When I presented the franchisee, Chip Bubela, with the demographic marketing materials from Retail Academy and aligned them with available space, “we knew Yoakum would be a home run for an Anytime Fitness”. They opened their new store in December 2018.
The education and marketing materials I received from Retail Academy were a huge help in speeding up the recruitment process.
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Director of Retail Academy