Asheville, North Carolina -- At the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, SNEWS® and Backpacker Magazine named the 2009 Retailer of the Year Awards. The awards were handed out in six select categories; Sustainable Business, Community, Youth Involvement, Growth of Outdoor Sports, Conservation, Best Online Retailer and one award for the Best Overall Retailer.
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is proud to announce that out of 100 retailer nominations, five of our members were finalists and three were named as Best-in-Class for their respective categories. The Grassroots winners were; for Sustainable Business: Half-Moon Outfitters (Charleston, SC), for Growth of Outdoor Sports: Midwest Mountaineering (Minneapolis, MN), and for Best Online Retailer: Rock/Creek Outfitters (Chattanooga, TN). Other Grassroots Members who were selected as finalists include Skinny Skis (Jackson, WY) and Summit Hut (Tucson, AZ).
SNEWS and Backpacker selected the winners from over 500 customer generated nominations. The awards are a reflection of what Grassroots members do best; connecting with their consumers. The main goal of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is to connect outdoor enthusiasts to the best local experiences, the finest products, and exceptional events nationwide. Having five out of ten finalists highlights the importance of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance as a national network of the finest specialty retailers. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners. To read the SNEWS story announcing the winners, click here.
About Grassroots Outdoor Alliance
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance unites independent outdoor retailers as a strong voice to protect and promote the experience of outdoor enthusiasts across the United States. We enable access to best business practices for our retail members, to the best equipment and apparel brands for the public, and to the backcountry for all. http://www.Grassrootsoutdoors.com