Florida Chain Store Association, Inc., forms as a for-profit corporation with headquarters in Orlando to represent public-relations interests of large chain stores. Charles Korbley is unofficial manager.
Florida Chain Store Association dissolves and reemerges as the Retail Merchants Division of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, an independent entity. Association changes its name to Florida Retail Federation (FRF). Membership endorses policy of legislative involvement for first time.
FRF headquarters moves to Tallahassee for more effective representation of retailers in legislative process. Government affairs becomes top priority. W. “Bill” Kundrat, Jr., becomes FRF president and general manager on October 1. Kundrat comes from the Louisiana Retailers Association.
OrdinanceWatch is formed. This unique web-based service detects, tracks and reports on proposed local government ordinances in all of Florida’s 67 counties and its 105 largest municipalities. OrdinanceWatch is a Florida Retail Federation member service. www.ordinancewatch.com
Florida Bankcard Solutions is added to FRF’s portfolio of services. This service helps retailers throughout the state to save money on processing credit card transactions and maximizing their savings and profit potential. Florida Bankcard Solutions is a service of Florida Retail Federation Services, Inc.
Florida Retail Masters program is created. This is an intense leadership development program designed exclusively for up-and-coming retail executives from all sizes and types of businesses. It is at the heart of the Florida Retail Foundation’s educational activities.
Team Retail is formed, which includes our professional staff, our consultants, and most importantly, our member volunteers and leaders. Team Retail has strengthened our industry and our association on a variety of fronts.
More than two decades of hard work finally paid off in 2006 with the repeal of Joint and Several Liability. This was a tremendous landmark victory in tort reform. Other 2006 Legislative Session highlights included passage of three tax-free holidays and addressing the pedigree papers issue of concern to chain drug stores.
Team Retail contributed more than $1.6 million during this election cycle to approximately 125 friend-of-business campaigns. To facilitate the increased political activity, FRF expanded its committees of continuous existence from 4 to 10.
The Chairman's Circle of the Florida Retail Foundation is formed. This group is a very special group of organizations that understand the critical value of retailing to Florida's economy and to their own operations. They demonstrate support for retailing by joining the Chairman's Circle and supporting special activities of the Florida Retail Foundation.
The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, became FRF’s permanent home in February 1982 with official commemoration on March 3. Since that time, FRF has reestablished the tradition of Gallie’s Hall as a prominent focal point and convenient gathering place. On December 28, 2009, the agreement to purchase Gallie’s Hall was finalized. The members of the Florida Retail Federation are now the proud owners of the historical Gallie’s Hall buildings. Like the Florida Retail Federation, Gallie’s Hall will continue to be an important part of Florida retailing and its history.