The Washington Retail Association (WRA) was established in 1987 by merchants concerned with advancing and safeguarding the well being of the retail industry. Today the Association is recognized by merchants, legislators, state officials and other trade groups as a powerful and effective spokesperson for the retail industry.
WRA is the only association in Washington formed exclusively to advocate the unique interest of the retailing industry on state legislative and regulatory issues. Our strength is in our numbers and in the diversity of our membership. WRA represents over 3,500 retail storefronts. Our roster includes all types of retailers in all parts of the state, including the largest national chains to the smallest independent businesses. Members include wholesalers, dealers, professional services, and mall owners & operators.
The Association is affiliated nationally with the National Retail Federation, the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Council of State Retail Association Executives. WRA has strong partnerships with local chambers of commerce as well as the state chamber, the Association of Washington Business.