Dunklin, Robinson nominated as retailer of the year

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 9, 1999

Jim Dunklin and Daniel Robinson were recently nominated by the Alabama Retail Association as Retailer of The Year along with more than 100 business people from across the state. The winner will be officially named at a banquet in November.

Local businessmen, Daniel Robinson and Jim Dunklin, have joined a list of more than 40 retailers from around the state who have been nominated as retailer of the year' by the Alabama Retail association. This newly created award developed in conjunction with the University of Alabama is designed to recognize Alabama's finest retail business people.

The award recognizes business people in three categories of retail: under $2 million in annual sales, $2 million-$10 million, and over $10 million.

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Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Ralph Stacy said the nominations show the strength of the retail community in Greenville.

"We are honored that both Jim and Daniel have been nominated for this award," Stacy said. "We feel it speaks volumes about our business community and its members commitment to innovative processes that enhance not only their businesses but also our city."

Robinson, who is also a county commissioner for district four, found out about the nomination in August. He said he doesn't expect to actually win, but is honored by the nomination.

"It is an honor to have your name mentioned as a nominee for retailer of the year," Robinson said. "I have seen the list of nominations and there are some fine people on it."

Robinson said that the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet to increase business in downtown have helped his business significantly, but he still continues to do business the way he always has.

"I like to treat my customers with old-fashioned service and a smile," he said.

Stacy said Robinson's Beauty Supply is truly a family business.

"Daniel embodies the pure entrepreneurial spirit and he continues to expand his already successful business." Stacy said.

Jim Dunklin, owner of Greenville Hardware, said he was surprised by the nomination. He said his secret to success is to do business with simple values in mind.

"We try to run our business with integrity and treat each customer like they want to be treated," he said. "My employees are loyal and work hard and they really make our store what it is."

Stacy said Dunklin's business is a cornerstone of Greenville's retail community.

"Jim is the fourth generation to operate a business that has its roots in the nineteenth century and has worked to transport it into the twenty-first century," he said.

A Bronze, Silver and Gold award will be presented to the winners in each category at a luncheon during the University of Alabama's annual Retailing Day on October 21.