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NCRMA Responds to New Retail Policies

RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) issued the following statement from Andy Ellen, president and general counsel, regarding the issuance of Executive Order 131 by Governor Roy Cooper.

“The main concern for all retailers continues to be the health and safety of their employees and their customers.

As the statewide association for retail, we believe the measures contained in Executive Order 131 are well thought out as they address the concerns of maximum occupancy for retail locations, social distancing and sanitation, while also encouraging best practices such as plexiglass dividers and the use of hand sanitizer when available and when practical. We appreciate the thoughtful dialogue and deliberation on how this order will apply to both large and small retail businesses throughout North Carolina.

Hopefully, Executive Order 131 will ensure uniformity by providing one set of consistent rules throughout North Carolina allowing retailers to focus their efforts fully on taking care of their customers and employees while providing the supplies and goods North Carolinians need, safely and efficiently.”

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About the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) is a nonprofit trade association organized in 1902 to improve the business climate for retailers in North Carolina. Over 100 years later, NCRMA remains the voice of the retail industry for North Carolina. NCRMA represents the interests of individual merchants before the General Assembly and serves as a vital link to state government. Its credibility lies in its longevity and commitment to serving the ever-changing needs of its members. The Association’s membership includes more than 25,000 stores from across the state whose business represents 75 percent of North Carolina’s retail sales volume.  NCRMA serves both large and small retailers from multi-state chains to local “mom and pops” and all types of merchants including antique, apparel, art, automotive, book, carpet, department, drug, electronics, floral, furniture, grocery, hardware, jewelry, paint and variety stores. For more information, visit


NCRMA President
Andy Ellen

Senior Communications Director
Ann Edmondson

Ann Edmondson
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