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The VRMA was formed in 1905 for the purpose of improving the retail business climate in Virginia. No merchant is too big or too small for membership. Our members come from across the commonwealth of Virginia and are as diverse as the products they sell ~ convenience, department, drug, grocery, hardware, apparel, building supply, automobile, sports ~ are all examples of the variety of stores that compose our membership. The VRMA is financed by dues paid directly by our members. Dues to the VRMA are nearly 90% tax deductible as a necessary business expense.

The VRMA shares much in common with local merchants associations and chambers of commerce. But, there is on important difference – while these local organizations focus on issues and events at the local level, the VRMA is able to focus its work on the state and national levels. In this way, we are able to compliment the work of local groups and provide a full range of service to those members who join both the VRMA and the local retail merchants association in their area.

Our Mission

The Virginia Retail Merchants Association, a trade association that represents retailers and other businesses, is organized to educate, inform, and serve as a resource for our members. The VRMA supports reasonable and proper laws protecting the interests of our members. Special emphasis is directed towards fostering understanding of retailing, free trade, and free enterprise systems.


The Virginia Retail Merchants Association’s offices are located in the Boulders Office Park in North Chesterfield.

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