Retailers concerned with advancing and safeguarding the well-being of their industry established Washington Retail in 1987.
Today, the association is recognized by merchants, elected officials, and other trade groups as an influential and effective representative of retailers in the state and nation.
WR is the state’s only association exclusively dedicated to advocating the unique interests of retailers on legislative and regulatory issues. Its reach includes federal, state, and local governments, especially Seattle, which increasingly has been setting legal trends for the rest of the state.
WR represents more than 3,500 storefronts statewide that range from large national chains to small shops. Our members include wholesalers, dealers, professional services and mall owners and operators. Though a unique state association, WR maintains numerous partnerships with like-minded associations and chambers of commerce across the state and nation.