About Us

NCRMA: The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) is a non-profit trade association that was organized in 1902 to improve the business climate for retail merchants in our state.

Over 100 years later, NCRMA is still the voice of the retail industry in North Carolina. The Association’s membership includes more than 25,000 stores from across the state, representing 75 percent of North Carolina’s retail sales volume. About 60 percent of NCRMA members are independent stores. NCRMA serves both large and small retailers from multi-state chains to local “Mom and Pops,” and all types of merchants such as antique, apparel, art, automotive, book, carpet, department, drug, electronics, floral, furniture, grocery, hardware, jewelry, paint and variety stores.

CFIC: The Carolina Food Industry Council (CFIC) was formed in 2004 as a result of a merger between the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (founded in 1902) and the North Carolina Food Dealers Association (founded in 1927). CFIC serves the retail and wholesale food industries in both North and South Carolina.

CFIC is a trade organization that serves nearly 1,500 grocers, wholesalers and suppliers in the Carolinas. A division of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, CFIC elects its own board of directors, controls its own budget, and has a full-time staff representing the grocery industry’s interests in North and South Carolina. Annual events include a summer convention and a fall golf tournament.

About the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation
The Retail Consumer Alliance (RCA) was organized in 2008 to foster strong community partnerships between consumers and the retail industry. Every year, the foundation funds an annual educational scholarship program that assists students who are working in the retail industry or students who have parents working in retail, by providing awards that pay for college tuition. The foundation also contributes annually to the Feeding America Food Banks for North and South Carolina.