Retail Observer

October 2021

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OCTOBER 2021 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 9 NATIONWIDE MARKETING GROUP: 50 YEARS UNITED "We got a call from a gentleman named Lee Guttman, who said he was getting together a number of retailers and asked if we would like to come and talk about forming a type of buying group. We did, and from that call, seven of us joined together to found NTAA – Nationwide TV & Appliance Associates – the precursor to Nationwide Marketing Group." – Robert Weisner, co-owner, Kelly's TV & Appliance Superstore, and former Nationwide Marketing Group president (2011-2015) N ationwide Marketing Group, the largest buying, marketing and business support organization of its kind, celebrated its 50th anniversary at its bi-annual PrimeTime convention in Nashville this past August. The organization was formed by a group of independent retailers who made it their mission to help each other succeed. Today, with more than 5,000 members operating some 14,000 storefronts, those values continue, as Nationwide remains committed to the independent channel, empowering members with the tools and resources required to win in an ever-changing business environment. Fifty years ago, though, it was just an idea.

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