3 Tuscaloosa Businesses Recognized as 2015 Alabama Retailers of the Year
Alabama's top retailers for 2015 were honored on Tuesday and three businesses with operations in Tuscaloosa made the list.
The Alabama Retail Association and the UAB Collat School of Business recognized 13 retail businesses around the state from almost 70 nominations during the 2015 Retail Day Luncheon in Birmingham.
Two of the Tuscaloosa businesses were awarded in the annual sales of $5 million to $20 million. Betsy McAtee and the management team of Dreamland Holding Co., which has two locations in town, won the gold award. Shane Spiller, president of Spiller Furniture & Mattress, took home the bronze award for his operation all across West Alabama.
The third Tuscaloosa winner was Steel City Pops, which was awarded the GEE Emerging Retailer of the Year. The popsicle retailer has eight total locations.
Here is the full list of winners:
Annual Sales Less Than $1 Million
GOLD AWARD: Anna Marie Heard, owner of Jireh’s Boutique and Gifts in Gadsden Heard and Jireh’s Boutique also won the Customers’ Choice Award.
SILVER AWARD: Chet Chappelle, owner of Rountree Outdoors in Selma
BRONZE AWARD: Tommy and Ann Messer Glasscock, owners ofMorLyn’s Fine Jewelry in Clanton
Annual Sales $1 Million to $5 Million
GOLD AWARD: Melissa McAleer Cross, president and chief executive officer, and James S. McAleer founder, of Mobile-basedMcAleer’s Office Furniture
SILVER AWARD: Will Haver Jr., owner of Otey’s Tavern in Mountain Brook
BRONZE AWARD: Marco and Elan Morosini, owners of theSilvertron Café in Birmingham’s Forest Park community
Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million
GOLD AWARD: Betsy McAtee and the management team of Dreamland Holding Co. LLC with restaurants in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Northport and Tuscaloosa, Ala., as well as Roswell, Ga.
SILVER AWARD: Todd and Sonya Jackson, owners of CKJ Eateries LLC, six Newk’s Eatery locations in Birmingham, Inverness, Hoover, Mountain Brook, St. Vincent’s Hospital’s Bruno Cancer Center and Vestavia Hills
BRONZE AWARD: Shane Spiller, president of Spiller Furniture & Mattress in Aliceville, Brent, Demopolis, Eutaw, Greensboro, Northport, Prattville, Reform, Selma, Thomasville and Tuscaloosa (headquarters) as well as Columbus and Starkville, Miss
Annual Sales More Than $20 Million
GOLD AWARD: Steve Maddox, president and chief executive officer of Dothan-based Wireless Advantage Communications Inc., aVerizon Wireless premium retailer, with 47 stores, 24 in Alabama
SILVER AWARD: Terry Finley, president and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Books-A-Million, which has 258 locations, 20 in Alabama
BRONZE AWARD: Matt Meyer, managing partner of Hiley Cars Huntsville (Mazda–Volkswagen–Audi)
GEE Emerging Retailer of the Year
Jim Watkins, owner of Steel City Pops in Auburn, Birmingham, Homewood (headquarters), Huntsville, Mountain Brook and Tuscaloosa as well as Dallas, Fort Worth and Garland, Texas.