Our History

1937

FRF Founded

Florida Chain Store Association, Inc., forms as a for-profit corporation with headquarters in Orlando to represent public-relations interests of large chain stores. Charles Korbley is unofficial manager.
1939

Doors Open for Business

Office officially opens June 1 at 26 Wall Street, Orlando. As­sociation hires Chester Treadway as chief executive. He comes from the Florida State Road Board.
1941

Association Expands

Association expands to include smaller chain stores.
1948

Leadership

James E. Gorman becomes managing director. He is from Columbus, Ga., Chamber of Commerce.
1956

Independents

Independently owned stores join association.
1957

Florida Re­tail Federation

Florida Chain Store Association dissolves and reemerges as the Retail Merchants Division of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, an independent entity. Association changes its name to Florida Re­tail Federation (FRF). Membership endorses policy of leg­islative involvement for first time.
1959

An Independent FRF

FRF re-charters independent of the Cham­ber of Commerce, but continues to work from the chamber’s headquarters.
1960

First Board President

Colin Lindsey of Belk-Lindsey Stores, Inc., is elected first president of the board of the independent FRF.
1962

Relocation

FRF relocates to Lynch Building in Jacksonville.
1963

National Recognition

American Retail Federation recognizes FRF as sole repre­sentative of retailing in Florida.
1969

Merger

FRF absorbs Florida State Retailers Association in a merger.
1979

Member Services

Florida Retail Federation Self Insurers Fund (FRF SIF) for workers’ compensation insurance is launched. Summit Consulting, Inc., in Lakeland administers fund.
1980

Relocation

FRF headquarters moves to Tallahassee for more effective representation of retailers in legislative process. Govern­ment affairs becomes top priority. W. “Bill” Kundrat, Jr., becomes FRF president and general manager on October 1. Kundrat comes from the Louisiana Retailers Association.
1981

Membership Milestone

Membership tops 1,000. James Gorman retires.
1982

Relocation

FRF moves to its current location Gallie’s Hall, adjacent to the Florida Capitol Complex.
1995

New Leadership

Bill Kundrat retires. William C. Rustin becomes President and CEO. Bill comes from North Carolina Retail Merchants Association.
1998

Membership Milestone

FRF SIF is the largest self insurance fund in Florida.
2001

New Leadership

Richard A. McAllister becomes President and CEO. Rick comes from the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association.
2002

Merger

The Florida Retail Beverage Council (RBC) is formed. RBC represents single-store alcohol beverage operators to large chains. An RBC highlight each year is its Educational Seminar and Trade Show.
2003

Member Services

OrdinanceWatch is formed. This unique web-based service detects, tracks and reports on proposed local government ordinances in all of Florida’s 67 counties and its 105 largest municipalities. OrdinanceWatch is a Florida Retail Federation member service. www.ordinancewatch.com Florida Bankcard Solutions is added to FRF’s portfolio of services. This service helps retailers throughout the state to save money on processing credit card transactions and maximizing their savings and profit potential. Florida Bankcard Solutions is a service of Florida Retail Federation Services, Inc.
2004

Membership Milestone

FRF Membership tops 10,000!
2005

Member Assets

FRF purchases downtown property for future development of mixed-use building project.
2005

Member Services

Florida Retail Masters program is created. This is an intense leadership development program designed exclusively for up-and-coming retail executives from all sizes and types of businesses. It is at the heart of the Florida Retail Foundation’s educational activities.
2006

Membership Milestone

Team Retail is formed, which includes our professional staff, our consultants, and most importantly, our member volunteers and leaders. Team Retail has strengthened our industry and our association on a variety of fronts.
2006

Legislative Milestone

More than two decades of hard work finally paid off in 2006 with the repeal of Joint and Several Liability. This was a tremendous landmark victory in tort reform. Other 2006 Legislative Session highlights included passage of three tax-free holidays and addressing the pedigree papers issue of concern to chain drug stores.
2006

Membership Milestone

Team Retail contributed more than $1.6 million during this election cycle to approximately 125 friend-of-business campaigns. To facilitate the increased political activity, FRF expanded its committees of continuous existence from 4 to 10.
2007

Membership Milestone

The Chairman's Circle of the Florida Retail Foundation is formed. This group is a very special group of organizations that understand the critical value of retailing to Florida's economy and to their own operations. They demonstrate support for retailing by joining the Chairman's Circle and supporting special activities of the Florida Retail Foundation.
2009

Member Assets

The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, became FRF’s permanent home in February 1982 with official commemoration on March 3. Since that time, FRF has reestablished the tradition of Gallie’s Hall as a prominent focal point and convenient gathering place. On December 28, 2009, the agreement to purchase Gallie’s Hall was finalized. The members of the Florida Retail Federation are now the proud owners of the historical Gallie’s Hall buildings. Like the Florida Retail Federation, Gallie’s Hall will continue to be an important part of Florida retailing and its history.
2009

Member Services

Florida Retail Federation Self Insurers Fund is restructured to RetailFirst (a stock company).
2010

Merger

The Retail Beverage Council (RBC) and FRF’s Annual Meetings are held for the first time together.
2011

Merger

The Florida beauty industry becomes part of FRF through the Beauty Industry Council. For more information about the BIC council, visit www.beautyindustrycouncil.com.
2011

Merger

Management of the Georgia Retail Association comes under the purview of FRF.
2012

Membership Milestone

FRF celebrates 75th Anniversary!
2013

Merger

Management of the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (FPMA) comes under the purview of FRF.
2013

Member Services

FRF Benefits is formed, serving the needs of small business insurance and 401K products.
2013

Member Services

Regionalization is expanded to include the Central Florida and Miami areas. Regional Directors are located in the South Florida and Tampa Bay regions.
2014

Merger

Management of the Georgia home Furnishings Association comes under the purview of GRA/FRF.
2015

Leadership

President/CEO Rick McAllister retires. Randy Miller takes over the leadership of FRF.
2017

Leadership

President/CEO Randy Miller retires. Scott Shally takes over the leadership of FRF.