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NCRMA Independent Retail Councils

The NC Retail Merchants Association serves over 2,500 member companies across North Carolina in a multitude of market sectors. In addition to providing education, assistance in general business operations, as well as guidance on marketing and compliance issues, our Councils allow you to connect immediately to a group of your peers and become involved from the first day of membership.

When you join a Council you will deepen professional relationships through group discussions, online boards, and participating in our live ‘office hours’ with our Allied Partners that are specific to your industry. You can ‘meet’ others with similar businesses, exchange ideas, and cultivate relationships across the state. These Councils have the opportunity to meet in-person regionally or at the state level based on interest.

Council members can participate in all of our educational offerings, but can also request specialized marketing or operations training specific to their industry. Invaluable peer to peer education will also be a by-product of relationships in the Council.

No additional membership fees are required to participate in the NCRMA Retail Councils.

Membership is available in the following independent Councils:

  • Independent Apparel Council
  • Jewelry Council
  • Professional Services Council
  • Restaurant / Hospitality 
  • Retail Beverage Council
  • Retail Security Council
  • Specialty Retail Council
Join NCRMA today!

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Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC)

NCRMA’s grocery division – Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) – was formed in 2005 after a merger with the North Carolina Food Dealers Association. Serving the grocery industry in both North and South Carolina, there is an additional fee for membership in this Council at $30 per store. Major events include an annual convention in Myrtle Beach and a fall golf tournament in Greensboro. Visit to learn more.


The Chain Restaurant Council

The Chain Restaurant Council was formed in 2012 to provide NCRMA members, who own/operate chain restaurants or who are independent franchise owners of a national brand, with regulatory and compliance information that is specific to running this type of business. In many ways chain restaurants have the same issues as a traditional retailer – unemployment insurance, food safety, minimum wage, paid sick leave, workers’ compensation, tort reform, obesity, sustainability, sales and use tax, alcohol, emergency management, etc. There is no additional fee to join this Council and membership is also open in South Carolina as well to South Carolina Retail Association members. Contact Jessica Edwin for more information.


Retail Pharmacy Council

Community pharmacists have long been one of the largest trade groups represented by NCRMA. In 2012, NCRMA officially launched the Retail Pharmacy Council to better focus its energy on matters of importance to North Carolina’s pharmacies. Membership is available at no additional fee and is open to chain and independents. Contact Jessica Edwin for more information.

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