Dave’s Soda and Pet City Highlighted by National Retail Federation

AGAWAM — The National Retail Federation’s Retail Across America team stopped by Dave’s Soda and Pet City in Agawam Friday to film for NRF’s Retail Across America campaign. They talked to Ratner — who has been involved with the organization for many years — about his work advocating for Massachusetts retail stores on Capitol Hill.

According to the NRF, Massachusetts retailers support 920,000 jobs, and retail contributes nearly $58 billion to the state’s economy. A film crew spoke with Dave’s employees about their jobs — their favorite part of their job, what their typical day involves, etc. The footage will be used to put together a glimpse into surprising jobs in retail.

Retail Across America is part of the NRF’s award-winning “This is Retail” campaign, which brings together retailers, universities, and students with state retail associates, legislators, and opinion leaders. The NRF launched the program to highlight life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. Dave’s Soda and Pet City is one of two businesses chosen to represent Western Mass. retailers on NRF’s road trip through four New England states.

Dave’s Soda and Pet City is a mini-chain of seven superstores with more than 100 employees. For more information on the NRF, visit www.nrf.com.

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