Retail Across America: South Dakota
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The abundance of small retailers and family-owned businesses are a critical component in the South Dakota economy, and act as a backbone for community relationships. This mixture of national retailers and small businesses support more than 130,000 jobs. In partnership with the SDRA, hear some of the state's most inspiring stories of retail careers, community and innovation.
Dairy Queen of Madison: The Power of Community Retail
Each year, a Dairy Queen in Madison, South Dakota sells more blizzards in one day than any other location in the world. It’s all thanks to national “Blizzard Day” during which all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network. This location is continuously the top fundraiser. The reason? A community-wide show of support. Watch the video.
Cammack Ranch Supply: It Runs in the Family
Gary Cammack started his ranch supply business over 40 years ago, with his sons later following suit in their own business endeavors—Chris operates a taxidermy studio, while Reed owns a woodworking business. In South Dakota, retailers like the Cammack family work in niche markets to provide consumers with unique products and services. Watch the video.
Wall Drug: Four Generations of Retail Innovation
Wall Drug, a fourth-generation business, knows a thing or two about running a retail store. A legacy in its own right; the drug store, gift shop, museum and restaurant powerhouse has been passed down through the Hustead family with each member adding their own touch of innovation along the way. Watch the video.
On the road in South Dakota
NRF Student Association Correspondent Elizabeth Heibertshausen went behind-the-scenes with the Retail Across America crew and shared her experience. Read more about the lessons she learned and the career advice she received from South Dakota retailers.
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