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Retail group makes home in Lawrenceville

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From left to right, Gwinnett Chamber Vice President Nick Masino, ARA Vice Chairman Nazim Ali, Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, Chairman Charlotte Nash, Lt. Gov Casey Cagle, ARA Chairman Moyees Merchant cut a ribbon on the new North Brown Road location of the Atlanta Retailers Association. The association works with small businesses and, due to the relocation, will add four jobs.

Special Photo From left to right, Gwinnett Chamber Vice President Nick Masino, ARA Vice Chairman Nazim Ali, Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, Chairman Charlotte Nash, Lt. Gov Casey Cagle, ARA Chairman Moyees Merchant cut a ribbon on the new North Brown Road location of the Atlanta Retailers Association. The association works with small businesses and, due to the relocation, will add four jobs.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Lt. Gov Casey Cagle and other leaders celebrated the relocation of the Atlanta Retailers Association headquarters to Lawrenceville.

The relocation to a North Brown Road office, which includes training facilities and conference rooms to help members, brings six existing employees to the county, and the group is looking to hire four more people.

"ARA is very excited to call Gwinnett County our new home," said Moyees Merchant, chairman of the organization. "We are extremely pleased by the warm welcome received from the county leaders and the Gwinnett Chamber. ARA is committed to its members to enhance their potential by sharing knowledge and best practices. Establishing footprint in Gwinnett will augment our access to quality information through Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. ARA envisions a very long and mutually beneficial partnership with the chamber."

The association works with companies that employ more than 4,500 in the state and generate $2.5 billion in total revenue.

"Gwinnett County is happy to welcome the Atlanta Retailers Association to our community," said County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash. "Their mission to cultivate economic growth, educational opportunities and community engagement for their member businesses complements Gwinnett County's vision for providing essential economic opportunities to all businesses."

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President Jim Maran said officials are happy to support the association's efforts to help small businesses grow.

ARA's support services, ongoing education and training, and overall commitment to strengthening local businesses will further drive economic development for small businesses in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia," he said.