Local Retail Advocate Wins National Recognition

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Royal River Natural Foods owner named one of “America’s Retail Champions.”

Tina Wilcoxson, owner of Freeport Maine’s Royal River Natural Foods, was named one of “America’s Retail Champions.”

Wilcoxson was given that honor by the National Retail Federation, the largest retail trade association in the world, for her “advocacy and engagement” of the retail industry. Wilcoxson was one of three Maine business owners to be named as such. According to the NRF’s website, Retail Champions are “Main Street business owners who are strong advocates at all levels of government.”

Having grown up on a potato farm in Limestone, Wilcoxson was introduced to natural foods right from the start. The lifelong Maine resident, minus a year spent in New Mexico, very much believes in the products Royal River Natural Foods, which employs 22 people, provides.

“I think eating a healthy diet (along with exercise) is the most important thing we can do for our long-term health and happiness,” she said. “And, eating organically is not only good for us, but the planet, our water supply, the bees — the list goes on.”

Wilcoxson currently serves as board chair of the Retail Association of Maine, having served on the board for the past seven years. She has testified on behalf of retail business owners and the industry as a whole in front of both state and federal government officials. She will again travel to Washington, D.C. this month to meet with members of Congress. She currently resides in Cumberland with her husband, Todd.

About the company:
Founded in 1994, Royal River Natural Foods is a unique community, natural food store. They are committed to well-being, body and soul. Experience their outstanding customer service in a warm and welcoming environment. Royal River Natural Foods proudly features local organic food, produce, locally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood, healthy takeout foods, bulk foods, snacks, special dietary products, specialty wines, micro-brewed beers, gourmet food made in Maine, unique gifts, eco-friendly products and much more. Royal River Natural Foods is committed to providing local, organic and sustainably-produced foods that enrich their customers’ lives. For more information about Royal River Natural Foods, visit their website at http://www.rrnf.com.

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