MRA lobbies at the State and local levels and provides programs and services to assist retailers in operating their retail stores. Through membership in the Association, retailers have the advantage of group buying to assist them in lowering their costs for necessary services such as electricity and workers compensation insurance. In addition, MRA is the only statewide association representing retailers throughout Maryland. MRA is the voice of retailing before Maryland’s General Assembly, localities, the media, and general public.
For retailers operating only in Maryland, membership in MRA also includes a free membership in the National Retail Federation (NRF). NRF is the world’s largest retail association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores.