The Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) reported a healthy first quarter, outperforming the industry average, and is anticipating 8 percent growth for its members during 2011.
PRO Group’s Dave Workman (from left) with George Manlove of Vann’s and Walt Stinson of ListenUp.
Dave Workman, executive director of PRO, and George Manlove, chairman, president/CEO of Vann’s, discussed the group’s business and the overall industry during an interview with TWICE Tuesday evening at its annual spring event held at the St. Regis at Monarch Beach.
Industry trends for the types of products PRO members sell could provide the market with a tipping point this year, with specialists benefitting at the expense of big box retailers who may not be able to compete in a marketplace where inventory can be better shown and displayed online than at a large retail store, Workman said.
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