Kentucky Retail Institute Celebrates Official Launch with Ribbon Cutting

KRF's Tod Griffin, Kevin Cranley, Ed McCoy, and Cassie Grigsby. 

KRF's Tod Griffin, Kevin Cranley, Ed McCoy, and Cassie Grigsby. 


Institute will Strengthen Retail Climate and Enhance Workforce Training

The Kentucky Retail Institute (KRI) celebrated its official launch with a ribbon cutting at the Kentucky Retail Federation (KRF) Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 26 in Louisville, Ky.

“The Kentucky Retail Institute’s mission is to tell the story of retailing through industry awareness, education, research, and career opportunities,” Cassie Grigsby, Kentucky Retail Institute president said.  “As one of the largest employers in the state, the Institute strives to strengthen the retail climate across the Commonwealth.”

With a significant focus on workforce development, KRI has begun the process of creating a Retail Management Training program that will encompass many areas of a retail career.

Board members for KRI were named earlier this year, representing varied sectors of retail throughout Kentucky. Board members Kevin Cranley, Willis Music Company, Florence; Ed McCoy, Kerr Office Group, Elizabethtown; and Tod Griffin, Kentucky Retail Federation, Frankfort, were in attendance for the ribbon cutting.

“The Institute is an exciting opportunity for Kentucky retailers to promote the career opportunities available in one of the state’s largest industries,” Kevin Cranley, KRI board member said.



The Kentucky Retail Institute is a 501c3 charitable foundation with a mission to improve Kentucky’s retail industry by creating opportunities in workforce development, providing education and conducting research. The Kentucky Retail Institute strives to promote and tell the stories of one of the Commonwealth’s largest employers, representing one in four Kentucky jobs.

Sarah Rowlette