Ashley Mac’s recognized as Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association

Ashley Mac’s is one of 11 companies honored as 2022 Retailers of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association.

Ashley McMakin, Founder and CEO of Ashley Mac’sa fast-casual cafe, deli and take-out gourmet business is Alabama’s Gold Retailer of the Year in the $5-20 million annual sales category.

McMakin began serving home-style meals as her mother and grandmother cooked at the Homewood condo where she and her husband lived as newlyweds. In 2007, Ashley Mac’s restaurant and take-out opened in Bluff Park. Today, Ashley Mac’s has five locations in the Birmingham metropolitan area, including one on the US 280 corridor on Valleydale Rd., and others in Cahaba Heights, Homewood, Hoover and downtown Birmingham. Ashley Mac’s head office is in Vestavia Hills.

“I had no idea what God had in store for us when I started a small restaurant business in 2005,” McMakin said. “I am grateful that he called us to serve in this industry and for all the people he provided to make Ashley Mac what it is today.”

Judges for Retailer of the Year praised McMakin for opening a new cafe during the pandemic and capitalizing on the take-out trend. “Ashley Mac’s has a well-known door-to-door transportation business. Starting with the pandemic, this line of business has exploded,” McMakin noted in his entry.

The Alabama Retailer of the Year awards began in 1999 and recognize retailers who have demonstrated growth, innovation and commitment to their respective communities. This year’s winners were selected from 42 entries submitted from a pool of 55 nominees.

McMackin is expected to publish some of her recipes in a cookbook to be released in the spring of 2023.

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