The National Retail Federation's publication, Stores, has revealed the Top 100 Retailers of 2013, and the Lone Star State makes a strong showing. Eleven Texas companies are on the list, which was determined by 2012 sales, with one Texas business holding down a spot in the top 25.
H-E-B, headquarters in San Antonio (No. 23). The grocery store reported $18.2 billion in sales last year, up 8.2 percent from 2011. H-E-B has more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico and more than 80,000 employees. Who knows what kind of numbers 2013 will bring after the introduction of Whataburger's bottled "fancy" condiments and fry-flavored potato chips?
Whole Foods, Austin HQ (No. 35). With any luck, the rising popularity of quinoa and gluten-free gummy bears will keep this grocery chain in the black.
7-Eleven, Dallas HQ (No. 37). Thanks, Big Gulp.
Army Air Force Exchange, Dallas HQ (No. 43). This government agency, which provides reduced-price merchandise on military bases, has been stirring up controversy lately.
AT&T Wireless, Dallas HQ (No. 54). AT&T certainly raised the bar, with sales growing nearly 17 percent from the previous year — the fourth largest growth of any top 100 company.
Dell, Round Rock (No. 83). Dell is one of only two online-only companies to make the list; the other is Amazon.com at No. 11. "In this digital age, it seems remarkable that bricks-and-mortar retailers have displayed such staying power," writes Stores reporter David Schulz. "Truth is, more than 15 years into the dot-com revolution, online transactions account for less than 15 percent of total retail sales."
Neiman Marcus, Dallas HQ (No. 84). How will becoming a publicly traded company affect the luxury retailer?
Michaels Stores, Irving HQ (No. 88). Nearly $4 billion is a lot of Mod Podge!
RadioShack, Fort Worth HQ (No. 98). Really?
The top five companies overall? Walmart, Kroger, Target, Costco and Home Depot.