Coles Pledges Funds After Parkerville Fire

  • Coles customers can donate funds at all Coles supermarket checkouts across WA from today
  • Coles will match customer donations dollar-for-dollar

Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coles customers in Western Australia can directly support The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund in helping people affected by the Parkerville fire by donating from today at any Coles supermarket in the state.

To boost the relief effort for those affected, Coles will match customer donations dollar-for-dollar.

Coles’ partnership with The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund to collect customer donations comes after one person died and around 50 homes were lost as a result of the fire.

The financial commitment adds to support already being provided on the ground, where Coles team members have provided essential supplies to emergency services.

Specifically Coles has delivered pallets of water, fruit, coffee, tea, milk, energy bars and sun cream to emergency workers and even pet food for displaced pets.

Coles General Manager of Western Australia, Cathi Scarce, said Western Australians could help raise funds by shopping at any Coles store in the state, with Coles then matching their donations dollarfor-dollar.

“The Parkerville fire in the Perth hills has been devastating and we know Western Australians have been saddened by the loss of life and the extensive damage to people’s homes and lives,” Ms Scarce said.

The LMDRF is the recognised state emergency fund and provides relief for personal hardship and distress arising from natural disasters occurring within Western Australia.

The Fund is run by an independent board and all the money goes to victims, with donations of $2 and above being tax deductible.

No administrative charges are made by the City of Perth for support services provided to the Fund and all money collected goes directly to victims.

Coles has 84 stores across Western Australia and is committed to the communities affected by the bushfires.

Customers will be able to donate funds at Coles supermarket checkouts across Western Australia.

For further information about The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund, please visit http://www.appealswa.org.au/

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For more information, please contact: Coles | Media Relations | T. (03) 9829 5250

5 Pointz online store announced half price January sale on streetwear

Bristol, UK, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online shoppers can save up to half price on the cost of hundreds of streetwear pieces by heading to the 5 Pointz online store and taking advantage of the half price January sale.

It’s the New Year and it’s time for some brand new streetwear from the biggest urban fashion brands in the world. With up to half price off a wide variety of new items, in the 5 Pointz online sale, you could build a brand new wardrobe of pieces from brands like HUF, Only NY and the Hundreds.

The 5 Pointz online streetwear sale features everything from t shirts, caps and crewnecks to coats, beanies and iPhone covers. Urban clothing fans will find something from all of their favourite labels at a brilliantly low price.

Highlights of the sale include the HUF Box Logo Starter Snapback Cap collection for better than half price. These visually arresting caps were £29.99 but are now available for just £9.99.

Last year was a big year for American indie label Brixton and many of their most popular pieces for autumn winter are now available for less.

The Brixton Watson Jacket in navy and rust is now available for just £69.99 and the Brixton Verso Reversible Jacket in black is now just £79.99. This versatile coat features one side made of coated cotton and another made from checked cotton flannel. It’s basically two coats in one, for a brilliantly low price.

Head to 5pointz.co.uk, to discover more amazing special offers; featuring streetwear clothing by brands like Mighty Healthy, Rook and Nike. You’re guaranteed to find something to suit your look and you won’t have to break the bank to get it.

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Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest

Select Meijer pharmacies in Michigan participate in regional patient care study to provide testing, medications quicker for common illnesses

Grand Rapids, Mich., US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As health officials across the Midwest warn against the widespread reach of the flu virus, select Meijer pharmacies in Michigan will offer free diagnostic testing for influenza and strep throat to eligible patients, enabling Meijer pharmacists to administer tests and, in some cases, fill the matching prescriptions, under strict protocol set by a physician participating in the study.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is collaborating with Ferris State University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Pharmacy on a regional patient care study that examines the effectiveness of rapid diagnostic testing and the process by which medicines are administered to patients for influenza and strep throat in pharmacies, said Karen Mankowski, vice president of pharmacy operations for Meijer.

The study enables pharmacists at select Meijer stores in Michigan to administer rapid diagnostic influenza or Group A Streptococcus tests and treat with prescriptions, if appropriate, with direction from a physician participating in the study. Diagnostic testing for the flu and strep throat will be offered to eligible patients at no charge (a $75 value) through August. Patients, ages 18 and older, complaining of signs and symptoms consistent with flu or strep throat, or those looking for medications related to the symptomatic treatment of flu or strep throat, could be eligible for testing and study participation.

“This is not a replacement of physician services,” Mankowski said. “Increasing accessibility to testing for flu and strep throat, and enabling pharmacists to work from those results means that patients might self-treat symptoms less and get better more quickly. That decreases the risk of spreading those common illnesses, and allows doctors and nurse practitioners to provide care to patients with more complicated conditions.”

Prior to the study, Meijer pharmacists underwent a training certification program, developed by the UNMC-Ferris State team and sanctioned by the Michigan Pharmacists Association, to administer the noninvasive Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA)-waived rapid tests. Participating Meijer Pharmacies include:

  • 2425 Alpine Ave., Grand Rapids
  • 5531 28th St. S.E., Grand Rapids
  • 1540 28th St. S.E., Grand Rapids
  • 1997 E. Beltline N.E., Grand Rapids
  • 3434 Century Center Dr. S.W., Grandville
  • 0-550 Baldwin St., Jenison
  • 746 E. 16th St., Holland
  • 15000 US 31, Grand Haven
  • 5121 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
  • 5125 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing
  • 2055 W. Grand River, Okemos
  • 1301 W. Eight Mile Road, Detroit

“Many of us forget how many people come to the pharmacy first anyway, when they have symptoms for flu and strep,” said UNMC’s Dr. Donald Klepser, who is also the principal investigator on the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation grant to administer the program and study the results. “Stand at your pharmacy during cold and flu season and see how many people ask the pharmacist: ‘What should I take for this?’”

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Toys“R”Us Times Square Kicks Off Weeklong Football Fun for the Family Beginning Wednesday, January 29

Wayne, NJ, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® is ready to take it to the gridiron, as the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer today announced a series of family-friendly events in the days preceding “the big game”. The activities will be held at the company’s flagship store, Toys“R”Us Times Square, located on Broadway at 44th Street in heart of New York City. The store is centrally adjacent to the 13-block stretch of what will be the epicenter of interactive fan and entertainment experiences, aptly called, “Super Bowl Boulevard.” From Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1, The World’s Greatest Toy Store® will provide thousands of football fans of all ages with touchdown-tastic opportunities, including an appearance and autograph signing by famed comic artist, Todd McFarlane, among others.

“As the countdown to the big game begins, Toys“R”Us Times Square will transform into a football fan haven with themed apparel, winter weather gear, collectible sports figures and more,” said Mindy Clements, Vice President, Flagship Stores, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We are thrilled to be located so close to the action along ‘Super Bowl Boulevard,’ so fans of all ages can visit our store to take a break from the cold and participate in activities that the whole family can enjoy.”

Families Invited to Take a Time-Out for Kid-Friendly Fun

From Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1, customers visiting The World’s Greatest Toy Store can enjoy a variety of events and activities for the whole family. Each day, the store will host product demos of Madden NFL 25 by EA Sports on Xbox One kiosks, NFL sticker album collections by Panini and NFL RUSH ZONE trading card games, as well as football-themed cookie decorating and photo opportunities with Geoffrey the Giraffe. Scoops“R”Us, the flagship store’s in-house ice cream shop located on the Lower Level, will also offer ice cream flavors inspired by the Super Teams throughout the week.

Additionally, the store will hold scheduled activities, including visits from ISH and ASH of the NFL’s animated series,NFL RUSH ZONE: Guardians Unleashed on nicktoons, as well as the PEEPS mascot, who will be on-hand to distribute complimentary t-shirts and tasty treats to customers. And, football fanatics can show team pride by participating in trivia contests, designing a rally towel or having their faces painted with team colors.

Crayola® Rallies Team Spirit

On Friday, January 31 from 12pm to 2pm,Crayola will host a special event where pint-sized fans can make their very own rally towel to cheer on their favorite team. Using Crayola Marker Airbrush and Crayola Fabric Markers, kids can create a complimentary, personalized team towel to show their spirit at every game.

Topps® Team Trivia

On Friday, January 31 from 3pm to 5pm, sports aficionados can put their skills to the test with a series of themed trivia games hosted by Topps®. Football buffs who can answer questions about past and present NFL players and notable games, as well as the current Super Teams will have the opportunity to win prizes, while supplies last.

Toys“R”Us Drafts Legendary Comic Superstar for In-Store Signing Event

On Saturday, February 1 from 11am to 3pm, Grammy/Emmy-winning Producer/Director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of Spawn and the creative visionary behind McFarlane Toys, will visit Toys“R”Us Times Square to meet with fans of the artist’s popular collectible figures. The first 400 customers to purchase either the new, exclusive McFarlane Toys Joe Namath NFL Legends or Eli Manning NFL Super Bowl figure at Toys“R”Us Times Square, while supplies last, will obtain a ticket to meet McFarlane and receive his autograph (no rain checks).

Toys“R”Us Times Square Gears Up with Fan-tastic Product Assortment

Visitors to the Big Apple and New York residents alike will find all their favorite NFL accessories and apparel at Toys“R”Us Times Square. Fans of all ages looking to get their hands on collectible merchandise, such as footballs, baseball caps, jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pillows and throws, will find these items in dedicated feature shops throughout the store. And, fans preparing to brave the cold for the big game can keep warm with cold-weather gear, including knit hats, gloves, scarves, headbands, fleece blankets, travel coffee mugs and hand warmers, among other items.

Additionally, Toys“R”Us Times Square will offer a wide assortment of NFL-inspired toys and games, such as NFL RUSH ZONE board games, card games and figure packs, as well as Todd McFarlane collectible figures, I Can BeCheerleader Barbie® Doll, commemorative trading cards, plush footballs, autograph notebooks and more.

Fans Take to the Virtual #GeoffreyBowl Field

Whether visiting New York City or tuning in from home, fans are encouraged to join the conversation across all social media channels by using the hashtag, #GeoffreyBowl. Beginning today, the company will share a series of football-related content, including in-store event information, nostalgic game moments, “couchgating” tips, gameday superstitions, trivia and countdowns on the company’s official Facebook page (Facebook.com/Toysrus), Twitter (@ToysRUs) and Instagram (@ToysRUs). And, throughout the month of January, the company will pin fan-favorite toys and accessories to its “Football Fanatic” pinboard on Pinterest.

For logos and images of themed merchandise featured at Toys“R”Us Times Square, click here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d/sc76b84dc8f94f1da

For more information about scheduled events at Toys“R”Us Times Square, visit: http://www.toysrusinc.com/about-us/times-square/special-events/

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Nicole Hayes
973-617-4371
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

Jessica Offerjost
973-617-4766
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com

Baskin-Robbins Unveils New Development Incentives For 2014

New Franchisees Pay 0% Royalties in Year One & Get 50% off the Initial Franchise Fee 

Canton, MA, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced today its 2014 National Development Incentives, offering new franchisees and military veterans financial discounts on royalties and on initial franchise fees. Available through the end of the year, these special incentives are part of Baskin-Robbins’ plans to attract new franchisee candidates for growth markets around the country.

“Building on the momentum of 2013, Baskin-Robbins has rolled out development incentives that deliver great value to entrepreneurs interested in joining a very well-established brand with a rich heritage and a loyal customer following,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada, and Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins China, Japan and Korea. “We’ve built upon last year’s incentive program after gathering feedback from franchisees and have focused on the development incentives that matter most to them.”

In 2014, new qualified Baskin-Robbins franchisees can take advantage of significant offers, including 50% off of the 20-year initial franchise fee — a $12,500 value – and reduced royalties for the first five years, including the first year at 0% — a substantial savings from the standard royalty rate of 5.9%.* Furthermore, if the new franchisee signs a multi-unit agreement in 2014, he or she will receive the same incentives for each additional unit that is timely opened.

Special incentives are available for the nation’s military servicemen and women interested in owning a Baskin-Robbins franchise. For honorably discharged military veterans who sign an agreement in 2014 and timely develop their shops before the end of 2015, Baskin-Robbins will waive the 20-year initial franchisee fee (a $25,000 value) for their first restaurant and offer a 0% royalty rate for the first two years and a reduced royalty rate for years three through five. If a military veteran signs a multi-unit agreement, he or she will be extended a 20% discount on the 20-year initial franchise fee for up to four additional shops that are timely opened, as well as a 10-year payment plan.*

“Having previously served as a U.S. Army Officer myself, I am proud that we as a company are able to provide deep incentives to our nation’s military heroes,” said Mitchell, a retired U.S. Army Captain. “Over the years, we have found that the leadership skills and training our military veterans obtain during their service translates well to a franchise like Baskin-Robbins, which is built around established operational processes and systems.”

With a business system that combines delicious treats with a simple operating model, Baskin-Robbins continues to attract entrepreneurs in target markets throughout California, Florida and other major markets throughout the U.S. For more information about the current development incentives available, Baskin-Robbins is hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. EST. To register and learn more about franchising opportunities, please visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, over 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from the more than 1,000 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, premium soft serve and take home frozen treats.

* For details, please see the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document.

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

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Big Lots Provides Relief to West Virginians Affected by Chemical Spill

Company Donates 3 Truckloads of Bottled Water for Community Distribution

Columbus, OH, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is providing bottled water to residents in the Charleston, West Virginia, area after a chemical spill. The ban on drinking tap water affected approximately 300,000 residents in a nine-county area.

“We understand the health concerns and inconvenience of being without safe water,” said CEO David Campisi. “We hope to help the residents of Charleston, including many of our associates, as they try to restore normalcy back to their lives.”

A total of 3 truckloads of bottled water — approximately 84,000 bottles — will be distributed at established pick-up locations. The company has worked with The Department of Homeland Security, West Virginia National Guard, and Kanawha County Emergency Services. Residents in need of water should contact those agencies for details.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Big Lots is America’s largest broadline closeout retailer. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2013, we operated 1,525 BIG LOTS stores in 48 states. For more information, visit www.biglots.com.

Contact:
Andrew Stein
Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
614.278.4768

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB presents 2013 full year results at press conference on 30 January

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB presents the full year results for 2013 at a press conference on Thursday 30 January at 9.30 CET. There will also be a telephone conference in English at 14.00 CET the same day.

The full year results for the period 1 December 2012 to 30 November 2013 are released at 8.00 CET on 30 January and thereafter published on hm.com.

The press conference starts at 9.30 CET in “Ljusgården” in H&M’s premises on Mäster Samuelsgatan 49, 3rd floor, in Stockholm. H&M’s CEO Karl-Johan Persson and Head of Investor Relations Nils Vinge will present the full year results followed by an open Q&A session. The press conference is held in Swedish.

Participants in the telephone conference can choose to pre-register at
https://eventreg2.conferencing.com/webportal3/reg.html?Acc=855720&Conf=214524 and receive log in details for the telephone conference.

Participants who choose to dial in on the telephone numbers below are kindly asked to call in at least ten minutes prior to the start of the conference in order to avoid a queue. Please quote ref 940406.

Sweden  +46 8 5052 0114 UK  +44 207 1620 177 US  +1 334 323 6203

Presentation material will be available at hm.com under Investor Relations at approximately 10.30 CET on 30 January and a recordingfrom the telephone conference as of 31 January.

Welcome!

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Please note this number is only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

Introducing the Sonia Kashuk Spring 2014 Limited Edition Collection Available Exclusively at Target

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by the sophisticated patterns and luxurious packaging of her recent bath and body line, Sonia reinterpreted the design to create an exclusive Limited Edition Collection launching at Target this spring. These beauty tools and accessories in a black and white floral print are understated and elegant – perfect to add a dose of glamour to your daily beauty routine. Available March 2014 at Target and Target.com.

Make a Face Brush Set – This set of four deluxe powder brushes contains everything you need for a flawless face and are fit for display with floral printed handles, pastel aqua bristles and a touch of gold trim. Includes a flat top sculpting brush for effortless contouring, duo fiber multipurpose brush to highlight cheekbones, synthetic flat top multipurpose blush brush to add color to the apples of cheeks and a dense blush/powder brush to buff powder or bronzer seamlessly into the skin.

Price: $24.99

Completely Compact Brush – This antique-inspired Compact Brush features a full sized mirror and substantial powder brush that flips open for easy touch-up’s.  The natural bristle brush pairs with powder, bronzer or blush for luminous summer skin.

Price: $14.99

Gold Standard Vanity Tray – This Vanity Tray channels old Hollywood glamour and creates a beautiful backdrop to display makeup, brushes, jewelry, or Sonia’s new Bath & Body products. The black and white blooms and muted gold trim complement all décor and lend a luxurious boudoir feel to any space.

Price: $12.99

Gold Standard Vanity Cup – Streamline your countertop with this extension to the successful Vanity Cup, outfitted in Sonia’s black and white floral print and gold trim. This convenient cup stores makeup brushes for easy access and adds a sophisticated look to your bathroom.

Price: $7.99

In Bloom Completely Organized – Coordinate your bag with your brushes this season, Sonia’s Completely Organized bag is now available in a limited edition black and white floral print.  The signature style offers convenient compartments to organize everything from spring makeup and hand crème to your keys and phone, so all of your essentials are always within reach.

Price: $14.99

Completely Organized- Petite – This aquamarine organizer in a convenient smaller size fits perfectly inside your handbag and features slots to keep daily essentials in check. The minty pastel color of the season makes the bag pretty enough to use on its own.

Price: $12.99

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

media contact

Tara Lowenberg
TLCommunications
p: 212-375-8660

Tara Yamaoka
TL Communications
p: 212-375-8660

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Food Retail Icon and Community Architect Neil Golub Receives FMI Statesmanship Award

Phoenix, ARIZ., US, 2014-1-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today presented its Sidney R. Rabb Award to Neil Golub, Price Chopper Supermarkets’ executive chairman of the board, for his statesmanship and community service. Golub received FMI’s highest honor at the Midwinter Executive Conference.

Golub is a recognized humanitarian and public servant in his community, upstate New York and the entire food retail industry. While the Golub name has been synonymous with supermarket shopping since 1932, Golub charted his own unique path in the family trade, witnessing significant growth and evolution of both the family business and the food retail industry through the purview of nearly every employment position – from bagger to store manager to chief operating and executive officer.

Most notable among his professional accomplishments is the revitalization of downtown Schenectady, N.Y., where the company is headquartered. After decades of significant layoffs and the exodus of large companies that left his hometown struggling and economically distressed, Golub stepped forward to help lead the change that has turned the city into a vibrant modern community. “Neil was instrumental in developing Schenectady 2000, creating the Schenectady Country Metroplex Development Authority and promoting legislation that resulted in one half of one percent of county sales tax being returned to the group for the continued improvement of our city,” said Ray Gillen, commissioner of the Schenectady County Economic Development and Planning Department. The sales tax creates a recurring revenue stream, amounting to approximately $10 million per year, to provide grants and loans associated with local development. Gillen continued, “Neil was influential in recruiting companies to bring business and jobs to Schenectady, as well as raising money for major community projects; thus far, Metroplex has received more than $800 million in investments.”

In 2010, Golub further demonstrated his commitment to Schenectady by relocating Price Chopper’s multi-million-dollar headquarters to the revitalized downtown area. The building is LEED Gold-level certified and was built on the site of a deserted American Locomotive Co. plant. Gillen commented, “The building not only speaks to his commitment to the current community, but also demonstrates his forward thinking about the next generation and sustainable growth within our town. Neil literally grew a green building in a brown field.” The move further energized the region by jumpstarting a 60-acre waterfront community with office, retail and residential space.

In addition to helping revitalize Schenectady through investments and resources, Golub and his wife, Jane, dedicate their lives to philanthropy. Since the late 1980s, the Golubs have worked with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) across the country to help mitigate bullying, cyber bullying and bigotry in schools through a program called “A World of Difference.” They were also the catalysts for an anti-bias campaign called “Be an Ally” and partnered with a CBS affiliate and ADL to promote the program. In 1984 and 1986, Jane and Neil Golub, respectively, became the first couple ever to be honored with the ADL Americanism Award for Community Service.

Golub’s philanthropy and that of his family are as extensive as the service programs he nurtures. From the United Way to the Special Olympics to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Golubs put the needs of the community first. In particular, Neil Golub has dedicated the last 21 years to the Double H Ranch, a Serious Fun camp funded by Paul Newman for children and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The camp started with four children in 1993 and now serves 2,200 children and members. The camp’s CEO and executive director, Max Yurenda, told FMI that Golub‘s leadership and willingness to step in as chairman during a particularly trying time for the camp resurrected the camp and set the path to its current success. During his nine years as chairman, Golub was unyieldingly focused on the mission of serving the children and is now an honorary chairman for life. Yurenda said, “In his current role, Neil continues to have a tremendous impact on the children and staff at Double H, working closely with every level of employee to ensure they understand the importance of their work and the impressive influence of the Double H team. He unites staff and families in order to impart the importance of giving back and demonstrate how businesses can be a part of the community.”

Golub’s rabbi, Matthew Cutler, shares universal sentiments about Golub and his enormous personal investment in people. Cutler told FMI, “Neil is the go-to the person when someone is in need – and he doesn’t just throw money around – he exhibits emotional commitment as well as financial. Neil genuinely cares about those he works with and for; he is adamant about employee health and well-being, and the health and well-being of everyone around him.”

For the past 30 years, Golub has co-anchored the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) telethon in the Capital Region of New York and served as a national vice president for the organization; he has also served on the Ellis Hospital board and foundation board, chairing numerous capital campaigns. Additionally, Golub served as chairman for Bellevue Women’s Hospital for six years and worked tirelessly to ensure the incorporation of its unique services for women into Ellis Medicine, the
community’s new consolidated health care system, which also benefitted from the addition of the Breast Care Center and Women’s Heart Health Assessment Center underwritten by Neil and Jane Golub.

His advocacy for heart health is credited with rallying together regional health institutions and the community in support of the American Heart Association’s mission and annual fundraising gala. Golub also helped The Schenectady Museum strategize for the future and reinvent itself as miSci (The Museum of Innovation and Science) and led the United Way of the Greater Capital Region to overhaul and reinvigorate its community fundraising platform.

Robert Bartels, chairman of the board for Martin’s Supermarkets, Inc. and longtime friend of Golub, shared in a video testimonial, “Our industry in general and the supermarket itself have been invented by founding entrepreneurial families. Neil Golub and Price Chopper are a modern version of the founding entrepreneurial family that has put Neil in a position to contribute tremendously to the industry.”

A University of Michigan and Michigan State University graduate, Golub holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and an honorary doctorate for Public Service from Russell Sage College.

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Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:
Heather Garlich,
202-220-0616