EuroShop 2014: More than 109,000 trade visitors attended the world’s No.1 trade fair for retail

Bricks-and-mortar retail is gearing up +++ staging the retail experience is be-all and end-all +++ shop fitting and lighting support accomplished brand worlds +++ networking of web, mobiles and off-line business as important as ever

More than 109,000 trade visitors attended the world’s No.1 trade fair for retail and its partners in Düsseldorf –110 nations represented

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail companies and their partners came to their leading global event, EuroShop to Düsseldorf with optimism. Retailers’ currently high propensity to invest gave rise to justified hopes for a positive outcome of the trade fair. And people’s high expectations for EuroShop 2014 were actually far surpassed over the five days of the trade fair. From the first day of the event an outstanding atmosphere prevailed thanks to many new leads and an unexpectedly high number of business deals closed.

Rejoicing at the excellent response, Hans Werner Reinhard, Deputy Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, said: “All previous records of 2011 were broken! We are particularly delighted with the increasingly international flair and decision-making competence of our trade visitors.”

Two thirds of EuroShop visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad with significantly higher numbers from overseas – both from North, Central and South America as well as from the entire Asian region. Delegations of large retail chains from such countries as Brazil, Colombia, Canada, the USA and China were welcomed at EuroShop.

A total of 109,000 visitors from 110 countries were represented. In terms of European countries, more trade visitors from the Eastern countries such as the Baltic region and the Russian Federation were represented in Düsseldorf. 73% of all EuroShop visitors were executives, two thirds of all visitors stated they were involved in their companies’ decision–making processes.

With its size and diversity EuroShop 2014 provided a comprehensive overview of all important trends in the four segments EuroConcept – Shop Fitting, Architecture & Store Design, Lighting, Refrigeration Furniture and Cooling Systems; EuroSales – Visual Marketing and Merchandising, POS-Marketing; EuroCIS – Retail Technology; EuroExpo – Exhibition Stand Construction, Design and Event. The 2,226 exhibitors from 57 countries included the market leaders from all these segments as well as young enterprises from growth markets.

Reinhard sums up: “The trade fair days have confirmed: EuroShop is and will remain the most important meeting point for the retail world. And its importance goes far beyond this: “Operators of exhibition centres from countries like Brazil, Japan and China travelled to EuroShop in Düsseldorf with dozens of stand construction entrepreneurs from their countries. Furthermore, we were especially able to welcome many architects from both home and abroad this year.”

Two aspects, above all others, were centre stage at EuroShop 2014: the staging and emotionalisation of the shopping experience through spectacular shop fittings, innovative lighting concepts, creative design ideas and extraordinary materials that bricks-and-mortar retail can use to stand its ground versus clicks-and-mortar shopping. In addition to this, the multi-channel theme – i.e. integrating and linking the various different channels like the offline, web and mobile businesses with latest technologies – was omnipresent at EuroShop. Beyond this, energy-efficient lighting systems as well as energy-enhanced refrigeration systems and furniture were in focus for food retailers.

Michael Gerling, CEO of EHI Retail Institut and Chairman of the EuroShop Exhibitors’ Advisory Council, said he was very satisfied with the success of EuroShop 2014: “EuroShop 2014 has offered everything in terms of the creative and technical solutions needed to shape up retail for the future.”

EuroShop clearly reflects the very great willingness amongst retailers to invest, said Gerling and added: “Total investment of retailers in the extension, rebuilding and new construction of their outfits amounted to EUR 6.8 billion in 2013 – a record level. In the fitting of new stores alone retail companies invested EUR 1.75 billion last year and, hence, 25% more than in 2010.”At EuroShop over 40% of all visitors stated they would be implementing concrete investment projects in the coming two years. They said they were using EuroShop not only to learn about innovations but specifically also to selectively search for new suppliers and business partners.

Meeting with an extraordinarily good response were the practice-driven forums at EuroShop. In brief lectures international expert speakers covered current issues from the areas of architecture and design, IT, multi-channel, sustainability and point of sale marketing.

The next EuroShop will be held from 5 to 9 March 2017; as early as next year EuroCIS will be staged again from 24 to 26 February 2015.

Press Team Messe Düsseldorf:
Dr. Cornelia Jokisch, Sabrina Giewald (Assistant)
Tel. +49 (0)211 4560-998,-999,
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20 February 2014


Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Newman’s Own, Inc., The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso due to an undeclared allergen, wheat, on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a wheat allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso, 16 oz., UPC 2066200353 with use by dates of:
    • March 28, 2015
    • April 28, 2015
    • May 28, 2015
    • June 28, 2015
    • July 28, 2015
    • August 28, 2015

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased this product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Newman’s Own at 800-277-4424. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit or

Lindsay Hawley
Stop & Shop New England Division

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division


Giant Food of Landover, Md. removed Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso from sale

Landover, MD, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Newman’s Own, Inc., Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced it removed from sale Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso due to an undeclared allergen, wheat, on the ingredient label. This product is safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a wheat allergy.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Newman’s Own Salsa Con Queso, 16 oz., UPC 2066200353 with use by dates of:
    • March 28, 2015
    • April 28, 2015
    • May 28, 2015
    • June 28, 2015
    • July 28, 2015
    • August 28, 2015

Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed skin or rash; tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue, or lip swelling; vomiting and/or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing or wheezing; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Newman’s Own at 800-277-4424. In addition customers may call Giant Customer Service at 1-888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776


Casino Guichard Perrachon SA successfully issued new 10-year bond of €900 million with coupon payment of 3.248%

PARIS, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Casino successfully issued a new 10-year bond of €900 million. This bond, which will pay a coupon of 3.248%, has been significantly oversubscribed by a diversified investor base.

Casino also announced today a tender offer for bonds maturing in April 2016 and February 2017 for an amount to be determined at Casino’s discretion. Tender offer results will be known on 28 February 2014.

Proceeds from the new issuance will finance the tender offer and strengthen the Group’s liquidity.

These transactions will enable Casino to lengthen its bond debt maturity profile.

Casino is rated BBB- stable by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC, ING, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International and Natixis acted as joint bookrunners and deal managers of these transactions.


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Australia: Guardian Pharmacy has won the prestigious 2013 Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Award

Melbourne, Australia, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Guardian Pharmacy has won the prestigious 2013 Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Award for Pharmacy for the second year in a row, ahead of other leading Australian brands.

The award adds to the number of customer satisfaction awards Guardian has won, including the two most recent Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Awards for 2012 and 2013.

The award highlights the significant and continued effort by Guardian Pharmacies to provide Australians with consistently outstanding customer service for their health, wellbeing and beauty needs.

Roy Morgan Research is a leader in collecting objective, independent information on customers for over 70 years. This Award is the result of a survey of 50,000 Australians annually – the world’s largest ongoing single source survey.

Each month, Roy Morgan Research publishes the top five organisations from its trusted Customer Satisfaction monitor, under different categories. The winner for the calendar year is the organisation that achieves the most months with a number one ranking.

Guardian Pharmacies took out the customer satisfaction award every month in 2013 – outstanding recognition.

”Sigma is extremely proud to receive this Roy Morgan award two years in a row on behalf of all our Guardian Pharmacies” said Gary Dunne, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Chief Operating Officer.

“This award validates the importance of pharmacy interaction with their customers and the need to build relationships through offering an accessible healthcare solution.”

The Guardian brand is part of Sigma Pharmaceuticals, owner of Australia’s largest pharmacy led network.


Gary Woodford
Manager, Corporate Affairs
T: (03) 9215 9215


CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic to switch to the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) called EpicCare

Woonsocket, R.I. 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corporation and the largest and fastest growing retail clinic provider in the United States, announced today that it will switch to the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) called EpicCare. MinuteClinic currently uses its own proprietary EMR.

“EpicCare’s rich platform will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality of care and advance our services through a robust, world class EMR,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark Corporation.

Epic – the most widely used EMR in the U.S. – will support MinuteClinic’s evidence based model of care and facilitate connectivity with health care providers nationwide that currently use Epic, including many major health systems, hospital networks and physician groups currently affiliated with MinuteClinic. An estimated 274,000 physicians will use Epic and about 51 percent of the U.S. population will have a record in Epic when its current customer rollouts are complete. MinuteClinic’s full deployment of EpicCare is expected to take 18 months.

“We’ve reached a point in the evolution of our clinical practice where a more advanced EMR that facilitates more immediate information sharing with other health care providers is needed,” said Sussman. “MinuteClinic is expanding sites and services, having added over 350 clinics in the past three years. As we continue on our path of rapid growth to reach 1,500 clinics by 2017, EpicCare will take us to the next level by offering enhanced connectivity with other providers, more advanced patient portal capabilities, and key analytics to run our practice more efficiently and improve patient care.”

MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Nancy Gagliano, M.D. expects EpicCare to help MinuteClinic further promote continuity of care with patients’ primary care providers, including pediatricians, family practice physicians and internists.

“We’ve always been committed to comprehensive record sharing, whether it’s done electronically when compatibility exists or by faxing a copy of the visit summary immediately following a clinic visit with patient permission,” she said. “EpicCare will help us work more closely with physician practices as part of the medical home team, facilitate co-management of patients, and advance our mission to make health care more accessible, convenient and affordable for Americans.”

Epic has scored highest in KLAS Ambulatory EMR rankings for large health systems (75+ physicians) for the last 15 years.

“Retail clinics play an important role in community-wide care delivery,” said Carl Dvorak, Epic president.  “Patients receive the most value in terms of quality, cost, and overall wellness when care is well-coordinated across disciplines and locations so we’re glad to have CVS MinuteClinic join the nation’s largest network of care organizations securely sharing patient information.”

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis and Hepatitis A & B are available at most locations. Walk-in camp, sports, college, DOT and other administrative physicals are available daily. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

MinuteClinic medical clinics are open seven days a week, including weekday evening hours. No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted.

About MinuteClinic
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 800 locations in 28 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 18 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit



Banana Republic unveils new look with its Spring 2014 campaign

NEW YORK, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Banana Republic unveils a new look with its Spring 2014 campaign – a heartfelt nod to the modern day adventurer who appreciates the journey, not just the destination, and is perfectly outfitted every step of the way. Inspired by the brand’s heritage and the pioneering spirit of its San Francisco roots, the campaign celebrates authenticity with style and the California state of mind – core qualities that define Banana Republic, the true outfitters of modern American style. “TRUE OUTFITTERS” will debut globally the first week of March.

The campaign champions true relationships, true style and true emotions, illustrating life’s most precious and authentic moments shared between loved ones. Real-life couples and families were cast in the campaign, including New York City-based partners and interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, Argentinian model and Tulum hotelier Nicolas Malleville and his family, Nashville natives and longtime sweethearts Cory Bond and Bekah Jenkins, and up and coming European models Sara Blomqvist and Jeremy Young.

Styled by Jessica Diehl and shot by Mikael Jansson, the campaign features product from Banana Republic’s California Collection, a spring line that embraces the brand’s home state in palette and spirit. The California Collection reflects an effortless blend of laid back comfort and easy chic that includes iconic Banana Republic pieces such as chinos, trenches and utility jackets that have been reinterpreted into relevant and modern American sportswear. Grounded in a group of fresh, Sonoran desert neutrals, the palette ranges from soft white to cantaloupe and cognac accessories, with rich textures and design woven throughout.

“Banana Republic represents an approach to style, living and a state of mind that continues to define the modern wardrobe,” says Banana Republic global chief marketing officer, Catherine Sadler. “The ’TRUE OUTFITTERS’ campaign delivers authenticity and cultural awareness which is the currency of choice for the modern customer.”

“We’ve been outfitters since our days on safari, and today we outfit people for their modern lives – for all those things that make up day to day life, and especially those big and small moments that matter most,” says Jack Calhoun, Banana Republic global president. “’TRUE OUTFITTERS’ represents Banana Republic at our best – helping us stand out in a crowded marketplace – and reflects our roots in our hometown of San Francisco.”

Developed with Laird+Partners, Banana Republic’s advertising agency, the campaign will appear in March and April publications, supplemented by outdoor, online and direct mail. Find out more by visiting on February 11. “TRUE OUTFITTERS” will also be featured at Hollywood’s biggest award show, with an all access red carpet media integration on on March 2. YouTube phenomenon and StyleHaul partner, iJustine, will join The Associated Press’ host, Michelle Marie, live on the red carpet from the award show in a custom Banana Republic dress, inspired by the California Collection.

About Banana Republic
Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering modern American style. Dedicated to helping customers achieve their best in life’s moments big and small, both personally and professionally, Banana Republic offers covetable clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and fragrance at accessible prices. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in over 700 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide. Customers also can shop online or at (888) BR-STYLE. For more information about Banana Republic, a division of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), please visit


Australia: Farm Weekly seeks historic photos of Wesfarmers to profile the company’s 100-year journey

Perth, Australia, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate our Centenary, Farm Weekly, in conjunction with Wesfarmers, is producing a 100-page keepsake, A4 gloss publication. Farm Weekly will be profiling some of the people involved in our 100-year journey and the events that have helped shape our company.

If you have any historic photos of Wesfarmers tucked away somewhere at your place, either of people involved in the company or infrastructure, Farm Weekly would love to hear from you. They are looking for anything that showcases the company over the years.

Photos will be scanned and promptly returned. If you think you can help, please call Farm Weekly on 08 9361 5000 or email




Sainsbury’s signed new two year deal with Gok Wan

LONDON, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the UK’s 7th largest clothing retailer, has signed a new two year deal with Gok Wan, creative force behind the Gok for Tu collections designed exclusively for Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s has also revealed today that its clothing business, which continues to take market share, is growing at around 10% year on year.

Gok’s first collection for Sainsbury’s launched in October 2011. Under the new agreement Gok will direct a further 12 flattering, confidence boosting collections for women under the Gok for Tu brand.

On Tuesday (25 Feb) the eleventh Gok for Tu collection goes on sale at over 200 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.

Commenting on the deal, Gok Wan said: “I am really proud that millions of lovely women have now discovered the wonders of my Gok for Tu collection at Sainsbury’s, and that so many of them keep coming back for more. I’ve got many more gorgeous design ideas up my sleeve to make Sainsbury’s customers feel amazing with flattering, sophisticated and confidence boosting styles – and can’t wait to get stuck into the next twelve collections.

The collection that goes into stores this week embodies all the qualities a woman’s wardrobe should reflect; ease, comfort, style and confidence.”

James Brown, Sainsbury’s Clothing Director said: “The Gok for Tu collections have played an important part in the success of our clothing business. Our partnership with Gok works because we share a passion for producing clothes which make women feel great. He works closely with our in-house team of designers on every detail, from the sketches, fabric, sourcing and manufacturing.

I am delighted that he has agreed to produce more collections with us.”

Last year after doubling its design team and investing heavily in the quality of its clothing Sainsbury’s unveiled a contemporary, new look and feel for its Tu clothing brand  under the strapline “Live Your Style”.


Sainsbury’s signed new two year deal with Gok Wan


Sainsbury’s: Kimberley Walsh recreated shots from Olivia Newton-John’s iconic video ‘Physical’ for the launch of the official Sport Relief Headband

LONDON, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimberley Walsh worked up a sweat today, recreating shots from Olivia Newton-John’s iconic video ‘Physical’ to showcase the launch of the official Sport Relief Headband, now available in Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Sporting the official Sport Relief Headband sold in Sainsbury’s, the stylish singer was given a full makeover to look like Olivia Newton-John from the 1981 hit music video, even transforming her typically luscious locks into a retro mullet. As a supporter of Sport Relief, Kimberley got into the spirit and humour of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games by donning a pair of sporty red leggings and bright pink 80s style legwarmers to show her support for Sport Relief, which brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.

Kimberley commented: “Everyone loves this iconic still from the Let’s Get Physical video, with Olivia Newton-John looking ultra-cool in her headband and workout gear. Amazingly the track was in the charts when I was born, 32 years ago, so it totally made sense to get involved in this revival shoot to launch this year’s official Sport Relief Headband available from Sainsbury’s, and to pay tribute to Olivia. I urge everyone to join in the fun by getting the gear and registering at”

The official Sport Relief Headband T-Shirt and All-In-One are available from Sainsbury’s – this year’s headline sponsor of the inaugural Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games – with a donation from each sale going directly to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world. Sainsbury’s is inviting sports fans, young and old, to get ready and show their support for the Sport Relief by picking up the official merchandise, including the Headband, T-Shirt and All-In-One from their nearest store.

You can run, swim or cycle at over 1000 venues the UK as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games which takes place from Friday 21st to 23rd March. Join in the fun and games by registering today at

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s commented that: “Kimberley is such a style icon that it’s great to see her getting ready for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games in the official Headband. We’ve been a supporter of Comic Relief since 1999 and for Sport Relief 2012 we raised a huge £5.5m; but this year we’re hoping that the merchandise and Games will be more popular than ever before to help us make an even bigger difference to those in need, both here and overseas.”


Sainsbury’s Kimberley Walsh recreated shots from Olivia Newton-John’s iconic video ‘Physical’ for the launch of the official Sport Relief Headband

Carrefour to attend the Paris International Agricultural Show from 22 February to 2 March in Paris

PARIS, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour will be taking part in the Paris International Agricultural Show from 22 February to 2 March in Paris. An opportunity for Carrefour to showcase its “Origin and Quality” product lines, as well as its Reflets de France and Carrefour Bio products.
Over the 9 days of the show, nearly 60 producers will be presenting their products at the Carrefour stand (3A99) and offering tastings.

Visitors to the show – children and adults alike – will be able to enjoy a wide range of events at the stand organized by Carrefour teams and the “Origin and Quality” producers, who will have come from all over France to show off their regional products.

Carrefour Group media relations office:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00
For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17
By e-mail:


BJ’s Wholesale Club selected PromoWorks for its demo and events program and staff

Westborough, MA, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, BJ’s Wholesale Club announced an initiative to further enrich its Members’ shopping experiences through its demo program, which includes the selection of PromoWorks – a leading demo and sampling events company in North America.  PromoWorks, a division of CROSSMARK, will now manage, enhance and ultimately expand the company’s demo and events program and staff.

“Demos and sampling are critical to a positive Member shopping experience,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s.   “After extensive examination of our demo and events program, we came to the conclusion that to build on BJ’s already-strong program, the company needed to add specialized expertise and resources, which is why BJ’s chose to work with PromoWorks, one of the most innovative events companies out there.”

BJ’s current demo/events staff, made up of approximately 1,400 Team Members, will be given priority to apply for the demo program with PromoWorks, which plans to grow the current program by more than 25% or about 500 jobs.

“I’m confident that the enhanced program will come together quickly because it will be built on the strong foundation established by BJ’s knowledgeable and passionate demo Team Members,” said Jim Norred, CROSSMARK Executive Vice President.  “Our goal is to elevate the current program from an already solid foundation, further enhancing the shopping experience for BJ’s Members while creating potential career and training opportunities for BJ’s current Demo team.”

PromoWorks expects to complete the transition of BJ’s demo program, conducting hiring fairs for current BJ’s Demo Team Members, adding new demo staff and training the entire team by the end of April 2014.  The newly expanded program will ultimately be comprised of more than 2,000 people.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s is dedicated to providing Members with high-quality, brand-name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores.  BJ’s carries the most product variety of any wholesale club with more than 7,000 items, including supermarket-sized staples, USDA Choice meats, all-natural and certified organic products and stock-up items. BJ’s is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and for greater convenience, offers the most payment options including EBT.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States.  The Company operates 201 clubs and 113 gas stations in 15 eastern states.  Learn more and shop online at, or for exclusive content visit and

About PromoWorks
PromoWorks offers unique strategies that enhance the retail experience through customized shopper engagement and product sampling/demonstration events. Since 1999, PromoWorks has partnered with manufacturers and retailers to transform the in-store demonstration experience, performing more than five million events and engaging more than 1.5 billion people with shopper buying decisions.  PromoWorks is a division of CROSSMARK, a leading sales and marketing services company.


Belk to invest $12.6M in expansion and renovation of its store at CoolSprings Galleria

  • Belk to invest $12.6 million for total renovation of two-level main store and opening of new 50,000 square foot men’s and kids store on first level of former Sears building
  • Improvements to include exciting new shopping décor and expanded offerings of premium brands of apparel, shoes, accessories and home merchandise

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk today announced that it is investing $12.6 million to expand and completely renovate its store at CoolSprings Galleria, owned by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) and TIAA-CREF, in Nashville (Franklin), TN to create a new fashion flagship store to serve the greater Nashville region. The project includes a major renovation of its current two-level main store and the opening of a new 50,000-square-foot men’s and kids store on the first level of the former Sears building at the mall. The new Belk flagship will offer an enhanced shopping experience for customers along with expanded selections of most-wanted fashion and premium brands.

Construction of the new men’s and kids store will begin in October 2014 with completion set for March 2015. The main store renovation will begin in February 2015 with a grand reopening set for October 2015. In addition, Belk’s home merchandise departments now located in two separate shops at the mall will be expanded and relocated to an 18,000-square-foot space on the second level of the main store as part of the project. The renovated main store and new men’s and kids store will have a total combined space of 185,000 square feet.

All men’s and kids merchandise departments now in the two-level main store (including shoes) will be greatly expanded and relocated to the former Sears building. Selling space in the main store formerly used for men’s and kids will be reallocated to expand women’s apparel, shoes, accessories (including handbags and fashion jewelry) and cosmetics departments. The ladies shoe department will more than double in size, allowing Belk to significantly increase its selection of top-name shoe brands and styles. The store is also updating and expanding its ladies accessories and fashion jewelry areas and adding open display jewelry and cosmetics fixtures to enhance merchandise presentation and make it easier for customers to shop and find what they’re looking for.

“We’re creating the ultimate Belk shopping experience for our customers at CoolSprings Galleria with this expansion and remodel,” said Jan Clevenger, chair, Belk Western Division based in Birmingham, Ala. “The enhancements will feature the latest in retail design, décor and layout and the added space will allow us to greatly increase our merchandise assortments, including many new premium brand offerings for the whole family. All of these improvements combined will make the store one of our premier Belk flagships to serve Franklin and the entire Nashville region. It will represent the best of Belk and is a sign of our continued commitment to deliver Modern.Southern.Style. to this community.”

“We are very excited about Belk’s renovation and expansion of their presence at CoolSprings Galleria,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “The redevelopment of the Sears location at CoolSprings Galleria allows us to significantly elevate the Nashville shopping experience by delivering some of the most in-demand retailers to the community, including Belk’s flagship store and Nashville’s first and only American Girl. We look forward to announcing even more new-to-Nashville retailers in the near future.”

Belk of CoolSprings Galleria opened as a Parisian store in 1993 and was acquired by Belk in 2006. In 2007, the store introduced home merchandise in two mall shops at the center.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 300 Belk stores in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership. Belk has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, the company gives 2.5 percent of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $19 million to those communities.

About CoolSprings Galleria
CoolSprings Galleria is a more than one million square-foot super-regional shopping destination featuring more than 150 stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brighton Collectibles, Coach, Forever 21, J.Crew, Pottery Barn, Pandora, The Apple Store, The Art of Shaving, White House | Black Market, Williams-Sonoma and many more. CoolSprings Galleria is anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Macy’s and is conveniently located off I-65 at exits 68 and 69, just fifteen miles south of Nashville. For additional information, find us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @ShopCoolSprings or visit

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 152 properties, including 91 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 29 states and total 86.1 million square feet including 5.6 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at

For further information: Belk, Inc.: Jessica Graham, vice president, corporate communications and community relations, 704-426-8333, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.: Dan Summerlin, director of corporate relations, 423-490-8315,


Price Chopper’s 2013 “Check Out Hunger” campaign raised more than $35,000 and 76,000 pounds of food

Schenectady, NY, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper’s 2013 “Check Out Hunger” campaign raised more than $35,000 and 76,000 pounds of food for 15 local food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

“We’re committed to helping people feed and care for themselves and their families throughout the year,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and marketing services. “Our “Check Out Hunger” campaign helps to raise funds, food and awareness that hunger is a year-round issue for so many in our communities. Because this winter has been particularly harsh across New York and New England, we appreciate and acknowledge our Price Chopper teammates and customers who continue to generously answer the call to contribute and help their community and neighbors.”

Throughout November and December, “Check Out Hunger” gave shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

This week, the tallied donations of cases of food and checks are being delivered to and picked up by area food banks/pantries, including the Commission on Economic Opportunity/Weinberg Food Bank (Wilkes-Barre, PA), Connecticut Food Bank (Waterbury, CT), Food Bank of Central New York (Syracuse, NY), The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Cornwall on Hudson, NY), Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, NY), Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield, MA), Foodshare (Bloomfield, CT), Hopkinton Food Pantry (Hopkinton, MA), Lincoln-Woodstock Food Pantry (Lincoln, NH), Marlborough Community Cupboard (Marlborough, MA), New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester, NH), Region Food Bank of Northeastern New York (Latham, NY), Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA), Vermont Foodbank (Barre, VT) and Worcester County Food Bank (Shrewsbury, MA.)

“Check Out Hunger” is an annual giving program and was available at all 132 Price Choppers throughout the chain’s six state footprint (CT, MA, NH, PA and VT.)

About Price Chopper: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 132 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 51% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

Mona Golub
Price Chopper
Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications

Russia’s largest retailer Magnit opened its 162nd hypermarket

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-2-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 162nd hypermarket of a small format.

Please be informed that today the Company has opened its 162nd hypermarket of a small format located at Lenina prospect (“Boom” shopping center), Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk region, Urals federal district. Assortment of the hypermarket consists of about 7,900 SKUs, out of which about 74% are food items. There are 17 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x7600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x5101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of December 31, 2013, Magnit operated 22 distribution centers and over 8,000 stores (7,200 convenience, 207 hypermarkets, and 686 cosmetics) in more than 1,868 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the unaudited IFRS management accounts for 2013, Magnit had revenues of $18,202 million USD and an EBITDA of $2,032 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is now Europe’s 2nd largest retailer.