The National Retail Federation honored with 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Recognized with SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award

WASHINGTON, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation was recognized today on Earth Day by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award. The EPA recognized NRF for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and enhance freight efficiency.

“The SmartWay program is a valuable resource for retailers looking for new ways to build leaner and greener supply chains,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Our members are very conscious of the fact that the retail industry is a key link in the supply chain and are making smart and sustainable choices to reduce their carbon footprint.”

The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by the EPA to acknowledge organizations that do an exceptional job supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals.

NRF held a session titled “The Smart Way to Carbon Accounting in the Supply Chain” at its 2013 Global Supply Chain Summit. The session focused on the benefits of the SmartWay program and how businesses can reduce their overall supply chain carbon footprint.

“I commend the National Retail Federation for its level of commitment, enthusiasm and creativity in promoting EPA’s SmartWay program and sustainable transportation” EPA Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality Chris Grundler said. “NRF’s work in this arena brings us all closer to achieving the shared goals of clean freight and clean air.”

EPA has recognized NRF and other affiliates on the SmartWay website, in the SmartWay E-news letter and in industry trade publications as part of its Earth Day activities.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com.

About SmartWay
EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help business improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains.  Today the Partnership consists of nearly 3,000 Partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry.  As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 120.7 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 10 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxides far) help protect the health and well-being of citizens while contributing to our nation’s economic and energy security.

More information on SmartWay visit www.epa.gov/smartway.

2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Honorees

•    American Trucking Associations
•    Colorado Motor Carries Association
•    Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
•    Environmental Defense Fund
•    National Retail Federation
•    North Central Texas Council of Governments
•    Penske Truck Leasing
•    Retail Industry Leaders Association
•    Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.
•    Wisconsin Clean Cities

Bethany Aronhalt or Stephen Schatz (855) NRF-PRESS
Press@NRF.com

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Banana Republic and Roland Mouret to launch limited-edition capsule using Banana Republic’s signature Sloan Collection

Roland Mouret collaboration amplifies Banana Republic’s signature Sloan Collection

New York, NY, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic and celebrated designer Roland Mouret are pleased to announce the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection – a limited-edition, covetable capsule highlighting Mouret’s keen understanding of fit and the female form through the use of Banana Republic’s signature Sloan fabric. Banana Republic’s Sloan Collection of dresses, skirts and pants has gained acclaim for the use of contour stretch fabric. The women’s capsule launches exclusively at select Banana Republic locations worldwide and online in early August 2014.

The foundation of the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection – the Banana Republic Sloan fabric – is a unique blend of rich, bi-stretch fabric, which creates a “magic” fit that shapes through figure-flattering silhouettes. Mouret, famous for his exceptional skills in draping, structure and style, naturally gravitated toward this signature material, which he hand-draped, cut and pinned on the body to create this iconic capsule. The nearly 30-piece collection shines a light on Mouret’s craftsmanship talents through the use of this dynamic fabric.

Mouret is best known for his feminine hour glass fitted dresses, which have become a favorite among Hollywood stars. In 2006, the British based designer with a French heart and soul, became a household name when A-listers first wore Mouret’s now-famous Galaxy dress on the red carpet.

“Partnering with Banana Republic on this project was such an adventure for me,” says Roland Mouret, founder and designer of his namesake label. “The common goal for this collection is to offer incredible fit through an assortment of svelte styles using Banana Republic’s Sloan fabric, extending my love of structure and silhouette into accessible prices. These pieces are multi-functional for the modern woman to wear and accessorize in her own way, making her always ready for life’s journey.”

The Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection pushes fashion and function with must-have additions to a stylish modern wardrobe. Key details include bold colorblocking, graphic perforated details, leopard prints, playful proportions and, of course, svelte cuts on everything from blazers and slimming pencil skirts to sheath dresses. Apparel includes petite styles and will range in price from $49.50 (belts) – $165.00 (dresses).

“I’m so inspired by Roland’s skill for draping and attention to fit,” says Banana Republic Vice President of Women’s Design, Melloney Birkett. “He has such a strong sense of how to dress a woman, and brings a beautiful sensuality to his work. Roland’s vision really matched ours as we worked together to use his design expertise as a build to Banana Republic’s Sloan fabric to create a truly covetable collection.”

The Roland Mouret for Banana Republic collection will be featured in Banana Republic’s August campaign, including select print, online, direct mail and in-store. Join the conversation on Twitter with @BananaRepublic @RolandMouret.

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 bananarepublic.com

ABOUT ROLAND MOURET
The Roland Mouret fashion brand is a joint venture between Roland Mouret and Simon Fuller’s XIX entertainment.  Formed in August 2006 as “RM by the designer Roland Mouret” it followed Mouret’s 8 years of critical acclaim within the global fashion industry. In September 2010 rights to the ‘Roland Mouret” name were acquired by the venture and in March 2011 the first Roland Mouret store was opened at 8 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, in the form of a “maison” with atelier and HQ on the premises. Mouret has become recognized for the use of draping and the fitted silhouette, including the iconic dresses Galaxy, Moon, Titanium and Pigalle.  2012-3 saw the launch of the Roland Mouret shoe, bag and bridal collections as well as the continued development of its successful sunglasses line.  Further global expansion is planned for 2014, after three consecutive years of strong double-digit growth, with the opening in summer 2014 of the first international flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue.

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ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by 0.4% on week-over-week basis ending April 19

In Spite of Drag from Mother Nature

NEW YORK, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by 0.4% on a week-over-week basis ending April 19. Sales on a year-over-year basis posted a solid 1.9% increase. This increase comes on the heels of last week’s 2.3% gain which was the strongest reading in the past two months.

“Sales during the pre-Easter week posted a moderate gain, with retailers stepping up their promotions, but Mother Nature refused to cooperate as another bout of unseasonably cool weather hit much of the country,” noted Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist. “Even so, the gain marks the second straight solid performance from a yearly standpoint, good news for when the weather finally turns,” he added.

For April, ICSC Research forecasts that monthly comparable-store sales will increase by 3.5% to 4.0%. This is taking into account the potential for a weather drag on sales as mild spring weather appears will be slow to roll in, but accounts for the lift from the later Easter.

Week Ending              Index 1977=100            Year/Year Change                         Weekly Change
19-April-14                        572.0                                 1.9%                                            0.4%
12-April-14                        569.9                                 2.3%                                           -0.3%
05-April-14                        571.5                                 1.5%                                            1.5%
29-March-14                     562.9                                 0.6%                                            3.6%

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

Contact: Jesse Tron
+1 646-728-3814
jtron@icsc.org
@JesseTronPR

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7-Eleven launches Pizza for Life Sweepstakes

Dallas, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Here’s a slice of life. Actually, make that the whole pizza pie. 7-Eleven, Inc. will give some lucky pizza-lover a lifetime of hot, cheesy pizza in the first-ever Pizza for Life Sweepstakes. The contest runs through Friday, May 16, which happens to be National Pizza Party Day.

Pizza for Life Sweepstakes entry forms are available on the 7-Eleven® smartphone app. The app is available for download via the App Store or Google Play. To enter, click on the “What’s in Store” calendar tab, then the ‘gimmepizza’ icon and fill in name and email address on the pop-up entry form. Entrants must be at least 18 years old to participate and can enter once a day.

After the entry is completed, an option appears on screen to share the sweeps information on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #GIMMEPIZZA4LIFE.

The prize value is $10,500, and the winner will be notified by the end of May.

“Pizza is popular with our guests,” said Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “Because it tastes so good and is a great value. No coupons, no limited time offers – just large hot pizzas for $5.55 each. The only better deal is if you happen to win the Pizza for Life sweepstakes!”

The retailer, which began selling hot-to-go pizza just five years ago, offers large, hot Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas for just $5.55 and a large Deluxe Meat pizza for $6.99. 7-Eleven’s Deluxe Meat pizza is topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, pork sausage and diced bacon, while the Triple-Cheese pizza includes melted mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan cheeses.

As an added incentive, customers purchasing any size can or bottle of carbonated soft drinks made by Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Dr Pepper/Seven-Up will get $1 off the already value-priced Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas.

More than 5,200 U.S. 7-Eleven stores sell hot foods.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 52,500 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2012, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

CONTACT:
Margaret Chabris
7-Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7-Eleven launches Pizza for Life Sweepstakes

ShopRite Owner Shawn Ravitz honored with Girl Scout Partner Award

Keasbey, New Jersey, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  For almost 20 years, they have set up shop outside his family’s ShopRite stores, hawking Samoas, Tagalongs and all those other delicious varieties of Girl Scout cookies.

“It’s a great environment for learning about philanthropy and doing a good deed,” said Shawn Ravitz, Vice President of Administration for Ravitz Family Markets, a family business which owns and operates five ShopRite stores.

Those same scouts recently honored Ravitz with the prestigious Girl Scout Partner Award. The award pays tribute to a successful male from the community who has gone out of his way to promote female leadership.

“It’s simply a recognition that I accept on behalf of the entire organization,” Ravitz said.

At each of the family’s five ShopRite locations in South Jersey, employees have tried to foster a welcoming environment for Girl Scouts and other charitable organizations. Ravitz said his family members are also regular contributors to Ronald McDonald House, Operation Yellow Ribbon and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Santina Stankevich
Phone: 732-906-5932

Elisabeth Loeb
Phone: 732-906-5156

Barry Jeckell
Phone: 732-906-5137

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Price Chopper opens new Supermarket in Little Falls, N.Y.

Flag Raising, National Anthem and Ribbon Cutting Mark Grand Opening

Schenectady, N.Y., 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday morning, the American Legion raised the American Flag to the National Anthem performed by the Little Falls High School choir in celebration of the grand opening of the newest Price Chopper Supermarket located at 555 East Main Street in Little Falls, N.Y.

Price Chopper Executive Chairman of the Board Neil Golub, President and CEO Jerry Golub, Store Manager William Blunt and other company officials were joined by New York State Senator James L. Seward, 51st District, New York State Assemblyman Marc Butler, 118th District and the City of Little Falls Mayor Robert J. Peters, Sr. and shoppers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are so pleased to offer a brand-new, state-of-the-art supermarket here in Little Falls,” said Jerry Golub. As a homegrown business, we are proud of our small town roots and look forward to providing Price Chopper quality, value and customer service to all who enter our doors. And we relish the opportunity to become a valued neighbor by supporting and nourishing the community around us,” he added.

More than 20 full-time and 90 part-time jobs were created because of this sleek 30,500-square-foot, environmentally green Price Chopper.

Price Chopper’s traditional preview party was held at the store from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday evening and raised monetary donations, matched in full by Price Chopper and by $1,500 from the project developer, The Berke Family. The proceeds were divided amongst the evening’s beneficiaries — Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, the Little Falls Family YMCA and the Little Falls Little League. Attendees were treated to hot and cold buffet stations and an opportunity to enter a drawing for a $250 Price Chopper gift card.

In addition to a quality selection of groceries, including a wide variety of gluten-free and locally produced and manufactured products, other highlights available at the new Little Falls Price Chopper include:

A fresh, self-service Seafood Department, featuring a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish from around the world that Price Chopper will fry or steam free of charge; seasoned, marinated, stuffed and coated ready-to-cook entrees; and a menu of fried seafood dinners, including Price Chopper’s popular signature fried haddock dinner.

A fresh Meat Department, featuring Certified Angus Beef; all natural pork and Grade A poultry; along with Chiappetti brand All Natural fresh lamb, veal, and Grass Fed Beef in addition to an assortment of marinated, seasoned, stuffed and panko-dredged ready-to-cook entrees and a variety of processed meat products, including local favorites like Hatfield and Bilinski Sausage.

A fresh Produce Department, featuring superior quality fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from local farms during the Northeast growing season and from farms around the world, including conventional and organic produce, “first of the season” items, specialties and exotics.

Central Market Florist, Price Chopper’s signature floral department and part of the largest custom florist network in the Northeast, offers high quality bouquets, a seasonal selection of fresh cut flower bunches and floral arrangements for any occasion, as well as seasonal outdoor nursery products for gardening and home enhancement needs, blooming and foliage plants, balloons, plant care items and holiday wreaths.

A fresh Bakery Department, offering made-from-scratch donuts; a variety of traditional and crusty artisan breads and bagels; cakes, cupcakes, pies, muffins, and elegant special occasion desserts.

A fresh Deli Department, featuring a wide variety of sliced-to-order deli meats and cheese, including our Price Chopper’s own brand; premium Dietz & Watson cold cuts; fresh home-style and specialty salads with no preservatives added; a variety of chef-inspired entrees and sides; and an assortment of imported, domestic and local cheeses.

Food Service featuring several flavors of Price Chopper’s award-winning, slow-roasted, all-natural rotisserie chicken; Bella Roma pizza, made fresh with hand-stretched dough; subs and sandwiches made fresh on just-baked breads and rolls; hand-breaded fried chicken; a hot and cold soup bar; and a coffee shop.

NuVal, the revolutionary nutritional scoring system that gives thousands of fresh and packaged foods a score of 1 to 100 – the higher the number, the higher the nutritional value. NuVal scores are found on store signage and in the upper right-hand corner of shelf tags.

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About Price Chopper
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 133 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 50% 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 www.pricechopper.com .

SM Foundation to renovate the Tacloban City Hospital after typhoon Haiyan

SM Foundation continues to support public-private efforts to rehabilitate the City of Tacloban

Tacloban, Philippines, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Addressing the need to provide quality health service to typhoon Yolanda victims in Tacloban, SM Foundation, Inc. partnered with the government, the City of Tacloban, and the Department of Health (DOH) to renovate the Tacloban City Hospital, one of the two public hospitals actively serving the city’s population.

The DOH, the City of Tacloban and the SM Foundation, Inc. solidified its partnership through the signing of the project’s memorandum of agreement for the Tacloban City Hospital renovations which started earlier in March.

Connie Angeles, the Foundation’s Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs, shared, “The Tacloban City Hospital caters to more than 130 barangays and averages a number of 100 patients per day, prior to Typhoon Yolanda making it a primal location for accessible health services.” She adds “The hospital is also far from the the ‘no-build zone’ listed by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR), making it a safe area to build this hospital.”

The “no-build zone” was implemented by DENR following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda which prevents the building of houses and establishments 40 meters from the shore-line.

The MOA also states that 80% of the labour force for the renovation were to come from the local community. “The rebuilding of the Tacloban City Hospital is not only to cater to those who are in need of medical assistance but also to provide means of livelihood to the residents affected by the disaster,” Angeles added. “The renovation is part of the Foundation’s plan to create a more self-sustaining community for Tacloban.”

Aside from renovating the hospital’s main building and out-patient department, an additional Felicidad Wellness Center for Children and Elderly and a Malnutrition Ward will be constructed. The target date for completion of the hospital is on June 2014.

Signatories of the MOA include Sec. Panfilo M. Lacson, Sr., Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery; Hon. Alfred S. Romualdez, Tacloban City Mayor; Teresita Sy-Coson, SM Investments Vice Chairperson; Debbie P. Sy, SM Foundation, Inc. Executive Director; and Connie S. Angeles Health and Medical Programs, Executive Director.

The Foundation is also active in conducting medical missions in Yolanda-stricken areas. The residents are provided free medical services such as check-ups and consultations, medicines, laboratory procedures such as chest x-ray, ECG examination, urinalysis, as well as dental check-up and tooth extraction.

Likewise, the Foundation will continue its renovation projects in partnership with the BDO Foundation through the repairs of 10 new rural health centers for this year, namely: Tolosa Rural Health Unit, Leyte; Western Samar Rural Health Unit, Basey; Ajuy Rural Health Unit, Iloilo; Northern Cebu Rural Health Unit, Bogo City, Cebu; Capiz Rural Health Unit; Aklan Rural Health Unit; Antique Rural Health Unit; Zamboanga Rural Health Unit; Butuan Rural Health Unit, Agusan del Norte; and La Trinidad Health Unit, Benguet.

For school year 2014-15, the Foundation welcomed 322 new scholars. These include an additional 100 scholars from Tacloban City and its neighboring areas in Visayas who are survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

Aside from this, 200 houses will also be constructed under SM Foundation’s SM Cares Housing Project for Yolanda Survivors. For each community, SM will also build a community center, playground, basketball court and other establishments for small and medium enterprises to help in the uplifting of the disaster-struck communities.

About SM Foundation

SM Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM Group of Companies.

For more than 30 years, through the Foundation, the SM Group of Companies has been able to help the less fortunate in the communities it serves. The SM Foundation has four areas of advocacy namely: education through college and technical-vocational scholarship programs, donation of school buildings for public elementary and high school; health through medical missions, mobile clinics and construction of wellness and health centers; community development through various livelihood training programs, greening projects and immediate disaster response/relief; and religious programs consisting of construction and renovation of churches.

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SM Foundation to renovate the Tacloban City Hospital after typhoon Haiyan

SM Foundation to renovate the Tacloban City Hospital after typhoon Haiyan

The Co-operative Group to open new food store in Bishopston

Manchester, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Group has announced plans to open a new food store in Bishopston.

It has agreed a deal to open a new store following planning approval to undertake an extensive re-development of a former convenience store on the site near Bishopston Primary School.  It is expected that around ten new full and part time jobs will be created.

Construction work will commence in late April, and the new store is expected to open later this year. It will have a sales area of around 2,000 sq ft.

John Hillman, Regional Acquisitions Manager for The Co-operative Food in Wales, said:

“A convenience store with a strong emphasis on fresh produce will enable us to build upon an established customer base and provide an even better service for the community. The location is ideal for us, and we are very confident the new store will be an asset to the village and wider area.”

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Chick-fil-A to sponsor the new College Football Playoff bowl in new agreement with ESPN

ATLANTA, 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Chick-fil-A Bowl became the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl once again, and a new era for post-season college football in Atlanta officially began. The Bowl’s announcement was amplified by the news that Chick-fil-A has become the first of the new College Football Playoff bowl sponsors to announce its new agreement with ESPN.

Representatives from Peach Bowl, Inc., Chick-fil-A, ESPN, the College Football Playoff and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gathered today to reveal the new name and logo associated with the Bowl’s elevation into the new College Football Playoff and announce Chick-fil-A’s enhanced title sponsorship agreement with ESPN and Peach Bowl, Inc.

The name change and new logo come as a direct result of the Bowl’s inclusion in the College Football Playoff where the use of a traditional moniker is required for the six top-tier bowls that will host the playoffs.

“This is a remarkable day in our history when we can all come together as partner to celebrate these milestones,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO. “This not only represents the beginning of our new era in the College Football Playoff, but a reconnection to our history and tradition by bringing the peach back into our name. Chick-fil-A’s agreement with ESPN and the Bowl allows us to continue a 17-year relationship regarded as one of the most successful in the industry.”

The six-year agreement between Chick-fil-A and ESPN, the rights-holder for the College Football Playoff, grants Chick-fil-A exclusive title sponsorship of the Peach Bowl and provides additional sponsorship considerations within the framework of the other five College Football Playoff bowls and the national championship game. The deal will also result in an increased presence throughout the year across the ESPN family of networks and ESPN digital platforms with an emphasis on college football programming.

“Chick-fil-A has had the privilege of playing a role in the Bowl’s growth over the last 17 years, helping raise the profile of the game,” said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “We now look forward to helping the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl elevate to a national stage.”

“From Kickoff to Playoff, Chick-fil-A’s continued collaboration and multimedia investment in the College Football Playoff, through our Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl partnership, will help serve our fans and their customers the true excitement of this new era in college football,” said Ed Erhardt, president of global customer marketing and sales at ESPN.

Beginning this season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will join the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls in making up the group of six bowls that will host the new College Football Playoff.

This marks a return to the name the Bowl used for nine years from 1997-2005. Since 2006, the Bowl has been called the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Prior to 1997, the game used its original name, the Peach Bowl, dating to the Bowl’s inception in 1968.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is set to host its first national Semifinal Game (#1 vs #4 or #2 vs #3) following the 2016 season and will host games in 2014 and 2015 featuring top-ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. The Bowl will host a Semifinal game every third year over the first six years of the College Football Playoff. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has already announced its intent to lead the bid for, and help win the rights to host, the National Championship Game following the 2017 season, coinciding with the opening of the Falcons’ new Atlanta stadium.

“The College Football Playoff is thrilled to welcome the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl into its top tier of bowls that will help us host the National Semifinal games,” said Michael Kelly, chief operating officer for the College Football Playoff. “There is no doubt the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl belongs in this elite group based on its commitment to community outreach and a first-class fan and student-athlete experience.”

As a member of the top tier of all college bowls, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s national profile will get a bump – a bump that is expected to be felt by its host city of Atlanta as well.

The elevated profile of the game, coupled with the higher-ranked teams the bowl will host and the increased demand for tickets, is expected to raise projections for the Bowl’s annual economic impact on Atlanta’s hospitality industry. Over the last 10 years, the Bowl has delivered an annual average economic impact of $31.1 million with an average of $1.4 million in direct tax revenue being generated.

“There is no doubt this is a big win for the City of Atlanta,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said. “It’s a win for our economy. It’s a win for our hospitality community. It’s a win for Chick-fil-A, one of our home-grown companies, and it’s a win for our 46-year bowl game tradition and our already strong college football profile.”

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Harris Teeter and Tresata to host the second annual Hackathon CLT on April 25-26 at Packard Place in Uptown Charlotte

Company Invites Spectators, Participants to Free Event Friday, April 25

Matthews, N.C., 2014-4-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is partnering with Tresata, a predictive analytics software applications company to host the second annual Hackathon CLT on April 25-26 at Packard Place in Uptown Charlotte. The team-based competition will offer area tech developers, designers, analysts and others an opportunity to test and showcase their skills in a fast-paced overnight hackathon to solve a business problem using big data and mobile technology.

Harris Teeter and Tresata hosted the country’s first-ever Big Data Hackathon in 2013 as a way to spark ongoing conversations and opportunities in Charlotte’s growing tech scene. Check out this video from the 2013 event.

HackathonCLT MMXIV kicks off Friday, April 25 with the city’s biggest developer party celebrating Charlotte’s tech community and runs through the night culminating in a final pitch for cash prizes on Saturday afternoon. The grand prize is $4,000 with a $1,000 runner up prize. Think you can’t hack? There will also be a prize for the most creative solution provided by a general participant.

“Charlotte has a vibrant and talented pool of technology professionals, and we are thrilled to bring this event back for a second year,” said Danna Jones, communication specialist for Harris Teeter. “Hackathon CLT not only allows our company to  meet technology experts within our city, but it also enhances all facets of eBusiness by providing a forum through which the tech community can collaborate to spark creative ideas and solutions.”

This year, Data Chambers, ettain group and P&G have joined Harris Teeter and Tresata to make the Hackathon an even bigger event than last year where hundreds of developers participated.

“We saw tremendous need in Charlotte for an outlet that challenges and celebrates an often-overlooked technology pool,” said Abhishek Mehta, Tresata CEO. “And we looked to strategic Charlotte area businesses to make it happen.”

Tickets are free for spectators and participants and are available at www.hackathonCLT.org.

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Harris Teeter and Tresata to host the second annual Hackathon CLT on April 25-26 at Packard Place in Uptown Charlotte