NRF embarks on Summer Road Trip Designed to Enhance State Partnerships, Highlight Retail Careers, Community Impact and Innovations

Summer Road Trip Designed to Enhance State Partnerships, Highlight Retail Careers, Community Impact and Innovations

WASHINGTON, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — One year after the world’s largest retail association launched its This is Retail initiative, the National Retail Federation has embarked on two significantly larger scale initiatives that will bring together select retailers and students with state retail associations, legislators, government and opinion leaders, and universities: Retail Across America and the This is Retail Summer Road Trip.

Throughout the spring and summer, NRF will partner with five targeted state retail associations to produce “mini campaigns” designed to drive awareness of retail’s impact in specific states and local communities, as well as challenge common misperceptions about careers in the industry. NRF has formed partnerships with the California Retailers Association, North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, South Dakota Retail Association and Washington Retail Association.

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to promote retail’s incredible story through partnerships with state retail associations,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “By leveraging historic and well-known retailers in each of these states, we hope to further the idea that retail provides life-long and dynamic careers, plays an instrumental role in the innovations consumers see today and greatly and positively impacts the communities they are a part of.

“As we continue to advocate for retailers in Washington, we recognize these powerful stories from across the country will significantly help us advance retail’s agenda, and will drive home the message that retail plays an integral role in our economy – something large and small retailers are extremely proud of.”

Each state partnership will include:

•    Four videos highlighting the industry’s economic footprint in the state and each This is Retail pillar—careers, community and innovation
•    Roundtable discussions with legislative leaders and retailers from select states
•    Targeted in-state media strategy and advertising buys
•    Blogger coverage of the “road trip” across America through social content, including blog posts, live tweets and Instagram posts.

This content will be an integral part of NRF’s annual “fly-in” event, the Retail Advocates Summit, in July 2014

North Carolina Retail Merchants Association Chosen as Pilot Partner for Retail Across America

Retail Across America kicked off today at an event with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association. As the retail industry is the largest private employer in the state, second only to state government, North Carolina was a natural partner for the initiative.  Additionally, more than 60 retail brands have headquarters or distribution centers across the state and 30 of North Carolina’s top employers are retailers.

At the kick-off event NRF’s Shay addressed a crowd of invited retailers, business partners and media on the various components of This is Retail.

During his remarks, Shay commented, “I’m reminded every time I leave Washington and meet with retailers from around the country how powerful and impactful our industry is…today, I’m proud to be here for the first stop of Retail Across America. No one knows retail like the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association and its members.”

The North Carolina campaign features stories on careers, community and innovation sourced from retailers around the state, including nationally known Belk, Food Lion, and Family Dollar, as well as independent companies such as Winston-Salem-based Monkee’s,  Fuquay-Varina-based Ashworth’s, and Charlotte-based Kimbrell’s Furniture. Aspiring retailers from Wake Forest University’s Center for Retail Innovation are also highlighted. Biographies of those profiled are available upon request.

This is Retail Summer Road Trip

Building on the success of the NRF’s student and university member programs, and as part of Retail Across America, NRF will select four college students from the NRF Student Association to travel with NRF staff to each partner state. Students will partake in the process of filming and gathering content, while also contributing to NRF’s social efforts through blog posts, Twitter, and Instagram. NRF will pick one student for each state to ride along for a week to witness the industry first hand.

“The summer road trip is a unique opportunity for students considering a career in retail to meet with industry leaders and see retail in action first hand,” said Shay. “We are hoping these students benefit as much from this experience as we know we will. We’re looking forward to being a part of these students successful journey and are eager to see them flourish in their eventual careers.”

The students will be selected based on their desire to pursue a career in retail after college and communications and social media experience and understanding. In addition receiving the all-expense trip, each student will receive a $1,000 stipend.

NRF launched This is Retail in 2013 to highlight the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, the vast impact of retail on the communities it serves, and the critical role retail plays in resourcing the next level of innovation for a broad cross section of industries and business of all sizes.

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.

Bethany Aronhalt or Kathy Grannis (855) NRF-PRESS
press@nrf.com
www.thisisretail.org

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Retail Industry Leaders Association launched tool designed to help retailers optimize their energy management program

Energy Management Maturity Matrix Allows Industry To Drive Improvements To Existing Strategies

Arlington, VA, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (4/24/2014 ), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) launched its Retail Energy Management Program by releasing the Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix, a tool designed to help retailers optimize their energy management programs. The Matrix provides a baseline for retail energy managers to measure their existing programs against, identify opportunities for growth and provide a roadmap to improve processes, all of which will drive energy performance and shrink costs.

“RILA is excited to launch the Retail Energy Management Program and release the Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix,” said Adam Siegel, vice president of sustainability and retail operations at RILA. “This tool will provide retail energy managers the insight necessary to evaluate programs, identify opportunities, and develop plans to improve energy performance across the industry.”

The Energy Management Program, and the Matrix released today, is sponsored by Schneider Electric; with an analytics partnership with Wipro.

“We are proud to be involved in a transformative effort for the retail industry,” said Mike Fraser, vice president of global sustainability services at Schneider Electric. “The retail sector consumes a vast amount of energy and there is a significant opportunity to improve the efficiency of that energy usage and in the process reduce cost and resource impact.”

RILA’s Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix was designed to help retailers identify leading practices in energy management. It was developed with input from numerous retailers and reviews of existing tools, like ISO 50001 and the EPA Energy Management Guidelines. DOE, EPA, energy service vendors, and other critical stakeholders reviewed the Matrix.

“By engaging with all stakeholders relevant to retail energy programs, RILA hopes to tap the knowledge and expertise of a diverse community to help improve retail energy management programs,” Siegel concluded.

RILA will now survey its members, utilizing Schneider Electric’s Resource Advisor platform, to identify the state of retail energy management to provide insights necessary to develop further program initiatives and education efforts. The year’s activities will culminate at RILA’s annual Retail Sustainability Conference, which will host an Energy Management track specifically for this program. This year’s conference will be held September 29 to October 2 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more about www.rila.org/rsc.

For more information regarding RILA’s Retail Energy Management Program or to view the Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix, please visit: www.rila.org/energy.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Brian Dodge
SVP, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Co-op Home Centres, SaskPower and FCL partner to help Saskatchewan residents switch their light bulbs

Saskatchewan, Canada, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Here’s a bright idea: switching your light bulbs can save you money and power.

And for Saskatchewan residents, Co-op is helping to make that switch even easier. In partnership with SaskPower, FCL and participating Co-op Home Centres are offering a $5 instant rebate on selected light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs between April 1 and May 31, 2014.

“We want to be cognizant of the environment and offer our customers the choice of energy efficient products,” said Michael Yantz in the Home and Building Supplies Department at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “When we partner with corporations like SaskPower, it helps get the word out there.”

Yantz said the promotion initially ran from Oct. 1 to Dec. 24, 2013, and included LED Christmas lights. The first event’s success was surprising, surpassing the original forecast of 15,000 bulbs.

Customers purchased over 24,000 rebated bulbs and over 1,200 rebated Christmas light strings, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 659,732 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). To put this number in perspective, it is equal to the annual power consumption of 103 Saskatchewan homes or planting 146,607 trees every year.

“I heard stories from retails that contractors were buying batches of 200 bulbs at a time,” he said. “We had great prices.”

The event was so successful that Co-op had purchased all the stock of one particular 40-watt-equivalent LED bulb in Canada.

According to SaskPower, one LED bulb can save $120 over the lifetime of the bulb when compared to an incandescent bulb. LEDs use up to 80 per cent per cent less electricity and last on average for more than 20 years.

Yantz said LED light bulb prices have traditionally been too high for consumers to consider purchasing, but recent price reductions and rebate programs help make the bulbs attractive. He noted that with programs such as this one, more popular models are an investment that pay for themselves within one or two years.

There’s another reason to switch to LED bulbs, though. Incandescent bulbs are being phased out as a result of the federal government’s revised lighting standards, effective Jan. 1, 2014, for 75 watt and 100 watt incandescent light bulbs and Dec. 31, 2014, for 40 watt and 60 watt bulbs.

Also, don’t forget to recycle your CFL and LED bulbs at the end of their lifespan. Recycling facilities are available in British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Co-op Home Centres, SaskPower and FCL partner to help Saskatchewan residents switch their light bulbs

The former Sobeys grocery in Wetaskiwin opens as Co-op brand

Wetaskiwin, Alberta, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — It took less than 48 hours. By 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, the transformation was well under way and Wetaskiwin Co-op welcomed customers into its new food store.

After receiving the keys to a former Sobeys grocery store at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, an incredible effort was made to re-stock shelves, install a new point-of-sale system and change signs to reflect the new Co-op brand.

“It looks better. It’s so nice and bright,” said Muriel Hay, one of the first customers in the store and a long-time Co-op member. “You want quality and that’s number one to me. And the staff is really friendly here.”

This is the first of 14 food stores to be opened by the Co-operative Retailing System in the next month after Federated Co-operatives Limited acquired the stores from Sobeys Inc. in February.

Planning the transitions has spanned months, involving a significant number of people and countless emails, phone calls and meetings.

“A limitation is we do all the planning and you don’t know how well-prepared you are until you get into it,” said Wetaskiwin Co-op General Manager Al Halter.  “I think we’ve shown over the last 24 hours that we were very well prepared.”

Halter said getting back into the grocery business is a great opportunity and something the 97-year-old organization has been looking into for the past five years. It offers the opportunity to reach city residents, who may see the Co-op as only a farm store, and showcases the Co-op brand and standard across all commodities.

“I think they’ll be dealing with happier employees. I think they’ll see a much higher standard of operation, cleanliness and merchandising,” he said. “It’s just a matter of paying attention to detail. We’re going to offer a great value for the shopping experience.”

Brian White is one of those employees who has been in the thick of things over the past two months. Of the past 24 hours, he said there have been challenges.

“It’s been a learning curve,” said the grocery department manager. “It’s been stressful, but it’s also been enjoyable because it’s new.”

He feels Co-op sees him as a multi-faceted individual and “the possibilities for forwarding my career have opened up endlessly.”

Renovations are expected to continue until the end of May.

For information about other store openings, visit www.myco-op.ca.

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Wetaskiwin Co-op General Manager Al Halter and Muriel Hay, one of the store’s first customers.

Wetaskiwin Co-op General Manager Al Halter and Muriel Hay, one of the store’s first customers.

Intershop to present at the Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit on 28-29 April 2014 in London

  • 28/29 April, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London

London, UK, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop has announced details of its presence at the Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit, which will take place on 28-29 April 2014 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

Intershop CTO Jochen Wiechen will deliver a solution provider session from 2.30-3.00pm on 28 April. Titled ‘Xperience Tomorrow – Seamless Customer Journey – Everything Is Possible’, this session will examine how the world of commerce is changing. With customers now expecting to shop wherever, whenever, and however they want, the presentation will discuss how to create a seamless customer journey.

Intershop will also have a booth at the event, and host a networking reception from 6.00-8.00pm on 28 April. Intershop’s team of experienced e-commerce experts will be available to discuss how commerce is breaking new ground, why it pays to think about tomorrow, and how Intershop’s omni-channel commerce solutions can help organisations master their e-commerce challenges.

Jochen Moll, CEO at Intershop comments: “At Intershop we have a proud culture of innovating and of sharing our insight with our B2B and B2C customers. Whether they are only just exploring the synergies of bringing together their sales channels, or already benefiting from predictive sales, we believe our presence at the Gartner summit underlines our commitment to helping our customers shape the future of commerce.”

Focused on ‘Thriving in the Digital Age’, the Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit is a must-attend event for CRM professionals who want to learn how to deliver digital-age customer experiences that set their organisation apart from the competition and build customer loyalty and advocacy. It brings together visionary leaders and pioneers of innovation as they share their winning strategies to avoid the common pitfalls. Intershop is a platinum sponsor of the event. For more information, visit http://www.gartner.com/technology/summits/emea/crm/.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services including online marketing. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

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Gall & Gall appoints Frances Franken General Manager

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gall & Gall announces today that Frances Franken has been appointed as General Manager as of 5 May 2014.

As of 5 May 2014, Frances Franken will succeed Marit van Egmond, who will continue her career as a member of the Albert Heijn Board as Director Merchandising & Sourcing Fresh. Frances Franken has worked at Ahold since 1999 and has held various commercial roles within Gall & Gall, Albert Heijn and Etos.

Wouter Kolk, EVP New Markets & Specialty Stores comments, “Frances Franken has demonstrated her commercial clout in her previous positions in the company. Together with her colleagues on the Management Team she will now work on furthering the Gall & Gall growth strategy. I would like to thank Marit for the six years that she contributed to building up Gall & Gall with great enthusiasm as a member and later head of the Management Team.”

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Frances Franken

Marit van Egmond and Erik-Jan Mares appointed directors at Albert Heijn

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of Monday 5 May 2014, the Albert Heijn Board will be complete. On that date, Marit van Egmond and Erik-Jan Mares will join the team as part of the changes announced in January 2014. The plans also include building on the Albert Heijn brand and organization in the Netherlands and neighboring markets. Key to these appointments is the improvement and renewal of assortment for the customer.

Marit van Egmond has been appointed SVP Merchandising & Sourcing Fresh. She has been a successful member of the Gall & Gall Management Team since 2008. Marit has been employed by Ahold since 1997 and she previously also filled the role of Category Manager at Albert Heijn. In her new role, Marit will lead the further development of the fresh-produce assortment for our customers.

Erik-Jan Mares has been appointed to the position of SVP Merchandising & Sourcing Non-Perishables, Non-Food and New Business. Erik-Jan has successfully led Ahold European Sourcing for a year now. His previous employers include C1000, Danone and Nutricia. In his new role, Erik-Jan will lead the further development of the existing and new assortment for our customers.

Greater focus on assortment at Albert Heijn

The appointment of the two new directors means the importance of our assortment – one of our services to the customer – will be the focus of greater and more specific attention. Improvements and additions to our assortment will further strengthen our commercial position.

Sander van der Laan, CEO of Albert Heijn, comments on the appointments, “It is great that we have been able to fill these key positions with professionals from our own organization with relevant experience. The enthusiasm that these colleagues will bring to these positions will give a boost to the improvement and extension of our assortment and thus our services to our customers. I am also pleased that the Albert Heijn Board is complete again.”

In addition to Marit van Egmond and Erik-Jan Mares, the Albert Heijn Board also includes Cees van Vliet (Director Stores and Distribution), Adriaan Thierry (Director Omni-Channel Marketing & Format), Wouter Kolk (Director New Markets & Specialty Stores), Hendrik-Jan Roel (Financial Director) and Luc de Baets (Director Human Resources & Business Services). The team is led by General Director (CEO) Sander van der Laan.

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Erik-Jan Mares / Marit van Egmond

Erik-Jan Mares / Marit van Egmond

 

Celebrate Organic at all Wegmans Food Market locations on April 26, 2014

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Celebrate Organic at all Wegmans Food Market locations on April 26, 2014

WHO: Wegmans customers and members of the media are invited

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014

WHERE: All Wegmans Food Market locations

WHAT: Celebrate Wegmans Organic, an Earth Day-inspired event with balloons, coupons, activities for kids, and passports to guide customers toward tasting and cooking demo stations. All around the store, Wegmans people will be talking with customers about the company’s Organic Farm, local sourcing, and Reduce, Reuse and Recycling efforts. Wegmans proudly offers more than 3,000 organic choices.

Near the store entrance, customers are greeted with organic pink lemonade and can enter a drawing to win a gift bag filled with organic products. The first 300 customers at each store to bring in a bundle of clean and dry plastic bags during the event will receive a coupon for a free reusable bag. Plastic bags are accepted for recycling every day at Wegmans, and throughout April customers are helping to increase Wegmans’ contribution to The Nature Conservancy by bringing back their bags. Wegmans’ aim is to collect more than 177,000 pounds of plastic bags.

For kids, there are temporary tattoos and an activity sheet. They can visit the gardening station in General Merchandise to plant an organic seed to take home and watch it grow.

Samples are offered in a variety of departments. To name a few:

  • Pan-seared organic kale with red thai curry sauce in Produce
  • Organic vegetable barley soup in Prepared Foods
  • Beemster organic gouda paired with organic multigrain baguette in the Bakery
  • Canadian-certified organic mussels from Canada in Seafood
  • Organic frozen fruit paired with organic waffles in Frozen Foods
  • Organic strawberry banana smoothies made with the Ninja blender in Produce

For more information on Wegmans’ sustainability practices, look for the “About Us” section at the bottom of wegmans.com, and click on the sustainability link.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information: Jo Natale, director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Wegmans Food Markets to open two stores in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. confirmed that the family-owned supermarket chain plans to build two stores in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. The stores will be similar in size and design to Wegmans’ current Virginia stores, which range in size from 120,000 to 140,000 sq. ft.

“Over the years, we have had countless requests to open a Wegmans store in the Richmond area, so we are delighted to finally announce that we’re headed there,” says Ralph Uttaro, Wegmans senior vice president of real estate. “We look forward to the day when we can welcome customers to our stores and deliver on our promise of incredible customer service, the best ingredients, restaurant-quality prepared foods, and consistent low prices.”

Wegmans video news release
Photographs available for download

Midlothian, VA (Chesterfield County)
Wegmans will anchor the planned Stonehenge Village Shopping Center, which will also include additional retail space. This site is located on Midlothian Turnpike, just east of Farnham Drive, and is 0.8 miles west of the Chesterfield Town Center Mall and approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Richmond. Marchetti Properties is the developer for this project.

Midlothian is about 55 miles south of Wegmans’ Fredericksburg, VA store and 60 miles southeast of Charlottesville, VA, where Wegmans will open a future store.

Short Pump, VA (Henrico County)
NV Retail will seek approval to build a food market in West Broad Marketplace, a large retail development on West Broad Street near North Gayton Road that will be anchored by Wegmans and Cabela’s. The site is located 0.6 miles west of the Short Pump Mall and approximately 13 miles northwest of downtown Richmond.

Short Pump is about 45 miles south of Fredericksburg, VA store and 55 miles southeast of Charlottesville, VA.

Each of Wegmans’ Richmond-area stores is expected to employ 550 to 600 people in full- and part-time positions. Wegmans has been on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for seventeen consecutive years, ranking #12 in 2014.

According to Wegmans officials, a construction timeline and projected opening date for each store won’t be determined until all necessary approvals are in place. The two sites are approximately 11 miles apart.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Wegmans currently operates six stores in Virginia and will open a store in Charlottesville in the future. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Dunkin’ Donuts signed with two new franchise groups to open 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and San Fernando Valley

West Coast Expansion Continues to Brew in California for Dunkin’ Donuts

CANTON, MA, 2014-4-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.

The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • New franchise group Precision Hospitality & Development, which plans to develop 10 restaurants in South Orange County and the surrounding cities. Led by real estate developer, Joe Haupt, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
  • New franchisee Aharon Aminpour, who plans to develop 10 restaurants throughout the San Fernando Valley. Aminpour’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.

Since opening California for franchise development last year, the company has executed store development agreements for more than 150 new free-standing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Franchise opportunities still remain available throughout Southern California in Palm Springs, Desert Communities, Santa Clarita Valley, Ventura County, Glendale and Burbank, as well as in Central and Northern California. Over time, there are plans for as many as 1,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the state. More information about franchising opportunities in California can be found at www.dunkinfranchising.com.

“As we continue to grow our presence in California, a key component is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to welcome these new franchise groups to the Dunkin’ Donuts brand. Between their franchise and California business experience, we are confident they will cultivate lasting customer relationships, and become wonderful additions to the Southern California communities they will serve.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).
CONTACT INFORMATION

Justin Drake
781-737-5200
justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. For more information, visit www.dunkinfranchising.com.