Spin Master’s PAW Patrol toy line to launch at Toys“R”Us®

Toys“R”Us to Serve as the First Retail Destination to Offer Figures, Vehicles, Plush and More Based on TV’s Number-One Preschool Series; Brand-New Episodes of PAW Patrol to Debut May 27 and May 29, at 12 P.M. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon

Toronto, ON, 2014-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAW Patrol™ is on a roll and headed to Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com on Sunday, May 18. Developed by Spin Master Ltd., Canada’s largest children’s toy and entertainment company, PAW Patrol is the number-one rated preschool series and airs weekdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Through June, Toys“R”Us will be the only retailer to offer eager fans the opportunity to go on an action-packed rescue adventure with an all-new preschool line of plush, vehicles, figures and more based on the ratings hit.

The popular series, PAW Patrol, is a CG-animated, action-adventure preschool series starring a pack of six heroic puppies led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. When trouble strikes Adventure Bay, these heroic pups are there to save the day with a unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and cute doggy humor. From Marshall, the firedog, to Chase, the police pup, each character brings unique personality and skill to the team, modeling the importance of teamwork and good citizenship. PAW Patrol made its U.S. debut on Nickelodeon in August 2013.

“We are thrilled to partner with Toys“R”Us to bring our beloved PAW Patrol pups to shelves, making it the first retail destination for fans,” said Krista DiBerardino, Chief Marketing Officer, Spin Master. “Children everywhere adore Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and of course Ryder; and now, they will finally have the opportunity to bring the magic of Adventure Bay to life and play with their favorite pups at home in the form of interactive, imaginative toys.”

“Ever since PAW Patrol hit the airwaves last summer, preschoolers have fallen in love with the show’s delightful characters and captivating storylines and have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of toys based on the hit series,” said Jamie Uitdenhowen, Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We worked closely with our partners at Spin Master to be the first retailer to bring this highly coveted line of toys to children who can’t wait to experience all the excitement and adventures from the show during playtime.”

The all-new product range includes a number of collectable items for children ages 3 years and up:

  • Action Pack Pup with Badge™: In every episode of PAW Patrol, the pups save the day with cool gadgets that pop out of their backpacks. Now, with the help of every Action Pack Pup, kids can transform their favorite character’s backpack with the push of a button. Every figure comes with a push-button transforming backpack and a kid-sized, snap-on role play badge. 1 “AG13” button cell battery required (included). Available beginning May 18.
  • PAW Patrol Racers™: The youngest PAW Patrol fans are sure to love these free-wheeling vehicles featuring Ryder and his pup pals as they race to save the day in Adventure Bay. Each PAW Patrol Racer includes a pup or figure molded inside that hero’s signature vehicle, allowing kids to bring their favorite action-packed quests to life. No batteries required. Available beginning May 18.
  • PAW Patrol Rescue Vehicles™: Kids can keep the entire PAW Patrol team racing to rescue missions together with the full assortment of Rescue Vehicles. Each signature toy vehicle includes simple features and accessories, such as a moving ladder or traffic cones, as well as an articulated pup figure. No batteries required. Available beginning May 18.
  • PAW Patrol Pup Pals™: Little ones can snuggle their favorite pup with these soft and cozy plush pals. Each 8” pup features a detailed outfit and embroidered, expressive eyes, making them must-have for tiny tots that can’t wait to experience play time with their favorite PAW Patrol friends. No batteries required. Available beginning May 18.
  • PAW Patrol Real Talking Chase™ and PAW Patrol Real Talking Marshall™: Preschoolers can bring home their much-loved pups from Adventure Bay with these high-quality plush toys. Each 11” tall plush features memorable catch-phrases straight from the show, including “These paws uphold the laws!” No batteries required. PAW Patrol Real Talking Marshall available beginning May 18. PAW Patrol Real Talking Chase available beginning in September.
  • PAW Patrol On-A-Roll Marshall™: Allowing kids to bring the magic of the TV series to life, On-A-Roll Marshall’s doghouse transforms into a deluxe fire truck, just like on the show. Fans can put Marshall in the driver’s seat and the vehicle extends, propelling him forward with siren sounds and phrases from the show. 1 “Button Cell LR44” battery required (included). Available beginning May 18.
  • PAW Patrol Lookout HQ Playset™: The ultimate PAW Patrol toy – and a location featured in every episode – is The Lookout, the headquarters of the PAW Patrol pups. Complete with working elevator, slide, lights and sounds, this interactive playset also comes with a Chase figure and vehicle. No batteries required. Available beginning in September.

The PAW Patrol line will launch exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com on Sunday, May 18, and will be available at additional select retailers beginning Sunday, June 22. Nickelodeon will debut brand-new episodes of PAW Patrol on Tuesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 29, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT).

Nickjr.com, the award-winning website for preschoolers and their parents, recently launched a brand-new short-form video series featuring iconic moments, silly outtakes and surprising scenes from the number-one preschool seriesPAW Patrol, premiering weekly on the site.

Spin Master owns the worldwide toy rights and is responsible for producing and distributing PAW Patrol in Canada through broadcast partners TVO, Knowledge Network and City TV. Nickelodeon licensed from Spin Master the global (excluding Canada) distribution rights for the show on behalf of Viacom International as well as all ancillary exploitation rights, including licensing and merchandising.

For additional information please visit www.pawpatrol.com

About Spin Master Ltd.:
A multi-category children’s entertainment company, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994 and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy’s action phenomena and 2009-2010 Boy’s Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, and award-winning brands Air Hogs®, Aquadoodle™, Flutterbye™, Spin Master Games™ including 2014 Game of the Year, Boom Boom Balloon ™ and the popular Hedbanz™, SpyGear™, Tech Deck™, and the 2014 Innovative Toy of the Year Zoomer™. The company has also marked an entry into children’s media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties, including the hit animated preschool series, PAW Patrol™. Spin Master employs over 900 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Munich, and Milan. For additional information please visit: www.spinmaster.com.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

For additional information, contact:

Rachel Griffin                                                               Heather Brown
Director of Global Communications                  Nickelodeon Publicity
Spin Master Ltd.                                                         (212) 846-6240
310-871-3919 (mobile)                                           Heather.Brown@nick.com
RachelG@spinmaster.com

Target’s up & up brand to sponsor NASCAR’s No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports’ (TSM) Chevrolet Camaro for six races

Dylan Kwasniewski to Drive No. 42 up & up Chevrolet Camaro for Five Races

CONCORD, N.C., 2014-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target is expanding its sponsorship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) to include the up & up brand as the primary sponsor on the No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports’ (TSM) Chevrolet Camaro for six races.  The up & up brand will make its track debut this weekend during the Get to Know Newton 250 Presented by Sherwin Williams NNS race at Iowa Speedway.

Additionally, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Dylan Kwasniewski, who is competing full-time this season in the NNS for TSM, will drive the No. 42 up & up Chevy to fill-in for Kyle Larson during each of the five NNS races where the series does not race at the same track as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS).  Larson, who is the full-time driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet in the NSCS for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, currently has the No. 42 Chevy Camaro for TSM fourth in the NNS owner standings, with a win at the AutoClub Speedway in Fontana, CA earlier this year.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

About up & up™: The up & up brand offers Target guests’ more than 1,200 everyday essential products from across the store, spanning household, healthcare, beauty, personal care, baby, and school and office supplies. The up & up brand offers guests national brand quality or better, but at a lower price, offering an average savings of 10 to 30 percent.

About Dylan Kwasniewski: Kwasniewski is currently in his rookie season in the NNS, and is 13th in the driver standings through nine races.  He started the season by winning the pole at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the youngest NNS pole-sitter in Daytona history.  Kwasniewski is a former NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East champion, and is the first driver to win titles in both series.

QUOTEBOARD:

Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams:

“We are excited to continue to showcase Target and their other brands in the Nationwide Series with up & up on the car for six races.  Having the up and coming Team Ganassi development driver Dylan Kwasniewski in the No. 42 up & up Nationwide car for the five non-companion races is a good fit and will allow Kyle Larson to keep his focus on his Sprint Cup campaign and achieving his and the team’s goals this season.”

Daniel Griffis, Vice President, Experiential Marketing and Alliances, Target:

“This gives Target an important opportunity to tell a broader story around our up & up brand, and fits well with the other innovative Target-exclusive products and services that we have showcased on the No. 42 car so far this year, like Cartwheel and Target Ticket.”

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Overall his teams have 17 championships and 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com

media contact
Davis Shaefer
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
p: (704) 662-9642

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Golfer Blayne Barber partners with Target’s exclusive line of activewear C9 by Champion

Web.com Tour professional to wear Target’s exclusive line of activewear

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced today that golfer Blayne Barber will partner with C9 by Champion, the retailer’s exclusive line of activewear, while competing on the Web.com Tour this season. The 24-year-old Lake City, Fla. native joins a roster of 12 other elite athletes supported through Target’s athlete program, and is the first to represent the C9 by Champion brand.

“Target has such a long tradition of working with pro athletes. I’m really proud to be the first golfer to wear C9 by Champion,” said Barber. “My wife and I shop at Target weekly, so it’s exciting to be an official member of the team.”

Barber earned his first Web.com Tour victory earlier this month, winning the South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga. He was a 2012 First-Team All-American at Auburn University, the same year he set the Auburn single-season scoring record. This is Barber’s first season as a full-time Web.com Tour player; he currently sits sixth on the tour’s money leaders list.

“Blayne is an outstanding young golfer and we think his new look in our C9 activewear will turn a lot of heads,” said Daniel Griffis, vice president, Experiential Marketing and Alliances, Target. “We are proud to have been with him for his first Web.com Tour win, and look forward to what his bright future will hold.”

For more information on Barber’s partnership with C9 by Champion, visit abullseyeview.com

About C9 by Champion
Target introduced C9 by Champion in 2004, and has grown the activewear brand to include apparel, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. While incorporating the latest technical features and design elements, C9 by Champion provides high-end performance wear without the high-end price. The exclusive activewear line is available at all Target stores with an extended assortment of colors and sizes available online at Target.com/C9.

About the Target Athlete Program
Target’s athlete program works to help differentiate the Target brand, and supports athletes across a number of disciplines, and includes snow- and skateboarder Shaun White, skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, motocross racer Ryan Dungey, BMX rider Kevin Robinson, surfers Carissa Moore and Kolohe Andino, freeskiers Roz Groenewoud, Simon Dumont and Torin Yater-Wallace, NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Kyle Larson, and Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,916 stores – 1,789 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

media contact

Anne Christensen
p: (612) 761-1889

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Golfer Blayne Barber partners with Target's exclusive line of activewear C9 by Champion

Golfer Blayne Barber partners with Target’s exclusive line of activewear C9 by Champion

Groupe Auchan’s A2pas to open 30 new stores in Paris

3 years ago, the A2pas brand set up shop in Paris. It adds today a further 30 stores to almost reach the 50 store mark, predominantly in Paris.

PARIS, 2014-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the coming weeks, 30 stores will shift to the A2pas banner, the urban model set up by Groupe Auchan. 4 independent partners acquired those outlets when Groupe Casino sold some of its Paris stores.

These 4 new partners who join the A2pas network have recognised expertise in convenience stores and solid experience in food distribution. Deployment will be progressive and start this summer, once approval has been obtained from the French antitrust authorities.

Located at strategic points of the capital, these new facilities will considerably strengthen the A2pas network of stores with a view to achieving the 100 points of sale target by 2016.

A new convenience store concept
A2pas is a growth driver and the Groupe Auchan’s answer to high convenience stores in France. Since the opening of the first store in 2011, the banner has expanded continuously, predominantly through franchising in Paris, the Paris area, Lyon and the south of France.With shops varying in size between 200 and 500 sqm, A2pas offers in the town centres a qualitative and modern setting whose style, warm colours and contemporary atmosphere make customers feel welcome. Its wide offering, tailored to the needs of urban dwellers and the diversity of neighbourhoods, covers all basics and is supplemented by a selection of Auchan products. Its assortment gives pride of place to fresh products, snacks, fruit and vegetables, ready-made meals, organic and frozen products, for speedy, convenient and attractive shopping at the right price.

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CBRE initiatives selected as finalists in 14th Annual Global Innovators Award Program by CoreNet Global

Los Angeles, 2014-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — CoreNet Global has selected two CBRE Group, Inc. initiatives as finalists in its 14th Annual Global Innovators Award Program. The first initiative is the completion of world’s first WELL-certified commercial office in partnership with Delos Living at CBRE’s global headquarters.  The second is the development of a Volume Certification Program using the USGBC’s LEED for Existing Buildings rating system that will see nearly 600 small-format client retail stores gain certification by 2020.

The Global Innovators Award is CoreNet Global’s ultimate and most prestigious, recognizing innovation and thought leadership at the real estate industry’s highest levels. Among the 50 entries in this year’s competition, CoreNet Global selected eight finalists to compete for its top award. CoreNet Global is the world’s leading corporate real estate association with 8,900 members that represent nearly half of the Global 2000.

“Having two projects recognized as finalists for CoreNet’s Global Innovators Award is a testament to the hard work, vision and collaborative spirit of our employees and client partners in their drive for excellence,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of CBRE’s Global Corporate Services. “In both instances, our efforts have set new industry benchmarks—the first, for its vision and holistic approach to incorporating “wellness” into workplace design; and the second, for its initiative for developing the first-of-its-kind small-format Retail Volume LEED EB program. On behalf of our client and service partner teams, we are honored by this recognition.”

Finalist representatives will present their projects to a panel of judges at Emory University in Atlanta July 30-31 as part of the final phase of the competition. The Global Innovator Award winner will be announced in October at the CoreNet Global Summit in Washington, DC.

Since 2006, CBRE has earned distinctions eight times as part of CoreNet’s Global Awards Program. In 2013, the firm’s response to Superstorm Sandy was selected as a finalist for the Global Innovators Award. In 2012, the Sprint/CBRE Innovation Council was awarded the Industry Excellence Award for its site assessment mobile application, and in 2011, CBRE was awarded the Global Innovators Award for its Global LaborView application.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About CoreNet Global
CoreNet Global is the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace executives, service providers and economic developers. CoreNet Global’s 8,900 members, who include 70% of the top 100 U.S. companies and nearly half of the Global 2000, meet locally, globally and virtually to develop networks, share knowledge, learn and thrive professionally. For more information, please visit www.corenetglobal.org.

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Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267
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Foodstuffs to build PAK’nSAVE supermarket in Shotover Park Queenstown New Zealand

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-5-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is thrilled to confirm that we have been granted resource consent, as of Wednesday 7 May 2014, to build a PAK’nSAVE supermarket in Shotover Park, Queenstown. The new store, which will be called PAK’nSAVE Wakatipu, has been many years in the planning and to finally reach this stage is incredibly exciting.

Foodstuffs is thrilled to confirm that we have been granted resource consent, as of Wednesday 7 May 2014, to build a PAK’nSAVE supermarket in Shotover Park, Queenstown. The new store, which will be called PAK’nSAVE Wakatipu, has been many years in the planning and to finally reach this stage is incredibly exciting.

Roger Davidson, General Manager Property and Retail Development, Foodstuffs South Island Limited says, “This is a great reward for the large number of people involved and we appreciate the ongoing commitment our partners in the Shotover Park Development, the Porter Group and Mega Mitre 10, have shown during the resource consent process.”

“We can’t wait to forge ahead with building the new store and bringing PAK’nSAVE’s low grocery price offering to the community of Queenstown,” says Davidson. “This is the green light we needed to start developing the architectural design for the store. We want to give Queenstown a modern supermarket with plenty of natural light and other sustainability features designed not only to be kind to the environment but to enhance our customers overall shopping experience.”

Davidson says aside from the store design there are a number of key aspects still to be worked through between Foodstuffs and the local council. The infrastructure required to service the development is an area of ongoing discussion, with the roading requirements for example being just one component which developers and the council will need to take into account as things progress and building commences.

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