NACS: U.S. first self-serve gas station turns 50

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling — and even retail as a whole — when convenience store operator John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colorado, to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service gasoline pumps. On June 10, 1964, the store sold a little more than $36 of gas — 124 gallons to be exact — but selling fuel would never be the same.

It also supercharged the nascent convenience store industry, allowing stores to add fueling operations without adding attendants. Today, convenience stores sell 80% of the fuel purchased in the United States.

“What made self-serve so important to the convenience store industry was that we already had the facility,” said Roscoe, who now lives in Fairfield, California. “By spending $10,000, we effectively got the gasoline business from full-serve gas stations without their labor expenses. If you could sell 1,000 gallons of gasoline with a 10-cents-a-gallon margin, you could double your margin without adding much to your expenses.”

In the 1960s, gas margins were much like other retail margins, and it was common to have 10-cent margins with gas priced between 20 to 30 cents per gallon. Today, gross margins on gasoline are approximately 18 cents per gallon — but expenses are much greater. After expenses, including credit card fees, pre-tax net margins are approximately 3 cents per gallon.

Roscoe’s wasn’t the first self-serve gas station — as far back as the 1930s, some stores allowed customers to pump their fuel with a nearby attendant resetting the pump and collecting money — but this station was the first that allowed true self-serve as we’ve come to know it-.

“This innovation not only changed fueling, but the concept of self-serve that we know today,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). “Because it was so unique, it took a good decade to truly catch on, but once it did, convenience stores quickly became the country’s dominant fueling stations, and other modern conveniences like to-go coffee, self-serve fountain soda and ATMs soon followed.”

Changing Attitudes
When Roscoe opened his pump in 1964, state fire codes prohibited self-serve fueling in most of the country, but restrictions were gradually removed to allow for self-service dispensers. Today self-service is still prohibited in New Jersey and Oregon, as well as in a few scattered municipalities across the country.

Despite the change in state laws, acceptance within the convenience store industry was slow. To encourage others to jump on the self-serve bandwagon, Roscoe offered to speak about his success on a panel called “New Concepts of Merchandising for Profit” at the 1964 NACS Annual Meeting.

“I was with a person on the panel who operated a meat market in Oregon. After the presentations, all of the questions from the floor were directed to the meat market operator. Gasoline sparked no one’s interest,” recalled Roscoe.

While the panel presentation did not grab store operators’ attention, Roscoe’s fuel sales did. He quickly added self-serve fueling to additional sites and saw sales grow.

Consumers, on the other hand, loved the idea from the start. Because convenience stores could sell unbranded gasoline from self-service pumps cheaper than the branded, full-service stations, customers flocked to convenience stores for their fill-ups.

“The public is always interested in lower prices, and immediately went for self-service gasoline,” said Roscoe. With gasoline typically selling for 20 cents per gallon, a discount of 2 cents per gallon translated into a 10% savings. “That was significant enough to bring people in.”

Transforming the Industry
There’s no doubt that remote self-service dispensers have transformed the fueling industry. “It changed the convenience store industry forever,” said Roscoe. “It allowed convenience store operators to locate on better sites and increase their overall attractiveness.”

Self-service also continues to alter the retail experience around the world. Today, consumers can order groceries by scanning QR codes located on digital signs in train terminals. They can order groceries online and schedule at-home delivery. Deposits are made into checking accounts by scanning checks via mobile banking apps. And even drones may soon play a role as an immediate delivery option.

The continuing redefinition of convenience all began with that first small step in Westminster, Colorado. “Appropriately,” joked Roscoe, “that first sale was for just one gallon.”

“Self-service speeds up transaction times, increases ordering options and helps take costs out of the system. But most of all it has redefined convenience — and the convenience store industry,” said Lenard.

Note to editors: NACS has developed several backgrounders, including a detailed history of self-serve, a video interview with Roscoe and the history of fueling in pictures. Contact Jeff Lenard (703/518-4272 or jlenard@nacsonline.com) to arrange interviews with NACS or Roscoe.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index: weekly sales results experienced decline of 2.8% for the week ending June 7, 2014

NEW YORK, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The week-over-week pace of chain store sales followed a rolling coaster pattern over the past two weeks with a strong surge in spending at the end of the May fiscal month that was followed by a reversal of the pace in the first week of the five-week fiscal month of June. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index weekly sales results experienced a sequential weekly decline of 2.8% for the week ending June 7, 2014 after a gain of 2.9% in the week prior. However, on a year-over-year basis sales remained robust at the start of the five-week June fiscal month at 3.0%.

“After a week-over-week surge in sales two weeks ago, the sales pace reversed that spike in the latest week,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist. “The good news is that the fiscal month started off on a strong level with relatively strong year-over-year gains in business among most retail segments with outstanding strength in wholesale clubs, furniture stores, dollar stores and noteworthy gains among the drug, discount, electronics, office and apparel stores. If the five-week period holds where the month began, that would be the strongest year-over-year gain in the ICSC-GS index since January 2013,” Niemira added.

Looking ahead, ICSC Research forecasts that June monthly comp‐store sales will increase by 3.5% on a year‐over‐year basis.

Week Ending     Index 1977=100     Year/Year Change     Weekly Change
7-June-14               554.6                        3.0%                        -2.8%
31-May-14               570.4                        3.1%                         2.9%
24-May-14               554.4                        2.1%                        -1.2%
17-May-14               560.9                        2.4%                        -1.3%

[Editor’s notes: The complete report will be available at 7:45 a.m. at http://www.icsc.org/research/publications. In addition, historical data from this index is available under the Research section on ICSC’s website. To view the data, visit and click on the “Weekly Chain Sales Tracking” link and enter the following member id number (1177584) and password (press2002pass) to obtain access to report and historical data.

The Weekly Chain Store Sales Snapshot is produced by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs. This index measures U.S. nominal same-store or comparable-store sales excluding restaurant and vehicle demand. The weekly index is constructed as a sales-weighted geometric average growth rate to preserve long-term consistency and is statistically benchmarked to a broad-based monthly retail industry sales aggregate that currently represents a sampling of leading retail chain stores, which also is compiled by ICSC. A representative sample of those major retailers has been used as a control group to extrapolate the weekly sales index. As such, the weekly index statistically represents industry sales and is not just a sum of sales for a handful of retailers. The standard period used for the index is Sunday through Saturday, even though some retailers use a different weekly accounting period. The weekly sales index is presented on an adjusted basis to account for normal seasonality and to counter other data anomalies. Weekly seasonal adjustment is at best difficult for chain store sales given that retailers can and often do shift promotions to counter typical shifts in the calendar. Nonetheless, the approach to weekly seasonal adjustment used follows from the Piser Method, which was popular in the early 1930s and became the standard for weekly adjustment.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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ICSC Contacts:
Michael Niemira
+1 646-728-3482
mniemira@icsc.org

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

Malachy Kavanagh
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mkavanagh@icsc.org

Goldman Sachs Contact:
Leslie Shribman
+1 212-902-5400

Carrefour announced its intention to support the From North producers’ fishery as part of its strategy to have its sole line MSC-assessed

An opportunity for Carrefour to bolster its policy on protecting biodiversity and natural resources

PARIS, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a recent United Nations report on food and agriculture (FAO), world fish consumption has increased dramatically over the last 50 years, practically doubling between 1960 and 2012 – mainly thanks to aquaculture.

Carrefour factors the sustainability of marine resources into its seafood product procurement policies. For example, it exercises care in its selection of species and only uses certified products which are the result of sustainability-managed fishing.

For World Biodiversity Day, Carrefour announced its intention to support the From North producers’ fishery as part of its strategy to have its sole line MSC-assessed. Should it be successful, it will be the first MSC-certified sole fishery in France. Carrefour is providing the organisation with financial support to assist with the pre-assessment and then the environmental assessment, which is carried out by a certification body, independent of the MSC.

The WWF, which has long been one of Carrefour’s partners, has supported this commitment to preserve fish stock – stocks of sole in the North Sea in particular.

By better protecting our ecosystems and their ability to work, Carrefour brand products meet consumer requirements and generate value in the long term.

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Carrefour announced its intention to support the From North producers’ fishery as part of its strategy to have its sole line MSC-assessed

Carrefour announced its intention to support the From North producers’ fishery as part of its strategy to have its sole line MSC-assessed

Wegmans to deliver over 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on June 12

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, June 12, at 10:00 am, Wegmans will deliver over 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The donation includes 18 pallets of presorted nonperishable food.

“We are so very grateful for our partnership with Wegmans,” stated Oya Oliver, CEO of the FAFB. “This donation alone will provide over 15,000 meals to those who are food insecure in our community. As we enter the summer season, many families are struggling to find food to replace meals that had been provided to children at school. This donation will mean that food will be available in food pantries throughout the area to feed their families.”

When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrives at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Store Manager Chris DePumpo will be on hand along with other employees of the Wegmans Fredericksburg store to help unload the truck.

“In every community where we have a store, we work closely with the local food bank,” says DePumpo. “Food for the hungry is one of our top giving priorities and we know that summer is an especially challenging time of year, so we’re happy help make a difference.”

Where:  Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
3631 Lee Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA

Last year Wegmans donated more than 16.5 million pounds of food to area food banks in all of its market areas.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-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.

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – serving all of Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George,  Caroline and the city of Fredericksburg, as well as neighboring communities.  The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.5 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Club Kids after school snack programs, Mobile Pantry program, Food for Life senior feeding programs, and Kids on the Go Summer Feeding.   For more information on the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org.

Contact Information:  

Oya N. Oliver, CEO Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, 540-371-7666 x 139
Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627

 

Six Burlington-area students presented with $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets

BURLINGTON, MA, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six Burlington-area students were presented with $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets at their high school awards ceremonies this year. The local recipients are graduating seniors from Burlington High School, Bedford High School, and Billerica High School. Wegmans partnered with each school to select two students who exemplify Wegmans’ values: Caring, Respect, High Standards, Empowerment, and Making a Difference. Congratulations go to the following recipients:

Burlington High School:

Irina Grigoryeva
Rachel Merullo

 

Bedford High School:

Victoria Barry
Cydni Burton

 

Billerica High School:

Kylie Reardon
Julie Schultz

 

These awards are a symbolic nod to the supermarket’s annual announcement of recipients for its Employee Scholarship Program, which was started in 1984, which helps employees along the path to higher education.

“This year we are celebrating more than 30,000 employee scholarship recipients over the last 30 years at Wegmans,” said Kevin Russell, store manager at Wegmans Burlington. “We’re happy to introduce ourselves as a new neighbor in the Burlington community by awarding these scholarships to local students as we prepare to open our store.”

The local recipients joined 1,766 Wegmans employees that were granted new scholarships this year, with an expected payout of $4.91 million to the program’s current and new recipients for the 2014/2015 academic year. Since the program was founded in 1984, more than 30,000 Wegmans employees have received a total of $95 million in tuition assistance.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Part-time employees can receive up to $6,000 over four years and full-time employees can receive up to $8,800 over four years, with no limit placed on the number of scholarships awarded and no restrictions on a student’s course of study from an accredited college.

The Burlington Wegmans will open in fall 2014 on Third Avenue. The new store, which will have 600 full-time and part-time employees, is currently hiring. Applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-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

Dunkin’ Donuts plans to open 54 additional new restaurants in Southern California

Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants planned to open in Downey, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Monica and Whittier before the end of 2014

CANTON, MA, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that the company has filed for permits to open its first traditional restaurants in California. The new restaurants are planned for Downey, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Monica and Whittier. Specific locations and anticipated opening dates will be announced later this summer, with construction scheduled to begin later in June, months ahead of schedule.

The new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Downey and Whittier will be operated by new franchisees Danny and Coby Sonenshine, founders of Prell Restaurant Group. In Long Beach, the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant will be operated by Frontier Restaurant Group. In Santa Monica, the restaurant will be operated by Gary Haar, an existing Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee with seven restaurants in New Jersey, and his business partner Steve Silverstein. And, in Modesto, the restaurant will be operated by Sizzling Donuts, LLC, an existing franchise group with Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Colorado, Texas and Utah.

Since opening California for franchise development in 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts has executed store development agreements for nearly 200 new restaurants total to date. The company believes it can eventually have as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout the state. The company has already opened three non-traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California, including a recent Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination location inside the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown Hotel.

“We are pleased with the solid start to our California development plans, and today’s announcement of the locations of our first new traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants represents development that is ahead of schedule due to the strong interest of prospective franchisees and consumers across the state,” said Paul Twohig, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, and Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Europe and Latin America. “We are especially happy to be partnering with such experienced and passionate franchise groups as we begin opening traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California. We look forward to keeping Californians running on our brand’s high-quality coffee, sandwiches and baked goods.”

The company is also announcing the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with four new franchise groups to develop 54 new restaurants throughout Southern California in the coming years, which include:

 

  • New franchise group Burton Restaurants, LLC plans to develop 14 restaurants in San Diego over the coming years. Led by military veteran Tali Burton, the team includes industry veteran Robert Fox and entrepreneur Ryan Redmond. Their first restaurant is expected to open in 2016.
  • Mike Stout and Neal Wichard, leaders of a new franchise group, come with extensive restaurant industry experience in California, will develop 16 restaurants in Northern San Diego and Southern Inland Empire over the coming years. Their first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
  • Good Treats LLC, a new franchise group led by Bjorn Bayley and Johnny Andersen, who have a wealth of International and California retail experience, will develop 14 restaurants throughout Glendale, Burbank and Santa Clarita Valley over the coming years. Their first restaurant is planned to open in 2016.
  • The Tasty Group LLC, whose principals include local restaurateurs and developers David Ahn and BJ Kim, existing franchisee Dante Rizzo, and Frank Giardina, plans to develop two restaurants in Santa Barbara and eight restaurants throughout Ventura County over the coming years, with the first restaurant expected to open in 2016.

 

Franchise opportunities for Dunkin’ Donuts still remain available throughout California in Fresno, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, Northern California, and portions of Southern California. More information about franchising opportunities in California can be found at www.dunkinfranchising.com.

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 hot and iced coffee, hot and iced tea, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you menu 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

Michelle King
michelle.king@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 seven years running. The company has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. 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.

Penn State Hershey Health System to join Rite Aid Health Alliance initiative

Rite Aid Pharmacists, Penn State Physicians and Special Care Coaches to Provide Personalized, Community-Based Health Management to Chronic and Poly-Chronic Patients in Hershey and Greater Harrisburg

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) today announced Penn State Hershey Health System as the latest healthcare provider to join its Rite Aid Health Alliance initiative. The partnership will be formally announced this afternoon by John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO, and Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S, CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and dean, Penn State College of Medicine, during a 1 p.m. press conference at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 337 West Chocolate Ave., in Hershey. Unveiled earlier this year, Rite Aid Health Alliance provides comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions and helps them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians.

“Across Central Pennsylvania, Penn State Hershey has long been known as one of the preeminent healthcare systems in the country, and like Rite Aid, they share our commitment to providing access to affordable and high-quality health care,” said Standley. “We are especially pleased to be working with their physicians to bring Rite Aid Health Alliance to patients in the Hershey and greater Harrisburg area. Together, we will help our patients manage their conditions and improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

Rite Aid’s Health Alliance integrated care model is a first for the drugstore industry, because it uniquely leverages the combined expertise of community pharmacists, who are one of the most accessible and trusted resources among healthcare providers, along with specially trained in-store healthcare coaches. Penn State Hershey physicians can refer patients who they feel would benefit from additional coaching in areas such as medication management and meal and exercise planning. All members of the care team will communicate regularly with physicians in a true partnership to improve patients’ overall health.

“Partnering with Rite Aid’s Health Alliance program is another way in which Penn State Hershey can ensure our patients receive quality care in the most appropriate, cost-effective setting,” said Paz. “This program serves as an innovative example of how an academic medical center can work with other community healthcare providers to help patients with chronic conditions access a full range of resources to help them manage their health.”

Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, COPD, high cholesterol and diabetes, are recommended to the program by their primary care physician. Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained care coaches, located in Rite Aid pharmacies, work with the physician and patient on an on-going basis to improve the patient’s overall health and self-management abilities. The care team members collaborate with the patient to establish health goals, eliminate barriers and create a personalized health care action plan in coordination with the patient’s physician.

Currently, the Company is piloting Rite Aid Health Alliance partnerships with High Point, N.C.-based Cornerstone Health Care; Glendale, Calif.-based Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (“ApolloMed”); and Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network of Buffalo, N.Y.

In these markets at select Rite Aid pharmacies, Rite Aid provides the care coaches on the team through its wholly owned subsidiary Health Dialog, a leading provider of healthcare patient support, analytics and decision support. Health Dialog coaches will be available in Rite Aid pharmacies, and specialize in behavior change to help patients address lifestyle health issues.

The full range of services available to patients participating in Rite Aid Health Alliance includes medication compliance support; comprehensive medication reviews and reconciliation; nutrition and weight management information; disease education; exercise coaching and tobacco cessation support. Records of all interactions, which occur in Rite Aid pharmacies, as well as updates from the physician, are stored electronically, along with patient profiles including medications and lab results. This supports continuity of care and provides convenient access of information to other members of the patient’s healthcare team.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Investors: 0 0 717-975-3710, Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Price Chopper opens new supermarket in Storrs Connecticut

Flag Raising, National Anthem and Ribbon Cutting Mark Grand Opening

Schenectady, N.Y., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Friday morning, the American Legion raised the American Flag to the National Anthem performed by Ryan Burns in celebration of the grand opening of the newest Price Chopper Supermarket located at 1220 Storrs Road in Storrs, Conn.

Price Chopper Executive Chairman of the Board Neil Golub, President and CEO Jerry Golub, Store Manager Jim Henson and other company officials were joined by the Honorable Elizabeth Paterson, Mayor, Town of Mansfield; Matthew Hart, Town Manager, Town of Mansfield; Cynthia van Zelm, Executive Director, Mansfield Downtown Partnership; Susan Herbst, President, University of Connecticut and shoppers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are so pleased to offer a brand-new, state-of-the-art supermarket here in the Mansfield-Storrs area,” 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 appreciate the opportunity to become a valued neighbor by helping to nourish the community around us, both literally and figuratively,” he added.

Twenty full-time and 130 part-time jobs were created because of this new 32,000-square-foot Price Chopper, which is the latest addition to the substantial public/private partnership development known as Storrs Center, located directly across the street from the University of Connecticut.

Price Chopper’s traditional preview party was held at the store from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening and raised monetary donations, matched in full by Price Chopper and by up to $2,500 from the real estate developer, Leyland Alliance. The proceeds were divided among the evening’s beneficiaries — The Edwin O. Smith Foundation, My Brother’s Keeper Food Pantry, and the UConn Extension 4-H Program. 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, organic and natural products, a pharmacy, a mezzanine café equipped with WiFi, a community room, and outdoor seating, other highlighted offers available at the new Storrs Price Chopper include:

A fresh, full-service Seafood Department, featuring a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish on ice from around the world that Price Chopper will fry or steam free of charge, live lobsters, all natural no-water-added scallops, 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; Chiappetti brand All Natural fresh lamb, veal, and Anti-Biotic Free Grass Fed Beef; plus a full-service case assortment of marinated and seasoned ready-to-cook entrees and a variety of local favorites like Grote & Weigel and Mucke’s Frankfurters.

A fresh Produce Department, featuring superior quality fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from regional 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, as well as a wide variety of fresh cut fruit and vegetables and natural juices.

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 donuts made from scratch, a variety of traditional and crusty artisan breads and bagels, a variety of choose-your-own artisan rolls, 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 own Price Chopper brand and the premium Dietz & Watson line, no-preservatives-added home-style and specialty salads, assorted imported, domestic and local cheeses, a selection of chef inspired entrees and sides, and a full-service Starbucks.

A fresh Food Service offer 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 and a hot and cold soup bar.

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 135 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 47% 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.

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.427.1186
518.221.1186 (cell)
jon@albanypr.com

The Prince’s Trust and Tesco launch new programme to help 500 unemployed young people find jobs

Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new programme to help 500 unemployed young people find jobs has been launched by The Prince’s Trust and Tesco.

A successful pilot programme in London has helped 12 young people to secure jobs at Tesco, and it will now be rolled out in other areas of the country with high levels of youth unemployment including Glasgow, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and North Wales.

It comes as new research shows that 74 per cent of British adults believe that youth unemployment is one of the biggest issues facing the UK today¹, and that one in five (19 per cent) of the UK’s young people are struggling to find work².

The new programme – Launch – offers unemployed 18-to-24-year olds employability skills training, hands-on experience and mentoring to help them find jobs.

All participants will receive ongoing support from Tesco and The Prince’s Trust following the four-week scheme.

Lisa McDermott, 21, from Leyton secured a job with Tesco after completing the programme last week. She said: “It was amazing to hear I’d got the job at Tesco and I couldn’t stop smiling! I’m not sure when it will sink in to be honest. I would love to work my way up and hope to be here for a long time. Just four weeks ago I was unemployed and feeling hopeless and now I’m looking forward to a bright future.”

Martina Milburn CBE, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust said: “Youth unemployment can contribute to low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness and even depression. When an unemployed young person secures a job, it can quite literally transform their life. We are delighted to be working with Tesco to continue to reach those furthest from the jobs market.”

Judith Nelson, UK Personnel Director at Tesco, said “I’m incredibly proud of our record of helping young people to get a foot on the career ladder. We currently employ almost 65,000 young people in the UK and the scale of our business means each and every one of them has the chance to get on. We want to go even further by supporting more young people in the communities we serve, and by working together with The Prince’s Trust on this fantastic programme we can really change lives.”

USDAW General Secretary, John Hannett said “We welcome this new programme and Tesco’s commitment to supporting young people into work.  Many of our members have experienced challenges getting into the job market and we know that young people find it particularly hard to break the cycle of ‘no experience – no job, no job – no experience’.  The training and opportunities to learn on the job that this programme offers will be valuable in giving young people the skills and experience to succeed in the retail industry.”

This programme is part of the Movement to Work initiative designed to help tackle youth unemployment in the UK. Tesco is one of 15 leading UK employers already signed-up to the initiative, which aims to support 100,000 unemployed young people, giving them the skills and confidence to find a job. Tesco’s Regeneration Partnership programme has already helped more than 6,000 people out of long-term unemployment.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust supported 58,000 young people last year. Three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.

¹ Online survey conducted by Tesco between 16th and 19th May with a nationally representative sample of 989 adults.

² Figures taken from the ONS Labour Market Statistics, May 2014

To find out more about the next programme call 0800 842 842 or visit www.princes-trust.org.uk

Hear the young people describe their experiences of the Launch programme in their own words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wy_2VXjHaY&feature=youtu.be

For more information, images and case studies please contact:

–       Lizzie Roberts in the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645 or at elizabeth.roberts@uk.tesco.com

–       Jess Hookway at The Prince’s Trust on 020 7543 1382 or at jess.hookway@princes-trust.org.uk

Notes to editors

About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

Follow us on Twitter: @PrincesTrust

Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/princestrust

About Tesco
We are a team of over 530,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to bringing the best value, choice and service to our millions of customers each week. Our core purpose is ‘we make what matters better, together’.  In the UK we employ over 310,000 colleagues including 65,000 under the age of 25.  Creating opportunities to help young people start successful careers is one of Tesco’s three big ambitions to use our scale for good.  To find out more about our scale for good strategy and activities visit www.tescoplc.com/society

About Movement to Work

–       Fifteen of Britain’s biggest employers have come together to form Movement to Work, which aims to support long-term unemployed young people into jobs.

–       The companies are Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Centrica, the Civil Service, Diageo, GSK, HSBC, Kingfisher, M&S, National Grid, Tesco, Unilever, and WPP.

–       Their aspiration is for Movement to Work to offer 100,000 vocational training opportunities for long-term unemployed young people, helping 50 per cent of these into work, education or training. All young people will be offered one-to-one support after the programme to help them progress in their career.

–       For more details on the movement, go to www.movementtowork.com

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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The Prince’s Trust and Tesco launch new programme to help 500 unemployed young people find jobs

The Prince’s Trust and Tesco launch new programme to help 500 unemployed young people find jobs

Tesco Bank now offers full range of retail banking and insurance products with the launch of its first current account

 Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco Bank is today launching its first current account. The account has been designed after listening to more than 20,000 customers, and includes all the key features that matter most to them.

Tesco Bank has been wholly owned by Tesco since December 2008 and now serves 6 million customers in the UK. The launch of the current account means that Tesco Bank now offers a full range of retail banking and insurance products.

Independent consumer finance websites, Defaqto and Moneyfacts, have both given the current account a ‘5 star’ rating. The key features include:

Rewards for customers when they spend, and rewards for customers when they don’t

  • Clubcard points on debit card spend wherever you use your card – both in and out of Tesco
  • 3% AER variable interest on credit balances up to £3,000

Modern and convenient

  • A mobile banking app with innovative features that helps customers manage their money everyday
  • Online banking
  • ‘Contactless’ Visa Debit card which doubles as a Clubcard
  • UK based customer service centres open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • The ability to make deposits at over 300 Tesco stores

Transparent

  • Simple and transparent fees and charges
  • £5 monthly fee if customers deposit less than £750 per month. No monthly fee for customers who deposit more than £750 per month
  • Free ‘overdraft control’ feature to make managing the account easier
  • Automatic text and email alerts and extended grace period to help customers avoid unarranged transactions fees

Customers can apply to open an account online from Tuesday 10th June (www.tescobank.com/current-accounts/) with 24/7 support available from Tesco Bank’s UK based call centres. To ensure switching is simple and hassle free, Tesco Bank is a member of the Payments Council’s 7-day switching guarantee service.

“In designing our current account we have listened to more than 20,000 customers to understand what they want. And the account we are launching today offers all the features they told us mattered most. There are no gimmicks; just a simple, rewarding, modern, convenient current account, designed for Tesco customers, by Tesco customers.”
Benny Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Tesco Bank

“Customers have told us that in banking they want Tesco to deliver in the same way we do for millions of customers across the UK every day. They want us to focus on what we do best – offering customers quality products they can trust, providing great service, making things simple and transparent and rewarding them for their loyalty. We’ve taken all these ingredients and used them to help create our first Tesco Bank current account.”
Philip Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Tesco

“At last a current account that plays fair regardless of whether you are in credit or overdrawn, which is great news as many of us fall into both categories from time to time.”
Sylvia Waycott, Editor, Moneyfacts

“Increased banking activity in 2014 means customers now have a wider choice of current account options and those looking for long term rewards and credit interest returns will no doubt be attracted to the Tesco Bank proposition.

It’s also good to see that Tesco hasn’t gone down the route of charging daily fees for overdrafts as this can prove an expensive style of tariff, particularly for those only in the red by two or three hundred pounds.

With 7 day switching well and truly bedded in, there’s no longer an excuse to stick with your bank if it doesn’t deliver and that’s something that Tesco Bank and fellow challengers are looking to exploit.”
Andrew Hagger, Moneycomms.co.uk
Notes to editors

  • 1 Clubcard point awarded per £4 spent in each purchase transaction (£4 minimum) within Tesco. 1 point awarded per £8 spent in each purchase transaction (£8 minimum) outside of Tesco. Exclusions apply.
  • The Clubcard scheme is administered by Tesco Stores who are responsible for fulfilling points.
  • Clubcard points are not collected on non-card purchases. These include payments from your current account (such as standing orders and Direct Debits), in store cash or cheque deposits, refunds and when you use your debit card to pay for bills at banks or other financial institutions. You also can’t collect Clubcard points when you use your card to get cash. This includes cashback, in store cash withdrawals, withdrawing cash at a cash machine, gambling, purchasing travel money and wire transfers.
  • 3% AER/2.96% Gross variable credit interest on balances up to £3,000. Interest paid monthly. Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) illustrates what the interest rate would be if paid and compounded each year. Gross is the interest rate paid before tax is deducted.
  • Available to residents of England, Wales and Scotland aged 18 and over. Subject to status.
  • Tesco Bank is part of the Current Account Switching Service.

 

For more information and media enquires please contact:

Michael Strachan (Tesco Bank)
michael.strachan@i.tescobank.com
+44 (0) 7826 556556

Adam Treslove (Tesco Bank)
adam.treslove@i.tescobank.com
+44 (0) 771 3 068642

Paul Farrow (Fishburn)
paul.farrow@thisisfishburn.com
+44 (0) 7530 269946

Sainsbury’s to start selling its popular Tu clothing online this August

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the UK’s seventh largest clothing retailer, will pilot selling its popular Tu clothing online. The pilot will begin in August with an invited group of customers in the Midlands.

The company will offer its Tu womenswear, menswear and childrenswear clothing on a bespoke website, with customers able to choose between Click & Collect and home delivery services. Orders will be fulfilled from Sainsbury’s dedicated high-tech clothing depot in Bedford which serves the 400 stores selling Sainsbury’s clothing.

Sainsbury’s began selling clothing in 1994 and last year more than 7.5 million customers bought its Tu clothing, generating sales of approximately £750 million.

 

James Brown, Sainsbury’s Non-Food Trading Director announced the trial saying: “Our strategy of creating high-street style clothing at supermarket prices has proved a hit with millions of our customers and sales continue to grow strongly. We have doubled our design team, invested heavily in the quality of our clothing and last year we relaunched the brand. Now’s the right time to explore the online channel as a complement to our store business.”

Robbie Feather, Sainsbury’s Online Director said: “Our customers want to shop with us through a range of channels that allow them to shop whenever and wherever they want and they’ve been asking us to extend our online service to our clothing. The pilot will allow us to work with a group of customers to build the right customer experience.”

Notes to editors

  • In November 2012 Sainsbury’s trialled a new department store style non-food format. This is currently in 53 stores and will be in 150 stores by the end of the year
  • 34 per cent of customers can now access, within a 15 minute drive, the full non-food offer, compared to just 11 per cent six years ago

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Sainsbury’s to start selling its popular Tu clothing online this August

Sainsbury’s to start selling its popular Tu clothing online this August

Sainsbury’s to start selling its popular Tu clothing online this August

Sainsbury’s to start selling its popular Tu clothing online this August

Sainsbury’s teamed up with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to raise funds and awareness for cervical cancer prevention

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and to mark the occasion Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – the UK’s only cervical cancer charity – to raise funds and awareness for cervical cancer prevention. From 8-14 June, 50p from the sale of every pair of women’s knickers sold in store will go to the charity. Last year the partnership raised a fantastic £46,000 in just seven days. Chief Executive Robert Music tells us why the partnership is so important:

Every year in the UK over 3,000 women will be given the devastating news they have cervical cancer and, in some instances, will face aggressive treatment with serious long term consequences. It is in fact the most common cancer for women under 35. For those diagnosed and treated, quality of life may be significantly reduced for the rest of their life.

A further 300,000 women will receive the news they have a cervical abnormality (pre-cancer) that may require treatment. Both diagnoses can leave a woman feeling confused, scared and very alone. But thanks to fantastic partnerships, like ours with Sainsbury’s, we are now able to reach more women than ever before with our support services. Our services include a national helpline, an online forum, Ask The Expert and local support groups across the UK.

Cervical cancer is unusual in that it can often be prevented thanks to the cervical screening programme and more recently the HPV vaccination programme. It’s estimated that the screening programme saves 5,000 lives every year but it could be saving more. Currently across the UK more than 1 in 5 women do not take up their screening invitation. In 2013 that accounted for almost one million women who failed to attend screening potentially putting their lives at risk.

We know that several barriers exist that could be stopping women from taking advantage of screening. Previous studies commissioned by the charity have shown that fear, embarrassment, a lack of understanding or feeling the test is irrelevant have proven to be a common reason for avoiding making an appointment. We also know that cultural and religious reasons can be found amongst minority communities.

Raising awareness across Sainsbury’s UK stores has been an incredibly impactful way of spreading the message and promoting the importance of cervical cancer prevention. Thank you to everyone who chooses this week to treat themselves to some new underwear, your money makes all the difference to supporting those affected and preventing many more from being diagnosed with the disease.

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Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. promotes Paul D. Ramsay to chief information officer

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today that Paul D. Ramsay has been promoted to chief information officer (CIO), effective immediately.  He has been serving as acting CIO since March.  Ramsay will report to Richard D. Maltsbarger, who has been appointed chief development officer.  Maltsbarger has responsibility for IT, Strategy, Consumer Insights, and Business Development and is President of Orchard Supply Hardware.

As CIO, Ramsay is responsible for day-to-day operations of Lowe’s IT organization, including the continued development of a technology portfolio that seamlessly supports the operations of the company’s stores, distribution network, e-commerce platforms, and future business technology needs.  He joined Lowe’s in 2011 with more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry.  Ramsay has served Lowe’s as senior vice president (SVP) of IT infrastructure and operations and was named SVP of information technology for Lowe’s U.S. home improvement business in 2013.

“During his tenure at Lowe’s, and particularly during the months as acting CIO, Paul has demonstrated consistent, strong leadership that is making a difference with the IT team,” said Chairman, President and CEO Robert A. Niblock.  “Because IT is an integral part of the strategy and capabilities of an omni-channel retailer, having the function report to Richard will continue to ensure we meet consumers’ future needs.”

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,830 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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Paul D. Ramsay

Paul D. Ramsay

AHOLD REPURCHASED 2,632,000 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 35.04 million BETWEEN June 2 AND 6, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,632,000 Ahold common shares in the period from June 2, 2014 up to and including June 6, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.3141 per share for a total consideration of € 35.04 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 111,365,113 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,441.37 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alain Bouchard, president and CEO Alimentation Couche-Tard, has been named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year, sponsored by PepsiCo. The award was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4.

Bouchard has led Couche-Tard’s growth as the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry and the second largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of stores in North America.

Today, Couche-Tard’s convenience store network spans more than 6,200 stores in North America; 2,300 stores across Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland and Russia; and, through licensing agreements, more than 4,200 stores in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Bouchard has contributed, along with his team, in transforming the image of the convenience store in the minds of North American consumers.

The stores in the Couche-Tard network are well established, according to social-demographic data and precise local knowledge, and Bouchard makes it a point of knowing in-depth customers’ needs and the quality of service they seek.

He also contributes to improving the quality of life of his fellow citizens through his support of social, humanitarian and cultural causes and has developed a sense of leadership that continues to inspire others.

Judges said Bouchard was a transformational leader and a very worthy winner of the inaugural International Convenience Leader of the Year Award.

Bouchard also delivered the keynote address at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, sharing key inflection points in the company’s history, the characteristics leading to its success and his perspectives on the future of convenience retailing.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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About Insight Research
Insight Research (insightresearch.co.uk) is a U.K.-based strategy, publishing and events business specializing in the international convenience and fuel retailing industry. It offers international retailers strategic advice in developing effective and profitable convenience retail concepts and new store formats, based upon international benchmarking. Insight Research also publishes Global Convenience Store Focus, a monthly industry newsletter, and broadcasts television programs on the sector through its Retail Vision video platform (retailvision.tv).

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.