NRF and RILA asked appeals court to overturn federal judge’s approval of controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees

WASHINGTON, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association today asked an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by only a handful of merchants and would do nothing to bring the fees under control.

“The truth is that there is no settlement with the retail industry, only an agreement with a handful of merchants who do not represent the industry as a whole,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “Given that the judge knew this backroom deal was opposed by a broad range of small and large retailers alike and allows these fees to continue to skyrocket, it clearly should never have been approved. This is a serious mistake the appellate court needs to correct.”

“The retail community remains fully committed to fighting this flawed settlement and addressing the fundamental lack of competition in the electronic payments market,” RILA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Deborah White said. “Quite simply, the proposed settlement not only undermines merchants’ legal rights and fails to restrain Visa and MasterCard’s ability to increase swipe fees with impunity, but it also has broad implications on the rights of others in future meritorious class action cases.”

Both organizations filed notices of appeal with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York earlier this year, and followed up today with a joint brief asking the court to overturn a December 13, 2013, ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson.

“A broad cross section of the American retail industry numbering thousands of businesses from iconic national department store chains and general merchandise chains to apparel outlets, specialty shops, restaurants and one-location Main Street stores thoughtfully analyzed the settlement and concluded that it offers them no benefit,” the brief said. “While a settlement this skewed was bound to be unpopular, the extent of dissatisfaction within the retail industry has been extraordinary.”

“Approval of a mandatory settlement of such breathtaking scope in the face of widespread and substantive objection is unprecedented and warrants reversal,” the brief said.

The district court approved the antitrust settlement even though NRF, RILA and other opponents argued for more than a year that it failed to reform the price-fixing system under which Visa and MasterCard set fees for credit cards issued by thousand of banks. Rather than lower the fees, the card companies proposed in the settlement that they be passed along to consumers as a surcharge. Major retailers rejected the surcharge proposal, saying it was the opposite of what they had sought.

The 2005 lawsuit was brought by 19 retailers and trade associations, but 10 of the plaintiffs, including all of the associations, rejected the settlement when it was unveiled in 2012. Neither NRF nor RILA was a plaintiff in the case but both have argued against it because its class-action status would impose its terms on thousands of their members. Today’s brief noted that 19 percent of merchants by card volume formally objected to the settlement and that 25 percent opted out, amounting to a “Who’s Who of American merchants.”

The settlement would grant only pennies on the dollar compared with overcharges the lawsuit claimed and small retailers would see as little as a few hundred dollars each. Retailers who reject the monetary settlement would still be bound by other restrictions the court would not allow them to opt out of, including a prohibition on future lawsuits over the fees.

The brief cited a number of legal errors in the decision, including failure to adequately balance the monetary relief against the requirement to give up future legal claims, dismissing “substantive and thoughtful” opposition and ignoring a court-appointed expert’s opinion that the proposal for surcharging was of “uncertain” value that would “have only a small impact” on swipe fees.

Swipe fees are charged to merchants by banks to process credit card purchases and average about 2 percent of the transaction. They have tripled over the past decade and currently total about $30 billion a year, driving up costs for consumers.

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

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 center domestically and abroad.

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J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134

press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

British Retail Consortium: Government plans to charge for carrier bags with an overly complex system will confuse shoppers

LONDON, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers have expressed serious disappointment that Government plans to charge for carrier bags will ignore the advice of the industry and a key Parliamentary committee and press ahead with an overly complex system that will confuse shoppers.

Retailers have consistently maintained that plans to charge 5p for carrier bags to cut waste, litter and carbon emissions must be kept simple for the scheme to work. This could be achieved simply by adopting the principle of schemes already operating effectively in other parts of the UK.

Exemptions for small retailers and excluding paper and biodegradable bags will make it confusing for consumers as they will be asked to pay for a bag in one shop but not in the shop next door. The BRC’s SME retail members have made it clear that they do not want to be exempted.

Despite calls for the charge to apply to all single use carrier bags, the Government has confirmed that the charge will apply to single use plastic carrier bags only. This makes no environmental sense and an Environment Agency study found that single use plastic bags have the lowest environmental impact of any type of bag. The same study found that a paper bag has to be used at least three times to have less environmental impact than a single use plastic bag.

A BRC spokesperson said

“A carrier bag charge is already working in Wales and Northern Ireland and will be introduced in Scotland in October and it makes no sense to do something different. Why not use the same scheme and keep it simple and effective?”

“If we are to have regulation it needs to work for consumers, the environment and retailers. We are disappointed that the Government has chosen not to listen to the Environment Audit Committee, environment groups and retailers. This is poor regulation that will cause confusion for customers and businesses.”

Notes to Editors

1. The 5 pence charge for single use plastic carrier bags is due to be introduced in England on 1 October 2015.

2. The House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) has today published Defra’s response to its report and recommendations on the carrier bag charge. The EAC report can be downloaded at:  www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmenvaud/861/86102.htm

3. The Queen’s Speech on 4 June 2014 confirmed the following exemptions to the proposed 5 pence charge:
– retailers with 250 employees or fewer;
– single use carrier bags made from materials other than plastic (e.g. paper);
– biodegradable bags that meet defined criteria (this exemption would be introduced after the charge is in place).

4. The Environment Agency study on the life cycle assessment of supermarket carrier bags was published in 2011 and can be downloaded at:  www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/291023/scho0711buan-e-e.pdf

5. A 5 pence single use carrier bag charge already exists in Wales and Northern Ireland and will be introduced in Scotland on 20 October 2014. These charges apply to all single use carrier bags regardless of material type and to all retailers regardless of size.

Media contacts:
BRC Press Office: 020 7854 8953
Out of Hours: 07921 605544

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

7-Eleven, Inc. and Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven® stores in the UAE

Retailer Anticipates First Store Will Open in Dubai Next Summer

Dallas, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7-Eleven, Inc. (SEI), the world’s largest convenience retailer with 53,000 stores worldwide, has signed a master franchise Agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven® stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The expansion marks the company’s first entry into the Middle East region.

His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan will serve as president of Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a newly formed company. He is the grandson of current UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The first 7-Eleven-branded convenience store in the UAE is expected to open in Dubai next summer. The new master franchisee plans to construct 7-Elevenstores as well as convert existing locations to the 7-Eleven brand. 7-Eleven’s entry into the country provides a solution to the UAE government’s strategic initiative to modernize the small-retail environment and bring greater convenience to shoppers.

Internationally popular products like Slurpee® frozen carbonated beverages and Big Gulp® soft drinks, as well as immediately consumable fresh foods, with recipes developed for regional tastes, will be part of the convenience offerings.

7-Eleven and its parent company, Seven-Eleven Japan, will provide start-up support for the newest master franchisee, assist Seven Emirates Investment in implementing their successful strategies of market concentration, team merchandising and item-by-item management, plus establish a field office in Dubai.

“The UAE is a growing and dynamic part of the world and is attracting investment from around the globe,” said 7-Eleven, Inc. President and CEO Joe DePinto. “It is the business gateway to the Middle East and offers an excellent environment for 7-Eleven’s first retail venture in the region.”

The UAE will be the 17th country or region where 7-Eleven® stores exist. Besides the United States, other countries include Canada, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong), The Philippines, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 53,300 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

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

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. recalls Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns, 12 oz., due to not declared egg on the label

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. in Rochester, NY, has initiated a voluntary recall of approximately 1,315 units of Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns, 12 oz., because they may contain egg, which is not declared on the label.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.  The finished product may also have been contaminated with raw egg; therefore, there is also the potential for an unknown pathogen that may cause illness if consumed.

Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns are produced by Wegmans Central Bakeshop and sold exclusively in 84 Wegmans stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland.

Wegmans Cinnamon Raisin Buns have a white frosting and are sold in the bakery department. The product is packaged in a clear plastic clamshell and bears UPC 77890 92218, and Use-by-Date of 6/19/14 only (stamped on top of package).

There have been no reported injuries or illnesses to date associated with this recall.

The recall was initiated when a Wegmans Bakeshop employee reported that the finished product may have inadvertently been sprayed with a raw egg product.

Wegmans will place automated phone calls to customers who purchased the product using their Shoppers Club card.  Concerned customers should not consume the product and return it to Wegmans for a full refund.  Customers who have consumed the product and feel they are experiencing symptoms should contact their physician immediately.

Wegmans’ customers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact Wegmans’ Consumer Affairs Department at the toll free number 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET.

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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

Russia’s largest food retailer Magnit opened its 54th “Magnit Family” store

Krasnodar, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 54th “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that on June 13, 2014 the Company has opened its 54th “Magnit Family” store located at 24/1, Zaozernaya street, Omsk, Siberian federal district. Assortment of the store consists of more than 5,700 SKUs, out of which about 88% are food items. There are 12 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is owned by the Company.

The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Email:
post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email:
Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 15101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of March 31, 2014, Magnit operated 23 distribution centers and over 8,200 stores (7,341 convenience, 215 hypermarkets, and 700 cosmetics) in more than 1,905 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

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

Inter IKEA Group announced 7.4% revenue increase in its 2013 annual report

Luxembourg, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a rather tough business climate, the IKEA Concept continued to show good strength. Inter IKEA Group continued to make long term investments in order to secure independence and longevity of the group and the IKEA Concept.

Inter IKEA Group total revenues increased by 7.4%, to €2,856 million in 2013. Net profit increased with €70 million to €516 million. Investments continued, with capital expenditures around €880 million.

–  We know that it still is tough times for many people. Rather than being happy about earnings on a certain level I am happy to see that the IKEA Concept developed well. It’s however important that we don’t take anything for granted and keep working hard to improve all our businesses. It’s also good to see how our investments in difficult times are helping businesses to develop and grow, says Søren Hansen, CEO of Inter IKEA Group.

The purpose of Inter IKEA Group is to secure continuous improvement and a long life of the IKEA Concept. As this will require investments in both good and bad times we strive to be financially independent.

Generally we continued to see a tough business climate in Europe. In the second half of 2013 some pick-up in the retail activity could be seen, but it’s still unevenly spread between countries. Demand for IKEA products also improved over the year in Europe. We continue to see strong growth in North America, Asia Pacific and especially in the Middle East.

During 2013 worldwide IKEA retail sales increased by 4.2% (in local currencies). Franchise fees increased by 1.2% (consolidated in Euro).

The investment in real estate development continued as planned, and increased in both the Retail Centre Division and the Property Division. Good performance in the Finance Division contributed to the increased profit.

Inter IKEA Group paid €76.6 million (14%) in corporate income taxes in 2013. In addition our different companies paid significant amounts in local taxes such as property and other business related taxes.

Numbers in brief, EUR million 2013 2012
Total revenues 2,856 2,660
Net profit 516 446
Total assets 16,059 14,950
Equity 8,039 7,529
Co-workers (year average) 1,754 1,644

 

Inter IKEA Group is organized in four divisions.

Franchise Division

The Franchise Division includes Inter IKEA Systems B.V, worldwide IKEA franchisor and owner of the IKEA Concept, including the IKEA trademarks. The division has the overall responsibility to safeguard the continued success of the IKEA Concept throughout the world. Franchise fee income increased in line with global IKEA retail sales. Franchisees opened ten new IKEA stores during the year, including one relocated store.

Retail Centre Division

The Retail Centre Division – Inter IKEA Centre Group A/S (IICG) – develops and manages retail destinations for the many people, anchored by IKEA stores. Inter IKEA Group is the majority owner of IICG.

The expansion in Europe remained selective due to market limitation. Three retail centres are being built in China – two are scheduled to open in 2014 and one in 2015. Revenue was €164 million in 2013, compared to € 204 m in 2012. The drop is due to the sale of retail centres in Austria during 2012. On a like for like basis, rental income increased by 2.2% during 2013.

Property Division

The goal of the Property Division – Vastint Holding B.V – is to create long-term value through property investments. The division actively manages developed properties in the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK.

Investment continues and the division has more than 100.000 square meters of offices and hotels under development, and also owns land for future development. Total revenues increased by 33% in 2013, mainly as a result of completed projects and refurbishments.

Finance Division

The Finance Division supports the Inter IKEA Group in maintaining financial independence through long term investments.

Asset under management was €2.3 billion, compared to €2.1 billion in 2012. In line with an overall positive development of financial markets, the division produced a good return during the year.

For more information about Inter IKEA Group, please see our website www.inter.ikea.com

The Inter IKEA Group Annual Report 2013 can be ordered on the website

Press contact Inter IKEA Group

Kristian Sjöholm
+32 486 040 963
kristian.sjoholm@inter-IKEA.com

Chain Store Age named CBRE Group the world’s fastest-growing retail property and leasing manager for the fourth straight year

CBRE Tops Annual Ranking for Fourth Straight Year

​Los Angeles, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. has been named the world’s fastest-growing retail property and leasing manager by Chain Store Age for the fourth straight year. The retail industry publication’s April/May 2014 issue reported that CBRE added 39 million square feet of new global retail property management assignments in 2013. Fameco Real Estate, which CBRE acquired in September 2013 and now operates as CBRE|FAMECO, while independent, was ranked fourth on the list adding an impressive 12 million sq. ft. of new global retail property management assignments  through September 2013.

“We are pleased to again be named the world’s fastest-growing retail property and leasing manager,” said Todd Caruso, Senior Managing Director, Retail Agency Services, CBRE. “The addition of Fameco will aid our momentum as we continue to grow our retail property management practice and expand the services we offer our clients.”

Chain Store Age’s 25th annual survey of Fastest-Growing Third-Party Managers measures domestic and international management and leasing contracts obtained during the preceding calendar year.

CBRE serves a vast of array of clients—including the nation’s leading retailers and retail property owners—with a full spectrum of services including property management, outsourcing, retail disposition, leasing, investment sales, debt or equity restructuring, valuation and consulting. In 2013, CBRE executed more than $36.7 billion in retail sales and leasing transactions worldwide.

Earlier this year, CBRE led National Real Estate Investor’s Top Brokerage list for the eleventh year in a row. For the seventh straight year CBRE was also included in the FORTUNE 500 and was also the highest ranked commercial real estate services firm on FORTUNE’s list of the Most Admired Companies.

CBRE provides a broad range of commercial real estate services on a global basis. The company was responsible for more than $223.2 billion of property sales and lease transactions in 2013, and managed more than 3.5 billion sq. ft. (including properties managed by affiliates) of commercial properties and corporate facilities as of December 31, 2013.

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.

For Further Information:

Corey Mirman
Specialist, Sr Communication
T +1 212 9846542
email

BESTSELLER AQUIRED THE BRITISH FASHION RETAILER M AND M DIRECT LTD

Brande, Denmark, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — M and M is one of Europe’s leading online and mail order retailers of discounted lifestyle, fashion, sports apparel and footwear. M and M has dedicated local market websites covering the UK, German, French, Austrian, Dutch and Polish markets, and also serves more than 20 additional countries worldwide.

“We have worked with M and M for several years, and we have come to know the people within the company as passionate and hard-working people who have achieved many positive results lately. We believe that M and M will continue to develop and become a leading company within its business and its markets,” says BESTSELLER’s Communication Director Mogens Werge

The purchase is a financial investment and the two companies will remain separate units, but BESTSELLER of course hopes to benefit from the knowledge in M & M:

“We trust that the collaboration will become beneficial for both our companies in the long run, and we look forward to be working with and learning from M and M on areas like mobile sales,” Mogens finishes.

The purchase is conditional on approval from the relevant authorities and is expected to be completed within eight weeks.

About M and M Direct Ltd 
M and M Direct Limited is the UK’s leading purchaser of end-of-line clearance for fashion and sports products. As an online and mail order retailer, M and M offers sports and fashion apparel and footwear for men, women and children, at substantial discounts. The company has over 1.3 million active customers and 50 million website visits a year. M and M was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Leominster in the UK. More information can be found at www.mandmdirect.com.

For the official press release from M and M direct Ltd. click here.

Stop & Shop donated $2.5 million to almost 4,000 local schools across the Northeast as a result of its 2013/2014 A+ School Rewards Program

Now in its fifth year, Stop & Shop’s A+ Rewards Program has given almost $10 million to local schools

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it distributed $2.5 million to almost 4,000 local schools across the Northeast as a result of its 2013/2014 A+ School Rewards Program. The program provides a simple way for schools to earn funds to support school programs and enrichment activities every time a customer makes a purchase using their Stop & Shop card.

“We are proud to support educational initiatives and know that this year’s participating schools will be able to use these monies to enhance their students’ learning experience,” said Arlene Putterman, manager of Public and Community Relations for Stop & Shop NY Metro. “We recognize that these youths are our future leaders and we’re proud to make this investment in the communities where we operate.”

“It’s exciting for Stop & Shop to support our local schools through our A+ School Rewards program,” said Judi Palmer, director of Marketing & External Communications for Stop & Shop New England. “We are grateful to our customers who help make these important donations possible, and look forward to seeing the many ways the thousands of schools who benefit from this program will use their earnings.”

The A+ School Rewards program is linked to shoppers’ Stop & Shop loyalty cards, earning points for all in-store purchases. Stop & Shop customers can designate up to two schools to benefit from their purchases. Since 2009, Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards program has raised more than $9.6 million to help both public and private schools in the Northeast region fulfill their academic and enrichment needs.

In the past, funds raised by A+ School Rewards have helped purchase new computers, additional classroom technology, musical instruments and athletic uniforms and funded school aids, field trips, sports and after-school programs.

The top five schools that earned the highest number of A+ School Rewards points in the New York Metro area are as follows:

St. Charles School (Staten Island, NY) – $23,858.48

Nathan Hale Middle School (Norwalk, CT) – $8,481.23

St. Clare Elementary (Staten Island, NY) – $7,752.05

Blind Brook School (Rye Brook, NY) – $6,479.81

St. Padre Pio School (Ridgefield, CT) – $6,163.27

The top five schools that earned the highest number of A+ School Rewards points in the New England area are as follows:

Amherst Regional High School (Amherst, MA) – $22,007.21

Richmond Elementary School (Wyoming, RI) – $19,529.74

Kingston Elementary and Intermediate Schools (Kingston, MA) – $15,885.35

John F. Kennedy High School (Waterbury, CT) – $15,482.70

East Hampton High School (East Hampton, CT) – $12,364.94

St. Charles School on Staten Island, New York Metro’s #1 rewards leader for the past four years, has raised a total of $80,765 since 2010. Amherst Regional High School has been New England’s highest earning school for all five years of the program, and has raised $91,423 to date.

Information about the 2014/2015 A+ School Rewards Program will be available in August at www.stopandshop.com/aplus.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
arlene.putterman@stopandshop.com

Jenny Krupski
Stop & Shop New England
(617) 276-7756
jkrupski@webershandwick.com

Sharon Washington named Defense Commissary Agency zone 8 manager

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sharon Washington has been selected DeCA zone 8 manager. That announcement came today from DeCA Executive Director of Store Operations Keith Hagenbuch. Washington succeeds Arnielle Fernandez who became the agency’s bread and snacks category manager in April.

Washington has been assistant store director at Naval Base San Diego for the past 17 months. Previously, she spent four years each as store director for the commissaries at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, and Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

She has acquired more than a quarter century’s worth of experience while working in 11 commissaries in the United States and overseas and from three years as a management assistant in DeCA’s Midwest Region district office in Colorado Springs.

Washington takes the reins as Zone 8 manager, June 29, operating out of the zone office at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and will oversee 12 commissaries in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas with combined annual sales of $287 million.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil