NRF’s VP for Government Relations David French comments on National Labor Relations Board decision on franchise model

Further evidence that the NLRB has lost all credibility

WASHINGTON,  2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the National Labor Relations Board decision on what constitutes a joint employer:

“The staff decision issued today by the National Labor Relations Board recommending that McDonald’s and its franchisees should be considered joint employers gives a whole new meaning to the word outrageous.

“It is just further evidence that the NLRB has lost all credibility as a government agency established to protect workers and is now just a government agency that serves as an adjunct for organized labor, which has fought for this decision for a number of years as a means to more easily unionize entire companies and industries.

“The NLRB’s contempt for hard working business men and women is on full display when they completely disregard established laws that govern the franchise model – a practice that has literally created thousands of small businesses in communities across America and employ millions of citizens of all ages.

“The last thing this economy needs is decisions like this which merely serve to stall job growth and diminish much needed capital investment. When a government agency unilaterally decides to unravel the long established and successful business relationships between franchisees and franchisors, the entire business community reacts. And the very people the NLRB was established to protect – American workers – may be the ultimate losers in this decision as those same businesses reconcile with an uncertain future.”

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.

Stephen E Schatz
(855) NRF-Press


NRF acknowledged outstanding small business retail owners as part of the National Retail Federation’s Retail Advocates Summit

Chicago’s Art Potash Named America’s Retail Champion of the Year during Retail Advocates Summit

WASHINGTON, 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of the National Retail Federation’s Retail Advocates Summit and congressional fly-in, NRF today acknowledged outstanding small business retail owners and community leaders for their grassroots advocacy and engagement on federal, state and local issues. As part of the event, NRF named Art Potash, owner of Potash Markets in Chicago,  for his exceptional advocacy and leadership on behalf of the retail industry.

“We are committed to advancing the retail industry’s public policy priorities on Capitol Hill and beyond,”NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As we gather retailers from across the nation in Washington this week, it is only fitting to recognize one of our industry’s most-engaged retail advocates.”

“On behalf of the entire retail industry, I want to thank Art for his commitment to advancing the retail agenda,” Shay said. “Art exemplifies what it means to be an active and effective grassroots advocate, and has demonstrated time and time again an unabashed willingness to step-up, raise his voice and lead in the sincere hope of making a difference.”

NRF established the America’s Retail Champions program this year to honor retailers who make their mark on public policy debates and decisions. A total of 44 retailers ranging from mid-size store owners to online sellers were nominated for the national recognition based on their willingness to speak up on the retail industry’s priorities, be it online sales tax collection, credit and debit card swipe fees or patent reform.

Potash was chosen from among five finalists who include Wogan Badcock III of Badcock Home Furniture & More in Mulberry, Florida; Ruthena Fink of Grand Jeté in St. Paul, Minnesota; Teresa Miller of Treats Unleashed in Chesterfield, Missouri; and Ann Wingrove of Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, Kentucky.

“While Art is focused day-to-day on his family grocery stores, he is passionate about the broader retail industry,” Illinois Retail Merchants Association President & CEO Rob Karr said. “As generously as Art gives of his time and resources to those in need, he does the same for his fellow retailers. It doesn’t matter if the issue is in the city of Chicago or Springfield, Illinois or Washington, D.C.; Art is a passionate advocate on any issue confronting retail.”

To recognize Art and his fellow Illinois retailers, NRF will add the state as a stop on its “Retail Across America” road trip, as part of the organization’s This is Retail industry perception campaign. NRF will partner with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association in early October to produce a content-filled campaign designed to drive awareness of the retail industry’s positive impact on careers, communities and innovation. Additional states featured in the series include North Carolina, South Dakota, Washington State, Ohio and California.

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.

Stephen E Schatz
(855) NRF-Press


Delhaize Group will announce its second quarter 2014 results on Thursday August 7, 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group will announce its second quarter 2014 results (ended June 30, 2014) on Thursday August 7, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. CET. The press release will be available on Delhaize Group’s website ( immediately after its publication.

The Delhaize Group management team will discuss the second quarter 2014 results during an investor conference call that will start at 09:00 a.m. CET on August 7, 2014. To participate in the conference call, please call +44 (0)20 3427 1906 (U.K.), +1 646 254 3367 (U.S.) or +32 2 402 3092 (Belgium), with “Delhaize” as password.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the internet on August 7, 2014 at 09:00 a.m. CET at An audio replay of this webcast will be available at the same website starting at 12:00 p.m. CET on August 7, 2014.

Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 520 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €20.9 billion ($27.8 billion) in revenues and €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).


Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151

Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

RILA President Sandy Kennedy comments on House Majority Whip staff announcement

Arlington, VA, 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) President Sandy Kennedy issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Bill Hughes has been named Policy Director for House Majority Whip-Elect Steve Scalise (R-LA).

“Bill is an exceptionally talented professional. Bill’s substantial contributions to the retail industry’s public policy efforts are central to RILA’s success in Washington over the past several years. We wish him well as he takes his skills and know-how back to Capitol Hill.”

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

Brian Dodge
SVP, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2017

Wegmans Food Markets and Driscoll’s to sponsor the 8th Annual Strawberry Days fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

PRINCETON, NJ, 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The caring folks of Driscoll’s have once again partnered with Wegmans Food Markets to sponsor the 8th Annual Strawberry Days fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ). The three day fundraising event aims to promote a healthy summer snack while raising awareness and critical funds for the at-risk babies, children and families of New Jersey. For each carton of Driscoll’s strawberries purchased at a New Jersey Wegmans location July 18 – 20, Driscoll’s pledged $.50 to CHSofNJ! On Sunday at Wegmans Princeton location, Driscoll’s presented a check for $20,000 to CHSofNJ, bringing their cumulative Strawberry Days total donation to a remarkable $135,000! Funds raised from this event will directly support the 54 programs and services CHSofNJ provides to the community, including foster care and adoption services, counseling services, school-based services, and a variety of health and educational programs.

“We are so grateful to Driscoll’s and Wegmans for always caring about our children and making a difference in meaningful ways,” said Donna C. Pressma, CHSofNJ President and CEO. She continued, “Strawberry Days raises awareness of the needs of our at-risk children and supports the critical programs our agency provides to help them grow into happy, healthy, successful adults. These companies are shining examples of how large corporations can improve the quality of life for our community’s children.”
“Helping young people succeed is one of our main giving priorities,” said Wegmans Senior Vice President and New Jersey Division Manager Joe Sofia. “It’s our pleasure to be involved, partnering with Driscoll’s once again to support CHSofNJ and the incredible work they do to enrich our community.”
CHSofNJ thanks Driscoll’s and Wegmans for sponsoring Strawberry Days, and also our friends in the community who supported this fundraiser. Each and every person who participated in the 8th Annual Strawberry Days fundraiser has helped CHSofNJ in our mission of saving children’s lives and building healthy families.
About The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is a nonprofit child and family serving agency whose mission is to save children’s lives and build healthy families. Founded in 1894, the agency protects abused or neglected infants and at-risk children by insuring stable, permanent, and loving homes for each and every child it serves. All services are confidential and most are free. For more information, visit our website at
About Driscoll’s:
Family owned for over 100 years, Driscoll’s is passionate about growing premium fresh berries. Driscoll’s strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and organic berries are sweet, juicy and naturally wholesome. Packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, they’re a healthy treat for any time of the day. Driscoll’s offers exclusive berry recipes, including healthy berry recipes, for all your menu needs. Trust Driscoll’s to provide the highest quality and best tasting fresh berries. Learn more at
About Wegmans:
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:
Denise Wentzler, CHS of NJ director of marketing, communications & funds development,
Jo Natale, Wegmans dicrector of media relations, 585-429-3627


Dunkin’ Donuts signed multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees Brian and Sharon Weidendorf for seven restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota

CANTON, MA, 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015.

Led by Brian and his wife Sharon, this new franchise group holds more than 30 years of experience in the real estate development industry. Joining this team is Pat Messina, a restaurant industry veteran, who will manage and oversee the daily operations for each restaurant.

“We are excited to expand the brand’s presence in Minnesota and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Brian Weidendorf, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Last month, Dunkin’ Donuts announced the grand opening of a new restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota at the Kahler Grand Hotel. In addition to this location, existing franchise group Rochester Retail Services plans to develop five freestanding Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Rochester market over the next several years.

Franchise opportunities still remain available throughout Minnesota in Minneapolis and Mankato. To help fuel growth in these markets, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that meet certain goals*.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchising executives will host a franchising seminar in the Edina area on Thursday, July 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. This event will be held at the Marriott Residence Inn, 3400 Edinborough Way in Edina. To register for this event, visit,, for additional information on the company’s growth plans for the market, contact Thomas Ennis at

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

“Our secret to continued growth includes passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to welcome Brian, Sharon and Pat to the Minnesota market, and believe they will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the Duluth communities they serve.”

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

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

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

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

Whole Foods Market announced new store for the Northern California region in Midtown Sacramento

Emeryville, Calif., 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today a new store for the Northern California region, in Midtown Sacramento at 20th and L streets. The store will be approximately 40,000 square feet and serve as the first floor of a mixed-use building with residential units above. Shoppers will be able to park in a structured garage.

“We are excited to expand our reach into Sacramento’s eclectic and dynamic Midtown neighborhood,” said Rob Twyman, regional president of Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region. “We look forward to serving and partnering with this community.”

Developers plan to break ground on the project in spring 2016.

Rob Twyman
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Rob Twyman
President – Northern California Region
Rob Twyman is President of Whole Foods Market’s Northern California Region.


Rob Twyman

Rob Twyman

Rite Aid gears up for this year’s back-to-school season with nearly 4,600 convenient locations nationwide

  • National Retail Federation Expects Combined Back-to-School and Back-to-College Spending to Reach $74.9 Billion
  • Rite Aid Featuring Great Deals on Electronics and Schools Supplies, Which Are Expected to Top Shopping Lists

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The back-to-school season is fast approaching and with nearly 4,600 convenient locations nationwide, students can count on Rite Aid to be their one-stop-shop for this year’s trendy back-to-school items. According to The National Retail Federation (NRF), the average family will be spending $669, much of which will be driven by electronics and school supplies. With a variety of electronics and back-to-school basics as well as must-haves for those college bound, Rite Aid is stocked with everything students will need to succeed this fall at prices parents want, providing for a smooth start of the new school year.

“Back-to-school is an important time of year for students and parents alike, and that’s why Rite Aid is committed to offering a wide selection of school supplies,” said Tony Montini, Rite Aid executive vice president of merchandising. “With Rite Aid’s convenient locations and affordable prices on electronics and back-to-school basics, every student will have the opportunity to shine this academic school year.”

Tech-Savvy Scholars
In response to the increased demand for electronic items, Rite Aid has added several electronics to help kids of all ages get charged up for the new school year. Popular items such as Craig TVs, tablets, notebooks, smart TV devices and music amplifiers can be found on Rite Aid’s shelves. To help kids stay connected wherever they go, Rite Aid is offering deals on the hottest cell phone accessories including sync cables, wall chargers and headphone splitters.

Home Away From Home
Rite Aid makes dorm decorating easy and affordable with fashionable sheet sets, ranging from twin to king , comforters to brighten up the room, clothes hangers and an assortment of storage totes and drawer organizers. Finish up dorm decorating by checking out Rite Aid’s latest photo deals at

The Essentials
Don’t forget about the staples of the season! Students can make a statement with Rite Aid’s fashionable backpack, stationary and portfolio collections. Rite Aid’s private brand Home offers deals on its back-to-school classics including pens, pencils, highlighters, multi-colored notebooks, composition books, index cards, rulers and arts and crafts supplies. And for school project printing needs, Rite Aid offers great prices on copy paper and printer ink.

Go Back to School with Gift Cards
With over 200 gift cards in varying denominations, Rite Aid has the perfect selection for anyone headed back to school. Encourage your student athletes to stay fit throughout the school year with a Sports Authority gift card. Treat your scholar to a night out with a gift card to popular restaurant hangouts such as Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings or Chipotle, coupled with a gift card to Fandango, AMC Theatres or Regal Cinemas. For the college students cramming for exams, Rite Aid has Starbucks, Panera Bread and iTunes gift cards available. And for all their other needs, opt for a Rite Aid, Visa or American Express gift card.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) 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



Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Meijer opened two new 190,000-square-foot supercenters outside of Chicago

190,000-square-foot stores in Homer Glen and Mokena bring fresh value to local communities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened two new 190,000-square-foot supercenters outside of Chicago today, Meijer Co-Chairman Hank Meijer announced. The Homer Glen and Mokena stores are creating 600 new jobs and provide local residents with a great option for one-stop shopping, fresh produce and a full-service pharmacy that puts family health care first.

“The Chicago market continues to be a very important growth area for us, and these new supercenters reinforce our commitment to meeting the needs of families by providing fresh solutions every day,” said Meijer. “We’re excited to bring the Meijer difference to our new neighbors in Homer Glen, Mokena and surrounding communities.”

With 18 stores spread throughout Chicagoland, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer opened its first Chicagoland store in Bolingbrook in 1999, and now has 212 stores throughout the Midwest. The new supercenters feature fresh produce, meat and dairy delivered seven days a week, and a bakery providing fresh bread baked four times daily.

Each store kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks by Meijer officials and local dignitaries, and a donation to local charities. Homer Glen Store Director Brian Danner presented a check for $25,000 to the Homer Glen School District for new computers. Mokena Store Director Jags Brar presented checks for $25,000 to the Mokena School District to help upgrade its libraries at the elementary, intermediate and junior high schools and $1,000 to the Cancer Support Center in Mokena, a not for profit organization that provides support and guidance to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new Homer Glen and Mokena Meijer stores also feature full-service pharmacies. These pharmacies provide free select prescriptions as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The Meijer free prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, as well as prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 20 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $284 million.

The new Meijer supercenter in Homer Glen is located at 14169 S. Bell Road, while the new Meijer supercenter in Mokena is located at 11305 Lincoln Highway.

“Whether you’re looking for fruits and vegetables delivered daily, keeping your yard looking nice all summer long or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, we look forward to providing value to anyone who steps through our door,” Danner said.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 212 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter or become a fan at

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943,


Meijer opened two new 190,000-square-foot supercenters outside of Chicago

Meijer opened two new 190,000-square-foot supercenters outside of Chicago

Michigan State University’s Lindsey McPherson and University of Michigan’s Grace Choi to compete in Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

College athletes awarded sponsor exemptions from Meijer to enter into the professional field

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindsey McPherson, of Michigan State University, and Grace Choi, of the University of Michigan, will compete alongside the best female golfers in the world.

“We are pleased to invite Lindsey and Grace to play in their first LPGA Tour event,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We hope that by providing this opportunity, we’re helping them to grow in their careers if they choose to join the professional ranks. As a company focused on our community, we are also very excited to bring local talent to the field of professionals.”

McPherson, a Flushing, Mich. native, started playing golf competitively at age 15, and is entering her senior year at MSU after competing in a career-high seven tournaments this past season. She recently tied a career-best ninth at the Big Ten Championships to help lead the Spartans to their third Big Ten title in four years.

“When my coach, Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, first started telling me about the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, I thought she was asking to see if I wanted to go help out or go watch the tournament, because it would be a great event,” McPherson said. “When she said I was actually going to be playing in the field as a sponsor exemption from Meijer, it was unbelievable. I’m incredibly excited and want to thank everyone at Meijer for this amazing opportunity to be able to represent Michigan State and my family at a professional tournament playing the game that I love.”

Choi, who will be a sophomore at U-M in the fall, had a stellar performance on the golf team this past year. She was presented the team award for low scoring average and was also named Big Ten Golfer of the Week this past March. She ended the season averaging 75.64 strokes per round, which was a U-M freshman record.

“I’m so thankful for the wonderful opportunity Meijer has given me with their generous exemption into their event,” said Choi, of Dallas, Texas. “It has been a dream of mine since I was little to play on the LPGA and compete with the best players in the world. I’m really looking forward to learning from the best and proudly representing the University of Michigan.”

To learn more about the players and the significance of this honor, view a video that features McPherson and Choi on the course. In addition, please visit the Meijer Newsroom for more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, including sharable photos.

Each title sponsor of an LPGA event is able to award sponsor exemptions into the tournament. Meijer awarded McPherson and Choi last week with certificates into the field of professionals. The $1.5 million Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

“We know these ladies have great careers ahead of them – both on and off the field – and we’re thrilled to have them play in the tournament this year,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “Giving these local amateurs a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage is great, not only for the players, but also for the fans and the community.”

Fans can cheer these hometown favorites on in the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Tickets are still available via the website The event will offer a family-friendly atmosphere with events for everyone in addition to world-class golf.

About Meijer Simply Give
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 210 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

About Blythefield Country Club
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via:,, and

About Octagon Global Events
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit

Contacts: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, 616-426-6225,; Christina Fecher, Community Relations Specialist, Meijer, 616-735-7968,


Michigan State University's Lindsey McPherson and University of Michigan's Grace Choi to compete in Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

Michigan State University’s Lindsey McPherson and University of Michigan’s Grace Choi to compete in Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

Russia’s largest food retailer Magnit opens its 60 “Magnit Family” store

Krasnodar, 2014-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 60th “Magnit Family” store.

Please be informed that today the Company has opened its 60th “Magnit Family” store located at 116/1, Pobedy prospect, Orenburg, Volga federal district. Assortment of the store consists of more than 7,200 SKUs, out of which about 89% are food items. There are 13 cash desks installed in the sales
area. The outlet is leased by the Company. The store is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 11 pm.

For further information, please contact:
Timothy Post Director, Investor Relations
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva Deputy Director, Investor Relations
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 June 30, 2014, Magnit operated 24 distribution centers and over 8,600 stores (7,614 convenience, 226 hypermarkets, and 778 cosmetics) in approximately 2,000 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.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated to host online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on August 4, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on August 4, 2014. Ingles plans to release earnings for its third quarter ended June 28, 2014, on August 4, 2014.

The live broadcast of Ingles Markets’ quarterly conference call will be available on-line at: on August 4, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The online replay will follow immediately and continue for 90 days. To hear the Company’s conference call live, dial 719-325-2494. A replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 4, 2014 until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 12, 2014. To listen to the playback, call 719‑457‑0820, reservation number 1263883.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website

Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)

Morrisons becomes UK’s first retailer to sign the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge

Bradford, England, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is the first UK retailer to sign the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge, meaning it will not produce or sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can.

The Responsible Can Packaging Pledge forms part of the Department of Health’sResponsibility Deal, which aims to engage manufacturers and retailers to remove one billion units of alcohol sold annually from the market.

To sign up to the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge, Morrisons conducted a review of the alcohol content and container sizes of all alcohol products in its portfolio. It had already banned the sale of products with an excess of four units in a single serve can, months before the Responsible Can Packaging Deal’s December 2014 deadline.

Martyn Jones, Group Corporate Services Director said: “We wanted to set the retail standard for responsible single-serve can packaging. We have been monitoring our range for some time and have already removed all single serve cans with more than four units from stores. Having already taken this bold step, we felt confident in signing up to the new Responsible Can Packaging Pledge almost immediately.

“We hope that signing up to the pledge will help support the government in reducing the incidence of alcohol related abuse in the UK. We now need other retailers to join us to make this as effective as possible.”

Morrisons’ alcohol policy aims to ensure that customers have the information they need to drink responsibly. The retailer places emphasis on combining alcohol with food and ensures that clear information is displayed on labels. Morrisons also provides a good choice of low alcohol options and does not stock products which could unduly appeal to people under the age of 18. The company also has an industry leading performance on under-age sale audits from their audit partners, Serve Legal.


Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC: Andrew Higginson will become the company’s Chairman when Sir Ian Gibson retires in 2015

Bradford, England, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (“Morrisons”) announces that Andrew Higginson will become the company’s Chairman when Sir Ian Gibson retires in 2015. Andrew will join the board on 1 October 2014 as non-executive Deputy Chairman and Chairman Elect.

Andrew is currently the Chairman of Poundland Plc and N Brown Group Plc and senior independent director of BSkyB Plc. Prior to that he served as an Executive Director at Tesco Plc for 15 years.

Sir Ian Gibson, Chairman of Morrisons, said: “Andy Higginson has a tremendous reputation and a distinguished career at the forefront of retailing in the UK and I am sure he will be a huge asset to Morrisons. I am very pleased to welcome him to the board as Deputy Chairman and look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition to the Chairman role.”

Andrew Higginson said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Morrisons. Whilst there are undoubted challenges in the industry at the moment, this is a fine business and I am looking forward to working with the great team at Morrisons who work hard every day to serve customers.”

In relation to the appointment, it is confirmed that there are no further details to be disclosed under paragraphs 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules.

Andrew started his career at Unilever and held executive positions at Guinness Brewing, Laura Ashley and Burton Group. Between 1997 and 2012 he worked for Tesco Plc, initially as Finance Director before adding responsibility for Group Strategy and becoming Chairman of Tesco Personal Finance in 2004. In 2008 he moved to be CEO of Tesco’s Retailing Service Business. He was a main board Director of Tesco Plc for 15 years.

Andy is currently the Chairman of Poundland Plc, N Brown Group Plc and McCurrach UK Limited. He is also a non-executive Director of BSkyB Plc and a non-executive Director of the Rugby Football Union and of Woolworth Holdings Ltd in South Africa.

Andy has held previous non-executive directorships with FirstGroup Plc, and Clarks.


Wincor Nixdorf commissioned Pierre Audoin Consultants study: German retailers expect the impact of digital sales channels on their business to increase strongly

German retailers expect the impact of digital sales channels on their business to increase strongly. This is just one result of a study commissioned by Wincor Nixdorf, among others, from the leading European market research company, Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC). This study, “Omnichannel commerce in Germany”, delivers current data and facts on the omnichannel strategies pursued by German retail companies.

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Against the backdrop of the strongly growing influence of digital sales channels, more than 80% of retailers assign the highest priority to the expansion of their e-commerce activities and the development of links between e-commerce and bricks-and-mortar stores. Their investment plans reflect this orientation: 45% of retailers intend to invest in IT solu-tions and services for cross-channel integration within the next two years, and another 37% plan to do so within five years. These invest-ments will focus primarily on mobile applications for smart phones and tablets – solutions that are on the investment agenda for 72% of the surveyed retailers by 2018 at the latest. The implementation of CRM solutions is likewise planned during this time by 57% of retail compa-nies. “An individual omnichannel strategy is not just a nice-to-have op-tion for today’s retailers, it’s a clear must,” concludes Dr. Katrin Schleife, the PAC study’s analyst.

The study also discovered that in adapting their IT structures for e-commerce, retailers have developed a “surprisingly clear” tendency toward the use of a central IT platform that assists them in controlling and orchestrating the individual applications and processes. “De-central links between individual applications across innumerable interfaces can have significant negative effects on performance, maintainability and in particular the ability to develop the solution further – and for these rea-sons, standardization and homogenization of business logic and data is key to reduce complexity,” explains Nicolas Pelletier, Head of Product Line Retail Software at Wincor Nixdorf. Wincor Nixdorf’s solution for omnichannel retailing was developed with this insight in mind: TP Appli-cation Suite uses a single data source and a common logic across all channels, enabling reductions in complexity and the integration of new applications in the future.

Migrating to an omnichannel approach is a big challenge for a retailer. This is why around 70% of those surveyed are hoping for support from their IT service providers, both in developing their omnichannel strate-gies and in adapting internal processes and organizational structures accordingly. “To do this successfully, a service provider has to have ex-tensive industry and segment-specific know-how and the ability to pro-vide support at every stage of the project,” says Thorsten Braun, who heads up Wincor Nixdorf’s retail organization in the D/A/CH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

Yet despite the future importance of e-commerce and omnichannel strategies, retailers don’t believe that the death knell has sounded for stationary retail. In fact, 98% of them are convinced that in the future, their bricks-and-mortar stores will play a key role in customer contact. However, it’s also clear to them that the image of the store is changing – from a pure sales channel to a support element for their digital busi-ness. According to the study, in the future the store will play a stronger role as a showroom and a touchpoint for picking up and paying for items that have been ordered online.

English version of the study will be available here in a few days.

Information on the study: The study “Omnichannel commerce in Germany – integrated shopping concepts are the future of retailing” was based on a survey of approxi-mately 100 decision-makers in German retail companies with more than 50 employees. All the surveyed companies already use at least two sales channels, of which at least one is digital, or say that the significance of the second sales channel for their business is growing.

Giant and P&G will award thirty pairs of tickets to ‘Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend’ in Washington D.C.

Giant Food Announces Donation to 11 Women’s Empowerment Nonprofits

Landover, Md., 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a sponsor of the Washington, D.C. tour stop for ‘Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,’ Giant Food of Landover, Md., is pleased to offer customers, in partnership with P&G, the exclusive opportunity to attend the transformational weekend September 19-20 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. From July 25 until August 28, Giant and P&G will award thirty pairs of tickets to attend the Washington, D.C. event including one Grand Prize – two VIP tickets with an opportunity to take a photo with Oprah. Giant customers may enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win by purchasing any four P&G products to receive an official entry code. See stores for details or visit for details and rules.

Additionally, in the weeks leading up to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend, Giant is supporting and promoting Mid-Atlantic area nonprofit organizations that are making a positive difference in the lives of women through “11 Weeks of Empowerment.” During the campaign, Giant will donate $1,000 and feature each of these 11 organizations in stores: Girls on the Run (Washington, D.C.), Empowered Women International, Friends of Guest House, Capital Breast Care Center, Suited for Change, House of Ruth, Maryland Women’s Business Center, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Women for Women International, Women’s Media Center, and Vital Voices.

“We are delighted to be a part of this unforgettable event and offer our customers the unique opportunity to see Oprah in Washington, D.C.,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food. “The tour’s themes of personal development, encouragement, and empowerment resonate with all of us at Giant, as we endeavor to engage and develop women in leadership positions through our Women Adding Value program. We are also excited to use our sponsorship as a platform to support organizations that are making a difference in the lives of area women.”

“Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” is produced by Harpo Studios, O, The Oprah Magazine, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and WME Live. Each tour stop will span two days. On Friday nights, Oprah will take the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening. Then on Saturday, Oprah will lead a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons take the stage including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; one of Time 100’s Most Influential People, Pastor Rob Bell and best-selling author Mark Nepo. More information is available at

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit

(301) 341-8776

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd: PAK’nSAVE Whakatane to begin refurbishment project in September

Whakatane, New Zealand,  2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whakatane shoppers are about to see big changes at their local PAK’nSAVE as a refurbishment project commences in September.  The upgrade will create a larger and more modern store, with a 33% increase to the store’s retail area.

The changes will ensure customers have more product choice and the wider aisles will improve the shopper experience. Skylights and windows will bring in more natural light making the customers shopping experience even more enjoyable.

Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development Foodstuffs North Island Ltd says, “The refurbishment will create a more efficient car park which will give shoppers better access to the store. A covered pedestrian canopy will also be installed which means shoppers won’t have to brave the elements with their shopping.”

“A modern building facade and store entry will be incorporated to provide a better link between PAK’nSAVE and King Street,” advises Bull.

Owner-operator Andrew Soutar is excited about the investment in the store and community.

“PAK’nSAVE Whakatane opened in 1994 and we have been a big part of the community ever since. The refurbishment is an exciting development for us, it is a significant financial investment and really shows our ongoing commitment to the Whakatane community. We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers an even better shopping experience, and we thank our customers in advance for their patience while we refurbish,” says Soutar.

Work is expected to be complete in late 2015. The store will remain open throughout the process.

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd: New World Hawera to close following review of the long-term sustainability of the store

New World Hawera is to close following a review of the long-term sustainability of the store by Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We regularly review the brands and our store offerings to ensure we continue to provide a relevant offering to our customers and the wider community. Regular reviews are important to ensure we are in a strong position to provide a sustainable supermarket offer and employment opportunities now and into the future,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development.

Customers in Hawera currently have three supermarkets to choose from, including New World and PAK’nSAVE which are Foodstuffs North Island stores.  A recent review of Foodstuffs stores found that due to the current size of the population and what is projected for the future, it will become increasingly tough to support three supermarkets in the town. Foodstuffs has therefore taken the very difficult decision to close New World Hawera.

“Our commitment to the region remains strong and PAK’nSAVE will continue to serve Hawera and the South Taranaki district, ensuring the community’s everyday shopping requirements are met through our policy of New Zealand’s lowest food prices.

Closing a store is a decision we don’t take lightly, but we believe in this case it’s the best decision to ensure we can continue to provide our Hawera customers with a strong Kiwi owned and operated supermarket offering with employment opportunities for the long-term,” added Bull.

The 32 full-time staff and 21 part-time staff will be provided with support to find alternative roles at other Foodstuffs stores, including nearby PAK’nSAVE Hawera.

“While I’m disappointed New World Hawera will be closing, I understand the logic behind the very difficult decision Foodstuffs has made.  The team at New World Hawera do a fantastic job and we’re very much looking forward to continuing to serve our customers right up until the closing date of 31 August,” says Rachel Clayton, third generation grocer and New World Hawera owner-operator.

New World Hawera will close on 31 August, 2014 and it will be business as usual in store until this date.

PAK’nSAVE Hawera is located at 54 Prince Street and the nearest New World is located in Stratford.

Harris Teeter: Chef’s Best returns to the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom on Sept. 5, 2014

Participating Charlotte Chefs Announced; Event to Raise Funds for Hunger Relief

Charlotte, N.C., 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chef’s Best is returning to the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom on Sept. 5, 2014, and will once again feature Charlotte’s best chefs, helping to raise funds for hunger relief. The theme this year is “homegrown” and pays tribute to the people, products and businesses started in North Carolina, just like Harris Teeter and Second Harvest.

Participating chefs include: Charlotte native Chris Coleman of The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel; Gene Briggs of Blue Restaurant & Bar andOsso Restaurant & Lounge; Tom Condron of The Liberty and Lumiere French Kitchen; Bruce Moffett of Moffett Restaurant Group which includesBarrington’s Restaurant and Stagioni; and Ashley Quick of Stagioni.

A select number of Harris Teeter’s local vendors will sample their products during the reception catered by International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charlotte.  These local vendors include Augusta’s Creations, LLC; Julia’s Southern Foods; Mac’s Speed Shop; Roots; Queen City Bakery; Cassandra’s Garden and Dee Dee’s Gourmet.

To learn more Chef’s Best or to purchase tickets to the event, clickhere.

Harris Teeter and Second Harvest would also like to offer a special thanks to the Charlotte Convention Center and its culinary team, as well as the evening’s sponsors and in-kind donors:Banquet Sponsors:

ARYTZA McCormick
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC  MillerCoors
Burt’s Bees  Sargento
Chobani  Sorrento
 Dawn’s Foods  Steve and Susie Marlier
 E. & J. Gallo Winery  Wenner Bakery
 John and Peggy Schug  The Wine Group
 Mark Anthony Brands, Inc.

Main Course Sponsors:

3fish, Inc.  PepsiCo Warehouse Sales
 Anheuser-Busch  Pernod Ricard USA
 Butterball  Pinnacle Food Sales
 Campbell Soup  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 Constellation Brands Smart Chicken
 D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. Tryon Distributing Company
 Jackson Family Wines (Kendall Jackson)  Utz Quality Foods

Maître D’ Sponsors:

Craft Brew Alliance  Pabst Brewing Co.
 Frito Lay  Post Foods
 Land O’ Frost  Smithfield
 Meyer Natural Foods  Snyder’s-Lance

In-Kind Donors:

Anheuser-Busch E. & J. Gallo Winery
 ARYZTA  MillerCoors
 Cargill  Mooresville Ice Cream Company


Harris Teeter Chef’s Best returns to the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom on Sept. 5, 2014

Hy-Vee, Inc. entered into contract to build Hy-Vee store in the City of Oakdale, Minn.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that they have entered into contract to build a Hy-Vee store in the City of Oakdale, Minn.

The City of Oakdale is the second Twin Cities location to be announced since Hy-Vee declared earlier this year that it would be entering the market. The proposed expansion into the Twin Cities would add several stores per year, over the next several years.

Hy-Vee has been working with Oakdale officials for several months to secure the city-owned property at the intersection of Interstate 694 and 10th Street North, which formerly housed an outlet mall. This is the second Hy-Vee location under contract in the Twin Cities area; several more new store projects are in various stages of research and development.

“We could not be more delighted that Hy-Vee is choosing Oakdale for one of its first metro stores. Hy-Vee will be a wonderful addition to our city for years to come,” said Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack. “The announcement by Hy-Vee clearly points out the unqualified success of our redevelopment effort on the old outlet mall site.”

Hy-Vee plans to submit initial building plans to city officials next month, but it will be several months before construction begins. A tentative grand opening date has not been scheduled for the store, which will create about 450 local jobs.

“The City of Oakdale has embraced us, and we look forward to demonstrating the quality customer service, culinary expertise and health and wellness features that our stores offer,” said Jay Marshall, executive vice president of operations for Hy-Vee’s east region. “When we enter a community, we want to become part of that community. We’re excited about this new store allowing us the opportunity to build those relationships while serving residents’ grocery needs.”

Hy-Vee is an employee-owned retail corporation dedicated to providing shoppers with quality products and service offerings. Its stores emphasize freshness, wellness, variety and one-stop shopping convenience.

The new Oakdale store will feature the amenities Hy-Vee has become known for, such as a Market Grille or Market Café, a full-service restaurant and bar concept; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and wellness department; floral design and shop; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; a made-to-order sushi bar; a large HealthMarket and bulk foods section; more than 1,400 produce and 9,000 specialty items; and dry cleaning and postal services.

Hy-Vee is new to the Twin Cities area but not to Minnesota. The employee-owned company has been a fixture in Minnesota communities since 1969 and currently operates 17 stores statewide, employing more than 5,000 local residents.


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

Kingfisher: Five store openings took place across the Group in June

LONDON, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Five store openings took place across the Group in June, for B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt France.

B&Q in Penrith, Cumbria

B&Q UK & Ireland opened a store at the Castle Retail Park in Penrith, replacing the former branch on Bridge Street. It covers an area of 3,810m2 and has created 40 additional jobs in the area. The store employs 60 people in total with the oldest member of staff being 65. The store includes a TradePoint counter, open seven days a week for local tradesmen. It was opened by local Conservative Councillor John Thompson and children from Orton C of E Primary School, who have received a donation of paint from B&Q to help with essential exterior maintenance work over the summer.

B&Q in Penrith, Cumbria

Brico Dépôt in Villetaneuse, northern Paris

The store opened on 11th June and was a transformation of a former Castorama site. The store has an interior sales area of 3,900m2 plus 3,100m2 exterior sales area. The store employs 50 people, of whom 39 transferred directly from the Castorama store.

Brico Dépôt in Villetaneuse, northern Paris

Screwfix in Lurgan and Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Canning Town in East London

The three stores occupy a total sales area of 1,421m2 and have created 37 jobs between them. The Lurgan and Londonderry stores both include a Trade+ counter, meaning they have dedicated sales areas for plumbers and electricians – through Plumbfix and Electrifix – as well as offering click & collect and home delivery features as standard.

Screwfix in Lurgan and Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Canning Town in East London

5 Reasons Retailers Need A Mobile Fashion Truck

Cheshire, UK, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The latest trend currently hitting the U.S. retail truck tours are quickly becoming a sure fire way to increase awareness, interaction and most importantly, sales.

In 2018, more than 60,000 high street shops are predicted to close and over 160 retail chains are predicted to go into administration – as forecasted by the Centre of Retail research. In light of this brands are looking to new technology and innovative marketing campaigns made possible by Event Marketing Solutions.

As brick and mortar shops slowly lose out to the online world, fashion trucks or ‘mobile boutiques’ are becoming increasingly popular in the states, so much so that the phenomenon even has its own association in the form of The American Mobile Retail Association.

Brands and retailers of all sizes, including niche designers, have all jumped on board this new trend that helps retailers like Samsung (pictured) interact with potential customers.

Nic Whelan, Head of Business Development at Event Marketing Solutions considers the latest trend: “For on-line retailers it’s an opportunity to establish a real physical connection with their customers. People can interact in a way that is impossible on-line.

Of course, the use of social media will make the truck ‘phygital’ and attract a much larger audience.”

So why exactly do retailers need a roadshow truck or ‘Mobile Boutique’?

1. Impact – A fully branded creative retail experience is guaranteed to draw a crowd. A mobile pop up store creates a great presence and leaves a lasting impact on customers.

2. Personal experience – A mobile boutique allows brands to take products direct to their customers. The immersive and completely branded experience within a captivating environment allows for a more personal shopper feel – giving shoppers the personal service they expect.

3. Mobile Billboard – Of course whilst you’re on the road, you are essentially a mobile billboard advertising your products and brand.

4. Direct Contact – you aren’t waiting for your customers to come to you in store, you are going to them. There is a great opportunity to move to new locations daily and use social media as an effective way for shoppers to find your roadshow.

5. Convenience – the online shopping world’s major lure is the fact it is convenient. By making your store mobile and bringing your brand and products to customers, you are essentially taking fashion to people who don’t have time to look for your brick and mortar store elsewhere.

Currently being used by brands such as Aston Martin, Hugo Boss and Samsung here in the UK, mobile boutiques are one of the most effective ways to get your brand noticed and interact with customers.

EMS specialise in creating entirely bespoke, mobile marketing boutiques for brands that give your potential consumers an opportunity to immerse themselves in your product.

Our team handles every part of your marketing campaign, from graphics, to user experience to tour schedules. We can even find the perfect target sites for your demographic and create a bespoke launch plan to make sure your brand is seen and customers get a hands-on experience with your brand or product.

Visit to see how a roadshow truck from Event Marketing Solutions can help your brand.

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T: +44 (0)151 350 1509

Tesco appoints Alan Stewart as Chief Financial Officer

Cheshunt, England, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Notification pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.11

Pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.11, and further to Tesco PLC’s announcement on 10 July 2014, the Company announces that Alan Stewart will join the Board as Chief Financial Officer with effect from 1 December 2014.

Jonathan Lloyd
Company Secretary
Tesco PLC

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.

Tesco to cut cost of diesel and petrol by 2p per litre at all of its petrol stations

Cheshunt, England, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Britain’s biggest petrol retailer will tomorrow cut the cost of diesel and petrol by 2p per litre at all of its petrol stations. The cut is in addition to savings customers can make through Fuel Save, which can be worth up to 20p off a litre. The more customers shop with Tesco, the more money they can save on fuel.

Tesco’ s network of filling stations is the largest of all UK supermarkets and this means millions of motorists across the country can take advantage of these new lower prices.

Tesco fuel director Peter Cattell said:
“From tomorrow, we’ll be cutting the price of petrol and diesel at all of our Petrol Filling Stations by 2 pence per litre. As Britain’s biggest fuel retailer this means more motorists can make real savings. We also offer Clubcard points and savings through Clubcard Fuel Save, which saves our customers up to 20 pence per litre. Customers have until the end of July to use their Fuel Save points from June.”

For more information about Fuel Save, please click here:

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.

Sainsbury’s the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100% recycled material

LONDON, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Recycling these crates to a more efficient crate type will significantly reduce empty crate transport – reducing the number of road journeys needed to transport crates back to suppliers.

The crates, recycled for Sainsbury’s by Schoeller Allibert, are the first in the UK to be made from 100% recycled material and meet European Food Safety Authority Standards so they can transport food safely.

How does it work?

  • 2 million old, inefficient crates are ground down into plastic flakes, which are washed and dried
  • This plastic is used to form new 100% recycled food safe crates by Schoeller Allibert – an industry first in the UK. The process produces minimal waste, creating a sustainable packaging cycle
  • Recycling the old crates into the new type means that all crates are standardised and stack together more efficiently
  • This change makes the whole transport chain more efficient – creating transport volume reduction for suppliers

Simon Stokoe, Senior Strategy Manager for Sainsbury’s Supply Chain said: “This piece of work was not only about making the right decision for Sainsbury’s from an efficiency perspective – it was also about making sure we did it sustainably. A win win.”

Simon Moulson, Head of Retail Sales for Schoeller Allibert said: “Schoeller Allibert’s EFSA-approved recycling and remoulding process has been developed to help retailers meet increasing stringent sustainability targets as well as strict food safety and hygiene standards.”


Photo credit to IGD

Photo credit to IGD

Belk marks the grand opening of its new home store at Friendly Center in Greensboro, North Carolina

Unique Stand-Alone Store Includes Expanded Home Offerings

CHARLOTTE, NC, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk today celebrated the grand opening of its new home store at Friendly Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. The home department has moved into a brand-new 29,000-square foot building across the street from the existing location at Friendly Center. The new store will allow Belk to expand its assortments of brand merchandise and offer a larger selection of home merchandise to customers in the Triad area.

The new store, located at 604 Green Valley Road, incorporates the latest in retail design, lighting, visual presentation and décor. Along with this improved design comes expanded space for Belk to increase its offering of premium home brands. This store is part of a $9.2 million project that also includes a renovation of the main store at Friendly Center, which will celebrate its grand opening on October 15.

“We look forward to providing our Triad customers with a completely new shopping experience,” said Bill Roberts, chair of Belk Northern Division based in Raleigh, North Carolina. “With expanded space and modern improvements, we will better be able to serve our Triad customers not only for their fashion and apparel needs, but for their home and gift needs as well.”

At the grand opening, Belk also presented a $2,500 donation to the Family Service of the Piedmont to assist in their efforts to help strengthen the community. Belk is proud to invest in the communities where its customers and associates live and work.

The grand opening of this new store will be celebrated with several events over the coming days:

  • Friday, July 25: Grand Opening celebration at 9:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gift card giveaways for the first 80 customers. Vietri founder Susan Gravely will be on-hand to showcase the Vietri boutique.
  • Friday, July 25: Reidel and Biltmore Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, July 25-Sunday, July 27: Three days of giveaways, including a Keurig mini brewer, a Vitamix blender, luggage by Samsonsite, All Clad cookware and much more!
  • Sunday, Aug. 3: Sponsor of The Carolina Weddings Show at Greensboro Coliseum 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 7: Vietri Engagement Party 5-8 p.m.

The new store will feature a wide assortment of premium, national and Belk private brand merchandise, including new and favorite brands such as:


All Clad


Biltmore for Your Home





Kate Spade



Le Creuset






Rachael Ray

Ralph Lauren


Trina Turk


Vera Wang




About Belk, Inc. 
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Belk Blog, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,466,762 Ahold common shares in the period from July 21, 2014 up to and including July 25, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.2413 per share for a total consideration of € 19.42 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 124,897,295 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,624.36 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 if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.


DreamPlace set to debut in seven locations nationwide owned by both General Growth Properties, Inc. and Forest City Enterprises

Interactive Santa Adventure Embodies DreamWorks’ Distinctive Blend of World-Class Technology and Storytelling for a Next Generation Holiday Experience

GGP and Forest City Malls will Host Inaugural DreamPlace Experiences

Glendale, CA, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a little known fact that Shrek, the curmudgeonly ogre best known for fiercely protecting his swamp, actually dedicates his Christmas vacation to helping families find Santa – but this year the secret is out! DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA), the global family entertainment brand best known for award-winning storytelling and industry-leading innovation, makes its official foray into the retail space with the launch of DreamPlace. A state-of-the-art reimagining of the holiday retail experience, DreamPlace is a 2,000-square-foot holiday cottage and combines the latest technology with magical storytelling from creative minds behind such hit franchises as Shrek, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon. DreamPlace reimagines one of the signature moments of childhood – meeting Santa Claus. This unique and interactive experience is set to debut in a total of seven locations nationwide owned by both General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP) and Forest City Enterprises (NYSE: FCE.A).

Tapping into DreamWorks Animation’s stable of world-renowned artists, storytellers and innovators, DreamPlace enables children to experience the full narrative of an unforgettable visit to the North Pole, infusing the studio’s trademark storytelling and humor into one of the greatest legends of all time. Prior to their mall visit, families can make appointments by app, negating the familiar long lines for Santa before embarking on an unforgettable adventure, which includes an immersive, eye-popping journey with Shrek and his friends as they guide children and families to the North Pole. DreamPlace is set to debut this holiday season in major markets nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

“DreamPlace turns the traditional mall holiday visit on its head with an immersive, interactive approach that draws on our signature brand of technology, storytelling and of course, humor,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Global Brand Officer Michael Francis. “We are continually looking for new ways to bring our characters to life and DreamPlace will deliver an unparalleled experience which fans will absolutely love.”

“An experience with Santa at local shopping malls has been a long-standing tradition for many families. Thanks to DreamWorks and Santa Claus, this year we’re taking our youngest guests on an adventure to the North Pole. After the adventure, children will have more than just the traditional picture with Santa; they’ll have a story to tell for the rest of their lives. It’s the ultimate experience,” said Melinda Holland, SVP Business Development, GGP.

“We are thrilled to align with DreamWorks to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers, New York and Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, California,” said David LaRue, Forest City president and CEO. “DreamWorks’ creative talent has taken an age-old legend and transformed it to be relevant and appealing to today’s tech-savvy kids. We are excited that DreamPlace will open at Ridge Hill and Victoria Gardens. We are also honored that Ridge Hill was chosen to be the only center in the Northeast this holiday season to offer this outstanding family entertainment.”

DreamPlace will debut this holiday season at the following GGP and Forest City locations:


  • Glendale Galleria – Glendale (Los Angeles), CA
  • The Parks at Arlington – Arlington (Dallas/Fort Worth), TX
  • Fashion Show – Las Vegas, NV
  • North Point Mall – Alpharetta (Atlanta), GA
  • Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook (Chicago), IL

Forest City Enterprises

  • Victoria Gardens – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Westchester’s Ridge Hill – Yonkers, NY

About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 29 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.


DreamWorks Animation
Matt Lifson
(818) 695-6576

General Growth Properties, Inc.
Lesley Cheers
(312) 960-2646

Forest City Enterprises
Jeff Linton
(216) 416-3558

Dollar Tree, Inc. to acquire Family Dollar in a cash and stock transaction for $74.50 per share

  • Will Operate More Than 13,000 Stores Across 48 States and Five Canadian Provinces, with Annual Sales Exceeding $18 Billion
  • Will Continue to Operate and Grow Both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Brands, Offering Fixed- and Multi-Price Point Formats to Provide Consumers Greater Value, Convenience and Choice
  • Expected to Achieve an Estimated $300 Million in Annual Run Rate Synergies by the End of the Third Year Post-Closing
  • Estimated to be Accretive to Cash EPS within the First Year Post-Closing
  • Strong Combined Financial Profile with Robust Free Cash Flow Generation

CHESAPEAKE, VA and MATTHEWS, NC, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR), the nation’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, and Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (FDO), a leading national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar in a cash and stock transaction. The value of the consideration is $74.50 per share, a 22.8% premium over Family Dollar’s closing price as of July 25, 2014.

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close by early 2015, at which time the Family Dollar shareholders will receive $59.60 in cash and $14.90 equivalent in Dollar Tree shares, subject to the collar described below. At closing, Family Dollar shareholders will own no less than 12.7% and no more than 15.1% of the outstanding common stock of Dollar Tree. Howard R. Levine and Trian Fund Management, L.P. and funds managed by it, which collectively own approximately 16% of the outstanding stock of Family Dollar, have entered into voting agreements in support of the merger.

“This is a transformational opportunity,” stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Dollar Tree will become a leading discount retailer in North America, with over 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces, sales of over $18 billion, and more than 145,000 associates on our team. We will continue to operate under the Dollar Tree, Deals, and Dollar Tree Canada brands, and when this transaction is complete, we will operate under the Family Dollar brand as well. Throughout our history, we have strived continuously to evolve and improve our business. This acquisition, which enhances our footprint and diversifies our company, will enable us to build on that progression, and importantly, positions Dollar Tree for accelerated growth. By offering both fixed-price and multi-price point formats and an even broader, more compelling merchandise assortment, we will be able to provide even greater value and choice to a wider array of customers.

Dollar Tree has a long record of consistent, profitable growth, strong financial performance, prudent capital management, and outstanding total shareholder returns. The acquisition of Family Dollar is consistent with our vision to be the leader in value retailing.”

Sasser added, “This acquisition will extend our reach to lower-income customers and strengthen and diversify our store footprint. We plan to leverage best practices across both organizations to deliver significant synergies, while we accelerate and augment Family Dollar’s recently introduced strategic initiatives. Combined, our growth potential is enhanced with improved opportunities to increase the productivity of the stores and to open more stores across multiple banners.”

“I have long admired the Family Dollar brand and its key position in the minds of the consumer,” said Sasser. “We are excited about the prospects for the combined company and the many opportunities that it will create for our associates, vendors, business partners, and shareholders. Howard Levine, CEO of Family Dollar, will remain with the company and report directly to me. Upon closing, Howard will become a member of the Dollar Tree Board of Directors. We are excited to welcome the Family Dollar team to Dollar Tree, and we look forward to working together to deliver increased value to the consumer and to our shareholders.”

Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, commented: “For more than 54 years, Family Dollar has provided value and convenience to customers. Dollar Tree also has a rich history of providing great value to customers, and together, as one company, we can provide more customers with even greater value and convenience. Today’s announcement represents the successful culmination of a comprehensive strategic review process that our Board of Directors, working with its financial and legal advisors, began this past winter. While this assessment of alternatives included consideration of a number of potential partners, we are pleased to conclude this process with the announcement of this compelling transaction with Dollar Tree, which our Board has unanimously determined to be in the best interests of our shareholders. This combination will enable Family Dollar to accelerate efforts to improve the business and will benefit our dedicated Team Members who will now be part of a larger, more diverse organization. I am excited about our future with Dollar Tree, and I look forward to working with the Dollar Tree team to complete the combination as quickly as possible to realize the compelling benefits for all our stakeholders.”

Compelling Strategic Rationale

  • Creates a leading discount retailer in North America. The transaction will create a leading discount retailer in North America based on number of store locations, operating more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces, with sales exceeding $18 billion and over 145,000 associates.
  • Complementary business model across fixed- and multi-price point. Dollar Tree is the nation’s leading operator of fixed-price point stores, selling everything for $1 or less, and Family Dollar is a leading national operator of multi-price point stores providing value-conscious consumers with a selection of competitively priced merchandise in convenient neighborhood stores. Dollar Tree intends to retain and to grow each of its brands and the Family Dollar brand going forward and will optimize the combined real estate portfolio.
  • Targets broader range of customers and geographies. Dollar Tree targets customers within a broad range of Middle America with stores located primarily in suburban areas and Family Dollar targets low- and lower-middle income households through its urban and rural locations. The transaction will enable Dollar Tree to serve a broader range of customers and deliver even greater value to them.
  • Leverages complementary merchandise expertise. Dollar Tree’s assortment consists of a balance between consumable merchandise and variety/seasonal merchandise. Family Dollar’s assortment consists primarily of consumable merchandise and home products. The complementary assortments will enable the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands to expand category offerings and to deliver a broader, more compelling assortment to all customers.
  • Generates significant synergy opportunities. Dollar Tree expects to generate significant efficiencies in sourcing and procurement, SG&A leverage, distribution and logistics efficiency, and through format optimization. Dollar Tree anticipates that the transaction will result in an estimated $300 million of annual run-rate synergies to be fully realized by the end of the third year post-closing.
  • Enhanced financial performance and improved growth prospects. The transaction is estimated to be accretive to cash EPS within the first year post-closing, excluding one-time costs to achieve synergies. Dollar Tree will be better positioned to invest in existing and new markets and channels and to grow its store base across multiple brands. The combined company expects to generate significant free cash flow, enabling it to pay down debt rapidly.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the transaction, Family Dollar shareholders will receive $74.50 for each share they own, comprised of $59.60 in cash and $14.90 in Dollar Tree stock. The stock portion will be subject to a collar such that Family Dollar shareholders will receive 0.2484 Dollar Tree shares if the average Dollar Tree trading price during a specified period preceding closing is equal to or greater than $59.98 and 0.3036 Dollar Tree shares if this average trading price is less than or equal to $49.08. If the average trading price of Dollar Tree stock during this period is between $49.08 and $59.98, Family Dollar shareholders will receive a number of shares between 0.2484 and 0.3036 equal to $14.90 in value. The transaction values Family Dollar at an enterprise value of approximately $9.2 billion, and it represents an enterprise value to last twelve months May 31, 2014 EBITDA multiple of 11.3x.

Dollar Tree intends to finance the acquisition through a combination of existing cash on hand, bank debt and bonds. Following the transaction, Dollar Tree expects to continue to have a solid balance sheet supported by strong free cash flow of the combined business. In connection with the transaction, Dollar Tree has received a financing commitment from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. with the bank debt syndication and bond offering expected to occur prior to closing.

The transaction is subject to Family Dollar stockholder approval, expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the board of directors of Dollar Tree, and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. committed to provide bridge financing for the transaction. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Williams Mullen acted as legal counsel to Dollar Tree in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the board of directors of Family Dollar in connection with the transaction. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted as legal counsel to Family Dollar in connection with the transaction.

Conference Call

A conference call is scheduled today at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT). The telephone number for the call is 866-454-4210. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The passcode is 7066122. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Wednesday, August 27. A slide presentation may be accessed at and will be available to be downloaded from the website shortly prior to the conference call.

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,080 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces as of May 3, 2014, with total retail selling square footage of 44.0 million. To learn more about the Company,

About Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, offers a mix of name brands and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. For more information, please visit

Important Information for Investors and Shareholders

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In connection with the proposed merger between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, Dollar Tree will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a proxy statement of Family Dollar that also constitutes a prospectus of Family Dollar. After the registration statement has been declared effective by the SEC, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be delivered to shareholders of Family Dollar. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF FAMILY DOLLAR ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE MERGER THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Dollar Tree and Family Dollar through the website maintained by the SEC at Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Dollar Tree will be available free of charge on Dollar Tree’s internet website at under the heading “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “Download Library” or by contacting Dollar Tree’s Investor Relations Department at 757-321-5284. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Family Dollar will be available free of charge on Family Dollar’s internet website at under the heading “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “SEC Filings” or by contacting Family Dollar’s Investor Relations Department at 704-708-2858.

Participants in the Solicitation

Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Family Dollar common stock in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the proposed merger will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. You can find information about Dollar Tree’s and Family Dollar’s directors and executive officers in their respective definitive proxy statements filed with the SEC on May 12, 2014 and December 6, 2013, respectively. You can obtain free copies of these documents from Dollar Tree or Family Dollar using the contact information above.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements and information about our current and future prospects and our operations and financial results are based on currently available information. Various risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual future results and financial performance to vary significantly from those anticipated in such statements. The forward looking statements include assumptions about our operations, such as cost controls and market conditions, and certain plans, activities or events which we expect will or may occur in the future and relate to, among other things, the business combination transaction involving Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, the financing of the proposed transaction, the benefits, results, effects and timing of the proposed transaction, future financial and operating results, and the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions.

Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, among others: the risk that Family Dollar’s stockholders do not approve the merger; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained on the proposed terms and schedule or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist shareholders to the merger; costs and difficulties related to the integration of Family Dollar’s business and operations with Dollar Tree’s business and operations; the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, the cost savings and synergies contemplated by the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the calculations of, and factors that may impact the calculations of, the acquisition price in connection with the proposed transaction and the allocation of such acquisition price to the net assets acquired in accordance with applicable accounting rules and methodologies; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; and any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made by Dollar Tree or Family Dollar, in this and in other documents or statements are qualified by factors, risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those set forth under the headings titled “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Dollar Tree’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014, Family Dollar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, Dollar Tree’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 3, 2014, Family Dollar’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 31, 2014, and other reports filed by Dollar Tree and Family Dollar with the SEC, which are available at the SEC’s website

Please read our “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements contained in these filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized, except as may be required by law. As a result of these risks and others, actual results could vary significantly from those anticipated herein, and our financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.


Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Sard Verbinnen & Co
Debbie Miller / Nathaniel Garnick, 212-687-8080
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Kiley F. Rawlins, 704-708-2858
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Matthew Sherman / Averell Withers, 212-355-4449

Meijer and SKECHERS gave new pairs of shoes to 1,000 Indianapolis children in need

Children identified through Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Children’s Bureau also tour Indianapolis Colts practice complex and meet “Blue”

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer and SKECHERS teamed up earlier this week to give away new pairs of BOBS from SKECHERS shoes to 1,000 Indianapolis children in need, during a day of fun at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center – the practice complex of the Indianapolis Colts.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Lynn Hempe, group vice president of softlines for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “We’ve worked with SKECHERS for a decade, and are thrilled to bring that partnership to another level by providing children with a brand new pair of shoes that they can call their own. It was a fun day for everyone involved.”

Since the BOBS from SKECHERS program launched in 2011, SKECHERS has donated more than 8 million pairs of new shoes to children in need in more than 30 countries worldwide.

“Meijer is a strong retail partner for our BOBS footwear program, so we wanted to create a special event together and give back in a big way,” said Gerald Turetzky, national sales manager for BOBS from SKECHERS. “We’re proud that 1,000 children in the Indianapolis community received a new pair of BOBS shoes, plus a memorable day of fun at the Colts Practice Facility.”

After receiving their shoes, the children had fun decorating them with paint pens. The shoe donation event also included a mini football camp inside the Colts’ practice facility, a chance to view the Super Bowl trophy, and meet the team’s cheerleaders and mascot, Blue.

“Meijer has been a longstanding partner of ours in the community,” said Stephanie Pemberton, Colts Senior Director of Marketing. “We were honored to have another opportunity to serve alongside them and provide an incredibly special day for so many central Indiana children.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers worked with Children’s Bureau and Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis to identify children to receive the shoes.

“Partnerships are key to community betterment,” said Tina Cloer, president and CEO of Children’s Bureau. “We are grateful to SKECHERS and Meijer for allowing Children’s Bureau families a day of fun and shoes.”

“We are grateful for community partners who are willing to give to our youth,” said Rick Whitten, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. “Many of our club kids come from homes in which this kind of giving makes a major impact. With the new school year approaching, we know many will be excited to receive this kind gift.”

Downloadable photos from the event are available at B-roll is available for interested media at

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 210 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, and in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s international network of subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Japan, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia and distributors around the world. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise, effectively distributed through a network of agency partners to improve the well-being, self-esteem and dignity of at-risk families and individuals. To date, over $1 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, visit:

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
Since 1893, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis have served the Indianapolis community. With 11 Club locations, the Clubs provide programs for over 7,300 youth in the areas of career exploration and educational enhancement, citizenship and leadership, the arts, and health and fitness. For additional information, please call 317-920-4700 or visit

About Children’s Bureau, Inc.
Children’s Bureau is a well-established nonprofit working on behalf of abused and neglected children and families in Indiana. Through our more than 17 programs, we act as an advocate for all children and families focusing on those that are at-risk. We provide a full array of community based prevention and intervention services and work in partnership with the Department of Child Services and various other community organizations statewide. Currently, we provide child and family social services in over 40 counties throughout Indiana to nearly 43,000 annually. More information about Children’s Bureau is available at

Contacts: Christina Fecher,, 616-735-7968; Lauren Dutko,, 424-254-6084


Meijer and SKECHERS gave new pairs of shoes to 1,000 Indianapolis children in need

Meijer and SKECHERS gave new pairs of shoes to 1,000 Indianapolis children in need