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. www.nrf.com

Stephen E Schatz
202-626-8119
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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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. www.nrf.com

Stephen E Schatz
202-626-8119
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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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 (www.delhaizegroup.com) 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 www.delhaizegroup.com. 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).

Contacts

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
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

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.
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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 www.chsofnj.org.
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 www.driscolls.com.
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, dwentzler@chsofnj.org
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, http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com, for additional information on the company’s growth plans for the market, contact Thomas Ennis at Thomas.Ennis@DunkinBrands.com.

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 www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

*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 www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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.

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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 http://mywayphotos.riteaid.com/Deals.

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 www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

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 www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

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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 www.MeijerLPGAClassic.com. 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 www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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 www.blythefieldcc.org.

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: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/lpga.official,www.twitter.com/lpg, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

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 http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

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

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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
Email: post@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x 17600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

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

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest food retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of 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.