Philippines: SM Prime Holdings, Inc. set the interest rates for its Peso-denominated 15 billion retail bonds

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPH) has set the interest rates for its Peso-denominated Series A, 5.5-year retail bonds at 5.1000% p.a., Series B, 7-year retail bonds at 5.2006% p.a., and its Series C, 10-year retail bonds at 5.7417% p.a. SMPH will issue an aggregate principal amount of Php15.0 billion of the Series A, Series B and Series C bonds, with an option to issue an additional amount of up to Php10.0 billion. The bonds are scheduled to be offered by SMPH to investors through underwriters from August 13 to 22, 2014. The retail bonds are set to be issued on September 1, 2014.

This series of SMPH bonds due 2020, 2021 and 2024 is the maiden offering by SMPH of Pesodenominated retail bonds to the public. The SMPH bonds have been rated PRS Aaa by Philippine Rating Services Corporation (PhilRatings), the highest rating assigned by PhilRatings. A PRS Aaa rating denotes that such obligations are of the highest quality with minimal credit risk, and that the issuing company’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligations is extremely strong.

The SMPH bonds’ joint issue managers and joint bookrunners are BDO Capital & Investment Corporation and First Metro Investment Corporation, while the joint lead underwriters are BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, BPI Capital Corporation, China Banking Corporation and First Metro Investment Corporation. Land Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Commercial Capital, Inc., PNB Capital and Investment Corporation, RCBC Capital Corporation, SB Capital Investment Corp. and United Coconut Planters Bank are participating underwriters for the bond issue.

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For further inquiries:
Alex Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

Starbucks relocated from smaller store in Fremont to spacious two-level, corner site that opened on August 8, 2014

Fremont, Seattle, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — There are more than 20,000 Starbucks worldwide, but only one of those stores has a neon letter “f” inside that’s five-feet tall.

The reclaimed art piece might look out of place anywhere else. It fits perfectly in Fremont. The Seattle neighborhood, with a six-ton concrete troll sculpture under a bridge and rocket fuselage attached to a building, calls itself the “center of the universe.”

Starbucks has been in the eclectic, artsy neighborhood for many years. The company relocated from a smaller store in Fremont to a spacious two-level, corner site that opened Friday. (August 8, 2014)

“We kept hearing from customers that they wanted more space to work on a laptop, read a book or just have a place to meet,” said Jed Brady, district manager for Starbucks. “We’re excited to continue serving this great, funky community.”

Inside, a grand staircase made of steel and reclaimed wood leads to a second level featuring community tables, comfortable conversation spaces and window seating.

Starbucks stores with a mezzanine are uncommon in Seattle. From the upper-level, customers can watch openings and closings of the busy Fremont Bridge – a drawbridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They also have they a unique bird’s eye view of the bar area where baristas make handcrafted coffee beverages.

Having a staircase in the middle of the space and floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the store inspired Starbucks in-house design team. Starbucks has 18 design offices worldwide to ensure the stores reflect Starbucks passion for coffee and enable partners (employees) to share their coffee knowledge with customers.

“We wanted to create a space that’s light and airy,” said Brian van Stipdonk, senior designer for Starbucks company-owned stores in the Pacific Northwest. “This location will be bright and inviting even on a cloudy day.” Seattle has its share of cloudy days.

Store manager Nicole Adams, a 12-year Starbucks partner, was eager to unlock the doors of her new store and invite people inside. She’s worked in Fremont for the past two-and-a-half years and  knows many customers who live there. Adams smiled and waved at neighbors passing by on the sidewalk before the new store opened.

“I know all their names,” she said. “This is the store I’ve always wanted to be in. There’s something special about this community. A cool group of artistic humans live here.”

A cool group of artists work in the Starbucks store too. All the partners from the smaller store relocated to the new space just down the block.

“We’re really a reflection of the community. Singers, musicians, dancers and theater performers all work here,” said Jeremy Holzapfel, assistant manager.

He’s also an artist.

Customers who enter the store near the oversized neon letter “f” will notice Holzapfel’s colorful, graphic art displayed on the wall to the right. What’s not obvious is that the pop illustrations represent different points in his battle against cancer. Holzapfel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma six years ago.

One set of paintings are from 2011 after Holzapfel went through a bone marrow transplant and another set he created just a week ago.

“My paintings changed as my perspective on the world changed,” said Holzapfel, who is now cancer-free. “Through the whole time that I was sick, all I wanted to do was be with my family – my two boys as well as my Starbucks family – and I wanted to come back to work. This store is perfect for me.”

Adams, the store manager, said her team “loves” working together” and hopes community members will consider the Fremont Starbucks a great place to meet.

“I want it to be their home away from home,” she said. “More than anything, I want customers to realize how much our partners care about coffee and the people they serve.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

Starbucks China donates RMB1.5 million to support disaster relief work in the earthquake-hit regions of Yunnan’s Ludian county

Yunnan, China, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks China announced a RMB1.5 million donation to support the disaster relief work in the earthquake-hit regions of Yunnan’s Ludian county. This donation, by the Starbucks Foundation, will be administered by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation.

“Our thoughts are with the people in Ludian, Yunnan, whose lives and families were affected by this disaster. We stand ready to support the disaster relief efforts and to help the people in region through this difficult period,” said Belinda Wong, president, Starbucks China.

Starbucks is proud to be a part of the local Chinese community and is committed to investing back into the neighborhoods in which we operate. Over the past 15 years, we have partnered with our local community partners on numerous corporate social responsibility programs, including disaster relief, education, and community service.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

ALDI recognized as nation’s low-price grocery leader for the fourth year in a row according to Market Force Information, Inc. survey

Survey also recognizes ALDI as one of America’s top three favorite grocery store chains

Batavia, Ill., 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Discount grocer ALDI was recognized as the nation’s low-price grocery leader for the fourth year in a row, according to a recent consumer survey* conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., the world’s leading customer intelligence solutions company.

When asked to rank the top grocers offering low prices, consumers ranked ALDI ahead of competitors such as Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s. Consumers also named ALDI one of the top three favorite grocery store chains in America**.

“It’s no surprise that ALDI continues to be recognized as the low-price grocery leader,” said Jason Hart, president, ALDI. “However, these latest survey findings prove that a growing number of consumers are choosing to shop at ALDI for more than just low prices.”

In addition to remaining the low-price grocery leader, ALDI maintained a top five ranking in the categories of Good Private Label Brands, Accurate Pricing and Tags and Sustainable Environment / Green Policies. ALDI also earned top-five rankings in three new categories: Courteous Staff, Fast Checkout and Nutrition / Health information.

“Our accelerated expansion plan is a testament to the millions of shoppers who have embraced the ALDI approach to offering the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices, in a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping environment,” added Hart. “Consumers are increasingly
impressed with the high quality of our food and the fact that we offer a growing number of healthy, organic, gluten-free and better-for-you options, including nearly 70 varieties of fresh produce.”

ALDI announced in December 2013 that it intends to open 650 new stores across the country in the next five years.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates nearly 1,300 US stores in 32 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. More than 25 million customers each month save up to 50 percent* on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells more than 1,300 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For more information about ALDI, visit www.aldi.us.

Contact: Julie Ketay
(312) 988-2294
jketay@webershandwick.com

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*Consumers view ALDI as the affordable price leader among leading grocers, according to Market Force Information, Inc. The survey was conducted among more than 6,200 consumers across the United States and Canada in March 2014.** Market Force asked participants to rate their satisfaction with their most recent grocery shopping experience and their likelihood to refer that grocer. The results were averaged to attain a Composite Loyalty Score, which reveals the intersection between overall satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending a store to others.

AHOLD REPURCHASED 1,746,164 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 22.16 MILLION BETWEEN AUGUST 4 AND AUGUST 8, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,746,164 Ahold common shares in the period from August 4, 2014 up to and including August 8, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.6901 per share for a total consideration of € 22.16 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 128,742,071 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,673.84 million.

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

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CarMax, Inc. names Jim Lyski as chief marketing officer and SVP

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today announced the appointment of Jim Lyski as chief marketing officer and senior vice president. Lyski will begin employment at CarMax immediately.

Lyski, 51, will be responsible for directing and managing all of the company’s marketing functions, including consumer insights and strategic direction, brand, creative, digital, advertising, carmax.com, store marketing, targeted marketing, media, public and community relations, and internal communications.

“Jim’s extensive marketing experience and strategic understanding of today’s consumer will be a tremendous asset to CarMax,” said Tom Folliard, CarMax president and chief executive officer. “CarMax is in the midst of a national expansion plan, opening 10 to15 stores in each of the next two fiscal years. We’re pleased to have Jim join us at this exciting time.”

Lyski served as chief marketing officer of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company from 2011 to 2014. In this role, he led all brand responsibilities, including global innovation, product development, positioning, advertising, packaging, pricing and promotions. Prior to Scotts, Lyski served as chief marketing officer at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, responsible for corporate strategy and marketing, brand management, advertising and communications. In addition, Lyski has held marketing leadership positions at Cigna Healthcare Inc. and FedEx Corporation.

Lyski received his MBA in Marketing and BS in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Oregon.

About CarMax 
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 10 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 137 superstores in 68 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2014, the company retailed 526,929 used cars and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at http://www.carmax.com/.

Media Contacts 
Catherine Gryp, Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4029

Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Investor Contacts 
Katharine Kenny, Vice President, Investor Relations, (804) 935-4591

Celeste Gunter, Manager, Investor Relations, (804) 935-4597

Morrisons the first food retailer whose colleagues achieved the Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing qualifications

Bradford, England, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is the first food retailer whose colleagues have achieved the Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

The WATOK qualification assesses and confirms the competence of individuals in ensuring the highest possible standards of welfare of animals at the point of slaughter.

Morrisons colleagues at its abattoirs in Colne, Spalding and Turriff are the first in the UK to earn the accreditation.

Tony Higginson, Senior Animal Welfare Manager at Morrisons said: “We are proud to be the first retailer whose colleagues have attained the WATOK qualification. “The welfare of animals is incredibly important to both us and our customers and we are continuing to lead the way in ensuring every animal that passes through our abattoirs is treated with the highest standard of care.”

EU regulations on the protection and monitoring of the welfare of animals entering the food chain states that everyone involved in handling a live animal at the time of killing needs a certificate of competence to operate.

Morrisons is the first to put its colleagues through the process of accreditation with Tony Higginson becoming a certified WATOK assessor to ensure even more Morrisons colleagues can complete the course.

Morrisons worked with FDQ, a specialist food industry awarding organisation, focussed on improving skills and knowledge in the food industry through qualifications.

FDQ Standards and Quality Director, Derek Williams, said: “FDQ is particularly pleased to have worked closely with our centre Food and Drink Training Solutions and with Morrisons to complete the very first Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK) qualification achievements in England.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to Tony Higginson at Morrisons who has established good practice arrangements for training and has provided good levels of support to learners to ensure that high standards in assessment are maintained.”

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Sonia Kashuk and Target® Corp partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® to create exclusive new brush set to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonia Kashuk, breast cancer survivor and beauty entrepreneur, and Target® Corp (NYSE:TGT) have partnered with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) for the eighth straight year to create an exclusive NEW brush set to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer.

Sonia Kashuk introduces a newly redesigned Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, which will be available year round with 15 percent of the purchase price to benefit BCRF.

Kashuk realized early on that makeup empowers, inspires and motivates women and her passion and talent has established her as one of the beauty industry’s leaders.  Due in part to own experience with breast cancer, it is Sonia Kashuk’s mission to share her wisdom with women to help discover their true inner and outer beauty.

Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set ($15.99)

Feel beautiful inside and out with this set of professional–quality makeup brushes with luxe black handles, bright pink trim and plush black bristles.  Housed in a structured black makeup case with vibrant pink lining and a stylish black zipper, this signature set includes a powder/blusher brush, synthetic concealer brush, small eyeshadow brush, crease brush and synthetic angled eyeliner brush.

Contact

Tara Lowenberg/Tara Yamaoka, (212) 375-8660
Target Public Relations, (612) 696-3400
Target.com/Pressroom

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Sonia Kashuk launches 2014 Collection available exclusively at Target

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-8-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Update your beauty routine this fall with sophisticated makeup and luxe new tools from Sonia Kashuk. Beautiful makeup begins with flawless skin, and Sonia makes achieving it easier than ever with her first radiance boosting face oil. Remarkably chic kajals put just the right emphasis on the eyes, while a practical contour stick will sculpt enviable cheekbones in a flash. Slip on a lustrous new lip crayon for color, comfort and shine, paired with luxe metallic and jewel toned shadows and you’re set for the season. Available August 2014 at Target and Target.com.

NEW Chic Defining Contour Stick – Sculpt chiseled, flawless facial features with this easy-to-use contour stick. Infused with African Walnut Seed Oil, an antioxidant that is rich in fatty acids and proteins, and Pistachio Butter to moisturize and soften skin, this lightweight formula melts into the skin and blends effortlessly. The Chic Defining Contour Stick instantly creates defined, picture perfect cheeks.

Price: $10.99

NEW Dramatically Intensifying Kajal – This creamy, soft kohl liner delivers intense color for a dramatic smoky eye or precise cat-eye. The longwearing formula glides on with ease and is enhanced with emollient Rose and Mimosa waxes to soften and soothe skin. The versatile tip allows for fine lines and broad strokes alike, as well as application at the waterline, making the liner perfect for creating cultivated looks for day and bold eyes for night. Available in Black.

Price: 8.99

NEW Dramatically Brightening Kajal – Eyes will instantly appear brighter and illuminated with the help of this creamy white kohl liner. Delivering a creamy, smooth finish, this longwearing, smudge-proof formula will open the eyes for a refreshed, youthful look. The liner may be applied to the waterline without irritation, and the blend of Rose and Mimosa waxes allow for effortless application. Perfect for a fresh daytime look or a dramatic evening out, the Dramatically Brightening Kajal is a fall must-have. Available in Creamy White.

Price: 8.99

NEW Radiant Boost Restorative Facial Oil – Introducing Sonia’s first face oil, a luxurious formula that multi-tasks to moisturize, repair and protect skin, resulting in a beautiful, natural glow. Rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and botanical extracts, this restorative face oil will instantly hydrate and nourish the skin, while delivering a dewy, youthful look. The anti-aging formula contains a blend of oils including Sweet Almond Oil to soften, Bergamot Essential Oil to purify, BerryFlux Vita to boost skin’s moisture, Sesame Seed Oil to condition, Evening Primrose Seed Oil and Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil to nourish and regenerate, Jasmine Flower Extract for its soft fragrance and Black Currant Seed Oil to soothe the skin. A naturally derived Lightening Extract brightens skin, Stabilized Retinol protects against photo-aging and reduces lines and wrinkles over time while Para Cress Flower Extract works to improve skin’s density and firmness and Vitamin E delivers antioxidant properties. Housed in a sleek glass vial and dropper with a delicate scent, the formula is beautiful to use and to display.

Price: 14.99

NEW Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon – Known for her award-winning lip formulas in chic neutrals, bold brights and sophisticated berries, Sonia is introducing a luxe new Lip Crayon that is sure to become another cult favorite. This luscious lip formula does it all, delivering high-impact color, ultimate shine and the comfort of a balm in one convenient twist-up crayon. The moisturizing color keeps lips smooth and supple, contains Myrrh Resin Extract for a plumping effect and broad spectrum filters to protect from UVA and UVB rays. Available in 4 shades: Dahlia, a deep berry, Orchid, a radiant purple, Peony, a natural mauve and Sweet Pea, a pinky neutral.

Price: $8.99

NEW Completely Compact Travel Brush – This antique-inspired Compact Brush features a full sized mirror and large powder brush that flips open for easy beauty transformations anywhere, anytime. The natural bristle brush paired with powder, bronzer or blush is perfect for touch-ups on-the-go.

Price: $14.99

BRUSH COUTURE BRUSHES

Brush Couture Five-Piece Brush Set – Another season, another affordable and functional, must-have brush set in a chic, art-inspired print. Sonia unveils a new set of five professional quality brushes that feature color-blocked handles in a fashion-forward abstract pattern. The plush natural bristles are perfect for expert application and blending and the set includes a duo fiber multi-purpose brush, pointed blending brush, large shader brush, crease brush and smudge brush.

Price: $16.99

Brush Couture Four-Piece Brush Set – This travel brush set in a sophisticated eggplant, violet, and magenta chevron print features full-sized brush heads to flawlessly apply formulas for face and eyes. The set includes a small powder/blusher brush, angled crease brush, medium eyeshadow brush and Sonia’s signature bent eyeliner brush for all application needs.

Price: $12.99

UPDATED ADDITIONS

Eyeshadow Palette – Add twinkle to eyes with silky, blendable and buildable shadows that deliver bold and lasting color. The satin-finish formula has been reformulated to deliver longer lasting color that feels creamy upon application and fuses to skin for maximum coverage and wear. Available in Sweet Nothings, a light, airy palette perfect for creating a shimmery glow, and Perfectly Neutral, a taupe palette for subtle, sophisticated looks.

Price: $14.29

SHADE ADDITIONS

Eyeshadow Palette – Create classic looks for fall with these silky, blendable and buildable shadows that deliver high impact color. The satin-finish formula feels creamy upon application and fuses to eye lids for maximum coverage and long-lasting color payoff. Bare Necessities encompasses the many shades of nude for a stylish, elegant combination. Precious Gems is formulated to deliver high shimmer and pigmented color that features a spectrum of jewel tones from emerald green, rich cobalt, deep violet, bronzed gold, to a shimmery dark brown and an intense burgundy. Now available in Bare Necessities and Precious Gems.

Price: $14.29

Eyeshadow Quad – Shine bright with these chic metallic shadows for fall. Sonia’s fan favorite quads of super soft shadows may be applied dry or wet, are beautiful worn alone or blended together and glide on for a smooth, even finish. Whether you’re going for subtle shimmer or a high intensity pop of color, the combination of platinum, champagne, gold and bronze will create festive looks all season. Available in The Metallics.

Price: $13.69

Nail Colour – Fall wouldn’t be complete without new nail colours to accent any look for the season. Sonia’s signature 3-free formula delivers creamy, long-lasting color with a high-shine, chip-resistant finish. Available in 7 new shades: One Fine Day, a ballet pink, Naval Academy, a deep navy, Dime a Dozen, a metallic silver, On the Hunt, a rich hunter green, Jewel Orchid, a brilliant berry, Scarlet Starlet,a full-bodied red, and Wicked Attraction, an intense dark Bordeaux.

Price: $4.79

Contact

Tara Lowenberg or Tara Yamaoka, TL Communications, 212-375-8660
Target Public Relations, (612) 696-3400
Target.com/Pressroom