CarMax issues statement regarding recalled vehicles

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax was founded to fundamentally change the way Americans buy used vehicles and is the industry leader in integrity and transparency. As part of our commitment to transparency, we notify all customers prior to purchasing any vehicle from CarMax about the importance of registering their vehicle with the manufacturer and having any open recalls fixed immediately. When customers register their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), they can get the most up-to-date information on open and future recalls directly from the manufacturer.

The current recall system is based on the manufacturer’s relationship with its franchise dealers and vehicle owners and does not take used auto retailers into account. Under the current system, manufacturers direct recall communications to the vehicle owner of record, not used auto retailers like CarMax. Unlike the manufacturer franchise dealers who are intended under the system to fix recalls, independent used auto retailers, like CarMax, are not provided the authority to complete recall repairs and close out recalls.

Our experience shows us customers are in the best position to act on recall information directly with a manufacturer-authorized dealer. Dealers are often more likely to provide timely recall repair to customers rather than to a competitor, like CarMax, so we will continue to strongly encourage customers to immediately have recalls repaired at a manufacturer-authorized facility.

We believe the VIN-specific NHTSA website is a positive development as it will be the first of its kind to centralize VIN-specific recall information. This will provide a means for consumers to be better informed on all recalls. CarMax is evaluating this website to see how it may be useful within our processes.

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PR Hotline: (855) 887-2915
Email: PR@Carmax.com 

CarMax, Inc. opens 75 positions for the company’s new store in Reno

Retailer Known for Hiring Outside the Auto Industry Accepting Applications for Third Location in Nevada

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is currently hiring approximately 75 positions for the company’s new store in Reno. This is the third CarMax location in Nevada.

The new Reno store, which is more than 45,000-square-feet, is located at 35 Auto Center Drive. It is scheduled to open in November 2014. Applications are now being accepted for the new positions on the retailer’s website at www.carmax.com/reno.

Who is CarMax Hiring?

  • CarMax is seeking applicants for full and part-time positions.
  • Available positions include sales, business office, and a variety of service operations positions that include inventory, service advisors, and technicians.
  • Many CarMax associates have worked for other major retailers, such as Target, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and Macy’s.
  • Technician positions require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not.

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

Job seekers should apply online at www.carmax.com/reno.

  • The CarMax website provides videos with first-hand accounts from associates, as well as more information about a career at CarMax.
  • CarMax will contact applicants and set up interviews after an initial review of applications.

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 138 superstores in 69 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 Contact 
Michelle Ellwood, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4139
pr@carmax.com

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

Gap revealed the first chapter of its new fall campaign by questioning what it means to Dress Normal

The brand issues a rallying cry to be confident in who we are by dressing how we’re most comfortable

NEW YORK, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today revealed the first chapter of its new fall campaign which celebrates the individuality and authenticity of personal style by questioning what it means to Dress Normal.

Launching fully on September 2 across multiple global vehicles, the campaign is rooted in the same core values the brand has unapologetically stood for over the past 45 years – individualism and the liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self. Dress Normal boldly instructs individuals to shape their own authentic, personal style – and intentionally challenges every one of us to dress for ourselves.

“Finding your own version of ‘dress normal’ is an art – my normal is different from your normal, and that’s the essence of the campaign,” said Seth Farbman, Gap Global Chief Marketing Officer.  “This fall, Gap celebrates dressing for yourself and finding those perfect items – a pair of jeans, a t-shirt – that make you feel confident to be your most authentic self.”

The campaign features photography of recognizable people who are known for their own art of dressing normal, starting with Anjelica Huston, The Royal Tenenbaums;Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Michael K. Williams, Boardwalk Empire; Jena Malone, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and Zosia Mamet, Girls. Additional celebrity names will be released ahead of the September launch.  Gap will also be returning to television as part of the campaign, with further details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The print ads – which launch this month across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Japan, as well as select international franchise markets – bring unexpected moments and storytelling with taglines that challenge people to ‘dress like no one’s watching’ and ‘let your actions speak louder than your clothes.’

“We were inspired by the bold and honest spirit of the millennial generation; their authenticity is what makes them stand apart in today’s complex world,” said Stephen Sunnucks, Gap Global President. “Gap has always stood for individuality and being your most authentic self. By challenging the idea of what it means to dress normal, we hope to inspire confidence in everyone’s own personal style.”

The fall campaign marks the first creative execution of Dress Normal which begins its story with a classic Gap item and one of the coming season’s biggest trends – black denim – and season after season the narrative will shift to other iconic Gap staples.  The concept was developed in partnership with Wieden + Kennedy New York, known for bringing to life brands like Nike, Coca Cola, and Old Spice through provocative storytelling.

In addition to print, the campaign spans outdoor, mobile, direct, social, in store and digital. Gap has also enhanced its Styld.by platform with amplified digital and video content and a broader range of creative influencers, including popular bloggers, style experts, musicians, photographers, filmmakers and artists to curate the best fall looks and illustrate their version of Dress Normal. In mid-September, the brand will launch an experiential element to the campaign – the Dress Normal Project – which brings to life what dressing normal means through the lens of consumers across North America.

About Gap
Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style. The brand offers classic iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody collections. With an optimistic point of view and belief that everyone can make their creative mark in the world, Gap embodies what it means to be bright. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, the brand has grown from one store to over 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com

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Toys“R”Us® releases its 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®

The World’s Greatest Toy Store® Teams Up with Baseball World Champion and Proud Father to Continue Special Needs Advocacy Efforts and Backing #ToysforAll

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced the release of its 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs. Now in its second decade of annual publication, the complimentary shopping guide is a go-to for families, friends and caregivers involved in the special needs community, and is available in Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled in both English and Spanish. This year, Toys“R”Us is teaming up with baseball World Champion, proud father and special needs advocate, Albert Pujols, who appears on the cover alongside Cameron Withers, a 5-year-old boy from Southern California.

While Pujols is known for his passion on the diamond, his dedication to the special needs community is even greater. As a parent to a daughter with Down syndrome, Pujols serves as a vocal advocate for children with special needs through the Pujols Family Foundation. Since 2005, the Pujols Family Foundation has worked diligently to provide children and families living with Down syndrome with the tools they need to thrive. As part of the launch of this year’sGuide, Pujols will bring that same devotion to his partnership with Toys“R”Us in helping to reach its customers nationwide and raise awareness of this one-of-a-kind resource.

“As a proud dad to my beautiful daughter, Bella, who lives with Down syndrome, I understand how important it is to have resources like the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids to help in making informed choices to support a child’s development. And, as a professional athlete, I truly value the importance of play and recognize the impact it has in the lives of children who face everyday challenges – for these kids, playtime is not just about fun, it’s an opportunity to explore their strengths and experience success in reaching each new milestone,” said nine-time All-Star baseball player, Albert Pujols. “I have a tremendous amount of passion for this cause, and I’m excited to partner with Toys“R”Us to make it easier for gift-givers to find toys for the special needs children in their lives that will inspire their imagination, encourage inclusive play and help them develop new skills.”

Trusted Toy Recommendations Tailored to Children’s Individual Abilities

Serving as a trusted resource for family, friends and caregivers of children with special needs, the Guide is packed with everyday playthings selected for their unique ability to help kids build critical skills, such as creativity, fine and gross motor and self-esteem, during playtime. Each of the toys featured in the 63-page buying guide has been vetted in partnership with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities.

To equip parents with targeted recommendations as they set out in selecting a toy for their child’s specific set of abilities, each toy in the Guide is paired with skill-building icons, which help users easily identify the playthings that are most suitable for the child they’re shopping for. The following are examples of toys featured in the 2014 Guide, highlighted by the skill they promote:

  • Auditory: Baby Einstein Octoplush from Kids II®
  • Creativity: Mega Bloks Build ‘n Learn Table from MEGA®Brands
  • Fine Motor: Hot Wheels KidPicks Super 6-in-1 Track Set from Mattel®
  • Gross Motor: Monster Dirt Diggers from Little Tikes®
  • Language: Doctor Role Play Set from Melissa & Doug®
  • Self Esteem: Classic Doodler with 2 Stampers from Fisher-Price®
  • Social Skills: Elefun & Friends Chasin’ Cheeky from Hasbro®
  • Tactile: Cyclone from Radio Flyer®
  • Thinking: Connect & Create Geometric Set from Imaginarium™
  • Visual: Marker Maker from Crayola®

“For two decades, the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids has been a valuable resource for parents looking to find toys that help build specific skills for their children,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “We’re honored to partner with Albert Pujols in our goal to bring joy to children of all abilities. Toys“R”Us has a long-standing commitment to ensuring tools like the Guide are accessible and available for parents and children everywhere.”

Through the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has long supported the special needs community through organizations such as: American Society for Deaf Children, Autism Speaks, the Pujols Family Foundation, HollyRod Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society, National Lekotek Center, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Special Olympics, Spina Bifida Association and United Cerebral Palsy. For more information, please visit www.toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/

Shopping the Guide, In-Store, Online and On-the-Go

Those who prefer to browse online can take advantage of the shop-by-skill option at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. Customers can narrow their toy selection by focusing on a specific skill to refine their search. Shoppers can also view the Guide via their smartphone by scanning the QR code featured on dedicated signage located at their Toys“R”Us store’s Customer Service Desk. Those searching for mobile apps can also download the official Toys“R”Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Using the same skills criteria featured within the traditional Guide, the App Guide provides a convenient, on-the-go resource for viewing, researching and comparing mobile apps designed to build individual development skills for children of all ages. All apps featured within this helpful resource can be found in the App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android.

In addition to finding toy recommendations, parents can peruse the Guide’s “Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys,” prepared by the National Lekotek Center, as well as “Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs,” which were created based on research collected from leading safety and special needs organizations, to help avoid playtime injuries.

Join the Conversation Using #ToysforAll

Throughout the year, Toys“R”Us will continue to leverage its social media channels, including FacebookTwitter,Instagram and Pinterest, to share toy-buying tips and recommendations found in the Guide, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the cover shoot with Albert Pujols. The company is encouraging fans and followers to join the conversation and support the power of play in the lives of all children by using hashtag #ToysForAll. For more information about the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide forDifferently-Abled Kids, visit Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled.

TO DOWNLOAD BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE OF THE 2014 GUIDE COVER SHOOT, CLICK HERE.
For HIGH-RES PHOTOS, INCLUDING THE COVER IMAGE FEATURING ALBERT PUJOLS, CLICK HERE.

About Toys”R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 878 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 190 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

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Media Contacts: 
Babies“R”Us, U.S.
Bjorn Trowery
973-617-4380
Bjorn.Trowery@toysrus.com

Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

Wegmans LPGA Championship Tournament donates $1 million to United Way’s Children’s Success Fund to help kids graduate from high school

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the conclusion of this year’s Wegmans LPGA Championship, Wegmans Vice President Bill Strassburg presented United Way’s Children’s Success Fund with a check for $1 million, more than double the amount donated to the charity for previous tournaments and an amount likely to exceed the final tally of proceeds from this year’s tournament.

“We are so proud to have been part of this world-class event,” says Colleen Wegman, president. “We thank our people who worked so hard to make this possible, along with our partner suppliers, the volunteers, and our entire community. They came together to make this a memorable and meaningful event for the youth in Rochester.”
100% of the proceeds from the Wegmans LPGA Championship Tournament have been invested in the goal of helping kids to graduate from high school. United Way’s Graduation is the Goal supports evidence-based programs that show significant promise in delivering this goal. The Fund helps to support programs like the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection that has been proven to double graduation rates, along with other programs that serve children who are at risk of dropping out.

Over the life of the Rochester LPGA tournament, more than $11 million has been donated to programs in the Rochester community that help children succeed.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

 

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Whole Foods Market opens first store in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s first Whole Foods Market offers large local selection, expansive prepared foods and in-store J.Bartlett’s Pub

Nashua, N.H., 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic supermarket and America’s first national certified organic grocer, opened the doors of its newest community market today in Nashua, New Hampshire. The location is Whole Foods Market’s first in The Granite State.

The 20,000-square-foot store, located at 255 Amherst Street in Nashua, employs approximately 150 full and part time team members, including 110 local residents.

“As a Nashua resident myself, I know how long New Hampshire residents have been waiting for a Whole Foods Market to open in our state,” said Philip Devito, store team leader at Whole Foods Market Nashua. “We’ve designed a store unlike any other in our region, and we are so excited to begin serving this community.”

Along with produce, meat, seafood, grocery, specialty and Whole Body departments, Whole Foods Market Nashua features a chef-run prepared foods department with hot and cold bars serving breakfast, lunch and dinner options. A pizza oven will be firing up fresh pizza by the slice and whole pies, with a dedicated phone line for ordering ahead. The prepared foods department also features an Ole Hickory smoker, serving up dishes like brisket and Southern smoked favorites. Kikka will be rolling fresh sushi throughout the day, every day.

Customers looking for a place to unwind can enjoy food or coffee from the coffee bar while taking advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi in the café seating area, which features reclaimed church pews. A nearby Kids Corner offers a great spot for kid-friendly classes and entertainment.

The store sells a large variety of beer with a strong emphasis on New Hampshire-made and craft brews, which can be perfectly paired with one of 50 specialty cheeses and cured meats sourced from within 100 miles of the store.

Whole Foods Market Nashua features a 50-seat, in-store, pub-style restaurant called J.Bartlett’s Public House. The pub will offer 32 craft beers on tap, wine by the glass and a full menu, offering selections that range from pizza and salads to sushi and daily specials. Perfect for a meal with the family, or as a place to lounge and catch the game, J. Bartlett’s is the first in-store restaurant in a Whole Foods Market store in the North Atlantic Region.

“We’ve created a store that is really unique,” said Devito. “It is so much more than just a grocery store. It really is a food destination.”

To mark the grand opening in Nashua, and in keeping with its commitment to healthy-eating education, Whole Foods Market is partnering with the Whole Kids Foundation to donate a salad bar to Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua.

Store Information:
Whole Foods Market
Address: 255 Amherst St. Nashua, NH
Phone: 603-318-7550
Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily

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Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raises $600,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program to help restock Midwest food pantries

Memorable week of golf raises funds to help restock Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives with the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft today deemed the inaugural tournament a success with a $600,000 donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program, which advances its mission of helping Midwest food pantries restock their shelves and improve the quality of life within the region. Rookie superstar Mirim Lee of South Korea took home the trophy at the inaugural LPGA Tour event, which took place at Blythefield Country Club Aug. 7-10, but the real winners are the families who will benefit from the donation.

“From the great weather to the enthusiastic crowds, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft was a complete success in its first year and will have a longstanding impact for a long time coming,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “The tournament afforded us an unmatched opportunity to raise awareness and funding to address hunger in the Midwest. We cannot thank the community enough for the way they embraced this tournament to help make a difference to those in need.”

While attendance figures are not yet available, representatives from Meijer and the LPGA said the tournament exceeded expectations of a first year event.

“We are thrilled with the response and turnout that we received from the Grand Rapids community at the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said. “With that continued community support, and the backing and vision of our partners at Meijer, Kraft and Blythefield Country Club, we look forward to building a new tradition in West Michigan that will only get stronger over time.”

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 and has since generated more than $9 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $600,000 donation will be divided among the retailer’s estimated 200 food pantry partners participating in the fallSimply Give campaign, which runs through Sept. 27. Of that total donation, $40,000 will be divided equally among four food pantries chosen by Carla Hall, co-host of ABC Daytime’s lifestyle series, “The Chew,” after winning the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft. Carla beat out two other nationally-acclaimed chefs – Cat Cora and Gail Simmons – after the event’s guests voted on their favorite menus. Hall chose the following food pantries to receive $10,000 each:

  • Love, Inc.
  • United Church Outreach Food Pantry
  • North End Community Food Pantry
  • Northwest Food Pantry

“Without the Simply Give program, our shelves would literally be bare,” said Waverly Knight, assistant director of Northwest Food Pantry in Grand Rapids, which feeds about 150 families each week. “Every week, there are new families coming to our pantry, some of which have never been inside a food pantry. Life happens a little too much, and we are very grateful for how the Meijer Simply Give program helps us feed people in our neighborhood.”

To participate in the Simply Give program, customers can purchase a $10 donation card at their local Meijer store, which will be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the food pantry selected by the store. Meijer will stretch every customer’s donation further Sept. 4-6 in recognition of Hunger Action Month. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

To learn more about the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, view a video that highlights the week’s many activities and the significance of the donation. In addition, please visit the Meijer Newsroom for more information, including sharable photos and b-roll of the Carla Hall food pantry check presentations.

A crowd of enthusiastic fans lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club Aug. 7-10 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Mirim Lee claimed her first LPGA Tour victory with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff against fellow South Korean Inbee Park. Lee tamed the course, carding a 2-under 69 to match Park at 14-under 270. Park, the former world No. 1 with four major championships, was outpaced by one shot, closing with a 70.

“I was 100 percent nervous because (it was) my first time in playoff on LPGA so I’m really nervous, but very fun,” Lee said. “Inbee is like a hero in Korea. She is a very good player so I try to follow her.”

The inaugural tournament marks the LPGA Tour’s first stop in Michigan since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing ended its 9-year-run, as well as the first annual golf event in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula since 2009 when the PGA TOUR hosted the Buick Open in Grand Blanc.

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 213 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.meijercommunity.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.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, 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.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raises $600,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program to help restock Midwest food pantries

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raises $600,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program to help restock Midwest food pantries

Exclusive edition of Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album “1989” to be available only at Target

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Internet just went crazy over Taylor Swift’s announcement of her fifth studio album, “1989,” debuting Oct. 27. Well, we’ve got even bigger news from the superstar singer — Taylor’s teaming up with Target again for an exclusive edition of her album.

This marks the third partnership between the duo to date, giving Taylor fans and Target guests access to six extra tracks — including three totally new songs and three songwriting voice memos that offer a unique insight into Taylor’s songwriting process and document the early creation of these songs.

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Exclusive edition of Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album “1989” to be available only at Target

Exclusive edition of Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album “1989” to be available only at Target

Matahari Food Business opens 31st Foodmart in Plaza Lippo, Kuningan, Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia, 2014-8-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk (“MPPA”) through its Matahari Food Business (“MFB”) who operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty, opened its 31st Foodmart located in Plaza Lippo, Kuningan, Jakarta. The opening ceremony was attended by the MFB Board of Directors, employees, supplier’s representatives and invited guests. This inaugurated Foodmart is a Foodmart Gourmet concept that has a shopping area of ±1,000m2.

MFB’s Director of Foodmart Operations, Emi Nuel, commented that Foodmart Gourmet Plaza Lippo, Kuningan prepared by MFB to provide the best service to the upper middle class consumers in Plaza Lippo, Kuningan area, with primary focus in service and and high quality multifarious product assortments.

The store is located in a very strategic location in the business district Rasuna Said Kuningan, Jakarta surrounded by offices, campuses and residential apartments where the market is fitted for Foodmart Gourmet concept.

Store Manager Foodmart Gourmet Lippo Plaza, Yulizal commented that he and his store team are ready to serve the customer who shop in Foodmart Gourmet Plaza Lippo, Kuningan.

With the opening of the Foodmart Gourmet in Plaza Lippo Kuningan thus, MFB currently operates 101 Hypermart, 96 Boston Health & Beauty, 11 Foodmart Supermarket, 8 Fodmart Gourmet and 12 Foodmart Express.

About Matahari Food Business
PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty. Total 2013 Gross Sales amounted to Rp 12.6 Trillion (audited), a growth of 11.1% from 2012. Net Income 2013 amounted to Rp 445 Billion, which grew 85.8% from Rp 239 Billion in 2012. Hypermart has the widest store network among hypermarket operators in more than 60 cities ranging from Tanjung Balai (Medan) to Jayapura (Papua).

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as:

2013 Retail Asia – Gold Award, 2011-2014 Superbrand Indonesia, 2013 Best of The Best 50 Performing Companies by Forbes Indonesia, Top Brand Awards, 2013 and 2014 Indonesia Most Admired Companies by Warta Ekonomi, 2013 Excellent Service Experience Award and 2013 Customer Satisfaction Award by Roy Morgan.

For further information please contact:
PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk
www.hypermart.co.id
Danny Kojongian, Director- Communications and Public Relations
Email: danny.kojongian@hypermart.co.id
Fernando Repi, Head of Public Relations
Mobile : +6281511181187
Email : fernando.repi@hypermart.co.id