Lowe’s grants $500,000 to The Thurgood Marshall College Fund to assist graduating seniors in need of financial support

Grant to Fund Scholarships for Graduating Seniors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

Washington, DC, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is pleased to announce a $500,000 grant from Lowe’s to assist students attending publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This grant will assist graduating seniors in need of financial support to complete their final course requirements at TMCF’s 47 member-schools.

“Thousands of college students today continue to face the fear of having to drop out, even in their last year, due to financial difficulties,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. “With continued funding from foundations, government entities and companies like Lowe’s, TMCF is able to step in and become a lifeline to help students fulfill their college dreams.”

Allek Surratt, a Howard University senior majoring in accounting, was a student in this very dilemma in 2013. Surratt needed additional financial assistance to cover his tuition costs so he could complete his graduation requirements.

“I extend my sincerest gratitude to Lowe’s and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for the scholarship I received for the 2013-2014 academic year,” Surratt said. “It was a long journey to get to this moment; and now I am face-to-face with the opportunity to graduate from Howard with honors.”

Lowe’s has donated more than $4 million to national partners since 2009 to help college seniors complete their education. For the past four years, Lowe’s has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to fund scholarships for more than 140 students; and, today’s $500,000 donation brings Lowe’s contributions to TMCF to nearly $1 million.

“Improving educational opportunities for students has been an important focus for Lowe’s for more than 50 years,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we’re honored to provide the critical assistance students need to reach the finish line and graduate.”

Grant funding and individual giving enables TMCF to continue to build programs that help students get the most from their education and provide opportunities to become part of a new generation of global leaders.

“The increased costs of college, along with stricter grant and loan requirements, makes corporate gifts like this all the more important as we do our best to help all students get to and through college,” Taylor said. “Lowe’s has been a great supporter of TMCF, and its continued partnership demonstrates its commitment to improve education and build tomorrow’s leaders.”

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. For more information on TMCF programs, visit thurgoodmarhsallcollegefund.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community 
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.


The National Retail Federation comments on the release of IRS instructions on the employer mandate’s reporting requirement

WASHINGTON, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein on the release of Internal Revenue Service instructions on the employer mandate’s reporting requirement:

“The additional guidance from the administration is welcomed by the employer community and retail industry. Now that we have the regulations, the forms and the instructions, companies can continue their compliance activities. While the instructions were delayed, they remain helpful.

“The Affordable Care Act is still a work in progress and additional regulatory provisions and requirements will be forthcoming. Additional delays or changes may follow.

“The retail industry remains committed to complying with the law and NRF will continue its active dialogue with the administration and its agencies to ease implementation burdens for employers and employees. NRF is hopeful that Congress can continue its productive role in health care implementation.”

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
(855) NRF-Press


CarMax, Inc. marks the opening of its first two stores in Portland

Announces more than $100,000 in charitable donations to Portland nonprofits, including a new playground in the Cully Community

RICHMOND, Va., 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated its first two stores in the Portland area, which are the company’s first stores in Oregon. CarMax’s Clackamas store is now open at 13750 SE Johnson Road. A second Portland area store in Beaverton is set to open at the end of September at 9405 SW Cascade Avenue. Each store will stock more than 250 used vehicles of nearly every make and model.

During today’s grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will invest approximately $85,000 into building a playground in the Cully community. The playground will be built in the spring of 2015 through a partnership with the Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, the Helensview Heights Home Owners’ Association and KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit ensuring that all kids get the balance of play they need to become healthy and successful adults. One of 30 playgrounds The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! are building nationwide as part of a larger $4.1 million national partnership, the playground will help give children in and around the Helensview Heights neighborhood the joyful childhood they deserve.

“Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is an important part of the CarMax culture. Our new Portland stores are no exception,” said Tom Folliard, president and CEO of CarMax. “These stores will provide residents with the unique CarMax experience when they search for their perfect vehicle, and the new playground will provide children the needed space to be healthy and active.”

The CarMax Foundation also announced $10,000 grants to both the Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area and the YMCA of Columbia Willamette. These grants came at the recommendation of local CarMax associates. The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $20 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

“CarMax associates are the most important part of our company,” said Torrey Moore, location general manager of the CarMax Clackamas store. “We work to hire individuals that value integrity above all else, and we definitely found that in Portland! We are excited about our more than 175 new associates in these two stores.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. We make the process more ethical, fair and transparent by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of CarMax Quality Certified vehicles. Every CarMax vehicle undergoes a rigorous 125+ point inspection, and we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of our more than 35,000 vehicles nationwide. CarMax also takes the hassle out of selling your car by offering fast, commitment free appraisals – we’ll buy your car, even if you don’t buy ours. Shopping at CarMax is truly the way car buying should be.

CarMax is sharing photos and videos from today’s event on the company Facebook page and through Twitter.

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 139 superstores in 70 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 www.carmax.com.

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Media Contacts 
Casey Werderman, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4773
Catherine Gryp, Public Relations Manager, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4029
Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Gap to air series of films by Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher as part of its new campaign Dress Normal

Dress Normal celebrates individuality and authenticity of personal style

NEW YORK, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today revealed a series of films that will air on TV, in cinema, in stores and online, created by Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club and the much anticipated Gone Girl). The four new commercials – Kiss, Drive, Golf and Stairs – mark Gap’s return to television.

Fincher’s inspiration and cinematic touch is clearly apparent, with a creative treatment that sets them apart from Gap’s previous TV campaigns.  The four films were created with Wieden+Kennedy New York as part of Gap’s new campaign, Dress Normal.

“We want these films to get people talking.  Each one features a confident woman at the center and tells a story of how liberating it is when you are being your most authentic self.  We believe everyone who watches them will identify with one or more of the characters,” said Seth Farbman, Gap Global Chief Marketing Officer. “We were thrilled to work with David Fincher, one of the greats of modern American cinema and a superb storyteller.  His highly detailed and authentic style resonates with the Gap brand and these films truly bring to life what our Dress Normal message means.”

Dress Normal 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.

“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 films use taglines such as ‘dress like no one’s watching’ and ‘simple clothes for you to complicate’.  They are all shot in black and white, evoking the era of Film Noir and giving a subtle nod to our fashion point of view that black denim is the must have trend this Fall.  They were all filmed in and around Los Angeles (“Golf” was filmed on location in Industry, CA and “Stairs” was filmed in Pasadena City Hall).  They launch in the US and UK in the week of September 1.

The commercials appear alongside a print campaign that features unique photography stills 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.

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 television, 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 it means to dress normal through the lens of consumers across North America.

All four commercials can be downloaded here, or watched and shared now on YouTube.

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.

Whole Foods Market to feature six amazing wines from New Zealand this fall

Company offers chance to win trip for two to New Zealand’s wine country

AUSTIN, TX, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The South Island’s towering mountains and plunging rivers mix with the North Island’s sun-soaked coastal plains to bring Whole Foods Market shoppers six amazing wines from New Zealand, a wine region that continues to surprise and delight wine lovers.

Wine offerings include everything from a pinot gris with loads of up-front ripe fruit that’s a perfect pair for piccata to a rich, well-rounded pinot noir that is a delicious match for a pork loin with a sour cherry glaze.

“These wines have been handpicked to showcase the flavorful and exotic variety wines that come from New Zealand,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “Our selection represents the country’s seven “pillars” of sustainability that reinforce a commitment to protect the beautiful environment from where they come and showcase the many flavors of the islands that feature a wine for every palate.”

Shoppers are invited to visit their Whole Foods Market wine department by September 30, 2014, to enter to win a 10-night, 9-day trip for two to New Zealand by matching wine pairings with featured wines. For more information about this wine trip courtesy of Air New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers, visit wholefoodsmarket.com/wine.

Twitter Tasting

Wine enthusiasts 21 and older can taste these wines at Whole Foods Market store tasting events or join two Twitter Tastings using hashtag #WFMwine. Dates, times and wines include:

Thursday, September 18, 7-8 p.m. CT:

·        Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc

·        Oyster Bay Chardonnay

·        Villa Maria The Red Blend

Thursday, October 9, 7-8 p.m. CT:

·        Sophora Sparkling Cuvée

·        Kim Crawford Pinot Gris

·        Grove Mill Pinot Noir

Featured New Zealand wines include:

Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc—With forward aromas of green apple and tangerine, this white’s bright acidity gives way to dense flavors of ruby red grapefruit and mango.

Pairings: Piave Oro del Tempo cheese, seafood enchiladas, fish with lemon, fennel salad and Mexican Caesar Salad

Kim Crawford Pinot Gris—This white has up-front ripe fruit with peach, cinnamon and pear skin notes and offers a pleasant minerality and nicely weighted finish.

Pairings:  Anco Saint Agur blue cheese, braised greens, piccata, walnuts, lime-grilled chicken or fish and Poached Halibut with Ginger and Cilantro

Oyster Bay Chardonnay—Meyer lemon and tart apple aromas are found in this sleek, well- balanced white. And, a whisper of oak rounds out the fruitiness, adding complexity to the creamy finish.

Pairings: Emmi Roth Le Gruyère, fish or squash with caramelized onions, onion dip, Vidalia onion soup and Butternut Squash Gratin with Le Gruyère

Grove Mill Pinot Noir—With aromas of red raspberry, this red has a complexity of well-rounded flavors of cherry, cassis and rosemary on the subtly tart finish.

Pairings: Uniekaas Robusto cheese, charcuterie, goat cheese stuffed peppadews, pork loin with sour cherry glaze and Coffee-Rubbed Roasted Chicken

Villa Maria The Red Blend—Dark chocolate and eucalyptus are on the nose of this deeply rich red and give way to hints of mint and black olive. A lush, structured finish brings flavors of chocolate cake and blackberry.

Pairings: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar cheese, lamb with root vegetables, hearty stew, chicken mole and Leg of lamb with Crispy Onions

Sophora Sparkling Cuvée—Rich and ripe, this sparkler has a lasting creaminess and notes of baked fruits and citrus in the clean finish.

Pairings: Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue cheese, French toast, bacon-wrapped figs, hazelnut shortbread, eggs Benedict, full-flavored fish and Baked Cranberry-Walnut French Toast


Devon Broglie, MSDevon Broglie, MS
Master Sommelier and Associate Global Beverage Buyer
Devon became a Master Sommelier in 2011.



Doug BellDoug Bell
Global Beverage Buyer
Doug has acquired a rarefied view of the world of buying and selling wine from living in California wine country, traveling to every major wine region of the world, attending wine expositions, blending wines with winemakers, designing wine labels, sitting on wine panels, speaking at wine and beverage conferences, doing media interviews and connecting with our customers via social media and in stores.

Whole Foods Market to open its 21st store in Florida on Sept. 24

New store marks 21st Florida location for Whole Foods Market

CLEARWATER, Fla., 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America’s first nationally certified organic grocer, will open its 38,000 square-foot Clearwater store on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. Whole Foods Market Clearwater, which is part of the Westfield Countryside Mall, is the company’s 21st store in Florida.

The grand opening will kick-off with a Bread Breaking ceremony in front of the store with officials from the City of Clearwater and Whole Foods Market leadership and team members.

The first 500 customers in line will receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a mystery value between $5 and $50, with one customer receiving a gift card worth $500. The value of all gift cards will be revealed at checkout.

Whole Foods Market Clearwater will capture the essence of the neighborhood it serves. From community partnerships to unique products and features, the Clearwater store will be one the neighborhood can call its own.

“We are so proud to be part of Clearwater and Pinellas County. Not only are we looking forward to opening our doors, but we’re also excited about the many opportunities to serve this community,” says Mike Crandall, store team leader for Clearwater.

Store features include:

·         Prepared Foods department featuring more than 100 items in the full service chef’s case, hot bar, soups and prepared salad bars

·         Greek and Mediterranean pita sandwich venue featuring souvlaki, falafel and kabobs

·         In-house roasted deli meats

·         Made-to-order sandwiches and panini

·         Open hearth pizza oven serving a variety of full and personal sized pizzas, and individual slices

·         Beer and Wine department featuring more than 400 beers (more than  70 craft beers), including “Build Your Own 6-Pack, ” and more than 750 wines

·         Full-service bar featuring wine, bottled and draft beer, wine-based cocktails and a selection of food items

·         Cheese Cutter’s Corner where customers can learn about our more than 250 artisanal cheeses from around the world that are hand-cut and wrapped daily in the store

·         An American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional

·         Specialty Olive Bar Concierge Program

·         Meat department featuring old-fashioned, in-house-style butchers

·         Dry-aged beef

·         Fresh sausage made in-store

·         Grass-fed beef from White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga.

·         White Oaks Pastures Whole Fryer Chicken

·         Thompson Farms Pork from Dixie, Ga.

·         Grocery, dairy and frozen aisles featuring more than 50 locally produced items

·         Expansive produce department with a wide variety of locally and organically grown fruits and vegetables

·         European-style Bakery department featuring Artisan breads as well as locally crafted specialties featuring gluten-free products

·         Mr. Fresh Donuts machine


Local Seafood and Sustainability

Through a partnership with The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute), Whole Foods Market has developed a color-coded sustainability rating system to show the sustainability status of all non-MSC-certified wild-caught seafood the stores sell. In 2012, all stores ceased the sale of all red-ranked species, deepening their commitment to having a fully sustainable seafood department.

The Clearwater store will highlight the local fisheries and day-boat fishermen that will provide customers the largest variety of locally caught seafood available.

Gary’s Seafood (Madeira Beach) and Cox Seafood (Tampa), Keys Fisheries (Marathon) and D & D Seafood (Marathon – local stone crabs and lobster) – four of the store’s primary suppliers – employ numerous day-boat fishermen who bring Whole Foods Market the freshest fish available from nearby waters. Clearwater will also work with three other day-boat fishermen out of Panama City to provide the freshest and highest quality seafood in as little as one day.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

The Clearwater store will join other Whole Foods Market locations in Florida by opening its doors to local farms with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program allows local farmers to use the store as a drop-off and pick-up point for their subscribing customers, free of charge.

Animal Welfare Rating System

With the old-fashioned butcher shop style come Team Members who are eager to educate the community on the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Ratings. The rating system provides clear information that helps shoppers make informed buying decisions and offers peace of mind to them that the products at Whole Foods Market comes from animals raised with care. All beef, poultry and pork sold in the store’s fresh cases meet the GAP criteria and are certified by independent third party auditors.

Healthy Eating Specialist

With its Health Starts Here program, the store will open with a full time Healthy Eating Specialist to help educate customers on making informed decisions about healthy foods, teach cooking classes, give guided store tours and be a resource for the community.

Whole Foods Market Clearwater will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow the store at facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketClearwater and twitter.com/wfmclearwater.


Meijer, SKECHERS and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers teamed up to give away 2,000 new BOBS from SKECHERS shoes to Detroit children in need

Children from Detroit Public Schools and Variety Detroit also visited the Detroit Zoo, met professional athletic team athletes and mascots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer, SKECHERS and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers teamed up earlier this week to give away 2,000 new BOBS from SKECHERS shoes to Detroit children in need during a day of fun at the Detroit Zoo.

An additional 20,500 pairs of BOBS shoes were also donated to Detroit Public Schools for distribution to its students in need throughout the school year.

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

“Through the BOBS from SKECHERS shoe donations we have done in the United States and around the world, we have seen the impact a new pair of shoes can have on a child,” said Jeff Jones, national sales manager at SKECHERS. “We were moved by Meijer’s desire to reach children in Detroit, a community that has been hard hit economically, and believe that the BOBS donation event not only brought smiles to many children, but also may have given them confidence as they begin a school year with a brand new pair of shoes.”

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

Along with receiving their new shoes, the children had lunch, received school supplies and visited their favorite animal exhibits inside the Detroit Zoo. The shoe donation event also included an opportunity for them to meet the Detroit Tigers mascot “PAWS,” Detroit Lions alumni players and mascot, “Roary,” and the Zoo’s mascots, “Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes.”

“The Detroit Zoo strives to be relevant to our community, including providing ways to help address community needs,” said Paul Good, community and government relations manager for the Detroit Zoological Society. “We were happy to be a part of this effort to help families meet their back-to-school needs.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers worked with the Detroit Public Schools and Variety Detroit to identify children to receive the shoes.

“We are so thankful for this wonderful partnership with SKECHERS and Meijer,” said Karen Ridgeway, superintendent of academics for Detroit Public Schools. “Our students and parents were able to enjoy a day at the Detroit Zoo, and more than 20,000 students will receive brand new BOBS shoes to help ensure they have a great start to the school year. I know that this is a day they will never forget.”

“Today reminded our children that people care about them,” Variety Detroit Executive Director Jennie Cascio said. “They were thrilled about the new SKECHERS, as well as the school supplies they received from Meijer. Variety Detroit is so thankful for all of the organizations involved in this great community event and giving our children the opportunity to spend the day at the Detroit Zoo and enjoy just being kids.”

Downloadable photos from the event are available at http://newsroom.meijer.com/skechers-shoe-donation. B-roll is available for interested media at http://newsroom.meijer.com/broll-footage.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 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 and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan atwww.facebook.com/meijer.

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

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

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com; Lara Diab, 310-402-3784, larad@skechers.com


Meijer, SKECHERS and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers teamed up to give away 2,000 new BOBS from SKECHERS shoes to Detroit children in need

Meijer, SKECHERS and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers teamed up to give away 2,000 new BOBS from SKECHERS shoes to Detroit children in need

Russia’s largest food retailer OJSC “Magnit” opens its 172nd hypermarket

Krasnodar, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT), is pleased to announce the opening of the 172nd hypermarket of a small format.

Please be informed that today the Company has opened its 172nd hypermarket of a small format located at Rovio street, Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, North-Western federal district. Assortment of the hypermarket consists of about 12,500 SKUs, out of which about 78% are food items. There are 19 cash desks installed in the sales area. The outlet is owned by the Company. The hypermarket is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm.

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

Dina Svishcheva Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@magnit.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 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 drogeries) 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.

REWE Group joins European association Independent Retail Europe

Brussels/Cologne, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — By joining the European association Independent Retail Europe on 1 September, the REWE Group gets to the final round in reaching one of its key objectives: strengthening its independent retailers. Independent Retail Europe represents groups of independent retailers and associations of these groups, and service providers to independent retailers in the food and non-food retail sectors from all over Europe. The association aims at ensuring that the interests of its members are taken into consideration by policy makers as well as profiling and promoting the group business model. Groups of independent retailers thrive in all European countries and are an indispensable part of a balanced, competitive and diverse retail market. These groups create important impulses for growth, entrepreneurship and SME competitiveness.

Brussels is in a year of transition with the elections of the new European Parliament in May and the appointment of new EU Commissioners in autumn. In this context, it will be one of the priorities of the Cologne-based retail group and the Brussels association to promote together the benefits of the group business model with the new Parliament and Commission.

Ralf Gerking, President of Independent Retail Europe and Verbandsdirektor of EDEKA, comments: “European policy makers increasingly recognise the vital role of the group model for the competitiveness of independent retailers. We are the only EU association that solely represents their interests. As one of Europe’s biggest groups, the REWE Group constitutes in many ways a valuable contribution to our membership. With every new member – and in particular now with the REWE Group – we are in an even stronger position to explain and defend the group model and its benefit for the economy. I look forward to the cooperation with the REWE Group”.

Thomas Nonn, member of the management board of REWE / retailers and Chief Representative at REWE Group, says: “Cooperatives and SMEs (“Genosssenschaft und Mittelstand”) are very important for our company. Unjustifiably, many people regard the cooperative model as outdated whereas it is in fact a contemporary, dynamic and solidarity-based model. It is one of our key objectives to further develop our cooperative roots and to combine them with modern entrepreneurship to strengthen and support our approximately 1,500 independent retailers. We therefore need a strong voice to represent our retailers and their interests. Joining Independent Retail Europe will help us achieve our goals also on EU level.” 

In case of additional questions, please contact: 

REWE Group
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel.: +49 221-149-1050
Fax: +49 221-138898

Independent Retail Europe
Elisabeth von Reitzenstein
Adviser Public Affairs
Tel. : + 32 2 739 60 91

REWE Group
The cooperative REWE Group is one of the leading trading and travel and tourism companies in Germany and Europe. In 2013, the company realised a turnover of about 51 billion euros. Founded in 1927, the REWE Group represents 300,000 jobs, 15,000 points of sale and is present in 12 European countries. In Germany, about 226,000 employees achieved a turnover of 36 billion euros in around 10,000 points of sale in 2013. 

The sales lines include super and consumer markets of the brand REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY and BILLA, the discounter PENNY as well as the DIY stores toom Baumarkt and B1 Discount Baumarkt. DER Touristik is the travel and tourism segment of REWE Group and represents the travel operators ITS, Jahn Reisen and Tjaereborg as well as Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen, the business travel division FCm Travel Solutions und more than 2,100 travel agents (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), the hotel chaince lti hotels, Club Calimera and PrimaSol Hotels, and the direct operator clevertours.com.

Independent Retail Europe
Independent Retail Europe is the European association that acts as an umbrella organisation for all groups of independent retailers in the food and non-food sectors. Our members are groups of independent retailers, associations representing groups of independent retailers and wider service organisations built to support independent retailers. Independent Retail Europe represents over 358,000 independent retailers (with a combined retail turnover of more than 670 billion euros and more than 560,000 points of sale), and 22 groups and associations of groups in Europe (employing over 5 million people and generating a combined wholesale turnover of more than 310 billion euros).     

REWE GROUP-Corporate Communications
Tel.: 0221 – 149-1050
E-Mail: presse(at)rewe-group.com

PHILIPPINES: SM Development Corp. welcomes new residents to its two condominium developments in Makati and Mandaluyong

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-8-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Development Corp. (SMDC), the residential development arm of property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc., has turned over more than 2,500 units in two condominium developments in Makati, and Mandaluyong.

As of end-June, SMDC started the turn over to customers their units in two project phases: 1,077 units of Tower C, Jazz Residences in Makati; and 1,460 units at Tower 3 of Light Residences in Mandaluyong.
“We are pleased to welcome the new residents of Jazz Residences, and Light Residences. We remain committed to bring conveniences and synergies from our retail, banking and property businesses at their doorstep,” SMDC President Jeffrey Lim said.
Jazz Residences is a four-tower “vertical village” at the heart of Bel-Air Makati that features five-star amenities. It also has its own mall – the Jazz Mall, complete with commercial and food establishments, and an SM Hypermarket, bringing the convenience of modern living to the community.
Meanwhile, Light Residences, a three-tower residential condominium, is strategically located along EDSA corner Madison St. and is conveniently linked to the Boni-EDSA MRT station.
The Light Mall, located at the first and second floors of the podium, will offer dining and entertainment areas. It will have three cinemas and a wide array of restaurants to choose from as well as a Savemore Market. The Light Mall is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Jazz Residences and Light Residences are part of the 22 condominium brands of SMDC, the residential arm of SM Prime. Other projects are Sun Residences in Quezon City; Chateau Elysee Residences in Bicutan, Paranaque; Mezza Residences and Mezza II Residences on Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City; Berkeley Residences in Katipunan, Quezon City; Grass Residences; Fern at Grass Residences in Quezon City beside SM North EDSA; Sea Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay;  Field Residences in Sucat, Paranaque; Princeton Residences in New Manila, Quezon City;  MPlace@South Triangle in Quezon City ;   Blue Residences in Katipunan, Quezon City;    Shine Residences in Pasig; Green Residences on Taft Avenue in Manila ; Shell Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay; Grace Residences in Taguig; Breeze Residences in Pasay; Trees Residences in Novaliches, Quezon City;  Shore Residences in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay and Wind Residences in Tagaytay.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Jose Mari Banzon
Executive Vice President
SM Development Corporation
Email: josemari.banzon@smdevelopment.com