Neiman Marcus Group to acquire the global online luxury business from Christoph and Susanne Botschen and Acton Capital Partners

Dallas, TX, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the global online luxury business from Christoph and Susanne Botschen and Acton Capital Partners. In addition, NMG will also be acquiring the THERESA flagship luxury fashion store in Munich from the Botschen family. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Based in Munich, Germany, was founded by Christoph and Susanne Botschen in 2006 as a way to expand the reach of the THERESA store in Munich. THERESA has long been established as the premier luxury multi-brand fashion store in Munich since its founding in 1987. The companies’ revenues are approximately $130 million annually. From its base in Munich, ships to over 120 countries globally with a highly localized approach and more than two-thirds of the company revenue comes from outside of Germany.’s strength in the European, Middle East, and Asia markets complements NMG’s core business in The United States. is well known for its highly curated mix of over 170 luxury
brands and for its depth of selection. The key categories are women’s ready to wear, shoes, handbags and accessories.

The online store and THERESA will be run as an independent subsidiary of NMG based in Munich. The management team including Managing Directors Dr. Thomas Mueller and Jens Riewenherm and Buying Director Justin O’Shea will be continuing in their current roles. An advisory board will be established for the independent business unit with Christoph and Susanne Botschen as well as representatives from NMG. The independent business unit will report to Joshua Schulman, currently President of Bergdorf Goodman. Mr. Schulman will add President of NMG International to his current responsibilities.

“With the acquisition of, Neiman Marcus Group takes yet another strategically significant step towards our long range international strategy to more broadly serve the affluent customer around the world. We are excited to add and the THERESA store to our prestigious portfolio of brands,” said Karen Katz, President and CEO Neiman Marcus Group. “Christoph and Susanne Botschen have brilliantly built and positioned and THERESA by catering to the international luxury customer who is young and fashion savvy through incomparable editing of fashion and the trends, along with superior service. As importantly, they have assembled a talented and accomplished team that will be a great cultural fit with our company.“

“We are very pleased to have found a strategic partner with a lot of experience,” said Christoph and Susanne Botschen, founders of “The Neiman Marcus Group perfectly understands the luxury fashion DNA of and the THERESA store and supports the continued international growth path of our business.

Both parties are going to benefit from this partnership and we are proud to be part of the NMG portfolio. We would like to thank the Acton team who helped us a great deal in scaling the business and organization, while keeping the spirit of a founder-led company intact.”

“We are thrilled with’s outstanding performance since our investment four years ago. Today it certainly is one of the world’s leading online stores for luxury fashion. Neiman Marcus Group is ideally suited to continue’s fantastic success story,” said Dr. Jan-Gisbert Schultze, Managing Partner at the Munich-based international growth equity investor Acton Capital Partners.

Morgan Stanley acted as the financial advisor to Neiman Marcus Group. Proskauer Rose LLP and Hengeler Mueller acted as legal counsel for Neiman Marcus Group. Altium Capital and Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisors to Christoph and Susanne Botschen and Acton Capital Partners, Milbank and Guett Olk Feldhaus acted as legal advisors.


About Neiman Marcus Group:
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Online segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call stores. The Online segment conducts direct to consumer operations under the Neiman
Marcus, Horchow, CUSP, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. For more information, visit

About and THERESA: is one of the world’s leading online retailers for luxury fashion. Launched in 2006, prides itself on offering the best choice of collections from more than 170 international top designers such as Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Valentino and many, many more. The product range includes clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. Around 500 new products go online every week. Following the long-term internationalization strategy now ships to more than 120 countries globally and with more than two-thirds of the company’s revenue coming from outside of Germany. The company employs over 200 people at its locations in Aschheim and Heimstetten near Munich. The THERESA local store was established in 1987 by Christoph and Susanne Botschen. With its’ superior choice of luxury fashion products and long-term relations to the best luxury brands globally THERESA is the core as well as foundation of the success. For more information, visit

About Acton Capital Partners:
Acton Capital Partners is an independent, partner-led growth equity investor in the internet sector. The investment focus of Acton’s Heureka I and II Funds is B2C and B2smallB oriented business models in e-commerce, online marketplaces, e-services and media. The current Heureka portfolio includes 15 companies, such as Clio, Etsy, Linas Matkasse, MyOptique Group, KupiVip and Investment success stories of the Acton team during the past 15 years include AbeBooks, Alando,, Elitepartner, HolidayCheck, OnVista and zooplus. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements From time to time, Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC (the “Company”) may make statements that predict or forecast future events or results, depend on future events for their accuracy or otherwise contain “forward-looking information.” These statements are made based on management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events and are not guarantees of future performance.

The Company cautions readers that actual results may differ materially as a result of various factors, some of which are beyond its control, including but not limited to: weakness in domestic and global capital markets and other economic conditions and the impact of such conditions on the Company’s ability to obtain credit; general economic and political conditions or changes in such conditions, including relationships between the United States and the countries from which the Company sources its merchandise; economic, political, social or other events resulting in the short-or long-term disruption in business at the Company’s stores, distribution centers or offices; changes in consumer confidence resulting in a reduction of discretionary spending on goods; changes in the demographic or retail environment; changes in consumer preferences or fashion trends; changes in the Company’s relationships with customers due to, among other things, its failure to provide quality service and competitive loyalty programs, its inability to provide credit pursuant to its proprietary credit card arrangement or its failure to protect customer data or comply with regulations surrounding information security and privacy; the effects of incurring a substantial amount of indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities; the ability to refinance the Company’s indebtedness under its senior secured credit facilities and the effects of any refinancing; the effects upon the Company of complying with the covenants contained in its senior secured credit facilities; restrictions on the terms and conditions of the indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities may place on the Company’s ability to respond to changes in its business or to take certain actions; competitive responses to the Company’s loyalty programs, marketing, merchandising and promotional efforts or inventory liquidations by vendors or other retailers; changes in the financial viability of the Company’s competitors; seasonality of the retail business; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters, particularly during peak selling seasons; delays in anticipated store openings and renovations; the Company’s success in enforcing its intellectual property rights; changes in the Company’s relationships with designers, vendors and other sources of merchandise, including changes in the level of goods and/or changes in the form in which such goods are made available to us for resale; delays in receipt of merchandise ordered due to work stoppages or other causes of delay in connection with either the manufacture or shipment of such merchandise; changes in foreign currency exchange or inflation rates; significant increases in paper, printing and postage costs; changes in key management personnel and the Company’s ability to retain key management personnel; changes in the Company’s relationships with certain of its key sales associates and the Company’s ability to retain its key sales associates; changes in government or regulatory requirements increasing the Company’s costs of operations; litigation that may have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results or reputation; terrorist activities in the United States and elsewhere; the impact of funding requirements related to the Company’s pension plan; the Company’s ability to provide credit to its customers pursuant to its proprietary credit card program arrangement, including any future changes in the terms of such arrangement and/or legislation impacting the extension of credit to its customers; and the design and implementation of new information systems as well as enhancements of existing systems.

These and other factors that may adversely affect the Company’s future performance or financial condition are contained in its Annual Report in Form 10-K and other reports filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

For more information:
Neiman Marcus Group:
Ginger Reeder
Vice President, Corporate Communications
+1 214.573.5822
ginger_reeder@neimanmarcus and THERESA:
Sebastian Warschow
Head of PR & Corporate Communications

Acton Capital Partners
Anja Seipp, Seipp Kommunikationsberatung

H&M introduces Conscious Denim collection in October 2

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — On October 2, H&M introduces Conscious Denim, a collection with clean styling and contemporary fits, that not only uses more sustainable materials, but also more conscious processes. In a first for H&M, the washes used on its denim have been graded to assess their environmental impact, including energy and water use. The collection includes pieces for women, men and children, and will be available worldwide in around 1,000 stores for women and 700 stores for men, as well as online.

“We’re so excited about Conscious Denim at H&M. We’ve worked hard to reduce the environmental impact from the washing processes alongside using materials that are more sustainable. The collection is full of great pieces, and proves how sustainability can equal great style,” says Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability H&M.

The result is a full collection with modern cuts in deep indigo tones. For women, Conscious Denim has the essential styles of the season, from low-waisted or high-waisted skinny jeans to boyfriend cut and tapered ankle. Alongside these denim essentials, there are also pieces made from conscious materials that wear just like denim, to create the full look. Jogger jeans in knitted indigo have the softness of sweatpants, while an indigo boilersuit in Tencel has a sharp, slim fit.

For men, classic 5 pocket styles in raw denim are joined by jeans in different cuts and washes. As well as a deep indigo denim jacket, there’s a twill workers jacket while an indigo wool coat is the perfect outer layer for the season. Meanwhile for kids there are different styles, including jeans and dungarees, all in conscious materials.

When creating Conscious Denim, H&M used criteria from Spanish denim consultants Jeanologia to test its denim washing processes, including water consumption and energy consumption. To meet the Conscious Denim standards at H&M, the materials have to be more sustainable, and the washes have to achieve the highest status according to Jeanologia’s criteria.

Each garment in the Conscious Denim range will feature the Clever Care label, with details on sustainable wear and care, while in store hang tags will describe the conscious qualities of each piece. It’s all part of H&M’s long term commitment to more sustainable fashion, details of which can be found at

For more information about Jeanologia please visit


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H&M introduces Conscious Denim collection in October 2

H&M introduces Conscious Denim collection in October 2

H&M and the ILO new partnership aims to further strengthen the sustainability work in H&M’s supply chain

The new partnership will address industrial relations, wages, capacity building for social partners and skills development.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — The cooperation between H&M and the ILO dates back to 2001, when H&M joined the ILO Better Factories programme in Cambodia. The new strategic partnership will promote a wide range of activities with the aim to further strengthen the sustainability work in H&M’s supply chain. The activities will be both at the global, national and enterprise level in a large number of countries. The partnership is also intended to establish a positive model for other operators and create a global alliance to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

“Issues in the garment industry are systemic and require action that helps develop effective industrial relations and promote respect of international labour standards. There is therefore an urgent need to establish strategic and comprehensive collaborations with companies that have experience in these fields, such as H&M,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

The ILO has a tripartite structure with governments, employers’ organizations and workers’ organizations from 185 countries as members

“We see the cooperation as a great opportunity to further strengthen our work towards the establishment of well-functioning industrial relations on all our strategic production markets. ILO, with its unique tripartite composition, is the perfect partner for addressing issues such as wages and training and skills development in the textile industry,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M.


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H&M and the ILO new partnership aims to further strengthen the sustainability work in H&M’s supply chain

H&M and the ILO new partnership aims to further strengthen the sustainability work in H&M’s supply chain and Kobo launch the world’s most seamless shopping and reading experience

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ —, the largest provider of eBooks in the Netherlands and Belgium, has joined forces with Kobo, one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, to revolutionize how readers enjoy digital books by introducing the world’s most seamless shopping and reading experience.

Dutch and Flemish gain access to two million Dutch-language and international eBooks

Starting today, all of Kobo’s eReaders and tablets are available via Moreover customers will have access to the combined Kobo and selection of eBooks – two million eBooks including a full selection of international titles. Over the next few months, and Kobo will launch innovations to make digital reading even more user-friendly.

As a result of this partnership, eBooks purchased on either or Kobo are automatically accessible on Kobo devices. In addition, eBooks will be available via the reading app coming in a few weeks, which will allow people to read on any tablet or smartphone – giving readers access to their libraries anywhere, anytime, on any device. This makes the experience of buying and reading eBooks even more of an optimal reading experience.

One in seven non-fiction books sold is digital introduced digital reading in the Netherlands and Belgium five years ago, and since then has experienced amazing growth. In addition to the 1.2 million eReaders sold in the Netherlands, customers can also read their eBooks digitally via tablets and smartphones. The selection of eBooks has grown enormously over the past few years. One in seven non-fiction books sold in the Netherlands is digital*; at it is as many as one in four. Daniel Ropers, Director of “We see that the interest in digital reading is increasing every year across all genres. We therefore believe strongly in the potential presented by digital reading, and we are convinced that investing in innovation is the ideal way to encourage digital reading, and by extension reading in general.”

In terms of mission and focus, Kobo and are aligned and share a vision for serving the book-buying customer. Kobo is a Canadian-based company founded in 2009 with a mission to serve the world’s avid readers by striving to offer the best digital reading experience possible. Like, Kobo believes the best solution to ensure reading is by getting technology out of the way so that ideas and stories can make their way from author to reader with as little friction as possible. People simply want to read more. The company has quickly expanded globally, bringing its eReading services and technology to 190 countries around the world. It entered the Dutch market in 2012 and has become the leading device- and the second largest eBook-seller in the Netherlands, where its eReaders were top rated by the Dutch Consumer Association (Consumentenbond) in 2013 and 2014.

Next phase of innovation

Daniel Ropers, Director of “Over the past five years, we have invested in expanding our selection of eBooks and in improving their ease of use and the experience of reading. For instance, we’re taking part in the recently introduced industry initiative LeesID that creates the opportunity to automatically collect all of your eBook purchases in your own personal digital bookshelf – even those bought from other retailers. The partnership with Kobo takes us to the next phase in innovation, in which we combine the world’s best eReaders and reading systems with the largest eBook retailer in the Netherlands and Belgium. Thanks to our close cooperation, we can now offer our customers a wider selection of eBooks and the very best eReaders. We are also working together on a series of improvements and innovations that we hope to announce over the coming months. I expect that these initiatives will allow us to give digital reading its biggest boost of the past five years.”

“We are pleased to be in partnership with one of the pioneers and innovators of eReading in the Netherlands and Belgium,” said Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Content Officer, Kobo. “Like, we believe that success comes from loving books as much as our customers do. The adoption of digital books in this market has been tremendously successful and we expect this growth to continue — we are thrilled that and Kobo will be working together to give consumers the most content-rich eReading experience possible.”

International eBooks

Thanks to the partnership with Kobo, has expanded its catalogue, including international business titles and bestsellers. These titles are available with a variety of payment methods, including iDeal and bank transfer.

Open digital reading system

With Kobo, continues to offer an open digital reading system, meaning customers can decide for themselves on which device they would like to read their eBooks – a Kobo device, or their own tablets or smartphones. Customers who have previously purchased a Sony Reader™ from can continue to access their library and purchase new books while enjoying the convenience of all of the applications for digital reading that offers.

* GFK, KVB-smb rapportage e-boeken, July 2014

US Foods launches new product line featuring creations that are rich in tradition and full of fun this fall

Trendy Twists on Old Favorites Will Delight Crowds This Season

Rosemontt, Ill., 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Nothing brings families and friends closer together than a great meal, and this fall, US Foods is introducing a new product line featuring creations that are rich in tradition and full of fun. From Metro Deli® Kettle Cooked Chips and Chef’s Line® All Natural Bratwurst to Multipurpose Pumpkin Spice Baking Mix by Monarch® and Chef’s Line Craft Artisan Sodas, the new items feature seasonal flavors that will score with restaurants across the country.

“Summer is coming to a close, and with colder temperatures comes cozy gatherings among friends and family, inspiring chefs to bring fall comfort foods to their menus,” said Pietro Satriano, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “Our 10th edition of Scoop features traditional dishes with a trendy, modern twist that give our customers everything they need to make their restaurants the center of fall gatherings.”

Comfort foods are a staple for diners who crave hearty meals with savory flavors. With another autumn season upon us, restaurants are featuring satisfying dishes and meals that provide diners with a little taste of home.

To celebrate its new product line, US Foods is raising glasses of the new Chef’s Line Craft Artisan Sodas, which includes flavors like Mexican Cola and Ginger Beer. Also joining this year’s fall lineup is Chef’s Line All Natural Braised Beef Chuck Short Ribs with tender and juicy meat that delivers fall-off-the-bone goodness. For a tasty pairing of two classic favorites, Monarch® White and Sweet Potato Frites combines julienne cut white flesh potatoes and sweet potatoes to give diners the best of both worlds. Molly’s Kitchen® brings the flavors of the southwest with its Premium Cowboy Beer and Bean Chili, loaded with warm ingredients that family and friends can enjoy together.

“Mash-up” desserts are one of the most popular trends hitting menus this fall, and Devonshire® is offering two new premium desserts, Lemon Raspberry Layered Cheesecake and Sweet Potato Maple Layered Cheesecake, that give diners decadent bites of cake, cheesecake and pie wrapped in one slice.

The Fall Scoop also continues US Foods’ exclusive relationship with famed meat purveyor, Pat LaFrieda, who is serving up tasty game day favorites with a twist for football fans. The Chef’s Line All Natural Bratwurst, Italian Style Meatball and Jalapeno Cheddar Meatball all pack great flavors and are sure to be a hit during football season.

“Our new Scoop products are full of flavor and provide the perfect balance between old and new,” said Satriano. “This new line offers US Foods customers items that will help them create memorable menus for diners in every segment to enjoy together.”

In addition to great comfort food, the fall Scoop also introduces three new tapas dishes that were selected straight from Barcelona. Molly’s Kitchen Premium Chopped Ham Croquettes and Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken and Harbor Banks® Calamari Rings and Tentacles are small, shareable bites that pack authentic, Spanish-inspired flavor and are perfect for appetizers or small plates.

Beyond creating a great menu, providing entertainment is essential to the perfect group outing. US Foods is introducing its exclusive Q & Ate game. Diners can download the game app displayed on drink coasters, which quizzes players on their knowledge of food and history.

For the first time, a Spanish-language version of Scoop will also be available to US Foods customers. To see the full fall edition and learn more about the product offerings from US Foods, visit You can also friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at


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Co-op awarded the 2014 Canadian Fairtrade Award for Excellence in Merchandising for outstanding promotion of the fair trade system and products in Canada

TORONTO, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op was recognized for its commitment to fair trade products and awareness last week in Toronto. It is the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Fairtrade Award for Excellence in Merchandising for outstanding promotion of the fair trade system and products in Canada.

“Not only are co-operatives and fair trade different ways of doing business, but many fair trade products are produced by co-operatives,” said Ron Welke, Associate Vice-President of Food at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “Working together, Co-op and fair trade businesses are supporting local economies, helping communities here at home and abroad.”

Although selection varies by retail, Co-op has sourced over 60 fair trade products available in six categories: coffee, hot beverages, baking, cereal and ice cream. Co-op sells an organic coffee under its Co-op Gold store-brand label. Two Co-op Gold fair trade and organic chocolate bars were introduced in 2014.

Co-op held its seventh annual Fair Trade Coffee Day on May 9. Co-op also promoted awareness of fair trade and associated products in food flyers and in-store displays in May. The Co-op Gold chocolate bar was featured online and through a promotion which handed out 70,000 free products.

Co-op won the award in the large national or regional grocery chain category in 2012 and 2013. Fairtrade Canada launched the awards in 2012 to recognize Canadian retail and food service businesses committed to fair trade products.


Toys“R”Us® and Claire’s to bring trendy, fashion-forward products to Toys“R”Us customers in select stores around the world

More Than 100 Claire’s Branded Shops to Be Open in Toys“R”Us Stores Around the World by the End of 2014

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us®, the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, and Claire’s, one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories for young women and girls, today announced they have entered into a strategic global partnership to bring trendy, fashion-forward products to Toys“R”Us customers in select stores around the world. Following a successful pilot program in Europe, Claire’s-branded shops within Toys“R”Us stores will expand to nearly 100 locations across the continent, including stores in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Spain, and set in 12 Toys“R”Us stores in the United States by the end of 2014. Shoppers will be able to choose from thousands of products found in Claire’s stand-alone stores, including a unique assortment of jewelry, headbands, hair and fashion accessories, jewelry holders, legwear, seasonal items and more. The partnership is expected to grow and evolve over time.

Two Claire’s locations in the United States will officially debut this week in the company’s flagship Toys“R”Us Times Square and FAO Schwarz stores in New York City. These larger shop locations will be the only stores to feature ear piercing services at this time. The additional 10 locations in the United States are expected to be open by the end of October and will be located in Murrieta, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Jensen Beach, FL; Florence, KY; Waldorf, MD; Henderson, NV; Toledo, OH; Tulsa, OK; Philadelphia, PA; and Houston, TX.

“Claire’s has long been a destination for young fashion-forward shoppers looking to find the most trend-right accessories, and we’re delighted to bring their expertise to our tween business,” said Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We continue to explore new concepts that bring fresh merchandising content and offerings to our Toys“R”Us customers around the world.”

Featuring the distinctive purple Claire’s signage, as well as gray fixturing coupled with moveable display floor racks, Claire’s shops within a Toys“R”Us store will be a destination for young fashionistas seeking the most up-to-date trends in jewelry and accessories. The shops will vary in size by location.

“We are excited to expand our Claire’s global footprint to Toys“R”Us locations across the globe and expose new customers to our fashionable brand,” said Beatrice Lafon, Chief Executive Officer, Claire’s Inc. “The Claire’s shops in Toys“R”Us stores will offer consumers a constantly refreshed assortment of the hottest trending jewelry and accessories for which Claire’s is known.”

The two brands will support the launch with a cross-promotional program, inclusive of targeted email marketing, social media and signage within participating Toys“R”Us stores.

For high-resolution photos of the Claire’s shop in FAO Schwarz, click here and Toys“R”Us Times Square, 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 877 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 710 international stores and over 195 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,, and, 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 Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at, and and on Twitter at

About Claire’s Inc.
Claire’s Inc. is one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and girls ages 3 to 35. The Company operates through its two store concepts: Claire’s and Icing. As of February 1, 2014, Claire’s Inc. operated 3,114 stores in 18 countries throughout North America, Europe, and China. The Company also franchised 421 stores in 27 countries primarily located in the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and Central and South America. More information regarding Claire’s Stores is available on the Company’s corporate website at

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Toys“R”Us® reveals its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List

Charm-azing Bracelets, Stretchy Heroes in a Half Shell, Little Chirping Love Birds, a Virtual Construction Set and 200 Pound-Towing Truck Are Among the Top Toys Named to the Company’s Annual and Industry-Leading Gift List

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — With the holiday shopping season approaching, Toys“R”Us® today revealed its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List. The annual list of 36 items, determined by Toys“R”Us play experts after months of extensive research, is packed with a wide range of brand new toys, games and other playthings expected to be at the top of kids’ wish lists this year. For the full list, visit or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #TRUHotToyList.

“We take great pride in providing parents and gift-givers with a reliable and definitive shopping list that they can use as a starting point to help ensure kids will be smiling from ear-to-ear when they open their presents on Christmas morning,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Our team of toy experts has a proven track record of predicting what are expected to be the most coveted toys each holiday season. By sharing our unique toy insights, while offering compelling services and savings opportunities, including the introduction of free online layaway and our new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program with “R”Us credit card incentives, we’re determined to help make holiday gifting easy for our customers.”

THE TOYS“R”US “FABULOUS 15”: The Best-of-the-Best of the Holiday Season

Among the 36 items named to the Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List are the Fabulous 15, expected to be the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season:

Shoppers Encouraged to Share Favorite #TRUHotToyList Picks via Social Media

Starting today and throughout the holidays, Toys“R”Us will engage its fans – both kids and kids at heart – to share their top picks from the #TRUHotToyList on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. As part of the company’s ongoing “C’mon, Let’s Play” brand marketing campaign, customers are also encouraged to share how toys inspire them in their everyday lives using the hashtag, #LetsPlay. Shoppers can visit and follow @ToysRUs on Twitter to find deals on hot toys, information about popular items and ask the company’s toy experts for advice in selecting perfect playthings for the children on their holiday shopping lists. Additionally, those who are “Pin-terested” in exploring, sharing and curating their favorite kids’ gift ideas can follow Toys“R”Us on Pinterest, where they’ll find a dedicated #TRUHotToyList board.

Hot Toys Showcased Front-and-Center In-Store and Online for Gifting Made Easy

While the company will feature items named to the Holiday Hot Toy List in print and digital advertisements throughout the season and bring ongoing shipments of these must-have playthings to its stores right up until Christmas Eve, Toys“R”Us is going one step further to make shopping for the season’s most sought-after toys even easier. Beginning in October, customers will find the Fabulous 15 in the company’s dedicated “Here’s What’s Hot” shop at the front of all Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. As the season progresses, new toy introductions and trending products will be featured within the shop to provide shoppers with easy access to great gifts, without the guesswork

Those eager to shop the items featured on the Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List from the comfort of home or on-the-go can check out for all their gift-giving needs. In addition, the company’s new online Gift Finder allows shoppers to browse a vast array of playthings grouped by age, toy category, current promotions and more.

Trusted Expertise and Great Value During the Holidays and Beyond

By leveraging its unique position as a dedicated toy retailer, Toys“R”Us offers a selection of thousands of toys that can’t be found anywhere else. Plus, the company’s store employees are specially trained to share unique insights and reliable recommendations to its solution-seeking and time-strapped customers to help them identify the best gifts for the kids on their lists. Toys“R”Us is also committed to providing customers with an enjoyable shopping experience during the busy holiday season. With trucks filled with new toy deliveries arriving daily, parents and gift-givers have the best chance of finding the hottest toys in-stock at Toys“R”Us. Additionally, the company’s Price Match Guarantee lets customers shop with confidence and know they’re getting the best value. Toys“R”Us will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items when customers present a local competitor’s print ad or their website showing the item available for less. For more information, please visit

Introducing New Rewards“R”Us Loyalty Program and Free Online Layaway

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Toys“R”Us has launched a new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program. The more than 18 million existing Rewards“R”Us members or those who sign up in-store or online at, can now bank points for future purchases, enjoy an extended validity period when redeeming their rewards and receive exclusive savings and offers more than ever before. In addition, loyalty members who are also “R”Us credit cardholders earn double Rewards points on any in-store or online “R”Us purchase they make with their card. “R”Us credit cardholders can also take part in 10%* off Thursdays at any “R”Us location. Plus, MasterCard holders can also earn points on items purchased at stores other than Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us.

Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at and, make subsequent payments either in-store or online and choose to pick up their order in a local store or have it delivered right to their home. This offering is in addition to the company’s in-store layaway program. Toys“R”Us will once again offer FREE layaway for the holiday season, waiving the $5 service fee generally associated, now for both online and in-store layaway orders. More details are available at

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THE 2014 #TRUHotToyList

From Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids, the 2014 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List represents the top new toys of the year in each age group:

Baby’s First Christmas:

Bright Starts™ Having a Ball!™ Hide & Spin Monkey™ from Kids II®

It’s time for some monkey business! By picking up balls, placing them into the top of the monkey’s hat and pressing his nose, little ones can watch with excitement as the balls spiral down the ramp. With bright lights and silly monkey sounds and songs, parents should prepare for ongoing laughter. The Hide & Spin Monkey also encourages sit-to-stand play. 4 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 6 to 36 months.

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch ‘n Crawl from Fisher-Price®

This too-cute Minnie Mouse is moving and grooving, encouraging crawlers to join along and further develop gross motor skills. With just a press of Minnie’s back, babies will hear adorable phrases such as “great job!” and “aren’t you sweet?” followed by Minnie crawling to a sweet melody. Minnie is soft to the touch and sized just right for little ones. 2 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years.

13 months to 2 years:

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride Elephant from Fisher-Price®

This adorable elephant pal comes ready to play and ride with lights, music and three “grow-with-me” stages to get infants moving. Babies can bounce up and down, then steady their first steps as a walker, and ultimately take a ride. Upbeat tunes, fun sounds, phrases and sing-along songs encourage and reward actions of little learners. The elephant’s big, soft ears move as babies move to add even more fun and excitement. 2 “AAA” batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years.

Giggly Gears™ Twirltable™ from Little Tikes®

Little imaginations will spin into gear with this engaging and interactive Toys“R”Us exclusive play table. With over 20 colorful gears that turn, swirl and wind, there are endless ways to play and countless hours of imaginative fun to be had. Parents will love to watch as toddlers invent new ways to spin and stack gears while music plays. 2 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 12 months and up.

2 to 4 years:

Cabbage Patch Kids® 14-Inch SKECHERS® Twinkle Toes Kid with Backpack from JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

Kids can’t help but shine when playing with the all-new Toys“R”Us exclusive 14-inch Cabbage Patch Kid, featuring real light-up accessories and SKECHERS shoes. Available in a variety of ethnicities, face shapes, hair colors, eye colors and more to choose from, each Cabbage Patch Kid has a one-of-a-kind name and comes with a birth certificate and adoption papers. 6 “AG13/LR44” batteries required (included). Ages 3 years and up.

Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile from Just Play™

Little doctors in training can join Doc McStuffins in treating tiny ‘patients’ with this mobile clinic, giving them everything they need to provide on-the-go care. Physicians-to-be can activate lights, a siren and the “Doc Mobile” song, as well as use the EKG, check patients’ temperatures with a thermometer and ensure hearing health with an otoscope. Just like at the end of any doctor’s visit, tiny caretakers can soothe boo-boos with bandage stickers and call in the diagnosis with the working CB radio. 2 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 3 years and up.

FurReal Friends® Get Up and Go Go My Walkin’ Pup™ from Hasbro®

A day together is the best day ever with this new furry friend. Kids can talk to her and she’ll bark back with sweet ruffs and other puppy sounds, or walk her with the included remote control leash for hours of pretend play. Download the free iOS or Android™ FurReal Friends app to mix up this pup’s playtime by creating tasty meals and giving her a bubbly bath. 4 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 4 to 6 years.

Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ from Vtech®

Little explorers can peruse each room in this Toys“R”Us exclusive, three-story interactive home complete with a playroom, motorized elevator, tire swing and more. Simply by placing Miss Norah or other Go! Go! Smart Friends on MagicPoint™ locations within the playset, kids will elicit fun responses, songs and sounds, bringing the cast of characters to life. With over 40 sounds, songs and phrases, coupled with educational features that help develop both learning and fine motor skills, this home is both a parent and child’s dream. 2 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 2 to 3 years.

PAW Patrol Lookout HQ Playset™ from Spin Master™

The ultimate location featured in every PAW Patrol episode is brought to life with this interactive playset, allowing fans to recreate their favorite moments from the show. Complete with a working elevator, slide, lights and sounds, the Lookout HQ comes with a Chase figure and vehicle. Kids can save the day PAW Patrol-style by launching Chase down the slide to quickly hop into his vehicle, playing out the adventures from the Nickelodeon preschool TV series in their living room. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch ‘N’ Shout Leonardo from Playmates Toys®

Turtles in training will rejoice “Cowabunga!” as they stretch out the rubberized arms of their favorite hero in a half shell up to an 8-inch wingspan! The 8-inch-tall stylized figure calls out character-famous phrases and “battle shouts,” such as “let’s do it!” and “it’s Turtle time.” As Leonardo’s arms are pulled further, the pitch of his voice gets higher and higher. 3 “AAA” batteries required (included). Ages 4 years and up.

You & Me So Many Babies from Toys“R”Us®

Kids can prepare for five times the fun with this set of lovable baby dolls, each of which features different outfits and accessories, as well as their own too-cute expression, letting their unique personalities shine through. Designed to exceed the expectations of little ones who desire to take on the role as caregiver through nurturing pretend play, this Toys“R”Us exclusive collection will provide hours of fun. No batteries required. Ages 2 years and up.

5 to 7 years:

Barbie® Endless Curls™from Mattel®

Fashionistas can style Barbie like never before and curl her hair with three no-heat tools to create various looks and endless possibilities. By using the tools or included signature-style brush, kids can curl and then straighten her hair to start all over. Barbie’s on-trend outfit features an all-pink dress dazzled with glitter and black pumps, sure to compliment her glamorous hairdo. No batteries required. Ages 5 years and up.

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa from Tolly

Frozen fanatics can experience the magic of their favorite film over and over again with this Elsa doll as she sings the hit song, “Let It Go,” and recites up to 15 sounds and phrases from the best moments in the hit movie. With just a touch of her magical snowflake necklace, Elsa’s dress lights up in a flurry of color, creating an enchanting winter wonderland. What’s more, Elsa can sing and speak in English and Spanish. 3 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 3 years and up.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) from Disney Interactive

The world’s most iconic Marvel super heroes are assembling for the next iteration of Disney’s hybrid toy/video game franchise, Disney Infinity. Featuring more than 20 new interactive figures from across the Marvel and Disney universes, original storylines and an enhanced Toy Box mode, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) makes it easier than ever for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. Fans also can play with their entire collection of interactive figures and Power Discs from the original Disney Infinity, which is compatible with the game’s Toy Box mode. The game will initially launch with characters from The Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. No batteries required. Ages 6 to 10 years. Rated E-10+ by the ESRB. This item will be available beginning Tuesday, September 23 on Nintendo Wii U™,Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4computer entertainment system and PC and iOS tablets and smart phones.

Imaginext® Battle Rover from Fisher-Price®

Offering the ultimate Imaginext® outer space experience, this giant playset vehicle doubles as a removable space shuttle complete with everything a young space explorer needs to create out-of-this-world adventures. Featuring projectile disk launchers, an alien-detecting chamber, and 200 unique sound effects and phrases, the Rover is equipped with many compact and portable items ranging from a kid-activated control panel, 3 included figures and a small vehicle. With so much to hear, see and do, this colossally cool-looking vehicle will take kids’ imaginations into another galaxy. 7 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 3 to 8 years.

Journey Girls® Holiday Doll from Toys“R”Us®

Joining the line of award-winning, Toys“R”Us exclusive 18-inch Journey Girls® dolls for a limited time, Mikaella is ready to sparkle for the 2014 holiday season in London, dressed to the nines in a grand purple gown and luxurious accessories. Perfect for any child or collector, the doll comes adorned in a full-length formal dress that features asymmetrical tiers and a floral accent with starburst rhinestones at the waist, as well as a floral headband, teardrop “diamond” necklace, black faux fur stole, black formal gloves, pearl bracelet, purse and purple flats. No batteries required. Ages 6 years and up.

LeapTV™ from LeapFrog®

This first-ever active video gaming system from LeapFrog combines activity and movement with true education curriculum. Built with little players in mind, the inventive LeapTV™device features a unique transforming controller, which, with the simple press of a button, can configure from traditional controller style into a motion and LED pointer controller. Also featuring a motion-sensing camera, children can “magically” appear in the game and explore activities like dance and martial arts. With three modes of play – body motion, pointer play and classic control – this system gets kids moving while teaching a range of skill across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Parents can also add to their children’s LeapTV experience through the console’s extensive Learning Library, including dozens of video games and videos. 2 “AA” batteries required (controller) (not included). Ages 3 to 8 years.

Little Live Pets™ Bird Cage Love Birds Double Pack from Moose Toys™

This bird cage gives two tweeting pets their very own portable home, in which they can sit and swing together. The interactive love birds respond to noise and touch by chirping away. The more they play the happier they become, whistling a special tune all the while. Kids can press the button on the birds’ chests to record up to 10 seconds of sound that the feathered friends will repeat back in a sing-song fashion. 2 “AAA” batteries required (included). Ages 5 years and up.

Little Live Pets™ My Butterfly House from Moose Toys™

These colorful, Toys“R”Us exclusive electronic butterflies are sure to fly into kids’ hearts, each featuring unique and vibrant hues, life-like antennae and a realistic wing flapping pattern. When held, they flutter, making for a magically real experience. 2 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 5 years and up.

MAX Tow Truck™ from JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

Kids will have a blast testing the strength and power of this ultimate toy tow truck. With over 50 phrases and sounds, plus the impressive ability to climb objects and push and pull up to 200 pounds, MAX Tow Truck will have drivers maneuvering like a pro. 6 “C” batteries required (not included). Ages 6 years and up.

Play-Doh® DohVinci™ Anywhere Art Studio™ from Hasbro®

This unique make-and-display art experience will have aspiring Picassos’ creativity popping off the page. With the included Styler, mini artists can easily add dots, zigzag lines and other details by aiming, squeezing and designing the Deco Pops for endless creative possibilities. The innovative air-dry design make for a fun and mess-free experience. No batteries required. Ages 6 years and up.

Skylanders Trap Team™ from Activision Publishing, Inc.

Skylanders™ is taking its signature Toys-to-Life play pattern to new levels by bringing life-to-toys for the first time. With Skylanders Trap Team™, the latest extension of the award-winning, top-selling franchise, Portal Masters will seek out and defeat the most wanted villains, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in new magical Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they will fight for good. Each starter pack comes complete with the Traptanium Portal™, which enables kids to bring their figures to life and capture villains when placing new Traps on the portal. Kids can also hear the villains inside the Traps, an innovation that truly brings life to toys. No batteries required. Ages 6 to 10 years. Rated E-10+ by the ESRB. This item will be available beginning Sunday, October 5 on Nintendo Wii™, Wii U™, 3DS™,  Xbox 360™and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and a variety of iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.

STAR WARS™ Rebels Command Star Destroyer from Hasbro®

Kids can finally take command of the greatest battles in STAR WARS history with this interactive playset, which comes complete with 8 collectible figures. With a command controller that moves destroyers and has the ability to unleash up to 4 energy blast balls, children can help determine the fate of the galaxy by using the power of the force. Includes 8 collectible figures. 4 “AA” batteries required (not included) and 2 “AAA” required (controller) (not included). Ages 5 to 7 years.

TRANSFORMERS Stomp & Chomp GRIMLOCK from Hasbro®

This fast-changing, 20-inch robot will have kids eager to take on the Decepticons! In just one step, GRIMLOCK can transform from a gigantic robot to a dinosaur with a chomping jaw and light-up eyes. With pop-out weapons and a mighty sword, Stomp & Chomp GRIMLOCK gets kids ready for any TRANSFORMERS adventure. Power battlers and one-step changing figures (sold separately) activate different lights, sounds and weapons. 2 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 5 to 7 years.

Wacky-Tivities™ Kinetic Sand from Spin Master™

Kids of all ages will love this soft, stretchy, squeezable sand that flows through fingers like slow-moving liquid, but leaves hands completely dry and mess-free. Imaginations will run wild, as children build and rebuild their favorite shapes, castles, figures and more, over and over again. No batteries required. Ages 3 years and up.

8 to 11 years:

Charmazing™ Color Me Up! from Wooky Entertainment Inc.

Charmazing™ is the trendiest craze to style kids’ wrists this year. This Toys“R”Us exclusive design-it-yourself jewelry craft line features expandable, stackable bracelets and collectible charms. Ultimate fashionistas can use their imaginations and enjoy hours of totally chic bracelet and accessory making fun with over 100 stylish and symbolic collectible charms to customize their creations. Children can also download the free iOS or Android™ app to share and show off their collections with the ultimate goal of becoming true Charm Masters in the digital universe. No batteries required. Ages 8 years and up. This item will be available beginning in October.

Kurio Xtreme™ (Pink) from Techno Source™

This 7-inch, Wi-Fi enabled Android™ 4.4 (KitKat) tablet is the ultimate electronic device for kids, delivering a fun and safe digital experience. The first-ever tablet with body-motion games, Kurio Xtreme™ includes more than 10 exclusive Kurio Motion apps that help kids get moving as they swim, ski and speed race. With free kid-safe content preloaded, children can play to the extreme – right out of the box. This upgraded tablet includes a faster Intel© Atom™ processor, access to Google Play™, Bluetooth™ technology, 16 GB of internal memory and 24/7 customer care that allows parents to live chat with techs from the device, who can even help make adjustments for the tablet remotely. Plus, parents can rest assured their kids are web surfing safely with the Kurio Genius technology, which includes time controls, app management and allows for up to 8 individual user profiles. A blue or Toys“R”Us exclusive pink protective bumper comes included, as well as a Kurio Motion stand, micro USB cable and micro USB power adapter. No batteries required. Ages 6 years and up. This item will be available beginning in October.

LEGO® FUSION Town Master from LEGO® Systems Inc.

This Toys“R”Us exclusive simulation game allows players to create and rule their own LEGO® town, first by building it with LEGO bricks, then capturing a picture and importing it into a corresponding free iOS and Android™ LEGO FUSIONapp-based game. Kids can construct their town from the ground up, building everything from houses to businesses, such as a pizzeria, fire station and bike shop. Gamers and builders alike can complete errands and missions, including catching robbers, fighting fires and skateboarding. To keep the minifigure citizens happy, players can solve problems through physical building and earn points to gain access to more structures. They can even run additional towns. No batteries required. Ages 7 to 14 years.

Mutant Mania™ Mutant Masher from Moose Toys™

Get ready to rumble! Kids can load up their Mutant Mania™ characters in the Mutant Masher vehicle and hit the road. For on-the-go mutant mash-ups, this Toys“R”Us exclusive vehicle comes equipped with a stretching rack for character creation and ample room for storage. Plus, no Mutant Masher would be complete without character ejector seats and an exclusive Mutant Mania character. No batteries required. Ages 5 years and up. This item will be available beginning in October.

NERF Mega Thunderbow from Hasbro®

Calling all master bowmen. This long-range battle bow can launch NERF Mega whistler darts up to 100 feet and fires 5 mega darts at a time without reloading. Little bowmen will love showing off their skills with this rapid-firing Thunderbow, which includes 10 mega darts that whistle through the air. No batteries required. Ages 7 years and up.

Battroborg™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Battle Game from TOMY®

Kids can embrace their Turtle Power with this fast-moving, Toys“R”Us exclusive electronic battle game. Players’ precise katana controller movements command Leonardo™, Michelangelo™, Donatello™ and Raphael™, as they master battle skills in the secret training dojo to take down Shredder™ and the Foot Clan™. Multiple gameplay modes add extra excitement when controlling the Turtles around the treacherous trap doors. 8 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 7 years and up. This item will be available beginning in October.

Zoomer™ Dino (Onyx) from Spin Master™

Featuring a special onyx finish and complete with a tin collector case, children will have a blast as they teach this Toys“R”Us exclusive, animatronic prehistoric pal different tricks and watch him follow voice-activated commands. While Onyx Zoomer loves to play like any wild animal, this dinosaur will become agitated when his tail is pulled, so kids should look out for his roars and chomps! 3 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 5 years and up.  This item will be available beginning in October.

Big Kids:

Air Hogs® Vectron Wave® from Spin Master™

This hovering UFO (Unbelievable Flying Object) will have kids geared up for hours of man-powered fun, as it uses Smart Wave Control altitude-sensing technology to rise up and glide above obstacles. Kids can command its flight with just a wave of the hand, or use the catch sticks to play with a friend and watch as this flying electronic saucer “magically” hovers over any object.  6 “AA” batteries required (not included). Ages 8 years and up.

Hot Wheels® Street Hawk™ Remote Control Flying Car from Mattel®

Thrill-seekers can experience the fun of fast driving and flying with this remote controlled car. This vehicle offers dual terrain versatility with both on-ground remote controlled performance and the aerial performance of a plane. Featuring 360-degree proportional ground steering and a maximum flight height of 200 feet, kids are sure to enjoy this ride of the future. Complete with a reusable and portable package, this is R/C toy is ready for on-the-go action. 6 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 8 to 11 years.

MiP™ from WowWee

Meet kids’ new robotic friend, MiP! The first robot to balance on two wheels, this electronic and interactive pal is much more than a toy, with a responsive personality that comes to life through motion, sounds and LED eyes. In addition to 7 built-in play modes, kids can download the free iOS or Android™ MiP app to explore endless means of fun including games, tricks, laser tag and more. Children and parents alike can watch MiP dance to their favorite songs while controlling the intensity of the robot’s moves. MiP also comes with an attachable tray, which can carry items up to the robot’s own weight. 4 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 8 years and up.

Y-Fliker™ LIFT from Yvolution®

This latest addition to the Yvolution Y-Fliker™ range of innovative, 3-wheeled self-propelling scooters offers the ability to carve, drift, spin 360-degrees and pop wheelies like never before. The scooter’s patent-pending revolutionary lift technology makes it easy for kids to wheelie both forwards and sideways. Using the same motions as downhill skiing, riders need only move their hips and legs from side to side to get going and keep moving. Then, they simply lean back and “lift” to pop a wheelie. This Toys“R”Us exclusive features a sleek design, steel frame with internal break cables and a free-spinning trick handle bar. No batteries required. Ages 8 to 15 years.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 877 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 710 international stores and over 195 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,, and, 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 Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at, and and on Twitter at


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Wegmans launches the fall issue of Wegmans Menu Magazine with a two-day recipe and product sampling event, September 20-21, 2014

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-9-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans launches the fall issue of Wegmans Menu Magazine with a two-day recipe and product sampling event, September 20-21, 2014

WHO: Wegmans customers and members of the media are invited.

WHAT: A two-day recipe and product sampling event to launch the fall issue of Wegmans Menu Magazine , including balloons, music, Italian flags, cooking technique demos and a Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel cracking. Customers can also enter a drawing to win a ‘Fall Italian Pantry’ gift bag filled with products to help bring Mediterranean-fresh meals to the family table.< Recipe and product samples are offered in a variety of departments. To name some of them,

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21

Chef-led cooking demos include vegetable roasting at 11:00 a.m. both days in the produce department and meat braising at 11:30 a.m. both days in the meat department. For an additional crowd-pleaser, a giant wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano will be cracked open at 1:00 p.m. in the cheese shop on Saturday.

WHERE: All Wegmans Food Market locations.


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