Rite Aid sales results for October: same store sales up 5.5%; front-end same store sales up 2% and Pharmacy same store sales increased 7.1%

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for October.

Monthly Sales

For the four weeks ended Oct. 25, 2014, same store sales increased 5.5 percent over the prior-year period. October front-end same store sales increased 2.0 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 228 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 7.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 4.9 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 5.0 percent to $2.058 billion compared to $1.961 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 70.1 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.


Same store sales for the 34-week period ended Oct. 25, 2014 increased 4.0 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.9 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.4 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.4 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 34 weeks ended Oct. 25, 2014 increased 3.5 percent with sales of $16.982 billion compared to $16.410 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.9 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Oct. 25, 2014, the company operated 4,574 stores compared to 4,599 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.



Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. to release its third quarter 2014 financial results on November 12

Conference Call and Webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET

PLANO, Texas, 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ —  J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced today that it will release its third quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET. This will be followed by a live conference call and webcast conducted by Chief Executive Officer Mike Ullman and Chief Financial Officer Ed Record that will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To access the conference call, please dial (877) 280-4955, or (857) 244-7312 for international callers, and reference 95878519 participant code or visit the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.jcpenney.com.

Telephone playback will be available beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the meeting by dialing (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers and referencing 76302616 participant code.

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcpenney.com.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.


Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids on July 20-26, 2015 at Blythefield Country Club

Excitement builds for 2015 on heels of successful inaugural tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for food pantries across the Midwest, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world.

The tournament will be held July 20-26, 2015 at Blythefield Country Club, and will once again benefit the retailer’sSimply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest.

During the inaugural tournament Aug. 7-10, the crowds exceeded expectations with more than 40,000 spectators coming out for the week. Rookie superstar Mirim Lee claimed her first LPGA Tour victory with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff against fellow South Korean Inbee Park.

“The success of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft greatly exceeded our expectations, and afforded us an unmatched opportunity to raise awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “The community really embraced this tournament, and we look forward to bringing another exciting event to them next year.”

The praise for the inaugural event didn’t stop at the monetary impact on the hungry; it made a tremendous impact on the LPGA professionals during their week in Grand Rapids.

Runner-up Inbee Park noticed the crowds cheering her on throughout the week.

“I was really surprised how they love golf here in Michigan and how supportive they were,” Park said. “I’m very thankful that they are supporting golf and women’s golf.”

Stacy Lewis saw the value in adding locations like Grand Rapids to the LPGA schedule.

“I think just by the fans and all the crowds we’ve had this week, it shows that we need to be here,” said Lewis, the No. 1 ranked player in the world during the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We had a great first year.”

Some even spoke on the excitement for years to come.

“This was a first-class event,” Suzann Pettersen said. “The venue, great golf course. I’m happy to be back here next year.”

Visit MeijerLPGAClassic.com for updates and announcements about next year’s tournament.

About Meijer Simply Give
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official,www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contacts: Lesley Baker, 616-426-6225, lesley.baker@octagon.com; Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com


Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids on July 20-26, 2015 at Blythefield Country Club

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids on July 20-26, 2015 at Blythefield Country Club


7‑Eleven® invites customers in its second “pay-it-forward” pizza campaign this Halloween weekend

Retailer Invites Customers to Pay it Forward with Pizza

PORTLAND, Ore., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Halloween can be a scary holiday for kids. But not having enough food is even scarier for too many kids in the greater Portland and Vancouver, Wash., areas. Local 7‑Eleven® stores are inviting residents to do something about it this Halloween weekend in its second “pay-it-forward” pizza campaign.

More than 90 stores are participating in the three-day campaign. Customers can purchase a large pizza (pepperoni or cheese) for $5.55, which will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bankand Birch Community Services in Portland and the LINKS food program in Vancouver.

While 7‑Eleven’s pizzas are typically baked and served hot to customers, the donated pizzas are kept frozen until recipient families choose to prepare them. The pizzas will be distributed to the needy through local nonprofit organizations.

Last December, Portland 7‑Eleven stores invited customers to give away pizzas to the  needy. The idea took off. One store, the 7‑Eleven on NE Kane Drive in Gresham, sold 45 pizzas in a single day, and the customers donated more than 1,300 pizzas during the holiday campaign.

“Halloween is a holiday geared toward children who love to dress up and get treats in their neighborhoods,” said Larry Hughes, zone leader for 7‑Eleven stores in the Pacific Northwest. “Pizza is a lot of kids’ favorite food, and the pay-it-forward pizza program offers a quick and easy way for people to treat a needy family to a hot meal their children will love.”

A special display complete with pizza boxes and a colorful sign communicates the pay-it-forward campaign in the participating 7‑Eleven stores that offer hot foods like fresh-baked pizza, chicken tenders and wings.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates franchises or licenses more than 10,400 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.


Portland, Ore., -area 7‑Eleven® stores treat food banks in its pay-it-forward pizza campaign this Halloween weekend.  Customers can purchase a large pizza Oct. 31- Nov. 2 at the participating convenience stores that 7‑Eleven will then deliver to Oregon Food Bank and Birch Community Services in Portland and the LINKS food program in Vancouver, Wash.

Portland, Ore., -area 7‑Eleven® stores treat food banks in its pay-it-forward pizza campaign this Halloween weekend. Customers can purchase a large pizza Oct. 31- Nov. 2 at the participating convenience stores that 7‑Eleven will then deliver to Oregon Food Bank and Birch Community Services in Portland and the LINKS food program in Vancouver, Wash.

Toys“R”Us®’s annual resource for wishers and wish-granters The Great Big Christmas Book has arrived!

Toys“R”Us Welcomes Families to Build Christmas Wish Lists and Experience the Hottest Toys of 2014 at “Ultimate Wish Saturday” Events in November; The World’s Greatest Toy Store™ Makes it Easy to Give the Gift of Play this Holiday Season with Price Match Guarantee, Free In-Store Pickup, Better-Than-Ever Rewards“R”Us Loyalty Program and Free Shipping Offers

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that The Great Big Christmas Book, the company’s annual resource for wishers and wish-granters, has begun arriving in homes and will appear in newspapers nationwide on Saturday, November 1. This week, more than 8 million Toys“R”Us customers will receive a special edition of The Great Big Christmas Book, which features a unique cover that children can unwrap – just like a gift – to reveal the highly anticipated catalog, as well as a poster highlighting characters from the all-new and hugely popular Skylanders Trap Team™ game. With The Great Big Christmas Book deals valid Sunday, November 2 through Saturday, November 22, plus several “Ultimate Wish Saturday” events to be held throughout the month, kids can revel in building their holiday wish lists, check off their favorite playthings and visit their local Toys“R”Us store to experience this year’s hottest toys.

This year’s go-to guide for gift-givers reads like a child’s favorite storybook with 80 pages of toys divided into nine play-themed chapters, such as Dream & Pretend, Sparkle & Shine, Create & Explore, Build & Collect, Action & Adventure, as well as Hot Toys, which showcases the company’s “Fabulous 15”, representing the best new toy introductions of 2014. This valuable resource is designed to help customers find the ideal present for the child in their life while catering to various interests. The catalog features hundreds of toys that are sure to top little one’s lists, including exclusive playthings named to the 2014 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List, such as LEGO® FUSION Town Master from LEGO® Systems, Inc., Charmazing!™ Color Me Up from Wooky Entertainment, Inc., Little Live Pets™ Bird Cage Love Birds Double Pack from Moose Toys™ and Battroborg™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Battle Game from TOMY®.

Whether shopping from the comfort of their own homes or on-the-go, gift-givers can browse a digital version of The Great Big Christmas Book at Toysrus.com/ChristmasBook, where they can filter preferences by age, play theme, licensed character, brand and more.

To generate excitement among the social media community, Toys“R”Us will showcase toys and deals found in this year’s The Great Big Christmas Book on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using #LetsPlay.

“Each year, millions of kids and kids at heart eagerly anticipate the arrival of The Great Big Christmas Book with crayons and markers in hand, ready to circle their must-haves,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “As children inspect each chapter of this year’s catalog, they can carefully prepare their wish lists and dream about the toys and magical play experiences that await them on Christmas morning.”

Parents Save Big on the Season’s Most Coveted Toys

Whether parents are shopping for a tiny action hero, Frozen enthusiast, outdoor adventurer or trendy tween, The Great Big Christmas Book offers shoppers the reassurance that they can find precisely what they are looking for at a great value at Toys“R”Us. Featuring more than $3,000 in savings and three pages of coupon offers, this year’s catalog is packed with deals for every gift-giver.

Following are highlights of the deals and discounts available at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, valid from Sunday, November 2 to Saturday, November 22, while supplies last:

  • FREE $30 Toys“R”Us Gift Card with the purchase of ANY regular priced Apple iPad**
  • FREE NERF Ammo with purchase of ANY NERF blaster priced $9.99 and up – $6.99 value*
  • 25% OFF ALL character themed bicycles – prices vary
  • SAVE $30 on Imaginarium® Mountain Rock Train Table – Was $149.99; Now $119.99*
  • SAVE $10 on ANY regular-priced Disney Frozen doll, playset or role-play purchase of $40 or more – prices vary***
  • SAVE $10 on ANY regular-priced Barbie® doll, playset or role-play purchase of $40 or more – prices vary
  • SAVE $10 on ANY regular-priced Monster High® and Ever After High® doll, playset or role-play purchase of $35 or more – prices vary****
  • ONLY $34.99 for Flutterbye™ Flying Fairy Winter Wonderland Light Up Fairy
  • ONLY $4.99 for Mickey or Minnie 22-inch Plush Dolls with ANY purchase of $50 or more*
  • TWO FOR $30 “R” Super Buy Video Games*****

Kick-Start Kids’ Wish Lists at “Ultimate Wish Saturday” Events in November

As children around the country begin compiling the most important list of their year, families can embrace this age-old tradition, with the added assistance of #ToyExperts, at a series of events that will be held on Saturday, November 8, 15 and 22 from 12 noon to 4pm at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide.

At each event, attendees can preview and play with some of the year’s most talked about toys, as well as enjoy an appearance by Geoffrey the Giraffe, make-and-take crafts and giveaways (while supplies last).

  • On Saturday, November 8, customers will have an opportunity to try out the all-new Skylanders Trap Team game at dedicated Xbox One™ kiosks and tablets within the store.
  • On Saturday, November 15, customers who visit their local store will delight in testing some of the most popular action-packed toys from Hasbro®, including NERF Demolisher, NERF Rebelle Secret Agent Bow, TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure and more.
  • On Saturday, November 22, Little LEGO® builders of all ages are encouraged to visit their local store where they can build and display a LEGO winter scene masterpiece for all to see. Additionally, shoppers will enjoy a number of LEGO-themed giveaways (while supplies last).

Those planning to attend the events are also encouraged to #PlayItForward in support of the company’s 11th year of partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Parents and children will have the opportunity to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of local kids in need by taking and sharing a “selfie” as they donate a toy into the collection bins in Toys“R”Us stores. For every photo shared on social media using #PlayItForward, the company will double the giving and donate an additional toy to Toys for Tots (or the equivalent cash value) up to $150,000 worth of toys.

For more information about the special activities that attendees can take advantage of during “Ultimate Wish Saturday” events, customers can visit Toysrus.com/ToyEvents.

Updated Toys“R”Us Wish List App Enables Parents to Track Kids’ Wishes

As children stroll through the store, carefully curating their list for Santa, parents can keep track of their little one’s wishes with the Toys“R”Us Wish List app. By downloading the app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play™, parents can turn their smartphone into a scanner, allowing them to scan the barcode of a must-have toy. Once scanned, the toy is then added to a digital Wish List which can be accessed on any smartphone or PC, and shared with family and friends via SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, customers can purchase items from their Wish Lists, right from the app.

From Saturday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 26, customers who create a new Wish List using the Toys“R”Us Wish List app or online at Toysrus.com/WishList, will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 Toys“R”Us Gift Card (limit one entry per person). For more information about the Toys“R”Us Wish List app and entry rules surrounding the sweepstakes, visit Toysrus.com/ToyEvents.

Holiday Shopping Made Easy With New and Improved Programs

To help parents shop and save, Toys“R”Us is offering a variety of compelling programs this holiday season, such as:

Rewards“R”Us – The new loyalty program from Toys“R”Us enables shoppers to earn more points…faster! Just in time for holiday shopping, existing Rewards“R”Us members and those who sign up in-store or online at Toysrus.com/myrewards receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards for every $125 spent. In addition, “R”Us credit cardholders, or those who enroll (subject to credit approval), will be able to earn 10% off in-store every Saturday in November and 10% off in-store every Thursday throughout the holiday season. Plus, all Rewards“R”Us shoppers will be privy to exclusive pre-Black Friday deals and discounts.

Price Match Guarantee – 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 Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.

Free Online Layaway – Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, 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.

Free Store Pickup – Toys“R”Us offers a ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In Store’ option, which allows customers to shop online from wherever they are and pick up the ordered item at their local Toys“R”Us store in an hour or less. Full program details can be found at Toysrus.com/Pickup.

Free Shipping – On Toysrus.com, the company offers free shipping on purchases of $49 or more every day. For more information about this offer, customers can visit Toysrus.com/FreeShipping.

For Images of The Great Big Christmas Book, please click here:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d/s310b24f4fc14923a

* Quantities limited; no rain checks
** Offer available in-store only. Quantities limited; no rain checks. Promotional Gift Card valid beginning 6 hours after activation and expires 1/31/15, except where prohibited. Limit one Promotional Gift Card per customer per product offer. Offer expires 11/22/14. See card for Terms & Conditions. See store or Toysrus.com/helpdesk for return policy details concerning this promotion. Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes and Retina are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. iPad Air and iPad mini are trademarks of Apple Inc. All rights reserved Apple Is not a sponsor or participation in this promotion
*** Excludes Red Hot Deal items
**** Brands cannot be combined
***** Cannot be combined with any other video game system, video game or video game accessory. Must buy 2 per offer. Selection varies per store.

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 876 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 720 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 including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Jessica Offerjost

Nicole Hayes

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. to host new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with NAACP

Canton, MA, 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that it will host a new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The goal of the initiative, which was announced at the NAACP’s national convention in July, is to increase the number of franchised businesses owned by people of color in both the quick service restaurant sector and across the spectrum of franchise concepts in today’s marketplace.

In support of this objective, Dunkin’ Brands will host a complimentary Franchising 101 webinar on Thursday, November 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT) in collaboration with the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation’s Diversity Institute.

This franchising education session, which is open to all individuals interested in learning about the power of franchising, will provide a thorough overview of the industry, franchising business model, resources and tips to get started. Visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com to register.

“Dunkin’ Brands and the NAACP are excited to work with the IFA Educational Foundation to provide African-Americans and other entrepreneurs with a path to business ownership,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands.

“The IFA is always looking to promote diversity and inclusion within franchising through educational programs and cultivating relationships with key partners around the country,” said Miriam Brewer, CFE, senior director of education and diversity. “We fully support Dunkin’ Brands’ and the NAACP’s mission to grow minority presence within the industry, and are thrilled to participate in the Diversity in Franchising’s first ever Franchising 101 Webinar.”

Dunkin’ Brands also recently participated in Economic Development workshops at the NAACP’s annual state conventions in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California and Georgia. These workshops, sponsored by NAACP’s Economic Department, are designed to provide resources and tools to NAACP members to encourage economic advancement. Dunkin’ Brands’ involvement helped to raise awareness on the benefits of franchising and highlight existing resources that will help qualified candidates overcome information barriers associated with franchising.

“The attendees at our NAACP state conventions in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California and Georgia have had a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the Diversity in Franchising Initiative and the power of franchising,” said Dedrick Asante – Muhammad, senior director, NAACP Economic Department. “We’re excited to work with Dunkin’ Brands to continue providing educational resources on the business development opportunities within the franchise sector and the role franchising can play in creating community and economic development opportunities in communities of color.”

The company will host three more webinars in November to discuss franchise opportunities specific to Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Webinar topics and dates include:

  • Baskin-Robbins Franchising Opportunities

Wednesday, November 12th from 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT)

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Franchising Opportunities

Thursday, November 13th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT)

  • Baskin-Robbins Shops For Sale

Tuesday, November 18th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT)

About Dunkin’ Brands
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and its five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.


PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market partner to bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the supermarket’s customers this holiday season

Proceeds from toy sales will directly support the development of children’s educational media and Whole Kids Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas, 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announced a partnership today that will bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the supermarket’s customers this holiday season. Starting this week, gift givers can find the PBS KIDS toy line, including classic wooden toys and soft plush animals, at Whole Foods Markets nationwide in the retailer’s Whole Body department.

PBS KIDS’ new line of products is designed to inspire creative curiosity, while supporting the development of healthy, happy kids. One-hundred percent of PBS KIDS’ net proceeds will benefit the media brand’s mission of empowering children through knowledge, critical thinking and imagination, while Whole Foods Market will donate one percent of total sales, up to $25,000, to Whole Kids Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness.

“We are excited to work with Whole Foods Market on a program that fosters our shared commitment to education and child development, while giving holiday shoppers an opportunity to give a more meaningful type of gift this holiday season,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager, children’s programming, PBS. “Open-ended play is an integral part of a young child’s development, and the new PBS KIDS toy line provides children with the opportunity to explore and learn in a safe and fun way.”

Appropriate for young children ages six months to three years, the PBS KIDS toy line features: race cars made from recycled milk bottles; colorful, wooden vehicles assembled by hand from local wood in Vermont; shape sorters (recently named a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) silver award winner) and stackers that inspire a love for fruits and veggies; super soft plush animals made with phthalate- and PVC-free materials; and organic t-shirts and infant onesies with vintage designs.

Each item in the PBS KIDS toy line is made with safe, non-toxic materials and inks, and all packaging is made from recycled materials. Many of the toys are produced in the USA from sustainable materials, responsibly harvested from local communities.

“PBS KIDS is known for creating fun, educational content that encourages kids to learn by exploring the world around them,” said Jeanne Tamayo, Whole Foods Market’s global lifestyle buyer. “And that’s the exact goal behind this new line of toys — to help our shoppers find new, exciting ways to teach their children through play. Whole Foods Market is proud to offer these toys to families exclusively this holiday season.”

In addition to finding the new line of PBS KIDS toys at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, consumers can purchase products online at shop.pbskids.org.

Jeanne Tamayo

Global Lifestyle Buyer

Jeanne has a wealth of knowledge about beauty and lifestyle, and oversees the purchasing of lifestyle items for the department.


PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market partner to bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the supermarket’s customers this holiday season

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market partner to bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the supermarket’s customers this holiday season

Whole Foods Market names Guy Cameron as brew master for its new San Jose store’s microbrewery called Mission Creek Brewing Company

Emeryville, Calif., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — When it opens on December 9, Whole Foods Market San Jose (777 The Alameda) will house the company’s first on-site microbrewery and tap room in California, and the second on-site microbrewery company wide. The brewery and tap room will be called Mission Creek Brewing Company. Guy Cameron, formerly of Russian River Brewing Company, has been named Mission Creek’s brew master.

Mission Creek Brewing Company is located in a two story, 5,600 square-foot “outbuilding” separate from the main store itself. The ground floor houses coffee and fresh juice bars, along with some seating. The second floor is home to the tap room, with eight bar seats, a birds-eye view of the brewery, and access to outdoor seating for around 75. A retractable roof and outdoor heating protect guests in inclement weather.

The tap room has 22 total taps, with 19 for beer, two for wine and one serving up fresh sparkling water. Three to five of those taps are reserved for house brews, a few go to nationally-available favorites, and the rest feature local beers from Calicraft Brewing Company, Lagunitas, Magnolia Brewery and more. Customers can also order from a restaurant-style menu with cheese plates, pizzas and other pub food.

The brewery’s name celebrates the history of the area’s landscape and community it helped establish. In the days before the Alameda was paved, Mission Creek flowed into irrigation canals along the roadway. This provided water to the mission and allowed early Spanish settlers and Native Americans to establish agriculture in the area (additional fun fact: Thousands of years before anyone named it, Mission Creek was a favorite sipping spot of mammoths*).

Wesley Miller, who oversees the beer program for the San Jose store, envisions a venue that connects customers with craft brews and celebrates the local breweries creating great beer. Miller and the store leadership team consulted with Magnolia Brewing Company to design the brewery and tap room experience.

“Mission Creek is an idea and a space where we hope to get people involved in craft brewing,” says Miller. “Since we have the grocery store component, we can play with how different ingredients affect the beer experience, whether they’re part of the brew, included in a pairing, or offered on the bar menu. The store in general is designed as a gathering place, and the tap room in particular is made for engagement, with tastings, tap takeovers – all kinds of experiential beer events.”

In charge of creating and brewing Whole Foods Market San Jose’s signature beers, Guy Cameron joins the company from Russian River Brewing, where he was a brewer. He got started at Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell, California, and has specialized in sour beers, IPAs, and ales. Cameron is an award-winning home brewer and member of the Silicon Valley Sudzers homebrew club. He has also completed the Beer Judge Certification Program.

Whole Foods Market’s first tap room company-wide opened at the Coddingtown Mall store in Santa Rosa in 2010. With Mission Creek, there will be 10 tap rooms in the region.

Whole Foods Market San Jose opens at 777 The Alameda on Dec. 9, 2014. The 35,000 square foot store brings 150 new jobs to the city. It is the 42nd store for the Northern California region. Subcribe for newsletter updates at wholefoodsmarket.com/newsletters, and follow the store on Facebook at facebook.com/WFMSanJose.

*source: University of California Museum of Paleontology


Guy Cameron, brewmaster

Guy Cameron, brewmaster

Whole Foods Market opens its new Berkeley store at 1025 Gilman Street on Nov. 4

New store opens Nov. 4 at 10th and Gilman

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market opens its new Berkeley store, at 1025 Gilman Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Store and regional leaders will host a bread-breaking ceremony and will present a check to Berkeley USD Gardening & Cooking program. The bread breaking takes place at 9:45 a.m. The doors will open at 10 a.m.

The Gilman location is the second for Whole Foods Market in Berkeley, the 40th in the Northern California Region, and the 401st companywide.

Prior to opening, Whole Foods Market Gilman hosted a “likes for donations” campaign on Facebook to raise money for the Berkeley USD Gardening & Cooking Program. The original Berkeley store, located at 3000 Telegraph Avenue, also hosted a “5% Day” and donated five percent of one day’s sales to the program. The check presentation follows these two fundraising efforts.

“Berkeley is a national hub for the natural, organic and local food movements, and we’re so honored to be able to expand our presence here,” said Jen Monaco, the store’s team leader. “Through partnerships with Berkeley Kitchens, BUSD’s Gardening & Cooking Program, Urban Adamah, Berkeley Humane and so many others, we’ll be able to both offer great food and give back to this amazing community.”

In design, the 47,800-square-foot store offers an updated craftsman feel and reflects the community. Modern lines, decorative accents and neon colors combine with reclaimed and salvaged materials to evoke industrial, artistic West Berkeley. The exterior façade is made of reclaimed redwood from a demolished sawmill in Mendocino County, and the glazed brick exterior sections are made from 100 percent postconsumer recycled content by Fireclay Tile in San Jose. Additionally, a portion of the wood used in indoor store fixtures comes from the Port of Oakland.

Inside the store, a trans-critical CO2 refrigeration system allows less refrigerant to be circulated for the store’s capacity, which, in turn, reduces the store’s dependence on the public grid by up to 90 percent. This system is HFC (hyrdoflurocarbon)-free with an ozone depletion potential of zero. Furthermore, energy expended by the system in the form of heat is captured by hot water reclaim tanks that reduce the energy required to push drinkable hot water to the store.

Local Sourcing
Local sourcing is a priority for Whole Foods Market, and the company works to grow local food entrepreneurs. At the Gilman store, Local Forager Harv Singh has helped at least five East Bay food makers make their national retail debut: Living Apothecary beverages, Muffin Revolution frozen Paleo muffins, Nuthouse Granola, Sosu Sauces and Morell’s Bread. The store also features companies that customers can support via Credibles, a program that was founded in Berkeley by Slow Money, and allows customers to “pay in advance” for their favorite local products to help entrepreneurs grow. Berkeley favorites like Local Greens, Belfiore Cheese and Ancient Organics ghee are on the shelves. Finally, the store is home to Whole Foods Market’s first dedicated “Forager Finds” set, a dedicated space for shoppers to discover new non-perishable local products. Some of the names on the “Forager Finds” shelf include Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 olive oil, Community Grains pasta (Oakland), Omnivore Salt, Soda Rock Farms San Marzano sauce and Baia Pasta.

Other highlights of the Gilman store include:

Allegro Coffee Roasters – Located inside Whole Foods Market’s new store at 10th and Gilman, ACR connects guests with small lots of specialty coffee and a highly skilled team of passionate coffee experts with whom they can share the experience. The house blend, Espresso 924, is named after Gilman Street’s own famous punk rock music venue, 924 Gilman. For more information, visit media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/ACR-Gilman.

Produce – The new “Responsibly Grown” produce rating system assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. The system labels fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers as “good,” “better,” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices; it also prohibits some of the most hazardous pesticides/neurotoxins still allowed in agriculture.

On the shelf, shoppers find the highest quality produce with over half of all available products sourced annually from local growers like Local Greens. A wide selection of organic items, with pre-cut fruit and vegetables “made right here” in store as well as a variety of fresh squeezed juices. Customers can also choose bananas, mangoes, peppers, melons and pineapples with the Whole Trade seal, which indicates Whole Foods Market’s commitment to offering the highest quality fairly traded goods that ensure farm workers are treated ethically and fairly, and are produced using environmentally friendly growing practices.

Meat – Full-service butcher counter offering local meats and meat products including Pozzi Ranch grass-fed lamb, Panorama organic 100 percent grass-fed beef; Country Natural pasture-raised, grain finished beef from cattle that have never been in a feedlot; Diestel Ranch turkeys (Non-GMO Project Verified); Non-GMO-fed, organic chickens from Mary’s (Fresno); and whole-meat frozen chicken nuggets and wings from Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan recipient Hip Chick Farms (Sebastopol). Also available will be grab-and-go seasoned and marinated meats, house-made sausages, and halal certified lamb from New Zealand. During opening week, packets of Paleo bacon from Wellshire Farms (exclusive to Whole Foods Market) are buy-one-get-one-free.

The store offers the best-tasting, freshest and highest-quality meat available that meets the company’s strict quality standards, which include that animals are raised on a vegetarian diet without being administered antibiotics or added growth hormones.* All beef, pork, chicken and turkey carried in the fresh and pre-packaged cases at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. comes from farms that are rated according to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating program.

Artisan Bakery – In addition to the standard lineup of cakes, tarts and breakfast pastries, the Gilman store’s bakery offers hearth breads, including classic sourdough, three cheese and cranberry walnut, baked from scratch daily. Paletas (ice pops made from fresh fruit) are also available in seasonal flavors. The Gilman bakery will also connect shoppers with Berkeley’s finest local bakers: Barron’s Bagels, Morell’s Bread, The Acme Bread Company and Firebrand Artisan Breads. Customers can also find a wide selection of gluten free and vegan treats.

“Mocktails” and Fresh Juices – Through a partnership with Shrub & Co (Berkeley), customers can order “mocktails” (a combination of fresh juices and shrubs) or shrub sodas in seasonal flavors. An all-new juice menu offers juices designed to support health and wellness.

Seafood – The Gilman store offers an array of fresh and frozen selections and all the marinades, sauces, seasonings and herbs to complete a meal with seafood as the centerpiece. During opening week, ethically sourced lobster tails will be two for $10, and farm-raised salmon is a great value at $8.99 a pound. All of Whole Foods Market’s wild-caught seafood comes from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or is rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Farm-raised seafood is sold under the “Responsibly Farmed” logo, which ensures farm operations have minimal impact on the ecosystem and do not use additives or antibiotics in feed.

Prepared Foods and Charcuterie – Expanded charcuterie program and house-made smoked pastrami, corned beef, duck confit, smoked turkey and smoked BBQ pulled pork. Hot bar featuring dishes made by a team of in-house chefs. An “Adventure Taco” bar may include specialties like Korean beef with kimchi, chicken tikka masala, Chinese five spice chicken, duck confit tacos or balsamic portabella mushrooms. Customers will also find an expanded pizza venue with empanadas, gourmet “pizzettes” and strombolis.

The store will also offer Whole Foods Market’s regular sandwich station, and an extensive salad bar featuring organic ingredients. Healthful and tasty lunch selections, including a variety of nutrient-rich items like quinoa, brown rice and kale, will also be available daily.

Whole Body – New with the Gilman store is a “Try It” bar that offers large samples of various skin, hair and beauty products. Customers can choose multiple samples, and Whole Body team members send them home with personally labeled, item-specific information. Whole Body will also offer Whole Foods Market’s standard lineup of natural and organic premium face, body and skin care products plus supplements, including immune support for the upcoming cold and flu season. In the lifestyle section, customers can find organic apparel and accessories from businesses committed to sustainability.

Grocery – Featuring Whole Foods Market’s signature mix of value and special occasion items. Customers can choose from hundreds of 365 Everyday Value™ products, locally made packaged goods, frozen meals, “Whole Paws” pet food products, and home and cleaning products bearing the Eco-Scale™ label indicating environmental impact. Plus more than 240 bulk products including grains, flours, nuts, spices and nut butters.

Specialty – Beer and Wine – More than 550 wines (local: Donkey & Goat, Urban Legend) and 300 beers (local: Bison Organic Beer, Calicraft Brewing Company, Almanac Beer Co.). In the full-service, cut-to-order cheese department, customers can order as much or as little as they want from full wheels of a wide variety of cheeses. Cheeses come from local (Belfiore, Cowgirl Creamery) and global sources, and two on-staff Certified Cheese Professionals guide customers through flavor profiles, building cheese plates and wine pairings. The olive bar includes a dozen olive choices plus a handful of antipasti. Specialty chocolates, nuts, jams and other novelties round out the department.

Store Tours – Shopping tours tailored to special diets, such as gluten-free living, and store tours for parents, as well as tours focused on how to shop on a budget, are available. Private tours can be arranged by request.

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Days – Four times a year, Whole Foods Market sets aside a day on which 5 percent of the day’s net sales is contributed to a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Gilman store will kick off a “Week of Giving” on Nov. 10, and will have five 1 percent days that will benefit:
Nov. 10: BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency)
Nov. 11: Albany Community Foundation
Nov. 12: University Village
Nov. 13: Berkeley City Parks
Nov. 14: YMCA of the Central Bay Area

Nickels for Nonprofits – When customers bring in their own bags for groceries they have the option of receiving a 5-cent refund (per bag) or donating the money to a selected charity. The first nonprofit beneficiary is the urban farm Urban Adamah.

Store Dining and Wi-Fi – Free Wi-Fi throughout the store; community gathering and dining space at Allegro Coffee Roasters.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – two high-efficiency NRG eVgo fast charging stations and one standard charging station.

Holiday orders – Order holiday meals, including main courses (turkeys, field roast, brisket and more), prepared sides, appetizers and desserts, at wholefoodsmarket.com/holidays.

Store Information
Whole Foods Market Gilman
1025 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Tel. 510-809-8293
Hours: Allegro Coffee Roasters 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Store 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Store Team Leader: Jen Monaco
Marketing & Community Relations Liaison: Kristen Tantarelli
Website: ww.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/gilman
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wfmgilman
Instagram: @wholefoodsmarketberkeley
Twitter: @wholefoodsnorca

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork and poultry.


Meijer partnered with GE Lighting to help shoppers navigate the many options on switching to energy-efficient lighting

Meijer partners with GE Lighting to educate customers, provide solutions as traditional bulbs begin disappearing from retail shelves

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers who get ready for their annual trip to buy light bulbs due to the end of daylight saving time may be in for a surprise this year as traditional incandescent light bulbs begin to disappear. To help its customers through this transition, Meijer has partnered with GE Lighting, America’s most trusted lighting brand, to create a new shopping experience to help its shoppers navigate the many options as they prepare for the longer winter nights.

“Even though we’ve known for a while that incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, customers have been lulled into thinking the old school bulbs are not going away because they have remained on shelves,” said David Hart, electrical, plumbing and home environment buyer for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “We’re now approaching the point where the supply is disappearing, so we’re trying to help our shoppers understand the multiple new options in a category that’s become much more technologically advanced.”

Meijer is the first retailer in the country to partner with GE on this type of program, which required a complete remodel of the retailers lighting aisle. Not only can customers choose between Halogen, CFL, Covered CFL and LED, they will also have access to detailed information through displays and TV monitors to help them make a decision on what’s best for them. It may seem like a lot for something as simple as light bulbs, but light bulbs have changed.

“We know the light consumers love, and we’ve reinvented and perfected energy-efficient lighting, like CFL and LED light bulbs, to emulate incandescent light,” said John Strainic, general manager, consumer lighting for GE in North America. “By collaborating with Meijer, we are able to make the lighting aisle experience simpler and more intuitive.

Switching to energy-efficient lighting, like LEDs, requires consumers to change the way they’ve lit their home for more than 100 years, and we need to help guide them to better understand why LED lighting is the best lighting option; and, ultimately, help them grasp that LED is where lighting is headed.”

Light bulbs are a popular item with Meijer customers this time of year. Meijer traditionally sees light bulbs sales increase by up to 40% in the weeks surrounding the end of daylight saving time.

GE Lighting launched 31 new LED bulbs at Meijer to meet consumer demand to fill every socket in their homes withenergy-efficient LED lighting. These GE LED options include:

  • ENERGY STAR®- qualified LED bulbs for general purpose lighting, such as floor and table lamps, engineered to look like traditional 100-watt bulbs.
  • Indoor floodlight LED bulbs, used in recessed ceiling lighting,  available in soft, warm white and GE reveal® bulbs, which filter out the yellow rays – making colors pop.
  • Decorative LED lighting, like candelabras used in chandeliers and globe lighting used for bathroom vanity lighting.
  • Indoor/Outdoor-rated LED spotlights.

To calculate a home’s energy-saving potential by switching to LED lighting, GE Lighting has developed a GE LED energy-savings calculator. This tool translates energy savings into relatable terms for consumers, making the switch to GE LED a no-brainer.

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 the inventor 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 apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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


Meijer partnered with GE Lighting to help shoppers navigate the many options on switching to energy-efficient lighting

Meijer partnered with GE Lighting to help shoppers navigate the many options on switching to energy-efficient lighting

Russia’s largest food retailer “Magnit” announces the opening of its 8000th convenience store

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — PJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest food retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT) announces the opening of the 8000th convenience store.

Please be informed that today the Company opened its 8000th convenience store located at 29a Svobody street, Chukhloma, Kostroma oblast. This is the first “Magnit” store in this town where population is about 5000 people. The total space of the store is 477 sq. m. and its selling space is 351 sq. m. The outlet is owned by the Company.

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 September 30, 2014, Magnit operated 25 distribution centers and over 9,020 stores (7,891 convenience, 243 hypermarkets, and 886 drogerie stores) in approximately 2,000 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the reviewed IFRS consolidated financial statements for 1H 2014, Magnit had revenues of $9,979 million USD and an EBITDA of $1,045 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.

Indonesia: PT. Matahari Putra Prima Tbk opens its 103rd Hypermart located at Technomart in Karawang

Tangerang, Indonesia, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — PT. Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a modern multi-format retailer in Indonesia, operator of Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty, opened its 103rd Hypermart in Karawang. The new Hypermart is located at Technomart, the most comprehensive commercial center of electronics, automotive, and furniture in Karawang and West Java. Hypermart Technomart is the first Hypermart store in Karawang and the 12th store in the province of West Java.

The opening ceremony of Hypermart was attended by the Director of Operations, Gilles Pivon, Director of Communications and Public Relations, Danny Kojongian, the Board of Directors of PT. Galuh Mas, representatives of the government of Karawang, West Java, and invited guests.

Director of Communications and Public Relations MPPA, Danny Kojongian said, “Seeing the potential development of international port and airport, along with the economic growth that reached 6.26%and the total population of 2.2 million people, the company decided to open the first Hypermart in Karawang”.

Danny stated; “The new Hypermart store will contribute in improving the economy in Karawang region by creating jobs and embrace the small and medium enterprises to become suppliers for Hypermart”.

According to Andreas Slamet, Asset Management residential center Galuh Mas, “Common vision and mission embrace Technomart and Hypermart to cooperate in bringing Hypermart to the community of Karawang. Together, we will create new job opportunities for the people of Karawang and boost the
regional economy”.

Store General Manager Hypermart of Technomart Karawang, Angga Sanusi said “All employees of Hypermart Technomart are ready to serve the needs of Karawang customers with quality products, attractive promotions and affordable prices”.

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

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2013 Retail Asia – Gold Award, 2011-2014 Superbrand Indonesia, 2013 Best of The Best 50 Performing Companies by Forbes Indonesia, Top Brand Awards, 2013 and 2014 Indonesia Most Admired Companies by Warta Ekonomi, 2013 Excellent Service Experience Award and 2013 Customer Satisfaction Award by Roy Morgan.

For further information, please contact :
PT. Matahari Putra Prima, Tbk
Danny Kojongian, Director Communications and Public Relations
Email: danny.kojongian@hypermart.co.id
Fernando Repi, Head of Public Relations
Mobile : 081511181187
Email: fernando.repi@hypermart.co.id

Giant Food recalls Giant brand packaged cilantro due to potential Salmonella contamination

Landover, Md., 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Shenandoah Growers, Giant Food announced it removed from sale Giant brand packaged cilantro due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Giant packaged cilantro, 2.5 oz., UPC 68826703077, purchased on or after October 9, 2014

Giant Food has received no reports of illnesses to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant Food for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Shenandoah Growers at 844-524-3885. In addition customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 888-469-4426 for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant website at www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

(301) 341-8776



The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC recalls Bell & Evans gluten free breaded chicken products due to potential Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by Murry’s Inc., The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced it removed from sale Bell & Evans gluten free breaded chicken products due to potential Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breasts, 10.5 oz., UPC 3898527201, best by date of August 9, 2015
  • Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Nuggets, 12 oz., UPC 3898527729, best by date of August 9, 2015

Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. Staphylococcal enterotoxins are fast acting, sometimes causing gastrointestinal illness in as little as 30 minutes. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food. Individuals typically experience several of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The illness is usually mild and most people recover after one to three days.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Murry’s customer service at 717-273-9361. In addition customers may call Stop & Shop Customer Service at 1-800-767-7772 for more information. Customers can also visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834

Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756

Tengelmann Group’s subsidiary TREI Real Estate GmbH opens another speciality retail centre under the “VENDO PARK” brand located in Chełm, Poland

VENDO PARK in Chełm, Poland, opens

Mülheim an der Ruhr, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — TREI Real Estate GmbH, the real estate subsidiary of the Tengelmann Group, today opens another speciality retail centre under the “VENDO PARK” brand. The new centre is located in Chełm, Poland. “This is a special day for us, because today we are able to celebrate the opening of the tenth VENDO PARK within the space of just over two years,” said Michael Neervoort, Managing Director of TREI Real Estate, delightedly. The site in Chełm is the company’s third such property in Poland, alongside those in Nysa and Milanówek. The other VENDO PARKS are located in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Chełm is close to the city of Lublin, south-east of Warsaw. Around 68,000 people live in the centre’s catchment area. The new VENDO PARK has rental space of approximately 5,000 m² and around 190 parking spaces for customers. As with all other VENDO PARKS before, this property was already fully let before opening. Among the tenants are notable retailers from the non-food sector like KiK, Rossmann, Deichmann and Media Expert. This range of goods for daily needs is complemented by the comprehensive range on offer at a neighbouring hypermarket. Interested customers can find the range of goods on offer from the retailers at VENDO PARK on the home page at www.chelm.vendo-park.com.

TREI Real Estate plans to systematically drive forward its transnational retail park concept in the future. “The high demand shown by our retail partners validates our intentions to implement more projects. This demand is particularly high in Poland, where we see the potential for at least 40 sites,” said Mariusz Rodak, Director of Construction and Administration at TREI Real Estate Poland.


LS travel retail North America opens sports apparel and accessories retail store The Scoreboard in Toronto Pearson International Airport

TORONTO, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail North America and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) are pleased to announce the opening of a sports apparel and accessories retail concept. Awarded in June as part of a competitive process, the new concept, named The Scoreboard, officially opened yesterday in YYZ Terminal 1 Domestic.

Providing travelers with the best in Toronto sports team memorabilia, The Scoreboard is an exciting addition to Canada’s largest airport, introducing Toronto Pearson’s passengers to a local, flexible, dynamic sports store that entices both the die-hard fan as well as the out-of-town traveler looking for an authentic piece of the Toronto sports scene.

“We are very proud of this new proprietary concept, developed specifically for Toronto Pearson”, said Vadim Motlik, Chief Development Officer at LS travel retail. “With its innovative design and flexible approach, the Scoreboard brings the best of Toronto sports to the travelers all year round and further delivers on our promise of superior customer experience in YYZ”.

In addition to authentic merchandise and officially licensed products from Toronto’s Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors, Argonauts and more, The Scoreboard offers products related to the moment’s hottest sports trends, thanks to a flexible section dedicated to the most popular sporting events. From the 2015 Pan Am Games (whose representatives attended yesterday’s Grand Opening event) to the Honda Indy, and the 2016 Summer Olympics, travelers and workers at Toronto Pearson’s will enjoy popular, quality sports gear and souvenirs all year round. They will also be able to catch a glimpse of their favourite games while shopping, through the store’s four TV screens.

“Toronto is a city that loves its sports teams”, said Scott Collier, Vice President of Customer and Terminal Services for the GTAA. “Having authentic sports merchandise from great teams like the Leafs, the Raptors and the Blue Jays is a great fit for Toronto Pearson. The Scoreboard provides passengers with one more opportunity to take home a piece of Toronto’s rich sports heritage.”

With over 36 million passengers traveling through the Airport each year, Toronto Pearson is the largest and busiest airport in Canada, and a major North American global gateway.


LS travel retail North America opens sports apparel and accessories retail store The Scoreboard in Toronto Pearson International Airport

LS travel retail North America opens sports apparel and accessories retail store The Scoreboard in Toronto Pearson International Airport

CBRE Group, Inc. reports 31% revenue increase for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014

Revenue Increases 31% and Adjusted Earnings Per Share Rises 33% to $0.40

​Los Angeles, CA, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today reported very strong revenue and earnings growth for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

  • Revenue for the quarter totaled $2.3 billion, an increase of 31% from $1.7 billion in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Excluding selected items1, net income2 rose 33% to $132.6 million from $99.7 million in the third quarter of 2013, and adjusted earnings per diluted share also improved 33% to $0.40 from $0.30 in the prior-year period. For the third quarter, selected items (net of income taxes) totaled $25.5 million – including $14.1 million related to the early re-payment of debt and $11.8 million of non-cash amortization relating to prior acquisitions – versus $5.3 million for the same period in 2013.
  • On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income rose 13% to $107.1 million, compared with $94.4 million for the third quarter of 2013.  GAAP earnings per diluted share rose 14% to $0.32, compared with $0.28 in last year’s third quarter.
  • Excluding selected items, EBITDA3 increased 30% to $292.2 million from $225.2 million in the third quarter of 2013. EBITDA3 (including selected items) rose 31% to $292.9 million for the third quarter of 2014, from $224.4 million for the same period a year earlier.

Management Commentary
“CBRE produced excellent growth across markets and business lines during the third quarter, reflecting the strength of our integrated, global service offering,” said Bob Sulentic, president and chief executive officer of CBRE. “Growth was strong in all three global regions and we achieved double-digit revenue increases in nearly all business lines, led by impressive gains in capital markets, occupier outsourcing and leasing.”

Revenue rose by 20% or more in all three global regions. Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) achieved 25% (19% in local currency) organic revenue growth – 101% (95% in local currency) including the contributions from Norland Managed Services, Ltd, which CBRE acquired in late December 2013. Asia Pacific posted its strongest growth in 16 quarters with revenue rising 25% (23% in local currency). The Americas, CBRE’s largest business segment, saw revenue improve 20% (same in local currency), fueled by double-digit increases in every major business line.

Globally, property sales revenue surged 33% (32% in local currency) during the quarter, with significant increases across all three global regions. Notably, U.S. property sales improved 31% as CBRE executed several large single-asset and portfolio sales during the quarter, including One Wall Street for Bank of New York Mellon and a $1.8 billion multifamily portfolio for DRA Advisors and Bell Partners Corporation. Strong capital flows into commercial real estate – coupled with the continued availability of debt capital – led to a 41% increase (40% in local currency) in commercial mortgage services revenue.

Large occupiers continue to demonstrate a strong appetite for integrated real estate services.  CBRE is well placed to capitalize on this ongoing trend, as reflected in 26 new outsourcing contracts signed during the third quarter. Global occupier outsourcing revenue improved 18% on an organic basis during the quarter. With contributions from the Norland acquisition, global revenue from this business line rose 61%.

Property leasing revenue improved by double digits for the fifth consecutive quarter, rising by 15% (14% in local currency). Growth was paced by an 18% increase (18% in local currency) in the Americas, where CBRE continues to make strong market share gains.

Development Services saw revenue rise 27% and EBITDA increase four-fold reflecting the focus on developing high-quality assets in markets and sectors with significant investor demand.

Global Investment Management revenue declined during the quarter, primarily due to last year’s third quarter including nearly $30 million of carried-interest revenue, which did not recur in this year’s period.  Otherwise, revenue in this segment would have increased 7% (5% in local currency).  Carried interest is incremental revenue that CBRE earns when it sells assets within portfolios it manages for institutional investors at values that exceed specified return thresholds. The timing of such sales is determined by the macro market environment and fund lifecycles. Capital raising activity in Global Investment Management remained strong with $9.1 billion of new commitments over the past 12 months.

The ongoing shift in the company’s business mix toward contractual revenue continued during the third quarter. Contractual revenue rose to 51% of total revenue – up from 48% in the third quarter of 2013.

During the third quarter, CBRE issued $300 million of 5.25% senior notes due 2025 and on October 27, 2014, CBRE used the note proceeds, together with cash on hand and borrowing under our revolving credit facility, to redeem in full its 6.625% senior notes due 2020 ($350 million aggregate principal amount).  These actions will lower CBRE’s annual interest expense by approximately $5 million and will extend debt maturity on $300 million of its senior unsecured debt by 4-1/2 years at an attractive, fixed interest rate.

Third-Quarter 2014 Segment Results

Americas Region (U.S., Canada and Latin America)

  • Revenue rose 20% (same in local currency) to $1.3 billion, compared with $1.1 billion for the third quarter of 2013. The improved revenue was driven by higher property sales, leasing, occupier outsourcing and commercial mortgage services activities.
  • EBITDA increased 42% to $187.5 million compared with $132.2 million in last year’s third quarter.
  • Operating income totaled $136.1 million, an increase of 41% from $96.4 million for the prior-year third quarter.

EMEA Region (primarily Europe)

  • Revenue rose 101% (95% in local currency) to $574.5 million, compared with $285.5 million for the third quarter of 2013.  Excluding the contributions from Norland, EMEA revenue increased 25% (19% in local currency) over the prior-year period.  The increase was driven by higher property sales and appraisal activities as well as significant organic growth in occupier outsourcing.
  • EBITDA increased 111% to $37.5 million compared with $17.7 million in the prior-year third quarter.
  • Operating income totaled $20.2 million, an increase of 60% from $12.6 million for the third quarter of 2013.

Asia Pacific Region (Asia, Australia and New Zealand)

  • Revenue was $253.7 million, an increase of 25% (23% in local currency) from $202.7 million for the third quarter of 2013.  Performance improved in several countries, particularly Japan and Australia.
  • EBITDA increased 74% to $22.8 million compared with $13.1 million in the prior-year third quarter.
  • Operating income totaled $18.6 million, an increase of 81% compared with $10.3 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Global Investment Management (investment management operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific)

  • Revenue was $105.0 million compared with $127.3 million for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Excluding selected items, EBITDA totaled $20.4 million compared with $56.2 million in the prior-year third quarter.  EBITDA (including selected items) totaled $21.1 million compared with $55.4 million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Operating income was $15.8 million compared with $42.5 million for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Prior-year period results included $29.9 million of carried-interest revenue and $2.3 million of carried-interest expense reversal, while third-quarter 2014 results included $0.7 million of carried-interest revenue. Excluding carried interest, revenue was up 7%, driven by significantly higher acquisition fees.

Development Services (real estate development and investment activities primarily in the U.S.)

  • Revenue rose 27% to $16.0 million, compared with $12.6 million for the third quarter of 2013.
  • EBITDA increased 300% to $24.0 million compared with $6.0 million in the prior-year period. The increase was largely driven by higher income from property sales (reflected in both gain on disposition of real estate and equity earnings) in the current-year third quarter.
  • Operating loss totaled $5.5 million compared with an operating loss of $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2013. Under U.S. GAAP, equity earnings, which include some property sales, are not part of the calculation of operating income/loss.
  • Reflecting improving fundamentals, development projects in process totaled $5.1 billion, up $300 million from second-quarter 2014, and the inventory of pipeline deals totaled $2.9 billion, up $1 billion from second-quarter 2014.

Nine-Month 2014 Results

  • Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 totaled $6.3 billion, an increase of 26% from $5.0 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.
  • Excluding selected items, net income increased 32% to $333.7 million for the first nine months of 2014 from $253.0 million in the same period in 2013. Adjusted earnings per diluted share also increased 32% to $1.00 compared with $0.76 for the prior-year period. Selected items (net of income taxes) totaled $53.5 million for the first nine months of 2014, and $51.1 million for the same period in 2013.
  • On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income rose 39% to $280.2 million for the first nine months of 2014 from $201.9 million for the same period of 2013 and earnings per diluted share increased 38% to $0.84 compared with $0.61 for the prior-year period.
  • Excluding selected items, EBITDA increased 20% to $753.7 million in the current nine-month period from $629.6 million in the first nine months of 2013. EBITDA (including selected items) also rose 20% to $750.3 million for the first nine months of 2014, compared with $624.6 million for the same period a year earlier.

Business Outlook
“We enter the final months of 2014 with strong momentum across our business lines,” said Mr. Sulentic. “Underlying fundamentals continue to improve and market sentiment remains positive.  We continue to execute our strategy by investing in our people and platform to create value for our clients and to extend our competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

With two months left in 2014, CBRE’s full-year performance is coming into sharper focus.  Therefore, the company is raising its adjusted EPS guidance4 for the full year to a range of $1.65 to $1.70.  CBRE is taking this action while being mindful of the slowing economic growth outside the U.S. and the challenging earnings comparison the company faces in the fourth quarter.  CBRE generated approximately $58 million of EBITDA from carried interest in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Conference Call Details
The company’s third-quarter earnings conference call will be held today (Wednesday, October 29, 2014) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  A webcast will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at www.cbre.com/investorrelations.

The direct dial-in number for the conference call is 877-407-8037 for U.S. callers and 201-689-8037 for international callers.  A replay of the call will be available starting at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on October 29, 2014, and ending at midnight Eastern Time on November 6, 2014. The dial-in number for the replay is 877-660-6853 for U.S. callers and 201-612-7415 for international callers.  The access code for the replay is 13591778.  A transcript of the call will be available on the company’s Investor Relations website at www.cbre.com/investorrelations.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

Note: This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ”safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our future growth momentum, operations, financial performance and business outlook.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested in forward-looking statements in this release.  Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events.  If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: disruptions in general economic and business conditions, particularly in geographies where our business may be concentrated; volatility and disruption of the securities, capital and credit markets; interest rate increases; the cost and availability of capital for investment in real estate; clients’ willingness to make real estate or long-term contractual commitments and other factors affecting the value of real estate assets, inside and outside the United States; our ability to control costs relative to revenue growth; our ability to retain and incentivize producers; our ability to identify, acquire and integrate synergistic and accretive businesses; costs and potential future capital requirements relating to businesses we may acquire; integration challenges arising out of companies we may acquire; continued high levels of, or increases in, unemployment and general slowdowns in commercial activity; variations in historically customary seasonal patterns that cause our business not to perform as expected; trends in pricing and risk assumption for commercial real estate services; our ability to diversify our revenue model to offset cyclical economic trends in the commercial real estate industry; foreign currency fluctuations; our ability to attract new user and investor clients; our ability to retain major clients and renew related contracts; a reduction by companies in their reliance on outsourcing for their commercial real estate needs, which would affect our revenues and operating performance; client actions to restrain project spending and reduce outsourced staffing levels; changes in tax laws in the United States or in other jurisdictions in which our business may be concentrated that reduce or eliminate deductions or other tax benefits we receive; changes in international law (including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and trade control law), particularly in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, due to the rising level of political instability in those regions; our ability to maintain our effective tax rate at or below current levels; our ability to compete globally, or in specific geographic markets or business segments that are material to us; our ability to leverage our global services platform to maximize and sustain long-term cash flow; our ability to maintain EBITDA margins that enable us to continue investing in our platform and client service offerings; our exposure to liabilities in connection with real estate advisory and property management activities and our ability to procure sufficient insurance coverage on acceptable terms; declines in lending activity of Government Sponsored Enterprises, regulatory oversight of such activity and our mortgage servicing revenue from the U.S. commercial real estate mortgage market; our ability to manage fluctuations in net earnings and cash flow, which could result from poor performance in our investment programs, including our participation as a principal in real estate investments; the ability of our Global Investment Management business to maintain and grow assets under management and achieve desired investment returns for our investors, and any potential related litigation, liabilities or reputational harm possible if we fail to do so; our ability to comply with laws and regulations related to our global operations, including real estate licensure, labor and employment laws and regulations, as well as the anti-corruption laws of the U.S. and other countries; our leverage and our ability to perform under our credit facilities; liabilities under guarantees, or for construction defects, that we incur in our Development Services business; the ability of CBRE Capital Markets to periodically amend, or replace, on satisfactory terms, the agreements for its warehouse lines of credit; the effect of significant movements in average cap rates across different property types; and the effect of implementation of new accounting rules and standards.

Additional information concerning factors that may influence the Company’s financial information is discussed under “Risk Factors”, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” and “Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 (as amended), and under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, as well as in the Company’s press releases and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained on the Company’s website at www.cbre.com or upon written request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

1 Selected items included the write-off of financing costs, amortization expense related to certain intangible assets attributable to acquisitions, certain carried interest incentive compensation (reversal) expense and integration and other costs related to acquisitions.  For the impact of selected charges on specific periods, see the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this press release.

2 A reconciliation of net income attributable to CBRE Group, Inc. to net income attributable to CBRE Group, Inc., as adjusted for selected items, is provided in the section of this press release entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

3 EBITDA represents earnings before net interest expense, write-off of financing costs, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, while amounts shown for EBITDA, as adjusted (or normalized EBITDA), remove the impact of certain cash and non-cash charges related to acquisitions and certain carried interest incentive compensation (reversal) expense.  Our management believes that both of these measures are useful in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculations of EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, generally eliminate the effects of financing and income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending and acquisitions, which would include impairment charges of goodwill and intangibles created from acquisitions. Such items may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.  As a result, our management uses these measures to evaluate operating performance and for other discretionary purposes, including as a significant component when measuring our operating performance under our employee incentive programs. Additionally, we believe EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, are useful to investors to assist them in getting a more complete picture of our results from operations.

However, EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, are not recognized measurements under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and when analyzing our operating performance, readers should use EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, in addition to, and not as an alternative for, net income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Furthermore, EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, are not intended to be measures of free cash flow for our management’s discretionary use, as they do not consider certain cash requirements such as tax and debt service payments. The amounts shown for EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, also differ from the amounts calculated under similarly titled definitions in our debt instruments, which are further adjusted to reflect certain other cash and non-cash charges and are used to determine compliance with financial covenants and our ability to engage in certain activities, such as incurring additional debt and making certain restricted payments.

For a reconciliation of EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, to net income attributable to CBRE Group, Inc., the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, see the section of this press release titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

4 We have not reconciled the non-GAAP earnings per share guidance included in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because this cannot be done without unreasonable effort.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following measures are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under SEC guidelines:

(i) Net income attributable to CBRE Group, Inc., as adjusted for selected items

(ii) Diluted income per share attributable to CBRE Group, Inc., as adjusted for selected items

(iii) EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted for selected items

The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide a more complete understanding of ongoing operations and enhance comparability of current results to prior periods as well as presenting the effects of selected charges in all periods presented.  The Company believes that investors may find it useful to see these non-GAAP financial measures to analyze financial performance without the impact of selected charges that may obscure trends in the underlying performance of its business.

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(1) Includes depreciation and amortization expense related to discontinued operations of $0.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(2) Includes interest expense related to discontinued operations of $3.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(3) Includes provision for income taxes related to discontinued operations of $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(4) Includes EBITDA related to discontinued operations of $7.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

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(1) Includes depreciation and amortization expense related to discontinued operations of $0.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(2) Includes interest expense related to discontinued operations of $1.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(3) Includes EBITDA related to discontinued operations of $1.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(4) Includes depreciation and amortization expense related to discontinued operations of $0.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(5) Includes interest expense related to discontinued operations of $2.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(6) Includes provision for income taxes related to discontinued operations of $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

(7) Includes EBITDA related to discontinued operations of $6.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

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CBRE VP Angela West elected 2014-2015 Global President of SIOR

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that Angela West, Vice President with CB Richard Ellis|Oklahoma, CBRE’s Oklahoma region affiliate, was elected 2014-2015 Global President of SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors). Ms. West is the youngest individual to be elected President of SIOR, as well as the third female President in the 70-year history of the organization.

“Angela’s election underscores what her colleagues have known for some time; that she is a talented leader and embodies the CBRE values of respect, integrity, service and excellence,” said Edward J. Schreyer, President, CBRE Agency Brokerage and Asset Services, Americas.

Ms. West has 23 years of experience in commercial real estate and an extensive resume that showcases her leadership capabilities. She holds one of only two MCR designations in the state of Oklahoma. Previously in her career, Ms. West was the local President of CCIM, where she was the youngest professional to serve in that role, and was President of the Oklahoma NAIOP chapter where she was the first female in that capacity.

“We are extremely proud of Angela’s appointment as SIOR’s Global President. She has a proven record of leadership within the commercial real estate community, is consistently a top producer, and provides outstanding service to her clients,” said Cary Phillips, Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis|Oklahoma

SIR (Society of Industrial Realtors) was founded in 1939, but in 1986 the organization altered their name to SIOR in order to include office realtors. The group currently has more than 3,000 members scattered across 630 cities in 34 different countries.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information:

Robert Mcgrath
Director, Sr
T +1 212 9848267

Best Buy advices of how to save energy and money

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Last year, Best Buy’s U.S. customers purchased more than 20 million ENERGY STAR® certified products, saving them upwards of $76 million in energy costs. That’s the carbon emission equivalent of taking 98,000 cars off the road. Seeing as October is Energy Awareness Month and chillier days aren’t far behind, here are a few tips for saving both energy and money.

  • Install a programmable thermostat in your house, which allows you to adjust the temperature when you’re not home
  • When shopping for a new TV or appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR mark to find the most energy-efficient products
  • Wash your laundry with cold water – your clothes will be just as clean
  • Replace old light bulbs with new energy-saving LEDs, which save up to $100 over the lifetime of the bulb
  • Use a “smart” power strip to avoid standby power – the energy used by some products when they are turned off but still plugged into a power/wall outlet
  • Disable “instant on” and “standby” modes when you are not using your gaming console

Products for your home that enable you to help manage your energy consumption, secure your home and do it all at the push of a button are available online at Connected Home on BestBuy.com, or your local Best Buy store.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to save energy and money, or interested in learning more about ENERGY STAR certified products, visit BestBuy.com/ENERGYSTAR.


Best Buy advices of how to save energy and money

Best Buy advices of how to save energy and money

QVC to introduce new in-app mobile feature that allows customers to make easy and quick purchases with just a touch of their finger by using Apple’s fingerprint sensor technology

West Chester, PA, 2014-10-30— /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, announced today that it will introduce a new in-app mobile feature in the coming weeks that allows customers to make easy and quick purchases with just a touch of their finger. Using Apple’s fingerprint sensor technology, Touch IDTM, the QVC for iPhone® app now gives customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts on all iOS 8-enabled iPhone 5S, 6 and 6+ mobile devices using only their fingertip to authenticate their identity.

“Mobile remains our fastest-growing platform, and we’re continuously investing in new technologies and features that deliver a seamless and engaging customer experience,” said Alex Miller, senior vice president, digital commerce at QVC. “QVC is paying close attention to how, when and where the customer is choosing to interact with us on our digital platforms in order to create a more personalized shopping experience that drives ongoing engagement and loyalty.”

With the new Touch ID feature, QVC customers can shop through the QVC iOS mobile app using their fingertip. Following a one-time set-up, their billing, shipping and payment details will be automatically populated upon iPhone sensor authentication of their fingertip, enabling mobile shopping transactions on QVC to be completed with a single touch.

Contributing to QVC’s mobile leadership, the company was an early adopter of responsive design, ensuring that it delivers a seamless customer experience across all platforms, regardless of the size of the screen on any device. The implementation of a responsive site capitalizes on consumers’ growing preference to browse and make purchases on their mobile devices. Mobile purchases accounted for 40 percent of QVC’s worldwide ecommerce orders in the second quarter of 2014.

The just-released 2015 “Internet Retailer Mobile 500” revealed QVC is the third largest mobile commerce player among multi-category retailers.

QVC Advances the Second Screen Experience
Recognizing that more and more viewers have tablets in hand as they tune in to QVC, the company recently added new functionalities to its QVC for iPad® app to establish its necessity as a companion tool during QVC on-air programming. These enhanced second screen capabilities deliver a more engaging, useful and user-friendly experience to customers by synchronizing products on air to a consolidated product view on the iPad app. The “Watch” section of the tablet app now enables QVC customers to experience:

    • Improved synchronization on the app with the item currently being shown on air;
    • The ability to watch the live broadcast in the app, even without a cable subscription;
    • Fast access and key product information about items on air;
    • The ability to browse product information while the live broadcast remains on screen;
    • Fun and interactive features to validate and inform customers’ purchase decisions, including reviews and images.

The QVC for iPhone app and QVC for iPad app are available as a free download in the App Store.

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QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.


This Halloween Sainsbury’s launches Pumpkin recycling to help get customers composting

LONDON, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — As Halloween approaches, Sainsbury’s launches a recycling special to help get customers composting. Sainsbury’s expects to sell just over one million pumpkins this week, as the spooky day looms. But once they’re carved, pumpkins are often thrown away – even though they are easily recycled.

This year, all pumpkins sold in Sainsbury’s will display information about how customers can recycle them locally through Recycle Now once the Halloween celebrations are over.

From Wednesday 29 October, customers in ten trial stores will also be able to bring their pumpkins back to store to be turned into energy by Sainsbury’s waste partners Biffa.

The collected pumpkins will join other food waste from Sainsbury’s in anaerobic digestion, being converted into energy which in some cases powers Sainsbury’s stores.

The scheme will not only help customers compost their pumpkins at ten locations, but also attract attention to council collections to get more customers across the country composting at home.

Sainsbury’s Head of Sustainability, Paul Crewe, said: “We know that lots of people will be buying a pumpkin this Halloween – but what happens after we’ve carved it?

“There’s nothing more gruesome than a pumpkin past its best – so we want to make sure that once the spooky festivities are over we’re helping customers to get rid of their pumpkins in the right way.”

Sainsbury’s unsold pumpkins are already donated or sent to zoos.

The scheme is the latest in a series of recycling ideas generated by Sainsbury’s colleagues – including Easter egg recycling and Christmas card recycling.

Notes to Editors

Information on how to recycle pumpkins – including local authority composting facilities via the Recycle Now website – will be displayed with pumpkins on sale in Sainsbury’s stores.

Pumpkin recycling points are available in the recycling areas of the following stores:


This Halloween Sainsbury’s launches Pumpkin recycling to help get customers composting

This Halloween Sainsbury’s launches Pumpkin recycling to help get customers composting

English football star Daniel Sturridge will be the face of several Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet

LONDON, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — England and Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge joins Sainsbury’s in a new, long-term partnership. Sturridge will be the face of several initiatives including Active Kids, to encourage children of all ages and abilities to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

The rising star of English football will front a variety of Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet. He joins fellow Sainsbury’s ambassadors, London 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallists Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, to star in Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2015 campaign, launching in the New Year.

In addition to fronting Sainsbury’s famous Active Kids voucher collection scheme – which has brought over £150 million pounds worth of equipment and experiences to schools and organisations across the UK since 2005 – Sturridge will also help support a range of the brand’s wider healthy lifestyle partnerships including Sport Relief, the Sainsbury’s School Games and Sainsbury’s Summer Series with British Athletics.

New Sainsbury’s ambassador Daniel Sturridge said: “Encouraging children to be active and enjoy sport is a real passion of mine. I’m proud to be partnering with Sainsbury’s to give children all over the country the opportunity to lead healthier lifestyles. I remember the launch of Active Kids in my school and the difference it made to our PE lessons and look forward to seeing even more children benefit from it.”

Tara Hewitt, Sainsbury’s Head of Sponsorship, added: “We’re thrilled to have signed Daniel, admired by parents and kids alike, he’s the perfect choice to help us inspire a new generation. Our ambassadors are a key part of our commitment to get 20 million kids active by 2020 and make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”


English football star Daniel Sturridge will be the face of several Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet

English football star Daniel Sturridge will be the face of several Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet

Starbucks Reserve® coffees launch ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world

There’s a story in every cup of Starbucks coffee.

SEATTLE, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — From the qualities of the soil, to the fragrances and tastes of nearby crops, to the length of time it was left to ripen on the tree – each coffee expresses its own sense of place and conveys the way it was grown and nurtured.

Starbucks Reserve® coffees help bring these individual stories to life with an ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world.

“Starbucks is one of the few companies that can send coffee buyers to dozens of countries each year and taste hundreds and thousands of cups of coffee,” said Leslie Wolford, senior coffee specialist at Starbucks. “Every so often we come across a coffee that dazzles. We help their exceptional qualities shine as a Starbucks Reserve coffee.”

When Starbucks opened its first store more than 40 years ago in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, it brought customers small batches of extraordinary coffee to its single store such as the bright Chanchamayo from the highlands of Peru or smooth Bourbon Santos from Brazil.

Once the company grew to more than 1,000 stores in 1996, Starbucks began to highlight small quantities of exceptional coffee such as Rantepao Sulawesi and Aged Java with the Starbucks Limited Edition program. In 2004 Starbucks offered customers its best single-origin coffee as Black Apron Exclusives™ starting with a rare 100% Kona coffee.  This program evolved into Starbucks Reserve in 2010.

“From the very beginning, we cultivated a network of farmers that brought us quality coffee to support our expanding customer base,” said Wolford.  “As we grew, we noticed that this extensive network also brought us coffee that was undiscovered and special. As a result, we started to be more intentional about helping our customers to have the same journey of discovery as we explored new farms and regions. It gives our store partners (employees) the opportunity to share the story of our coffees and what makes each one special. It becomes something personal.”

Extraordinary Care

Starbucks Reserve has featured coffee from locations as remote and rugged as the Galapagos Islands and the Mt. Bromo volcano on the Indonesian island of Java. The program has also featured rare varietals such as Starbucks Reserve® Panama Geisha Auromar, which was limited to fewer than 800 half-pound bags.

Starbucks Reserve can also showcase coffees that require extra attention to detail, such as the handpicked, single-rounded beans of Starbucks Reserve® Zambia Peaberry Terranova Estate or the Sun Dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe™ and Sumatra Rusuna, which gets their rich, cherry-flavor from being laid out to air dry.

Aged Sumatra Lot No. 084, was aged for five years in a special environment with meticulous care. The coffee bags were individually rotated and turned to ensure a consistent aging process, and the beans were tasted regularly to determine their exact moment of readiness for a bold, full-bodied cup of coffee with toasted-marshmallow sweetness and deep cedar notes.

In September 2014, Starbucks offered customers the rare, small batch Starbucks Reserve® Costa Rica Geisha La Ines developed by Starbucks agronomist Carlos Mario Rodriguez for its combination of disease tolerance, high yield and exceptional taste. The coffee sold out online within hours.

Distinctive Flavors

Each Starbucks Reserve coffee tells the story of its origins.

The Africa region is believed to be the birthplace of coffee, and its diverse geography is home to some of the world’s most unusual and sought-after coffees, with flavors ranging from berries to spices to citrus fruits. Starbucks Reserve coffees highlight the distinctive characteristics of African coffees from the herbal and floral notes of Cameroon’s Mount Oku and the full bodied, chocolaty flavor of Malawi Lake of Stars.

In the Asia/Pacific, Starbucks Reserve® Sumatra Blue Batak showcases the region’s signature full flavor herbal spiciness with deep, syrupy body and sweet herbal notes. In Latin America, Starbucks purchased the 190 burlap sacks of coffee produced on a small farm by farmer Aladino Delgado and produced Starbucks Reserve® Perú Aladino, an extraordinary bright citrusy coffee characteristic of the region, with surprising rich toffee notes and a nutty sweetness.

The Future of Reserve

In December, 2014 Starbucks will open its first-ever Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Dedicated to roasting and coffee education this one of a kind experience will allow Starbucks to increase the availability of these limited availability coffees. By consolidating its small-batch roasting, Starbucks will expand their Starbucks Reserve® program to 1,500 locations globally, as well as open at least 100 stores designed to highlight these rare coffees exclusively.

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


Starbucks Reserve® coffees launch ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world

Starbucks Reserve® coffees launch ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world

Starbucks launches new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and interactive coffee bar to its stores in China

BEIJING, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is bringing an immersive coffee experience to its customers in China with a new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and an interactive coffee bar to seven stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Starbucks Reserve® coffees are  small-lot coffees that are the most exquisite coffees in the world. Every year Starbucks coffee buyers travel to coffee-growing regions – from the faraway highlands in Papua New Guinea to the coast of Galapagos Islands in Ecuador – to find and purchase some of the world’s finest arabica coffee beans.

The stores in China that carry Starbucks Reserve coffee will feature coffee-forward designs, including  an interactive “coffee bar,” where customers can discover different types of brewing methods such as the manual, pour-over style Chemex® Coffeemaker or the classic coffee press. Customers will have the opportunity to spend more time to explore Starbucks® coffees, ask questions, and purchase their favorite brewing equipment and packaged coffee for home use. Baristas are certified Starbucks Coffee Masters who wear black aprons as a symbol of their coffee expertise.

“With 43 years of strong passion for coffee, we purchase and roast some of the finest quality coffee beans around the world for our customers,” said Belinda Wong, president of Starbucks China. “The launch of Starbucks Reserve coffee will bring a unique coffee experience to China.”

The first four Starbucks Reserve offerings in China each hold intriguing flavors and stories:

Peru Chonti Coffee noted for its herbaceous aroma with a subtle lemony acidity with flavor notes of hazelnut and baking chocolate, this coffee originates from the steep valleys of northern Peru.

Panama Los Cantares Estate Coffee grown in Panama’s remote Volcán region, this coffee has won awards for its floral aromas, delicate body and bright, crisp acidity.

Malawi Peaberry Sable Farms Coffee from East Africa delivers crisp acidity with a vibrant splash of lime zest and a spicy, citrus complexity through the concentrated flavor of hand-selected peaberries.

Hawaii Ka’u Coffee, cultivated on the temperate slopes of Mauna Loa, is recognized as one of the finest coffees in the world for its delicate and deliciously tropical flavors.

Starbucks Reserve coffees are currently available 25 markets, including the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Korea, and Japan.

Press Release in Chinese 

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


Starbucks launches new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and interactive coffee bar to its stores in China

Starbucks launches new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and interactive coffee bar to its stores in China

Tesco makes public commitment to do more to support serving personnel, veterans and reservists

Cheshunt, England, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has become the first supermarket to sign the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Tesco has a proud record of supporting the Armed Forces dating right back to the retailer’s founder Jack Cohen, and signing the Covenant means Tesco has made a public commitment to do more to support serving personnel, veterans and reservists.

Tesco is one of the biggest employers of reservists and former service personnel, and the retailer has today pledged to:

  • Seek out veterans who have left the armed forces for employment with Tesco;
  • Support spouses and partners of serving personnel to get jobs at Tesco stores in areas with large armed forces communities;
  • Promote service with the Reserve Forces to Tesco colleagues;
  • Give extra special consideration to holiday requests from spouses before, during and after their partner’s deployment;
  • Continue to stock products like Eggs for Soldiers, exclusive Marston’s beer designed by ex-soldiers and exclusive childrenswear by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, proceeds from which go to Forces charities; and
  • Help customers raise more money than ever for this year’s Poppy Appeal, and smash previous records by raising £4.5 million in 2014.

To help boost donations for this year’s Poppy Appeal a special Tesco delivery truck will drive across London emblazoned with details about how to donate, and Tesco will donate £10 to the Royal British Legion for every picture of the truck that is uploaded by members of the public on social media. Over 7000 Tesco delivery vans will also sport specially-designed poppies, and signs on fourteen large Tesco stores in garrison towns will have the ‘o’ decorated with a poppy throughout the Appeal.

Tesco is already one of the biggest employers of both serving and former servicemen and women, with thousands of veterans on the supermarket’s books. The retailer is also one of the biggest employers of reservists and has a record as a forces-friendly organisation – Tesco founder Jack Cohen set up his first market stall with his demob money after coming home from active service during the First World War.

Since 2005, Tesco has also raised nearly £30 million for Armed Forces charities.

Robin Terrell, UK Managing Director for Tesco said:

“We have a long association with the Armed Forces dating right back to our founder, Jack Cohen. Our servicemen and women make sacrifices every single day, and as the UK’s biggest retailer we want to do everything we can to help them out.

“We have huge numbers of serving and former service personnel working for us, and they bring an enormous number of benefits to our business. We are honoured to be the first supermarket to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, and we will always look to do more for our heroes who regularly put their lives on the line to defend our country.”

Speaking at the signing of the Corporate Covenant, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“It is great to see one of the UK’s major employers recognise the immense benefits that Reservists and former Service personnel can bring to the private sector and I am delighted that they will be our first supermarket that has signed up to the Corporate Covenant. Tesco now join over 300 companies that have committed to strengthening their support for our Armed Forces communities, bringing about real change for those that have bravely served their country and their families.”

Bryn Parry, Co-Founder and CEO, Help for Heroes said:

“When Help for Heroes was started we asked the public to ‘do their bit’ for the wounded. Tesco, its customers and staff stepped up to the plate and supported Help for Heroes through a number of campaigns including collection weekends, sales of endorsed products and numerous other fundraising activities. Its ongoing support is making a real difference to Serving and Veteran members of the Armed Forces who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses.”

Nikki Scott, founder of children’s charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers, said:

“We’re delighted that Tesco has signed the Corporate Covenant today and will be helping the Armed Forces in every community where they operate. Our work as a charity to support the children of our fallen servicemen and women has been generously supported by Tesco’s and this latest initiative will ensure that Armed Forces personnel and their families will receive much needed support, help and assistance in the communities where they work and live; something that as a charity we work tirelessly to do.”

Nick Donovan from the Royal British Legion said:

“We are grateful to Tesco for their continued support of the Poppy Appeal by allowing poppy collectors into their stores to fundraise, and their recruiting process of encouraging ex-service men and women into the business. With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the rebasing of troops from Germany and the increased numbers of Reservists expected in society, support from companies like Tesco is vital and we are pleased to see they are signing the Corporate Covenant – a voluntary commitment to support the Armed Forces in every community where they operate.”

The Armed Forces Covenant was launched by the Prime Minister last year, to encourage businesses and charities to do more to show their support for Armed Forces personnel.

It is a voluntary pledge of support for the armed forces community and includes two key principles – that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen, and that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

Notes to editors

  • This pledge follows on from action Tesco took on 4 August to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, in which we turned the lights off on the Tesco logos in big stores across the UK
  • 2014 marks the 100 anniversary of the start of the First World War, in which Tesco founder Jack Cohen saw active service.
  • Tesco has also committed to supporting Armed Forces Day and Wear Your Uniform to Work Day as part of the covenant.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.



Carrefour presents at the Actionaria Exhibition at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November

PARIS, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — As it has been for more than 10 years, Carrefour will be at the Actionaria Exhibition – an unmissable opportunity to talk with our shareholders.

Actionaria – France’s exhibition about the Stock Exchange and financial products – will open its doors at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November. The event is a forum within which we can talk to our current or future shareholders and give them personalised information to help them better understand our Group.
For the first time this year, we will be presenting the Carrefour shareholders club: shareholders can use this in order to get up-to-date information about what’s happening within the Group, expand their knowledge of the company, meet people and take advantage of special offers.

Georges Plassat at the meeting
Georges Plassat, Carrefour’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will be available to meet shareholders at a shareholders meeting on Friday 21 November from 2 PM to 3 PM in the Maillot Room.

Practical information
Carrefour Stand: Stand F 09 – level 2 – Maillot Room.

Invitation: to get an invitation, contact us:
–    on Freephone Number 0805 902 902
–    by e-mail: contact@actionnaires.carrefour.com


Carrefour presents at the Actionaria Exhibition at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November

Carrefour presents at the Actionaria Exhibition at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November

Carrefour’s partner and franchisee, Label’Vie group opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — On 23 October, the Label’Vie group – Carrefour’s partner and franchisee – opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco, in the city of Marrakesh.

The “Targa” Carrefour has a sales area of 3800 m².

The Label’Vie Group currently runs 60 stores, including 5 Carrefour hypermarkets, 44 Carrefour Markets and 11 Atacadao stores.


Carrefour's partner and franchisee, Label’Vie group opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco

Carrefour’s partner and franchisee, Label’Vie group opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco

Carrefour supports the Manhattan Darkroom exhibition at The Palais d’Iéna from 4 November to 4 December in Paris

PARIS, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — The Palais d’Iéna will be staging the Manhattan Darkroom exhibition from 4 November to 4 December with Carrefour’s support.

Like a darkroom, the exhibition is a retrospective of original and exclusive works by photographer Henri Dauman, a man whose gaze and daring approach bear witness with sincerity and humanity to all the political, economic, artistic and media facets of America in the 1960s – a period in the throes of upheaval

Photography is a universal and popular art form… which is why Carrefour wanted to help stage this free event that is open to everyone.

You’ll find information about the exhibition in Carrefour stores throughout Paris and the Paris region.

4 November to 4 December 2014
Palais d’Iéna / Economic, Social and Environmental Council, 9, place d’Iéna, 75016 Paris
Opening hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
Free exhibition


Carrefour supports the Manhattan Darkroom exhibition at The Palais d’Iéna from 4 November to 4 December in Paris

Walmart to sell the highly anticipated game “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” 24 hours before its official release

Retailer Begins Selling Certified Pre-Owned Video Games in 1,700 Stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — It’s game on at Walmart today. The retailer announced that it will offer “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” 24 hours before the official release. The Day Zero Edition will be available to customers starting at 12:01 a.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 3 in more than 3,600 stores. Timed to the release of the highly anticipated game, Walmart unveiled that it has begun selling certified, pre-owned video games in 1,700 stores.

“With 117 million gamers in the U.S., we are constantly looking to provide new and game-changing offerings to those customers,” said Laura Phillips, senior vice president, entertainment, Walmart U.S. “We’ve said that we would focus on the $2 billion pre-owned market, and we’re continuing to deliver on that today. Now, customers will be able to visit Walmart for all of their video game wants – whether they’re buying a hot new release like ‘Call of Duty’ or purchasing a pre-owned game at a great price.”

Walmart launched its video game trade-in program in March. Building on this program, the retailer is now selling certified pre-owned video games. These games will be sold in their own section or alongside other value titles.

Launch of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”

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For the launch of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition” on Monday, Nov. 3, Walmart will offer:

  • Video Game Trade-In Offers: On Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, Walmart is offering 50 percent more for customers trading in any used video game when they purchase “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” Customer can also receive double trade-in value when trading in any used video game and purchasing a PlayStation 4. These trade-in values can be applied immediately toward anything sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club.*
  • “Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare” In-Store Event: Walmart will host in-store events in more than 2,800 stores starting at 10:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, Nov. 2. These special events will include early play tournaments in select stores and customer giveaways, such as free “Call of Duty” posters and patches.
  • “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Exclusive: Gamers will have access to an in-game exclusive exoskeleton with the purchase of Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew 24-packs and specially-marked Doritos products.

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition” will be available for $59.96.  For customers who prefer to shop online, the game will be available for same-day pickup on Nov. 3.  For more information on “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” visit www.walmart.com/callofduty or www.callofduty.com/dayzero. For more information on Walmart’s Video Game Trade-In program, visit www.walmart.com/tradein.

*In Florida, at the time of the trade-in transaction, the trade-in credit must be applied toward the purchase of a video game of greater value.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.


Argos: Being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — There are plenty of fancy dress ideas for Halloween, from traditional ghosts and ghouls to popular fictional characters and celebrities. This year, however, it’s all about the superhero and it’s not just kids who are dressing up.

For the past few years superhero costumes proved to be popular for leading digital retailer Argos, but with blockbuster hits likeCaptain America: The Winter SoldierandThe Amazing Spiderman 2having hit the screens this year, being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties.

Going all out at Halloween used to be the preserve of Americans, but since the 2008 recession there seems to be a new appreciation for the fun and escapism that dressing up for Halloween provides.

Halloween is the perfect occasion for grown men to leave their day jobs behind for the evening and fulfill their dreams of saving the world from the forces of evil. The celebration allows for men to embody their favorite childhood superhero and dress and act like their idols for one night only.

Nicholas Small, Gift Buying Manager for Argos, said: “Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? They have been our most popular Halloween outfits for men for the past four years.

“Our Batman costume lead a few years ago, coinciding with the Dark Knight Trilogy and the Spiderman 2nd Skin Costume was the bestseller last year, being 30 per cent up on other costumes.

“The Iron Man, Captain America and Spiderman Digital

Morphsuits, new to the range this year, are interactive and give you ‘virtual superpowers’ when linked with a free app, perfect for sharing with friends via social media.”

However, fancy dress isn’t the only way that people are channeling their ‘inner superhero’. Leading home enhancement retailer Homebase has nearly sold enough rolls of Marvel wallpaper to wrap a city the size of Nottingham. The comic cover has been the bestselling new wallpaper added this year and Homebase are extending their Marvel range to included wall art, confirming the popularity of the brand.

Louise Mason, Buyer of Wall Coverings for Homebase, said: “Comics and their superhero characters have always been massively popular with the younger generation, and decorating bedrooms with the Marvel wallpaper is the perfect way to surround yourself with your favourites.

“However, we don’t think it’s just kids who are incorporating comic book characters in their homes. The wallpaper is a great way to bring out the big kid inside and add some retro fun to your home.”

There are 65 different fancy dress products available in the adult fancy dress range, from costumes to accessories, available now from www.argos.co.uk and from stores nationwide.

In addition to the Graham & Brown Marvel Action Heroes Wallpaper, the Marvel range at Homebase includes a comic strip wallpaper border and Spiderman wallpaper border. Marvel wall art has been added to the range which is currently available in selected stores and will be available nationwide as of January.


Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos and Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk or media.relations@homebase.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR and @Homebase_PR

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

 About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer selling around 38, 000 products for the home and garden. It has 316 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland serving around 60 million trabsactions a year, and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it emplyed some 18, 000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

For all the latest news and images for Argos and Homebase visit www.homeretailgroup.com/news-and-media


Argos: Being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties

Argos: Being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties