Wegmans Food Markets opens third Massachusetts store located in Burlington on October 26

BURLINGTON, MA, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, known for its incredible customer service and restaurant-quality prepared foods, is on a mission to change food shopping in Burlington. And, at 135,000 square feet, they have the space to do just that. Store Manager Kevin Russell and his team of 600 employees have been working for months to get the store ready for customers when the third Massachusetts Wegmans opens in Burlington on Sunday, October 26 at 7 a.m.

“We can’t wait to meet our new customers,” says Store Manager Kevin Russell. “We’ve been training and preparing for months all with one goal in mind: to make each customer’s shopping experience easy and fun.”

There are dozens of reasons Wegmans new Burlington store – which includes a full Wine, Liquor and Beer Shop and Market Café – is different than any place you’ve ever shopped before.

Wegmans offers an unmatched produce selection, with hundreds of different conventional and organic fruits and vegetables on any given day. Be on the lookout for the Fresh Cut Fruit and Veggie station, where produce is cleaned, cut, and ready to take home. Another must-see is the Market Café with restaurant-quality prepared foods for takeout or dine-in. So, whether you’re craving an old-fashioned sub, Asian cuisine, fresh sushi or anything in-between, Wegmans has a variety of choices to please even the pickiest eater in the family. Indoor seating in the Market Café is on the mezzanine level, giving customers a chance to watch all the action below, plus there’s an outdoor patio with a fireplace for dining alfresco. In total, the store seats more than 300.

As shoppers enter and move through the store, they’ll have a sense of visiting different shops, as one would in a European open air market. Other departments include seafood, meat, deli, bakery, Nature’s Marketplace (with natural and organic foods), a Kosher section, cheese shop, Mediterranean bar and more. In addition to groceries, the store has a full pharmacy, floral shop, health and beauty section, and gifts/housewares.

Among the 60,000 plus products offered at the Burlington store, more than 3,000 are organic.

“Even if a customer has never before shopped at Wegmans, they seem to know our reputation for great selection, the best quality, and incredible customer service,” said Russell. “But, they are often pleasantly surprised by our consistent low prices. We also have Family Pack sizes throughout the store, which can mean a savings of 30% or more.”

In advance of the opening, customers are encouraged to sign up for a Wegmans Shoppers Club Card, which is free and offers extra savings and other benefits. Another great tool is the free Wegmans App, which allows shoppers to create and save a shopping list using the Wegmans product catalog, and then organizes the list by aisle. For more information on either, visit www.wegmans.com/burlington.

Marybeth Stewart, Wegmans Human Resources Manager for New England adds, “One of the advantages to the Massachusetts expansion is growth opportunities for our employees. A number of employees at the Burlington store started at our other locations and have now been promoted. Wegmans will expand to Westwood in 2015 as well as additional area locations. We encourage anyone interested in a position to visit www.wegmans.com/careers.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, Wegmans director of media relations, 585-429-3627
Stacy Clougherty, RF|Binder for Wegmans, 508-971-7594

Wegmans Food Markets begins recruitment of full-time positions for its new Alexandria store in Fairfax County

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets begins recruitment of full-time positions today for its new Alexandria store in Fairfax County, set to open mid-year in 2015. Available full-time openings include everything from customer service and entry- level management to restaurant and culinary positions. The Alexandria store will employ approximately 550 people, 500 of whom will be hired locally. Of these, there are 200 full-time positions to be filled. Hiring for part-time positions will begin at a later date.

Full-time job applicants are invited to apply online at www.wegmans.com or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Applications will not be not accepted at the store or construction site, nor will interviews be conducted there. Wegmans plans to begin scheduling interviews at their Kingstowne employment office later this fall.

“Alexandria is a foodie community and we’re eager to build our team with people who love food and have a passion for helping others,” said Mike Dempsey, Alexandria store manager and 20-year veteran with the company. “Wegmans is consistently ranked one of the country’s best places to work and we attribute that to meeting the needs of our employees by offering flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and a fun, friendly atmosphere.”

The Alexandria Wegmans, a 126,000 square-foot supermarket, will be part of Hilltop Village Center, a retail and office complex located at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street. In addition to restaurant-quality prepared foods for which Wegmans is known, the Alexandria location will be the first in Virginia to feature The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service restaurant within the store.

Once the Alexandria store opens, Wegmans will have created over 3,650 jobs in Virginia since opening its Sterling location in 2004. That number will continue to increase in the coming years with at least three new stores slated to open: one in Charlottesville and two in the Greater Richmond area.

“We continue to expand in this region and promote from within, so there are tremendous opportunities to grow a career with us,” said Dempsey. “We provide the most in-depth product, customer service, and culinary training in the industry to ensure that our employees are well prepared to help our customers make great meals easy.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

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

Whole Foods Market’s “Limelight” art exhibit will be at Helium Creative Art Studio in Fort Lauderdale from Oct. 25 through Nov. 21

Opening night reception to benefit Helium Inspires & Whole Kids Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — More than 30 pieces of digital, sculpted, painted and photographic art will be on display at Helium Creative Art Studio  in Fort Lauderdale Florida from Oct. 25 through Nov. 21 as part of Whole Foods Market’s “Limelight” art exhibit.

Created with a sense of community and creativity, this unique exhibit will feature art that has been specifically designed and created by Whole Foods Market store artists throughout the state. These talented artists, who create amazing in-store designs, are donating their art for this exhibit. Store artists from Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be among those represented.

As part of the exhibit, an opening night reception will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The art will be on display inside and outside the Helium Creative Art Studio, and a free reception featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres will take place in the Courtyard. The opening reception is open to the public, who will have the opportunity to purchase art from this exhibit via the evening’s silent auction (debit and credit cards only).

All proceeds from the exhibit will benefit Helium Inspires and Whole Kids Foundation®. Helium Creative is located at 500 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

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Allegro Coffee Roasters to bring new craft coffee experience at Whole Foods Market Berkeley

Allegro Coffee Roasters opens second location at Whole Foods Market Gilman

Emeryville, Calif., 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — On Nov. 4, Allegro Coffee Roasters (ACR) brings a new craft coffee experience to Berkeley. 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. This is ACR’s second location; the first opened last year at Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, New York.

ACR is built to serve an exceptional cup of coffee. Beans are roasted on-site in a gas-fired Loring™ drum roaster, one of the most precise and environmentally-friendly roasters available. The Loring roaster works with a hybrid combination of hot air and gas, which reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent. After roasting, beans head to one of three Mazzer grinders (of the three, two are dedicated to the house blend and one features a rotation of single origin espressos. Terroir plays a big role in these single-origin coffees, allowing customers to experience the true “taste of a place™”). Finally, a La Marzocco Strada EE 3 Group espresso machine is used to pull each shot; this new model of machine requires a highly skilled barista to get a proper pour.

Whole Foods Market and Allegro Coffee hired Jeremy Stone to bring ACR to life at the Gilman store. Stone comes to the position with great expertise in coffee: how to roast to bring out specific flavors, how to grind, cup, taste, blend with milk – all the bean-to-mug processes required for an exceptional coffee experience. Stone joined Whole Foods Market as a Specialty department team member in 2011 and became a coffee specialist in 2012.

“Coffee is a nearly all encompassing passion of mine and I love to bring new coffees and techniques to people to help them find their perfect cup,” said Stone. “I spend my free time haunting coffee shops, chatting up baristas and roasters, and sharing what I learn with my friends.”

ACR’s house blend is Espresso 924, a mixture of beans from Guatemala, Malawi and Ethiopa that come together nicely for a tasty flavor and consistency that blends well with milk. The flavor profile offers notes of cherry, toffee, peach and honey. In a nod to the local punk rock scene, Espresso 924 is named in honor of Gilman Street’s own 924 Gilman, the famous all-ages, volunteer-run music venue and art space.

In addition to traditional espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes, ACR customers can order Nitro cold brew coffee on tap, hand-brewed Chemex, French Press, or a Hario V60 single cup pour-over. Each brew method requires unique calibration and a high level of skill from the barista, who must ensure proper brewing time and extraction.

Small lot, single origin coffees are sourced on a seasonal basis. Allegro Coffee’s own Sourcing Director Darrin Daniel travels to small, responsibly-run coffee plantations and co-ops around the globe to bring these unique blends back to ACR. While these farms may not grow enough coffee to supply Allegro Coffee’s entire operation, they yield enough of these limited lots for customers to enjoy at the ACR venue in Berkeley. Customers can check out Daniel in action on Dark Rye: http://www.darkrye.com/allegrocoffee.

Stone says, “Coffee is all about respect – the farmer’s respect for the land, the green buyer’s respect for the farmer and the co-op, the roaster’s respect for the bean, the barista’s respect for the roasted bean and the customer. Baristas are the link between the farmer and the customer. They can tell a story with the drink they create – the barista might not be able to talk much with the customer about the coffee, but the story comes to life in the cup.”

An initial list of coffees available at ACR includes:*

Ethiopia Queen City Harrar
Burundi Wingoma
Organic Colombia Organica AAA Micro Lot
Organic Guatemala Asuvim Micro Lot (Rainforest Alliance certified)
Costa Rica Santa Rosa 1900
Guatemala La Bolsa Nogales
Decaf Organic Ethiopia Homacho Waeno
Organic Ethiopia Homacho Waeno Espresso
Java Sunda Hejo
Sulawesi Toarco Peaberry
Espresso 924

ACR is serving organic Clover dairy products (local to Northern California) in lattes, gibraltars, and cappuccinos. Baristas will make syrups in house for flavored coffees.

Customers are invited to attend regular cuppings (coffee tastings) and in-store events to celebrate the single origin coffees and the house blend. Events will be listed on the store web page, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/gilman, and Facebook page, facebook.com/WFMGilman.

The 47,800 square-foot Whole Foods Market store located at 10th and Gilman Streets in Berkeley opens on Nov. 4. This is the second Whole Foods Market location in Berkeley, and the 40th in Northern California. Customers can subscribe for newsletter updates at wholefoodsmarket.com/newsletters.

*subject to seasonality, availability, and change.

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About Allegro Coffee Company
Allegro Coffee Company was founded in 1977 in Boulder, Colorado. It is one of the first certified organic roasters in the country. Whole Foods Market acquired Allegro in 1997; since then Whole Foods Market has offered Allegro’s coffee as its signature house roast. In 2013, Allegro opened its first official Allegro Coffee Roasters craft coffee venue at Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, New York. Earlier this month, Allegro’s Organic Continental Blend won a blind taste test conducted by Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart Magazine, for whole bean roasts. Find Allegro Coffee Company online at Facebook.com/AllegroCoffeeCompany.

 

Best Buy opens additional Teen Tech Centers in Seattle, Jersey City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Denver

Washington, DC, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — A 12-year-old aspiring inventor created a desk fan for his mom with parts from a broken PC and a cardboard box. Adding a single-throw switch, and wires for the circuit, the fan came alive. Beaming with pride, the boy started his own fan project with a completed prototype and has plans to design a custom enclosure using a 3D printer and a program called Tinkercad.

Believe it or not, he brainstormed and executed his fan project within the walls of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Minneapolis.

In a world where technology and media continue to be more ingrained in everyday life interactions and career choices, it’s important to prepare students like this young inventor for future career success. That’s where the Teen Tech Centers come in. With existing centers already inspiring and training kids in Minneapolis, Chicago, Miami and San Antonio, this month Best Buy has opened additional centers in Seattle, Jersey City, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. And on Oct. 22, the eighth center will open in Denver.

Housing state-of-the-art technology, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are free after-school programs where teens can play, discover and learn about a variety of topics including graphic design, digital photography, audio and video production, game and app development, film-making and much more. Teens can also attend workshops led by Geek Squad Agents and other experts in technology, giving teens the opportunity to express themselves in an online global environment. The centers continue to lead the way when it comes to helping teens develop 21st century skills by giving them access to technology in a hands-on environment.

Best Buy CEO and President Hubert Joly spoke to a packed room of teens and local leaders at the opening of the Teen Tech Center at the Washington, D.C. Boys and Girls Club earlier this month. Alongside Joly was Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who shared his experience growing up in Texas as a member of the Boys and Girls Club. Castro said the partnership between Best Buy and the Boys and Girls Clubs is a great example of what can be accomplished when organizations work together.

Aaron Lundholm, coordinator of the Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central location, said the centers invite teens to get involved in creating information and media rather than just consuming it.

“They are learning by designing and in the context of projects they are interested in and care about,” he said. “They’re building 21st-century skills and fluency with technology in a hands-on way.”

The presence of the Hennepin County Library center (in Minneapolis) has been significant within the local community.

“Many of the young people we serve don’t otherwise have access to the powerful tools and support the center provides,” Lundholm said. “We’ve been successful in reaching ‘at risk’ youth who haven’t had access and opportunities like this before. Several of the teens are homeless and many (or most) are not in a position to afford hardware or software they find in the center.”

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Best Buy opens additional Teen Tech Centers in Seattle, Jersey City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Denver

Best Buy opens additional Teen Tech Centers in Seattle, Jersey City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Denver

Target Corporation announces new initiatives for the 2014 holiday season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on irresistible products, unbeatable value and guest-friendly services – including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20.

“Target is poised to deliver an unparalleled holiday shopping season. We’ve been building capabilities that put us in a strong starting position, including the right digital tools and a broad assortment of unique, on-trend merchandise. Our value proposition will be unrivaled, with compelling promotions and an exceptional shopping experience online and in our stores,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Target. “It’s about delivering on our promise of ‘Expect More. Pay Less,’ and when we do that, Target is impossible to beat.”

Tools and Services

With conversion on Target’s digital channels up 40 percent this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80 percent of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve.

Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31— a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Kids can add must-have items to their list, while parents can share the list with friends and family. Target’s Wish List app also offers an augmented reality feature that works with Target’s Kids’ Gifting catalog. Plus, guests can save 10 percent on their Wish List on one day of their choosing before Nov. 26. The app can be downloaded on Apple and Android mobile and tablet devices or printed on the registry kiosks in Target stores.

Additionally, mobile and tablet apps are re-launching in time for the holidays. With these enhancements, guests will find it even easier to locate and purchase what they’re looking for  using interactive store maps and shopping lists as well as streamlined checkout including, Apple pay in the iPhone app.

Unbeatable Value

Target has created more ways than ever for guests to get unbeatable value all season long, including weekly sales, weekend promotions and exclusive deals on Target.com and Cartwheel, Target’s industry-leading savings app. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10 million users, and from Nov. 2 to Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50 percent off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire.

For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window. If a guest purchases a qualifying item at Target between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 and then finds it for less at Target.com, a local competitor’s printed ad or at select online retailers, Target will match that price. For more details, including terms and conditions, visit Target.com/morereasons.

As always, REDcard holders get five percent off nearly all purchases, free shipping at Target.com, and an extra 30 days for returns. Since five percent REDcard Rewards rolled out in 2010, Target has saved guests more than $2 billion and will thank guests for their loyalty with perks throughout the holiday season.

Top Holiday Gifts

Target has it all for the holidays, from top national brands to exclusive giftable items that can only be found at Target, including:

  • Top electronics gifts for all ages, including Beats by Dre, Apple iPhone, Skylanders Trap Team and exclusive iPhone cases designed by Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer, Dana Tanamachi.
  • TOMS for Target, featuring more than 50 items including apparel and accessories, shoes and home goods all priced under $50. In addition to the five percent of its profit Target gives to communities every day, Target will donate blankets, meals or shoes to people in need for each TOMS item purchased. The collection will be available beginning Nov. 16 for a limited-time-only.
  • Annie for Target by Renée Ehrlich Kalfus, a limited-edition collection of girls’ apparel and accessories inspired by the remake of this family-favorite movie, all under $30 and available beginning Nov. 16.
  • A beautiful, limited-time-only collection of American-made scarves, throws and handbags from the 150-year-old Faribault Woolen Mills in Minnesota. Available beginning Nov. 2 exclusively through Target’s digital channels.
  • Fitness and travel accessories in unique and retro prints, designed by London-based artist, Orla Kiely, available exclusively at Target.
  •  Exclusive Threshold and Nate Berkus at Target home décor and entertaining items.
  • Cozy, stylish apparel and accessories for the whole family featuring key seasonal elements like cashmere blend, genuine leather and faux fur.
  • Top Toys, including exclusive Disney Frozen My Size Dolls, Wubble Bubble Ball and Zoomer Dino – Boomer and Target’s Boutique Brand toys from brands such as Wonderology, Hape and Mindware.
  • Exclusive beauty products at a great value, including luxe brushes and bags by Sonia Kashuk, new holiday gift sets from Pixi by Petra and an assortment of makeup palettes, fragrances and hair appliances.

Partnership with STORY

This holiday, Target will partner with innovative New York retailer STORY. STORY brings an editorial lens to retail and reinvents itself every four to eight weeks—from merchandise and store design, to floor plans and fixtures—bringing to light a new theme or trend. From Target’s design partnerships to its everyday collections, STORY will curate its favorite holiday treasures from Target, alongside its other must-have items for the season, beginning Nov. 5.

“Working with STORY will give holiday shoppers in Manhattan a new way to discover Target’s brand and products,” said Kathee Tesija, Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer, Target. “This unique concept will also provide a testing ground for us to continue to understand how merchandising and product curation influences our guests.”

Holiday Marketing Campaign

Target’s marketing campaign will encourage people of all ages to let loose, give into the spirit and feel the unmistakable joy of the holiday season. The advertising, which will start to run on Nov. 2, will boldly embrace the iconic elements that make Target, Target—using the red, white and Bullseye that guests love. The campaign will include broadcast, radio, out-of-home and catalogs with an increase in digital media support by 50 percent. Target stores will be transformed with fun and whimsical in-store décor created in partnership with David Stark Design, one of the top event design agencies in the world.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,934 stores – 1,801 in the United States and 133 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

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Target Corporation announces new initiatives for the 2014 holiday season

Target Corporation announces new initiatives for the 2014 holiday season

CBRE Group, Inc. announces the appointment of Brian Stoffers as Global President, Debt and Structured Finance

Los Angeles, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. has appointed Brian Stoffers as Global President, Debt and Structured Finance. Mr. Stoffers, a 30-year veteran of CBRE, previously served as President, Debt & Structured Finance, Americas and Chief Operating Officer, Capital Markets.

The appointment is part of CBRE’s overall growth strategy and global unification of its Capital Markets business. Mr. Stoffers will help expand and integrate CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance offering globally, with practices in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), including Global Loan Servicing, Loan Sale Advisory, and Investment Banking reporting to him directly. Mr. Stoffers will continue to report to Chris Ludeman, Global President, Capital Markets, while aligning with CEOs in all three global regions.

With Mr. Stoffers’s promotion, Jeff Majewski will be named Chief Operating Officer, Capital Markets, Americas; a role that combines the Debt & Structured Finance and Investment Properties platforms—which Mr. Stoffers has fulfilled to great success for the past three years.

Chris Ludeman said:

“Our Debt & Structured Finance business line is closely aligned with our sales business and together with our investment banking group creates the service spectrum that clients demand from CBRE as the global market leader. Brian’s vision for our Debt & Structured Finance business globally will enhance our ability to serve customers with the highest levels of consistent advice and execution.

“A collaborative and value-based leader, Brian is a friend and mentor to many at CBRE; he is precisely the type of professional we need to drive the Debt & Structured Finance team to the next level of global success.”

Mr. Stoffers has played an integral role as a member of CBRE’s Capital Markets team for more than 30 years. Under his leadership, Debt & Structured Finance practice has originated nearly $112 billion in loan volume since 2007. Additionally, this practice maintains a loan services portfolio of more than $80 billion in the United States, while CBRE’s EMEA servicing portfolio has grown by an additional $30 billion.

A highly respected industry professional, Mr. Stoffers is an expert across the spectrum of debt advisory products and services. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association and National Multi-Housing Council.

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.

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QVC announces the promotion of Mary Campbell to the position of Executive Vice President, US Commerce Platforms

West Chester, PA, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, today announced the promotion of Mary Campbell to the position of Executive Vice President, US Commerce Platforms. Campbell, who reports to Mike George, president and chief executive officer of QVC, Inc., is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the company’s TV, web, mobile, tablet and social while translating the QVC brand across all platforms to drive customer engagement and ecommerce sales.

“Mary has been a driver of our success over the past two decades and instrumental in delivering a seamless, consistent and engaging experience to QVC customers,” said George. “Through her continued leadership and guidance, we’ll remain at the forefront of innovation in commerce by expanding our TV programming and maintaining our leadership in ecommerce and mobile.”

QVC’s mobile commerce business has grown steadily year over year, currently accounting for 37 percent of U.S. ecommerce revenue in the second quarter 2014. Additionally, QVC is the third largest mobile commerce player among multi-category retailers according to the 2015 Internet Retailer Mobile 500.

Since joining QVC in 1991, Campbell has held leadership roles across the business, including Merchandising, Planning and Commerce Platforms. In her most recent role as SVP Commerce Platforms, Campbell led the expansion of QVC’s broadcast by launching two new TV distribution channels, over-the-air and QVC Plus™. QVC Plus, which now reaches approximately 47 million homes, offers the same programming as the main QVC channel with a three-hour delay along with unique live and pre-produced programming. Campbell was also instrumental in enhancing QVC’s digital experience through the creation of the company’s first social shopping community, toGather®, the redesign of the QVC for iPad application, and the implementation of responsive design for QVC’s website.

Campbell will continue to be based at QVC’s global headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

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ABOUT QVC
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.

ABOUT LIBERTY INTERACTIVE CORPORATION
Liberty Interactive Corporation operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Those interests are currently attributed to two tracking stock groups: the QVC Group (formerly referred to as the Liberty Interactive Group) and the Liberty Ventures Group. The businesses and assets attributed to the QVC Group (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB) consist of Liberty Interactive’s subsidiary, QVC, Inc., and its interest in HSN, Inc., and the businesses and assets attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consist of all of Liberty Interactive Corporation’s businesses and assets other than those attributed to the QVC Group, including its interest in Expedia, its subsidiaries Provide Commerce, Inc., Backcountry.com, Inc., Bodybuilding.com, Inc., Commerce Technologies, Inc., LMC Right Start, Inc. and Evite, Inc., and minority interests in Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Lending Tree and Interval Leisure Group.

 

QVC Group tracking stock now trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “QVCA” and “QVCB,” respectively

QVC Group Series A and Series B Common Stock Trade Under the Symbols “QVCA” and “QVCB”

West Chester, PA, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, announced that the tracking stock for the QVC Group is now trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “QVCA” and “QVCB,” respectively. QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corporation (“Liberty”) (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB, LVNTA, LVNTB), has recently realigned Liberty’s businesses to create a pure play multimedia retail tracking stock that will track the performance of QVC, Inc. and Liberty’s approximately 38% interest in HSN, Inc., as well as cash and certain liabilities, and the tracking stock group formerly known as the Interactive Group is now known as the QVC Group.

The QVC Group tracking stock allows investors to more closely track QVC’s strong performance, including its leadership in mobile ecommerce and its visionary innovations that provide customers with a seamless, integrated shopping experience across all digital platforms. It also provides greater clarity and visibility into QVC’s operational and financial results.

Mike George, President & CEO of QVC, Inc., stated, “QVC has emerged as a clear leader in the retail space. Our multichannel approach provides an engaging and immersive shopping experience that fosters meaningful relationships and customer loyalty. The QVC tracking stock is a testament to both our progress and future growth potential. As we build upon our track record of top-line expansion, industry-leading margins, and prudent capital allocation, we look forward to delivering increasing value to our shareholders.”

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ABOUT QVC
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.

ABOUT LIBERTY INTERACTIVE CORPORATION
Liberty Interactive Corporation operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Those interests are currently attributed to two tracking stock groups: the QVC Group (formerly referred to as the Liberty Interactive Group) and the Liberty Ventures Group. The businesses and assets attributed to the QVC Group (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB) consist of Liberty Interactive’s subsidiary, QVC, Inc., and its interest in HSN, Inc., and the businesses and assets attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consist of all of Liberty Interactive Corporation’s businesses and assets other than those attributed to the QVC Group, including its interest in Expedia, its subsidiaries Provide Commerce, Inc., Backcountry.com, Inc., Bodybuilding.com, Inc., Commerce Technologies, Inc., LMC Right Start, Inc. and Evite, Inc., and minority interests in Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Lending Tree and Interval Leisure Group.

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QVC to again join forces with Lifetime®’s Project Runway All Stars to participate in the fourth season of the popular design competition series

Leading Multimedia Retailer Collaborates for a Second Year with
Lifetime®’s Project Runway All Stars Premiering October 30 at 9 PM ET
QVC Sponsors Accessory Wall and a Special QVC Challenge

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, home to the latest and greatest collections from well-known fashion designers and stylists, will once again join forces with Lifetime®’s Project Runway All Stars to participate in the fourth season of the popular design competition series. The world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer is scheduled to sponsor the famed QVC accessory wall, which designers are able to pull from during each challenge to enhance their designs. There will also be a special QVC challenge for the contestants, and the season’s grand-prize winner will have the opportunity to create a collection especially for the retailer.

“Last year’s collaboration with Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars proved to be extremely successful in expanding QVC’s brand prominence and exposing a new audience to our shopping community,” said Karen Fonner, vice president of content marketing for QVC. “We’re excited to team up with this popular series for a second year and have the opportunity to once again highlight our impressive offerings while reinforcing QVC as a retail destination for the latest fashions.”

This year during the QVC challenge, contestants will be put to the test to create a look for the QVC line G.I.L.I.™ with the top designer winning the opportunity to present a version of their design on QVC. Following the season finale, the grand-prize winner of Project Runway All Stars is awarded the opportunity to create a capsule collection for QVC and present their line on air during a live broadcast. Last year’s champion, Seth Aaron Henderson, found success in his popular collection and has since continued to build his QVC business with his fashion line, SA by Seth Aaron.

“Last year’s contestants loved incorporating QVC’s impressive array of stylish fashion and accessory brands into their looks,” said Lance Still, executive vice president of promotions and integrated marketing at The Weinstein Company. “Given last year’s success, we were eager to bring them back this year to equip the contestants with the latest accessories from QVC’s well-known designers and stylists.”

The fourth season of Project Runway All Stars is scheduled to air on Lifetime beginning October 30 at 9 PM ET. QVC plans to promote the program through its various social platforms, as well as on its website and mobile applications. Multimedia content will feature behind-the-scenes footage and information on the designers and challenges. Viewers will also be able to purchase items from the QVC accessory wall, plus pieces inspired by the show’s weekly challenge.

For more information about QVC’s involvement with the series, visit qvc.com/ProjectRunwayAllStars.

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About QVC
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.

About The Weinstein Company
TWC boasts an active television production division led by former Miramax Films Co-­President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013 and has five Emmy nominations for 2014. Weinstein TV produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, currently airing its 13th season on Lifetime;; along with its spin-­off series the critically-­acclaimedProject Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, and Project Runway: Under the Gunn, hosted by Tim Gunn. Project Runway All Stars’ fourth season will air Fall 2014 on Lifetime, along with a new TWC TV series, Project Runway: Threads. Weinstein TV is also excited to announce the series premiere of Cement Heads, which began airing this month on A&E®. TWC series that were produced in 2013 include Mob Wives Season 4, which VH1 has picked up for Season 5, Million Dollar Shoppers for Lifetime, Rodeo Girls for A&E and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor Season 2 for TLC. Announced scripted projects in development include John Fusco’s historical action-­adventure epic, Marco Polo, for Netflix; Ten Commandments, a 10-­part event series with each episode to be helmed by a different A-­list director and focusing on one commandment and an adaptation of Daniel Stashower’s best-­selling Civil War-­era spy thriller, The Hour of Peril. TWC also developed Amy Sherman Palladino’s The Nanny Diaries for ABC and produced the Peabody Award-­winning HBO series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, directed by Anthony Minghella.

About Lifetime
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies.  As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime’s second straight year of growth among Total Viewers.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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