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