CarMax, Inc. starts hiring for the company’s new store in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Retailer Known for Hiring Outside the Auto Industry Accepting Applications

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is hiring more than 75 positions for the company’s new store in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. CarMax is looking for individuals ready to start a rewarding career with the company and is offering sign-on bonuses ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 for technicians who apply before February 28.

The new store, which is more than 40,000-square-feet, is located at 6900 Lakeland Avenue North. It will be the first store in Minnesota and is scheduled to open in March 2015. Applications are now being accepted for the new positions on the retailer’s website at www.carmax.com/twincities. CarMax is a growing company focused on personal and professional development and offers one-of-a-kind career opportunities that sets it apart from other retailers.

Who is CarMax Hiring?

· CarMax is seeking applicants for full and part-time positions.

· Available positions include sales, business office, and a variety of service operations positions that include inventory, service advisors, and technicians.

· Many CarMax associates have worked for other major retailers, such as Target, Lowe’s,

Wal-Mart and Macy’s.

  • Technician positions require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not.
  • CarMax is committed to hiring people with strong values of integrity, transparency and respect.

 

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

  • To see a video with first-hand accounts from CarMax associates, visit the YouTube page at youtube.com/carmax.
  • CarMax will contact applicants and set up interviews after an initial review of applications.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 10 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 143 superstores in 72 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2014, the company retailed 526,929 used cars and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contact

Michelle Ellwood, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4139
pr@carmax.com

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Gap Inc. reports net sales up 4 percent and comparable sales positive 3 percent for the holiday shopping season

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that net sales were up 4 percent and comparable sales were positive 3 percent for the November and December 2014 holiday shopping season, compared with last year.

“During November and December, we were pleased to achieve a positive 3 comp, led by Old Navy with a very strong 12 comp for the combined holiday months,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.

December Sales Results

Net sales for the five-week period ended January 3, 2015 increased 2 percent to $2.10 billion, compared with net sales of $2.05 billion for the five-week period ended January 4, 2014.

Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for December 2014 were up 1 percent versus flat last year. Comparable sales by global brand for December 2014 were as follows:

  • Gap Global: negative 5 percent versus positive 1 percent last year
  • Banana Republic Global: flat versus flat last year
  • Old Navy Global: positive 8 percent versus negative 2 percent last year

Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 8, 2015 and available for replay until 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 16, 2015.

The company also noted a change to its monthly reporting cycle. Beginning with its January sales release, for the third month of each fiscal quarter, the company will shift the timing of its monthly sales release out by two business days, to the Monday of fiscal week two at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The sales release for the third month of the quarter is typically when Gap Inc. provides preliminary earnings per share guidance. For the first and second months of each quarter, the company will continue to release sales results on Thursday of fiscal week one at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

January Sales

The company will report January sales at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, February 9, 2015.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

The National Grocers Association applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act

Arlington, VA, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. H.R. 30, introduced by Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) and also championed by Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), would change the definition of a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) up from the current 30 hours per week, per month to 40 hours per week, per month.

“NGA commends House Leadership for bringing this important jobs bill to the floor in the first week of the new Congress. Independent supermarkets are proud to be employers of choice in hundreds of communities across the country; however provisions such as the ACA’s current full-time definition has placed unnecessary burdens on both employers and their dedicated part-time employees. We are grateful for Congressman Young and Lipinski for their leadership on this important issue.” Said Peter J. Larkin President and CEO, NGA

“We look forward to continuing to work with Senators Collins (R-ME) and Donnelly (D-IN) on their companion legislation, which was also introduced this week in the Senate.” Said Larkin. NGA sent this letter to the House of Representatives in support of the Bill and also signed, along with numerous state grocer associations, this letter from the More Time for Full Time Coalition, of which NGA is a leading member.

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.

Toys“R”Us: Everyday Health’s WhatToExpect.com announced the winners of its second annual “Moms Love-It” Awards

New York, NY, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sharing the know-how of moms, WhatToExpect.com, the digital home for the world’s best-known pregnancy and parenting brand published by Everyday Health, Inc., today announced the winners of its second annual “Moms Love-It” Awards, honoring 40 of the best products for baby registries, as chosen by experienced moms from the What to Expect community.

The annual awards based on the crowd-sourced baby registry “Moms Love-It” list hosted by WhatToExpect.com helps simplify an often overwhelming process as new parents navigate through aisles of baby products, many without any prior knowledge of the category. It also provides parents with much-needed help when building their dream baby registries, as they can create an online registry of WhatToExpect.com Moms Love-It favorites at Babies“R”Us® storesor on-line at BabiesRUs.com.

For the full list of award winners, visit Babiesrus.com/MomsLoveIt. Award-winning products can be found at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com, easily identified by the WhatToExpect.com “Moms Love-It” seal of approval.

To make registering even easier for new and not-so-new parents, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will host exclusive, can’t-miss Registry Party events on Saturday, January 17 at 2pm. During the parties parents can get a firsthand look at the “Moms Love-It” Award items, enter to win products from the coveted WhatToExpect.com “Moms Love-It List,” and create or update their own registries with the help of the Babies“R”Us registry team.

“The What To Expect ‘Moms Love-It’ Awards were so successful in the inaugural year that we’ve made them an annual event,” said Heidi Murkoff, founder of WhatToExpect.com and author of the bestselling What To Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books. “At WhatToExpect.com, we know that moms are a great resource for rating baby products, so we enlisted their help in selecting the cream of the crop. By providing our ‘Love-It List,’ we help take the stress out of the process, and make it fun.”

With a mission to provide the absolute best online resource for parents and parents-to-be, complete with expert information and a vibrant community, WhatToExpect.com delivers valuable information, must-have resources and supportive community advice.

“We are thrilled to partner with WhatToExpect.com again this year to make it easy for parents to find must-have products based on recommendations from other moms who have been there and tried them,” said Jennifer Knowles, Vice President, Marketing, Babies“R”Us, U.S. “We feel strongly that our partnership has given new parents the comfort and confidence they need to find the right products, so they can focus on their new arrival.”

About WhatToExpect.com
WhatToExpect.com, published by Everyday Health, Inc., is the online home to Heidi Murkoff’s globally recognized parenting and pregnancy brand, WhatToExpect.com®. Offering original content and innovative tools for pregnancy and parenting every step of the way, the digital reach is 8.5 million women monthly through desktop and mobile, with a community activity every 1.5 seconds (source: Omniture). Heidi Murkoff, author of the bestsellingWhatToExpect.com® series of pregnancy and parenting books, has helped guide more than 40 million families worldwide from conception through the toddler years and beyond. According to USA Today, this parenting book, known as the “Bible” to moms across the world, is bought by 93 percent of all expecting mothers who buy a guide.

Check out what’s new on WhatToExpect.com including: Community, Local Groups, Contests and Giveaways, Mobile Apps, Love-It Lists, and Word of Mom Blogs. Join the What To Expect conversation on Facebook,Twitter(@WhatToExpect), and Pinterest.

About Everyday Health, Inc.
Everyday Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVDY) is a leading provider of digital health and wellness solutions. Everyday Health attracts a large and engaged audience of consumers and healthcare professionals to its premier health and wellness properties, and utilizes its data and analytics expertise to deliver highly personalized content experiences and efficient and effective marketing and engagement solutions. Everyday Health enables consumers to manage their daily health and wellness needs, healthcare professionals to stay informed and make better decisions for their patients, and marketers, health payors and providers to communicate and engage with consumers and healthcare professionals to drive better health outcomes. Everyday Health’s content and solutions are delivered through multiple channels, including desktop, mobile web, and mobile phone and tablet applications, as well as video and social media.

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 893 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 730 international stores and over 205 licensed stores in 36 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 includingToysrus.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.

Contact:

Kim Fox
Everyday Health
646-728-9777
kfox@everydayhealthinc.com

Bjorn Trowery
Babies“R”Us
973-617-4380
Bjorn.Trowery@toysrus.com

Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. and Jasmine Asset Holding Ltd. joint venture to develop more than 1,400 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across China over the next 20 years

More than 1,400 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants to be developed in China as part of new joint venture between Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. and Jasmine Asset Holding Ltd., a subsidiary of RRJ Capital Master Fund II, L.P.

CANTON, Mass., 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods chains, today announced that it has signed the largest development agreement in the company’s history with the goal of expanding Dunkin’ Donuts in China. The company has entered into a long-term master franchise agreement in which Golden Cup Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. and Jasmine Asset Holding Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of RRJ Capital Master Fund II, L.P. (“RRJ”), will serve as the franchisee and plans to open and operate more than 1,400 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across China over the next 20 years. The joint venture has exclusive rights to expand Dunkin’ Donuts in new territories, including Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Hong Kong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Jilin, Macau, Shanxi, Sichuan, Tianjin and Yunnan. The opening of the first restaurant is expected in Q4 2015.

“We are delighted to enter into this relationship with Jollibee and RRJ, a group with a proven track record of success in the quick service restaurant industry in China and a deep knowledge of the consumer,” said Nigel Travis, Chairman and CEO, Dunkin’ Brands. “Through this franchise development agreement, the largest in our history, we believe we can significantly expand and accelerate Dunkin’ Donuts presence in China.”

Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 11,000 restaurants in 36 countries around the world, including 16 in China and more than 2,200 across the Asia Pacific region. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in China feature the brand’s wide range of hot and iced coffees, espresso-based beverages, teas, Coolatta® frozen drinks, bagels, muffins, croissants, donuts, and sandwiches, all served fast in friendly, convenient locations and at a great value. The brand also offers regional items to cater to local tastes, including a lineup of Mochi Ring Donuts.

“We are excited about the prospect of bringing Dunkin’ Donuts to China. Dunkin’ Donuts is a leading global brand in baked goods and coffee, and the China market offers a tremendous opportunity as its consumer base continues to grow in number and spending power,” said Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman of Jollibee Foods Corporation. “We look forward to working with Dunkin’ Donuts and our joint venture partner RRJ to growing the presence of Dunkin’ Donuts in China in the coming years.”

Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jollibee Foods Corporation, which operates the largest food service network in the Philippines with more than 2,200 stores located in the country. Jasmine Asset Holding Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of RRJ Capital Master Fund II, L.P., which was established by RRJ Capital. Founded in 2011, RRJ Capital is an Asian-based investment firm with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. The company has significant investments in the food and consumer sectors in China.

“We are pleased to partner with Jollibee to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in key regions across China in the years ahead,” said Charles Ong, Co-CEO, RRJ. “There is a strong demand in China for Dunkin’ Donuts high-quality foods and beverages, served in a welcoming restaurant environment with fast and friendly service, all at a great value to consumers.”

The master franchise agreement with Golden Cup Pte. Ltd., the joint venture between Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. and Jasmine Asset Holding Ltd. is the latest step in Dunkin’ Donuts’ plan to accelerate its international growth. In 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts signed a master franchise agreement with Fast Gourmet Group to develop the brand in Eastern China to open more than 100 restaurants in the Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang regions. Additionally in 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts signed agreements to develop in key markets including Brazil, Sweden and Austria.

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains projections and other forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These projections and statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. No assurances can be given, however, that these events will occur or that these projections will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risk factors. A discussion of these risk factors is included in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 36 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Justin Drake
781-737-5200
justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

Apple: New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history

CUPERTINO, California, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store℠ with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50 percent and apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers. To date, App Store developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games. The introduction of iOS 8, the most significant iOS update ever, gave developers the ability to create amazing new apps and offers innovative features which proved wildly popular with App Store customers around the world.

“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.”

During the holiday season App Store customers helped make history with their support of Apps for (RED), a special initiative on the store with exclusive content where all proceeds went to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple donated a record-shattering $20 million this quarter, and since partnering with (RED) has donated over $100 million.

Developers of all sizes, across the App Store’s 24 categories, create incredible apps for iOS, and an especially inspired segment is the newest generation of independent game creators, including the UK’s ustwo, maker of the fantastic game Monument Valley; Australia’s Hipster Whale, creator of the clever and intuitive game Crossy Road; and US developer Sirvo, inventor of Threes!, a puzzle game that was named the App Store’s Game of the Year on iPhone®.

“We could never have dreamed of this level of success, with Crossy Road only being available on the App Store for the last six weeks of the year,” said Matthew Hall, co-founder of Hipster Whale. “In a couple of months we were able to create a simple, fun game that was featured on the App Store and climbed to the top of the App Store charts around the world—it’s amazing.”

Developer innovation on the App Store in 2014 was fueled by iOS 8 featuring Swift, a powerful new programming language that makes it even easier for developers to create great apps, as well as the introduction of robust frameworks HealthKit and HomeKit. HealthKit lets health and fitness developers share data with the Health app while HomeKit is a framework allowing developers to create software that discovers, configures, communicates with and controls devices for home automation. iOS 8 also introduced developers to Metal, a graphics technology created to maximize the performance of the A7 and A8 chips, which is being embraced by major game developers around the world.

In 2014, the App Store also unveiled new features for developers including app previews and app bundles, TestFlight for beta testing pre-release apps, an expanded Kids Category to showcase apps specifically made for children under 12, China UnionPay as a payment option for customers in China and Apple Pay™, making secure purchases even easier.

Since its October release, Apple Pay has been a favorite of customers, merchants and app developers. More banks and credit unions continue to add support for Apple Pay, now representing about 90 percent of credit card purchase volume in the US. Leading merchants including Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store, Duane Reade and Walgreens are letting their customers enjoy the ease of use, security and privacy of Apple Pay. Some of the most popular apps including HotelTonight, OpenTable, Target and Ticketmaster are also enjoying the convenience and privacy of Apple Pay, making it even easier for users to make secure purchases.

“The response we’ve seen from HotelTonight customers since the introduction of Apple Pay has been fantastic,” said Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight. “Our current customer base is enjoying the convenience of Apple Pay and we’re continuing to see a growing number of new customers because of Apple Pay’s easy and secure approach to payments.”

Apple ignited the app revolution with the launch of the App Store in 2008, and since then, an entire industry has been built around app design and development. In just six years, the iOS ecosystem has helped create 627,000 jobs in the US alone.* The App Store offers more than 1.4 million apps for iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 725,000 of these apps made for iPad. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 24 categories, including games, social networking, photo & video, sports, health & fitness, travel, kids and many more.

*For more detailed information on Apple’s impact on job creation please visit www.apple.com/about/job-creation.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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Auntie Anne’s plans to open 100 new domestic locations in 2015

Lancaster, Pa., 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a banner year of introducing the first store redesign in company history, expanding into two new countries, and the successful launch of its popular mobile app “Pretzel Perks,” Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels is well positioned for significant growth on all levels in 2015.

Executives with the more than 1,600-unit franchise, made famous by its fresh, hand-rolled snacks, have set a goal of opening 100 new domestic locations in 2015, in large part through continued emphasis in non-traditional growth. Auntie Anne’s, which opened more than 90 new non-traditional units last year, will continue to grow strategic partnerships that brought new locations to Meijer supercenters and Universal CityWalk in Orlando. In less than two years, Auntie Anne’s has built its theme park destination portfolio to an impressive 13 locations nationwide.

Each new location in 2015 will be built incorporating the brand’s new store design. Since its debut in May 2014, more than 40 stores now feature the new look and feel, which resembles a home kitchen with warmer tones, new ovens and redesigned equipment. The new design has been well-received by both franchise owners and consumers.

In addition to domestic growth, the franchise has recently entered Aruba and Canada. The new locations have continued to prove the concept’s ability to adapt in numerous cultures by producing high-performing sales numbers and instantly creating new loyal fan bases. Looking ahead, Auntie Anne’s has set its sights on additional international development opportunities in 2015.

Fans of Auntie Anne’s in America are showing their loyalty, too, through its new “Pretzel Perks” mobile app. Launched in August 2014, a whopping 455,000 pretzel lovers have downloaded the app via iOS and Android. In the year ahead, Auntie Anne’s will focus on generating new downloads and creating customized offers via the app.

“We are incredibly proud of this year’s accomplishments on all fronts. Downloads of our mobile app continue to grow, allowing us to gain more insight and increase loyalty of our guests. Our brand awareness continues to build here and abroad, and we continue to evolve with our new store design. That said, we can’t ever be complacent. In the coming year and moving forward we have to continue to challenge ourselves through a strong emphasis on innovation of menu, consumer engagement, and operations,” said Heather Neary, Vice President, Global Marketing at Auntie Anne’s, Inc.

Auntie Anne’s is currently in 48 states and more than 30 countries and was recently ranked no. 34 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2015 Franchise 500®. For more information on franchising opportunities with the brand, please visit www.auntieannesfranchising.com.

 

ABOUT AUNTIE ANNE’S
An award-winning franchise system that is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc., Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels received the 2014 Technomic’s Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award for craveability, ranked number one in the category of hand-rolled soft pretzels by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, and was granted the World-Class Franchise® honor (the most prestigious award in franchising) for the past seven years. For more information about Auntie Anne’s, visit www.auntieannes.com, www.facebook.com/auntieannespretzels, www.twitter.com/auntieannes, or www.youtube.com/auntieannespretzels.

 

Media Contact: 

Kaitlin Nonnenmocher
PR/Social Media Specialist
knonnenmocher@auntieannesinc.com

 

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Internationally Recognized Soft Pretzel Franchise Plans 100 New Locations in 2015

Internationally Recognized Soft Pretzel Franchise Plans 100 New Locations in 2015

Sobeys asks Canadians to share how better food choices have helped them live a better life for a chance to win a cooking lesson with Jamie Oliver in London

#BetterFoodForAll challenge asks how better food has inspired a better life

STELLARTON, NS, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since launching its Better Food for All platform in 2013, Sobeys has empowered Canadians to eat better, feel better and do better through a variety of better food experiences, including its #BetterFoodForAll challenges. Today, Sobeys announced a new challenge asking Canadians to share how better food choices have helped them live a better life for a chance to win a cooking lesson with Chef Jamie Oliver in London, England.

“We’re thrilled that Canadians have joined Sobeys and Jamie Oliver on a better food journey and we look forward to seeing how it has made a positive difference in their lives,” said Gillian Kerr, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Sobeys Inc. “This year, we’ll bring even more better food experiences to our stores that will help customers enjoy fresh and tasty food, shop for healthy and wholesome products, and make sustainable food choices.”

From now to March 26, Canadians who post a photo or video and a brief description showing how better food choices have helped them eat better, feel better and do better along with the hashtag #BetterFoodForAll on Twitter or Instagram will be entered into the contest. One person will win a trip for two to London, England to attend a cooking class hosted by Jamie Oliver. More information about the challenge, including contest rules, is available at www.betterfoodforall.com.

“It’s a new year Canada, a perfect time to reflect, so join me and Sobeys on our Better Food Challenge and show us how better food has helped your life,” said Jamie Oliver. “I can’t wait to hear your stories and look forward to meeting the winner later this year.”

Sobeys will continue to help Canadians explore the world of better food in 2015 with upcoming in-store campaigns including a ‘Power Up with Green’ promotion highlighting green produce through recipes and tips, and Eat Better customer contests to win a Vitamix blender each week, for eight weeks, from now until February 25.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 107 years. A whollyowned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company’s purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. Most famous for his EmmyAward winning television series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on CBC, Jamie has become a campaigner for better school food and food education. The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has created an annual global day of action – Food Revolution Day www.foodrevolutionday.com – inspiring people all over the world to stand up for real food, and Canada has been one of the most active countries for the past two years.

His television programs are broadcast on Food Network Canada and the accompanying bestselling cookbooks are published by HarperCollins Canada. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy.

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For further information, please contact:
Nicola McGroarty
High Road for Sobeys Inc.
Nicola.mcgroarty@highroad.com
416-644-2274

The Super Stop & Shop stores in Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland, Mass. received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland, MA stores Awarded LEED Silver Status As the Company Continues its Commitment to the Environment

Quincy, MA, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop and Shop Supermarket Company LLC and its parent company Ahold USA recently achieved another milestone in their commitment to building greener sustainable stores. The Super Stop & Shop stores in Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland, Massachusetts have each received Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the national accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Stop & Shop has 13 superstores which are LEED certified, with 4 of these having received LEED Silver certification.

There are four levels of LEED certifications; Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. The three Super Stop & Shop stores received innovative credits in the LEED certification process and were able to obtain the distinguished LEED Silver rating based upon increased environmental benefits.

Starting with the site design, all three stores implemented storm water management techniques to treat storm water runoff and remove pollutants. The Hyannis, MA store used permeable pavers and bio filtration islands in the parking areas to reduce and treat runoff. The Wayland, MA store was able to significantly reduce the quantity of storm water runoff leaving the site by using Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, thereby reducing runoff impacts to surrounding areas. The site lighting design for the Hyannis, MA store achieved the Light Pollution Reduction credit reducing light trespass and minimizing negative impacts of nighttime light pollution.

The Wayland, MA store is the first store to achieve the LEED credit for On-Site Renewable Energy. 627 photovoltaic panels on the roof use the sun’s energy to generate electricity for the store. The panels generate renewable energy that offsets 12.6% of the store’s total energy costs and reduces carbon emissions as well.

The Wayland, MA store is also the second store to install a CO2 refrigeration system and thereby achieve a LEED Innovation credit for ‘Innovative Refrigeration for Food Storage and Display. The state-of the-art refrigeration system improves energy efficiency of this equipment by about 40% and reduces global warming impacts by nearly 50%.

All three stores achieved several Materials and Resources LEED credits by utilizing an average of 26% recycled content materials, 45% regional materials and nearly 90% certified wood. In addition to the standard Ahold palette of environmentally-friendly interior materials that achieve a number of the credits for materials and healthy indoor air quality, two of these stores, Hyde Park and Hyannis, achieved a credit for installing ceiling and wall systems that meet stringent indoor air quality standards.

In addition to building LEED certified stores, Stop & Shop is also committed to reducing its energy consumption in all its stores as part of its goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015 using 2008 as a base line. The company is also focused on reducing its cardboard, plastic, organic and food waste and has set a goal to reach zero waste by 2020. This means that at least 90% of its total waste will be diverted from landfills.

Joe Kelley, president of the Stop &Shop New England Division commented, “We are utilizing innovative green building technologies, and building our new stores according to the LEED standards, this is part of our commitment to environmental stewardship and our promise to be a Better Neighbor. We are very proud to have achieved the distinguished LEED Silver certification status in our Hyannis, Hyde Park and Wayland stores. Stop & Shop has been building energy efficient stores for over 15 years and we are committed to using less energy in our operations. We are constantly working at reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of our operations on the communities we serve.”

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

Contacts:
Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
aseldon@webershandwick.com

Hy-Vee Mainstreet at 2345 N. 48th St. in Lincoln Neb. will close next month

LINCOLN, Neb., 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that the Hy-Vee Mainstreet at 2345 N. 48th St. in Lincoln will close next month and its employees will be relocated across the company’s five remaining local stores.

The Lincoln Hy-Vee Mainstreet will close its doors on Feb. 1, and all of its 76 full- and part-time employees will transition to positions at the other Hy-Vee stores in Lincoln. The two nearest stores — the Northern Lights Hy-Vee at 1601 N. 84th St. and the O Street Hy-Vee at 5010 O St. — are located within 3 miles of the closing Mainstreet.

A Hy-Vee store first opened at the North 48th Street location in May 1983. Over the years, as Hy-Vee has expanded in Lincoln and opened new stores nearby, the future of the original east side store has come into question. In November 2008, the store was downsized and became the Hy-Vee Heartland Pantry. The store’s name was later changed in August 2011 to Hy-Vee Mainstreet.

“We know that this store has served as an important neighborhood store for many nearby residents, and we have appreciated the community’s support throughout the years. Unfortunately, resident support and our employees’ hard work have not overcome the business challenges that exist when having two other stores in such close proximity,” said Brett Bremser, senior vice president of Hy-Vee’s western region.

Hy-Vee remains committed to the community, and this has been evident by the investments and improvements made at its other stores in Lincoln. Though the nearest two stores are located only a few miles away, Bremser said he understands the closing will be an adjustment for some customers, especially those who walk to the store.

“I know our Mainstreet employees want to maintain the connections they’ve made with residents, and we are hopeful that our loyal customers will follow them and their helpful smiles to one of our nearby Hy-Vee stores.”

In the near future, Bremser said, Hy-Vee’s new online shopping and delivery service will be able to better serve Lincoln customers who have difficulty traveling to a physical store. The online shopping and delivery model is currently being tested at select Hy-Vee stores in the company’s eight-state trade area.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Hainsey to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date:          Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Time:       5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where:    North Hills East Harris Teeter
120-100 St. Albans Dr.
Raleigh, N.C. 27609

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Raleigh, N.C., 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich.

Hainsey’s sandwich, “The Ronster,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “The Ronster” which features grilled chicken and bacon topped with lettuce and BBQ sauce on a wheat sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “The Ronster” sandwich and your choice of one Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin or Cranberry Nut Cookie.

“The Ronster” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Raleigh-area Harris Teeter stores.  Wednesday only, however, Hainsey will make an appearance at the North Hills East Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “The Ronster” as Harris Teeter’s second Signature Sub Sandwich of the season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

For more promotions with the Carolina Hurricanes, click here.

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich