Starbucks is ready to fuel avid skiers this winter

SEATTLE, 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Despite a late arrival of snow to many ski slopes, Starbucks is ready to fuel avid skiers this winter. Here’s a quick tour of Starbucks® stores near some of the world’s favorite ski destinations:

Ski-Thru Starbucks – Squaw Valley, California

Most everyone is familiar with a drive-thru, what about a ski-thru? In 2012, Starbucks opened a store in Squaw Valley, California at the Gold Coast Resort on the mountain top at 8,000 feet. Skiing customers are invited to enjoy a one-of-a-kind Starbucks experience there. They don’t even have to remove their skis or snowboards to enjoy their favorite Starbucks beverages and the spectacular mountain views.

Customers without skis or snowboards can also access this Starbucks experience on the mountain through the resort’s funitel, or aerial lift. Open daily throughout the winter season, customers refuel on their favorite Starbucks beverage without having to miss a moment on the slopes.

Starbucks Ketchum Town Center – Sun Valley, Idaho

Located within the Sun Valley Visitor Center, this Starbucks® store features traditional architecture of a mountain lodge with stunning wood beams and panels of stacked wood. The store features sustainable design elements, such as reclaimed wood and timber both inside and out. It’s the perfect spot to gaze up at the mountains after a thrilling day of skiing.

Starbucks on a Swiss Train – Geneva, Switzerland

From Geneva Airport to Saint Gallen – home to the famous ski resorts of Toggenburg, Amden and Flumserberg – Starbucks offers customers its first onboard store experience on the Swiss Federal Railways (abbrevated as SBB in German).  Customers enjoy Starbucks beverages while taking in the stunning views from the shores of Lake Geneva to the towering mountains of the Alps as the train winds its way across the country toward the Austrian border.

The design of the Starbucks store on a train combines functionality and contemporary design, while taking careful consideration of space limitations, stringent safety regulations and the constant movement of the train. The design features a warm and welcoming color palette inspired by the shades and tints associated with coffee, from dark roasted brown beans to snowy white steamed milk.

Yellow Cottage Starbucks – Breckenridge, Colorado

This cottage-inspired store is like no other, and is the only Starbucks in the popular ski destination of Breckenridge. Many customers are delighted to discover this Starbucks gem just off Main Street in downtown Breckenridge with its cozy furnishings and fireplace.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Visitors can warm up at one of four Starbucks stores at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy endless runs on the two side-by-side mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb, and then enjoy a beverage après-ski well into the evening at the Whistler Village Starbucks store on Adirondack chairs made from recycled skis.

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


Starbucks is ready to fuel avid skiers this winter

Starbucks is ready to fuel avid skiers this winter

Carrefour Poland promotes its new “Carrefour Quality Line” products

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — In January, Carrefour Poland is shining a spotlight on its “Carrefour Quality Line” products.

Carrefour Poland has held a special launch evening to promote its new “Carrefour Quality Line” products. Nearly 100 people were in attendance, including suppliers, Carrefour employees, people from the media, etc.

Three new Carrefour quality lines were signed: butter, pressed apple juice and chicken.

All of the partners at the event were also presented with Carrefour Partner Cards. By creating this club, Carrefour is seeking to showcase its partners and create a forum within which experience and expertise can be shared.

It’s worth remembering that Poland is the second European country – after France – to add this range to its product mix.


Carrefour Poland promotes its new "Carrefour Quality Line" products

Carrefour Poland promotes its new “Carrefour Quality Line” products

IKEA launches a new, versatile kitchen system, SEKTION

New Features Such as Increased Modularity and Integrated Lighting Allow Homeowners to Create Individualized Kitchen Solutions

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announces the launch of SEKTION, a new, versatile kitchen system that will hit U.S. stores on February 2, 2015. The new modular kitchen, which will replace the current kitchen system AKURUM, enables customers to create truly customizable solutions, regardless of the size and shape of their kitchen space. SEKTION offers new features such as more modularity, integrated lighting, inside drawer organization, and “drawers within drawers,” giving homeowners options to create a beautiful, quality kitchen at a great price.

In developing SEKTION, IKEA did extensive research into what the kitchen means to people today, discovering that functionality and ease of use are top-of-mind for customers. “At IKEA, we understand that people want to create a home that is comfortable, safe and welcoming for their friends and families,” says Kathleen Wilber, IKEA US Sales Leader for Kitchens. “For the new SEKTION kitchen, this meant creating a collection that that is beautiful, easy to use, and works for all of life’s everyday activities, from cooking and eating to socializing and doing homework.”

Features of the new SEKTION kitchen system include:

  • A modular design that is easier to install, more functional and gives you almost endless possibilities when creating your kitchen.
  • Drawers within drawers that give you extra storage while maintaining a sleek, modern look.
  • New interior organizers to help squeeze the most out of every square inch of drawer and cabinet space and create a kitchen where things are accessible and easy to find.
  • Integrated LED lighting with features such as corner modules, electrical and USB outlets, remote control dimming and in-drawer lighting.

SEKTION also retains the best features of the current IKEA kitchens, such as soft close drawers and doors, a wall mounted rail system for easy installation, and a 25-year limited warranty. SEKTION is not compatible with the AKURUM system.

SEKTION will be available in a range of colors and styles from traditional to modern and everywhere in between. Starting February 2, 2015, customers can use the online IKEA Kitchen Planner to plan their own SEKTION kitchen. In addition to the online tools, IKEA offers a full range of services in-store, from planning and measuring to ordering and installing.

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About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact: Kathy Boerner

Delhaize Group announces 3.9% revenue growth in its full year preliminary and unaudited 2014 results

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group announces 3.9% revenue growth in its full year preliminary and unaudited 2014 results

Full Year preliminary and unaudited 2014 Results at actual exchange rates(1)
» Group revenue growth of 3.9% at identical exchange rates including the 53rd week in the U.S.
» Group revenue growth of 2.6% at identical exchange rates excluding the 53rd week in the U.S.
» Underlying operating profit of €764 million including the 53rd week in the U.S.
» Underlying operating profit of €739 million excluding the 53rd week in the U.S.
» Operating free cash flow of approximately €585 million. Free cash flow of approximately €756 million including the net proceeds of €171 million related to the divestment of Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid´s


Fourth Quarter 2014 Revenues
» Group revenue growth of 6.3% at identical exchange rates including the 53rd week in the U.S.
» Group revenue growth of 1.3% at identical exchange rates excluding the 53rd week in the U.S.
» 3.6% comparable store sales growth in the U.S.
» Comparable store sales declines by 6.9% in Belgium and by 2.2% in Southeastern Europe

» CEO Comments

Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group said: “In 2014, we made substantial progress in a number of areas and believe the strategy announced in March of 2014 has resonated with all stakeholders. While we recognize there is still significant work to be done to achieve our ambitions and goals, I am confident in our team´s ability to deliver.”

“Our preliminary unaudited Group underlying operating profit stood at €739 million for 2014, excluding the 53rd week in the U.S., driven by strong sales growth and a relatively stable underlying operating margin at Delhaize America. We generated an operating free cash flow of approximately €585 million. ”

“Our fourth quarter revenues at Delhaize America were solid, partly helped by inflation and both Food Lion and Hannaford reported positive real sales growth. In Belgium our revenues and results were both negatively impacted by disruptions in our stores and in our distribution network. We have the ambition to reach a final agreement with our social partners on the Transformation Plan negotiations soon. In Southeastern Europe, a difficult consumer environment in Greece and Serbia resulted in negative comparable store sales growth.”

“For 2015, our focus will be to further roll-out the Easy, Fresh and Affordable strategy at Food Lion and to implement the Transformation Plan in Belgium, both initiatives focused on the customer. We will also seek to accelerate growth in selected markets. Finally, we will continue to be disciplined with respect to operating costs, capital allocation and working capital.”

Full Year preliminary and unaudited 2014 Results at actual exchange rates


Gap Inc. to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York

Decision allows company to remain focused on its top priorities

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced the decision to close its Piperlime brand, including the online platform and single store in New York, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

The company is committed to executing against its long-term strategy of driving profitable top line sales, powered by its global brands and innovative ability to reach customers in new and differentiated ways.  Going into the new fiscal year, the company will focus on its portfolio of five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix, as well as digital and global growth.

“We are incredibly grateful to our fashion-focused, loyal customers, and proud of our dedicated employees who have been working hard to evolve the brand and test out new ideas,” said incoming CEO Art Peck.  “We plan to keep on pushing new ideas and look forward to seeing how we can apply what we’ve learned to the rest of the company as we continue to bring great products and shopping experiences to our customers.”

While Gap Inc. does not break out Piperlime’s sales independently, the brand is by far the smallest of the company’s portfolio with yearly revenue below $100 million, representing less than 1 percent of Gap Inc.’s total revenue base of over $16 billion. The wind-down costs associated with the decision are not material to the company’s financials.

January Sales

The company will report January sales and plans to provide quarterly earnings guidance for the fourth quarter 2014 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

Bi-Lo Holdings names Ian McLeod President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 2, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, today announced that Ian McLeod has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 2, 2015. Mr. McLeod succeeds Randall Onstead, who will remain in place through March 2, 2015, to ensure a smooth transition. The Bi-Lo Holdings Board of Directors noted: “Ian is a proven leader with more than 30 years of expertise and a strong track record of driving profitable growth. In his time running over 2,200 Coles food, liquor and convenience stores, which employs 100,000 associates across Australia and includes over 760 full-service supermarkets, he led a major turnaround in that business, improving the quality and value of products as well as the service and store standards offered to customers. Ian significantly increased sales from AUD$28.8 billion to AUD$37.4 billion (USD$23.2 billion to USD$35.2 billion)1, doubling profits (earnings before interest and tax) during six years and outperforming in the market for 20 consecutive quarters. We are confident he will be instrumental in driving continued growth and success at Bi-Lo Holdings as we execute our strategy and work to further enhance our customers’ shopping experience.”

“The BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery store brands have a strong history and today serve our customers through the efforts of over 70,000 hardworking employees; I am excited to move to the U.S. and join the team at this important time,” said Mr. McLeod. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to help build upon Bi-Lo Holdings’ reputation by serving our loyal customers even better, attracting new customers through great quality and value and further strengthening our competitive position within the industry.”

Mr. McLeod previously served as Group Commercial Director for Wesfarmers Group, one of Australia’s largest listed companies and one of its largest employers with diverse business operations, including supermarkets, discount department stores, home improvement and office supplies, coal production and export, chemicals, energy and fertilizers, and industrial and safety products. Wesfarmers Group acquired the Australian retail group Coles in late 2007 and appointed Mr. McLeod as Managing Director to lead the challenging turnaround of the Company, consisting of over 2,200 food, liquor and convenience stores, including over 760 supermarkets, 800 liquor stores and 640 gas stations across Australia. Prior to Coles, Mr. McLeod was Chief Executive Officer of Halfords Group Plc, a British retail chain specializing in car parts, cycling products and outdoor leisure goods. Previously, Mr. McLeod spent 20 years with ASDA supermarkets, a British supermarket group acquired by Wal-Mart in 1999, where he was a member of the U.K. Management Board and also spent 12 months as a member of the Executive Board of Wal-Mart Germany. Mr. McLeod attended the Harvard Business School AMP program in 1999 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Scotland in 2010 for services to Business and Retail.

About Bi-Lo Holdings
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count. The company employs more than 72,000 associates who serve customers in 801 grocery stores, 530 in-store pharmacies and 146 liquor stores throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit, and

1 In converting AUD to USD, exchange rates applied were prevailing as of 06/30/09 and 06/30/14 respectively.
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A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux to acquire Dirx health and beauty retail network

Renswoude, Netherlands, 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux (“A.S. Watson”) today announced that it has reached an agreement with the management of Dirx Drugstores to acquire all 50 stores of the Dirx health and beauty retail network and an additional five locations being rolled out. All Dirx employees will join A.S. Watson. This acquisition is in line with the strategy of A.S. Watson, the parent company of Kruidvat and Trekpleister.

This transaction is being presented to the Netherlands Authority for Consumer and Market for approval and is subject to standard conditions. Both parties have agreed not to comment on the acquisition price. The Dirx stores will continue under the store concepts of either Kruidvat or Trekpleister once the transaction is completed.

Expanding the National Coverage

Commenting on the transaction, Gerard van Breen, CEO of A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux said, “We are delighted with this acquisition. The addition of these stores expands our national coverage making our stores accessible to even more consumers. We are also pleased to welcome the employees to our organisation. The stores will operate under the banner of Kruidvat or Trekpleister. We are looking forward to having customers here benefit from our large range of bargain-price products.”

Rick Groen, Director of Dirx Drugstores, said, “With our 50 plus stores, we are currently too small a player to independently expand in the market. The A.S. Watson approach and focus of providing the best offers to customers at affordable prices is consistent with our philosophy. We are convinced that A.S. Watson is an excellent match to successfully move the business forward with our employees.”

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About A.S. Watson
Kruidvat, together with Trekpleister and Prijsmepper, is part of A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux. The drugstore chain is an important player on the Dutch and Belgian market. On the principle “constantly surprising, always a good deal”, Kruidvat, with almost 900 stores, ranks among the top 3 most indispensable brands in the Netherlands (EURIB 2014). The chain is also active in Belgium with more than 200 stores. Trekpleister (more than 140 stores) distinguishes itself as a neighbourhood drugstore, where expert staff plays an important role in addition to a bargain-priced range of products.

A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux is part of the A.S. Watson Group (ASW). With over 11,000 stores in 25 markets, ASW is the world’s largest international health & beauty retailer in Asia and Europe. ASW is part of the multinational company Hutchison Whampoa in Hong Kong. Website:

About Dirx
Dirx employs 600 employees. The stores are mainly located in the Randstad. In 2014, the ABN AMRO Best Retail Chain of the Netherlands public award named Dirx the best drugstore in the Netherlands on the fifth successive occasion. Website:

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Hanks Lee
Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +852 3521 6306

Queennie Fung
Assistant Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +852 3697 7802

The Chick-fil-A Foundation announced the recipients of its inaugural True Inspiration Awards

New grant program aims to nurture young leaders and honor the legacy of late founder Truett Cathy.

College Park, Georgia, 2015-1-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Chick-fil-A Foundation announced today the recipients of its inaugural True Inspiration Awards, a $1.1 million package of grants that awards funds to local organizations across the country that foster leadership in children and was inspired by the generosity of Chick-fil-A’s late founder S. Truett Cathy.

The True Inspiration Awards, which range in amounts from $10,000 to $100,000, were granted to 25 organizations across the country based on local community impact in three categories:

·       Emerging Leader Development: Organizations focused on character development, positive community and cultural involvement and effective civic engagement

·       Youth Entrepreneurship: Organizations committed to developing business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy

·       Innovative Education: Organizations dedicated to improving teaching and learning through ground-breaking practices and visionary leadership

Organizations either applied or were nominated by Chick-fil-A restaurant franchisees based on the organization’s local work in the three categories. The Chick-fil-A Foundation evaluated the caliber of each organization’s work in these categories as well as their operational health, financial stability and transparency. The 25 inaugural award winners will be honored at a celebratory event in Atlanta this fall.

“Every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school in the United States,” said Rodney Bullard, executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “We want to invest in youth at an early age as well as the organizations that are empowering students to dream big and ensure lifelong success,” he said. “This is just one way that we are honoring the legacy of our founder, S. Truett Cathy, who dedicated his life to serving his community and helping young people.”

In addition to these categories, one winning organization was recognized as a True Inspiration Honoree, a special honor reserved for an organization or individual that embodies the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Truett Cathy. The recipient of this inaugural award is the Keith Boyd Foundation. Boyd, a 10-year-old small business owner with nonverbal cerebral palsy and no use of his arms, legs, or mouth, is using his Tulsa-based lemonade stands to raise awareness and resources for his tuition-free special needs alma mater.

To learn more about the True Inspiration Awards and view a complete list of recipients, visit

About the Chick-fil-A® Foundation
The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation’s purpose is to lead the company’s commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A’s local communities. The Foundation’s work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they were created to be. For more information, visit