The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft partnered with General Mills for community concert featuring OneRepublic on July 25 at Van Andel Arena

OneRepublic set to take the stage in a week full of events

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has partnered with General Mills to provide a community concert featuring OneRepublic on July 25 at Van Andel Arena®, tournament officials announced today.

Fans will recognize OneRepublic’s hit, “Counting Stars,” which is the title track on their most recent album Native. Other notable tracks from Native include “Love Runs Out,” “I Lived,” and “If I Lose Myself.”

“This year’s Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will once again bring top talent – on the stage and the golf course – to Grand Rapids,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We are pleased to partner with General Mills once again this year, and believe the community will embrace the opportunity to hear the musical talents of OneRepublic.”

Concert tickets will go on sale in early May at meijerLPGAclassic.com and will start at $25 each.  Applicable ticket fees will apply.

With Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer as the title sponsor, the driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament will coincide with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has raised nearly $14 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities including the community concert – will benefit the Simply Give program. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need.

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition July 21-26 at Blythefield Country Club.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft or to volunteer please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video recapping the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-lpga-simply-give-video.

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

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 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. In 2014, Blythefield hosted the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. 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.

About Van Andel Arena
Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, 616-426-6225, lesley.baker@octagon.com or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft partnered with General Mills for community concert featuring OneRepublic on July 25 at Van Andel Arena

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft partnered with General Mills for community concert featuring OneRepublic on July 25 at Van Andel Arena

Meijer to open and operate full-service retail pharmacy on the campus of the Spectrum Health Medical Center

Partnership expected to bring convenience to patients

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spectrum Health and Meijer have signed a letter of intent to explore the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer opening and operating a full-service retail pharmacy on the campus of the Spectrum Health Medical Center.

A final agreement would allow Meijer to operate a comprehensive retail pharmacy in Butterworth Hospital, building upon a national growing trend to offer improved access and convenience to patients who choose to have prescriptions filled before leaving the hospital.

“As part of our goal to transform the care model, we are working to help patients obtain their medications more efficiently. We expect this move to help drive better health outcomes for our patients and enhance their satisfaction and overall experience,” Spectrum Health Hospital Group President Christina Freese-Decker said. “The relationship with Meijer is built upon a partnership of mutual respect and serves as an extension of Spectrum Health’s commitment to positively impact the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

“The genuine care provided at our pharmacies continues to differentiate Meijer as a leader in the industry,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “That role will continue to evolve as individuals become more focused on leading healthy lifestyles. We believe this partnership with Spectrum Health continues this evolution while providing an opportunity to improve patient health.”

The pharmacy will provide patients, families, employees and hospital providers with an on-campus option for medications and over-the-counter products. This pharmacy would also include access to the Meijer free prescription program, which has filled more than 23 million prescriptions, saving customers nearly $350 million since 2006 when the program began, as well as easy prescription transfers to one of its 213 locations and eligibility for the Meijer Pharmacy Rewards program offered through mPerks.

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 a pioneer 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 electronic offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 11 hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 173 ambulatory and service sites; 1,200 physicians and advanced practice providers including members of Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a 626,000-member health plan. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 21,800 employees. The organization provided $294.6 million in community benefit during its 2014 fiscal year. In 2014, Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics.

spectrumhealth.org

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com or Melissa Kamara Liggins, 616-391-7920, melissa.kamaraliggins@spectrumhealth.org

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Cub Foods brings customized carts for families of children and adults with special needs to all 76 Cub stores in Minnesota

The customized carts make the shopping experience easier for families of children and adults with special needs

STILLWATER, MINN., 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cub Foods, the first grocer in the Twin Cities to offer Caroline’s Cart to customers with special needs children, today announced it is bringing the one-of-a-kind customized shopping carts to all 76 Cub stores in Minnesota, as well as one store in Freeport, Ill. The new carts began arriving at stores in late March and are expected to be available at all Cub Foods locations by the end of April.

Designed specifically for older children and adults with disabilities, Caroline’s Cart combines the functionality of a wheelchair with a traditional shopping cart to make the in-store experience simpler, safer and more inclusive by eliminating the difficult task of maneuvering a wheelchair and grocery cart at the same time.

“Since our founding, it has been our goal to provide the best possible shopping experience to all of our customers,” says Mike Stigers, president at Cub Foods. “The positive response of shoppers who use Caroline’s Cart led directly to our decision to expand to all Cub stores. We’re proud to have the opportunity to make it easier for customers to include family members with special needs in their regular shopping trips.”

Developed by Drew Ann Long and named after her daughter, Caroline, who was born with Rett Syndrome, a nervous system disorder, Caroline’s Cart is the first custom shopping cart on the market to make the day-to-day task of grocery shopping — an errand that can often be difficult and time-consuming for caregivers — easier and less stressful.

“When I first designed Caroline’s Cart, we set out on a mission to make it available to the families of millions of children with special needs throughout the United States — families just like ours,” says Long. “It warms my heart to know that by offering Caroline’s Cart at all locations, Cub Foods is providing families of those with special needs a convenient opportunity to enjoy the freedom of shopping together.”

Cub Foods first introduced Caroline’s Cart to the Twin Cities metro area at its Maple Grove store, located at 8150 Wedgewood Lane, as part of a pilot program in 2014. A number of shoppers at the Maple Grove location, such as Lisa Jamieson and her 16-year-old daughter, Carly, who has a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome, say Caroline’s Cart makes a huge difference in their lives.

“The flexibility that this cart gives me to be able to get into the store with her [Carly] is huge. It’s a little thing, but it changes my life,” says Jamieson. “When you walk in the store and see the cart waiting for you, it’s like a little hug. It feels like the store really cares. They understand and they’re making it a lot easier for us.”

As part of Cub’s introduction of the carts to all stores, the grocer will be actively gathering feedback from customers like Jamieson in order to monitor usage patterns, establish best practices in-store, and make the process as convenient as possible for customers.

“We’ve had extremely valuable input from customers during our test of Caroline’s Cart at the Maple Grove Cub. We’re fully committed to continuing that dialogue in order to create a great shopping experience as we bring these carts to all stores,” Stigers added.

Cub customers who want to check the delivery status of Caroline’s Cart to a specific store can find contact information online at www.cub.com/stores/search-stores.html. They can also contact Luke Friedrich at luke.friedrich@supervalu.comwith questions or for additional details.

For more information on Caroline’s Cart, please visit www.CarolinesCart.com.

About Cub Foods
Cub Foods offers customers the freshest produce, widest selection and food expertise throughout the store to meet their everyday grocery needs. In addition to innovative local, ethnic and organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers multiple in-store services, including fresh bakery, full-service deli and meat departments, pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods, based in Stillwater, Minn., was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores. Cub was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 77 stores in Minnesota and Illinois. For company news and information, follow us on Twitter at @CubFoodsand Facebook at www.facebook.com/Cub, or visit our website at www.Cub.com.

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Media contacts:

Luke Friedrich
Cub Foods
952-903-1657
luke.friedrich@supervalu.com

Bob Ringer
Spong PR
612-375-8548
bob.ringer@spongpr.com

Target Canada Co. will complete its inventory liquidation efforts and close the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores to the public on April 12

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — This morning, Target Canada Co. announced that it will complete its inventory liquidation efforts and close the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores to the public on April 12.  In addition, Target Canada’s three distribution centres and Mississauga headquarters have been closed.  Liquidator-led fixture sales will continue in some locations. The company has been winding down its operations since January 15, 2015 when it obtained an Initial Order for protection from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”).

“We are pleased with the results of the liquidation sales to date and the speed at which we have moved through the wind-down process. We want to once again thank all Target Canada team members for their hard work and great adaptability through this process,” said Aaron Alt, Target Canada CEO. “The court-approved real estate sales process is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2015.”

Additional information regarding Target Canada’s CCAA proceedings will continue to be available on the Monitor’s website at www.alvarezandmarsal.com/targetcanada.

 

media contact

 

Molly Snyder Target Public Relations
p: 612-761-6112

John Hulbert
Investor Relations
p: (612) 761-6627

7‑Eleven introduces two Melt artisan sandwiches based on popular demand

DALLAS, TX, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Making a sandwich is easy, right? Two slices of bread, meat, cheese and sauce … done. Creating the two new7‑Eleven® Melt artisan sandwiches was a little more involved. Like evaluating 20 different bread options … measuring 1,000 different buns … creating 75 prospective sauces … testing multiple cheese varieties for “meltability” … and building 50 variations to find that perfect recipe. And taste tests … lots of taste tests.

The two winning recipes – Italian Melt andChicken Bacon Ranch Melt – won by a “landslide” according to Kelly Buckley, 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s vice president of fresh food innovation. Sold at participating 7‑Eleven stores that carry hot foods, the Melt sandwiches’ introductory retail price is $2.99.

Available in 7‑Eleven stores’ fresh-foods case, the new sandwiches are toasted to go in the stores for each purchaser. A Melt sandwich typically takes less than a minute to toast and is served warm.

With a name like Melt, cheese is an important element of these sandwiches   The ingredients for each are:

  • Italian Melt – Genoa salami, pepperoni, premium sliced ham, provolone cheese, pepperoncini peppers and creamy Italian sauce on artisan, herbed ciabatta roll
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Melt – Sliced chicken breast, smoked bacon strips, cheddar cheese and ranch sauce on a tender artisan Italian bun

“Hot foods are really hot at 7‑Eleven, both figuratively and literally,” said Buckley. “Hot pizza, chicken wings and tenders, and mini-tacos are all extremely popular with our customers. We wanted to round out our menu to offer a toasted-on-order alternative to our fresh-made cold sandwiches that customers can grab for lunch without taking too much time from their lunch hour. Our parameters were simple – toasted, fast and delicious.”

Getting there was a little more involved. The Melt sandwiches were in development almost a year, during which every ingredient, each recipe, even the packaging was researched, sourced, tested and, if necessary, refined to improve taste and quality.

“At 7‑Eleven, a customer looking for a quick lunch can easily build a fresh meal in just a few minutes that’s more than a bag of chips and a soft drink … although we certainly can fill that need,” Buckley said. “Our stores offer many more options for beverages and sides, like fresh-cut fruit, a salad, hummus and cut veggies, and a decadent brownie for dessert.”

Americans do love their sandwiches. According to a study released last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately half of all Americans over the age of 20 eat at least one sandwich each day. A December 2014 NPD/Crest study ranks sandwiches highest in menu importance for food-service providers.

Like its fresh bakery goods and cold sandwiches, the Melt sandwiches are made fresh daily in local kitchens and delivered daily to stores.

“People don’t really have much of a lunch hour anymore,” Buckley said. “It’s more of a lunch half-hour. A hot lunch almost seems like a luxury, and we want to give customers craving a hot and hearty meal a quick and easy option.”                                                                                                                                                                             
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 nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,400 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; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, 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.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among 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.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Based on popular demand for fresh and hot sandwiches, 7‑Eleven introduces its Melt sandwiches at participating stores for a suggested retail price of $2.99. The artisan sandwiches are toasted in the stores for each purchaser, typically in less than a minute, and served warm to go.

Based on popular demand for fresh and hot sandwiches, 7‑Eleven introduces its Melt sandwiches at participating stores for a suggested retail price of $2.99. The artisan sandwiches are toasted in the stores for each purchaser, typically in less than a minute, and served warm to go.

7‑Eleven announces top 3 finalists in Operation: Take Command contest to win a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store

Selected from 10 Videos, Three Come to Dallas for CEO Interview

DALLAS, TX, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The public, friends and relatives of 10 military veterans competing for a 7‑Eleven store somewhere in the U.S. cast more than 30,000 votes in the company’s nationalOperation: Take Command competition that ended Sunday night with the selection of the top three vote-getters.

The finalists are Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va., Robert Kemna from Miami, Fla., and Mark Anthony Page of Granbury, Texas.

The three will be flown in late this month, all expenses paid, to interview with 7‑Eleven, Inc. President and CEO Joe DePinto who will make the final selection.

Among steps for the semi-finalists was a 7‑Eleven Facebook video competition.  The public narrowed the 10-person field (nine men and one woman) to three. They are:

Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va. — Gautam served in the U.S. Army for 4 ½ years, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. When he came to the U.S., the Nepal native’s first job was with a 7‑Eleven store in northern California. After leaving the Army, he used the same leadership skills and work ethic learned in the military to establish a small corporation and manage a gas station and convenience store with success. His goals include mentoring others and providing financial support to assist veterans.

Robert Kemna from Miami, Fla. — A former Army captain, Kemna says it’s time to pass on what he has learned and stand up for his future. He lists his qualifications as being a talented hard worker with commitment and leadership skills.

Mark Anthony Page of Granbury, Texas – Page has served in both active and reserve duty with the Navy and has traveled a great deal in his current profession. He believes a 7‑Eleven franchise is just the ticket to be closer to home and family. He boasts that his strengths are being a proud veteran and loving family man with a passion to lead.

“Each of the semi-finalists exhibited the qualities we are looking for in a 7‑Eleven franchisee,” said Greg Franks, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “They possess a can-do attitude, exude professionalism, demonstrate leadership qualities and have the kind of background that could make them a success.  Any one of them would make a good choice in my book.”

As promised, 7‑Eleven will contribute $1 for every vote cast – $30,110 — to Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization that works with transitioning service members, veterans and spouses from military service into civilian success .To learn more about the organization, visit www.hireheroesusa.org.

Collectively representing all branches of military service, more than 1,700 veterans and soon-to-be vets applied for the competition that ran from Veterans Day last November through Jan. 25.

The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7‑Eleven convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination.

To qualify for the contest, entrants had to be 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an honorably discharged veteran, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants went through the same qualification process as all 7‑Eleven franchise applicants including interviews, credit evaluation, a leadership test, preparing a business plan and budget.

7‑Eleven has been recognized by veterans’ organizations and publications for its military-friendly business opportunities, hiring practices and philanthropic support for military families. Military veterans serve in every level of the company from store sales associates to headquarters personnel.  The retailer also has supported military assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Reserve Aid, Warrior Gateway and Operation Mend.

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 nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,400 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; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, 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.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among 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.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Selected by public vote, the three finalists have been named in 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command contest - a competition for one military vet to win a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store. They are, from top left, Army vets Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va., and Robert Kemna of Miami, and Navy vet Mark Anthony Page of Granbury, Texas.

Selected by public vote, the three finalists have been named in 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command contest – a competition for one military vet to win a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store. They are, from top left, Army vets Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va., and Robert Kemna of Miami, and Navy vet Mark Anthony Page of Granbury, Texas.

Two Co-operative food stores re-opens in Cardiff following major makeovers

Cardiff, UK, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two Co-operative food stores have re-opened in Cardiff this week (26 and 27 March 2015) as part of an investment programme in excess of £3M designed to transform the shopping experience for communities in and around the city during 2015.

Improvements are in-store at The Co-operative Food in Cyncoed Road and Caerphilly Road, Cardiff, following major makeovers to redefine the stores and create an enhanced in-store bakery range, and a focus on fresh, healthy foods and essentials. Both stores benefit from an improved layout, and new refrigeration to increase the range of chilled, dairy and meat produce.

The stores are pioneering a new role, known as a Community Pioneer, where a member of the food store team – Sharon Evans at Caerphilly Road and, Mia Humphries at Cyncoed Road – who will also work to foster involvement and participation in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs. The initial focus of in-store fundraising at The Co-operative’s Cardiff food stores is Cardiff Pedal Power, a charity which encourages and enables children and adults of all ages and abilities to experience the benefits of cycling.

The investment follows the re-launch of The Co-operative’s Fairwater food store which re-opened following a near £370,000 makeover last month.

Guest of honour at the re-opening of The Co-operative’s Cyncoed Road store, Sybil Williams MBE, Director of Cardiff Pedal Power, said:

“The Co-operative’s new-look food store and its focus on fresh and healthy produce is a great asset for the community, and I am delighted to take part in its re-opening.

“Many of us fail to get the exercise and regular physical activity that we need, and it can be much harder to exercise if you are disabled and equipment and facilities are not geared to those needs – teaming up with a community retailer like The Co-operative in Cardiff is a great boost to our charity, helping to raise awareness and money needed to support our work.”

Andrew Jenkins, Area Manager for The Co-operative Food in the Cardiff area, said:

“We are thrilled to be making such a significant investment in our Cardiff stores, and delighted that we have these fantastic new-look food stores with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team.

“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit. The stores will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how The Co-operative can benefit local groups.

“With the combination of our redefined stores, innovations in our own-brand ‘Loved by us’ range, and The Co-operative’s commitment to lowering prices on hundreds of everyday essentials, I am confident we will provide the community with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the stores to mark their re-launch.

Notes to Editors:
• The Co-operative food store Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6RZ, re-opens on Thursday, 26 March, 2015
• The Co-operative food store Caerphilly Road, Cardiff, CF14 4QD re-opens on Friday, 27 March 2015

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

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Two Co-operative food stores re-opens in Cardiff following major makeovers

Two Co-operative food stores re-opens in Cardiff following major makeovers

BESTSELLER arranges world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries on 10 April

Brande, Denmark, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is arranging a world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries. ‘One day to unite and do good’ is what it’s all about. The name of the event is GIVE-A-DAY and the concept is simply ‘Everything our customers spend on 10 April is given to charity’.

ABOUT GIVE-A-DAY
“In BESTSELLER we are privileged to be able to make a positive difference for others and the world around us. Therefore, we have decided to give something back to the communities, where our customers have helped us grow,” says BESTSELLER Corporate Sustainability & Communication Director Mogens Werge.

What it means in practical terms is that BESTSELLER will donate an amount equalling the net turnover of all BESTSELLER-owned and partner-owned retail stores, all BESTSELLER-owned online shops plus the net turnover of our b2b sales on 10 April 2015. So no matter which of the BESTSELLER brands’ stores or online stores customers visit on the 10 April – JACK & JONES, VERO MODA, NAME IT or any other BESTSELLER brand – the full turnover of that day will be donated to charity.

LOCAL CHARITIES
50% of each country’s net turnover will be donated to local charity causes in the countries where BESTSELLER has its stores.

“We have asked our local colleagues in our retail countries to find charity organisations, which have a charity course that resonates with them and our customers,” says Mogens Werge.

“GIVE-A-DAY is about giving something back to the communities, where we have built our success, and to help people in need. We want to make our colleagues proud and to raise awareness about the charity causes we support both locally and globally,” Mogens Werge adds.

GLOBAL CHARITIES
The other 50% will be donated to major global charity causes. BESTSELLER has chosen to cooperate with Save the Children, UNICEF and GAIN as global partners.

BESTSELLER and Save the Children will support the Dream School project that will ensure proper school attendance and a chance for a better future for tens of thousands of children in rural China.

Together with UNICEF – the United Nations Children’s Fund – BESTSELLER will support a project to significantly reduce the child mortality caused by malaria in Angola, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organisation driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. In India, 48% of children under the age of five are suffering from chronic malnutrition, and one in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India. The goal is to improve nutrient intake amongst hundreds of thousands of children and mothers in India by bringing together groups of women and training them to run their own businesses producing nutritious foods.

In addition to the three global projects the BESTSELLER FUND will also team up with M-Kopa Solar in a project called ‘Light Up Villages in East Africa‘, which will provide more than 150,000 people in rural villages with the benefits from solar power lightning systems.

Read more and see the list of country-specific charity organisations at bestseller.com/giveaday. Here it will also be possible to see the donation amount accumulate during the day.

More info
www.bestseller.com/giveaday

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BESTSELLER arranges world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries on 10 April

BESTSELLER arranges world-wide charity day across all its brand and countries on 10 April

Peapod by Stop & Shop donates $10,000 on its drivers’ behalf to food banks in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Quincy, MA, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the arrival of spring, residents in the Northeast are breathing a collective sigh of relief, happy to bid farewell to one of the most trying winters on record. To recognize the outstanding efforts of its drivers who have been on the frontlines of Mother Nature’s fury, Peapod by Stop & Shop is donating $10,000 on its drivers’ behalf to food banks in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

“Like our team, we know food banks were stretched to their limits during the brutal winter months,” said Peg Merzbacher, Vice President of Regional Marketing for Peapod. From a record-setting 108.6 inches of snow in Boston to downright nasty temperatures across the Eastern seaboard, this was by far the most challenging winter for Peapod’s business which revolves around timely delivery to both homes and businesses.”

“Of course we had to make tough calls to suspend deliveries during some of the bigger storms, but our drivers gave 110% to keep service as reliable as possible under these circumstances,” continued Merzbacher. “To express our gratitude, and support the food banks in the communities where our drivers live and work – many of which also felt the results of the harsh winter weather – we’re making a donation to three area food banks on our drivers’ behalf.”

Recipient food banks include The Greater Boston Food Bank, the Connecticut Food Bank and Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “For every $1 donated, The Greater Boston Food Bank can provide three healthy meals to those in need. Peapod’s donation will provide nearly 10,000 nutritious meals to those we serve. As residents of eastern Massachusetts recover from a trying winter, this is greatly appreciated,” said Courtney Johanson, Director of Marketing Communications for The Greater Boston Food Bank.

Peapod by Stop & Shop is also asking its customers to show their appreciation for drivers’ efforts by nominating their delivery person for a Peapod Pros on the Road Facebook shout-out. “Each month we salute a driver that has gone above and beyond, and we know there are many to be recognized,” explained Merzbacher. “It’s a small thing, but it means a lot to the recipients.”

Fans can nominate their drivers and share any outstanding stories of winter efforts on the Peapod Facebook wall, Facebook.com/PeapodDelivers.

About Peapod
Peapod – an Ahold USA company – is the country’s leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets throughout Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy households, today Peapod has delivered more than 30 million grocery orders. Customers can order online or on Peapod’s free mobile app for delivery to homes and workplaces or pick-up at many convenient locations. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (1.800.573.2763), e-mail service@peapod.com or visit www.peapod.com.

Contacts:
Peg Merzbacher
617-770-6259
peg.merzbacher@ahold.com

Jessica Becker
617.585.5776
jbecker@360pr.com

PetSmart, Inc. names six new leaders to its senior leadership team

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. (“PetSmart” or the “Company”) today named six new leaders to its senior leadership team who, collectively, will be responsible for key growth areas of the Company, including customer experience, merchandise planning, strategy, initiatives, sourcing and real estate.

The additions to the senior leadership team reflect the first major hires by PetSmart’s newly-installed President and CEO, Michael Massey. Attracting top talent to oversee key business areas and divisions has been a top priority for Mr. Massey, and these appointments further the Company’s renewed and refocused commitment to providing the very best products and services to Pet Parents and their pets.

“As we develop our strategic plan to grow the company, we are making significant and impactful investments by adding top talent to the leadership team and creating new structures and processes to help strengthen operations as we move forward,” said Michael Massey, president and CEO of PetSmart. “This seasoned team of proven retail experts will help PetSmart realize our goal of building emotional connections with Pet Parents at all touch points, efficiently delivering everything they need and want, and doing it all at the best value.”

Joining the Company are: Eran Cohen, executive vice president of Customer Experience; Ron Cooperman, executive vice president of Strategy, Initiatives and Real Estate; Ted Passig, executive vice president of Buying and Sourcing; Phil Vostrejs, executive vice president of Merchandise Planning Allocation, Distribution and Supply Chain; and Brian Amkraut, senior vice president of Real Estate.

The Company also announced today that Gregg Scanlon has been promoted to senior vice president of Store Operations and Services and through this promotion has been named to the senior leadership team.

Eran Cohen, EVP of Customer Experience, will oversee all aspects of PetSmart’s customer experience and seek to better engage consumers at every touch point with the company (in-store, online, mobile). He will also refocus the Company’s efforts on digital integration and social interaction to create seamless, positive experiences for all customers. Eran will join PetSmart from Diane Von Furstenberg, a global luxury lifestyle brand, where he oversaw global marketing, e-commerce and public relations – including digital media and strategy. Mr. Cohen also served as chief marketing officer at New York & Co, Inc. and Payless ShoeSource and in senior leadership positions at Gap, Inc. and Esprit de Corp.

Ron Cooperman, EVP Strategy, Initiatives and Real Estate, will oversee the development and execution of the Company’s real estate strategy to support PetSmart’s growth plan. He will lead a new area called retail initiatives, including exploring new formats to engage customers in new markets. He will also oversee the Real Estate area. Mr. Cooperman has worked in various industries including medical devices, quick serve restaurants and financial services. He served in a number of leadership roles at Collective Brands.

Ted Passig, EVP Buying and Sourcing, will lead a redesigned merchant organization as well as a new product development and sourcing organization that will drive efficiency and create a best-in-class direct overseas sourcing operation streamlining the Company’s product cost. A retail veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Passig is a strategic, results-driven leader who has held several senior roles in buying and stores at The May Department Stores, Homeplace and Payless ShoeSource.

Phil Vostrejs, EVP of Merchandising Planning, Allocation, Distribution and Supply Chain, will oversee a new, streamlined planning, allocation and distribution organization that best supports the Company’s growth plan. With more than 20 years of retail experience, Phil is a seasoned leader with experience in merchandise planning and distribution, and specific expertise in consumer segmentation, strategic planning and execution.

Brian Amkraut, SVP Real Estate, will work alongside Ron Cooperman in designing the Company’s overall real estate strategy to drive growth through market identification and development, store design and format change and increasing the efficiency of store construction. Amkraut is a proven retail leader with experience in retail operations, merchandising, store development and procurement. He joins PetSmart from Payless Holdings after serving in strategy roles for CVS Health and the Boston Consulting Group.

The Company also announced that Phil Bowman (executive vice president of Customer Experience), Matt McAdam (executive vice president of Merchandising and Real Estate), and Eddie Burt (senior vice president of Real Estate) are no longer with PetSmart effective today. In addition, Bruce Thorn (executive vice president of Store Operations, Services and Supply Chain) has decided to leave the Company.

Michael J. Massey was named president and CEO on March 11, 2015 following the completion of PetSmart’s previously announced acquisition by a consortium led by BC Partners and including La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, StepStone and Longview Asset Management.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That’s why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,404 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Through petsmart.com and pet360.com, we offer the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 400,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Media Contacts
Teneo Strategy
Jimmy Asci
(202) 352-1829
jimmy.asci@teneostrategy.com

PetSmart
Michelle Friedman
(602) 478-0788
mfriedman@ssg.petsmart.com