Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot built to LEED standards supercenter in Alpena, Michigan

190,000-square-foot store features fresh produce delivered daily, a free prescription program and pharmacy services promoting family health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened one of its first stores of the year today in Alpena, Mich.  The new supercenter provides local residents and neighbors in Hillman, Rogers City, Posen and Ossineke access to fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are pleased to bring the Meijer experience to our neighbors in Alpena and its surrounding communities,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We hope that our wonderful location provides everyone a more accessible destination for their grocery and lifestyle needs, so they can spend more time enjoying everything that Northern Michigan has to offer.”

Located at 1251 M-32 West, the new 190,000-square-foot supercenter is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a meat department that sells fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and select cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries. Store Director Warren Richter presented a $30,000 check to Alpena High School for a new scoreboard at its football stadium. He also presented a check for $25,000 to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to help support its various educational programs.

Meijer works hard to support the communities where its customers and team members work and live. That’s why the retailer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger in local communities. Since 2008, its Simply Give program has generated nearly $14 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

The new pharmacy features drive-thru pick up and will offer the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 25 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $370 million.

Among other one-stop shopping highlights, the Health and Beauty Care section carries prestige skincare and vitamin brands and a new Baby Center provides a refreshing shopping experience for expectant parents. The apparel department features national brands like Fila, New Balance, Reebok, Amy Byer, Carters, Wallflower, Almost Famous, Union Bay, Chaps and Jessica Simpson. The pet department offers a wide assortment of natural pet food.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we’re excited to bring our store to this great community,” Richter said.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 215 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot built to LEED standards supercenter in Alpena, Michigan

Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot built to LEED standards supercenter in Alpena, Michigan

Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Manistee, Michigan

190,000-square-foot store features fresh produce delivered daily, a free prescription program and pharmacy services promoting family health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened one of its first stores of the year today in Manistee, Mich. The new supercenter provides local residents and neighbors in Ludington, Cadillac, Bear Lake, Frankfort and Scottville access to fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are overjoyed to bring the Meijer one-stop shopping experience to our neighbors in Manistee and its surrounding communities,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We hope that our wonderful location provides everyone a more accessible destination for their grocery and lifestyle needs, so they can spend more time enjoying everything that Western Michigan has to offer.”

Located at 15 Caberfae Highway, the new 190,000-square-foot supercenter is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a meat department that sells fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and select cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries. Store Director Ken Babcock presented a $25,000 check to the Manistee County Council on Aging, an organization that works to keep seniors independent by providing a variety of services that offer assistance to local residents 60 years and older.

Meijer works hard to support the communities where its customers and team members work and live. That’s why the retailer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger in local communities. Since 2008, its Simply Give program has generated nearly $14 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

The new pharmacy features drive-thru pick up and will offer the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 25 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $370 million.

Among other one-stop shopping highlights, the Health and Beauty Care section carries prestige skincare and vitamin brands and a new Baby Center provides a refreshing shopping experience for expectant parents. The apparel department features national brands like Fila, New Balance, Reebok, Amy Byer, Carters, Wallflower, Almost Famous, Union Bay, Chaps and Jessica Simpson. The pet department offers a wide assortment of natural pet food.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for our opening, and we’re excited to bring our store to this great community,” Babcock said.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 215 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968

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Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Manistee, Michigan

Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Manistee, Michigan

Celebrity chef Mario Batali and culinary expert Gail Simmons to participate in this year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nationally-acclaimed celebrity chef Mario Batali and culinary expert Gail Simmons will participate in this year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft.

The entertaining and interactive cooking event will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and will showcase their personal culinary creations with event proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest.

Both Batali and Simmons will prepare an appetizer and main course while interacting with guests throughout the evening. The event will also feature local pastry fare that will be voted on by the guests.

A limited number of general public tickets are now on sale, at meijerLPGAclassic.com, for $100 apiece. The ticket includes food, wine and a ticket to the golf tournament for the weekend.

“Grand Rapids is a city that is passionate about great food, which is why we think this specific event is such a highlight of tournament week,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “After the success of last year’s event, we are excited to open up more tickets to the general public while still maintaining the museum’s unique atmosphere.”

This year’s event will feature:

  • Mario Batali: He counts 26 restaurants, 10 cookbooks, numerous television shows and two Eataly marketplaces (with a third opening soon) among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. Batali appears daily on ABC’s “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food.
  • Gail Simmons: She is a trained culinary expert and judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef,” as well as head critic on “Top Chef Masters.” Since 2004, Simmons has been Special Projects Director at Food & Wine Magazine. She participated alongside Cat Cora and Carla Hall in last year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming back to Grand Rapids,” Simmons said. “Last year, the community really embraced the inaugural event and its great cause. I’m so impressed and excited about what Meijer has done to raise awareness for their Simply Give program.”

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 more than 200 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, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/user/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/.

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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Celebrity chef Mario Batali and culinary expert Gail Simmons to participate in this year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

Celebrity chef Mario Batali and culinary expert Gail Simmons to participate in this year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

Whole Foods Market’s flagship store in downtown Austin celebrates its 35th anniversary by donating 1 percent of each day’s net sales to local nonprofits

Percentage of net sales May 4 through 8 at flagship store will benefit nonprofits

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — From May 4 to 8, Whole Foods Market’s flagship store in downtown Austin will celebrate the grocer’s 35th anniversary by donating 1 percent of each day’s net sales to local nonprofits that are also celebrating momentous anniversaries.

“Whole Foods Market is thrilled to offer five community giving days to these amazing organizations that have enriched our hometown for so many years,” said Jason Lowery, the downtown store’s team leader. “We can’t imagine what Austin would be like without these community nonprofits – they’re incredibly important to our Whole Foods Market team members and shoppers.”

Community giving days in celebration of Whole Foods Market’s 35th anniversary:

Monday, May 4
Paramount Theatre
Celebrating 100 years in Austin, the Paramount Theatre engages central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, and ignites the intellect and imagination of youths. Support from this day benefits the preservation of both the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres, the crown jewels of downtown Austin.
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – “Meet and Greet” with the Paramount Theatre ushers
• 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Story Wranglers performances in the café

Tuesday, May 5
Sustainable Food Center (SFC)
Celebrating 40 years in Austin, SFC cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Funds raised on this day will be used to support SFC’s Cultivating Healthy Communities Initiative.

Wednesday, May 6
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)
Celebrating 10 years in Austin, HAAM provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. The annual HAAM Benefit Day celebration is presented each year by Whole Foods Market. Shoppers can experience a taste of HAAM Benefit Day by listening to live performances from Austin musicians.
• 12 p.m. – Deuce Coupe
• 4:30 p.m. – Burgess Meredith
• 5:30 p.m. – The Eastern Sea

Thursday, May 7
Hill Country Ride for AIDS (HCRA)
Celebrating the completion of their “Sweet 16” ride, HCRA’s strives to produce a fun ride, welcoming all levels of cyclists and their supporters, to raise funds and build community spirit for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. Their Austin partner, CycFitness, has offered a series of free spin classes for shoppers and supporters at the store on May 7.
• 10 a.m. – CycFitness spin class
• 11 a.m. – CycFitness spin class
• 12 p.m. – CycFitness spin class

Friday, May 8
Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary
Celebrating 25 years in Austin, the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary assists animals in need through rescue and rehabilitation, and through education efforts. Similar to their partnership on Whole Foods Market’s “Kids Day of Service,” the Austin Zoo will host an activity where guests can create toys for animals using recycled materials.

Store information:
Whole Foods Market downtown
525 N. Lamar Avenue
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 542-2200

Facebook: Whole Foods Market Austin
Twitter: @wholefoodsATX
wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar

 

Whole Foods Market and Instacart make traditional floral delivery convenient and affordable this Mother’s Day

Whole Trade® flowers delivered in as little as one hour, combined with gifts curated by experts at America’s Healthiest Grocery Store®

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — An estimated 54 million American households will purchase flowers or plants for Mother’s Day* so Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) and Instacart are making it more convenient by delivering flowers in as little as one hour across 15 major US metros, along with a selection of thoughtful gifts for moms. Through an exclusive partnership, the two companies are offering a more convenient and affordable alternative to traditional floral delivery, including blooms that have higher standards like Whole Trade® or Responsibly Grown ratings.

Between May 1 and 10, customers can log onto Instacart.com or the Instacart mobile app on iOS or Android devices and choose from two Whole Foods Market bouquet options, then use the “notes” feature to specify their preferred color** and what they would like to say on a handwritten card. Customers can also choose a delivery window of within one hour, within two hours or at a scheduled time. Orders can be placed up to six days in advance.

The bouquet options available on Instacart from Whole Foods Market are a dozen Whole Trade® roses in assorted colors for $29.99, or 20-stem tulips in various colors for $24.99. Delivery fees start at $3.99, but are free for first-time Instacart users. Each bouquet will come wrapped in festive paper.

Unlike traditional floral-only delivery options, customers can use Instacart’s Mother’s Day “aisle”  to also purchase teas, chocolates, candles, body care items or even ingredients to cook mom breakfast, all curated by Whole Foods Market experts and available for delivery with the bouquet. Instacart’s database of recipes from Whole Foods Market recipes come with automated shopping lists to add ingredients to the online cart.

In addition to added convenience, this partnership offers customers responsibly sourced floral choices. All rose bouquets are backed by Whole Foods Market’s Whole Trade Guarantee, a certification-partnership program that helps ensure better wages and working conditions for farm workers, fair prices to producers and supports community improvement programs in areas where the roses are produced. Most roses and tulips** offered are rated under Whole Foods Market’s new Responsibly Grown program, which means they come from farms that are taking major steps to protect human health and the environment.

“After seeing how much customers loved our Valentine’s Day floral delivery with Instacart, we’re now excited to offer a convenient, affordable way to celebrate moms everywhere with Whole Trade flowers that give back to women and communities around the globe,” said David Lannon, executive vice president of operations for Whole Foods Market. “In keeping with our mission to delight shoppers, we also think customers will love ordering with Instacart’s automated shopping lists for brunch recipes, or finding mom a new favorite candle, all in a format that fits their schedule.”

“Creative, value-driven solutions like this are a perfect example of how Instacart and Whole Foods Market work together to serve our customers with convenience and quality,” said Apoorva Mehta, CEO and founder of Instacart. “It’s rewarding to see how our technology combined with Whole Foods Market’s great product selection can make it easier to create memories with mom.”

Instacart delivery from Whole Foods Market is currently available in stores across 15 markets: Atlanta; Austin; Boulder; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; Portland, OR; San Francisco; San Jose; Seattle and Washington, DC.
*According to Prince & Prince, Inc., a market research group for the floral and green plant industry, as published in Perishable News
** Flower colors are subject to availability on the day of delivery.
*** The Responsibly Grown program is still rolling out across Whole Food Market stores nationwide. While all flowers are not yet rated, shoppers will find plenty of “GOOD”, “BETTER” or “BEST” rated options to choose from.

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Whole Foods Market and Instacart make traditional floral delivery convenient and affordable this Mother's Day

Whole Foods Market and Instacart make traditional floral delivery convenient and affordable this Mother’s Day

X5 Retail Group acquires 100% stake in SPAR Retail from A&NN Investments Ltd

Moscow, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’), a leading Russian food retailer, and A&NN Investments ltd, one of biggest privately-owned investment groupings, announce the acquisition by X5 Retail Group of 100% stake in SPAR Retail, owned by A&NN Investments Ltd. SPAR Retail operates 26 stores (previously – under the “SPAR” brand) in Moscow (11), Moscow Region (7) and Vladimir (8). The transaction has been approved by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service.

The average selling space of the acquired stores ranges from 400 sq m to 1,600 sq m. The majority of the acquired stores will be integrated into the “Perekrestok” supermarket format, with only a few stores to be rebranded as “Pyaterochka”.

The Company currently operates 1,300 Pyaterochka proximity stores and over 200 Perekrestok supermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow Region as well as 12 Pyaterochka stores in Vladimir.

Organic growth remains the key growth priority for X5. At the same time, the Company does not rule out the possibility of opportunistic local acquisitions to the extent they add value to the business, are in line with the Company’s strategy and its management and financial capacities and do not negatively impact X5’s on-going operations.

Stephan DuCharme, CEO, X5 Retail Group: “The A&NN Investments Ltd team has made a significant contribution in transforming the SPAR stores into a modern retail chain tailored for a successful integration with X5 Retail Group – one of the leaders on the Russian food retail market. The transaction will enable Perekrestok to further consolidate its leadership position in Moscow and the Moscow region as an operator of modern supermarkets focused on the middle class, offering an ever larger number of customers the advantages of shopping at Perekrestok”.

Dmitry Dorofeev, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, X5 Retail Group: “The acquisition of this asset is not the first transaction between Alfa Group and Alexander Mamut’s companies. We are confident that this successful experience will open up new opportunities for business development between our groups”.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘B1’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

At 31 March 2015, X5 had 5,639 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 4,958 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 405 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 convenience stores. The Company operates 33 DCs and 1,407 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.04%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.63%.

A&NN Group is one of the biggest privately-owned investment groupings in Russia established in 2002, with Alexander Mamut one of its beneficiary.

The investment portfolio of A&NN Group includes portfolio investments into leading Russian and multinational companies as well as direct investments into companies operating in rapidly developing sectors and having high potential.

Currently A&NN Group’s investments cover the following segments: mining, engineering, IT and media, development, printing industry, publishing business and retail sale of printed products, financial services and retail sale of children’s goods. A&NN Group’s portfolio also includes a number of charity projects.

One of the key objectives of the A&NN Group’s management team is the increase of the portfolio companies’ capitalization in cooperation with the local management. This implies active participation in management, realization of partnerships and joint projects with other portfolio companies, which enables significant synergy, additional financing opportunities, including bank financing, as well as supporting many other aspects of the business.

Applying significant experience in direct investments in conjunction with in-depth understanding of local markets and business trends in Russia, A&NN Group supports efficient development of the portfolio companies as well as the achievement of the fund’s main investment objectives – preparation of the portfolio companies for strategic sale, IPO etc.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations of Х5 Retail Group
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Denis Kuznetsov
Senior PR Manager of Х5 Retail Group
Tel.: +7 (495) 662-88-88 /11-376
e-mail: Denis.Kuznetsov@x5.ru

Svetlana Kalininskaya
Investment Director at A&NN Investments Ltd
Tel.: +7 (495) 926-4948
e-mail: Svetlana.Kalininskaya@ann-cmfl.com

Harris Teeter launches its 4th annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign; benefits both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project®

2014 Campaign: Over $1.1 Million Donated Thanks to Generous Shoppers, Associates

MATTHEWS, NC, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow, May 1, Harris Teeter will launch its fourth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign. Support Our Troops benefits both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), two organizations committed to supporting U.S. troops and their families.

During the month of May, Harris Teeter shoppers and associates will be able to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to Support Our Troops at checkout. The company gives 100 percent of these donations directly to the USO and WWP. In 2014, the campaign raised over $1.1 million total for the two beneficiaries.

For nearly 75 years, the USO has supported America’s troops and their families throughout their journey in the military, from the moment they enlist, throughout their deployments and as they transition back to civilian life. The USO delivers valuable programs, morale-boosting services and engaging entertainment that help them feel appreciated for their service..

“The USO is grateful for partners like Harris Teeter, who help us give back to troops and their families,” said Christy Hartsell USO vice president of Corporate Alliances. “Since May is Military Appreciation Month, it is the perfect time to show our nation’s military that we are thankful for their service, strength and sacrifice.”

WWP is committed to honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors for a lifetime.  By continuously being innovative and understanding the needs of warriors, their caregivers and families, WWP works toward its vision to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of injured service members in our nation’s history.

“Harris Teeter is proud to support both the USO and WWP during our May campaign,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are thankful for both the involvement of our valued associates and loyal shoppers, as well as the good works of both non-profit partners.”

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Haggen donates more than $40,000 to support the four national parks located in Washington and Oregon

West Coast grocer continues tradition of giving back with expansion

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — To show its love for the precious lakes, rivers, beaches and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, West Coast regional grocer Haggen is donating more than $40,000 to support the four national parks located in Washington and Oregon. The dollar amount represents 2% of sales on Earth Day from the company’s Washington and Oregon stores.

Haggen’s Facebook followers were invited to vote for their favorite national park between Earth Day on April 22 and April 28. The 1,192 votes determined what percentage of the funds would be donated to each park. The votes have been tallied:

  • Olympic National Park received 31% of the votes and $12,433
  • Rainier National Park received  27% of the votes and  $10,829
  • North Cascades National Park received 26% of the votes and $10,428
  • Crater Lake National Park received 16% of the votes and $6,417

Haggen will donate $6,417 to the Friends of Crater Lake National Park and $33,690 to Washington’s National Park Fund which will divide up the funds between the three parks as decided on by the votes.

“This support from Haggen is remarkable! The votes from Haggen fans clearly demonstrate how beloved Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades National Parks are. Both Haggen and Pacific Northwest residents understand the needs the parks have today and they want to give back,” said Laurie Ward, Executive Director of Washington’s National Park Fund. “100% of the funds donated to Washington’s National Park Fund stay right in Washington for the benefit of Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks.  Thanks to all who voted and especially to Haggen for the generous donation!”

Earth Day Tree Giveaway

In addition to the donation, Haggen celebrated Earth Day by giving away 24,000 free saplings at its Washington and Oregon stores. The varieties included Red Osier Dogwood, Mock Orange, Vine Maple, Golden Currant, Baldhip Rose, Western Hemlock, Grand Fir, Shore Pine and Ponderosa Pine, and were provided by Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) Plant Materials Center in Bow, Washington. WACD is a 60-acre non-profit wholesale nursery providing high quality plants, shrubs and services that benefit natural resources and improve conservation efforts.

Haggen Community Giving

Haggen’s support of the community has been extensive this spring, and has put the company on track for a record-breaking year of giving. The company is in the midst ofconverting 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores into Haggen stores. With each store conversion, Haggen is donating $1,000 to a single organization on the first day each store opens. With 30 of the 46 stores in Washington and Oregon converted to date, the company has donated to the following Northwest organizations:

  1. Monroe, WA – Sky Valley Food Bank
  2. Port Angeles, WA – Healthy Families of Clallam County
  3. Wenatchee, WA – Serve Wenatchee
  4. Shoreline, WA – Boys and Girls Club of King County
  5. Walla Walla, WA – Blue Mountain Action Council
  6. Everett, WA – Cocoon House
  7. Snohomish, WA – Maltby Food Bank
  8. Oak Harbor, WA – Boys and Girls Club Oak Harbor
  9. Silverdale, WA – Central Kitsap Food Bank
  10. Port Orchard, WA – South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank
  11. Renton, WA – Renton Salvation Army Food Bank
  12. Burien, WA – White Center Food Bank
  13. Redmond, WA – HopeLink
  14. Gig Harbor, WA – PCF/Food backpacks for kids
  15. Puyallup, WA – Communities in Schools of Puyallup
  16. Olympia, WA – Thurston County Food Bank
  17. Tacoma, WA – Families Unlimited Network
  18. Lakewood, WA – U.S. Army Medical Fisher House JBLM
  19. Spanaway, WA – FISH Food Banks
  20. Lake Oswego, OR – Lake Oswego School District Foundation
  21. West Linn, OR – West Linn Food Pantry
  22. Tigard, OR (SW Pacific Highway) – Oregon Food Bank
  23. Tigard, OR (SW Barrows Road) – Doernbechers Children’s Hospital
  24. Sherwood, OR – Helping Hands Food Bank
  25. Beaverton, OR – Beaverton School District’s Clothes Closet
  26. Milwaukie, OR – North Clackamas Education Foundation
  27. Clackamas, OR – Clackamas County Special Olympics
  28. Eugene, OR (Hilyard Street) – Northwest Youth Corps
  29. Eugene, OR (18th avenue) – Habitat for Humanity
  30. Springfield, OR – Safe Routes to Schools

In the months following the conversions, Haggen will partner with four local non-profits and donate 2% of sales to four additional organizations on four consecutive Saturdays at each of the converted stores. Haggen CEO of the Pacific Northwest John Clougher said, “We have a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We want to demonstrate that commitment both in our new stores as well as our existing stores.”

Non-profits interested in learning more about Haggen’s community giving should visit haggen.com/grow-community/our-local-community and submit information about their organization.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington, Oregon and California, and is in the process of acquiring 146 stores and establishing a second headquarters in Irvine, California. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com, and get social with Haggen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Haggen donates more than $40,000 to support the four national parks located in Washington and Oregon

Haggen donates more than $40,000 to support the four national parks located in Washington and Oregon

J Sainsbury plc announces that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015

LONDON, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today announces that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015. This follows the previously announced retirement of Gary Hughes who will step down at the company’s AGM on 8 July 2015.

David was the Group Finance Director of Next plc from 1991 to March 2015 and played a significant part in the success of Next in that period.  He will join the Audit Committee on 29 April and become its Chairman on 8 July 2015.

Commenting on the appointment David Tyler, Sainsbury’s Chairman, said: “First, I would like to thank Gary very much for everything he has done for Sainsbury’s over the last ten years.  He has been a highly effective Chairman of the Audit Committee and has made a very valuable contribution to the Board.

We are delighted to welcome David Keens as a non-executive director. His deep retail experience and his knowledge of fast-moving consumer business are particularly relevant at a time when we are growing our own successful non-food ranges. This, together with his considerable skills in finance, makes him an ideal addition to our Board.”

Notes to editors

The Board of J Sainsbury plc is chaired by David Tyler. Executive directors are Mike Coupe, chief executive and John Rogers, chief financial officer. Non-executive directors are Matt Brittin, Mary Harris, Gary Hughes, John McAdam, Jean Tomlin and Susan Rice.

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J Sainsbury plc announces that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015

J Sainsbury plc announces that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015

A new variety of asparagus Burgundine will be sold exclusively by Tesco

A new variety of asparagus that can also be eaten raw is to be trialled in the UK next week.

Cheshunt, England, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The variety, called Burgundine, is a purple and green cross and has been grown in Thornham, north Norfolk, specifically as a new salad crop.

Burgundine asparagus will be sold exclusively by Tesco. The supermarket believes that the new variety could prove popular with office workers looking for a healthy lunchtime snack.

The variety can be eaten raw after being washed because it contains slightly less lignim, the fibre element in asparagus.

Tesco produce buyer James Strathdee said: “The great thing about Burgundine asparagus is its versatility because it can be eaten both raw and also gently steamed or stir fried.

“It is an eye-catching variety that is exceptionally sweet, juicy, crunchy and great for eating with dips and in salads.

“English asparagus is acknowledged by foodies to be the best in the world because of our climate and soil, which supports perfect growing conditions.

“This is the first time that Burgundine asparagus has been commercially grown in the UK. If customers like it then we plan to grow more for next year.”

Tesco finest* Burgundine salad asparagus will go on sale in 102 Tesco stores on Monday April 27 and will cost £2 for a 100g.

Tesco also sells the following asparagus lines: a 250g bundle, tips, white, Jubilee, and fine. 

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Asparagus is:

·           Low in fat with typically less than 1g fat per 100g

·           Low in calories with typically less than 25 calories (kcal) per 100g

·           A source of fibre to help maintain a healthy digestive system

·           A source of folic acid which supports the development of your baby before and during pregnancy

·           A source of vitamin C for a healthy immune system

 

The British Asparagus season usually lasts from St George’s Day on April 21 until Midsummer’s Day on June 21.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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A new variety of asparagus Burgundine will be sold exclusively by Tesco

A new variety of asparagus Burgundine will be sold exclusively by Tesco

Starbucks opens its first-ever express format store at 14 Wall Street New York

NEW YORK, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — New York moves at fast pace – whether in the boroughs, in The Bowery or on Broadway. Manhattan nearly doubles its population every day as commuters make their way into the city, according to the most recent U.S. Census data, and in the Financial District thousands of people flow through the narrow streets. For New Yorkers, it’s essential to save time and move quickly.

That’s why just across from the New York Stock Exchange, Starbucks is opening its first-ever express format store at 14 Wall Street. Most Starbucks stores are designed in layers, integrating community gathering spaces, working environments and immersive coffee experiences, all in one location. This new express format store will be one of the most streamlined experiences in the company’s portfolio.

This pilot project is tailored for customers on-the-go who want high-quality Starbucks products in a beautiful environment, coupled with the efficiency that comes with knowing what they want, quickly. Simply put, this format is the “espresso shot” version of the store experience Starbucks is known for.

“This location on Wall Street was intentionally designed to take what’s at the heart of our cafés and distill that for a smaller space,” said Bill Sleeth, Starbucks vice president for Store Design. “It is the perfect example of how to balance high design, attention to detail and efficiency, while maintaining what is unique to who we are – our coffee and the connection between our customers and partners.”

A compact 538 square-foot location offered the team a unique challenge of maximizing the space while making sure customers had a fast, convenient experience.

Getting this right meant starting from the beginning where, upon entry, customers are greeted by a Starbucks partner (employee) who will be able to take orders with a handheld device.  Creating mobile point-of-sale positions throughout the store can help manage wait times. That’s a solution first put into place at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, and  is now leveraged for this express format store.

Moving through the space, to the right of the entry, customers see a digital menu board displayed on four low-glare monitors. A set of menu options, tailored for New York customers, rotates on the screens.  This display also serves as a form of art at night with glowing images of coffee farms shining through the front window.

“It was a small space so it was important that we keep it as open as possible,” said Starbucks senior architectural designer John Park. “The bar is low and kitchen framed wide, like a show kitchen, so our partners are able to interact with customers from every point in the space.”

Hanging above, where the menu would traditionally be, is artwork made from hot-rolled steel with a black patina finish and a laser-etched coffee tree design. Combined with the horizontal wood paneling on the walls and ceiling, this artistic focal point creates a sense of depth.

“We carefully considered every component from a design and environmental perspective. Not only have we created something beautiful but we have built it to our green building LEED standards,” said Park.

Evoking the History of Wall Street

The store is located on the ground floor of the Fourteen Wall Street Building, a registered New York landmark that took its place in the Manhattan skyline more than a century ago. The 32-story building first opened in 1912 as the headquarters of the Bankers Trust Company and was the largest bank building at the time. Its distinctive seven-story pyramid top inspired countless skyscraper designs for decades to come.

“For over a century, 14 Wall Street has been home to the most prominent members of the corporate world and leading retailers. We are located in the very heart of the New York Financial District. Our building’s rich history and its iconic architecture, combined with the energy of one of the most dynamic streets in the city, make 14 Wall Street a great venue for Starbucks new express store format. It is just a perfect match,” said Alex Rovt, the principal owner of 14 Wall Street.

This new Starbucks store is the latest example of the company evolving store formats to meet customer needs. The store joins a diverse portfolio of designs that include: the immersive experience of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting RoomReserve locationsneighborhood cafésstrategic partnerships and stores that pay tribute to local history and culture.  Similar to the express concept in creating a convenient experience for customers, Starbucks has also seen success with its drive-thru format. Drive-thru locations account for more than 40 percent of stores in the U.S. alone.

Starbucks plans to open four more express format stores in New York in 2015 as part of this pilot project.  The company will continue to invest in New York, bringing experiences that evolve with the needs of the customer, notably with Mobile Order & Pay and a delivery pilot debuting in the city later this year. In addition, Starbucks will add 500 coffee-immersive Reserve bars worldwide serving rare, small-lot coffees, and will open another Roastery, in Asia, in 2016.


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

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Starbucks opens its first-ever express format store at 14 Wall Street New York

Starbucks opens its first-ever express format store at 14 Wall Street New York