Rite Aid: RediClinic and MultiCare Health System form joint venture to expand access to healthcare services in the greater Seattle area

11 RediClinics to Open Inside Select Seattle-Area Rite Aid Pharmacies this Spring

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that RediClinic, one of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries and a leading operator of convenient care clinics, and MultiCare Health System, a leading, not-for-profit health care organization that offers a comprehensive network of services across the Puget Sound region, have formed a joint venture to expand access to healthcare services in the greater Seattle area. Through the joint venture, RediClinic and MultiCare will collaborate to operate 11 RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies. MultiCare currently operates a convenient care clinic inside the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 5700 100th Street SW in Lakewood.

Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert Thompson, RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin and MultiCare Health System President and CEO Bill Robertson will officially announce the joint venture and mark the first of 11 clinic openings with a ribbon-cutting today at 10 a.m. PT at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 15100 S.E. 38th Street in Bellevue, Wash.

“Rite Aid is excited to announce this joint venture, a strategic expansion of our existing relationship with MultiCare Health System,” said Thompson. “MultiCare shares Rite Aid and RediClinic’s commitment to providing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare to the communities it serves, and we look forward to collaborating with MultiCare to offer an additional level of care to our customers across Seattle.”

“We are very excited to partner with MultiCare, a leader in patient care in Tacoma and across Washington, as we work to open the first RediClinics in the Pacific Northwest,” added Golinkin. “As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has served more than 1.7 million consumers since opening its first clinic in 2005, and we look forward to introducing our unique model of high-quality, convenient and affordable care to Seattle area residents.”

The RediClinics in Seattle will be staffed by board certified MultiCare nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services in collaboration with MultiCare affiliated physicians. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions, and the nurse practitioners are able to write prescriptions for these conditions when appropriate.

“MultiCare is pleased to expand our partnership with Rite Aid, bringing more healthcare choices to patients in King and Snohomish counties,” said Robertson. “We know that consumers are looking for convenient access to high-quality care and RediClinics offer such an option.”

In addition to the Bellevue location, RediClinics are currently open inside the following Rite Aid locations:

17226 Smokey Point, Arlington
3905 Factoria Mall SE, Bellevue
16222 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek

RediClinics will open inside the following locations this spring:

18022 68th Avenue NE, Kenmore
3023 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
18906 State Route 2, Monroe
1700 Mukilteo Speedway #500, Mukilteo
3066 Issaquah Pine Lake Road SE, Sammamish
655 NW Richmond Beach Road, Shoreline
14035 NE Woodinville-Duvall, Woodinville

RediClinics also provide a broad range of preventive services, including screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams; and the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered at many RediClinics and licensed to other providers.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

RediClinic has given consumers easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 1989. The company currently operates 34 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, as well as 30 clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Seattle areas. Since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005, RediClinic has successfully treated more than 1.7 million patients. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visit www.rediclinic.com.

MultiCare Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 10,000 employees and a comprehensive network including Allenmore Hospital, Auburn Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Medical Associates, affiliated physicians, as well as numerous primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics and community outreach services.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Whole Foods Market to open flagship mountain store in Park City, Utah, in early 2017

Leading natural and organic food retailer plans for full sized, full service store to open in early 2017

PARK CITY, Utah, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced its plans to open a flagship mountain store in Park City, Utah, in early 2017. The store is a new build located on Landmark Drive near Kimball Junction. It will replace an existing location half a mile to the south and will provide customers with significantly more product offerings, including an expanded prepared foods department with extensive chef-prepared fast casual offerings.

This store will be the first Whole Foods Market in Utah to feature its own taproom with local beer and wine on tap, as well as a world-class resort pub menu with separate fast casual dining and pub seating inside the store. The new location will also feature a fresh-pressed-juice bar and a concierge program with hospitality offerings for pantry stocking, private chef shopping, and more. The store will employ an additional 30 to 40 team members, bringing the total number of jobs provided by Whole Foods Market in Park City to 140-150. The new 40,000-square-foot store will be 13,700 square feet larger than its predecessor.

The plans were announced during the company’s second quarter earnings call on May 6.

“We’re thrilled to announce this news today and appreciate the incredible support we’ve received from Park City, as well as visitors to this beautiful community, over the years,” said Bill Jordan, president of Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain Region. “Park City is home to many of the best chefs in the U.S.—it draws incredible culinary talent, and the local community supports and seeks out great food. We’ve been proud to help grow a variety of Utah brands out of this store, including Pop Art Snacks, ProBar, Beehive Cheese, Slide Ridge Honey, Happy Monkey Hummus and more, and look forward to continuing the tradition of supporting and growing the food scene in Utah. I’m excited for our customers to be able to sit down for the first time and enjoy a beer and amazing meal in first taproom in Utah. We invite folks to come in to catch games on TV, hang out after skiing, hiking or mountain biking, and enjoy a vibrant place to relax with friends and family.”

Each Whole Foods Market store is customized for the community it serves – from store design, to product selection, and décor—no two stores are alike. The new Park City location will feature custom mountain-inspired interior design. Shoppers will find Whole Foods Market’s fresh and organic produce, dozens of locally sourced products, meat and seafood cut fresh in house by butchers and fishmongers, groceries, including bulk nuts, cereals and grains, a coffee and fresh juice bar, a bakery and an extensive prepared foods section with sandwiches, burritos, pizzas, rotisserie chickens, soup and salad bars, and chef-made deli fare to go, in addition to the taproom.

For more information about the store’s development please visit Whole Foods Market’s newsroom. Whole Foods Market invites the community and its longtime customers to track all the action and development on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, and receive an insider’s view into the construction and local product selection process for the store.

EXPERTS

Bill Jordan

President – Rocky Mountain Region

Bill Jordan has worked in the natural foods industry since 1985. Bill grew up in Southern California and began working as a courtesy clerk at Mrs. Gooch’s, a business Whole Foods Market acquired in 1993.

 

Whole Foods Market to open store in Brighton, N.Y. as part of a new Daniele Family development

Whole Foods Market announced today its plans to open a 55,000-square-foot store in Brighton, N.Y., as part of a new Daniele Family development

BRIGHTON, N.Y., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s first store in the Rochester area will be located on Monroe Avenue off Interstate 590.  Expected to open in 2017, it will join Whole Foods Market’s future location in Amherst, N.Y. (Buffalo-area), as the company’s first locations in western New York.

“We’re thrilled to announce this future store and our joining of the greater Rochester community” said Christina Minardi, Northeast Region president for Whole Foods Market. “As we continue to expand our presence throughout Upstate New York, following our recent opening in Albany, and our forthcoming store in Buffalo, we’re excited to bring our unrivaled quality standards to the Rochester area, where we hope to foster great relationships with local vendors, add valuable career opportunities to the community and serve as a partner for local nonprofit organizations.”

The store will be part of a redevelopment that will include other exciting shopping options. In addition, the shopping center will serve as a beacon for environmental stewardship with features, including: dedicated electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian and bike-friendly access, parking dedicated for low emissions and car pool vehicles, along with sustainable building practices, including the reuse of building materials from the Clover Lanes Bowling center.

The Daniele Family, who own and operate Mario’s and Bazil Restaurants, The Royal Car Washes, and Southpoint Marina, have submitted an application to the Town of Brighton to redevelop the site, which is currently under consideration.

“Mario’s and Clover Lanes will remain open for business into 2016,” said Anthony Daniele, developer and partner in the family’s businesses. “Mario’s is looking to relocate in the same general vicinity, and our family is committed to making this project a success and contributing to making this area a beautiful and vibrant shopping destination.”

“We are excited to present this project, and its traffic improvements, to the Town of Brighton. We believe it will redefine this important corridor and bring a revitalization to a segmented portion of Monroe Avenue,” Danny and Anthony Daniele said.

Whole Foods Market Contact: 
Michael Sinatra – michael.sinatra@wholefoods.com  – 551-574-8031

Developer Contact:
Danny J. Daniele – djd@danielefamily.com – 585-703-3849
Anthony J Daniele – ajd@danielefamily.com  – 585-943-4055

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Whole Foods Market signs lease for a store at The Boro in Tysons Corner

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today that it has signed a lease for a store at The Boro, a new development in Tysons Corner near the Greensboro Metro station. The approximately 70,000-square-foot store will be a flagship location in the D.C. area – both in terms of size and innovative concepts. No opening date has been set.

“Tysons Corner is truly a growing hub for the D.C. area – it deserves a store that will evolve alongside of it,” said Scott Allshouse, president of Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “As a flagship location, we are dreaming up new innovations that will make this store unlike any other.”

The store will help anchor a high-quality blend of retail and dining options at The Boro. Located within walking distance of the new Greensboro Metro station, The Boro is at the heart of Tysons Corner near the intersection of Route 7 and Route 123 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

“We are very excited to welcome Whole Foods Market to The Boro,” said David Cheek, president and co-founder of The Meridian Group, which is developing The Boro. “Whole Foods is a major brand known for exceptional quality, and it will be an outstanding anchor for our new 3.7-million-square-foot development.”

The Boro will offer a vibrant mix of offices, apartments, condominiums, retail stores, restaurants and entertainment,with easy access from major roads and Metro’s popular new Silver Line. When complete, The Boro will consist of roughly 1.8 million square feet of residential space, 1.3 million square feet of office, 316,000 square feet of retail, and 250,000 square feet of hotel space.

Phase One of the project is planned to be completed in 2018. It will feature 945,000 square feet of apartments and condominiums, 154,000 square feet of retail (including the Whole Foods Market store and 84,000 square feet of storefront retail), a 112,000-square-foot cinema, 400,000 square feet of office space, and a 1-acre public park.

“With Whole Foods and a variety of other stores and restaurants, along with residential, commercial, and office space, The Boro will fast become a popular destination with a distinct sense of place as a live, work and play community,” Cheek said.  “It will be the true ‘town center’ of Tysons Corner, based on its design, scale and location.”

Whole Foods Market currently has 417 stores worldwide, with 44 in the Mid-Atlantic region. As a leading natural and organic foods grocer, the company is committed to transparency and maintaining the industry’s highest quality standards, which don’t allow artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or hydrogenated fats in any of the food it sells.

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Whole Foods Market to relocate its Troy store to a new 46,000-square-foot location in the East Maple Road in Birmingham

New store scheduled to open in 2017

TROY, MI, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, confirmed today that its 23,300-square-foot Troy store, at 2880 West Maple Road, will be relocating down the street to a new 46,000-square-foot location in the 2100 block of East Maple Road in Birmingham. The company anticipates that the relocated store will open in late 2017.

“Whole Foods Market has been serving the Troy and Birmingham communities for many years in a relatively small store. During that time we’ve been very grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the community,” said Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. “Now we have the opportunity to improve our service to our customers with a larger store with a much larger selection.”

In 1997, Whole Foods Market acquired six Merchant of Vino stores, including the Troy location, in Greater Detroit. The Troy store opened Dec. 29, 1997, under the Whole Foods Market banner. The company has five other Michigan stores, including Rochester Hills, at 2918 Walton Boulevard, West Bloomfield, at 7350 Orchard Lake Road, Detroit, at 115 Mack Avenue, and two locations in Ann Arbor, 990 Eisenhower Parkway, and 3135 Washtenaw Avenue. The company will open its newest Michigan location in East Lansing, at 2778 East Grand River Avenue, in 2016.

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Whole Foods Market opens its doors in University Place its first store in Pierce County and the eighth location in Washington

Team members to present check to Emergency Food Network as part of grand opening

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ —Whole Foods Market will open its doors in University Place, Washington, on Thursday, May 7. This is the first Whole Foods Market store in Pierce County, and the eighth location in Washington.

To celebrate the grand opening, Whole Foods Market will host a bread-breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. University Place Mayor Denise McCluskey and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Member Tom Pearson will join Whole Foods Market regional leadership, local suppliers and community partners to break a 4-foot-long loaf of challah bread and welcome shoppers to the neighborhood’s new shopping destination. Doors open at 9 a.m.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our first store in Pierce County, and we’re very grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received from the community,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We took time to meet with people and listen to what this community needs, and we’ve worked hard to design a store that reflects that. I think shoppers will agree that this store was worth the wait.”

Located at 3515 Bridgeport Way W., in the Village at Chambers Bay, the new store will serve as a gathering place for local residents and will provide an unmatched selection of high quality natural and organic goods, as well as a wide variety of locally sourced products and delicious dining options. Select store highlights include:

• The Lumberyard, a made-in-house, wood-fired pizza eatery, offering a full menu with antipasti, salads, thin crust and deep dish signature pizzas, vegan pizzas, baked pastas and desserts. Wheat free, rice crust pizza dough is also available upon request. People can enjoy wines by the bottle, or choose from 10 beers on tap, including local brews, as well as ginger beer and cider. With seating for 29, customers can dine in or order pizzas and more to go.
• Top local brewers collaborated with Whole Foods Market team members to introduce a highly curated set of beers exclusively available at the Chambers Bay store. These include a Wingman Black Currant Saison, Narrows Diver Down IPA and an English-style IPA from 7 Seas. In addition, Whole Foods Market’s Chambers Bay store is the only retail partner selling the Chambers Bay Summer Open Ale from Harmon Brewing. Beer enthusiasts can follow the changing selections via the TapHunter app.
• A covered patio with seating for 50 around a cozy indoor/outdoor fireplace.
• A custom-ordered fish fry basket in the seafood department, made with beer batter from a brew specially created by Narrows Brewing for the Chambers Bay store.
• A custom burger bar in the meat department, allowing shoppers to order their own stuffed burger creations.
• A community art installation, created by students at Curtis High School, will greet shoppers as they approach the store.
• Abundant storefront parking, in addition to convenient under-store parking directly off of Drexler Drive.

The first 75 visitors to the store on May 7 will receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a mystery value between $10 and $100. Gift cards will be distributed starting at 6:30 a.m. Grand opening festivities will also include free coffee and live music from the Curtis High School Pep Band.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to serving the communities where it does business, Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay team members will present a check to the Emergency Food Network, with contributions from a “Friends and Family Sneak Peek” event held the evening of Tuesday, May 5. In addition to proceeds from shoppers that evening, Whole Foods Market is contributing a matching donation up to $2,000.

Additionally, CB’s Nuts, a small batch nut roaster in Kingston, Washington, will be presented with an $80,000 Local Producer Loan during the grand opening events. Since 2006, Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program has loaned more than $16 million in low-interest loans to local and independent food producers.

Shoppers visiting Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay store can look forward to:

• Prepared Foods – A wide range of grab-and-go-meal options, including a taqueria, signature and made-to-order sandwiches, teriyaki bowls and a selection of Asian entrée choices, will be available daily. A rotating hot bar, a salad bar with plenty of organic vegetables and fresh-cut fruit, and 10 fresh soup options will make mealtime decisions quick and convenient.
The prepared foods department exclusively uses organic or Non-GMO Verified chicken, as well as cage-free eggs, and non-GMO canola oil in all house-made dishes.
• Highest Quality Produce and Floral – All of the produce and flowers sold in the store meet the company’s Responsibly Grown Produce rating system, supporting the store’s commitment to quality, human health and the environment. A highlight in this department is cold-pressed juices made fresh daily.
• Coffee Bar  – Customers can enjoy fresh-brewed coffee and custom espresso beverages daily from Allegro®.
• Juice Bar – Freshly made-to-order smoothies and juices use local and organic produce. Shoppers can also order from a selection of Vega smoothies, with blends inspired by South Sound destinations.
• Meat – All products in the full-service meat department come from animals that are raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. Whole Foods Market’s Animal Welfare standards are industry leading and include the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating standards.

• Seafood – Whole Foods Market’s quality standards for seafood lead the industry. All wild-caught seafood sold in the seafood department is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or rated by The Safina Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). One of the most unique fixtures in the department is a bivalve shellfish tank, which has a filtration system that keeps shellfish fresh. A special item to shop for is the pre-soaked cedar plank featuring flavors such as bourbon, brandy, red and white wine, and hard apple cider.
• Artisan Bakery – The bakery department offers artisan breads, custom cakes, and an assortment of sweet and savory baked goods baked in house daily, and all without the use of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The bakery uses only cage-free eggs from Steibrs Farm in Yelm, and sources Northwest ingredients such as Shepherd’s Grain non-GMO flour, and dairy from Washington. A filled-to-order cannoli station offers chocolate, toasted almond, raspberry pistachio, and orange cardamom fillings.
• Specialty – Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay has a selection of more than 70 beers, curated specifically for this store. Shoppers can talk with wine experts to find the right wine from around the globe, or pick from one of 200 Washington wines. And with a selection of more than 300 different cheeses, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
• Whole Body – There are more than 50 ingredients found in conventional body care products that are not allowed in any body care products Whole Foods Market sells. A unique experience in Whole Body is the aroma therapy center.
• Store Tours – The store offers shopping tours tailored to address special diets, including plant-based diets and food allergies. Private tours for organizations, such as schools and senior centers, can be arranged by request. These tours will kick off on Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m.
• Whole Foods Market 5 percent days — Four times a year, Whole Foods Market commits one day on which 5 percent of the day’s net sales is contributed to a local nonprofit organization. The first 5 percent day at Chambers Bay will be Thursday, July 2, for the Tacoma Farmers Market.

Store Information
Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; coffee and juice bar opens at 6 a.m. daily.
Location: 3515 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466
Store Telephone: (253-534-4500) / Lumberyard Telephone: (253-534-4505)
Web site: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/chambersbay
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WFMchambersbay
Twitter: http://twitter.com/WFMchambersbay
Instagram: http://instagram.com/wfmchambersbay

 

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Whole Foods Market opens its doors in University Place its first store in Pierce County and the eighth location in Washington

Whole Foods Market’s Chambers Bay store in University Place, Washington

French retail chain Système to install modern POS terminals from Wincor Nixdorf that support the omni-channel approach and improve the customer experience

The French retail chain Système U and Wincor Nixdorf are realizing an omni-channel services concept together that will include new customer loyalty and marketing programs. At the same time, the Système U stores will install modern POS terminals from Wincor Nixdorf that support the omni-channel approach and improve the customer experience.

Paderborn, Germany, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Under the large-scale agreement concluded by Système U and Wincor Nixdorf, the French cooperative’s supermarkets will be equipped with an innovative combination of hardware and software solutions that are operated using services from Wincor Nixdorf. This will meet Système U’s requirements of a foundation for the rigorous development of omni-channel sales and an improved customer experience. “In 2014, we decided to replace our POS systems, since the software applications had become more complex and varied over time but were being run on checkout hardware dating from 2005. We want to offer our customers seamless service and a modern checkout environment that fulfills all of today’s requirements,” says Jean-Michel David, a Système U associate and President of its subsidiary INFO.U. “Furthermore, the new POS technology should support us in realizing targeted customer loyalty measures as part of our omni-channel concept.”

From customer relations to customer experience
Système U will be the first French customer to use Wincor Nixdorf’s new customer loyalty software, TPCustomer360 – a new module for customer relationship management (CRM). The software analyzes shopping behavior in detail in order to interact with customers in real time across all sales channels, from checkout terminals to mobile terminals and online shops and all the way to social networks. Measures and campaigns associated with customer loyalty and support can then be tailored uniformly across all channels to the customer’s individual needs. “Owing to the variety of functions it offers, TPCustomer360 exceeds simple CRM systems. It uses a logic that transforms it into a comprehensive CEM (customer experience management) system,” says Hervé Grelet, General Manager Retail at Wincor Nixdorf in France. “The module enables an extremely fine segmentation of the customer base and has been proven to be highly effective for setting up marketing or promotional operations targeted at the different points of contact in an omni-channel system.” Carte U, Système U’s loyalty card is used by around seven million consumers and is tied to over one and a half million sales receipts per day. In conjunction with Carte U, the retailer began to implement a targeted program of measures for individualizing customer address, with marketing activities oriented precisely to individual customers on the basis of their profiles. For example, different coupons are distributed at checkout to specific customer groups.

A coherent response to different shopping scenarios
The foundation for these and other applications is Wincor Nixdorf’s omni-channel platform, TP.net 6.0. It will be installed at Système U and enables the connection of customer master data to the POS systems as well as the standardization of all the retailer’s business processes, from price management to new checkout concepts to payment solutions, etc. TP.net allows the distributor, for example, to manage its mobile solutions in-store and realize uniform strategies across the various sales channels (web, smart phone, stores, etc.). “This permits a coherent response to the multiple shopping scenarios of Système U’s customers, which may combine the point of sale, pick-up stations for goods, e-commerce or m-commerce,” says Hervé Grelet. “With this new, standardized and agile IT configuration, Système U can adapt its business processes very quickly.”

Checkouts as terminals for targeted communication
Finally, Système U is replacing a large proportion of the checkout hardware in its markets with modern POS systems from Wincor Nixdorf: around 14,500 new-generation BEETLE terminals will be installed. Their large touchscreens will be more comfortable for checkout staff to use and offer more customer information. Moreover, they all feature displays that face the customer to promote genuine interaction with customers in line with Système U’s omnichannel approach. For example, tailored information relating to customer loyalty or promotions can be displayed to the customer in real time. Supplementing the staffed checkouts at Système U are several hundred self-service checkouts from Wincor Nixdorf that also deliver a new customer experience.

The implementation of the IT investments at Système U is being managed by the company’s IT subsidiary U GIE Iris. “U GIE has bundled the IT resources of the stores and central services at Système U for three years now,” says Philippe Le Cam, deputy chair of U GIE Iris. “The goal of the partnership with Wincor Nixdorf is to ensure that the stores are able to use the new POS systems and their innovative applications quickly and thus generate added value for the customer and the company.” Wincor Nixdorf began to deploy the new hardware at Système U this year.

About Système U
The Système U cooperative (65,000 employees) operates 1,559 stores in France, comprising 844 Hyper U and Super U stores and 715 stores in the convenience store category (UExpress and Utile). The cooperative had sales in 2014 of EUR 18.51 billion before tax with a market share of 10.3%.

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com
Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015: Global real estate investors remain confident with more than half planning to increase their acquisitions in 2015

London is Number One Global Target; Secondary Markets Gain in Popularity

Los Angeles, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Global real estate investors remain confident and their intentions are expansionary, with more than half planning to increase their acquisitions in 2015, according to CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015.

Globally, 53 percent of investors plan to increase their purchases this year. Investor appetite for cross-regional acquisitions has increased significantly with 38 percent of respondents intending to invest outside their own region this year–up from 28 percent in 2014. Among these investors, 31 percent identified Western Europe as the top destination.

London retained its position as the top city for investment, while other gateway cities such as Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Paris remained in the top ten. Second-tier cities saw an increase in investor interest in 2015, with Madrid, Dallas and Seattle all making the top ten. This reflects investors’ search for more attractive yields, as well as greater knowledge and comfort with a larger number of global cities. There is also a marked increase in appetite among investors from EMEA and North America for value-add and opportunistic investments. In contrast, Asia Pacific saw a significant jump in investors preferring prime core assets at 43 percent in 2015, compared to 29 percent last year.

Office and industrial remain the preferred asset classes, selected by 33 percent and 29 percent of investors respectively. Investor interest in industrial and logistics assets is being driven by the structural change in the retail sector and the growth of e-commerce; however, there is a limited supply of assets in this sector available for sale, meaning that investors will continue to face challenges when sourcing deals.

Half of respondents identified asset pricing as the top obstacle to acquiring real estate assets. The tight availability of assets (21 percent) and competition from other investors (19 percent) were also identified as obstacles in all regions.

“The appetite for global real estate investment is increasing as more investors intend to deploy capital outside of their own region this year. Competition for assets is intensifying and many investors plan to move out the risk curve in search of higher yields–a trend that will result in a stronger focus on value-add and opportunistic investments. We believe that a low interest rate environment, economic expansion in an increasing number of markets, and corresponding improvement in real estate fundamentals will attract capital to commercial real estate,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, CBRE Capital Markets.

To request a copy of CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015 or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Aaron Richardson (212.984.7126 or aaron.richardson@cbre.com) or Ayana Miller (212.984.6506 orayana.miller@cbre.com).

About the survey
The 2015 CBRE Global Investor Intentions Survey was conducted using an online questionnaire in January 2015.  Responses were obtained from more than 700 real estate investors in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific from a broad range of investor types including asset managers; property companies; institutional investors; REITs; private investors and banks. 317 responses were obtained in Asia Pacific; 290 in EMEA; and 85 in the Americas. The global survey results were formulated by weighting the survey responses according to global capital flows in all three regions.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

For Further Information

Aaron Richardson
T +1 212 9847126
email

CBRE’s North America Ports Logistics Annual Report: East Coast ports growing at a faster rate than their West Coast counterparts

Report includes first-ever “Ports and Logistics Index” which ranks top 15 North American ports based on port infrastructure capabilities and strength of industrial real estate market

Los Angeles, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — East Coast ports are growing at a faster rate than their West Coast counterparts, according to the inaugural edition of CBRE Group, Inc.’s “North America Ports Logistics Annual Report.”  But even as the East Coast ports are gaining ground, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach still topped the report’s first-ever “Ports and Logistics Index,” thanks to infrastructures that is well-suited to handle the largest cargo container ships, their proximity to Asian export markets, a strong local economy and a deep industrial real estate market.

New York and New Jersey, Seattle/Tacoma Alliance and Oakland round out the top five ports on the Index, which ranks the top 15 North American ports based port infrastructure capabilities and the strength of the local industrial real estate market.

“Although the location needs of supply chain users are somewhat fixed given existing distribution centers and customer locations, these networks are always evolving and adjusting to meet increasingly complex inventory requirements,” said David Egan, head of industrial research in the Americas for CBRE. “As ports across North America continue to address operational efficiencies caused by greater cargo volumes, labor disputes and a shortage of workers, supply chain users are exploring diversification strategies that move some portion of inbound cargo from the congested West Coast ports to East and Gulf Coast ports.”

The 6-15-ranked ports on the Index are:

6. Savannah
7. Charleston
8. Metro Vancouver
9. Virginia (Norfolk)
10. Houston
11. Baltimore
12. Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale)
13. Port Miami
14. Montreal, Canada
15. Jacksonville

When it comes to port infrastructure alone—which measured total twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) volume, long-term growth in annual TEU volume and year-over-year growth in TEU volume—Los Angeles, New York and New Jersey and Long Beach took the top spots, with Savannah and Virginia (Norfolk) at #4 and #5, respectively.

With respect to the real estate ranking component—which was weighted less heavily in the overall rankings than port infrastructure—the characteristics measured included a market’s total size, availability of existing industrial space, demand activity, historical and forecasted construction rates, rent growth and each market’s position in its own cycle. The markets with healthy amounts of existing and planned space for their size, and which have experienced growth during the current recovery cycle but have not yet reached their peaks, rose to the top of the list. Los Angeles and Long Beach were the top-ranked markets in this component, with Houston, Oakland and Seattle/Tacoma rounding out the top five.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.​

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Leadership changes at The Stop & Shop New England Division

Quincy, Massachusetts, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Stop & Shop New England Division today announced that Russ Greenlaw, Senior Vice President of Operations for Stop & Shop New England, will be leaving the Division to take on a new Special Projects role for Ahold USA, starting June 1. Stacy Wiggins, who currently serves as Regional Vice President of Operations for GIANT/MARTIN’S, will succeed Mr. Greenlaw once he starts his new position. In addition to her work with GIANT/MARTIN’S, Ms. Wiggins has also worked for Giant Landover, Stop & Shop New York Metro and Walmart.

In addition, Vinod Israni is being promoted to the role of Regional Vice President for Region 1. Mr. Israni has been with Stop & Shop New England since 2000, serving as District Director, Service Manager and Store Manager.

Also, Mark McGowan is now serving as President of the Stop & Shop New England Division and Executive Vice President of Operations for Ahold USA, reporting to Ahold USA Chief Operating Officer James McCann. This planned change was originally announced in March. Mr. McGowan most recently served as Executive Vice President of Merchandising for Ahold USA. He was president of the Stop & Shop New England Division before taking on new responsibilities at Ahold USA in 2012.

Commenting on these announcements, Mr. McGowan said, “Russ, Stacy, and Vinod are strong leaders for our Division, and I want to wish them all the best in their new positions.”

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Contact:
Judi Palmer
Stop & Shop New England Division
617-620-0328
jpalmer@stopandshop.com

Dean Wilkinson appointed Senior VP of Store Strategy and Execution at Ahold USA

Landover, Md., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover announced today that Mark Adamcik, Regional Vice President of Operations, has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Merchandising, effective May 18. He will be succeeding Dean Wilkinson, who will be leaving Giant Landover to become Senior Vice President of Store Strategy and Execution at Ahold USA.

Giant Landover also announced the following management changes, all of which are effective on May 18:

  • Toni Judy is moving from Regional Vice President of Operations, Region 10 to Regional Vice President of Operations, Region 9. Judy joined Giant in 2012 as a District Director and became Regional Vice President, Region 10 in June 2013. She has over 30 years in the food retail industry, including management roles with Winn-Dixie and Sam’s Club.
  • Robert Belcher has been appointed the new Regional Vice President for Region 10. He most recently served as the Director of Sales and Merchandising (Center Store). Belcher, who has worked in retail management for more than 30 years, started with Giant in 2011 as District Director. Prior to joining Giant Landover, Robert held a senior operations position at Walmart.

Commenting on these announcements, Gordon Reid, President of Giant Landover said, “Mark, Dean, Toni and Robert are exceptional leaders, and I want to wish them all the best in their new positions.”

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Hy-Vee stores in Nebraska will be diverting organic waste from landfills thanks to a partnership with Sanimax

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is pleased to announce that by the end of this month all 25 of its stores in Nebraska will be diverting organic waste from landfills thanks to a partnership with Sanimax, a globally known environmental solution provider in the agri-food industry.

Nebraska Hy-Vee stores will divert excess fruits and vegetables, bakery products, solid dairy products and floral clippings with the help of the Sanimax system, which will then turn the food waste into compost, biogas and animal feed. Hy-Vee employees at each store will be trained on how to separate the waste to ensure quick and accurate disposal.

As part of the program, Hy-Vee stores will sell compost that is created by their own food recycling. In addition, stores with community gardens will use the compost to fertilize their plots.

“We are excited to use our stores’ organic waste to help our community gardens grow. It’s really coming full circle for our stores and our customers,” said Tally Mertes, store director at the 180th and Pacific Hy-Vee store. “Hy-Vee is committed to promoting the well-being of our customers, employees, communities and the global environment. This new recycling program is just one way we can help our communities and our customers.”

In March, two Omaha-area Hy-Vee stores were first to begin the program, and they diverted a total of 10,000 pounds of waste that month. Mertes estimates that the 25 Hy-Vee stores in Nebraska will divert approximately 150,000 pounds each month.

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