CBRE appointed by Hallmark Cards to provide transaction management services for its office and industrial portfolio throughout US and Canada

Los Angeles, 2015-5-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) has been appointed by Hallmark Cards, Inc., a national  greeting cards retailer, to provide Transaction Management services for its office and industrial portfolio throughout the United States and Canada.

Hallmark has a broad footprint to serve its customers with products currently sold in over 30,000 retail stores across the United States. CBRE will work with Hallmark to source office and industrial locations to support the company’s growing business.

Darcy Mackay, COO of CBRE’s Advisory and Transactions division, commented: “We are thrilled that Hallmark, a brand known throughout the U.S., has selected CBRE as its real estate partner for transactions. We look forward to finding new ways to provide value for their office and industrial portfolio and support their mission to make the world a more caring place by helping people reach out and make meaningful connections with others.”

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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Tokyo is the world’s hottest market for retail expansion according to the latest report from CBRE Group

Toronto stands out as hottest market in the Americas U.S. retailers dominate cross-border expansion, with Asia and Europe being prime targets

Los Angeles, 2015-5-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tokyo is the world’s hottest market for retail expansion, attracting 63 new brands last year as leasing momentum in core areas remained strong, despite mixed signals in the economy and an increase in the sales tax to eight percent in April 2014, according to the latest report from CBRE Group, Inc., “How Global is the Business of Retail?” Toronto stood out as the hottest market in the Americas, attracting 25 new international brands in 2014.

According to the report—which tracks the target markets of new brands in 164 cities in 50 countries—U.S. retailers are the most active when it comes to expanding into new global markets. In 2014, U.S. retailers accounted for 26 percent of cross-border expansion. Primary expansion targets for Americas retailers are Asia (41 percent) Europe (33 percent), and the Middle East and Africa (12 percent).

Italian retailers were the second most active, accounting for 14 percent of cross-border expansion, followed by U.K.-based retailers (11 percent) and French retailers (10 percent). Globally, Europe accounted for 42 percent of retailer expansion, followed by Asia with 39 percent and the Middle East and Africa with 10 percent. North America was only a target for three percent of retailers.

“The core elements of globalization, technology and demographic change, continue to have a dramatic impact on the business of retail. Demographic shifts in many countries have resulted in changes in both spending power and shopping habits. Technology enables retailers to enter markets and evaluate performance more swiftly,” said Brandon Famous, Senior Managing Director, Retail Occupier Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE. “Consumer traveling patterns mean that many brands are well known before they even enter a market and the pent-up demand for the chance to purchase locally creates a ready-made market before entry.”

Among the most active retail sectors globally, Mid-Range Fashion retailers led the field, accounting for 21 percent of global expansion, followed Luxury & Business retailers, with 20 percent, and Coffee & Restaurant and Specialist Clothing, each with 16 percent. When it comes to expansion into the Americas, Luxury & Business retailers were the most active at 26 percent, followed by Mid-Range Fashion representing 20 percent of total activity, and Specialist Clothing representing 14 percent.

“Consumers continue to view the physical store as their preferred mode of purchase and perhaps more importantly, as a point of social interaction,” Mr. Famous added. “Consumers view shopping as a leisure activity and the continued expansion of brands and the development/improvement of shopping locations gives them the opportunity to embrace this.”

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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Haggen partners with Swinomish Fish Company to bring fresh Baker Lake salmon to its seafood cases this spring

Baker Lake, Wash. and Bellingham, Wash., 2015-5-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In Haggen’s continuing mission to provide the very best local products to its customers, the company has forged a new partnership with Swinomish Fish Company to bring fresh Baker Lake salmon to its seafood cases this spring.

Northwest salmon season is upon us, and the fresh king and sockeye salmon that is sought-after globally is right in Haggen’s backyard. Haggen’s seafood buyer, Amber Thunder Eagle, has spent the winter meeting local fish companies and making arrangements for the world’s best fish to be delivered fresh from the sea to Haggen’s seafood cases.

“Haggen is proud to add this remarkable salmon to our selection of fresh Northwest seafood,” said Thunder Eagle. “I know the care and effort that goes into catching Baker Lake Salmon in a sustainable, responsible way, and the quality really shines through in the flavor.”

The Baker Lake salmon run is predicted to be abundant in 2015, with return levels approaching 35,000 fish. These native salmon follow their instincts through the Salish Sea, push up the Skagit River and return to Baker Lake near Concrete, Washington. As recently as 1985 the run faced near-extinction, with only 99 fish returning to the lake. But thanks to local conservation efforts, including education and habitat restoration, the health of the run has been restored. In 2012, a record-high return was recorded with more than 48,000 fish returning to spawn. Each year, the fish are helped around a dam to provide them access to their ancestral spawning grounds.

“We’re grateful for the restoration of the Baker Lake run, and that we found a proactive partner like Haggen who thinks along the same lines we do – to bring the region’s best salmon to the people of the Northwest in a responsible manner,” said Everette Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Swinomish Fish Company. “The community who made this possible are steadfast in the preservation of this run, which will benefit the people of Washington for generations.”

Baker Lake Salmon from the fishers of the Swinomish Fish Company will be available at Haggen beginning mid-May while supplies last. Quantities are subject to fishing and weather conditions. For recipes and further information, visit www.haggen.com.

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.

About Swinomish Fish Company
Swinomish Fish Company Inc. is a tribally-owned seafood wholesaler, retailer and custom processing plant based in La Conner, Washington. With 10,000 years of knowledge of our ancestral waters behind us, our dedication and sense of responsibility towards managing and protecting the bounty of the Salish Sea and water resources beyond it is just as vital to our heritage today as it was so many years ago. We strive to provide the highest quality Native American brand seafood products available. Our brand NativeCatch is all-natural, wild, and sustainably harvested. We work cooperatively with Native Fisherman throughout the Salish Sea and from Alaska to California, sourcing quality seafood for distribution around the world. For more information about the Swinomish Fish Company and NativeCatch, visit swinomishfishcompany.com.

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If you are a member of the media working on a story about the company of Haggen or Haggen stores in the Pacific Northwest (Washington or Oregon), please contact Deborah Pleva at deb@weinsteinpr.com. If your story relates to Haggen stores in the Pacific Southwest (California, Arizona or Nevada), please contact Kris Ellenberg at kellenberg@goldpr.com.

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Haggen partners with Swinomish Fish Company to bring fresh Baker Lake salmon to its seafood cases this spring

Haggen partners with Swinomish Fish Company to bring fresh Baker Lake salmon to its seafood cases this spring

 

Tesco again named as the Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards

Cheshunt, England, 2015-5-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second consecutive year, Tesco has been named as the Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards.

Tesco has been recognised for delivering innovative and quality products for customers. The award comes as the retailer has redesigned its sandwiches and wraps lines and has introduced an exciting new range of sandwiches using  Viennoiseries- style breads like brioche and baguettes, as well ciabattas and flatbreads. The Tesco finest* Salt Beef and Swiss Gruyere Flatbread, which retails at £3, was awarded as highly commended in the premium category of new sandwich product of the year.

Jason Tarry, Chief Product Officer at Tesco said, “We are delighted to have been named the Sandwich Retailer of the Year, for the second year running. This award is testament to all the hard work we have done in the last year to offer our customers a fantastic selection of sandwiches, from the humble cheese and pickle sandwich, to our award winning finest* Salt Beef and Swiss Gruyere Flatbread.”

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Tesco again named as the Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards

Tesco again named as the Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards

Homebase and Harkness Roses launched brand new variety of rose in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-5-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading garden center retailer Homebase and Harkness Roses were joined by Macmillan ambassador and classical crossover singer Camilla Kerslake, to launch a brand new variety of rose in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The ‘I Am Macmillan’ rose will be available to buy online from September 2015 and in Homebase stores from April 2016.  £1 from every sale will be donated towards funding hours of care from Macmillan nurses, to support people affected by cancer, and their families and loved ones too.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It’s a great honour to have a completely new variety of rose dedicated to funding the wonderful support provided by Macmillan nurses. We are absolutely thrilled our partners Homebase and one of the UK’s leading rose growers are helping us in our mission to make sure no one faces cancer alone.”

This year, also in aid of the charity, Homebase has introduced the ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose to its 2015 Chelsea Collection; a selection of plants and flowers that allow customers to take home their own little bit of the Homebase Urban Retreat Garden.

Jane Templar, Buying Manager Garden Plants at Homebase, said: “The ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose is slightly scented with beautiful, small delicate creamy peach blooms which flower from early June to the first frosts. It was bred and grown in the UK, benefits from great disease resistance and is a hardy plant which flowers year after year.”

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The ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose

The ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose, is ideal for pots or borders and is slightly scented- perfect for enjoying in your own garden space. The rose is available to buy online and in store.

The ‘I am Macmillan’ Rose

The ‘I am Macmillan’ Rose is a Floribunda rose with a 5/10 scent rating. Bred exclusively for Homebase by Harkness, the rose will be available online from September 2015 and in store from April 2016.

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 296 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

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Homebase and Harkness Roses launched brand new variety of rose in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support