Meijer opens two new supercenters in Northern Illinois; 190,000-square-foot stores in Rockford and Machesney Park

190,000-square-foot stores in Rockford and Machesney Park feature fresh produce delivered daily and pharmacy services promoting family health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer has opened two new supercenters in Northern Illinois, Co-Chairman Hank Meijer announced today. The 190,000-square-foot stores in Rockford and Machesney Park together have created more than 500 new jobs and will provide local residents high quality products, fresh produce and a full-service pharmacy that puts family health care first.

With 25 stores throughout Illinois, the new stores are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. They are among 11 new stores the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based family-owned retailer is opening this year in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Meijer now has 217 stores throughout the Midwest.

“As a pioneer of one-stop shopping, we’ve always strived to offer easy, affordable solutions to our neighbors, and we look forward to serving new customers in the Rockford area,” Hank Meijer said. “Whether it’s shopping for a family meal, getting your yard ready for summer or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, these supercenters represent our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier, balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door.”

Meijer said the new supercenter offerings include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a meat department that features Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event at each store, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The stores also demonstrated their commitment to the community by making donations to local organizations. Shaun Bonner, store director for the Rockford location at Perryville Rd. and Rote Rd., presented a $25,000 check to the Eisenhower Middle School for additional laptops in its computer lab. Josh Weaver, store director for the Machesney Park location at Perryville and West Lane Rd., presented a check for $25,000 to the Harlem High School Fan Club to help fund the school’s new artificial turf football field. Additionally, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army each received $5,000 in April to help those affected by the tornado that struck Boone County and the Fairdale, Rochelle, and Kirkland communities.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer 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 at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated nearly $14 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center and 24-hour gas stations, the new Rockford and Machesney Park Meijer pharmacies will offer drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. 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 nearly 26 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $376 million.

“Our team has worked very hard to get these supercenters ready and we’re excited to bring the Meijer difference to our new neighbors in Rockford and its surrounding communities,” Hank Meijer said.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 217 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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

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Meijer opens two new supercenters in Northern Illinois; 190,000-square-foot stores in Rockford and Machesney Park

Meijer opens two new supercenters in Northern Illinois; 190,000-square-foot stores in Rockford and Machesney Park

ICSC Foundation presents the Charles Grossman Graduate Scholarships to Garrett Biss and Charles Griffith

Garrett Biss and Charles Griffith Honored with Prestigious Scholarships

NEW YORK, 2015-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its mission to encourage the continuing education of retail real estate professionals, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation has presented the Charles Grossman Graduate Scholarships to Garrett Biss and Charles Griffith, honoring their onset dedication and potential to advance retail real estate.

The Charles Grossman Graduate Scholarship is named in honor of the late Charles Grossman who served as the Foundation’s chairman from 2006-2007 and was instrumental in taking the Foundation in its current direction.  The award provides each recipient with a $10,000 academic scholarship and the opportunity to attend RECon, ICSC’s global retail real estate convention held in Las Vegas. The scholarships are available to graduate students, who are also ICSC members who indicate a preference for a career in retail real estate.

Scholarship recipient Garrett Biss is pursuing his master’s degree in real estate development at Auburn University. Biss has applied his experience as a U.S. Marine to his studies and work ethic, and aspires to become a developer, strategic real estate investor and future civic leader.

“Through my military experience, I have developed many skills and disciplines that will serve me well in real estate development and investment, Biss said. “My goal is to blend a career in real estate development with a future position as a community leader in order to help achieve that greater good.”

While pursuing his master’s degree at Columbia University, Charles Griffith is making forward steps to achieve his goal to join an international real estate firm directly involved in real estate investment, development and asset management in Asia. Having accumulated six years of experience, he is looking forward to continuing his education and making strides in the industry,

“I am eager to make the most out of business school. I have been working diligently to develop myself personally and professionally so that I can fulfill my aspiration of transitioning from real estate service provider to real estate developer and financier, and achieve my dream of walking into a landmark building that I helped conceive,” said Griffith.

The ICSC Foundation presented the scholarships during an awards ceremony at RECon on May 19 in Las Vegas.

The ICSC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ICSC whose mission is to strengthen the global retail real estate industry by supporting students, professionals and the philanthropic work of shopping centers. For more information, visit www.icscfoundation.org

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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NACS survey: More Vacationers say that they will travel by car this summer

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — One in four Americans (27%) say that they will take more time on vacation trips this summer, and  86% of these vacationers say that they will travel by car, according to new consumer survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Affordability is the top reason for vacationers to travel by car, cited by 61% of drivers. That’s up from 54% last summer when gas prices were just over $1 more per gallon, on average. Freedom to choose where to stop was cited by 59% of vacationers who intend to travel by car, up from 52% a year ago.

While more vacationers will be traveling by car, they also will be staying relatively close to home. Four in ten (42%) vacationers say that they will vacation within their state, up from 38% last year.

Regardless of the length of the trip, vacationers on the road this summer say they plan to stop along the way, whether to use the bathroom (76%), get gas (69%) or get food or drinks (67%) — and convenience stores will be a popular destination to fill these needs.

While more than half of all drivers (54%) say that they will select a specific store to stop based on the gas price, quality food options (44%, up from 39% in 2014) and cleanliness/bathrooms (39%, up from 36% in 2014) are both growing in importance for customers.

“Consumers increasingly want to go beyond the gas pump” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard, “What we are seeing is Americans are seeking out stores that are more appealing inside with fresh food and an emphasis on cleanliness.”

Drivers ages 18 to 34 are most likely to visit convenience stores on their vacations: 78% say that they will purchase a snack, 74% will buy a drink, 73% will use the bathroom, and 40% will buy a sandwich or meal. ATMs at convenience stores are also a draw; more than one in four (26%) of drivers ages 18 to 34 say they will use an ATM, and one in seven consumers overall (14%) say they will this summer.

Overall, more than nine in ten consumers (91%) say that low gas prices are good for the U.S. economy, the same percentage who indicated so in January 2015.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, annually surveys consumers about their summer drive plans. The NACS survey was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC; 1,105 gas consumers were surveyed May 5-7, 2015.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

CarMax, Inc. now accepts applications for the company’s first store in Richmond, Texas

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2015-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is currently hiring for the company’s first store in Richmond, Texas. It is CarMax’s 6th store in the Houston area and 15 th store in the state of Texas.

The new store, which is more than 50,000 square-feet, is scheduled to open in August 2015 at 21939 Southwest Freeway. Applications are now being accepted and job seekers may visit http://jobs.carmax.com to apply for available positions.

Who is CarMax Hiring?

  • CarMax is seeking applicants for full and part-time positions.
  • Available positions include sales, business office, and a variety of service operations positions that include inventory, service advisors, and technicians.
  • Many CarMax associates have worked for other major retailers, such as Target, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and Macy’s.
  • Technician positions require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not.
  • CarMax is committed to hiring people with strong values of integrity, transparency and respect.

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

  • Applications are only accepted online. Please go to http://jobs.carmax.com to apply for open job positions.
  • Visit our YouTube page to see videos with first-hand accounts from CarMax associates.
  • CarMax will contact applicants and set up interviews after an initial review of applications.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 147 superstores in 75 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2014, the company retailed 526,929 used cars and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.
Media Contact
Michelle Ellwood, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422 ext. 4139
pr@carmax.com
Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

US Foods opens new 500,000 square foot, LEED-certified facility in Seabrook, N.H.

New 500,000 square foot, LEED-certified facility opens to better serve customers throughout New England

Seabrook, N.H., 2015-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods is bringing a whole new level of convenience and value to New England area chefs and restaurateurs as it opens its newest distribution center in Seabrook, N.H.

“The new efficient and modern facility allows us to better serve our approximately 3,000 customers throughout the New England area and provides the nearly 300 employees in the location with an optimal working environment,” said John Glynn, president, Boston Division, US Foods. “We are thrilled to join the Seabrook business community and continue to bring our innovative products and business solutions to chefs, restaurant owners and foodservice operators throughout the area.”

The new 500,000 square-foot facility is LEED certified and includes a number of green enhancements, such as energy efficient lighting and a cascade refrigeration system that uses CO2 as a refrigeration fluid in place of ammonia, reducing environmental impact and increasing energy efficiency. A dedicated fleet fueling and maintenance area will further help the company operate even more efficiently.

With a unique understanding of the needs of today’s chefs and restaurateurs, US Foods takes an integrated approach to be the easiest to do business with in the industry.  Building on its more than 150 years of experience in the food and foodservice industry, the company is focused on bringing innovative products to its customers and sharing its expertise from working with more than 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators across the country to help its New England customers realize greater business success.

US Foods vision and passion for innovation drives some of the most popular items you find on menus today and technology applications that have pioneered in the industry. To learn more about US Foods and its product offerings, visit www.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact
Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com