Giant Food to open its new store located at 8970 Burke Lake Road in Springfield on June 19

Landover, Md., 2015-5-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food today announced that the doors of its new store located at 8970 Burke Lake Road in Springfield will open on Friday, June 19 at 6:00 a.m. The store, located inside the Kings Park Shopping Center, was re-built from the ground up and is nearly twice as large as the previous store onsite, which closed last year. The Kings Park store will employ approximately 120 associates. The new store replaces the 9550 Burke Road store located 1.3 miles away in the Burke Village Center, which closes June 18.

“We are delighted to bring a brand new 50,000-square foot store to Kings Park, which offers an enhanced shopping experience to our customers in Burke,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Customers will find an exciting shopping experience in the new Giant including a variety of new features and amenities throughout the store. The store will include a new, market-style produce section with a fresh-cut fruit and vegetable preparation center and an organic produce display. The store will also feature an expanded selection of natural and organic foods.

Customers will find all of their meat, bakery, grocery, and dairy needs in the new 50,000-square foot store. The new deli department includes sushi prepared by Giant’s in-house sushi chef, a sandwich service center, an assortment of hot foods, a salad bar, and a gourmet cheese island. The store will also provide an expansive selection of domestic and international wines for all tastes and budgets, as well as a wide assortment of beer, ranging from craft, domestic, and imported.

Giant at Kings Park will also feature in-store technologies including “SCAN IT!” hand-held devices, which allow customers to scan and bag their groceries while they shop to allow for speedier checkout. Peapod Pick-Up service will be available on site for time-starved customers who prefer assistance with their shopping. In addition, the store will include a café seating area with complementary Wi-Fi. A PNC Bank, will also be onsite.

The new Giant store is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and has been constructed with innovative building technologies to reduce energy consumption and the environmental impact of operations. LED lighting will be used in many areas of the store, significantly reducing energy needs. Warm concrete floors have replaced the traditional tile, reducing the amount of cleaning solutions normally utilized.

About Giant Food
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 opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

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

The Co-operative voted the UK’s favourite convenience store by shoppers at the CTP Awards

The Co-operative been voted the UK’s favourite convenience store by shoppers.

MANCHESTER, 2015-5-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CTP (Convenience Tracking Programme) awards 2015* quizzed 20,000 convenience store shoppers and 2,000 store staff and managers, and the Co-op beat off competition from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s to scoop  “Overall Best Convenience Retailer” of the year.

The award caps a successful few weeks for the Co-op, which also saw the business win five gold and eight silver awards at The Grocer Awards – including the coveted “Overall Product of the Year”** – as well as Sandwich Convenience Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards.

Steve Murrells, CEO of The Co-operative Food said:

“To have been voted the number one convenience store by shoppers is a wonderful achievement, and particular thanks goes to all the colleagues that both work in our stores as well as those that create our award winning own brand products. Our challenge is to become the number one convenience retailer in the UK, and these awards show that we heading firmly in the right direction.”

Katie Littler, Communications Director at awards coordinators him!, said:

“Congratulations to The Co-op, who were voted for by those who’s opinion should really matter, the shoppers. The UK Convenience industry certainly has a lot to celebrate and there are so many fine examples of retailers and suppliers really listening and reacting to their shoppers needs, and of course, capitalising on sales. This award incorporates the attitudes of shoppers with regards to customer service, shopping experience, range of products, price and ultimately, would shoppers recommend the retailer – and The Co-op has come out on top!”* The CTP Awards are the premium event in the convenience calendar and the only awards that are decided by shoppers. him! research & consulting spoke to 20,000 shoppers face-to-face in convenience stores across the UK, covering 25+ convenience fascia. They have collated over 100,000 question responses in order to bring 16 awards that recognise the cream of the industry. The awards celebrate the outstanding contribution that everyone involved in the convenience channel makes to ensure it remains the vibrant, diverse and successful industry it is today** The Co-operative’s Truly Irresistible Kashmiri Butter Chicken, Red Onion and Spinach Pizza was awarded the ‘Grocer Gold Chairman’s Overall Product of the Year Award’ at the Grocer’s Own Label Food & Drink Awards 2015. Other award winners in The Grocer’s Own-Label Awards 2015 were:

  • Gold: The Co-operative Loved by us extra tasty whole chicken
  • Gold: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Scottish Raspberry Prosecco Pannacotta Terrine
  • Gold: The Co-operative Loved by us four microwavable golden vegetable rice bags
  • Gold: The Co-operative red Leicester and pumpkin seed batard
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Granola Squares
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible extra mature Gouda
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by Us Piri Piri Chicken ready to cook meal
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Guatemalan Roast and ground coffee
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by us Achari chicken curry
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by us 6 British dessert apples
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Madagascan vanilla ice cream
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Ultimate Chocolates

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Co-op employees receiving the CTP Award for "Overall Best Convenience Retailer” in 2015
Co-op employees receiving the CTP Award for “Overall Best Convenience Retailer” in 2015

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issues statement in response to the passage of Trade Promotion Authority in the US Senate

Arlington , VA, 2015-5-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the United States Senate.

“Retailers applaud the Senate for passing this important trade legislation that will pave the way to reduced trade barriers for American businesses and save money for middle-class American families,” said Hun Quach, vice president for international trade. “TPA will spur economic growth and bolster America’s competitiveness by creating new opportunities for American workers and businesses around the world. We now urge the House of Representatives to move quickly to consider and pass TPA.”

TPA is critical to the successful implementation of trade priorities, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).The TPA legislation approved by the Senate strengthens provisions to raise labor and environmental standards, creates a level playing field for businesses and workers around the world, and ensures that new issues, such as state-owned enterprises and digital trade, are addressed in future trade agreements. TPA also gives our negotiating partners certainty to make the difficult decisions required to reach a final agreement.

As part of the trade agenda, RILA supports a comprehensive, high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with a membership and coverage that provides significant market access opportunities in all sectors. The most important issues for retailers in the TPP are the elimination of duties and creation of workable rules on high-tariff items, such as apparel and footwear. Further, retailers believe that the TPP should eliminate supply chain barriers. If these issues are addressed, the TPP could save American consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, while promoting trade and investment, thus enabling retailers to provide the latest products and technology to American families.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org