Mark Mathews appointed VP research development and industry analysis National Retail Federation

Mathews to Lead Newly-Announced Retail Research and Analysis Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today announced the hiring of Mark Mathews as vice president of research development and industry analysis. Mathews will develop, evaluate and direct research initiatives for NRF’s Retail Research and Analysis Center which was announced in April. Mathews brings more than two decades of research strategy and management experience to his new post.

“In today’s fast-paced, technology-based economy, retail is moving at lightning speed and the industry needs real-time, forward-thinking research to address challenges and identify opportunities,” said Ellen Davis, senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation and the executive director of the NRF Foundation. “Mark’s tenure leading research efforts on some of the world’s biggest issues makes him the perfect person to lead and expand NRF’s work in this space.”

Most recently, Mathews led the Market Intelligence Group (MIG) at the World Gold Council as a member of the organization’s leadership team, where he established the Council as the standard bearer for research and analysis in the gold industry. Prior to joining the Council, Mathews ran the research team at Palamon Capital Partners, a London-based private equity firm that manages $1.4 billion in equity capital. Earlier in his career Mathews worked at the NASDAQ Stock Market where he was managing director, research and head of strategic planning for NASDAQ’s international operations.

“NRF has long been the go-to for retail industry and consumer research,” Davis said. “Mark’s work will expand our portfolio — specifically in the areas of the economy and legislative and regulatory policy — and elevate our research to new levels.”

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
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BRC Director Helen Dickins: Prices in Britain’s shops continue to fall in May by -1.9 per cent

  • Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.9% in May unchanged from April.
  • Food reported annual deflation of 0.9% in April for the third consecutive month.
  • On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.8%.
  • Non-food deflation remained at 2.5% in May.

LONDON, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson, said: “Prices in Britain’s shops continue to fall, this month by -1.9 per cent.

“Food prices remained at their record low for a third consecutive month, with low priced fresh food helping to keep prices down. We’ve now had five consecutive months of food prices falling. While ambient food saw a small rise fresh food hit a new record low.

“May saw the 25th consecutive month of falling shop prices and falling non-food prices now in their third year.

“Wider macro-economic data continues to be supportive for the consumer. The main measure of UK inflation turned negative in April for the first time on record, with the rate falling to -0.1%. This is expected to be temporary and should result in increased consumer spending. The price of staple commodities (wheat, corn and soybean) remain low and consumer confidence is still hitting a thirteen year high.

“Now that the General Election has taken place, government policy is likely to advance rapidly. A number of areas will obviously require consideration, not least, ensuring that the structural review of business rates remains ambitious and far-reaching. This is vitally important for retailers who are presently burdened with above inflation operating costs.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, said: “Retailers continue to use price cuts and promotions to stimulate sales which is helping to maintain shop price deflation, and we see little evidence to suggest that prices will rise in the near future. With many food retailers still using price cuts to attract new shoppers, this is lowering the cost of the weekly shop and so the overall CPI figure in the UK. Deflation and price led competition will continue to be a key driver of sales growth for some time yet.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

Real estate investment trust with focus on regional malls Macerich to participate in REITWeek 2015, NAREIT’s Investor Forum in New York

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich® (NYSE: MAC), today announced that Art Coppola, Chairman and CEO, Ed Coppola, President and Tom O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will participate in REITWeek 2015, NAREIT’s Investor Forum to be held in New York, New York.

Macerich will present from approximately 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Time, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The live audio-only webcast will be available online in the Investing Section of the Company’s website at www.macerich.com. An online replay will be available through 11:59 pm Pacific Time, July 24, 2015 at the same location.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 51 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York toWashington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

 

SOURCE The Macerich Company

John Perry, Senior Vice President-Investor Relations, 424-229-3345, Jean Wood, Vice President-Investor Relations, 424-229-3366

Reitan Convenience CEO Magnus Reitan named the 2015 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year

LONDON, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Magnus Reitan, CEO of Reitan Convenience AS, has been named the 2015 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year. The award, sponsored by PepsiCo Inc., will be presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 11.

Reitan is the CEO of Reitan Convenience AS and serves as chairman of Reitan Convenience in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, in addition to serving as a board member of Reitangruppen AS. Reitan previously held the position of chief financial officer of Reitangruppen AS, managing director of Reitan Invest AS and founded and operated Allegro Finans ASA. He studied at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, BI Norwegian School of Management, and Florida International University in the United States.

“PepsiCo congratulates Magnus Reitan as the very worthy winner of the European Convenience Leader of the Year Award,” said Angus MacDonald, vice president of sales, PepsiCo UK and Ireland. “As convenience retailing continues to grow and become more relevant to shoppers than ever before, Mr. Reitan has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to strengthening the channel and delivering what today’s savvy shopper wants. He is a transformational leader for the channel and it’s great to see his hard work recognized with this award.”

Award judges said that Reitan demonstrates convenience industry leadership across multiple European markets. Under his guidance, Reitan Convenience continues to play a key role in defining the future of convenience in Europe by successfully adapting to dramatic shifts in consumer purchasing habits and understanding the role convenience stores and technology play in meeting fast and continuously changing shopper needs.

“I am delighted that Magnus Reitan has won this award, which recognizes that progress is not only driven by innovative companies like Reitan Convenience, but by the energies, gritty determination and inspiration of the individuals who lead them. Magnus epitomizes why this award exists,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight.

As the winner, Reitan will deliver the keynote address on June 11 at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, sharing his company’s core business principles and the key trends impacting today’s convenience retail industry landscape. Immediately following his address, Reitan will expand on his remarks by participating in an interactive conversation with NACS President & CEO Henry Armour. “I am looking forward to celebrating this prestigious award with Magnus and spending time with him on stage with our global convenience retail leaders,” said Armour.

Now in its second year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicks off in Berlin on June 7 and ends on June 12 in London. At the June 11 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, honorees will also be announced in the categories of International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award and European Technology Implementation Retailer of the Year.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

The International Council of Shopping Centers: National Retail Real Estate Conference will be held July 26-28 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami

National Retail Real Estate Conference to be held July 26-28 in Miami

NEW YORK, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Next Generation National Conference will cover the future of retail, emphasizing high street and urban locations, luxury retailers, and international appeal. The national conference will be held July 26-28 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami.

This year’s conference will provide the future decision makers of the retail real estate industry exposure and the opportunity to network with the top names in the industry, previews to the latest and upcoming projects, and valuable professional development opportunities. The high-energy program features a host of activities including morning networking workouts, professional development sessions, dynamic retail and property tours, and a vibrant roster of speakers.

The three-day event will kick off on Sunday, July 26 with a boat cruise along Miami’s coastline – providing an exclusive vantage to Miami’s esteemed real estate properties – followed by an opening cocktail and dinner reception.

On Monday, ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval; JLL Vice President, Retail Brokerage Aileen Messinger; ICSC Chairman, CBL & Associates President and CEO Stephen Lebovitz; and Shiner Capital Partners, LLC Principal Sam Ankin will open the program. The itinerary includes tours of Brickell City Centre and Lincoln Road, and a retail presentation led by executives from Nike, Macy’s, and Gap on Lincoln Road. The day also features entertaining libations including a Nespresso coffee tasting at the brand’s flagship boutique and a wine tasting and retail showcase at Lincoln Center.

Executives from Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Related Company Retail Group, Forest City, JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, and Weingarten Realty will commence Tuesday’s program. Madison Gross, director, conference program development, ICSC will identify 60 best practices for presentations. In keeping with the next generation theme, the “Four Under Forty” session will highlight the accomplishments and input from the following young executives: Conor C. Flynn, president, COO and CIO of Kimco Realty Corporation; Douglass E. Karp, president, New England Development; David J. Oakes, president and CEO, DDR Corp.; and Andy Stein, principal, Clark Street Real Estate. The conference will conclude with dual luncheons. The Women’s Special Industry Group (SIG) Luncheon will feature a panel of leading women from Nike, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, and Thor Equities, LLC and the Retailers Only Special Industry Group (SIG) Luncheon will be led by executives from CVS and Public Super Markets, Inc. who will discuss current and future retail trends.

Registration fees for ICSC’s Next Generation National Conference are $250 in advance for members and $400 in advance for non-members. To qualify for the advanced rate, registration must be completed by July 21.  Press registration is complimentary. To register, contact ICSC’s Members Services Department at 646-728-3800, or register online.  To obtain press credentials contact Noelle Malone in ICSC’s media relations department at 646-728-3540 or nmalone@icsc.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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1221 Avenue of the Americas
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New York, NY 10020-1099
PHONE: +1 646 728 3800
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You can now sell on Pinterest with Shopify

Shopify is the first commerce platform to bring Buyable Pins to small and medium sized businesses

SAN FRANCISCO AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (“Shopify”) (NYSE: SHOP, TSX: SH), a leading cloud-based commerce platform, today launched a new offering with Pinterest that allows Shopify merchants to sell their products directly on Pinterest using Buyable Pins. Shopify partnered with Pinterest for the launch of Buyable Pins, and is the first commerce platform to offer Buyable Pins to small and medium sized businesses. Shopify’s 165,000 merchants can start using this sales channel today.

“Buyable Pins can turn Pinterest from a great source of website traffic into a great source of sales,” said Satish Kanwar, Director of Product, Shopify. “Our new Pinterest sales channel will give Shopify merchants the opportunity to be among the first to sell using Buyable Pins. These crafters, makers, and unique brands sell the kind of products that Pinterest users love.”

Buyable Pins, announced by Pinterest earlier today, are special types of Pins that include “Buy iIt” buttons. Clicking that button gives a shopper a simple and secure way to buy products right from the Pinterest iPhone or iPad app, using Apple Pay or their credit card. Apple Pay gives users an easy, secure, and private way to pay from their iPhone or iPad with a single touch.

To sell on Pinterest, Shopify merchants need to add the new Pinterest sales channel to their account. This will automatically enable Buyable Pins for all of their products found on Pinterest. Then, all Pinterest orders, products and customers will automatically be synchronized with Shopify, just like any other sales channel.

Pinterest is the latest sales channel built for the multichannel Shopify platform. The Shopify platform now includes support for buy buttons on any website, in mobile apps, and on Pinterest. In addition to enabling buy buttons, Shopify offers a fully hosted online store and an iOS point of sale system.

Today’s announcement is the latest result of a long-term partnership between Pinterest and Shopify. Last week, Shopify and Pinterest published an infographic with data that shows that:

  • Average order value of sales referred from Pinterest to Shopify stores is $50, larger than any other major social channel.
  • Pinterest is the second-highest driver of all social referral traffic to Shopify stores, next to Facebook.
  • 80% of orders referred from Pinterest to Shopify stores are from a mobile device.

To learn more about Shopify’s Pinterest offering, visit: www.shopify.com/pinterest

To learn more about how Pinterest drives online commerce, visit: www.shopify.com/infographics/pinterest

About Shopify
Shopify is a leading cloud-based commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. This provides a merchant a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, using enterprise-level technology made available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 165,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries, including: Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Google, Wikipedia, LA Lakers, GoldieBlox, and many more.

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David A. Brandon to succeed Antonio Urcelay as Chairman and CEO Toys“R”Us, Inc.

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today announced the appointment of David A. Brandon, a highly accomplished leader of global businesses, as Chairman and CEO, effective July 1, succeeding Antonio Urcelay, who will retire from the company.

Brandon, 63, has deep experience in growing businesses, developing talent and building high-performance cultures that enable organizations to create and capture value. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Domino’s Pizza for 11 years, he led the company to unprecedented profit growth and the successful completion of the largest initial public offering in restaurant history, which subsequently doubled Domino’s enterprise value to $2.5 billion. Brandon has remained Chairman of the Board of Domino’s as the company has further grown its value to over $7 billion. Prior to this, Brandon was President and Chief Executive Officer of Valassis Communications for nine years, a period during which he made significant improvements in its operational performance and led the company’s transition from a private family-owned business to a publicly traded industry leader of media and marketing services. He most recently served for nearly five years as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

Regarding his new role, Brandon said, “I consider it a tremendous privilege to assume this important leadership role at Toys“R”Us, one of the most well-known retail brands in the world. And, I feel fortunate to be succeeding such an experienced and accomplished leader as Antonio. I believe our best days are ahead of us and I’m eager to get started. Meeting our employees and vendors is something I very much look forward to, as we begin to work together to drive future growth and create memorable shopping experiences for our customers.”

Urcelay, 63, joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 1996 and was appointed Chairman and CEO in November 2013, after directing the organization’s European business for many years. Under his leadership, the company embarked upon its “TRU Transformation” strategy to position the business for sustainable long-term growth and leveraged its international scale in instituting a global approach to doing business.

Urcelay said, “It has been an honor to lead our 66,000 team members around the world for the past two years, capping what has been a wonderful 19 years of working with this great company. I am very proud of the progress we have made and the positive results we are already experiencing on the road to fully transforming the business. In my heart, I will always be a Toys“R”Us kid and you can be sure that I will be applauding the team’s many successes as the journey continues. Dave is exactly the right leader to take the company into the future, and I am fully confident that under his excellent leadership the team will accomplish many wonderful things.”

“Toys“R”Us has made significant progress in transforming the business in recent years. It must continue to execute its strategic plan and grow earnings, while energizing its authority position in the market through innovation,” the Toys“R”Us, Inc. Board of Directors said in a joint statement. “Dave Brandon has an exceptional track record of driving growth, operational performance and profitability in global businesses, while elevating brands and seizing opportunities in highly competitive markets. He is a charismatic and passionate leader with a deep commitment to developing talent and driving a team culture focused on achieving measurable results. We are excited to bring Dave’s leadership, skills and vision to Toys“R”Us at this important juncture, and grateful to Antonio for his service and many contributions to the company during a time of significant change and reinvention.”

To download a high-resolution headshot of Dave Brandon, please visit:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s2f1d4cc11524563a.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 866 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements that are not historical facts in this press release, including statements about our beliefs or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, among others, the seasonality of our business, competition in the retail industry, changes in our product distribution mix and distribution channels, general economic factors in the United States and other countries in which we conduct our business, consumer spending patterns, birth rates, our ability to implement our strategy including implementing initiatives for season, our ability to recognize cost savings, marketing strategies, the availability of adequate financing, access to trade credit, changes in consumer preferences, changes in employment legislation, our dependence on key vendors for our merchandise, political and other developments associated with our international operations, costs of goods that we sell, labor costs, transportation costs, domestic and international events affecting the delivery of toys and other products to our stores, product safety issues including product recalls, the existence of adverse litigation, changes in laws that impact our business, our substantial level of indebtedness and related debt-service obligations, restrictions imposed by covenants in our debt agreements and other risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in our reports and documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (which reports and documents should be read in conjunction with this press release). In addition, we typically earn a disproportionate part of our annual operating earnings in the fourth quarter as a result of seasonal buying patterns and these buying patterns are difficult to forecast with certainty. We believe that all forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions when made; however, we caution that it is impossible to predict actual results or outcomes or the effects of risks, uncertainties or other factors on anticipated results or outcomes and that, accordingly, one should not place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements in light of subsequent events or developments unless required by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and regulations. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from anticipated results or outcomes discussed in any forward-looking statement.

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For more information, please contact:

Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Kathleen Waugh
973-617-5888 or 646-366-8823
waughk@toysrus.com

Whole Foods Market earned an “A-” rating in the latest edition of “The Better World Shopping Guide”

Company recognized as ‘Green Hero’ in supermarket category

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market earned an “A-” rating in the latest edition of “The Better World Shopping Guide,” an annual book designed to provide consumers with social and environmental responsibility insight into companies across a wide range of industries.

Whole Foods Market was the only grocery chain to achieve an A-level rating in the supermarkets category, with accolades for the company’s use of 100 percent renewable energy, its business ethics, its animal welfare standards, and its commitment to sustainability.

Whole Foods Market’s core values are at the heart of each attribute that led to the high rating.

“The Better World Shopping Guide,” just released in its fifth edition, is authored by Dr. Ellis Jones, an award-winning scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship and activism. He currently teaches sociology and anthropology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass.

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Whole Foods Market earned an "A-" rating in the latest edition of "The Better World Shopping Guide"

Whole Foods Market earned an “A-” rating in the latest edition of “The Better World Shopping Guide”

7‑Eleven® opens first store inside a U.S. airport terminal at Los Angeles’ International Airport (LAX)

DALLAS and LOS ANGELES, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first 7‑Eleven® store located inside a U.S. airport terminal is ready for take-off at Los Angeles’ International Airport (LAX) with a first-class selection of products and services tailored to travelers and airport employees. 7‑Eleven, Inc., Westfield and LS travel retail North America, the concessionaire operating this new location, will hold a grand opening on June 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7‑Eleven’s inaugural U.S. airport terminal location is in the pre-security arrivals level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Captain for the new store is Tim Montalbano, area manager for LS travel retail, who employs a full-time team supervisor plus a crew of six full-time and two part-time staffers for this store.

“With a post-security environment that rivals some of the world’s best airports in design, dining, retail, and amenities, we are pleased to begin debuting the next phase of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal within the pre-security area”, said Keith Kaplan, Westfield’s  vice president of development. “We are confident this 7‑Eleven concept will enhance the experience of arriving travelers, the throngs of people who wait to meet and greet them and thousands of LAX employees.”

“We are proud to count 7‑Eleven as one of our brand partners and to be opening their first ever location in a US airport”, said Vadim Motlik, chief development officer at LS travel retail North America. “As the ultimate leader in the convenience market, 7‑Eleven will perfectly meet the needs of our LAX customers. Both 7‑Eleven and Westfield are committed to providing the best shopping experiences, and we will continue to work closely with their teams to keep delivering on this promise.”

For arriving travelers as well as airline and airport employees, the LAX 7‑Eleven store’s product mix of fresh and hot foods, beverages, snacks, travel-size personal care products and nonfood items is tailored specifically for them.

“We believe visitors and airport employees will be pleasantly surprised at how many of their travel and everyday needs 7‑Eleven can fill in just under 1,000 square feet,” said Norm Hower, 7‑Eleven’s zone leader for the greater Los Angeles area. “Just as with every 7‑Eleven, we customize and cross-check each store’s product mix to offer what our customers want. Travelers and those in the travel industry have needs for products you might not find at a neighborhood 7‑Eleven. Whether they are arriving at their final destination or in the middle of a work shift, we look forward to serving the thousands who come through Tom Bradley International Terminal every day.”

Here are some of the expected – and unexpected — items visitors to the new 950-square-foot LAX 7‑Eleven store will find:

FOOD ON THE FLY

  • Hot food – 7‑Eleven’s galley offers hot pizza, both whole and by the slice; chicken wings and tenders, Go-Go Taquitos, nachos and mini-tacos, Doritos Loaded, breakfast sandwiches and empanadas, Big Bite® hot dogs including a bacon-wrapped version, and an LA favorite – The Dodger Dog, the same 10-inch long frankfurter that is wrapped in a steam bun and sold at Dodger Stadium, but for only $2.11. 7‑Eleven is the only retailer selling this hot dog outside of the stadium.
  • Fresh-made-daily sandwiches — Italian Sub, Cranberry Chicken Salad, American foot-long sub, Chicken Bacon Ranch Melt, and Smoked Turkey and Cheese; entrée and side salads, and fresh-cut fruit like apples, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, kiwi and mango; fresh veggies and an accompanying dip
  • Fresh snacks — hummus, guacamole and yogurt parfaits
  • Baked goods – both fresh and packaged, including Cinnabon Gooey Bites
  • Snacks and more snacks – granola, energy and protein bars, chips, crackers, nuts, trail mix, pretzels, cookies, cereal, candy, gum, 7‑Eleven’s own 7-Select premium snacks and the ever-popular beef jerky

BEVERAGES – COFFEE, TEA OR SLURPEE

  • Iconic drinks, like  Slurpee® and Big Gulp® beverages
  • Coffee and tea – both hot and iced, along with hot chocolate and cappuccino drinks
  • A vault full – energy drinks, sports drinks, juice, lemonade, bottled tea and coffee drinks, smoothies, soft drinks, milk, water and much more

PUBLICATIONS, PERSONAL CARE AND MORE NON-STOP CONVENIENCE

  • Forget something? Visitors to the store will find 18 travel-sized items
  • What ails you? Store will offer over-the-counter motion sickness, stomach acid and allergy relief
  • A variety of the most popular magazines and newspapers

Designed for both traveler and airport employee needs, the store is built according to 7‑Eleven’s modern and sophisticated take on the brand’s famous design. The facility’s color palette and finishes were specifically selected to highlight 7‑Eleven’s fresh food, which is made in local kitchens and delivered to the store daily.

Unlike the typical non-stop 7‑Eleven store, this location’s operating hours are from 6 a.m. to midnight.

With more than 56,000 stores in 16 countries, 7‑Eleven has more locations than any other retailer or restaurant in the world. The international retailer was cited as the most recognized brand for travelers by CNN’s travel staff, which ranked 7‑Eleven at the top of its list of 20 “blessedly familiar stops” in unfamiliar locations. While this is the first in-terminal location for 7‑Eleven in the U.S., the company boasts four other stores on U.S. airport properties with several more planned in terminals over the next few years.  Approximately 59 7‑Eleven stores can be found at airports in 12 other countries.

About 7‑Eleven Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About LS travel retail North America
LS travel retail operates a network of local, national and international travel essentials, specialty retail, duty-free, and food and beverage brands in over 20 countries. With a presence in 30 North American airports, LS Travel Retail aims to be the preferred partner for travel environments by offering tailored solutions that optimize both the financial and the experiential potential of their facilities, while delivering trendsetting products and services that exceed travelers’ expectations. In LAX, the LS travel retail network already includes four retail and six food & beverage locations.

About Westfield
Westfield develops superior customer experiences in flagship airports across the U.S. by developing cutting-edge environments that capture each city’s distinct style and spirit, integrating food, fashion, entertainment and world-class amenities, and using technology to enhance the passenger journey. Westfield has earned more than 100 first place awards from Airport Revenue News (ARN) and Airports Council International North America (ACI). Current developments include JFK, LAX, Newark, George Bush Intercontinental, Boston Logan, Orlando, Miami and Chicago O’Hare airports.

Contact:

For 7‑Eleven, Inc.
Margaret Chabris
972-828-7285
Margaret.chabris@7-11.com

For LS travel retail North America
Charlottte Oberti
416-863-6400 ext.3277
coberti@lstna.com

For Westfield
Quang Nguyen
310-646-1765
qnguyen@westfield.com

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7‑Eleven’s first in-terminal airport store opened Friday at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX airport. The under 1,000-sq.ft, pre-security store operated by LS travel retail North America offers something for travelers and airport employees from fresh and hot foods to travel-sized personal care products and popular publications.

7‑Eleven’s first in-terminal airport store opened Friday at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX airport. The under 1,000-sq.ft, pre-security store operated by LS travel retail North America offers something for travelers and airport employees from fresh and hot foods to travel-sized personal care products and popular publications.

LS travel retail North America announces the opening of the first ever 7-Eleven in a US airport in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles, CA, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail North America is pleased to announce the opening in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) of the first ever 7-Eleven convenience store in a US airport. Awarded as part of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) multi-billion dollar development program – the biggest public works project in the history of the City – the store is located in the pre-security arrivals level of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

As the world’s largest operator, franchisor and licensor of convenience stores, 7-Eleven is synonymous with superior convenience worldwide. In line with the brand’s thousands of locations, the LAX store will offer hot food (including pizzas and breakfast sandwiches), pre-packaged grab’ n’ go items, such as sandwiches, salads, pastries, fountain drinks (including the brand’s famous Slurpees® and Big Gulp® drinks), a large variety of snacks and ice creams. The store will also provide a selection of magazines, accessories and various other convenience-related items.

Perfect for the travelers arriving in the City of Angels, the “meeters & greeters”, as well as employees of the airport, the 950 square-foot store is designed with colors and finishes specifically chosen to highlight 7-Eleven’s fresh food, which is made and delivered to the store daily.

“We are proud to count 7-Eleven as one of our brand partners and to be opening their first ever location in a US airport”, said Vadim Motlik, Chief Development Officer at LS travel retail North America. “As the ultimate leader in the convenience market, 7-Eleven will perfectly meet the needs of our LAX customers. Both 7-Eleven and Westfield are committed to providing the best shopping experiences and we are thrilled to be working closely with their teams to keep delivering on this promise”.

“With a post-security environment that rivals some of the world’s best airports in design, dining, retail, and amenities, we are pleased to begin debuting the next phase of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal within the pre-security area”, said Keith Kaplan, Vice President of Development, Westfield. “We are confident this 7-Eleven concept will enhance the experience of arriving travelers, the throngs of people who wait to meet and greet them and thousands of LAX employees”.

“We believe visitors and airport employees will be pleasantly surprised at how many of their travel and everyday needs 7-Eleven can fill in just under 1,000 square feet”, said Norm Hower, 7-Eleven’s zone leader for the greater Los Angeles area. “Just as with every 7-Eleven, we customize each store’s product mix to offer what our customers want. Travelers and those in the travel industry have needs for products you might not find at a neighborhood 7-Eleven. Whether they are arriving at their final destination or in the middle of a work shift, we look forward to serving the thousands who come through Tom Bradley International Terminal every day”.

The LS travel retail network in LAX already includes 8 retail and 6 food & beverage locations. The company will soon open two additional 7-Eleven stores in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

About Westfield
Westfield develops superior customer experiences in flagship airports across the U.S. by developing cutting-edge environments that capture each city’s distinct style and spirit, integrating food, fashion, entertainment and world-class amenities, and using technology to enhance the passenger journey. Westfield has earned more than 100 first place awards from Airport Revenue News (ARN) and Airports Council International North America (ACI). Current developments include JFK, LAX, Newark, George Bush Intercontinental, Boston Logan, Orlando, Miami and Chicago O’Hare airports.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7-Eleven stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,800 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013, #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list, #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015 and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is # 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7-Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

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Hy-Vee helps kids and families stay active this summer with its newly launched Hy-Vee KidsFit website

Free, at-home program promotes health, exercise and nutrition for children and families.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Even though school is out and kids no longer have their routine physical education classes, parents can keep them active this summer with the newly launched Hy-Vee KidsFit website. Hy-Vee, Inc. designed this free, online program to help kids and families make health, exercise and nutrition priorities in their everyday lives.

Hy-Vee KidsFit is an interactive health and wellness website for children, teens and families that offers a free, online personal trainer. The workouts and activities featured on KidsFit require no equipment or gym memberships, making it accessible to children and teens of all skill levels. The website — www.hy-veekidsfit.com — also features fun workout videos, nutrition blogs written by Hy-Vee dietitians and health lessons.

“At Hy-Vee, we want to make it easier for kids and families to make healthier choices. With its easy, fun format, Hy-Vee KidsFit inspires families to establish good fitness and nutritional habits in their daily lives,” said Andy McCann, executive vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee.

“We know that not every child has the access or interest to play organized sports. We hope a broad range of kids can use the free KidsFit tools to stay active and healthy. Even children who participate in sports can benefit from having equipment-free workouts and tutorials on their computers or phones,” McCann added.

The program was developed by certified personal trainer Daira Driftmier, who also serves as the online fitness coach on KidsFit.

“I am excited to help children and families learn more about health, exercise and nutrition,” Driftmier said. “My goal is to inspire the next generation to commit to making healthy choices. I want kids to see that fitness is fun and show them how to make it part of their daily routine so they can be healthy for life.”

As part of KidsFit, children ages 7–17 and their families can sign up for the 5-Week Challenge, which provides kids with a structure to take control of their personal health and fitness. Participants will earn virtual trophies and badges to help monitor their progress during the 5-Week Challenge, and they will be encouraged to stick to their goals through Driftmier’s videos.

Hy-Vee KidsFit was recently introduced at the Exercising Your Character event in Des Moines, Iowa, which teaches fourth- and fifth-grade students about physical fitness, goal setting and character development. To celebrate the announcement, more than 7,300 children from 82 Iowa schools attempted to break the Guinness World Record for most individuals performing jumping jacks simultaneously.

For more information, visit www.hy-veekidsfit.com, or follow Hy-Vee KidsFit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hyveekidsfit.

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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.