Sainsbury’s colleagues in Brighton to transform stores with balloons and bunting for this year’s Brighton Pride parade

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colleagues from Sainsbury’s in Brighton will be getting involved with this year’s Pride event by transforming the front of stores on the parade route with balloons and bunting. Whilst, for the second year running, a group of Sainsbury’s colleagues will join the parade on Saturday 1st August. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride.

The decorations will add to the town’s colourful turn-out for the annual celebration of diversity, and colleagues will show their support as the parade passes by their stores at the weekend.

Jamie Sanders, Brighton Pride Coordinator for Sainsbury’s, said: “Brighton Pride is always such a fantastic event and the city really comes to life in a great celebration of diversity. Many colleagues are passionate about Pride events and we’re looking forward to getting into the spirit of the event by decorating our stores and seeing around 100 colleagues take part in the parade.”

Sainsbury’s is committed to being an inclusive retailer and champions equal opportunities. Brighton Pride is one of 25 Pride events being supported by Sainsbury’s this year.


Sainsbury’s colleagues in Brighton to transform stores with balloons and bunting for this year's Brighton Pride parade

Sainsbury’s colleagues in Brighton to transform stores with balloons and bunting for this year’s Brighton Pride parade

Sainsbury’s supports the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time, Sainsbury’s is supporting the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event. 180 colleagues from stores across West Yorkshire have signed up for the parade and even more will be cheering from the crowds on the day.

The Sainsbury’s team will follow the West Yorkshire Police Brass Band in the parade.

Jemma Kameen, store manager at Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook, has been the main driving force and has rallied together the region to get involved in this year’s event. Jemma met her partner Jayne 10 years ago when they both worked at Sainsbury’s Dewsbury. Then in 2012 they had a civil partnership at her parent’s house in Walton, Wakefield.

Following her fantastic work with Leeds Pride, Jemma has been put forward for the Proud at Sainsbury’s Panel which is a panel being set up with people from all areas of the business that will support the work Sainsbury’s does to be diverse and inclusive.

Jemma Kameen, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook: “Pride means so much to me and I’m proud to be representing Sainsbury’s this year with so many of my amazing colleagues. I can’t wait to be there and I hope everyone has an incredible Leeds Pride 2015.”

Liaqat Ali, Director of Leeds LGBT Pride adds: “The biggest achievement and something to be very proud of, is that Leeds LGBT Pride remains community driven and completely free to attend on the day. We want to keep it that way which is why fund raising and attracting new sponsorship is vitally important. Having Sainsbury’s on board this year is fantastic for the event and we are proud of our partnership with one of the UK’s leading brands.”


Sainsbury’s supports the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event

Sainsbury’s supports the Parade stage in Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride event

WWF scorecard: Sainsbury’s named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has been named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly. The WWF scorecard ranks companies from ‘zero trees’ which means a company has not yet shown any progress on sustainable timber up to ‘ three trees’ which is where Sainsbury’s has been ranked along with 21 other UK companies.

Amongst the total 128 companies assessed we were noted for having a commitment and policies in place to source sustainable timber and timber products and for having made significant progress.

Our products made using sustainably sourced timber includes our own brand toilet roll, facial tissues and charcoal.

Stuart Lendrum, Head of sustainable and ethical sourcing at Sainsbury’s said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the work we do to source timber sustainably.”

“It should give customers the reassurance to shop with confidence.”

As part of our 20×20 Sustainability Plan we have committed that by 2020 our own brand products will not contribute to global deforestation and that the top raw materials in our own brand products – which includes paper and timber – will be sourced sustainably to an independent standard.

Notes to editors

  • For more information visit
  • 93 per cent of the wood used to make our own-brand products in 2014/15 (excluding our own brand nappies) was from FSC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or recycled sources.
  • Sector leader (Food and Staples Retailing) in the 2014 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Forest Programme, recognising our efforts to reduce the risk of deforestation in our supply chains associated with the use of timber, palm oil, soya, beef/ leather and biofuels.
  • Recycled over 80 tonnes of Christmas cards from our store collection points, resulting in a donation of over £12,000 to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • 2.2 million trees planted with Woodland Trust since 2004 – equivalent to four Sherwood Forests. £3.5 million donated since we began our partnership.


WWF scorecard: Sainsbury's named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly

WWF scorecard: Sainsbury’s named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly

LloydsPharmacy to acquire Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for £125m

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury Plc (Sainsbury’s) and Celesio AG, owner of Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd (LloydsPharmacy), today announce the formation of a strategic partnership that will see LloydsPharmacy acquire Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for £125m.

In addition, Sainsbury’s will receive commercial annual rent payments from LloydsPharmacy for each location.

Sainsbury’s and LloydsPharmacy customers will benefit from an enhanced pharmacy service delivered from Sainsbury’s stores with all the benefits of accessible parking, flexible opening hours and convenient locations.

Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “Pharmacy services are incredibly popular with Sainsbury’s customers and we are delighted to be teaming up with LloydsPharmacy to develop our offer. Working together with a specialist operator like LloydsPharmacy will enable us to grow and extend our pharmacy services to customers, whilst realising value for shareholders today from the pharmacy business we have grown organically over the last 20 years.”

LloydsPharmacy is the country’s second biggest retail pharmacy operator with more than 1,500 stores across the UK. The company takes a service-led approach to community pharmacy aiming to improve access to healthcare while alleviating pressure on GPs.

Marc Owen, Chairman of the Management Board of Celesio AG, owner of LloydsPharmacy said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Sainsbury’s and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the LloydsPharmacy and Celesio family. This is a very important milestone for us as we continue to invest in LloydsPharmacy and our collaboration with Sainsbury’s will help to improve the health and wellness of our mutual customers.”

Cormac Tobin, Managing Director of LloydsPharmacy and Celesio UK, said: “Sainsbury’s is a fantastic fit for LloydsPharmacy. We are both passionate about excellent customer service and making a positive impact on the communities we serve. Health is our focus and over recent years we have developed a range of services to make it easier for people to manage their health, such as our pain management and skin health services, and we look forward to making these even more accessible via the Sainsbury’s network.”

Under the terms of the transaction, LloydsPharmacy has agreed to acquire 281 pharmacies in total, including 277 in-store pharmacies and four located in hospitals, all of which will be rebranded as LloydsPharmacy.

As part of the Partnership Agreement approximately up to 2,500 Sainsbury’s pharmacy colleagues will transfer to LloydsPharmacy under TUPE.

The deal is expected to complete by the end of February next year, subject to regulatory conditions being satisfied.


John Lewis to launch brand new in store beauty spa concept called &Beauty

John Lewis has today announced plans to launch a brand new in store beauty spa concept called &Beauty.

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Revealed for the first time at the retailer’s new multi-million pound Birmingham shop when it opens on Thursday 24 September, the new John Lewis branded venture will provide salon services combined with spa treatments.

In a first for the retailer, customers will be able to choose from more than 100 treatments with trained stylists and therapists across hair, beauty and spa ranges. This includes everything from express treatments such as manicures, blow dries, pedicures and waxing through to more indulgent offers like facials, massage and hair colour.

Furthermore, a number of unique treatments have been designed for John Lewis and customers will also be able to relax before and after treatments in the dedicated Relaxation Area.

The new concept is the latest step in the retailer’s ambition to expand the services and experiences within its shops. The announcement follows the success of smaller Beauty Retreats in four John Lewis shops which host a collection of beauty brands, each with their own treatment room.

Paula Nickolds, Buying and Brand Director, John Lewis said: ‘We know that today shoppers want more than just products when they walk through our shop doors; they also want a space where they can enjoy new experiences and relax with friends and family. We always strive to offer our customers an exciting and inspiring shopping experience and today’s announcement builds on this ambition.

‘Our existing beauty and spa offers have been really successful and we wanted to find a way to take these to the next level. We are confident our customers will agree that this is achieved through &Beauty and believe that it will appeal to customers wanting to pop in for a manicure right through to those who want to spend a whole afternoon treating themselves. Birmingham will be our most innovative shop to date and we’re looking forward to revealing our new spa concept when it opens in September.’

Customers will be able to book appointments in store, online and over the phone from mid-September.

Hair treatments start at £35 and facials at £30 and include:

  • Hair: cut and finish, colour and highlights
  • Beauty: waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures and microdermabrasion
  • Spa: massages, body treatments, facials and packages.

Products used in treatments and also available to buy will include Wella SP, Kerastase, Nioxin, Crystal Clear, Pinks Boutique, Pai, Ishga, and Lira.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Regis UK – &Beauty is a John Lewis owned concept. It is operated by Regis UK Ltd.

Regis UK Ltd, headquartered in Coventry, is a division of Regis Corporation, the beauty industry’s global leader in hair and beauty salons, hair restoration centres and cosmetology education

Regis UK Ltd operates 398 corporate owned salons in the United Kingdom, under globally recognised brand names including: Regis, Supercuts, Express Hair & Beauty by Regis, Express Beauty by Regis, Beauty Bar by Regis and Sassoon

Throughout the UK, Regis salons offers a wide range of hair care services including hair cuts, styling and colouring techniques; and also offers a wide selection of nationally recognized professional hair care products.

Beauty salons offer popular beauty treatments including: manicures, pedicures, hair removal, facials and massage.


For further information please contact:

John Lewis
Laura Askew
Communications Manager Online & Flagships
Telephone: 020 7798 3396

Regis UK Ltd
Zara Free/Daniel Gabriel
Telephone: 0121 456 3004

Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered with collections from Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — From stockings hanging around a roaring fire to elegant tableware and an array of decorations and home accessories including bedding, Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered.

Featuring three collections, Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun, each tell their very own Christmas story. Whether its traditional charm that will have the whole family ready for Santa’s arrival or a collection of soft hues which add touches of sparkle.

Holly and Ivy
This classic collection is Christmas in a nutshell, beautifully combining the traditionally seasonal shades of red, green and gold.

Decorations are stylishly simple and feature hand-blown glass baubles and carved figures for a unique, homemade feel. Holly & Ivy incorporates all the timeless seasonal elements you would expect including jingling bells, delicate firs and bold berries.

Add a dusting of seasonal shimmer with this refined and elegant collection. Crisp whites and creams are enhanced with silvers to create the feel of a delightful winter wonderland.

Decorations feature stylish stags, peaceful doves and glittering baubles, while home accessories include silver-flecked tableware, faux-fur throws and mistletoe wreathes.

An inviting collection bursting with yuletide charm, perfect for creating a cosy family Christmas. Homespun is both traditional and wonderfully welcoming.

From festive inspired cushions and bunting in classic fabrics to handcrafted red tree decorations, this collection oozes Christmas magic.

With seasonal lights continuing to weave their way outdoors, we’ve created an outdoor lighting range to make a magical mood this Christmas.

From glittering garlands to flashing fairy lights looping around homes and gardens, we’ve got the right lights for every look this festive season.

Trees and Wreaths
This Christmas we’re keeping it real with quality natural trees at are great value for money. Our specially selected range of real firs ensure everyone can treat their home to an authentic tree for Christmas.

Alternatively our broad range of artificial trees are perfect for making a stylish statement, with both traditional and contemporary designs in sizes to suit any home.

Note to Editors:
For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email .

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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 279 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at 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.


Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered with collections from Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun

Homebase has Christmas 2015 covered with collections from Holly and Ivy, Simplicity and Homespun

Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon now available in grocery stores nationwide

New Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon, are Crafted with Simple Ingredients to Attract Customers to the $7 Billion Yogurt Category*

SEATTLE and WHITE PLAINS, NY, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon, are now available at thousands of grocery stores nationwide. These yogurts were created by Dannon, the leading maker of yogurt in the U.S., and Starbucks-owned Evolution Fresh (NASDAQ:SBUX), a market leader in cold-pressed, High Pressure Processed (HPP) juice.

The vibrant flavors of real fruit, delicious without artificial sweeteners or unrecognizable additives, served as the foundation for the new yogurts, which let the simple ingredients shine. Now available in thousands of grocery locations nationwide, these new yogurts are unlike others in the category. They are an exciting addition to the current Evolution Fresh family of cold-pressed ready-to-drink juices and smoothies and represent the next step in the Evolution Fresh and Dannon collaboration which began with the launch of yogurt parfaits and handcrafted smoothies in Starbucks® stores this spring.

“Consumers seek foods that contain more recognizable ingredients and also fewer of them,” said Jeffery Rothman, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation for Dannon. “The new Evolution Fresh Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts are made with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives and include simple ingredients such as nonfat milk and fruit lightly sweetened with agave.”

“Starbucks customer response to the Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfaits, Inspired by Dannon, in our retail stores have been very positive,” said Jeff Hansberry, president Evolution Fresh.  “Now, with our new line available at grocery stores, shoppers can stock their own refrigerators with our delicious, wholesome yogurt.”

The new grocery products are the result of Evolution Fresh and Dannon’s continued collaboration to make delicious and simply designed yogurts more widely accessible. The two companies worked together to create a proprietary high-quality Greek nonfat yogurt that is the perfect canvas to let real fruit shine through without any added flavors, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon, are made with easily recognizable ingredients that consumers can feel good about. Each 5.3 oz. single-serve yogurt contains active yogurt cultures, at least 11 grams of protein and only 120 calories.

The four new varieties include:

  • Blueberry Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt paired with sweet blueberries
  • Black Cherry Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt with chunks of rich black cherry
  • Raspberry Blackberry Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt over tart raspberries paired with juicy blackberries
  • Pineapple Passion Fruit Greek Nonfat Yogurt: Mild, creamy yogurt with tropical pineapple chunks and passion fruit juice

The yogurts are available now at grocery stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $1.69 per single-serve cup. For nutritional information, visit

*Danone 2013

About Evolution Fresh, Inc.
Evolution Fresh offers cold-pressed juices and foods that provide high-quality, wholesome, and delicious nutrition to consumers. Evolution Fresh takes a different approach to crafting its cold-pressed juice – it presses and squeezes vegetables and fruits, bottles the juice cold and uses high pressure processing (HPP) to help protect flavors and nutrients. Evolution Fresh offers an extensive portfolio of bottled juices, available nationally in premium grocery stores, natural food stores, Starbucks® retail stores, and in the three company-operated Evolution Fresh™ retail locations. Acquired by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) in 2011, Starbucks and Evolution Fresh seek to make incredible nutrition widely accessible. To learn more about Evolution Fresh and our cold-pressed difference, please visit

About Dannon
Headquartered in White Plains, New York, Dannon makes more than 200 different styles flavors and sizes of cultured refrigerated and frozen dairy food in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT, and Portland, OR, to serve the diverse needs of its retail and foodservice customers. Dannon’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible via its wide offering of delicious and wholesome fresh and frozen yogurts. Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. For more information, visit

For more information on this news release, contact us.


Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon now available in grocery stores nationwide

Evolution Fresh™ Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts, Inspired by Dannon now available in grocery stores nationwide

Tesco introduces brand new audio voice to its self-service and scan as you shop checkouts

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is to introduce a brand new audio voice to its self-service and scan as you shop checkouts following feedback from customers.

Friendlier, more helpful and less talkative, the machines will no longer alert customers with the infamous phrase, ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’.

Introduced in 2003, Tesco now has over 12,000 self-service checkouts which play a crucial role for busy shoppers up and down the UK.

But the current voice has become a source of frustration for customers, with some describing it as ‘shouty’ and ‘irritating’, and putting them under pressure as they finish their shop.

The new voice uses softer phrases and is more customer-friendly. As well as changing ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’ six unhelpful phrases including ‘please take your items’ have been removed and ‘Thank you for shopping at Tesco’ has been added.

The new voice has already been installed in a small number of stores including Hatfield, Peterborough, Edinburgh and Kensington. It will be introduced in all of Tesco’s UK stores by the end of October.

James Dewen Self Service Checkout Operations Manager at Tesco said “Customers really like the convenience of our self-service checkouts, especially when they’re just popping into store to pick up lunch or a few items after work. But for some, the voice leaves them a bit frustrated.”  

“It’s listened to by millions of customers every week, so we’ve acted on customer and colleague feedback and worked hard to get the new voice right to improve the shopping trip.”  

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
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Tesco’s August Clubcard Boost is back and it’s bigger and better than ever

  • This summer Clubcard customers can Boost on all Tesco Direct products
  • In addition to this Back to School, F&F clothing, and hundreds of in-store products are included.

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s August Clubcard Boost is back and this year it’s bigger and better than ever before, with every single product on Tesco Direct eligible for Boosting! In addition to this hundreds of non-food products will be eligible for Boosting in store, including large screen TVs and ipads. It’s also an opportunity for parents to get the kids ready for that important first day at school with everything from polo shirts to pencil cases included.

The Clubcard Boost event allows customers to exchange every £5 worth of their Clubcard Vouchers into a £10 Boost Token meaning customers can make real savings. It lasts from 3rd August until 13th September

Danielle Papagapiou, Tesco Clubcard Director said, ‘We’ve listened to our customers who told us they wanted to be able to Boost on a wider range of products both in-store and online. Clubcard Boost is our way of saying thank you for shopping with Tesco and we hope customers will take the opportunity to treat themselves this summer’.

In addition to the Clubcard Boost event at Tesco, customers can boost year round on over 500 Boost Partners. There’s great savings to be had on family days out, with Clubcard vouchers being boosted for four times their value – perfect for an end of summer treat.

For more information visit

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Carrefour expands in Belgium with three new Carrefour express stores to open before the end of summer 2015

BELGIUM, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is continuing to expand in Belgium: before the end of summer 2015, three new Carrefour express stores will have opened to the public. The first will open in Mol, and the others near Leuven and Brussels.

This year, several convenience stores have been opened in Belgium, including one in the Brussels region (Brussels-Capital and Chaumont-Gistoux), another one in Ans (near Liège) and one in Dendermonde (near Antwerp).

These new store openings will take Belgium’s total number of convenience stores up to 266.


Carrefour expands in Belgium with three new Carrefour express stores to open before the end of summer 2015

Carrefour expands in Belgium with three new Carrefour express stores to open before the end of summer 2015

Whole Foods Market to open store in Akron, Ohio

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today that it has signed a lease for a store in Akron, Ohio. The approximately 40,000-square-foot location will be part of West Point Marketplace. No opening date has been set.

This will be the company’s first store in Akron. There are currently seven Whole Foods Market stores operating in Ohio, and three more are in development.

“Thank you, Akron, for welcoming Whole Foods Market—we’re thrilled to be coming to the area,” said Scott Allshouse, president of Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We recognize and respect the unique history of this location. As with every store, we aim not just to open in a community, but to really become a part of it. So we want to hear from you: what do you want in a store, and how can we best serve your needs?”

Whole Foods Market currently has 424 stores worldwide, with 46 in its Mid-Atlantic Region. As a leading natural and organic 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.


Whole Foods Market to open store in Akron, Ohio

Whole Foods Market to open store in Akron, Ohio

Whole Foods Market announces the first five leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market brand

Up to five store locations to open in second half 2016; openings slated to double in 2017

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announced the first five leases for its streamlined, value-oriented 365 by Whole Foods Market brand, with store openings scheduled through 2017.

The company disclosed leases for 365 by Whole Foods Market locations in Bellevue, Washington, Houston, Portland, Oregon, and Santa Monica, California, and also announced that the first 365 store will be located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Whole Foods Market currently operates 24 locations in the Los Angeles area. The company made the strategic decision to renegotiate the lease in development for the Silver Lake location, converting it from a Whole Foods Market to a 365 by Whole Foods Market store. In doing so, the new store will be able to open its doors more quickly, capitalizing on the operational efficiencies and talented team member base already available in the area.

“We are really excited about the progress we have made with securing real estate in markets where there is high demand for both quality food and value in a convenient format,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We think the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles is an ideal community to plant our first 365 store flag and bring a modern shopping experience that draws from the best innovations of Whole Foods Market stores and gives them a new expression. With a fresh format and a unique product assortment, we think 365 will offer convenience and value while providing the quality standards and transparency that consumers love and expect.”

The first store locations are slated to open in the second half of 2016. The company plans to double the number of 365 by Whole Foods Market store openings in 2017.

Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing fresh, healthy food to a broader audience with a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience, 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s fun and convenient for shoppers.


Whole Foods Market announces the first five leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market brand

Whole Foods Market announces the first five leases for its 365 by Whole Foods Market brand

Whole Foods Market signs leases for eight new stores and has renegotiated the lease for one of its stores in development

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its third quarter earnings report, Whole Foods Market announced that it has signed leases for eight new stores and has renegotiated the lease for one of its stores in development.

The new leases include Whole Foods Market stores planned for Akron, Ohio, Charleston, South Carolina, Exton, Pennsylvania, and Kirkland, Washington, and 365 by Whole Foods Market stores planned for Bellevue, Washington, Houston, Portland, Oregon, and Santa Monica, California. Additionally, the company renegotiated a lease for a store in Los Angeles, converting it from a Whole Foods Market to a 365 by Whole Foods Market store.

Whole Foods Market currently operates 424 stores and has 114 stores in development.


Whole Foods Market signs leases for eight new stores and has renegotiated the lease for one of its stores in development

Whole Foods Market signs leases for eight new stores and has renegotiated the lease for one of its stores in development

Whole Foods Market opens its Green Bay Road store

New Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road Opens with Family, Friends and Neighbors

Chicago, IL, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market officially opened its 53,004 square-foot Green Bay Road store today, Wednesday, July 29. Whole Foods Market’s third location in Evanston, and 25th store in Chicagoland, welcomed over 550 North Shore community residents at the Grand Opening Celebration.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market hosted its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and North Shore neighbors. Highlights include:

Opening Day
• Welcome remarks from Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl and Alderman Jane Grover
• Gift cards for the first 500 customers with a mystery value between $5 and $50, with one customer receiving a $500 gift card
• Samples and musical entertainment

Store Venues
• Bar – rotating selection on 20 taps of specialty beers including an exclusive Evanston Pale Ale brewed by Begyle Brewing Company and a new, exclusive Bio Pale Ale from Evanston-based Sketchbook Brewing Company.
• Wine Bar – cultivated by a master sommelier, the wine list will feature an extensive selection of palate-pleasing red, white and rose vintages to choose from including Sparkling Brut from Illinois Sparkling Company.
• Bar food – classic bar fare, fresh-cut pastas, specialty cheeses and other delicacies available for pairings.
• Coffee Bar – a variety of light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks, blended beverages, and fresh, in-house made cold brew coffee on tap.
• Sandwich Station – in-house smoked meats such as brisket, pork and chicken.
• Taqueria – Cuban-inspired tacos including pollo asado, ropa vieja, mojo pork or Jackfruit.
• Juice bar – fresh juice and smoothie blends made with real cuts of fruit and vegetables, and new to the Whole Foods Market stores, smoothie bowls. Smoothie bowls are thick and creamier smoothies, served with delicious fruit and nut toppings. They are more nutritionally dense and offer a more substantial breakfast.

Store Departments
• Seafood – first in the Chicago area, fried shrimp, calamari, and walleye fingers available to enjoy at the bar or to take home for a quick and easy meal.
• Scratch bakery – fresh breads and pastries created daily including a variety of wheat, white, rye and other types of bread; that can be sliced for sandwiches or cut to meet the needs of any size family. The talented Team Members are also making doughnuts daily.
• Meat – in-house cured and smoked bacon featuring a variety of flavors such as sweet heat, pork jalapeno, pork maple and pork apple cinnamon.
• North Shore residents will also enjoy the gelato station, Neapolitan-style pizza, in-house smoked seafood, dry-aged steaks, and cut to order cheeses.

Store Decor
• Décor features – Fireclay Tile, made from 100% recycled content, and Pioneer Millworks wood, sourced from deconstructed buildings, fences and barns through out the USA. It is processed in a 100% wind powered facility and kilns 100% heated with scrap wood.

Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road is located at 2748 Green Bay Road, Evanston. The company has two other locations in Evanston at 1640 Chicago Avenue and 1111 Chicago Avenue.


Whole Foods Market opens its Green Bay Road store

Whole Foods Market opens its Green Bay Road store

Whole Foods Market announces the opening of its second Shelby County store in Germantown, Tennessee on Aug. 18

Sneak preview tours Aug. 14 and 15 to benefit Wolf River Conservancy and MidSouth Food Bank

GERMANTOWN, Tenn., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is excited to announce the opening of its second Shelby County store in Germantown, Tennessee, on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The new store is located at 7825 Highway 72 and is the sixth Whole Foods Market in the state.

The new Whole Foods Market Germantown invites the community to come visit before the grand opening to experience a sneak preview of the 41,000-square-foot retail space. As part of the tour, customers will get a firsthand look at the pre-opening rush of activity as Whole Foods Market team members make a final sprint to get the store ready for grand opening day. Guests will learn about the many features unique to this Germantown store, grand opening deals, special events, and the locally sourced products set to hit shelves. Participants will taste their way through each department and learn about Whole Foods Market’s initiatives to provide healthy and fresh food with an emphasis on animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door to benefit local nonprofits Wolf River Conservancy and MidSouth Food Bank. Tour groups will also receive special coupons for participating. Online registration is required to secure a 45-minute tour between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 15.

“Our new store in Germantown will offer an unparalleled selection of high-quality natural and organic goods, along with a community gathering space and children’s play area,” said Rachelle Beauvais, the store’s team leader. “This store will be a destination for food lovers and healthy eating advocates, offering the best selection of ingredients for the home cook, alongside a variety of ready-to-eat meal options.  Our team members can’t wait to bring the highest level of customer service and expertise to the Germantown community.”

Information about events, community giving programs and more will be available on the store’s website. The conversation and photo-sharing are already underway on Whole Foods Market Germantown’s dedicated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


Opening on Aug. 7 Whole Foods Market Clark announces its full-scale restaurant – the Clark Bar

Opening Aug. 7, offering unique bar fare, wine, exclusive brews + signature cocktails

Clark, N.J., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Clark, opening on Friday, Aug. 7, is excited to announce the opening of Clark Bar, the store’s full-scale restaurant. Clark Bar’s fast-casual style will serve as an ideal place for area residents and families to grab a refreshing cocktail, beer or glass of wine in addition to a delicious quick lunch or casual dinner.

Clark Bar’s menu will offer fresh seasonal salads and flatbreads, along with unique variations of burgers ground in-house daily and fresh cut fries. Customers will find fresh and locally sourced ingredients such as seasonal Jersey Fresh produce, Ewe’s blue cheese, Lioni Ricotta, black garlic from Obis One, and Radicle Farms spinach. In line with Whole Foods Market’s commitment to providing shoppers with the finest, premium quality goods, all of the food featured on the Clark Bar menu meets Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards.

In addition to the food offerings, Clark Bar will also be the exclusive location where beer enthusiasts can find Markt Saison from New Jersey’s own Kane Brewing. The new brew is an unfiltered, deep golden colored Saison at 5.8% ABV and is made with a blend of locally sourced New Jersey yeast. The brew’s unique flavor features citrus notes on the nose with slight dark cherry and plum in the background. It is balanced with hints of toasted bread, and a bright clean, dry finish. The restaurant’s twelve beer taps will rotate an assortment of local and domestic seasonal and year-round craft brews. For the month of August, Clark Bar will run a special on all craft beers on tap at $5 (originally priced at $6).

For those seeking a unique cocktail, Clark Bar will also be showcasing a selection of six delicious signature concoctions made with small batch spirits and bitters developed by Whole Foods Market’s in-house experts. The cocktail menu is a first for Whole Foods Market stores in the tri-state area. Additionally, Clark Bar will also boast a selection of exclusive wines from around the world, including local options like Chardonnay from Alba Vineyards in Milford, NJ and Red Blend Tony’s from Anthony Road in New York.

The restaurant will also feature a children’s menu with family favorites such as mac & cheese and mini burgers. In addition to the variety of meal options, the bar will incorporate house-made desserts including an homage to the classic candy bar that shares its name, the Clark Bar Bundt – a decadent mini chocolate Bundt cake with a crispy peanut butter brittle, served and topped with chocolate ganache. Clark Bar will also have an onsite photo booth that links up to guests’ personal social media accounts so you and yours can capture all the fun.

For more information on Whole Foods Market Clark and the Clark Bar, please visit the store’s social media channels:

Facebook: /WholeFoodsMarketClark
Twitter: @wfmclarknj #clarkbar
Instagram: @wfmclarknj #clarkbar

Clark Bar
At Whole Foods Market Clark
1255 Raritan Road Clark, NJ 07066
Hours:  [Mon –Sun] 11 AM – 10 PM



Opening on Aug. 7 Whole Foods Market Clark announces its full-scale restaurant - the Clark Bar

Opening on Aug. 7 Whole Foods Market Clark announces its full-scale restaurant – the Clark Bar

Whole Foods Market to open a store in Kirkland its 12th Washington location scheduled to open in 2017

Company’s 12th Washington store scheduled to open in 2017

BELLEVUE, Wash., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced plans today to open a store in Kirkland, which will be the company’s 12th Washington location.

There are currently eight Whole Foods Market stores in Washington, with stores in development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, West Seattle and Bellingham.  The Kirkland store will be 40,000 square feet and will be located in the mixed-use development at I-405 and NE 124th Street (formerly Totem Lake Malls). It is anticipated to open in the summer of 2017, and will be the first Whole Foods Market in Kirkland.

In addition to temporary construction jobs, the Kirkland Whole Foods Market will create an estimated 150 long-term jobs in the community.

“We’re so excited to be joining the community in Kirkland, and we look forward to sharing our mission and values with our new neighbors,” said Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Creating jobs, supporting local producers and finding opportunities to partner with area schools and nonprofits are core to our philosophy and practices, and we’re eager to begin this work in Kirkland. In the next few months, we’ll be working very closely with the people of Kirkland to design a store experience that reflects the needs of the community.”

The developer for the project, CenterCal Properties, is a California-based retail development company that has been commissioned for the redevelopment of The Village at Totem Lake.

“Whole Foods Market will be a tremendous addition. The quality offering of Whole Foods Market will complement the redeveloped 800,000-square-foot project,” said Jean Paul Wardy, president of CenterCal Properties. “The Village at Totem Lake, a walkable, mixed-use community, will also include a theatre, residential, office and retail to serve the needs of this wonderful trade area.”

The new store will provide Kirkland shoppers with a community butcher, fishmonger, baker and a team of chefs creating prepared takeout meals, all under one roof.

Shoppers can look forward to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, specialty items, high-quality meats and poultry, everyday pantry staples and sustainable seafood. The scratch bakery will provide a variety of breads and pastries made fresh daily, and the prepared foods department offers options for lunch, as well as quick meals for dinner.

Whole Foods Market has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America since the list began in 1998. The company’s quality standards are outlined online at


Whole Foods Market to open a store in Kirkland its 12th Washington location scheduled to open in 2017

Whole Foods Market to open a store in Kirkland its 12th Washington location scheduled to open in 2017

X5 Retail Group announces the opening of its 6,000th store in Russia

MOSCOW, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces today the opening of its 6,000th store in Russia, as well as the more than doubling of the growth rate of its retail chains. It took X5 242 days to open the last 1,000 stores. The Group has increased the average rate of new store launches from two to four facilities per day.

Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO said: “Opening the 6,000th store is a milestone for the Group. It was just in autumn last year when we crossed the 5,000 store threshold, but we have already achieved a new breakthrough and are now celebrating 6,000 retail locations. In recent years, X5 Retail Group has expanded its footprint significantly. Currently X5 retail chains operate in over 50 regions across European Russia, the Urals and Siberia. In the current economic environment, modern retail provides the best option for Russian consumers, which is why we will continue to focus on organic growth.”

The landmark 6,000th facility is a Perekrestok store in Moscow, near Kievskiy Vokzal Square (8 Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya Street). The new store in central Moscow will come as a welcome, modern addition to the area’s limited food retail options.

Alexei Nemeryuk, Director of Moscow City Department of Trade and Services, and Vladimir Sorokin, General Director of Perekrestok supermarket chain, attended the opening ceremony.

The total area of the new store is 1,813 sq m, and the product range includes around 9,500 SKUs, centred around fresh and ultra-fresh products. Thanks to an in-house bakery, the store will feature an extended offering of bread and pastries; there will also be a wide selection of in-house deli, fish and seafood products. The supermarket was opened in line with the new concept “Perekrestok – Choose the Best!”, which focuses on efficient shopping space arrangement and lighting. The shopping space layout, location of promotional offers and interior colours are all tailored to customer preferences and designed to ensure a better shopping experience.

Notes to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: a chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, a supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand, as well as Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 June 2015, X5 had 5,971 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,273 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 438 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 177 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,364 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totalled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In Q1 2015, revenue totalled RUB 182,725 mln (USD 2,938 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 13,129 mln (USD 211 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 4,110 mln (USD 66 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511

Rite Aid Corporation announces Reliance ACO as the latest healthcare provider to join its Rite Aid Health Alliance initiative

Member Physicians, Rite Aid Pharmacists and Special Care Coaches to Provide Personalized, Community-Based Health Management to Chronic and Poly-Chronic Patients

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) has announced Reliance ACO, based in southeast Mich., as the latest healthcare provider to join its Rite Aid Health Alliance initiative. Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, physicians, Rite Aid pharmacists and special care coaches provide comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions, helping them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians. Reliance ACO is the eighth partner to join Rite Aid Health Alliance.

“Adding healthcare providers, such as Reliance ACO, to our Rite Aid Health Alliance portfolio further enables us to provide our communities with unique healthcare resources,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “We look forward to collaborating with our latest partner, Reliance ACO, as we work to bring a broad range of services to patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions in southeast Michigan.”

Rite Aid’s Health Alliance integrated care model is a first for the drugstore industry, because it uniquely leverages the combined expertise of community pharmacists, who are one of the most accessible and trusted resources among healthcare providers, along with specially trained in-store care coaches. Physicians can refer patients who they feel would benefit from additional coaching in areas such as medication management and meal and exercise planning. All members of the care team will communicate regularly with physicians in a true partnership to improve patients’ overall health.

“Reliance ACO is excited to announce its partnership with Rite Aid Health Alliance. This collaboration represents our commitment to improving patient outcomes and delivering cost effective healthcare,” said Gene Farber, Reliance ACO CEO. “By partnering with Rite Aid pharmacists and care coaches in our community, our patients will have expanded access to tools and resources to manage their chronic and poly-chronic conditions successfully.”

Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, patients with chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, COPD, high cholesterol and diabetes, are recommended to the program by their primary care physician. Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained care coaches, located in Rite Aid pharmacies, work with the physician and patient on an on-going basis to improve the patient’s overall health and self-management abilities. The care team members collaborate with the patient to establish health goals, eliminate barriers and create a personalized health care action plan in coordination with the patient’s physician.

Rite Aid is currently piloting Rite Aid Health Alliance partnerships with High Point, N.C.-based Cornerstone Health Care; Glendale, Calif.-based Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (“ApolloMed”); Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network of Buffalo, N.Y.; Penn State Hershey Health System of Hershey, Pa.; Heritage Provider Network based in Marina Del Rey, Calif; Physician Direct ACO of Sylvan Lake, Mich.; Louisville, Ky. based Quality Independent Physicians.

In these markets at select Rite Aid pharmacies, Rite Aid provides the care coaches on the team through its wholly owned subsidiary Health Dialog, a leading provider of healthcare patient support, analytics and decision support. Rite Aid care coaches will be available in Rite Aid pharmacies, and specialize in behavior change to help patients address lifestyle health issues.

The full range of services available to patients participating in Rite Aid Health Alliance includes medication compliance support; comprehensive medication reviews and reconciliation; nutrition and weight management information; disease education; exercise coaching and tobacco cessation support. Records of all interactions, which occur in Rite Aid pharmacies, as well as updates from the physician, are stored electronically, along with patient profiles including medications and lab results. This supports continuity of care and provides convenient access of information to other members of the patient’s healthcare team.

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

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Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Meijer opens new 195,000-square-foot supercenter in Terre Haute

195,000-square-foot store features fresh produce, Certified Angus Beef delivered daily and pharmacy services promoting family health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a new supercenter today in Terre Haute, Ind., announced Co-Chairman Hank Meijer. The 195,000-square-foot store at State Road 46 and New Margaret Dr. provides access to fresh produce and Certified Angus Beef delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are pleased to bring a fresh option to our neighbors in Terre Haute and its surrounding communities,” Hank Meijer said. “Whether it’s shopping for a family meal, preparing for a vacation or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, this supercenter represents our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier, balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door.”

With 34 stores now located throughout Indiana, the new store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that sells fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and offers custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

“The City of Terre Haute welcomes Meijer into our community,” Mayor Duke Bennett said. “Meijer is well known as a great place to shop for a wide variety of household products and we greatly appreciate their decision to invest in our community.”

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries. Store Director Mark Campbell presented a $25,000 check to Vigo County Public Schools for improvements to their new aquatic center. He also presented a check for $5,000 to Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, which distributes the equivalent of more than 2.5 million meals each year in west central Indiana.

Meijer works hard to support the communities where its customers and team members work and live. That’s why the retailer 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 in local communities. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Giveprogram has generated more than $16 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

The new pharmacy features drive-thru pick up and will offer the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. 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 program has filled nearly 27 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $390 million.

Among other one-stop shopping highlights, the Health and Beauty Care section carries prestige skin care and vitamin brands and a new Baby Center provides an inviting shopping experience for expectant parents. The apparel department features national brands like SKECHERS, Fila, New Balance, Reebok, Amy Byer, Carters, Wallflower, Almost Famous, Union Bay, Chaps and Jessica Simpson. The pet department offers a wide assortment of natural pet food.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we’re excited to bring our store to this great community,” Campbell said.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 220 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. 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 Follow Meijer on Twitter or become a fan at

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Meijer opens new 195,000-square-foot supercenter in Terre Haute

Meijer opens new 195,000-square-foot supercenter in Terre Haute

Wincor Nixdorf developed the software used to top up the cards at the Bank Mandiri’s ATMs in Indonesia

Bank Mandiri continues massive expansion of its ATM network

PADERBORN, Germany, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 17,000 systems that now make up Bank Mandiri’s ATM network represent a major service channel for the bank, with a steep increase in the number of transactions. The systems do more than just supply the public with cash: a service for topping up prepaid cards for toll charges also enjoys great popularity. Many roads in Indonesia are toll roads, especially in the mega city Jakarta, and for cash-loving Indonesians, cash is the payment medium of choice at the toll stations – a situation that leads to long lines in cash lanes. Holders of an e-toll card, which is contactless, can pay their tolls much faster – practically while driving by. The software used to top up the cards at the bank’s ATMs was developed by Wincor Nixdorf, which will also be responsible for the ongoing further development of the application.

Bank Mandiri aims to deploy more of these value-added services in the future in its efforts to stand out from the competition through customer-centric offers. In addition, other services will be migrated to the self-service channel for greater efficiency. “Bank Mandiri has opted once again for Wincor Nixdorf since the systems already installed have proven most reliable in operation. In addition, we can offer all the necessary services and functions on the systems. Examples include the e-toll offering or intelligent security solutions that protect our customers against various manipulation attempts on the ATM,” says Rahmat Broto Triaji at Bank Mandiri.


Ingles Markets to provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on August 3, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C.,  2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on August 3, 2015. Ingles plans to release earnings for its third quarter ended June 27, 2015, on August 3, 2015.

The live broadcast of Ingles Markets’ quarterly conference call will be available on-line at: on August 3, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  The online replay will follow immediately and continue for 90 days.  To hear the Company’s conference call live, dial 719-325-2495. A replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 3, 2015 until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 11, 2015.  To listen to the playback, call 719-457-0820, reservation number 1906650.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 –

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust to sell three malls to an institutional buyer

PHILADELPHIA, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) announced today that it has entered into an Agreement of Sale for three malls to an institutional buyer.  The assets under agreement of sale, which are subject to customary closing conditions, are: Gadsden Mall in Gadsden, AL, Wiregrass Commons Mall in Dothan, AL and New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, VA.

Sales per square foot for the assets under agreement of sale follow:

  • New River Valley Mall: $279
  • Wiregrass Commons Mall: $297
  • Gadsden Mall: $310

Excluding these properties, and Uniontown Mall, the sale of which is expected imminently,  sales per square foot as of June 30, 2015 were $431.

The three assets are expected to be sold in one transaction for $95.4 million.  This would constitute a total of 10 malls sold under the Company’s disposition program.  Total funds raised through assets sales including malls, power centers and various parcels would total over $560 million.

In addition to these transactions, the Company is also negotiating agreements of sale on two additional non-core malls, which it hopes to execute within the next several weeks. Upon completion of these transactions and assuming the sale of Palmer Park Mall,  the portfolio composition would be modified as follows:

June 30, 2012 Post Disposition
Sales PSF $378 > $450
Occupancy Costs 12.2% 12.9%
Same Store Mall Non-anchor occupancy 86.8% 91.7%
Percentage of properties in Top 10 MSAs 30% 50%
# of Sears stores in Portfolio 29 16
# of JC Penney stores in Portfolio 30 20
CAM Recovery Ratio 56.0% 65.8%

“Upon completion of these transactions, our evolution into a high-quality mall REIT is nearly complete,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “Our methodic and efficient disposition program, coupled with our disciplined capital allocation strategy, has transformed our platform into one which is expected to generate sales exceeding $450per square foot resulting in an enhanced relationship with retailers, a cultural shift within the Company and opportunity to drive future growth and enhance shareholder value.”

PREIT is a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated retail shopping malls designed to fit the dynamic communities they serve. Founded in 1960 as Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the Company owns and operates approximately 28 million square feet of space in properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia.  PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI.  Information about the Company can be found at or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by us, contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, our business might be materially and adversely affected by uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally as well as the following, among other factors: our substantial debt and stated value of preferred shares and our high leverage ratio; constraining leverage, unencumbered debt yield, interest and tangible net worth covenants under our 2013 Revolving Facility and our Term Loans; potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, or of intangible assets, such as goodwill, including such losses that we might be required to record in connection with any dispositions of assets; changes in the retail industry, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants; our ability to sell properties that we seek to dispose of or our ability to obtain estimated sale prices; the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants; risks relating to development and redevelopment activities; current economic conditions and the state of employment growth and consumer confidence and spending, and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions and on our cash flows, and the value and potential impairment of our properties; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all; our ability to raise capital, including through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable, through joint ventures or other partnerships, through sales of properties or interests in properties, or through other actions; our ability to identify and execute on suitable acquisition opportunities and to integrate acquired properties into our portfolio; our partnerships and joint ventures with third parties to acquire or develop properties; our short and long-term liquidity position; general economic, financial and political conditions, including credit and capital market conditions, changes in interest rates or unemployment; our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates, in light of the relatively high number of leases that have expired or are expiring in the next two years; acts of violence at malls, including our properties, or at other similar spaces, and the potential effect on traffic and sales; changes to our corporate management team and any resulting modifications to our business strategies; increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants; concentration of our properties in the Mid-Atlantic region; changes in local market conditions, such as the supply of or demand for retail space, or other competitive factors; and potential dilution from any capital raising transactions or other equity issuances.  Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.


Robert McCadden
(215) 875-0735

Heather Crowell
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241

Ahold USA becomes the first of major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to improve the lives of farmworkers

Carlisle, PA, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold USA today became the first of America’s major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program, the widely-acclaimed partnership to improve the lives of the country’s farmworkers. Ahold USA is the parent company ofStop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Martin’s and online grocerPeapod. With nearly 780 supermarkets across 14 states and the District of Columbia and 50 million customers each month, Ahold USA companies together represent one of the largest food retailing groups in the country.

The CIW was awarded a Presidential Medal earlier this year for its groundbreaking work in social responsibility, and its Fair Food Program – called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post – protects the rights of tens of thousands of workers on farms across the east coast, from Florida to New Jersey.

Today’s announcement builds on the work that the CIW as well as Ahold USA and its suppliers have done to deliver responsibly sourced tomatoes to customers and to help improve conditions for farmworkers in Florida. Ninety percent of tomatoes produced in the United States from November to May are grown in the state. Ahold USA’s support for the Fair Food Program will extend the retailer’s long track record on responsible product sourcing and strengthen the reach, impact and visibility of the CIW’s social responsibility efforts. Ahold USA’s participation in the program will increase the number of U.S. grocery stores carrying Fair Food tomatoes by approximately 75 percent.

“We are truly proud to welcome Ahold USA into the Fair Food Program and excited about the opportunity to work with an industry leader like Ahold,” said Gerardo Reyes of the CIW. “Ahold USA is the first of the country’s major grocers to join the program and, as such, not only will its partnership help propel to new heights our efforts to protect farmworkers’ rights, but we believe its market leadership will send an invaluable message to the rest of the grocery industry that social responsibility is greatly strengthened when workers, suppliers and retailers work together toward a more modern, more humane agricultural industry.”

James McCann, Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA, said, “Ahold USA’s companies are deeply committed to responsible practices throughout their operations and to providing customers with great products at great prices from suppliers who share our dedication to strong ethical standards and fair treatment for workers. The cornerstone of this commitment is the Ahold Standards of Engagement, which commit our companies’ suppliers to these values. The Fair Food Program is a time-tested leader in improving the lives of agricultural workers, and we have observed the Program’s success over the past several years. Our companies and our customers care about the welfare of workers in our supply chain, and we believe now is the right time to begin an important new chapter in our partnership with the CIW.”

As part of this partnership, Ahold USA’s companies will:

  • Continue to purchase Florida tomatoes only from growers who participate in the CIW’s Fair Food Program, and expand the Fair Food Program’s standards to farms of participating growers in other states;
  • Work with the CIW to ensure timely, periodic inspections and audits of the participating farms that supply Ahold USA’s companies;
  • Pay a premium on tomatoes purchased from participating growers that growers will pass on to field workers;
  • Provide additional financial support for the Fair Food Standards Council, CIW’s partner in monitoring compliance by participating growers with the Fair Food Program standards; and
  • Support the Fair Food Program with expanded marketing and advertising, including in-store displays, online visibility and education materials for associates at Ahold USA companies.

About the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Based in Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. The CIW launched the Fair Food Program (FFP) in 2010. The FFP combines an extensive, on-the-farm worker education program with a unique set of labor standards and rigorous, market-based enforcement mechanisms to create the most advanced program of its kind in US agriculture. To learn more about the CIW, please To learn more about the FFP, please visit



Ahold USA becomes the first of major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to improve the lives of farmworkers

Ahold USA becomes the first of major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to improve the lives of farmworkers










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7‑Eleven, Inc. to enter Vietnam with Seven System Vietnam Co. Ltd. franchise agreement

DALLAS, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. (SEI), the world’s largest convenience retailer with 56,400 stores worldwide, has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven System Vietnam Co. Ltd. to develop and operate 7‑Eleven® stores in Vietnam. The expansion marks the company’s first stake in the Pacific Rim since 7‑Eleven entered Indonesia in 2009.

7‑Eleven’s entry into the country aims to enhance the convenience-shopping experience for Vietnamese customers and contribute to modernizing small retailers in the world’s 13th most populous country.

The new master franchisee plans to construct 7‑Eleven stores, convert existing locations to the 7‑Eleven brand supported by enhanced infrastructure, and eventually franchise operations to local businesspeople.

Internationally popular products like Slurpee® frozen carbonated beverages and Big Gulp®soft drinks, as well as immediately consumable fresh foods, with recipes developed for regional tastes, will be part of the convenience offerings.

7‑Eleven and its parent company, Seven-Eleven Japan, will provide start-up support for its newest master franchisee by assisting Seven System Vietnam in implementing 7‑Eleven’s successful strategies of market concentration, team merchandising and item-by-item management.

Vietnam will be the 18th country or region where 7‑Eleven stores operate. In addition to the United States, other countries include Canada, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong), The Philippines, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United Arab Emirates, where its first 7‑Eleven store will open early this autumn.

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 nearly10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,400 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 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‑

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.

Best Buy and Geek Squad to help consumers understand and get excited about the Windows 10

SEATTLE, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Windows 10 officially launches today, and millions of people will be updating their laptops and experiencing the new operating system. If you’re one of them, Best Buy and Geek Squad are here to help you understand and get excited about the newest addition to the Microsoft family.

First, here are a few things you need to know about Windows 10:

  • It’s free. And by that, we mean it doesn’t cost anything to upgrade.
  • It’s familiar. You might like to know the ever-popular (and missed) Start menu is back, along with the newer tiles.
  • It’s loaded with new features. Playing Xbox on your 2-in-1, having a personal digital assistant (her name is Cortana) and more are some of the most interesting new parts of the Windows world.

Second, you can download Windows 10 on your existing PC. Or, if it’s time to upgrade and you need a shiny new computer, head to Best Buy. We have one of the largest selections of laptops with Windows 10 already installed, and they will start to arrive in stores and on today.

Third, if you need expert service and guidance to get up and running on Win10, Geek Squad is here for you:

  • Open Houses – Every Best Buy store will have free Windows 10 Open Houses for customers, staffed by Geek Squad Agents. These events will happen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in August and September.
  • One-on-One Tutorials – Need more help? Schedule a one-on-one tutorial with a Geek Squad These are available in-store and online for 30 minutes, or in-home for 60 minutes. Prices range from $19.99 to $129.99. Use the tutorial to learn how to get started, where to go for help, the hottest new features, and more.

Finally, don’t forget about the extra goodies that are going to help you get the most out of your Windows 10 machine. From printers to mouse pads, and from ink to laptop bags, Best Buy has everything you will need to accessorize your computing life.


Best Buy and Geek Squad to help consumers understand and get excited about the Windows 10

Best Buy and Geek Squad to help consumers understand and get excited about the Windows 10

The Co-operative and CBES Ltd treated Children from the Starlight Ward with pop music fest at the Manchester Arena

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Children from the Starlight Ward at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) were left starstruck after a pop music treat at the Manchester Arena arranged by The Co-operative and contractors CBES Ltd.

The children and their parents saw a host of acts including James Bay, Lawson, Stereokicks and Little Mix put on a dazzling display at the Key 103 Summer Live concert held in the city.

Colleagues from The Co-operative Estates Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery team along with CBES Ltd and The Co-operative food store in Heaton Chapel – where CBES contractors will undertake a major makeover later this summer to transform the store for the community – provided 40 tickets to the hospital for the summer spectacular.

Jan Owen, Assistant Manager, Fundraising and Donations Department, UHSM, said:

“We would like to thank CBES Ltd and teams from The Co-operative food store in Heaton Chapel and The Co-operative Estates Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery team for this wonderful opportunity to take a group of our patients from the Starlight Ward for such a special treat. The evening was a great success with everyone really enjoying themselves and on behalf of the children, their parents and UHSM I would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity.”

The Co-operative is a community retailer, committed to making a positive contribution in the communities in which its food stores trade.

Jason McEwen, The Co-operative Estate’s Head of Portfolios, Programmes and Projects Delivery (P3D), said:

”Being part of local communities as we roll out redevelopment programmes is core to our Purpose, it’s what makes The Co-op unique. I am extremely proud of the difference we are making and it’s fantastic to hear that everyone had a great time at the Summer Live event.”

Nicola Smith, Play Specialist at UHSM’s Starlight Ward, added:

“We are extremely grateful to CBES and The Co-operative for providing the tickets for the Key 103 concert. It was a great opportunity to be able to give our teenage patients a special treat. A fun night out can make a massive difference in between daily treatments, appointments and hospital stays. We all loved the music and we had a fantastic night – thank you so much!”

While Elle Lancashire, aged 15, concluded:

“I’m so thankful for this experience. It honestly put the biggest smile on my face when I got invited to join in. I got to see my favourite band, Stereokicks, live and it took my mind away from my next surgery date. Thank you for the most amazing night.”

About University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM):
UHSM is a major acute teaching hospital trust providing services for adults and children at Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital and Community Services. We are recognised as a centre of clinical excellence in a number of specialist areas and provide district general hospital services and specialist tertiary services to our local community.

About The Co-operative Group:
The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551


The Co-operative and CBES Ltd treated Children from the Starlight Ward with pop music fest at the Manchester Arena

The Co-operative and CBES Ltd treated Children from the Starlight Ward with pop music fest at the Manchester Arena



Brande, Denmark, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER’s female and male fashion brands can be found at a united BESTSELLER fair at a central and unique location in Papirhallen at Papirøen.

“Our focus is on our strong product portfolio and by presenting all our brands in one central venue, we expect to be able to serve our customers in the best possible way”, says Communication Director Mogens Werge.

Customers are welcome at Papirhallen from 4 – 6 August.

The BESTSELLER office at Lindencrones Palæ will be home to BESTSELLER’s children brands: LITTLE PIECES, LP BOYS, MINIMIZE & NAME IT, as well as maternity wear MAMALICIOUS and plus-size brand JUNAROSE. Lindencrones Palæ is for invited customers only. There will also be some sales activities at BESTSELLER’s office at Holmen where SELECTED, VILA, FIRST & I, Y.A.S and PIECES will show selected collections to invited customers.

SELECTED, VILA and JACK & JONES PREMIUM are also represented at CIFF with a focus on attracting new customers.

Brands at Papirhallen 4-6 August:




Harris Teeter to welcome shoppers to its Pointe at Creedmoor location on August 12, 2015

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Raleigh, N.C., 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Pointe at Creedmoor location on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality perishables, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Your Pointe at Creedmoor Harris Teeter will be open 24 hours, and the Harris Teeter pharmacy will be open seven days per week, as well.

Fast Facts

Store Address The Pointe at Creedmoor
2051 W. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27612
Grand Opening Date Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Grand Opening Time 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following
Store Hours 24 hours
Pharmacy Hours 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat.; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.
Square Footage 49,000
Check-Out Lanes Eight checkouts and four express checkouts

Features and Departments
Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and HT Naturals Beef • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements •  Produce Party Trays • Gift Basket Program • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • Salad Bar • International Cheeses • Chef Prepared Foods To Go  • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Hot Asian Bar • Sub Shop • Artisan Breads • Italian Meat Selection • Fresh Made Salads • Fresh Made Pizza • Home Meal Replacements • Starbucks • Organic, and Natural Foods • Specialty Foods • Wine and Beer • Bulk Candy • Pharmacy • Free Blood Pressure Testing • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • Express Lane Online Shopping • Cigars  • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk • Sit-down eating area • ATM

GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited to acquire the entire issued capital of Artway Development Limited for HK$11,268,000,000

Pushing ahead development of total retail ecosystem on all fronts

Hong Kong, 2015-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited (HKSE stock code: 493; “GOME” or the “Listed Company”, together with its subsidiaries, “the Group”), a leading electrical appliances and consumer electronics retailer in China, today announced its proposed acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of the entire issued capital of Artway Development Limited (the “Target Company”), a company wholly-owned by the Group’s controlling shareholder. The total consideration for the acquisition stands at HK$11,268,000,000. The acquisition move underscores the controlling shareholder’s commitment years earlier in undertaking quality asset injections, and confidence in the development of the Listed Company. Upon completion of the Acquisition, the Listed Company will successfully complete the nationwide deployment of its O2M “Total Retail” network and its supply value chain covering procurement, logistics and after-sales services, putting GOME’s “Total Retail” strategy in full gear to accelerate the realization of the “building another GOME” goal by 2017.

The consideration will be satisfied in cash, new shares as well as warrants. These include HK$2.2 billion in cash, 6.2 billion new shares allotted and issued at a price of HK$1.39 per share, as well as warrants exercisable into 2.5 billion underlying shares at an initial exercise price of HK$2.15 per underlying share. The cash portion of the consideration will be funded from internal resources. The Acquisition is conditional on the Target Company and the controlling shareholder being granted the Whitewash Waiver and the approval from independent shareholders.

Create synergies to expand business on a national scale and accelerate penetration into fast growing regional markets, fortifying further GOME’s leading position in the industry GOME’s leadership in the electrical appliances and consumer electronic products retail market in the PRC will be strengthened further upon the Acquisition. With the injection of quality retail stores and creation of synergies in supply chain, GOME will take advantage of the growth potential offered by both the online and offline platforms to bring forth better total retail experience to consumers. The increase in economies of scale in supply chain and optimization of capital structure will create greater value and opportunities for shareholders. GOME also expects the acquisition to reap synergies from the integration and sharing of resources in retail sales operations, procurement, logistics, after-sales services, warehousing, information technology infrastructure and human resources. Other benefits include facilitating a more flexible fulfilment management, as well as cost savings in warehousing and distribution. These are vindicated primarily in the areas detailed as below:

1. Retail stores with Target Company are highly complementary; complete nationwide coverage of “Total Retail Ecosystem” Following the completion of the Acquisition, GOME will be able to realize its nationwide network coverage deployment, significantly extending its retail store network from 269 cities to 436 cities. The newly-added stores are primarily located in fast-growing second and thirdtier cities, which are highly complementary to the Group’s existing retail store network. Concurrently, the empowerment of the retail store network will accelerate the Group’s ecommerce development, promoting full integration online and offline. The Group will spearhead the creation of a “Total Retail Ecosystem” with comprehensive shopping scenarios and services for consumers, advancing the implementation of its “Total Retail” strategy.

The Target Company notably offers high-quality assets with immense growth potential, boasting a network of 578 stores located across 181 cities in the PRC. Most of them are located in Central and Western China, Bohai Bay and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region forming part of China’s Economic Zones with significant governmental support. The latter includes the Silk Road Economic Belt, Greater Northeast Economic Area, Yangtze River Economic Belt and Beibu Gulf Economic Zone. Benefiting from the PRC’s macroeconomic growth and national policies such as the “One Belt, One Road”, “Western Development” and “Northeast China Revitalization”, the numerous stores under the Target Company are strongly positioned to seize the opportunities ahead to achieve rapid development, and deliver a new growth engine to the Group.

2. Total integration of logistics platform nationwide; being one of the largest socialized logistics network platforms for home appliances in the PRC The completion of the Acquisition will also enable GOME to upgrade its existing logistics network which covers 21 regional and 407 city distribution centers, by bringing together the listed and non-listed logistics arms. With the support of its 1,714 retail stores, the Group is poised to successfully complete its national logistics coverage deployment, forming a multidimensional logistics network with regional and city warehousing as well as national last-mile distribution coverage spanning more than 600 cities, 2,500 counties and 45,000 towns that can enjoy localized distribution and installation. The establishment of a comprehensive national logistics network encompassing “points to lines to planes” allows the Group to enhance its logistics services standard and efficiency, and expand further into third-party logistics services to create one of the largest socialized logistics network platforms for home appliances in the PRC. This will put the Group’s “Total Retail” strategy in full swing.

3. Rapid expansion of after-sales network at national level; ascend to become one of the biggest after-sales services network platforms for home appliances in the PRC With an after-sales service platform offering over 2,000 outlets across 400-odd mainland cities, GOME is currently the leading air-conditioner and television installation service provider in the PRC. It provides full process of after-sale services from installation, extended warranty, maintenance to home appliance recycling, with “24-hour turnaround guarantee”. The completion of the Acquisition will give the Group a first-mover advantage into the network of the newly-added retail stores, and let it leverage the market opportunities to fully develop its after-sales service network at a national level. GOME will hence be able to become one of the largest after-sales services platforms for home appliances in the PRC.

4. Hundreds of billions capacity of procurement platform; move to become one of the largest home appliances procurement platforms 3 On the procurement front, with the economies of scale achieved post-Acquisition, GOME will continue to increase product diversity and sharpen the competitive edge and bargaining power enjoyed by its procurement platform, through stronger synergies with suppliers. This will help lead to the formation of a mega home appliances procurement platform with hundreds of billions of capacity, making it the largest of its kind in the PRC with the provision of full range of services in terms of product types and prices. At the same time, the Group will strive to raise the proportion of its differentiated products in the portfolio with an aim to increase its overall margin level, further demonstrating the merits of its product differentiation strategy.

All in all, with the support of the fully integrated procurement platform, logistics platform and after-sales services platform post-Acquisition, GOME is destined to strive ahead and fulfil its highest service standard of “three deliveries/day, precise delivery, installation upon delivery” set for the industry in over 400 cities in the PRC, solidifying its three benchmarking pillars – low-price benchmark, service benchmark and IT benchmark – to heighten customer experience, satisfaction and loyalty in an all-round way.

Moreover, the Target Company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group upon the completion of the Acquisition. As such, the management service and purchasing service arrangements will be terminated and the Group’s number of connected transactions reduced, thereby streamlining its corporate governance. In addition, the Group is expected to benefit from potential savings in interest and tax expenses through more favourable financing terms, and the optimization of its capital structure.

Mr. Wang Junzhou, CEO of GOME, said, “The acquisition marks an important milestone in the history of GOME. As the retail store network of the Target Company and GOME are highly complementary, it is envisaged that the acquisition will further strengthen GOME’s total retail value chain and fuel its expansion in second and third-tier markets, and e-commerce development in particular.”

“With its far-sighted leadership of Board of Directors and the management, as well as under the national strategy of ‘Internet Plus’, GOME will continue to focus on data mining and bigdata driven targeted marketing and foster the integration of its online + offline + mobile terminal platforms. This will facilitate GOME to fortify its three benchmarking standards set for the home appliances retail market and provide consumers with the most comprehensive and the highest standard of services. The acceleration of the implementation of the ‘Total Retail’ strategy allows GOME to advance ahead towards its ‘building another GOME’ goal by 2017, creating greater value for shareholders.”

The operations of the Target Company are already being carried out by the Listed Company under relevant management arrangements, subject to payment of management fees to the Listed Company.


About GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited
GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited has been listed on The Hong Kong Stock Exchange since July 2004 (HKSE: 00493). The GOME Group was founded in China in 1987 and is engaged in the retail business of electrical appliances and consumer electronics in China. It is the leading retail chain of electrical appliances and consumer electronics and the leading retail chain enterprise in China.

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