Dior inaugurates its latest boutique, right in the heart of Seoul’s Cheongdam-dong district

Seoul, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 20th, Dior inaugurated its latest boutique, right in the heart of Seoul’s Cheongdam-dong district. The six-story building, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, brings the Dior codes to life with an innovative interpretation.

Christian de Portzamparc began his research for the new project back in 2011 by delving deep into the Christian Dior archives. Inspired by the architectural precision with which Monsieur Dior constructed his gowns, he integrated this into his own vision for a building formed of eleven white sails falling in soft, fluid folds, like the plain “toiles” from which the couturier sculpted his designs. Transforming the vision into reality was a feat of modeling and construction, culminating in the official opening on June 20th after a vastly ambitious and meticulous building program.

The new boutique – or House of Dior – presents the Dior universe over six floors in a décor of wood, lacquer, leather and weaves created by interior designer Peter Marino. As they enter the boutique, visitors are welcomed by a suspended Lee Bul sculpture, which dominates the dedicated accessory space. Further on, a staircase unfurling like a ribbon of mirrors leads to the first ever exclusive Dior Homme boutique, as well as to women’s ready-to-wear, watches and jewelry. On the fourth floor, an art gallery and its private salons display a selection of artworks chosen by Dior, while the top floor, opening onto a terrace, is devoted to the Dior Café, with a menu composed by Pierre Hermé.

In conjunction with the opening of this exciting new address, the House is also staging the Esprit Dior exhibition at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza until August 25, 2015. Celebrating Dior’s unique creative alchemy, the exhibition draws on the House archives, highlighting the iconic designs that have shaped its history and retracing its long-standing ties with the world of art. At the heart of the exhibition, a series of works specially created for the occasion by contemporary Korean artists offers a fresh vision of Dior.

The first French architect to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1994, Christian de Portzamparc also designed the LVMH Tower in New York, and the Chai sur la Colline winery for Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion.

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© Dior / Kyungsub Shin

© Dior / Kyungsub Shin

Marks and Spencer Group plc announces that John Dixon, Executive Director, General Merchandise will leave to pursue career opportunities outside of the company

LONDON, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) today announces that John Dixon, Executive Director, General Merchandise, has decided to leave the business to pursue career opportunities outside of the company. He will step down from the Board with immediate effect and leave the company on a date to be agreed.

In line with our succession plans, Steve Rowe will take on responsibility for General Merchandise and Andy Adcock, currently Trading Director, Food, will step up to be Director of Food, reporting to Marc Bolland on an interim basis.

Steve has been with M&S for over 26 years, starting his career in store management. He has significant experience having worked in many areas of M&S with roles in Food, Retail, General Merchandise and Ecommerce. In his current role as Executive Director, Food, Steve has been instrumental in ensuring that M&S has maintained its specialist positioning and continued to outperform in a challenging market.

Commenting on the announcement, Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank John for his service over many years and his many contributions to the business in that time. I am delighted that Steve has been appointed to head up General Merchandise and wish him every success in his new role.”

Marc Bolland, Chief Executive Officer, said: “On behalf of the team and all our colleagues at M&S, I would like to thank John for his contribution to the business. I am delighted to appoint Steve to the role of Executive Director, General Merchandise. Steve has outstanding experience working across the business and is well placed to take the General Merchandise business forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”

John Dixon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed many happy and successful years at M&S. I now have the opportunity to become a Chief Executive and have therefore resigned from this great company. I wish it, and all my colleagues, every continued success.”

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For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office
0208 718 1919

British Land and Oxford Properties announce that DRW Trading Group signed an Agreement for Lease at The Leadenhall Building

LONDON, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land and Oxford Properties announce today that DRW Trading Group (“DRW”) has signed an Agreement for Lease at The Leadenhall Building. The building is now nearly 90% let or under offer with just five more floors still available.

DRW is a principal trading organisation headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Montreal, New York, San Francisco and Singapore. The company has chosen to relocate its London operations to The Leadenhall Building.

It is the seventh transaction to complete at the building this year, following commitments from Brit Insurance, Spanish banking group Banco Sabadell, Kames Capital, shipping broker Affinity, IT provider Ipsoft and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the building’s architects. The Leadenhall Building is already home to such businesses as global serviced office provider Servcorp and specialist pensions insurer Rothesay Life.

Tim Roberts, Head of Offices at British Land, said:
“Since completion, we have seen strong demand for the upper floors of The Leadenhall Building, translating into some standout deals with high calibre occupiers. We look forward to welcoming DRW, and our other confirmed occupiers to the building over the coming months.”

Mike Rayner, Head of Development, Oxford Properties, said:
“The Leadenhall Building is not only one of London’s landmarks, it provides state of the art, highly resilient office accommodation which is essential for a propriety trading business like DRW. We are very pleased they have decided to relocate their European headquarters to the building.”

DTZ and JLL advised British Land and Oxford Properties. Cushman & Wakefield advised DRW.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations
Sally Jones, British Land 020 7467 2942
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Sally Saadeh, Oxford Properties 020 7822 2844
Andrew Scorgie, FTI Consulting 020 3727 1458

Notes to Editors

About British Land
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (of which British Land share is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier city office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

About Oxford Properties Group
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 1,750 employees and C$34bn of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, Oxford was acquired in 2001 by OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over C$72bn in assets. Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London and New York, each with investment, development and management professionals who have deep real estate expertise and local market insight.

For more information about Oxford visit: www.oxfordproperties.com.

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British Land and Oxford Properties announce that DRW Trading Group signed an Agreement for Lease at The Leadenhall Building

British Land and Oxford Properties announce that DRW Trading Group signed an Agreement for Lease at The Leadenhall Building

US Foods celebrates the opening of its newest 272,000 square foot distribution center in Flowood, Mississippi

The new facility will serve chefs and operators throughout Mississippi and Louisiana

Flowood, Miss., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods is celebrating the opening of its newest distribution center in Flowood, Miss. with a grand opening event for employees, customers and stakeholders on Friday, July 17. The new 272,000 square foot facility will service more than 4000 chefs, restaurant owners and foodservice operators throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.  It is also the company’s 6th LEED-certified facility, featuring an environmentally conscious design maximized for energy efficiency.

“This is an exciting day for US Foods and for our customers throughout Mississippi as this new facility allows us to more efficiently service our customers and provides our employees with an exceptional working environment,” said Gil Smith, division president, US Foods. “This new building has everything we need to be able to keep kitchens cooking for our customers for many years to come.”

A highlight of the new building is its state-of-the-art kitchen. Across the country, US Foods Kitchens welcome more than 10,000 restaurateurs each year who visit to collaborate on developing new menu items so they can ensure profitability and popularity for their own diners.  This facility, known as the Jackson Division, features a demonstration kitchen stocked with culinary tools, the latest A/V equipment and menu development software, allowing for training and product testing. Other notable facility features include temperature-controlled zones for optimal food safety, a significantly increased selection of fresh produce and products and two produce ripening rooms.

The new distribution center was built after the original location was destroyed by a tornado last April.  Now, more than a year later, US Foods has reconstructed a bigger and better facility that allows them to continue to support and service its Jackson and New Orleans area customers.

“This past year has been all about rebuilding, and we couldn’t have done it without help from our community,” said Smith. “The support that we’ve received just reinforces what we already knew – Flowood is one of the best business communities in the country.”

US Foods is also bringing its expertise from working with more than 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators across the country to its customers in the Jackson and New Orleans areas.  With more than 150 years of experience in the foodservice industry, US Foods has a unique understanding of the needs of today’s chefs and restaurateurs. The company’s vision and passion for innovation drives some of the most popular items on menus today and technology applications that have pioneered in the industry. To learn more about US Foods and its product offerings, visit www.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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

Contact

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

Co-op contributes $200,000 to the wildfire relief efforts in Saskatchewan and volunteers to help at evacuee centres

Co-op is stepping up its contributions to the wildfire relief efforts in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan, CANADA, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Adding to the $200,000 it has already committed this year to the Canadian Red Cross to provide training and purchase supplies to prepare for emergencies, and the efforts by individual local co-op associations, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is volunteering employees to help at evacuee centres in Saskatoon.

“It’s in times like this where we see the spirit of community, people coming together to protect and preserve their livelihoods,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda. “Co-op is part of these communities. We’re doing what we can – whether providing supplies or volunteers – to help our neighbours who are waiting to return home.”

FCL employees are going to help Red Cross with a variety of tasks at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre and SaskTel Soccer Centre. These volunteers will work in four-hour shifts to stock supplies, hand out personal services items, help with recreational activities, load and unload trucks and perform general clean-up.

FCL, on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), made a five-year, $1 million commitment to the Canadian Red Cross in 2013. The donation enhances community-based emergency responses throughout Western Canada.

Local Co-ops making local contributions to relief efforts

On a practical level, local Co-ops close to the wildfires are contributing heavily to relief efforts. Prince Albert Co-op has donated bottled water, diapers and other supplies for the Red Cross to provide to displaced residents at its Prince Albert centre. Dean McKim, Prince Albert Co-op’s general manager, has pitched in by personally delivering water and other supplies to the local evacuee centre. Meanwhile, the Co-op Food Store in La Ronge continues to assist military and firefighting crews with fuel and supplies, with the store’s manager Margaret Floch camping in the store parking lot to serve these crews.

Saskatoon Co-op has supplied thousands in gift cards to evacuees and continues to provide supplies to Red Cross centres in that city, while Sherwood Co-op in Regina will be donating $7,500 to the Red Cross to assist in preparing for future emergencies. This is matched by FCL as part of its five-year commitment.

Co-op’s relief efforts have been used during flooding in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba last year, as well as flooding in southern Alberta in 2013.

Whole Foods Market to open its 53,004 square-foot Green Bay Road store on July 29

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

CHICAGO, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will officially open its 53,004 square-foot Green Bay Road store Wednesday, July 29 at 9 a.m. This will be Whole Foods Market’s third location in Evanston, and 25th store in Chicagoland, featuring in-house smoked bacon and seafood, a Cuban-inspired Taqueria, along with wine, beer and coffee venues.

“Evanston residents are no stranger to Whole Foods Market, we’ve had the privilege of serving this community since 1996. At the same time, I think they are really going to be surprised and delighted with everything this store has to offer,” says Dan Gordon, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road. “For example, this store is the first Whole Foods Market in Evanston to have a beer and wine bar, a feature to please new and loyal shoppers.”

With a rotating tap of 20 draft beers, this bar will offer local and hard-to-find beers including an exclusive Evanston Pale Ale brewed by Begyle Brewing Company and a new, exclusive B.I.O. Pale Ale from Evanston-based Sketchbook Brewing Company. For the wine aficionados, Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road has the most developed wine bar of the Chicagoland stores. Cultivated by Master Sommelier, Riedel Glassware, the wine list will feature an extensive selection of palate-pleasing red, white and rose vintages to choose from. Oenophiles and beer geeks will love the classic bar fare, fresh-cut pastas, specialty cheeses and other delicacies available for pairings. A first in the Chicago area, fried shrimp, calamari, and walleye fingers will also be available to enjoy at the bar or to take home for a quick and easy meal.

For java fans, the coffee bar hosts a variety of light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks and blended beverages, full of rich flavors needed to kick-start the day or as an afternoon pick-me-up. North Shore coffee connoisseurs will also enjoy the fresh, in-house made cold brew coffee on tap.

The aroma of in-house smoked meats such as brisket, pork and chicken will permeate from the sandwich station, offering serious competition to the lunchtime classic, peanut butter and jelly. For North Shore shoppers it will be hard to decide which taco to choose, the pollo asado, ropa vieja, mojo pork or Jackfruit, at the Cuban-inspired Taqueria.

“Juicers and smoothie lovers will go bananas over the fresh fruit and vegetable blends available at the juice bar,” says Gordon. “Made with real cuts of fruit and vegetables, these smoothies and fresh pressed juices provide a boost of nutrients in a refreshing beverage. We will also offer something new, 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 to get your day going.”

Fresh breads and pastries created daily in the scratch bakery will give the community 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, a sweet treat not to be missed.
North Shore residents will also enjoy the gelato station, Neapolitan-style pizza, in-house smoked bacon and seafood, dry-aged steaks, and cut to order cheeses.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and North Shore neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One lucky customer will receive a $500 gift card.

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.

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Greenpeace names Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets

America’s Healthiest Grocery Store® earns highest score in report’s history for stringent purchasing policies, transparency and advocating for industry change

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Greenpeace named Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets. The company earned the highest overall score in the report’s nine-year history, as well as the highest individual scores for transparency, purchasing policies and private label canned tuna sourcing. This is the fifth time Whole Foods Market has earned the number one ranking.

Greenpeace’s 2015 Carting Away the Ocean’s (CATO) IX report ranks 25 major retailers in four areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and red-list inventory. Whole Foods Market’s strict purchasing policies for wild-caught and farmed fish, public advocacy, traceability requirements, canned tuna sourcing, customer education and fishmonger expertise all contributed to the company’s continued leadership in seafood sustainability.

After earning the CATO report’s top ranking in 2014, Whole Foods Market earned an even higher score in 2015 by enhancing sustainability efforts in several areas. The company launched new farmed mollusk standards, adding to its robust aquaculture standards for finfish and shrimp.

“Whole Foods Market is continuously working with our teams and stakeholders to strengthen our seafood sourcing, with the goal of creating an impact far beyond our own company.  When shoppers select sustainable seafood, they are affecting change with their buying power, supporting the fishermen and fish farmers who are producing seafood responsibly,” said Carrie Brownstein, global seafood quality standards coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Earning another top ranking from Greenpeace is an honor and we hope it inspires others in the industry to take further steps towards greater sustainability, creating a tremendous, positive change on the oceans.”

Whole Foods Market excelled in the Sustainable Seafood Policy category of the report, earning the highest score of any retailer. The company purchases as much wild-caught seafood as possible from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). For fisheries not MSC-certified, Whole Foods Market only sources from fisheries rated either green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) and The Safina Center (TSC) (formerly Blue Ocean Institute). In 2012, Whole Foods Market stopped selling all species rated red by MBA and TSC, becoming the first national grocer to make this commitment.

Greenpeace also identified Whole Foods Market’s selection of canned tuna as the best of any major U.S. retailer, an impactful category since America is the largest canned tuna market in the world. Launched in May 2014, the retailer’s Pole & Line Caught tuna is the most sustainable canned tuna option on the market. The fish in every can is caught one at a time using the pole and line method, which eliminates the bycatch of marine mammals, sharks and turtles that occurs in fisheries that use less selective fishing methods. In 2011, Whole Foods was the first retailer in the U.S. to introduce responsibly caught private label canned tuna.

Whole Foods Market excelled in Greenpeace’s labeling and transparency category for having pioneering case signs with sustainability ratings from MBA and TSC, as well as other point-of-purchase information like posters, pamphlets and knowledgeable fishmongers, along with online resources and transparent Quality Standards. The company also has full traceability from source to store, as well as dedicated port buyers selecting fish directly from the docks, and company-owned processing facilities to create a clear, direct connection to seafood sources.

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Greenpeace names Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets

Whole Foods Market’s Responsibly Farmed seafood

Rite Aid Corporation announces the promotion of Frank Ho to vice president of indirect procurement

CAMP HILL, PA, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that Frank Ho, currently senior director of indirect procurement, has been promoted to vice president of indirect procurement.

In this position, Ho will oversee the Company’s procurement strategy and all related operations, including systems, supplier and contract management. Ho will report to Frank Vitrano, Rite Aid senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

“A valued member of Rite Aid’s indirect procurement group for nearly seven years, Frank understands the importance of strategic sourcing,” said Vitrano. “His knowledge of the Company paired with his purchasing expertise will help Rite Aid meet its long-term cost management goals and we look forward to realizing the additional positive contributions from Frank and the entire indirect procurement team.”

Ho is an indirect procurement and purchasing professional with 15 years of experience. Before joining Rite Aid, Ho served as a sourcing and procurement consultant with Accenture, and held various procurement roles at American Express. Ho joined Rite Aid in 2008 as senior manager of indirect procurement before being promoted to his current role in 2013, where he was responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Company’s non-merchandise spend management processes.

Ho received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New York University; a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.; and a master’s of business administration degree from Columbia University.

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 www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft to host some of the biggest names in female golf at the Blythefield Country Club next week for its Final Field

Top names include Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Brittany Lincicome

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host some of the biggest names in female golf at the Blythefield Country Club next week. The final field includes several players on the LPGA’s Top 10 money list, including No. 1 in the world Inbee Park and Michigan native Morgan Pressel, as well as Meijer LGPA Classic defending champion Mirim Lee.

Other notable players scheduled to vie for the $2 million purse include Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr.

Two collegiate golfers – Cat Peters, of the University of Michigan, and Kaitlin Park, of Northwestern University – will join the professional golfers on the course. The two earned sponsor exemption spots into the official four-day tournament after an 18-hole qualifying tournament last month.

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full field of 144 players in the 72-hole, four-day competition being held July 21-26 at Blythefield Country Club. Tickets for the tournament are on sale at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

Please click here to see the complete field list.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised more than $600,000 for the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft or to volunteer, please visitmeijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video highlighting this year’s two sponsor exemptions, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahbtxHGzUg.

To view a video recapping the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visithttp://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. In 2014, Blythefield hosted the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org/.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.lpga.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/user/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com/.

Contacts: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

The Co-operative Food marks 50th anniversary of self-service shopping with the launch of a special ‘Back to the future’ report

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 50th anniversary of self-service shopping becoming the norm was marked today (17 July) by the launch of a special ‘Back to the future’ report by The Co-operative Food.

The Co-op’s Convenience Retailing report, which compares and contrasts food shopping in 2015 with the mid-sixties, shows how modern consumers are reverting to the buying habits of their grandparents.

The report highlights:

  • Millions are stepping back to the way  consumers used to shop for food in the 60s before the advent of huge supermarkets and fridges, freezers and microwaves
  • The modern trend of shunning the big monthly shop in favour of buying smaller amounts locally reflects exactly what was happening 50 years ago.
  • Almost half of shoppers* now no longer do a big weekly shop, while more than a third have adopted a ‘grazing’ shopping mentality

Shopping baskets in 2015** compared to 1965 show a stark difference in diet and tastes, with more convenience food now compared to more basic ingredients which were used to make the foods from scratch. In 1965 the average basket would have contained butter, meat, milk, bread, sugar, flour, eggs as well as lard, suet and yeast. In 2015 consumers are more likely to have confectionary, yogurts and desserts, crisps and snacks, in store bakery products, bananas and energy drinks.

The amount consumers spend in proportion to their income has also fallen sharply. According to the ONS***, today the average weekly expenditure is £517.30 with food and non-alcoholic drinks accounting for 11 percent of this expenditure at an average of £58.80. In 1965****, families spent 23 percent of their income on food.

In the mid-sixties there were still individual butchers and greengrocers, many operated by the Co-op, and so grocery stores concentrated on selling food in packets and tins. Another big difference was there was very little alcohol sold because drink consumed at home was generally purchased at standalone off licences.

After the Second World War, the Co-op was the first to introduce the American idea of serving yourself but it was mid-1965 before the majority of its stores had been converted from the old fashioned counter service.

The report includes a plan of how a Co-op food store would have been laid out in the mid 1960’s, highlighting how many innovations introduced back then are still recognisable to 21st century consumers.

Steve Murrells, Chief Executive, Retail said:

“After the war the Co-op pioneered relatively small self-service shops and we are again aiming to be the leading convenience operator in the UK.

“Our report shows what a typical newly-converted store would have looked like and, while today there is far more emphasis on fresh produce, many aspects of the layout are still familiar.

“In half a century much has changed while in many other ways little has altered. Many of the staples found in people’s shopping baskets in the 1960s remain, yet, there are new additions which reflect changing lifestyles and modern shopping habits.”

Top ten basket items

2015 1965
1 Milk 1 Milk
2 Bread 2 Meat, bacon & hams
3 Confectionery 3 Butter
4 Newspapers 4 Bread
5 Yoghurt and dessert 5 Sugar
6 Soft drinks 6 Canned food
7 Tinned, package groceries 7 Tea
8 Fresh vegetables 8 Soft drinks
9 Crisps and snacks 9 Flour
10 In-store bakery 10 Eggs

Download the full report

Notes to editors:
*Him! Convenience store tracking 2015
** Opinion Matters research among 2,047 UK adults in June 2015.
*** http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_385729.pdf
**** 1965 family expenditure survey

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Addlestone Co-op in 1966

Addlestone Co-op in 1966

New commissary opens at Fort Rucker, Alabama

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Silofa Orr set her alarm for 5:30 a.m. July 15, something she doesn’t normally do during the summer, especially now that she is pregnant and due in three weeks.

She had her two school-aged children and her 1 year old dressed and in the car by 6:30 and on their way to join hundreds of other service members and their families to be among the first shoppers to see the inside of their new commissary at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Orr has been at Fort Rucker for two years. Her husband is an instructor pilot with the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence there. Orr said she had counted down the days waiting for the new commissary’s opening.

“I’m from the city and this store is big. It makes me feel like I’m home,” said Orr after having gone through the produce and meat departments. “The meat looks great – fresh. I love it, honestly. This is going to be wonderful for my family and the military here at Fort Rucker.”

Also at the commissary early was Director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency Joseph H. Jeu. In his comments to the crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony he said, “I want you to know that we at the Defense Commissary Agency take pride in both serving and being an essential part of the military community. More than 60 percent of our employees have a connection to the military, either by serving themselves or through a family member. We exist solely to provide the commissary benefit for you – current and retired service members and your families.”

Jeu also explained how commissary shoppers played a big role in making the new facility possible. “I’m sometimes asked, ‘Where does the surcharge money go?’ Well, it goes right back into the commissaries. It’s used to build new stores and renovate old ones. You can see that here today,” he said.

Inside the store, sales promotions and product samplings were a hit with customers, as were the Commissary Gift Cards and other prizes offered by DeCA’s industry partners and vendors as a way to thank soldiers and their families for their service.

Sgt. Krystal Perryman, a non-commissioned officer who handles administrative duties for the 6th Military Police Detachment at Fort Rucker, was shopping for her five children and husband, Warrant Officer DeBrandon Perryman, a pilot training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center.

Perryman said the commissary was important to her family to keep their budget on track. “We save at least $150 a month at the commissary, especially during school time when we have to pack lunches.”

Store Director Bobby Ward was proud as a peacock to be opening the new Fort Rucker store. “Service members and their families make sacrifices every day,” he said. “My entire staff is thrilled we can now serve our deserving customers in this beautiful store.

“Just look at this fresh produce, it can’t be beat,” Ward added. “And we have an international delicatessen and bakery with delicious goods, sushi to-go and rotisserie chicken.”

The new commissary’s sales floor is 50 percent larger than the store it replaced a few blocks down the road. The old store had served the Fort Rucker community since 1969. Not as easily noticeable are the new store’s energy-saving design features that make it a more environmentally friendly facility.

By checkout time Orr had a cart overflowing with enough food she estimated would last her family for a week. “Shopping in the commissary makes a big difference in our grocery bill,” she said. “I come here often and know most of the cashiers and baggers. I’ll be back next week for more.”

For store hours and other information visit the Fort Rucker store page.

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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissary Gift Cards – available to anyone online and in-store for authorized shoppers

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking for a gift to please your favorite military service member, but running short on ideas? Have you scoured the Web, searching online offer after online offer, trying to find that special gift with the best bang for your hard-earned buck? Look no further than your local commissary.

Commissary Gift Cards – available to anyone online and in-store for authorized shoppers – are a unique way to give the gift of groceries. And with the commissary’s average savings of 30 percent built in, you know you’re getting maximum value for your gift dollar, whether as an organization or individual gift giver.

Maybe that’s why the gift card program, which entered its fifth year June 29, has proved to be so popular. “We do about $5 million a year in gift card sales,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “When you look at it, the cards have provided more than 560,000 gifts of groceries, worth more than $19 million.”

Also, according to Bunch, a Commissary Gift Card is more likely to be used than other types of gift cards. “Our redemption rate is really phenomenal,” he said, adding that almost 90 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed. “The average redemption rate for a standard gift card is about 75 percent.”

Here are some Commissary Gift Card quick facts:

  • Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as the website. Just use the “Place your order” button on the Gift Cards page.
  • Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
  • Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
  • There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 at a time.
  • The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the U.S.
  • To check card balances, use the “Check Your Balance” button on the Gift Cards page.

For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.

Customers who still have unused gift vouchers, the precursor to the gift card, may still redeem them through Aug. 31, 2016, regardless of the expiration date printed on it. After that date, DeCA will no longer accept the vouchers as a form of payment.

Note: For graphics related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Dollar Tree, Inc. announces the appointment of Michael Witynski as Chief Operating Officer

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, announced today that Michael Witynski has been named Chief Operating Officer.

As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Witynski, age 52, will be responsible for Store Operations of Dollar Tree bannered stores in the United States, Real Estate for Dollar Tree bannered stores in the U.S. and all Retail Operations and Real Estate in Canada. Mr. Witynski has served as Senior Vice President of Stores since joining Dollar Tree in 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he held executive positions at Shaw’s Supermarkets and Supervalu, Inc. during his 29-year career in the grocery industry. Mr. Witynski will report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Sasser stated, “We are pleased to announce Mike’s recent promotion to Chief Operating Officer. Mike is an accomplished retailer. He has been a key leader in Dollar Tree’s continued growth and operating performance since joining the Company in 2010. In addition to leading store operations at Dollar Tree stores, Mike will be assuming the responsibilities of real estate for the Dollar Tree banner in the U.S. and all retail operations in Canada. This leadership appointment is a component of our ongoing integration following our Family Dollar acquisition.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, now operates more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, Deals and Family Dollar. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Kingfisher given the seal of approval by the design industry after receiving several awards for innovative product design

LONDON, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has been given the seal of approval by the design industry after receiving several awards for innovative product design. In France, the jury of the ‘Observeur du Design’ 2016 Awards gave a winner’s ‘label’ to four of Kingfisher’s products, including a MacAllister lawnmower with sliding handles and a cordless hammer drill. In a separate competition in Germany, Kingfisher scooped the coveted ‘Winner of the Red Dot Product Design Award’ for 2015 for its Verve range of garden cutting tools.

Commenting on the awards, Arja Taaveniku, Kingfisher’s Chief Offer and Supply Chain Officer, said:  “We are delighted to have been recognised internationally for our product design and I congratulate our Kingfisher sourcing and offer teams for their work with these ranges. Developing a unique, leading and effective offer is central to our plans to create a single, unified company where customer needs come first. This is an exciting time for Kingfisher and we are working hard on the next phase of product development, including a unique garden and bathroom offer that will be sold across Europe.”

The winning products were as follows:

‘Observeur du Design’ label 2016

MacAllister sliding handle lawnmower – light and easy to manoeuvre, the retractable sliding handle and foldable grass collector make it easier to store. Available in Castorma France and Poland, B&Q UK, Brico Depot Spain, Koçtaş Turkey

MacAllister cordless hammer drill – Easy to manipulate. Incorporates three LED lights to give better visibility. 3 in 1 function: Screwdriver, Drill and Pneumatic hammer. Visible Rotation enables the user to see whether the drill is screwing or unscrewing. Available in Castorama France

Sealmate – sealant applicator. Easy grip and comfortable to use. The silicone container gives the user better control of the mortar flow and the nozzle provides better precision during application (reducing wastage). Available in Castorama Poland, Castorama France (from July 2015)

The Door Chime DC7 – With a 100 m operating range, this wire free doorbell alerts you when someone is at the door even if you are in the garden thanks to its rechargeable portable unit. Charger function (smartphones, tablets etc.), four sounds, a flash light (silent signal) and vibration signal. Available in B&Q UK and Castorama France

These four products will be exhibited at the Cité des Sciences in Paris for a year from December 2015.

‘Red Dot Product Design Award’ 2015

Verve range of cutting tools for gardens

Verve cutting tools. These garden loppers use fiberglass technology and have an integrated multi-level gearing system to improve the cutting ability of the carbon steel blades. Ergonomic handles and the non-skid material increases safety. Available at B&Q UK and Castorama France

On the Verve winning entry the Red Dot international jury commented: “These cutting tools establish themselves as a functionally sophisticated product solution. The high-grade materials ensure efficient and comfortable work in the garden.’”

For more details contact:

Isabelle Thomas
0207 644 1286

About Kingfisher
Kingfisher plc is a leading European home improvement retailer which operates over 1,100 stores in 10 countries in Europe. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher also operates the Koçtaş brand, a 50% joint venture in Turkey with the Koç Group

For more information about Kingfisher plc and our own brand portfolio go to www.kingfisher.com.

About the Observeur du Design
Supported by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and by the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital, the awards celebrate good design practices, raise awareness of design as a key differentiator and as a source of alternatives for the future. The Observeur du Design accredits products, services or spaces, that are innovative, ambitious and prospective and celebrate good design practices. http://www.apci.asso.fr/observeur

About the Red Dot Awards
The Red Dot Design Award is an international product design, communication design and design concept prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The Red Dot is an internationally recognised quality seal and not only the largest and most recognised product competition in the world, but also the most international. The competition is open to several fields of manufacturing, including but not limited to furniture, home appliances, machines, cars and tools. The winning products are presented in the Red Dot design museum in Essen. http://en.red-dot.org/