EROSKI abre hoy su sexto supermercado en Bizkaia en 2015

  • El establecimiento, situado en Berriz, cuenta con atención personalizada en mostrador en pescadería, carnicería y charcutería
  • La cooperativa colaboró con más de 2.000 proveedores vascos el pasado ejercicio, con un volumen de compras superior a los 600 millones de euros anuales

Berriz, SPAIN, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy un supermercado franquiciado con la enseña EROSKI/city en el número 39 de la calle Iturriza de Berriz. Se trata del sexto establecimiento abierto en Bizkaia por la cooperativa en 2015. La cooperativa afianza así la implantación del nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”, cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable, y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria.

El nuevo EROSKI/city dispone de un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marcas propias y productores locales para garantizar la libertad de elección de los consumidores. El establecimiento cuenta con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, en sus 313 metros cuadrados. Las referencias saludables también ganan peso con un surtido más amplio. El supermercado dispone de venta asistida en mostrador en las secciones de pescadería, carnicería y charcutería, en su esfuerzo por garantizar atención personalizada a los clientes.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en EROSKI Club, el nuevo programa de relación de los Socios-Cliente con la marca, que ofrece descuentos hasta del 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club.

“El modelo EROSKI/city presenta un supermercado para realizar una compra rápida y cómoda, con una amplia gama de surtido donde elegir, con productos de primera necesidad y gamas líderes. Pero lo que diferencia este modelo es la oferta de productos frescos y locales, cada vez más apreciados por el consumidor”, destaca Enrique Martínez, director de Franquicias de EROSKI.

Productos locales

La política comercial de EROSKI es potenciar al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. En este sentido la cooperativa comercializa más de 9.000 productos elaborados en el País Vasco.

Estos productos locales, y en especial todos los alimentos frescos de temporada, cuentan con un especial protagonismo en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos. La cooperativa colaboró el pasado ejercicio con más de 2.000 proveedores vascos con un volumen de compra superior a los 600 millones de euros.

52 nuevas franquicias en la primera mitad del año

Con la apertura de este nuevo supermercado franquiciado en Berriz EROSKI afianza su plan de expansión a través del modelo de franquicia. Durante los seis primeros meses de 2015 la cooperativa ha abierto 52 tiendas franquiciadas, que han generado 350 puestos de trabajo. La inversión realizada ha sido superior a los 11 millones de euros. EROSKI prevé cerrar el ejercicio con 100 nuevos establecimientos franquiciados.

“Avanzamos según lo definido en nuestro Plan Estratégico, gracias a un equipo muy especializado de personas volcadas en asesorar al franquiciado tanto en las fases de estudio y definición del proyecto y lanzamiento de las nuevas tiendas, como en el seguimiento de la actividad en los supermercados franquiciados ya consolidados”, concluye Martínez.

 

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EROSKI abre hoy su sexto supermercado en Bizkaia en 2015

EROSKI abre hoy su sexto supermercado en Bizkaia en 2015

British Land announces the sale of 39 Victoria Street, SW1 to Singaporean property company Ho Bee Land for £144 million

LONDON, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — British Land announces that it has exchanged contracts for the sale of 39 Victoria Street, SW1 to Singaporean property company Ho Bee Land for a gross purchase price of £144 million (net price of c. £139 million after deduction of rent free top up).  Ho Bee Land is quoted on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange and owns assets in London including 1 St Martin’s Le Grand, 60 St Martin’s Lane and Rose Court.

39 Victoria Street is a 10 storey office building, totalling 98,000 sq ft including retail space on the ground floor.  It was acquired by British Land in 2009 for £40 million and was substantially refurbished in 2013.  It is let in its entirety to The Corporate Officer of The House of Commons until September 2029 with a break in July 2026 at a total rent of c. £6 million per annum.

This transaction is in line with our capital recycling strategy and comes three months after the acquisition of One Sheldon Square at Paddington Central, where we are on site at 4 Kingdom Street and progressing our plans to improve the public realm.

Tim Roberts, Head of Offices at British Land, said:
“39 Victoria Street has been a good investment for us and is an excellent example of how we do business.  Our refurbishment delivered a high quality building and attracted a high calibre occupier on a profitable lease.  The timing of the disposal allows us to benefit from strong investment markets, and to allocate capital most appropriately across our business.”

Mayer Brown and Knight Frank acted for British Land.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations
Sally Jones, British Land 020 7467 2942
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Guy Lamming, Finsbury 020 7251 3801
Gordon Simpson, Finsbury

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

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British Land announces the sale of 39 Victoria Street, SW1 to Singaporean property company Ho Bee Land for £144 million

British Land announces the sale of 39 Victoria Street, SW1 to Singaporean property company Ho Bee Land for £144 million

Marks & Spencer joined forces with Joanna Lumley to launch new initiative Spark Something Good

LONDON, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today joined forces with Joanna Lumley to launch Spark Something Good. The new initiative aims to inspire and motivate employees and customers around the country to grab a shovel, pick up a paintbrush and take action for social good – donating time to their local communities to improve lives up and down the country.

Today in London, M&S, its customers and employees, along with members of local communities, will be completing 24 community projects around the capital in 24 hours. Led by Joanna and CEO Marc Bolland, the company aims to spark its 34 million customers into action by showing just what can be achieved in just one day when people come together united by a common goal.

Projects set to be completed within 24 hours include the transformation of an unused central London rooftop into a colourful children’s play area, renovating a community farmyard, providing a new dining room for a busy soup kitchen and the planting of an edible garden. Projects include St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and Brixton Soup Kitchen.

The launch will kick off projects in a further 24 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland over the next 24 months.

A newly created Spark Something Good website –www.marksandspencer.com/getinvolved – has been developed in partnership with the social network for social good, Neighbourly.com. The site shows the local fundraising and volunteering opportunities that every one of M&S’ owned stores are involved in. Every store has chosen a local charity of the year to fundraise for and support, meaning customers who can’t volunteer time or skills have the opportunity to make a difference in the community through donations in store.

The site incorporates project information from the Neighbourly.com social network which acts as a matchmaking service between local projects and people who want to help. M&S is a founding partner of Neighbourly.com.

Connecting with this wider network enables M&S customers and employees to get involved with their local community, from spending time with the elderly, to renovating community facilities, it will enable them to take part in positive action in their own backyard. Through the digital platform people will also be empowered to promote their own community projects and in doing so find new sources of funding and collaboration partners to make a difference in the communities they live and work in.

M&S developed Spark Something Good following extensive research and dialogue which revealed that getting involved in community projects enhanced people’s lives.

Joanna Lumley, M&S Spark Something Good ambassador, comments: “This isn’t just about today or even tomorrow. It’s about the cumulative effect of people giving back to their community over time. We want to make people happy and spark a relay of good deeds across the nation and we need your help now! The potential is simply enormous.

“People tell us they’d like to support local charities and they want to give hands-on help and see lives being changed. Donating time is just as valuable as giving money and is often more rewarding.”

Marc Bolland, Marks & Spencer CEO, said: “M&S people and customers have always helped in their local community, by working together we know we can achieve even more by volunteering or making a donation to a charity that matters locally. We know the positive impact it can have and that a healthy high street needs a healthy community to support it. That’s why we’re making it easy to get involved and asking our people and customers to Spark Something Good.”

Nick Davies, Founder of Neighbourly adds: “Finding community projects and matching them to people willing to help has always been difficult. We have worked with Marks & Spencer to bring the latest digital technology to empower the public to get involved with community projects on their own doorsteps. Anyone can take part and importantly it’s about people with energy, good ideas and vision. You don’t need to be a formal charity to get your idea off the ground. You just need a bright idea for social good. With the help of M&S and Spark Something Good, we can then direct local energy and enthusiasm to exactly where it is needed.”

Whatever an individual’s passion – from photography to DIY and gardening to cookery – there will be something for everyone on the Neighbourly network so that people can ensure their skills are put to use in their communities.

Spark Something Good is part of Plan A, M&S’s ground-breaking eco and ethical programme. M&S has a long history of giving something back to the community. In the past seven years M&S has raised more than £50 million for charity partners, raised £15 million for Oxfam through its Shwopping initiative and encouraged its employees to volunteer by allowing an annual, paid volunteer day.

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Further information

UNITY PR, 0207 440 9810

hazel@hellounity.com, mariana@hellounity.com or alice@hellounity.com

About Plan A
Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s sustainable business plan that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges. Launched in 2007, the plan is focused on customer, employee and supplier engagement and includes commitments that tackle issues such as climate change, waste, raw materials, health and being a fair partner.

About Neighbourly
Neighbourly.com is the internet platform that connects local projects with people and organisations who want to help. They do this by breaking down traditional barriers to finding and giving help – neighbourly is a friendly network of companies, individuals, charities, councils, institutions and community groups.

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Lowe’s donates $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for improvement and renovation projects at 19 of its Clubs across the country

ATLANTA, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced today Lowe’s donation of $1 million for improvement and renovation projects at 19 of its Clubs across the country. Lowe’s grants vary per Club and will fund needed repairs and upgrades including safety enhancements, new flooring, kitchen expansions and new porches.

Lowe’s support helps local Clubs make critical improvements to ensure they remain safe and inviting places for youth who need them most. At many locations, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers also donate their time and talent to help Clubs complete their projects efficiently and safely.

“Lowe’s continues to be a valued partner that provides essential renovations and improvements for Clubs nationwide,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “This $1 million investment helps Clubs to continue to provide welcoming and engaging environments where our members can feel safe and continue to achieve great futures.”

Since 2009, Lowe’s has contributed $6 million in grants and thousands of volunteer hours to fund improvements at more than 120 Clubs. In 2014, Lowe’s support helped update 20 Clubs with improvements that reflected a variety of facility needs, including improving a Club’s energy efficiency, planting a garden and renovating a kitchen.

“Lowe’s is committed to supporting the future leaders of our communities,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs which provide safe places for youth across the country to learn and grow and start on the path to a great future.”

As part of this year’s donation, the following Clubs will receive a grant:

Alabama

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama – Ozark, AL

$14,000 for a kitchen renovation and modification

 

Arkansas

Boys & Girls Club of Saline County – Benton, AR

$37,000 for upgrades to electrical system

 

California

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County – Fresno, CA

$50,000 for new flooring and electrical updates to gym

 

Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos – San Marcos, CA

$50,000 for kitchen renovation and appliance upgrades

 

District of Columbia

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington – Washington, DC

$50,000 for safety upgrades including entrance area, games room, lighting, and security system and intrusion detection

 

Georgia

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County – Gainesville, GA

$50,000 for safety upgrades including bathroom facilities, flooring and lighting

 

Illinois

Boys & Girls Club of Elgin – Elgin, IL

$45,000 for kitchen expansion to support more nutritional needs

 

Louisiana

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana – Lafayette, LA

$50,000 for roof repair, upgrades to gym including re-flooring, removal of bleachers and painting, renovation of music room and teen center

 

Michigan

Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills – Brimley, MI

$50,000 for new heating system for the facility

 

New York

Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh, Inc. – Newburgh, NY

$50,000 for renovation of four classrooms, teen center and porch attached to main building

 

North Carolina

Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland County – Shelby, NC

$38,000 for bathroom renovation, update to check-in area

 

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

$50,000 for a gym floor renovation

 

Oregon

Boys & Girls Club of Albany – Albany, OR

$23,000 for classroom renovations that will support youth in educational, arts and technology programs

 

Rhode Island

Boys & Girls Club of East Providence – East Providence, RI

$50,000 for the addition of three more classrooms and bathroom facilities

 

Tennessee

Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area – Madisonville, TN

$25,000 for new carpeting and flooring, replacing air conditioning and painting of facility

 

Texas

Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, Inc. – Marble Falls, TX

$43,000 for fixing floors, windows and walls, upgrade in lighting and security system

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin, Inc. – Odessa, TX

$20,000 for a porch to expand Club programming and prevent water damage

 

Virginia

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck – Kilmarnock, VA

$20,000 for renovation of existing space to add kitchen and bathroom

 

Southside Boys & Girls Club – Norfolk, VA

$33,000 for ceiling tiles and flooring paint 

 

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

ABOUT LOWE’S
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

For customer inquiries:
1-800-445-6937

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Unilever and Walgreens partner to help provide 15 million gallons of clean water to developing communities

Purchase of Select Unilever Products at Walgreens to Trigger Donation of Clean Water Overseas*

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NEW JERSEY, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Announced today, Unilever and Walgreens have joined forces for the first time with Me to We to provide customers with a new way to make a positive impact on the world through everyday purchases. Give H2OPE to Others (#GiveH2OPE) enables Walgreens customers to make a life-changing difference for children and families in need. Beginning July 26 and through Sept. 30, purchases made at Walgreens of select Unilever TRESemmé ®, Suave® or Caress® products will help provide up to 15 million gallons of clean water to developing communities.

“Walgreens is dedicated to championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, and by offering programs that reflect this mission we aim to make it easy for customers to take part and help make a difference,” said Walgreens President Alex Gourlay.  “We look forward to supporting our customers as they participate in this meaningful cause to make a true impact.”

A unique collaboration between the consumer packaged goods, retail and non-profit sectors, Give H2OPE to Othersleverages a sustainable international development model to help benefit families in rural areas. The program will engage consumers with brands they know and love, while empowering them to make a difference through simple actions taken at home. The donation from one Unilever product purchase will supply five gallons of clean water to families and communities in rural Kenya.

“At Unilever, we believe a purpose-driven business can drive profit and positive social impact,” said Todd Tillemans, Corporate SVP, President Customer Development, Unilever. “We’re also seeing results that map against this belief, as we watch our brands with a strong social purpose become larger business drivers. This partnership is yet another proof point of our commitment to creating a bright future for the next generations, and  is an example of our continued work to build a movement nationwide that inspires Americans to take small actions every day that can add up to making a big difference.”

The partnership ladders up to sustainability initiatives that are priorities for both Unilever and Walgreens, and was designed to help show that even the smallest steps can have a large-scale social impact – such as making purchase decisions that positively impact others. The donations triggered from these purchases will supply clean water that helps reduce the incidence of waterborne disease and illness, and will cut time spent collecting water – allowing students to spend more time in the classroom, and increase time spent towards productive activities like farming or working.

Launched in 2010, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) sets out to double the size of Unilever’s business while reducing the company’s environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. The company continues to make progress against the rigorous goals set forth in the plan, including enhancing livelihoods for millions around the world. This partnership with a retailer is the first time that the USLP has been realized through a direct impact tied to product purchase, encouraging consumers to join Unilever on their journey to pave the way for a bright future.

Walgreens today continues a long-standing tradition of meaningful corporate citizenship that addresses the evolving needs of its customers and communities. As part of its efforts to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens focuses on corporate social responsibility programs that impact the community, environment, workplace and marketplace.

Consumers will not only be contributing to the cause through their purchases, but also can track the impact to see how their actions contribute to the donation goal. The Me to We ‘Track Your Impact’ function at www.walgreens.com/trackyourimpact allows customers to enter the UPC code for each TRESemmé ®, Suave® or Caress® product purchased at Walgreens and see the effect their small action has.

“Clean water isn’t a luxury; it’s a basic human right. The Give H2OPE to Others campaign will provide five gallons of clean water that can be used for drinking, basic household activities and drip irrigation for household gardens,” says Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder, Me to We.  “This partnership will ultimately make a tremendous impact in the lives of so many families overseas, helping to break the cycle of poverty for many.”

For more information on the partnership, visit www.walgreens.com/trackyourimpact.

* Between 7/26/15 and 9/30/15, for every purchase of a Suave®, TRESemmé® or Caress® product at participating Walgreens or Duane Reade, six cents will be donated to the Me to We Foundation, up to $200,000. The Me to We Foundation will allocate 100% of all funds received to provide clean water to families through Free The Children. For more information about the Me to We Foundation, visit www.metowe.com/foundation. Purchases are not tax deductible. Not valid in Puerto Rico or US Virgin Islands.

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About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Refreshments, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190 countries. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Fruttare, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe, TRESemmé and Vaseline.  All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating approximately $8.5 billion in sales in 2014.  Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aims to double the size of its business, while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. The USLP is Unilever’s strategic response to the challenges businesses face operating in an uncertain and volatile world. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

All of Unilever’s global factory network, as well as its US non-manufacturing facilities and dedicated distribution centers, have achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill status.

For more information on Unilever US and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com
To connect with Unilever US via Facebook visit: www.facebook.com/unileverusa

To connect with Unilever US via Twitter follow: @unileverusa
To learn more about taking small actions that can make a big difference visit: https://www.brightfuture.unilever.us

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,240 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About Me to We and the Me to We Foundation
Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious products and services, to help individuals change the world through daily choices.  The work of Me to We and the Me to We Foundation supports international development partner Free The Children’s holistic and sustainable international development model that works to remove barriers to education and to empower communities overseas to break the cycle of poverty. With two decades of experience in countries around the world, we have helped to empower substantial and sustainable change for entire communities.

To contact Walgreens media relations, please email media@walgreens.com or call 847-315-2921

West Creek Aquaculture and Federated Co-operatives Limited partner to bring more sustainably raised seafood to Western Canadian shoppers

Saskatoon, CANADA, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — West Creek Aquaculture and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) are partnering to bring more sustainably raised seafood to Western Canadian shoppers.

West Creek Pacific Coho Salmon, recommended by Ocean Wise and SeaChoice as a best choice for sustainability, is now available in all 170 Co-op Food Stores. West Creek is also distributing its Coho Salmon through The Grocery People, a wholly owned subsidiary of FCL that supplies independent grocery stores across Western Canada.

“We’re the only company in Canada producing Coho salmon on land for customers,” said Don Read, president of Willowfield Enterprises.

West Creek Aquaculture, a division of Willowfield Enterprises Ltd., farms its Pacific Coho in closed containment facilities in Vancouver’s lower mainland. The salmon are raised in fresh water without the use of antibiotics, chemicals or growth hormones. Without the risk of escapement, they pose no risk to wild populations of fish, while a recirculating aquaculture system reduces the demand on ground water. West Creek already delivered the world’s first sockeye salmon grown on land in 2013.

“Last year, Co-op purchased and sold more sustainably raised seafood than ever before,” said Ron Welke, Associate Vice-President Food, FCL. “This partnership will help us expand on that success through our Reel in the Solution program, which provides Co-op shoppers with the most sustainable seafood available.”

Co-op continues to respond to customers’ need for sustainable seafood options by working with suppliers such as West Creek Aquaculture and SeaChoice, a consortium of Canadian conservation organizations that assess the environmental sustainability of seafood products. SeaChoice ranks and labels seafood products based on how they are caught or farmed.

Co-op adopted the SeaChoice ranking system in 2012 and has increased the amount of sustainably raised seafood in its food stores since then.

“It’s an exciting time to see that consumer demand has helped to create a market for these innovative solutions that are addressing big problems in our oceans,” said Lana Gunnlaugson of SeaChoice.

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Whole Foods Market announces the promotion of Jason Buechel from global VP and CIO to EVP and CIO

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced that Jason Buechel has been promoted from global vice president and chief information officer to executive vice president and chief information officer, becoming the newest member of the executive team effective immediately.

Buechel retains responsibility for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market.

“Technology is essential to our customer experience, our team member experience, our ability to compete, and our ability to effectively deliver return on invested capital,” said Glenda Flanagan, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Whole Foods Market. “Jason has made significant contributions to improve our front- and back-end technology, and we believe it is essential for this vital element of our business to be represented at the executive decision-making level.”

Since joining Whole Foods Market in 2012, Buechel has continuously improved the Company’s information technology infrastructure, launching several new major platforms and initiatives such as Workday, One POS, the Company’s pilot Affinity shopper rewards program, and delivery partnership with Instacart.

Prior to joining Whole Foods Market, Buechel spent 12 years at Accenture, where he was most recently managing director and partner in  that company’s  retail operations practice, leading the retail channels practice for North America.

Whole Foods Market announces the promotion of Jason Buechel from global VP and CIO to EVP and CIOJason Buechel

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market. A member of the company’s executive leadership team, he oversees the global technology team in Austin, Texas and the company’s twelve regional offices located across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

 

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

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-8-3— /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 www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3942, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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

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

Morrisons crowned 2015 Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge Awards

Bradford, England, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons has been crowned 2015 Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge Awards (IWC), beating off stiff competition from Waitrose and M&S (winners in 2013 and 2014).

The IWC merchant awards are considered the ‘Oscars’ of wine retail and are amongst the most prestigious in the wine world.

The IWC Supermarket of the Year gong is given to the retailer who is best able to prove the quality, value and service credentials of their wine offering. It’s the first time Morrisons has won.

Morrisons’ own brand wines scooped a total of 87 awards in the 2015 IWC competition. It was the only supermarket to win gold for own-label Grüner-Veltliner, an Austrian grape variety currently trending on the UK wine scene. It also scored gold for its own-label M Signature 1er Cru Chablis (£14.99), which was judged to be the same quality (gold) as wines costing three times as much e.g. Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots RRP £49.99.

This latest endorsement of Morrisons drinks comes after the recent win at The Drinks Business Awards, where the Morrisons BWS (Beers, Wines and Spirits) team took the prestigious 2015 Retail Buying Team of the Year Award.

Mark Jarman, Senior Wine Sourcing Manager at Morrisons, said: “Over the past three years we have completely revolutionised our wine offer; we’ve worked hard to develop a range that is both exciting and great value, which demystifies wine and encourages our customers to buy with confidence. We strive to ensure that every product in our range offers fantastic quality and brilliant value for money and this is a tremendous accolade.”

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Peapod introduces easier way to enjoy fresh and local seasonal produce by offering Peapod Local Farm Box

Teaming with FarmLogix, Peapod adds even more selection to make savoring local summer produce easier than ever

QUINCY, MA, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Peapod.com, the country’s leading online grocer, is making it even easier to enjoy fresh and local seasonal produce by offering a new Peapod Local Farm Box. Throughout the summer, Peapod customers in New York City, New Jersey, Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC , Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin will have the option of adding a box of produce from local farms to their virtual grocery cart. Developed in partnership with Farmlogix, a company that connects local farmers to businesses, Peapod’s Local Farm Box is a convenient alternative to committing to a season-long Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) farm share. At $34.99 a box, the Peapod Local Farm Box is a low-cost and flexible way for consumers to support local farmers while enjoying the convenience of home delivery.

Peapod customers will be able to order Peapod’s Farm Box beginning in late June or early July depending on location. Each box will contain five unique items from local farms, with approximately 10 – 14 pounds of produce per box. Items included will vary weekly depending on the farmers’ harvest and Peapod customers can view what’s included in each week’s box, along with recipes and a feature on the source farmers, when placing their orders.

“We know our customers love supporting local farms and enjoying the best, fresh produce in season, which is why we’re so excited to introduce the Local Farm Box,” said Peg Merzbacher, vice president of regional marketing for Peapod. “It’s easy to add the Farm Box to your grocery order and have it delivered along with your favorite national and store brands.”

Peapod’s Local Farm Box is one of many innovative offerings from the leading online grocer to meet the evolving needs of the modern grocery shopper. Peapod also recently released a refreshed mobile application to make shopping easier than ever, including Order Genius, an intuitive technology that can predict a customer’s order based on purchases made on Peapod.com and at Stop & Shopand Giant stores. To learn more about Peapod, visit www.Peapod.com or the brand’s social media channels @PeapodDelivers.

About Peapod
Peapod – an Ahold USA company – is the country’s leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets throughout Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy households, today Peapod has delivered more than 30 million grocery orders. Customers can order online or on Peapod’s free mobile app for delivery to homes and workplaces or pick-up at many convenient locations. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (1.800.573.2763), e-mail service@peapod.com or visit www.peapod.com.

Contact:
Peg Merzbacher
(617) 770-6259
Peg.merzbacher@ahold.com

Lindsay Durr
(617) 585-5782
ldurr@360pr.com

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. reports consolidated net income growth of 90% to PHP18.7 billion from PHP9.8 billion in the first half of 2015

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, registered a consolidated net income growth of 90% to PHP18.7 billion from PHP9.8 billion in the first half of 2015. Excluding one–time trading gains on the sale of marketable securities, the company’s recurring income grew by 15% year-on-year to PHP11.2 billion.

Meanwhile, consolidated revenues grew by 8% to PHP35.9 billion from PHP33.3 billion in the first six months of 2015, mainly driven by the continued growth in rental revenues as well as higher revenue recognition on completed projects of its real estate business.

“The strong financial performance posted by SM Prime in the first half of the year is reflective of the benefits derived from a diversified property portfolio as both rental and developmental incomes contributed to the overall performance of the company. The sustained growth could be attributed to the consolidation of SM Prime, which resulted to a strong balance sheet that allowed us to pursue all projects as planned. We are confident that we can sustain this growth in the long-term.” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy said.

Rental revenues from retail and commercial spaces, accounted for 54.2% of the consolidated revenues, recording a 10% gain to PHP19.4 billion from PHP17.7 billion in the first half 2015. The growth in rental revenues was mainly driven by rising contribution from the new malls and the expansion of shopping spaces in existing malls in 2013 and 2014. These include SM Aura Premier, SM City BF Parañaque, Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall, SM City Cauayan, SM Center Angono and the expansion of SM City Bacolod with a total gross floor area of 652,000 square meters.

Growth was also propelled by the increase in SM Prime’s office spaces. Aside from the recently launched SM Cyberwest in Quezon City, SM Prime unveiled FiveE-com Center at the MOA Complex last May 2015 which is already fully occupied. Meanwhile, same-store rental remained at 7%, sustaining the growth posted in 2014.

SM Prime’s real estate sales which contributed 34.2% to consolidated revenues, was up by 3% to PHP12.3 billion from PHP 11.9 billion in the same period last year. This allowed the group to post an 8% increase in net income to PHP3.0 billion. Growth was primarily due to the increase in the sales take-up and higher construction accomplishment of projects launched in 2010 to 2013 namely Wind Residences in Tagaytay, Green Residences in Manila, Breeze Residences in Manila, Grace Residences in Taguig, Shore Residences in Pasay, and Trees Residences in Quezon City.

The housing group’s reservation sales grew by 24% year-on-year to 6,868 units in the first half of 2015 translating to a 28% increase in value worth PHP18.8 billion from PHP14.7 billion in the first half of 2014. Most of the reservation sales were generated from Air Residences, Shore Residences, Shore 2 Residences, Fame Residences and Grace Residences in Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong and Taguig City, respectively.

Cinema and event ticket sales, accounted for 6.6% of consolidated revenues, recovered in the second quarter registering a 7% year-on-year increase to PHP1.4 billion as compared to a decline year-on-year of 8% to almost PHP1.0 billion the previous quarter. This brought cinema and event ticket sales to PHP2.4 billion in the first half of 2015, almost flat from the same period last year. The recovery of ticket sales in the second quarter were due to big Hollywood movies like “Avengers – Age of Ultron,” “Fast and Furious 7” and “Jurassic World”.

Meanwhile, consolidated costs on real estate declined 1% to PHP6.7 billion compared with last year’s PHP6.8 billion. The decrease was attributed to the improving cost efficiencies, tighter monitoring and control of construction costs implemented since 2012. This boosted gross profit margin on real estate sales from 43% in 2014 to 46% in first half 2015. Net income margin likewise improved from 23% to 24% in the same period.

In the first half of the 2015, SM Prime opened SM Megacenter Cabanatuan and SM City San Mateo last April and May, respectively, bringing the total Philippine operating malls to 52 with a GFA of almost 6.6 million sqm. For the rest of the year, SM Prime is set to open one mall in Metro Manila, SM Center Sangandaan in Caloocan, and two malls outside Metro Manila namely SM City Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija, and SM Seaside City Cebu. The company is also expanding two existing malls, SM City Lipa in Batangas and SM City Iloilo. Combined, these new and expanded malls will have a total GFA of almost 716,000 sqm. By the end of 2015, SM Prime will have 55 malls in the Philippines and six malls in China with an estimated combined GFA of 8.3 million sqm.

SM Prime currently has 26 residential projects in the market, 24 of which are in Metro Manila and two in Tagaytay. For 2015, SM Prime’s residential arm SM Development Corporation will launch at least five new condominiums with about 12,000-15,000 units in total in the cities of Taguig, Quezon, Mandaluyong, Tagaytay, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasay at the Mall of Asia Complex.

For hotels and convention centers, Conrad Manila in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay and Park Inn by Radisson Clark in Pampanga are expected to open in the last quarter of 2015.

SM Prime will remain committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

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For further information, please contact:
Alex Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its first store in North Dakota on August 7th at Hay Creek Shops in Bismarck, ND

PITTSBURGH, PA, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its first store in North Dakota and 620th store nationwide on Friday, August 7th at Hay Creek Shops in Bismarck, ND(1451 East LaSalle Drive).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, August 9th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

Former quarterback Brooks Bollinger** will make an in-store appearance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and 11:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

“DICK’S Sporting Goods is excited to become a member of the Bismarck community with the opening of our newest location,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We look forward to serving the athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in Bismarck and inspiring them to achieve their personal best.”

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in sports and outdoor specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.

Visit DICKS.com/Bismarck for details and LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook for the latest information on local appearances, special events and brand activations.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card and/or gift locker combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for gift card and gift locker promotions. See store or DICKS.com/Bismarck for details and odds of winning.

**Wristband required for autograph.  Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only.  Limit one per person. Visit DICKS.com/Bismarck for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 2, 2015, the Company operated more than 610 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its 20th store in Indiana on August 7th at Porter’s Vale in Valparaiso, IN

PITTSBURGH, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 20th store inIndiana and 619th store nationwide on Friday, August 7th at Porter’s Vale in Valparaiso, IN (100Porter’s Vale Blvd.).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through August 9th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

On Friday, the first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry® T-Shirt. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

Former guard and current head coach Bryce Drew** will make an in-store appearance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday giveaways include a free Mystery Gift Card from $5 to $500 for the first 100 adults in line. Guests who are in line at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday will also get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

“We look forward to opening our new DICK’S Sporting Goods in Valparaiso and becoming part of the community,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We want to serve athletes of all ages in Valparaiso by providing the equipment they need to help them excel.”

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in sports and outdoor specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.

Visit DICKS.com/Valparaiso for details and LIKE DICK’S Sporting Goods on Facebook for the latest information on local appearances, special events and brand activations.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card and/or gift locker combination per person, per day. Must be 18+ for gift card and gift locker promotions. See store or DICKS.com/Valparaiso for details and odds of winning.

**Wristband required for autograph.  Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only.  Limit one per person. Visit DICKS.com/Valparaiso for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 2, 2015, the Company operated more than 610 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods – press@dcsg.com