Tesco: new British-bred twice the size of regular raspberry helps boost UK demand for the summer fruit to record levels

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — A new, sweeter British-bred raspberry that grows up to twice the size of regular varieties is helping boost UK demand for the summer fruit to record levels.

Since the raspberry season started in May demand has grown by nearly 45 per cent on the same period last year.

And the arrival of the Berry Jewel, which was bred by a Kent based berry breeder, is being heralded by fruit experts as a major breakthrough in quality.

Last year British growers produced more than 10,600 tonnes. This year the industry anticipates, weather permitting, that figure to grow by a third with the Berry Jewel predicted to widen interest.

Tesco berry buyer Simon Mandelbaum said: “The Berry Jewel offers such an extraordinary taste that we believe it is easily the best raspberry being grown in the UK today.

“What immediately grabs you about it is its size – it is what is generally known in the fruit business as an ‘absolute whopper’.

“On first taste you immediately notice a wonderful sweetness, not too overpowering but just right to make it very moreish. 

“But that’s not all – the Berry Jewel also has a velvet like smoothness that makes it perfect as a stand-alone dessert fruit to be enjoyed with cream or ice cream.”

“For a long time we have been seeking a raspberry with these qualities and we think it could have a major bearing on widening the popularity of this fruit.”

The Berry Jewel was initially trialed last year but was only available in very limited quantities. This year there will be sufficient quantity to last for the whole of the UK season which lasts until October.

It is distinctive for its large, plump cone shape, strong raspberry aroma and sweet, tangy taste.

The Berry Jewel was bred by one of the UK’s top berry breeders, Peter Vinson, of the BerryWorld Plus breeding programme, whose farm is near Faversham in Kent.

Peter Vinson said: “Berry Jewel is the culmination of 12 years work developing a variety which would bring about a ‘wow’ factor for shoppers and make them consider raspberries in a new way.

“The early demand and feedback from shoppers has been fantastic and next year we hope to have twice as much stock available.”


For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645
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Tesco: new British-bred twice the size of regular raspberry helps boost UK demand for the summer fruit to record levels

Tesco: new British-bred twice the size of regular raspberry helps boost UK demand for the summer fruit to record levels

Sinclair Oil “Dino” returns to the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEW YORK & SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — This Thanksgiving will be positively pre-historic as the legendary Sinclair Oil “Dino” returns to the 89th Macy’s (NYSE:M) Thanksgiving Day Parade. On Thursday, Nov. 26, Sinclair Oil Corporation’s magnificent mascot will be transformed into a 77-foot long balloon giant, ready to take flight in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and a television audience of more than 50 million viewers.

“The Macy’s Parade has always been rooted in history and tradition, and what better way to honor that legacy, as we gear up for our 90th anniversary, than to look back at our history and re-introduce a classic character and fan favorite to a new generation,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “After almost 40 years, we are very excited to welcome back Sinclair Oil’s Dino, and can’t wait to see him take flight once more above the streets of New York City on Thanksgiving Day.”

“We are delighted that our iconic Sinclair Dinosaur is returning to New York City and participating in the world-renowned Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With our upcoming centennial anniversary, we feel extremely fortunate to have such a timeless brand symbol that is loved by so many Americans of all ages,” said Ross Matthews, chairman and CEO of Sinclair Oil Corporation.

Sinclair Oil’s Dino first appeared as a 70-foot long giant balloon in the 1963 Macy’s Parade, quickly becoming a fan favorite. He flew in the annual spectacle until 1976. The original balloon was so popular that it became an Honorary Member of the Museum of Natural History in 1975. Since his last appearance, Dino has grown up a bit, with the newest version set to debut this November, measuring 77-feet long.

Sinclair’s “Brontosaurus” made his first appearance in Chicago during the 1933-1934 “Century of Progress” World’s Fair. Following that success, Dino re-appeared at a popular exhibit in the Texas Centennial Exposition of 1936. A hit with the public, Dino helped attract visitors to the dinosaur exhibition, the “Dinoland Pavilion,” during New York’s World’s Fair in 1939-1940. That attraction returned and drew more than 50 million visitors during the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Today, the Sinclair Dinosaur is one of the most recognized brand symbols in American history and returns to New York City to celebrate the company’s upcoming 100-year anniversary.

The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on Thursday, Nov. 26 on NBC-TV from 9 a.m. – Noon in all time zones.

About Sinclair Oil Corporation
Sinclair is a privately-held Wyoming company with executive offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sinclair owns and operates two refineries in Wyoming along with a network of both crude oil and finished product pipelines and terminals in the Rocky Mountain and mid-continent regions. The company markets fuel in 25-states, supplying high quality fuels to 1,500 branded stations, featuring DINOCARE, TOP TIER Gasoline. Sinclair Oil and Gas Companymanages the exploration and production portfolios by participating in major oil and gas development projects in the U.S. Sinclair also owns and operates the five-diamond Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, the Little America Hotel chain, the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, and the Snowbasin Resort in Utah. For more information please visit www.sinclairoil.com and to follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For almost 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Macy’s Parade media materials are available at macysparadepress.com.

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Macy’s, Inc. to build new Macy’s store at Fashion Place in Murray, UT

CINCINNATI, OH, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced it will build a new Macy’s store at Fashion Place in Murray, UT, one of the Salt Lake City area’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Construction will begin in early 2016 after the former Dillard’s building is razed, with an opening planned for spring 2017.

The new Macy’s will be a 160,000-square-foot, two-level store with a full range of apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as home merchandise. A much smaller Macy’s (of 26,000 square feet) closed in 2014 as part of a major redevelopment of Fashion Place, which is owned by General Growth Properties, Inc.

Macy’s currently operates six stores in Utah, including four locations in the Salt Lake City market. The new Macy’s store is expected to employ approximately 150 associates.

“Fashion Place is an outstanding shopping destination in one of America’s fastest-growing regions, and we look forward to returning with a larger and more modern store that will offer the best of Macy’s,” said Jeff Kantor, Macy’s chief stores officer. “Our approach will be to serve customers with a tailored merchandise assortment and shopping experience that meets the particular needs and preferences of our Utah customers.”

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2014 sales of $28.105 billion. The company operates about 885 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s in Dubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CVS Health Research Institute: High patient satisfaction with the quality of care delivered via telehealth at MinuteClinic retail medical clinics

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — New data from the CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) Research Institute demonstrates very high levels of patient satisfaction with the quality of care delivered via telehealth at MinuteClinic retail medical clinics. Satisfaction with quality of care and other factors were measured among patients participating in a pilot program of telehealth care rolled out at MinuteClinic locations in California and Texas in 2014, and the findings were published on-line in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

“In the United States today, approximately a quarter of patients do not have a primary care provider or have incomplete access to one,” said William Shrank, M.D., chief scientific officer, CVS Health. “This lack of access, combined with an increased demand for care resulting from expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and the challenge of finding convenient care for patients balancing work and personal responsibilities, necessitate exploration of alternative, high quality care options such as telehealth in the MinuteClinic setting.”

The study evaluated de-identified responses from more than 1,700 patients who participated in the MinuteClinic telehealth pilot. Patients had services at a CVS MinuteClinic location, provided by a remote clinician using telehealth technology. Patients were asked if they had health insurance and a primary care provider and rated their satisfaction with a number of measures associated with their telehealth visit, including quality of care and convenience. Patients were also asked to rank their experience of a telehealth visit as compared to that of a traditional visit, when the patient and a health care provider are face-to-face, in the same room. Overall, 95 percent of patients were highly satisfied with the quality of care they received, the ease with which telehealth technology was integrated into the visit, and the timeliness and convenience of their care. In addition, one-third of patients indicated that they preferred a telehealth visit to a visit with a clinician in the same room, in particular those patients without health insurance, and nearly all found telehealth to be just as good as or better than a traditional visit.

“MinuteClinic has long been focused on providing accessible, high quality, affordable health care that is complementary and supportive of the primary care provider,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, CVS/minuteclinic, and executive vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health. “Telehealth provides us with an opportunity to offer convenient, high quality care to an extended group of patients and this data confirms that patients are highly satisfied with this new type of health care provider visit.”

As a health care provider, MinuteClinic is focused on delivering high quality, accessible care for common illnesses. MinuteClinic is committed to continuity of care, fully supports the physician-led medical home and believes that MinuteClinic can play a complementary role with primary care practices in providing care to patients. MinuteClinic is affiliated with more than 60 major health systems around the country to improve collaboration, integrate medical records and collaborate on chronic disease care.

The CVS Health Research Institute is focused on contributing to the body of scientific knowledge related to pharmacy and health care through research collaborations with external academic institutions, participation in federally-funded research, analysis and sharing of CVS Health data sources and coordination of pilot programs and initiatives. CVS Health Research Institute findings support a continuous quality improvement environment, which encourages product innovation and development to benefit CVS Health patients, clients and their members.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Corporation announces the completion of the acquisition of Omnicare for approximately $12.9 billion

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Omnicare, the leading provider of pharmacy services to long term care facilities, for a total enterprise value of approximately $12.9 billion.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE:  CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health.  Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.  Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.


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The Kroger Co. announces the establishment of two new supermarket divisions in Texas, Dallas and Houston divisions

New Structure Will Support Significant Investment in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston Markets 

CINCINNATI, OH, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the establishment of two new supermarket divisions, a Dallas division and a Houston division. Previously, both markets were served as part of Kroger’s Southwest division.

Kroger also announced that Dana Zurcher has been promoted to serve as president of the company’s new Dallas division. Bill Breetz, who has been serving as president of the Southwest division since 2002, will continue to oversee operations in Texas and Louisiana for the remainder of the year, and serve as president of the new Houston division.

“Kroger is committed to growing and serving our customers in the great state of Texas, and in our important Louisiana markets,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

The company has previously outlined capital investment plans of approximately $700 million in Dallas-Fort Worth and $500 million in Houston over the next three years.

“We see opportunities for growth in both Dallas and Houston thanks in large part to Bill’s leadership the past 13 years,” Mr. McMullen added. “This move will bring resources closer to our store teams, customers, and communities.”

Kroger’s new Dallas division includes 105 stores in the Dallas and Fort Worth markets and in the Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana area. The new Houston division includes 109 stores in the greater Houston region, as well as stores in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Dana Zurcher Named President of New Dallas Division

Dana Zurcher, currently vice president of operations for the Southwest division, has been promoted to president of Kroger’s Dallas division, effective October 1.

“Dana’s experience spans several retail divisions, and she understands nearly every aspect of our business,” said Mr. McMullen. “She is an exceptional leader who is known for helping associates discover their full potential. We are excited to have Dana lead our team in Dallas.”

Ms. Zurcher brings 30 years of leadership experience to her new role. She began her Kroger career in Indianapolis store management in 1985. She served in a number of leadership roles in the Central division, including store manager and district coordinator. In 2002, she was named a district manager in the company’s Fry’s division in Phoenix. In 2008, she was promoted to director of operations for the Ralphs division in Los Angeles, where she served until she was promoted to vice president of operations for Kroger’s Mid-South division in 2011. She has served in her current role since 2013.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,626 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 780 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,342 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.


Kista library in Citycon’s shopping centre Kista Galleria awarded the “Public Library of the Year Award 2015”

The library in Citycon’s shopping centre Kista Galleria has been awarded the “Public Library of the Year Award 2015”. Since the library moved to Kista Galleria in August 2014, visits to the library have increased by 300% and book loans have doubled.

Helsinki, FINLAND, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — “Partnerships with stakeholders in the local community, and the use of digital services, makes it possible for the library to offer a variety of activities for the library’s visitors. The library is placed exactly where it needs to be, in the middle of a multicultural area, among the people in the Kista Galleria.”

This is what an excerpt from the explanatory statement of the ceremony says. The international award was established by the Danish Agency for Culture and presented in Cape Town at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, IFLA.

–We are proud and happy that Kista library is the world’s best library. It shows how the library has been enriched by the location in the Kista Galleria where there are a lot of people. The library reaches everyone visiting the shopping centre, as well as those who live nearby or work in the area. Kista Galleria has, in turn, strengthened as a meeting place ever since the library moved in, says Magnus Åkesson, Commercial Director at Citycon.

Kista library has Stockholm’s most generous opening hours and works consciously in order to reach new groups. Among other things, the library offers newspapers from all over the world, a studio for children and several venues with meetings with authors, conversations and podcast recordings.

–Kista library’s effort to be a part of people’s everyday life and work closely with the local community is fully in line with the Citycon’s philosophy of being an active, open and supportive part of the local community. We believe this is a recipe for success, of which many libraries can take after, says Magnus Åkesson.

Citycon has a total of 55 shopping centres in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Estonia. 11 shopping centres have libraries, including six in Sweden, two in Finland and three in Norway.

About the prize:
“Public Library of the Year Award in 2015” a part of the project “Model Programme for Public Libraries” which the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania are in charge of. The purpose of the program is to further develop libraries of the future, where important components are such things as digital development, user needs and local culture.


For further information, please contact:
Magnus Åkesson, Commercial Director
Tel. +46 70 301 8183

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total approximately EUR 5 billion and with a market capitalisation of approximately EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. announces the opening of its new restaurant in Newport News, Virginia

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its new restaurant in Newport News, Virginia onMonday, August 17, 2015. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® is located at The Marketplace at Tech Center along Oyster Point Road and Jefferson Avenue. The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, seats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our new restaurant in Newport News, Virginia,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “The Newport News restaurant is located in the southeastern Virginia area and represents our 4th restaurant in the state of Virginia. To date we have opened 12 new restaurants and remain on target to open 16 new restaurants this year. We are looking forward to our next restaurant opening at the end of August in Little Rock, Arkansas.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 168 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. The Company operates several microbrewery restaurants in addition to using independent third party brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed craft beers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas,Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

Panera Bread to add new version of its seasonal pumpkin spice latte and new line of ‘clean’ bottled beverages this fall

Company Unveils ‘Clean’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and New Bottled Beverages Without Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners or Preservatives

St. Louis, 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — This fall, Panera Bread’s (NASDAQ: PNRA) U.S. bakery-cafes will add a new version of its seasonal pumpkin spice latte and a new line of ‘clean’ bottled beverages that are free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives as delineated on the Company’s ‘No No List’. Panera’s brewed teas, lemonades, smoothies, bottled milks and juices are already free of these artificial ingredients.

An extension of the brand’s food policy ideals, Panera’s newly ‘clean’ pumpkin spice latte is made with select ingredients including milk, real pumpkin, whipped cream, spices and salted caramel sauce. The latte will be previewed at a public sampling in Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike’s Place in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. PST and available at Panera locations nationwide beginning on Sept. 9, 2015.

“Our pumpkin spice latte has long been made with real pumpkin and without artificial caramel color – and this year we’re taking ‘real’ a step further,” said Dan Kish, Panera Bread’s Head Chef. “We’re offering a ‘Real Pumpkin Latte,’ made entirely without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, and letting the goodness of real pumpkin, milk and spices do all the work.”

Testing is also underway to roll out ‘clean’ versions of the Company’s vanilla, caramel and chocolate syrups, used in other barista beverages.

The bottled beverage line-up will add other ‘clean’ offerings nationally including BluePrint® cold-pressed Beet Red and Green juices, Harmless Harvest® Coconut Water and bottled Joia® Grapefruit Chamomile and Cardamom Soda.

“Our goal is to continue adding new flavors and lifestyle choices in beverage – clean, but evolving with the tastes and seasons,” said Kish.


About Panera Bread 30 years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.

So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread from fresh dough in every bakery-cafe, every day. No artificial preservatives or short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives) from the food in our bakery-cafes. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of June 30, 2015, there are 1,926 bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).


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DICK’S Sporting Goods to open its 26th store in Illinois and 625th store nationwide on August 28th in Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL

PITTSBURGH, PA, 2015-8-19— /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 26th store in Illinoisand 625th store nationwide on Friday, August 28th in Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL (1538 North Clybourn Avenue).

DICK’S three-day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, August 30th. 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 7:45am on Friday will get a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker.*

In-store appearances will be made by Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins** from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Chicago left wing Andrew Desjardins** from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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 Chicago and becoming part of the community,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We are excited to serve athletes of all ages 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 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 will also be available.

Visit DICKS.com/Chicago 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/Chicago 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/Chicago 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 August 1, 2015, the Company operated more than 615 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 atDICKS.com.

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

Sears Holdings to release its financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2015 second quarter before the market opens on Aug. 20, 2015

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2015-8-19— /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that it expects to release its financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2015 second quarter before the market opens on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, and simultaneously post a pre-recorded conference call and audio webcast on its corporate website. It will feature prepared remarks from Robert A. Schriesheim, executive vice president and chief financial officer, who will focus his comments to provide additional context around the quarter.

The pre-recorded conference call may be accessed by telephone at 844.826.0613 or 973.200.3092 (conference ID: 9020930), and on Sears Holdings’ website at http://www.searsholdings.com/invest/ under “Events & Presentations.” The accompanying presentation and transcript will be posted online in conjunction.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

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