Nordstrom to open Nordstrom Rack at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, California; scheduled to open in fall 2016

SEATTLE, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open Nordstrom Rack at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, California. The approximately 31,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2016. The property is co-owned by Simon and Codding Enterprises.

When the new store opens, it will be the fourteenth Rack in Northern California and the first inSonoma County.

“We’ve been fortunate to serve customers in Northern California for quite a while now and we’re thrilled to add a store at Coddingtown Mall, a location we’ve been eager to be a part of,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We look forward to more conveniently serving customers in Sonoma County, and we’re excited to bring them great brands at great prices.”

Nordstrom Rack will join Whole Foods, Target, Macy’s, JCPenney and a variety of dining options. Coddingtown Mall is located just west of Highway 101.

“Bringing the Nordstrom name to Coddingtown Mall has been a lifetime goal for us,” said Lisa Codding, COO of Codding. “We are very excited Nordstrom Rack will be joining our shopping center and that Codding Construction will soon begin construction on the new store to further complement the redevelopment of Coddingtown Mall.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 304 stores in 38 states and Canada. Customers are served at 118 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 178 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also ownsTrunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Coddingtown Mall
Coddingtown Mall, a Simon Property and Codding Property, is located in the heart ofCalifornia’s vibrant Sonoma County wine country. Its giant rotating sign, visible from the freeway, was named a historical landmark in 1993 and is the easiest way to spot us.  The property is anchored by Macy’s, jcpenney, Old Navy, Whole Foods and Target. With over 800,000 square feet of retail, Coddingtown Mall draws shoppers from Sonoma, Napa,Mendocino and Lake Counties and attracts millions of visitors each year. For more information, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/coddingtown-mall.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
jessica.canfield@nordstrom.com

Les Morris
Simon
(317) 263-7711
lmorris@simon.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom, Inc. to open Nordstrom Rack at Wilmot Plaza in Tucson, Arizona; scheduled to open in spring 2016

SEATTLE, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open Nordstrom Rack at Wilmot Plaza in Tucson, Arizona. The approximately 25,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2016. The property is owned by BP Wilmot Plaza LLC, an affiliate of Bourn Companies, LLC.

Nordstrom Rack will be joining fellow anchors TJ Maxx and Dick’s Sporting Goods in the redeveloped Wilmot Plaza shopping center, located at the intersection of Broadway Boulevardand Wilmot Road near Park Place Mall. Wilmot Plaza will encompass approximately 140,000 square-feet of retail space when the 10-acre shopping center is fully redeveloped.

“We’re excited to offer our customers in Tucson another location to shop for the brands they love at great prices by adding a second Nordstrom Rack at Wilmot Plaza,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We’re hopeful this will give new and existing customers a more convenient shopping experience.”

The new store will be the seventh Nordstrom Rack in Arizona, and the second in Tucson, joiningNordstrom Rack at The Corner which opened in 2011. Nordstrom also operates two full-line stores in Arizona, and began serving customers in 1998 at Fashion Square in Scottsdale.

“We are thrilled to once again to be working with Nordstrom to bring a Rack store to Wilmot Plaza to serve the east half of the market and southern Arizona,” said Don Bourn, principal ofBourn Companies, LLC.

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores andNordstrom.com, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 304 stores in 38 states and Canada. Customers are served at 118 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 178 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also ownsTrunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Bourn Companies, LLC
Bourn Companies, LLC is a commercial real estate investment, development and services company based in Tucson, Arizona. Since its origination in 1990, Bourn Companies and its predecessors have completed over 4,000,000 square feet of acquisitions and developments, specializing in corporate office buildings, retail shopping centers and unique multi-family residential and hospitality properties. The various business activities of Bourn Companies, LLCare executed through two subsidiaries:  Bourn Advisory Services: A specialized real estate services company focusing on asset management, leasing, and project and property management for Bourn-owned assets along with a select number of clients. Bourn Properties, LLC: A real estate investment company that acts as the managing member/general partner for the investment partnerships that it sponsors. The company is currently focused on making strategic investments throughout the Southwestern United States. For more information, visit www.bourncompanies.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
jessica.canfield@nordstrom.com

Lynn Huggins
Bourn Companies, LLC
(520) 323-1005 x7612
lhuggins@bourncompanies.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Baristas Del Caribe acquires exclusive rights to operate Starbucks® stores in Puerto Rico

New agreement will give Baristas Del Caribe, LLC, an affiliate of leading family-owned Puerto Rican group of companies Empresas Fonalledas, exclusive rights to operate Starbucks® stores in Puerto Rico, building on more than a decade of brand loyalty and trust 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company and Baristas Del Caribe, LLC,  an affiliate of Empresas Fonalledas, a leading family-owned Puerto Rican group of companies, today announced that Baristas Del Caribe  has acquired exclusive rights to operate Starbucks® stores in Puerto Rico. Through a strategic licensing agreement, Baristas Del Caribe will leverage its strong local market knowledge to further grow the Starbucks retail business in Puerto Rico, building on more than a decade of brand loyalty and trust.

“This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Starbucks in Puerto Rico,” said Rich Nelsen, senior vice president and general manager for Starbucks Latin America. “Baristas Del Caribe is part of highly respected family-run group of companies that shares Starbucks foundational values of driving performance through the lens of humanity, as demonstrated by their strong history of investing in people, delivering an exceptional experience to customers, and creating opportunities for the communities they serve. By teaming up with Empresas Fonalledas we believe we can position the Starbucks retail business for continued expansion in the region and take the brand to even greater heights.”

Starbucks opened its first store in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002 and today has 19 stores across the island, employing more than 340 partners (employees). Upon successful completion of the transaction, Baristas Del Caribe will assume full operating control of Starbucks® stores in Puerto Rico, delivering the same exceptional service and high-quality, handcrafted beverages that customers have come to expect. Baristas Del Caribe also plans to accelerate growth by developing new stores over time.

“This agreement is not only a vote of confidence from Starbucks, but an opportunity to combine our expertise in the areas of commercial real estate, retail operations, and high quality products, with our in-depth knowledge of the market to further drive growth and profitability for one of the most respected brands in the world,” said Jaime Luis Fonalledas, Executive Vice President of Empresas Fonalledas Inc.  “We are building on a strong foundation with Starbucks as our company’s Tres Monjitas brand currently serves as Starbucks fresh milk provider in Puerto Rico. Starbucks has also been part of our group of tenants in Plaza Las Américas for the last two years. We are thrilled to welcome Starbucks Puerto Rico partners to the Empresas Fonalledas family and look forward to continuing to work together to grow the Starbucks business here.”

“Since launching the brand in Latin America, we’ve grown to just over 880 stores across 15 markets, 14 of which are operated by trusted licensing partners,” added Nelsen. “We have a long and promising runway for growth in Latin America and collaborating with local partners is helping us leverage their proven market capabilities to create even greater value for both our customers and partners. We are proud to add Baristas Del Caribe to our strong network of licensing partners in Latin America and are confident that their operational excellence, combined with our shared values, will help open up exciting new opportunities ahead.”

View this press release in Spanish here.

About Empresas Fonalledas Inc.
Empresas Fonalledas Inc. (“EFI”) is part of a privately owned group of companies in Puerto Rico, with a tradition of quality business enterprises dating back to the late 1800s.  Over the years, the group has managed  holdings in urban, suburban and rural properties to dairy cattle operations, a milk processing plant, non-dairy food industries, plastics manufacturing, office buildings, banking operations both home and abroad, commercial and residential properties, and shopping centers. The portfolio of companies includes amongst others: the shopping centers  Plaza Las Americas and Plaza Del Caribe; Office Buildings Torre Chardon, Parque Las Américas and Torre de Plaza; a Fresh Milk Plant Vaquería Tres Monjitas, Ganaderías Fonalledas and a soft ice cream Quick Service Restaurant (“QSR”) – Soft & Creamy. Empresas Fonalledas and its sisters companies, support multiple philanthropic organizations and are committed to the improvement of the communities on which they serve.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations, including statements about market growth and store count projections. Such forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and satisfactions of certain conditions that are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including market conditions and those risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2014, and the prospectus and prospectus supplement delivered in connection with the public offering of senior notes discussed in this release. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

SOURCE: Starbucks Coffee Company

Crafts retailer Michaels and online DIY marketplace Darby Smart to make crafting simpler and more accessible to everyone

Craft Leader and Online DIY Marketplace Join Forces to Make Crafting Easier, More Accessible for All

IRVING, Texas, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Michaels (Nasdaq:MIK), the world’s largest arts and crafts retailer and top online crafting resource, has partnered with trend-driven online DIY marketplace Darby Smart to make crafting simpler and more accessible to everyone.

The partnership will launch in September to bring the best of Michaels – including its huge variety of innovative products and craft industry leadership – to Darby Smart, and the best of Darby Smart’s on-trend projects and online community to Michaels.

“Aligning with Darby Smart is another way to connect with novice crafters and make it easy for them to engage in creating projects, with simple step-by-step instructions that help them achieve great results,” said Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin. “Michaels and Darby Smart share a deep commitment to the maker movement, and this partnership helps us bring more people into the fold with accessible, modern, designer projects that anyone can make.”

Darby Smart, known for its innovative DIY ideas and active online community, will gain exposure to the more than 9 million people who visit Michaels.com each month through a link on the Michaels site’s project page. Darby Smart users will have access to more craft categories and a wider variety of supplies through the partnership, while Michaels customers will have access to the Darby Smart digital shopping lists, ideas and tutorials.

“I’ve been shopping at Michaels for many years, and there’s no other playground like it for the creative,” said Darby Smart co-founder and CEO Nicole Shariat Farb. “Our community will benefit from Michaels’ unique product offerings that are broad in category, deep in selection and high in quality, and we welcome Michaels customers to our unique, online maker community.”

Initially, the partnership will focus on easy, beautiful projects for personalized fall, Thanksgiving and holiday decorating, entertaining and giving.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of May 2, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,177 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 12 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Imagin8® and Make Market™. Visit www.Michaels.com for additional information.

About Darby Smart
Darby Smart is the destination for DIY -whether it’s made by you or made for you, Darby Smart allows you to browse, share and shop everything DIY. On Darby Smart, you can browse unlimited ideas, share what you’ve made and shop supplies and handmade items. Darby Smart connects DIY enthusiasts across the globe, from aspiring crafters to leading DIYers. With a rapidly growing and passionate community, Darby Smart is the place to find endless DIY inspiration, view tutorials, connect with others and shop products. Founded and headquartered in San Francisco, Darby Smart brings DIY to the masses. To learn more, visit www.darbysmart.com

Media Contact: Megan Duran or Loren Rutledge
817-329-3257
Michaels@spmcommunications.com

Kathleen Flaherty for Darby Smart
K21 Communications
Kflaherty@k21.com
310-203-8444

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.

 

Haggen to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, today announced that in order to continue to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position, it has decided to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction in which Albertsons LLC and Safeway divested 146 stores. Additional stores will be sold or closed in the future as part of Haggen’s right-sizing strategy. The company has not determined how many jobs will be affected as a result of the closures and sales.

“Haggen’s goal going forward is to ensure a stable, healthy company that will benefit our customers, associates, vendors, creditors, stakeholders as well as the communities we serve,” said Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest, Bill Shaner. “By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner.”

Through the acquisition, Haggen expanded from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies and 2,000 employees in the Pacific Northwest to 164 stores and 106 pharmacies employing more than 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Haggen’s original stores continue to perform well.

John Clougher, Haggen CEO Pacific Northwest, added, “Though Haggen has grown substantially, we remain committed to our core values and to support regional farms, ranches and food producers and strengthen the communities around our stores.”

Clougher and Shaner continued:

“We’re grateful to have an outstanding team along with the support of our vendor partners, financial backers and friends in the community as we take our next steps forward.Looking ahead, we will work hard every single day to earn the trust and business of our guests. We will continue to support community events and donate to schools. We will offer our customers the freshest and most local products we can find and the genuine service they deserve. And we will engage in lively discussions about how we can improve. We will remain actively involved in making our communities even better, and we will stay committed to the values that have always guided Haggen.”

Click here for the list of stores slated for closure.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. In the first half of 2015, Haggen made an acquisition expanding from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on its core values as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com, and get social with Haggen Northwest Fresh at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and Haggen Southwest at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Contact

Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 908-4250

GapKids partners with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED

GapKids x ED is an apparel collection and social movement designed to help all girls realize they have the power to do extraordinary things

NEW YORK, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — GapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages girls everywhere to be themselves, do what makes them happy and take pride in who they are.

Launching today (08/18/2015) in over 25 markets around the world, the collection, and supporting campaign, is rooted in the same core values that Gap brand has stood for over the past 45 years. Individualism and liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self are core values Gap shares with American comedian, talk show host, producer, writer and actress, Ellen DeGeneres.

The GapKids x ED campaign features six young girls who have excelled at skateboarding, drumming, robotics and entrepreneurialism, by being true to themselves, regardless of naysayers or outdated stereotypes. These girls, Alexey, Relz, Ryann, Bellatreas, Torrae and Asia, ranging in age from 7 to 12, star in the anthem film and campaign images which all provoke a feeling of strength, empowerment and pure enjoyment. Whether it is the desire to help others like Torrae who builds robotic hands for kids who need them or Alexey’s love for music and her incredible drumming skills, the campaign celebrates girls of all talents for being who they are.  The print ads, which launch in August across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan, as well as select international franchise markets, feature the hero campaign “selfie” image of Ellen with the six girls. In addition to print, the campaign spans outdoor, mobile, direct, social, in store and digital.

Well beyond stores, Gap is aiming to create an environment of positive social engagement.    Using the hashtag #heyworld followed by a name, a girl’s friend, mother, father or mentor can issue a call to action for social messages of encouragement and love to any girl in need of positive support, cheering her on through the power of positive words. In addition, there will be a texting opportunity to receive inspiring and encouraging messages from Ellen DeGeneres herself.

The GapKids x ED collection is built on Gap’s most loved wardrobe staples, but with an impactful twist, for girls and a selection for boys and adults as well. The collection prominently features two pieces of iconography:  the lightning bolt, a symbol of empowerment, and the speech bubble, a symbol of self-expression. Both the speech bubble and lightning bolt are inscribed throughout the collection including Graphic T-Shirts for Girl’s and Boy’s ($24.95), the Girl’s Quilted Speech Bubble Bomber Jacket ($49.95), and the Adult Zip-up Sweatshirt ($49.95), among other apparel and accessories. The entire family is invited to join in on the powerful dialogue and celebration of individuality.

“Partnering with Ellen DeGeneres represents a collaboration between two American style icons,” said Jeff Kirwan, Gap Global President. “Ellen has become a global symbol for inspiring her audiences and fans to take pride in who they are. This is a natural fit with the heritage of Gap, which has long stood for encouraging individualism. We are excited to launch this collection and at the same time come together to champion girls and boys to realize their potential.”

“I know from my own experience that nothing makes you feel better than being who you are and celebrating what makes you unique. I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that’ll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things,” says DeGeneres.  “This opportunity to partner with Gap and my new lifestyle brand, ED, is the perfect way to celebrate girls just for being who they are; and to encourage them to unleash their passions; whether it’s math, soccer, singing, dancing, or simply singing while dancing in their bedroom.”

The collection also encourages kids to express themselves with self-customizable clothing and accessories that they can decorate freely using fabric or chalk markers. A variety of iron-on patches are available for purchase to personalize the customer’s favorite styles, like the iconic GapKids x ED Denim Jacket ($49.95). The entire collection of over 70 pieces consists of outerwear, sweatshirts, leggings, dresses, T-shirts and accessories that all add a fun and playful look to any wardrobe, with prices ranging from $6.95 to $49.95.

In keeping with Gap’s long term focus on youth culture, and the commitment to supporting social causes that allow women to seek out their full potential, we are partnering with select girls’ organizations that share a commitment towards girls and women, including Girls Inc. (North America) and CARE (UK & Japan).

Further details on the campaign can be found at Gap.com.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About ED
ED is an American lifestyle brand inspired by the iconic style, values and personality of founder, Ellen DeGeneres.  With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high quality collection of women’s apparel, accessories and decorative home.  The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and consumers around the world.  ED will be available exclusively on EDbyEllen.com.

Toys“R”Us® releases the 2015 Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®

The World’s Greatest Toy Store™ Honors Its Longstanding Commitment to the Special Needs Community by Providing #ToysForAll

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced the release of the 2015 Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs. This annual, complimentary publication is available now in Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide and online, in both English and Spanish, at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. For more than 20 years, this beloved catalog has been a go-to shopping guide for families in the special needs community, showcasing specially selected toys that aid in the skill development of children who have physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. This year, Toys“R”Us is partnering with Nick Lachey, father, philanthropist, multi-platinum recording artist and television personality, who appears on the cover of the Guide alongside 5-year old Josephine Gonzalez from New Jersey.

CLICK TO TWEET: The @Toysrus Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids is now available! Get it at your local “R”Us Storewww.Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled

While Lachey has worked on numerous exciting projects around the globe throughout his career, he is most proud of being a father of two and an advocate for children’s causes. Inspired by his brother Zac, who lives with Asperger syndrome, Lachey established the Nick Lachey Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need within the United States in 2007.

“Children’s causes are a huge passion of mine, so I was honored to collaborate with Toys“R”Us to lend my support to something as special as the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids,” said Nick Lachey. “Building on a 20-year reputation of being a beneficial resource for parents and gift givers shopping for special needs children, the Guide is so valuable because it removes the guesswork, providing trusted recommendations of toys that will appeal to a child with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.”

“For generations, families have come to Toys“R”Us in search of the perfect toy for their child. With help from theToys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, those shopping for children with special needs are able to do so with confidence knowing they’ve chosen an everyday toy that can help aid in critical skill development and foster inclusion,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “We hope this year’s Guide makes it possible for kids of ALL abilities to experience the power play has to help them reach new milestones, while bringing joy to their lives.”

Identifying the Best Toys Based on a Child’s Individual Needs

Because all children are unique, regardless of ability, toys in this catalog are not categorized by disability, gender or age, and are everyday playthings that can be enjoyed alongside siblings and friends. Instead, the Guide pairs toys with icons representing a variety of skill sets, such as Auditory, Language, Social, Creativity and more, helping gift-givers choose toys most suitable for the child they are shopping for.

To identify items that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities, Toys“R”Us has collaborated with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities, to vet each of the toys featured in the 64-page buying guide.

Gift-givers who prefer to shop from home or on-the-go can take advantage of the shop-by-skill option at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled, where they can select a specific skill set to refine their search. The dedicated website also features a special Toys“R”Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, providing recommendations for mobile apps, using the same skills criteria featured within the traditional Guide. The App Guide is available to make app discovery and mobile technology accessible to kids of all abilities by identifying apps that help build individual skill sets, and are appropriate for children with special needs.

Tips for Finding #ToysForAll

Throughout the year, Toys“R”Us will leverage its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, to share toy-buying tips and recommendations found in the Guide, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the cover shoot with Nick Lachey. Additionally, on Wednesday, August 26 at 2pm, Toys“R”Us, along with its special needs partners, including the American Society for Deaf Children, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association and National Lekotek Center, among others, will host a Twitter Chat to provide followers with tips for selecting toys for children with special needs. The company is encouraging fans and followers to join the conversation and support the power of play by using #ToysForAll.

An Ongoing Commitment to the Special Needs Community

Toys“R”Us, Inc. has long supported the special needs community through the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, which has provided annual grants totaling more than $20 million to numerous organizations that advocate for children of all abilities including, American Society for Deaf Children, Autism Speaks, HollyRod Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society, National Lekotek Center, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Special Olympics, Spina Bifida Association and United Cerebral Palsy, among others.For more information, please visit Toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/.

To Download Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the 2015 Guide Cover Shoot, Click here:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s98336cb65b84b978.

For High-Res Photos, Including the Cover Image Featuring Nick Lachey, Click here:https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s895701edb29497eb.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, U.S.
Jessica Offerjost
973-617-4766
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com

Cheryl O’Brien
973-617-4380
Cheryl.OBrien@toysrus.com

X5 Retail Group announces the acquisition of 104 stores owned by the Rosinka Group in Southwest Russia

MOSCOW, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the acquisition of 104 stores owned by the Rosinka Group in the Orel, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Kursk and Tambov regions. The purchased Rosinka, Apelsin and Sberegaika stores will be rebranded under the Pyaterochka retail chain.

Nearly half of the acquired stores (51 properties) are located in the Orel Region, giving X5 the opportunity to expand the Pyaterochka chain footprint in the region threefold. Additionally, the acquisition gives X5 control of 36 stores in the Voronezh Region, 14 stores in the Lipetsk Region, two stores in the Kursk Region and one store in the Tambov Region, with the new properties’ total floor and selling space amounting to over 78,000 sq. m. and nearly 42,000 sq. m., respectively.

By the end of the year, all of the stores are due to be refurbished in line with the new Pyaterochka concept. The chain will seek to expand its fresh offering (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy), and therefore strengthen X5’s cooperation with local suppliers. Currently, all 27 stores in the Orel region, 41 of 68 stores in the Voronezh region, 48 of 72 stores in the Lipetsk region, 37 of 54 stores in the Kursk region, and 16 of 39 stores in the Tambov region are operating under the new Pyaterochka concept. As of 31 July 2015, X5 had a total of 260 Pyaterochka stores in these five regions.

Before this transaction, X5 had 260 Pyaterochka stores, 12 Perekrestok supermarkets and five Karusel hypermarkets in these five regions. The nearest distribution centres servicing X5 retail chains in these regions are located in Voronezh. Since its opening in summer 2015, the Ramon Distribution Centre (39,500 sq. m.) has been handling merchandise deliveries to all Pyaterochka stores across these five regions. The Group plans to leverage the capacities of this logistics facility to ensure deliveries to the newly-acquired stores as well.

Note to Editors:

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

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

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

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

For further details please contact
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

Zipcar to place vehicles at 7‑Eleven® stores throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

Vehicles available for reservation at nine locations throughout the district

Washington, D.C., 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, today announced a new agreement with 7‑Eleven, Inc. to place a total of 18 Zipcars at nine 7‑Eleven® stores throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These vehicles are now available for reservation by the hour or by the day at affordable rates which include gas, insurance and 180 miles per day. The arrangement provides Zipcar members with more freedom and choices on where to pick up and return vehicles at convenient locations while they purchase food and essentials for a weekend getaway, a road-trip or to run errands around town.

“Both 7‑Eleven and Zipcar are synonymous with convenience, so placing vehicles at 7‑Eleven stores is a natural fit for us,” said Zipcar D.C. General Manager Scott Hall. “Our members regularly take Zip trips and need to stock up on snacks and supplies before heading out on their next adventure.”

The 18 new Zipcars include a variety of makes and models, such as a VW Golf named “Glisten,” a Nissan Sentra named “Aj” and a Ford Escape named “Calgary.” The vehicles are located in various neighborhoods including Anacostia, Shady Grove, Cheverly and the H Street/Atlas District. The new vehicles located in Deanwood and Huntington will be the first Zipcars offered in these neighborhoods, providing more district residents with access to Zipcar’s “wheels when you want them” service.

“7‑Eleven works with established and start-up companies to provide new ways to bring convenient solutions to time-pressed consumers’ everyday needs right in their neighborhoods,” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of innovation. “Our partnership with Zipcar will help customers who want easy access to vehicles when, where and for how long they prefer.”

Zipcars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for reservation via the company’s mobile app, through www.zipcar.com or over the phone. For more information on Zipcar in D.C. visit www.zipcar.com/DC.

About Zipcar
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout Austria, Canada, France, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a global leader in vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

Media Contact:

Lindsay Wester
Public Relations Manager, Zipcar
617.336.4749
lwester@zipcar.com

About 7‑Eleven Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,600 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #2 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2015 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Media Contact:
Margaret Chabris, PR Director, 7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
Margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Zipcar car-sharing network is adding 18 cars to nine Washington, D.C.,-area 7‑Eleven store parking lots. The pilot program aims to provide convenient solutions for time-pressed consumers.

Zipcar car-sharing network is adding 18 cars to nine Washington, D.C.,-area 7‑Eleven store parking lots. The pilot program aims to provide convenient solutions for time-pressed consumers.