Weis Markets opens its newest Gas-N-Go at its Pennsburg store in Pennsburg, PA

Pennsburg customers can now save on gas and groceries

Sunbury and Pennsburg, PA, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced the opening of its newest Gas-N-Go, located at its Pennsburg store. The gas station, which recently opened, features four pumps and will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

“Our Weis Gas-N-Go gas station gives our customers added convenience. They can now shop for their groceries and fill up their tanks in one stop,” said Bob Cooper, Store Manager. “There are added savings too. Customers can now save on gas every time they shop in our stores. Customers who spend $50 during any shopping trip using their Weis club card receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas purchased.”

The Gas N’ Go Center is part of a planned upgrade of the store, which is currently being remodeled. When the project is completed later this fall, the store will have a new beer café, upgraded décor and expanded variety in every department.

As part of the launch, the store team made $1000 in donations including $500 to The Open Link’s food pantry, which is located in Pennsburg and $500 to the Pennsburg Fire Company.

This is Weis Markets’ 31st Gas N’ go Center.

About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

Contact:
Dennis Curtin
Weis Markets, Inc.
570-847-3636
dcurtin@weismarkets.com
Twitter: @WMKSpokesman

Schoolwear Favourites for 2015 at Debenhams

LONDON, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer is officially over and September means only one thing: the back to school rush. With the average price of kitting out each child for the new school year hitting a high of £240, schoolwear needs to be long-lasting, practical and most importantly want to be worn each day.

The range of simple-to-wash school uniforms at Debenhams are ideal for the weekday wardrobe. For boys, all trousers are TEFLON coated to repel water, oil and stains, while the easy iron finish makes light work for busy parents. With girlswear, all skirts, pinafores and trousers are now made from a hard-wearing mix of polyester and viscose to prevent scuffs and scrapes. Additionally, trousers and skirts for under 10s have an adjustable waistband to allow for growth, while sporty types wearing the new range of back to school socks benefit from a fresh feet finish to keep any whiffs at bay.

Fun character-themed bags are proving the popular choice for trend loving kids this summer, while the latest range of Debenhams schoolwear aims to keep kids looking smart all year round without breaking the bank. Stars from Despicable Me, Star Wars and Frozen have proven the popular choice with school bags and accessories this year. Fun and bright accessories such as Minion character lunch bags and Peppa Pig umbrellas are set to be among 2015’s playground favourites.

Meanwhile with the colder nights drawing in, wrap up warm in a wide range of coats and jackets this Winter. Parkas and padded coats are still hitting the top spot in the trend stakes, while faux fur coats offer a stylish and cosy choice. Navy and berry colours are popular this season and patterned coats provide a playful twist to classic designs.

Notes to Editors:
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of 240 stores across 28 countries. Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions. In the UK, Debenhams has a top four market share in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear. It leads the market in premium health and beauty. Debenhams is the eleventh biggest UK online retailer by traffic volume and in March 2013 was awarded ‘International Growth Initiative of the Year’ and “The Retail Technology Initiative of the year for Endless Aisle” at the Oracle Retail Week Awards.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands. Current designers include Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald, Jane Packer, Jenny Packham, Patrick Grant, Pearce Fionda, Stephen Jones, Preen, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

CONTACTS
Lisa.hunt@debenhams.com

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Schoolwear Favourites for 2015 at Debenhams

Schoolwear Favourites for 2015 at Debenhams

Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant watch collection exclusively at Debenhams

LONDON, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant watch collection showcases a range of classic styles with functional and hardwearing features, creating a modern timepiece with a clean aesthetic.

Inspired by opulent vintage and heritage military style watches of the mid-20th century, the 25 piece watch collection has something for every modern man.

The AW15 collection is available to buy in stores and online from September.

Notes to Editors: Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of 240 stores across 28 countries. Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions. In the UK, Debenhams has a top four market share in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear. It leads the market in premium health and beauty. Debenhams is the eleventh biggest UK online retailer by traffic volume and in March 2013 was awarded ‘International Growth Initiative of the Year’ and “The Retail Technology Initiative of the year for Endless Aisle” at the Oracle Retail Week Awards. Debenhams has been investing in British design for 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands. Current designers include Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald, Jane Packer, Jenny Packham, Patrick Grant, Pearce Fionda, Stephen Jones, Preen, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

CONTACTS
For more information please contact Caroline Cooper at caroline.cooper@debenhams.com or call 0203 549 6420

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Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant watch collection exclusively at Debenhams

Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant watch collection exclusively at Debenhams

Debenhams: Theo James joins BOSS Parfums ambassadors and will appear in a new global advertising campaign

LONDON, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mastery in the art of seduction is the hallmark of a successful man, a BOSS man. One whose strength and confidence creates an inescapable appeal, drawing those around him in, and creating a reaction hard to resist to all who experience it. BOSS Parfums is delighted to announce the signing of an actor who embodies such qualities – Theo James, star of Hollywood movie trilogy the Divergent series.

Theo James will join the ranks of high profile BOSS Parfums ambassadors and will appear in a new global advertising campaign. Characterised by his intelligent wit, beguiling charm and good looks, James personifies the modern BOSS suitor, one who intuitively understands that true seduction can only be achieved by engaging all the senses.

Coming soon from the house of BOSS Parfums will be a uniquely captivating, masculine scent, which marks a new territory expansion for the brand, which offers the ultimate luxury experience.

“I’m honored to be representing BOSS Parfums as an Ambassador in their latest perfume campaign. I have for a longtime admired BOSS for achieving the perfect balance between the classic and the contemporary. This campaign encapsulates the iconic spirit of the brand and reflects my own tastes and attitudes towards a truely unique fragrance.”

CONTACTS
For more information, please contact vanessa.emery@debenhams.com
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Debenhams: Theo James joins BOSS Parfums ambassadors and will appear in a new global advertising campaign

Debenhams: Theo James joins BOSS Parfums ambassadors and will appear in a new global advertising campaign

Dunkin’ Donuts signed with Ozark Donuts to develop three new restaurants in Springfield, Missouri

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN SEEKS FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES IN MISSOURI AND OKLAHOMA

CANTON, MA, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, Ozark Donuts, LLC, to develop three new restaurants in Springfield, Missouri. The first restaurant is planned to open at 4020 S. Campbell Avenue in December 2015, with the remainder opening by 2019.

Led by Thomas and Cory Roebuck, these new franchises possess over 30 years of experience in the restaurant and retail industries. Together, this father and son team will manage and oversee the construction and operations for each Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.

“We are excited to expand the brand’s presence in Missouri and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Cory Roebuck, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Franchise opportunities still remain available in Joplin, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma. To help fuel growth in Missouri and Oklahoma, special development incentives are available which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.*

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to our brand’s growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing brand’s by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled these new franchisees have joined the Missouri market, and know these new restaurants they are developing will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the Springfield community.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,400 restaurants in 39 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) completes integration of SPREE Canada

Specialty retail conference to be held at major shopping center convention Oct. 5-7 in Toronto

NEW YORK, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is excited to announce the complete integration of SPREE Canada, the only Canadian show for the cart, kiosk and specialty retail industry, into the Canadian Convention to be held Oct. 5-7 in Toronto.

SPREE Canada will commence with an opening night reception on Oct. 5 followed by two full days of educational sessions, engaging roundtables and myriad networking opportunities. The educational sessions will cover a series of hot button topics ranging from “The Power of Pop-up Stores” to digital marketing and “Award Winning Visual Merchandising.” Specialty leasing managers are invited to learn best practices and current and future trends at the “Global Specialty Leasing Trends” program.

SPREE Canada’s crossover with the Canadian Convention’s more than 3,000 expected attendees and exhibitors will provide an enhanced opportunity for specialty retail professionals to meet wholesalers, manufacturers, shopping center developers and service providers to buy products, lease space, learn about the industry and network.

“We are excited to again offer SPREE Canada, especially as part of the Canadian Convention,” said Patricia Norins, ICSC vice president of specialty programs. “We expect the conference to experience record success this year and to continue to grow with the rising strength of Canada’s specialty retail industry.”

Since its inception approximately thirty years ago, specialty retail has grown into an $8 billion dollar market and a staple of the shopping center industry. The industry has expanded to include retail merchandising units (RMUs), kiosks, temporary in-line stores, seasonal concepts and other non-traditional retail concepts like coin-operated rides and automated retail vending.

SPREE Canada will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Toronto Convention Center in Toronto. The conference is free for specialty retailers to attend and value-priced for specialty leasing professionals. To register, please visit SPREE’s website. Media registration is complimentary and can be completed through ICSC’s Communications Department.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

Press Contact

Noelle Malone
+1 646-728-3540
nmalone@icsc.org

 

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Talking Business People Silhouettes Isolated On White With Canad

Talking Business People Silhouettes Isolated On White With Canad

Wegmans now hires for its 14,000 square-foot expansion at 8270 Transit Road in Williamsville

BUFFALO, NY, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans customers at Transit Road have been noticing big changes to the store. The 14,000 square-foot expansion at 8270 Transit Road in Williamsville is in full swing, and Wegmans is now hiring 50 new employees in advance of the project’s completion. Available positions include full- and part-time customer service, culinary, and restaurant service at The Pub by Wegmans, a family restaurant and bar located within the store. Applicants are invited to apply online at wegmans.com/careers.

“We are excited to introduce The Pub to Western New York, and look forward to celebrating with our customers when it opens in December,” says Mike Keating, senior vice president of Wegmans’ Buffalo division. “Our people are the key to our success, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to grow our team at Transit Road.”

The store will offer open interviews at two upcoming hiring events. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply in advance online and visit during the following days and times:

WHEN:
Thursday, September 10, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Monday, September 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Wegmans Food Markets
8270 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221<

Contact Information:  Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager, Buffalo (716) 685-8170

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Publix celebrates 85 years

LAKELAND, Fla., 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sept. 6, Publix will celebrate 85 years of serving customers and their local communities. Founded in 1930 by the late George W. Jenkins (Mr. George) in Winter Haven, Fla., Publix has grown from a single store into the largest employee-owned supermarket in the United States with more than 1,100 stores across six states.

Mr. George’s dream was to open a store that was different — a store that operated on a set of values that everyone could feel when they walked through the door. Publix refers to these founding values as the Lessons of Mr. George.

In recognition of the company’s 85th anniversary, Publix included associates, customers and suppliers in celebrations focusing on a different lesson each month.

  • March – Invest in others – We build relationships with our customers, our suppliers and each other. As a token of appreciation for the supply chain, Publix associates across the company took the time to personally thank their supplier partners. Publix couldn’t serve their customers as well without the commitment and support from their suppliers.
  • April – Give back – We believe that giving of our time, money and resources is not an expense, it’s a responsibility and privilege. As part of “Publix Serves Day”, more than 4,000 Publix associates across six states volunteered their time and supported over 125 nonprofit organizations within their local communities. Projects included beautification efforts, food pantries, backpack feeding programs, tutoring & reading resources, painting, building and more.
  • May – Prepare for opportunity – Publix provides training and development opportunities to help associates grow. The promotion prize patrol was out in full force capturing associate promotions at every level and sharing in the excitement of what lies ahead for these up and coming leaders.
  • June – Be there – It’s about connecting, listening, learning from each other. It’s more than just a job – it’s a family. During “Be There Day,” company leaders engaged with associates working side by side, learning roles and responsibilities, sharing stories and connecting with each other.
  • July – Respect the dignity of the individual – We provide a workplace where everyone can feel welcome, secure and valued. Publix President Todd Jones challenged associates to get to know each other. Associates answered a series of questions designed to get associates talking, learning and exchanging ideas. Upon completion of the challenge, associates received coupons redeemable for two free gourmet cupcakes – one for them and one for their new friend.
  • August – Treat customers like royalty – We provide a shopping experience so distinguished from our competitors that customers feel like family. Publix customers were randomly selected and treated like royalty, including providing a Publix gift card, flowers, crowns and tiaras, green carpet and all. In the community, the customer prize patrol surprised customers with random acts of kindness, including visiting a local hospital and showering new moms with baby baskets; attending sporting events and upgrading seats; and randomly handing out thank you notes with Publix gift cards enclosed, just to name a few.

To view the company’s 85th anniversary video, please visit: http://corporate.publix.com/about-publix/culture.

“As we celebrate our 85th anniversary and look to the future, I want to thank our associates, past and present, for their contributions in building a company that is much more than just a supermarket,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “And to our loyal customers, it’s been our pleasure to serve you and your families for more than eight decades. We thank you for allowing us into your homes to be a part of all the memorable occasions in your lives.”

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust to release its financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2015 on October 27

PHILADELPHIA, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT/NYSE: PEI) intends to release its financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2015 after market trading closes on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

Management has scheduled a conference call for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, to review the Company’s results and future outlook.  To listen to the call, please dial 1-888-346-8835 (domestic toll free), 1-412-902-4271 (international), or 1-855-669-9657 (Canada toll free) and request to join the PREIT call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.  Investors can also access the call in a “listen only” mode via the internet at the Company’s website, preit.com.  Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the necessary software to listen to the Internet broadcast.  Financial and statistical information expected to be discussed on the call will also be available on the Company’s website. For best results when listening to the webcast, the Company recommends using Flash Player.

For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a replay of the call will be available through November 11, 2015 at 1-877-344-7529 (domestic toll free), 1-412-317-0088 (international), or 855-669-9658 (Canada toll free) using the replay code, 10065876.  The online archive of the webcast will also be available for 14 days following the call.

About PREIT
PREIT is a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated retail shopping malls designed to fit the dynamic communities they serve.  Founded in 1960 as Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the Company owns and operates over 27 million square feet of space in properties in 12 states in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region and Greater Philadelphia.  PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI.  Information about the Company can be found at preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements

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

CONTACT: AT THE COMPANY
Robert McCadden
EVP & CFO
(215) 875-0735

Heather Crowell
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 875-0735

SOURCE: PREIT

Morrisons extended its range of measures to support farmers supplying the cheese industry

Bradford, England, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons previously announced a number of steps to directly help dairy farmers including:

  • Creating a new brand of milk, Morrisons Milk for Farmers, where 10 pence per litre goes back to Arla farmers.
  • Creating a Milk for Farmers cheddar cheese priced at a retail premium of 34 pence-a-pack above our standard Morrisons cheddar price to deliver the equivalent of 10p-a-litre back to farmers who supply the milk.
  • Increasing the guaranteed minimum price offered to processors, for the liquid milk element of processed fresh milk, through the winter.

This week Morrisons launched the new Lake District brand of British cheese, which will carry the Red Tractor logo, and its ‘Milk for Farmers ‘ fresh milk and cheddar cheese range are expected in stores in early October.

Today, Morrisons confirmed to the NFU and FFA that it will introduce new measures specifically to support dairy farmers working within the cheese industry.

  • On Medium Cheddar Morrisons will pay a 9.5 per pence kg of cheese (equivalent to 1ppl) supplement over the winter period on this volume, to its processors, starting next week.
  • On all of Morrisons Mild Cheddar (standard & Savers brands) Morrisons will pay a 28.5 per pence kg (equivalent to 3ppl) supplement over the winter period to its processors on this volume also starting next week.

All additional funds generated will be paid back to farmers through Morrisons suppliers starting in October.

In addition, over the winter period Morrisons will move from 95% of cheddar being British to 99%* to further support the industry.

Morrisons Corporate Services Director Martyn Jones said: “Our relationship with the farming community is very important to us and, in support of dairy farmers we are committed to introducing a number of measures including this additional winter supplement on cheese as well as the launch of the new ‘Milk for Farmers’ range. Our shift to 99% British cheese in all of our stores further demonstrates our commitment to the British dairy farming industry and we urge all other retailers to show the same level of support for this great British product.”

“With this significant investment on cheese, following our guaranteed minimum farm gate price on milk announced last week, we believe Morrisons can work with both dairy farmers and dairy processors to create a long term sustainable business for all parties.”

Media contact

For all media enquiries call
0845 611 5111
Available 24 hours

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Jerónimo Martins opens its 100th store in Colombia

Lisbon, Portugal, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (4 September 2015), the Jerónimo Martins Group opens the 100th store in its local Ara chain, in Cartagena de Indias.

The banner’s arrival in the Caribbean Coast region – where it should close 2015 with around 40 stores – is taking place this week, with the opening of seven stores in the cities of Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta.

Expansion is taking place to the main areas of the Caribbean Coast – Atlántico, Bolívar and Magdalena are three most important departamentos of the seven which make up the Coast region – following Ara’s warm welcome in the Coffee Belt and in Valle del Cauca, where it already has 94 stores and around a thousand employees.

The Ara chain, whose value proposition is based on low prices, high quality Private Brand, strong promotions and major presence in the neighbourhoods, started doing business in March 2013, when it inaugurated the first distribution centre and the 1st store, in the city of Pereira.

Now that it is starting operations in a second region of Colombia, the Chairman of the Jerónimo Martins Group, Mr. Pedro Soares dos Santos, explains that choice: «More than 10 million Colombians live in the Caribbean Coast region and the areas where we are opening stores are situated in departamentos with a higher economic growth than the average for the country, despite around a third of the population from the Coast living in poverty. We want to make quality food accessible to all these people, especially through the investment we are making in developing Private Brand products with a very good quality-price ratio, in conjunction with Colombian suppliers».

Pedro Veloso, Managing Director of Jerónimo Martins in Colombia, highlights the local spirit of the chain: «Ara stores are another neighbour in the neighbourhoods where they are present, with the best products at everyday low prices, with the capacity to create emotions, make people smile and convey happiness. That is exactly the kind of party spirit and fun that can be experienced at the openings on these days».

By December 2015, the chain will have created around 500 new jobs in the Caribbean Coast region.

Ara is a brand inspired by the happiness of the Colombian people, the colours and richness of the country’s biodiversity, offering “Happiness at the best price”.

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Thousands of people waiting for the stores’ opening

Thousands of people waiting for the stores’ opening

Philippines: SM Prime Holdings received gold award for its first mall in China – SM City Xiamen in Fujian Province

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. received a prestigious gold award for SM City Xiamen, Fujian Province, its first mall in China.

SM City Xiamen/SM Lifestyle Center won the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2015 Commercial Asset Management Company Gold Award. Only eight companies were given the prestigious gold award during the 13th Annual Conference of Mall China International Symposium hosted by China Shopping Center Development Association (Mall China), an annual gathering of major shopping malls and retailers in China.

“On behalf of SM, I would like to express gratitude to our valued partners and loyal customers. Without your continued support, SM will not thrive in China, among the world’s largest retail markets. We maintain to drive retail service as our main backbone, with an aim to create an environment people can call their second home,” SM Prime’s mall group, SM Supermalls Senior Vice President Steven Tan said.

The awarding ceremony was held on September 4th, 2015 in Shenzhen,China. Mall China highly recognized SM Prime’s insight and expertise into retail, commercial real estate and shopping center development in China. SM Xiamen was also voted number 1 in WeChat, a popular messaging service in China.

This is the sixth time since 2011that SM Prime has been recognized by Mall China.

Mr. Tan, for his part, received the 2015 International Professional Leader Award for his insight into retail, commercial real estate and shopping center industry in China and promoting and giving significance guidance on development strategy.

SM opened its first mall in China, SM City Xiamen in 2001 with a gross floor area (GFA) of 128,203 square meters. In 2009, the upscale SM Lifestyle Center in Xiamen was opened with a GFA of 109,922 sqm. In 2013, the SM Skywalk was launched, linking SM Xiamen and SM Lifestyle Center, providing more convenience to customers.In the last two years, SM Xiamen and SM Lifestyle Center offered WiFI services, increased parking lots, added facilities for persons with special needs and a nursery room for mothers, installed LED facilities and installed an intelligent parking system all aimed at a better customer experience. Aside from these, SM also upgraded the brands inside the mall.

Established in 2002, Mall China is the first non-profit organization in Mainland China catering to China’s retail property sector. It is likewise the largest shopping center retail organization in China. It has 700 corporate members of investors, developers, operators, retailers and relevant service agencies.

Mall China established the Golden Mall Awards to promote the best malls and encourage enterprises which have made outstanding contributions to the development of the shopping mall industry. Golden Mall Awards recognize and evaluate recent opening or under-construction projects.

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About SM Prime in China
SM Group was founded by Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. Since entering the Chinese market, the SM Group through SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) has set up shopping centers in Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Chongqing. Another mall, SM City Zibo, which spans 150,600 sqm, is set to open in 2015. These malls have demonstrated the goal and impact of the SM Group’s strategy to build “new centers of urban life” and have improved local business facilities and quality of life.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Alex Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +63 (2) 862-7940

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Philippines: SM Prime Holdings received gold award for its first mall in China - SM City Xiamen in Fujian Province

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Carolina Panthers’ safety Tre Boston to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich for Harris Teeter

Charlotte, N.C., 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boston to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter
6701 Morrison Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Tuesday, Sept. 15, Carolina Panthers’ safety Tre Boston will team up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Boston’s sandwich, “Tre’s Trio,” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with the “Tre’s Trio” which features roasted turkey, Virginia ham, bacon, white American cheese, tomato, pickles and ranch dressing on a white sub roll. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes the “Tre’s Trio” sandwich and your choice of one Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin or Cranberry Nut Cookie.

The “Tre’s Trio” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Charlotte-area Harris Teeter stores. Tuesday only, however, Boston will make an appearance at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce the “Tre’s Trio,” as Harris Teeter’s first Signature Sub Sandwich of the 2015-2016 season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.

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Carolina Panthers’ safety Tre Boston to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich for Harris Teeter

Carolina Panthers’ safety Tre Boston to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich for Harris Teeter