H&M launches online shop in Switzerland; exclusive “online-only” items available all year-round

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are proud to announce that we successfully welcomed our Swiss customers to a new and extended online experience on October 15th.

H&M’s Shop Online will offer the same collections online as in-store giving customers access to a wide range of clothing and accessories including ladies, men’s, teens and a full children’s line. There will also be exclusive “online-only” items available all year-round.

The Shop Online launch will also include H&M Home. H&M Home brings fashion and fun to interiors with a seasonal selection of products for every room in your home.

Besides great fashion collections for the entire family, H&M Home will let our customers access the trendiest decorative items for their home with a very good quality and always for the very good H&M prices. Online shopping at hm.com completes the H&M experience.

For more information:

Rene Zibold, PR Manager
Email: Rene.Zibold@hm.com

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

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H&M launches online shop in Switzerland; exclusive "online-only" items available all year-round

H&M launches online shop in Switzerland; exclusive “online-only” items available all year-round

Roundy’s will join EPA’s GreenChill program

MILWAUKEE, WI, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Roundy’s, Inc. (“Roundy’s”) (NYSE: RNDY), a leading grocer in the Midwest, today announced that it will join EPA’s GreenChill program, which is a partnership between the EPA and food retailers to reduce emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

In 2014, Roundy’s became the first grocery store in Wisconsin, and only the third store in the U.S., to utilize a Transcritical CO2 refrigeration system in their Menomonee Falls Pick ‘n Save location. The Transcritical CO2 system eliminates the use of ozone-depleting Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). One pound of leaked HFC refrigerant has more global warming potential than 4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. The Menomonee Falls store is regarded as one of the “greenest” supermarkets in the nation and was awarded a Platinum level certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’sGreenChill Partnership Program.

“The new Transcritical CO2 technology is more environmentally friendly than its chemical counterparts. Roundy’s is proud to partner with the EPA’s GreenChill program and do its part to help reduce HFC emissions,” said James Hyland, Roundy’s vice president of investor relations, corporate communications and public affairs.

Since the opening of the Menomonee Falls store in January, 2014, the Transcritical CO2 refrigeration system has performed flawlessly. Using the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator, the yearly reduction of greenhouse gases are approximately 33.6 metric tons and 36,047 pounds of coal being burned.

With the success of the Menomonee Falls store’s Transcritical CO2 installation, Roundy’s has entered into a GreenChill Partnership with the EPA, pledging to install the Transcritical CO2 refrigeration system or whatever improved non-HFC technology becomes available in all new store builds and any store remodels where the entire refrigeration system is scheduled for replacement. Six newly built stores are scheduled to open in 2016.

“We not only strive to give our customers a great shopping experience, but also want to contribute to the communities in which we do business, as well as the global community,” said Robert Mariano, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Roundy’s.

The announcement of Roundy’s partnership with the EPA’s GreenChill program can be found on theWhite House website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-and-releases

About Roundy’s:
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 22,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 150 retail grocery stores and 100 pharmacies under the Copps, Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin,Minnesota and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

Contact:
James Hyland
Roundy’s, Inc.
414-231-5811
James.Hyland@roundys.com

Carly Haslee
Cramer-Krasselt
414-227-3525,
chaslee@c-k.com

Marlaina Quintana
Cramer-Krasselt
414-227-1512
mquintana@c-k.com

Source: Roundy’s

Stradivarius launches the chain’s new website in China – stradivarius.cn

Arteixo, Spain, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The chain has 65 bricks & mortar stores in China and also sells its products online via both its own website (www.stradivarius.cn) and the T-Mall platform

An event celebrated in Shanghai’s Union Building provided the backdrop for presentation of Stradivarius’s new website in China, which reinforces the brand’s e-commerce presence in this market. Stradivarius gained an initial foothold in the Chinese e-commerce market last April when it launched online sales via the T-Mall platform, on which the rest of the Inditex Group’s brands are also represented.  Just eight months later, on 8 September, Stradivarius direct online sales platform, www.stradivarius.cn, went live, adding to the chain’s network of 65 stores in China.

The Shanghai event, dubbed “The Event Paper: Asia edition”, took place on the top floor of the Union Building, a neo-renaissance building dating to 1916. From its rooftop terrace, the guests were able to enjoy stunning views of the Bund, the Chinese financial capital’s most cosmopolitan district.

The party was attended by international top model Liu Wen, the leading lights from the Asian press and it girls from all over the world. Moreover, Cate Underwood, the star of the brand’s FW15 collection campaign and DJ, took care of the music. A dedicated event report can be downloaded from the Stradivarius website.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

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Stradivarius launches the chain's new website in China - stradivarius.cn

GGP Investor Event at Fashion Show in Las Vegas, Nov 16, 2015

Las Vegas, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP Investor Event at Fashion Show in Las Vegas, Nov 16, 2015

5:00pm PT: Property Tour

Please check-in at Fashion Show, 2nd level entrance, between Neiman Marcus and Abercrombie

5:30pm – 8:30pm PT: Reception

7:00pm PT: Opening remarks by Sandeep Mathrani, CEO

Questions?
Text (702) 781-3777

Dress Code
Business Casual

Please reply to kevin.berry@ggp.com to confirm your attendance.

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GGP Investor Event at Fashion Show in Las Vegas, Nov 16, 2015

Dunkin’ Donuts now with over 75 restaurants at colleges and universities throughout the country

CANTON, MA, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the new school year in full swing, more students will be running on Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, with the opening of new locations on-campus, in bookstores and in college stadiums.

Three Dunkin’ Donuts locations opened at The University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, one of the largest college football stadiums in the country. Liberty University, which previously had a small restaurant on-campus, upgraded to a newer, larger on-campus location that is now a combination unit with Dunkin’ Donuts’ sister brand, Baskin-Robbins. Additionally, a new campus bookstore location opened at the University of Kentucky.

Additional universities that opened new Dunkin’ Donuts locations in 2015 include:

  • Regis College
  • Montclair State University (second campus location)
  • Monmouth College
  • Valencia Community College

“With these openings we now have over 75 restaurants at colleges and universities throughout the country, providing a valuable amenity to millions of students as they embark on a new adventure this fall season,” said Chris Burr, director of non-traditional development, Dunkin’ Brands. “When schools choose to open a second or third location it truly shows the power of our brand, and how it resonates with students, faculty and visitors who can conveniently rely on and enjoy our affordable food and beverages all throughout the day.”

Dunkin’ Donuts offers a variety of restaurant models to suit almost any university, including full retail shops and kiosks that are perfect for campus centers, student unions, dining commons, and other high-traffic locations at or near the school. As one of the fastest growing quick service (QSR) brands based on unit growth, the company continues to strategically expand in contiguous markets around the country with a long-term goal of having more than 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the United States alone.

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).

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

Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide to help its senior customers prepare for 2015 Medicare Part D Enrollment

Rite Aid’s Medicare Advisor Assists Medicare Beneficiaries and Caregivers in Selecting Best Prescription Drug Plan for 2016

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide are once again providing free resources to help its senior customers select the right prescription drug plan (PDP) or update their existing coverage during the annual Medicare Part D enrollment period. Now through Dec. 7, 2015, customers can use Rite Aid’s Medicare Advisor to request the three lowest-cost prescription drug plans based on current prescriptions filled at Rite Aid*. Rite Aid’s Medicare Advisor is available at any Rite Aid pharmacy and can also be accessed online at www.riteaid.com/medicareadvisor

“As a retail healthcare company, Rite Aid is committed to providing its customers with the resources they need to help them reach their goal of leading healthier lives,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president of pharmacy for Rite Aid. “The Medicare Part D enrollment period is the perfect time for our patients to speak with our pharmacists about the tools we offer, including Medicare Advisor, which can help them select the drug plan to best fit their prescription needs.”

With Rite Aid’s Medicare Advisor, customers can compare the estimated annual costs of various plans, including monthly premiums, brand and generic co-pays and drugs covered. Customers can then discuss their Medicare Advisor report with their Rite Aid pharmacists, who are available to answer questions they may have.

Rite Aid is in the networks of hundreds of other Medicare prescription drug plans; see
for more information.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com

*A complete list of all the Part D plans Rite Aid participates in is also available upon request. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, pharmacy network and/or copayments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Foodstuffs New Zealand: construction of the new New World in Te Kuiti set to start on 19 October 2015

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Foodstuffs North Island Ltd is pleased to announce that construction of the new New World in Te Kuiti is set to start on 19 October 2015.

“It is very exciting for us to start construction of the new store,” says Angela Bull, General Manager Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd. “The current New World in Te Kuiti has served the local community incredibly well for over 50 years but it is now time for a new store. The new store will be of the latest building design, with plenty of natural light, a great fresh food offer and in a convenient location for the community.”

Mark Brittenden, the owner-operator of New World Te Kuiti is looking forward to opening the new store, and providing the community with an even better food and grocery offer.

“The new supermarket will be a great store,” says Mark Brittenden. “The community have been so supportive and patient as we have worked through the design and details of the new store. The team and I can’t wait to bring a new, modern fresh food and grocery offer to Te Kuiti with all the great service you expect from New World.”

The new New World is located at 41-43 Rora Street and will be 2,470m2 in size. The new store will provide 141 car parks and is expected to open in the third quarter of 2016.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS

New Zealand: Foodstuffs North Island Limited to upgrade New World Pioneer

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited is excited to announce that they will soon be starting work to upgrade New World Pioneer, located on 179-197 Main Street, Takaro, Palmerston North.

“The planned upgrade of New World Pioneer will see improvements to both the inside and outside of the supermarket,” says Angela Bull, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager Property Development. “The project includes a ‘facelift’ to the outside and improvements to the inside providing our customers with a more modern and brighter store to do their weekly shop in.”

The exterior of New World Pioneer will be repainted, and changes to the inside will see the entrance area modernised, including an upgrade to the café. Improvements within the store will mean wider aisles, an increased fresh foods offer and a full upgrade of the interior décor.

Owner-operator Darrin Wong is excited about the investment in the store.

“We can’t wait for our customers to see the finished product so that we can offer our customers an even better shopping experience,” says Wong.

Work on the upgrade to New World Pioneer will start on 15 October 2015. During this time the store will remain open, and staff will make sure customers can do all their shopping in a safe and convenient environment.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS

PTMatahari Putra Prima Tbk reopened Hypermart outlet in Malang Town Square (Matos) with the latest concepts of G7

Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — PTMatahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA), a multi-format modern retailer in Indonesia, which operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty, today has reopened Hypermart outlet in Malang Town Square (Matos) with the latest concepts of G7. The outlet has a selling area of 4,393 m 2 and new concept with more spacious layout, attractive and modern look.

Hypermart Matos is one of the pioneer of modern retail outlets in Malang city which opened back in 2005. This outlet was adapting the G3 concept before being renovated to the latest G7 concept. Fashion and Beauty center was renewed and expanded to fit the consumers’ lifestyle which continues to grow, coupled with Ready to Eat area which offers a more diverse selection of foods. Bulk food is more complete with the modern concept display. HypermartG7 also brings the concept of environmentally friendly by using LED technology.

Director of Public Relations & Communications MPPA, Danny Kojongian stated, “Today we reopened Hypermart Malang Town Square with the latest concept of G7 to offer modern retailing experience to our customers who lived in Malang and surrounding areas. The opening of Matos outlets strengthen the presence of MPPA Retail Group, and also defines MPPA’s commitment to deliver the latest breakthrough grocery shopping experience across Indonesia.

For further information, please contact:
Phoa Marchea Trenggono,
Investor Relations & Communications Officer
marchea.phoa@mppa.co.in

Danny Kojongian,
Director of Public Relations & Communications
danny.kojongian@hypermart.co.id

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA)
PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA) operates Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston Health & Beauty. Total 2014 Sales amounted to Rp 13,59 Trillion (audited), a growth of 14.1% from 2013. Net Income 2014 amounted to Rp 554,0 Billion, which grew 24.5% from Rp 444,9 Billion in 2013. Hypermart has the widest store network among hypermarket operators in more than 60 cities ranging from Tanjung Balai (Medan) to Jayapura (Papua).

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2014 Customer Satisfaction by Roy Morgan, 2014 Excellence Experience by Bisnis Indonesia & Carre CCSL, 2014 Top 500 Bronze Award by Retail Asia, 2014 Charta Peduli Indonesia by Dompet Dhuafa, 2014 Superbrand Indonesia by Superbrand, 2014 Best Senior Management IR Support & Most Improved Investor Relations by Alpha Southeast Asia, 2014 Most Admired Companies by Fortune Indonesia, and 2014 Most Admired Company by Warta Ekonomi.

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From left to right: Yohanes Setiyo, Regional Manager; Kioe Jung Hin, Associate Director Hypermart Java Operations; Mardi Puswahyu, Store Manager Hypermart Matos; and Gilles Pivon, Director of Hypermart

From left to right: Yohanes Setiyo, Regional Manager; Kioe Jung Hin, Associate Director Hypermart Java
Operations; Mardi Puswahyu, Store Manager Hypermart Matos; and Gilles Pivon, Director of Hypermart

PetSmart Promise opens new on-site dog and cat kennel facility at Family Promise of Greater Helena

PetSmart® and Family Promise of Greater Helena Team Up on PetSmart Promise Program

HELENA, MONT., 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Promise, a partnership between PetSmart and Family Promise, celebrated today the grand opening of a new on-site dog and cat kennel facility at Family Promise of Greater Helena. The new facility is part of the PetSmart Promise national program that helps children and families that are temporarily homeless keep all members of their family together – including their four-legged family members. The on-site kennels provide pets in transition a safe, comforting place to call their temporary home, while their families get back on the road to independent housing.

“PetSmart is pleased to be able to work together with the team at Family Promise to bring this unique facility to Helena,” said Montserrat Fuentes-Edwards, Local District Leader, PetSmart. “At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people, and we know the positive impact they have on our lives. Being able to help a homeless family keep their pet during a time of transition is so important and facilities like PetSmart Promise kennels help do just that.”

Fuentes-Edwards was joined by Nick Zullo, the Director of Family Promise of Greater Helena, and other VIPs, including Ole Olson, Family Promise Board Chair, at a ribbon cutting ceremony today. This PetSmart Promise facility is equipped with commercial grade dog kennels, which can house up to three dogs, and cat condos, which can house up to two cats at one time. The families staying at the Family Promise of Greater Helena are able to see and care for their pets every day. For many of the families served by the day center who don’t have pets, this offers an enriching experience as well.

“Our new facility means that families who are facing homelessness don’t have to make the heartbreaking decision to stay in a shelter and give up their beloved pet or live on the street to keep the family together,” said Zullo. “By working together with PetSmart, we’re able to give these families hope in their time of transition. It’s a great example of members of the community working together to find a solution to a problem many may not even know exists.”

Helena is one of three PetSmart Promise on-site kennel facilities opening in 2015. Others are planned to open in Harrisburg, Pa. and Salem, Ore. PetSmart first established a pilot program with Family Promise of Greater Phoenix in 2012 and has opened a total of seven on-site PetSmart Promise kennel facilities.

In addition to the on-site kennels, the PetSmart Promise program also offers additional options to help families in transition, including:

  • PetSmart PetsHotels®: Complimentary boarding services in existing PetSmart stores for families utilizing nearby Family Promise centers (subject to availability). Families can visit their pets, which are cared for by the PetsHotel staff. 24 PetSmart PetsHotel facilities in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas are currently participating in this offering;
  • Installation of aquariums in Family Promise centers across the nation, giving children and families utilizing the centers the benefits of pets including the care and responsibility required of pet ownership. To date, 85 aquariums have been installed as part of this PetSmart national program; and
  • Creation of a foster network of Family Promise employees and volunteers that are on-hand to house pets when a PetSmart Promise on-site kennel or nearby PetSmart PetsHotel is not available

To learn more about the PetSmart Promise options for Family Promise facilities, please visit: http://www.petsmartgivesback.com.

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About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding,PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – includingPetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com andpetMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart CharitiesTM and PetSmart CharitiesTM of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives BackTM. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart

See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About Family Promise
Family Promise is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.  The organization is based in Summit, New Jersey, where they were founded in 1988 on the belief that Americans are compassionate people who want to make a difference.  Today Family Promise comprises 192 Affiliates in 42 states, with more in development. Family Promise programs involve more than 160,000 volunteers and they provide assistance to more than 50,000 family members annually.  Family Promise celebrated their 25th Anniversary as a national organization in 2013.  Since their founding, they have served about 500,000 people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary homes at Affiliates nationwide.

Contact – MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY:
Christina Saull, 202-518-6480, Christina.Saull@finnpartners.com
Melissa Wenzel, 480-271-5428, MWenzel@PetSmart.com

Cold Stone Creamery to open 13 locations in Cambodia over the next five years

The First Location to Open in the Capital City of Phnom Penh

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the next five years, 13 Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) locations will open in Cambodia, with the first location opening in the capital city of Phnom Penh sometime over the next 6 months. Kahala Brands™, the parent company of the owner of the Cold Stone Creamery brand, has granted TH F&B Co. Ltd. (TH Group) the master franchise rights to open locations throughout Cambodia, expanding the Cold Stone Creamery brand into a country and culture that is seeking higher quality products.

“Our economic growth here in Cambodia has risen and to us, that implies that the standard of living is improving here,” said Hav Norm, managing director of TH F&B Co. Ltd. “Therefore, the people of Cambodia are looking for premium, high-quality brands that they can indulge in and trust. Cold Stone Creamery is a super-premium brand that will be a perfect fit in our market.”

TH Group is a leader in the automotive market, with over 20 years of experience in Cambodia. TH Group holds 35% of the auto market share in the country, making it the largest importer/wholesaler of U.S. automobiles in Cambodia, selling new and used luxury cars.

“We are extremely confident in TH Group as they have more than 20 years of experience in Cambodia and have great in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the marketplace,” said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development at Kahala. “TH Group understands consumer demands, preferences and perceptions, making it a business leader in its country. We are excited to bring the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® to the ice cream lovers of Cambodia.”

“People are excited in Cambodia for the ice cream experience that Cold Stone Creamery offers to its guests,” said Hav Norm. “With the delicious tasting ice cream, made fresh in each store, and the entertainment factor, customers will want more. We are inspired by the culture and brand mission at Cold Stone Creamery, to make people happy.”

Cold Stone Creamery has continued to make strong key moves into the international market in recent years. The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the first international Cold Stone Creamery store opened in Tokyo, Japan. Today, Cold Stone Creamery stores are operating in over 300 international locations and in 26 countries abroad, including the Philippines, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by Kahala Brands™, parent company of one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 16 quick-service restaurant brands. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 26 countries.

About “Made Fresh”
In Cold Stone Creamery locations across the world, ice cream is hand-crafted in small batches – one flavor at a time. Cold Stone Creamery starts with the highest quality cream, sugar and flavorings to make its ice cream fresh in the back of each of its stores. This small-batch process ensures customers receive the richest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream when they visit a Cold Stone Creamery store.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

CONTACT:
Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

SOURCE: Cold Stone Creamery

Zalando’s group revenues in Q3 2015 up by 41-43 per cent vs Q3 2014

  • Further acceleration of growth to 41-43 per cent, Q3 revenues at EUR 707-717 million
  • Adjusted EBIT of EUR -18 to -32 million (margin of -2.5 to -4.5 per cent), including targeted growth investments
  • Accelerated profitable growth: revenue growth guidance for FY 2015 raised to 33-35 per cent; in return, adjusted EBIT margin lowered to 3-4 per cent for full year

BERLIN, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, grew group revenues in the third quarter of 2015 to EUR 707-717 million or by 41-43 per cent (Q3 2014: 501 million), according to preliminary figures. Zalando expects to achieve an adjusted EBIT of EUR -18 to -32 million, corresponding to an adjusted EBIT margin of -2.5 to -4.5 per cent (Q3 2014: EUR 4 million or 0.8 per cent). In the first nine months of 2015 Zalando achieved revenues of EUR 2,084-2,094 million, growing by around 35 per cent (first nine months 2014: EUR 1,548 million). Adjusted EBIT for the first nine months is expected to come in at EUR 27-41 million, a margin of around 1.6 per cent at the mid-point of the range.

Rubin Ritter, Member of the Management Board, said: “The results are in line with our strategy to invest into long-term growth. In the third quarter we saw unique growth opportunities to significantly beat our growth targets and tapped into these with full conviction. We remain committed to our profitable growth path, but are willing to trade in some profitability to accelerate our growth and gain market share.”

Zalando continued to invest in its customer proposition in the third quarter, driving revenue growth significantly above expectations at the expense of margin. While gross margin was in line with the prior year, profitability was mainly impacted by higher fulfillment and marketing costs:

  • Fulfillment cost: higher than usual fulfillment cost to secure a first-class customer experience even at fast-growing volumes, plus significant technology investments to further drive Zalando’s mobile and platform strategies. Fraud cases in the first-half of 2015 triggered lower than expected debt collection rates, representing a single-digit million amount.
  • Marketing cost: higher marketing cost ratio year-on-year, driven by increased investments into app downloads plus an earlier fall-winter season start campaign compared to last year.

Zalando raises full year growth guidance

Following these strong results in the first nine months of the year, Zalando is now expecting to substantially exceed its initial 2015 revenue growth corridor of 20-25 per cent and revised guidance of 28-31 percent and is increasing its guidance to 33-35 per cent. As a result of additional growth investments, guidance for 2015 adjusted EBIT margin is lowered to 3-4 per cent.

All figures reported herein are preliminary and unreviewed. Full financial disclosure for the third quarter will be published on 12 November, 2015.

ABOUT ZALANDO
Zalando (https://corporate.zalando.com) is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles, including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology gives us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition
to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract over 135 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2015, around 57 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in close to 16.4 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

CONTACT
René Gribnitz
Vice President Communications
rene.gribnitz@zalando.de
+49 30 20968 2022

Raley’s, Sacramento Kings, KTXL Fox 40 donate to support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire

Fair Oaks, CA, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Funds raised by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, the Sacramento Kings and KTXL Fox 40 will support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire. These fires are considered among the most destructive in California history. “Our community is strong, and we back one another up in times of need,” said Leigh White, KTXL Fox 40’s VP General Manager. “F0X 40 viewers stepped up financially for our neighbors. We as a station are proud to use our airwaves as a vehicle for the message of hope and care, and we will continue to tell the stories of those affected while they rebuild what was lost.”

Collections will be dispersed equally between the American Red Cross and food bank partners through Raley’s non-profit, Food For Families. “With the fires contained, the rebuilding of our communities begins,” said Chelsea Minor, Director of Public Relations & Public Affairs. “Raley’s will continue to work with businesses and residents to continue to support our communities as they recover from the devastating fires.”

Donations from customers, fans and viewers will help supply much needed essentials to thousands of individuals affected by the regional wildfires. The Red Cross is providing shelter, meals, water, relief supplies, health services, emotional comfort and assisting people in planning their next steps.

“We are humbled by the support received by the community to help the people affected by the California Wildfires,” said Lilly Wyatt, Director of Regional Communications with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief allowed us to respond immediately to these wildfires and are still being used to provide help right now to people in need in California.”

Donations will continue to be accepted online at www.Foodforfamilies.org/donate. “Many of the families impacted by these devastating fires haven’t returned to their homes, jobs, or a daily routine,” said Scott Moak, Executive Director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation. “Our fans and community took a great first step to help those impacted begin rebuilding their lives, but there is more work to be done. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to help, in the communities affected, on the ground, and directly with those in need.“

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family

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Raley’s, Sacramento Kings, KTXL Fox 40 donate to support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire

Raley’s, Sacramento Kings, KTXL Fox 40 donate to support communities ravaged by the Valley Fire and Butte Fire

Schweiz: Die Wettbewerbskommission (Weko) genehmigt Online-Marktplatz von Coop und Swisscom

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Wettbewerbskommission (Weko) gibt grünes Licht für die geplante Zusammenarbeit zwischen Coop und Swisscom zur Lancierung eines Online-Marktplatzes. Coop hat die hinter dem Marktplatz stehende Firma Eos Commerce AG gegründet, die 2016 mit dem neuen Online-Marktplatz unter dem Namen Siroop live gehen wird. Die Swisscom beteiligt sich am Projekt zu 50 %. Ins Start-Up wollen beide Partner Coop und Swisscom ihre Kompetenzen im Bereich Digitalisierung, eCommerce, Vermarktung und Handel einbringen.

Siroop.ch wird allen Marktteilnehmern zugänglich sein. Aktuell entwickeln die Mitarbeitenden des Start-Up Eos Commerce AG die Plattform und evaluieren externe Händler. Siroop wird zunächst mit einem Piloten in einer Region starten, 2016 wird der Marktplatz dann die ganze Schweiz abdecken.

Kontaktpersonen

Denise Stadler, Leiterin Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Urs Meier, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 39

Nadja Ruch, Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

SOURCE: Coop

Starbucks to release its 4Q and fiscal year end 2015 financial results after the market close on Thursday, October 29

SEATTLE, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) plans to release its fourth quarter and fiscal year end 2015 financial results after the market close on Thursday, October 29, 2015, with a conference call to follow at 2:00 p.m. PT.

The conference call will be webcast and can be accessed on the company’s website:http://investor.starbucks.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on the company’s website until end of day Thursday, November 26, 2015.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-qualityarabica coffee. Today, with more than 22,000 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 news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Tesco to sell 14 Spenhill development sites across London, the South East and Bath to Meyer Bergman advised fund and clients

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has agreed the sale of fourteen Spenhill development sites across London, the South East and Bath, to a fund and clients advised by Meyer Bergman. The transaction, worth £250m, is for sites suitable for mixed-use and residential development and marks further progress against Tesco’s strategic priority of protecting and strengthening its balance sheet.

Tesco and Meyer Bergman, the pan-European real estate investment manager, have reached completion on eleven sites, with the remaining sites due to complete in due course.

Dave Lewis, Chief Executive said:

“Since announcing our decision to build fewer stores we have been working with Meyer Bergman to bring forward investment on our Spenhill sites. We are very pleased to have agreed a deal with Meyer Bergman that will bring forward significant investment for these local communities, including opportunities for residential development.

We will be working with Meyer Bergman and local Councils in the coming weeks to complete a formal handover and look forward to the delivery of investment on these sites.”

Markus Meijer, CEO at Meyer Bergman, said:

”We see this investment as an opportunity to give new impetus to the Spenhill projects, to make Tesco’s place-making ambitions for the sites happen and to make an enduring contribution to local communities.

Backed by long-term and prudent global institutional capital, Meyer Bergman has a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and asset management of mixed-use properties. We look forward to engaging with local stakeholders so that immediately we can start moving the various Spenhill projects forward.”

-Ends-

About Meyer Bergman:
Meyer Bergman is a privately held real estate investment management firm. It advises three closed-ended, value-add real estate funds with a total of approximately €3 billion of assets on behalf of global institutional investors. The firm is headquartered in London.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01992 644645

Amazon.com unveils its 2015 Holiday Toy List

  • Choose from more than a thousand gifts for kids, hand-picked by Amazon toy experts
  • Enjoy daily deals on Holiday Toy List products, including items from top brands such as Disney, Fisher-Price, Green Toys, Hasbro, LeapFrog,Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Star Wars

SEATTLE, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon.com today announced its 2015 Holiday Toy List (www.amazon.com/holidaytoylist), a curated list of more than a thousand of the hottest products for kids of all ages and interests. Amazon toy buyers and editors searched far and wide to produce this robust selection of gifts, which includes everything from the most popular items to unique specialty toys. In addition to highlighting Mom Picks and Kid Picks, the Holiday Toy List also features new trend-focused categories – STEM, Movie Favorites, Retro, and Toys That Go.

STEM toys such as the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS and Thames & Kosmos Remote-Control Machines: Space Explorers Science Kitcontinue to grow in popularity as they are introduced to customers through the STEM Toys & Games Store. There is also a lot of buzz aroundStar Wars this year, with the Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda and Play-Doh Star Wars Millennium Falcon already big hits with customers. Dinosaur toys are on everyone’s list thanks to Jurassic World and the upcoming Good Dinosaur movie, including the Playskool Heroes Jurassic World Dino Tracker and WowWee MiP Robot Miposaur. Even with all of the innovative toys available today, retro products like the Spirograph Deluxe Design Set and Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike are as hot as ever.

“We are super excited about the products featured on our Holiday Toy List this year, from popular STEM toys that educate and inspire the young scientist to our favorite movie characters that ignite the imagination in your aspiring actor or author,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader of Toys & Games for Amazon.com. “The Holiday Toy List, which now features Amazon Wish List functionality and even more editorial content, makes shopping easier for parents and gift-givers so they can spend more time with their loved ones during the busy holiday season.”

Amazon is offering daily deals on Holiday Toy List products this year, including items from top brands such as Disney, Fisher-Price, Green Toys, Hasbro, LeapFrog, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Star Wars. This year, customers can also create Amazon Wish Lists for sharing with family and friends, add products to existing Wish Lists, or add products directly to their cart – all while shopping the Amazon Holiday Toy List. In addition, customers can shop the full Holiday Toy List using intuitive search filters like brand, age, price range, and discount, to find exactly what they are looking for.

Some of the anticipated best-selling toys and games for this holiday season include:

  • Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo
  • Crayola Easy Animation Studio
  • Paw Patrol – Paw Patroller
  • Girl Scouts Cookie Oven
  • Syma X5C Explorers 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter With HD Camera
  • WowWee MiP Robot Miposaur
  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Deluxe Electronic Lightsaber
  • Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo
  • Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Super Stunts Blaze
  • Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle
  • Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa Doll
  • Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers Game
  • Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Playset
  • Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit, available through the new Amazon Launchpad program for startups
  • View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
  • Miles From Tomorrowland Stellosphere
  • Playmation Marvel Avengers Starter Pack Repulsor

Customers can also discover toys available exclusively from Amazon on the Holiday Toy List, including:

  • Disney Frozen Anna Doll, Sven and Sleigh Gift Set
  • Disney Frozen Karaoke
  • Monster High Draculaura Collector Doll
  • Learning Resources New Sprouts Complete Play Food Set
  • Learning Resources Pretend and Play Cash Register, Pink
  • Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Musical Dancing Palace Gift Set
  • Fisher-Price Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Christmas Crossings
  • Zoomer Kitty, Midnight
  • FurReal Friends Flurry, My Baby Snow Leopard Pet
  • Lincoln Logs Lake Union Lodge Toy
  • Tinker Toys Little Constructor’s Building Set
  • K’NEX 100 Model Imagine Building Set
  • McFarlane Toys Halo 5: Guardians 10″ Spartan Locke Figure (Un-Helmeted Version)
  • Baby Genius Musical Train

Customers who shop the Holiday Toy List will find the same tools and helpful information they have come to know and love from Amazon, including fast and free shipping options – unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime and Prime Free Same-Day Delivery in 14 metro areas – millions of helpful customer reviews, best-sellers, and personalized product recommendations. For more information on the 2015 Holiday Toy List, please visit www.amazon.com/holidaytoylist.

Photos Available: https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/dgZWCvZxKXx8fKRjWVwbCGdV97iSqwhpjdZxdPyL2as

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance declared a regular quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share; 6.7 percent up over the year ago dividend

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The board of directors of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share, a 6.7 percent increase over the year ago dividend. The dividend is payable 11 December 2015 to stockholders of record as of 16 November 2015.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., have paid a dividend in 332 straight quarters (83 years) and have raised the dividend for 40 consecutive years.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

The company employs over 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries; it is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe. Including its equity method investments, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,200* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

Its portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 May 2015 including equity method investments

** For 12 months ended 31 May 2015 including equity method investments

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-Q for the quarter ending 28 February 2015, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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M&S launches its new Members Club SPARKS nationwide on October 22

LONDON, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — M&S is embarking on a new style of customer relationship with the introduction of SPARKS – its new Members Club.  Launching nationwide on October 22nd, SPARKS will help convert customers into members who will be rewarded with more from M&S.

M&S has taken a fresh look at loyalty and designed its new Members Club in collaboration with over 600 customers. During a three month live trial phase1, M&S has recruited over 100,000 members to road test and refine SPARKS. The result is a Members Club that helps M&S know its best customers even better – recognising more than just spend and going beyond generic discounts to reward members with personalised, lifestyle enhancing benefits.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director at M&S said: “Customers tell us they want to ‘be part of something special’ and that’s exactly why SPARKS is a club. As a member you are more than a customer and you’ll get the most from M&S – with tailor-made offers, priority access and invites to exclusive events. It’s a two way relationship; members tell us what they enjoy, select their own tailored offers and are rewarded for sharing their views.”

Through SPARKS, M&S is able to offer an extensive range of lifestyle benefits across food, fashion, home and beauty. On joining, SPARKS members are encouraged to share their interests to ensure their personal benefits reflect what they enjoy most. SPARKS has been designed as a fun and interactive experience, as members collect sparks in three key ways allowing them to regularly unlock new and exciting benefits.

Collect Sparks

  • Each time they shop: 10 sparks for every purchase
  • Every time they spend: 10 sparks for every £1 spent
  • Each time they engage: 25 sparks for a product review or 50 sparks when you Shwop

SPARKS benefits

  • Tailor-made offers: As soon as members join, they receive a welcome offer – this could include a 10% discount on a department or a free beauty product when you buy lingerie. A tailor-made selection of offers is then sent every fortnight to choose from and, as members build more sparks they can unlock up to four tailor-made offer slots at one time.
  • Priority access: At 3,000 sparks members can begin to unlock priority access, giving members a first preview of new season ranges or the chance to shop the M&S.com sale 24 hours in advance at 7,000 sparks.
  • Exclusive events: 14,000 unlocks special invitation only events and masterclasses – from food tasting to exclusive shopping evenings with catwalk shows and at 17,000 members enter into money can’t buy experience draws – such as a trip to an M&S South African vineyard to winning your Christmas Day on M&S.
  • And every time a customer shops M&S will donate a penny to the member’s chosen charity, selected at registration.

The launch of SPARKS has been made possible by the recent transformation of M&S infrastructure and its in-house digital capabilities2. Members will be invited to download the free M&S App – where they can manage their SPARKS membership and check in daily to view their progress and unlock new benefits.  The SPARKS hub can also be accessed at www.marksandspencer.com/sparks. Members will be able to collect sparks via M&S.com and using their SPARKS card in UK stores, including M&S franchise partners.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne continued: “Over 131 years, customers have built a unique sense of trust and ownership in the brand and a members club is the natural evolution. And now is the right time for M&S; thanks to our infrastructure investment and the breadth and depth of our product offer, we can deliver a club that sees us collaborate with our members to build a better M&S together.“

Whilst the national SPARKS launch begins on 22nd October, interested customers can collect a SPARKS card from their local M&S store and invitations to join the club will be sent to selected M&S Bank customers, M&S.com customers and shareholders from today (15th October).

To kick start the launch, M&S is running ’14 Days of SPARKS’ in store and online between 22nd October and 4th November where every day all registered members will be entered into a free prize draw3 for an extra special SPARKS experience – giving a taste of the benefits available to members.

Notes to editors:

1.Between late August 2015 and early October 2015, M&S undertook a live trial in its Wales & West region. Trial members were recruited from the customer base across 24 stores and they tested both the in-store and online SPARKS experience.

2.In spring 2014, M&S moved away from an Amazon platform to launch an M&S owned and operated customer web platform. This formed part of a wider investment in the retailer’s infrastructure, spanning its customer and IT systems to its logistics capabilities. This transformation also included the addition of a 360 view customer analytics platform. M&S has continued to strengthen its insight and digital in-house capabilities and by taking ownership of its web platform M&S has greater flexibility to respond quickly to emerging trends and continue to evolve its site and SPARKS offer.

3.Daily individual prize draws are open to all registered SPARKS members who are 18 years of age or older and a UK resident. Daily prize draws will close at 11.59pm each day. All registered SPARKS members at that time will automatically be entered in to each qualifying prize draw (other than previous ‘Win with SPARKS’ prize draw winners). Employees of Marks & Spencer are excluded. Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the prize draw closing and you must claim your prize within 7 days of receiving confirmation. Terms and conditions apply to individual prizes, see marksandspencer.com for more details.

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SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

The H&M group’s sales up by 11 percent in September 2015 YoY

STOCKHOLM, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 11 percent in local currencies in September 2015 compared to the same month last year.

Sales development per month in percent in local currencies:

The total number of stores amounted to 3,733 on 30 September 2015 compared to 3,338 on

30 September 2014.

Percentage sales development for the month of October will be published on 16 November 2015.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

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Only press enquiries

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
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SALES DEVELOPMENT IN SEPTEMBER 2015

Smashburger sells 40% of the company to Jollibee Foods Corporation, Asia’s largest restaurant company

Smashburger Enters into Strategic Partnership with Jollibee Foods Corporation, Asia’s Largest Restaurant Company

DENVER, COLORADO/Manila, Philippines, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smashburger, the Denver-based Fast Casual restaurant concept, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 40% of the company to Jollibee Foods Corporation (PSE: JFC), Asia’s largest restaurant company. The purchase price values Smashburger at a $335 million enterprise value.

Launched in 2007, Smashburger has over 335 corporate and franchised restaurants operating in 35 states and seven countries. Approximately 60% of Smashburger is company owned and operated. Smashburger continues to grow at a rate of 20% annually.

Jollibee Foods Corporation, a publicly-traded market leader in the Philippines, has been actively seeking an investment in a leading U.S. growth brand. Jollibee Foods Corporation currently operates and franchises a network of over 3,000 restaurants worldwide under the trade names Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Mang Inasal, Burger King Philippines, San Pin Wang, Jinja Bar. Jollibee also has a 50% interest in the Super Foods Group, which operates and franchises restaurants under the Pho 24 and Highlands Coffee brands throughout Vietnam.

“We at Smashburger are excited about our new strategic partnership with Jollibee,” commented Rick Schaden, Chairman and Co-Founder of Smashburger. “As founders and entrepreneurs we both have built teams that focus on bringing the highest quality and best tasting food to our restaurant categories. Founder and Chairman, Tony Tan Caktiong and I share a true passion for the restaurant business having opened and operated our very first restaurants, we believe our companies still cultivate that spirit today as we initiate this partnership.”

JFC Chairman Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong gave the following statement: “Smashburger is one of the fastest growing restaurant brands in the US and we are very excited to work side by side with the owners and management of Smashburger as we continue its growth. This acquisition will make JFC’s presence in the US more significant, going beyond the Filipino market and serving mainstream consumers in the $100 billion US burger market, a food segment which is estimated to be almost three times larger than the pizza, sandwich or coffee segment in terms of sales. This acquisition will make the US one of JFC’s most important markets and drivers of long term growth along with the Philippines, China and other Asian markets abroad.”

“This partnership will provide additional energy and resources to Smashburger as we expand,” said Scott Crane, President and CEO, of Smashburger. “The team at Jollibee is focused on the same values as our company, which are to serve the highest quality food and provide a great dining experience for our guests.”

Smashburger was counselled by North Point Advisors as financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as legal and JFC was advised by J.P. Morgan as financial advisor, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as legal advisor, and Isla Lipana & Co./PwC as accounting and tax advisor in this transaction.

About Smashburger
Smashburger is a leading Fast Casual “better burger” restaurant brand known for its fresh never frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef® burgers that are smashed on the grill to sear in the juices, creating an upscale quality burger packed with flavor and served at a great value. In addition to burgers, Smashburger offers grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, fresh salads, signature side items such as Haystack onions and Veggie Frites, and hand spun Haagen-Dazs® shakes. On each markets menu, Smashburger offers locally inspired items like a regional burger, a regional side or a local craft beer.

Founded 2007 in Denver, Colorado by Rick Schaden and Tom Ryan, there are currently over 335 corporate and franchised Smashburger restaurants operating in 35 states and seven countries. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com

About Jollibee Foods Corporation
Jollibee is the largest restaurant chain in the Philippines, operating a global network of over 3,000 stores. The company has also embarked on an aggressive international expansion plan in China, Vietnam, USA and other parts of Asia and the Middle East, firmly establishing itself as a growing international restaurant player.

Jollibee was founded by Tony Tan Caktiong and his family with its humble beginnings as an Ice Cream Parlor which later grew into an emerging global brand. At the heart of its success is a family-oriented approach to human resource management, making Jollibee one of the most admired employers in the region. The company has received the “Employer of the Year” Award from the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines, “Best Employer in the Philippines” Award from Hewitt Associated and a “Top 20 Employer in Asia” citation from the Asian Wall Street Journal. To learn more, visit www.Jollibee.com.PH

SOURCE: Smashburger IP Holder LLC

DDR Corp announced pricing of $400m 4.250% senior unsecured notes due 2026

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2015-10-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today announced the pricing of $400 million of senior unsecured notes in an underwritten public offering.  The offering consists of $400 million of 4.250% notes due 2026.  The notes are being offered to investors at a price of 99.094% with a yield to maturity of 4.361%.  Interest on the notes will be paid semi-annually on February 1 and August 1, beginning February 1, 2016.  The offering is expected to close on or about October 21, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, UBS Securities LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering. BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, Capital One Securities, Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Regions Securities LLC and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. are serving as senior co-managers, and The Huntington Investment Company, FTN Financial Securities Corp. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. are serving as co-managers, for the offering.

DDR may use all or a portion of the net proceeds it receives from the offering of the notes to repay debt under its $750 million unsecured revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of secured and unsecured debt from time to time. DDR may use all or a portion of the net proceeds it receives from the offering of the notes, together with cash on hand, to satisfy the cash obligations in connection with the repurchase, redemption or conversion of its $350 million aggregate principal amount of 1.75% convertible senior notes due 2040.

A copy of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained, when available, from:

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, telephone:  (800) 831-9146, or by e-mailing BATProspectusdept@citi.com;  J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, Attention: Investment Grade Syndicate Desk – 3rd floor, telephone: (212) 834-4533 (collect); and UBS Securities LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019, telephone: (888) 827-7275.

This release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted.  A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is effective.

About DDR Corp.
DDR is an owner and manager of 378 value-oriented shopping centers representing 116 million square feet in 41 states and Puerto Rico. The Company’s portfolio is comprised primarily of large-format power centers located in top markets across the United States, and is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at www.ddr.com.

Safe Harbor
DDR considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company’s expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as supply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; constructing properties or expansions that produce a desired yield on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; and the success of our capital recycling strategy. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as amended. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

SOURCE: DDR Corp.

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