The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation raised over $1 million through its 2nd National Community Cups® Program

CANTON, MA, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts guests made a big difference for local communities in November, as The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation(DDBRCF) today announced that more than $1 million was raised through its second National Community Cups® Program. Combined with the Baskin-Robbins Community Cones program held throughout July, a total of $1,050,158 was raised for The DDBRCF.

The program, which began November 2 and continued through the month, invited Dunkin’ Donuts guests to make a $1 donation to The DDBRCF at Dunkin’ Donuts and Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin-Robbins multi-brand restaurants nationwide. In appreciation for their generosity, participants received a paper icon, featuring the iconic Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup, to sign and display at the restaurant or take home. As an additional thank you for guests’ support, this year the guests received a special coupon for $1 off the purchase of a dozen donuts.

The money raised through the National Community Cups Program will support The DDBRCF’s efforts to serve local communities by raising funds to support charities that address hunger, children’s health and public safety. This is the second year in a row that The DDBRCF has launched this initiative nationally; with guest support this year’s program nearly doubled the money raised during the program’s first year, along with Baskin-Robbins’ Cakes for a Cause National Paper Icon Fundraiser.

According to Karen Raskopf, Dunkin’ Brands’ Chief Communications Officer and Co-Chair of The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, “On behalf of Dunkin’ Brands’ franchisees throughout the country, we want to thank our loyal Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins guests. Through their incredible generosity and spirit of giving, we have raised more than one million dollars to support our local communities. As the year ends and we approach 2016 and our Foundation’s 10th anniversary, we look forward to building upon this great momentum to continue our efforts to help the neighborhoods we serve.”

Since 2006, The DDBRCF has donated more than $8 million to charities that support sick and hungry kids as well as our troops at home and abroad. The DDBRCF raised a record $3.2 million in 2014 to support its mission of serving neighborhoods through hunger relief, children’s health and safety initiatives. The DDBRCF also expanded its national partnership with Feeding America® through a $1 million commitment over three years, the largest donation in the Foundation’s history. Funds support Feeding America’s Food Pantry and BackPack program helping children and their families at local food banks across the country. More details about the Foundation can be found in The DDBRCF’s 2014 Neighborhood Impact Report, which can be accessed at http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

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About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 19,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the third quarter 2015, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,500 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

About The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
The mission of The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is to serve its neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs: hunger, children’s health and safety. The DDBRCF brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees to serve their local communities. Launched in 2006, The DDBRCF has granted more than $8,000,000 to local charities.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

General Growth Properties, Inc. to report Q4 2015 results on Monday, February 1, 2016

CHICAGO, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP) will report financial and operational results for the fourth quarter 2015 after the close of business on Monday, February 1, 2016, and host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Central (9:00 a.m. Eastern) on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The information to be discussed during the call will be contained in the earnings release and supplemental financial package which will be available on the Investors section of the company’s website at www.ggp.com.

The conference call will be accessible by telephone and through the Internet. Interested parties can access the call by dialing 877.845.1018 (international 707.287.9345). A live webcast of the conference call will be available in listen-only mode in the Investors section at www.ggp.com. Interested parties should access the conference call or website 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call in order to register.

For those unable to listen to the call live, a replay will be available after the conference call event. To access the replay, dial 855.859.2056 (international 404.537.3406) conference ID: 3107667.

About GGP
GGP is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

CONTACT:

General Growth Properties, Inc.
Kevin Berry, VP Investor Relations
312-960-5529
kevin.berry@ggp.com

SOURCE: General Growth Properties, Inc.

Ediston Real Estate: Port Glasgow Retail Park’s second phase of construction work has begun

Edinburgh, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Work has begun on the second phase of the £40 million Port Glasgow Retail Park, backed by Ediston Real Estate and Strathclyde Pension Fund.

The partners confirmed a string of household retail brands are lined up to occupy ten new units under construction for their Clydebuilt Fund – creating hundreds of new jobs and adding millions of pounds to the local economy.

The Fund purchased the existing B&Q and Costa Coffee along with adjacent land in September 2014 and is now building a 90,000 sq ft retail terrace, which is expected to be complete in August 2016.

Three units have already been let to global supermarket chain Aldi, B&M and Watt Brothers – with four more already under offer from new retailers, including a high quality fashion operator.

A final phase comprising a further 37,500 sq ft of retail space will commence during 2016, completing the 200,000 sq ft development; which adjoins the established 100,000 sq ft Tesco Extra and Marston’s Family Pub.

The finished development will not only provide the Fund and tens of thousands of pension savers with long-term, secure income, but will complete the regeneration of the Port Glasgow Waterfront and Town Centre development – making it the dominant retail location for the Inverclyde area.

Completing the retail park represents the final step in a 25-year regeneration plan for Inverclyde; which has already seen the remodelling of the town centre; the realignment of the A8, and the development of around 250 new homes.

As well as providing much-needed new retail space, it is anticipated the development will deliver approximately 700 jobs.

It is estimated that around £65 million in potential local retail expenditure is currently lost every year – and the Fund believes this development can reverse that trend and help retain a significant amount of that income in the area.

Alastair Dickie, Development Director at Ediston said: “The site start is a significant step in creating this strategic investment and completing the master plan which was started back in the 1990s.  We look forward to announcing further retail tenants which we hope will create a fantastic facility for Inverclyde.”

“This is the first major retail park that has been developed in Scotland since 2008. The response from retailers has been very impressive based on the limited marketing exercise undertaken to date and it underlines the strength of the location. This investment delivers the last piece of the Town Centre redevelopment and the development fits the aims of the fund to deliver excellent returns alongside a regeneration benefit.”

Councillor Paul Rooney, chair of Strathclyde Pension Fund and City Treasurer at Glasgow City Council, said: “I’m positive about seeing more of our members’ savings being invested in the communities in which they work and live – supporting jobs, businesses and regeneration.

“This is why we created the Clydebuilt Fund. For our members, it is a solid investment and the whole development is underpinned by a successful existing operation, including long-term leases to big retail names. However, we are now adding value to that investment in a way that will benefit not only the fund, but also Port Glasgow and Inverclyde.

“The expansion of the retail park will not only be welcomed by local shoppers; it will boost employment and help thousands of local people saving for their retirement.”

Invercyde Council’s Provost, Robert Moran, said: “It is welcome news that work is progressing on this exciting development. It is especially positive that major retailers are seeing Port Glasgow and Inverclyde as a location of choice in which to do business.

“This is a major investment in the area, a boost to the retail offer of Inverclyde and a great opportunity to deliver new jobs to the area.”

SOURCE: Ediston Real Estate

CONTACT US:

0131 225 5599
or email info@ediston.com

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Ediston Real Estate: Port Glasgow Retail Park's second phase of construction work has begun

Ediston Real Estate: Port Glasgow Retail Park’s second phase of construction work has begun

Convenience retail: London & Cambridge Properties to acquire nationwide portfolio of neighbourhood shopping parades

LONDON, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) has strengthened its hold in the UK local convenience retail sector by acquiring a £36.65 million nationwide portfolio of neighbourhood shopping parades, it was announced today.

The addition of the Navigation portfolio to the Local Convenience Parades division of LCP – one of the UK’s leading property investment and management companies – brings its investment in small, neighbourhood centres to more than £110 million this year alone.

LCP has targeted investing £100 million a year in local parades over the next five years.

The new portfolio, acquired by Allsop LLP from commercial property consultants Mason and Partners, comprises 19 sites that stretch from as far north as Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire, down to Worthing, West Sussex. Five are located in prime town centre positions.

In total the portfolio includes mainly freehold sites with 171 retail units, totaling approximately 259,000 sq.ft, with an average unexpired lease term of 8.5 years.

Tenants include a mixture of well-known national multiples including Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s local as well as a range of independent retailers and service providers.

James Buchanan, investment director of LCP, said the acquisition was a significant boost to its retail portfolio.

“The local and convenience shopping sector has become an increasing focus for us.  This portfolio offers LCP numerous asset management opportunities, including redevelopment.  Most of the centres are fully let and are thriving, however, as a pro-active property investment company we will now be looking at how we can further improve the sites.”

“We are actively seeking more sites and welcome all introductions.”

Media Enquiries

If you have any media enquiries please emailkyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

InvenTrust Properties Corp acquired two high performing open air shopping centers in Orlando, Florida and in Katy, Texas

Acquires Rio Pinar Plaza in Orlando, Florida and Price Plaza in Katy, Texas

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or “the Company”) today announced that it has acquired two high performing open air shopping centers. InvenTrust acquired Rio Pinar Plaza, a 124,283 square foot, 100% leased shopping center located in Orlando, Florida, for approximately $34.0 million and Price Plaza, a 205,813 square foot, 92% occupied power center located in Katy, Texas, for approximately $35.8 million.

“The acquisitions of Rio Pinar Plaza and Price Plaza further strengthen our presence in target markets,” said, Michael E. Podboy, Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer of InvenTrust. “Both transactions align with our objective of acquiring high performing retail assets and growing in strong locations that have large and active populations. We believe that these acquisitions, and our overall strategy, will further strengthen InvenTrust’s portfolio, improve our portfolio population and income demographics and provide opportunities to grow net operating income so that we can continue to drive value for shareholders.”

Christopher Covey, SVP of Transactions added, “Rio Pinar Plaza is strategically located and we believe the combination of destination retailers, service tenants and restaurants at Rio Pinar Plaza and its proximity to the Florida Hospital East Orlando will help drive continuous traffic throughout the center. In addition, Price Plaza is a high performing power center in a key, high traffic market. Price Plaza has a history of successful, long-term anchor stores and tenants and we believe will add important value to our Houston-area portfolio.”

Rio Pinar Plaza is strategically located in the densely populated Orlando MSA, the third largest MSA in Florida and the fifth largest in the Southeast. Recently renovated, Rio Pinar Plaza boasts stable legacy tenants with significant operating history.

Price Plaza is located in the key Houston MSA. The center is anchored by Ross Dress for Less, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Best-Buy with shadow anchors that include Sam’s Club, Walmart SuperCenter and The Home Depot.

ABOUT INVENTRUST PROPERTIES CORP.
InvenTrust became a self-managed real estate investment trust in 2014; as of September 30, 2015, it owned 128 multi-tenant retail properties (including 18 JV assets), comprising 19 million square feet of retail space in 24 states. In addition, its student housing business, University House Communities, has 16 properties (including 1 JV asset) with 9,600 beds. InvenTrust also owns 5.8 million square feet of non-core, office and industrial buildings.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer
Forward-looking statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, including statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, representation, plans or predictions of the future and are typically identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, our ability to execute on our strategy and our ability to build our core multi-tenant retail and position our Company for growth. For further discussion of factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future results and financial condition, see the Risk Factors included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in each case as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as may be required by applicable law. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Media:
InvenTrust Properties Corp.
Dan Lombardo, 630-570-0605
dan.lombardo@InvenTrustProperties.com

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.

 

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InvenTrust Properties Corp acquired two high performing open air shopping centers in Orlando, Florida and in Katy, Texas

Price Plaza

Anne Gates elected to Kroger’s Board of Directors

CINCINNATI, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Anne Gates has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Gates is president of MGA Entertainment, Inc., a privately-held developer, manufacturer and marketer of toy and entertainment products for children. Prior to her current role, she held roles of increasing responsibility with the Walt Disney Company from 1992 – 2012. Her roles included executive vice president, managing director, and chief financial officer for Disney Consumer Products and senior vice president of operations, planning and analysis. Prior to joining Disney, Ms. Gates worked for PepsiCo and Bear Stearns.

“We are delighted to welcome Anne to Kroger,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Anne’s broad expertise in consumer products and strategy will be a tremendous asset to Kroger’s Board and our shareholders.”

Ms. Gates is chairwoman of Big Sunday and a member of the Boards of Columbia University School of Engineering, Cadre and PBS SoCal (KOCE-TV Foundation). She received a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California-Berkeley.

Ms. Gates is elected to serve until Kroger’s annual meeting of shareholders in June 2016. At that time, she will stand for election by the shareholders.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,620 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,360 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’sMillion Dollar Club.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Tien Ho appointed global VP of culinary and hospitality Whole Foods Market

Noted executive chef to bolster, extend best-in-class food innovation, service and hospitality across all stores

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced that it has named Tien Ho global vice president of culinary and hospitality. Ho will begin work in this newly created leadership role at the company’s Austin headquarters in January, 2016.

Ho will lead Whole Foods Market’s Prepared Foods and Bakery team, ensuring that it consistently delivers the highest quality and excellence through existing and new concepts that deliver great customer experiences.

“Having worked among some of the most recognized chefs and hotel brands in the world, Tien is an innovative leader in the culinary and hospitality industries,” said Ken Meyer, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market. “As the Whole Foods Market brand continues to evolve and differentiate itself from competitors, we recognize the importance of this role and could not be more pleased to welcome Tien, who will help us elevate the way Whole Foods Market guests experience our food.”

Ho is joining Whole Foods Market from Morgans Hotel Group, where he was responsible for all aspects of the culinary department across the group’s portfolio of 10 hotel brands, including Mondrian, Hudson, Morgans, Royalton, Delano, Shore Club, Clift, Sanderson, St Martins Lane and others in development around the world. While there, he led all kitchen design and concept development, orchestrated strategic partnerships with celebrity chefs, created and managed critical path and standard operating procedures for Morgans Hotel Group’s culinary team, and oversaw the recruitment of all culinary positions.

Prior to his tenure at Morgans Hotel Group, Ho held chef and partner positions at a number of prestigious, cutting-edge restaurant brands in New York, including Little Wisco, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Má Pêche. Ho began his culinary career in Texas at top-tier hotel restaurant venues, including Four Seasons Hotel Houston and The Driskill Hotel in Austin, until he relocated to New York in 2002 to serve as a sous chef at the award-winning Café Boulud and Café Gray.

“Having lived in Austin previously, I have long admired how Whole Foods Market set itself apart from conventional grocery stores by offering the best quality products, shopping experience, and really enjoyable in-store dining experiences,” Ho said. “Whole Foods Market makes grocery shopping fun, and my mission is to further extend the wonderfully unique things people love about Whole Foods Market through the foods we create, the items we bake, and the experience our customers have when they purchase and consume them.”

Ho will be based at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, where he is relocating with his wife and daughter. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy. He was named Best New Chef by New York magazine in 2011 for his innovative Asian cuisine at Má Pêche.

EXPERTS

Tien Ho

Global Vice President of Culinary and Hospitality

Tien Ho has been appointed global vice president of culinary and hospitality at Whole Foods Market and will officially join the company in January 2016.

Tien Ho appointed global VP of culinary and hospitality Whole Foods Market

Meijer customers in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Louisville have the opportunity to purchase Michigan-grown poinsettias this holiday season

Partnership with Michigan grower spurs growth over 50 years

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to its longstanding partnership with a Michigan grower, Meijer is continuing its tradition of supplying each of its 223 stores across the Midwest with beautiful locally-grown poinsettias this holiday season – enough to fill about eight football fields.

But the partnership with Masterpiece Flower Company has also allowed the Byron Center, Mich.-based grower to expand its own operation over the years.

“Meijer is a strong supporter of local growers and businesses, and that commitment goes beyond the grocery and produce aisles,” said Peter Whitsett, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for Meijer. “Our partnership with Masterpiece Flower Company has grown through the years because they are just as committed to quality as we are. It’s encouraging that our partnership has allowed their company to expand.”

Meijer began its partnership with Masterpiece more than 50 years ago when it purchased geraniums for the garden center of the original Meijer supercenter “Thrifty Acres” in Grand Rapids. Today, Masterpiece delivers locally-grown potted plants – including poinsettias and orchids in the winter, and hanging baskets and Easter lilies in the spring – to each Meijer store twice a week, 52 weeks a year.

That means Meijer customers in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Louisville have the opportunity to purchase Michigan-grown poinsettias this holiday season.

“We’ve been fortunate to grow as Meijer has grown,” said Paul Bouma, partner of the third generation, family-owned company. “Meijer supporting local growers means everything to us. Each poinsettia, each potted plant, each Easter lily that’s sold means more jobs for our local community, and we’re really excited and honored to be able to serve the community in that manner.”

For example, Masterpiece is in the midst of an expansion project that will add eight loading dock to its distribution warehouse in Byron Center to better store and deliver potted plants and flowers to Meijer stores. Additionally, the grower added on to its greenhouse last year, and purchased an additional greenhouse 5 years ago in Wisconsin to service the retailer’s new market.

A key to the partnership’s success is commitment to quality and innovation, said Bill Stechebar, divisional merchandise manager of garden and floral for Meijer. For example, Masterpiece grew a poinsettia hybrid plant – called a princettia that is smaller and in vibrant colors – exclusively for Meijer this year that they’ve never grown before.

“We work really well with the growers at Masterpiece to introduce new products to our customers,” Stechebar said. “They deserve the very best, and thanks to the Meijer partnership with Masterpiece, that’s exactly what they are getting.”

To view a video highlighting the Meijer-Masterpiece partnership, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-holiday-poinsettias.

A b-roll package for media use is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/broll-footage. Photos are also available.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108, christina.fecher@meijer.com

SOURCE: MEIJER

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Meijer customers in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Louisville have the opportunity to purchase Michigan-grown poinsettias this holiday season

Meijer customers in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Louisville have the opportunity to purchase Michigan-grown poinsettias this holiday season

Ingles Markets Reports Record Core Grocery Sales and Net Income for Fiscal 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today reported record core grocery sales and record net income for fiscal 2015.  Core grocery sales exclude gasoline.  Total sales were $3.78 billion for fiscal 2015 compared with $3.84 billion in fiscal 2014.  For the full fiscal years ended September 2015 and 2014, net income rose to $59.4 million in 2015 compared with $51.4 million in 2014.

The growth in core grocery sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 were offset by lower gasoline prices compared with the prior year.  Ingles sold a record number of gallons of gasoline in fiscal 2015, but the average sales price per gallon was 94 cents lower in fiscal 2015 compared with fiscal 2014.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $16.2 million, compared with net income of $17.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.  Total core grocery sales increased 2.8% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 and 1.9% for fiscal 2015 compared with the comparable periods in fiscal 2014.

Commenting on the results, Robert P. Ingle II, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased with our core grocery sales growth, which drove a strong increase in net income for the year.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales totaled $952.8 million for the quarter ended September 26, 2015, compared with $964.8 million for the comparable quarter in fiscal 2014.  Comparable store sales, excluding gasoline, increased 3.1%. Gallons of gasoline sold increased while the average per gallon sales price was substantially lower for the fourth quarter of the current year compared with the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 increased to $228.1 million, compared with $220.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.  Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 23.9% and 22.8% for the 2015 and 2014 fourth quarters, respectively.  Core grocery gross margin increased 2 basis points comparing the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Operating and administrative expenses for the September 2015 quarter totaled $193.0 million.  Operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales were 20.3% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $184.1 million or 19.1% of sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.  Ingles operated 201 stores and approximately 11.0 million square feet of store space at the end of fiscal 2015 and 202 stores and approximately 11.1 million square feet of store space at the end of fiscal 2014.  During fiscal 2015, the Company opened one new store and closed two stores that are being rebuilt and will reopen in the future.  The Company’s other store improvement capital projects this year focused on improved merchandising, convenience and the range of products offered to our customers.

Interest expense totaled $12.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $11.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.  Total debt was $895.3 million at the end of fiscal 2015 compared with $937.3 million at the end of fiscal 2014.

The Company’s effective tax rate was 34.3% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with 30.2% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.  The unusually low effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2014 reflects certain discrete items in fiscal 2014 which were not expected to recur in future periods.

Net income for the September 2015 quarter decreased to $16.2 million, compared with net income of $17.6 million for the September 2014 quarter.  Basic and diluted earnings per share for the Company’s publicly traded Class A common stock increased to $0.83 and $0.80 per share, respectively, for the September 2015 quarter, compared with $0.82 and $0.79 per share, respectively, for the September 2014 quarter. The increase in earnings per share benefited from a decrease in average weighted shares outstanding due to the Company’s now-concluded stock repurchase program.

Annual Results

Net sales were $3.78 billion for the fiscal year ended September 2015, a decrease of $57.3 million, or 1.5%, from $3.84 billion for the fiscal year ended September 2014.  The Company achieved record core grocery sales in fiscal 2015.  Comparing fiscal 2015 with the previous year, comparable store sales increased 2.1%, excluding gasoline sales.

Gross profit for the fiscal year ended September 26, 2015, increased $48.1 million, or 5.7%, to $893.3 million, or 23.6% of sales, compared with $845.2 million, or 22.0% of sales, for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2014.  Core grocery gross profit as a percentage of total sales increased 64 basis points comparing fiscal 2015 with fiscal 2014.

Operating expenses increased $33.7 million in fiscal 2015, compared with fiscal 2014, and were 20.0% of sales for fiscal 2015 and 18.8% of sales for fiscal 2014.  Excluding gasoline sales and associated gasoline operating expenses (primarily payroll), operating expenses were 22.9% of sales for fiscal 2015, compared with 22.3% for fiscal 2014.

Gains on asset disposals totaled $2.2 million for fiscal 2015, compared with $0.8 million for fiscal 2014.  During fiscal 2015, the Company sold outparcels and wrote off buildings demolished in advance of rebuilding new stores in future periods.

Interest expense increased $0.4 million for the year ended September 26, 2015 to $47.0 million, compared with $46.6 million for the year ended September 27, 2014. Interest rates were stable across both fiscal periods.  Over the course of fiscal 2015, net debt repayments totaled $41.9 million.

Income tax expense as a percentage of pre-tax income was 37.2% for fiscal 2015 compared with 35.5% for fiscal 2014.  The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily attributable to certain discrete items in fiscal 2014 which are not expected to recur in future periods.

Net income for fiscal 2015 totaled $59.4 million, compared with net income of $51.4 million for fiscal 2014.  Basic and diluted earnings per share for the Company’s publicly traded Class A common stock were $3.02 and $2.93 per share, respectively, for the year ended September 26, 2015, compared with $2.36 and $2.28 per share, respectively, for the year ended September 27, 2014.

Capital expenditures totaled $104.1 million and $108.3 million for fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively.   Major capital expenditures for fiscal 2015 included a new store, store remodels and the opening of five fuel stations.

The Company has a line of credit facility totaling $175.0 million with $164.1 million available (after deducting outstanding borrowings and letters of credit) at September 26, 2015.  The Company is in compliance with all of its debt agreements and has significant unencumbered assets at September 26, 2015.

View Unaudited Financial Highlights

The comments in this press release contain certain forward-looking statements. Ingles undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.  Ingles’ actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, Ingles.  Factors that may affect results include changes in business and economic conditions generally in Ingles’ operating area, pricing pressures, increased competitive efforts by others in Ingles’ marketing areas and the availability of financing for capital improvements.  A more detailed discussion of these factors may be found in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its 2015 Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 201 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated – Post Office Box 6676, Asheville, NC 28816 – http://www.ingles-markets.com

SOURCE: Ingles Markets Inc.

Darty plc HY results 2015/16: significant improvement in our cash position

LONDON, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Revenue and profit growth, positive contribution from our growth initiatives and a significant improvement in our cash position

  • Improving momentum with Q2 like-for-like sales1 up 4.7 per cent in France and 2.5 per cent for the Group.
  • Strong trading from the Summer sale and ‘Back to School’ period and market share gains in both France and Belgium.
  • Retail profit up 36 per cent for the Group to €36.1 million (2015: €26.4 million).
  • Good progress with our growth initiatives:

– 13 franchise stores opened bringing the total to 56. The franchise operation is profitable;
– 11 kitchen corners opened bringing the total to 82 with total sales up over 30 percent;and
– Break even achieved at Mistergooddeal.com.

  • Focus on working capital delivered a €92 million reduction in net debt year on year.

Financial Summary for the six months ended 31 October 2015²

  • Group revenue up 1.2 per cent to €1,664.5 million (2015: €1,644.4 million). Group like-for-like sales up 1.1 per cent (2015: down 1.2 per cent).
  • Group retail profit3 increased 36 per cent to €36.1 million (2015: retail profit €26.4 million). Retail profit up 51 per cent in France including €8 million of net property gains (2015: €nil) and up inBelgium. Increased losses in the Netherlands following disruption from a new IT system.
  • Exceptional items of €12.6 million (2015: €4.1 million) principally relating to restructuring in France and systems issues in the Netherlands.
  • Operating profit increased to €22.0 million (2015: €21.1 million).
  • Profit for the period was €1.9 million (2015: €0.8 million).
  • Adjusted profit before tax4 up 71 per cent to €24.3 million (2015: €14.2 million). Adjusted earnings per share was 2.5 cents (2015: 1.1 cents).
  • Net debt at the end of the period was €194.9 million (€287.2 million as at 31 October 2014) with net cash inflow including discontinued operations of €28.9 million (2015 outflow: €102.0 million).
  • The Board has declared an unchanged interim dividend of 0.875 cents per share, to be paid on 30 March 2016.

Offer from Groupe Fnac S.A. (“Fnac”)

  • On 20 November 2015 the Boards of Darty and Fnac announced agreement on the terms of a pre- conditional offer to be made by Fnac for Darty including:

– 1 Fnac share for every 37 Darty shares. Partial cash alternative of up to £66.7 million

  •  Based on the closing price of €55.6per Fnac share on 19 November this represents;

– Value of 105 pence per Darty share, and
– Premium of 33 per cent to closing price of 81.0 pence on 29 September;

  • Based on the closing price of €60.4 per Fnac share on 5 November 2015 (being the last business day before the date of the agreement on key offer terms announcement) this represents;

– Value of 116 pence per Darty share, and
– Premium of 47 per cent to closing price of 81.0 pence on 29 September

  • Darty shareholders would own around 46 per cent of the combined Group excluding the effect of the partial cash alternative;
  • Darty shareholders will be entitled to receive future dividends in the ordinary course prior to completion; and
  • Completion expected in or around mid 2016 if the offer receives phase 1 competition clearance or Q4 2016 if the offer receives phase 2 competition clearance.

Chairman Alan Parker commented:“This was a good first half performance as the benefits of our three year ‘Nouvelle Confiance’ strategy delivered clear results. We have devised a new plan, ‘Confiance 4.0’, to secure further growth building on our market leadership position, strong brand, improved customer service offer and expansion into new catchment areas through our franchise programme.“On 20 November Fnac launched a pre-conditional offer for Darty but until such a time as that offer completes, we remain fully committed to delivering on our plans and it remains business as usual.”Chief Executive Régis Schultz commented:“We have made a strong start to the year with market share gains, significantly improved profit performance and a substantial reduction in our net debt.“Our growth initiatives, the franchise operation, extended kitchen offer and Mistergooddeal.com, are progressing and delivering good results. We also continue to innovate in terms of digitalisation and have enhanced our market leading services with same and next day delivery and installation in France for large appliances and the launch of a services market place.“Sales have held up well in the past few weeks despite events in France and Belgium and we are well prepared for the peak trading period.”

¹Calculated based on stores that have been open for a full year and the first full four weeks of trading have passed. Stores where retail space has been added or where a complete format redesign has taken place which involves material capital expenditure are excluded. Sales through internet sites, excluding Mistergooddeal.com, are included.
² Excluding results of discontinued operations except where stated otherwise.
³ Represents total operating profit before the share of joint venture and associates’ interest and taxation, gain on disposal of available for sale investments, legacy UK retirement benefit scheme expenses, exceptional items and amortisation and impairment of acquisition related intangible assets.
4 Represents retail profit less finance costs excluding net interest on pension schemes.
There will be a presentation to analysts and institutions at 09:30 today at UBS, 1 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP. A live video and audio webcast of the event will be available via our website www.dartygroup.com, and recorded for access later in the day. Darty plc will issue an Interim Management Statement on 18 February 2016 for the third quarter trading period of 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016.

Enquiries

Analysts:
Darty plc
Simon Ward
+44 (0) 20 7269 1400

Media
UK
RLM Finsbury
Jenny Davey
+44 (0) 20 7251 3801

France
Le Public Système
Ségolène de Saint Martin
+33 1 41 34 23 31 / +33 6 16 40 90 73

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future results in forward looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, regulations or accounting standards, Darty plc does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Download Statement of Results for the six months ended 31 October 2015

SOURCE: Darty plc

Wincor Nixdorf: Demand for 24/7 access to cash remains high despite growth in non-cash payments

Demand for 24/7 access to cash remains high despite growth in non-cash payments. This not only creates opportunities for financial institutions to strengthen customer trust but also creates challenges to provide such services cost efficiently. Cash recycling systems (CRS) can help lower branch operating costs through greater cash management automation and at the same time improve customer experience through advanced services.

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, in collaboration with ATMmarketplace.com, has published a new white paper, “Eight Steps to Successful Cash Recycling,” which offers valuable insight into planning and implementing recycling technology.

The paper draws on Wincor Nixdorf’s industry expertise and trusted experience in introducing and deploying CRS systems in the banking sector, providing guidance on how financial institutions can take cash automation to the next level.

A crucial first step is to define the business case, which requires a per-branch location analysis. How many deposits can and cannot be done as self-service transactions? Should cash recycling systems add to existing services or serve as an alternative to some existing counters or ATMs?

Since the handling and accounting of banknotes in circulation is generally regulated by a country’s central bank, financial institutions need to carefully analyze local central bank requirements before introducing recycling. Varying criteria on the frequency of deposited denominations, on the currencies and denominations planned for recycling cassettes and on the CRS locations require efficient configuration.

Introducing CRS affects the daily operations of banks’ branch and self-service networks, requiring close involvement from staff, IT teams and cash-in-transit providers. By automating the handling of cash routine tasks can be processed more efficiently, which not only provides customers with a quick and effective service but frees up staff to focus on offering enhanced services to their customers.

These are just a few of the steps described in the Wincor Nixdorf CRS white paper, which provides many useful tips in mastering the migration process to cash recycling.

The paper also highlights the many benefits of using cash recyclers for financial institutions. For instance, cash recycling lowers operational costs through reduced cash-handling operations in branches and cash centers and through lower cash inventory. Cost savings can also be achieved through the reduction in CIT visits as well as by reducing or eliminating the need for night safes and counter security areas.

Numerous financial institutions are already embracing cash recycling technology, with many more now planning to make the move. According to RBR’s “Deposit Automation and Recycling 2014” report, automated deposit ATMs (including recycling ATMs) will account for 42% of total ATMs worldwide by 2019, and automated deposit ATMs will grow at a CAGR of 11% between 2014 and 2019.

The Wincor Nixdorf white paper “Eight Steps to Successful Cash Recycling” can be downloaded here: http://info.wincormarketing.co.uk/WhitePaper_ATMMarketplace_Cash_Recycling.html

Press Contact

Press/Financial Press

Andreas Bruck
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 5251 693 5200
E-Mail: andreas.bruck@wincor-nixdorf.com

Press/Trade Press

Dr. Thomas Daubenbüchel
Head of Press and Editorial Office
Phone: +49 5251 693 5212
E-Mail: thomas.daubenbuechel@wincor-nixdorf.com

Ulrich Nolte
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211
E-Mail: ulrich.nolte@wincor-nixdorf.com

Trade Press

Claudia Wendorff-Goerge
Phone: +49 5251 693 5203
E-Mail: claudia.wendorff-goerge@wincor-nixdorf.com

New Stella McCartney Winter 2015 eyewear collection in partnership with Kering Eyewear

LONDON, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Stella McCartney Winter 2015 eyewear collection expands offering of fresh and innovative styles under the recently launched partnership with Kering Eyewear. The range compliments the designer’s signature natural confident, naturally feminine and modern designs and stays true to the brand’s commitment to sustainability with the use of the specially developed bio acetate, created from naturally sourced raw materials.

The collection features Stella McCartney’s essential styles and introduces a new Falabella line inspired by Stella’s iconic bag. The signature bold chain stitching detail of the Falabella are featured through 4 sun and 2 optical styles in a sophisticated and natural muted colour palette of black, tortoise, rose pink and matte green. The easy to wear essential styles include 2 sun and 3 optical shapes in both timeless and bold shades of black, white, tortoise and matte cobalt. The collection also features a mini-me version of the oversized cat eye sun style in bright and playful colours for kids aged 7-10 years.

The full eyewear collection will be available in Stella McCartney stores, select retailers worldwide and on www.stellamccartney.com starting this November.

To celebrate the new collection, a limited edition of 500 black styles with a bold hand-stitched gold metal chain extending from the top of the frame through the temples will be sold exclusively at Stella McCartney stores and online, as well as select department stores and specialty stores at £425.

For further information on Stella McCartney Eyewear or samples requests:

Max Orloff
US PR Manager
max.orloff@us.stellamccartney.com

Laura Assouline
Communications Manager, Licensing
laura.assouline@uk.stellamccartney.com

SOURCE: Stella McCartney Ltd

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New Stella McCartney Winter 2015 eyewear collection in partnership with Kering Eyewear

New Stella McCartney Winter 2015 eyewear collection in partnership with Kering Eyewear

Diebold helps Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial educate future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) has donated $5,600 to The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. The donation was a result of a charitable feature integrated into Diebold’s tradeshow booth at the recent 2015 ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits. For each person that visited the booth, Diebold pledged to donate two dollars to The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, which is the official charitable partner of Flight 93 National Memorial.

“We thank Diebold so much for their very generous contribution. Through committed, strong partners like them, we continue our efforts to honor the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 by connecting people to this special place; educating future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001; and caring for this National Memorial,” said Henry C Scully, executive director, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Friends of Flight 93 include family and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, people nationwide who have been inspired by their acts of courage, and many residents of Western Pennsylvania who want to be part of the mission in a hands-on way. The organization focuses on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship.

“Diebold Security is extremely proud to contribute to The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial,” said Tony Byerly, executive vice president, electronic security, Diebold. “We are honored to bring more awareness to Flight 93 National Memorial and assist in the endeavor to educate future generations about the Flight 93 story, maintain the highest standards of care for the memorial and provide meaningful experiences for its visitors.”

Visitors to the memorial can learn about the Flight 93 story from outdoor exhibits, a cell phone tour and interpretive programming in addition to the newly opened visitor center complex and learning center – a multi-purpose space used for educational programming, rotating exhibits, and special events; a two and a quarter mile system of pedestrian trails; and the dramatic flight path walkway and overlook.

Diebold’s donation is in support of Walk 93, a memorial walk held Sept. 26, 2015 with proceeds going to fund the building and maintenance of trails at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) provides the technology, software and services that connect people around the world with their money – bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash conveniently, securely and efficiently.  Since its founding in 1859, Diebold has evolved to become a leading provider of exceptional self-service innovation, security and services to financial, commercial, retail and other markets.

Diebold has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered near Canton, Ohio, USA. Visit Diebold at www.diebold.com or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DieboldInc.

About The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial
Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official non-profit supporting partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. The Friends of Flight 93 is a registered 501 (c)3 organization, donations to which are tax deductible. The Friends of Flight 93 membership includes family and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, people nationwide who have been inspired by these acts of courage, and many residents of Western Pennsylvania who want to be part of the Friends’ mission in a hands-on way. To learn more about the Friends or to make a donation to support the memorial, visit www.Flight93Friends.org.

CONTACT(S):

RENEE MURPHY
Media Relations
Email: renee.murphy@diebold.com
Phone: 330-490-5825
STEVE VIROSTEK
Investor Relations
Email: stephen.virostek@diebold.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

 

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Diebold helps Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial educate future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001

Diebold helps Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial educate future generations about Flight 93 and September 11, 2001

Costa opened its first food-led concept store Costa Fresco in London

LONDON, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The nation’s favourite coffee shop, Costa, has been pulling on its oven gloves this week ahead of opening its first food-led concept store, Costa Fresco, in London today.

The specially designed store environment, exclusive to Costa, features designated zones for relaxing and a new way of presenting freshly baked food. Specially trained staff will be on hand to advise, bake and serve the new menu of oven-fresh food, along with Costa’s famous irresistible barista made coffee.

The brand new menu features handcrafted ciabattas and pastries, warm melt in the mouth cookies and fresh fruit juices, all using quality ingredients. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or a light snack, menu options include a Rustico Dry Cured Ham and Mature Cheddar Flatbread, Roasted Pork Belly with Caramelised Braeburn Apple and Onion Ciabatta and Citrus Chelsea Buns.

The Costa Fresco concept is inspired by the Costa brother’s Italian passion and respect for tasty handcrafted food. When Sergio and Bruno opened their first store in London, over forty years ago, they used to offer their customers freshly baked pastries each morning with their famous Mocha Italia blend, which Costa still serve today.

Carol Welch, Costa’s Global Brand and Innovation Director, describes the new store as “a fusion of London’s handcrafted bakeries brought to life by our heritage, Italian passion and gusto for vibrant ingredients and genuinely good food.”

She added: “The opening of Costa Fresco is a reflection of exciting things to come from Costa. We are committed to continuing to innovate and delight our customers with what they want – quality food, alongside irresistible coffee in a warm, welcoming environment.”

Costa Fresco is located at 190 Tottenham Court Road with opening times 6:30am to 20:00pm Monday to Friday, 7:30am-19:30pm Saturday and 8:00am to 19:30pm on Sunday.

ENDS

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for five years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & November 2014).

With over 1,999 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,168 shops in 30 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,275 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.

In the UK Costa employs over 16,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Media enquiries for Costa Coffee

Kate Clarke
Costa PR Manager, UK & Ireland
Contact with any press enquiries regarding Costa within the UK & Ireland.

Stacie Wood
PR Executive
Contact for any press enquiries regarding Costa within the UK & Ireland – specifically new store openings; community stories & events, and general press queries.

Melissa Greenwood
PR Manager – Costa International & Costa Express
Contact for any international press enquires outside of the UK & Ireland & media enquires for Costa Express

SOURCE: COSTA

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Costa opened its first food-led concept store Costa Fresco in London

Costa opened its first food-led concept store Costa Fresco in London

Best Buy tips on protecting your Doorstep Deliveries from getting stolen

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — You ordered something online, but you’re not going to be home when it’s delivered. What do you do?

Free holiday shipping is a great perk for shoppers this time of year but, sadly, there are Grinches out there who will steal packages from doorsteps.

Fortunately, there are many options to protect your packages.

  • For starters, sign up for delivery-tracking notifications. That way you’ll know when you need to be home to get your package.
  • If you’re expecting something delivered by UPS, you can go online and designate whether a delivery person can or cannot leave a package without getting your signature.
  • Have the package dropped at your work or at a neighbor’s house.
  • If you ordered from BestBuy.com, you can opt for store pickup, which guarantees you’ll get the product safe and sound.

You can also take advantage of technology to ward off thieves. Smart home devices like the Chamberlain MyQ garage door controller and the August smart lock let you remotely control access to your garage or home.

Security cameras, like Arlo, can alert you and send video of anyone approaching your home, and the Ring Smart Video Doorbell shows you visitors at your door and lets you interact with them through your phone.

Want to learn more? Check out the range of connected home products at BestBuy.com.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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Best Buy tips on protecting your Doorstep Deliveries from getting stolen

Best Buy tips on protecting your Doorstep Deliveries from getting stolen

Best Buy commemorates Human Rights Day with new Human Rights Corporate Statement

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (December 10, 2015), Best Buy released a new Human Rights Corporate Statement, strengthening our commitment to respect the rights of those who work for and shop at Best Buy. We chose to release a new statement today as it is Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

At Best Buy, doing business the right way means we understand how our operations affect our employees and our customers, and that we are committed to addressing any adverse impacts we may encounter.

We are aligning our practices with the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), which is widely accepted as the global standard for how businesses should respect human rights focusing on the rights that are most relevant to our business. In our new Human Rights Corporate Statement, we focus on the following stakeholders:

  • Respecting the rights of workers by improving labor conditions and environmental practices at facilities that manufacture or recycle electronics for Best Buy.
  • Respecting the rights of Best Buy employees and striving for a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace free of harassment and discrimination.
  • Respecting the rights of our customers, including their right to privacy.
  • Seeking to advance rights in the communities where we operate by sharing our knowledge of technology.

Respecting human rights is not just the right thing to do, it’s good for business. We know that our customers, vendor partners and employees want to be a part of a responsible company and that we can help lead the way.

For the latest on Best Buy corporate responsibility, follow @BestBuyCSR on Twitter.

SOURCE: Best Buy

Best Buy: More and more Americans are indulging in “self-gifting” at the holidays

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — They say it’s better to give than to receive — but why choose?

More and more Americans are indulging in “self-gifting” at the holidays, checking something off their own wish lists while out shopping for loved ones.

A recent survey commissioned by Best Buy found that nearly 85 percent of shoppers take advantage of sales or price discounts during the holiday season to buy gifts for themselves (or a group gift for themselves and their households). That figure is even higher, nearly 90 percent, for shoppers ages 18 to 34.

Here are the products that people who plan to self-gift are most interested in:

You can check out hot holiday gifts and make your own Wish List at BestBuy.com.

SOURCE:Best Buy

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Best Buy: More and more Americans are indulging in “self-gifting” at the holidays

Best Buy: More and more Americans are indulging in “self-gifting” at the holidays

Age UK Wakefield partners with The Co-op in Ackworth to deliver festive cheer to older residents in the community over the holidays

MANCHESTER, UK,2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Age UK Wakefield District has teamed-up with The Co-op in Ackworth to deliver festive cheer to lonely older residents in the community over the festive period.

The charity, which has charity shops in Wakefield, Castleford and Horbury, works to provide services supporting the well-being of older people and is appealing for shoppers and the community to donate a Christmas treat or food item at the Co-op’s Barnsley Road, Ackworth, food store.

Grocery items donated, such as tinned soup, tea, coffee, chocolate, porridge, Christmas puddings and mince pies, will be collected from the store by the charity, made up into packages, and distributed to older people in need in the community by volunteers from the area.

Lisa Spivey, Services Director for Age UK Wakefield District, said: “For most people Christmas includes spending time with loved ones and enjoying festive food however, when this is not possible, Christmas can be a difficult or lonely time of the year. A simple gesture such as picking up an extra item of shopping really can combine to have a huge impact.”

David Parkinson, Community Champion at The Co-operative’s Ackworth food store, said:

“It is heart-warming that so many people do remember to think of others, in particular at this time of year. The Co-op is a community retailer and we are pleased to support Age UK Wakefield District with their appeal which will make a real difference to the lives of lonely, older, people in need in our community.”

Notes to Editors

For more information about the work of Age UK Wakefield visit www. ageukwd.org.uk

Further Information

Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Lagardère Travel Retail opens new luggage and travel accessories concept The Travel Store at Cairn’s Airport

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail has opened the doors to the first of its new luggage and travel accessories concept, The Travel Store.

Debuting recently in Terminal 2 at Cairn’s Airport, The Travel Store offers travellers a true point of difference within the luggage and travel accessories category with its carefully curated product offer and engaging store design.

The 60sqm store, inspired by Lagardère Travel Retail’s sister company in Warsaw Poland, sets the benchmark for future implementations of The Travel Store in the Pacific region.

Providing domestic and international travellers with everything they need for their journeys, The Travel Store sets itself apart through its reimagining of what a modern luggage store should be. With a strong aviation theme present in everything from staff uniforms to the attention-grabbing carousel feature, the store offers a raft of traditional, new and exclusive brands such as Victorinox, Lojel, Antler, The Northface, Alife, Go Travel and Lonely Planet.

David Bisset, Executive General Manager for Lagardère Travel Retail says consumers are looking for more than just a traditional luggage offer. “The Travel Store marks our entry into the Travel category with standalone stores. There is a host of exciting and innovative travel lifestyle products that are yet to be represented in travel retail, and it is our intention to replicate the proven model of our agile tech2go concept, and bring consumers a refreshing next generation of travel store. We thank Cairns Airport for supporting our vision and partnering with us on this exciting new project,” he said

General Manager, Commercial for Cairns Airport, Fiona Ward echoes those sentiments, ““Cairns Airport is proud to partner with Lagardère Travel Retail in the launch of this exciting new concept.

“The Travel Store is a great addition to our T2 retail offer. There is a great range of luggage as well as many other travel products that are sure to appeal to our passengers, whether they are visitors or locals. I invite everyone passing through the airport to be sure to check it out, whether they are shopping for themselves or looking for some great Christmas gifts for family and friends”.

ENDS

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India

PRESS CONTACT
Matthieu Mercier, CEO +61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com www.lagardere-traspac.com
Janette Doolan, Communications Manager +61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com www.lagardere-traspac.com

SOURCE: LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL

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Lagardère Travel Retail opens new luggage and travel accessories concept The Travel Store at Cairn’s Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail opens new luggage and travel accessories concept The Travel Store at Cairn’s Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail: Urban Decay debuts at Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Lagardère Travel Retail’s ongoing development of their Aelia Duty Free concept at Auckland Airport, Urban Decay, one of the world’s leading brands in cosmetics, makes its debut into New Zealand.

Urban Decay is exclusive to Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport and joins a range of other exclusive brands available in Aelia’s portfolio including Chanel, MAC, Kiehls, L’Occitane, Sisley, Guerlain and La Prarie.

With the aim of creating one of the largest, funkiest and on-trend Perfume & Cosmetics floor in New Zealand, Aelia Duty Free will continue to introduce many more exclusive-to-Aelia and first-to-New Zealand Perfume and Cosmetic brands to their Duty Free offer at Auckland Airport.

“We are very excited to add the on-trend global make up powerhouse Urban Decay to Aelia Duty Free Auckland Airport’s Perfume & Cosmetics offering” said Ivo Favotto, Executive General Manager of Duty Free and Luxury for Lagardère Travel Retail in the Pacific region. “The Urban Decay counter at Aelia Duty Free Auckland Airport is the brand’s first entry into the New Zealand market, either at the airport or in downtown department stores. The spectacular newly installed counter reflects the philosophy of the brand – Beauty with an edge –and we are sure its range, including the bestselling Naked Palettes, will be a hit with New Zealanders and overseas visitors at Auckland Airport.”

Urban Decay products can also be ordered online at aeliadutyfree.co.nz and collected at the airport whenever passengers are departing or arriving at the Auckland Airport international Terminal.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail group operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

PRESS CONTACT
Matthieu Mercier, CEO
+61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lagardere-traspac.com

Janette Doolan, Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lagardere-traspac.com

SOURCE: Lagardère Travel Retail

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Lagardère Travel Retail: Urban Decay debuts at Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail: Urban Decay debuts at Aelia Duty Free at Auckland Airport

Peapod by GIANT expands its Pick Up service to Fairless Hills and Morrisville customers

Convenient shopping option to help customers save time

Carlisle, PA, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — GIANT Food Stores’ Peapod by GIANT Pick Up service is now available to Fairless Hills and Morrisville customers. In partnership with leading internet grocer and sister company, Peapod, shoppers can order their groceries online through Peapod.com for easy pick up at the GIANT located at 471 Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills and at the Morrisville GIANT at 833 W. Trenton Ave. This marks GIANT’s 20th and 21st Pick Up locations chain wide.

“Peapod by GIANT Pick Up is another way we are helping our customers save time, especially in the midst of the busy holiday season,” said Mary St. Ledger Baggett, director of marketing and external communications, GIANT. “With Peapod by GIANT Pick Up, our customers can shop when and how they want and schedule a pick up time that works best with their schedules, and they don’t even have to get out of their car.”

To take advantage of Peapod by GIANT Pick Up, shoppers visit Peapod.com or the Peapod app on their smartphone where they enter their zip code. Once there, they can add items to their cart, select a payment method and then choose a convenient one hour pick-up time. Peapod by GIANT Pick Up costs $2.95 per order with a minimum order of $60. When customers arrive at their designated Pick Up location, an attendant is waiting to put the bags directly into their car.

In addition, shoppers earn Gas Extra Rewards and A+ School Rewards on their pick-up orders. GIANT customers can even shop from a list of items they have bought at their local store simply by entering their GIANT BonusCard number online. They can also create personal lists, read nutritional information online, sort products rapidly by price or by nutrition criteria, and take advantage of thousands of weekly specials.

For more details on Peapod by GIANT Pick Up, visit Peapod.com or giantfoodstores.com.

About Peapod
Peapod – an Ahold USA company – is the country’s leading Internet grocer, serving 24 U.S. markets throughout Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. Founded in 1989 as a smart shopping option for busy households, today Peapod has delivered more than 34 million grocery orders. Customers can order online or on Peapod’s free mobile app for delivery to homes and workplaces or pick-up at many convenient locations. For more information on Peapod, call 1.800.5.PEAPOD (1.800.573.2763), e-mail service@peapod.com or visit www.peapod.com.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S
GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to helping its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN’S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.

Media contacts: GIANT: Samantha Krepps, 717-240-1017, samantha.krepps@giantmartins.com Peapod: Liz Psaros, 617-770-8987, epsaros@ahold.com

Klépierre announces early repayment of all of its outstanding US Private Placement notes

PARIS, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Klépierre announces that it has fully early repaid all of its outstanding US Private Placement notes for a nominal value of 840 million euros and terminated attached cross currency swaps.

This financing, issued by Corio in 2007, was denominated in USD (830 million), euros (100 million), and GBP (50 million), posting a 2.7 year weighted average maturity at prepayment date.

Total repayment (including mark-to-market, swap unwinding, and termination costs) amounted to 897 million euros. After repayment, Klépierre’s consolidated Loan-to-Value ratio remains below its 40% target and the Group’s liquidity position stands above 2.5 billion euros.

As of today, more than 50% of Corio’s outstanding debt has already been refinanced, with an expected positive impact in 2016 of around 15 bps on Klépierre’s average cost of debt.

Citigroup and Oddo Seydler Corporate Finance were Klépierre’s advisors on this transaction.

ABOUT KLEPIERRE
A leading shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property, and asset management skills. Its portfolio is valued at 21.9 billion euros on June 30 2015. It comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries of Continental Europe. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager.

Klépierre’s largest shareholders are Simon Property Group (20.3%), world leader in the shopping center industry and APG (13.6%), a Netherlands-based pension fund firm. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext ParisTM and Euronext Amsterdam included the EPRA Euro Zone and the GPR 250 indexes. Klépierre will be included in the CAC 40 index effective December 21, 2015. Klépierre is also included in several ethical indexes – DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Eurozone 120 – and is a member of both Ethibel Excellence and Ethibel Pioneer investment registers. Klépierre is also ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions mark the Group’s commitment to a voluntary sustainable development policy.

For more information, visit our website: www.klepierre.com

AGENDA

February 9, 2016 2015 Full year earnings (press release after market close)

April 28, 2016 2016 first quarter revenues (press release after market close)

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS

Vanessa FRICANO – + 33 1 40 67 52 24 – vanessa.fricano@klepierre.com
Julien ROUCH – +33 1 40 67 53 08 – julien.rouch@klepierre.com

MEDIA CONTACTS

Aurélia de LAPEYROUSE – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – adelapeyrouse@brunswickgroup.com
Nathalie BAUDON – + 33 1 53 96 83 83 – nbaudon@brunswickgroup.com ***

This press release is available on Klépierre’s website: www.klepierre.com

SOURCE: Klépierre

 

Foodstuffs North Island recalls Beehive Shaved Ham Family Pack 200 grams

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island is following normal recall procedures and is working with the supplier.

We are aware that this recall has affected the following New World and PAK’nSAVE stores in the Lower North Island all of whom have been notified and the product has been removed from shelves;

  • New World Levin
  • New World Wellington City
  • PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie
  • PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth
  • PAK’nSAVE Masterton

If you have purchased Beehive Shaved Ham Family Pack 200 grams with the use by date of 26 January 2016, batch number 335322, please do not consume the product and return it to the store of purchase for a complete refund.

If consumers have any concern about their health or that of their family then they should seek advice from their local medical practitioner, or call the Ministry of Health’s Healthline (0800 611 116).

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

SM Prime named among the Top 50 Publicly Listed Companies in the ASEAN region; receives ASEAN Corporate Governance Award

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, has been recognized as among the Top 50 Publicly Listed Companies in the ASEAN region. SM Prime received the distinction during the inaugural ASEAN Corporate Governance Awards held last November 14 at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff of SM Prime, we humbly accept this prestigious award from the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) and its partners. This award is a testament to our unwavering commitment to good corporate governance, and serves as a major milestone in our effort to promote good governance in all our dealings with stakeholders,” SM Prime Executive Vice President Jeffrey C. Lim said.

The ASEAN Corporate Governance Awards, the region’s most prestigious event that recognizes companies who excelled in practicing good corporate governance, is hosted by ACMF in partnership with the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission. It aims to further educate and inspire companies to instill and maintain good corporate governance in their operations and services.

The Top 50 Publicly Listed Companies were determined by domestic ranking bodies (DRBs) appointed to assess and rank companies in each participating country, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The ranking is based on rating obtained in the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard, a list of corporate governance practices developed by experts in the region based on principles of Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development and practices recommended by bodies such as the Asian Corporate Governance Association, the International Corporate Governance Network, and the World Bank.

The scorecard is an initiative of ACMF and supported by the Asian Development Bank.

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

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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SM Prime named among the Top 50 Publicly Listed Companies in the ASEAN region; receives ASEAN Corporate Governance Award

(From Left to Right) Jeffrey C. Lim, SM Prime’s Executive Vice President; Eunice M. Sotto, SM Prime’s Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management; and John Nai Peng C. Ong, SM Prime’s Chief Finance Officer.

SM Vice Chair Teresita Sy-Coson awarded for her vision and management excellence by BizNews Asia

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) Vice Chair Teresita Sy-Coson was awarded for her vision and management excellence by BizNews Asia, one of the country’s most influential weekly business and news magazines.

BizNews Asia’s citation for Sy-Coson stated that she led SM and BDO Unibank, Inc. into becoming “huge, profitable, market dominant and pace setting conglomerates without losing their focus on consumer welfare and the betterment of society and the environment.”

Sy-Coson is the Chair of BDO. Aside from SM and BDO, she has been been largely involved in the development of Shoemart, the retail business which her father, Henry Sy, Sr. built.

BizNewsAsia was founded in 2001 by Antonio “Tony” Lopez, one of the most senior, multi-awarded, and experienced Asian journalists.  The magazine has a pass-on circulation of 350,000 readers.

The Entrepreneurship Excellence Awardees for vision and management also included: Ramon S. Ang, president and vice chairman of San Miguel Corp.; Felipe L. Gozon, chair and CEO, GMA Network, Inc.;  Edmund Gaisano Sr., chair, Gaisano Capital; Andrew Tan, chair-CEO, Alliance Global, Inc.; Manuel B. Villar Jr., chair, Vista Land; Edgar “Injap” Sia, chair-CEO, DoubleDragon Properties, Inc.; Amable R. Aguiluz V, founder, AMA Group of Companies; and Zenaida Tantoco, chair-CEO, Stores Specialists, Inc.

Shown in the photo are former President Fidel Ramos, SM’s Mrs. Coson and BizNews founder, chairman and president Tony Lopez.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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Photo courtesy of BizNews Asia

Photo courtesy of BizNews Asia

Advance Auto Parts retains services of global executive search and leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart for its CEO search

ROANOKE, Va., 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has retained Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm, to assist with the search for the Company’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The search will include internal and external candidates, including President George Sherman who has also been appointed Interim CEO, effective January 3, 2016.

The search process is being overseen by the board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which is comprised of Committee Chair Jeff Smith and Lead Independent Director John Ferraro, along with Executive Chairman Jack Brouillard.

“The selection of Advance’s next CEO is our top priority,” said Brouillard. “We are pleased to be working withSpencer Stuart as our highly capable partner for this critically important search.”

“We’re excited by the opportunity to create substantial value at Advance, and selecting a world-class CEO is critical to realizing that opportunity,” said Smith. “Spencer Stuart, in conjunction with the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, is working expeditiously to determine the next leader of Advance.”

About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 10, 2015, Advance operated 5,240 stores and 118 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 75,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Media Contact
Laurie Stacy, 540-561-8452
laurie.stacy@advanceautoparts.com
or
Investor Contact
Zaheed Mawani, 919-573-3848
zaheed.mawani@advanceautoparts.com

PetSmart and party expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman partner to share easy and creative dog-friendly holiday recipes

Pet Party Expert, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Shares Festive DIY Creations for Holiday Home Décor and Petsgiving Celebrations

PHOENIX, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — This time of year, as families everywhere look for more ways to incorporate their pets into holiday traditions, PetSmart and party expert, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, editor-at-large of Southern Living Magazine and author of Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animal, have teamed up to share easy and creative dog-friendly holiday recipes.

Two iconic holiday classics – the gingerbread house and holiday wreath – have been recreated with dogs in mind using popular PetSmart treats like Milk Bone® dog biscuits, Pup-Peroni® and Milo’s Kitchen® treats. These dog-friendly crafts are a festive and yummy treat for our furry friends and a wow-factor gift or holiday party idea.

“I love Petsgiving – that special time of year when we, as pet parents, give thanks to our best friends for the unconditional love they give us all year long,” said Whitman. “I like the idea of not only buying and making gifts for your own pets, but also thinking about pet-friendly parties and presents for fellow pet parents.”

“These two amazing creations – the Gingerbread Dog House and Dog Treat Holiday Wreath – are simple and fun for any dog enthusiast. The wreath makes a unique home décor item and the Gingerbread Dog House is a fabulous dog party theme. Picture pet parents coming together to make this great holiday treat then letting the dogs enjoy it.”

Gingerbread Dog House
The Gingerbread Dog House is a straight-forward, simple cookie recipe similar to the classic treat made of cookie dough rolled and baked into the shape of walls and roof panels. The icing is made of low-fat cream cheese and you can also use all-natural peanut butter – both serve as delicious adhesives for putting together the house and affixing pup-friendly embellishments. The white icing is best applied using a pastry bag or a plastic storage bag with the corner snipped off to give the house a classic winter feel, Whitman advises.

“The Pup-Peroni® treats are log-like and give the gingerbread house a rustic cabin feel and make the perfect exterior wall treatment. You can use Milo’s Kitchen® treats for the roof shingles – the chicken jerky strips or chicken grillers both work, but the grillers with the grill marks make for a great roof. The Milk Bone® dog biscuits offer the finishing touch for the door, chimney – even a front walkway!”

Created as a treat, not a meal, the Gingerbread Dog House is perfect for a holiday pet party, where dogs can share and enjoy the treat together, Whitman said. See the easy DIY recipe here.

Dog Treat Wreath
This simple creation starts with a circular piece of cardboard the size of the desired wreath. A Milk Bone® biscuit and a Pup-Peroni® treat, cut in half, are paired up and affixed to the cardboard base by snugly lacing and wrapping a 2-inch festive ribbon around the treat pairs. There is no glue involved so, when the holidays are over, you can easily remove the ribbon and let your pup indulge. See here for more detailed instruction on this DIY holiday item.

“You are sure to get ooohs and aaahs when you show up with this wreath on your arm – the perfect holiday hostess gift for any dog lover,” said Whitman.

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 1,444 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 Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ 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 Back™. 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

SOURCE: PetSmart Store Support Group, Inc.

Harris Teeter to donate $135,841.35 to Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in South Carolina affected by the flooding in October

Company to Present Check to Aid Disaster Relief

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter
6701 Morrison Blvd.
Charlotte, NC    28211
Live shots are welcomed!

Charlotte, NC, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Harris Teeter will present The American Red Cross with a $135,841.35 check to assist disaster relief efforts in South Carolina for those communities affected by the extreme flooding in early October.

This donation is made possible by the success of Harris Teeter’s in-store donation card campaign which the company hosted to benefit its South Carolina neighbors who were displaced or affected by the flooding. The campaign launched when the flooding began and ran through October 31, 2015. During this time, Harris Teeter invited its shoppers and associates in North and South Carolina stores to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the in-store campaign will be given to The American Red Cross and is designated for disaster relief in the state of South Carolina. In addition to the donation card campaign, Harris Teeter donated a truckload of bottled water to flood victims in Columbia, S.C. and provided transportation of donated product to affected areas for various community collection efforts.

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need and responds to disasters ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.