Get to know Taco Bell’s new creation QUESALUPA

IRVINE, Calif., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ —

FOOD:

DEVELOPMENT

  • Taco Bell completed development of the Quesalupa in 2015 and followed with a 36-restaurant test in Toledo, OH that was pronounced as one of the most successful in the company’s history.

INGREDIENTS

  • The Quesalupa is the first shell stuffed with melted pepper jack cheese, and stuffed with the beloved ingredients Taco Bell is known for including seasoned beef, lettuce, cheddar cheese, reduced-fat sour cream and tomatoes
  • This is the first time in Taco Bell history that a Quesadilla and Chalupa are coming together!   

PRICING

  • $2.99 + sales tax   

LAUNCH DATE

  • The Quesalupa is available on menus nationwide on Monday, February 8, 2016
  • The Quesalupa was available nationwide for a limited time through Taco Bell’s first-ever, blind pre-order which took place the week of February 1, 2016
  • Fans were able to get their hands on the Quesalupa for a two-hour window on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2-4PM local time, two whole days ahead of the national release

SUPER BOWL 50 ADS:   

NATIONAL ADS

  • The Quesalupa was announced with a :30 second spot titled “Bigger Than Futbol” starring Brazilian footballer Neymar, NBA player James Harden, and others during the first quarter of Super Bowl 50.
  • A second :90 second long form is available on Taco Bell’s YouTube channel and was released following the :30 second ad.
  • The ad marks Taco Bell’s return to Super Bowl after three years.

REGIONAL ADS

  • Five unique ads aired in local markets across the country titled “Small Town Big Shots,” featuring local champions in:.
    • Dallas / Fort Worth, TX (Bryan Wilson, Texas Law Hawk)
    • Virginia Beach, VA (Wayne Clifton, Auto Connection)
    • Eugene, OR (Rico Kreindel, Mr. Appliance)
    • Minneapolis, MN (Fancy Ray, Treehouse Furniture)
    • Cleveland, OH (Marc Brown, Norton Furniture)   

AD HISTORY & ASSETS

MARKETING & PR:

CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND

  • All ads were created by Deutsch and the Quesalupa campaign incorporated work from Taco Bell agency partners: Spark, Digitas and Edelman, as well as Octagon and the Syndicate   

RETURN TO SUPER BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT + REDACTED RELEASE

PRE-ORDER ANNOUNCEMENT + UPDATED REDACTED RELEASE

QUESALUPA ANNOUNCEMENT

SNAPCHAT STORY

  • On Saturday, February 6 from 2-4pm, Taco Bell organizned its biggest Snapchat story ever, with the help of four influencers and three Feed the Beat® bands reporting live from six Taco Bell restaurants across the US
  • The Snapchat “Pre-Order Bash” let Taco Bell’s most famous fans on Snapchat give their followers a sneak peek at the secret product, two days before it becomes available nationally (Monday, 2/8)
  • Influencers were able to invite their followers to tune into Taco Bell’s Snapchat for an uncensored, real-time celebration filled with Feed the Beat® artist performances, fan reactions, custom ge0-filters and more!   

FEED THE BEAT PRE-ORDER EVENTS

  • Taco Bell surprised fans in three restaurants in SF, LA and Toledo with  free, live pop-up acoustic performances from Feed The Beat bands The Mowgli’s, Never Shout Never and Jacob Whitesides

 

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Taco Bell launches the Quesalupa!

Brand debuts its most craveable innovation yet: cheesy awesomeness in a warm Chalupa shell

IRVINE, Calif., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Secret’s out. Taco Bell is launching the Quesalupa and it’s #BiggerThan Futbol.

“In true ‘Live Mas’ style, over tens of thousands of fans played along by blindly reserving our latest creation, and got the chance to try it before it was revealed during Super Bowl 50,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell Corp. “The energy and excitement surrounding our pre-order and today’s reveal is just the beginning for us – stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for more!”

The Quesalupa hits menus nationwide beginning tomorrow, Monday, February 8, 2016. For more information on the Quesalupa and launch campaign, check out the fact sheet here.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Follow: @TacoBell (Twitter) and tacobell (Instagram)
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Public relations inquiries please call 949-863-3915 or e-mail at media@tacobell.com

Schnucks Markets announces the appointment of Laura L. Freeman, Ph.D. as its new chief people officer

ST. LOUIS, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Schnucks Markets, Inc. is pleased to announce Laura L. Freeman, Ph.D., has joined the company as its new chief people officer. Freeman will lead human resources (HR) for Schnucks, which employs nearly 15,000 teammates in stores, facilities, warehouses and offices across the Midwest. She will also serve on the company’s senior management team and report to the Schnucks Chairman and CEO, Todd Schnuck.

Freeman brings more than 30 years of experience in HR, talent management and organizational development from her work with Fortune 500 companies as well as domestic and international organizations in the manufacturing, restaurant, hotel and service-based industries. Her expertise includes developing and implementing HR strategies that support business plans as well as operational objectives.

“Laura is a great addition to our team, and we look forward to her leadership and guidance as we continue to serve customers in our 99 stores across five states,” said Schnucks Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck.

“After becoming familiar with the Schnuck family and the Schnucks organization as a whole, I’m honored to join the team,” Freeman said. “I consider it a great challenge and privilege to lead the human resource efforts of such a renowned company.”

Before joining Schnucks, Freeman was with Win With HR, a solutions provider based in Memphis, Tenn., specializing in the hiring and selection process, compensation management, HRIS benefits, leadership development skills, culture and engagement, change management coaching and employee relations.

Freeman holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Psychology – Organizational Psychology from United States International University in San Diego, Calif. and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

About Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives in kind and cash donations to more than 500 not-for-profit organizations each year. Schnucks currently operates 99 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs nearly 15,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Schnucks.

Media Contact: Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Starbucks® celebrates Valentine’s Day with trio of Molten Chocolate beverages

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — What says love more than coffee and chocolate?

As Valentine’s Day nears, Starbucks invites customers to get together with loved ones and friends to try three new chocolate beverages. Beginning today (February 8), participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada will offer a trio of Starbucks Molten Chocolate beverages through February 14.

Molten Chocolate Latte: Chocolaty chips are melted into espresso, then topped with steamed milk combined with bittersweet mocha sauce. This latte is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle. It’s available hot and iced.

Molten Chocolate Frappuccino® Blended Beverage: Coffee with rich mocha sauce and chocolaty chips blended with milk and ice. This beverage is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle.

Molten Hot Chocolate: Bittersweet mocha sauce and chocolaty chips melted into steamed milk for a smooth and creamy taste. Mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and espresso mocha drizzle tops off the beverage.

Valentine’s Day Gifts & Greetings

Starbucks encourages customers to connect with friends this Valentine’s Day with the #StarbucksDate Gif Giver – sharable by email, text and social platforms

Starbucks also offers a variety of ways for customers to express their love or appreciation, including a collection of mugs and tumblers available in stores and at Starbucks.com.

Valentine’s Day Starbucks Card designs include a heart-shaped keepsake card that can attach to a key chain with heartfelt messages such as, “You are my sunshine,” “I love you,” and “You have my heart.” Valentine’s Day eGifts are also available at Starbucks.com.

In the spirit of the holiday, customers can also enjoy a curated collection of music with Starbucks Valentine’s Day playlist on Spotify.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks® celebrates Valentine's Day with trio of Molten Chocolate beverages
Starbucks® celebrates Valentine’s Day with trio of Molten Chocolate beverages

MERKUR to deploy NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout solutions in 45 of its supermarkets in 2016

MERKUR to deploy NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout solutions in 45 of its supermarkets in 2016, making it the first supermarket chain in the region to fully embrace self-checkout technology

Augsburg, Germany, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced today that MERKUR, a leading Austrian supermarket chain that is part of the German REWE Group, will deploy 100 innovative NCR self-checkout solutions with associated NCR self-checkout software in about 45 stores in the course of 2016. Based on positive feedback in eight high volume stores earlier in 2015, NCR self-checkouts have now become an integral part of MERKUR’s store strategy. The technology enables a modern shopping experience and reduces waiting times at checkout, helping to improve customer service and build loyalty.

MERKUR is the first supermarket chain in Austria, as well as the greater DACH region, to implement a full-scale self-checkout strategy. This strategy reflects growing customer demand for self-checkout solutions, a trend that was recently highlighted in a surveycommissioned by the German Retail Association, EHI. The findings revealed that 92 percent of customers use self-checkout to reduce waiting time when they check out, while 50 percent use it because they like to experience the latest technology.

“As innovative Austrian grocer we continuously expand our services to deliver a pleasant shopping experience for our customers,” said Manfred Denner, member of the MERKUR executive board. “The acceptance of the systems has been very good. 40 percent of customers in our flagship store in Vienna are using the self-checkouts. We now want to offer this flexibility to customers in further stores.”

After comprehensive usability testing, NCR customized the software of its self-checkouts to the specific requirements of MERKUR and adapted the user interface to reflect the company’s branding. Since MERKUR has a strong focus on fresh produce in its in-store market-place, the fast and accurate identification of more than 600 different fresh fruit and vegetables is especially important. The new NCR RealScan™ 79 Bi-optic Imager, used in the latest generation of NCR self-checkouts, enables the desired levels of identification by capturing images of products as well as being able to scan 1D, 2D and mobile bar codes from six different angles.

“Based on our leadership and experience in rolling out retail solutions for customers around the world, we are able to provide a seamless experience, including software modification, to quickly and efficiently meet our customers’ needs,” said Stefan Clemens, Area Sales Leader for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at NCR Retail Solutions. “However, it is not enough to install new technology. To ensure that investment in self-checkout technology is successful for retailers, such as MERKUR, we have created an extensive business model that assesses the neighborhood, demographics, product range and other local specifics for each store. This enables us to identify and implement the right solution for our retail customers and deliver on the objectives they wish to achieve.”

Careful and accurate planning prior to the actual deployment provided a smooth integration of NCR self-checkouts with MERKUR’s existing point-of-sale (POS) infrastructure. Employees have been able to familiarize themselves with the new self-checkouts during dedicated training sessions that continue to contribute to the success and effective roll out of the technology. MERKUR looks forward to continuing to reduce the amount of time spent in queues and expects their customers to embrace the new technology as they did in the initial deployment.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web site: www.ncr.com
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Email: ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Wincor Nixdorf to continue services to BAWAG P.S.K. for five more years

BAWAG P.S.K., one of Austria’s largest and most profitable banks with more than 1.6 million private and commercial customers, will continue to have Wincor Nixdorf perform the operations management of its software platform as well as the management and the maintenance of its self-service systems. Wincor Nixdorf will maintain the bank’s approximately 1,200 self-service systems as well as manage and enhance a wide range of software used in the self-service delivery channel for five more years.

Paderborn, GERMANY, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recent years, Wincor Nixdorf has provided the bank with an end-to-end solution of software on the basis of an open, net-centric architecture, state-of-the-art hardware, manufacturer service and the operation of central IT infrastructure. The result of this work is a modern, customer friendly range of self-service options.

The key to this partnership has been Wincor Nixdorf’s PC/E software platform that is used to link automated teller machines, cash recycling systems and transaction terminals to the BAWAG P.S.K. host system. Components of the PC/E software offer a range of service options. Most recently, Wincor Nixdorf developed a software called PC/E Smart Cash that enables customers to withdraw money using a smartphone instead of a bank card. All bank systems are linked to Wincor Nixdorf’s services infrastructure by the PC/E monitoring software to ensure a high level of availability of 250 ATMs, 800 transaction terminals and 165 cash recycling systems for the BAWAG P.S.K. customers.

Press Contact

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Head of Press and Editorial Office
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97% of Rite Aid stockholders voted in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) (“Rite Aid”) announced today that its stockholders have voted to approve the adoption of the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of Oct. 27, 2015 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Rite Aid, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.,   a Delaware corporation (“WBA”), and Victoria Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned direct subsidiary of WBA (“Victoria Merger Sub”), providing for the merger of Victoria Merger Sub with and into Rite Aid (the “Merger”), with Rite Aid surviving the Merger as a wholly owned direct subsidiary of WBA, at a special meeting of stockholders held today.

Approximately 97% of the votes cast at today’s special meeting of stockholders voted in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement, which represented approximately 72% of Rite Aid’s total outstanding shares of common stock as of the Dec. 18, 2015 record date and constitutes a majority of the outstanding shares of Rite Aid common stock entitled to vote at the special meeting, as required to adopt the Merger Agreement under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. A quorum of 74% of Rite Aid’s total outstanding shares of common stock as of the Dec. 18, 2015 record date voted at the special meeting.

In a separate item, 89% of votes cast by Rite Aid stockholders at the special meeting approved, by means of a non-binding, advisory vote, compensation that will or may become payable by Rite Aid to its named executive officers in connection with the Merger.

Upon completion of the Merger, Rite Aid’s stockholders will be entitled to receive $9.00 in cash for each share of Rite Aid’s common stock that such stockholder owns. The Merger, which is expected to be completed in the second half of calendar 2016, is subject to the satisfaction of certain remaining customary closing conditions as set forth in the Merger Agreement and discussed in detail in the definitive proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by Rite Aid on Dec. 21, 2015.

About Rite Aid
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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This document includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws. The words “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “future,” “target,” “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify information that is not historical in nature.

All statements, other than historical facts, including statements regarding the expected timing of the closing of the transaction; the ability of the parties to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions; the expected benefits of the transaction such as improved operations, enhanced revenues and cash flow, growth potential, market profile and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of WBA following completion of the proposed transaction; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved. You should not place undue reliance on such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, among others, that (1) one or more closing conditions to the transaction, including certain regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transaction or may require conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals; (2) there may be a material adverse change of Rite Aid or the business of Rite Aid may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction; (3) the transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; (4) legal proceedings may be initiated related to the transaction; (5) changes in economic conditions, political conditions, changes in federal or state laws or regulations, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care Education Affordability Reconciliation Act and any regulations enacted thereunder may occur; (6) provider and state contract changes may occur; (7) reduction in provider payments by governmental payors may occur; (8) the expiration of Rite Aid’s Medicare or Medicaid managed care contracts by federal or state governments; (9) tax matters; (10) there may be difficulties and delays in achieving synergies and cost savings; and (11) other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Rite Aid’s and WBA’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including Rite Aid’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015 and WBA’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015, each of which is available on the SEC’s Web site (www.sec.gov). These risks, as well as other risks associated with the merger, are more fully discussed in the definitive proxy statement that was filed by Rite Aid with the SEC on December 21, 2015 in connection with the merger. There can be no assurance that the merger will be completed, or if it is completed, that it will close within the anticipated time period or that the expected benefits of the merger will be realized.

Neither WBA nor Rite Aid undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

The Meijer Simply Give program holiday campaign breaks the record with $2.4 million for food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a holiday record with $2.4 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, making it the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history.

Meijer customers donated more than $936,000 during the holiday Simply Give campaign, and combined with a donation from Meijer, set the donation total to more than $2.4 million. The Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million since November 2008 for food pantry partners to restock their shelves and feed hungry families.

“We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge and help us feed hungry families in the communities we serve,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “It’s inspiring to see this level of engagement.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families.

During each Simply Give campaign, which runs three times a year, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a problem that occurs in all of our communities, which is why the funds generated from Simply Give stay local,” Hank Meijer said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go without food.”

To view a video the further explains the Simply Give program, and other Meijer hunger relief efforts, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

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 electronics offerings. For more information, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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Publix Super Markets Inc. signs two leases for stores in Virginia

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Feb. 2, 2016)Publix Super Markets Inc. announced it has signed two leases for stores in Virginia. The Bristol store, 54,000 square feet, will be located at the northeast corner of Lee Highway & Clear Creek Road in Washington County and in the greater Richmond area, the Glen Allen store, 49,000 square feet, will be located at the northeast corner of Nuckols Road & Twin Hickory Road in Henrico County.

Grand opening dates for both locations have yet to be determined; however, the Bristol store is tentatively planned to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the Glen Allen store will follow in 2018.

Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw commented on crossing yet another state line. “Being company owners, our associates continue to work diligently to exceed our customers’ expectations, which has allowed Publix to experience continued growth. As we enter new markets and continue to open new stores, our associates prepare for new opportunities which supports our culture of promotion from within. We look forward to providing the great state of Virginia with the high quality service and products that our customers have come to expect and that have earned us recognition throughout the industry.”

Virginia will mark the company’s seventh state of operation. In September 2012, the company announced its long awaited entry into North Carolina opening the first location in February 2014. The company is looking ahead to aggressive growth within the state and in its current operating areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South and North Carolina.

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SUPERVALU INC. extended its $1 Billion Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility to February 3, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today announced it has completed the repricing, amendment and extension of its existing $1.0 billion asset-based revolving credit facility, which is secured by the Company’s inventory, credit card and certain other receivables and certain other assets. The amendment reduces the revolving credit facility’s rates on borrowings and letters of credit by 0.25 percent and the facility fees by 0.125 percent. Additionally, the maturity date of the revolving credit facility was extended by approximately sixteen months to February 3, 2021.

On July 28, 2015, the Company announced that it is exploring a potential separation of its Save-A-Lot segment, and that as part of that process it had begun preparations to allow for a possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. This amendment permits the Company and its subsidiaries to undertake certain transactions reasonably determined by the Company to be necessary to effectuate a spin-off of Save-A-Lot. No specific timetable for a separation of Save-A-Lot has been set and there can be no assurance that a separation will be completed or that any other change in the Company’s overall structure or business model will occur.

This amendment also modifies certain representations and warranties, covenants and events of default set forth in the revolving credit facility, and provides for the adjustment of certain covenants in the event a spin-off of Save-A-Lot is consummated.

Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Rabobank and BMO Capital Markets acted as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners on the amendment.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,407 stores composed of 1,871 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,336 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 883 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of December 5, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

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Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the Company’s continued access to credit on acceptable terms, the sufficiency of short-term and long-term financing to support the Company’s strategic and operational investments, the terms, timing or structure of any Save-A-Lot separation transaction and whether one will be consummated at all, the impact of any separation transaction on the businesses of SUPERVALU and the Save-A-Lot business on a standalone basis if the separation were to be completed, whether the operational and strategic benefits of a separation can be achieved and whether the costs and expenses of the separation can be controlled within expectations. Other factors include competition, ability to execute initiatives, substantial indebtedness, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, relationships with Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc. and Haggen, intrusions to and disruption of information technology systems, impact of economic conditions, governmental regulation, food and drug safety issues, legal proceedings, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, disruption to supply chain and distribution network, changes in military business, adequacy of insurance, volatility in fuel and energy costs, asset impairment charges, fluctuations in our common stock price and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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SUPERVALU INC.
INVESTOR CONTACT:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
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jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

SUPERVALU INC. announces the appointment of Mark Gross as its President and CEO

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced the appointment of Mark Gross as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 5, 2016. Gross, age 52, will succeed Sam Duncanwho has previously announced he will be retiring.

“Mark is a talented, strategic and results-driven leader with a wealth of industry experience,” said Jerry Storch, SUPERVALU’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. “We are extremely pleased that Mark will be leading SUPERVALU and we look forward to working with him to drive the Company’s performance.”

“I am thrilled to join SUPERVALU,” said Mark Gross. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to help take the Company to the next level and to work with the Board and management team to set the strategic path for the future. I look forward to working with our great customers and the talented group of employees in this Company, including working with Eric Claus as SUPERVALU continues to explore and prepare for a potential spin-off of Save-A-Lot.”

SUPERVALU also announced that Sam Duncan will be stepping down from the Company’s 11-person Board of Directors effective with his retirement on February 29, 2016, and that until that time, he will continue with the Company as a special advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors to facilitate a smooth transition. Gross will be appointed to the Board effective March 1, 2016. Additionally, the Company said that Bruce Besanko, Chief Operating Officer, will report to Gross and continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Company’s Independent Business and Retail Foodsegments as well as the Company’s finance organization.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I want to thank Sam for the tremendous job he has done these past three years,” Storch said. “He has built a terrific leadership team and together they have established a strong foundation and positioned the Company for future success. We wish Sam all the best in his retirement.”

“I am proud of all that we have accomplished these past three years and thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to lead this great Company,” said Sam Duncan. “SUPERVALU has tremendous employees, customers and licensees and I leave here knowing the Company is in good hands with a strong leadership team and a great foundation in place to build on.”

About Mark Gross
Mark Gross joins SUPERVALU with 20 years of grocery and wholesale leadership experience. From 1997 to 2006, Gross worked atC&S Wholesale Grocers, including serving as Co-President of C&S’s overall operations from 2005-2006. Additionally, during his tenure with C&S, Gross served as Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and President of its affiliated retail grocery operations.

For the past decade, Gross has led Surry Investment Advisors, a firm he founded, to provide consulting services to grocery distributors and retailers with respect to strategic and operational matters. In this advisory role, he has assisted grocery clients on several multi-billion dollar acquisitions and divestitures and consulted with private equity firms with respect to investments in food retail, distribution and consumer packaged goods sectors.

Gross earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude, and holds a BA from Dartmouth College, where he graduated with the highest honors in his major.

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,407 stores composed of 1,871 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,336 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 883 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of December 5, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the transition of the role of the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from Mr. Duncan to Mr. Gross, the terms, timing or structure of any Save-A-Lot separation transaction and whether one will be consummated at all, and the impact of the leadership transition or any separation transaction on the businesses of SUPERVALU and the Save-A-Lot. Other factors include competition, ability to execute initiatives, substantial indebtedness, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, relationships with Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc. and Haggen, intrusions to and disruption of information technology systems, impact of economic conditions, governmental regulation, food and drug safety issues, legal proceedings, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes, disruption to supply chain and distribution network, changes in military business, adequacy of insurance, volatility in fuel and energy costs, asset impairment charges, fluctuations in our common stock price and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
For Investors:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
Steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
For Media
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
Jeffrey.swanson@supervalu.com

 

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SUPERVALU Appoints Mark Gross President and Chief Executive Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

SUPERVALU Appoints Mark Gross President and Chief Executive Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

X5 Retail Group commissioned six new distribution centres in 2015

Moscow, Russia, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group commissioned six new distribution centres (DCs) with a total area of 142 thousand sq. m. in 2015. The DCs service X5’s retail network across a number of high-potential geographies: the Kaluga, Voronezh and Chelyabinsk regions, as well as Moscow and Tatarstan.

Four of the new DCs are new-builds being leased by X5, one was added under a thirdparty logistics (3PL) contract, while the DC in Moscow was relaunched following complete renovation. The new DCs in St. Petersburg, Voronezh and Kazan provide safe storage across all temperature bands, reducing stores’ overall cost of delivery, as a full range of products can be shipped from a single DC.

X5’s new logistics centres strengthen the connection between food producers and shoppers, and help to increase levels of sourcing from local suppliers. Strengthening distribution infrastructure is a priority for X5 over the next five years. The Company plans to increase the pace of development of its logistics infrastructure in 2016.

X5’s total warehousing capacity increased by more than 82 thousand sq. m. in 2015. During the year, X5 put more new DCs into operation than any other major Russian retailer, and ranked second by total warehousing space added (data from analytical agency Infoline).

X5’s distribution centres serve more than 7,000 stores, ensuring seamless logistics operations for the Company and its suppliers. As of 31 December 2015, X5 operated 35 distribution centres and owned a fleet of 1,561 trucks.

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

As of 31 December 2015, X5 had 7,020 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 6,265 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 478 Perekrestok supermarkets, 90 Karusel hypermarkets and 187 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,561 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In 9M 2015, revenue totaled RUB 578,701 mln (USD 9,763 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 41,780 mln (USD 705 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 12,084 mln (USD 204 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

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

BESTSELLER’S MEN’S WEAR BRAND JACK & JONES SPONSORS THE RENAULT FORMULA ONE TEAM

BESTSELLER IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE ITS MEN’S WEAR BRAND JACK & JONES AS NEW SPONSOR OF THE RENAULT FORMULA ONE TEAM.  

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For six years, BESTSELLER has proudly been supporting Kevin Magnussen in his efforts to make it to the top in international motor sports. Kevin has the talent, the instinct and most importantly, the will to go all in for what he believes in. Through our many years of working together, we know Kevin as a person with just the right attitude and determination to be a great role model for all, including our own colleagues.

We can’t wait to continue our collaboration with Kevin, and we look very much forward to our future collaboration with the Renault team, for whom we see a great future.

Congratulations to Kevin and Renault for signing the deal, and for believing in each other.

Corporate Communication
Phone: +45 99 42 16 62
E-mail: communications@bestseller.com

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BESTSELLER'S MEN’S WEAR BRAND JACK & JONES SPONSORS THE RENAULT FORMULA ONE TEAM

BESTSELLER’S MEN’S WEAR BRAND JACK & JONES SPONSORS THE RENAULT FORMULA ONE TEAM

Paradies Lagardère opens So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4

NEW YORK CITY, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, a major specialty retail operator, has just celebrated the launch of two new retail concepts at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4; New York’s premiere travel gateway, with 19.5 million annual travelers. The new shops, So Chocolate! (exclusive confectionary brand) and The Scoreboard (sports apparel) were officially introduced during a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 2, 2016.

The two highly-successful proprietary brands are a first for a U.S. airport. So Chocolate! pays tribute to a product that remains the most purchased confectionary item in international travel retailing, complementing the existing mix of extraordinary food and beverage establishments in Terminal 4. Conveniently located in the east retail lounge of Terminal 4, the 1,250-square-foot store offers a wide assortment of candies and sweets that cater equally to children and adults of all ages.

The Scoreboard offers sports fans and out-of-town travelers an array of authentic apparel, accessories and trinkets from all major U.S. professional sport leagues. The store includes an assortment of Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Nets, Knicks, NY Red Bulls and New York City Football Club merchandise, as well as products related to the moment’s hottest sports trends.

Already operating numerous stores in the terminal, including the high-end Longchamp, Hugo Boss, Guess, and Swarovski boutiques, Paradies Lagardère recently added these two international brands to Terminal 4’s new concession program.

“Both So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard will resonate with travelers visiting the airport, and complement our existing brands. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Terminal 4 and introducing exciting new brands to Terminal 4 travelers for many years to come”, said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère.”

Paradies Lagardère’s newest store in Terminal 4, The Fashion Place, is due to open in May. This 3,000 square foot shop-in-shop, the first of its kind in North America, will provide customers with a wide assortment of fashion apparel and accessories.

“Terminal 4 strives to create a superior passenger experience for travelers, and – as such – our terminal features an unparalleled selection of commercial and retail offerings,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, president and CEO of JFKIAT – the management company operating Terminal 4. “We are grateful for Paradies Lagardère’s continuous partnership and efforts to bring the best and most well-recognized international brands to our terminal.”

Terminal 4 at JFK is one of the largest and most active air terminals in the country and a major North American global gateway. This freshly-redeveloped terminal with Paradies Lagardère’s unique combination of local and international brands, coupled with outstanding customer service, ensures every Terminal 4 passenger has the most pleasant travel experience of any airport terminal in New York City.

SOURCE: LS travel retail North America

60 East 42nd Street, Suite 3410
New York, NY
10165
212-477-7373

 

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Paradies Lagardère opens So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4

Paradies Lagardère opens So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4

Peapod by Giant announces grocery pick-up points at Fort Totten, Glenmont and Vienna Metro Stations in Washington D.C.

First-Ever Program in U.S. Offers Convenience, Time Savings

Landover, Md., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Making lives easier for Washington D.C. area residents, Peapod by Giant announced today a first-of-its-kind offering that will allow shoppers to place their orders online and pick them up at one of three Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) stations: Fort Totten, Glenmont and Vienna. The new Metro Peapod service began February 1, 2016.

As the country’s leading online grocer, Peapod is committed to offering value, convenience, and time-savings to customers. Peapod will monitor this exciting pilot program closely for expansion opportunities in additional metropolitan markets.

“Today there’s no one-size-fits-all for food shopping, so we offer flexibility,” said Jennifer Carr Smith, President of Peapod. “Working with Giant allows us to be that trusted resource that can deliver to your home, offer a quick pick-up option or provide traditional in-store shopping. This new Metro partnership is just one more way we’re trying to simplify the task of grocery shopping.”

“We are excited to partner with Peapod to provide our riders a new, convenient, time-saving option to complete their grocery shopping without having to deviate from their daily routine,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Metro General Manager and CEO. “These initiatives are important so that we can see which amenities work best for our customers.”

To use the service, Metro riders can simply place and pay for their order through Peapod’s online service, with pick-up options between 4 and 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. With average transaction times estimated at no longer than five minutes, Peapod-equipped Metro stations will feature lockers where groceries are stored, and an on-site Peapod attendant to load groceries directly into customers’ cars.

For consumers on the go, Peapod’s Metro service is an ideal solution for all their grocery needs. In fact, at least 50% of all Peapod orders are placed on mobile devices, making public transportation the perfect place to multitask.

“Giant knows that customers are constantly on the go and looking for ways to save time and money, without sacrificing service and quality,” said Gordon Reid, Division President, Giant Food of Landover, MD. “As part of their daily commute, customers can simply exit a Metro station and grab their groceries on the way home. We’re proud to partner with WMATA to take this innovative step into the future of city planning and convenience for our customers.”

In addition to the three new Metro pick-up locations, Peapod by Giant also offers more than 50 convenient pick-up locations across Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. To learn more about Peapod, visit www.Peapod.com or the brand’s social media channels.

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 35 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 Food
Giant Food LLC is committed to helping its customers save time, save money and eat well. Headquartered in Landover, Md., Giant Food LLC operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
February 2, 2016 Elizabeth Psaros
(617) 770-8987
epsaros@aholdusa.com

Peapod by Giant announces grocery pick-up points at Fort Totten, Glenmont and Vienna Metro Stations in Washington D.C.

Peapod by Giant announces grocery pick-up points at Fort Totten, Glenmont and Vienna Metro Stations in Washington D.C.

Ediston Property Investment Company plc acquires Citygate office building in Newcastle for £18.95 million

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ediston Property Investment Company plc has acquired Citygate, a modern office building in Newcastle, for £18.95 million (net of acquisition costs) from Hanro Limited.

The purchase reflects a net initial yield of 6.57% and will be funded from a combination of cash resources and an increase of £12.42m in the existing debt facility with Aviva Commercial Finance Limited at an all-in rate of 2.95%. The loan-to-value ratio of the Company’s property portfolio following this acquisition will be 29.01%.

Citygate provides 63,524 sq ft of modern office accommodation with 70 car parking spaces. It is let to three tenants EY, UNW, and N+D (London) Ltd, guaranteed by Grainger plc, and has a weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) in excess of 6 years. Around 89% of the income benefits from upward-only rent reviews in 2017, with the remaining 11% being reviewed in 2018.

As a result of this acquisition, the 13th since the Company launched in October 2014, the Company is almost fully invested.

Calum Bruce, Director of Investment at Ediston Properties Limited, the Company’s Investment Adviser, said: “It is our aim to enhance the portfolio by purchasing regional office buildings which offer solid income streams as well as reversionary potential in the short term. Citygate fits the brief. It is well placed to capitalise on the rental growth forecast to materialise in the city, owing to the favourable supply-demand balance”.

SOURCE: Ediston Real Estate

 

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Ediston Property Investment Company plc acquires Citygate office building in Newcastle for £18.95 million

Ediston Property Investment Company plc acquires Citygate office building in Newcastle for £18.95 million

Barnes & Noble, Inc. partners with Put Me In The Story® to introduce the personalized books platform in select stores

Give Your Child a Starring Role in Bestselling Children’s Books

New York, New York, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is exclusively partnering with Put Me In The Story® to introduce the leading personalized books platform into many of their brick and mortar stores and online at BN.com/putmeinthestory.

The initial test phase, arriving now in 200 Barnes & Noble stores, will feature an in-store display of Put Me In The Story books, including You! by world-renowned and bestselling author, artist, and designer Sandra Magsamen, The Night Night Book and I Love You So by award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator Marianne Richmond, the New York Times bestseller On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman and Sesame Street’s I Love You Just Like This.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Put Me In The Story and bring Barnes & Noble customers the added offering of personalizing some of their favorite books,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble will feature Put Me In The Story at 200 select locations and online at BN.com/putmeinthestory. Readers can purchase a voucher at Barnes & Noble stores, complete the personalization process at BN.com/putmeinthestory, and the finished book will be shipped to the customer’s home or directly to a designated recipient.

“At Put Me In The Story we create personalized books from some of the best books and authors, and starring some of your very favorite characters,” said Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO of Put Me In The Story’s parent company, Sourcebooks. “We’re thrilled that now Barnes & Noble booklovers will have the chance to tell their unique stories through our bestselling personalized books available at many Barnes & Noble stores and online at BN.com/putmeinthestory.”

Barnes & Noble and Put Me In The Story expect to expand the in-store, personalized book program, offering more books in additional stores throughout 2016.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com) and UK (www.nook.co.uk), plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

About Put Me In The Story
Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized books site in the U.S., creates personalized versions of many bestselling books and books where you star alongside favorite characters. Put Me In The Story personalized books capture moments that matter and memories that last for readers of all ages. Put Me In The Story inspires a love for reading, across all ages and generations, through the experience of shared, personalized stories. Share your story at www.PutMeInTheStory.com.

Put Me In The Story® is a registered trademark of Sourcebooks, Inc.

 

CONTACTS:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Liz Kelsch
Publicity Manager
Put Me In The Story
Sourcebooks
630-536-0595
liz.kelsch@sourcebooks.com

Paul Moody appointed to the Board of 4imprint Group plc as a Non-Executive Director

LONDON, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 1st February 2016, Paul Moody, Independent Non-Executive Director of Pets at Home Group Plc, was appointed to the Board of 4imprint Group plc as a Non-Executive Director.

This disclosure is given in accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.14.

Enquiries

Pets at Home Group Plc:
+44 (0)161 486 6688

Louise Stonier, Company Secretary and Group Legal Director

 

About Pets at Home
Pets at Home Group Plc is the UK’s leading specialist pet omnichannel retailer and services provider. Pets at Home operates from 413 stores located across the UK. The Group operates the UK’s largest small animal veterinary business with 359 practices, run principally under a Joint Venture model using the Vets4Pets and Companion Care brand names, and two specialist referral vet hospitals. Pets at Home is the UK’s leading operator of pet grooming services offered through its 205 grooming salons. The Group also operates 4 specialist High Street based dog stores, called Barkers, as well as Ride-away, an equine retail business with a superstore and website. For more information visit: http://investors.petsathome.com/

Food 4 Less to raise funds to support Southern California children’s hospitals

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southern California based Food 4 Less is pleased to announce that it is raising funds to support children’s hospitals in the communities its stores serve in Southern California.

Customers and associates can support their local children’s hospital through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Southern California Food 4 Less store. The children’s hospital fundraising campaign runs through May 24, 2016.

Children’s hospitals that will benefit from the program include:

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Cottage Children’s Medical Center (Santa Barbara)
  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
  • Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach
  • Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego)

“Food 4 Less believes strongly in giving back to the communities our stores serve,” said Bryan Kaltenbach, Food 4 Less president. “We’re pleased to extend our commitment to community service to our local children’s hospitals. We cannot think of a better way to invest in our communities than by giving families and children hope through our support of the outstanding work these hospitals are doing to provide world-class medical care for children.”

Since 2005, Food 4 Less, its associates and customers have given more than $1.3 million to children’s hospitals.

About Food 4 Less:
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Last year, Food 4 Less contributed more than $4 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.

SOURCE Food 4 Less

Kroger Family of Stores Media Contacts
The Kroger Co. – General Office

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

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Food 4 Less to raise funds to support Southern California children's hospitals

Dunkin’ Donuts supports women’s hockey by becoming the Official Coffee Shop of the U.S. Women’s National Team

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts has scored yet another key partnership to help support women’s hockey, today announcing a multi-year agreement with USA Hockey that includes designation as the Official Coffee Shop of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Dunkin’ Donuts will sponsor the U.S. Women’s National Team as it participates in key events, including the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship and the 2017 Women’s Four Nations Cup. Dunkin’ Donuts’ agreement also includes advertising on www.usahockey.com and the brand’s logo featured on team practice jerseys.

This partnership follows less than two months after Dunkin’ Donuts became the first official corporate sponsor of the new National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Dunkin’ Donuts also recently entered into a personal services agreement with two-time Olympic silver medalist Meghan Duggan, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2006. Duggan, a five-time world champion, is also a star of the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts.

“As the brand that keeps America running, Dunkin’ Donuts is proud to be a sponsor of USA Hockey and its U.S. Women’s National Team. We’re excited about the team’s participation in signature championship events and activities in the coming years, particularly as they get ready to compete on the world’s biggest stage,” said Tom Manchester, Vice President, Field Marketing, Dunkin’ Brands. “We look forward to working with USA Hockey to further advance our commitment to support female athletes and help drive awareness of the increasingly popular sport of women’s hockey.”

“Dunkin’ Donuts is an iconic American brand with a long history of supporting the sport of hockey,” said Lee Meyer, Senior Director of Marketing for USA Hockey. “We are thrilled that Dunkin’ Donuts is now the official coffee shop of USA Hockey and our women’s national team and greatly appreciate their support.”

“Growing up in Dunkin’ Donuts’ home state of Massachusetts, I know first-hand the incredible passion people have for Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee, as well as the company’s ongoing support of hockey players and organizations, at the professional, collegiate and local levels,” said Meghan Duggan. “Dunkin’ Donuts’ sponsorships of both the U.S. Women’s National Team and NWHL are great steps in the continued growth of women’s hockey, and I am honored to partner with the brand.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has a long and proud history of partnerships within the sporting industry, including the Arizona Cardinals, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals.

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

Meghan can be followed on her Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/Meghan-Duggan), Twitter (www.twitter.com/MDuggan10) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/MDuggan10).

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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 11,500 restaurants in 40 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.

About USA Hockey

USA Hockey, founded on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, sometimes Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. USA Hockey is more than a million strong, including players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states. The National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, USA Hockey has important partnerships with the National Hockey League, United States Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usahockey.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com