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.

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

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.

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 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.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
INVESTOR CONTACT:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
MEDIA CONTACT:
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
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

Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office

BURBANK, Calif., 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.

In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release. 

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

Through February 4, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned an estimated $899.1 million domestically and $1,095.6 million internationally for a global total of $1,994.7 million. Opening internationally December 16 and domestically December 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted the all-time biggest global and domestic debuts with $528.9 million and $247.9 million respectively. Over the course of its eight-week run, it has set numerous other records, including:

— Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)

— Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)

— Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million)

— Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)

— Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)

— Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand

— Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)

— Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015 and has received five Academy Award nominations, for film editing, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, and for series composer John Williams’ original score.

The Star Wars Saga continues December 15, 2017, in Star Wars: Episode VIII, picking up in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later this year, Rogue One, a new adventure detailing events prior to Star Wars: A New Hope, takes flight on December 16, 2016.

SOURCE: Disney

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office

Hour Passion opened new boutique in the luxurious shopping destination of Bicester Village outside of London

LONDON, UK, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — JOINTLY WITH THE SWATCH GROUP UK, ON JAN. 26th, HOUR PASSION HAS JUST OPENED A NEW BOUTIQUE IN THE LUXURIOUS SHOPPING DESTINATION OF BICESTER VILLAGE, LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OF LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM).

The multi brand concept store houses high and mid-range watch brands of  Swatch Group: LONGINES, RADO, TISSOT, BALMAIN, CERTINA, MIDO, HAMILTON, CALVIN KLEIN WATCH AND JEWELRY, and SWATCH.

The new store spans over 65 square meters and has been designed for revealing the Hour Passion multibrand philosophy. The unique identity and DNA of each brand is reflected through its own retail area, using the brand colors, materials, and imagery.

The Bicester Village boutique will fulfil the principal of the Hour Passion concept: offer the customer a qualitative environment to discover the world of watches and provide the best possible service with specialist advice.

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Hour Passion opened new boutique in the luxurious shopping destination of Bicester Village outside of London

Hour Passion opened new boutique in the luxurious shopping destination of Bicester Village outside of London

Reed Exhibitions Russia to acquire REX (Real Estate eXhibition) and its satellite Arenda (Commercial Leasing) trade show

MOSCOW, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, expands in Russia. Reed Exhibitions Russia today announces the acquisition of REX (Real Estate eXhibition) and its satellite Arenda (Commercial Leasing) trade shows.

Launched in 2004, REX is a professional trade show dedicated to retail property. The leading and largest event in the commercial real estate sector in Russia, REX attracts over 5,000 visitors.  The next edition of REX will be held in Expocentre in Moscow, on 20-22 April 2016.

REX and Arenda will benefit significantly from Reed Exhibitions’ expertise in the sector: exceptional customer service, top quality conferences, global reach and a choice of marketing tools aiming to increase participants’ ROI.

Gregory Zaraisky, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions Russia said: “REX is a high quality product already. We see our role in enriching REX by utilizing the capabilities and resources of Reed Exhibitions and presenting the event to the world developer and investment communities. We plan to not only solidify REX’s leading position in Russia, but also develop REX to the level of the internationally-renowned, MIPIM and MAPIC, organised by our France-based sister company Reed MIDEM.”

Oleg Voitsekhovsky, the founder of REX, adds: “We have known Reed Exhibitions and its flagship events in real estate for many years and always held them as a role model to observe and learn. REX grew fast but I have no doubt, under Reed Exhibitions’ stewardship, the show will develop even faster and its participants will very soon feel greater effectiveness, efficiency and dynamics assisting them to grow within the potentially huge and attractive industry.”

“Reed MIDEM is delighted to be associated with our sister company Reed Exhibitions Russia in the acquisition of REX, the international retail real estate exhibition in Moscow,” notes Filippo Rean, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Real Estate division. “We have been organizing the world’s leading retail real estate event, MAPIC, since 1995, launched the concept in Shanghai last year and will open MAPIC Italy this May. Combining Reed MIDEM’s international experience with the expertise of Reed Exhibitions Russia and the REX team, will help develop a platform for international retailers and investors to source opportunities and locations in the dynamic Russian retail real estate sector.”

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 30 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

PRESS CONTACTS
Yury STOLBOVSKY, Reed Exhibitions Russia, Business Development Director
yury.stolbovsky@reedexpo.ru
Т: +7 495 937 6861 ext. 134
Cell: +7 926 520 8890
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Hour Passion opens its first store in Austria

JOINTLY WITH THE SWATCH GROUP (Österr.) GmbH, HOUR PASSION HAS JUST OPENED ITS FIRST BOUTIQUE IN AUSTRIA, WITH McARTHURGLEN AT PARNDORF DESIGNER OUTLET VILLAGE, LOCATED 30 MINUTES AWAY FROM VIENNA.

VIENNA, Austria, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The multibrand store combines high and mid-range watch brands of Swatch Group: LONGINES, RADO, UNION GLASHÜTTE, TISSOT, CERTINA, MIDO, HAMILTON, CALVIN KLEIN WATCH AND JEWELRY.

Parndorf Designer Outlet has a footfall of 4,7 million visitors per year and the mall surface is 31,000 square meters, offering 140 designer stores of international top brands.

The 110 square meters Hour Passion boutique has been brightly designed in order to enhance each brand image and universe, incorporating clarity and functionality.

The opening of this new Hour Passion boutique together with McArthurGlen in Parndorf village is an important milestone for both companies and marks the introduction of the Swatch Group multibrand concept in Austria.

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Hour Passion opens its first store in Austria

Hour Passion opens its first store in Austria

USDA’s FSIS: Marin Pasta Works recalls 491 pounds of pork ravioli products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marin Pasta Works, a San Rafael, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 491 pounds of pork ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The sausage, parmesan and spinach ravioli items were produced between Jan. 4, 2016 to Feb. 4, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 12-oz.vacuum-packaged packages containing pieces of “Sausage, Parm and Spinach Ravioli” with Best By Dates of Feb. 4 to March 4, 2016.

These items were distributed to retail locations in California.

The problem was discovered during FSIS surveillance activities conducted at a retail store in San Rafael, California.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact John Sarrran, Owner of Marin Pasta Works, at (877) 263-2332 ext 310.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina (202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

 

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USDA's FSIS: Marin Pasta Works recalls 491 pounds of pork ravioli products

USDA’s FSIS: Marin Pasta Works recalls 491 pounds of pork ravioli products

USDA’s FSIS announced new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products

New Standards to Help Prevent an Estimated 50,000 Illnesses Annually

WASHINGTON, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. Based on scientific risk assessments, FSIS estimates that implementation of these standards will lead to an average of 50,000 prevented illnesses annually.

As part of this move to make chicken and turkey items that Americans frequently purchase safer to eat, FSIS has also updated its microbial testing schedule at poultry facilities and will soon begin posting more information online about individual companies’ food safety performance.

“Over the past seven years, USDA has put in place tighter and more strategic food safety measures than ever before for meat and poultry products. We have made strides in modernizing every aspect of food safety inspection, from company record keeping, to labeling requirements, to the way we perform testing in our labs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These new standards, in combination with greater transparency about poultry companies’ food safety performance and better testing procedures, will help prevent tens of thousands of foodborne illnesses every year, reaching our Healthy People 2020 goals.”

FSIS uses pathogen reduction performance standards to assess the food safety performance of establishments that prepare meat and poultry products. By making the standards for ground poultry tougher to meet, ground poultry products nationwide will have less contamination and therefore result in fewer foodborne illnesses. FSIS implemented performance standards for whole chickens in 1996 but has since learned that Salmonella levels increase as chicken is further processed into parts. Poultry parts like breasts, wings and others represent 80 percent of the chicken available for Americans to purchase. By creating a standard for chicken parts, and by performing regulatory testing at a point closer to the final product, FSIS can greatly reduce consumer exposure to Salmonella and Campylobacter.

“This approach to poultry inspection is based on science, supported by strong data, and will truly improve public health,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “The new performance standards will complement the many other proactive, prevention-based food policies that we’ve put in place in recent years to make America’s supply of meat and poultry safer to eat.”

For chicken parts, ground chicken, and ground turkey, FSIS is finalizing a pathogen reduction performance standard designed to achieve at least a 30 percent reduction in illnesses from Salmonella. For chicken parts and ground chicken, FSIS is finalizing a pathogen reduction performance standard designed to achieve at least a 32 percent reduction in illnesses from Campylobacter. Because FSIS has found the prevalence for Campylobacter in ground turkey to be already low, the reduction for this product is estimated to be 19 percent.

After these standards were proposed in early 2015, FSIS began to use routine sampling throughout the year rather than infrequent sampling on consecutive days to assess whether establishments’ processes are effectively addressing Salmonella and Campylobacter. Once establishments have completed a full set of testing under the new standards, the agency will also begin posting online which facilities pass, meet or fail the new standards.

An estimated 1.2 million foodborne illnesses are thought to be caused every year by Salmonella, with approximately one-third or 360,000 of those illnesses attributed to FSIS-regulated products. In 2013, the agency released a Salmonella Action Plan, which created a blueprint for the agency to address this pathogen of significant public health concern. Today’s announcement fulfills the major steps that FSIS had outlined in its plan.

Over the past six years, USDA has collaborated extensively with other federal partners to safeguard America’s food supply, prevent foodborne illnesses and improve consumers’ knowledge about the food they eat. USDA’s FSIS is working to strengthen federal food safety efforts and develop strategies that emphasize a three-dimensional approach to prevent foodborne illness: prioritizing prevention; strengthening surveillance and enforcement; and improving response and recovery.

Some of the other steps taken to improve the safety of meat and poultry include adopting a zero-tolerance policy for raw beef products containing six additional strains of shiga-toxin producing E. coli; ensuring that beef products that have been mechanically tenderized are labeled as such and include validated cooking instructions; implementing a new “test and hold” policy in 2012, which significantly reduces consumer exposure to unsafe meat products; and working closely with FDA and CDC to collectively form the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), which focuses on projects related to foodborne illness source attribution and will try to improve the classification of foods implicated in foodborne disease outbreaks.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can also be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Contact:
Office of Communications (202)720-4623

Lindex communicates its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — With “We Make Fashion Feel Good”, Lindex is taking the next step in the successful development of its brand. In a clear and substantial way the fashion chain express what the Lindex brand stands for and what it offers to its customers.

The new communication concept is being launched with a manifesto, where Lindex standpoint and different aspects of the brand is in focus.

At Lindex, we are very proud of many things – our quality, fit and the fantastic service we offer to customers, which makes it easy and convenient to shop. The social commitment, with a focus on women, and sustainability in general are important areas where there is much to do and where we constantly work in a goal-oriented way to be even better at everything we do, says Ingvar Larsson, CEO of Lindex.

With “We Make Fashion Feel Good”, the fashion chain is communicating its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers. The concept is being launched today, in all of the company’s markets, by displaying the manifesto in Lindex store windows and online. Going forward, “We Make Fashion Feel Good” will be Lindex pay off and will be an integrated part in the company’s marketing communication in all channels.

Read the entire Lindex manifesto here

Press contacts
Corporate
Miriam, Tjernström, Press Relations Manager
E-mail: miriam.tjernstrom@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Fashion
Anne-Kathrine Almark, PR Manager
E-mail: anne.kathrine.almark@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 84

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Lindex communicates its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers

Lindex communicates its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers

Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution will be presented by Lindex customers

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This spring Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution is being presented by Lindex customers, who’ve been encouraged to apply to become model for a day.

The past two years Lindex has involved employees as models to show the new fit concept Bra-volution. The Bra-volution campaigns have been major successes; both in terms of sales but also for the customers, as the clarity in the concept makes it easier for them to find their favourite fit.

“We want to inspire even more women to find their bra favourites and this time we’re doing the campaign together with our customers. The girls were amazing and the energy at the shoot was great, mixed with a lot’s of excitement and a bit nervousness”, says Anne-Kathrine Almark, Marketing Communication Manager at Lindex.

With over 700 applications from 13 different countries also this campaign can count as a success. From the applicants 25 women was brought to casting in Stockholm, from where 6 finalists were chosen for the shoot in London. The finalists in this year’s campaign come from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Latvia.

“The shoot was great and it was very exciting to get the chance to see what happens behind the scenes. It felt fun and comfortable because the team at the studio were very professional and made us feel relaxed. It was an experience beyond what I expected and I’m happy I got to experience that, says Sanna Skoglund, one of the Bra-volution models.

The campaign and the spring collection will be launched in all Lindex stores and at lindex.com on February 4.
For high-res images and pack shots please visit http://about.lindex.com/en/images/lindex-bravolution-2016/

For more information, please contact:

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg
PR/Press, Lindex
Tel: 46 31 739 53 13
E-mail: filippa.tarras-wahlberg@lindex.com

 

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Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution will be presented by Lindex customers

Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution will be presented by Lindex customers

ICA Gruppen to publish its Q4 report 2015 on 10 February 2016

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen will publish its Q4 report 2015 on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. In conjunction to this, we are pleased to issue this invitation to a press and analyst meeting.

Place: Tändstickspalatset, Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, Stockholm

Time: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 10.00 CET

ICA Gruppen’s CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report and answer any subsequent questions. The press and analyst meeting will be available as a live webcast and can be viewed at http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors.

To attend the telephone conference:
SE +46 8 566 426 69
UK +44 203 008 9809

A recorded version of the webcast will be available on the company’s website afterwards. The presentation will be held in English. Please register to ir@ica.se.

ICA Gruppen’s Q4 report will be published at 07.00 CET on Wednesday, 10 February 2016.

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 10:00 CET on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016.

Tommy Hilfiger presents Hilfiger Edition

AMSTERDAM, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — What is an icon? This season Tommy Hilfiger explores the concept as he presents Hilfiger Edition, a carefully considered and thoughtfully reimagined collection of indispensable menswear classics. We look to our own 30-year history and Tommy’s most signaturardrobe. Through his well-honed lens, familiar heritage styles feel necessary, youthful and ready for right now.

There are covetable coats from the Crombie to the puffer and thickly cabled fisherman sweaters. Suiting and pajamas are luxurious in a glen plaid or graphic chalk stripes, and the rugby is a playful patchwork. Trousers are cut slouchy and denim is selvedge. Accessories and footwear are the ultimate essentials. All offer the rich detailing that is signature to our brand DNA.

At its foundation, colors are traditional, fabrications are both time-honored and technical, while silhouettes have a genuine sense of ease that is so in keeping with today’s versatile needs. “We looked at each garment from every angle,” noted Tommy, “giving a sense of newness without ever losing sight of what made them special in the first place.”

Fall 2016 puts a confident spotlight on Tommy’s favorite icons for an edited collection of elevated American clothing with a modern global eye.

About Hilfiger Edition
“Our Hilfiger Edition collection celebrates the best of American menswear classics, revisited with a sporty, luxe twist,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “We’re embracing a new appreciation for authenticity in men’s fashion – it’s about ordinary, everyday essentials redone in an elevated way. We proudly supported the inaugural season of NYFW: Men’s back in July, and we’re excited to be back for Fall 2016 to share our interpretation of original and relevant men’s fashion today.”

Hilfiger Edition is a collection of all-American style essentials curated from the extensive world of Tommy Hilfiger men’s. Hilfiger Edition celebrates the brand’s heritage pieces and iconic style staples in a relevant, luxurious way with new proportions and updated silhouettes. A fresh perspective on dressing in the modern age, these fundamentals are the ultimate building blocks of a contemporary wardrobe. Each piece is revisited with luxe finishes and signature details in stitching, buttons, trims and piping, which give every style a sophisticated, effortless edge that’s uniquely Tommy.

VIP Guests & Dressing Notes
Guests included actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; model Johannes Huebl; and athletes Victor Cruz, Eric Decker and Matt Harvey.

Harris wore a navy single-breasted, notch lapel suit with a gray cashmere cardigan, a blue chambray dress shirt and a blue knit tie. Burtka wore a bright blue single-breasted, peak lapel suit with a navy patterned dress shirt, a textured blue tie and brown leather double monk strap shoes.

New York Giants’ wide receiver Cruz wore a THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition navy double-breasted, peak lapel suit with a black turtleneck, black and white patterned silk pocket square, and black leather Chelsea boots. New York Jets’ wide receiver Decker wore a navy shadow check single-breasted, notch lapel suit with a light blue dress shirt, a silk tie with red, white and blue stripes, and black leather wingtip brogues. New York Mets’ pitcher Harvey wore a navy and black textured double-breasted blazer with peak lapels, a black and white striped dress shirt, a black silk tie, black trousers, and black cap toe leather dress shoes. All looks are from the Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collection.

@love.watts Artist Collaboration
Renowned Instagram curator Jordan “Watts” Watson of @love.watts celebrated Mr. Hilfiger’s men’s presentation through a bespoke artist collaboration with fine artist Austyn Weiner. Weiner created three original works that featured looks from the Fall 2016 Hilfiger Editioncollection, reimagined with her signature explosive color palette and graphic surrealist influences. Representing the millennial generation’s approach to art in the modern world, @love.watts uses the app as a channel to spread artistic ideas and promote emerging artists to his over 610,000 followers worldwide, including Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Zac Efron, Joe Jonas and Candice Swanepoel.

“At the crux of it all is the question of ‘What’s next for the fashion industry?’” said Jordan Watson. “It’s an honor to work with Tommy Hilfiger, a designer tackling this question head-on by connecting with emerging artists to amplify his creative message. Austyn Weiner’s paintings, her color combinations and photographic manipulations are what’s next, and this fantastic collaboration is in step with this exciting new direction for the fashion industry.”

Weiner is an American-born artist whose practice includes photography, paint, and the deconstruction and fusion of these mediums. Having recently moved her studio from New York to Los Angeles, she has created a new body of work that focuses on the expansive idea of self, mass, movement, form, and color.

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Twitter: @TommyHilfiger

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SOURCE: Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, LLC.

PRESS CONTACTS

Kimberley Witcomb
Director of European Communications
Tel. +31 20 589 5714
kimberley.witcomb@tommy.com

Carmen Seman
Marketing Director MEA+
Tel. +31 20 589 8045
carmen.seman@tommy.com

Anita Nijssen
Sr. Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. +31 20 589 2842
anita.nijssen@tommy.com

Fleur Peters
Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. +31 20 719 4742
fleur.peters@tommy.com

Roos Smits
Jr. Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. +31 20 589 5575
roos.smits@tommy.com

Alvaro Pin Hurtado
Jr. Manager Marketing and Communications
Tel. +31 20 709 8481
alvaro.pin@tommy.com

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Tommy Hilfiger presents Hilfiger Edition

Tommy Hilfiger presents Hilfiger Edition

MANGO launches its Tribal Spirit collection with American model Kendall Jenner

Over 500 Spanish and international guests attended the event, including Caroline de Maigret, Laura Ponte, Candela Novembre and Andrés Velencoso

The private party was held at the firm’s largest store in Spain

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Barcelona, Spain, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night (28 January 2016), MANGO held the launch of its Tribal Spirit collection with the American model Kendall Jenner, who declared: “I am very excited to attend the official launch of the collection. This is the first time I have travelled to Spain and collaboration with MANGO, and the party, was the perfect end to my visit”. The top model is the star of the February campaign, which will be unveiled on 1 February.

The private party was held at the firm’s recently-opened flagship store in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. It is the largest store of the more than 340 stores that MANGO has in Spain and one of the largest of the more than 2,700 stores it has worldwide.

The event brought together international influencers such as Caroline de Maigret, Patricia Manfield and Candela Novembre, among others. On the party and the MANGO collection, the latter commented: “The organisation of the event was fantastic and it was great fun, true to MANGO style! I have been a fan of MANGO since I discovered the brand 12 years ago. I still have some garments I bought a decade ago. From what I have seen, I think the collection is really sexy”. The French It girl Caroline De Maigret said: “The #TribalSpirit launch party was really exciting. I love partying in Spain, people are so fun and laid back! Mango is cool and trendy, I love the way they bring fashion to everyone. It’s a collection of timeless classics mixed with an edge of glamour and sexiness”.

Other social network celebrities and collaborators with the brand, such as Andy Torres, Miguel Carrizo and Carolina Engman were also in attendance.

The DJ The Magician added rhythm to a party with guests from the fashion world that included Laura Ponte, Andrés Velencoso, Rocío Crusset, Verónica Blume, Oriol Elcacho and Davinia Peligrí. Actors such as Marc Clotet, Alba Ribas and Alex Maruny were among the 500 plus guests at a party whose theme was the trend the firm is promoting in February. Bloggers, VIPs and faces from the music and social scene enjoyed a night of live music.

Tribal Spirit is the ethnic-inspired trend for February. The combination of prints on fabrics such as suede enlivens the natural character of a trend associated with the spring. An explosion of earth tones, with colours such as mustard, browns, camel and sand are combined with an abundance of accessories to produce outfits of a tribal and free-spirited influence.

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MANGO launches its Tribal Spirit collection with American model Kendall Jenner

MANGO launches its Tribal Spirit collection with American model Kendall Jenner

Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. extend their merger agreement from February 4, 2016 to May 16, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) today announced the completion of financing arrangements and the extension of their merger agreement from February 4, 2016 to May 16, 2016. The extension allows for the completion of ongoing federal district court litigation with the Federal Trade Commission.

On February 4, 2015, Staples and Office Depot entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine as a single company.  The combined company will be better positioned to provide value to customers, and compete against a large and diverse set of competitors.  The company expects to deliver more than $1 billion of annualized synergies net of investments to provide increased value to customers by the third full fiscal year post-closing.  The combined company will be better equipped to optimize its retail footprint, minimize redundancy, and reduce costs.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

 

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In connection with the proposed merger, Staples has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Office Depot that also constitutes a prospectus of Staples. Staples filed the final proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on May 18, 2015. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on May 15, 2015. Office Depot mailed the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Office Depot on or about May 19, 2015, and the stockholders approved the transaction on June 19, 2015. The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus contain important information about Staples, Office Depot, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto) carefully.

Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Staples and Office Depot through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus from Staples by contacting Staples’ Investor Relations Department at 800-468-7751 or from Office Depot by contacting Office Depot’s Investor Relations Department at 561-438-7878.

 

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between Staples and Office Depot, the expected timetable for satisfying conditions to the merger, including receiving regulatory approvals, and completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about Staples or Office Depot managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intends,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained after delays or subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist shareholders to the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the ability to successfully integrate Staples’ and Office Depot’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and the other factors described in Staples’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015 and Office Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014 and their most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q each filed with the SEC. Staples and Office Depot disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

Media Contacts:
Staples: Kirk Saville
508-253-8530

Office Depot: Karen Denning
630-438-7445

Investor Contacts:
Staples: Chris Powers
508-253-4632

Office Depot: Rich Leland
561-438-3796

Topaz joins Alimentation Couche-Tard family; appoints Niall Anderton as Managing Director

DUBLIN, Ireland, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz Energy Group Ltd. (“Topaz”) confirms that it has today joined with Alimentation Couche-Tard (“Couche-Tard”). The transaction, which was announced on 2nd December 2015, has been approved by the EU Commission and all final closing requirements have now been completed.

Niall Anderton, formerly the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Topaz, has been appointed Managing Director in succession to Emmet O’Neil.  O’Neill stepped down on the completion of the transaction, as was previously announced.

Anderton joined Topaz as CFO a year ago. He has a strong retail background, having held senior executive positions in Primark, O2 and Brown Thomas.

Speaking today, Jørn Madsen, Couche-Tard’s EVP for Central & Eastern Europe and responsible for their business in Ireland said “We are very pleased to have closed the transaction in such a timely manner and are ready to shift our focus to fully integrating Topaz into the Couche-Tard family.  We are particularly pleased that Niall will take over as the leader of our business in Ireland.” He adds “We have been working closely with Niall over the last few months and we are certain that he is the right person to lead Topaz through the next phase of its development.”

Niall Anderton said he was looking forward to an exciting program in the months and years ahead. “It’s a tremendous honor to be given this responsibility. We have a really exciting and ambitious agenda ahead, completing the integration of the Esso business here in Ireland and our integration into the wider Couche-Tard family, while always maintaining our focus on our customers and partners. Couche-Tard is an exceptional company which is committed to becoming the world’s preferred convenience and fuel retailer. I believe its presence in Ireland will bring significant benefits to consumers.  I’m really looking forward to leading this business over the coming years and to meeting all our partners and dealers and, most importantly, our customers.”

About Topaz 
Topaz is the leading convenience and fuel retailer in Ireland, made up of 444 stations across the island of Ireland, including its recently acquired Esso station network. Of these stations, 158 are owned by Topaz and 286 by dealers. The agreement also encompasses a commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two owned terminals.

About Couche-Tard
Couche-Tard is one of the world’s leading convenience and fuel retail businesses. The company has approximately 15,000 sites across its network in North America (U.S. and Canada), Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the Baltics and Russia), Asia and the Middle East. Approximately 100,000 people are employed in its network across the world.

Topaz Energy Group Limited,
Topaz House,
Beech Hill,
Clonskeagh,
Dublin 4.

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

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Topaz joins Alimentation Couche-Tard family; appoints Niall Anderton as Managing Director

Topaz joins Alimentation Couche-Tard family; appoints Niall Anderton as Managing Director

CVS Health and Target Corporation announce first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores

CVS Pharmacy locations feature new look, expanded pharmacy care services and enhanced digital tools for Target guests nationwide 

WOONSOCKET, RI and MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in the Charlotte, North Carolina market. The pharmacies, located in Hickory, Monroe, Morrisville, Raleigh, Matthews and Wesley Chapel, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pharmacy and Target executives will participate in a grand opening celebration at the Target store on Weddington Road in Wesley Chapel this morning.

CVS Health will convert 1,672 Target pharmacies to CVS Pharmacy locations around the country on a rolling basis over the next six to eight months while ensuring Target guests a seamless pharmacy experience.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests across the country,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health. “Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer Target guests expanded wellness options and increased access to care. In addition, having CVS Pharmacy in Target stores will expand the network of our pharmacies available to our CVS Caremark plan members and allow millions of new patients to utilize our unique suite of pharmacy programs, improving outcomes for patients and lowering costs for clients. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients. ”

“Target is committed to offering solutions for our guests as they prioritize making smarter choices for the overall health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. As the number of stores opening rebranded pharmacies and clinics grows, more and more guests will have access to CVS Health’s leading pharmacy care and clinical programs during their Target shopping experience.  At the same time, our signature category of Wellness continues to gain strength as we shift resources to delivering products and experiences that help guests eat well, be active and find natural and clean label options,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target.

Over time, all of the Target pharmacies will convert to a full CVS Pharmacy that offers the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy locations.  Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target.  Specialty Connect, a program that gives patients the option to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.  Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Target by the end of 2016.

“As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we will be working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible,” added Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President of CVS Health.  “CVS Pharmacy in Target stores will not only introduce new customers to our leading pharmacy care and innovative clinical programs, it will also introduce them to a set of digital tools to help them stay healthy.”

Patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target will have access to convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, to help them manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy’s digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders.

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as CVS MinuteClinic over the next six to eight months. The acquisition expands CVS Health’s pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. Consumers in several new markets, such as Seattle, Denver, Portland and Salt Lake City, will soon be able to experience CVS Pharmacy for the first time. CVS Health now has a presence in every state except Wyoming.

To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Contacts

For CVS Health:

Erin Pensa
(401) 770-4786
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com

For Target:

Katie Boylan
(612) 761-7788.
katie.boylan@target.com

Target Media Hotline
(612) 696-3400
press@target.com

The Home Depot® gets ready for Spring; is hiring more than 80,000 associates

ATLANTA, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is hiring more than 80,000 associates nationwide to ensure its nearly 2,000 stores are staffed and ready for the company’s busiest selling season.

“There’s no better time to join our team than spring, whether you’re a college student, recent grad or a veteran hoping to build a career, a retiree who wants a fun job, or anyone who simply enjoys home improvement,” said Tim Crow, executive vice president—Human Resources.

Opportunities include sales, operations and cashier positions across all departments, from the lumber aisle to the Pro desk to outside garden.

Store Merchandising Execution Teams are seeking new associates to set product merchandising displays, help maintain store appearance, and keep products customer-ready.

The Home Depot’s 75 distribution facilities also are seeking new associates, from Rapid Distribution Centers that replenish stores to the company’s three new Direct Fulfillment Centers that fulfill customers’ online orders.

Applications must be submitted online at The Home Depot’s careers site, www.careers.homedepot.com.

The time Home Depot associates accrue during their seasonal assignments applies to eligibility for benefits if they transition to a permanent position. The Home Depot offers part-time and full-time permanent hourly associates profit sharing, tuition assistance, 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Home Depot’s “Success Sharing” profit sharing program has paid out $1.5 billion in bonus checks to hourly associates since it began in 2006.
  • The Home Depot has granted associates more than $124 million in tuition reimbursement over the past 10 years.
  • More than 70 percent of Home Depot store managers started as hourly associates.
  • More than half of Home Depot’s seasonal hires transitioned to permanent positions last year.

Digital Newsroom For major market hiring numbers and interview tips, visit The Home Depot’s digital newsroom at thd.co/springhiring16.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

For more information, contact:
Financial Community
Diane Dayhoff
Vice President of Investor Relations
770-384-2666 770-384-2304
diane_dayhoff@homedepot.com

News Media
Matt Harrigan
Public Relations Manager
matthew_b_harrigan@homedepot.com

Shopify Inc. to announce financial results for its fourth-quarter ended December 31, 2015 on February 17, 2016

Ottawa, Canada, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SH), a leading cloud-based commerce platform, plans to announce financial results for its fourth-quarter ended December 31, 2015 before markets open on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Shopify’s management team will host a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The conference call is available via webcast on the investor relations section of Shopify’s website at http://investors.shopify.com/events/Events-Presentations/default.aspx.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call.

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Starbucks UK senior manager of Energy and Initiatives Jaz Rabadia to be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire

LONDON, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s rare to get a letter in the mail these days, and even more unlikely to get one from a world leader.

Jaz Rabadia received a letter from the UK Prime Minister regarding an award she would receive from Queen Elizabeth II.

“I was in genuine disbelief when I saw the letter,” said Rabadia, senior manager of Energy and Initiatives for Starbucks UK. “I had to read it about 10 times for it to sink in.”

Rabadia will be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her service to sustainability in the energy management sector and for promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She will accept the MBE, which was established in 1917 to mark civilian achievements, from a member of the royal family at Buckingham Palace later this month.

“I’ve asked several of my colleagues and peers, but I still don’t know who nominated me for the award,” said Rabadia. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized in this way.”

The MBE is not the first time Rabadia has been honored for her commitment to the field of energy. She was named Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Energy Institute in 2014.

“Working in an exciting industry and being recognized by your peers is a great reward,” she said.

Influencing Sustainable Design

Rabadia is fairly new to Starbucks, having joined the company in a newly-created position about a year ago.

“Accepting an in-house energy role for a global organization was very appealing to me,” she said. “The fact that the organization was Starbucks and I would have a hand in shaping the role was an added bonus.”

In Rabadia’s role, she’s focused on influencing the sustainable design of new Starbucks stores and developing environmental engagement tools for existing stores in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She brings more than nine years of energy experience to Starbucks, after receiving her degree in mechanical engineering from City University London. In her final project prior to graduation, she completed an energy study at a large supermarket chain in the UK. Her work to implement energy-saving initiatives there resulted in her first role in energy management.

The ‘ultimate reward’

“My project at University was how I fell into the world of energy,” she said. “After I got my foot in the door, I just continued to grow and learn as much as I could from the people around me.”

Rabadia found that being a young, female engineer was quite rare. She was often the only woman in the room during meetings at the companies where she has worked.

“At first, I thought this was a barrier, but I soon realized that it was an opportunity because I was bringing different ideas and a new perspective to the table,” she said. “I’m keen on breaking down the stereotypes about careers focused on energy. I want to bring home the message that energy management is needed in any organization. Case in point is my role at Starbucks.”

Rabadia also volunteers her time at schools and universities to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math. “It’s great that Starbucks is an employer that allows me to give back,” she said. “I have the flexibility and support to serve society and get involved with projects for the greater good. That really is the ultimate reward.”

Photos will be added after the MBE recognition ceremony in mid-February.

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

 

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Starbucks UK senior manager of Energy and Initiatives Jaz Rabadia to be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire

Starbucks UK senior manager of Energy and Initiatives Jaz Rabadia to be honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire

Nordstrom Rack to open at Lincoln Plaza in Langhorne, Pa in fall 2016

SEATTLE, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Lincoln Plaza in Langhorne, Pa. The approximately 26,500-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2016. Lincoln Plaza is owned and managed by Simon, a global leader in retail real estate and is adjacent to Oxford Valley Mall, a landmark area retail destination which is also owned and managed by Simon.

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

Located just off I-95 and US 1 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne next to the Oxford Valley Mall, the Lincoln Plaza Rack will be surrounded by a strong mix of fashion and specialty retailers. The new Nordstrom Rack will move into a completely renovated space and will join other leading retailers including TJMaxx, Michaels, DSW and Homegoods.

“We’re thrilled to further grow our presence in the greater Philadelphia area with our new location at Lincoln Plaza in Langhorne,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We hope this new store will make it more convenient for customers in the southeastern Delaware Valley to shop with us.”

“We’re delighted to have Nordstrom Rack join us at Lincoln Plaza,” said David Contis, President of Simon Malls. “The addition of Nordstrom Rack is the perfect fit with our loyal Bucks Countyshoppers.”

The Lincoln Plaza Nordstrom Rack will be the company’s sixth Rack store in the greaterPhiladelphia area. The retailer has full-line Nordstrom stores at the renowned King of Prussia, and Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Rack stores in Cherry Hill and Princeton, N.J., King of Prussia, Willow Grove and in downtown Philadelphia.

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

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 323 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 194 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Evans
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3036
dan.evans@nordstrom.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.