Taubman and The Macerich Company announce the appointment of Meredith Keeler as general manager of Country Club Plaza

KANSAS CITY, MO, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopping center marketing and management veteran Meredith Keeler has been named general manager of Country Club Plaza, a marquee retail and office property in Kansas City recently acquired by Taubman and The Macerich Company. In this role, Keeler is responsible for operations, office, retailer and community relations, as well as marketing for the shopping center.

A long-time Taubman employee, Keeler brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position. Most recently, she served as general manager of Stamford Town Center in Stamford, Conn. She also was the director of marketing for all Taubman centers, and spent five years as marketing and sponsorship director for Northlake Mall in Charlotte, N.C. In recent years, she has helped execute grand openings for several Taubman properties includingCity Creek Center and The Mall of San Juan.

“There’s a vibrant energy in Kansas City and I’m thrilled to be part of the community’s unique history and charm,” said Keeler. “Country Club Plaza is incredibly iconic and I look forward to delivering a truly unique shopping and dining experience to both local residents and visitors.”

Prior to joining Taubman in 2004, Keeler held various marketing and sales positions at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville, N.C., as well as Racing Champions South in Charlotte, N.C.

Keeler graduated Magna cum Laude with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in communications and English. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and recently served on the Stamford Mayor’s Economic Development Task Force, as well as on the executive board of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District.

About Country Club Plaza
Originally constructed in 1922, Country Club Plaza is an iconic, 15-block, 1.3 million square foot mixed-use retail and office property located in the heart of Kansas City. The retail portion of the property includes 804,000 square feet of GLA featuring 45 unique-to-market tenants, with key retailers such as Apple, H&M, Tesla and Lululemon, as well as a dynamic mix of restaurants, including The Capital Grille and The Cheesecake Factory. The 468,000 square foot office portion of the property is comprised of the ten-story Valencia tower, which serves as the worldwide headquarters of Lockton Companies, and additional office space located above the ground-level retail.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

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Taubman Centers, Inc. and The Macerich Company announce the acquisition of Country Club Plaza from Highwoods Properties, Inc.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) and The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) today announced the completion of the purchase of Country Club Plaza (Kansas City, Mo.) from Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HIW).

Consideration for the mixed-use retail and office property was $660 million cash, excluding transaction costs. Taubman and Macerich each own a 50% interest in the center.

About Country Club Plaza
Originally constructed in 1922, Country Club Plaza is an iconic, 15-block, 1.3 million square foot mixed-use retail and office property located in the heart of Kansas City. The retail portion of the property includes 804,000 square feet of GLA featuring 45 unique-to-market tenants, with key retailers such as Apple, H&M, Tesla and Lululemon, as well as a dynamic mix of restaurants, including The Capital Grille and The Cheesecake Factory. The 468,000 square foot office portion of the property is comprised of the ten-story Valencia tower, which serves as the worldwide headquarters of Lockton Companies, and additional office space located above the ground-level retail.

About Macerich
Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from Macerich’s website:www.macerich.com.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 24 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review both companies’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

For Taubman:

Investors, Ryan Hurren 248-258-7232, rhurren@taubman.com

Media, Maria Mainville 248-258-7469, mmainville@taubman.com

For Macerich:

Investors, John Perry 424-229-3345, john.perry@macerich.com

Media, Karen Maurer 602-708-6311, karen.maurer@macerich.com

Taubman Asia and Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd unveil line-up of contemporary retailers that will open at CityOn.Xi’an

CityOn.Xi’an to Bring Modern, Elevated Shopping Experience to Northwest China

HONG KONG, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Asia, a subsidiary of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) and Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd (Shanghai Stock Exchange: 600859), today unveiled a distinguished line-up of contemporary retailers that will open at their jointly developed CityOn.Xi’an project in Northwest China.

“We have taken a disciplined approach to growth in Asia and are thrilled to see our first China project come to life in CityOn.Xi’an,” said Rene Tremblay, president of Taubman Asia.

Opening April 28, 2016, the seven-level, 90,000 square meter (approximately 1 million square feet) shopping center, anchored by a Wangfujing Department Store, is located in the heart of Xi’an’s new central business district and administrative center. CityOn.Xi’an reflects a unique mix of domestic and international designer and lifestyle brands from fast fashion to accessible luxury, creating a shopping experience that is sure to satisfy the diverse tastes of people across the region.

CityOn.Xi’an will also delight food lovers by offering a wide selection of local, regional and international cuisine, across all price-points and in both seated restaurants and quick service formats. CityOn.Xi’an will offer families a number of kid-friendly experiential, educational and entertainment offerings.

“There has been excellent tenant demand and we expect to be well over 90 percent leased at opening. The stellar line up of brands shows great confidence in CityOn.Xi’an, and we are committed to working with our retailers to create an exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment experience for customers,” said Mr. Paul Wright, group vice president of leasing for Taubman Asia.

Ms. Bing Liu, chairwoman of Wangfujing Group Co., added, “CityOn.Xi’an will be more than just a shopping center, as its excellent line-up of tenants will make it a place of quality and charm where people will come together to shop, work, play and relax.”

List of CityOn.Xi’an Tenants by category*:

Retail

Bershka

BJIL MODA

Candies

COACH

Forever 21

GAP

H&M

I DO

INXX

La Babite

La Chapelle Group

Ludao Ordinary Life

Massimo Dutti

Me&City

Monki

MUJI

Nordic by Nature VERO MODA

P+

Semir

Stradivarius

UR

Westlink

YISHION Classic

ZARA

ZARA HOME

 

F&B/Entertainment/Kids/Lifestyle

Balabala

Cartoony World

Cousin Restaurant

GYMBOREE

Holiland

Impression of MaWei

KIDS WORLD

Kidsmoment

Ma La Kuai Le Ying

MusangKing

Nobleman Training Club

Open Life

Open Oven

Oscar International Cinemas

Pacific Coffee

PGL

Quan Zi. Jessie Wa. Brunch&Coffee

Romp n’Roll

RONG LI JI

Skyland Food Court

Starbucks

TANYU

Xi He Ya Yuan Peking Duck

Xu Ji Seafood

*Final list of tenants subject to change and final confirmation.

More information about CityOn.Xi’an and its experiential offerings can be found online at www.cityoncenter.com.

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About CityOn.Xi’an
From fast fashion to accessible luxury, complimented by a unique collection of domestic and international designer and lifestyle brands, the retail line-up at CityOn.Xi’an is destined to meet the diverse needs of consumers in the region. CityOn.Xi’an will also delight food lovers by offering a wide selection of local, regional and international cuisine, across all price-points and in both seated restaurants and quick service formats. CityOn.Xi’an will offer families a number of kid-friendly experiential, educational and entertainment offerings.

About Taubman Asia
Taubman Asia is a subsidiary of U.S. Mall operator Taubman Centers – a leader in the shopping center industry. Taubman Asia is the platform for Taubman Centers’ expansion into China and South Korea and focuses on owning, managing, and/or leasing high-quality and sustainable retail real estate projects in Asia that leverage Taubman’s strong retail planning design and operational capabilities. For more information about Taubman Asia, visit www.taubmanasia.com.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 23 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com. 

About Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd
Founded in 1955 at China’s busiest commercial street in Beijing, Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd has enjoyed a history of over 60 years.

Over the last 60 years as China transformed to a market-oriented economy, Wangfujing Group Co., Ltd has enjoyed a reputation at home and abroad as evolving from the first store of new China to the top department store in China, leading the retail industry development. Never having deviated from its original mission, the group continues to be recognized as the industry leader, committed to transforming its traditional department store business into a modern retail group.

The group’s current sales network spans seven major economic zones in China, operating 46 large-scale retail stores in 28 cities, covering various retail formats including department stores, shopping malls and outlets business formats. The group offers an operating area of approximately 2 million square meters.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.  You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

The Co-op announces price cuts on its “own-brand” British sourced meat and poultry products

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has today (Wednesday 2 March 2016 ) announced a raft of multi-million pound price cuts that will save customers over £125 a year* and shows its support for British farming.

The mutual will cut the cost of over 200 of its “own-brand” British sourced meat and poultry products as part of the next round of its price investment strategy. Annualised investment in cutting the costs of products will top £200m by the end of the year and The Co-op will have reduced prices on over 1,000 items since it unveiled its pricing plan.

The new reductions will trim the average Co-op shopper’s annual food bill by over £125 and prices will drop by as much as 50 percent but by around 10 percent on average across meat and poultry goods. As well as lower prices, The Co-op will also introduce a new multi-buy offer of 2 for £6 on chicken fillets and mince. All of The Co-op’s “own-brand” meat sold in its stores is 100% British, with the specific exception of New Zealand lamb and Danish bacon which are offered alongside British varieties.

The Co-op hopes to build on its positive momentum and attract even more shoppers after Kantar declared it the fastest growing non-discounter retailer and the most frequently visited major supermarket.

The pricing investment is part of The Co-op’s commitment to source British products and, in a report launched today by the retailer, it announced new support for UK farming by extending its British lamb season in store, widening its British fruit and veg offer with more crops made available and unveiling a new young farmers initiative. In the first year of a three-year commitment to British farming, The Co-op confirmed it had invested £781m to source ‘own brand’ British meat, produce and dairy products from the UK, rather than alternatives from abroad.

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive, The Co-op, said:

“This is a major investment in British meat and poultry. We are building momentum and attracting more shoppers into our stores and our price investment programme is ensuring our convenience offering remains highly competitive while restating our commitment to sourcing British products.

“We are on the cusp of something exciting and industry data shows that we are winning and that our strategy is taking us in the right direction. Further price reductions will serve to grow our convenience appeal to shoppers as the combination of changing shopping habits and the rise of the discounters takes a bite out of other retailers’ market share.”

The community retailer has reduced prices across more than 1,000 products in the past two years after dropping prices across its range of fresh fruit and vegetables last summer when it launched its new ‘Fresh Three’ promotion which came hot on the heels of lower prices on everyday staples, such as bread.

Further Information:

• Craig Noonan, Head of Retail PR – Contact: M: 07702 505 439 / E: craig.noonan@co-operative.coop
• Andrew Torr, Co-op Press Office – Contact: M: 07702 505 551 / E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

*The average Co-op shopper makes 3.8 visits per week and based on purchasing each of the following items each week could save £128.44 a year:

  • 6 large free range eggs – £1.29 down from £1.75
  • 220g salmon fillets – £2.99 down from £4
  • 500g mince and 450g chicken fillets – 2 for £7 multi-buy reduced to 2 for £6 multi-buy

 

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The Co-op announces price cuts on its "own-brand" British sourced meat and poultry products

The Co-op announces price cuts on its “own-brand” British sourced meat and poultry products

BESTSELLER AARHUS WINS THE WAN COMMERCIAL AWARD 2015

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER AARHUS HAS WON ONE OF THE FINEST ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS IN THE WORLD: THE WAN COMMERCIAL AWARD 2015. WAN – WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST NEWS PORTAL FOR ARCHITECTURE.

Sustainability matters – unanimous decision
The jury’s brief was to find only one winner from a fine array of commercial projects from across the globe. After much discussion and debate the jury decision was unanimous in favour of BESTSELLER AARHUS, as jury member Kent Jackson from  the American architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, states: “The spaces and the roof terraces are very impressive, a real standout winner”.

The sustainability was another aspect that impressed the judges. The office complex uses sea-water cooling and solar heating ensuring energy consumption 50% lower than the minimum requirements stated in the building regulations.

“The fact that the energy consumption is 50% less than code is another plus”, says Kent Jackson.

Sympathetic to the City
WAN emphasises our office building as a mix of office, shared facilities and outdoor spaces, creating the impression of a town within a town. The building, surrounded by canals and lakes on all four sides, also forms the entrance to the new, urban district on the waterfront in Aarhus.

“This office building by C.F. Møller stands out from the others as a sophisticated response to its context. The strategy of breaking a large volume into linked smaller parts helps to integrate the building into the existing surroundings because the scale of the component parts is sympathetic to the old town nearby” explains another jury member, Matt Yeoman from BuckleyGrayYeoman, a London-based architectural firm.

In the final shortlist, BESTSELLER AARHUS was up against competitors such as the Novo Nordisk HQ by Henning Larsen architects, the Believe in Better Building in London and the Lanserhof Clinic Tegernsee, Münich, by Ingenhoven Architects.

BESTSELLER AARHUS also received the Aarhus Municipality Architecture Award in 2015.

About WAN
World Architecture News (WAN) launched in 2005 and is now the world’s leading supplier of news to the global architectural community. The yearly WAN AWARDS celebrates the best in architectural design, as the largest award of its kind, attracting entries from all over the world with over 1500 outstanding projects in different categories this year.

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

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BESTSELLER AARHUS WINS THE WAN COMMERCIAL AWARD 2015
BESTSELLER AARHUS WINS THE WAN COMMERCIAL AWARD 2015

Lagardère Travel Retail chosen as the exclusive retailer of Thankyou’s exciting new book, Chapter One by Daniel Flynn

Melbourne Australia, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail is pleased to announce it has been chosen as the exclusive retailer of Thankyou’s exciting new book, Chapter One by Daniel Flynn.

Telling the raw and real story of Thankyou so far, Chapter One is now available at all Relay, NewsLink and Watermark stores around Australia and www.thankyou.co. The book will sell at a ‘pay what you want’ price, giving customers the power to purchase the book at their own determined price, whether it be $25 or $25,000. Chapter One will inspire the reader to challenge their thinking and dream big.

Speaking of the initiative, Matthieu Mercier, CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail in the Pacific, says “We’re very excited to be working with Thankyou on this exciting product launch. At Lagardère Travel Retail we pride ourselves on our involvement with worthwhile social causes, and Chapter One is definitely one of these. We were delighted to be invited as the exclusive retail store seller for the first four weeks“

Customers purchasing the book at their own determined price instantly invest in a crowd-funding campaign to fight global poverty starting with two targets: A Thankyou baby care range to fund maternal and child health services which requires $600,000 of funding and Thankyou’s first leap overseas into New Zealand with a local team, local product and local project partners which requires an additional $600,000.

‘We’re really proud to partner with Lagardère Travel Retail for the launch of Chapter One,” says Daniel Flynn, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Thankyou . “There aren’t many book retailers that would agree to stock a book at a pay-what-you-want price, let alone support Chapter One with the crazy amount of promotional support that Lagardère Travel Retail has. The minute we met the team, we knew that they had the disruptive mindset needed to change the game in book retail”.’

In Chapter One, Daniel Flynn mentions first meeting with Lagardère Travel, and states that Relay, NewsLink and Watermark are some of the biggest travel retail outlets in airports in Australia and New Zealand.

Thankyou is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that exists to end global poverty in this lifetime. 100% of the profits from their water, body care and food products fund safe water, hygiene and sanitation and food aid to people in need. The Thankyou movement aims to empower the consumer to change the world through a simple purchase in their weekly shop. To date they have given over $3.7 million to people in need in 17 countries.

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

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

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

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

SM Investments Corporation turns over new building to the University of the Philippines Professional Schools at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) has turned over a nine-level building to the University of the Philippines (UP) Professional Schools at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

The new satellite campus spans a total floor area of 12,000 square meters  and houses 29 classrooms; three computer laboratories; a study area called a learning commons; faculty lounges; an auditorium; a moot court or a venue for simulated court proceedings for law students; a multipurpose hall; discussion rooms; conference rooms; office spaces; and an executive lounge.

“It is with great pride that we turn over today the Henry Sy Sr. Hall to the highly esteemed University of the Philippines here at BGC.  The building carries no less than my father’s name whose prime advocacy is education. He worked hard and sacrificed so much early in his life just to be able to receive formal education. He wants the same for every Filipino,” SM Prime Holdings, Inc. President Hans T. Sy said.

Post-graduate classes will be held at the new campus. The UP College of Law will offer an evening Juris Doctor program . The Cesar E. Virata School of Business will offer MBA and DBA classes starting in 2017. Other UP Diliman units that will be offering post-graduate classes at UP BGC include the College of Engineering; School of Statistics; School of Urban and Regional Planning; School of Labor and Industrial Relations; and the College of Architecture.

In 2014, SM inked a memorandum of agreement with UP for the construction of a professional schools building.

UP is SM’s long-time partner school in its nationwide college scholarship program under SM Foundation, inc. Through this program, SM has and continues to provide free college education to thousands of deserving  young people coming from financially challenged families. This program is also rooted in empowering the youth, giving them hope and honing their true potential while investing both in their future and that of the whole country.

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About SM Investments
SM Investments Corporation is the country’s largest publicly listed holding company with a sustainable group of businesses that thrives on leadership, innovation and the synergistic operations in banking, property and retail.

SM steadily evolved and progressed from its humble beginnings as a modest shoe store in 1958 to one of today’s largest and most well-known Philippine corporations. It was listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange in 2005, and owns blue-chip listed firms SM Prime Holdings, BDO Unibank and China Banking Corporation.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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Henry Sy Sr. Hall at the University of the Philippines Campus in Taguig City

Henry Sy Sr. Hall at the University of the Philippines Campus in Taguig City

Advance Auto Parts announces details for its 2016 Advance Auto Parts Mobile Tour with Interactions

Leading retailer of automotive replacement parts joins Interactions Marketing to promote Speed Perks rewards program

SAN DIEGO, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, announces details for its 2016 Advance Auto Parts Mobile Tour with Interactions, the global leader in innovative retail solutions and experiential marketing. The tour kicks off this week and will feature a fully-branded 44-foot RV driven by two dedicated tour managers. The mobile tour will visit dozens of automotive and store events this year across the U.S., driving awareness to Advance Auto Parts’ Speed Perks rewards program to automotive do-it-yourself (DIY) customers.

The tour’s first stop will be Daytona Bike Week from March 3 -11. Event attendees will have chances to win prizes, receive free giveaways and earn a $5 coupon for signing up for Speed Perks at the events. A video crew will be on hand to capture interviews with attendees discussing their car projects. Participants can also try out the new Speed Perks game app and meet Tuxlee, the Speed Perks tour mascot. On March 11, Advance customers can join actors Kim Coates and Mark Boone Jr. of the hit television show Sons of Anarchy for a motorcycle ride from the Daytona Bike Week grounds to a nearby Advance Auto Parts store in Ormond Beach. Advance customers will have the opportunity to meet the stars of the hit show at the Advance store.

“We are excited to showcase the benefits and savings Speed Perks offers, and to do it in such a fun way. In partnering with Interactions, we’ve created a tour that everyone from heavy do-it yourself car folks, to families to shade tree mechanics will enjoy. And, who doesn’t like to save money? That’s what Speed Perks is about. We hope the communities we visit will come out and participate when we roll into town. It’ll be a good time,” said Chief Marketing Officer Walter Scott.

“Interactions is once again teaming up with Advance Auto Parts on the heels of a very successful tour last year,” said Nicole LeMaire, Vice President of Sales and Operations at Interactions. “In 2015, our tour managers engaged with nearly 48,000 event attendees and local shoppers on behalf of Advance Auto Parts, while registering more than 15,000 of them on Speed Perks. We look forward to managing the mobile tour again and supporting Advance Auto Parts as they reach more DIYers around the country.”

Attendees can spread the word about the event on social media by using the hashtag #AAPRevItUp and by following Interactions Marketing and Advance Auto Parts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates:

www.facebook.com/InteractionsMarketingLeader/ and www.facebook.com/advanceautoparts/

http://twitter.com/InteractionsCEM and http://twitter.com/AdvanceAuto

www.instagram.com/advanceautoparts/ and www.instagram.com/tuxleeontour

About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of January 2, 2016, Advance operated 5,171 stores and 122 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 73,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at AdvanceAutoParts.com.

About Interactions
Founded in 1988, Interactions is the global leader in innovative retail solutions and experiential marketing for retailers and brands. With a workforce of more than 45,000 associates around the world, Interactions creates and executes nearly 3 million events every year, managing 5,500 events each day. Interactions offers integrated sales and marketing programs that engage shoppers in-store and outdoor, and provides insights into shopper behavior and customer service that enable retailers and brands to make smarter business decisions and drive significant sales increases. The company has offices around the globe and operates in North America, Europe, South Africa,Australia and Asia. Interactions is a subsidiary of Daymon Worldwide, the world’s leading full-service, global retail branding and sourcing partner for retailers and manufacturers. For more information on Interactions, visit www.interactionsmarketing.com.

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Media:
Interactions
Kelly Short, 858-581-8886
kshort@daymon.com
or
Advance Auto Parts
Anna Gurney, 919-573-2608
anna.gurney@advance-auto.com

Kingfisher welcomes Pierre Woreczek as its Chief Customer Officer

LONDON, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher, the home improvement company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierre Woreczek to the new role of Chief Customer Officer. He will join the business on 1 March and be a member of Kingfisher’s Group Executive. Pierre brings with him a wealth of international expertise and experience in brand, marketing, digital and data. He will help design the customer experience both online and in-store, and integrate customers’ knowledge and insight into the whole customer journey.

Pierre was previously Chief Strategy, Customer & Digital Officer at McDonald’s where he spent a total of 17 years. At McDonald’s he was responsible for strategy, research, marketing, product innovation, user experience, digital, design and construction of restaurants, as well as CSR and sustainable development. His work at McDonald’s included developing a new store service platform and the development of a customer-centric organisation built around new technologies and social networks.

Before McDonald’s, Pierre spent two years at Cadbury in France where he was general director in charge of marketing and research & development for various chocolate, sweets and chewing gum brands such as Poulain, 1848, Carambar and Hollywood.

Commenting on the appointment, Véronique Laury, Kingfisher’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted to welcome Pierre to Kingfisher. He is a highly experienced international executive with a strong track record in marketing, operational and customer‐facing roles. I look forward to working with him as we develop the ‘ONE’ Kingfisher plan and become a single, unified company where customer needs always come first.”

Pierre Woreczek said: “This is a great opportunity to join a business at a really interesting stage in its development. I look forward to working with all the teams to continue Kingfisher’s journey to create good homes by making home improvement accessible to everyone.”

Enquiries

Kingfisher Media Relations +44 (0) 20 7644 1030

Brunswick +44 (0) 20 7404 5059

Notes to editors

Pierre Woreczek career details:

  • 2003‐2015     McDonald’s

Chief Strategy, Customer & Digital Officer, McDonald’s Europe (2010-15)

Chief Brand & Strategy Officer, McDonald’s Europe (2005-09)

Vice President, McDonald’s European Food Studio (2003-05)

  • 2001‐2003     Cadbury France, General Director, Marketing and R&D
  • 1996‐2001     McDonald’s France, Vice President, Marketing, Research & Communication
  • 1988‐1996     Jean & Montmarin (advertising agency), Associate Partner
  • 1988               Ecom & Partenaire (advertising agency), Director
  • 1981‐1987     Jacobs Suchard

Marketing Group Manager, Grand Mere Coffee

Product Manager at Jacques Vabre Coffee

 

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

Screwfix and Department of Business, Innovation & Skills releases booklet ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

LONDON, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) visited a Screwfix store in Brixton on 25 February to launch a new guide created by the retailer to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice.

The free booklet will be available in Screwfix stores across England and entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’. It was released by Screwfix in conjunction with BIS in response to recent research* revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take apprentices on.

The easy-to-use, free information source is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Screwfix has released the guide in response to feedback from its trade customers and the findings of its Tradesman Manifesto*, which highlighted that more than three quarters of UK tradespeople want the Government to raise the number of apprenticeship places from 110,000 to 400,000 and encourage as many school leavers to take up apprenticeships as go to university. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having employed one in the last year.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support UK tradespeople in growing their businesses – from enabling them to get the right products at the right time to finding out and helping to address the issues that matter most. We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.

“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through, or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our stores in England now.”

Business Secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Business has always been part of my life, and I know how hard it can be to succeed and find the right people for the job. This guide will be an essential tool to help the trade to plug the skills gap by finding and developing the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women and realising our goal of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.Screwfix.com/apprenticeguide

*Screwfix Tradesman Manifesto is a survey of more than 600 UK tradespeople undertaken to understand what is important to them and how they are reacting to the constantly changing economic and technological landscapes.

** Josh Lee and James Ling were Highly Commended in Screwfix’s 2015 Trade Apprentice Competition. Josh now has a full time job and James runs his own business.
For more information, please contact:

Screwfix

Laura Westcott, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3768, laura.westcott@mccann.com

Rachel Tillman, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3593, rachel.tillman@mccann.com

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

 

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Picture: Josh Lee**, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Andrew Livingston CEO of Screwfix and James Ling** 'cutting the red tape to hiring apprentices' at a Screwfix store in Brixton on Thursday 25 February 2016.

Picture: Josh Lee**, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Andrew Livingston CEO of Screwfix and James Ling** ‘cutting the red tape to hiring apprentices’ at a Screwfix store in Brixton on Thursday 25 February 2016.