DDR Corp. to release its Q1 2016 financial results on April 28, 2016

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) will issue financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 after the market closes on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The Company will conduct a conference call and audio webcast on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

To access the conference, dial 877-249-1119 (domestic), or 412-542-4143 (international) at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

The conference call webcast will be recorded and available for replay through the Investors portion of DDR’s website, http://ir.ddr.com/events.cfm.

About DDR Corp.
DDR is an owner and manager of 367 value-oriented shopping centers representing 115 million square feet in 38 states and Puerto Rico. The Company’s assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchangeunder the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at www.ddr.com.


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Kimco Realty Corp sold 9.2 acres of land to Target Corp for the construction of a new store in Kimco’s Grand Parkway Marketplace

Target to anchor ground-up development project in Houston

NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (“Kimco”) (NYSE: KIM) is pleased to announce the sale of 9.2 acres of land to Target Corporation for the construction of a new store in Kimco’s Grand Parkway Marketplace, a development in Spring, Texas (Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas metropolitan statistical area). Target will be an anchor retailer for this project.

The property is located at the interchange of Grand Parkway and Kuykendahl Road, a rapidly growing area near the Exxon Corporate Campus that features direct exposure to the new segment of the Grand Parkway, which extends from I-290 to I-45, and opened in early February of 2016.

The Grand Parkway Marketplace development is currently 75% pre-leased based on leases in progress and signed letters of intent, including six leases with national, best-in-class junior anchors. The center is expected to draw from the highly desirable Woodlands area, and boasts excellent demographics with a population of 168,000 people and an average household income exceeding $100,000 within a 5-mile radius.

“We are excited to have Target anchor our Grand Parkway Marketplace development project. Based upon the strong retailer demand, we will create a unique open-air shopping center that will feature an exceptional first-class line-up of national tenants and local favorites in one of our core major metro markets,” said Conor Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kimco. “This project is just part of our overall 2020 Vision focused on creating value through selective development and redevelopment opportunities.”

Kimco anticipates beginning construction of the 450,000 square-foot open air center in the summer of 2016 with the opening scheduled for the spring of 2017.

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2015, the company owned interests in 564 U.S. shopping centers comprising 90 million square feet of leasable space across 38 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

Kimco Realty Corp.
David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Wesfarmers’ acquisition of the Homebase business completed; adds 15,000 new employees

PERTH, Australia, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wesfarmers’ acquisition of the Homebase business from Home Retail Group plc (LSE:HOME) has been completed.

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder welcomed the completion of the acquisition which will add 15,000 new employees in the United Kingdom and Ireland to the Wesfarmers Group this week. “We welcome our new employees and are excited about the opportunity to bring the best of Bunnings to the UK and Ireland,” Mr Goyder said.

Wesfarmers announced on 18 January 2016 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Homebase from Home Retail Group for £340 million (A$658 million)1. The transaction received approval from Home Retail Group’s banking syndicate in early February and from a general meeting of its shareholders on 25 February 2016.

For more information:
Mark Scatena
General Manager, Investor Relations
(+61) 8 9327 4416 or (+61) 439 979 398

UK Media
Philip Gawith
Managing Partner, Teneo Strategy
+44 (0)20 7240 2486

Media – Wesfarmers
Cathy Bolt
Media and External Affairs Manager
(+61) 8 9327 4423 or (+61) 417 813 804

Media – Bunnings
Kate Inverarity
Partner, Nightingale Communications
(+61) 3 9670 4373 or (+61) 413 163 020

1£:A$ of 0.5170 at 26 February 2016 (Reserve Bank of Australia)

Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) 87th Annual Meeting: FCL recorded increased sales across most business units in FY ending Oct. 31, 2015

Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rising sales volumes are signs of a diverse and healthy Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), CEO Scott Banda told Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon.

More than 300 delegates, representing over 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the CRS in Western Canada, were in attendance for the keynote address Feb. 29.

“We are faced with the challenges of changing market conditions and volatile commodity prices, particularly in the petroleum sector,” said Banda. “We will continue to invest in Western Canada to help diversify local co-ops’ sustainable opportunities. Our co-operative ownership model ensures that we remain connected to local communities and our work is to maintain and grow Co-op’s relevance in Western Canada.”

For the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2015, FCL recorded increased sales across most business units. This growth, however, was offset by decreased revenues at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask. FCL recorded revenue of $9.1 billion, down 16 per cent from the year before. Net earnings for the year totaled $539 million. Of that, $375 million is being returned to local retail co-operatives through a patronage allocation.

Over the past 10 years, FCL has provided more than $4.5 billion in patronage returns to CRS members. This money is reinvested by local co-ops into their operations and local communities, where they serve more than 1.8 million active Co-op members and many more customers.

FCL is supporting community development across Western Canada with multimillion-dollar commitments to two initiatives:

  • Up to $1.5 million is available to community organizations through Co-op Community Spaces. Last year, the program funded 16 recreation, urban agriculture and conservation projects in Western Canada.
  • A five-year, $5 million commitment for Co-operatives First, a new non-profit organization that will support the development of new co-operatives in rural and aboriginal communities.

More information on these programs, as well as FCL’s 2015 Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements, are available at www.coopconnection.ca.
SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited



FCL CEO Scott Banda speaks to delegates at the organization's 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon Feb. 29.

FCL CEO Scott Banda speaks to delegates at the organization’s 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon Feb. 29.

Report: UK Retailers making significant progress around carbon emissions, water management and waste reduction

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK Retailers on course to meet ambitious 2020 environmental targets

Report shows industry making significant progress around carbon emissions, water management and waste reduction

1 March 2016

Britain’s retailers are on track to meet ambitious voluntary targets to cut the environmental impact of their operations, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)’s latest progress report on its ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ (ABRC) initiative(1). This progress is notwithstanding an increasingly challenging business environment for retailers, driven by a range of factors such as: increasing resource scarcity, commodity price fluctuation, and changing shopping habits.

Some of the achievements to date by ABRC’s participating retailers as detailed in the progress report include:

– Cutting in-store carbon emissions by 35 per cent*, relative to growth, as well as working with suppliers to cut carbon emissions across their supply chains by sharing best practice via information exchange mechanisms
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions arising from refrigeration by 50 per cent*
– Increasing the measurement of water usage to 91 per cent* and working with farms and factories to develop more sustainable water management practices throughout their supply chains
– Ensuring that 91 per cent of their palm oil is sustainably sourced
– Working with farmers and producer groups to reduce food waste and losses in agriculture by reviewing current product specifications and introducing ‘smarter’ ways to forecast (2)
*All figures are against 2005 levels when ABRC was launched

BRC Director of Food and Sustainability Andrew Opie said: “A Better Retailing Climate clearly demonstrates that creating and maintaining sustainable supply chains is at the heart of retail businesses. We fully appreciate the positive role we can play with suppliers and consumers in meeting head on challenges of climate change and resource efficiency. We are confident that we will meet by the year 2020, the ambitious voluntary targets we’ve set for ourselves.”

Please follow the link to access the full report: BRC A Better Retailing Climate Progress Report

– ENDS –

1. Launched in 2008, ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ is a voluntary initiative created by a group of leading retailers (representing half of the UK retail market) which sets out collective environmental impact targets, all of which were not only met but exceeded by 2013. A new set of targets were agreed in 2014, all of which are to be met by 2020. Today’s progress report is the latest assessment of progress made by the participants in meeting those targets.
2. As part of the A Better Retailing Climate initiative, in October 2015 the BRC published a combined retail food waste figure for 2014. This figure was published in a report which also details the practical steps supermarkets are taking to reduce food waste in the supply chain, in store and at home. For more detail see: BRC Food Waste Report


Zoe Maddison
Communications Assistant

Tel: +44 (0)20 7854 8924
Mob: +44 (0) 7557747269


BRC Chief Executive Helen Dickinson: Another fall in shop prices was seen in February

  • Overall shop prices reported deflation of 2.0% in February from 1.8% in January.
  • Food returned to deflationary territory, falling 0.4% in February from January’s 0.1% rise.
  • On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.8%.
  • Non-food deflation remained at 3.0% for the third consecutive month.

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Chief Executive, Helen Dickinson OBE, said: “Another fall in shop prices was seen in February, down 2.0 per cent compared with a year ago and a further fall on the numbers we saw in January as competition in the industry continues apace. This now marks the 34th consecutive month of price drops and 35th for non-food prices.

“Within non-food, clothing, footwear, electricals, DIY, and books all saw large reductions in prices while the move back into deflationary territory in the food category confirmed that last month’s marginal rise was just a blip.

“With consumer confidence falling back and wage growth remaining subdued, retailers continue to support their customers with prices and promotions to maintain market share in the tough trading environment.

“Against this back drop we are asking government to work more collaboratively with us to address business rates and ensure the successful implementation of policy measures, such as the National Living Wage and the apprenticeship levy.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, said:
“Getting a larger share of the wallet of shoppers continues to a challenge for many food and non-food retailers and competition remains intense on the high street. Food prices continue to fall as Supermarkets are working hard to stimulate sales with price cuts rather than multi-buy promotions, and this is leading to continued deflation in food. With uncertain market conditions, offers and discounts are likely to continue for the time being.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP.
020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS): two new omnichannel resources available for retailers

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Association for Retail Technology Standards, part of the National Retail Federation’s technology leadership community, announced today two new resources available for retailers in their efforts to research new applications and implement an omnichannel program. ARTS is dedicated to helping retailers and solution providers identify, adopt and integrate current and emerging information technologies.

The additions are updates to the library of Standard Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and a new technical report, Best Practices for Services Implementation Using ARTS Standards (Cloud, Enterprise and Devices).

The RFP templates, which come in a spreadsheet format, include the following:

  • Guidance on researching an application and understanding the kinds of questions retailers should be asking;
  • The RFP for Distributed Order Management features sections on architecture and interfaces, customer service and fulfillment, inventory, analytics, security and more.

The technical report now available, Best Practices for Services Implementation Using ARTS Standards (Cloud, Enterprise and Devices) gives guidance on using ARTS’ standards, including insights into the context of recent developments in retail technology, including mobile devices.

“Distributed order management systems differ from traditional order management by supporting a common view of inventory for a retailer’s diverse channels and providing the ability to optimize fulfillment paths and immediately resolve order issues,” said Jerry Rightmer, executive vice president and chief product and strategy officer of Starmount, and an ARTS Board sponsor for this project. “This is why DOM is critical when it comes to executing an omnichannel strategy in the retail environment.”

“For many retailers, the concept of cloud computing has been transitioning from a novel idea into a real and essential part of their IT,” said Tom Litchford, vice president of retail technologies at NRF. “Our technical report shifts the focus of the discussion from explaining what cloud computing is and how retailers can benefit from it, to advising on practical matters of implementation.”

ARTS resources are created by subcommittees and ad hoc work teams of subject matter experts. The RFP work team is chaired by John Carney, solutions architect for Starmount and the services implementation work team is chaired by Leonid Rubakhin, senior software developer for Aptos.

To see the complete library of ARTS standards and publications, visit https://nrf.com/standards.

The Association for Retail Technology Standards, part of the Technology Leadership Community of the National Retail Federation, provides the retail industry with the latest research and best practices through specialized technology standards and educational programming. ARTS standards, products and programs are dedicated to fostering innovation and supporting the retail community by providing a more efficient retailer-to-consumer relationship. Through collaboration and partnerships, ARTS enhances retailers and their business partners’ ability to conduct business globally.

Treacy Reynolds
(855) NRF-Press

Unibail-Rodamco placed 10-year €500 million bond maturing in March 2026

Paris, Amsterdam, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Unibail-Rodamco has successfully placed a 10-year bond maturing in March 2026 for a total amount of €500 million.

This bond will offer a fixed coupon of 1.375%. It was more than 6 times oversubscribed, the order book reaching over €3 billion in less than 2 hours.

The net proceeds from the bond will be used for general corporate purposes.

Unibail-Rodamco is rated A (stable outlook) by Standard & Poor’s and FitchRatings.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Antoine Onfray
+33 1 53 43 72 87

Marine Huet
+33 1 76 77 58 02

Media Relations
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 12 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €37.8 billion as of December 31, 2015. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 1,995 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region.

The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes.

The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and FitchRatings. For more information, please visit our website: www.unibail-rodamco.com

The average UK household’s weekly disposable income up £12 in January 2016 vs January 2015 – Asda

  • The average UK household had a weekly disposable income of £197 in January, up £12 on January 2015
  • Annual growth in spending power fell for the fourth consecutive month – due to a slow down in wage growth and a continued increase in inflation
  • Still, as household incomes continue to increase faster than the cost of essential items, outlook for UK family spending power remains positive

LEEDS, England, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Families across the UK enjoyed another double-digit increase in spending power in the first month of the year, according to Asda’s latest Income Tracker. As employment across the UK continued to rise, the average UK household discretionary income reached £197 a week in January 2016, up £12 (6.7% year-on-year) compared to the same time last year.

However, the latest findings also revealed that, while bank accounts continue to receive a boost, January marked the fourth consecutive month where the year-on-year rate of spending power growth has fallen, thanks to a slowdown in wage growth and a steady increase in inflation. While the economic outlook remains relatively positive, Asda’s latest Income Tracker suggests that a slowing rate of recovery is having a knock on effect on British purse strings, with disposable income set to continue to grow at a slower rate than those seen through much of 2015.

Things are looking up for job seekers across the UK, with employment figures of 74.1% being at their highest rate since before the financial crash. Yet, wage growth continues to slow, with average weekly earnings rising by just 2.0% year-on-year.

Inflation is also impacting on purse strings. Despite deflation shaping the cost of many household goods, and outgoings including petrol down, overall inflation has grown for a third month in a row – now at its highest since January 2015, reaching 0.3%. What’s more, this trend is predicted to continue in 2016, though the overall rate of inflation is expected to remain relatively low with falls in oil prices and other commodities set to continue and a competitive retail environment likely to place downward pressure on prices.

Still, it’s a positive picture for families across the UK, with average household income continuing to grow considerably faster than the cost of essential items. In the first month of 2016, the year-on-year price growth for essential items remained steady at -0.1%, with prices falling between December and January on items including food, drink and fuel, as well as clothing a footwear thanks to the early New Year sales. All welcome relief for families as they look to spend more on activities together, such as eating out, in 2016.

Some transport costs have also had a surprisingly positive impact on pockets. Those looking to escape to warmer climates and make the most of cheaper overseas travel in January, were in luck with a considerable fall in transport costs. In contrast to December 2015 when travellers faced a sharp price hike (46%) in airfares over the festive period, last month fares dropped significantly compared to the same period last year. Prices were 2% cheaper year-on-year, helping to provide a healthy boost to holiday spending money to combat the January blues.

Andy Clarke, Asda President and CEO, said: “Another double-digit increase in disposable income in January gave a welcome financial boost at a tough time of year. In juxtaposition, annual growth in spending power fell year-on-year for the fourth consecutive month.

“The good news is that the outlook for 2016 is positive for UK households, with incomes increasing and employment buoyant. Whether families choose to save their extra income or boost spending on leisure, treats or everyday essentials remains to be seen. The good news for consumers is that the competitive retail environment is translating to lower prices across the board.”

Sam Alderson, Economist, Cebr, said: “Although growth in family spending power has declined in the latest data, the overall picture is positive. UK consumers have much more money to spend than a year ago.

“We expect continued falls in unemployment as well as rising earnings growth over the coming months. Combined with sustained low inflation, households should be in for a good time in 2016 as far as their finances are concerned. This comes despite broader concerns over the strength of the UK economy.”

Read the full report here.



Save Mart Supermarkets partners with eScrip to manage its S.H.A.R.E.S. charitable giving program

FoodMaxx, Lucky and Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S. community giving program will continue giving up to 3% a basket to local schools and community-based organizations

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Save Mart Supermarkets announced that it has partnered with eScrip to manage its S.H.A.R.E.S. charitable giving program. The new Shares powered by eScrip program continues the company’s legacy of giving up to 3% of shoppers’ eligible purchases to local, community-based organizations. The advantage for FoodMaxx, Lucky and Save Mart shoppers is that the program is now electronic. Shoppers will be able to see online how much they’re donating, and organizations can track what they’re getting. The more their supporters shop, the bigger the quarterly check the group receives!

“From the products we sell to the money we give, we’ve built our livelihood around helping others thrive,” said Nicole Pesco, Co-President & Chief Strategy and Branding Officer. “Our goal is to strengthen and nourish our communities—from food banks to schools, scouts to seniors — and Shares Powered by eScrip will be instrumental in helping more people.”

“We are so excited about this new partnership – with the generosity of Save Mart, Lucky and Food Maxx combined with the power of the eScrip program, Shares powered by eScrip will result in millions of dollars to our local schools and communities” said Joanne Remillard, Executive Vice President, Electronic Scrip Inc.

As an added incentive for organizations to sign-up, the Top 10 Shares Powered by eScrip earners for the month of April will receive a package of 4 tickets to NASCAR’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 in June at Sonoma Raceway to help them fundraise some more.

All shoppers, schools, churches and 501(c)3 organizations will be required to sign up on www.eScrip.com/shares in order to give or receive donations. Even those who were under our old S.H.A.R.E.S. program will have to re-register. In fact, the S.H.A.R.E.S. cards that customers were required to swipe at checkout to direct donations will no longer work as of April 1. Customers will still be able to earn points for themselves under the Save Smart or Lucky You rewards program, which can then be redeemed for free merchandise and dollars-off coupons.

Each year Save Mart donates more than $5 million and thousands of tons of food in support of the communities we serve … about $4 million of that was through S.H.A.R.E.S.

For more information, please contact Nannette Miranda at 925.833.6136.

LuLu Group to sell Harrogate Spring premium bottled water in its stores

Abu Dhabi, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The famed Harrogate Water dubbed as the ‘Original British Bottled Water’ is now available in the UAE and across the GCC region. LuLu Group recently signed the deal to sell the premium bottled water through its 123 stores across the region. Harrogate Water Brands currently exports Harrogate Spring, the UK’s No.1 Premium British water, worldwide to countries including China, Russia, Ukraine, Korea and the Caribbean.

Speaking at the launch in Abu Dhabi, Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of LuLu Group, said “Since first becoming aware of Harrogate Spring, we have been impressed by its strong British identity and illustrious heritage. We are very excited to be representing the ‘Original British Bottled Water’ and have ambitious plans to launch and introduce Harrogate into many different channels. Our aim is to make Harrogate Spring the No.1 bottled water in our territories. The new diamond bottle and classic design will be recognised by our customers as a premium, quality brand.”

Tony Cain, Chairman of Harrogate Water Brands, said “Our partnership with LuLu will complement our brand strategy as well as fuel our ambition to grow our business overseas. We have quadrupled our production capability, allowing us to expand our offering by entering into new export markets, whilst continuing to service high demand in the UK. LuLu are a great strategic export partner, a multi-award winning business with a wealth of experience, sharing the same vision and values. We are both committed to providing our customers with unrivalled quality and service, operating with respect and integrity.”

Harrogate’s iconic water was voted ‘Best Sparkling Water in the World’ and is the original British bottled water, boasting an extraordinary history dating back to 1571. The distribution deal is part of a significant year of activity for Harrogate Water Brands which includes further expansion of its £8 million state-of-the-art bottling facility, continuing its high-profile sponsorships as the ‘Official Water’ of England Cricket, Ascot and Royal Ascot, as well as investing significantly to support innovation and new product development within key target channels such as export and the global travel sector.

Following a hugely successful 2015, Harrogate Spring saw growth at 30 and achieved recognition for its distinctive ‘diamond bottle’, which was awarded five national and international industry awards for design and packaging.

SOURCE:  LuLu Hypermarket, Al


LuLu Group to sell Harrogate Spring premium bottled water in its stores

LuLu Group to sell Harrogate Spring premium bottled water in its stores

SSP America opens Union Street Gastropub at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3

Union Street Gastropub is a boutique, in-house solution designed specifically for SFO

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today the opening of Union Street Gastropub, its new 3,000 square foot bar and dining concept designed specifically for San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3.

As part of its continued mission to inspire passengers with unique culinary destinations and provide innovative solutions for our airport partners, SSP America’s Union Street Gastropub is designed to reflect San Francisco’s role as a world-class gateway to the Pacific Northwest and highlight the Bay Area’s exceptional craft beers, locally grown ingredients and abundant natural beauty.

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, commented, “Union Street Gastropub is an excellent representation of what SSP America can create and develop to accommodate the specific needs of an airport. Working closely with our partners at SFO, we were able to design a dining concept that not only meets the needs of passengers traveling through Terminal 3, but elevates their whole experience.”

Evocative of the region’s natural beauty and the forward-looking vision of aviation, Union Street combines modern, contemporary design with regionally sourced materials to create an immersive airport experience.  Features include distinctive lighting crafted from amber colored beer bottles that radiates warm, welcoming hues accentuated by beautiful white oak used throughout the unit’s ample seating, tables and bar area.  Power outlets abound, servicing the specific needs of SFO’s exceptionally connected regional passenger base.

At the center-stage full service bar, travelers are invited to relax over Union Street’s impressive roster of 30 tap handles and 30 bottled beers representing some of the finest beers in the world. Well over half of the draft beers served are California craft beers, and the majority are from Northern California including local favorites such as Anchor Brewing Anchor Steam Beer and Lagunitas IPA. However, in addition to the local mainstays, the menu also has styles and beers not normally found in airports, such as Almanac Golden Gate Gose, Golden Road Berliner Weisse, and Firestone Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. The roster also boasts a collection of unique imports with everything from Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss to Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. Union Street has succeeded in crafting a list typically only found in the top craft beer bars in the world.

Serving all day parts, passengers can enjoy seasonal plates defined by the region—from Pier 39 farmhouse eggs in the morning, to Dungeness crab cake sandwiches and pulled pork banh mi to a range of soups, salads and flatbreads made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. Since opening, recent Yelp reviewers have commented, “our new pre-flight go-to at Terminal 3”; “possibly the best airport meal I’ve had”; “burger + views + service + beer + power outlets—I’m sold, 4.5.”

Union Street Gastropub brings the flavors and beauty of the region to the travelers of SFO’s Terminal 3.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SSP America announces the completion of new line up of restaurants at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winnipeg Airports Authority and SSP America are pleased to announce the completion of a new line up of restaurants beyond passenger screening at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. On the domestic and international side, new restaurants include Freshii, True Burger, Prairie Bistro and Skylights Lounge. Travellers heading to the United States can dine at UrbanCrave, featuring a newly edomestic and international side, new restaurants include Freshii, True Burger, Prairie Bistro and Skylights Lounge. Travellers heading to the United States can dine at UrbanCrave, featuring a newly extended bar area with additional seating.

“Initial feedback from travellers and airport staff about the new restaurants and enhanced seating areas has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “In partnership with our experienced airport food and beverage services provider, SSP America, we are constantly reviewing the needs of our customers and striving to offer them an array of appealing food choices.”

“We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to not only continue our long-term relationship with the YWG team, but also bring a fresh new group of brands to the Airport that provide travellers with a variety of choices and service styles,” said Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer, SSP America. “We thank the Airport team for the opportunity to enhance the offering and passenger experience at YWG.”


New Restaurants

Freshii: The brainchild of Winnipeg-born Matthew Corrin, Freshii offers passengers fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize those on the go. Emphasizing the right foods, Freshii provides meals and snacks that help customers live their best life. From salads to wraps, noodle and rice bowls, burritos to soups and more, the Freshii menu offers the passengers of YWG affordable, convenient and healthy options.

UrbanCrave: Recognizing early on that “street food” was enjoying a renaissance across North America, SSP America created UrbanCrave, a brand that brought the first “street eats” to the airport arena. UrbanCrave became an instant hit in the travel industry, winning the Airport Revenue News “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” award in 2012. UrbanCrave combines classic street food options full of fun, originality and powerful taste.

True Burger: A modern burger joint serving classic burgers and crispy French fries, True Burger offers the convenience of a fast casual restaurant combined with high-quality ingredients including naturally raised beef in their patties. At True Burger Co, passengers can savour a well-made burger and cold drink while waiting for their flight to take off.

Prairie Bistro: With a nod to the breadbasket of Canada, Prairie Bistro offers passengers a diverse and hearty menu sure to please every palate, all hours of the day. Breakfast includes a satisfying bowl of oatmeal, pancakes or skillet scramblers.  Lunch and dinner options include a variety of starters and small plates such as a Prairie Salad, Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Loaded Cheese Fries. Entrees include Herb Chicken and a variety of burgers and sandwiches designed for flavour and comfort.

Skylights Lounge: Conveniently located right next to Prairie Bistro, Skylights Lounge is a relaxing place to kick back, enjoy a cocktail or order from the Prairie Bistro menu.  In addition to beer and wine, a cocktail menu is served from the central bar. With abundant seating, Skylights Lounge is an ideal spot for a quick drink or leisurely meal.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SSP America announces the opening of Chef Fabio Viviani’s Osteria at Los Angles International Airport’s Terminal 6

Osteria brings top chef inspired fare packed with Italian flair and premium fresh ingredients to Terminal 6

LONDON 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today the opening of Chef Fabio Viviani’s Osteria at Los Angles International Airport’s Terminal 6.

Renowned across the United States for his “fan favorite” appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef and his increasing succession of award-winning, powerhouse modern Italian restaurants, Chef Viviani’s legendary food takes center stage. Passengers are promised a memorable meal rooted in Italy, but raised in LA with farm-to-table goodness. The restaurant’s menu and ambiance takes a modern spin on classic Italian but with a punch of LA swagger.

“I am so excited to be opening Osteria with SSP America at LAX,” enthused Chef Viviani.  “The menu I’ve created will appeal not only to Terminal 6’s diverse travelers, but also to California natives.  We feature Italian classics made with premium local ingredients.  I hope travelers find their meal here to be one of the most memorable parts of their journey.”

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, commented, “SSP America is enormously proud to be working with Chef Viviani in opening Osteria at Los Angeles International Airport.  With his culinary talent and inspiring passion for Italian cuisine Chef Viviani has created a true SSP America culinary destination that will be remembered long after departure.  We look forward to showcasing additional Chef Viviani concepts as we continue our developments across the region.”

Osteria welcomes passengers to a beautiful, cinematic space—modern and elegant, with a pinch of Italian charm.  Focus is on the large, exhibition kitchen where the magic of Chef Viviani’s menu is plated and served with entertainment for all.  A convenient To Go counter at the front of the space allows passengers to quickly grab freshly made entrées to take on their travels.  Gorgeous, contemporary pendant lights twinkle over spacious, deeply tufted leather banquet seating.  Approachable and stylish, warm and alluring—the scene at Osteria delights and attracts and is welcoming to all.

Chef Viviani’s Osteria will inspire travelers to come in and enjoy world-class food and drinks during any part of the day.  Menu items include oven fresh pizzas made with Chef Viviani’s own proprietary dough, scratch-made sauce and locally sourced toppings; crispy Panini sandwiches and burgers; small plates of antipasti; and a stellar range of soups, salads and pasta entrees featuring premium local ingredients.  Star quality food from a star quality chef.  For Terminal 6’s early fliers, breakfast will be served daily until 11am.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

Carrefour Romania opens its 19th supermarket in Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the 25th february 2016, Carrefour Romania opened the 19th supermarket in Bucharest, the Chilia Veche Market.

The new Chilia Veche Market has a sales area of 750 m², with a selection of about 5000 references – including more than 1000 Carrefour own-brand items. Customers can also choose from a wide assortment of products in the dairy-cheese, grocery, pastry and bakery, fruit and vegetable as well as butcher’s sections, along with international and organic products.

Opening the store has created 45 new jobs.

SOURCE: Carrefour


Carrefour Romania opens its 19th supermarket in Bucharest

Carrefour Romania opens its 19th supermarket in Bucharest

The Carrefour Group to acquire 36 compact hypermarkets from Eroski Group

SPAIN, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Carrefour Group announces it has signed an agreement with the Eroski Group to acquire 36 compact hypermarkets with a total sales area of 235,000 square meters, as well as 8 shopping malls and 22 gas stations adjacent to the stores.

This acquisition would allow Carrefour to grow its store network and gain a presence in 27 new cities while strengthening its position in the food segment. Carrefour is thus continuing its multi-format, omni-channel expansion for the benefit of its clients.

The acquisition of these stores is subject to conditions, including approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.

About Carrefour Spain
Present in Spain since 1973, Carrefour has more than 41,000 employees in the country and operates 173 hypermarkets, 126 supermarkets, 419 Express, 123 gas stations and 656 travel agencies (as of 31/12/2015).

About Carrefour Group
A multi-local, multi-format and omni-channel retailer, Carrefour employs more than 380,000 people globally. With 12,300 stores in 35 countries, the group generated revenues of €104.4 billion under banners in 2015. As a partner for daily life, Carrefour welcomes every day more than 12.5 million customers around the world. Carrefour is committed through its daily actions to sustainable and responsible trade. The Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility approach is built on three pillars: fighting waste in all its forms, protecting biodiversity and working alongside the company’s partners. For more information: www.carrefour.com, @CarrefourGroup on Twitter

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Carrefour France awarded “Top Employer France” certification for 2016

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour France, the country’s leading private employer, is among the companies which have awarded “Top Employer France” certification for 2016. Awarded by the Top Employers Institute, an independent body that looks at best employer HR practices all over the world, Carrefour has been given this certification for its human resources policy.

The Top Employer certification is awarded to French companies in recognition of the high quality of their human resources policy. It is granted to companies which apply excellent criteria in their working conditions, and only on completion of a strict certification process involving an HR Best Practice questionnaire and an independent audit. When Carrefour was audited, it stood out in particular through:

– Its training schemes that enable some 57,000 employees to enhance their employability every year;
– An attractive company insurance scheme providing employees with coverage for each family member;
– A solidarity fund for team members to support employees experiencing hardship (financial, material, etc.);
– A company nursery with 80 cradles for the children of head office employees.

As France’s leading private employer with some 115,000 employees and 120 different job functions, Carrefour hired nearly 42,000 people in 2015, including 11,000 on permanent contracts, 5500 on a work-study programmes and 25,000 seasonal workers; nearly 60% of the people hired in 2015 were young people under the age of 26. Carrefour is planning to recruit as many in 2016. The retailer considers applications from all people, irrespective of their level of education, age, gender or social class. This diversity is a real asset to the company and is central to the retailer’s social model, finding expression through an active equal opportunities policy.

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Starbucks Coffee Company to open its first Italian store in 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a dream more than 30 years in the making.

Howard Schultz walked cobblestone streets of Milan for the first time in 1983 as the marketing director of Starbucks, which then sold whole-bean coffee from a handful of stores in Seattle. Schultz went to Italy to represent the company at an international trade show. He returned with an idea that would change the trajectory of Starbucks Coffee Company.

“The Italians had created the theater, romance, art and magic of experiencing espresso,” Schultz recalled. “I was overwhelmed with a gut instinct that this is what we should be doing.”

As Starbucks announces its will open in Italy in early 2017, Schultz shares the story of how the company’s history is directly linked to Milan, Verona and Italian espresso bar traditions.

“Everything we’ve done to date sits on the foundation of wonderful experiences that many of us have had in Italy,” he said.

The Symphony of an Italian Coffee House

The 1983 trade show was unremarkable. Schultz, however, found his daily walks to and from the event to be life changing as he visited several espresso bars along the way.

Schultz found a full-sensory experience greeted customers who stepped through the doorways of Milan coffee houses. Italian opera played as baristas ground coffee, steamed milk and pulled espresso shots in graceful, powerful motions as if they were conducting an orchestra. He noticed the baristas were celebrated professionals who seemed to know each customer they served.

“In each shop I visited I began to see the same people and interactions, and it dawned on me that what these coffee bars had created, aside from the romance and theater of coffee, was a morning ritual and a sense of community,” said Schultz.

On a day trip to Verona, he observed the coffee shops there were enhanced by Italian craftsmanship. Every detail of preparation and presentation was treated with reverence.

“I left Italy absolutely energized by the culture,” Schultz said. “I couldn’t wait to sit down with the two remaining founders of Starbucks and tell them, ‘We’ve got to do this.’”

Back at home in Seattle, Schultz’s enthusiasm was met with little more than a yawn from the company’s leaders, who said they’d been to Italy and the espresso bars there were “not what Americans wanted.” Their indifference turned to annoyance as they told a persistent Schultz they didn’t want to be in the restaurant business. Next came flat out resistance as they said no to all his suggestions.

Schultz said leaders at the time were stubborn, but so was he.

A Dream Delayed

Unwilling to drop the idea of bringing the first espresso bar to Seattle, Schultz convinced Starbucks founders to test the coffeehouse concept a year later. He asked for half of a new 1,500 square-foot store that was opening in downtown Seattle. Instead he got about 300 square feet. Schultz crammed equipment and a small counter into the space and began serving espresso when the store opened on a rainy morning in April 1984. Initially there wasn’t even a sign in the window.

Starbucks stores at the time were serving about 200 customers on a good day. The new store – with a coffee bar – served about 1,000 people a day.  Though it was a success with customers who tasted a caffé latte for the first time, Schultz was dealt a “crushing blow” when the owners said they had no plans to repeat the coffee shop experiment. It was considered a distraction from the company’s core business of selling high-quality arabica coffee beans.

Undeterred, Schultz returned to Italy to immerse himself in their coffee culture. Later he decided to leave Starbucks to form his own Italian-inspired coffee business, which he named for a Milan newspaper – Il Giornale. Starbucks invested in the Schultz start up and the first Il Giornale coffeehouse opened in 1986, offering brewed coffee and espresso beverages made from Starbucks beans.

Financial troubles at Starbucks bubbled to the surface around that time. Starbucks was trying to manage two brands – its own and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which it had acquired in 1984. Starbucks founder Jerry Baldwin told Schultz he couldn’t keep running both companies and wanted to return to San Francisco to focus on Peet’s.

“He told me, ‘I’m going to sell Starbucks and the right person to buy it is you. I know you don’t have any money. I’ll give you 60 to 90 days to find the money,’” recalled Schultz. The acquisition price was $3.8 million. Schultz said it was “quite difficult,” but he raised the money and acquired Starbucks assets in 1987.

Job one was changing the name of Il Giornale to Starbucks Corporation. Next came putting coffee bars in every store, as Schultz wanted to do five years earlier. Starbucks also expanded with stores in Chicago and Vancouver, Canada.

“We began to elevate the romance and theater of the beverage, integrated with the merchandising and storytelling of roasting and selling whole bean coffee,” he said. “It’s all steeped in that trip to Italy in 1983. Everything is about that.”

Coming Full Circle

Schultz has returned to Italy once a year over the past 30 years. Although he doesn’t speak Italian, Schultz feels comfortable there and admires the quality and artistry of Italian products.

“The dream of the company always has been to sometime complete the circle and open in Italy, but we haven’t been ready,” said Schultz, who feels “intuitively” that the time is now right.

The Starbucks chairman and ceo is following the same instinct he felt initially when he walked the streets of Milan and marveled at the experience baristas created for their customers and communities.

Starbucks will enter Italy with “tremendous humility and great respect for the culture,” Schultz added, with the support of its business partner, Percassi – a well-respected and prominent Italian company with a proven track record for operating major brand partnerships across Italy. Percassi shares Starbucks passion for the history and cultural heritage of the country.

“We know that we are going to face a unique challenge with the opening of the first Starbucks store in Italy, the country of coffee, and we are confident that Italian people are ready to live the Starbucks experience, as already occurs in many other markets,” said Antonio Percassi, President of the company Percassi.

Starbucks doesn’t have real estate selected its first location in Italy, but Schultz has an image of the store in his mind.

“We have to deliver a stunning visual experience that is only topped off by the quality of the coffee and what it tastes like,” he said. “Visually, it has to be a very seductive place where Starbucks comes alive.”

The store will be designed with “painstaking attention to detail,” honoring the Italian people and their coffee culture.

Partners (employees) in the store will carry on a tradition of coffee theater and artistry, combining the emotion of Schultz’s first experience in Milan with the exceptional service visible in more than 23,000 Starbucks stores around the globe – from the first store in Pike Place Market to the grand, immersive experience of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle.

“It seems like yesterday I was walking those streets, and here we are,” said Schultz. “I want partners to be extraordinarily proud that we’re going back to the source where it all began, and we’re going to do it in a way that brings every aspect of the Starbucks Experience to life in Italy.”

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1. Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo Starbucks Coffee Company, visited the historic Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy this week as he announces the brand’s intention to open its first Italian store in 2017.

2. Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo Starbucks Coffee Company, announces to Milanese artisans, entrepreneurs and business leaders his intention to open a store in Milan, Italy in 2017.

3. Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo Starbucks Coffee Company, stands in the center of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, in Milan, Italy as he announces that Starbucks will open its first store in the country in 2017.

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Howard Schultz at Milan’s Duomo Cathedral

Howard Schultz at Milan’s Duomo Cathedral

Amazon signed with The University of Texas at Austin to open first pickup location in Texas

  • Amazon Student and Amazon Prime members at UT Austin will get Free One-Day Pickup on over two million items when shipped to the Amazon@UT Austin location
  • Amazon@UT Austin will be the first Amazon pickup location in Texas

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)–Amazon today announced an agreement with The University of Texas at Austin to open Amazon@UT Austin, a staffed pickup location in Gregory Gymnasium on the UT Austin campus. The first Amazon pickup location in the state of Texas, Amazon@UT Austin offers the campus community a convenient location to pick up and return Amazon orders, including virtually everything one needs, from everyday essentials to technology.

Opening in Summer 2016, this 2,509-square-foot space will be located in Gregory Gymnasium, conveniently situated for UT Austin students, staff and faculty. Additionally, Amazon Student and Prime members will receive Free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10PM on over two million items. To learn more about Amazon Student, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

“This partnership with Amazon is one more way that the university is providing value to our campus community. With the pickup location in the heart of the UT Austin campus, this enhanced service will benefit our students, offering them a convenient and secure place to pick up their merchandise. Faculty and staff will also be able to take advantage of the service,” said Gage E. Paine, vice president for student affairs at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin.

“With Amazon@UT Austin, students will have a convenient location on campus in addition to all of the benefits of shopping on Amazon—like low prices and massive selection,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Amazon Student Programs. “We’re excited to expand to UT Austin and even more college communities soon.”

Since 2015, Amazon has opened staffed pickup locations at the following universities: Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of California, Berkeley, as well as in the college communities of University of California, Santa Barbara, andUniversity of Cincinnati. In addition to The University of Texas at Austin, Amazon also has confirmed agreements to open two more locations in 2016 with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Davis.

About Amazon Student
Amazon Student gives college students Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six-month free trial. After that it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

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

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Maison Krug launches its latest creation—Krug 2002

PARIS, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maison Krug has introduced its latest creation, Krug 2002, a vintage cellared for 14 years.  This long maturation symbolizes the excellence of a vintage champagne aptly named “An Ode to Nature”.

Just as Krug 1988 was released after the 1989 vintage, the release of Krug 2002 was preceded by that of the 2003 vintage. This inverted chronology reflects Krug’s singular approach to crafting its champagnes. The vintage champagne – what Joseph Krug called a cuvée “according to circumstances”— expresses the music of a particular year and the distinctive character that defines it. The vintage champagne is always a unique creation. This is why the champagne house scrupulously respects the intrinsic qualities of each cuvée, in this case not hesitating to hold back the release of Krug 2002 to let it mature longer in the cellar.

Named “An Ode to Nature” by Krug Cellar Master Eric Lebel, the 2002 vintage is the fruit of a remarkably atypical and generous year, offering a wonderful balance between maturity and freshness. The 2002 harvest proved one of the warmest in Champagne, living up to the rich promise of beautifully ripened grapes. Nothing can be determined in advance, however, and only time can confirm how a vintage develops. Indeed, it has taken 14 years for this cuvée to express its full potential and essence.

Vintage champagnes are distinguished from Krug Grande Cuvée, the signature expression of the House created each year since its founding. Krug Grande Cuvée is composed of over 120 wines from more than ten different years, resulting in an extremely rich assemblage. Each Krug Grande Cuvée must be cellared for at least seven years. The champagne created from the 2002 harvest is the 158th edition of Krug Grande Cuvée.

Proposed together in a single, numbered limited edition, 158th Krug Grande Cuvée and Krug 2002 are two distinctive expressions of a truly exceptional year.

Maison Krug has long taken an exceptional approach in exploring the links between its champagnes and music, including the Krug en Capitale IV event. To offer a unique way of tasting champagne that connects tastes and sounds, Krug works with musicians in every genre. To express the notes of  Krug 2002 and Krug Grande Cuvée 158th edition, the House has partnered with jazz singer Gregory Porter.

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© Krug

© Krug


Macy’s teams up with Nickelodeon and NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony to launch new line of boys’ apparel TMNT x Melo

The bold capsule collection of apparel and accessories features iconography of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as basketball motifs

NEW YORK, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s has teamed up with Nickelodeon and NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony to introduce, TMNT x Melo a high-octane line of boys’ apparel and accessories inspired by the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Channeling the fearless energy of the crime-fighting foursome, the limited-time capsule collection features graphic t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, pajama sets and socks, as well as basketballs and an over-the-door basketball hoop so that kids can show off their inner Carmelo Anthony.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is adored the world over and Turtles’ superfan Carmelo Anthony, with his incredible athleticism and illustrious career, is an inspiration to generations of fans,” said Durand Guion, Macy’s vice president/fashion director of men’s and kids’. “With the TMNT x Melo collection, we have tapped into the bravery, determination and dynamism that have made the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesheroes and Carmelo Anthony an idol. Our collaboration with Nickelodeon has resulted in an incredibly fun and active-inspired lifestyle collection that kids are sure to love.”

TMNT x Melo is a collaboration between Macy’s,Nickelodeon and Anthony, designed to inspire and delight young fans of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Anthony, a world class basketball luminary and self-proclaimed Turtles fanatic, also greatly inspired the collection, as graphics of the Heroes in a Half Shell adorn clothing and accessories that have an athletic bent to them.

”I grew up on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so to be able to partner on a boys’ collection withNickelodeon and Macy’s goes beyond my wildest dreams,” said Anthony. “It’s been so fun collaborating on the designs for these tees, hoodies, shorts and more. I can’t wait for my young fans to check out TMNT x Melo and feel the excitement I had at their age for the Heroes in a Half Shell.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s to bring TMNT x Melo to Turtles fans this May,” said Pam Kaufman, chief marketing officer and president, Consumer Products, Nickelodeon. “This one-of-a-kind collection reflects the unstoppable energy of basketball icon Carmelo Anthony and our mega-watt franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

The high-flying capsule collection will be available for a limited time only, launching in all Macy’s stores and on macys.com in early May. Items will range in price from $20 to $35.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 730 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 36th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production inthe United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Macy’s has partnered with Nickelodeon and Carmelo Anthony to introduce TMNT x Melo, available exclusively at Macy’s stores and on macys.com in early May. (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s has partnered with Nickelodeon and Carmelo Anthony to introduce TMNT x Melo, available exclusively at Macy’s stores and on macys.com in early May. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nordstrom to open Nordstrom Rack at Poplar Commons in Memphis, Tenn

SEATTLE, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Poplar Commons in Memphis, Tenn. The approximately 33,000 square-foot store is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The store is leased from Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) who is replacing an existing Sears building with a first-class 135,000 square foot shopping center.

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. Nordstrom Rack merchandise, available at Rack stores as well as Nordstromrack.com, comes from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and specially purchased items from many of the top brands at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

The Seritage property is located in east Memphis at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Perkins, directly across from Oak Court Mall.  Known as Poplar Commons, the newly developed center will include national retailers, specialty retail and several well-known restaurants. Near-by retailers include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Target, and Whole Foods.

“We’re excited to bring our first Nordstrom Rack to Memphis and can’t wait to open our doors in 2017,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “For some time now we’ve been looking for ways to grow here and we think customers will love the great brands we offer and appreciate the prices. We’re excited to get to work earning their business.”

“We are pleased to announce our sixth lease in our portfolio with Nordstrom Rack, who will anchor a newly built, first class shopping center in this thriving submarket of Memphis,” said Benjamin Schall, chief executive officer and president of Seritage Growth Properties. “Once completed, this redevelopment will exemplify our ability to unlock significant real estate value by transforming well located single-tenant parcels into institutional quality multi-tenant shopping centers.”

The Memphis Nordstrom Rack will be the company’s second Rack and third store in Tennessee. Currently customers can shop a full-line Nordstrom store in Nashville at Green Hills Mall and a Rack at Brentwood Place in Brentwood.

About Seritage
Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly traded, self-administered, self-managed REIT primarily engaged in the real property business through its investment in its operating partnership,Seritage Growth Properties, L.P. Our portfolio contains 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 joint venture properties, consisting of approximately 42 million square feet of building space, which is broadly diversified by location across 49 states and Puerto Rico.

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.

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Nordstrom, Inc.
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