Immochan presents its major projects worldwide at major events

Croix, Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France), 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Undisputed player among commercial real estate, Immochan participates at major events to present and market its major projects worldwide.

€ 1.8 billion of gross investments until 2018-2020.

Over 720 000 sqm of development are programmed in the pipeline for 2020. They are divided into several major projects: Pushkino in Russia and the Cloche d’Or in Luxembourg, with over 100,000 sqm total area each, and the extension of the gallery Piaseczno in Poland that will reach 83,000 sqm total area, representing 220 stores until 2020.

Besides, the strengthening of existing shopping centers, in France and Italy in particular, with remarkable extensions is also expected : Rescaldina and Bussolengo Italy (respectively 54,300 m² and 19,500 m² of total area after extension), and over 20 extensions-renovations in the French pipeline. The company also continues its expansion in China and plans to open 6 galleries in 2016.

Discover the projects and development opportunities at the upcoming shows:

March 15 to 18, MIPIM, Cannes
March 23, Retail Connections, London
April 15, Retail Connections & China Retail Summit, Shanghai
20,21 and 22 April, REX Real Estate eXhibition, Moscow
June 15 and 16, SIEC, Paris
16, 17 and 18 November, MAPIC, Cannes

More information

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Immochan presents its major projects worldwide at major events

Immochan presents its major projects worldwide at major events

Immochan France inaugurates newly renovated shopping center in Saint-Priest, France

Saint-Priest, France, 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Immochan France pursues its dynamic of renovation with the inauguration of the historical shopping center in Saint-Priest, France.

A qualitative leap for the customers

Created in 1981, Saint-Priest is ranked 6 out of all the hypermarkets of France and until 2015 only few transitional changes were made. In a spirit of modernity and excellence, Immochan and Auchan have invested over 10.3 million euros to offer the 8 million annual visitors, a universe that combines wellness and fun. These beautification work assigned to 15 regional companies have started on 16 March 2015. Today, all retailers are proud to welcome their guests in a warm and vibrant atmosphere resolutely turned towards the future shopping.

Immochan will continue to upgrade its shopping centers : 22 other shopping centers will be renovated in 2016

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Immochan France inaugurates newly renovated shopping center in Saint-Priest, France

Immochan France inaugurates newly renovated shopping center in Saint-Priest, France

Finalists announced to compete in the NACS Fuels Institute’s 2016 Future of Transportation Case Competition

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Duke University, Morgan State University and the University of California, Berkeley, have been chosen as finalists to compete in the Fuels Institute’s 2016 Future of Transportation Case Competition, taking place April 27–29 in San Francisco at the Institute’s annual meeting.

In its second year, the Fuels Institute’s Case Competition, sponsored by Gilbarco Veeder Root North America, provides teams of university undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to create their vision of an ideal future transportation sector. Teams were asked to outline how their vision could become a reality within the next 30 years, based on the current infrastructure in the United States.

Twenty teams of three or more students from 11 schools registered for the competition. A group of 13 judges from the fuels, retail and vehicle industries winnowed the submissions to the top three. The finalists will be flown to San Francisco to present to more than 80 professionals in the fuels and vehicle industries on Thursday, April 28. The winner of the 2016 Future of Transportation Case Competition will be announced later that evening at an awards dinner.

The winning team will share $5,000; the second and third place teams will win $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. The finalists, along with three honorable mention submissions, will have their submissions published by the Fuels Institute.

“Our team of judges was impressed by the ideas and perspectives presented by each of the finalists,” said Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger.  “We look forward to hearing the finalists present their visions of an innovative transportation future to industry thought leaders attending the Fuels Institute meeting next month.”

In addition to the student competition, the Fuels Institute, founded by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) in 2013, commissions and publishes comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects help inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

NACS survey: 50% of Americans are optimistic about the economy due to sustained period of lower gas prices

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fully half of all Americans (50%) say they are optimistic about the economy, a strong six-point jump over the past month and the highest percentage since November 2015, according to the results of a new consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Two in three consumers (67%) ages 18-34 say that they are optimistic about the economy, a huge 15-point increase from a month ago. Fuel consumers in the Northeast (56% optimistic) and Midwest (54%) are more upbeat about the economy’s prospects than fuel consumers in the South (47%) and West (47%).

The sustained period of lower gas prices appears to finally be driving economic optimism higher. More than four in five consumers (83%) ages 18-34 say that gas prices affect their optimism. Higher optimism may also be contributing to an increase in driving: nearly one in four Americans (23%) say that they will drive more this month, compared to only 16% in March 2015 who said they would drive more over the next month.

While consumers say they are much more optimistic about the economy, they also report a small uptick in gas prices. U.S. fuel consumers reported seeing a median gas price of $1.80 per gallon, a one-cent increase from the February 2016 median of $1.79. This increase, however small, represents the first time consumers have reported a price increase of any size since June 2015.

One in three (34%) U.S. fuel consumers say gas prices have increased in their area in the past month, compared to 68% who noticed gas prices increasing in March 2015. There are significant regional differences; just 16% of fuel consumers in the Northeast report increased prices, while a majority (53%) of Midwesterners have seen higher prices at the pump this month.

When asked about gas prices 30 days in the future, a majority (53%) of U.S. fuel consumers say they expect gas prices to rise, while just one in eight (12%) are expecting prices to drop over the next month. This is the highest percentage of U.S. fuel consumers expecting higher prices since July 2015, when 54% expected increases in gas prices. However, it is still significantly fewer than in March 2015 when three in four drivers (73%) said they thought gas prices would increase.

Even with the slight increase in gas prices, miles per dollar — a calculation that examines gas prices related to vehicle fuel efficiency — hit a new high of 13.22 miles per dollar in March.

“There is a lot of good news for retailers in these results. People feel better about the economy and want to travel more. The key is whether they also will want to spend more and the results right now are mixed, with only 19% of Americans saying that they will spend more this month — the same level as in March 2015. Convenience retailers are optimistic that the increase in consumer sentiment and warmer weather will help grow sales at stores,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas sold in the country, conducts monthly consumer surveys to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends. The NACS survey was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland; 1,101 gas consumers nationally were surveyed March 8-11, 2016. Summary results are available at www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

CarMax announces new sponsorship with The American Red Cross to support Disaster Responder Program

RICHMOND, Va., 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, announces a new sponsorship with The American Red Cross to support disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program.

Disaster Responder Program member donations help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.

“When disasters occur in the communities where CarMax associates live and work, they often seek ways to provide support. In response to their interests, CarMax has pledged support to the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder Member,” said Craig Cronheim, vice president of human resources and loss prevention at CarMax.

In addition to providing financial support, CarMax will provide support to Red Cross chapters across the country through blood drives and volunteer team builders with The CarMax Foundation’s Volunteer Team Builder program.

“The generous donations from Disaster Responder members help the Red Cross assist disaster survivors and support volunteers who work tirelessly at the disaster scene,” said Don Herring, Red Cross chief development officer. “All money donated by program members like CarMax is essential to our ability to fulfill the mission of the Red Cross.”

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the Fortune 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 156 superstores in 78 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Media Contact
Jennifer Bartusiak, CarMax Public Relations, (804) 747-0422, ext. 4429, Jen_Bartusiak@carmax.com

Whole Foods Market celebrates Beauty Week 2016 with deep discounts on select natural and organic beauty products

Facial care products on sale from March 18 to 20; ‘hello, beauty’ bags cost $15 on March 18

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Beauty Week 2016, Whole Foods Market is offering deep discounts on select natural and organic beauty products.

From March 18 to 20, all facial care products will be 25 percent off regular price. On Friday, March 18, stores will offer limited edition “hello, beauty” bags for $15 apiece. The bags are made by Riji Green, which is a business committed to ending human trafficking. Valued at $80, each bag includes products from Acure, Burt’s Bees, derma e, Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Mineral Fusion, MyChelle, Pacifica, Trilogy and Weleda.

“We’re thrilled to host our second annual Beauty Week to celebrate our shoppers and introduce new shoppers to our beauty selection,” said Maren Giuliano, global Whole Body executive coordinator at Whole Foods Market. “Our shoppers care about the ingredients they put on their skin, just like they care about what’s in the food they eat, which is why we’re so proud of our unparalleled quality standards for our beauty department.”

For years, Whole Foods Market has been lauded for its beauty department standards. In 2012, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics named the company “the leading national retailer” in personal care product safety; in 2014, the grocer was named runner-up in the Sustainable Beauty Awards’ “Sustainable Leadership” category; and in 2015, Giuliano was recognized by Women’s Wear Daily as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty.”

Whole Foods Market set its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for the “organic” label claim on body care products.

For more information about Whole Foods Market’s beauty standards, visit http://www.wfm.com/about-our-products/body-care-quality-standards.

EXPERTS

Maren Giuliano
Executive Global Whole Body Coordinator

Maren oversees the purchasing of personal care products and supplements for the company’s beauty and wellness programs.

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Whole Foods Market celebrates Beauty Week 2016 with deep discounts on select natural and organic beauty products

Whole Foods Market celebrates Beauty Week 2016 with deep discounts on select natural and organic beauty products

Whole Foods Market officially opens its newly relocated St. Paul store

New Whole Foods Market St. Paul Breaks Bread with Family, Friends and Neighbors

St. Paul, MN, 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will officially open its newly relocated 45,231 square-foot St. Paul store Wednesday, March 16 at 9 a.m. The much-anticipated store will provide St. Paul shoppers with a new, larger store just down the street from the previous location.

“Since 1995 we’ve had the privilege of serving the St. Paul community and the move to a new, larger location allows us to enhance the shopping experience for our community,” says Andrew Kartak, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market St. Paul. “We have a juice bar, a coffee bar, and 12-tap bar and grill; plus smoked in-house meat and seafood options, fresh breads made daily in our full scratch bakery, and many other exciting features to please new and loyal shoppers of Whole Foods Market St. Paul.”

A first in Whole Foods Market Minnesota stores, the Selby Grill will offer a vast selection of local and hard-to-find beers on 12 rotating taps. For the Grand Opening, Surly Brewing is hosting a tap takeover with seasonal favorites like Cacao Bender American brown ale, BLAKKR imperial black IPA, Pentagram Brett dark ale/sour and Brett Mikkel’s IPA, and fan-favorite brews such as Nein imperial smoked dunkelweizen, and Darkness 2015 Barrel-Aged Russian imperial stout.

The Selby Grill also features made to order breakfast items as well as burgers, cheese curds, loaded tater tot nachos, french fries, poutine, chicken and fish po’boy sandwiches, and much more. Other exciting choices include: house smoked sandwiches, Neapolitan-style pizza, hot bar, salad bar, olive and pickle bar, sushi, and many other grab-and-go meals and sides for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Capital Café hosts a variety of light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks, blended beverages and cold brew on tap, full of rich flavors needed to kick-start the day. Another first for Whole Foods Market Minnesota, the juice bar is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, ripe and ready for fresh pressed juice and smoothies.

St. Paul residents will also enjoy 12 gelato and sorbet options, fresh sushi and over 50 cookie varieties.

With a large variety of custom-cut meats, organic and local produce, and pantry staples, Whole Foods Market St. Paul is the go-to grocer for every level of food explorers.

Classically-trained butchers and meat cutters carve and grind in-house beef, pork, chicken and turkey that comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTMAnimal Welfare Rating program. For the new Whole Foods Market St. Paul, made in-house sausages offers exciting blends such as chorizo, Andouille, Italian and spicy Italian, buffalo blue cheese, and a signature St. Paul brat made with jalapenos and cheddar cheese. For bacon lovers, made in-house smoked sweet and spicy blends including sweet heat, jalapeno, savory, maple and apple cinnamon will add robust flavors to culinary creations.

Whole Foods Market St. Paul offers a variety of wild-caught and farmed seafood including made in-house smoked seafood options such as smoked salmon candy, smoked salmon salads and smoked lobster tails. Whole Foods Market has the highest quality standards for seafood in the business and ensures customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood sourced locally and around the world.

The skilled bakers in Whole Foods Market St. Paul’s scratch bakery use only ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market’s high Quality Standards, fresh natural butters and creams, and unbleached, unbromated flours for the variety of breads and pastries they’ll create daily. The cheese department is a culinary destination offering over 150 specialty cheeses free of artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, preservatives and hydrogenated oils.

As America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, what goes on the body is just as important as what goes in the body. Whole Foods Market St. Paul marks the first brick-and-mortar destination in Minnesota for the widely popular online cosmetic and facial care product line, W3LL People.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and St. Paul neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One lucky customer will receive a $500 gift card.

Whole Foods Market’s St. Paul store will continue to empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of the first week at the new location, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where 1 percent of each day’s sales will go toward five area schools:

  • Wednesday, March 16 – Randolph Heights Elementary
  • Thursday, March 17 – Linwood Monroe Elementary School
  • Friday, March 18 – Four Seasons A+ Elementary School
  • Saturday, March 19 – Ramsey Middle School
  • Sunday, March 20 – Central High School

Whole Foods Market’s One Dime at a Time program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market St. Paul’s first One Dime at a Time recipient at the new store will be Urban Roots, March 16 – June 30.

Whole Foods Market currently has five additional locations in Minnesota including Minnetonka at 1001 Plymouth Rd.; Edina at 7401 France Ave. S.; Maple Grove at 12201 Elm Creek Blvd. N.; and two locations in Minneapolis at 3060 Excelsior Blvd and 222 Hennepin Ave.

The original Whole Foods Market St. Paul at 30 Fairview Avenue South will close permanently Tuesday, March 15 and any remaining product will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw
President – Midwest Region

Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.

Press Contacts

Allison Phelps
Allison.Phelps@wholefoods.com
312.799.5600

Whole Foods Market in search for local growers and producers to feature in H Street, Washington, D.C. and Pentagon City, Virginia stores

Local food items and artisan products sought

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is looking for unique products from local growers and producers to feature in two upcoming stores: H Street, Washington, D.C. and Pentagon City, Virginia. Interested suppliers can submit information online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/malocal. The submission deadline is Friday, April 8.

Whole Foods Market defines local products as grown or produced within 100 miles of a store, or within the same state as a store. The H Street and Pentagon City locations are seeking a variety of products, from grocery and specialty items to produce, meat and seafood, to body care and lifestyle goods. Across the U.S., Whole Foods Market stores source from more than 6,500 local suppliers.

“Showcasing local supplier partners from within our communities is a core value of Whole Foods Market,” said Julia Obici, vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We can’t wait to see what DC/MD/VA artisans, food entrepreneurs, and growers have to share with our customers.”

Products from local suppliers must meet Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, which prohibit artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.

Press Contacts

MAPR@wholefoods.com

Annie Cull
301.998.6872

Whole Foods Market in search for local growers and producers to feature in three upcoming Pennsylvania stores

Local food items and artisan products sought

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —Whole Foods Market is looking for unique products from local growers and producers to feature in three upcoming Pennsylvania stores: the relocations of the Wynnewood and Philadelphia City Center (Callowhill) stores, as well as Allentown. Interested suppliers can submit information online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/malocal. The submission deadline is Wednesday, April 6.

Whole Foods Market defines local products as grown or produced within 100 miles of a store, or within the same state as a store. All three locations are seeking a variety of products, from grocery and specialty items to produce, meat and seafood, to body care and lifestyle goods. Across the U.S., Whole Foods Market stores source from more than 6,500 local suppliers.

“Showcasing local supplier partners from within our communities is a core value of Whole Foods Market,” said Julia Obici, vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We can’t wait to see what Philadelphia and Greater PA artisans, food entrepreneurs, and growers have to share with our customers.”

Products from local suppliers must meet Whole Foods Market’s qualitystandards, which prohibit artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.

Source: Whole Foods Market

Contact:

Annie Cull
301.998.6872
MAPR@wholefoods.com

Miracle Balloon campaign: Rite Aid kicks off its annual fundraising program for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

  • Customers Can Support Their Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital with Purchase of $1 Paper Miracle Balloons
  • Rite Aid Raised $6.3 Million in 2015, Bringing Grand Fundraising Total Since 1994 to More Than $75 Million

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid’s 22nd annual Miracle Balloon campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a leading nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, is now underway. From now through April 30, Rite Aid customers can support their local children’s hospital by purchasing $1 paper Miracle Balloons at any Rite Aid store. To show appreciation, supporters will receive $7 in coupon offers for a variety of items sold at Rite Aid.

“Thanks to our caring associates, supportive customers and generous supplier partners, in 2015, Rite Aid raised $6.3 million for the 95 local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals we support across the country,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Rite Aid is proud of its longstanding relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and we look forward to another successful campaign this year, raising much-needed funds to benefit the sick and injured children in the communities we serve.”

In addition to selling $1 paper Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates plan and host a variety of community fundraisers to help raise additional funds including golf tournaments, yard sales, car washes and other special events. Members of Rite Aid’s management team also dedicate a day each summer to washing cars and participating in an obstacle course outside the company’s headquarters in Camp Hill, Pa.

“Rite Aid is a phenomenal partner in our efforts to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals. As charities, children’s hospitals rely on donations to provide much-needed equipment, treatments and charitable care for kids,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Support from Rite Aid customers, associates and their supplier partners ensures kids in their communities have the care they deserve.”

Since becoming a partner in 1994, Rite Aid has raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, making Rite Aid the organization’s sixth largest corporate partner. Funds raised by Rite Aid help to provide pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting sick and injured kids.

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

 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

Source: Rite Aid

Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713