Hudson’s Bay Company declares quarterly dividend of $0.05 per common share

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or the “Company”) (TSX:HBC) announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend for holders of the Company’s common shares in the amount of $0.05 per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 15, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2016 and is designated as an “eligible dividend” for Canadian tax purposes.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.

In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Hudson’s Bay Company

INVESTOR RELATIONS:
416-256-6745
investorrelations@hbc.com
or

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tiffany Bourré, 905-595-7184
Director, External Communications
tiffany.bourre@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

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Weis Markets receives final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approval to open beer café in its Mechanicsburg store

First Harrisburg area in-store café is fully stocked and open for business

SUNBURY, PA and Mechanicsburg, PA, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval earlier today to open a beer café in its Mechanicsburg store located at 5140 Simpson Ferry Road. Associates began stocking shelves and coolers after receiving the approval and the café is now open for business.

The 30-seat beer café will sell beer for both on premise consumption and take-out. It offers more than 928 varieties, including an extensive collection of local craft beers, including beers brewed by Troeg’s Brewing Company, Appalachian Brewing Co, Stoudt’s, Victory, Lancaster Brewing and Liquid Hero.

The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

SOURCE: Weis Markets

Corporate Address:
Weis Markets, Inc.
1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801
1-866-999-9347 & select option 5 for assistance.

Schnucks unveils freshly remodeled St. Charles County stores in Mid Rivers, O’Fallon and Harvester

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three Schnucks St. Charles County stores, Mid Rivers, O’Fallon and Harvester, will unveil freshly remodeled interiors prior to the Easter holiday this weekend. Upon entering, customers will notice improved lighting, clean lines and new décor. Behind the scenes, Schnucks made equipment updates including energy efficient and temperature-controlled coolers and cases.

“We are pleased to debut our updates to these three locations. As people walk in to each store, they’ll notice bright, inviting atmospheres and décor,” said Schnucks Division Manager West Ewing. “Thank you to our St. Charles County customers who shopped with us through our remodeling.”

While the Mid Rivers location recently updated its restrooms, this week customers at the Harvester and O’Fallon stores will see those restrooms were remodeled in this phase.

In addition to the Harvester, O’Fallon and Mid Rivers stores, Schnucks has opened three other locations over the past 12 years, Lake Saint Louis, Cottleville and Lindenwood. The grocer has nine stores in St. Charles County that employ approximately 1,200 teammates from the area.

Store Facts:

Schnucks Mid Rivers               

577 Mid Rivers Mall Drive

St. Peters, Mo. 63376

Size: 73,000 square feet

Opened: 1990

 

Schnucks O’Fallon

8600 Veteran Memorial Parkway

O’Fallon, Mo. 63366

Size: 56,000 square feet

Opened: 1984

 

Schnucks Harvester

48 Plaza 94 Drive

St. Peters, MO 63376

Size: 53,000 square feet

Opened: 1983

About Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.8 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s eScrip program. Schnucks currently operates 99 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs nearly 15,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Schnucks.

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

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores named the official grocery partner of the Sacramento Kings

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has been named the official grocery partner of the Sacramento Kings. The legacy partnership will promote the two Sacramento organizations’ shared commitment to encourage health and wellness throughout the region.

As the Kings move into their newly built arena, Raley’s will join Golden 1 Center with two concessions kiosks that will offer healthy options to fans, such as nutritious fruits and vegetables sourced locally from within the Farm to Fork Capital of the country as well as fresh juices and other healthy snack options.  This partnership will help Raley’s deliver on their commitment to be the source for healthy and local food choices for all customers’ lively events.

“We look forward to partnering with the Kings to enhance our service and support for the greater Sacramento community,” said Michael Teel, owner and CEO, Raley’s. “Our partnership will enable Raley’s to extend our reach outside of our store locations; throughout the region, into more communities, educating and extending food options for everyone, allowing individuals to make the choices right for them and their health.”

Michael Teel has also joined the Golden 1 Center Food Sourcing Steering Committee, dedicated to helping the Kings identify local producers committed to sustainability and quality.  Julie Teel, local philanthropist, will work with the Kings Foundation to extend the #DoGood spirit throughout the region.

As both teams are passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of the individuals within the community, Raley’s and the Kings Foundation will also partner on projects targeting food literacy, regional gardens and nutritional resources.

“This new partnership with Raley’s is an extension of our commitment to sustainability and demonstrates the impact that local businesses can have on a community,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “Together, we’ll be able to highlight local sources that offer high-quality produce and promote the benefits of healthy selections in and out of the arena.”

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com

Kroger announces new presidents for Roundy’s Supermarkets and Mariano’s

CINCINNATI and MILWAUKEE, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the promotion of Michael Marx, currently vice president of people operations for Kroger, to serve as president of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Wisconsin, effective April 1. The company also announced the promotion of Don Rosanova, currently executive vice president of operations for Roundy’s, to president of Mariano’s, effective immediately. Both leaders will report to Roundy’s CEO, Bob Mariano.

Michael Marx Promoted to President of Roundy’s Wisconsin

Kroger promoted Michael Marx to serve as president of Roundy’s Wisconsin.

“Michael’s knowledge of store operations and merchandising, combined with his expertise in human resources and organizational effectiveness, will serve him well in this role. He builds strong teams of leaders and associates who work together to deliver business results.” said Mr. Mariano. “Michael’s leadership skills and business knowledge make him an excellent addition to our Roundy’s team in Wisconsin.”

Mr. Marx joined Kroger in 1975 as a stocker at the former Highland Village store in Houston. After completing the management development program, he served in numerous leadership positions through the years, including store and district management and produce, floral and natural foods merchandiser. He was promoted to director of regional operations for the Southwest division in 2006, and to vice president of operations in 2007. Mr. Marx was named vice president of transition at Kroger’s general office in Cincinnati in 2011 and took on his current role earlier this year.

Don Rosanova Promoted to President of Mariano’s

Kroger promoted Don Rosanova to serve as president of Mariano’s.

Mr. Rosanova has served in his current role as executive vice president of operations for Roundy’s since May 2006. He previously served as group vice president—supply chain from 2002 to 2006. Before joining Roundy’s, Mr. Rosanova was vice president of operations of Edward Don & Company, a provider of foodservices supplies and equipment, from 1999 to 2002. He also served as group vice president of operations at Dominick’s Finer Foods from 1996 to 1998, and held various management positions within Dominick’s from 1971 to 1996 in the greater Chicagoland area.

“Don has been my partner in building the Mariano’s brand and I could not have built this without his leadership,” said Mr. Mariano. “His passion for excellence has made him a well-respected leader within the Roundy’s and retail grocery community. Don has been an integral part of the success of the Mariano’s stores since its inception and we look forward to him continuing that journey as we grow the Mariano’s business.”

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety oflocal banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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

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

Colruyt opens brand-new store at the Romeinsesteenweg in Wemmel

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 23 Match, a brand-new Colruyt store opens at the Romeinsesteenweg in Wemmel. This 234rth Colruyt store has a sales surface of 1.450 m² and employs 29 salespeople.

Felix Daniels, store manager of Colruyt Wemmel: “A lot of people in this area already shop at Colruyt. Until now they went to a Colruyt store further on. At their request, we went in search of a suitable location for a store nearer their homes. And we found one at the Romeinsesteenweg.”

The new store is integrated with a residential complex. It occupies the ground floor, with residences on the floors above. In the basement, a spacious car park is fixed up.

Large choice of goods
Spread over 1.450 m² the customers of Colruyt Wemmel can find a large choice of food and non-food products in national brands and private labels. There are also lots of frozen products and beverages. In the cooled fresh market customers find fresh fruit and vegetables, sliced cold meat, dairy products and fresh fish every day.

In total, 7 check-outs ensure a fluent service.

Butcher’s department with open workshop
Customers can now choose their meat from the self-service butcher’s counter. They have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads and they can see the butchers at work. “They are easily approachable to ask questions or place a special order” says head butcher Geert Peeters. “In our butcher’s department experienced butchers cut the quality meat on the spot. They package it in handy portions and arrange everything in a self-service counter. That way our customers can pick up their meat pack directly from the counter and place it in their trolley.”

Store manager Felix Daniels, head butcher Geert Peeters and their 27 co-workers are looking forward to welcoming the customers at the brand-new Colruyt Wemmel as from Wednesday 23 March.

Practical information:

Colruyt Wemmel
Romeinsesteenweg 906
1780 Wemmel

Opening times:
Mon-Sat: 8.30 – 20.00
Fri: 8.30 – 21.00

 

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Colruyt opens brand-new store at the Romeinsesteenweg in Wemmel

Colruyt opens brand-new store at the Romeinsesteenweg in Wemmel

Tesco’s map of ‘Brew-tain’ reveals Suffolk as the champion when it comes to producing UK’s favourite bottled beers

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to producing the UK’s favourite bottled beers Suffolk is the UK’s champion – a unique ale map of Britain can reveal.

The East Anglian county is home to five of Britain’s most popular bottled ales including the No 1 top seller, Old Speckled Hen.

Other Suffolk ales making it into the top 25 list include Old Crafty Hen, Abbot, Broadside and Old Golden Hen.

The map of ‘Brew-tain’ was created by Tesco after it recently carried out a geographical review of all its most popular bottled ales.

Ale has never been more popular and last year demand for bottled ales grew by 14 per cent.

At Tesco the growth was even higher – rising by over 17 per cent – that’s nearly an extra 9 million bottles sold at Tesco in the last 12 months to 30 January 2016 (Nielsen Scantrack data).

Tesco ale buyer Chiara Nesbitt said: “We offer a fantastic range of quality ales at Tesco and it’s great to see Suffolk crowned as the UK’s ale brewing capital, producing five of Britain’s 25 most popular bottled ales including the country’s top seller, Old Speckled Hen.

“But Cornwall is right behind it with four top sellers and as our map reveals, there is now a fantastic diversity of different tasting, quality ales that are popular across the British Isles – a beer for just about every palate and every occasion.

“The ale revival, which started 10 years ago, shows no sign of slowing down and has actually gained momentum in the last few years with more and more of our customers now matching the beer we offer with our food.

“In the last few years demand for bottled ale at Christmas and Easter has rocketed and that’s because of its growing status as a drink, like wine to complement the taste of food.”

With Easter around the corner Tesco is helping customers by matching ales from the list with some of the most popular foods enjoyed by customers over the Easter weekend.

  • Lamb – This Easter classic is ideally paired with a strong tasting beer such as Hobgoblin to complement the richness of the meat.
  • Salmon – A  light ale will bring out delicate flavours of the salmon.  A good recommendation is Proper Job or Badger Golden Champion.
  • Sweet dessert such as sticky toffee pudding – a golden ale such as Fullers London Pride to bring out the sweetness of the pudding.
  • Chocolate Easter eggs – For any adults enjoying a chocolate egg this Easter the dark, rich and fruity aromas from Theakstons Old Peculiar will enhance the taste of the chocolate.
  • Hot cross buns – A sweet ale with spicy notes such as Old Speckled Hen would be a good match.
  • Vegetarian roast dinner –A perfectly balanced beer such as Doom Bar would suit any meal including foods made with nuts, Quorn or falafel.
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    Notes to editors:

    Tesco’s top selling bottled ales are as follows:

1. Old Speckled Hen – Suffolk – Amber Ale

2.  Doom Bar – Cornwall  – Amber Ale

3. Hobgoblin – Oxfordshire – Strong Dark Ruby Ale

4. Newcastle Brown – North Yorkshire – Traditional Brown Ale

5. Theakston Old Peculiar – North Yorkshire – Strong Dark Ale

6. Old Crafty Hen – Suffolk – Strong Ale

7. Bank’s Bitter – West Midlands – Amber Ale

8. London Pride – London – Amber Ale

9. Proper Job – Cornwall – Golden IPA

10.  McEwan’s Champion – Edinburgh – Strong Dark Ale

11. Black Sheep Ale – North Yorkshire – Amber Ale

12.  St Austell Tribute – Cornwall – Pale Ale

13.  Brewdog Punk IPA – Aberdeenshire – Golden IPA

14. Bishop’s Finger – Kent – Strong Ale

15. Landlord – West Yorkshire – Pale Ale

16.  Badger Golden Champion – Dorset – Golden Ale

17.  Spitfire – Kent – Amber Ale

18. Abbot – Suffolk – Amber Ale

19.  Old Golden Hen – Suffolk – Golden Ale

20.  Badger Fursty Ferret – Dorset – Amber Ale

21.  King Goblin – Oxfordshire – Strong Dark Ale

22. Innis & Gunn Original – Edinburgh – Oak Aged IPA

23.  Adnam’s Broadside – Suffolk – Strong Dark Ale

24. Sharp’s Atlantic – Cornwall – Pale Ale

25. Bombardier – Bedfordshire – Amber ale

 

A beginner’s guide to the different types of ale:

Amber ale – Amber ales are the most popular ales in the UK, classic best bitters usually with a mixture of barley malts that develop a rich colour and with just the right amount of hops to create beautifully balanced beers.

Strong ale – Just like amber ales but brewed for a stronger flavour.

Strong dark ale – Brewed for a stronger flavour with darker barley malts, often producing rich, sumptuous spicy or fruity flavours.

Brown ale – A classic traditional ale with nutty flavours that has stood the test of time.

IPA – India Pale Ale – Originally brewed in the days of the Empire, brewed with higher alcohol and more hops (which act as a preservative), so the beers could last the long ship journey from Britain to India. Bitter, strong and aromatic.

Pale ale – Golden to amber in colour, these ales are only pale in comparison to the dark beers that used to be the predominant style in days gone by. Usually aromatic and bitter through the generous use of hops, but not as strong or bitter as an IPA.

Golden ale – These lighter coloured and balanced beers are an increasingly popular style, and more often accessible for lager drinkers.

Porter – A classic style of beer, associated with very hard water areas, such as London or Dublin. Porters are made with rich roasted malts and barley for a fuller flavour.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701
We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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Tesco's map of ‘Brew-tain’ reveals Suffolk as the champion when it comes to producing UK’s favourite bottled beers

Tesco’s map of ‘Brew-tain’ reveals Suffolk as the champion when it comes to producing UK’s favourite bottled beers

Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. president and CEO William H. Lenehan elected to Macy’s, Inc. Board of Directors

CINCINNATI, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mar. 22, 2016– William H. Lenehan, president and chief executive officer of Four Corners Property Trust, Inc., has been elected to the Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2016.

Lenehan, 39, has extensive knowledge and experience in real estate development and management. He was named president and chief executive officer of Four Corners, a publicly traded investment trust focused on foodservice real estate, in August 2015. Previously, he served as special advisor to the board of EVOQ Properties, Inc., owner of a substantial portfolio of development assets in downtown Los Angeles; interim CEO of MI Development (now known asGranite Real Estate Investment Trust), a real estate operating company; and investment professional in the real estate group of Farallon Capital Management LLC, a global asset management firm.

“Bill will contribute to our board’s expertise and working knowledge on matters related to real estate, an important area of activity as we work to create shareholder value through joint ventures or other partnerships related to Macy’s flagship stores and mall properties,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “Bill’s perspective is rooted in his real estate experience in a variety of industry sectors, including net lease, restaurants, mall, office, residential, and mixed-use.”

Lenehan is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.

The election of Lenehan and that of Frank Blake in November 2015 increases the size of the Macy’s, Inc. board to 15 members. Two board members, Meyer Feldberg and Joseph Neubauer, are scheduled to retire at the Macy’s, Inc. Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 20, 2016.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2015 sales of $27.079 billion. The company operates about 870 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s inDubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.
Media – Jim Sluzewski, 513-579-7764
Investor – Matt Stautberg, 513-579-7780

Macy’s partners with Operation PROM to ensure all girls look and feel special on prom night

Through a partnership with Operation PROM, Macy’s is donating prom dresses to girls in need

NEW YORK, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s (NYSE:M) is helping every girl reign supreme as the prom style queen with a breathtaking assortment of dresses and accessories. With styles that range from fairytale princess to Old Hollywood glamour to cool girl edgy, Macy’s has all the latest trends to make girls stun on the big night. By partnering with Operation PROM, Macy’s is helping to ensure all girls look and feel special on prom night through the “Buy 1, We’ll Donate 1” program. For each prom dress purchased on March 26, Macy’s will donate a brand new dress* to Operation PROM to help girls in need sparkle on prom night.

“Prom night is a night girls dream about,” said Stephanie Muehlhausen, vice president/fashion director of ready-to-wear and millennial, Macy’s. “With our selection of gorgeous dresses and accessories, we want to make sure girls look and feel as extraordinary as they’ve dreamed. We’re also very proud to partner with Operation PROM to help make that dream come true for girls in need as well.”

Magnificent Dresses

Runway-inspired dresses, shoes, bags and jewelry turn up the volume on dance floor-ready prom looks. Channeling the red-hot 70s trend, sleek halter-neck dresses rendered in vibrant colors and metallics let girls channel their inner Bianca Jagger. Stark black-and-white dresses are perfect for the girl with the mod flare, while ethereal strapless dresses with delicate lace and embroidery embody regal elegance. Flirtatious openings and sheer stratums of chiffon reveal a chic focus on skin, and cutout details and geometric illusion patterns on column gowns are strikingly contemporary.

Delightful Accessories

Polishing off a dazzling prom look are equally dazzling accessories. Two-piece ankle strap sandals are de rigueur and complement sleek looks, while chunky platform sandals in graphic prints are stellar punctuation points for dresses minimalist in design. Caged shooties are daring and attention-grabbing, and pointy-toed d’orsay pumps with a bow on the toe are perfectly prim for ladylike looks. Lucite box clutches, embellished minaudieres and striped envelope clutches are fabulous ways to carry phones and prom night essentials. Pile on the bling with gemstone-encrusted bib necklaces, 90s-chic chokers, modern cuffs and exquisite earrings, from demure studs to fierce ear cuffs to jaw-dropping chandelier earrings.

Operation PROM

Prom night is a magical evening, and Macy’s has partnered with Operation PROM to bring that magic to young women in need. Macy’s invites customers to help girls glow on prom night by participating in its “Buy 1, We’ll Donate 1” program, benefitting Operation PROM. On Saturday, March 26, for every prom dress purchased, Macy’s will donate a prom dress to Operation PROM, which provides formalwear to students who are in financial need, homeless, sick or disabled. This amazing cause brings joy to the lives of countless young women and helps them to feel as wonderful and as beautiful as they are.

*Up to 5,600 new dresses. Only regular-price prom and social dresses trigger the donation. Purchase is not tax deductible.

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 Operation PROM
Operation PROM is a national 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization that provides free prom dresses and tuxedos to underprivileged teens. Eligible students are those who are in financial need, homeless, sick, or disabled. Over the past 12 years, Operation PROM has helped thousands of students across the U.S. attend their prom at little or no cost.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s
Holly Thomas, 646-429-5250
Holly.Thomas@macys.com
or
Billy Dumé, 646-429-7449
Billy.Dume@macys.com

 

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Betsy & Adam off-the-shoulder illusion gown, $199, available at select Macy's stores and on macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)

Betsy & Adam off-the-shoulder illusion gown, $199, available at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)

John Lewis Partnership announces the appointment of Keith Williams as non-executive Deputy Chairman

LONDON, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces the appointment of Keith Williams as non-executive Deputy Chairman, succeeding Mark Price who leaves the Partnership on 4 April 2016, as announced in October 2015. Keith Williams will be taking up his new role from 4 April 2016.

Keith joined the Partnership Board as a non-executive director in March 2014. In addition to his new role as Deputy Chairman, Keith has agreed to extend his term as a Non-Executive Director for a further two years.

Keith is currently Executive Chairman of British Airways and is retiring from his role on 31 March. He joined the airline in 1998 and became Chief Executive in 2011. Prior to joining British Airways he worked for a range of major corporations including Reckitt and Coleman, Apple Computer Inc and Boots. He is also Independent Non-Executive Director of Transport for London.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘I’m delighted Keith has agreed to take up the role of Deputy Chairman. In the two years since his appointment to the Board he has made a valuable contribution to the Partnership and I look forward to working with him in his new role’.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – The John Lewis Partnership operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 346 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 91,500 staff are Partners in the business.

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food and Grocery Retailer2 awards- currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialsit online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’3, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

3 Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Katie Robson
Senior Manager, Group External Communications
Telephone: 020 7592 6296

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

Belk announces five bands with South roots as 2016 Southern Musician Showcase winners

Finale Event in Charleston Features Five Talented Bands with Southern Roots

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Five bands with ties to the South received the surprise of a lifetime when Belk declared them winners of its 2016 Southern Musician Showcase during the competition’s finale event held on March 19 in Charleston.

The five winners were selected from nearly 3,000 entries. Each will receive a cash prize as well as an opportunity to perform on Belk’s Road South Tour with stops at major fashion, sporting and music events. Other prizes include a performance wardrobe provided by Belk, and an opportunity for the artists’ songs to be featured in a Belk television commercial.

“Music is such an important part of Southern culture, so that’s why Belk started the Southern Musician Showcase three years ago to celebrate the music and musicians that embody the Southern lifestyle,” says Jon Pollack, Belk’s executive vice president of marketing, sales promotion and eCommerce. “This year’s winners are no doubt worthy of this recognition as all of them are amazing musicians who represent Belk and the South well.”

2016 Southern Musician Showcase Winners
Blue Honey of Nashville, Tennessee
Genre: Americana
Blue Honey is a husband-and-wife duo that has been performing in country and Americana hot spots for years. Inspired by the sweet mix of soulful blues and stirring harmony, singers/songwriters Troy Brooks and Kassie Jordan chose a name that embodied their sound and spirit.

Kelsey Lewis of Fort Worth, Texas
Genre: Pop
Kelsey Lewis has been performing since she was six years old. Described as “Vintage Futuristic,” the young songstress is known for her effortless ability to take the old and infuse it with the new.

Scott Ivey of Schertz, Texas
Genre: Pop Country
From playing youth groups in his high school rock band to worship pastor, Scott Ivey has embraced his passion for music and faith in his sound and spirit.

Jennifer B. and the Groove of Salem, South Carolina
Genre: Blues
Jennifer B. and the Groove exemplifies the soulful, gut-wrenching sound that defines the blues. Frontwoman Jennifer B. adds her rich, powerful voice and high-octane stage presence to the band’s talent, which includes Nick Boettcher on guitar, Adrian Myerson drums and Dr. D on bass.

Joel Cross of Denton, Texas
Genre: Pop Soul
Joel Cross is a singer/songwriter best known for his amazing combination of soul, rhythm and blues. His silky smooth voice and phenomenal guitar skills perfectly capture the sound and spirit of the South.

The Southern Musician Showcase was open to solo artists and bands in the Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Pop, Pop Country and Rhythm & Blues genres. Belk partnered with ReverbNation, and contestants submitted their profiles, including a collection of songs, a brief biography that detailed their affiliation to the South, head shots, a full length photo and a video. Fifty semifinalists competed in regional auditions in Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas and Richmond, Virginia.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 293 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and www.belk.com offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com; Stacey McCray, 704-961-8880, stacey.mccray@lgapr.com

 

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Belk announces five bands with South roots as 2016 Southern Musician Showcase winners

Belk announces five bands with South roots as 2016 Southern Musician Showcase winners

IKEA announces contractors for building its future Columbus, Ohio store

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced contractors are hired for building its future Columbus, Ohio store. Pending remaining permits, this progress allows the project to continue on track for site work to commence, with groundbreaking this spring and a store opening in Summer 2017, increasing the Swedish retailer’s presence in the Midwestern United States with its second store in Ohio. Until the store opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: West Chester, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

IKEA has chosen Pepper Construction to serve as Construction Manager for the IKEA Columbus site work and store development project. Having a strong Midwestern presence and a regional office based in Dublin, Ohio, Pepper is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm that has constructed several IKEA stores throughout the years. Other Ohio firms assisting with this project are: real estate brokerage CBRE for site selection support; Smith & Hale, LLC for local land use counsel; CESO, Inc. for civil engineering; KJWW Engineering Consultants for structural; Geotechnical Consultants Inc. for geotechnical services; Davey Resource Group and Stantec for environmental and ecological services; and GreenbergFarrow as project architect. Additionally, ACIES Engineering is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.

“With a contractor onboard, plans can proceed towards opening the future IKEA Columbus,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This store will provide a more convenient IKEA shopping experience for current and potential customers throughout Central Ohio, complementing our Cincinnati-area store and growing our Midwestern U.S. presence.”

IKEA Columbus will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Columbus also will provide significant annual property and sales tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Located in the Polaris Centers of Commerce development, approximately 15 miles north of downtown Columbus, the 354,000-square-foot future IKEA store and its 1,200 parking spaces will be built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Press Contact Information

USA CORPORATE PUBLIC RELATIONS
Mona Astra Liss
1-610-834-0180 x 5852

USA PRODUCT PUBLIC RELATIONS
Janice Simonsen
1-610-834-0180 x 6349

USA EXPANSION
Joseph Roth
1-610-834-0180 x 6500

IKEA Foundation commits $13.9 million to Water.org to expand its WaterCredit model

Kansas City, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA Foundation today, World Water Day, announced a new grant to Water.org to expand efforts to provide safe water and sanitation to one million people in India and Indonesia. IKEA Foundation is committing $13.9 million to Water.org to expand its WaterCredit model, helping families have access to small, affordable loans so they can meet their water and sanitation needs.

“Our work at Water.org has never been more important, and thanks to this grant from the IKEA Foundation, we are going to help hundreds of thousands of kids gain access to safe water and sanitation and impact their lives forever,” said Matt Damon, Co-founder of Water.org.

IKEA Foundation’s partnership with Water.org began in 2013 in Bangladesh. Since then, the partnership has grown. “With support from IKEA Foundation, Water.org is able to activate every element of our global WaterCredit expansion strategy,” said Alix-Ines Lebec, Director of Strategic Alliances for Water.org. “IKEA Foundation trusts our model and supports our vision to tackle the water crisis in ways that are smart and scalable.”

IKEA Foundation’s contributions will scale Water.org’s WaterCredit model at an unprecedented level, helping to break down the barriers between people and access to safe water and sanitation. Thanks to the WaterCredit model, one million people—hundreds of thousands of whom are children—will have life’s most basic necessities, giving women hope, children health and communities a future in which to thrive.

For IKEA Foundation, this commitment is part of a larger effort to help the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation CEO said, “IKEA Foundation believes that every child deserves a healthy start in life, so we are supporting Water.org’s innovative program to help families in Bangladesh, India and Indonesia access safe water and better sanitation facilities, giving them improved health and a life of dignity.”

“By supporting the development of game-changing approaches like WaterCredit, the IKEA Foundation is helping drive the critical innovation needed to end the water and sanitation crisis,” said Gary White, Water.org Co-Founder and CEO. And that support has the power to help the most vulnerable unlock potential for themselves and others, and transform the world.

One of 10 new partnerships in 2015
This commitment is part of a larger effort by IKEA Foundation to help the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. In 2015, IKEA Foundation gave $132 million to support children’s programs in some of the world’s poorest communities. The partnership with Water.org is one example of the Foundation’s approach to creating prosperity for children and families all over the world.

Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation stated, “We provided $132 million in grants to our 49 partners in 2015, part of our $1.1 billion commitment through 2020. By addressing children’s fundamental needs—for home, health, education and a sustainable family income—we are helping them to create better futures for themselves and their families, while helping their communities overcome the impacts of climate change.”

Another important highlight from 2015 includes the IKEA Foundation’s commitment for climate action. IKEA Foundation announced a $440 million new funding commitment through 2020 to help the world’s poorest communities adapt to and overcome the impacts of climate change. In the years to come, the Foundation will help communities build resilient and innovative infrastructure to protect them during disasters and push ahead on bold renewable-energy experiments to benefit entire communities. The new climate funding commitment will also include programs to help farmers in Asia and Africa adopt climate-sensitive techniques that increase quality, yield and nutritional value of their crops while decreasing waste. Lastly, the Foundation will continue to motivate corporations, investment firms and average citizens to be proactive and make a positive contribution to global efforts meant to tackle climate change.

To get your copy of the 2015 Annual Review, go here:http://ikeafoundation.org/AnnualReview2015/

About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About Water.org
For more than 20 years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based initiatives to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation — giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than 3 million people around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead. Learn more at http://water.org/ and www.facebook.com/water.

About WaterCredit
WaterCredit by Water.org puts financial tools to work in the water and sanitation sector. It allows people in need to access small loans for water connections or toilets, empowering them to accelerate change in their own homes and communities. Here is how it works:
‒Water.org partners with carefully selected microfinance institutions who provide loans to a person or family in need for water connections or toilets.
‒The loans through WaterCredit are affordable, making them easy to repay.
‒Once the loan is repaid, it can go to the next person who needs it. It is a pay-it-forward system that makes it possible to help more and more people in ways that will last.
Learn more at http://water.org/solutions/watercredit/

Contacts:
IKEA Foundation
Radu Dumitrascu
+31 6 556 98 570
radu.dumitrascu@ikeafoundation.org

Mona Astra Liss (U.S. Contact)
610.834.0180/ext. 5852
mona.liss@ikea.com

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Water.org
Rosemary Gudelj
+1816 877 8461
rgudelj@water.org

#F21xMusic: Forever 21 debuts Festival 2016 Collection celebrating music and LA vibe

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, debuts its Festival 2016 Collection, globally, celebrating music and an LA vibe around the world through its campaign tagline #F21xMusic.

Fun, feminine energy shines through the campaign imagery, photographed by Zoey Grossman and styled by Ashley Glorioso, featuring fresh faces: Cayley King, Courtney Eaton and Marloes Horst. The Forever 21 Festival Collection provides an updated look for the season and pays tribute to the iconic ‘60s and ‘70s. With micro dresses, full skirts, short-shorts, bell-cut sleeves and bottoms, wooden platform shoes, and rompers with attitude, the Festival Collection offers endless styles to stay cool as the weather warms up.

Forever 21 Festival Collection launches in stores globally and on Forever21.com beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Hashtag:      #F21xMusic

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT INFORMATION
Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

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#F21xMusic: Forever 21 debuts Festival 2016 Collection celebrating music and LA vibe

#F21xMusic: Forever 21 debuts Festival 2016 Collection celebrating music and LA vibe

Forever 21 debuts Spring collection and campaign with models Cayley King, Courtney Eaton, Jonathan Bellini, and Marloes Horst

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, debuts its Spring collection and campaign globally with rising international models Cayley King, Courtney Eaton, Jonathan Bellini, and Marloes Horst.

With a strong focus on denim, the campaign, which was photographed by Zoey Grossman and styled by Ashley Glorioso, provides updated options for styling the coveted wardrobe staple. For women, spring is all about doubling up, pairing basic pieces with statement colored denim in cream, blue, gold, khaki, olive, red, and tomato hues for an ever-so-cool model ‘off-duty’ look. The collection features fade-wash denim shirts teamed up with high-rise dark blue jeans, on-trend denim A-line zip-up skirts, micro-shorts, and jeans that pay tribute to denim eras from ‘70s flare to ‘90s mom. The 1790 denim collection feature low-rise skinny ankle, mid-rise skinny, mid-rise flare, high-rise skinny, and ‘high-rise crop denim. For men, the ‘90s distressed and grungy denim has made a comeback and is celebrated as a piece to add an unexpected twist on an otherwise polished look. The collection features ripped, frayed and patchwork shorts and jeans in an array of washes and styles including slim-fit, skinny and drawstring joggers.

Forever 21 Spring Collection launches in stores globally and on Forever21.com beginning Friday, January 29, 2016.

Official hashtag: #BlueJeanBabe

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT INFORMATION
Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

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Forever 21 debuts Spring collection and campaign with models Cayley King, Courtney Eaton, Jonathan Bellini, and Marloes Horst

Forever 21 debuts Spring collection and campaign with models Cayley King, Courtney Eaton, Jonathan Bellini, and Marloes Horst

Kimco Realty Corporation announces groundbreaking ceremony for 450,000 square foot shopping center in Spring, Texas

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corporation is happy to announce a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate Grand Parkway Marketplace, a new 450,000 square foot open-air shopping center development in Spring, Texas anchored by Target Corporation. The project has generated strong retailer demand with approximately 75 percent pre-leased, based on leases in progress and signed letters of intent, including eight leases with national, best-in-class junior anchors. Once completed, Grand Parkway Marketplace will be a signature property in a core major metro market for the company.

“Grand Parkway Marketplace is an illustration of Kimco’s strategy to selectively develop state of the art projects in highly desirable trade areas. The shopping center will bring an exciting mix of national, regional and local retailers, restaurants and services to both the local community and the northern Houston area at large. The architecture, landscaping and amenities package will be exceptional and transform this intersection”, commented Rob Nadler, President of Kimco’s Central Region.

When: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. CDT

Where: Grand Parkway Marketplace – Corner of Kuykendahl Road and Spring Stuebner Road

The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public and media are invited to attend. To RSVP, contact Jo Anne Jarosik at 847.294.6447 or jjarosik@kimcorealty.com by Friday, March 25th.

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.

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CONTACT:
David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President – Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corporation
1-866-831-4297

Overwaitea Food Group converts two Kelowna Cooper’s Foods stores in Winfield and in Vernon to Save-On-Foods

Winfield, Vernon Cooper’s Foods expected to convert to Save-OnFoods next week

Kelowna, B.C., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two Kelowna grocery stores have become Save-On-Foods after converting overnight from Cooper’s Foods.

The former Cooper’s Foods stores in Rutland and Glenmore, owned and operated by the Langley-based Overwaitea Food Group, officially opened as Save-On-Foods Friday, March 4 after all-night conversions with minimal interruption to customers.

Two more Cooper’s Foods stores in the Okanagan – one in Winfield and the other in Vernon – are expected to convert overnight and open as Save-On-Foods next Friday, March 11.

As Save-On-Foods, these stores will continue to deliver world-class service and a great selection of products with even better value, thanks to promotions and programs unique to Save-On-Foods including Darrell’s Deals, Talk about Fresh Solutions, and Talk about What’s New.

Friday was also a busy day for the Lakeshore Save-On-Foods, which officially opened its wine department, becoming the second grocery store in the Okanagan to sell B.C. VQA wine after the SaveOn-Foods in Orchard Plaza.

“We are thrilled to welcome two more Cooper’s Foods locations to the Save-On-Foods family, and know our customers in Kelowna feel the same because they’ve told us they want Save-On-Foods in their neighbourhoods,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “Our stores have unbeatable value, the most innovative programs, and simply the best service around, and we can’t wait to share that with our friends and neighbours in Kelowna, Vernon and Winfield.”

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Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years.

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
604 888 2079, extension 2200
mediarelations@owfg.com

The Overwaitea Food Group named one of Canada’s Best Employers for 2016 and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

Langley, B.C., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) has two accolades to add to its growing list, having recently been named one of Canada’s Best Employers for 2016 and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

In a report co-published by the Globe and Mail and Mediacorp, OFG was recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for its exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

Mediacorp’s editorial team judges employers on programs aimed at improving diversity and inclusiveness diversity in several measures, including gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity, through recruitment, retention, development, training and education programs, to name a few.

Forbes Magazine named OFG one of only two grocery retailers to make the list of Canada’s 250 Best Employers for 2016.

Each year, Forbes works with online statistics provider Statista to ask 8,000 workers from across the nation how likely they are to recommend their employer to others, and how they feel about the other employers in their industry.

“We are so lucky to have 16,000 of the world’s best grocers on our team, and it’s because of each and every member on our team that we have such a caring culture and fulfilling workplace,” said Overwaitea Food Group president Darrell Jones. “The credit is due to our team members for making OFG such a great place to work.”

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The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is the largest Western-based Canadian food store chain, serving more than 80 communities in B.C. and Alberta. The company has been in operation for 100 years, with its first store originally located in New Westminster, B.C. OFG currently operates than 147 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, PriceSmart Foods International, and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners. With the support of more than 15,000 team members, OFG proudly provides customers with great local value in unique and innovative ways; delivering world-class products, services, and an exceptional in-store experience, customized to suit the needs of each community they serve.

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
604 888 2079, extension 2200
mediarelations@owfg.com

Overwaitea Food Group converts four Kamloops Cooper’s Foods stores to Save-On-Foods

Kamloops, B.C., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four Kamloops grocery stores have become Save-On-Foods after converting overnight from Cooper’s Foods.

The four former Cooper’s Foods stores, owned and operated by the Langley-based Overwaitea Food Group, opened Friday morning, February 19, as Save-On-Foods after converting overnight with minimal interruption to customers.

As Save-On-Foods, the stores offer the same great products by the same great teams, with the added value of promotions and programs exclusive to Save-On-Foods, including Darrell’s Deals, Talk about Fresh Solutions, and Talk about What’s New.

The Overwaitea Food Group is named for its 100-year history that began with the original Overwaitea store in New Westminster, B.C. Today, the company operates approximately 150 grocery stores in B.C. and Alberta, with a focus on customizing its stores to the unique communities it serves.

“We are so excited to welcome four Kamloops locations into the Save-On-Foods family, and to be able to give more of our customers what they want: great products at great value, in amazing stores served by world-class team member,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “As Save-On-Foods, we are thrilled to be able to continue living the legacy of friendly neighbourhood grocers established by Kamloops’ very own Cooper’s Foods.”

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Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years.

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
604 888 2079, extension 2200
mediarelations@owfg.com

GQ announces the return of the Best New Menswear Designers in America program for the tenth year

GQ Partners with Gap for the Fifth Year to Create Limited-Edition Collections

New York, N.Y., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — GQ announced today the return of the Best New Menswear Designers in America program for the tenth year, celebrating some of the top designer alumni from the past decade. The project, established in 2007, recognizes the best young menswear designers in the country and works to advance the talented up-and-comers. This year, GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and creative director Jim Moore invited back four of the program’s all-stars to create capsule collections in celebration of the past decade of talent. The four designers will be featured in the April 2016 issue of GQ, on national newsstands March 29, and will collaborate with Gap on a limited-edition collection, to be sold in the fall exclusively at select Gap stores around the world.

GQ’s 2016 Best New Menswear Designers in America, All-Star Edition:

Michael Bastian (New York, established 2006, GQ Class of ‘07, ‘11)—The beauty of Bastian’s clothes is that they can be remixed a hundred different ways. “It’s a great challenge,” Bastian tells GQ of creating his capsule collection. “It’s the difference between a novel and a good short story. They’re equally powerful.” But as the only designer to ever be given repeat recognition in the program (he participated in both 2007 and 2011), he was top of the list for this year’s All-Star roster.

Steven Alan (New York, established 1994, GQ Class of ’08)—Most designers build their collections and work their way up to opening a storefront. Steven Alan did it backward. The clothes he did make (shirts, mostly) were basically private-label pieces to fill his own shelves. He opened a showroom in 1997 and gradually diversified: a striped tie here, a polo there, until he was a capital-F fashion designer. Today he’s a one stop shop with everything from shirts and shoes to sunglasses and watches, all stocked next to those under-the-radar brands he’s found through his travels. That collection-curation combo is a move many major menswear retailers have since borrowed—but nobody ever nails it quite as well as Steven Alan.

Saturdays NYC (New York, established 2009, GQ Class of ‘12)Founded by Morgan Collett, Colin Tunstall, and Josh Rosen, Saturdays showed up out of nowhere, a magpie line that fathered all the style touch points of the moment: the surf-culture explosion, the shrunk-in-the-wash fit, and the crisp graphic designers aimed at city kids partying on the tiki-torched decks in Montauk and Malibu. What Saturdays does best, is make the brand feel like a way of life. From publishing their own in-house magazine to developing a coffee blend, their shops (now in New York, Japan, and Australia) feel like your most stylish buddy’s weekend home.

John Elliot (Los Angeles, established 2012, GQ Class of ‘14)—When Elliot first participated in the program just two years ago, he was working out of an apartment with three other guys, and the quartet has since revolutionized menswear with their side zip hoodies and tapered sweatpants. “One of the most incredible experiences of my life was going to the Gap near where I live in L.A. to look at my first GQ collection, and they didn’t have anything left,” reflects Elliot. He has since ascended to street wear-demigod status with his signature layered look, creating a style movement that is still gathering steam.

“We’re in a celebratory mood—ten years is a good chunk of time, enough for this program to have introduced an impressive array of talented designers to a wider audience, and to establish itself as part of the fashion world’s creative support system,” says editor-in-chief Jim Nelson. “So we wanted to go big this year, to revisit some of our most significant alumni over the decade. We’re calling them our All-Stars. Together, they show the breadth, growth and promise of American men’s fashion.”

“Gap is thrilled to continue our partnership with GQ and celebrate the All-Stars that are redefining American menswear,” says Wendi Goldman, Gap’s EVP of Product Design and Development. “We’re excited to toast ten years of this incredible initiative with a group of designers that have left a lasting impact on the program. We can’t wait to bring their unique vision to our customers, who eagerly anticipate these exclusive collections every season.”

As part of the Best New Menswear Designers in America project, GQ will work with each All-Star designer as they create an affordable exclusive line that will be available this fall at select Gap stores in more than seven countries, as well as at www.gap.com. Additionally, pieces from the collection will be featured in the October 2016 issue of GQ.

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About GQ
GQ is the leading men’s general-interest magazine, with a monthly readership of 7 million readers. It is available in print, online at GQ.com, and as an app at iTunes.com. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications. Condé Nast operates in twenty-five countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Gap brand fashion inquiries: Gap_Press@gap.com