The Group Majid Al Futtaim opened 7th Carrefour hypermarket in the Sultanate of Oman

Sultanate of Oman, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Group Majid Al Futtaim, franchised partner of Carrefour opened a 7th Carrefour hypermarket, in the Sultanate of Oman on February 23rd.

Located in the city of Nizwa, the store extends over a sales area of 5000 sqm.

It is situated in a shopping center including 80 shops, an ice rink, a tenpin bowling and a car park of 974 places.

Majid Al Futtaim Group owns 165 stores, including 72 Carrefour hypermarkets, 86 Carrefour Market and Carrefour City 7 in 15 countries.

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The Group Majid Al Futtaim opened 7th Carrefour hypermarket in the Sultanate of Oman

The Group Majid Al Futtaim opened 7th Carrefour hypermarket in the Sultanate of Oman


The Monroe Carrefour hypermarket in Buenos Aires reopens following major renovation

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Monroe Carrefour hypermarket in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has just reopened following a programme of major renovation work. In addition to the store being completely renovated, it now features a number of new services and technological innovations.

Even more services and greater levels of innovation
The store is now equipped with screens which provide customers with information about wait times at the store’s various stands and tills. Terminals are available where they can browse online catalogues, find out product prices or even scan QR codes to find out more information about products.

As far as the services that the store boasts are concerned, Wi-Fi is available throughout it and customers can borrow batteries for their mobile phones. They can also scan their purchases themselves and have their shopping delivered to their homes. And there are terminals where they can share their opinion with the store’s management.

As far as the store’s layout is concerned, the Market, Wine cellar, Perfumery and Home sections are particularly appealing.
The store has 100 employees and a total sales area of 4200 square meters.

Carrefour Argentina operates more than 583 stores under the Carrefour, Market, Express and Maxi banners. It is among the country’s largest private employers, providing employment for more than 20,000 people.

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The Monroe Carrefour hypermarket in Buenos Aires reopens following major renovation

The Monroe Carrefour hypermarket in Buenos Aires reopens following major renovation

LVMH Houses showcase latest watch models at The Baselworld watch fair

BASEL, Switzerland, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Baselworld watch fair gives LVMH Houses a chance to showcase their latest models, symbols of their creative universes and expertise, on the cutting edge of precision and innovation. Discover the star models in the latest collections from Bulgari, Dior, Fendi, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith.

© TAG Heuer

© TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer
Just six months after the release of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01, the backbone of the brand’s new collection of distinctive contemporary chronographs, TAG Heuer introduces the Carrera Heuer-02T. This automatic chronograph combined with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), guaranteeing the highest level of chronometric precision.

The movement is housed in the latest generation case. Made from titanium, this case is lightweight and more shock-resistant. The design reflects TAG Heuer’s focus on accessible luxury and opens up a huge range of possibilities with an infinite combination of materials, colors, and finishes. The watch is complemented by a black alligator strap sewn onto rubber for a sporty look. The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T symbolizes the Swiss watchmaker’s creativity and continued investment in technology, exemplary quality, performance and watch manufacture expertise.

© Bulgari

© Bulgari

The Italian jeweler innovates continually, associating its mastery of precious materials with Swiss watchmaking precision. The precious new Serpenti Incantati watch highlights the iconic serpent theme, a symbolic creature long since tamed by Bulgari. In this interpretation, for the very first time the reptile coils around the watch dial. Each part of the head and the body has been entirely rethought and redesigned with extremely contemporary lines. There are four choices: a rubellite or diamond version, each expressed through two different interpretations. These beautiful contemporary tributes to historic models testify to this timeless motif’s permanent capacity for renewal.

© Hublot

© Hublot


Hublot once spotlights its innovation and materials expertise with a new watchmaking first: an exceptional series of 500 Big Bang Unico Sapphire models cut straight from sapphire. The sapphire crystal is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond. It is extremely difficult to machine, and has until now been reserved for one-of-a-kind pieces or very private collections.

Without losing sapphire’s unique and rare character, Hublot has made it more accessible with this absolutely transparent collection that consecrates the acclaimed architecture of the Big Bang model and the performances of the brand’s Unico movement. Finishes, textures and materials fuse to create an indivisible whole. The case middle, bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are cut from blocks of sapphire. Its skeleton dial made from transparent resin reveals all the gears of the movement and its finishes. The strap is invisible so that the skin can be seen through it, for an ethereal look.

© Zenith

© Zenith


For years the Manufacture has associated its name and expertise with the world of classic cars, a world that shares the same authentic values. In 2016, building on its many partnerships, Zenith will be joining thousands of classic car enthusiasts around the world at over 50 events. The El Primero 36’000 VpH Classic Car embodies and pays tribute to this prestigious world, in which precision, reliability and endurance are expressed through sophisticated and elegant designs.

The mythical chronograph El Primero by Zenith is an extremely precise, high-performance emblem of cutting-edge mechanics. Dedicated to those with a love for legendary cars, the El Primero 36’000 VpH Classic Car comes with a 42 mm-diameter brushed steel case, fitted with a fluted crown and two round push-pieces. Expressing strength and distinction, this chronograph has an anthracite dial punctuated by three counters in the original colors of anthracite, blue and light gray. Gentlemen drivers will appreciate the perforated chestnut brown calfskin strap.

© Christian Dior

© Christian Dior

Dior unveils a new series of eight exceptional unique pieces: the Dior Grand Soir collection. The Studio’s creative inspiration for the new Kaléidioroscope model comes from embroideries designed by Monsieur Dior. To express this rich and colorful concept, this model was developed in 36 mm. The voluminous dial is adorned with mother-of-pearl, ornamental stones, polished gold petals and precious stones. The bezel is set in diamonds, sapphires or tsavorite garnets in geometric shapes, accentuating the bewitching symmetry of the dial. The jean strap reflects Dior’s modern style. These refined timepieces feature an automatic Elite caliber from the Zenith manufacture. Through a colored pleat, the back reveals a lacquered oscillating weight in harmony with the dial.

© Fendi

© Fendi

Fendi Timepieces unveils Policromia, its exclusive new watch designed in partnership with the well-known jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi. The Policromia collection features twenty models of watches, each showcasing different precious elements of haute joaillerie. Brilliant cut white diamonds adorn the case and the dial, paired with refined inserts of real stones: malachite and green mother-of-pearl, or lapis lazuli and blue mother-of-pearl. A combination of colors on different surfaces, nuanced pieces, precious inserts and asymmetrical bezels made in noble materials create the watch’s daring silhouette with a unique 3D effect, underlining the importance of time, innovation and evolution of the watch’s design.


TAG Heuer unveils new digital strategy focused on increasing its presence in online sales

PARIS, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — TAG Heuer continues to show a boldly innovative spirit: following the release in November 2015 of the first connected luxury watch, the Swiss watchmaker unveils a new digital strategy focused on increasing its presence in online sales.

Unlike some luxury watchmakers who appear daunted by the prospect of selling online, the transition to the digital era doesn’t phase Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division. In the wake of the 2015 launch of the Carrera Connected Watch in partnership with Google and Intel, Jean-Claude Biver has detailed a new digital strategy aimed at amplifying TAG Heuer’s online footprint.

TAG Heuer already has several e-business platforms that function independently in the United States, England and Australia, as well as a website that sells connected watches. Now the brand has announced plans to roll out a single platform where ultimately all TAG Heuer timepieces will be available for purchase. Part of an all-new website to be launched in late 2016, this platform will reach countries where e-business has not been available to date. By 2018 the platform will cover a maximum number of countries around the world.

Tag Heuer’s strategy reflects the fact that users are increasingly connected, and no longer wary of purchasing luxury products online. The appeal of the watchmaker’s products and greater trust among customers mean that online sales have become an integral part of consumption habits. At the same time, the hands-on experience of trying products on in shops remains one of the main decision factors when it comes to making a purchase. The role of an online sales platform is thus not to compete with bricks and mortar locations, but rather to offer an additional service, in particular for people who live in areas with limited retail networks.

The notion of trust figures at the heart of this strategy, which is designed to bring customers a unique product experience and create greater affinity with the watchmaker, whether they are long-time fans of the historical Heuer brand or new clients who recently discovered Tag Heuer via the connected watch.



TAG Heuer unveils new digital strategy focused on increasing its presence in online sales

Carrera Connected Watch © TAG Heuer

LuLu Group Chairman Yusuff Ali M.A. honoured with the ‘Business Excellence Award 2016’ by IBPC

DUBAI, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of LuLu Group, has been honoured with the ‘Business Excellence Award 2016’ for his outstanding contribution in the field of business during a gala event organized by the Indian Business & Professionals Council IBPC, the only representative organisation of Indian Business & Professionals in Dubai. Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director of LuLu Group, received the award on behalf of Yusuff Ali, from Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, at the event conducted at Dubai World Trade Centre. A number of dignitaries and top Indian business magnets attended the event.

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LuLu Group Chairman Yusuff Ali M.A. honoured with the ‘Business Excellence Award 2016’ by IBPC

LuLu Group Chairman Yusuff Ali M.A. honoured with the ‘Business Excellence Award 2016’ by IBPC

LuLu Group launches ‘SAVE WATER & WIN CASH’ project to spread awareness on the importance of water conservation

Abu Dhabi, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the occasion of World Save Water Day, LuLu Group today launched a very unique reward campaign to spread awareness about the importance of water conservation. The ‘SAVE WATER & WIN CASH’ project was jointly launched by LuLu and Abu Dhabi Distribution Company on 22 March at Khalidiyah Mall in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

As per the details given to the media during the launch function, this campaign will run for 4 months and the winner will be decided as per the savings he/she has made in the ADDC bills for the next 3 months. The person who reduces the maximum water units in the next 3 months will be rewarded with Dhs. 50,000 followed by 2 second prize winners who will get Dhs. 25,000 each and 50 consolation prizes of Dhs. 5000 each.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Abubaker T.P., Regional Director of LuLu Group, said “LuLu has always strived to make their CSR campaigns very effective and innovative. We noticed that there is a lot of awareness about saving water, but still many of us don’t follow the practice at our homes. Through this campaign we wish to reward the winners, which is a good incentive for all of us to try hard to save water.”

During the launch function, more than 1000 water conserving devices were also distributed free of cost, which can be easily fitted on taps or showers to reduce wastage.

Humaid Ali Humaid Al Shamsi, Sales Manager of ADDC, who inaugurated the campaign, also spoke highly of this innovative reward program and urged all Abu Dhabi residents to take up this challenge and help in conserving water.

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LuLu Group launches ‘SAVE WATER & WIN CASH’ project to spread awareness on the importance of water conservation

LuLu Group launches ‘SAVE WATER & WIN CASH’ project to spread awareness on the importance of water conservation

Al Meera signs agreement with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company to build six new stores

  • Al Muftah Contracting Company to build four of the six stores, while Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading will be building the other two
  • Project Management services to be provided by Al Rayan Partners (ARP)
  • Al Meera is expecting the completion of 5 new branches within the next 3 months
  • Al Meera anticipates the reach of 55 branches within the next 2 years

QATAR, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) is pleased to announce that it has just signed an agreement with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company, to build six new stores out of the 14 planned for the coming period with total contract value of QR 238,730,146, as part of Al Meera’s expansion strategy for 2016 and beyond.

As per the agreement, Al Muftah Contracting Company will work on the construction of four new Al Meera shopping centres, while Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading will be building two new shopping centres for the company. Project Management services for the six new stores will be provided by Al Rayan Partners (ARP).

The four shopping centres awarded to Al Muftah Contracting Company will be located in Rawdat Aba El Heran, Azghawa, Leabaib and Umm Qarn, which will be built on a land area of 10,805 m2, 6,311 m2, 17,390 m2 and 10,230 m2 respectively.

Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading, on the other hand, will work on establishing two new Al Meera shopping stores in Al Khor and Saileya, on a land area of 15,000 m2 each.

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera signed the agreement with Mr. Khalid A. Al Muftah, Finance Director of Al Muftah Contracting Company and Mr. Muhammad Idrees Anwar, CEO/Managing Partner of Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading, during a special ceremony that was held at Al Meera Head Office in Doha.

Commenting on this new collaboration, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera, said:

“We are excited to venture into this new partnership with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company, who will be building six of Al Meera’s 14 new shopping centers planned for the coming period, noting that Al Meera has started its construction works in 5 branches of the 14 from last year in Sailiya North (Al Miarad), Leabaib 2, Al Wakra (west), Um Slal Ali and Bu Sidra, expecting the completion within the next 3 months. Our expansion plans are a result of a well-researched strategy to march with Qatar’s urban plans, as well as to drive the company’s future growth. We are confident that this collaboration will establish highly-developed Al Meera stores that are equipped with world-class technologies and solutions, and will continue to serve customers in different areas of the country, through the excellence of our people and our innovative approach.”

For his part, Mr. Khalid A. Al Muftah, Finance Director of Al Muftah Contracting Company, said:

“We are pleased to be partnering with Al Meera, one of the biggest enterprises in Qatar, and are proud to play a role in its expansion strategy, which caters to the needs of more consumers across the country. The four new stores shall be built to the highest standards, using the latest equipment and will live up to Al Meera’s motto of being consumers’ favourite neighbourhood retailer.”

In his remarks regarding the agreement, Mr. Muhammad Idrees Anwar, CEO/Managing Partner of Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading, said:

“It is our honor to take part in helping Al Meera reach more consumers living in the countries’ various regions. Under our partnership agreement, Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading will be working on the establishment of two new state-of-the-art shopping centers for the country’s leading supermarket chain. We look forward to the opening of the new Al Meera stores for consumers in those two key locations, which we are confident will reflect Al Meera’s innovation and modernity benchmarks and will be up to its customers’ expectations.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Khalid Fakhroo, General Manager of Al Rayan Partners, commented:

“Al Rayan Partners is proud to provide project management services for Al Meera’s fourteen projects including six stores recently awarded for construction to Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company, in line with the company’s growth plans. With our established experience in project management and our local market expertise, ARP is the right partner for Al Meera’s new shopping centers and we will be trying our level best to ensure that the operations go as planned and that the projects are delivered on time, within budget and as per Al Meera’s approved quality standards”.

Al Meera’s expansion plans are currently stretching to new heights with the setup to construct and equip 14 new shopping centers spread across the country; a result of strategic research and strategy to keep pace with Qatar’s urban planning, which has extended to new areas and others that have recently witnessed a population boom.

The company is working in close and continual coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to exchange recommendations and suggestions in that regard.

In 2015, Al Meera announced the opening of 10 new stores, with 9 stores covering Muraikh, Al Azizia, Muaither, Jeryan Njeima, Al Thakhira, Al Wakra, Al Thumama, Al Wajba, Rawdat Ekdeem and a branch in Gulf mall; this also comes in addition to beginning the works on five new shopping centers in various regions of the country within its plan to complete the 14 new braches as planned, expecting to reach a total of 55 branches within the next 2 years.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company


Al Meera signs agreement with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company to build six new stores

Al Meera signs agreement with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company to build six new stores

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. elects Debra K. Simon to its Board Directors

YORK, Pa., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today announced its Board of Directors has elected Debra K. Simon to its Board, effective immediately, expanding its Board membership to ten.

Ms. Simon, 57, the wife of Tim Grumbacher, Chairman of the Board and Strategic Initiatives Officer, has been a practicing CPA, and was employed bySF & Company (now known as Baker Tilly) for 32 years, retiring in 2015. She held various positions with SF & Company, including Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2015.  She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Simon currently serves as the Chair of the Susan P. Byrne Health Education Center.

Mr. Grumbacher stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Debra as a member of our Board of Directors. Debra has an extensive finance and accounting background as well as experience in strategic planning, human resources and operational management. We welcome her insight as we strive to execute our business strategies for profitable growth and increased shareholder value.”

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s website at


Kim George
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The Walt Disney Company moves up to 2nd place on the list of the World’s Most Reputable Companies for 2016

GLENDALE, Calif., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walt Disney Company has just ranked No. 2 on the list of the World’s Most Reputable Companies for 2016, published in Forbes, moving up from No. 6 in 2015.

Every year, Reputation Institute assembles the annual ranking by polling global consumer perception on companies’ products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership and performance.

“The Walt Disney Company is number one in the world when it comes to being perceived as a good corporate citizen and also as a company with fair and ethical business practices,” said Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner at Reputation Institute, in the article.

This honor follows similar accolades from recent months: Disney was named the World’s Most Powerful Brand and recognized onFortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

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Dunkin’ Donuts seeks franchise candidates for its expansion plans in communities and towns throughout Texas

CANTON, MA, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that it is seeking to expand in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern and Western Texas. Franchising opportunities are available for qualified franchisee candidates to purchase anywhere from one to five restaurants in regions across the state.

The company is looking for community leaders who may already operate local businesses, such as other restaurants, retail outlets or even convenience stores and gas stations, who have the passion and financial qualifications in the following markets:

  • North and Northeast Texas in the areas of Paris, Athens, Commerce, Sulphur Springs, Palestine and Hillsboro.
  • Southeast Texas in the areas of Beeville, Alice, Kerrville, Angleton and Bay City, as well as in Uvalde, Del Rio and Eagle Pass.
  • West Texas in the areas of Pecos, Monohans, Fort Stockton, Andrews, Big Spring and Brownfield.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to qualified candidates who are interested in developing a restaurant outside of larger metropolitan areas in the regions of San Antonio, Houston, Waco and more,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands  “With more than 65 years in franchising, we’ve found the development and operation of a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant can deliver a significant impact to the community it serves and we are actively seeking local entrepreneurs to become the face of our brand in their towns.”

Candidates interested in developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in this area can contact Julie Price, Franchise Manager at Also, an Informational Franchising Webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CST). Visit to register and learn more about the unique franchising opportunity Dunkin’ Donuts offers.

As part of the company’s growth plans throughout the state, a multi-unit store development agreement was recently signed with new franchise group, WF Donuts LLC, for Wichita Falls, Texas. Led by the Kurani brothers, this group will develop three Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and one multi-brand unit with sister brand Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Their first restaurant is planned to open in 2017.

“We are excited to expand the brand’s presence in Texas and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Mak Kurani, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded in Glendale, Calif., by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, guests at more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins shops in nearly 50 countries visit to sample from the more than 1,300 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, ice cream sundaes and take-home frozen treats.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,700 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit


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Pets at Home Group Plc announce the appointment of Ian Kellett as CEO from 4th April 2016

LONDON, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pets at Home Group Plc, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food, accessories and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Kellett as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 4th April 2016, following the resignation of Nick Wood, who will remain with the Group in an advisory role until 1st July to support Ian and ensure a smooth transition. 

Ian has been a member of the Group’s Board for the last ten years fulfilling the roles of Chief Financial Officer and latterly the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Division.  Over this time, Ian has steered the business through continuous growth, played a pivotal role in the IPO and the expansion of our veterinary services with the acquisition of Vets4Pets. 

Also announced today, Peter Pritchard is promoted from his role of Chief Operating Officer in the Retail Division to Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Division.  Sally Hopson remains Chief Executive Officer of the Services Division and Louise Stonier as Group Legal Director and Company Secretary. As previously announced, Graeme Jenkins will join the Group as Chief Financial Officer on 4th April.  

The Group continues to trade in line with expectations and will issue a trading update for the fourth quarter on 21st April 2016. 

Commenting on Ian Kellett’s appointment, Tony DeNunzio, Chairman, said:

“I am delighted that Ian is succeeding Nick as CEO, having seen them work together so successfully over the past four years on the strategic development of the Group.  His appointment is consistent with the succession plan the Board set out when Ian was appointed last year as CEO of the Retail Division, and with the appointment of Graeme Jenkins as CFO.  Ian has a strong vision for the Group based on his experience over ten years with Pets at Home in both financial and operational roles and I am confident he will continue to provide excellent leadership to the Group. 

“I would like to thank Nick for steering the business so capably over the past four years, particularly in overseeing the Group’s IPO in 2014.  On behalf of the Board, I wish him well as he takes a break from business life to spend time with his family.” 

Ian Kellett said said:

“Pets at Home is a special business whose success is founded on its many thousands of talented colleagues who, together with our customers, share a love of pets.  I look forward to leading our amazing team as the business enters the next exciting stage of its development.” 

Nick Wood said:

“I would like to thank my colleagues throughout the business for the support they have given me over my time as CEO.  It has been a privilege to lead Pets at Home for four years, but after over 8 years working in the North West, and with my children growing up fast, I feel the time is right for me to be based in London with my family.” 

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(i)            There is no further information to be disclosed in accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.13.

(ii)           Following his resignation, subject to his continued employment, Nick Wood will receive his normal salary and associated benefits until his leaving date.  Payment of any annual bonus for the period will be in accordance with the remuneration policy and subject to the normal assessment of performance achieved over the period.

(iii)          Under the Company’s long term incentive plans, Nick’s Matching Award under the Co-Investment Plan will be subject to the Early Leaver performance condition.  Under this, up to 20% of Nick‘s Matching Award could vest early, subject to the satisfaction of certain early EPS performance targets.  The Early Leaver performance condition will be assessed against the Group’s financial results for the years ending 31 March 2015 and 31 March 2016.

(iv)           Ian Kellett’s remuneration package includes an annual basic salary of 475,000.  His maximum annual bonus entitlement is 100% of salary.  Ian will be entitled to participate in the Company’s Performance Share Plan (PSP) and Approved Company Share Option Plan (CSOP).  The next award will take place in May 2016 when the intention is to make an award of PSP and CSOP shares, normally up to 125% of salary in total. The vesting of PSP and CSOP awards will be subject to performance conditions.  Ian’s employment contract is subject to a notice period of six months from the individual and twelve months from the Company.

(v)            The above remuneration arrangements are compliant with the Group’s remuneration policy that was approved by shareholders in 2014.  Full details of Ian’s remuneration arrangements will be disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts for the 53 weeks ending 31 March 2016. 

Ian Kellett joined Pets at Home as Chief Financial Officer in April 2006 and following changes to a divisional management structure, became Chief Executive Officer of Retail in June 2015, remaining as CFO while the search for a new CFO was underway.  Ian also supports the Group’s veterinary business as a member of their operational board.  Previous to his time at Pets at Home, Ian was finance director of Staples’ retail business in the United Kingdom between 2004 and 2006, and deputy finance director of JD Wetherspoon plc between 1999 and 2004. 

Graeme Jenkins will join Pets at Home on 4th April 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.  Graeme is currently CFO of Australian department store business, Target Australia Pty Ltd, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to this, Graeme was Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director at Virgin Media Business and before this he held a number of senior financial positions at FirstGroup Plc and John Menzies Plc.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. 

Peter Pritchard joined Pets at Home in January 2011 as Commercial Director with responsibility for buying and sourcing, marketing and omni-channel.  In 2015 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Division.  Peter has worked in retail for 25 years in various senior operational and commercial roles at Asda, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Marks and Spencer and Wilkinson Hardware Stores. Peter has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Stirling University. 

Sally Hopson MBE joined Pets at Home in December 2008 as the Customer, People and Development Director.  Sally became Chief Executive Officer of the Pets at Home Vet Group in 2013 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Services and Group Development and Property Director in 2015, with overall responsibility for our store and format development and pet services offer, notably vets, grooming and insurance.  She became CEO of the Pets at Home Vet Group in 2013 and in 2015 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Services Division and Group Development and Property Director with overall responsibility for the Group’s store and formal development, Group property Division and the Group’s pet services offer, notably vets, grooming and insurance.

Sally joined Pets at Home from Asda where she held a number of senior roles over 14 years.  After graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London with a degree in Middle Eastern History, Sally joined the graduate scheme at Habitat and began a long and enjoyable career in retailing. Sally is also a Non-Executive Director for the Retail Trust and for Jardiland, a French garden centre chain. A particular interest in diversity led to a four year period as a commissioner on The Women in Work Commission and the Learning and Skills Council which was recognised in an MBE awarded in 2006. 

Louise Stonier joined Pets at Home in 2004 as Head of Legal and Company Secretary and was promoted to Group Legal Director and Company Secretary in 2008 and to the Executive Team in 2015.  Louise has overall responsibility for legal and governance matters together with health and safety and corporate social responsibility.  Louise is also a trustee and Chair of the charity, Support Adoption For Pets. Louise joined CMS Cameron McKenna as a trainee solicitor.  After qualifying as a Corporate solicitor in 1999, Louise moved to DLA Piper LLP and as an associate in the Corporate Team, acted on a number of  corporate finance and M&A transactions. 

About Pets at Home
Pets at Home Group Plc is the UK’s leading specialist pet omnichannel retailer and services provider. Pets at Home operates from 413 stores located across the UK. The Group operates the UK’s largest small animal veterinary business with 359 practices, run principally under a Joint Venture model using the Vets4Pets and Companion Care brand names, and two specialist referral vet hospitals. Pets at Home is the UK’s leading operator of pet grooming services offered through its 205 grooming salons. The Group also operates 4 specialist High Street based dog stores, called Barkers, as well as Ride-away, an equine retail business with a superstore and website. For more information visit:

SOURCE: Pets at Home Group Plc

National Retail Properties, Inc. President and CEO Julian E. Whitehurst appointed to the InvenTrust Board of Directors

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or “the Company”) today announced that Julian E. (“Jay”) Whitehurst, President and Chief Operating Officer of National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) has been appointed to the InvenTrust Board of Directors, effective immediately. With this addition, the InvenTrust Board now consists of six directors.

“Jay brings to the InvenTrust Board more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, with significant expertise in real estate transactions and operations,” said Thomas P. McGuinness, President and Chief Executive Officer of InvenTrust. “We believe that Jay’s experience as an executive at a successful retail-focused REIT will play a vital role on our Board as we move forward in executing on our pure-play retail platform strategy.”

“We are pleased to add a proven industry leader of Jay’s caliber and background to our Board of Directors,” said J. Michael Borden, Chairman of InvenTrust Properties. “We welcome Jay to the Board and look forward to benefiting from his contributions and insights.”

“This is an exciting time to join the InvenTrust Board following the significant progress the Company has made executing on its strategy in recent months,” said Mr. Whitehurst. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to help achieve the Company’s goals and objectives alongside the other members of the Board.”

About Julian E. Whitehurst
Mr. Whitehurst has served as President of National Retail Properties, a publicly-traded single-tenant retail property REIT, since 2006, and as Chief Operating Officer since 2004. In these roles, he is responsible for all aspects of operations for the REIT, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, asset management, underwriting, human resources and legal. Mr. Whitehurst also served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of National Retail Properties from 2003 to 2006.

Prior to joining National Retail Properties, Mr. Whitehurst was a shareholder at the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., where he practiced business and real estate law for over 20 years. He specialized in the representation of institutional investors in general business and real estate acquisition, disposition, finance and development.

InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of December 31, 2015, it owned 97 multi-tenant retail properties. The Company also maintains a 55% ownership stake in a joint venture with PGGM containing 15 open-air centers. InvenTrust’s total retail portfolio comprises of 18.5 million square feet of retail space in 24 states. As of December 31, 2015, the Company also owned 11,039 student housing beds and 5.7 million square feet of non-core space.

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InvenTrust Properties Corp.
Dan Lombardo, 630-570-0605

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Warren James opens jewellery store in The Churchill Shopping Centre in Dudley

LONDON, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new jewellery store has opened in the The Churchill Shopping Centre, Dudley, creating six new jobs.

Warren James opens  after signing a 10-year lease with London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), which owns and manages the shopping centre.

Warren James, jewellery specialists since 1979 and one of the largest jewellery chains in the UK with over 180 stores nationwide, prides itself on offering gold, silver and diamond jewellery, expertly crafted bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

A spokesman for the national retail manager of the new 2,139 sq ft store, said: “We are all very excited to open our doors in February, and can’t wait to start meeting shoppers in Dudley.

“We are a team of jewellery lovers and the whole team can’t wait to deliver great advice and service to our new customers. We’re confident that shoppers will be quick to catch on to the amazing saving opportunities we have to offer.”

Rob Heald, LCP asset manager, said: “We are committed to providing Dudley shoppers with a good range of stores in the town centre and are thrilled that Warren James jewellers is opening a store in The Churchill Centre. It’s a welcome addition to an increasingly diverse retail offer we offer shoppers.”

SOURCE: London & Cambridge Properties Limited

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ascena retail group welcomes Stacy Turnof as Vice President of Investor Relations

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) today announced that Stacy Turnof has joined the Company as Vice President of Investor Relations, effective immediately. Ms. Turnof will be responsible for all aspects of investor communications, working closely with executive leadership.

Ms. Turnof joins the Company with over two decades of finance and investment experience. She spent nearly ten years withBlackRock, most recently as a Vice President and Senior Buy-Side Research Analyst. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Director and Senior Sell-Side Retail Analyst of equity research for Merrill Lynch. She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Ms. Turnof will report directly to Robb Giammatteo, EVP and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Giammatteo commented, “Stacy has a high level of familiarity with our brands and customer segments, and I’m thrilled to have her join our team. She brings significant perspective to the role, having held both buy-side and sell-side roles in the past, and I look forward to her expanding our presence with the investment community, and helping articulate our financial vision.”

About ascena retail group, inc.
ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes, and accessories for missy and plus-size women under the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines brands, and for tween girls under the Justice brand. ascena retail group, inc. operates, through its 100% owned subsidiaries, ecommerce operations and over 4,900 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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Baskin-Robbins launches a sweet deal with $1.31 scoops on March 31st

Guests can also now pre-order new Easter Egg Cake and Bunny Roll Cake in time for the Easter weekend

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is offering guests a sweet deal on their favorite ice cream flavor on Thursday, March 31st. At participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide, guests can enjoy all regular and kids scoops for just $1.31.* Guests can enjoy this special “Celebrate 31” deal on all of Baskin-Robbins’ classic flavors, such as Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as seasonal favorites like Icing on the Cake®, Rock ‘n Pop Swirl, Strawberry Shortcake and Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait Frozen Yogurt.

In addition, Baskin-Robbins is offering its new Easter Egg Cake and popular Bunny Roll Cake to help guests celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday. Perfect for any family gathering, the new Easter Egg Cake features bright frosting and icing, finished with sparkling sugar and serves 10-12 people. Baskin-Robbins’ Bunny Roll cake is a traditional roll cake decorated with bunny ears and a cute cotton-tail. Both cakes can be customized with a guest’s favorite ice cream and cake combination and are now available for pre-order in-store or online for the Easter weekend and other special occasions this spring.

“We’re excited to kick off the spring season with our ‘Celebrate 31’ promotion, offering our guests a sweet deal on their favorite ice cream flavors,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “We also hope that our guests enjoy celebrating the Easter holiday with our new Easter Egg Cake and fan favorite Bunny Roll Cake.”

Baskin-Robbins recently announced a new addition to its dessert menu with new Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches and Sundaes. Available at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide, these delicious and customizable desserts can be personalized with a guest’s choice of warm cookies, their favorite ice cream flavor and topping. The chewy, warmed to order cookie options include Dark Chocolate Chunk, Double Fudge, Peanut Butter Chocolate and White Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies. Guests can mix and match their choice of more than one type of cookie in their Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich or Sundae for the ultimate flavor experience.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

* Offer valid on March 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit


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Baskin-Robbins launches a sweet deal with $1.31 scoops on March 31st

Baskin-Robbins launches a sweet deal with $1.31 scoops on March 31st

NCR Corporation receives EMV certification from First Data Corporation for its Epsilon payments application

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that it has received EMV certification from First Data Corporation for its Epsilon payments application. Deployed by small and large operators, NCR Epsilon is a reliable, fast, secure site-based payment processing application that has been providing multi-host online/offline payment processing for the retail industry since 1999. The certification enables Epsilon to process credit and debit EMV transactions for both the Radiant POS and StorePoint POS solutions.

“The EMV liability shift will continue to influence convenience store strategies,” said Jason Groff, director of Petroleum and Convenience Retail at NCR. “With our certification for Epsilon, First Data customers now can reliably move to EMV and provide their shoppers with more secure payment transactions.”

The certified Epsilon solution will be delivered as a software upgrade to RPOS and StorePoint customers.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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eBay partners with WeGoLook to provide eBay Motors vehicle shoppers with on-site inspections for any vehicle

Now eBay sellers can improve buyer confidence in vehicle transactions with WeGoLook’s on-site inspections.

San Jose, California, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — With shoppers’ trust at the forefront, eBay has continued to focus on improving the selling and buying experience. Underlining this effort, the company has partnered with WeGoLook to provide eBay Motors vehicle shoppers with on-site inspections for any vehicle, motorcycle, RV, powersport or boat in the U.S., at a discounted rate as low as $69 per inspection.

Through this partnership, eBay Motors vehicle sellers can improve buyer confidence in vehicle transactions by providing on-site inspections conducted by a third party. Shoppers can also use WeGoLook’s services to ensure online vehicle postings are verified, putting their minds at ease prior to making a purchase. This service is especially beneficial for shoppers purchasing vehicles outside state lines, which is more than half of all of cars and trucks sold on eBay Motors in the U.S.[1]

“When shopping for vehicles online, consumers want the same convenience and services they have become accustomed to receiving when buying clothing or electronics,” said Jay Hanson, eBay’s Vice President of North America Merchandising, Hard Goods. “With WeGoLook, we’re providing customers with an additional peace-of-mind when they buy on eBay.”

How WeGoLook works:

  • Through direct integration of WeGoLook on eBay Motors’ vehicle listings, buyers seamlessly select the ‘Order inspection from WeGoLook’ option
  • WeGoLook dispatches a local, background-checked, certified Agent (“Looker”) to verify the seller’s claims
  • WeGoLook collects dynamic data through photos and videos of the vehicle within three business days of dispatch

For eBay shoppers, WeGoLook auto reports start at $69 and include current photos, VIN and make/model verification, and an odometer reading. Buyers can also purchase additional information (ranging from $159 – $199) about the vehicle including: video demos and tours, photos, diagnostic and collision checks, test drives and more

This initiative, along with eBay’s Assurant Protection Plan and Vehicle Purchase Protection – which covers up to $50,000 for vehicle non-delivery, missing title or major undisclosed defects – enables increased buyer confidence and solidifies the company’s position as the most trusted online marketplace.

For more information on eBay Motors and WeGoLook, please visit

[1] As of Q3 2014 for

SOURCE: eBay Inc.


Freshology, Inc. recalls 111 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Freshology, Inc., a Burbank, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 111 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ranch salad dressing included with the product contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the finished product label. 

The Southwest chicken salad items were produced on March 18, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 12 oz. plastic tray packages containing ready-to-eat “Freshology Southwest Chicken Salad” with an “EAT BY” date of 03/25/2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-51168” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations in California.

The problem was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel while conducting a routine food safety assessment at the establishment. FSIS personnel discovered the establishment failed to sub-list the ingredients of the included ranch dressing on the finished product label.

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

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

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Dan Briganti, Director of Operations, at (310) 721-5211. Media with questions about the recall can contact Raffi Asadourian, Culinary Director, at (818) 813-1576.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

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

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Debenhams Pet Insurance latest figures show that most claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over Easter month

LONDON, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Easter is a time for celebrations, chocolate and bank holiday weekends, but pet owners nationwide are being reminded that while the Easter holidays are fun for the family, there are potentially life-threatening dangers for our pets.

In the UK, 13 million (46%) households are pet owners*.  Mislaid Easter eggs can be a tempting treat for the family’s four-legged friends, but theobromine, a chemical found in chocolate, is highly poisonous to dogs.

Latest figures from Debenhams Pet Insurance show that a third of all claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over the Easter month with the average cost of a claim being just over £300. **

In one case Hudson, a beagle, ate an Easter egg and was rushed to the vet’s for treatment. Owner Debera said:  “It is easy to forget how something as nice as a chocolate Easter eggs can cause dogs to become so ill and even die. When the worst happened and Hudson found Easter eggs left in the bedroom it was such a comfort to not have to worry about the cost of the vet, especially when we had to use an emergency out of hour’s service on Good Friday.

I found Hudson licking his lips with pleasure and as I was aware of the dangers of dogs eating chocolate I was able to take action straight away and avoid some very nasty symptoms and focus on his recovery.”

Director of Debenhams Personal Finance, Mike Hazell, said: “Sadly, we do see an increase in claims over Easter, usually down to mischievous dogs getting their paws on the family’s stash of Easter eggs.  It is useful to remind pet owners that this tasty treat is potentially life threatening for their pets, so where possible make sure that Easter eggs are stored out of the reach of hungry pooches.”

Hazell added: “While some pet owners believe Pet Insurance can be an unnecessary expense, it is clear that when the worst happens, pet insurance is essential.  With cover starting from just a couple of pound a week, peace of mind really is cheaper than most people think.”

Notes to Editors:

* Source PFMA commission

** Source Debenhams Pet Insurance and figure is an average of all claims made in 2015

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning for pets include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased reflex responses
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)

For more information on Debenhams Pet Insurance visit,

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of over 240 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Jeff Banks, Giles Deacon, Jasper Conran, Savannah Miller, Sadie Frost and Jemima French, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Stephen Jones, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn,  Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Thea Bregazzi, Justin Thornton, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Justin Thornton, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

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Debenhams Pet Insurance latest figures show that most claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over Easter month

Debenhams Pet Insurance latest figures show that most claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over Easter month

Ben de Lisi bridal collection exclusively created for DEBENHAMS

LONDON, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — He’s known for dressing the world’s most glamorous women and now Ben de Lisi has created a collection of six stunning bridal gowns exclusively for DEBENHAMS. Epitomising Ben’s signature timeless sophistication, the collection features luxurious fabrics, intricate detailing and faultless design.

From floor-sweeping, sleek column gowns to the fairy tale romance of full skirted tulle styles; body skimming silhouettes, sumptuous beading and embellishment, the capsule collection has been designed to suit all styles of bride injecting red carpet glamour into her wardrobe, regardless of her budget.

Continuing the success of his bestselling Principles by Ben de Lisi womenswear and homeware collections for


“Creating a bridal collection for today’s modern bride was a natural step for me. There is no bigger event than a wedding and every bride wants to look phenomenal no matter what their budget. With this collection of six signature styles, I wanted to create something special and unique that would be accessible and affordable.”

Average price points for the dresses are £295 with prices starting from £250 for a column gown, extending to £350 for one of the more opulent, embellished designs.

Debenhams Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of 240 stores across 28 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.   In the UK, Debenhams has a top four market share in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear.  It leads the market in premium health and beauty.   Debenhams is the eleventh biggest UK online retailer by traffic volume and in March 2012 was awarded “Multichannel Retailer of the Year” at the Oracle Retail Week Awards.    Debenhams has been investing in British design for 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Erickson Beamon, FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Roksanda Ilincic, Betty Jackson, Jonathan Kelsey, Carol Lake, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald, Jane Packer, Jenny Packham, Pearce Fionda, Preen, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Yukari Sweeney, Ashley Thomas, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.



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