Harris Teeter launches home delivery through UberRUSH

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter’s highly successful online ordering platform just got an upgrade. The Company’s expresslane online shopping tool allows shoppers to order groceries directly from their computer or mobile device and pick-up at the store; however, this service is now expanding to include home delivery through UberRUSH.

This delivery option designed to make the customer’s experience quick and easy, is currently in pilot phase at the Constitution Square Harris Teeter – 1201 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 – and only available to shoppers within a five-mile radius of the location.

Shoppers can logon to Harris Teeter’s mobile app, order their groceries and upon check-out, select either “delivery” or “pick-up.” If the shopper selects the delivery option, an UberRUSH driver is dispatched, collects the order and delivers it directly to the customer’s front door. Just as Uber riders experience, the customer will receive real-time updates of their grocery delivery process.

“Harris Teeter is excited to enhance the online ordering process by offering home delivery,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “UberRUSH delivery will help us reach our customers where they are by making the grocery shopping experience even more convenient.”

All products are available through delivery. While in pilot phase, delivery is only available to mobile users; computer ordering is still an option for customers who wish to pick-up at the store.

For more information on expresslane online shopping, download the Harris Teeter mobile app or click here

Starbucks Coffee Thailand donates $127,000 USD to farming communities in Northern Thailand

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Buying a beverage or a bag of coffee has special meaning at Starbucks Community Store in the Langsuan district of Bangkok.

Earlier this month, during festivities to celebrate the store’s third anniversary, Starbucks Coffee Thailand confirmed the donation of 4.5 million baht (approximately $127,000 USD) to farming communities in Northern Thailand through the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). This contribution is the result of the Community Store’s profit-sharing business model, where 10 baht from every Starbucks® beverage purchased and five percent from the sales of Muan Jai™ Blend coffee are donated to support the needs of the local community.

In 2015, contributions from the store funded two learning centers in Chiang Mai, Thailand that provide education to more than 120 students from kindergarten through third grade and expect to expand to sixth grade in the near future.

“The Community Store at Langsuan reflects our commitment to creating positive changes in our community, and sustaining local coffee and farming communities,” said Murray Darling, managing director, Starbucks Coffee Thailand. “While customers may have never visited a coffee farming community in Northern Thailand, I am proud that our store has enabled them to contribute to the lives of those who live in these communities.”

Starbucks Coffee Thailand has a history of supporting ITDP, a non-governmental organization based in Chiang Mai that works to end poverty in local hill tribe villages.

“Over the past 15 years, Starbucks has worked closely with us to build a future for our coffee farmers and the coffee farming community,” said Michael R. Mann, Program Director of ITDP. “Together, using a holistic approach, we have developed a water supply infrastructure, a health center and learning centers where community members can discover more about agriculture, mechanics, and communication skills.”

“We will continue to support ITDP to ensure that the quality of life for coffee farmers, their families and their communities are consistently improved and sustained,” said Darling.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom


Starbucks Coffee Thailand donates $127,000 USD to farming communities in Northern Thailand

Starbucks Coffee Thailand donates $127,000 USD to farming communities in Northern Thailand

Ulta Beauty will open new satellite office in downtown Chicago

Downtown Work Space Offers National Beauty Retailer’s Employees More Flexibility; Supports Growth

CHICAGO, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the company will open a new satellite office in downtown Chicago to offer employees workplace flexibility and to support the company’s fast-paced growth. Ulta Beauty is the largest national beauty retailer with nearly 900 store locations across the United States featuring cosmetics, fragrance, skin and hair care products and salon services. The satellite office will have 100 work stations and give all of the company’s employees flexibility and access to Chicago’s public transportation and business community.

“A Chicago location offers our existing employees more flexibility and the ability to collaborate with business partners in new ways, and it will also help us continue to attract the top talent we need to fuel our growth,” said Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty. “Additionally, our new satellite office solidifies our position as members of the Chicagoland community and reflects our continued commitment to this world-class city.”

“From the talent of our workforce to the quality of life in our communities, Ulta Beauty recognizes the many strengths and opportunities that Chicagooffers for fast-growing companies and I want to thank them for doubling down on the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “By expanding their presence here, Ulta Beauty joins a growing list of other companies who have chosen to make their future part of Chicago’s future.”

The company’s satellite office will be located at 120 South Riverside Plaza (between West Adams Street and West Monroe Street), within a block of both Union and Ogilvie Metra Stations and is currently under construction. The building sits on the west bank of the Chicago river with direct views of the iconic waterway, offers a number of amenities including a gym and tenant lounge, and is steps away from many great city restaurants.  The office will be approximately 23,000 square feet with up to 100 shared work stations, as well as conference space including collaborative huddle and multipurpose rooms. The 22-story office tower is owned by Ivanhoé Cambridge in partnership with Callahan Capital Properties. Ulta Beauty’s new satellite office is scheduled to open in the late summer of 2016.

Ulta Beauty’s corporate headquarters in Bolingbrook, Ill., currently employs more than 750 associates. Ulta Beauty continues to grow, last year adding more than 125 new jobs in its corporate office. This is in addition to the thousands of jobs the company has created nationwide. To support its continued growth, the company is also investing in its suburban location by expanding and renovating its headquarters.  The renovation will be marked by bright, open spaces to reflect the company’s recently defined brand identity that invites shoppers to explore the “Fun Side of Beauty”.

The company is known as the premier beauty retailer offering All Things Beauty All in One Place™. In fiscal year 2015, the company delivered a 25.1 percent increase in EPS on an 11.8 percent increase in comparable sales and a 21.1 percent increase in net sales. At the same time period, Ulta Beauty has created thousands of jobs, opened one hundred net new stores, grown its e-commerce business by more than 47 percent and attracted dozens of new brands. The company continues to disrupt the beauty category with its highly differentiated product assortment across all categories and price points, and by offering a full-service salon in every location with expert hair, skin and brow services.

“We welcome Ulta Beauty to the downtown business community,” said World Business Chicago President & CEO Jeff Malehorn. “This announcement further supports World Business Chicago’s mission to put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy by supporting businesses that are creating jobs and cultivating top talent.”

“We are very excited that Ulta Beauty has selected 120 South Riverside Plaza as its downtown office location.  With its prime West Loop location, efficient floorplates, extensive outdoor areas and abundant amenities, 120 South Riverside Plaza continues to attract premier tenants from a broad range of industries,” said Timothy Callahan, CEO of Callahan Capital Properties, which is Ivanhoe Cambridge’s partner in the ownership and operation of the property.

About Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store 25 years ago, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of January 30, 2016 Ulta Beauty operates 874 retail stores across 48 states and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

About World Business Chicago
Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago drives Chicago’s economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique public-private partnership, WBC engages the region’s leaders to advance Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

About Ivanhoé Cambridge
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently with a long-term view to optimize risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebec in 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, the Company invests alongside key partners that are leaders in their respective markets.

Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge holds interests in close to 500 properties, consisting primarily in office, retail, residential and logistics real estate. Ivanhoé Cambridge held more than Cdn$55 billion in assets as at December 31, 2015. The Company is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers. For further information: ivanhoecambridge.com.

About Callahan Capital Properties (CCP)
Callahan Capital Properties (“CCP”) is a real estate private equity firm focused exclusively on the acquisition and management of high-quality office properties in the central business districts of major U.S. gateway cities. Together with its strategic partner, Ivanhoé Cambridge, CCP’s office platform currently totals approximately 14 million square feet, with properties located in New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles. For more information:  callahancp.com.

SOURCE Ulta Beauty and World Business Chicago

Karen May, Director, Public Relations, Ulta Beauty, (630) 410-5457; Wendi Taylor Nations, Chief Marketing Officer, WBC, (312) 553-4938

SSP treated visitors to Hamad International Airport as part of Qatar International Food Festival

LONDON, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, treated visitors to Hamad International Airport to a range of Italian culinary delights as part of Qatar International Food Festival which ran from 21 to 28 March.

As well as creating a new menu for Soprafino exclusively for the duration of QIFF, celebrity chef Massimo Capra held a meet and greet session where he spent time talking with customers and sharing some of his insights into classic Italian cooking. He also demonstrated his prowess in the kitchen during live cooking shows.

Speaking at the event, Massimo Capra said; “I have enjoyed a great partnership with SSP over many years. They are the experts in operating food travel outlets in airports globally, and when they approached me with the opportunity to open a world class restaurant in such a high profile airport as Doha in conjunction with QDF I just couldn’t say no. Soprafino is really a combination of delightful Italian ambience and delicious food, and it is perfectly positioned to a provide a great travel experience for our guests.”

Commenting on the success of the event, Nick Inkster, Chief Executive Officer of SSP WEMEAP said; “The QIFF highlighted the unique offer that we have at Soprafino. By combining our background as food travel experts with Qatar Duty Free’s expertise in airport retail excellence, we have created an event that was both enjoyable and informative for our customers. Soprafino taps into the current trend for Italian cuisine in the Middle East, and the combination of signature dishes from Chef Capra, authentic Italian ambience and enthusiastic staff means that this really is the ideal casual dining experience for passengers at Doha.”

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

The Kroger Co. investment will significantly accelerate Lucky’s Market’s growth in new and existing markets

Strategic partnership will benefit customers and accelerate growth in new and existing markets by combining Kroger’s scale and experience with Lucky’s best products, practices and techniques

CINCINNATI and BOULDER, Colo., 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced a strategic partnership with Lucky’s Market, a specialty grocery store chain focused on natural, organic and locally-grown products.  Kroger has made a meaningful investment in Lucky’s, which will significantly accelerate Lucky’s Market’s growth in new and existing markets.  The financial terms of the transaction, which closed today, were not disclosed.

Founded in 2003 and based near Boulder, CO, Lucky’s Market and its affiliates employ more than 1,800 associates and operate 17 stores in 13 states throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States.  Lucky’s “Organic for the 99%” store format emphasizes its expansive selection of natural and organic food, including fresh produce, meat and seafood, prepared foods and baked goods, as well as wine and beer and personal care goods.  With stores averaging approximately 30,000 square feet, Lucky’s layout resembles an indoor farmers market, with “garage door” entrances, field bins, barrels and wooden crates.   Its culinary department showcases great tasting, restaurant-quality prepared foods made from recipes that include those developed by CEO and former chef Bo Sharon and his wife Trish.  Through its “L” private label, Lucky’s provides a broad range of grocery items at great value that have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and 10% of profits from its private label are reinvested in the communities it serves.

This strategic partnership is designed to further enhance the best products, practices and techniques Lucky’s Market has to offer.  These strengths, combined with Kroger’s scale and experience, will in turn create benefits for customers and help Lucky’s Market grow over time.  This alliance also demonstrates Kroger’s deep ongoing commitment to providing customers with affordable fresh organic and natural foods as a part of its Customer 1st strategy.  Kroger’s affiliate Main & Vine also recently launched a community-focused grocery store concept in Gig Harbor, WA that mixes local, specialty and everyday products, all at affordable prices.

Sagent Advisors, LLC and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati acted as financial advisor and legal advisor, respectively, to Lucky’s Market. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor to Kroger.

About Kroger
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 of local 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.

About Lucky’s Market
Lucky’s Market was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder, CO. The Sharons shared a vision of creating a grocery store chain where food lovers like themselves would want to shop, with organic, natural and local foods sold at affordable prices with genuine personal service. Today, those goals remain the hallmarks of the Lucky’s mission.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” about the future performance of Kroger. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. These statements are indicated by words such as “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “guidance,” and similar words.  Various uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These include the specific risk factors identified in “Risk Factors” and “Outlook” in Kroger’s annual report on Form 10-K for the last fiscal year and any subsequent filings, as well as the following:

Kroger’s ability to achieve sales, earnings and cash flow goals may be affected by: labor negotiations or disputes; changes in the types and numbers of businesses that compete with Kroger; pricing and promotional activities of existing and new competitors, including non-traditional competitors, and the aggressiveness of that competition; Kroger’s response to these actions; the state of the economy, including interest rates, the inflationary and deflationary trends in certain commodities, and the unemployment rate; the effect that fuel costs have on consumer spending; volatility of fuel margins; changes in government-funded benefit programs; manufacturing commodity costs; diesel fuel costs related to Kroger’s logistics operations; trends in consumer spending; the extent to which Kroger’s customers exercise caution in their purchasing in response to economic conditions; the inconsistent pace of the economic recovery; changes in inflation or deflation in product and operating costs; stock repurchases; Kroger’s ability to retain pharmacy sales from third party payors; consolidation in the healthcare industry, including pharmacy benefit managers; Kroger’s ability to negotiate modifications to multi-employer pension plans; natural disasters or adverse weather conditions; the potential costs and risks associated with potential cyber-attacks or data security breaches; the success of Kroger’s future growth plans; and the successful integration of Harris Teeter and Roundy’s.  Kroger’s ability to achieve sales and earnings goals may also be affected by Kroger’s ability to manage the factors identified above.  Kroger’s ability to execute its financial strategy may be affected by its ability to generate cash flow.

Kroger assumes no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

Media Contacts

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

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

Migros: Famigros Lagerfeuer-Nacht die diesen Sommer an sechs Orten in der Deutschschweiz stattfinden wird

Zürich, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Der Familienclub Famigros führt diesen Sommer gemeinsam mit Marius von der Jagdkapelle und Linard Bardill die Lagerfeuer-Nacht an sechs Locations durch.

Singend ums Lagerfeuer sitzen, im Zelt übernachten, die Natur geniessen ­­- welches Kind träumt nicht davon? Famigros erfüllt diesen Traum jetzt mit der neuen Lagerfeuer-Nacht, die diesen Sommer an sechs Orten in der Deutschschweiz stattfinden wird. Für 75 Franken kann eine fünfköpfige Familie einen Zeltplatz beziehen, an Workshops wie Pfeilbogen-Basteln oder Waldtanz teilnehmen und gemeinsam mit Marius von der Jagdkapelle oder Linard Bardill ums Lagerfeuer sitzen und singen.

«Mit der Famigros Lagerfeuer-Nacht möchten wir unseren Famigros-Mitgliedern etwas ganz Besonderes bieten: Ein unvergessliches Abenteuer mit Spiel und Spass in der freien Natur, das man als Familie gemeinsam erleben kann. Und all dies zu einem attraktiven Preis», sagt Anna Schreier, Leiterin Famigros Club-Management.

Kinder stehen im Zentrum
Anders als bei den gängigen Kinder-Festivals sollen nicht die Musiker im Zentrum stehen, sondern das Familienerlebnis und die Kinder selber. «Ich werde nur der Tätschmeister sein», sagt Marius Tschirky, Sänger der Kinderband Marius & die Jagdkapelle. Begleitet werden Marius Tschirky und Linard Bardill von den Waldfiguren Chraxl und Simselifei, welche die Workshops für die Kinder durchführen werden. Für Tschirky ist die neue Famigros-Eventreihe ein Versuch, neue Wege zu gehen: «Kinder wollen nicht nur konsumieren, sie wollen mitmachen. Und genau das können sie an der Lagerfeuer-Nacht.»

Exklusiv für Famigros-Mitglieder
Die Teilnahme an der Lagerfeuer-Nacht ist ausschliesslich Famigros‐Mitgliedern vorbehalten. Die dafür benötigten Konten bei M‐Connect und Cumulus sind kostenlos. Im Preis von 75 Franken inbegriffen sind der Zeltplatz, alle Workshops, das Abendessen, der Zmorge und die Zwischenverpflegung inklusive Wasser, Tee und Kaffee. Pro Anlass wird es einige Zeltplätze mit fertig aufgebauten Familien-Tipi geben. Diese können für  145 Franken reserviert werden.

Austragungsorte der Famigros Lagerfeuer‐Nacht:
Gurten 4./5. Juni
Heidiland, Fläsch 18./19. Juni
Seebodenalp, Rigi 2./3. Juli
Hasliberg 6./7. August
Herznach, Fricktal 13./14. August
Zürich Forch 20./21. August

Alle Informationen zur Wettbewerbsteilnahme stehen auf www.famigros.ch/lagerfeuer-nacht  zur Verfügung.

Famigros.ch, der Familienclub der Migros
Famigros, im Jahr 2012 lanciert, steht den Eltern in  allen Stadien der Entwicklung ihrer Kinder vom Baby bis zum Teenager zur Seite. Der Club bietet seinen Mitgliedern exklusive Rabatte auf das Migros-Supermarkt- und Fachmarkt-Sortiment sowie Rabatte bei Migros-Partnern. Neue Clubmitglieder werden mit einem 10fach-Cumulus-Vorteilscoupon begrüsst. Neben weiteren Vorteilen veranstaltet Famigros für die Mitglieder regelmässig Wettbewerbe, bei denen tolle Preise winken. Gegenwärtig zählt Famigros über 380’000 Mitglieder.


Martina Bosshard
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL 044 277 20 67
E-MAIL martina.bosshard@mgb.ch


Marius Tschirky, Sänger der Kinderband Marius & die Jagdkapelle

Marius Tschirky, Sänger der Kinderband Marius & die Jagdkapelle

Lawson, Inc. announces executive changes

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lawson, Inc. announced the following executive personnel changes, which were unanimously approved at the Board of Directors’ meeting held on March 28, 2016, and will become effective June 1, 2016. Lawson has decided to appoint Genichi Tamatsuka as the Chief Executive Officer and Sadanobu Takemasu as the Chief Operating Officer as part of the company’s plan to strengthen management systems as the Group’s market scope and presence expands. Nominated changes to Members of the Board were also approved. They will become effective following the adoption of resolutions at the 41st Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 24, 2016.

■Personnel changes

(Effective June 1, 2016)


Members of the Board


Genichi Tamatsuka
New Position: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Representative Director
Current Position: President and Chief Executive Officer
Representative Director


Sadanobu Takemasu
New Position: President and Chief Operating Officer
Representative Director
Current Position: Senior Executive Vice President
Representative Director


■Personnel changes

(Effective following the adoption of the resolution at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on May 24, 2016)


Members of the Board


Nominations for new Members of the Board


Keiko Hayashi
Current Position: President & Chief Executive Officer


Kazunori Nishio
Current Position: Division COO, Retail Division
Mitsubishi Corporation


Retiring Members of the Board


Reiko Yonezawa
Current Position: Chairman, The R Co., Ltd.


Takehiko Kakiuchi
Current Position: Executive Vice Presidents
Group CEO, Living Essentials Group
Mitsubishi Corporation


Corporate Auditors


Nomination for new Corporate Auditor


Toshio Takahashi
Current Position: Standing Corporate Auditor
SAP Japan Co., Ltd.
Retiring on May 23, 2016


Retiring Corporate Auditor


Shinichi Hokari
Current Position: Standing Corporate Auditor (Outside)




Directors and Coporate Auditors (effective May 24, 2016)


1. Board of Directors (8 members)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Representative Director
Genichi Tamatsuka
Senior Executive Vice President
Representative Director
Sadanobu Takemasu
Member of the Board Masakatsu Gounai
Member of the Board (Outside) Emi Osono
Member of the Board (Outside) Yutaka Kyoya
Member of the Board (Outside) Sakie Akiyama
Member of the Board (Outside) Keiko Hayashi
Member of the Board (Outside) Kazunori Nishio


The independent officers will be Emi Osono, Sakie Akiyama and Keiko Hayashi


2. Corporate Auditors (4 members)

Standing Corporate Auditor Atsuhiko Seki
Standing Corporate Auditor (Outside) Toshio Takahashi
Corporate Auditor (Outside) Tetsuo Ozawa
Corporate Auditor (Outside) Eiko Tsujiyama


The independent officers will be Toshio Takahashi, Tesuo Ozawa, and Eiko Tsujiyama.


Directors and Coporate Auditors (effective as of June 1, 2016)


1. Board of Directors (8 members)

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Representative Director
Genichi Tamatsuka
President and Chief Operating Officer
Representative Director
Sadanobu Takemasu
Member of the Board Masakatsu Gounai
Member of the Board (Outside) Emi Osono
Member of the Board (Outside) Yutaka Kyoya
Member of the Board (Outside) Sakie Akiyama
Member of the Board (Outside) Keiko Hayashi
Member of the Board (Outside) Kazunori Nishio


The independent officers will be Emi Osono, Sakie Akiyama and Keiko Hayashi


2. Corporate Auditors (4 members)

Standing Corporate Auditor Atsuhiko Seki
Standing Corporate Auditor (Outside) Toshio Takahashi
Corporate Auditor (Outside) Tetsuo Ozawa
Corporate Auditor (Outside) Eiko Tsujiyama


The independent officers will be Toshio Takahashi, Tesuo Ozawa, and Eiko Tsujiyama.

Paradies Lagardère, Univision Communications Inc. open Univision-branded store in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Houston, Texas, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a Univision-branded store located in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). This is the third Univision-branded store opened in partnership with Paradies Lagardère in airports across the country, including two at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June 2015.

Univision-branded stores feature various products, including snacks and beverages that represent Latin America, as well as all the basic travel essentials. Each location features Univision programming in Spanish throughout the day on large television screens, including Noticiero Univision, the most trusted newscast on Spanish-language television in the United States.

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 404 494 3419
Mobile: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole
Mail: 2849 Paces Ferry Road, Overlook 1 – 4th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA


Paradies Lagardère, Univision Communications Inc. open Univision-branded store in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Paradies Lagardère, Univision Communications Inc. open Univision-branded store in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Sonic Corp. subsidiaries intend to complete a financing transaction

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that certain of its subsidiaries intend to complete a financing transaction, which will include prepaying the 2011-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes (“2011 Notes”) with proceeds from the sale of a new series of securitized debt, as well as refinancing the 2011-1 Variable Funding Senior Secured Notes, Class A-1 (“the 2011 VFN”).

  • The last refinancing occurred in July 2013 with the issuance of $155 million of 2013-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes (the “2013 Notes”) and the repayment of approximately $155 million of the 2011 Notes.
  • At the end of the second quarter of 2016, there was approximately $268 million in outstanding principal on the 2011 Notes.
  • Sonic’s subsidiaries intend to issue approximately $425 million of new fixed rate notes (the “2016 Notes”) and use part of the proceeds to retire the 2011 Notes.
  • Sonic’s subsidiaries also expect to enter into a new $150 million variable funding note facility, which will replace its existing $100 millionfacility under the 2011 VFN.

The consummation of the offering is subject to market and other conditions and is anticipated to close in the fiscal third quarter of 2016. However, there can be no assurance that Company’s subsidiaries will be able to successfully complete the refinancing transaction, either on the terms described or at all.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the new fixed rate notes or any other security. The notes to be offered have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933.

About Sonic
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sonic Corp.
Corey Horsch
Vice President of Investor Relations
and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

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MOTOSHOP® Technology Tools rolled out major update to MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics

New design and navigation make finding content easier for repair shops

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — MOTOSHOP® Technology ToolsSM debuted a major update to MotoLOGIC®Repair & Diagnostics, the industry leading tool for automotive technicians that provides access to repair, diagnostic and service information for 98% of vehicles on the road today. The new additions are being rolled out to all MotoLOGIC customers in North America and include a dynamic search function that allows users to access OEM vehicle data by keyword, from a vehicle subsystems menu or by following the OE Table of Contents.

A new VIN decoder feature speeds up the process of determining any recall-related service issues and enhanced Quick Specs information help save technicians time, regardless of where they’re working on a vehicle.

“Our goal is to help repair shops by offering the most accurate, thorough and easy-to-access repair and diagnostic solution in the industry,” said Jad Dunning, Vice President and General Manager of MOTOSHOP Technology Tools. “We continue to improve our tools by listening to customers’ feedback, and are excited about the benefits this upgrade will bring to our customers.”

Users can now navigate MotoLOGIC in multiple ways: the efficient keyword search function that delivers fast and accurate results has been expanded to include user-friendly traditional search methods, such as navigating system menus. Regardless of a user’s method of choice when locating repair and diagnostic information, MotoLOGIC can help save time in the repair process.

MotoLOGIC is Web-based and can be accessed from any device connected to the internet. Enhancements to the user experience include a responsive design optimized for providing repair and diagnostic information across devices of different sizes including desktops, tablets and mobile phones.

VIN decoding simplifies the search process for technicians, eliminating the need to select a make and model during the search process. Quick Specs, a technician reference tool for the most common data associated with a vehicle, now includes a new layout and more categories for quick reference during the repair process.

In addition to improved usability, MotoLOGIC added late model OEM information for Mitsubishi, Toyota and Nissan vehicles. MotoLOGIC now contains over 30 million articles of repair and diagnostic information.

MotoLOGIC is trusted by thousands of repair shops throughout North America and partners including MOTOR, R.O. Writer and AAA Club Partners. MotoLOGIC is available from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, a technology solutions portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America.

To learn more about MotoLOGIC Repair & Diagnostics or other services available from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit www.motoshop.com/motologic.

About MOTOSHOP Technology Tools
MOTOSHOP Technology Tools is a comprehensive set of trusted, innovative technologies offered by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. MOTOSHOP builds technology solutions to address the full spectrum of automotive shop needs. The MOTOSHOP product line includes MotoREV Shop Marketing®, MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, MotoSHOP Shop Management System®, and MotoSKILL® Shop Tech Training, each designed to help automotive industry professionals grow their businesses. For more information on the suite of technology services from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit www.motoshop.com.

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


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Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
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Raleigh, NC 27604
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TJX Companies, Inc’s Board of Directors has raised the amount of its quarterly dividend by 24% from the last dividend paid

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced that its Board of Directors has raised the amount of its quarterly dividend by 24% from the last dividend paid. The Board declared a regular quarterly dividend in the amount of $.26 per share, payable June 2, 2016, to shareholders of record on May 12, 2016.

Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “I am very pleased to report that our Board of Directors has approved a 24% increase in our quarterly dividend. This marks our 20th consecutive year of dividend increases. Over these two decades, the Company’s dividend has grown at a compound annual rate of 23%. Further, we plan to continue our significant share buyback program, with approximately $1.5 to $2.0 billion of repurchases planned for Fiscal 2017. With our tremendous cash flow and excellent financial returns, we remain committed to returning cash to shareholders while simultaneously reinvesting in the business to support our near- and long-term growth goals. All of these actions speak to our confidence in continuing to deliver strong, profitable sales and cash flow, and generate superior financial returns.”

About The TJX Companies, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of January 30, 2016, the end of the Company’s fiscal year, the Company operated a total of 3,614 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,156 T.J. Maxx, 1,007 Marshalls, 526 HomeGoods and 8 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 245 Winners, 101 HomeSense, and 41 Marshalls stores in Canada; 456 T.K. Maxx and 39 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at tjx.com.

Important Information at Website

The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Forward-looking Statement

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Various statements made in this release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: execution of buying strategy and inventory management; operational and business expansion and management of large size and scale; customer trends and preferences; various marketing efforts; competition; personnel recruitment, training and retention; labor costs and workforce challenges; data security; information systems and new technology; economic conditions and consumer spending; adverse or unseasonable weather; serious disruptions or catastrophic events; disruptions in the second half of the fiscal year; corporate and retail banner reputation; quality, safety and other issues with merchandise; expanding international operations; merchandise importing; commodity availability and pricing; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; fluctuations in quarterly operating results and market expectations; mergers, acquisitions, or business investments and divestitures, closings or business consolidations; compliance with laws, regulations and orders and changes in laws, regulations and applicable accounting standards; outcomes of litigation, legal proceedings and other legal or regulatory matters; tax matters; real estate activities; cash flow and other factors that may be described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc.
Debra McConnell
Global Communications
(508) 390-2323

McDonald’s Corporation seeks strategic partners for its future growth plans in Asia

  • Company Seeks Strategic Partners to Add Value in High-Growth Markets: China, Korea and Hong Kong

OAK BROOK, IL and BEIJING, CHINA, 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today announced its intent to identify strategic partners who will add value and unlock growth potential in key markets throughout Asia to advance the company’s future growth plans. The company is seeking partners who would enhance its competitive advantages and resources to enable localized decisions on growth initiatives and increase capital resources to further invest in restaurant expansion and modernization.

“Asia represents a significant area of opportunity for McDonald’s to blend our global quality standards with local insights and expertise from partners who share our vision and values,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO. “This will allow McDonald’s to accelerate our growth and scale faster across diverse markets placing us closer to our customers and the communities we serve. We’re in the midst of transforming our business and taking a strategic and thoughtful approach to enhance our ability to grow around the world. These actions build on our turnaround efforts and will advance local ownership, enable faster decision-making and achieve restaurant growth.”

China, Hong Kong and Korea collectively represent more than 2,800 restaurant locations, the majority of which are currently company-owned. Those countries are included within the company’s High-Growth Markets, a segment which includes countries with relatively higher restaurant expansion and franchising potential. The company intends to add more than 1,500 restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Korea over the next five years.

As part of a way to advance growth in Asia, the company also recently announced its intent to identify strategic partners in Taiwan and Japan. Last year, McDonald’s committed to strategically evaluate ownership structures in markets around the world with the overall goal of reducing the number of restaurants that the company owns and operates. The result of this will be to place more restaurants under local ownership, in the hands of local franchisees, with a long-term goal of being 95% franchised. The identification of strategic partners in Asia is consistent with this strategy.

McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in more than 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.


Becca Hary

Chris Stent

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its newest restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Ambassador Town Center located off of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Kaliste Saloom Road.  The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, eats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are very pleased to open our third restaurant in the state of Louisiana,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “The Lafayette restaurant joins our Slidell and Baton Rougerestaurants and is our fourth new restaurant opened this year.  We remain on target to open 18 to 19 restaurants this year.  Our next new restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-April in Pensacola, Florida at the Cordova Mall.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 174 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s restaurant and brewery locations and independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.