SASCO to pay cash dividends for the financial year 2015

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reference to SASCO Ordinary General Assembly Meeting (35th) held at 3:30 pm of Wednesday April 20th 2016 at SASCO Head office (Al-Ehsa Street Malaz – Riyadh) which was decided to release cash dividends for the financial year 2015 with a lump sum of 27 million Saudi Riyals equivalent to 5% of the share par value as (0.50) SR for each share taking into consideration that the profit distribution is eligible for shareholders registers in company’s record at the end of the general assembly day (20th April 2016).

SASCO would like to announce the date of releasing the cash dividends will start on Tuesday 10th May 2016 through National Commercial Bank, where the dividends will be deposited in current accounts related to investors portfolio for eligible shareholders. Other shareholders don’t have investment portfolio, SASCO would like to request them to open an investment portfolio or review any branch of National Commercial Bank to receive their dues.

For any inquiry, please call the shareholders affairs department in the company on (011 2068855) Ext. 1112.

Source: Sasco

Foodstuffs won gold for New World at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards

Auckland,New Zealand, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs’ has triumphed at the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards winning gold once again for New World and silver for PAK’nSAVE in the Supermarket category.

The independent survey asked more than 1,500 New Zealanders to vote in an online questionnaire to decide the winners. Companies were rated on their ability to deliver a personalised, reliable service, to understand their customers, meet (or exceed) expectations, and make the whole shopping experience quick and easy.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand, says that winning the service medals for a second time is a fantastic accolade. “The New World team has been working hard to ensure customers feel welcome and enjoy their shopping experience whilst in our stores. This award is direct recognition from our customers that we are meeting, and hopefully exceeding, their expectations on a daily basis,” he says.
“And PAK’nSAVE consistently offers New Zealand’s the lowest prices for their groceries and customers also appreciate the can-do attitude of our friendly staff.”

“Our stores are committed to putting our customer’s needs first. We pride ourselves on having fantastic staff with the knowledge, passion and expertise in food to ensure we are meeting all the needs of our customers,” says Anderson.

Anderson says, “Thank you to our customers for letting us know that we are doing a great job. We are truly delighted to have won these awards once again and this result will continue to encourage our team across the country, to reach for even higher standards of service excellence next year.”

New World and PAK’nSAVE stores are 100 per cent owned and operated by New Zealanders and we continue to strive to be a positive part of the communities in which we operate. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
Address:
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

BRC Helen Dickinson: EU is an increasingly important market for UK retailers

  • Total retail search volumes grew 52% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter a year ago.
  • Search volumes on mobile devices increased 50% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter a year ago.
  • Beauty was the most searched sector by EU consumers on mobile devices, reporting growth of 91% in Q1 2016.
  • Department Stores was also a popular sector for EU consumers on mobile devices, increasing 75% in Q1 2016.
  • The Czech Republic demonstrated the strongest appetite for UK retailers, reporting a 256% increase on mobile devices in the first quarter of 2016.

London, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, BRC Chief Executive, said: “Today’s figures provide further evidence that the EU is an increasingly important market for UK retailers. With 14 EU countries reporting over 100% growth in searches on mobile devices, not only is interest in UK retail growing steadily on the continent, EU consumers are also far more likely to be experiencing the British retail offer through their smartphones.This impressive mobile interest sits alongside a healthy double-digit increase in total searches across all devices in all but one EU Member State (Estonia). The desire for UK retail products is especially strong in the beauty sector and searches for British department stores are also very high – likely due to the UK being the home to some of the most recognisable department store brands in the world. In all, the strength and popularity of UK retail beyond our own borders shows little sign of diminishing.”

Martijn Bertisen, Retail Director, Google, said: “UK brands continue to drive interest from the rest of Europe: particularly our department stores and our beauty retailers. Some of the largest major European markets like Germany are driving much of that growth. This report also demonstrates the huge growth of mobile across Europe, as Eastern countries, like the Czech Republic, are growing at over 250 per cent year-over-year, and mobile is powering the overall market growth. Q1 signaled the start of wedding season with top apparel searches relating to weddings, and we also saw a lot of searches for health-related products like the Nutribullet and Fitbit as people prepare for summer.”

For Media Enquiries:
Zoe Maddison
British Retail Consortium
T 0207 854 8924
E Zoe.Maddison@brc.org.uk

Source: BRC

H&M opens online shop for Greece

Stockholm,Sweden, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M’s Shop Online will offer the same collections online as in-store giving customers access to a wide range of clothing and accessories including ladies, men’s, teens and a full children’s line. There will also be exclusive “online-only” items available all year-round.

The Shop Online launch will also include H&M Home. H&M Home brings fashion and fun to interiors with a seasonal selection of products for every room in your home.

Besides great fashion collections for the entire family, H&M Home will let our customers access the trendiest decorative items for their home with a very good quality and always for the very good H&M prices. Online shopping at hm.com completes the H&M experience.

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H&M opens online shop for Greece

H&M opens online shop for Greece

 

 

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra hosted the grand opening of H&M’s 4,000th store at Mall of India, Noida

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the first few lining up almost a day in advance, the first 10 fashionistas in queue received 10 gift cards worth Rs. 4000 to celebrate the big 4000, along with goodie bags and gift cards worth Rs. 500 for the next 200 in queue.

“The opening of H&M’s 4,000th store at DLF Mall of India was incredibly fun! I’ve always liked H&M’s exciting and affordable fashion- there is plenty of inspiration in store to create your personal style.” said Parineeti Chopra.

Kick starting the launch day were DJ spin offs and exciting on-the spot dance offs and fashion contests for those in queue. The energy took to another level when the store staff and customers got to shake a leg with the celebrity.

Country Manager Janne Einola, Area Manager Mikko Alatalo and Store Manager Varun Pratap Singh, cut the red ribbon to welcome customers in the new store.

Spread over 37,000 sq. ft, the new location has 4 floors, with each floor dedicated to apparel and accessories for ladies, men, teenagers and children respectively.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Only press enquiries

Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

Source:H&M

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Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra hosted the grand opening of H&M's 4,000th store at Mall of India, Noida

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra hosted the grand opening of H&M’s 4,000th store at Mall of India, Noida

Milaneo in Stuttgart received the ICSC Resource Award for sustainability

Milan, Italy, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Milaneo in Stuttgart has received yet another prestigious real estate award. During the European Shopping Awards presentation gala of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) in Milan yesterday evening, the center, which was developed by the project partners ECE und STRABAG Real Estate (SRE), received a special award for sustainability: the ICSC Resource Award. Milaneo was thus honored for complying formidably with environmental, social, and economic sustainability aspects.

The ICSC European Shopping Center Awards have been presented every year since 1977 as an accolade for outstanding new or refurbished shopping centers in Europe. In addition, since 2007, the ICSC jury has been awarding the Resource Award in rare instances to projects which have demonstrated a particular long-term sustainable development and thus have proved eligible to receive this honor.

“We are pleased that Milaneo has received yet another award”, said Alexander Otto, CEO of ECE, during the awards celebration in Milan. “Together we developed a modern and future-proof shopping center that is an outstanding example for complying with various sustainability aspects.”

“At Milaneo, sustainability aspects are not limited to the building equipment. The center brings vitalization and its mixed-use character to the quarter. It is the driver of the sustainable development of an entire city district. Being awarded for this role is a great accolade,” said Uwe Jaggy, member of the Management at SRE, during the gala.

Milaneo, which was  opened in October 2014, complied exceptionally well with various sustainability aspects including its eco balance, its land use, its life cycle costs, and its family friendliness. Together with the apartments, offices, and the hotel, which were developed by the project companies of Bayerische Hausbau as part of the quarter of the same name, Milaneo offers an attractive mix of shopping, working, leisure, and living. This way a new, vivid quarter was created with vibrant squares that combines important features such as retail, dining, offices, and living. Milaneo brought new life to an inner-city area that had been out of use for a long time. Furthermore, it contributes significantly to the sustainable development of the quarter.

In the past years, the Milaneo quarter has received several renowned awards including, for the shopping center, the MAPIC Award in the category “Best new Shopping Center” and the platinum certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) as well as the MIPIM Award in the category “Best Futura Mega Project” for the entire quarter. The shopping center was developed by the project partners ECE and SRE; the apartments, the offices, and the hotel were realized by the project companies of Bayerische Hausbau. Ed. Züblin AG was responsible for the building construction. Hamburg Trust is the equity capital partner for the shopping center and the underground parking garage. ECE handles the long-term management and leasing of Milaneo shopping center.


  • Award ceremony (f.l.t.r.): Stephen Lebovitz (ICSC), Tom McGee (ICSC), Uwe Jaggy (STRABAG Real Estate), Alexander Otto (ECE), Josip Kardun (ICSC), João Correia de Sampaio (Chairman of the jury); photo by ICSC/RowanO’Duff
Milaneo, photo by ECE

Press Release ICSC Award Milaneo,
04/20/2016

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Source: ECE

The Alegro Setúbal shopping centre in Portugal running for ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards

Setúbal, Portugal, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Alegro Setúbal shopping centre in Portugal grabbed the attention of global property experts twice in 2015. Will it attract the jurors again this year?

The ICSC is holding its big annual European conference on 18 and 19 April 2016 in Milan, Italy. Two days of meetings under the theme “Authenticity: diffrentiating retail”. The 40th awards ceremony ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards closes the event. Alegro Setúbal competes in the refurbishments/expansion (medium) category.

The shopping centre, whose redevelopment work was completed in November 2014, gathers together all the company’s expertise, from site design to promotion and customer knowledge. A year after its re-opening, Alegro Setúbal is already crowned by success with its 8 million visitors per year.

Alegro Setúbal won a silver medal for its “Art everywhere” campaign at the 2015 Solal Marketing Awards organised by the ICSC, and then won the award for the best redeveloped shopping centre during the 2015 Mapic Awards.

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The Alegro Setúbal shopping centre in Portugal running for ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards

The Alegro Setúbal shopping centre in Portugal running for ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards

Citycon will publish its Q1 2016 Interim Report on Thursday, 28 April

HELSINKI, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon will publish its Interim Report for 1 January – 31 March 2016 on Thursday, 28 April approximately at 9 am Helsinki time (Helsinki time is EET, which is CET +1). The report will be available on Citycon’s website immediately after publication.

Citycon’s investor, analyst and press conference call and live audiocasting will begin one hour later at 10 am Helsinki time. The audiocasting can be participated by calling in and followed live on the following website: http://cloud.magneetto.com/citycon/2016_0428_q1/view

Conference call numbers are:
Participants from Europe +44 203 194 0552
Participants from the US +1 855 716 1597

The audiocasting will be recorded and it will be available afterwards on Citycon’s website.

CITYCON OYJ

For further information, please contact:
Henrica Ginström
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
Tel. +358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom@citycon.com

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company announces distinctive offers for Ramadan for the year 1437 AH

  • In addition to 850 offers on consumer goods and 300 for household products
  • Preparations being  undertaken for the selected items by the ministry of economy and commerce

QATAR, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the framework of its annual commitment to present generous offers that satisfy customers during the holy month of Ramadan, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC), yesterday, announced its distinctive offers for Ramadan for the year 1437 AH, which is based on selling 1437 consumer goods at cost price, in honor of the Islamic Year 1437. The offer’s coming into effect will be announced within days and will continue until the end of the holy month at all of Al Meera branches in the country through various shelf tags that indicated the products at cost – in the context of Al Meera’s pursuit to provide the best and highest quality and most attractive products to all customers according to the highest standards in shopping and food safety.

Exceptional Offers

Al Meera has also begun, in coordination with its local suppliers, working on providing the largest possible number of offers on consumer products, which will reach around 850 items, in addition to approximately 300 deals on household  and kitchenware items.

Working with the company’s overseas suppliers is also underway, to import the best products and to provide imported items from the company’s various sources, prior to the holy month, such as Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others.

In order to facilitate the shopping experience during the offers month, Al Meera will also put shelf tags on items to be determined by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, with the aim of making shopping a pleasant trip characterized by the convenience and speed, with appropriate arrangements made for an attractive presentation of the items, per category.

In an effort to translate its motto of being everyone’s “Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer”, Al Meera will work on providing adequate quantities of “Tamween” items for Qatari nationals at 31 branches of the company’s shopping centers in the country’s various regions.

Commenting on the special offers during the holy month, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Al Meera, said during a press meeting at the company’s headquarters:

“The strategy followed in Al Meera is based on a constant search for ways to boost our engagement with consumers and providing the best for them and for society as a whole. This year, as every year, we are keen to provide the consumer with the best offers during the holy month of Ramadan. And this year, we wanted the offer to have a different taste, as we are pleased to allocate 1437 products at cost price, in honor of the year 1437 AH, which is the least we can provide to all segments of society that continue to grant Al Meera their confidence in all that it offers.”

He added:

“The holy month of Ramadan is a time best suited for standing together and strengthening ties with members of the community through the provision of huge deals, exceptional prices and careful planning in every branch of our branches, and are keen to continue gaining customers satisfaction and strive to provide the finest products at competitive prices in all seasons and circumstances.”

Social initiatives

In parallel with its open handed initiative at branches and sales operations, Al Meera continues to support strides aiming to help achieve food and health safety. Al Meera has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Public Health (MPH) and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q to implement a public health awareness campaign, through the provision of a wide range of nutrition information to aid in selecting a healthy and balanced diet, via posters displayed in a number of Al Meera branches. The company is working hard with its partners to launch the project before the holy month.

Moreover, Al Meera will not hesitate to support campaigns that introduce some chronic diseases or ones that require raising awareness about, such as “diabetes,” “obesity” and others, through the provision of suitable spaces to host such events to educate Al Meera patrons about healthy lifestyles that must be adopted on a daily basis, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

In the same context, and pursuant to the achievement of the principle of social solidarity, Al Meera, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Administrative Development’s Family Development Department, will support Productive Families cooperating with the ministry, to create marketing opportunities for productive families at some of the company’s branches prior to the holy month, in support of the marketing and sale of their products. Al Meera is working on studying a project that would install kiosks in some of its shopping centers, to be managed by productive families.

Supporting charitable organizations

Honoring the company’s annual traditions, Al Meera will support Ramadan projects and programs carried out by associations and charitable organizations in the country, along the lines of “Eid Charity”, “Qatar Charity”, and the “Qatar Red Crescent,” according to the resources available. In this context, it is worth mentioning that Al Meera will coordinate with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs for the distribution of water and paper tissue during the “Tarawih” prayers at the major mosques in the country during the holy month.

Special offers with partners

Regarding providing more reward options for customers, Al Meera will announce within days, the campaigns and special offers with its partners such as Ooredoo and QNB during Ramadan.

Expansion

In the framework of its commitment to the Qatar National Vision 2030, Al Meera has developed a strategic plan to expand in the Qatari market, where it is currently working on the completion of its plan to establish 14 new branches in various regions of the country. In addition to beginning works at five shopping centers last year in each of North Sailiya (Al Miarad), Leabaib 2, Al Wakra (West), Umm Salal Ali, and Bu Sidra, which are expected to be delivered within the next three months.

Construction agreement with Al Muftah Contracting Company and Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading

Recently, the company announced that it has signed contracts with with Al Khayarin Group Contracting and Trading and Al Muftah Contracting Company, to build six new stores in the coming period with a total contract value of QR 238,730,146 – These agreements were made in accordance with the company’s procedures through the tender and auction committee’s recommendation being lead by Dr. Saif Said Al Sowaidi and of course the board of director’s approval.

Al Muftah Contracting Company will handle executive works at each of the branches located in Rawdat Aba El Heran, Azghawa, Leabaib and Umm Qarn, that will be built on a land area of 10,805 m2, 6,311 m2, 17,390 m2 and 10,230 m2 respectively.

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

Emanating from its cooperation with national companies and in line with the country’s vision of the development of areas outside of Doha, Al Meera has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the operation and management of two shopping centers, in Fox Hills North and North Residential Villas districts in Lusail City.

Al Meera’s expansion plans also include the opening of new branches that serves students at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, where negotiations are currently underway to sign contracts for the operation of two spaces at student housings (around 80 square meters each), and a space at the Students Center in Education City (approximately 150 square meters).

The company is also negotiating with the “Doha Institute For Graduate Studies”, to operate a supermarket which is approximately 150 sqm to serve the Institute’s students. Not to forget that negotiations are also being undertaken with Qatar Arm forces and Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College for the inauguration of a branch there.

SOURCE: Al Meera Consumer Goods Company

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Al Meera Consumer Goods Company announces distinctive offers for Ramadan for the year 1437 AH

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company announces distinctive offers for Ramadan for the year 1437 AH

SSP America awarded two new contracts by the San Francisco Airport Commission

SSP’s operations to showcase a mix of local and internationally recognized brands

LONDON, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded two new contracts by the San Francisco Airport Commission to develop and operate one casual sit-down restaurant and one quick casual restaurant at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  Both units will be located in the Airport’s International Terminal.

SSP America’s new units include:

1300 on Fillmore (Post-Security—Boarding Area G):  Chef David Lawrence and Monetta White’s 1300 on Fillmore, located in San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz District, dishes up modern riffs on Southern American classics with top-notch ingredients, creative libations and a posh supper club vibe.  SFO’s international passengers will enjoy Chef Lawrence’s cuisine with imaginative creations such as Fresh Water Shrimp Hushpuppies and refined interpretations of Southern favorites like Barbeque Shrimp N’ Grits and the famous 1300 Black Skillet Fried Chicken.

Wendy’s (Pre-Security—Boarding Area A):  for over 40 years, Americans as well as customers around the globe know that the name Wendy’s is synonymous with quality, premium ingredients and their famous square burger patties that are always fresh, never frozen.  Wendy’s variety of “Old Fashioned Hamburgers” will be a menu mainstay at SFO, in addition to chicken and pork sandwich offerings, wraps, Natural-Cut French Fries seasoned with sea salt, fresh-made salads and the signature Frosty, made from 100% cocoa and cream.

1300 on Fillmore owner, Monetta White commented, “Collaborating with SSP America has provided us a unique opportunity to touch millions of people’s hearts with food.  We’re excited to show SFO and the world the best that today’s Southern-style American cuisine has to offer.  We can’t wait for opening day.

“SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, said, “With San Francisco International’s significant 33% growth rate in recent years and 2015 seeing a record-breaking 50 million passengers, the sky is this gateway’s only limit.  SSP America is honored to be bringing world-class brands that will continue to grow with SFO and meet every passenger’s needs. We look forward to further developing our partnership at San Francisco International as well as the Bay Area community.”

The leases are part of a major refreshment to SFO’s International Terminal.  Recently named 2015 “Best Airport in the Americas” by the readers of Frequent Business Traveler, SFO has also garnered industry praise for having the “Best Concession Management Team” in the Airport Revenue News (ARN) 2015 Best Airport & Concession Awards program.

Wendy’s is set to open later this year in September, and 1300 on Fillmore in January 2017.

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

More than 2 million pounds of merchandise donated during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale

  • Donations provide 303,000 hours of Goodwill training in local communities

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Goodwill Sale donors and shoppers at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) 267 stores, including Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers locations, donated clothing, shoes, accessories and other household textiles weighing 2.1 million pounds during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale March 9 through March 26, 2016. This season’s donations will be sold in Goodwill stores and will generate approximately 10 million dollars in revenue enabling Goodwill to provide 303,000 hours of Goodwill job training and support services throughout the communities where Bon-Ton and Goodwill operate.

Customers were encouraged to clean out their closets and bring donation items to their local Goodwill or Bon-Ton Stores location. In return, donors received coupons up to 25 percent off for every item donated. Customers could also donate five dollars to receive three coupons.

“Donations during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale help Goodwill provide critical job training services and support to citizens looking for employment,” said Kim Zimmer, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global development of Goodwill Industries International. “Bon-Ton’s commitment to serving their communities has a positive impact on thousands of people, helping them find jobs and care for their families.”

The partnership with Bon-Ton Stores is Goodwill’s longest-running department store collaboration. For 22 consecutive years, the organizations have joined forces to give shoppers the opportunity to give back by donating during this biannual in-store event. In return, Bon-Ton provides special saving coupons to customers for each item donated.   Events like the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale are vital to driving the donations and contributions that supportGoodwill’s work, which is based on the belief that the power of work can change lives, support family stability and improve communities.

“We are thrilled with the amount of donations we collected from our customers and associates during the Spring Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “At Bon-Ton, we are committed to giving back in every community we serve and we are proud to have made such an impact by helping people find jobs through Goodwill services.”

To learn more about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, visit www.goodwill.org/bonton or www.bonton.com/goodwill.

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 9 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.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,100 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, Goodwill placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org, use the Goodwill Locator app at goodwill.org/apps or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

CONTACTS:

Christine Hojnacki, Vice President Public Relations
414.347.5329, cell 262.378.9354
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

Charlene Sarmiento
Goodwill Industries International, PR Program Manager
(240) 333-5590
Charlene.Sarmiento@goodwill.org

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

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Walmart released its ninth annual Global Responsibility Report “Using Our Strengths to Help Others”

Report Outlines Walmart’s Focus on Using its Strengths to Enhance Economic Opportunity, Sustainability and Local Communities

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today released its ninth annual Global Responsibility Report, entitled “Using Our Strengths to Help Others,” highlighting the company’s progress and milestones during fiscal year 2016 in social and environmental responsibility. The report also outlines Walmart’s “whole systems” approach to continue to advance global responsibility in the key areas of opportunity, sustainability, and local communities.

In addition to discussing progress, key metrics, challenges, and stories, Walmart’s 2016 Global Responsibility Report outlines the company’s approach to using its strengths to support and improve social and environmental systems beyond the company:

  • Aspiring to strengthen whole systems. In collaboration with others, Walmart aspires to reshape and strengthen whole systems to achieve significant and lasting improvement in social, environmental and economic outcomes. For example, enhancing environmental sustainability in retail supply chains means addressing their social and economic dimensions, as well. Walmart has and will continue to place increasing emphasis on social issues such as empowering women and supporting worker safety and dignity.
  • Creating business and societal benefits. Walmart continues to believe that it will make the most impact on social and environmental issues important to the company and stakeholders when initiatives the business undertake create a shared business and social value.
  • Leading through the business. Walmart focuses on integrating its social and environmental priorities into routine business activities, including leadership practices, organizational roles and operational structures. Its work to advance environmental sustainability also shapes the incentives, tools and processes used across supply chains.
  • Using philanthropy to complement business initiatives. When Walmart uses its strengths for good beyond its day-to-day business, its impact can be extended through the philanthropic efforts of the Walmart Foundation. Through both in-kind and cash gifts, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gives over $1 billion annually to projects that create opportunity, enhance sustainability and strengthen community. In FY16, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave grants totaling $39 million in support of the retail opportunity initiative, which aims to increase upward mobility of frontline retail and adjacent sector workers in the U.S. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also made a $25 million commitment to disaster response and preparedness in the wake of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Prioritizing actions that draw on key capabilities. Walmart focuses on issues where particular strengths as a company have a relative advantage in making a substantive difference. For Walmart, these strengths and capabilities include its 2.3 million associates globally, supplier relationships, buying power in categories like food and apparel, physical assets and capabilities in logistics, marketing, operations and merchandising.
  • Collaborating with others. Walmart recognizes that collaboration with organizations around the world with the knowledge, capabilities and expertise to address priority issues is critical for catalyzing true change across the supply chain. Through Walmart’s ongoing work with the Environmental Defense Fund, the company has successfully met and exceeded its ambitious goal of eliminating 20 million metric tons (MMT) of GHG emissions from its supply chain by eliminating a reported 35.6 MMT since the goal was set forth. Additionally, as part of its participation in the Consumer Goods Forum and effort to achieve zero net deforestation, Walmart achieved its goal to sustainably source 100 percent of its private brand palm oil by the end of 2015, in accordance with the certification standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. From making a $25 million commitment to disaster preparedness and convening members of the nonprofit, business and government sectors to discuss new ways to work together to respond to future disasters, to making a $1 million grant to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to start a three-year pilot to identify new ways to serve veterans, Walmart is constantly striving to lead the retail sector when it comes to driving collective impact to do good.

“Our customers want to buy products that are good for the environment, for their families, and for the people who made them, and we’re pleased to show continued progress through our efforts over the past year,” said McLaughlin. “We strongly believe in using our strengths to do good and that serving our customers and society is one in the same, and we look forward to continuing our journey ahead as we unlock the full potential of our business.”

For more information, read the 2016 Global Responsibility Report and visit the Walmart Today blog for updates. 

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,530 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Macy’s to launch new home collection by Kelly Ripa

New home collection by multi-talented Kelly Ripa features bedding, furniture and area rugs at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com

NEW YORK, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Apr. 20, 2016), Macy’s announces the launch of a new home collection byKelly Ripa. Inspired by Ripa’s well-known love of all things home and her passion for creating beautiful spaces, Kelly Ripa Home brings a fresh outlook to design for family living. The versatile line will include bedding sets, furniture and area rugs for the contemporary home. The full collection will be available in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com for summer 2016.

The spirit of Kelly’s personality, combined with her elegant and on-point design aesthetic brings a fresh perspective to the home category. “Home is where personal style truly comes to life, so I think a well-loved home is where great design counts most,” said Kelly Ripa. “This collection is designed to inspire and light up a room with truly versatile pieces that change up a room effortlessly.”

First to launch are her 10-piece bedding sets featuring seasonal trends such as vibrant blossoms, subdued florals, and bright, whimsical prints. Each bedding set provides everything to transform a bedroom space, including a comforter, two standard shams, two European shams, three decorative pillows, bed skirt and a plush throw.

Kelly Ripa Home area rugs have a sophisticated point of view, fusing both contemporary and traditional elements including damasks, medallion and blossoming vine motifs, ranging from rich navy to ivory and grey.

Coming soon to stores and on macys.com, Kelly Ripa Home furniture will include the core pieces for bedroom, dining and living room spaces, including contemporary dressers and sofas in crisp neutrals.

Now in her 15th year with the show, Ripa is the Emmy-winning co-host of the syndicated morning talk series, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” on ABC. The collection marks the first for her in the home and interior design space.

“Kelly Ripa warms the hearts of America each morning through her talk show and we’re thrilled to welcome her into the Macy’s family with the Kelly Ripa Home collection,” said Shawn Austin, Macy’s EVP/GMM of Home. “Whether you are starting a new home or refreshing your current one, there is something for everyone in this new line.”

The bedding and rug collection is now available at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com, with furniture launching in summer 2016. For more information and to view Kelly Ripa Home, visit macys.com.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plazain southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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

About Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa has been the co-host of “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” for 15 years and has been honored with four Daytime Emmy Awards. In addition, she received two TV Guide Awards and multiple People’s Choice Award nominations. Ripa ventured into primetime on “Hope & Faith” after concluding a 12-year stint as Hayley Vaughan on ABC’s “All My Children,” for which she won three Soap Opera Digest Awards and received three Daytime Emmy nominations. She recently guest-starred on an episode of “Broad City” to rave reviews. In October 2015, Kelly was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s Media Relations
Julie Strider Fukami, 646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com
or
Tracy Davis, 646-429-7470
tracy.davis@macys.com

 

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Kelly Ripa Home launches at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com for summer 2016; Kelly Ripa Home Magnolia 10-Piece Comforter Sets, $300-$360 (Photo: Business Wire)

Kelly Ripa Home launches at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com for summer 2016; Kelly Ripa Home Magnolia 10-Piece Comforter Sets, $300-$360 (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s, Inc. to report its first quarter 2016 sales and earnings on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is scheduled to report its first quarter 2016 sales and earnings before the opening of financial markets on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors that day at 9 a.m. ET. Macy’s, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-888-334-3032, passcode 1420119. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

Investor Conference

Macy’s, Inc. will present at the 5th Annual Nomura Retail & Restaurants Conference at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 27, in New York City. Media and investors may access the live webcast of the presentation at www.macysinc.com/ir at the appointed time. The webcast will be available for replay.

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

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

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

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

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

Global Retail Innovative Summit 2016: Carrefour Beijing SiYuanQiao hypermarket won “Best Store in China in 2015”

BEIJING, CHINA, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On April 8, during the Global Retail Innovative Summit 2016, the Beijing SiYuanQiao Store was awarded one of the Top 10 Best Stores in China in 2015 by Linkshop (influential online media focusing on retail industry in China), among 500 newly opened stores.

This award focuses on the newly built stores that can provide customers with innovative and advanced concepts, techniques, or experiences as well as letting the other retailers learn from these concepts and promote the whole industry to be more innovative.

This award was voted online partly by the public (30% – who chose between the 28 stores selected among the 500 for the finals) and by the jury (70%).

Carrefour China, with its Beijing SiYuanQiao Store did progress a lot on different levels, improving:
–    Air Conditioning System: the efficient air conditioning system provides a healthy and comfortable environment for customers.
–    Refrigeration System : the glass doors reduce energy loss and a new low refrigerant which decrease more than 50% of carbon dioxide emissions is used.
–    Lighting System: with over 2 million sets of LED lamps saving 2 million kilowatts of power per year.
–    Plumbing: the 300 tons of daily sewage water are treated and reused for restrooms and irrigating forestation.
–    Power Metering System (PMS):  the engineers study the data collected and find solutions to optimize the system.
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Global Retail Innovative Summit 2016: Carrefour Beijing SiYuanQiao hypermarket won “Best Store in China in 2015”

Global Retail Innovative Summit 2016: Carrefour Beijing SiYuanQiao hypermarket won “Best Store in China in 2015”

Tesco to introduce defibrillators in over 900 of its largest stores

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to introduce defibrillators in over 900 of its largest stores, providing lifesaving support to customers and colleagues across the UK.

Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer, with millions of customers visiting its stores each week.

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation show that over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital in the UK every year, but less than one in ten survive.

For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 percent. 729 Tesco Extra and Superstores all over the country will be fitted with defibrillators as part of the initiative, and the retailer also plans to install the equipment in all of its 178 Metro stores over the coming months.

Tony Hoggett, Tesco UK Chief Operating Officer said:

“We are always looking for ways to help the communities we serve, and we know that having a defibrillator to hand can mean saving the life of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. This initiative has the potential to make a real difference to customers and colleagues all over the country.”

Sara Askew, BHF Head of Survival, said:

“If you have a cardiac arrest in the UK today you have just a one in ten chance of survival.  More people could be saved if more people had the skills and confidence to perform CPR and more defibrillators were available and accessible in public places.

“We are delighted that Tesco is supporting BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign by making public access defibrillators available in all its larger stores. Knowing vital CPR skills and having access to a defibrillator can often be the difference between life and death.”

Tesco is working to improve the health of the nation through its partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. The partnership supports new initiatives that will help people lead healthier, longer and more active lives.

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

CVS Pharmacy voluntarily recalls Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea due to possible Salmonella contamination

WOONSOCKET, R.I. 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today that it has voluntarily recalled select cases of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea following notification from the manufacturer that the product is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. An ingredient produced by the manufacturer’s raw material supplier tested positive for Salmonella in another company’s product. CVS Pharmacy’s Gold Emblem product also contains this ingredient.

CVS/pharmacy.

The product is labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz” and was packed in 1.4 oz cartons. The recalled product has a single best by date of 18 Mar 2018 with a UPC code 0 50428 541043. No other best by dates are affected. The product was available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Approximately 200 units of the recalled product were sold prior to this recall. The Company is not aware of any reported cases of illness to date related to this product and it has issued this voluntary recall as a matter of precaution.

CVS Pharmacy has removed the affected products from its stores and the manufacturer has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A “do not sell” block has also been placed in the Company’s store register system to prevent further sale of these recalled items.

Any customer who purchased the recalled product should immediately discontinue use and return the item to CVS Pharmacy for a refund. For additional information, please contact the Company at 1-800-SHOP-CVS Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM ET.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mike DeAngelis, CVS Health Corporate Communications

michael.deangelis@cvshealth.com

401-770-2645

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Product Packaging

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

John Lewis Partnership’s Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 available in an interactive format

LONDON, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership today publishes its Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16. The Annual Report also includes a Sustainability Performance Review with more detailed information available online.

The report is designed for our Partners, the owners of our business, and anyone interested in the Partnership.

The Annual Report and Accounts is available in an interactive format on this website.

Notes to editors

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

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 59 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialsit online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1 Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

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

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

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

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

Meating Place recalls 325 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

WASHINGTON, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meating Place, a Buffalo, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 325 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef patties were produced on April 15, 2016. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 5-lb. boxes of “LORIGO BRAND BEEF PATTIES KEEP FROZEN THE MEATING PLACE INC.” with a package code of 120106.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “Est. 8631” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The item was shipped to retail and institutional locations in the Buffalo, NY area.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during routine in-plant review of testing results. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age, but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

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 www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Vincent Lorigo, President, at (716) 885-3623.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. 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 l0 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: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish, and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry, and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

– Fish: 145°F
– Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
– Ground meat: 160°F
– Poultry: 165°F
– Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

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.

Source: USDA

Ediston announces completion of Heathfield Retail Park’s frontages and common areas refurbishment

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The refurbishment of Heathfield Retail Park’s frontages and common areas is now complete.

Ediston is delighted to announce that the new 30,000 sq. ft. retail terrace is complete and trading with M&S (11,000 sq. ft.) and Tapi (7,500 sq. ft.) opening their doors on 5th April 2016. In addition, Poundworld and Greggs have taken space in two units on the existing retail terrace.

Heathfield Retail Park is now 95% let, with detailed discussions under way with a national retailer for the remaining 15,000 sq. ft. unit.

Heathfield is Ayr and South Ayrshire’s only Retail Park and now benefits from planning relaxations which have allowed the introduction of food and variety retailers.

Contacts:                                                    

Ediston Real Estate :
0131 225 5599

Source: Ediston Real Estate

Ben Bridge Jeweler announces winners of the Ben Bridge $100,000 Wedding of the Century sweepstakes

SEATTLE, WA, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ben Bridge Jeweler announced today that Raul Gonzalez and Andrea Delocht of Escondido, CA are the winners of the Ben Bridge $100,000 Wedding of the Century. Fifth-generation family members Marc and Lisa Bridge surprised the couple with a 2 carat Signature Forevermark diamond ring, a giant check, and an inflatable palm tree representing a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic in the Ben Bridge store at Westfield North County on Thursday night.

The couple was stunned and visibly emotional. Gonzalez said, “I feel like I’m in a dream. Now I know why people say that in the movies.”

Thousands of couples across the country submitted pictures and love stories online for the chance to win their dream wedding and thousands of other prizes, including Ben Bridge gift cards, TAG Heuer watches, Mikimoto pearls, and ArtCarved wedding bands. Gonzalez entered the sweepstakes without telling Delocht, and only let her know on Monday when he learned they won an ArtCarved wedding band. Delocht added, “We were happy with the wedding band!” They were even happier after discovering they won the $100,000 grand prize.

Gonzalez and Delocht have been together six years and have two children, Gabriela, 3, and Austin, 1 month. The Ben Bridge $100,000 wedding of the century prize will help the couple plan a wedding this fall in San Diego.

“The best part of the jewelry business is sharing happy moments with our customers. I couldn’t imagine a happier moment than presenting this prize to Raul and Andrea. They are a wonderful couple and we are so pleased to be able to play a small role in their love story,” said Marc Bridge, Vice President of Marketing. “We wish them and their beautiful family a lifetime of love and happiness.”

About Ben Bridge Jeweler

Ben Bridge Jeweler (www.benbridge.com) was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1912 on a simple promise: to offer the finest jewelry, best selection, and friendly, knowledgeable service. Family-run for five generations, Ben Bridge operates more than 75 retail stores in 11 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In 2012, the American Gem Society awarded the Bridge family with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of their significant contributions to the jewelry industry.

Media Contact

Ben Bridge
P.O. Box 1908
Seattle, WA 98111

Source: Ben Bridge Jeweler

Barnes & Noble announces Tabletop Gaming Meet Up at all stores nationwide on Saturday, April 30

New York, NY , 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it will be hosting a Tabletop Gaming Meet Up at all stores nationwide on Saturday, April 30, starting at 4 p.m.. Last month, Barnes & Noble hosted weekly “game gatherings” at select stores across the country. As a result of the huge success of the program, the company is expanding that gaming experience to customers at all of its 640 stores across the country.

“Seeing our customers respond so positively to the game gatherings we hosted at select stores was not only rewarding, but it crystalized what we believed all along: customers in local communities are looking for an alternative evening out.  For so many, Barnes & Noble is already a place to meet up, socialize and spend quality time together.  Our Tabletop Gaming Meet Up is designed to do all that and more,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble. “We will feature a unique array of games that celebrate collaboration, encourage strategic thinking and even provide a little healthy competition.”

Customers are encouraged to visit their local store and participate in Barnes & Noble’s first-ever Tabletop Gaming Meet Up, whether they are looking for an alternative to a typical evening out, an activity for the whole family to enjoy, or simply the opportunity to meet new people in a fun way.

“The tabletop gaming industry has always had a wide appeal to Americans as a fun, engaging pastime, but we see Barnes & Noble’s entry into events and gatherings as a game changer,” said Andrew Lupp of the gaming industry organization, PSI. “Few retailers can offer a store environment that’s already tailor-made for gaming. Barnes & Noble has always had a fantastically curated selection of games. Now they’re creating the social experience and building new communities to bring these games to many more gamers around the country.”

Featured games will represent a leading assortment from Barnes & Noble’s vast selection, including:

  • Machi Koro– The Japanese card game that is sweeping the world. A fast-paced, light-hearted game for up to three players, with the goal of building the city of Machi Koro (in less than 30 minutes!).
  • Superfight– A hilarious card game based on fights between characters with superpowers and super problems. Players create fighters from these cards, then argue with one another over who would win in a fight!
  • Ticket to Ride- A cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their destination tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.
  • Munchkin- The mega-hit card game about dungeon adventure, with no role-playing. Players can compete to kill monsters and grab magic items.
  • Qwirkle– A game that is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Players can earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color.

Participants will have the chance to play against each other to win prizes, including a Machi Koro Diamine Promo Card Pack, a Qwirkle Brainteaser Book, Superfight Promo Card Sets, and more. Customers should contact their local store to find out the full list of prizes available.

Each game will be available to play starting at 4:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to take fun photos of themselves while gaming and upload to their social media channels using the special hashtag, #BNGameNight. For more information on the event, customers can visit the Barnes & Noble Blog.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®.

The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

CONTACTS:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Director Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes&Noble

Renovated Colruyt store in Arlon reopened after months of renovation work

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 20 April the renovated Colruyt store in Arlon will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The store has been expanded, restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store and equipped with a brand-new butcher’s department.

Store manager Sylvia Millard: “Colruyt renovates its stores to make them more efficient and to make shopping for customers more pleasant. For instance, near the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps by an air curtain. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect from us.”

Brand-new butcher’s department
During the renovations, the store was completely redone and the fresh market was enlarged. The products are now arranged in a more logical order. “This will make it even easier for our customers to shop”, the store manager says. “And the two extra check-out points ensure an even faster service.”

For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Butcher manager Vincent Duriaux: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Special open evening
From Wednesday 20 April, manager Sylvia Millard, butcher’s shop manager Sylvia Millard, and their 42 employees will be on hand to welcome customers at the renovated Colruyt Arlon.
Sylvia Millard: “The evening before, on Tuesday 19 April from 17 to 20, everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open house, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

For more information, please contact:
– Johan Jadin (regional manager) at 02 360 10 40
– Hanne Poppe (press officer Colruyt Group) at 0473 92 45 10

Practical information:

Colruyt Arlon
Rue de l’Hydrion 15
6700 Arlon

Opening times:

Mon-Sat:
Fri:

8.30 – 20
8.30 – 21

Open house:
Tuesday 19 April from 17 tot 20

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Renovated Colruyt store in Arlon reopened after months of renovation work

Renovated Colruyt store in Arlon reopened after months of renovation work