Whole Foods Market opens new 30,300 square foot store in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood

New Store Marks First Location in Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, opens its new 30,300 square foot store located at 5118 S. Lake Park Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The much-anticipated store will provide residents in and around Hyde Park with fresh, high quality foods in a convenient and contemporary setting.

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

Whole Foods Market has 25 Chicagoland stores: Gold Coast, Halsted, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Sauganash, South Loop, Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods in Chicago; and the surrounding suburbs of: Deerfield, Elmhurst, three Evanston locations, Hinsdale, Kildeer, Naperville, Northbrook, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, River Forest, Wheaton and Willowbrook. Whole Foods Market Englewood opens Fall 2016.


Michael Bashaw

President – Midwest Region

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


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Whole Foods Market opens its ninth Northern Virginia location in Pentagon City

Store brings wealth of new shopping and dining options to Pentagon City residents

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s healthiest grocery store™, will open its ninth Northern Virginia location on Wednesday, June 29, in Pentagon City. The 36,800-square-foot store is located at the corner of 12th Street South and South Eads Street.

“Our newest Whole Foods Market will reflect the energy and vitality of this growing Arlington community,” said Mike Ameg, the store’s team leader. “This store will offer Northern Virginia families the highest quality natural and organic products, including seasonal, locally-sourced produce, sustainable seafood and high-quality meat and poultry – all free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. We’re also excited to bring an extensive offering of fast-casual dining options to the many residents who live and work in the heart of Pentagon City.”

Along with the expansive organic salad bar and prepared foods hot bars pioneered by Whole Foods Market chefs, this store will feature several unique food venues, made-in-house and artisan charcuterie, an extensive selection of beer, wine and cheese, and a scratch bakery. The store’s many seating areas – which include a coffee/juice bar, pub, and dog-friendly patio – are also sure to become popular meeting places.

Whole Foods Market team members will be organizing and attending events in and around the community over the coming weeks and there are also openings for new part-time and full-time team member positions across a variety of departments. Interested applicants can apply at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers.

Follow news about this store’s opening and about all of the Northern Virginia Whole Foods Market happenings through social media: Twitter @WholeFoodsNoVa; Instagram: @WholeFoodsNoVa, and on Facebook: Whole Foods Market NoVa.

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Whole Foods Market opens its ninth Northern Virginia location in Pentagon City

Whole Foods Market opens its ninth Northern Virginia location in Pentagon City

Whole Foods Market opens its third store in St. Louis at 4577 West Pine Blvd

New Location Includes Taqueria, Coffee Bar and Cozy Craft Beer Bar

St. Louis, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, opens its third store in St. Louis, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The new 28,480 square-foot store, located at 4577 West Pine Blvd, will celebrate the grand opening with music, food and many more surprises for all who attend.

“Whole Foods Market Central West End will be a one-stop-shop for kitchen creators, featuring the best tasting natural and organic grocery staples as well as that hard-to-find ingredient,” says Shawn Milford, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Central West End. “For shoppers on-the-go, we’ll have a variety delicious meals from our chef-driven prepared food options such as seasonal salads, custom sandwiches, traditional and modern tacos and Neapolitan-style pizza, all made without artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners.”

For a quick lunch or easy dinner, Whole Foods Market Central West End will have a variety of healthy and hearty options made with the same high quality standards found on the shelves. Shoppers will be able to choose from freshly prepared seasonal salads made with the variety of responsibly grown organic and conventional produce on the salad bar; or for more rib-sticking meal choice, the hot bar will provide seasonal, chef-driven recipes.

For a bit of an international flair, the taqueria offers custom taco or burrito selections as well as favorites like barbaqoa style beef; pastor style pork; achiote seasoned chicken; or spicy Jackfruit. For a taste of Italy, pick up a slice of hand-stretched Neapolitan-style pizza – ready in under seven minutes. Freshly made sushi specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice, are made in-house by sushi chefs using sustainably sourced seafood. Signature sandwiches featuring in-house smoked meats such as brisket and pulled pork, or build-your-own style options offer a more traditional meal.

Whole Foods Market Central West End will feature “Central Brew” a cozy coffee and beer bar all-in-one. For a morning jump-start or an afternoon pick-me-up, coffee lovers will enjoy delicious, lattes, chai, cappuccinos, and espresso made to order with Allegro Coffee. Allegro Coffee buys and roasts only specialty Arabica beans, which represents the top 10 percent of all the beans produced in the world. From that 10 percent, Allegro only purchases the cream of the crop, so Whole Foods Market shoppers are getting the best quality and taste possible every day. For beer lovers, the Central Brew is an intimate beer bar featuring 10 taps of rotating local and hard to find beers. To celebrate the grand opening, some of the brews on tap featured include local selections from Perennial Artisan Ales and 4 Hands Brewing Company.

Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibit artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company. These commitments include:

  • Produce: Responsibly grown produce is chosen by expert buyers and rated based off organic certification, farming practices that impact the environment and human heath.
  • Meat: Classically-trained butchers and meat cutters carve and grind in-house beef, pork, chicken and turkey that comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating program
  • Seafood: The Seafood Department has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
  • Bakery: The skilled bakers use only ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market’s high Quality Standards, fresh natural butters and creams, and unbleached, unbromated flours for the variety of breads and pastries they create daily.
  • Cheese: The cheese department is a culinary destination offering over 250 specialty cheeses free of artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, preservatives and hydrogenated oils.

On the shelves and in the aisles, shoppers will have over 700 wines, 200 beers, 130 back-to-basics bulk pantry staples, more than 125 bulk spices and three grind-your-own nut butters to choose from.

As America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, what goes on the body is just as important as what goes in the body. Whole Foods Market Central West End marks the first destination in Missouri for the widely popular online cosmetic and facial care product line, W3LL People.

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

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the bricks and mortar of the store.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in Central West End will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. Several times a year, the store will hold community giving days, also known as “5% Days,” where 5 percent of a select day’s sales will be donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. Whole Foods Market Central West End’s first recipient is the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter.

Another way Whole Foods Market will support the St. Louis community is through its One Dime at a Time program which provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Central West End’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Trailnet.

This is the third location in St. Louis; Whole Foods Market has two other stores in the St. Louis metro including Brentwood at 1601 S. Brentwood Blvd and Town and Country at 1160 Town and Country Crossing.


Michael Bashaw

President – Midwest Region

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

Biagi sets up their carts outside of Whole Foods Market’s Tribeca and Upper East Side locations

Popular Brazilian gelato shop to also launch three prepackaged pints flavors

New York, NY, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer is almost here and Whole Foods Market has the perfect treat for shoppers visiting select New York City stores. Biagi, the Brazilian Gelato shop in Nolita, is setting up their celebrated carts outside of the retailer’s Tribeca and Upper East Side locations. The classic Italian gelato carts will offer signature flavors in cones and cups, as well as prepackaged pints to launch later this month.

Gelato varieties will rotate throughout the season and are set to include Biagi classics such as Vegan Almond, Bossa Nova Milk and Forest Mint Chocolate Chip. Founder Antonio Biagi utilizes artisan gelato-making techniques to create a product that exhibits the simplicity and freshness of his Brazilian background. Created with organic Brazilian sugar and local New York milk, Biagi gelatos have a simple and balanced flavor that is both wholesome and light.

  • Whole Foods Market Tribeca
    270 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007
    Hours: 12-7pm
  • Whole Foods Market Upper East Side
    1551 3rd Ave (@ 87th Street), New York, NY 10128
    Hours: 12-7pm

For additional information and exciting announcements about Whole Foods Market in New York City and Brooklyn, please visit the stores’ social media channels:

Whole Foods Market NYC
Facebook: facebook.com/wholefoodsnyc/
Twitter and Instagram: @WholeFoodsNYC


Biagi sets up their carts outside of Whole Foods Market’s Tribeca and Upper East Side locations

Biagi sets up their carts outside of Whole Foods Market’s Tribeca and Upper East Side locations

Wincor Nixdorf news shipped its 100,000th ProCash 280 globally

Wincor Nixdorf has reached a major milestone in its quest to deliver one of the most robust self-service machines in the industry – it has shipped its 100,000th ProCash 280 globally. The recipient of the recently rolled out 100,000th ProCash 280 is one of the leading banks in Thailand.

Paderborn, Germany, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We are proud to have reached this milestone in less than six years,” said Thomas Jaeger, Wincor Nixdorf Vice President for ProCash Business Unit Systems. “And we are encouraged by our customers’ interest and support in the high-performance and reliable capabilities of our ProCash line of ATMs worldwide. The ProCash 280 has also become the most rapidly growing ATM model in key markets such as Africa and the Middle East,” added Jaeger.

Wincor Nixdorf, which shipped its first ProCash 280 system in 2010, has since expanded its footprint to 125 customers in 65 countries across five continents. The success of the ProCash 280 systems is based on its true “workhorse” features, including high availability rate due to their robust design, ease of maintenance, and rapid error rectification, making them very service-friendly. Additionally, they are easy to operate, consume less power and take up a small footprint, with a long service life span.

“The development of the ProCash line is another demonstration of Wincor’s commitment to growing in emerging markets. Wincor is dedicated to providing innovative solutions best suited to every customer’s unique needs,” said Karsten Kemna, Wincor Nixdorf Vice President for Banking Asia Pacific. He added that over the last five years, satisfied customers for almost all the Asian countries have complimented Wincor Nixdorf on this best-in-class cash dispenser.

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Timpson to take over the running of Morrisons dry cleaning operations at 116 stores

Morrisons is to partner with Timpson to extend the number of popular and useful services available at its stores.

Bradford, England, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Under the agreement Timpson will take over the running of Morrisons dry cleaning operations at 116 stores and will expand the offer to include key cutting, shoe and watch repairs as well the fast growing areas of phone and tablet repair.The outlets will be branded ‘Timpson at Morrisons’ and further units will roll out in Morrisons stores as they receive a refit under its Fresh Look programme.

Roger Fogg, Director of Popular and Useful Services at Morrisons, said: “This partnership will mean that customers will find more popular and useful services at Morrisons stores.

“This is a way of growing our offer that is both capital-light and simpler for our colleagues.”
James Timpson, Timpson Chief Executive, said:
“Through Timpson at Morrisons we will give shoppers our full service offer, from key cutting to mobile phone repairs, while they shop. We’re also looking forward to making our great value dry cleaning service available to new customers in even more Morrisons stores.”

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Grant winners of Chick-fil-A® Foundation’s 2016 True Inspiration Awards

More than $1 million gifted; Nominations underway to honor eligible organizations in 2017

ATLANTA, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Chick-fil-A® Foundation recognized the grant winners of the 2016 True Inspiration Awards with a celebratory event in Atlanta on Friday, May 20. The 22 deserving not-for-profits, which represent 17 states across the country, are receiving a combined $1.26 million in grants to further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children.

This is the second year the Chick-fil-A Foundation has hosted the True Inspiration Awards, which were inspired by the generosity of Chick-fil-A’s late founder S. Truett Cathy, who dedicated his life to serving his community by helping young people. The grants, given earlier this year to each organization, range from $15,000 to $100,000. Organizations either applied or were nominated by a local Chick-fil-A restaurant franchisee based on the group’s local work to inspire children to become future leaders.

“We’re honored to be able to partner with these incredible organizations to improve the lives of children. Our mission is to help every child be all they were created to be, and these organizations are striving to achieve that same goal each and every day,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.  He added, “The True Inspiration Awards were created to honor our founder, S. Truett Cathy, and we’re proud to be able to celebrate his legacy and these organizations that have the same generous heart for giving.”

The event was made possible by the generosity of presenting sponsor, Delta Airlines, as well as hospitality sponsor, Legendary Events.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 True Inspiration Awards. Organizations that align with the mission to support youth and give back to their communities can be nominated online atChick-filAFoundation.org/TrueInspirationAwards.

To learn more about the True Inspiration Awards and view a complete list of 2016 recipients, visit the Chick-fil-A Foundation website.

About the Chick-fil-A® Foundation
The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation’s purpose is to lead the company’s commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A’s local communities. The Foundation’s work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they were created to be. For more information, visit www.chick-fil-afoundation.org

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.


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Grant winners of Chick-fil-A® Foundation's 2016 True Inspiration Awards

S. Truett Cathy Honoree – A Night To Remember Prom

Tim Tassopoulos appointed president and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.

ATLANTA, Ga., 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Chick-fil-A, Inc. Board of Directors has elected Tim Tassopoulos president and chief operating officer of the privately-held company. The appointment is effective immediately.

Tassopoulos, 56, most recently served as executive vice president of Operations, but began his career with Chick-fil-A as an hourly, restaurant team member. He is the fourth president of the company.

“Tim is a leader among leaders and has a time-tested track record of excellence in many areas of the business,” said Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan T. Cathy. “The company’s secret sauce is its people and their ability to operate with consistent excellence. Tim has devoted his career to selecting and growing great people who have gone on to make significant contributions to the business.”

He added, “My father, S. Truett Cathy, was a mentor to Tim and would be so happy to know that Tim’s influence in Chick-fil-A is being elevated to this level.”

After working as a teen in a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta, Tim later joined the corporate staff as a business consultant. Two years into his corporate role, he was given responsibilities to develop the first free-standing restaurant concept, which opened in 1986 in Atlanta. There are now more than 2,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants in 43 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to this work, Tim has served as director of field operations, vice president of operations and senior vice president of operations. He also serves on the company’s executive committee.

“This vote of confidence is very humbling,” said Tassopoulos. “I am honored and grateful to serve our 1,500-plus franchise Operators who meet Truett’s standard of excellence each and every day. They have my endless gratitude, and I am committed to supporting their work as they continue serving customers great food with remarkable hospitality.”

Tassopoulos is on the Board of Trustees of Oglethorpe University and on the Board of Advisors at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Atlanta Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science and holds a master of business administration degree from Georgetown University. He is an active member of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church and is on the board of Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

Tim is a native of Atlanta and the grandson of Greek immigrants. He and his wife, Maria, are the parents of Luke, a sophomore at the University of Virginia, and Nicholas, a rising first year student at Northwestern University.


About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Corporate Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196 Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com Twitter: @ChickfilANews


Tim Tassopoulos appointed president and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Chick-fil-A President Tim Tassopolous

24,000 pets adopted during PetSmart’s signature National Adoption Weekend last week

PHOENIX, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 24,000 pets found their forever homes last week during PetSmart’s signature National Adoption Weekend event held at more than 1,400 PetSmart stores across North America – setting another PetSmart adoption record and continuing its trend of adopting more pets at its 2016 nation-wide events than it has since they were initiated by the retailer more than a decade ago.

24,417 pets were adopted throughout the event last week (Monday – Sunday), the second-best National Adoption Weekend event on record for PetSmart and representing a 43 percent adoption increase over last year’s May event. PetSmart is on track to save its 7 millionth life in early fall. The May event also included more than 200 stores – double the number from the last National Adoption Weekend event held in February – and expanded life-saving efforts to include small animals such as ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits with 530 small pets adopted.

These signature National Adoption Weekend events are held at PetSmart, The Adopt Spot, in collaboration with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart CharitiesTM of Canada and thousands of local animal welfare organizations. While called National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts span the week with the majority of the pets, about 22,272, adopted between Friday and Sunday when many stores host large parking lot tent-events with their local adoption partners to connect adoptable pets with their forever families.

“We are thrilled so many pets – more than 24,000 in all – found their forever homes this past week at The Adopt Spot,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Our signature National Adoption Weekend events are highly coordinated efforts involving all aspects of our company, PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and thousands of animal welfare partners. From setting up tents and preparing stores to serve as adoption centers, we couldn’t be more proud of the collaborative efforts that resulted in this recent adoption success – together we are saving lots of lives!”

Last year PetSmart hit a major milestone, adopting out more than 500,000 pets in a single year and in February, its first National Adoption Weekend of 2016, PetSmart hit its first record with more than 25,000 pets adopted – more than any previous event. For every 30 seconds a PetSmart store is open a pet’s life is saved, totaling about 1,400 lives saved every day.

The Adopt Spot, Where People Save Pets (and Pets Save People)

PetSmart is The Adopt Spot, where pets find their forever homes every day among PetSmart’s pet-loving customers and guests. Since its founding in 1987, PetSmart recognized the pet homelessness problem and made the decision to never sell dogs or cats. In 1994 and 1999, PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada were respectively created as nonprofit organizations with a mission to end pet homelessness. Together, they are now the leading animal welfare organizations granting more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare groups in North America – $274 million to date.

Each year, about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To save lives, PetSmart joins PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and nearly 3,000 local animal welfare organizations across North America on a range of powerful adoption events in PetSmart stores including National Adoption Weekends held four times a year.

“PetSmart is so committed to ending pet homelessness and saving pets’ lives through adoption, it delivers nearly 10,000 free Adoption Kits every week to those who adopt – a gift to anybody who gives the gift of life,” said Cohen. “The PetSmart Adoption Kit is industry-leading and available to anybody who adopts, no matter where they adopt* – at PetSmart, a shelter, community event, or even another retailer.”

The PetSmart Adoption Kit provides important content on how to integrate a pet into the family and true value – with more than $400 in real savings – to the adoption parent. Included are coupons for a free bag of dog or cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™, as well as a free veterinarian visit, half-off on two grooming services, a free training session with an accredited trainer, a free Doggie Day Camp session and a free overnight boarding stay. Also included are savings on all the essentials for a new pet including beds, crates, gates, brushes, feeding bowls, collars, leashes, toys and treats, as well as solutions like pet calming products and stain and odor remedies for the mishaps that are sure to occur.

To help new pet parents, on the weekend of May 28-29, just on the heels of its National Adoption Weekend, PetSmart will host its New Pet Event featuring education and problem-solutions tips to help first-time pet owners welcome their newest family member and celebrate all of the exciting “firsts.”

Share your adoption pics and stories!  #theadoptspot

*Adoption papers required.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,450 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets in Canada. Each year more than 20,000 cats and dogs find Canadian homes through our adoption program in nearly all PetSmart stores across Canada and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $9 million to help pets in need with a funding focus on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart.

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PetSmart: new app askPETMD available for immediate critical situations

Users Can Search Well-Organized Rich Content, Get Vet-Qualified Answers within 24 hours, Contact a Nearby Vet With the Swipe of a Finger and Create a Pet Profile

PHOENIX, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — “First-aid for dog cuts and bruises.”

You’re out on a hike with your furry best friend. He trots off the trail to investigate and later appears back at your side with a bloody leg and cuts. As a pet parent, your heart sinks. As he limps to your side, you go into protective mode.

The four words you type into your new askPETMD app – “dog cuts and bruises” – brings up much-needed information for on-the-spot first aid and a vet locator option to quickly and easily find nearby emergency veterinarians.

Help for immediate critical situations, as well as answers to common questions is just a click away with askPETMD, a new mobile app available now from the team behind PETMD, the world’s largest digital resource for pet health and wellness information. Being a pet parent is an around-the-clock job and askPETMD provides the peace of mind that vet-qualified answers are available whenever and wherever needed. The new app is available now for iOS and Android devices for free at the Apple App and Google Play stores.

askPETMD provides the most comprehensive collection of content for all things pet care and pet lifestyle. From dogs and cats to specialty pets like fish, reptiles, birds, hamsters and guinea pigs, among others, askPETMD puts all the answers to pet questions in one place – your mobile device. And, if you can’t find an answer to your question about your dog or cat, you can get a vet qualified answer within 24 hours.
With the askPETMD app pet parents can:

  • Search relevant askPETMD content on popular topics including general care, behavior, diet, emergency and preventive care covering all pet species.
  • Get a vet-qualified answer within 24 hours to specific questions about your dog or cat.
  • Locate the closest veterinarian to your current location or search for a vet by entering a zip code.
  • Add a specific vet as your emergency contact for quick in-app dialing.
  • Create a profile for your dog or cat including photo, name, species, age, weight, breed, gender and more.

“With today’s mobile lifestyle, pet parents want on-the-go access to quick, comprehensive answers and that was the goal with askPETMD,” said Daphne Smith, senior vice president, digital for Pet360, the parent company of PETMD and the askPETMD app. “We value the close relationships pet parents have with their dog, cat and specialty pets, and askPETMD provides access to crucial information to help pet parents give the very best care to their pets – with just a swipe of your finger. We are here to serve as a trusted partner to pet parents everywhere whether their best friend is furry, feathery, slippery or scaly.”

askPETMD includes special emphasis on specialty pets like fish, reptiles and birds for which comprehensive online information has been lacking – until now. There are more than 8,000 informative articles searchable through the app that answer over 750 of the most popular pet questions searched online by pet parents. The No. 1 most-searched question is: “what do turtles eat?” Hundreds of answers to more obscure questions are also included, such as “how big will my Betta fish get?”

About askPETMD & PETMD
PETMD is the world’s largest digital resource for pet health and wellness information. Founded in 2008 to provide pet owners support beyond the vet office, PETMD has quickly become the go-to resource for millions of pet parents across the globe. The website maintains a comprehensive library of more than 10,000 pet health articles, all written and approved by PETMD’s network of trusted veterinarians. askPETMD is the mobile format and leverages much of the rich content of the PETMD platform. PETMD and askPETMD are media content platforms from Pet360, an integrated media company devoted to providing pet parents the trusted information, products and advice they need to raise happy, healthy pets. askPETMD does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Pet360 is a unit of PetSmart, Inc.


Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart

PetSmart Media Line

Jeffrey C. Smith appointed Chair of Advance Auto Parts, Inc.’s Board of Directors

Announces Results of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

ROANOKE, Va, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced that current independent director, Jeffrey C. Smith, has been appointed Chair of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Smith succeeds Executive Chair John C. (“Jack”) Brouillard, who will continue to serve as a director on the Advance Auto Parts Board. In addition, John F. Ferraro is no longer Lead Independent Director but will continue to serve as a director and has been appointed Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Mr. Smith stated, “I am honored to serve Advance Auto Parts as its Board Chair. Since joining the Board in November, Advance has taken important steps to generate shareholder value, including implementing a more field-centric organization and appointing a new Chief Executive Officer. I look forward to continuing to work with the Board and management team to help realize the exceptional future potential for the Company. I would also like to thank Jack and John for their leadership and continued contributions to the Board.”

Jeffrey Smith is Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP. Mr. Smith joined the Advance Auto Parts Board on November 12, 2015. Mr. Smith is also currently on the Board of Yahoo! Inc. He was formerly Chairman of the Boards of Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Phoenix Technologies Ltd. and formerly on the Boards of Quantum Corporation, Office Depot, Regis Corporation, Surmodics Inc., Zoran Corporation, Actel Corporation,Kensey Nash Corp., S1 Corp and the Fresh Juice Company.

The Company also announced that stockholders voted earlier today at its Annual Meeting of Stockholders to elect the 11 nominees named in the Company’s 2016 Proxy Statement to its Board of Directors: John F. Bergstrom, John C. Brouillard,Brad W. Buss, Fiona P. Dias, John F. Ferraro, Thomas R. Greco, Adriana Karaboutis, Eugene I. Lee, Jr., William S. Oglesby,Reuben E. Slone and Jeffrey C. Smith.

In other actions, the Company’s stockholders voted to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. The stockholders also ratified the appointment by the Company’s Audit Committee of Deloitte & Touche LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for 2016 and approved a proposal to amend the Company’s certificate of incorporation to eliminate the one-year holding period for stockholders who have owned at least 25 percent of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock to call a special meeting. In addition, a majority of the shares voted were cast against an advisory proposal regarding the ability of stockholders to act by written consent.

About Advance Auto Parts
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 AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Media Contact
Anna Gurney, 919-573-2608
Investor Contact
Zaheed Mawani, 919-573-3848

Starbucks now with 100 stores in Argentina, its sixth market in Latin America

SEATTLE, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Silvia Gonzalez was store manager at the Alto Palermo store in Buenos Aires when Starbucks opened the doors to its first store in Argentina in May 2008, its sixth market in Latin America. The opening with joint-venture partner Alsea marked a key moment in Starbucks expansion in the region, which now includes nearly 1,000 stores in 15 countries.

“I wanted to be part of Starbucks, for what I had read before about this company and that is what made me fall in love with the brand,” Gonzalez said.

Now a district manager, Gonzalez is overseeing several Buenos Aires stores as Starbucks opens its 100th store in Argentina.

“Things have changed a lot,” she said. “Since the opening of Alto Palermo, every year has brought great learnings, and that knowledge has strengthened each of us to continue improving.”

Marina Vega is manager of Argentina’s 100th store, the Mástil Starbucks in San Isidro. She was interviewed by Gonzalez just a few months after the opening of the Alto Palermo store, and was hired as a barista for its third store on Federico Lacroze Avenue in Buenos Aires.

“At that time I did not know Starbucks,” Vega said. “My first interview was with Silvia and the one thing that captivated me from the beginning was the teamwork and the great working environment.”

In its eight years in Argentina, Starbucks has continued to grow in the capital city of Buenos Aires while expanding beyond to the cities of Córdoba and Mendoza. Starbucks opened new stores in leafy neighborhoods, bustling business districts and entertainment centers. Stores in historic spaces, such as the legendary Gran Rex Theater, have become gathering places that honor Argentina’s past.

Inspired by the country’s culinary heritage, Starbucks stores in the country offer specialty food and beverages, including Dulce de Leche Latte and Frappuccino® blended beverages. Customers can also enjoy medialuna croissants; alfajores (chocolate cookies filled with dulce de leche), and tea sandwiches calledsándwiches de miga.

“Starbucks is honored to be a part of Argentina’s vibrant culture and coffee scene,” said Ricardo Rico, Starbucks vice president of Operations for Latin America. “Together with our partner Alsea, we look forward to growing the brand in Argentina and building on the strong foundation of customer trust and loyalty by continuing to take care of our people, delivering the highest quality coffee, and innovating in product, store design and the customer experience. We would like to thank all of our partners in Argentina who wear the green apron with pride and deliver the Starbucks Experience to our customers each and every day.”

“We remain committed to the Argentinian market in the long term, with full confidence in its potential growth as we focus on expanding the brand, creating jobs, and growing our overall portfolio,” said Fabián Gosselin, chief executive officer of Alsea International. “We are proud to celebrate this historic milestone of 100 stores. This would not have been possible without the trust of our strategic partnerStarbucks and without our more than 1,400 partners who help us exceed the expectations of millions of customers in Argentina.”

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


Starbucks now with 100 stores in Argentina, its sixth market in Latin America

Starbucks now with 100 stores in Argentina, its sixth market in Latin America

Gordy’s Market announces the opening of its 26th grocery store in Hayward, WI

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISC, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gordy’s Market is pleased to announce they have opened their 26th grocery store in Hayward, WI.

Gordy’s reached an agreement with the Northern Lakes Cooperative to purchase the Cabin Stop Building in Hayward, WI on March 31, 2016.

The Hayward Family Restaurant, Beauty Nook, and Coop Pharmacy remained unchanged through the transition and have become lease tenants of Gordy’s Market.

“This agreement has brought an exciting new business to the Hayward area and will strengthen the Cooperative’s position within the market place for our other existing businesses,” stated Michael Covelli, General Manager of the Northern Lakes Cooperative.

“We offer fresh produce, meat, bakery, deli and our homemade Gordy’s Smokehouse products at low prices with family-friendly service, in addition to the great variety of beer, wine and spirits that the Cabin Stop previously carried,” stated Jeff Schafer, President of Gordy’s Market. “We look forward to getting to know our customers and surrounding organizations, and playing an active role in the Hayward community.”

Gordy’s Market will partner with the Northern Lakes Cenex Fuel Station to provide their Gas Rewards! program to customers in the surrounding community. Customers will be able to earn the Gas Rewards! fuel discounts at Gordy’s Market on specially marked products throughout the weekly ad and redeem these rewards at the Northern Lakes Cenex.

Gordy Schafer opened his first grocery store in Chippewa Falls in 1966. Gordy’s has been a family owned and operated business ever since. They currently operate 26 Gordy’s grocery stores. Combined, Gordy’s employs more than 2,000 people throughout West Central Wisconsin.

For more information, contact:
Maggie Cook, Marketing Director
Gordy’s Market



Gordy’s Market announces the opening of its 26th grocery store in Hayward, WI

Gordy’s Market announces the opening of its 26th grocery store in Hayward, WI

Hudson’s Bay Company expands its European presence with plans for up to 20 new stores in the Netherlands over the next 24 months

  • Canada’s premium department store banner Hudson’s Bay and off-price banner Saks OFF 5TH expected to launch first stores in summer 2017 utilizing HBC’s existing European platform
  • Plans to open up to 20 stores over the next 24 months
  • Expansion is expected to create approximately 2,500 store jobs and 2,500 construction jobs in key Dutch cities
  • Anticipates 300 million Euros in capital investments, with majority to be funded by landlords

TORONTO & COLOGNE, Germany & AMSTERDAM, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or the “Company”) (TSX:HBC) is pleased to announce that it is expanding its European presence with plans for up to 20 new stores in the Netherlands over the next 24 months. The Company has finalized and is in the process of finalizing long term leases for select, sought after locations. The first stores are expected to launch in the summer of 2017 and operate under the Hudson’s Bay banner as well as the Saks OFF 5TH banner. The expansion into the Netherlands will build on HBC Europe’s existing infrastructure and will utilize the same platforms such as information technology, procurement and digital support. Build out of the stores will be funded primarily by the relevant landlords and HBC will invest in the operational aspects of the stores including merchandising and employees.

Richard Baker, Governor and Chairman of HBC stated, “We are very pleased to introduce our Canadian Hudson’s Bay banner, one of the world’s most exciting department stores, to the Netherlands. Our acquisition of GALERIA in 2015 established our European headquarters in Cologne and a platform for future organic growth. Expansion intothe Netherlands is a natural extension of our existing presence in Belgium as well as our planned entry into Luxembourg and will complete our presence in all of the Benelux countries. We were able to capitalize on an opportunity to select sought after, high street real estate locations. Canada and The Netherlands have a long, storied history built on collaboration and cultural respect. This is an extremely compelling opportunity to invest in the Dutch market, leverage the iconic Hudson’s Bay brand and introduce what will be the only nationwide all-channel premium department store.”

Jerry Storch, HBC’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We believe that in the Dutch retail market there is unmet demand in both the premium department store and off-price segments. The Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH banners, tailored for the Dutch market, will introduce our all-channel retail model to the Netherlands with a combination of exciting retail destinations and a best in class ecommerce presence. The situation is similar to the one we capitalized on in Canada with Hudson’s Bay. We introduced a new, innovative format offering relevant brands and excellent service. We will use our proven playbook based on our success with fantastic department stores combined with local management expertise to create innovative retail destinations.”

Olivier Van den Bossche, Head of HBC’s European department store business, said, “We are thrilled about the opportunity to introduce Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH to the Netherlands through our strategy of targeted organic growth. Our team of European retail experts has a strong understanding of the Dutch landscape. Our expansion is expected to result in the creation of over 2,500 store jobs, 2,500 construction jobs and 300 million Euros in capital investments, the majority of which will be funded through landlord incentives. We are committed to the Dutch marketplace and look forward to partnering with local governments to create exciting retail destinations.”

HBC was advised by Stibbe and Stikeman Elliott LLP on legal matters and by Eric Zorn, Chairman of ESZ LLC, anInternational Real Estate Consulting Group, along with one of his partners, Robert Bray, on real estate matters.

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

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

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

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s plans to expand its European presence to the Netherlands by opening up to 20 stores over the next 24 months, the Company’s expectation that such stores will launch in the summer 2017 and operate under the Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH banners, long term leases for up to 20 store locations will be finalized in the near future, the build-out of the stores will be primarily funded by the relevant landlords through landlord incentives, and the benefits that are expected to result from the expansion into the Netherlands, including the creation of new jobs. Often but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “plan”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “outlook”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “foresee”, “continue” or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology.

Although HBC believes that the forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are by their nature subject to a number of factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Some of the factors and risks – many of which are beyond HBC’s control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict – include, among others – (a) the risk that HBC is unable to finalize long term leases for up to 20 select, sought after store locations in the Netherlands, (b) the risk that the expansion into the Netherlands requires capital expenditures in excess of those currently anticipated and/or more than 24 months to complete, (c) the risk of introducing new brands into new markets and of doing business abroad, (d) the risk that the anticipated benefits from the expansion into the Netherlands cannot be realized, (e) credit, market, currency, operational, liquidity and funding risks generally, including changes in economic and geopolitical conditions, interest rates or tax rates, and (f) risks and uncertainties relating to information management, technology, supply chain, product safety, changes in law, competition, seasonality, commodity price and business.

HBC cautions that the foregoing list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause HBC’s actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of HBC’s Annual Information Form dated April 28, 2016, as well as HBC’s other public filings, available at www.sedar.com and at www.hbc.com.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe HBC’s expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by applicable Canadian securities laws, HBC does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Kathleen de Guzman, 646-807-0148
Elliot Grundmanis, 416-256-6732
Andrew Blecher, 212-391-3179
Tiffany Bourré, 905-595-7184

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

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SSP Group announces results for first half of its 2016 financial year

LONDON, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its results for the first half of its 2016 financial year, covering the six months ended 31 March 2016.


• Strong results with good progress on last year
• Operating profit1 of £30.9m: up 28.0% at constant currency, and 22.6% at actual exchange rates
• Like-for-like sales up 3.3%*: driven by growth in air passenger travel and retailing initiatives
• Net gains of 2.0%: strong performances in North America and the Rest of the World
• Revenue of £897m: up 5.9% at constant currency; 4.4% at actual exchange rates
• Operating margin1 up 50 basis points to 3.4%: strategic initiatives delivering further improvements
• Earnings per share1 of 3.0 pence, up 43%
• Interim dividend of 2.5 pence per share, up 19%
• Brand and concept portfolio further strengthened
• Encouraging pipeline of new contracts

Commenting on the results, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP Group, said:

“SSP has made further good progress in the first half of 2016 and we continue to deliver our strategic initiatives. Constant currency operating profit was up 28% driven by good like-for-like sales growth in our existing business, new contract openings, which are building our presence across the world, and further operational improvements. I am particularly encouraged by the pace of development in our North America and Asia Pacific operations.

Looking forward, the second half has started in line with our expectations. Whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we are well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and to create further shareholder value.”

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

SSP partners with naturally fast food brand LEON

LONDON, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has entered into a partnership with naturally fast food brand LEON. The initial five-year deal will allow LEON to bring its fun, fresh and fast food to an additional number of railway station sites across the UK.

It is expected the first Leon stores operated by SSP will open later this year at London’s Liverpool Street station and in Paddington station.

LEON first opened in London in 2004 and shortly after was named ‘Best New UK Restaurant’ by the Observer. Since then the founders, friends John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, have opened 34 more stores in the UK.

Guests at LEON stores, run in partnership with SSP, will get the same warm welcome that they do in all LEON stores and have the opportunity to try dishes that have been on the menu since the first LEON opened, including the Moroccan meatball hotbox, the signature fish finger wrap, and the original super food salad, as well as new seasonal specials.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said; “LEON was described by the Times as the ‘future of fast food’. We agree. LEON is the perfect partner for our travel sites. We are delighted to be able to add such an innovative brand to our portfolio.”

John Vincent, co-founder and CEO of LEON said: “When we started we imagined what fast food would be like in heaven – fast, fresh and naturally flavourful. And just like traditional fast food, we aim to be where people need and want us – on busy high streets, in airports and in train stations. This partnership with SSP in UK train stations means that together we can bring naturally fast food to even more busy people across the UK.”

LEON currently has 35 stores in London, Birmingham and transport hubs in the UK. They are set to open in Scotland and mainland Europe (Amsterdam) for the first time this summer.

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

Taco Bell unveils and tests four new restaurant designs as part of its expansion plans to open 2,000 new restaurants by 2022

New Restaurants Provide Tailored Concepts that Reflect Diverse Community Experiences

Irvine, Calif., 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Remember the original Taco Bell mission restaurants, complete with a bell, an outdoor patio and fire pit?

That classic architectural design redefined the fast food experience for generations to come. Today, Taco Bell announced a new line of restaurant designs that will do the same: with a nod to the future and a wink to the past. As part of its expansion plans to open 2,000 new restaurants by 2022, Taco Bell is unveiling and testing four new restaurant designs built to reflect the vibrant communities in which they operate.

“Building new restaurants is a key component to the overall growth and evolution of Taco Bell,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer at Taco Bell Corp. “Great design, Great Food and Great Economics is at the heart of our growth.”

The four designs will make their debut in Orange County, California this summer through existing restaurant remodels, with broader roll-out planned in 2016, including plans to expand in urban locations with the Taco Bell Cantina concept.

Heritage: Inspired by its culinary roots in Mexican-inspired food with a twist, this style is a modern interpretation of Taco Bell’s original Mission Revival style characterized by warm white walls with classic materials in the tile and heavy timbers.

Modern Explorer: This rustic modern style is a refined version of the brand’s Cantina Explorer restaurants and can easily fit into a suburban or rural environment. Inspired by the farms that make our food, this style reinforces Taco Bell’s commitment to the best ingredients, authenticity and transparency of materials and dining preparation.

California Sol: Inspired by Taco Bell’s California roots and the California lifestyle, this design blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor. It’s a celebration of dining al fresco and embraces a laidback beachy feel both inside and out.

Urban Edge: This design represents an eclectic mix of international and street style done the Taco Bell way. This style is inspired by timeless design married with cutting-edge elements of the urban environment.

“While all four restaurant designs each have a different contextual personality, they all share a commonality in expressing Taco Bell’s brand like never before,” stated Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell Corp. “From the open kitchen that showcases our freshly prepared foods to the community tables designed for friends to hang out, each of these formats fosters a modern, unique experience.”

“It’s no longer one size fits all,” stated Deborah Brand, VP of Development and Design at Taco Bell Corp. “Consumers are looking for a localized, customized and personalized experiences that reflect the diversity of their communities – the flexibility in bringing these four designs to life gives us just that.”

Reducing the environmental footprint of stores was top of mind when developing these new restaurant designs, which feature LED lights and energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. All local California locations will leverage reclaimed wood from California ports and, where possible, newly built restaurants will incorporate more sustainable landscape features such as solar panel canopies over drive-thrus and reclaimed water for irrigation.

In 2015 Taco Bell opened over 275 new restaurants, remodeled about 600 more, and is currently on pace to exceed both numbers in 2016. Of the 2,000 restaurants planned to be built by 2022, 200 will be urban locations – a typically underrepresented geographic area for the brand.

In 2015, Taco Bell also opened up the first of its two “Cantina” restaurants in San Francisco and Chicago. These urban concept restaurants have five things in common that differentiate them from standard Taco Bell restaurants: décor, localized artwork, open kitchen layout, open plating and shareable menus. Additionally, Cantina restaurants may also serve alcoholic beverages, which can include beer, wine, sangria and twisted Freezes.

Atlanta is currently being explored for the next urban development, while numerous cities across the U.S. are under consideration for future locations. These include major metropolitan areas from New York, Boston and Ohio to smaller cities with revitalizing downtown areas like Berkeley, Austin and Fayetteville.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Taco Bell unveils and tests four new restaurant designs as part of its expansion plans to open 2,000 new restaurants by 2022

Taco Bell unveils and tests four new restaurant designs as part of its expansion plans to open 2,000 new restaurants by 2022

Walgreens launches CF Champions: Navigating the Journey, Together in support of people affected by cystic fibrosis

CF Champions provides an online outlet for CF patients and caregivers to share their experiences of navigating the journey together

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In support of patients, caregivers and others affected by cystic fibrosis (CF), Walgreens is launching CF Champions: Navigating the Journey, Together during The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National CF Awareness Month.

Walgreens has teamed up with four Champions to share their stories through the new platform, including their experiences living with the disease and ideas for meeting challenges such as prevention of infection, nutrition and rigorous treatment regimens. The program aims to support patients and caregivers as they navigate their journey of living with CF.

The CF Champion Ambassadors were selected because they write about day-to-day life from differing perspectives yet share the common challenge of living successfully with cystic fibrosis. The Champions are:

  • Mary and Peter Frey of The Frey Life. Mary was diagnosed with CF at 7 weeks old. She and her husband, Peter, manage her CF as a team. Through their “vlog,” or video blog, they “aim to show the ups and downs of everyday life with a chronic illness and encourage and inspire others.”
  • Kristen Chidsey of A Mind “Full” Mom. Kristen was diagnosed with CF at age 31. Upon learning of her diagnosis, she also learned that both of her children have CF as well. She is their CF role model. Kristen is a food and restaurant editor, and writes a blog about recipes, sticking to a budget, healthy living and family.
  • Laura Boyer of Mama Pure. Laura is the caregiver for her son, who was diagnosed with CF at 8 days old. She views the diagnosis as her family’s new normal and does not allow it to disrupt their family or prevent her son from living fully. Laura, who normally blogs about stay-at-home motherhood and baby products, will focus some future blog entries on her experiences as a CF mom and caregiver.
  • Rachel Young of Jet-Setting Mom. Rachel’s daughter was diagnosed with CF at 8 months old. The family continues to travel and enjoy their time together by bringing their CF treatment routine along for the ride. Rachel writes a blog about travel destinations, services and products.

Gerald Gleeson, group vice president, Walgreens enterprise specialty, said, “In the community of people involved with cystic fibrosis – patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers – there are many champions. We have selected some whose lives are touched by CF and who are also good storytellers, people who can share insights into the lives of families touched by this condition. We hope we can all learn something from them.”

By spurring positive conversation about managing their disease, CF Champions hope to provide motivation, inspiration and the latest best practices. The program website also offers trusted resources that simplify the medication access and adherence processes, and ultimately support patients’ desires to live happier, healthier lives.

About Cystic Fibrosis
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CF is a life-altering genetic disease which primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems1. People with CF carry a defective gene which causes a loss of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein activity leading to a buildup of thick, sticky mucus. Presently, there are approximately 30,000 children and adults living with CF in the U.S.2

About Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services
Cystic Fibrosis Services Inc. is a Walgreens Alliance Pharmacy that provides specialized care to people living with CF. At Walgreens, we understand every journey is different and every moment is important, which is why we go beyond simply providing medication to offer a compassionate, holistic approach to care. Services include:

  • Pharmacists with specialized knowledge and training in CF
  • A wide range of CF medications and products, including hard to find medications
  • The ease of ordering a refill online 24/7
  • The ability to track your prescription order, view your account balance and even pay online 24/7
  • A dedicated team that advocates on your behalf to access the CF medications you need
  • Experienced case managers who can research insurance coverage options so you understand your plan

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other retail clinic services.


1 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Web site. https://www.cff.org/Living-with-CF/Treatments-and-Therapies/Airway-Clearance/Basics-of-Lung-Care/. Accessed December 2, 2015.

2 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Patient registry annual data report 2013.https://www.cff.org/2013_CFF_Patient_Registry_Annual_Data_Report.pdf. Published October, 2013. Accessed November 3, 2015.


Jim Graham
(847) 315-2925

Salty coastal sea plant samphire now available at Tesco

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodies create soaring demand for salty seaside treat samphire

It’s been the seaside’s best kept secret for decades, even centuries.

But now demand for the salty coastal sea plant samphire which goes particularly well with fish, is soaring.

In the last year demand for samphire has soared by 80 per cent at Tesco, thanks to its popularity on TV cookery shows like BBC TV’s Saturday Morning Kitchen and Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch.

As unusual as it sounds the plant, which traditionally grows in estuary waters, is being commercially harvested for Tesco in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire – an area noted for its outstanding quality asparagus.

Tesco vegetable buyer Bart Vangorp explains:“For centuries, samphire was the seaside’s best kept secret – a little known sea plant that is a wonderful accompaniment to fish because of its wonderfully succulent taste and distinctive salty flavour.

 “Until about five years ago samphire was still only really known by foodies but thanks to being championed by celebrity chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver it is becoming a mainstream delicacy.

“Unless you lived near the sea it was quite hard to find which is why we decided to stock it to make it easier for our customers to buy.”

Tesco’s samphire is supplied by speciality growers Westlands who are the UK’s biggest producer of edible sea plants.

They grow samphire in glasshouses, which is cultivated and hand harvested to give customers a better tasting and fresher product.

Westlands general manager Peter Taylor said:“While the British season lasts from mid-May until October estuary grown samphire has a notoriously short window of being at its very best which is about two to three weeks from late June to early July after which it becomes too stringy.

We grow samphire in glasshouses because we can perfectly replicate coastal temperatures and growing conditions. The extra hand harvesting care also produces a wonderful tasting crop.

“It doesn’t need to grow in water – it likes to be moist. And we only use the glasshouse to enhance and lengthen the natural growing days and season.”

The company started growing samphire seven years ago and initially produced about two tonnes a year and demand is now so strong that we’re set to harvest about 240 tonnes this year.

Samphire is also known as sea asparagus because of its spear like shape. It is best prepared by either lightly steaming or sautéing it.

Samphire has vibrant green stalks with a crisp texture and succulent tender tips. It has a distinctively salty flavour and is low in calories with virtually no fat. It is also rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C.

Tesco samphire will be available in store from May to October and costs £2 for a 115 gram pack.


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Salty coastal sea plant samphire now available at Tesco

Salty coastal sea plant samphire now available at Tesco

Macy’s and Ryan Seacrest celebrate 2016 Summer Olympic Games with the launch of new sportswear Ryan Seacrest Distinction Rio

The limited-edition capsule will be available in 150 Macy’s stores and on macys.com this summer

NEW YORK, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s and Emmy-award winning TV/radio host and producerRyan Seacrest are collaborating in celebration of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with an exclusive new fashion collection inspired by the sights and sounds of the Brazilian destination: Ryan SeacrestDistinction Rio. The 13-piece assortment features a mixture of sportswear clothing and accessories that express a stylishly casual, easy vibe. Ryan Seacrest will be traveling to Rio to host late night coverage of the Games, and the men’s sportswear capsule collection represents all the essentials needed for a summer stay in the Brazilian city, with lifestyle pieces that effortlessly take you from a day on the beach to a night on the town.

“The idea for the Rio collection was inspired by the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games which I am lucky enough to be hosting live late-night on NBC,” said Ryan Seacrest. “The Rio collection is a reflection of the city’s excitement, spontaneity, vibrant culture, and of course, the liveliness of the games.”

Shimmering beaches, warm-hued sunsets, and the blue water of the sea all influenced the color palette and breezy aesthetic of the Rio collection. Linen and poplin shirts, micropique polos, and chambray shorts are breathable and offer ways to beat the heat and humidity without sacrificing style. A color-blocked baseball windbreaker and pique knitted blazer for relaxed layering, crushable fedora, canvas espadrille, and casual duffle bag channel the chic and carefree jetsetter lifestyle.

“Rio de Janeiro is an effervescent city with an incredibly rich culture steeped in music, art and the celebration of life, making it an excellent host for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games,” said Durand Guion, vice president/fashion director of men’s. “The Rio capsule collection for Ryan Seacrest Distinction embodies this joie de vivre in a coolly sophisticated way, offering a range of trend-right designs perfect for discovering everything the famed city has to offer.”

With styles that will have you equally prepared for lounging on the beaches of Ipanema to partaking in the electrifying samba throughout Copacabana, Ryan Seacrest Distinction Rio embodies the spirit of summer. The limited-edition Rio sportswear collection will be exclusively sold in 150 Macy’s stores and on macys.com beginningJune 15.

Ryan Seacrest holds preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, as well as nationally syndicated radio and local radio. His entrepreneurial interests have led to his involvement in a diverse range of media and entertainment companies, while his philanthropic efforts – focused on youth-oriented initiatives – are having a significant impact nationwide.

He is also host and executive producer of ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve program, “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve withRyan Seacrest.” He also has an agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! Networks; he is the host executive producer of E! Live the Red Carpet award shows, and he will be hosting NBC’s live late night coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Seacrest is celebrated internationally as the former host of the top-rated primetime talent showcase, “American Idol” on Fox.

On radio, Seacrest is host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his market-topping No. 1 nationally-syndicated L.A. morning drive-time show for iHeart Media’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show.

Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) in 2006, which has since become an Emmy-winning entertainment production powerhouse creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. As an entrepreneur, Seacrest has investments in an array of media and entertainment companies.

His philanthropic efforts include serving as chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Founded in 2009, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation has opened 10 broadcast media centers – Seacrest Studios – in pediatric hospitals in cities across the country. Dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives, Seacrest Studios allow pediatric patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation currently has Seacrest Studios at hospitals in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, NC, Cincinnati,Dallas, Denver, Nashville, TN, Orange County, CA, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Seacrest also serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and as honorary chair of the Grammy Foundation.

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 Plaza in 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 Ryan Seacrest Distinction
Ryan Seacrest Distinction is a leading menswear lifestyle brand recognized for celebrating classic and iconic looks with a contemporary eye. Founded in 2014, the Distinction brand delivers premium fabrics, design, detailing and value to men’s tailored clothing and accessories. Masculine signatures, geometric shapes, proportion, texture, pattern and color are combined in unexpected ways – timelessness made modern. Using the Style Made Smart™ color matching system, jackets, pants, shirts and ties are labeled with the number of the color group they match, creating a perfectly coordinated look. The Ryan Seacrest Distinction brand offers a range of products including men’s tailored clothing, accessories, sweaters, outerwear and sportswear. The Ryan Seacrest Distinction Collection is available exclusively at Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com.

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

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This summer, Macy’s & Ryan Seacrest launch exclusive, limited-edition collection: Ryan Seacrest Distinction Rio; Color-Blocked Windbreaker, $135; Short-Sleeved Printed Shirt, $60; at select Macy’s stores and macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)

This summer, Macy’s & Ryan Seacrest launch exclusive, limited-edition collection: Ryan Seacrest Distinction Rio; Color-Blocked Windbreaker, $135; Short-Sleeved Printed Shirt, $60; at select Macy’s stores and macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)