Ticketbis will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub business

Serving fans across four continents, ticketbis will provide greater access and choice in ticketing for StubHub customers.

San Jose, California, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) today announced an agreement to acquire Ticketbis, an international ticket marketplace with a presence in 47 countries.  Ticketbis will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub business, the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S. With this acquisition, StubHub will grow its presence across Latin America and Europe and expand into Asia Pacific, becoming the global ticket marketplace leader, as measured by volume of transactions and international reach.

Today’s news builds on StubHub’s history of innovation and strong tradition of “firsts,” which include forging the first ticket guarantee that covered both buyers and sellers in 2006; launching the industry’s first ticketing app on iOS devices in 2010; being the first ticketing company with stadium naming rights in 2013; and now, becoming an international ticketing leader by adding the Ticketbis business to its offerings.

“In a world where the richest moments in life are becoming less about the things people have and more about the experiences they have to share, the acquisition of Ticketbis will allow us to connect millions more people with inspiring events,” said Scott Cutler, President of StubHub. “The only boundary to an incredible experience is access, and this acquisition will enable StubHub to offer more events on a global basis to fans and event-goers around the world, and to help them discover new ways to enrich their lives.”

“The acquisition of Ticketbis will enable us to significantly scale StubHub’s international footprint,” said Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay Inc. “eBay’s global presence will help StubHub acquire new customers as it expands into markets outside of the U.S. This deal reaffirms our commitment to investing in StubHub and helping fuel its momentum.”

“StubHub’s extensive assets will add tremendous value for ticketing patrons and sellers worldwide, especially as we continue our expansion into nascent markets,” said Ander Michelena, co-founder of Ticketbis. “Together, the StubHub and Ticketbis marketplaces represent tremendous value and opportunity for fans around the world to experience the events they love, whenever and wherever they are. We are thrilled to be a part of the eBay family, and we look forward to continuing our innovation in ticketing as part of the StubHub brand.”

The acquisition of Ticketbis is StubHub’s latest geographic expansion, preceded by the launches in Mexico in May 2016, Germany in September 2015 and the UK in March 2012.

The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in mid-2016. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.  The acquisition of Ticketbis is not expected to impact the second quarter 2016 or full year 2016 guidance that eBay provided most recently in its first quarter 2016 earnings announcement.

About StubHub
At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they’ll love next. As the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S., we enable fans to buy and sell tens of thousands of tickets, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub and StubHub Music apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and being the first ticketing company with stadium naming rights in 2013. Our business partners include more than 60 teams in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus ESPN, NBC Digital, AEG and Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement. Throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Germany, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience.  StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY).  For more information on StubHub, visit StubHub.com or follow @StubHub on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or YouTube.com/StubHub.

About Ticketbis
Ticketbis is an online platform for the sale and purchase of tickets to events worldwide. The online secondary ticketing market has been around in the U.S for over a decade, however, in many countries, this type of business model is relatively new and unknown. Ticketbis is one of the first to successfully export the American-born business model to the regions of Southern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Ticketbis makes it easy for users to attend events all over the world.

Ticketbis, founded in 2009, is based in Bilbao and Madrid, Spain and became a market leader in Spain in its first year.  The company now has a presence in more than 40 countries and is a market leader in southern Europe and Latin America.

About eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2015, eBay enabled $82 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of eBay Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.  These statements are based on eBay’s current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties.   Actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied in this press release for a variety of reasons. You can find more information about risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect our operating results in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting eBay’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.ebayinc.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  You should not rely on any forward-looking statements. All information in this press release is as of May 24, 2016, and we do not intend and undertake no duty to update this information.

eBay

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MANGO launches its latest collection focused on the Ramadan period

For over 10 years now, the brand has adapted its designs to different markets

Barcelona, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO launches its latest offering (on sale from 30 May) focused on the Ramadan period. The globalisation of collections is part of the business development the brand has been applying to different markets for over 10 years now.

The Special Collections Department develops exclusive designs in line with the cultural and religious norms of countries in different regions, such as the Middle East. With over 45 models, the Department is responsible for meeting the everyday work and leisure needs of women during major festivities such as Ramadan.

The offering includes casual garments such as jackets, kaftans, flowing jackets, oversized shirts, leggings and tunics made of fabrics such as poplin and imitation suede. A comprehensive catalogue which features novelties in festive garments such as long dresses and double-layer body wraps (relaxed or fitted) and midi skirts made of fantasy fabrics. Subtle satin finishes, lurex and laminated fabrics play a key role, as does lace. The colours and prints of the designs results in a collection that radiates light.

Understanding the characteristics of markets such as those in Arab countries, Asia, cold or inverted season countries is part of the DNA of MANGO. For this reason, in 2015 approximately 80% of brand turnover corresponded to markets outside Spain. Although the Spanish market remains key to the development of the company, efforts to gain a presence in foreign markets has made it Spain’s most international brand.

MANGO, which has over 2,200 stores in 109 countries, closed the 2014 financial year with a turnover for the MANGO MNG Holding Consolidated Group of 2.017 billion euros, representing a 9.3% increase compared to 2013, and a profit of 107 million euros,  contributing an EBITDA of 223 million euros.

CONTACTS
PR INTERNATIONAL
PR
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press@mango.com
T. +34 938 602 222

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MANGO launches its latest collection focused on the Ramadan period

MANGO launches its latest collection focused on the Ramadan period

Office Depot’s 2016 Supplier Diversity Catalog

2016 Catalog Showcases More Than 2,100 Products Offered by Certified Minority-, Women-, Disabled-, LGBT-, Veteran-Owned and Small Businesses

Boca Raton, Fla., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the release of the company’s 2016 Supplier Diversity Catalog. The catalog highlights an assortment of more than 2,100 items ranging from paper and file folders, to office chairs, desk accessories, school supplies and wireless speakers, with 1,200 products also containing eco-attributes or eco-labels.

Office Depot was the first in the office supplies industry to create such a catalog in 2009. The Supplier Diversity Catalog features Office Depot’s complete assortment of products sold by diverse vendors and is available to the company’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) customers. Office Depot’s diverse suppliers are certified minority-, women-, disabled-, LGBT-, veteran-owned and small businesses.

“Office Depot is committed to the economic development of the communities in which we operate,” said Steve Calkins, executive vice president, business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “The 2016 Supplier Diversity Catalog provides opportunities for diverse and small businesses to grow and prosper, and helps our customers succeed in their supplier diversity initiatives.”

New vendors to the catalog include Nance Industries, one of the few woman-owned carpet companies in the US; and VSM Imaging Supplies, a woman-owned business offering a wide selection of remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. This year’s catalog also contains small business success stories, a resource guide and new icons designed to show a product’s diverse attributes at a quick glance.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Media Contacts
General Business & Trade Media Inquiries:
Karen Denning

Store, Promotional & Product Inquiries:
Julianne Embry
Sarah England
Media Relations

Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman hailed as “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden

Rutgers University-Camden in the United States awards Honorary Doctorate to founder of Pick n Pay.

New Jersey, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman has been hailed as a “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden which today conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate in Business. This is the entrepreneur and philanthropist’s seventh honorary degree and one of numerous international awards. Pick n Pay Transformation Director, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, was also present at the Rutgers School of Business to deliver the commencement address to an audience of more than 2 000 people, including 351 students receiving their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon recounted Ackerman’s distinguished career growing four small supermarkets into the highly respected retail giant, Pick n Pay, which now employees more than 80 000 people in more than 1 100 stores across eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The visionary businessman sought to not only grow his business; he empowered the communities where Pick n Pay operated. Mr Ackerman and his wife Wendy established the Ackerman Family Educational Trust in the 1970s, at the height of apartheid, by donating two percent of their personal shares to the foundation.

Ackerman became known and respected for his “four legs of the table” business vision, which articulates the core guiding principles of strong administrative operations, high-quality merchandise, commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, and the inherent value and dignity of all people. “The success of your corporate ventures is rooted in sound business practice and, perhaps more importantly, in your unyielding commitment to innovation, diversity, inclusion, and civic service – all values that we at Rutgers share and embrace,” said Haddon. “These are not simply words for inclusion in a corporate annual report,” said Haddon. “You have lived those values at risk to yourself.”

As a business leader during South Africa’s apartheid period, Ackerman defied the South African government to protect the most impoverished and vulnerable of his fellow citizens. Despite crippling government fines, he subsidised bread prices to make certain that basic food items would remain accessible to the majority of South Africans, said Haddon.

Ackerman’s commitment to mentoring and developing entrepreneurs in South Africa opened doors to employment and meaningful economic opportunity in the nation, and greatly heightened the dignity and respect for his fellow citizens. Education has always been close to this humanitarian’s heart and other initiatives include the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development at the University of Cape Town.

“Your life’s work has grown economic opportunity and also expanded opportunities for equality in your home nation of South Africa,” said Haddon. “Your business philosophy inspires entrepreneurs worldwide to strive toward a future where doing well and doing good are twin prerequisites for economic and social success.”

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman was hailed as a “passionate proponent for equality, job creation and skills development”. Ackerman-Berman founded the Pick n Pay Small Business Incubator in 2007 to create opportunities for entrepreneurs to access the formal market. Pick n Pay’s inaugural Boost your Biz competition will announce the top 25 small businesses that have won an opportunity to become part of the retailer’s national supply network in June.

Ackerman-Berman said during her address that it was incredible honour to be invited to speak at her own father’s graduation ceremony. “My father, who has been my greatest role model, is a builder of bridges. He is a leader who has strived to develop connections and links between people of different backgrounds; to create bonds that look past colour, language, ethnicity or religion. So my focus is on appealing to the graduates going out into the world to also be builders of bridges, rather than builders of walls; to reach out and help transform societies and communities where they come from by sharing their skills and expertise with others who haven’t had similar opportunities.”

Ackerman-Berman emphasised the importance of providing mentorship and support. “As a corporation we have always believed that we should never take out more than we put in. The model that my parents lived by – that doing good is good business – is now more relevant than ever before. Assisting those previously disadvantaged with access to the formal economy is the key to unlocking economic freedom, not only in SA but for many developing nations.”

Notes to editors:

Mr Ackerman has also received: an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Rhodes University, an Honorary Doctorate of Economic Sciences from UCT, an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from UPE (now Nelson Mandela University) and UKZN, an Honorary Doctorate of Education from UNISA and an Honorary Doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

For more information, contact Jennifer Crocker at Jennifer@corporateimage.co.za or Anél Lewis at anel@corporate.co.za

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Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman hailed as “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden

Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman hailed as “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden

SPAR International Annual Report 2015: Our strongest sales growth in five years

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following on from the release of the highlights of our 2015 annual results in April, the full 2015 International SPAR Annual Report is now available, featuring many more details. Just to recap, 2015 was another year of substantial progress for SPAR International. Total sales rose €1.2 billion, or 3.5%, to reach €33 billion – our strongest sales growth in five years – driven by the ongoing recovery in Europe, and continuing expansion of the SPAR Brand in emerging markets, particularly in Asia and Africa. We successfully entered five new countries on four separate continents, increasing our global footprint to 42 countries worldwide.

Last year’s performance demonstrates once again the strength, attractiveness and resilience of the SPAR Brand as we maintained our growth over what has been an extremely volatile economic period for the worlds’ economies.

In our new-look Annual Report we draw attention to the positive achievements of our many partners across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the exciting developments and innovations they undertook during 2015 that contributed to their success and to the strong performance of SPAR International.

The ePub version is available for viewing here and the English language file can be downloaded here.

Contact
SPAR International
info@spar-international.com
+3120 626 6749

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 SPAR International Annual Report 2015: Our strongest sales growth in five years

SPAR International Annual Report 2015: Our strongest sales growth in five years

SPAR retailers in UK tweet for the chance to win £1000s worth of cash prizes

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — James Hall & Co Ltd, the SPAR wholesaler for the north of England, is encouraging retailers to get tweeting for the chance to win £1000s worth of cash prizes!

A new initiative from the wholesaler, ‘Make it happen’, running from 1 May until 30 September, is urging retailers to take photos of their best displays and send them to @SPARDSAP on Twitter.

Independent SPAR retailers who get involved are in with the chance of winning a variety of cash prizes for the following categories:

  • Best display
  • Best use of POS
  • Best use of in-store tasting
  • Best at active selling/till point conversations
  • Best community/charity event
  • Best SPAR Brand activity

A grand prize will be awarded to an overall winner who has best embraced all of the activities together.

Peter Dodding, James Hall & Co Sales & Marketing Director, said: “We are really excited to be running our ‘Make it happen’ initiative, which I’m confident will get our retailers actively tweeting this summer.

“The initiative works nicely alongside SPAR UK’s Selling Plan strategy, which has a strong focus on promoting instore events and displays this year.”

The winners will be announced at the James Hall’s SPAR retailer conference and gala dinner on 25 November.

SPAR International
info@spar-international.com
+3120 626 6749

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 UK cash prizes @SPARDSAP on iPad

UK cash prizes @SPARDSAP on iPad

Chipotle Ground Pepper Allergy Alert

Product may contain undeclared wheat and barley

St. Louis MO, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — An allergy alert has been issued on select dates of Chipotle Pepper Grounds because the product may contain undeclared wheat and barley – known allergens. Those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat or barley run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Chipotle Ground Pepper (in bags)

2 oz.                                    

UPC: 72567721222

Code Dates: 04/19/19 22218 and 04/20/19 22218

Schnucks customers may return any unused portion to the store of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Those with questions may contact the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

This recall only affects the following Schnucks stores:

Missouri:

Concord Village         5434 Southfield Center                               St. Louis, MO 63123

Crestwood                   9540 Watson Road                                       Crestwood, MO 63126

South City                     3430 S. Grand                                               St. Louis, MO 63118

Loughborough              1020 Loughborough                                   St. Louis, MO 63111

Hampton Village         60 Hampton Village Plaza                          St. Louis, MO 63109

University City              6920 Olive Blvd.                                       University City, MO 63130

Cool Valley                  1225 S. Florissant Road                               St. Louis, MO 63121

O’Fallon                       8660 Veterans Memorial Parkway           O’Fallon, MO 63366

Sierra Vista                   1589 Sierra Vista Plaza                               St. Louis, MO 63138

Illinois:

Godfrey                   2713 Godfrey Road                                     Godfrey, IL 62035

Champaign                 109 N. Mattis Road                                 Champaign, IL 61821

Savoy                            1301 Savoy Plaza Center                        Savoy, IL 61874

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

What happens to Cuties when they’re no longer offered at McDonald’s?

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Picture something cute, small and with an orange coat. No, it isn’t a kitty… it is a Cutie! They are kid-sized citrus fruit that are fun to eat and easy to peel.

From November through May Cuties are available as a fresh fruit side option for Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals and are available a la carte.

But what happens to Cuties when they’re no longer offered at McDonald’s?

Thinking about California
All winter long, Cuties are spread across the country. They brave the snow and cold to bring sunshine everywhere they go! But now they’re heading back to their homes in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Summer Sunbathing… No SPF 50 Needed
Why do the Cuties skip the sunblock? Because they peel! Yuk! Yuk!

All summer long, the Cuties trees get the sunshine and water they need to get ready to produce one of America’s favorite fruits for the following season.

Growing stronger… Bit by bit
Cuties come from two types of mandarin orange trees, Clementine and W. Murcott. They are very a-peel-ing because they’re seedless, sweet, kid-sized and an Excellent source of Vitamin C.

Cuties Season
By October, the Cuties are back on the trees, but they are green and unripe. Starting in November they turn orange and the Cuties are ready to be picked! The Cuties season lasts all the way through May.

That’s a lot of Cuties!
Over that time, McDonald’s grower Sun Pacific will produce more than 55 million cartons of cuties per year.

Fresh Fruit
During peak season, and barring any weather events, McDonald’s Cuties are picked, washed and ready to ship within 48 hours to McDonald’s distribution centers.

More Cuties Than You Could Ever Dream Of!
Sun Pacific has a state-of-the-art 600,000 square foot packing facility that lets them wash and ship more than 55 million cartons of Cuties per year. Since McDonald’s starting offering Cuties, it has served nearly 60 million to customers. That’s a Cutie for nearly every person in California and Florida.

Oranges make us Smile
Since we don’t have Cuties in the summer, enjoy our apple slices!

Contacts:
Becca Hary
Becca.hary@us.mcd.com
630-623-7293

Jeanette DeBartolo
Jeanette.debartolo@us.mcd.com
630-623-7584

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What happens to Cuties when they're no longer offered at McDonald's?

What happens to Cuties when they’re no longer offered at McDonald’s?

Raley’s: Free asthma screening to customers in a ten store pilot program

Sacramento Region Among the Most Challenging Places to Live with Asthma

Fair Oaks, CA, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, in partnership with Breathe California, are offering free asthma screening to customers in a ten store pilot program.

The ten participating locations were identified as highly impacted asthma regions in Northern California. Customers will be screened by a physician or other medical professional and provided necessary asthma education and trigger reduction materials. They will also have time to consult with healthcare professionals in a relaxed environment.  Each patient will leave with their printed spirometry test results with appropriate recommendations to pursue care.

“Providing wellness education is a top priority for our pharmacists in the field,” said Lee Worthy, Raley’s Vice President of Pharmacy. “The asthma screenings are the first step towards getting relief for those suffering with asthma. Our pharmacists are prepared to partner with customers who have asthma in their journey toward health and wellness.”

Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences and lost workdays. It is estimated that over 300,000 people have asthma in the Breathe California’s 28-county service area.

“Breathe California is excited to be partnering with Raley’s, enabling us to reach into the neighborhoods where our services are most needed,” said Kori Titus, CEO of Breathe California.  “The Sacramento region has disproportionately high rates of asthma, and many cases go undiagnosed. We look forward to helping Raley’s customers breathe easier.”

The pilot program will run from mid-May through mid-June.

These same pharmacies will also begin offering customers free smoking cessation materials, also known as “Quit Kits”.  Breathe California and Raley’s will provide customers who wish to quit smoking a variety of tools to help them become tobacco free. Last year, Raley’s eliminated tobacco products from their stores. The decision was the chain’s next big step in ongoing efforts to provide healthier options and to raise awareness about health and wellness.

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

SSP opened two new outlets at Cardiff Airport

LONDON, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened two new outlets at Cardiff Airport following the agreement of a new five-year deal.

The Beer House, one of the company’s most successful premium pub concepts, made its first appearance in London in 2011, and today there are eight Beer House bars at airports and rail stations across the UK. Each Beer House shines a spotlight on the foods of the region it serves, and the new bar and restaurant at Cardiff Airport is no exception. The menu features a number of locally sourced ingredients including Welsh beef burger as well as favourite dishes for which the region is renowned such as Welsh Rarebit. The menu is complemented by an excellent selection of local craft ales from Welsh breweries, including Tiny Rebel and Brains. Decorated in true patriotic-style and with walls adorned with images of iconic landmarks of Cardiff and Wales, the bar highlights the very best of the city the airport serves. A zoned approach provides a comfortable environment for all – whether it’s friends or families heading on holiday, or business people flying from Wales’ national airport.

Ritazza is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the departure lounge – a haven for those seeking a place to relax and revive, enjoy great coffee, and perhaps a light bite to eat. The brand is inspired by cosmopolitan and multicultural European café culture, where coffee is less of a caffeine hit and more of an opportunity to regenerate.

Commenting on the new opening Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK, said the new outlets will help Cardiff Airport achieve its aspirations to offer an even higher quality experience to its passengers. “Beer House and Ritazza are great brands that have real resonance with the travelling consumer. We have been working with the team here at Cardiff Airport since 2002, and we are delighted to be building on this long and successful relationship.”

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, added: “We’ve been making significant improvements to the overall customer experience for some time now, and the addition of these new facilities really complements the terminal’s offering.

“Cardiff Airport is in an exciting phase in its development with consistent passenger growth, so it’s essential to provide facilities that meet the needs of our leisure and business customer base. I’m sure passengers will like the food and drinks now on offer and will enjoy sampling some iconic Welsh products at Wales’ national airport.”

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

AmRest now operates 1074 restaurants in 12 countries

Wroclaw, Poland, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announced today the completion of the agreement with Starbucks Coffee Company dated April 19th, 2016 to acquire the chain of Starbucks stores in Germany. As the transaction comes into effect AmRest becomes an operator of 144 Starbucks units in the German market.

Acquisition of mentioned Starbucks chain is a perfect fit to AmRest strategy and another step forward on the way to become the leader of restaurant segment in Europe. After the addition of Starbucks business in Germany AmRest operates currently 1074 restaurants in 12 countries.

Crossing the threshold of 1000 restaurants is an important milestone for our Company which strengthens our position in the European market. We are very excited about this achievement – said Wojciech Mroczyński, the Board Member responsible for the Company’s strategy. It took us almost 23 years to hit the number of 1000 locations. Given the current pace of the Company’s development as well as the further growth potential I am confident that doubling the scale of AmRest is a matter of the next few years – added Mroczyński.

AmRest’s history started in 1993 with an opening of the first Pizza Hut restaurant in Wrocław. Currently the Company operates a portfolio of superior brands: KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Starbucks, La Tagliatella, Blue Frog and Kabb. Every day, through the Company’s WJM culture, over 25 000 employees deliver delicious taste and exceptional service at affordable prices.

For further information please contact:
Dorota Surowiec
IR Specialist
+48 71 386 1235
dorota.surowiec@amrest.eu

Migros Herisau an der Alpsteinstrasse 8B öffnet Am 31. Mai 2016

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 31. Mai 2016 öffnet an der Alpsteinstrasse 8B in Herisau die neue Migros erstmals ihre Türen. Während des achtwöchigen Innenausbaus ist ein moderner Supermarkt entstanden, der die Kundschaft mit viel Frische und einer angenehmen Atmosphäre empfängt.

Auf einer Fläche von 285 m2 finden die Kundinnen und Kunden ein attraktives und frisches Sortiment für den täglichen Bedarf. Die Lage direkt an einer der Hauptachsen in Herisau sorgt für einen hohen Einkaufskomfort, der durch die 16 Kundenparkplätze zusätzlich erhöht wird. Die Migros Alpsteinstrasse ist auch mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln gut zu erreichen. Die Bushaltestelle befindet sich direkt vor dem Eingang. Die Migros Ostschweiz hat insgesamt 1,7 Millionen Franken in den Ausbau der neuen Filiale investiert und beschäftigt dort insgesamt zwölf Mitarbeitende, darunter ein Lehrling.

Dynamischer Filialleiter

Für die Geschicke der Migros Herisau Alpsteinstrasse zeigt sich Roland Marti verantwortlich. Der 38-jährige Filialleiter arbeitet seit 1998 in der Migros-Gruppe, seit fünf Jahren in der Migros Ostschweiz. Dabei sammelte er in verschiedenen Funktionen wertvolle Erfahrungen, beispielsweise als Fach- und Bereichsleiter in Zürich, als Bereichsleiter Food in Herisau oder in den vergangenen zweieinhalb Jahren als stellvertretender Filialleiter in St. Fiden. Roland Marti freut sich darauf, die Kundinnen und Kunden gemeinsam mit seinem Team in der neuen Migros Herisau Alpsteinstrasse zu begrüssen. „Wir sind gut vorbereitet und es ist schön, dass es jetzt losgeht.“ Was die zukünftigen Herausforderungen betrifft, hat der Filialleiter eine klare Vorstellung: „Wir werden uns täglich dafür einsetzen, eine hohe Qualität zu liefern, der Kundschaft mit Freundlichkeit zu begegnen und die Warenverfügbarkeit sicherzustellen.“

Nachhaltigkeit – ein zentrales Thema

Ein besonderer Fokus lag auch bei der neuen Migros an der Alpsteinstrasse darauf, beim Ausbau materialökologisch sinnvolle Produkte zu verwenden. So wurde die Beleuchtung beispielsweise mit LED-Leuchten realisiert. Die Vorteile liegen auf der Hand: Eine höhere Lebensdauer bei gleichzeitig kleinerem Energieverbrauch und weniger Abwärme. Die Kühlmöbel gehören der neusten Generation an und sorgen dank mehr Effizienz für weitere Energieeinsparungen. Mit der Abwärme der Kälteanlagen wird der Supermarkt beheizt.

Attraktive Angebote für Kundschaft

Vom Donnerstag bis Samstag, 2. bis 4. Juni 2016, feiert die Migros Herisau Alpsteinstrasse Eröffnung. Kundinnen und Kunden profitieren an allen drei Tagen von zehn Prozent Rabatt beim Einkauf im Supermarkt. Für nur 2.50 Franken gibt es jeweils ab 10.30 Uhr eine Bratwurst vom Grill mit Bürli, dazu kostenlos ein Aproz-Mineralwasser. Zudem darf sich die Kundschaft auf eine süsse Überraschung freuen – es het solang’s het.

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL 071 493 24 92
FAX 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL christian.possa@gmos.ch

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Migros Herisau an der Alpsteinstrasse 8B öffnet Am 31. Mai 2016

Migros Herisau an der Alpsteinstrasse 8B öffnet Am 31. Mai 2016

Migros wird mit dem diesjährigen Umweltpreis der Schweizerischen Umweltstiftung ausgezeichnet

Auf einer Fläche von fast 400 Fussballfeldern hat die Migros auf ihren Firmenarealen Lebensraum für einheimische Tiere und Pflanzen geschaffen. Für dieses Engagement wird sie mit dem diesjährigen Umweltpreis der Schweizerischen Umweltstiftung ausgezeichnet.

Zürich, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seit 1994 verleiht die Schweizerische Umweltstiftung den Umweltpreis. Dieses Jahr stand die Biodiversität im Siedlungsraum im Vordergrund. Für ihr Engagement hat die Migros den «Anerkennungspreis» gewonnen. Rico Kirchhofer, Geschäftsführer und Jury-Mitglied der Schweizerischen Umweltstiftung, begründet die Wahl: «In ihrem Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm verspricht die Migros, ihre Firmenareale, Freizeitanlagen und Wohnareale so naturnah wie möglich zu gestalten. Sie hat bis heute bereits über 2,7 Millionen Quadratmeter Lebensraum für die einheimische Tier-und Pflanzenwelt geschaffen. Dieses einzigartige Engagement hat Anerkennung verdient.»

Lebensraum für einheimische Tiere und Pflanzen

Aktuell verfügt die Migros über 24 Naturareale deren Gesamtfläche rund 378 Fussballfeldern entspricht. Alle Standorte wurden durch die Stiftung Natur und Wirtschaft zertifiziert. Voraussetzung für eine Zertifizierung ist, dass mindestens ein Drittel des Geländes naturnah gestaltet ist. Das heisst zum Beispiel: Blumenwiesen statt Rasen, einheimische und standortgerechte Pflanzen statt Exoten, durchlässige Bodenbeläge statt Asphalt, begrünte Flachdächer oder Feuchtbiotope wie Weiher.

So hat sie beispielsweise 2015 auf dem Gelände des Einkaufszentrums Zugerland zusammen mit «Wildbiene & Partner» das schweizweit erste Wildbienenparadies geschaffen. Neben dem Haupteingang des Zentrums entstand ein wichtiger Lebensraum für die bedrohte Tierart. Lehmwände, Steinhaufen, hohle Pflanzenstängel und abgestorbenes Holz dienen den Wildbienen als Nistplätze und einheimische Wildblumen als Nahrungsgrundlage.

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Migros wird mit dem diesjährigen Umweltpreis der Schweizerischen Umweltstiftung ausgezeichnet

Migros wird mit dem diesjährigen Umweltpreis der Schweizerischen Umweltstiftung ausgezeichnet

Tesco to launch UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom BBQ steaks

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — BBQ parties are set to become a whole lot more exciting for vegetarians.

While veggie burgers and sausages have been around for years Monday will see the launch of the UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom BBQ steaks.

The launch, by Tesco, comes at a time when demand for vegetarian food is on the rise. In the last year the supermarket has seen sales for chilled vegetarian ready meals soar by nearly 20 per cent.

Tesco food developer Alison Stokes who developed the new range said:“Vegetarian customers have told us they often feel they can be an afterthought at BBQ parties and if they’re lucky they might be able to find some corn on the cob or halloumi.

“We’ve decided to help by creating the UK’s first ever cauliflower and Portobello mushroom steaks which we believe is an irresistibly delicious option that not only to vegetarians but also to meat eaters.  

“The cauliflower steak comes with a zingy lemon and garlic drizzle while the portobello mushroom comes with a sumptous peppercorn sauce. 

“Cauliflower steaks and portobello mushroom burgers are already very popular in trendy restaurants around the country and in recipes from celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver but this is the first time they’ve ever been available in high street supermarkets.”

Cauliflower has become one of the food trends of the past few years thanks to the huge trend for spiralising vegetables as a low carb alternative to rice and couscous.

It’s a perfect vegetable for any meat eater embracing a variable diet. By cutting the cauliflower into steak sized chunks and pan frying an amazing meaty caramelised flavour develops.

Not only that but cauliflower is rich in Vitamin C, low GI and naturally gluten free.

Portobello mushrooms are equally delicious and filling and are also low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium.

Like all fruits and vegetables, mushrooms are naturally gluten free, and make a nutritious addition to a gluten-free diet.

Adding mushrooms to vegetarian meals add a meaty texture, savory flavour and deliciousness.

Also being launched this week as part of Tesco’s new prepared vegetables BBQ range are Halloumi Kebabs, and Mega Potato Wedges.

All of the new lines are £2 each.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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Tesco to launch UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom BBQ steaks

Tesco to launch UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom BBQ steaks

Carrefour encourages responsible consumption of seafood products

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The FROM Nord producers’ organisation has just been awarded MSC certification for its artisanal and sustainable fishery, having had Carrefour’s support throughout the assessment process. An opportunity to take a look at the Group’s various other commitments to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.

What’s the point in purchasing MSC-certified fish?
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a label that serves as a means of identifying fish that have been caught using sustainable fishing methods; it is awarded by an independent body.
–    The various reference frameworks and methodologies that make up this programme have been developed with the help of scientific experts throughout the world
–    The MSC guarantees that seafood products that bear this label:

  • are not the result of overfishing
  • have been caught using methods that do not damage the marine environment
  • have been caught by properly-managed fisheries and by fishermen who are committed to adhering to the MSC’s principles

 

–    By choosing to purchase MSC-certified seafood products, consumers are able to do their bit to preserve our planet’s oceans.

What the Carrefour Group is doing
Carrefour encourages responsible consumption of seafood products:
–    It has ceased selling more than 10 species which are under threat
–    We use sustainable aquaculture, with fish-farming practices that limit the impact on the environment

  • For example, our Norwegian Carrefour Quality Line salmon can be tracked from farm to store. It is sold in France, Belgium and Poland

–    In France, 50 of our Carrefour-brand products have been certified in accordance with the MSC standard
–    Carrefour also sells tinned tuna which has been caught using the pole and line method – a selective fishing technique which spares young tuna and avoids non-target species being caught
–    Carrefour calls regular meetings of an advisory committee made up of four NGOs and two suppliers in order to discuss action plans involving marine resources

Focus on France
On 12 May, the FROM Nord producers’ organisation was awarded MSC certification with Carrefour’s support.
–    This is the first time in France that a retailer has lent its support to a fishing organisation within the framework of its MSC assessment.
–    Of the 10 species of fish which are most frequently purchased by French households, sole has a key role to play in helping to maintain the balance of resources.

Carrefour encourages biodiversity, is stepping up its presence in local communities and is cementing the relationships it has with the local economic stakeholders from which it gets its supplies on a day-to-day basis.

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Carrefour encourages responsible consumption of seafood products

Carrefour encourages responsible consumption of seafood products

Majid Al Futtaim Group opened the first Carrefour hypermarket in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 17 May 2016, the Majid Al Futtaim Group – our franchise partner – opened its first Carrefour hypermarket in Kenya, in Nairobi, the country’s capital.

The “Hub Karen” Carrefour has a sales area of 5000 m² and is located in a shopping centre of 90 stores (around 50 of which are already open) with a car park which has space for 1265 cars.

The Majid Al Futtaim Group currently runs 170 stores – 75 Carrefour hypermarkets, 88 Carrefour Markets and 7 Carrefour City stores in 16 different countries.

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Majid Al Futtaim Group opened the first Carrefour hypermarket in Kenya

Majid Al Futtaim Group opened the first Carrefour hypermarket in Kenya

Amazon.com’s Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities across the U.S.

Seattle tops the list for the second year in a row; bookworms abound in California and Texas cities

SEATTLE, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)— Today, Amazon.com revealed their annual list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities across the U.S., just in time for summer reading season. The ranking is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 500,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of all books, magazines and newspapers in both Kindle and print format from April 2015 to April 2016.

The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:
1. Seattle, Wash.

2. Portland, Ore.

3. Washington, D.C.

4. San Francisco, Calif.

5. Austin, Texas

6. Las Vegas, Nev.

7. Tucson, Ariz.

8. Denver, Colo.

9. Albuquerque, N.M.

10. San Diego, Calif.

11. Baltimore, Md.

12. Charlotte, N.C.

13. Louisville, Ky.

14. San Jose, Calif.

15. Houston, Texas

16. Nashville, Tenn.

17. Chicago, Ill.

18. Indianapolis, Ind.

19. Dallas, Texas

20. San Antonio, Texas

Amazon took a closer look at the data and uncovered some interesting trends across the cities, revealing:

  • Seattle, Wash., the home of Amazon’s headquarters, kept its title as the Most Well-Read City for the second year in a row with the most purchases of all books, magazines and newspapers in both Kindle and print formats.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the top-selling Kindle and print title in five of the top 10 cities: Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; San Diego, Calif.
  • Readers in four of the top 10 cities cleaned up their act this year, with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing as the most sold print title in Seattle, Wash.; San Francisco, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.
  • In Austin, Texas, reading and cooking go hand in hand, with Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto among the top-selling Kindle and print titles.
  • California is for bookworms, with three cities making the top 20 list for the second year in a row: San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose.
  • Denver, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., San Diego, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M. all channeled their inner child this year, with adult coloring books being among the top-selling print titles in each of the cities.
  • What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, with Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series) as the top-selling Kindle title in Las Vegas, Nev.

Customers eager to move their city up the list can visit the Amazon Book Editors’ Summer Reading feature at http://www.amazon.com/summerreading, where they’ll find recommendations ranging from beach reads to blockbusters.

About Amazon.com
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Source: Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline, 206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
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Sears Holdings expects to release its FY2016 Q1 financial results on Thursday, May 26, 2016

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that it expects to release its financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2016 first quarter before the market opens on Thursday, May 26, 2016, and simultaneously post a pre-recorded conference call and audio webcast on its corporate website. It will feature prepared remarks from Robert A. Schriesheim, executive vice president and chief financial officer, who will focus his comments to provide additional context around the quarter.

The pre-recorded conference call may be accessed by telephone at 844.826.0613 or 973.200.3092 (conference ID: 15294153), and on Sears Holdings’ website at http://www.searsholdings.com/invest/under “Events & Presentations.” The accompanying presentation and transcript will be posted online in conjunction.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

 

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

LVMH Group’s “Les Journées Particulières” third edition had more than 145,000 visitors

PARIS, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third edition of the LVMH Group’s “Les Journées Particulières” enjoyed an unprecedented number of guests when more than 145,000 visitors attended the unveiling of the savoir-faire and heritage of the group’s Maisons. The event permitted even greater numbers of the public than three years ago to go behind the scenes at the LVMH Maisons’ couture, leather goods, jewellery, watchmaking, perfume and wines & spirits venues, situated not only in Paris, Champagne, Bordeaux and Cognac but also in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom.

In the 53 exceptional venues opened over three days especially for this occasion, the artisans of the LVMH Group Maisons were proud to show their savoir-faire to the public and to share their passion for their craft. Visitors were invited to appreciate the talent, passion and culture of excellence which motivates these women and men and to experience the vitality of these great artisanal traditions which enhance the global reputation of France and other European countries. The visits were enriched by masterclasses, workshops and animated activities over the three days. Some particularly special events were also brought by the public themselves, amongst them were a young man asking his girlfriend to marry him at Dom Pérignon’s Abbey d’ Hautvillers, and on a nostalgic visit to the Dior Atelier, a Dior couturier rediscovering  a dress  that she had made in 1956.

As part of the new collaboration between the LVMH Group and Facebook/Instagram, 12 talented young photographers covered the event with their images accumulating over 110,000 likes. At the same time, three live videos were filmed at Louis Vuitton, Krug and Nicholas Kirkwood and were watched by 25,000 people, Facebook also recorded a total of 30,000 interactions over the three days. Finally, the event’s official hashtag, #JPLVMH, has been seen by 25 million people.

Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti, said about the initiative: “Les Journées Particulières were once again an opportunity for the group to highlight the richness and diversity of creativity, craftsmanship and savoir-faire at its Maisons. They enabled us to demonstrate to the public both the beauty of these crafts and how essential they are for the world of tomorrow. I would like to warmly thank our artisans for having shared their passion with all of our visitors.”

 

Participants in the event were:

 

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LVMH Group’s “Les Journées Particulières” third edition had more than 145,000 visitors

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. to live webcast its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 27, 2016

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) invites you to listen to a live webcast of its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 27, 2016.

What:              Lowe’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

When:             10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 27, 2016

Where:             Visit Lowe’s Investor Relations website at http://www.Lowes.com/investor
Click Webcasts and then Lowe’s 2016 Annual Meeting of
Shareholders

How:                Live over the Internet – the archived webcast will be available until June 10, 2016.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s has more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:704-758-2917 PublicRelations@lowes.com

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. closes RONA inc. acquisition in a C$3.2 billion transaction

  •  Together, Lowe’s Canada and RONA Have 539 Store Locations, Pro Forma Canadian Revenues of C$6 Billion
  • Companies are Well-Positioned for Growth in Canada’s Over C$45 Billion Home Improvement Market

MOORESVILLE, N.C. and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) (“Lowe’s” or the “Company”) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of RONA inc. (“RONA”), in a transaction valued at C$3.2 billion (US$2.4 billion).

The acquisition represents a key step in accelerating Lowe’s growth strategy.  It creates one of the largest home improvement retailers in Canada, with 539 store locations and pro forma revenues from Canadian operations of approximately C$6 billion. As a result, Lowe’sCanada and RONA are well-positioned for continued success serving Canada’s over C$45 billion and growing home improvement market.

“We are very pleased to welcome RONA and its talented team into the Lowe’s family,” said Richard D. Maltsbarger, Lowe’s chief development officer and president of international. “This transaction significantly expands our presence in the Canadian market and provides attractive opportunities to drive revenue and profit growth while delivering meaningful long-term benefits to shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees and the communities we serve.  We look forward to capitalizing on the significant potential created by bringing together our two great companies.”

Robert Sawyer, former president and CEO of RONA, added, “I am confident that RONA will be in good hands as part of Lowe’s and will have new opportunities and resources to grow its brands and build upon its heritage, providing Canadians with trusted products and advice to build and renovate their homes in total confidence.  This is an excellent next step for our people, our partners, our customers and our former shareholders.”    

The Canadian operations are led by Sylvain Prud‘homme, president and CEO of Lowe’sCanada. “We are delighted to join forces with RONA’s experienced team to take our businesses to the next level,” said Prud’homme. “With the closing now behind us, we have hit the ground running and are focused on assuring a smooth transition and taking full advantage of the outstanding opportunities we see as one of Canada’s leading home improvement retailers.”

Lowe’s Commitments in Canada

As previously announced, as part of its acquisition of RONA, Lowe’s made certain key commitments in Canada including:

  • headquartering the Canadian businesses in Boucherville, Quebec;
  • maintaining RONA’s multiple retail store banners;
  • enhancing distribution services to dealer owners;
  • continuing RONA’s employment of the vast majority of its current employees and maintaining key executives from RONA’s strong leadership team;
  • continuing RONA’s local and ethical procurement strategy and potentially expanding relationships both Lowe’s and RONA have developed with Canadian manufacturers and suppliers; and
  • continuing to support Canadian communities through RONA and Lowe’s charitable and environmental initiatives.

RONA brings to Lowe’s a network of 496 corporate and dealer-owned stores in a number of complementary formats, as well as nine distribution centres serving corporate stores, dealer owners operating under various banners, and Ace for which RONA owns the licensing rights and is the exclusive distributor in Canada.

As mentioned in RONA’s first quarter earnings press release issued on May 10, 2016, dividends on common shares declared by RONA’s board of directors on May 9, 2016, to be paid on June 23, 2016 to shareholders of record on June 8, 2016, will not be paid according to the plan of arrangement since closing will occur before the payment date. A quarterly dividend of $0.20775 per share on cumulative and fixed 5-year Rate Reset Series 6 Class A preferred shares, as well as a quarterly dividend of $0.19384 per share on cumulative and variable 5-year Rate Reset Series 7 Class A preferred shares will be paid on June 30, 2016to shareholders of record on June 15, 2016 as these preferred shares are no longer part of the plan of arrangement and will continue to trade after closing. RONA’s annual meeting of shareholders, initially scheduled to be held on June 20, 2016, has been cancelled in light of the completion of the Arrangement.

Registered common shareholders of RONA (“RONA Shareholders”) must submit the share certificates representing their RONA common shares and complete, execute and submit the Letter of Transmittal sent to them with the other materials for the special meeting of RONA shareholders held on March 31, 2016 in order to receive the consideration to which they are entitled.  RONA Shareholders who have not yet submitted their share certificates and Letters of Transmittal are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  Any questions regarding payment of the consideration, including any request for another copy of the Letter of Transmittal, should be directed to Computershare Investor Services Inc. via telephone at 1-800-564-6253 (toll free in North America) or via email at corporateactions@computershare.com.

Advisors

CIBC World Markets Inc. and RBC Capital Markets served as financial advisors to Lowe’s in connection with the Transaction.  Stikeman Elliott LLP served as legal counsel to Lowe’s inCanada, and Hunton & Williams LLP served as legal counsel to Lowe’s in the U.S.  Scotia Capital Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to RONA.  Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP served as legal counsel to RONA.

About Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s has more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including those regarding the acquisition by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. of RONA, inc. and the expected impact of the transaction on Lowe’s strategic and operational plans and financial results.  Statements including words such as “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “plan”, “potential”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate” or “expect” and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements or implications about the benefits of the transaction, including future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts.  Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections, and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties, and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors which can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, such as a demographic shift from single family to multi-family housing, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and  slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; and (ix) respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales. In addition, we could experience additional impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities that are accounted for under the equity method. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes therein or updated version thereof, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K to the SEC and the description of material changes, if any, therein included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. to host Q1-2016 results conference call on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

IRVING, Texas, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIK) today announced that it will report first quarter results on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, before the opening of financial markets.

In connection with the announcement, the Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. CT on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Investors can join the call by dialing (877) 303-9132, conference ID# 98562042. The conference call will also be webcast at http://investors.michaels.com/. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call.  Additionally, a telephone replay will be available until June 14, 2016, by dialing (855) 859-2056, conference ID# 98562042.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.  As of February 27, 2016, the Company owned and operated more than 1,340 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers and Pat Catan’s.  The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the gift and decor industry.  The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart® and Loops & Threads®. With crafting classes, store events, project sheets, store displays, mobile applications and online videos, The Michaels Companies offer experiences that can inspire creativity and confidence for customers.  Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

Investor Contacts:
Kiley F. Rawlins, CFA
972.409.7404
Kiley.Rawlins@michaels.com

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi/Anne Rakunas
203.682.8200
Farah.Soi@icrinc.com/Anne.Rakunas@icrinc.com

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Financial Media Contacts:
ICR, Inc.
Michael Fox/Kristina Jorge
203.682.8200
Michaels@icrinc.com

 

 

Source: Michaels Stores Inc.

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Sonic Corp. to present at William Blair 36th Annual Growth Stock Conference and at the Piper Jaffray 36th Annual Consumer Conference

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that the company will be presenting at the following conferences:

  • On Tuesday, June 14, the Company will present at the William Blair 36th Annual Growth Stock Conference at the Four Seasons in Chicago, IL.The presentation will begin at 9:10 AM ET.
  • On Wednesday, June 15, the Company will present at the Piper Jaffray 36th Annual Consumer Conference at The New York Palace Hotel in New York, NY. The presentation will begin at 9:05 AM ET.

Investors and interested parties can access the presentation by visiting the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.sonicdrivein.com/.

About Sonic
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning. To learn more aboutSonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

Sonic Corp.

Corey Horsch, 405-225-4800
Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

CVS Pharmacy will launch digital receipts for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy today announced the company will launch digital receipts as a new option for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program. The new option for digital receipts will roll out in early June and eventually be available in 7,900 retail locations. Customers will have the opportunity to opt-out of receiving paper receipts for all in-store purchases when completing their transactions in the front of the store. Once the one-time process is completed, customers will receive receipts digitally, along with their coupons and rewards, each time they shop at CVS Pharmacy.

The imminent chain-wide arrival of digital receipts was first unveiled on Friday evening on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, in a surprise appearance featuring CVS Pharmacy President Helena Foulkes. The show acknowledged the enthusiastic and passionate feedback shared by millions of customers including host Jimmy Kimmelhimself, who has put CVS Pharmacy receipts and ExtraCare Rewards in the spotlight several times in the past. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC.

To take advantage of digital receipts, customers must complete a simple, one-time opt-in process in store that includes enrolling in the ExtraCare Rewards program if they are not already a member, and providing a valid email address. Customers can do so at the front register by asking a store associate.

“We are excited to roll out the much-anticipated launch of digital receipts. We heard loud and clear that while our customers love receiving coupons and special offers, many wanted a paperless option,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “This feature lets our customers continue to make personalized choices as to how they engage with us, and will let our members choose to say ‘So long!’ to the long paper receipts at check-out.”

Once enrolled, ExtraCare members will have all receipts delivered digitally via email. Members will continue to receive exclusive benefits, personalized savings offers, available ExtraBucks Rewards and more, which can be redeemed in store by using a smartphone, tablet or computer, and then simply selecting the “send to card” button found next to each offer. Additionally, all personal preferences are saved for future transactions. Customers will always be able to specifically request a paper copy of their receipt at the time of the transaction, if they would like to receive one.

ExtraBucks Rewards and special offers are also available through the CVS Pharmacy app, making it easy for interested customers to go paperless, without having to worry about losing or forgetting paper rewards and coupons, or missing out on opportunities to save.

The ExtraCare Rewards program is the gold standard among retail rewards programs and the longest running in the drugstore space with a 15-year history of providing meaningful rewards to its loyal member base. Today, the program continues to evolve, offering its 70 million active ExtraCare members personalized value, in store, online and on-the-go.

For more general information about ExtraCare, please visit CVS.com/extracare. To download the free CVS Pharmacy app, visit CVS.com/mobile or search “CVS Pharmacy” in the Apple iTunes store or in Google Play.

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:
Erin C. Pensa
Public Relations Director
CVS/pharmacy
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com
p 401-770-4786

SOURCE CVS Pharmacy

 

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CVS Pharmacy will launch digital receipts for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program

CVS Pharmacy will launch digital receipts for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program

NRF recognized more than 300 members of Congress for their support of retail industry

WASHINGTON, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The National Retail Federation today recognized more than 300 members of Congress for their support of retail industry priorities including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues. The “Hero of Main Street” award is being presented as part of NRF’s annual Retail Advocates Summit fly-in, which has retailers from across the country in Washington today through Wednesday to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and discuss the latest issues facing the industry. Recipients will be honored at a reception Wednesday evening.

“This bipartisan group of lawmakers has shown that they care about retailers big and small and value the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We appreciate their advocacy on behalf of a thriving Main Street, their support for the long-term growth of the retail industry, and their recognition of retail’s role as a catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Sidney, Ohio based Freshway Foods acquired by US Foods

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced it has agreed to acquire Freshway Foods, a fresh fruit and vegetable processor, repacker and distributor serving customers throughout the eastern half of the United States

Established in 1988, Freshway Foods is owned by brothers Phil and Frank Gilardi and is based in Sidney, Ohio. The company has built a strong reputation for providing value-added fresh cut produce that includes the cutting, cleaning, chopping and packaging of raw produce resulting in a product that can be customized to meet any customer’s preferences and delivered ready for immediate use. In addition, Freshway Foods has established a robust farm-to-fork food safety approach that ensures food safety compliance from the grower through consumption.

US Foods will be keeping the Freshway Foods building open and is pleased to welcome its employees to US Foods.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with US Foods,” said Phil Gilardi and Frank Gilardi, the two owners of Freshway Foods. “Since we started this business, our success has been built upon our commitment to our associates and our customers and we are looking forward to the next chapter for Freshway Foods as part of a well established and reputable company like US Foods.”

The transaction is expected to close on June 10, 2016.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About US Foods
US Foods, Inc. is a large foodservice distributor serving chefs and foodservice operators across the country. Its customers include independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in 61 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

Contact
Lisa Lecas
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

Wegmans Food Markets recalls 32,000 lbs. of various bulk products and 7,700 units of prepackaged products that contain sunflower seeds/kernels

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 32,000 lbs. of various bulk products and 7,700 units of prepackaged products that contain sunflower seeds/kernels and are sold in the Bulk Foods department at Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between March 11 and May 20, 2016 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

These products were supplied to Wegmans by First Source (Tonawanda, NY).   No illnesses associated with this recall have been reported to Wegmans or its supplier.

All code datesof the following bulk products are being recalled:
Fitness Mix, scale label UPC begins with 279301
Yogurt Fruit & Nut Mix, scale label UPC begins with 279375
Cranberry Sunshine, scale label UPC begins with 279022
Roasted Sunflower Seeds with Salt, scale label UPC begins with 279973 (available in bulk and on Trail Mix Bar)
Roasted Sunflower Seeds, no Salt, scale label UPC begins with 279629 (available in bulk and on Trail Mix Bar)

ONLY Best-by-dates specified for the following packaged products are being recalled:
Wegmans Cranberry Sunshine, 20 oz. Tub, UPC 07789035635 (Best-by dates:  12/15/16, 1/7/17, and 2/9/17)
Wegmans Fitness Mix, 20 oz. Tub, UPC 07789035632 – (Best-by-date 12/24/16 only)

L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness.  Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L. monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.   Consumers who have experienced these symptoms should contact their physician.  The incubation period for listeriosis can range from 3 to 70 days, but symptoms usually appear within a month.

Wegmans has placed automated phone calls to alert customers who purchased these products using their Shoppers Club card.

Customers should return these products to the service desk for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1(800) WEGMANS (934-6267) Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, vice president of media relations. 585-429-3627

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenters in Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened new 192,000-square-foot supercenters today in Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky., bringing tri-state area shoppers better access to low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily, and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“Investing in Evansville and Owensboro was an easy decision for us,” CEO Hank Meijer said. “We’re excited to serve new friends and neighbors. We’re looking forward to working with both communities and growing alongside the families of the tri-state area.”

The new stores are first of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. The Evansville store will welcome customers from Vanderburgh, Gibson, Warrick and Posey counties and is located on North Green River Road, just north of Theater Drive. The Owensboro store will service the residents of Daviess, Hancock, and McLean counties and is located along Heartland Crossing Blvd., south of Leitchfield Road.

With more than 40 stores located throughout Indiana and Kentucky, the new stores are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event at each store, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The stores also demonstrated their commitment to the community by making donations to local organizations. Store Director Kelly Agler presented $25,000 to the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro to provide funding for local children in need. Evansville Store Director Gordon Venema presented $25,000 to the Tri-State Food Bank, an organization dedicated to the fight against hunger that helps provide more than 8 million pounds of food each year in 33 counties in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center and 24-hour gas stations, the new Evansville and Owensboro Meijer pharmacies will offer drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.

“Our teams have exceeded expectations every step of the way as we prepared for these openings,” Meijer President Rick Keyes said. “Our No. 1 priority is to serve customers, so we’re ready to provide our neighbors in Owensboro and Evansville the shopping experience they deserve.”                                                                                 

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 225 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com, 616-791-3943

SOURCE: MEIJER

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenters in Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky.

Meijer opens new 192,000-square-foot supercenters in Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky.

 

 

 

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LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Who: Gerina Piller, LPGA Tour professional, Lindsey McPherson, sponsor exemption

What: Tournament officials announced today LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller has committed to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

During the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic, Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round 64 to finish T2 at 17-under par. Piller started the day at 10-under par, six shots behind the then-leader Lizette Salas (-16). After birding seven of her first 12 holes, Piller was in the mix for clinching her first career victory. In 2014, Piller finished (-4) and T18.

So far, in 2016, Piller has had 6 Top-10 finishes and she is T2 in the KIA Drive to the Top Award, given to the player with the most Top-10 finishes in a season.

“I’m really looking forward coming back to Grand Rapids and competing at Blythefield Country Club.  I’ve had a great season so far and I can’t wait to keep the momentum going,” Piller stated.

In addition, the tournament announced today that Lindsey McPherson, a Michigan State University alum, will hold one sponsor exemption spot making her eligible to compete in championship play at the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

McPherson was given a sponsor exemption in the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic and this year, McPherson will be representing both MSU and Meijer. Today and during the Meijer LPGA Classic week, McPherson will be wearing co-branded Meijer and MSU apparel and on her golf bag.

“I am so thankful to Meijer and their team for giving me another opportunity to compete at this level. I’m proud to represent Meijer and Michigan State and I look forward to playing with the best female golfers in the world,” McPherson said.

McPherson finished her career at MSU with a 77.42 scoring average (4,645 strokes in 60 rounds), played in 20 career tournaments, had two Top-10 finishes, 102 birdies in her college career and two-time academic All-Big Ten selection.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has donated more than $1.3 million to local food pantries through the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-lpga-classic-forehunger.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

SOURCE: Meijer

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LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

LPGA Tour Professional Gerina Piller to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

List of celebrities to play in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am

Top celebrities to play at Egypt Valley Country Club during LPGA week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tournament officials announced today the list of celebrities playing in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am. More than 35 celebrity guests and LPGA Tour professionals will join the action-packed week during the Meijer LPGA Classic forSimply Give to play in the celebrity pro-am June 14 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

“We are thrilled to host such a stellar mix of celebrities, athletes and local personalities this year,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “The Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am is one of the many reasons our LPGA week is unlike any other.”

The 2016 lineup includes:

  • Joe Kocur
  • Dan Pohl
  • Darren McCarty
  • Brian Vander Ark
  • Eddie Mio
  • Luke Glendening
  • Dean Kolstad
  • Dave Rozema
  • Bryan Smolinski
  • Sergei Samsonov
  • Mike Knuble
  • Pat Peake
  • Larry Murphy
  • Dino Ciccarelli
  • Hélio Castroneves
  • Jack Doles
  • Drew Neitzel
  • Trey Wingo
  • Heather Mitts
  • Dan Jansen
  • Drew Stanton
  • Lou Whitaker
  • Charlie Batch
  • Herman Moore
  • Bill Simonson

“Our community has truly stepped up and supported our fight against hunger,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We couldn’t have this amazing event without our sponsors and we know the Celebrity Pro-Am will be a priceless experience everyone can enjoy.”

The Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am is open to the public for those with a ticket to the tournament. General admission daily tickets are $10. General admission weekly tickets are $25, and allow for general grounds access at Egypt Valley Country Club on June 14, and Blythefield Country Club throughout the entire tournament week. Children, ages 17 and under, get in free with a ticketed adult.  

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has donated more than $1.3 million to local food pantries through the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

SOURCE: Meijer

List of celebrities to play in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am

List of celebrities to play in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am

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