Kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate at the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinics and Kid’s Center, June 14-19

Free junior clinics scheduled for June 14-15 for kids of all ages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will once again engage young golf fans with the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinics and Kid’s Center throughout tournament week held June 14-19. Kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.

“We’re excited to offer the Junior Clinics and Kid’s Center again this year because they give young fans a chance to learn basic skills or develop their game,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We feel these events provide a terrific environment to bring families together.”

Youth, ages 17 years and under, are invited to participate in the free, two-hour clinics that will feature fun activities, games and group instruction by LPGA professionals and local golf pros. A shuttle will be available to transport all participants to Blythefield Country Club after the clinic. Once at Blythefield, youth will have access to the Meijer LPGA Kid’s Center presented by Dove, a tent located between holes 10 and 17 that will feature crafts, snacks, Father’s Day activities and LPGA player autograph sessions throughout the week.

Registration for the events is required; and no golf experience is necessary.

Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic presented by Procter & Gamble – 12 p.m. June 14 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic presented by Johnson & Johnson – 1 p.m. June 15 at Boulder Creek Country Club.

Meijer LPGA Kid’s Center presented by Dove – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15-16 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club.

“The Meijer LPGA Kid’s Center presented by Dove is a fun and interactive area where kids and families can be together and enjoy golf,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We want to encourage junior golfers to come out to the golf course and experience world-class golf with some of the best women golfers in the world.”

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

 

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Kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate at the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinics and Kid’s Center, June 14-19

Kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate at the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinics and Kid’s Center, June 14-19

Meijer: Memorial Day is one of the three biggest grilling days of the summer

Ground chuck leads the pack, with premium steak cuts battling for second place

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Memorial Day is the first warm-weather holiday of the year in the Midwest, but it’s also the unofficial kick off of the summer grilling season. Meijer stores throughout the Midwest have been exceptionally busy leading up to the holiday weekend, with customers purchasing more than 5 million pounds of beef this week alone.

“Memorial Day is one of the three biggest grilling days of the summer,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of meat at Meijer. “Frequently, we’ll see some of our largest sales volumes on grilling items prior to Memorial Day weekend, as many of our customers view it as the kick off to summer grilling season. Not just in food, but also in grilling staples, such as charcoal, lighter fluid, meat thermometers and grill accessories.”

Grilling is big business. For example, during the summer grilling season, Meijer will ship an estimated 190 truckloads of Kingsford Twin Pack Charcoal to its stores and will sell more than 5 million ounces of lighter fluid.

Meijer also sells more Certified Angus Beef than any retailer in the country. This includes 80 cuts of beef, 12 varieties of ground beef and five different types of hamburger patties. While ground chuck is by far the leading seller for barbecuing, top sirloin filets and beef strip steaks are the most popular choice cuts.

To make sure your beef grilling experience is a success, Meijer experts say to follow these four simple rules:

  • Start with a hot grill. Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, a hot grill allows you to sear the meat, locking in juices and flavor.
  • Use tongs, not forks. If you pierce the meat while it’s cooking, you may let the juices out, which can make your steak dry.
  • Buy and use a meat thermometer. Do you have that relative who likes their meat really rare or really well done? Use a meat thermometer to prevent a repeat trip to grill when everyone else has begun eating.
  • Don’t rush greatness. For the best taste, let your steak rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

To view an infographic detailing Meijer beef facts and grilling tips, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/infographics.

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 electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com, 616-791-3814

 

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Meijer Memorial Day is one of the three biggest grilling days of the summer

Darty plc Q4: Total Group revenue up nearly 13 per cent

Total Group revenue up nearly 13 per cent and a significant improvement in cash position

PARIS, 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darty plc today announces fourth quarter trading for the period 1 February 2016 to 30 April 2016, based on unaudited management accounts.

Summary

  • Continued market outperformance in France with like-for-like sales up 16.0 per cent, aided by vision switchover in April
  • Positive like-for-like sales in Belgium for the fourth consecutive quarter
  • ‘Confiance 4.0’ plan delivering strong results in terms of growth initiatives and multi-channel development
  • Continued focus on working capital resulted in average net debt for the quarter reducing by over €140 million compared to the same quarter last year. Net debt at the end of the year was €115 million lower than last year at €108.8 million

Q4 revenue change (3 months to 30 April)

Total** Like-for-like*
France 16.2% 16.0%
Belgium and the Netherlands 0.3% (0.9)%
Total 12.8% 12.0%

 

*excluding Mistergooddeal.com
**including Mistergooddeal.com

 

Régis Schultz, Chief Executive, commented:

“We saw an exceptional sales performance in France during the quarter as our service credentials made us the reference retailer for customer advice on the television switchover. As a result, we continued to outperform the market in France with Darty’s like-for-like sales up 16 per cent and Belgium delivered a fourth successive quarter of positive like-for-like sales.

“Our ‘Confiance 4.0’ plan is delivering positive results through our multi-channel and franchise growth, cost initiatives and a significantly improving cash position.”

Group

Total Group revenue was up 12.8 per cent and up 13.5 per cent excluding Mistergooddeal.com. Like-for- like sales increased by 12.0 per cent. Sales were particularly strong in vision driven by the switchover in France but we also saw positive sales in all other major product categories apart from multi-media, where the market remained weak.

Our web-generated sales continued to grow, up 14.4 per cent excluding Mistergooddeal.com, now representing over 16 per cent of total product sales. Underlying group gross margin was down around 160 basis points for the period with very strong vision sales resulting in a less favourable product mix. Mistergoodeal.com then had a negative impact of around 20 basis points and there was a dilutive impact of around 40 basis points from the franchise business.

France

Darty (excluding Mistergooddeal.com) continued to outperform the market, with total revenue up 17.2 per cent and like-for-like sales up 16.0 per cent driven by the vision switchover. The switchover impacted an estimated three million televisions, necessitating customers to either purchase a set top box or a new television. Darty was well prepared for this event, commencing a customer awareness programme towards the end of 2015 supported by dedicated technical assistants at its call centres. At the switchover deadline in early April, Darty sold over 8,000 set-top boxes, 3,000 HDMI cables and 800 new televisions every hour.

Darty’s web-generated sales grew over 17 per cent to represent close to 16 per cent of total product sales. This was driven by an over 50 per cent growth in click and collect sales.

Overall gross margin for France was down around 250 basis points, with underlying gross margin down around 190 basis points. We continued to grow the profitable franchise business with a further eight openings in the quarter to total 67 in France and opened an additional three overseas to total seven. The franchise operation had a dilutive impact of around 50 basis points on gross margin. Mistergooddeal.com had a negative impact of around 30 basis points on gross margin and whilst its revenue remains under pressure the business is at breakeven.

Belgium and the Netherlands

At Vanden Borre in Belgium and BCC in the Netherlands overall revenue was up 0.3 per cent and like-for- like sales were down 0.9 per cent. Web-generated sales continued to grow strongly, up nearly five per cent, to nearly 16 per cent of total product sales. Overall gross margin was down around 90 basis points.

Vanden Borre delivered a fourth successive quarter of positive like-for-like sales, with strong web sales, but continued to see some small gross margin pressure from competitive market conditions.

Gross margin was under pressure at BCC and whilst revenue was on an improving trend it continued to see some disruption from the warehouse IT system issues, adversely impacting profitability. A new system to resolve was implemented after the period end.

Financial position

Our cash enhancement programme delivered a further improvement in working capital with average net debt for the quarter reducing by over €140 million compared to the same quarter last year, resulting in the Group’s €225 million revolving credit facility being undrawn (30 April 2015: €40 million drawn). Year end net debt was down by €115 million at €108.8 million.

There will be a telephone conference call for analysts at 08.00 on 26 May 2016. Dial-in number: +44 (0) 20 3003 2666. A recording of this call will be made available after 10.00. Replay dial-in number: +44 (0) 20 8196 1998, Access Pin: 8973210#.

The Group will issue its Full Year Results on Thursday 16 June 2016.

Enquiries

Analysts
Darty plc
Simon Ward
+44 (0) 20 7269 1400

Media
UK
Finsbury
Jenny Davey
+44 (0) 20 7251 3801

France
Le Public Système
Ségolène de Saint Martin
+33 1 41 34 23 31

About Darty plc
Darty group is a leading multi-channel service led electrical retailer operating over 400 stores and websites in three European countries. It generated an annual turnover of over €3.5 billion in 2014/15 through its operations of Darty and Mistergooddeal.com in France, Vanden Borre in Belgium and BCC in the Netherlands. Its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the market for listed securities on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol DRTY.L. It is also listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris.

For further information, please visit the company’s website, www.dartygroup.com.

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future results in forward looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, regulations or accounting standards, Darty plc does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

APPENDIX

Store numbers as at 30 April

2016 2015
France 221 222
Franchises* 74 43
Total France 295 265
Belgium and the Netherlands 137 135
Group Total 432 400

*Includes 67 stores in France (2015:39) and 7 overseas (2015:4)

SM group’s Foundation produced 225 graduates from its 20th batch of scholars since 1993

Pasay City Philippines, 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Foundation celebrated another milestone under its education program as it produced 225 graduates from its 20th batch of scholars since its college scholarship program started in 1993.

This year’s Presentation of Graduates produced 71* awardees of which, 4 are summa cum laude, 11 are magna cum laude, 44 are cum laude, and 12 finished with academic distinction

This year’s theme of ‘Dream big, Work hard’, emphasizes and strengthens SM Foundation’s continuing commitment of providing opportunities for the youth who best exemplifies its founder Henry Sy, Sr’s words of ‘Dream Big’.

Kim Atienza, more known as ‘Kuya Kim’, was invited as this year’s keynote speaker. Atienza hosts a weekly science and environmental-centric show Matanglawin and is currently the resident weather anchor in ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol segment ‘Weather-Weather Lang’.

An exclusive job offer was also held for scholars preceding the event. SM scholar-graduates completed their courses in accountancy, computer science, information technology, education, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering. They were interviewed by the human resources team of participating SM companies which include SM Investments, Inc., Shopping Center Management Corp., SM Department Store, SM Retail, SM Food Group (Supermarket, Hypermarket, Savemore and Alfamart), Uniqlo, H&M, Body Shop and Asia Pacific College, to name a few.

SM Foundation has, to date, produced a total of 2,385 graduates under its college scholarship program. Most of its graduates are now gainfully employed or running their own businesses here and abroad. A number of them have opted to work with SM and its related companies.

Photos and updates of the event may be seen using the official SM scholar hashtag #smiskolarako.

*Figures are as of May 25, 2016

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About SM Foundation

As the heart of the SM group of companies, SM Foundation is focused on social development and helps the underprivileged in communities where SM is present. SM Foundation was established in 1983 by Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy, anchored in its founding principle of PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE.

Committed to serve, SM Foundation SUPPORTS COMMUNITIES by providing opportunities in education, healthcare, farmers’ training, shelter, disaster response, the environment and care for persons with special needs. SM works hand in hand with its host communities and helps create a positive and lasting growth that is felt by all.

For more information:

Mrs. Linda Atayde
Executive Director for Education Programs
Email: education@sm-foundation.org

For more information, visit us at sm-foundation.org

Facebook.com/SMFoundationInc/
@SMFoundationInc

 

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SM group's Foundation produced 225 graduates from its 20th batch of scholars since 1993

SM group’s Foundation produced 225 graduates from its 20th batch of scholars since 1993

Stamford Town Center appoints Dan Stolzenbach as general manager

STAMFORD, Conn., 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail industry veteran Dan Stolzenbach has been named general manager of Stamford Town Center, responsible for operations, retailer and community relations, as well as marketing for the shopping center. Stolzenbach succeeds long-time Taubman employee Meredith Keeler who was named general manager of Country Club Plaza, a marquee retail and office property in Kansas City recently acquired by Taubman and The Macerich Company.

Stolzenbach brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position. Most recently, he served as director of operations for Bergdorf Goodman in New York City where he oversaw multiple departments and inventory control for the leading luxury retailer. Prior to this role, he held a variety of management positions with luxury specialty department store Neiman Marcus.

“I’m excited to join the Stamford Town Center team and build upon the center’s solid foundation,” said Stolzenbach. “The retail industry is more dynamic than ever and we look forward to delivering a shopping and dining experience that’s ever-evolving and truly unique.”

He joins a seasoned Stamford Town Center management team that includes Kevin Waters, who leads marketing and sponsorship initiatives and community relations for the mall. During the management transition, long-time Taubman employee Catherine O’Malley served as interim general manager to assist with operations and the onboarding of Stolzenbach.

About Stamford Town Center
Stamford Town Center features over 100 distinct contemporary stores including A|X Armani Exchange, Coach, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, H&M, Macy’s, Michael Kors, Pottery Barn, Saks OFF 5TH, Sephora, Uniqlo, Williams-Sonoma, XXI Forever and Zara. The shopping center’s pedestrian-friendly restaurant Plaza features an assortment of fine dining and fast-casual eateries such as California Pizza Kitchen, The Capital Grille, Cosi, Kona Grill and Plan B Burger Bar. For a complete list of stores, restaurants, hours of operation and promotions, visit www.shopstamfordtowncenter.com and follow www.facebook.com/stamfordtowncenter.

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CONTACT:
Kevin Waters
Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Stamford Town Center
Phone: (203) 356-9700
Email: kwaters@taubman.com

 

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Stamford Town Center appoints Dan Stolzenbach as general manager

Stamford Town Center appoints Dan Stolzenbach as general manager

SM Mall of Asia reinvents itself into one of the biggest and most exciting destination malls in the world

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — A mall as successful as SM Mall of Asia is entering a new phase, reinventing itself, this time, into one of the biggest and most exciting destination malls in the world.

SM and SM Prime Chairman Henry Sy who once called this mall, the greatest project of his life, had a vision to build one of the largest malls in Asia which will not just be a shopping complex but a premier destination.

Sy’s vision was for shoppers and tourists alike to come together to have a unique leisurely experience. “The mall will be a major Asia Pacific destination,” Sy said at that time.

SM Mall of Asia opened in May 2006 as the flagship development of SM on its 60-hectare reclaimed land along the scenic Manila Bay in Pasay City. The mall introduced the first Olympic-size skating rink and the first IMAX theatre in the country. It also opened the Science Discovery Center now called The Exploreum and a state-of-the-art Bowling Center.

Ten years later, the mall is set to once again revolutionize the Philippines’ concept of a mall.

Steven Tan, Senior Vice President for SM Supermalls recalled that when the design team was going through the redesign process for SM Mall of Asia, SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy wanted it to have the “wow” factor.

“Mr. Hans Sy didn’t just want to expand the mall without giving a reason to the people. He said, if there was going to be an expansion, we have to ensure the success of the mall,” Tan said.

Designed by Miami-based firm Arquitectonica, the enigmatic “wow” would finally come in the form of a FIFA World Cup-size soccer field mounted on the mall’s roofdeck. A botanical garden that blends with a spectacular view of the bay will also be built.

“I’ve seen the perpsectives and the view from up there will be breathtaking. There will be an unobstructed view of the sea and it is beautiful,” Tan said.

With over 700 tenants, SM Mall of Asia is considered one of SM’s most successful malls, enjoying an occupancy of between 98% and 100%. This has prompted the company to do the redevelopment of the mall in phases. The Olympic-size skating rink which will be on the third floor is targeted to be ready by the end of the year. A food hall, dolled up with designer furniture in tune with the mall’s modern look, will also open on the third level.

New brands are also set to come in including Swedish clothing giant H&M which is slated to introduce a 3,000 square meter flagship store that promises to be something unique.

The mall will also have a “warmer” look and feel, according to Tan where the interior will adopt a different color scheme and introduce wooden panels.

The mall also recently unveiled a “solar carpark” which was visited recently by no less than environment advocate and former US Vice President Al Gore. The 2.7 megawatt MOA solar carpark, in partnership with Solar Philippines, is nearly twice the size of the 1.5 MW SM North Edsa Solar Carpark, making it one of the world’s largest on-site solar projects. Comprised of 10,426 solar panels and 40 inverters, it supplies nearly 20% of the mall’s power needs.

To add to the dynamic developments in the 60-hectare MOA complex, Conrad Manila, SM Prime’s deluxe hotel is set to open in June this year with a new retail podium called S’Maison which will house unique concept stores as well as luxury retail stores, fine dining restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas.

Another latest development, the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum is taking shape which will give visitors a unique experience in learning the history of the 250-year old global trade route where the Philippines and Mexico played major roles. The museum will highlight the galleon trade’s impact on today’s commerce, banking, travel, and cultural exchange. The dome will showcase the actual process of building a galleon, while exhibiting relics such as porcelain, gold, and other goods that were traded in the Spanish era.

With such new and exciting additions, MOA will add about 250,000 square meters to its floorplate, spanning a total of over 650,000 square meters which will count as one of the largest in the world, a fitting milestone to a mall that has touched the lives of millions in the last 10 years.

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Architect’s perspective and aerial view of the expanded SM Mall of Asia (Photo courtesy of SM Supermalls)

Architect’s perspective and aerial view of the expanded SM Mall of Asia (Photo courtesy of SM Supermalls)