Nordstrom launches Tesla Gallery at its The Grove store in Los Angeles, Calif

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. announced the launch of a Tesla Gallery at its store at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Tesla Gallery, featuring the revolutionary Tesla Model X, opened to the public on Saturday, June 18 and is scheduled to run through the remainder of 2016.

Located in the Men’s Department on level one, the first-ever Tesla Gallery at Nordstrom will showcase the Model X SUV – the safest, fastest and most capable SUV available. The boutique-style space is a new take on Tesla’s existing retail experience, but at a smaller scale with just under 400 square feet of floor space.

“Tesla is a company we admire and during our conversations with them, we both recognized that this partnership made a lot of sense for our customers,” said Jamie Nordstrom, President of Nordstrom Stores. “We are investing in lots of ways to make our stores even more compelling and we hope customers want to visit Nordstrom to experience something new. The Tesla Gallery brings an element of innovation to our stores that we hope our customers enjoy.”

Unlike traditional automotive dealerships, the gallery will invite Nordstrom customers to learn about Tesla’s all-electric SUV in an engaging and low pressure environment, complete with enticing visuals, interactive displays, and knowledgeable product specialists. The space features a Tesla Design Studio where customers can explore interior and trim options, and experience Model X first hand by going out for demonstration drives with Tesla employees.

Tesla Model X features the performance of a sports car, the style of a luxury vehicle, and the utility of an SUV. It’s elegant and functional design – including stunning falcon wing doors and a panoramic windshield – offers effortless access to the cabin and an expansive view overhead. Tesla’s Autopilot technology makes commuting stress-free with automatic steering, speed control, lane change, parallel parking and more. Its all-electric drive train will propel you from zero-to-60 in just 3.2 seconds, without hesitation and without a drop of gas.

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 329 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Media Contact:

Chelsey Allodi
Corporate PR
Chelsey.allodi@nordstrom.com
206.303.3017

Source: Nordstrom

Starbucks and Tata Sons Limited expand existing partnership

Starbucks Reserve Tata Nullore Estates is the first single-origin coffee from India available to customers in the U.S., joint-venture extends the reach of Starbucks coffee and expands coffee roasting capabilities

Partnership also unveils joint investment in the Tata STRIVE skills development program

MUMBAI and SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a meeting at the iconic Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, Washington, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX), Howard Schultz, and chairman, Tata Sons Limited, Cyrus Mistry, announced multiple new joint initiatives last week which expand the existing Tata and Starbucks relationship and strengthen the companies’ commitment to developing the Tata-Starbucks brand and building a different kind of company in India.

For the first time, Starbucks will offer a single-origin coffee from India in the U.S., giving customers from outside the country a unique opportunity to experience a rare, small-lot coffee from the Tata Nullore Estates located in the beautiful Coorg coffee growing area of India. Starbucks Reserve® Tata Nullore Estates will be the first coffee from India to be roasted at the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room and will only be available at this Seattle location later this year.

“These announcements build upon the incredible success and shared values between Starbucks and Tata in our partnership in India,” said Schultz. “We are humbled by the way in which customers in India have embraced Starbucks elevated coffeehouse experience, which now spans to more than 80 stores across six cities. As we continue on our journey with Tata, we are delighted to introduce the finest coffee from India to a new audience. Starbucks Reserve® Tata Nullore Estates, the first ever Starbucks Reserve® coffee sourced exclusively from India, highlights the deep coffee heritage and expertise of both companies to source, roast and distribute the finest-quality arabica coffees and elevates the story of India coffee for our customers.”

Starbucks also announced plans to increase its coffee roasting capacity for supplying its stores in India. Since Tata Coffee Limited opened its doors to a roasting and packaging plant in Kushalnagar in Coorg, Karnataka, in 2013, this facility has steadily increased its roasting capabilities. Today, it roasts Starbucks® India Estates Blend and Espresso Roast coffees and will soon expand to include both Kenyan and Sumatran coffees for Starbucks stores throughout India. This builds upon Tata and Starbucks commitment to cultivate a future supply of high-quality, sustainable green coffee from existing and potential new sources in India through world-class agronomy practices.

“We are proud to work with Starbucks, a company which shares our commitment to both the coffee growing regions and the coffee farmers to ensure we meet the global demand for high-quality coffee over the long-term,” said Mistry. “Our journey with Starbucks since 2012 has been gratifying and we are pleased to build on the strong relationship between Starbucks and the Tata group as we continue to further advance Indian coffee around the globe. We are honored to be sourcing the finest Indian coffee and introducing Starbucks customers outside India to its quality for the first time.”

Starbucks Soars to New Heights

Starbucks also announced it will soon take flight on Vistara, India’s fastest growing full service airline, later this year. Starbucks fresh brewed coffee service will be exclusively available on all Vistara flights. A joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, Vistara operates more than 457 flights weekly to 17 destinations across India and, in June, celebrated the milestone of flying two million travelers.

A New Tea Experience

Building on the sustained success of the tea category in Starbucks U.S. retail stores, Starbucks will extend its Teavana specialty tea brand to India this December with unique bold and customized flavor combinations. Like its industry-leading green coffee sourcing practices, Starbucks and Tata are committed to promoting sustainable tea practices and are collaborating on the development of a signature Indian tea blend that will be available across all Starbucks stores in India.

Expansion of Himalayan Water Program

Starbucks also plans to expand the availability of Himalayan Mineral Water, bottled by Tata Global Beverages, beyond Starbucks stores in India to Singapore later this year, as the companies explore opportunities to introduce the bottled water brand to stores across Starbucks China and Asia Pacific region. Himalayan Mineral Water is bottled at the source from a pure and pristine underground moving stream aquifer at the foothills of the Shivalik range in the Himalayas. This aquifer is one of the largest and purest sources in the world, providing a perennial source of natural mineral water.

Creating New Pathways to Opportunities

A core value for both Starbucks and Tata is using their scale to change lives for the better. Today, Howard Schultz and Cyrus Mistry committed to come together to provide young people in India with valuable skills training over the next five years through Tata STRIVE, an initiative which empowers India’s youth with skills for employment, entrepreneurship and community enterprise. Since launching in 2014, Tata STRIVE has supported approximately 43,000 youth to-date. The joint partnership combines Tata STRIVE’s expertise in providing job skills training and Starbucks expertise in retail operations, which is expected to impact 3,000 disadvantaged youth in India.

“Today, we are proud to extend Starbucks partnership with Tata to enrich the lives of Indian youth and enable them to enter and thrive in the 21st century workforce,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands. “Our collaboration with Tata underscores our collective commitment to lifelong learning and relevant career skills development. We will continue to make investments to provide pathways to opportunities for young people to realize their personal aspirations and dreams.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

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Starbucks and Tata Sons Limited expand existing partnership

Starbucks and Tata Sons Limited expand existing partnership

 

Source: Starbucks

The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room launches Affogato line-up of beverages to its cold coffee menu

Seattle, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room has always been about immersing customers in the craft of coffee. From roasting to brewing, some of the rarest, limited-availability coffees in the world take center stage there. Starting today, these coffees will do a bit of immersing in the form of a new Affogato line-up of beverages as part of the Roastery’s cold coffee menu.

Translated from Italian as “drowning,” the new Affogato-style experiences take locally-crafted Mora ice cream and then drown with Starbucks Reserve espresso. The simplicity of pouring hot espresso over cold ice cream not only offers a rich creaminess at first taste, but exposes the nuanced flavors unique to each espresso.

“Our Reserve coffees bring endless inspiration for us to continue to showcase each unique coffee in unexpected ways. What better way to continue to do that than with Affogato,” said Amy Dilger from Starbucks beverage development team.

In addition to the featured Affogato line-up, the expanded cold bar menu also offers a Reserve Cold Brew Float and a Malted Milkshake.

Mora Iced Creamery

Just a ferry ride away from the Roastery in Seattle, Mora Iced Creamery was created by husband and wife co-owners Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez in 2005. They make small batches of ice cream using fresh milk, eggs and cane sugar. Shortly after opening their first ice cream shop, the company quickly grew to a footprint of three stores as well as an online business.

Although this is Mora’s first collaboration with Starbucks, their connection with the company goes back more than a decade.

“When we first moved here from Buenos Aires with our daughters in 2002, we were given a copy of Howard Schultz’s book, ‘Pour Your Heart Into It.’ We were inspired by his story and vision to bring people together with an experience,” Orselli said.

Fast forward to 2016, when Starbucks called.

“When I saw Starbucks had called on the caller ID, my first feeling is that I forgot something at my neighborhood Starbucks store,” said Perez. “But when I learned they wanted to work with us, it was very emotional. For us to come to this country as immigrants and now get a call from Starbucks, all I could think was ‘Wow.’”

Mora is known for its impeccably-crafted, small-batch ice creams – the perfect partner for Starbucks Reserve coffees.

New on the Roastery Menu

Affogato: A trio of beverages celebrating the classic Italian dessert. The Classic Affogato is made with two shots of Starbucks Reserve espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream, resulting in the drowning creaminess of the ice cream in rich espresso. The House Affogato adds a touch of demerera syrup and a dusting of cinnamon, while the Shakerato Affogato is made with Reserve espresso shots shaken to an icy froth, poured over ice cream, lightly finished with vanilla syrup and a mint sprig.

Cold Brew Float: Starbucks Roastery’s small-lot Cold Brew poured over ice cream. This is also available with Nitro Cold Brew. The Float menu will also include a seasonal specialty, the Vesuvius, which combines Cold Brew shaken with orange peel, orange-piloncillo syrup and ice. Named after Mount Vesuvius in Italy, when the Cold Brew is strained over the ice cream, it’s reminiscent of a subtle volcanic eruption, then finished off with a dusting of mocha powder and an orange twist.

Cold Brew Malted Shake: A nostalgic nod to the corner malt shop, Starbucks Roastery’s Cold Brew is spindle-blended with ice cream, malt, and bourbon barrel-aged bitters.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

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The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room launches Affogato line-up of beverages to its cold coffee menu

The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room launches Affogato line-up of beverages to its cold coffee menu

 

Source: Starbucks

Tesco stores in Wimbledon to offer strawberry and cream tastings as it gears up for a fortnight of tennis

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco stores in Wimbledon are gearing up for a fortnight of tennis as 500,000 visitors are expected to visit Wimbledon over the next two weeks.

Tesco will be offering strawberry and cream tastings in their Wimbledon Metro store as the fruit has become intrinsically associated with the tournament. Tesco expect to sell 1,500 tonnes of strawberries over the fortnight meaning that nearly 250 punnets are sold every minute.

Tesco will also be handing out queuing survival bags to those camping to get into the venue during the second week of the tournament. The bags will contain essential items such as bottles of water, ponchos, sun cream, and of course a packet of Murray mints.

The stores will also have exclusive offers on popular items such as Evian 500ml bottled water at 2 for 90p and Pimms 1L for £12.  Last year, Tesco sold 2.8 million litres of water and 21 bottles of Pimms were sold every minute during the Championship.

David Genower, Store Manager of Wimbledon Metro, said:

“We’ve gone all out for the two weeks of tennis in our store from serving up strawberry and cream samples to handing out essential products to those visiting the tournament. We’ve also got great offers on key summer products so that our customers have everything they need to enjoy the Championship.”

Tesco’s Wimbledon Metro has one again also changed the ‘O’ on their store sign into a tennis ball and has created their very own centre court at the front of the store.

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

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on

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Tesco stores in Wimbledon to offer strawberry and cream tastings as it gears up for a fortnight of tennis

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Source: Tesco

Carrefour Belgium outlines its environmental growth prospects

Belgium, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In early June, Carrefour Belgium invited the suppliers of its own-brand products to the traditional presentation of its annual quality and sustainability performance results. This presentation was an opportunity for Carrefour Belgium to outline the growth prospects that it has set itself in the more or less short term.

•    Reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% between now and 2025
•    Increase the numbers of own-brand health products and organic products that it sells

Carrefour Belgium’s suppliers were also invited to take part in an anti-waste competition specifically designed for them.

There are a number of different considerations involved in improving Carrefour products:

Health
Ever mindful of its customers’ health, Carrefour has already reduced the salt content and additives in its products. And for 2016, it wants to reduce their sugar content.

Preserving biodiversity
More than ever, Carrefour is encouraging the development of products that are MSC, ASC, FSC certified, or eco-labelled, etc. Furthermore, it has banned GMOs in all of its own-brand products. In 2016, new Bio Food products will start appearing in stores.

Ethics
Fair Trade products enjoyed a sharp increase in popularity in 2015. At the same time, the Group is being extremely vigilant when it comes to any purchases made from countries outside Europe. This vigilance involves several thousand audits being monitored out in the field, carried out alongside the relevant international associations.

Reduction and improvement in packaging
The options available for reducing the amount of packaging used are looked into for each and every Belgian product. Three priorities are taken into consideration: food safety, functionality and durability (carbon and water).

Regarding the environment
Carrefour’s anti-waste policy has underpinned everything it does for several years now. Within this framework, a competition designed to encourage suppliers to manufacture their products in an environmentally friendly way is organised every year in the countries in which Carrefour operates, as well as at international level. Permanently reducing energy consumption and developing solutions that are more environmentally friendly have enabled Carrefour Belgium to commit to the following: reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% between now and 2025.

Local roots
Let’s all go Belgetarian
Carrefour Belgium supports Belgian producers and works alongside 711 of them in order to produce 10,000 of the products it sells in its stores.

Food donations
Carrefour is one of the partners of the “bourse aux dons” scheme, designed to more effectively manage donations. It has been deployed across three of the country’s regions for all donors and donees. Carrefour supplies products to 5 welfare groceries. Every year, Carrefour organises a campaign to collect vital provisions and supplies from its customers.

Anti-wastage competition
A competition is held designed to encourage suppliers to factor in environmental considerations into their manufacturing processes.
In 2015, the Carrefour group tackled companies’ carbon footprints within the framework of its international competition. Carrefour Belgium invites its producers to submit an existing initiative or an idea designed to reduce food wastage in the company (a manufacturing process, a personnel awareness-raising campaign, a new piece of equipment, for example). With the help of a panel of experts, Carrefour Belgium will short-list the ideas it receives to decide which one will represent Belgium in the international competition.

Press Contact:

By phone:
Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00
For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour

Delhaize announces sale of pet specialist shop Tom&Co to PetSerCo

Brussels , 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize announces today the sale of its retail formula Tom&Co, the pet specialist shop for pet feed and pet care. An investment group led by Lionel Desclée, current member of the management of Delhaize Belgium, will take over Tom&Co. He will leave Delhaize. The brand Tom&Co will continue to exist. Nothing changes for the employees and the existing network of Tom&Co stores in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

This morning Delhaize has internally communicated its decision to sell the pet specialist shop. Delhaize has the ambition to become the favorite supermarket of the Belgians again and wishes to focus more than ever on the sale of healthy and high quality food. The management and further development of a pet specialist shop is therefore no longer considered a priority. Nevertheless Tom&Co remains an ambitious and financially sound business with a lot of potential.

The buyer of Tom&Co is PetSerCo, an investment group of which Lionel Desclée is the principal shareholder. He is the current Senior Vice president of Delhaize Belgium and responsible for the independent stores and retail activities. Lionel has the ultimate responsibility for Tom&Co within the management of Delhaize and, in the past, was a member of the operational management of Tom&Co himself. With this acquisition PetSerCo acquires 100 % of the shares in Tom&Co. Following this transaction, Lionel Desclée will leave Delhaize. The acquisition takes effect as of the third quarter of this year.

Tom&Co was founded in 1991 and was since part of the store network of Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg. Today the chain counts 144 stores in Belgium, Luxembourg and France of which 136 franchised stores and 8 own stores. Tom&Co is specialised in pets, pet care and feed. Aniserco nv* currently employs 58 people : 38 people at the headquarter of Tom&Co in Zellik and its 5 own stores in Belgium, 20 people in its stores in France under the company Serdelco sa**. There will be no consequences for the store network and the associates of Tom&Co. All existing employment agreements will be respected.

On Lionel Desclée’s departure, his responsibilities within the management committee of Delhaize Belgium will be shared by 2 people: Françoise Burlet and Kris Van Strydonck who consequently also becomes a member of the management committee of Delhaize Belgium as Senior Vice President.

Delhaize Belgium Early March 2016 the network of Delhaize Belgium & Luxembourg counted over 880 stores in different formula (supermarkets Delhaize, AD Delhaize, Proxy Delhaize, Shop&Go, Tom&Co and Red Market) offering a unique shopping experience and high quality service. Delhaize offers a wide assortment of over 20,000 high quality products at affordable prices. Thanks to its 6 own labels (365, Delhaize, taste of Inspirations, Bio, Eco, Care) Delhaize can match all of its customers’ needs. Its customers can also shop online through www.delhaize.be and www.delhaizewineworld.com for wine, or have these delivered at home by Caddy Home. Delhaize Belgium, which generated a turnover of EUR 5.0 billion in 2015 and had a market share of 24.0%* in Belgium, counts over 14,000 associates. Delhaize Belgium is part of Delhaize Group, which is active in 7 countries and on 3 continents, and employs approximately 150,000 people. At the end of September 2015 the network of Delhaize Group counted 3,465 stores.

Press information:
Roel Dekelver
External Communications Manager Delhaize Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)2 412 84 51
E-mail : rdekelver@delhaize.be

*Aniserco is the legal entity holding the activities of Tom&Co in Belgium
**Serdelco is the legal entity holding the activities of Tom&Co in France

Source: AC Nielsen

Co-op Community Spaces commits $1.5 million to protect, beautify and enhance spaces in communities across Western Canada

Nipawin, Canada, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — A $1.5 million commitment from Co-op will protect, beautify and enhance spaces in communities across Western Canada.

The funding is provided by Co-op Community Spaces, a program supporting community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects. This year’s 21 recipients span all four western Canadian provinces and include local organizations and initiatives that enhance the quality of life in their community and deliver important local services.

“Co-op Community Spaces is already making a positive impact throughout Western Canada and our latest recipients will keep that momentum rolling,” said Leah Andrew, Associate Vice-President Marketing and Communications with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which administers the program on behalf of the more than 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System. “Co-op is proud to assist local organizations and will continue to support initiatives that make our communities stronger.”

Making a difference

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided almost $2.5 million to 37 local projects that benefit communities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

This year’s Co-op Community Spaces projects include an aquatic centre in Vanderhoof, B.C., an educational kitchen in Calgary, a community greenhouse in Regina and a new arts and cultural centre in Winkler, Man.

Contest winners announced

In May, western Canadians were asked to nominate the public spaces they love in their community as part of this year’s Co-op Community Spaces contest. From thousands of entries, Co-op selected four winners — one in every western Canadian province — who each received $1,000 because of their nomination. The four nominated spaces will share $25,000 to support their local initiatives.

For more details about this year’s Co-op Community Spaces recipients — as well as profiles of last year’s projects — see  www.communityspaces.ca.

Contact:

Home Office
Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
401 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0H2
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

Source: Co-op Community space

Wegmans Food Markets customers support Food Bank’s BackPack Program to provide children in need with weekend bags of food

BUFFALO, NY, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In Western New York, thousands of elementary school children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches may not have enough nutritious food to eat at home over the weekend. That’s why 11 Wegmans Food Markets in the Buffalo area have partnered with customers, the Food Bank of Western New York, and WIVB-TV to support the Food Bank’s BackPack Program, through which children in need are provided with weekend bags of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. This year, customers bought food for kids that totaled 150,570 pounds of food — enough for 30,114 backpacks! The 2016 campaign topped last year’s total by more than 20,000 pounds.

“Within the Food Bank’s four-county service area, nearly one in four children do not have consistent access to nutritious food.” says Stephanie Lawson, youth and outreach programs supervisor for the Food Bank of Western New York. “This is why we are so grateful for this partnership. With the support of Wegmans, WIVB-TV, and the Western New York community, we can work to ensure that no child goes hungry.”

The bags distributed through the BackPack Program are loaded with kid-friendly foods that don’t need refrigeration, and that are perfect for a healthy snack or meal.  Examples? Canned corn, apple sauce cups, crunchy peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and tomato soup. The pre-packed bags come in three different assortments, giving customers the option to buy a $3, $5, or $10 bag.

“Each year, our customers show enormous generosity with their purchases of food for children in need,” says Michele Mehaffy, Buffalo Consumer Affairs manager for Wegmans. The campaign will provide backpacks of food to children at 30 schools in Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara counties every Friday throughout the school year. The Food Bank of Western New York works with schools to identify the children who should take home a backpack on Fridays.
After a customer buys one of the pre-packed bags, store employees take it to a pickup area for the Food Bank.  In July and August, Food Bank employees and volunteers sort the donated foods so they’ll be ready for backpacks in the fall months.

About The Food Bank of WNY:
The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 329 member agencies including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, youth programs, and senior centers in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. Through these agencies, the Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 129,322 individuals in any given month, including more than 44,000 families, 45,000 children, and nearly 17,000 seniors. For more information, visit www.foodbankwny.org.

About Wegmans Food Markets:
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:  

Catherine Shick
Food Bank of Western New York public and community relations coordinator
716-935-6692,
cshick@foodbankwny.org

Michele Mehaffy
Wegmans Buffalo Consumer Affairs manager
716-685-8170
Michele.mehaffy@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans

Rite Aid Foundation to help victims affected by West Virginia flooding with $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to help the victims, families and communities affected by this week’s historic flooding.

“One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and that’s especially true in times of need,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The need in West Virginia, where Rite Aid has had a presence for many years, is great and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as they work tirelessly to provide relief and support to so many in their hour of need.”

Rite Aid operates 104 stores and one distribution center in West Virginia. The Company employs nearly 1,900 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited and DFS Group unveil the exciting expansion of City of Dreams’ retail area

ANOTHER FIRST FOR CITY OF DREAMS SET TO TRANSFORM THE REGION’S RETAIL LANDSCAPE

MACAU, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: MPEL) (“Melco Crown Entertainment” or the “Company”), developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia, and DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, proudly unveiled together the exciting expansion of City of Dreams’ retail area, which is managed and operated by T Galleria by DFS. In addition to being three times larger than the former retail space, the new shopping precinct represents a strategically designed, exclusive and eye-opening lifestyle luxury shopping experience in the heart of Macau.

A LUXURIOUS RETAIL LANDMARK IN MACAU

Introducing a stunningly edgy department-store style concept to Macau, City of Dreams and DFS have created a luxurious, contemporary and inviting atmosphere within City of Dreams’ expanded retail area, headlining the T Galleria by DFS brand. Delightful and contemporary, the expansion is designed and built using elements of glass, marble and steel combined with warm wood accents. The setting is intended to be both dramatic and intimate, encouraging visitors to relax, unwind and indulge their taste for shopping and leisure. The expanded retail space links dining areas, casinos, retail stores, entertainment attractions and hotels, leading visitors on an engaging journey of some of the best retail and leisure experiences in Macau.

“City of Dreams has always been at the forefront of shaping Macau into a world center of avant-garde entertainment, delivering world-class leisure and entertainment offerings to the region. Today, we are pleased to announce the expansion plan of the retail precinct of City of Dreams, which will bring to our flagship property many firsts in town. Through our partnership with DFS Group, City of Dreams features the largest collection of luxury brands in Cotai and creates an exciting luxury shopping scene for all aspirational, sophisticated and cosmopolitan leisure seekers in the region,” said Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Crown Entertainment Limited.

“Since entering the market in 2008, Macau has and continues to be an incredibly important destination for our customers and for DFS, which is why we are thrilled to unveil a retail concept here that is a first for DFS in terms of its scale, audacity and innovation. It is also a first for Macau in terms of providing a curated and modern product selection across the major luxury categories, targeting new and experienced travelers alike,” Philippe Schaus, DFS Group’s Chairman and CEO said. “T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams will combine the breadth of a luxury shopping mall with the personalized service of a high-end department store. Only DFS could deliver this unparalleled shopping adventure at the core of City of Dreams, complementing a concentration of some of the best restaurants, world-renowned hotels and world-class entertainment offerings with a fresh and luxurious shopping experience in the heart of Macau.”

FIRST-EVER SHOE SALON HEADLINES MANY “FIRSTS”

Opening in phases between June and December, City of Dreams’ T Galleria by DFS will boast the largest collection of luxury brands in Cotai. In addition to beauty and fragrances, fashion and accessories, and watches and jewelry brands, the expanded retail space will introduce T Galleria’s signature customer services exclusively to City of Dreams’ customers, including the first-ever shoe salon to be opened in the third quarter as well as a multi-brand lifestyle shopping area dedicated to men’s fashion and grooming.

“City of Dreams is the ideal location for DFS to launch our first dedicated shoe collection,” said Schaus. “Customers in Macau are both discerning and adventurous, and our shoe salon will enable them to indulge their taste for the latest fashion styles as well as find something unique.”

Offering over 50 men’s and women’s shoe brands across two floors, highlighted by exclusive-to-Macau brands such as Aquazzura and Rupert Sanderson, the new shoe hall will be the largest shoe salon in Hong Kong and Macau and a destination unto itself.

TRUE LUXURY WITH “DREAM” BRANDS AND A DREAM SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

The expanded beauty and fragrance section opens this month. When fully expanded, the 23,000 square feet of space will comprise two wings and feature nearly 70 beauty and fragrance brands, making it the largest beauty hall in Southern China. Highlights include popular Korean brands Sulwhasoo, Laneige and HERA.

For fashion-lovers, the experience is elevated with the June opening of 31 new fashion and accessories brands, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Miu Miu and Fendi. And catering to male customers for the first time at any T Galleria by DFS store, there will be a dedicated multi-branded, lifestyle area that mixes ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and grooming all in one space.

By the end of this year, the phased opening will culminate in a significantly wider jewelry offering, bringing key luxury jewelry brands Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels to City of Dreams as well as new watches boutiques from Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin.

To ensure a uniquely disruptive and ultimately fulfilling experience for all, exclusive dining outlets for high tea and social gatherings will also be integrated into the environment.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, (i) growth of the gaming market and visitation in Macau and the Philippines, (ii) capital and credit market volatility, (iii) local and global economic conditions, (iv) our anticipated growth strategies, (v) gaming authority and other governmental approvals and regulations, and (vi) our future business development, results of operations and financial condition. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”, “aim”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “believe”, “potential”, “continue”, “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Melco Crown Entertainment, with its American depositary shares listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: MPEL), is a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia. Melco Crown Entertainment currently operates Altira Macau (www.altiramacau.com), a casino hotel located at Taipa, Macau and City of Dreams (www.cityofdreamsmacau.com), an integrated urban casino resort located in Cotai, Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment’s business also includes the Mocha Clubs (www.mochaclubs.com), which comprise the largest non-casino based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau. The Company also majority owns and operates Studio City (www.studiocity-macau.com), a cinematically-themed integrated entertainment, retail and gaming resort in Cotai, Macau. In the Philippines, Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation’s subsidiary, MCE Leisure (Philippines) Corporation, currently operates and manages City of Dreams Manila (www.cityofdreams.com.ph), a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment integrated resort in the Entertainment City complex in Manila. For more information about Melco Crown Entertainment, please visit www.melco-crown.com.

Melco Crown Entertainment is strongly supported by its single largest shareholder, Melco International Development Limited (“Melco”) and its other major shareholder, Crown Resorts Limited (“Crown”). Melco is a listed company on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and is substantially owned and led by Mr. Lawrence Ho, who is the Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Crown Entertainment. Crown is a top-100 company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and led by Mr. James Packer, who is the Deputy Chairman and a Non-executive Director of Melco Crown Entertainment.

About City of Dreams

City of Dreams is developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, an entertainment company listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: MPEL). It is an integrated entertainment resort that has established itself as a premier leisure and entertainment destination in Macau. Located in the heart of Cotai in Macau, it combines electrifying entertainment, a diverse array of accommodation, regional and international dining, designer brand shopping and a spacious and contemporary casino. The resort brings together a collection of world-renowned brands including Crown, Grand Hyatt, Hard Rock and Dragone to create an exceptional entertainment experience that aims to appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors from around Asia and the world. City of Dreams features a 420,000-square-foot casino with approximately 400 gaming tables and approximately 1,300 gaming machines; over 20 restaurants and bars; an impressive array of some of the world’s most sought-after retail brands; ‘The House of Dancing Water’, the world’s largest water-based extravaganza showcased in the purpose-built Dancing Water Theater, represents the live entertainment centerpiece of City of Dreams’ overall leisure and entertainment offering.  A comprehensive range of accommodation options at City of Dreams include Crown Towers offering approximately 300 guest rooms, Hard Rock Hotel offering approximately 300 guest rooms and Grand Hyatt Macau offering approximately 800 guest rooms. A second planned phase of development at City of Dreams will feature an apartment hotel consisting of approximately 800 units.

For more information please visit: www.cityofdreamsmacau.com (Official Website) and www.cityofdreamsmedia.com (Medial Portal). For The House of Dancing Water information, please visit www.thehouseofdancingwater.com (Official Website) and www.thehouseofdancingwatermedia.com (Media Portal).

About DFS Group

DFS Group is the world’s leading luxury travel retailer. Established in Hong Kong in 1960, DFS Group continues to be a pioneer in global luxury travel retail, offering its customers a carefully curated selection of exceptional products from over 700 of the most desired brands through 420 boutiques on three continents. Its network consists of duty free stores located in 17 major global airports and 17 downtown Galleria locations, as well as affiliate and resort locations. The Group is privately held and majority owned by the world’s largest luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), alongside DFS co-founder and shareholder Robert Miller. DFS Group employs over 9,000 people focused on creating inspiring retail experiences for its customers. In 2015, over 164 million travelers visited DFS stores. DFS is headquartered in Hong Kong and has offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Paris, Sao Paulo, Shenyang, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

For more information, please visit www.dfsgroup.com.

About T Galleria by DFS

T Galleria by DFS, formerly known as DFS Galleria, is the ultimate evolution of the original travel retail concept pioneered by DFS Group. The first downtown store opened in 1968 in Hong Kong, followed shortly thereafter by Honolulu and eventually expanding to fourteen locations all over the world. Today, T Galleria by DFS has a presence in the United States, as well as across Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific regions. Linked to the notion of travel through the use of T for the Traveler, the brand stands for what customers have come to expect: an expertly curated assortment of the world’s preferred luxury brands, exceptional retail environments, highly personalized services and unique experiences tailored to their specific needs as travelers. T Galleria by DFS enables travelers to realize their individual style, one journey at a time.

Discover more at www.tgalleria.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Melco Crown Entertainment

Louisa Wong
Director, Public Relations
Tel: +853 8868 7554
Email: louisawong@melco-crown.com

DFS Group Limited

Jay Frame
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Tel: +852 2732 5466
Email: jay.frame@dfs.com

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Melco Crown Entertainment Limited and DFS Group unveil the exciting expansion of City of Dreams’ retail area

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited and DFS Group unveil the exciting expansion of City of Dreams’ retail area

 

Source: DFS

Chick-fil-A® to hold 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chick-fil-A invites customers to wear their spots, eat free and celebrate 21 years of the cows

ATLANTA, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A® is issuing a cattle call! Mark your calendar for the 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. On that day, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will offer a free entrée to any customer who visits a restaurant dressed as a cow.

Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire, whether it’s head-to-hoof or sporting a cow-spotted accessory, will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A entrée of their choice, such as an Original Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap or Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit. Children can receive a free Kid’s Meal for dressing in a cow costume. The Cow Appreciation Day celebration will last from store opening through 7 p.m. local time (check local store listings for individual store opening hours).

Cow Appreciation Day celebrates the restaurant company’s iconic “Eat Mor Chikin®” Cow advertising campaign; an award-winning marketing campaign that is marking its 21st  anniversary this year. Chick-fil-A first introduced the Cow campaign in 1995 as a three-dimensional billboard concept depicting a black-and-white cow sitting atop the back of another cow painting the words “Eat Mor Chikin” on the billboard.  To everyone’s surprise, the Cows’ clever self-preservation message would be the beginning of a campaign still running strong two decades later. In addition to clever roadside billboards, the Eat Mor Chikin Cows are the focal point of Chick-fil-A’s in-store point-of-purchase materials, promotions, radio, TV and internet advertising, and clothing and merchandise sales.

Customers can visit www.CowAppreciationDay.com starting Friday, June 24, to prepare for the occasion. The cows will also share costume ideas on their Facebook page. Additionally, all Chick-fil-A restaurants will have an active Cow Appreciation Day Snapchat filter that will allow guests to share their experience with their friends and family.

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

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also recognized in 2016 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Contact:

Chick-fil-A, Inc. Media Relations
(800) 404-7196
cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com
@ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Advance Auto Parts and Barrett-Jackson announce partnership

Professional football player Greg Olsen headlines Advance Auto Parts’ Rev it Up! RV Tour

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, has partnered with Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Car Collector Car Auction® in celebration of the pride and joy that comes with completing each car project. The three-year partnership launches at the inaugural 2016 Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., taking place June 23-25.

“We’re very excited to bring the Barrett-Jackson experience to the Northeast,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Barrett-Jackson isn’t just an auction, but a true automotive lifestyle event where enthusiasts from around the globe come together to connect through the automobile. It’s our consignors, bidders and partners like Advance Auto Parts that help create that incredible atmosphere and we can’t wait to bring it to Mohegan Sun.”

The event will include elements from Barrett-Jackson’s original Scottsdale auction, including the Opening Night Gala, Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides with Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge, as well as a vast marketplace of vendors and exhibitors and enthusiasts. Greg Olsen, NFL tight end for the Carolina Panthers, is auctioning his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible to benefit his charity, Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation.

Inaugural auction attendees in Connecticut are invited to visit the Advance Auto Parts Rev it Up! Tour RV to meet Greg Olsen before he auctions his car on opening day, Thursday, June 23. He will be meeting with fans, posing for photos and talking cars from 1 to 2 p.m. Barrett- Jackson attendees can also sign up for Speed Perks, take and share photos with Tuxlee, the tour mascot, win prizes, receive free gifts and play the exclusive Rev it Up! digital game to win Advance Auto Parts gift cards.

“Advance Auto Parts and Barrett-Jackson understand what it means to have a passion for collector cars, from the deep appreciation for craftsmanship and dedication that goes into each project to the significant investment in new parts.” said Pete Zeiner, Advance’s Marketing Director. “At Advance we want to do everything we can to help fuel that passion by offering our do-it-yourself customers savings and benefits through our Speed Perks loyalty program. We can also provide referrals to trusted repair shops using our large national network of auto repair professional who are ready to help car enthusiasts.”

Barrett-Jackson and Advance Auto Parts hold a three-year-long partnership, including the Northeast Auction and the annual Palm Beach Auction. Leading up to Barrett-Jackson’s auction at Mohegan Sun, the Rev it Up! RV can be tracked through its site, http://bit.ly/AAPRevItUpTour, with the Rev It Up! tour team engaged throughout the auction and event by using the hashtag #AAPRevItUp.

Car lovers everywhere can follow Advance Auto Parts and get tour news at facebook.com/advanceautoparts, twitter.com/AdvanceAuto, Instagram.com/advanceautoparts, or Instagram.com/tuxleeontour.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 23, 2016 Advance operated 5,086 stores and 125 Worldpac branches and serves approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members.

Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company:
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call 480- 421-6694.

Media Contact:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Attn: Media Relations Department
2635 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27604
Tel: 919.573.2608

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Advance Auto Parts announces opening of three Super Hub stores in Marietta, Riverdale and Norcross, Atlanta Metro

Marietta, Norcross and Riverdale high inventory Super Hubs support increased delivery to more than 134 regional locations

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, announced the opening of three Super Hub stores serving the Atlanta Metro. They are located in Marietta, Riverdale and Norcross. The three Super Hubs will ensure more high-quality parts are available to Commercial repair shops more frequently.

“We are committed to listening intently to the needs of our customers, who point to availability as the critical starting point for delivering a great customer experience,” said Al Wheeler, Advance Auto Parts Senior Vice President, Commercial Sales. “That’s why we continue to invest our dollars and resources to ensure that we are meeting customers’ demands with expanded inventory coverage in categories that the Commercial customer can trust. The Advance Metro Super Hubs allow us to make this expanded coverage available to support Commercial customers through a series of daily delivery routes.”

Each Atlanta Metro Super Hub will increase parts availability in the region, ensuring Advance offers maximum coverage for in-market vehicles. The expanded parts selection at Advance Super Hub locations includes quality parts from leading name brands including MOOG, Monroe, Bosch and BWD, among others. In addition, Advance offers Commercial customers access to more than 750,000 quality products designed and rigorously tested for foreign and domestic vehicles through Advance Professional, Advance’s Commercial business segment that includes a dedicated sales force and customized business solutions.

“Our Advance Super Hub Team Members have the knowledge and passion to best serve our customers – whether it is a Commercial shop owner, an Advance Atlanta Metro store operator, or a person working on his or her vehicle,” said David McCartney, Division President – Southern Division with Advance Auto Parts. “Additional in-market inventory and more frequent delivery routes are accelerating our speed of service so, ultimately, Advance customers are able to turn bays faster and get their own customers back on the road safely and quickly.”

For more information about quality parts and services from Advance Professional and Carquest, visit www.AdvanceCommercial.com or contact your local delivery location.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 23, 2016 Advance operated 5,086 stores and 125 Worldpac branches and serves approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Super Hub Locations:

180 N. Fairground Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-2608
Stephen Moore, District Manager
Mickey Childers, Commercial Account Manager

5820 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Suite A
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 662-8433
Herold Smart, District Manager
Andrei Ilas, Commercial Account Manager

7000 Highway 85
Suite A
Riverdale, GA 30274
(770) 994-5526
Jared Douglass, District Manager
Patrick Bruder, Commercial Account Manager

Media Contact:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Attn: Media Relations Department
2635 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27604
Tel: 919.573.2608

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.