Rakuten announces management appointments

TOKYO, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (4755: Tokyo) today announced the following personnel appointment as approved by its Board of Directors.

Management Change (Effective July 1, 2016)

■Name: Kenji Hirose
New Title: CCO, Group Managing Executive Officer
Previous Title: Director, EU RHO

Name: Akio Sugihara
New Title: CPO, Group Executive Vice President
Previous Title: CCO & CPO, Group Executive Vice President

Name: Takahito Aiki
New Title: Director, EU RHO President, Digital Contents Company
Previous Title: President, Digital Contents Company

Source: Rakuten

PHILIPPINES: SM Supermalls unveils lifestyle center S Maison in Conrad Manila at the heart of Mall of Asia Complex

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s a new kid on the block at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City and it’s changing the game for retail. SM Supermalls has unveiled S Maison, a unique lifestyle center which opened with the newest luxury hotel, Conrad Manila, at the heart of the Mall of Asia Complex on June 15, 2016. Designed by French company Malherbe, S Maison, is an upscale and well-curated retail podium housing first-in-market dining concepts, branded retail, well-appointed services. It also has three (3) state-of-the-art Director’s Club cinemas.

“We are very pleased to launch S Maison which is envisioned to redefine the retail landscape in this part of the metropolis. It is always a delight to learn from shoppers today who are young and dynamic and whose tastes have evolved to aspire for high fashion trends and experience new and exciting dining and retail concepts. S Maison is an answer to that aspiration,” Steven Tan, Senior Vice President for SM Supermalls said.

S Maison, situated within the Conrad Manila’s two floors, spans 25,534 square meters. It features a number of new dining concepts such as Chibo, Osaka’s most popular okonomiyaki brand, Uma Uma and Horse’s Mouth Bar, XO46 Heritage Bistro, The English by Todd English, Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie, The Dessert Kitchen, Carnivale, Epilogue from Indonesia, Tsukada Nojo which serves a special collagen hotpot and Singapore’s Paradise Dynasty which offers various flavors of xiao long bao, including the famous truffle and foie gras versions. S Maison is home to the Cole Haan, Zero Halliburton, True Religion and Paris Miki flagship stores, also to lifestyle concepts like De Novo Studio, Swiss Gear, Bang & Olufsen, Titan, Fully Booked and Digital Walker.  Retail brands like Pandora, Joseph, Tumi; curated collections like Assembly and General; and branded services like Belo Medical Clinic and Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center are also making their way to S Maison. The three Director’s Club theaters have a capacity of 38 seats per theatre with La-Z-Boy Power Recline XR+ seats that allow for a combination of reclining positions including stress free zero gravity.

Designed by Malherbe of France, S Maison’s interiors feature high-tech modernism with pearlescent Italian floors and iridescent metal accents to stimulate the feeling of being encased in a pearl.

The 347-room Conrad Manila is earmarked as a shopping, leisure, and business hub that offers four contemporary event halls and two sophisticated ballrooms, spanning more than 4,000 square meters which are fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. Conrad Manila recently clinched several awards which are Best in Hotel Development, Best Hotel Architectural Design and Best in Hotel Interior Design at the 4th Annual Philippines Property Award.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com

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PHILIPPINES: SM Supermalls unveils lifestyle center S Maison in Conrad Manila at the heart of Mall of Asia Complex

PHILIPPINES: SM Supermalls unveils lifestyle center S Maison in Conrad Manila at the heart of Mall of Asia Complex

 

Source: SM

Intershop Communications AG releases newest version of its Commerce Suite

  • The Commerce Suite’s new, fully integrated order management functions ensure efficient end-to-end processes for seamless omni-channel commerce
  • New and improved B2B functions open up new markets for growth-oriented companies
  • More efficient processes for creating attractive customer experiences
  • Intershop Commerce Suite will soon be available in the public clouds of Microsoft and Amazon

Jena, Germany, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG is announcing the availability of the newest release of its Commerce Suite today. The leading digital experience platform helps B2C and B2B organizations of all sizes and industries to manage the digital transformation of their business processes, enabling them to offer their customers a genuine omni-channel shopping experience at every point of interaction.

The release contains new and optimized Intershop Commerce Management modules and has, for the first time ever, fully integrated the order management system Intershop Order Management 2.0 into the Commerce Suite. The Intershop Commerce Management is now available as version 7.7. With the platform, companies can select and use the module that best fits their specific business model, company goals and individual user requirements. Furthermore, the risks and investments associated with implementing new solutions are significantly reduced thanks to the Synaptic Commerce® approach, which allows the Intershop Commerce Suite to be easily integrated into various system landscapes.

Intershop Order Management 2.0 Fully Integrated for the First Time

The new order management modules of the Intershop Commerce Suite expand Intershop’s range of market-leading solutions for implementing an integrated omni-channel commerce strategy. This enables companies in many industries to adequately respond to their customers’ needs on and offline at any time. Moreover, through the deep integration of the order management system into the Commerce Suite, the system can now, for the first time, be used to display entire end-to-end processes and to orchestrate each step of a transaction across a company. This in turn facilitates the automation and channel-wide optimization of order, payment and invoice processing.

Additional Sales Paths Thanks to Expanded B2B Features

The new version of Intershop Commerce Suite contains many new and expanded functions that are designed to meet the needs of B2B customers. In addition to being able to more easily manage costs and offers, buyers can now access all of the products they require without switching shopping systems by using the new OCI (open catalog interface) PunchOut function. This new way of purchasing allows companies to more comfortably configure the access to their products.

Shaping the Shopping Experience More Efficiently

The expanded marketing functions of the Intershop Commerce Suite make the customers’ digital experience even more attractive, and content marketing managers can measure the effectiveness of their campaigns by looking at the customers’ perspectives in Design View. Furthermore, content and images are optimized for specific screen sizes and devices so that companies can increase the visibility of their products, thus significantly increasing sales. Intelligent access control allows you to design marketing campaigns in a more comprehensible, quicker and more efficient way.

Intershop Commerce Suite Availability in the Public Cloud

The Intershop Commerce Suite is now also available in the public clouds of Microsoft and Amazon, allowing companies to quickly pay off their investments. The public cloud feature is a flexible, secure and cost-efficient alternative to traditional local implementation and hosting methods, making it especially attractive to mid-tier companies. At the touch of a button, online businesses can now temporarily stock up on inventory when demand is high, or quickly and easily implement a regional roll-out.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, CEO at Intershop, adds: “Companies are faced with radical changes in their markets that are driven by the expectations of their customers and the strengths of their competitors. The new release of our Commerce Suite is an absolute must for anyone who has been waiting for efficient and forward-looking technology for digitalizing their business processes. It is the key to increased efficiency, an improved customer experience and the flexibility to tap into this potential.”

You can find detailed information about the new release at www.intershop.com/release-info.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations

Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
E-Mail

Source: Intershop

Potbelly Sandwich Shop to open its doors at 1240 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg on July 8

CHICAGO , 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its doors at 1240 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Tuesday, July 8. This will give area residents the chance to experience the lively, neighborhood hangout that makes Potbelly Sandwich Shop “The Best Place for Lunch.”

Desirae Mills is the general manager and has been with Potbelly since 2012. “ I started as an Assistant Manager in Washington D.C. and then moved to help open the Woodbridge location.” Mills said. “In March 2013, I took over as the General Manager of the Woodbridge location, and am so excited for the new Potbelly to open in Fredericksburg. So many people commute up north and get Potbelly for lunch, but now with the new location opening they can have it whenever those cravings come calling.”

The shop will partner which  during its pre-opening event, the Oven Warming party, to help raise funds and awareness for the organization. “Habitat for Humanity was recommended to us from other Potbelly locations that had partnered with them for different events,” said Mills. “We are excited to give back since they do so much to help our community.”

Known for its good vibes in addition to great sandwiches, live music has been a part of the Potbelly experience since the first shop opened in 1977. Neighborhood musicians put a little rhythm into lunch by performing live at Potbelly Sandwich Shops around the country. Musicians interested in performing at the new Fredericksburg Potbelly should contact the shop manager to apply and be scheduled for an audition.

Potbelly has built a passionate, loyal following of fans who spread the word about the fun, energetic atmosphere and great food. The unique Potbelly experience is defined by its combination of toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped shakes, tasty made-to-order salads, as well as friendly and lively people.

“I feel that our food, employees and the general atmosphere is what makes Potbelly unique,” Mills said, “The meats we use are sliced fresh daily, our melt- in- your -mouth cookies baked fresh each morning, and our shakes are just what you need to get you through the second half of your work day. ”

This is the first Potbelly Sandwich Shop to open in Fredericksburg and will staff approximately 20 employees and managers. The location will be open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery service will start a few weeks after opening and will be available Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with minimum orders of $25.

About Potbelly Sandwich Shop

From its humble beginnings as a small antique store on Chicago’s North Side, Potbelly Sandwich Shop is now in neighborhoods across 18 different states. Each unique shop offers toasty warm sandwiches, craveable salads and hand-dipped milkshakes all made fresh to order, and delicious cookies baked fresh each day. Potbelly has built its reputation as a mealtime hangout where great food, friends, eclectic neighborhood décor and live, local music combine to create an atmosphere unlike any other. The Company owns and operates over 300 shops in the United States, with franchisees operating over twenty shops domestically and in the Middle East.

For more information, visit www.potbelly.com.

About the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity 

The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity (http://www.fredhab.org/site/ ) brings the community together to build decent, affordable housing—and hope—for people in need. Habitat provides a “hand up” to home ownership through sweat equity, donor generosity, volunteer labor and interest-free mortgages.

The Fredericksburg Habitat operates in the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George. Habitat for Humanity charges no interest to the homeowner and makes no profit from building with our low-income families.

Source: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Iso Omena to house Espoo’s first and only Zara store scheduled to open its doors in spring 2017

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first phase of the Iso Omena extension will be inaugurated on 11 August and the second phase in spring 2017. The new extension will see Iso Omena significantly expand its fashion, accessories and interior design offering. Fashion will double from the current levels.

A key fashion offering at Iso Omena will be Espoo’s first and only Zara store, due to open its doors in spring 2017.

“The introduction of Zara will have a significant impact on our commercial appeal. Our customers have been asking for a Zara store for years and we are delighted to be launching Espoo’s only Zara here at Iso Omena,”Jussi Vyyryläinen, Leasing Director at Citycon explains.

Following the completion of the first phase of the extension in August 2016, the shopping centre’s fashion offering will expand significantly with the launch of retailers such as Superdry, Orsay, multi-brand store Classic fashion, Gina Tricot, Brothers, Björn Borg, Bik Bok, Carlings, Seppälä and Lindex. The expansion at Iso Omena will also see H&M relocate and increase the size of its existing store, and the opening of Finland’s first The Athlete’s Foot store. Once the extension is completed, Iso Omena will be offering its customers 50 different fashion and leisure brands.

The jewellery and accessories offering will be complemented with the arrival of Swedish jewellery designer Efva Attling’s second Finnish store. Design shopping will be boosted by the arrival of the home decor store Granit. In spring 2017, the premium luggage brand Rimowa will launch at Iso Omena.

“We have been successful in attracting fashion, design and restaurant brands that, so far, have exclusively featured in central Helsinki only. Our goal has been to make Iso Omena a genuine alternative to the Helsinki city centre. The signed lease agreements demonstrate that we have succeeded in this, and that our tenants share our vision,” states Jussi Vyyryläinen.

Demand for Iso Omena has been strong. With the first phase of the expansion—comprising close to 30,000 sq.m.—nearing completion, only a limited number of units still remain available.

Helsinki, 4 July 2016

Additional information:

Jussi Vyyryläinen, Leasing Director
Telephone +358 40 589 4448
jussi.vyyrylainen@citycon.com

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The company manages assets that total approximately EUR 5 billion and its shares have a market value of approximately EUR 2 billion.

For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

Media Contact:

Henrica Ginström
Vice President, IR and Communications
+358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom (at) citycon.com

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Iso Omena to house Espoo’s first and only Zara store scheduled to open its doors in spring 2017
Iso Omena to house Espoo’s first and only Zara store scheduled to open its doors in spring 2017

Source: Citycon

Citycon Oyj’s disclosure policy now available in English

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon Oyj’s disclosure policy has been updated and is now available in English on the company’s website www.citycon.com/disclosure-policy.

The updates are made to adopt the revised rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. and to meet EU’s market abuse regulation requirements effective as of 3 July 2016.

Helsinki, July 4, 2016

CITYCON OYJ

Contact:
Henrica Ginström
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
Tel. +358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom@citycon.com

Source: Citycon

Weis Markets receives final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approval to open beer café in its North Cedar Crest Boulevard store in Allentown

SUNBURY, PA and ALLENTOWN, PA, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval to open a beer café in its store on North Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown. The café is stocked and now open for business.

This is Weis Markets seventh in-store beer café in the Lehigh Valley.

The 30-seat beer café will sell beer for both on premise consumption and take-out. It offers more than 900 varieties, including an extensive collection of local craft beers, including those brewed by Weybacher, Victory and Saucony Creek.

The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The company currently operates beer cafés in 45 of its Pennsylvania stores.

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

Source: Weis Markets

Hudson’s Bay Company’s Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH enters Europe with the announcement of first five stores in Germany

TORONTO, NEW YORK and COLOGNE, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or the “Company”) (TSX: HBC) today announced the first five locations for its premium off-price banner Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH in Germany. The introduction of Saks OFF 5TH in the European market will launch with a flagship store in Düsseldorf, with further stores in prime city center locations in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden. The stores are currently expected to open during the summer 2017.

Jerry Storch, HBC’s Chief Executive Officer, stated “We see great opportunities for the premium off-price shopping experience offered by Saks OFF 5TH as a new concept in the retail market. Saks OFF 5TH will complement our existing German department store banners and will further accelerate the growth of HBC Europe. We are confident that the introduction of Saks OFF 5TH will resonate with German consumers and enhance the shopping experience within these city centers by introducing an exciting new retail format.”

The Carsch-Haus in Düsseldorf, an established fashion destination, will be the first to open and become Saks OFF 5TH’s flagship store in Germany. For the Saks OFF 5TH locations in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, HBC will convert stores currently operating under the Sportarena banner, making significant investments during the process. GALERIA Kaufhof will continue to offer sports equipment as part of its merchandise assortment.

All employees of Carsch-Haus and Sportarena will receive a job guarantee for equivalent positions within either Saks OFF 5TH in Germany or GALERIA Kaufhof. The European business of Saks OFF 5TH will be managed out of Cologne.

Wayne Drummond has been named General Manager of Saks OFF 5TH Europe. Mr. Drummond, who has almost 30 years of experience in the department store sector, was previously responsible for numerous categories within HBC’s North American Department Store Group (DSG), including men’s, kids, women’s and Topshop/Topman product assortments. Berna Bartosch joins the team as Chief Merchandise Officer of Saks OFF 5TH in Europe. The former TJX Europe (TK Maxx) purchaser brings extensive merchandising expertise and will lead the Company’s merchandise strategy. The management will report to Don Watros, President of HBC International and Head of the Supervisory Board of GALERIA Kaufhof.

Over time, HBC plans to open up to 40 Saks OFF 5TH stores in Germany. The Company is also preparing to introduce the banner into the Netherlands in 2017. Saks OFF 5TH features an impressive selection of designer fashion, accessories, and footwear for men and women, along with home merchandise, boasting in-season and on-trend offerings from more than 800 leading designer brands at incredible prices. Saks OFF 5TH operates more than 100 stores in the United States and Canada, and saksoff5th.com. In 2015,15 new Saks OFF 5TH stores were opened in North America.

About Hudson’s Bay Company

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

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

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

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s plans to open up to 40 Saks OFF 5TH stores in Germany, the Company’s expectation that the first five stores will open in the summer 2017, the benefits that are expected to result from the expansion of the OFF 5TH banner into Germany and the expectation that all employees will receive a job guarantee. Often but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “plan”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “outlook”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “foresee”, “continue” or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology.

Although HBC believes that the forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are by their nature subject to a number of factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Some of the factors and risks – many of which are beyond HBC’s control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict – include, among others – (a) the risk that HBC is unable to open up to 40 Saks OFF 5TH locations in Germany, (b) the risk that the expansion requires capital expenditures in excess of those currently anticipated, (c) the risk of introducing new brands into new markets and of doing business abroad, (d) the risk that the anticipated benefits from the expansion cannot be realized, (e) credit, market, currency, operational, liquidity and funding risks generally, including changes in economic and geopolitical conditions, interest rates or tax rates, and (f) risks and uncertainties relating to information management, technology, supply chain, product safety, changes in law, competition, seasonality, commodity price and business.

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

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

MEDIA CONTACT:

Andrew Blecher
Hudson’s Bay Company
Phone: (212) 391-3179
Email: Andrew.blecher@hbc.com

FOR THE GERMAN MEDIA:

Dirk von Manikowsky
Hering Schuppener Consulting
Phone: +49 211 430 79-265
Email: hbc@heringschuppener.com

Gerd Koslowski
HBC Europe / GALERIA Kaufhof
Phone: +49 (221) 2235595
Email: gerd.koslowski@kaufhof.de

Source: HBC

Sheetz announces new store in Morgantown, WV, Morrisville, NC, St. Clairsville, OH, and Bethel, PA

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, a Fortune Top 100 Best Places to Work in America, and one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains will add a new store in Morgantown, WV,Morrisville, NC, St. Clairsville, OH, and Bethel, PA. The new location in Morgantown, WV will be one of six in the surrounding area. On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the new store opened its doors at 21 Asturias Avenue, Morgantown, WV.

On Thursday, June, 30, 2016 Sheetz opened two stores in Morrisville, NC at 1019 Morrisville Parkway, and in St. Clairsville, OH at 68500 Addie Way. In addition, Sheetz will open its eighth store in the county of Berks, on July, 7, 2016 in Bethel, PA at 8555 Lancaster Ave.

The new store celebrations will be an exciting time with free samples of specialty drinks, food, prizes, and giveaways. All attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in free self-serve Sheetz coffee for a limited time.

The doors will open to the public at 11 a.m., where a Sheetz family member will be there to speak and welcome the locals. Combined, the four stores will be offering 104 new full and part-time jobs through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Sheetz is deeply invested in all the communities each store serves. In return, Sheetz will be donating $2500 dollars per new store to Special Olympics of West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Sheetz has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, where it aids through product, finance, and event volunteers. Sheetz is also a partner with Make-A-Wish foundation where they send over 40 families and their seriously ill children to a Walt Disney World dream vacation. The Sheetz Family Charity has also been able to help over 85,000 underprivileged kids by donating over $1.1 million dollars, since 1992, to help give the kids new clothes, toys, and necessities.

About Sheetz
Sheetz Convenience Stores strives to give customers what they want, how they want and when they want it.  They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offer fresh food such as Made To Order (MTO®) subs, sandwiches, burgers, premium salads, appetizers, breakfast sandwiches and more. They also feature MTGo!® ready to eat foods and Shweetz® Bakery lines of donuts and muffins, along with Sheetz Bros. Coffeez®, a full-service espresso and smoothie bar where customers can order hand-made specialty coffee drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas – hot, frozen or iced. For more information, follow Sheetz on twitter (@sheetz), on facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and on instagram (instagram.com/Sheetz)

Established in 1952, in Altoona, PA, Sheetz continues to be one of the fastest growing family owned and operated convenience store. Sheetz serves over $1.5 million customer’s every day, with more than $6.9 billion dollars in revenue. Sheetz was selected a Fortune Top 100 Best Places to Work in America in 2014. Sheetz has over 16,000 employees, and has opened or rebuilt 38 stores in 2015. Sheetz operates over 500 stores throughout Pennsylvania,West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. Sheetz has donated over $16.4 million For the Kidz charity since 1992, and has donated more than $440,000 every year to Special Olympics. For more information visit www.sheetz.com, or friend us on twitter @sheetz, facebook (facebook.com/Sheetz), and Instagram (Instagram.com/Sheetz).

Contact:
Tarah Arnold
Sheetz, Inc.
814.941.5183
office

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

USDA FSIS: Winter Gardens Quality Foods recallS Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées due to possible Listeria contamination

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc., a New Oxford, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 42 pounds of Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat, Lifestyle Foods Inc. brand of Lemongrass Basil Chicken product was produced on June 13 and June 14, 2016. The following product is subject to recall:

  • 8.0-oz. (227g) individually wrapped entrée packages labeled “Lifestyle Foods Lemongrass Basil Chicken Entrée – Brown Rice in a Thai Style Sauce with Grilled Chicken and Green Beans.” The product has “Enjoy By” dates of June 28, 2016 and June 29, 2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-9815” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

The problem was discovered when Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc. notified FSIS that a component of the product had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to reheat ready-to-eat product until steaming hot.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Ray Lopez, Customer Service at (877) 647-1878.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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

  • Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
  • Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
  • Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
  • Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
  • Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
  • Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
  • Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.
USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Jeremy J. Emmert
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

USDA FSIS: GHSE, LLC recalls salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,682 pounds of salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen not declared on the product label.

The ready-to-eat salads with chili-seasoned chicken items were produced on various dates between May 11, 2016 and June 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 11-oz. plastic clam shell containers with “TRADER JOSE’S MEXICALI INSPIRED SALAD WITH CHILI SEASONED CHICKEN” with “BEST BY” dates 05/18/16 – 07/03/16.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Virginia.

The problem was discovered by a plant quality assurance technician during a routine check of ingredients. The salads have the correct label on the top of the package, but exhibit an incorrect back label that does not include soy sauce as an ingredient; the source of the wheat. As a result, wheat is not sub-listed in the ingredients statement or in the “Contains” allergen declaration.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call GHSE LLC at (888) 449-9386. Media with questions about the recall can contact Greg Miklovic, GHSE LLC/Quality & Food Safety Director, at (916) 205-8474.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: s-serif”> http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

The Gymboree Corporation to sell Gymboree Play & Music to ZEAVION Holding

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Gymboree Corporation (“Gymboree” or the “Company”) today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to sell its early childhood development business, Gymboree Play & Music (“Play & Music”), to ZEAVION Holding (“ZEAVION”), a privately-held company with a focus on the education and entertainment sectors. Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, Gymboree will receive $127.5 million in cash proceeds from ZEAVION, approximately $80 million net of estimated taxes. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by mid-July, and is subject to certain closing conditions and post-closing purchase price adjustments. If closing does not occur by mid-July, Gymboree has the right to terminate the definitive agreements and retain a $20 million nonrefundable deposit.

Upon closing of the transaction, ZEAVION will own the entire global Play & Music business, including its central operations and centers in North America. ZEAVION has also agreed to acquire the intellectual property of Play & Music’s curriculum and certain related trademarks. The Gymboree Corporation’s global apparel business and related retail brands are not part of the transaction.

“Today marks a positive next step in the growth of Play & Music, which was founded just over 40 years ago,” said Mark Breitbard, CEO of Gymboree. “Play & Music pioneered a unique model for giving children around the world the opportunity to learn and grow through art, music and early education. Gymboree is proud to have built a strong foundation for the Play & Music business and we are excited about ZEAVION’s commitment to education and plan to grow this great brand. Play & Music is well positioned for this next chapter, while Gymboree will continue to focus on its core retail businesses.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to grow the Play & Music brand with a focus on strengthening its profitability through strategic investments in R&D and product innovation,” added Jack Shi, founder of ZEAVION. “I am a longtime, firm believer in the power of education and learning at an early age and its impact on human growth and development. Play & Music has created something truly special and I look forward to working with the global team, with whom I’ve established a positive relationship.”

About The Gymboree Corporation

The Gymboree Corporation’s specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of April 30, 2016, the Company operated a total of 1,303 retail stores: 592 Gymboree® stores (543 in the United States, 48 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico), 175 Gymboree Outlet stores (174 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico), 149 Janie and Jack® shops (148 in the United States and 1 in Puerto Rico) and 387 Crazy 8® stores in the United States. The Company also operates online stores at www.gymboree.com, www.janieandjack.com and www.crazy8.com.

About Gymboree Play & Music

Founded in 1976, Gymboree Play & Music offers children ages newborn to 5 years the opportunity to explore, learn and play in an innovative parent-child program. Gymboree Play & Music offers an array of classes developed by early childhood experts, as well as birthday parties and developmental toys, books and music. Gymboree Play & Music classes are available through more than 733 franchised and company-operated centers in the United States, Canada and 40 other countries.

About ZEAVION Holding

ZEAVION Holding, founded by Jack Shi, is a Singapore-based company with a focus on business development and investment in the education and entertainment sectors. Mr. Shi is an entrepreneur, who has spent over 30 years building Feixiang Group from a 10-person workshop to a global enterprise that has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his entrepreneurial role, Mr. Shi is also a respected investor who focuses on true brand and equity value which can be achieved through long term investments in talent, R&D and continuous innovation.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements set forth above that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such statements include statements as to: the expected benefits of the sale of the Play & Music business to Gymboree; and the future prospects of Gymboree’s core retail business after the closing; the estimated tax, which is preliminary and subject to adjustment when finalized; and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “will” and similar expressions. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as: the possibility that the transaction may not be consummated, including as a result of any of the conditions precedent; the risk of ZEAVION being unable to obtain sufficient financing to complete the acquisition; the risk of global market downturn conditions and volatilities impacting the completion of the acquisition or the funding; the diversion of our management’s attention from the management of our core retail business; unfavorable currency exchange rates; and the impact of competition and other risk factors relating to our industry and business as detailed from time to time in Gymboree’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cautions investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Contacts:

Weber Shandwick US
Arielle Patrick
(212) 445-8470
APatrick@webershandwick.com

Doug Myers(415) 262-5919
DMyers@webershandwick.com

Weber Shandwick Beijing
Zheng Xi
+861085692330
Xzheng@webershandwick.com

Source: Gymboree

Baskin-Robbins launches Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and to support the USO with new donation program

Baskin-Robbins also launches delicious new USO Patriot Pop® flavor, new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® Birthday Cake, and offers free Waffle Cone upgrade with the purchase of a double scoop throughout the month

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — July is National Ice Cream Month and Baskin-Robbins is celebrating all month with the launch of its Polar Pizza, a donation program to support the United Service Organizations (USO) and the introduction of a new ice cream flavor, USO Patriot Pop®. The donation program and new ice cream flavor are in honor of the military nonprofit’s 75th anniversary and steadfast commitment to supporting our nation’s military throughout their service. Baskin-Robbins is also introducing a new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® Birthday Cake, and is offering a sweet waffle cone upgrade promotion to its guests.

Available starting July 1st at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide, Polar Pizza, which is an ice cream treat guests can eat like a pizza, is available in four delicious featured flavor combinations: OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream, Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and HEATH®, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Guests also have the option to create a customized Polar Pizza by combining a tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie crust with their favorite ice cream flavor and any combination of fun toppings.

National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday, July 17, and Baskin-Robbins is proud to celebrate with guests nationwide by donating 75 cents from every ice cream float sold on that date to the USO in honor of its 75th anniversary.* The donations will go towards supporting the USO’s mission of connecting America’s military to their family, home and country, no matter the circumstances. Guests can also enjoy the new USO Patriot Pop flavor, which is red, white and blue and features cherry, lemon and blue raspberry-flavored ices, by the scoop or in a refreshing float.

“National Ice Cream Month is our favorite month of the year, and this July we’re celebrating the joy that ice cream brings to people’s lives in a number of ways,” said Carol Austin, Vice President, of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “We’re so excited to introduce ice cream lovers nationwide to our Polar Pizza, which is a completely customizable ice cream treat they can enjoy with friends and family like a pizza. Additionally, we’re honored to help celebrate the USO’s 75th anniversary with our special USO Patriot Pop flavor and to support military service members and their family members on National Ice Cream Day through our donation program.”

In addition, Baskin-Robbins’ new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® Birthday Cake, features chocolate cake-flavored ice cream with Birthday Cake OREO® cookie pieces, frosting bits, and a candy confetti ribbon. This flavor can be enjoyed by the scoop in a cup, cone or as a milkshake. In addition, guests can upgrade to a free, freshly-baked waffle cone with the purchase of a double scoop of their favorite flavor.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

*This donation is inclusive of all regular ice cream floats made with any ice cream and soft drink flavors on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

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Baskin-Robbins launches Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and to support the USO with new donation program
Baskin-Robbins launches Polar Pizza to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and to support the USO with new donation program

Source: Baskin-Robbins

Dunkin’ Donuts adds Lemon Croissant Donut and Key Lime Square in its menu

Guests can also enjoy the new Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

CANTON, MA, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer season is in full swing, and Dunkin’ Donuts is serving sweet new donuts inspired by favorite seasonal citrus flavors. Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Lemon Croissant Donut is a glazed Croissant Donut with lemon filling, finished with icing drizzle and graham cracker crumbles. For a tart and sweet snack, the new Key Lime Square is a donut square with key lime filling, frosted with icing and also topped with graham cracker crumbles. Both are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

For another new menu addition sure to heat up mornings for breakfast lovers, the Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is a sweet and savory breakfast option available any time of day. The new sandwich features delicious sausage with the taste of maple, served with egg and Wisconsin aged white cheddar cheese on a flaky, oven-toasted croissant. The Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is available in select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, except for Metro New York and select markets in the Mid-Atlantic region, for a limited time.

“Our new citrus flavored donuts are sure to sweeten up any summer routine as a delicious seasonal treat. And, as breakfast is one of the most important times of the day both for us and our guests, the Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich brings together sweet and savory for yet another option to start the morning or enjoy any time throughout the day,” said Jeff Miller, Dunkin’ Brands’ Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation.

Dunkin’ Donuts has also expanded its beverage menu, recently announcing that Cold Brew coffee is now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets, and will be available throughout the country later this summer. The rich, ultra-smooth, full-bodied Cold Brew coffee is crafted by hand in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in small batches and served each day while supplies last. Cold Brew coffee’s ultra-smooth and naturally sweet flavor profile lends itself to being enjoyed black, but is customizable based on guest preference.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts adds Lemon Croissant Donut and Key Lime Square in its menu
Dunkin’ Donuts adds Lemon Croissant Donut and Key Lime Square in its menu

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

London and Cambridge Properties strengthens its retail portfolio with £23.34 million acquisition of 100 retail units across England

London, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — London and Cambridge Properties (LCP) has boosted its retail portfolio with the £23.34 million acquisition of 100 retail units across England, acquired from EPI Special Situations 3 (EPISO3), a fund advised by Tristan Capital Partners, and Addington Capital.

The Blossom portfolio, which comprises 14 sites and includes high street stores and neighbourhood shopping parades, brings LCP investement in retail properties to more than £103 million in the last 18 months. The retail units, which stretch from Bournemouth in the south to Chorley, Lancashire in the north, include major high street names such as Specsavers, Superdrug, KFC and Iceland.

The leading property and investment company acquired the 216,000 sq.ft. portfolio as it continues its ambitious acquisition programme in both the retail and industrial sectors.

EPISO3 and Addington had acquired the Blossom portfolio in 2014 as part of Project Tree, a £150 million portfolio of high street retail, office and residential which it has subsequently been actively asset managing.

Matthew Allen, principle of Addington Capital said, “Our strategy is always to work closely with our JV partners to find property opportunities where we can buy well and unlock value through active asset management and then dispose to specialist sector investors.”

James Buchanan, investment director at LCP, said it was keen to acquire the portfolio because it offered the potential to enhance returns using LCP’s intensive asset management approach.

“The Blossom Portfolio presented us with the ideal opportunity to purchase an excellent mix of thriving high street properties and local neighbourhood parades, which has increasingly become a focus for us,” he said.

“We’ve already acquired more than 50 local convenience parades in the past 18 months and this is yet another significant purchase for LCP. Our proactive asset managers are already looking carefully at how we can add further value for the tenants and local shoppers who use the stores.”

LCP was represented by Allsop, while Tristan and Addington Capital was advised by Cushman and Wakefield.

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London and Cambridge Properties

London & Cambridge Properties (LCP): B&M Stores opens new store at Astle Retail Park, West Bromwich

LONDON, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail giant B&M Stores has opened a new store in the Black Country after it agreed to move to Astle Retail Park, West Bromwich.

The rapidly growing variety retailer has signed a 10-year lease for the 16,835 sq ft unit at the retail park, which is owned and managed by Pensnett-based commercial property company London & Cambridge Properties (LCP).

The store has now opened, providing 30 jobs to local people.

Andrew Barrett, asset manager at LCP, said: “B&M is a great addition to Astle Retail Park, which is already known for its range of leading outlet stores that offer shoppers superb discounts.

“It’s an extremely popular retail park, so attracting another big name is a real coup – not just for us but for those who shop and work in West Bromwich.”

Astle Retail Park, which is just off the High Street, comprises 16 stores, including a Marks & Spencer outlet, Gap outlet, Pavers Shoes, Nike outlet, and Mecca Bingo and Pure Gym. Just one retail space of 2,870 sq ft is available. LCP bought the centre in February 2016 as part of its ongoing acquisition plans.

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London & Cambridge Properties

Rakuten announces transition to internal company-system based organization

Maximizing customer satisfaction by driving responsiveness
to user and partner needs through organizational change

Tokyo, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten today announced completion of the transition to an organization based on an internal company-system, an initiative designed to drive responsiveness to user and partner needs, delivering assured service quality and maximizing customer satisfaction in a rapidly changing market environment.

“Since establishment twenty years ago, Rakuten has achieved remarkable growth while remaining true to our core mission of empowerment of people and society through the internet, as well as cultural values that foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and a commitment to generating synergy through the sharing of best practices, also known internally as ‘Yoko-ten’.” said Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten Inc. “The introduction of a new organizational structure now will allow each internal company to become more agile in response to the changing needs of users and partners in each of the many industries we operate in, as well as enable us to leverage the latest new technologies to offer innovative services and continue to grow.”

The internal company-system structure is comprised of 12 company groups to manage the business operations and one group headquarters to provide corporate functions, ensuring agility within each company, as well as accountability and transparency from a corporate governance perspective. Within this structure, service development and web design resources are being deployed within each company, and each of the company leaders will be empowered to accelerate decision-making in order to respond to change and lead their respective businesses to new levels of growth. Group headquarters will be charged with developing group strategy, providing support to the companies as required to achieve their growth plans, and strengthening the core corporate functions essential to a robust and accountable corporate governance structure.

In order to strengthen governance across the Rakuten group, the new organizational structure includes the appointment of a Chief Compliance Officer at the Group level, as well as the new appointment of Company Chief Compliance Officers within each of the 12 companies. Each Company Chief Compliance Officer will be tasked with ensuring execution of Group-wide compliance policies and programs, as well as supervising implementation and reporting of policies and programs unique to each company.

With this organizational structure in place, Rakuten will continue to strive to achieve the goals outlined in our mid-term strategy plan Vision 2020.

Organizational Chart
http://global.rakuten.com/corp/about/organization.html

Source: Rakuten

Salsa-brand bikes launches at select REI stores and REI.com on fall 2016

Partnership with industry’s premier adventure bike manufacturer broadens co-op’s line of adventure touring, backcountry, and fatbikes

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — REI, a national specialty outdoor retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-op, and Salsa Cycles, bikepacking innovator and bicycle manufacturer, plan to make Salsa-brand bikes available to REI members and customers at select REI stores and REI.com starting in fall 2016.

“REI is committed to the adventure cycling segment, and partnering with Salsa was a natural progression for us,” says Ben Johns, REI general merchandising manager for cycle. “Salsa’s line-up provides our customers a broad selection of specialty mountain, touring, and fatbikes, and will be a great complement to our existing lineup.”

A selection of Salsa’s fatbikes, including the Beargrease, Mukluk, and Bucksaw, will be available in time for winter in select REI locations and online.

Additional Salsa bikepacking and adventure touring bikes, including the Cutthroat, Fargo, Marrakesh, and Vaya, and trail and backcountry models including the Redpoint, and Pony Rustler, will be available to REI customers starting in spring 2017.

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Salsa believes a sense of adventure makes life better and encourages people to “adventure by bike.” Founded in 1982, Salsa has introduced dozens of innovative bikepacking and cycling adventure models, including the Marrakesh, a popular touring bike, the Fargo, a versatile off-road dropbar mountain bike, and the Bucksaw, a full-suspension fatbike.

“Our mission at Salsa is to keep the spirit of adventure alive in cycling. REI is the ideal retailer to help us elevate the bikepacking and touring culture,” said Justin Julian, Salsa Brand Manager. “As a specialty retailer with a deep understanding and ability to outfit people for adventure cycling, REI is the correct next move for us.”

About Salsa Cycles
Salsa Cycles is a privately owned, Minneapolis-based company that has built a reputation on exceptional bikes and related products. Salsa is dedicated to keeping the spirit of adventure alive in bicycling. Find Salsa on the web at www.salsacycles.com.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at

(253) 395-5958,
prrequests@rei.com

Source: REI

REI celebrates 100th birthday of the National Park Service with limited-edition NPS-branded gear and apparel

SEATTLE , 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS), REI is offering its members and customers a collection of limited-edition NPS-branded gear from a variety of outdoor brands. Commemorative products include packs, tents, trekking poles, hammocks, patches and T-shirt from REI, Osprey, CamelBak, ENO, Pendleton, Osprey and Coleman. A full list of gear celebrating the parks can be found online.

“These products celebrate an amazing gift that was passed to us by previous generations – the heart of our outdoors, our treasured national parks,” says Susan Viscon, REI’s senior vice president of merchandising.

When customers purchase an REI-branded NPS-edition product, such as the REI NPS Traverse 28 Pack or an “America the Beautiful” Annual National Parks Pass through the co-op, REI will donate 10 percent of its 2016 proceeds from these items to the National Park Foundation (NPF), which is the official charity of America’s national parks. NPF raises private funds that directly aid, support, and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Other brands including Osprey, ENO and CamelBak have also pledged support to NPF.

REI Celebrates the Centennial
REI first announced its involvement in the 100th birthday of the National Park Service last March, which kicked off with #FindYourPark, a public awareness campaign. Other areas of the co-op’s partnership include:

  • REI Adventures’ national park trips – The co-op is donating 10 percent of the retail price for each REI Adventures’ national park trip purchased through the end of 2016 to the NPF. With the broadest assortment of backpacking trips in the national parks of any active travel company, REI Adventures offers more than 45 national park trips. Last year, REI Adventures’ trips into these national treasures generated $300,000 in additional funding for the National Park Foundation.
  • REI Outdoor School – More than 300 classes and outings are offered in national parks through REI Outdoor School. Participants can choose from a variety of outdoor activities across the country led by expert instructors and can look for special opportunities on fee-free days in the parks.
  • National Parks app – The co-op launched a free dynamic, crowdsourced digital trail guide to the national parks called the REI Co-op Guide to the National Parks. Available on Android and iOS.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at

(253) 395-5958,
prrequests@rei.com

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100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS),NPS-branded gear and apparel,REI
100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS),NPS-branded gear and apparel,REI

Source: REI