Weis Markets awarded final PLCB approval to open beer café in its Kendig Square store in Lancaster County

SUNBURY, PA and WILLOW STREET, PA , 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval to open a beer café in its store in its Kendig Square store in Lancaster County. The café is stocked and now open for business.

This is Weis Markets fourth in-store beer café in Lancaster County.

The 30-seat beer café will sell beer for both on premise consumption and take-out. It offers more than 850 varieties, including an extensive collection of local craft beers, including those brewed by Lancaster Brewing, Stoudts and Troeg’s.

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 47 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.

Contact:

1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801
1-866-999-9347

Source: Weismarkets

METRO GROUP acquires stake in Cologne based start-up offering quick support for technical issues through a network of professional advisors

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP – as minority partner – acquires a stake in the start-up “Deutsche Technikberatung” based in Cologne, one of the participants of the first Spacelab Accelerator Program of Media-Saturn this year. Deutsche Technikberatung regards itself as a “technical support for home users” and offers quick support for technical issues through a network of professional advisors. Selected and specially trained technical advisors assist private customers and small businesses, like for example restaurants, in all aspects relating to the purchase, installation, networking and bug fixing of modern technical devices.

A new TV, tablet or smart phone: increasingly powerful, increasingly connected. The digital world fascinates, but can sometimes also be confusing and complex. Private customers as well as smaller businesses appreciate a partner, who not only provides sound advice before the actual purchase but also offers support with the installation, configuration and occasional bug fixing. That is exactly the business area of Deutsche Technikberatung. Appointments with their technical advisors at the desired date can be arranged online or by phone. They visit the users to solve technical problems of all kinds at a fixed hourly rate.

“Deutsche Technikberatung is a new type of service and consultancy company – and that makes the investment so exciting for METRO GROUP“, says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “In a world of rapidly growing performance and ever increasing interconnectivity of technical devices we have to support our customers even more comprehensively. The founders of Deutsche Technikberatung developed a clever business model that offers customers access to top qualified experts. One important reason why we decided to acquire a stake was that Deutsche Technikberatung, for the choice of its service staff, placed great emphasis on emotional intelligence and empathy of their technical advisors. We are convinced that this is an important key to future success. It is based on the idea that you can train technical know-how, but customer proximity, empathy and the skill to explain technical know-how is difficult to learn. A view that we fully share, given our understanding of customer focus.”

Till Steinmaier and Emre Akdagcik founded Deutsche Technikberatung in 2014 and are now managing partners of the company: “The partnership with METRO helps us deliver our idea even faster: we give a face to technology and want to enable as many people as possible to benefit from the advantages of modern technology without any hassle”, says Steinmaier. “Besides private users in particular also independent businesses are increasingly relying on a functioning technology. METRO is a natural partner for us in this respect whose sales lines Media Markt, Saturn and METRO Cash & Carry strongly simplify market access for our personalised technical support.”

The concept is paying off: the vast majority of the customers would – after the first contact – again select Deutsche Technikberatung in case of further technical questions and challenges. The innovative aspect is not only in shaping the new profession of a “technology advisor”, but mainly also in the technology that permits performing the services in the background.

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets.

Contact:
Media Department
Telephone: +49 211 6886-4252
Telefax: +49 211 6886-2001
E-Mail: METRO GROUP: presse@metro.de

Source: Metro Group

METRO GROUP acquires French food service distribution company Pro à Pro from Colruyt Group

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP has acquired the French food service distribution company for professional customers Pro à Pro from the Belgian retail group Colruyt Group. Pro à Pro is one of the most important food service distribution (FSD) providers in France offering direct food delivery services to different customer groups including the hotel, restaurant and catering (HoReCa) sector.

The company has around 42,000 customers in France and focuses on major contract caterers as well as canteens in the public and private sector, chained restaurants and independent restaurants. With this acquisition, METRO GROUP strengthens its French wholesale business in the growth segment FSD and creates an additional offering for the customers of METRO Cash & Carry France. The transaction comprises the operational business as well as the warehouse locations, logistics platforms and the truck fleet of Pro à Pro. It was agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction. The acquisition is pending approval by the relevant regulatory authorities.

“Food Service Distribution is a strategic growth driver for the wholesale business of METRO Cash & Carry”, says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “Following the acquisitions of Classic Fine Foods and Rungis Express we are now also further extending the service offering for our customers in the important French market with the takeover of Pro à Pro. With this move, we not only expand our market presence but, most of all, we also enhance our customer relevance. In total, we have gained a FSD sales volume of more than €1 billion within the past twelve months with these three acquisitions.” FSD carries a considerable potential in the HoReCa segment: a growing number of HoReCa customers in France and in several other markets meanwhile prefer to have the option to choose the delivery service. “The French FSD business offers an enormous growth potential”, says Philippe Palazzi, Member of the Operating Board of METRO Cash & Carry and Operating Partner France, Spain and Portugal. “With the nationwide presence and strong position of Pro à Pro we will be excellently positioned for further growth in this field and can offer our French professional customers a true value added.”

The future growth of Pro à Pro continues to be our primary focus. We deem that Pro à Pro’s growth ambitions can best be realised by combining it with a strong complementary market player like METRO GROUP”, says Dries Colpaert, General Manager of Colruyt France and Foodservice.

Since its founding in the year 2001, Pro à Pro has grown from a local delivery operator to a national player with nationwide coverage in the fragmented French FSD business – also thanks to the integration of competitors. The company serves around 42,000 customers and focuses on major contract caterers as well as canteens in schools, hospitals, companies, defence and the leisure sector as well as chained restaurants. Pro à Pro currently reports strong growth in the field of independent restaurants and caterers. Overall, Pro à Pro has a headcount of over 1,700 full time employees, among them 170 field service employees with direct contacts to the local customers. In 2015, the company generated sales of around €670 million. Pro à Pro’s assortment covers approximately 12,500 articles including more than 5,000 chilled and close to 5,000 ambient food articles as well as a small range of frozen and non-food products. Thanks to its integrated logistics with 18 warehouses, 19 logistics platforms and a truck fleet of some 400 vehicles, Pro à Pro can offer extremely flexible delivery services throughout the country. The company in addition also operates in the French overseas departments Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and La Réunion.

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets.

Colruyt Group operates in the food and non-food distribution sector in Belgium, France and Luxembourg with approximately 500 own stores and over 500 affiliated stores. In Belgium this includes Colruyt, OKay, Bio-Planet, Cru, Dreamland, Dreambaby and the affiliated stores Spar and Spar Compact. In France, in addition to approximately 70 Colruyt stores, there are also affiliated Coccinelle, CocciMarket and Panier Sympa stores. The group is also actively involved in the food service business (supply of food products to hospitals, company canteens and catering businesses) in France (Pro à Pro) and in Belgium (Solucious). The other activities comprise the sale of fuel in Belgium (DATS 24), printing and document management solutions (Symeta) and the production of green energy. The group employs over 29.000 employees and recorded a EUR 9.1 billion revenue in 2015/16. Colruyt is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (COLR) under ISIN code BE0974256852.

Contact:
Media Department

Telephone: +49 211 6886-4252
Telefax: +49 211 6886-2001
E-Mail: METRO GROUP: presse@metro.de

Source: Metro Group

Nordstrom Rack to open at CityPlace in Woodbury, Minnesota in spring 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at CityPlace in Woodbury, Minn., outside of Minneapolis. The approximately 26,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2017. The property is owned and managed by Elion Partners, a Florida-based real estate investment firm.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to expand our presence in Minnesota and better serve our customers by opening an additional Nordstrom Rack in the Twin Cities,” said Geevy Thomas, president ofNordstrom Rack. “Our new store will offer customers in the surrounding communities of Oakdale, Landfall, Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, Maplewood, Newport and Afton an additional way to shop for the Nordstrom brands they love at great prices.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices.Nordstrom Rack merchandise, available at Rack stores and at Nordstromrack.com, comes from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands available at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

This will be the fourth Rack store in Minnesota with existing locations in Bloomington at Mall of America,Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove and Shoppes at Knollwood in St. Louis Park. The company also operates two full-line stores at Mall of America and Ridgedale Shopping Center.

“Nordstrom Rack is a great compliment to the other topline tenants that have come to CityPlace,” saidJuan DeAngulo, managing principal with Elion Partners. “We look forward to the opening of the next phase in the spring of 2017.”

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 andHauteLook. 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 NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

CityPlace
CityPlace is a 100-acre, master-planned development located in Woodbury, Minnesota. The vision behind CityPlace is to create a dynamic, mixed-use development in a prime suburban location. A true work-play-stay community, CityPlace brings diverse opportunities for recreation, shopping, and cultural activities while balancing work with amenities and supportive functions.  Located at the northeast corner of Radio Drive and Hudson Road, CityPlace includes pedestrian-friendly scenic trails, Class A office space, a Whole Foods Market, shopping, dining, and a Residence Inn by Marriott hotels. For more information, visit www.CityPlaceMN.com.

About Elion Partners
Elion Partners is a real estate investment firm focused on developing and acquiring quality commercial properties across multiple regions of the U.S., while delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns for its private and institutional investors. With more than 170 transactions valued in excess of $3.5 billion, Elion’s principals have successfully managed full-cycle investments across a variety of asset types, including industrial, office, retail, multifamily and mixed-use properties.

For further information, visit http://www.elionpartners.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
Jessica.Canfield@nordstrom.com

Gail D. Shore
Elion Partners/Kraus-Anderson
954-925-6102 direct, 612-770-4106 cell
gshore@winternet.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Starbucks barista from Indonesia Ryan Wibawa competes in the World Brewers Cup finals

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For two months, Ryan Wibawa practiced his coffee brewing and artistry skills every day after work for five hours. With passion for coffee and dedication to his craft, he earned the opportunity to compete in the World Brewers Cup finals.

“It was like a dream come true,” said Wibawa, a Starbucks barista from Indonesia.  I felt very humbled and honored to represent my country in an international competition. The experience was the best teacher.”

Wibawa was matched against 36 competitors from all over the world at the championships, which took place from June 23-25 in Dublin, Ireland. As part of the competition, he crafted three coffee beverages that were judged on aroma, flavor, taste, acidity, body and balance. Wibawa also had to impress the judges with his customer service skills.

“The competition was hard, but it was a great challenge for me,” he said. “No words can describe the feeling,” he said. “From every competition I gain something, new knowledge, new friends and new skills.”

Although a competitor from Japan took first place, Wibawa is proud to have ranked among the top 25.

Wibawa was first exposed to coffee when he joined Starbucks two years ago. He learned quickly and developed an enthusiasm for all things coffee, which led to being selected as his district’s coffee master in 2014. A year later, he won Starbucks Indonesia’s Barista Championships and ranked number one in the Indonesian Brewers Cup Championship. In February 2016, he placed in the top three at the China and Asia Pacific (CAP) region’s Starbucks Barista Championships. His vast experience paved the way for competing in Dublin.

“Participating in a world competition definitely had a different feeling,” said Wibawa. “The competitors from all around the world had excellent coffee skills. It was a tough competition and a great learning experience.”

When Wibawa is not competing, he works at Indonesia’s first Starbucks Reserve store in Jakarta, where he delights customers with his coffee craft. He also shares his expertise by training other Starbucks partners at Indonesia’s third Starbucks Reserve location in Bandung.

“I am very lucky and grateful to have a very supportive family, friends and all Starbucks partners,” he said. “They gave me the strength to compete in the World Brewers Cup competition.”

Contact:

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

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Starbucks barista from Indonesia Ryan Wibawa competes in the World Brewers Cup finals

Starbucks barista from Indonesia Ryan Wibawa competes in the World Brewers Cup finals

Source: Starbucks


Macy’s, Inc. to report its second quarter 2016 sales and earnings on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is scheduled to report its second quarter 2016 sales and earnings before the opening of financial markets on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors that day at 10 a.m. ET. Macys, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-888-211-9951, passcode 1044180. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

Note that the second and third quarter announcement dates and conference call times are slightly different than in the past. Third quarter 2016 sales and earnings are now expected to be announced before the opening of financial markets on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2015 sales of $27.079 billion. The company operates about 870 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s inDubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Media
Jim Sluzewski
513-579-7764

Investors
Matt Stautberg
513-579-7780

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row to kick off the fashion frenzy live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Sep. 7

NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s is once again set to open the exclusive doors to New York Fashion Week for fans everywhere as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row makes the high-fashion runway accessible to all. On Wednesday, Sep. 7 at 7:30 p.m., live from the capital of American fashion, Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row will kick off the fashion frenzy live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in a runway spectacle mixing music, fashion and compassion. Featuring the fall season’s hottest looks, Fashion’s Front Row will highlight special presentations of collections by the nation’s best design talent and special performances from superstars Ariana Grande and Flo Rida, at an extraordinary benefit that brings the runway closer to fans.

“Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row will once again ignite the catwalk, giving fans the opportunity to experience Fashion Week like never before. With a high-fashion runway presentation of the fall season’s most coveted designs and marvelous music and dance performances, the elusive front row will be open for all to enjoy,” said Joseph Feczko, executive producer of Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row.

Hitting the runway will be sensational presentations of designs from Calvin Klein,I.N.C. International Concepts,Rachel Rachel Roy, Tallia,Tommy Hilfiger, William Rastand the world-exclusive debut of Betsey Johnson’s collection inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film,TROLLS, which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 4. The runway will also feature an exuberant presentation of Macy’s TROLLS children’s designs. Before the models hit the catwalk, their high-fashion beauty looks will be crafted and applied by the incredible artists of Lancôme, featuring the fall season’s must-have cosmetic palettes. Samsung, the global innovation leader in consumer electronics and mobile technology, is the event’s signature technology partner and will also showcase its fashionable line of smartwatches on the runway in a special presentation.

The glamorous spectacle would not be complete without amazing performances from the hottest acts in music. Set to ignite the stage with her smash hits, international pop sensation Ariana Grande will perform a selection of her chart topping songs. A multi-platinum superstar, Grande’s music has ruled the charts, airwaves and dance floors in countries all over the world. Her latest album, Dangerous Woman featuring the hit singles, “Dangerous Woman” and “Into You,” was released in late May to critical and commercial acclaim. Keeping the party at full blast, Flo Rida will also hit the stage pumping up the volume and the energy as he unleashes his monster hits on the audience. In just a few years, the Florida-born rapper has amassed an impressive slate of Top 10 hits, selling a remarkable 60 million singles worldwide; his most recent single, “My House,” is his latest No.1 smash.

Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row continues the company’s legacy of charitable giving. Macy’s is set to support the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation, Inc. and Ronald McDonald House New York, by contributing 100 percent of the purchase price, minus Ticketmaster and facility fees, of all tickets sold for the Sep. 7live show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets to Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row, priced at $55 and $80, will go on sale first via an exclusive American Express card pre-sale beginning on Monday, Aug. 1 and will be available at TICKETMASTER (ticketmaster.com or 866-858-0008) or in person at the Madison Square Garden Box Office. Ticketmaster orders are subject to service fees. All tickets include a $5 facility fee. Tickets for people with disabilities may be purchased through Ticketmaster, at the MSG Box Office or by calling MSG’s Disabled Services Department at (212) 465-6034.

Helping to kick-off New York Fashion Week in style, the experience does not end at the runway as fans across the country will have the opportunity to experience the front row magic via sensational in-store events and at home through a star-studded television special. Details of the in-store events and national broadcast will be announced soon.

For more information about Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row, please visit macys.com/Front Row, beginning on July 26.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

Contact:

Orlando Veras
646-429-7450
Orlando.Veras@macys.com

Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
Julie.StriderFukami@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

 

CVS Health Foundation and American Academy of Pediatrics to improve counseling on tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation today announced a new grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help improve counseling by all pediatric health care providers around tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke. The program will provide clinicians with the messages, tools and counseling protocols needed to screen for secondhand smoke exposure and better prepare them to speak with parents and families about the importance of reducing tobacco use.

While the rate of smoking among adults and youth are at all-time lows in the U.S., the ultimate goal of controlling tobacco consumption as the biggest preventable cause of disease and death requires incremental progress on many fronts, including preventing exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 41 percent of children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to second hand smoke, which even at brief levels can be harmful to a person’s health.

Pursuing a further reduction in tobacco use and nicotine addiction among young people and increasing access to smoke-free environments continues to be a priority for many Americans, as evidenced by the results of a new CVS Health/Morning Consult poll. According to the national survey of 2,001 U.S. registered voters, 86 percent feel it’s important to reduce youth smoking rates. Thirty-seven percent of all respondents say they are so concerned with exposure to secondhand smoke they exclusively seek out smoke-free locations when they leave their homes.

“With an alarming number of children still being exposed to secondhand smoke every day, working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help educate physicians and parents and help curb exposure is an important step in our efforts to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re honored to be working with this respected organization that has demonstrated success in helping to increase education and awareness around the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

To help address these alarming trends and reduce the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure, the AAP will hold two in-person training sessions in 2016 for pediatricians and other child health clinicians, who act as the primary source of medical information for parents. A $110,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation to AAP will cover the costs of the meetings, which will feature content produced by the AAP.

Each session will help health care professionals implement proven, easy-to-use ways to better counsel parents on the importance of quitting smoking and the use of other tobacco products and how to ensure all places where children spend time are smoke-and tobacco-free. In addition to access to in-person training sessions, participants will also be provided with easy-to-use tools, such as online resources and other content.

“Most parents who smoke know that secondhand smoke is harmful to children and other nonsmokers,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to equipping pediatricians with the tools they need to educate parents and help families reduce children’s exposure to second hand smoke across the country. This grant through the CVS Health Foundation will help us bring our evidence-based guidance to more physicians in high-impact training sessions.”

The grant to the AAP is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s $50 million, five-year initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. The initiative, announced in March 2016, includes education, tobacco-control advocacy and healthy behavior programming.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP.

For more information, visit www.aap.org and www.healthychildren.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds. For more information on our Julius B. Richmond center which is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke, visit http://www2.aap.org/richmondcenter/.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

CONTACT:

Mary Alfieri
401-770-9811
mary.alfieri@cvscaremark.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health Research Institute study reveals that medication reconciliation programs reduced risk of hospital readmission by 50 percent

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new study from the CVS Health Research Institute found that medication reconciliation programs, in which pharmacists review patients’ medication regimens and provide adherence counseling during the patient’s transition from hospital to home, reduced risk of hospital readmission by 50 percent and helped avoid unnecessary health care costs. The research, published today in the July issue of Health Affairs, is the first to evaluate the impact of an insurer-supported medication reconciliation program on clinical outcomes and health care spending.

“After leaving the hospital people are especially vulnerable and are often dealing with complex and changing care regimens, which can result in high rates of medication non-adherence and increased risk for costly and unnecessary readmissions,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “In fact, adverse drug events, often attributable to medication non-adherence, are associated with the majority of hospital readmissions. This research shows that programs that provide patients with additional support from a pharmacist can help improve health outcomes and save payers and patients money.”

The study analyzed hospital readmissions of more than 260 members of a national health plan who were hospitalized over a five-month period. Researchers compared readmission rates for patients enrolled in a medication reconciliation program upon hospital discharge to a control group of members who received no additional support following their initial hospital stay. Those enrolled in the program received an initial in-home or telephonic consultation based on their readmission risk and were also offered ongoing telephonic support for the first 30 days following discharge. During the initial consultations, pharmacists compared members’ pre- and post- hospitalization medication regimens; identified discrepancies, redundancies and safety concerns; and provided education and support regarding medication use and adherence. The researchers found that risk of hospital readmission at 30 days was reduced by 50 percent, reducing overall risk of hospital readmission from 22 percent to 11 percent for those in the medication reconciliation program. Additionally, the health plan saved $2 for every $1 spent on the program, resulting in a total savings of more than $1300 per member.

“The research found that the positive effects of the pharmacist consultation on reducing readmission rates and costs were similar whether the consultation was conducted via an in-home visit from a pharmacist or over the telephone when the intensity of the intervention was tailored to members’ risk,” added Dr. Brennan. “These results demonstrate that there is an opportunity for payers to consider adopting programs that provide pharmacist support and counseling by phone as a cost-efficient way to help improve medication adherence and health outcomes for their vulnerable populations.”

An estimated one in seven patients discharged from a hospital is readmitted within 30 days, and readmissions are associated with more than $41 billion in additional health care costs per year. In addition, evidence suggests that approximately 66 percent of hospital readmissions are the result of adverse health events related to medication non-adherence. Historically, health insurers have had little control over direct efforts to reduce hospital readmission rates for their members. When available, these kinds of programs are largely run by hospitals and outpatient providers and their impact has not been broadly evaluated.

The CVS Health Research Institute is focused on contributing to the body of scientific knowledge related to pharmacy and health care through research collaborations with external academic institutions, participation in federally-funded research, analysis and sharing of CVS Health data sources and coordination of pilot programs and initiatives. CVS Health Research Institute findings support a continuous quality improvement environment, which encourages product innovation and development to benefit CVS Health patients, clients and their members.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Christine Cramer
CVS Health
(401) 770-3317
christine.cramer@cvshealth.com

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

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CVS Health Research Institute study reveals that medication reconciliation programs reduced risk of hospital readmission by 50 percent
CVS Health Research Institute study reveals that medication reconciliation programs reduced risk of hospital readmission by 50 percent

SOURCE: CVS Health

MinuteClinic adds new travel-related services and immunizations

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help patients prepare for a safe and healthy travel season this summer and beyond, MinuteClinic, the walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores nationwide, has added several new travel-related services and immunizations.

“Whether attending the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, performing humanitarian service in a developing country, preparing for a semester abroad, or simply enjoying a tropical beach vacation, international travelers should consider the health risks of the destination they are visiting and the preventive measures available to avoid harmful illness and disease,” said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC,MinuteClinic’s Chief Nurse Practitioner. “Our new suite of travel-related health services assists families and individual travelers as they make plans for overseas trips.”

Patients can now see a MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant for a pre-travel risk assessment in advance of their trip and receive an individualized plan for prevention and treatment specific to the country they are visiting. Educational information is provided on health risks, disease outbreaks, recommended vaccines and preventive measures, including the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can provide guidance on prescribed travel-specific medications, over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, food and water guidance and even mosquito bite prevention, if applicable.

Patients can also choose to visit MinuteClinic for individual travel vaccinations and prescriptions for preventive medications. MinuteClinic’s robust suite of travel health related services include:

  • Typhoid Vaccination: About 22 million cases of typhoid worldwide are reported annually according to the CDC. Vaccinations, both oral and injected, now offered at MinuteClinic, reduce the risk of disease by 50 to 80 percent. Typhoid can cause lasting fevers, weakness, stomach pains, headaches and other symptoms and can lead to internal bleeding and death in rare instances. The vaccine is available to patients older than 24 months in most states.
  • Malaria Prevention: Medications to prevent malaria infection, a potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquito bites, are now available at MinuteClinic. Practitioners will prescribe the most effective medication based on an assessment of the overseas destination, season of travel, duration and the patient’s access to medical care. Malaria occurs in many popular regions including Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the South Pacific.
  • Hepatitis A Vaccination: Travelers can reduce their risk of contracting hepatitis A, a liver disease spread by contaminated food and water, through a series of two vaccinations issued six months apart at all MinuteClinic locations. According to the CDC, Hepatitis A is among the most common vaccine-preventable infections acquired during travel. In the United States the most frequently identified risk factor for hepatitis A is international travel.
  • Motion Sickness Prevention: Nurse practitioners can provide customized treatment plans for patients, ages six and up, reporting a prior history of motion sickness. Treatment options include over-the-counter medication recommendations and prescriptions when appropriate. Motion sickness is most common among children, women and seniors.
  • Travelers’ Diarrhea Prevention and Treatment: MinuteClinic practitioners can provide medical advice on over-the-counter options to pack in the event of illness and can also provide treatment upon a patient’s return.

MinuteClinic is open seven days a week and with no appointment necessary. A new digital tool accessible via www.minuteclinic.com allows patients to view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations and hold a place in line from the convenience of their smartphone, computer or tablet.

Many travel-related services at MinuteClinic, including pre-travel risk assessments and typhoid vaccinations, cannot be billed to insurance. Other services such as hepatitis A vaccinations and travelers’ diarrhea treatment, may be covered based on the individual patient’s insurance plan.

About MinuteClinic
MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 30 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.minuteclinic.com.

Contact:
Amy Lanctot
amy.lanctot@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: MinuteClinic

The National Grocers Association comments on the Senate passage of National GMO Disclosure Legislation

Arlington, VA, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Peter J. Larkin on the Senate passage of a bipartisan bill that creates a national labeling standard for all foods made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

“On behalf of the independent supermarket industry, NGA commends the U.S. Senate for passing this important legislation that creates a uniform federal standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. This legislation will help to ensure that the consumers our members serve on a daily basis have clear and consistent information on the food products that they purchase and consume nationwide. We were pleased to see the strong bipartisan support this bill received and strongly urge that the U.S. House bring this legislation to the floor for a vote next week.”

Media inquiries:
email communications@nationalgrocers.org

Source: NGA

Publix pilots delivery service with Instacart in select areas of Miami starting July 12

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning July 12, Publix will begin piloting a service with Instacart in select areas of Miami. Instacart is an e-commerce and delivery service that allows customers to place their grocery orders online and have their items delivered right to their doorsteps. Customers can place orders by visiting www.instacart.com/publix.

Instacart will receive, fulfill and deliver customers’ orders in the greater Miami area — servicing 37 ZIP codes from Hallandale Beach to South Miami. Customers can enter their ZIP code on the Instacart website to find out if the service is available where they live.

“We know this service is something our customers are interested in, and we’re excited to learn more as we move forward with this pilot,” said Kevin Murphy, Publix Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. “We chose Instacart because we believe the experience they provide aligns well with the needs of our company, associates and customers.”

Publix will work to better understand the opportunities this service provides the company’s customers and associates by starting with a pilot and evaluating the results prior to expanding the program.

“At Instacart, we want to connect our users with the highest caliber of retailers, and this collaboration with Publix exemplifies that commitment,” said Apoorva Mehta, Founder and CEO of Instacart. “Publix and Instacart share a common mission – to get premier quality food into the hands of as many people as possible. We are excited to bring our seamless online shopping and delivery experience to Publix customers and look forward to a deepening of our relationship.”

Items excluded from purchase at Publix through Instacart are alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, prescriptions and age-restricted items. Printed and digital coupons are not redeemable through Instacart at this time. All orders must be at least $10 and delivery fees may apply.

Contact:

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Source: Publix

Publix Super Markets Inc. declares quarterly dividend of 22.25 cents per share on its common stock

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets Inc. announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 22.25 cents per share on its common stock.

The dividend will be payable Aug. 1, 2016, either through direct deposit or mailed as a check to stockholders of record as of the close of business July 15, 2016.

Stockholders who would like to elect direct deposit of their dividends should visit the Stockholder Forms page and access the online Direct Deposit Authorization for Publix Stock Dividend Form. Stockholders should complete, print and sign the form as indicated, and then send the completed form, along with a voided check, to Publix Stockholder Services.

Contact:

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Source: Publix

Dollar General announces sales and exclusive offers throughout the month of July

Goodlettsville, Tennessee , 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General is matching July’s hot, summer temperatures with sizzling sales and specials throughout the store this month!  From summer entertaining items and back-to-school needs to everyday essentials, Dollar General stores and Dollar General online is offering exceptional value on all summer needs.

“Our focus is to help Dollar General shoppers stretch their summer budgets, so we are very excited to offer numerous sales this month,” said Jim Thorpe, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “With great offers, incredible savings, digital coupons and our exclusive Fast Way to Save™ campaign, there’s never been a better time to visit a local Dollar General store.”

Highlights of upcoming specials this month are below.  For additional savings, visit Dollar General’s website or the Dollar General mobile app to view each week’s circular.

Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupon Savings: July 17 through August 13
Available through Dollar General Digital Coupons, the Fast Way to Save™ program helps customers save even more in digital coupons savings and exclusive offers on summer favorites and items for those preparing students for back-to-school and back-to-campus time.  From July 17 through August 13, customers may save on products from General Mills®, Energizer®, Ziploc®, Clorox®, Kellogg’s®, Campbell’s®, Rubbermaid® and more. Fast Way to Save™ offers are only available through the Dollar General digital coupon program, can be combined with sale items so customers can save even more and may only been redeemed once during the promotional time frame.

To enroll or upload coupons through Dollar General Digital Coupons, customers may login to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General’s website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons, through the DG mobile app for Android and iPhone smartphones or by texting “JOIN” to 34898.*

Week of July 10:

  • July 12 through 14: 70 percent off select summer apparel (valid on yellow dot tags starting at $7).
  • Instant $3 savings with any qualifying $10 or more purchase of Colgate-Palmolive products.
  • Pepsi® or Mountain Dew® 2-liter assorted varieties: $1 each (California CRV or deposit where applicable)
  • Tide® Pods™ or Gain® Flings!™ 12-16 count: $1.95 final price with $3 DG digital coupon (Offers with like items cannot be combined.)
  • Back to school sales including the following. See the July 10 circular for more offers.
    • Several $0.50 items including Elmer’s® 4-ounce school glue, iMagine™ and Bic® writing utensils, Crayola® and iMagine™ coloring items, DG Office™ index dividers, Sharpie® Ultra Fine Point (one count) and more!
    • Assorted backpack styles starting at $3 each
    • Elmer’s® mini school glue stick (one count), Elmer’s® mini school glue bottle (one count) or iMagine™ crayons (24 count): Three for $1

Week of July 17:

  • Launch of Dollar General’s school supply digital and mobile coupon and online promotion code for $5 off any qualifying $20 purchase.
  • Clover Valley® 12-pack assorted cans: Three for $6 (must purchase three to get the discounted price)
  • Scott™ six Mega paper towel rolls, Bounty Basic™ six Big paper towel rolls, Cottonelle® 12 Big rolls of Clean Care or Comfort Care Bath Tissue, or Charmin® Basic® 12 rolls BONUS bath tissue big squeeze: $4.95 each
  • Tide® Pods™ 23-31 count or Gain® Flings!™ 31 count in assorted scents: $5.95 final price with $3 DG digital coupon.
  • Maxwell House® Wake Up Roast coffee in 30.65 ounce container: $5.95
  • Mountain Dew® Black Label 16 ounce: Buy one, get one free (Must purchase two to get the discounted price).
  • Three-day sale on July 21-23 with extra savings including
    • Pepsi® or Mountain Dew® six-pack or eight-pack bottles where available: Five for $10 (Must purchase five to get the discounted price; California CRV or deposit where applicable)
    • Lay’s® assorted varieties (9.75-10.5 ounce packages): Two for $4 (Must purchase two to get the discounted price).
    • Hefty® trash bags Ultra Strong Citrus Twist® 13 gallon/38-count: $5.95
    • Scott® Extra Soft bath tissue nine double rolls: $3.95
    • Assorted styles of beach towels: 50 percent off
    • Summer Apparel: Buy one, get one free (Equal or lesser value; Look for yellow and white dot on tag; Must purchase two to get the discounted price)
    • Swim and summer toys: Buy one, get one 50 percent off (Equal of lesser value; Must purchase two to get discounted price)

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

*Standard message and data rates may apply.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others . Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com

Source: Dollar General

Giant Food removes Gold Medal products from stores following recall by General Mills, Inc.

Landover, Md., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following a recall by General Mills, Inc., Giant Food, LLC announced it has removed from stores Gold Medal products that are potentially linked to an outbreak of E. coli 0121.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Gold Medal Wondra Quick Mixing Flour, 13.5 oz., UPC 1600018980 with Better if Used by Dates of 23FEB2017KC and 24FEB2017KC
  • Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, 2 lb., UPC 1600010710 with Better if Used by Dates of 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC through 14JUN2017KC
  • Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, 5 lb., UPC 1600010610 with Better if Used by Dates of 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC
  • Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour, 5 lb., UPC 1600019610 with Better if Used by Dates of 19MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 11JUN2017KC and 12 JUN2017KC

Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call General Mills at 1-800-230-8103. In addition, customers may call Giant Food Customer Service at 888-469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant Food website at www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food, LLC

Giant Food, LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant visit www.giantfood.com.

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Source: Giant food

Chick-fil-A®’s 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day event on July 12: customers invited to wear their spots and receive free entree

Chick-fil-A invites customers to wear their spots, eat free and celebrate 21 years of the ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ Cow Campaign

ATLANTA, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s time to break out the spots and cow bells for Chick-fil-A®’s 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day event on Tuesday, July 12. On that day, customers who show their spots will receive a free entree at Chick-fil-A’s more than 2,000 restaurants nationwide.

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 7:00 p.m. local time (check local store listings for individual store opening hours).

Customers can visit www.CowAppreciationDay.com to prepare for the occasion. Fans also can share pictures of their costumes on social media by using the hashtag #CowAppreciationDay. 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.

“Cow Appreciation Day is the one day where it’s okay to dress ‘udderly’ crazy and get rewarded for it,” said Jon Bridges, Chick-fil-A’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “The event also affords our guests the chance to explore our menu, whether they want to try some of our newer, healthier menu options, such as our Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Nuggets, or go with a classic favorite like our Original Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Nuggets.”

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.  Since the first billboard two decades ago, the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows have reached millions on television, radio, the internet and the occasional water tower to become one of America’s most popular advertising icons and a member of New York’s Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame.

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 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

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Chick-fil-A®’s 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day event on July 12: customers invited to wear their spots and receive free entree
Chick-fil-A®’s 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day event on July 12: customers invited to wear their spots and receive free entree

Source: Chick-fil-A, Inc.

 

Baskin-Robbins marks USO’s 75th anniversary with special donation program on National Ice Cream Day

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — July is National Ice Cream Month, our favorite month of the year at Baskin-Robbins, and this year marks the USO’s 75th anniversary. To honor this anniversary and our steadfast commitment to supporting our nation’s military, we’re excited to be holding a special nationwide donation program on National Ice Cream Day and offer our guests our new USO Patriot Pop flavor, which features cherry, lemon and blue raspberry-flavored ices.

National Ice Cream Day falls on Sunday, July 17, and this year Baskin-Robbins will donate 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. In addition, we’re asking everyone to take a moment out of their busy day to thank the more than 1.3 million active duty service members around the world.

Baskin-Robbins’ connection with the military began more than 70 years ago with our founders, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, who both served in the military during World War II. We’re proud to honor their legacy through our partnership with the USO and our incentive program for U.S. veterans seeking to open a Baskin-Robbins franchise in the U.S., where we waive the 20-year initial franchise fee of $25,000 on the first restaurant and offer reduced royalty rates for five years for qualified, honorably discharged military veterans looking to own their own ice cream shop.

Help us and the USO send 1 MILLION messages of support to our service members by visiting www.uso.org/baskin-robbins!

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

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Baskin-Robbins marks USO’s 75th anniversary with special donation program on National Ice Cream Day
Baskin-Robbins marks USO’s 75th anniversary with special donation program on National Ice Cream Day

Source: Baskin-Robbins

Cabela’s Incorporated to release second quarter 2016 financial results on Thursday, July 28, 2016

SIDNEY, Neb., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) announced today it is scheduled to release second quarter 2016 financial results before the market opens on Thursday, July 28, 2016. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 11:00 a.m. ET that same morning. The call will be hosted by Tommy Millner, Chief Executive Officer, Scott Williams, President, and Ralph Castner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

A webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.cabelas.com. To ensure access to the webcast, please visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary software. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website.

About Cabela’s Incorporated

Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela’s growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB.”

Contacts:

Investors:
Cabela’s Incorporated
Andrew Weingardt
308-255-2905

Media:
Cabela’s Incorporated
308-255-1204

Source: Cabela’s Incorporated

 

Kmart kicks off its “The Real Deal” event with big savings on watches and sunglasses

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kmart, home to the iconic Bluelight Special, is launching “The Real Deal,” a new event that gives shoppers exclusive savings on famous brand merchandise both in store and online. Kicking off the new initiative is a huge BLOWOUT on watches and sunglasses, including men’s and women’s luxury and designer brands at discounts as high as up to 80 percent off original ticketed prices.

“These BLOWOUT events continue to support Kmart’s commitment to offering shoppers unique deals at WOW prices,” says Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “We’re thrilled to bring the hottest brands and trendsetting styles to our members, without them having to pay full price to look amazing.”

From now through July 31, 2016, Kmart shoppers can find insane savings that include:

  • In Stores: Fashion brand bracelet, leather and sport style watches available in stores at up to 80 percent off original ticketed prices*
  • Online: Select from designer and luxury brand watches at up to 80 percent off original ticketed prices*, featuring popular silver, gold and rose gold tones, sleek and over-size watch faces, with some offering multiple band options
    • Find additional designer brand sunglasses online at up to 75 percent off original ticketed prices*, including classic, sporty and contemporary styles

The original ticketed prices for the items range from $49.00 to $999.00*. Don’t waste a minute, as supplies are limited and brands and styles vary by locations. Plus, to allow customers to buy with confidence, all watches come with the original factory warranty.

For more information on The Real Deal or to start shopping, visit http://www.kmart.com/realdeal, because when these items are gone, they’re gone, and you don’t want to miss out!

*Kmart purchased these items from a national retailer of watches and sunglasses these were the prices ticketed on the items. These may have been prices that were offered in past seasons or years or may be the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. While we believe these to be great deals, we cannot guarantee that the items were actually offered or sold for the prices shown. Excludes Casio, Armitron, Timex,Jaclyn Smith, Attention and Surface brand watches. Styles, brands and prices vary in-store and online.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 
Sara Weitz
Kmart
847-286-0774
Sara.Weitz@searshc.com

Andrea Abate
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-396-9700 (5528)
Andrea.Abate@zenogroup.com

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Kmart kicks off its "The Real Deal" event with big savings on watches and sunglasses
Kmart kicks off its “The Real Deal” event with big savings on watches and sunglasses

SOURCE: Kmart

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. to report its financial results for second quarter ended June 19, 2016 on July 28, 2016

COMMERCE, Calif., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, today announced that it will report its financial results for the second quarter ended June 19, 2016, on Thursday, July 28, 2016, after the close of market. David Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Richard Phegley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time the same day.

The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at www.smartandfinal-investor.com.

Smart & Final Stores Second Quarter 2016 Conference Call Details

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

Dial-In: 1-877-407-0784 (domestic), 1-201-689-8560 (international)

Conference ID: 13639710

A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, through Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial 1-877-870-5176 (domestic) or 1-858-384-5517 (international) and enter the replay pin number: 13639710. A replay of the webcast will also be available for 60 days upon completion of the conference call, accessible through the Investors section of Smart & Final’s website at www.smartandfinal-investor.com.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of June 19, 2016, the Company operated 306 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Laura Bainbridge / Andrew Greenebaum
Addo Communications
O: 310.829.5400
investors@smartandfinal.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@smartandfinal.com

SOURCE Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

 

Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced new and expanded sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020.

Kroger’s full list of 2020 sustainability goals is available online at http://sustainability.kroger.com/2020-goals.html, which includes:

  • Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment,
  • Achieving the EPA’s “zero waste” threshold of 90% in all facilities,
  • Optimizing 100% of corporate brand packaging, and
  • Transitioning toward a 100% cage-free egg supply chain.

“Our goal is to be a positive force for change in our communities and to drive sustainability and innovation across the supply chain,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We believe that our 2020 goals set the course for this important, ongoing journey.”

Kroger today also released its 10th annual sustainability report is now available online at http://sustainability.kroger.com.

“Our tenth annual sustainability report highlights our associates’ commitment to make a difference for our communities, our planet and each other,” said Mr. McMullen. “The report outlines Kroger’s growing focus on responsible sourcing and our progress in the fight against hunger, reducing our carbon footprint and moving toward “zero waste” in our stores and facilities.

About Kroger
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statements are indicated by the words “goal(s)” and “believe.”  Our ability to achieve our sustainability goals will be affected by our ability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated, our ability to generate expected operating results and the impact of regulatory changes. These forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

Contact:

Cincinnati/Dayton Division
(Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana)
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

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Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020
Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Walgreens Boots Alliance continues digital health leadership via Walgreens participation in PMI Cohort Program

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens, one of the largest drugstore chains in the USA and included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), will participate in the USA Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program through an initial $20 million grant awarded to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Walgreens will help support patient enrollment and participation in the program through its daily interactions with more than 8 million customers in stores, online and through its mobile app. The award will total almost $120 million over five years and is part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, one of the most ambitious medical research programs in the history of American medicine aimed at revolutionizing how researchers, providers and research participants work together to develop individualized care.

The PMI Cohort Program is a landmark longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more USA participants to improve the ability of preventing and treating disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics. Participants will share their health history and status, genomic and other biological information, and grant access to their clinical data from electronic health records. In addition, mobile health devices and apps will provide lifestyle data and environmental exposures in real time. The knowledge gained from the program is expected to extend successes of precision medicine in some cancers to many other diseases and also increase an individual’s chances of remaining healthy throughout life.

“As a trusted health care resource to the millions of customers and patients we see every day, Walgreens will help launch this important program that can lead to delivering the right treatments at the right time to help people live longer, happier and healthier lives,” said Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance Alex Gourlay. “Our participation is an example of how Walgreens Boots Alliance can contribute to public-private partnerships to pioneer precision medicine and other digital health advances.”

With this funding award, Walgreens will offer customers enrollment in the PMI Cohort Program at its stores, at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, online through Walgreens.com and through the Walgreens mobile app. For those who enroll, Walgreens also can schedule their initial appointment for the program.

“Walgreens and our other Walgreens Boots Alliance businesses have a long commitment to implementing innovative digital tools to improve the health and wellbeing of our customers we serve every day,” said Giovanni Monti, vice president and director of healthcare innovation for Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Our participation in the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program will help shape the future of pharmacy by developing more precise medications, also based on a person’s specific genetic code and other biological information and lifestyle, that can reduce side effects and drug interactions while increasing their effectiveness. In addition to delivering the PMI in Walgreens, we are keen to further engage internationally to support the pursuit of precision medicine.”

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and well being enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and well being retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

Contacts:

Media Relations 
USA
Alyssa Bronikowski
+1 847 315 8144

International
Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Argos research reveals Irish shoppers still favour quality in store experience

-Over a third (33%) of Irish consumers visit their high street/town centre frequently compared to 9.4% who frequently shop on tablet
– 2016 Irish consumers are bargain hunters and opportunistic – 63% love the thrill of finding a bargain
– It appears Irish mammies don’t know best with only 13% of people trusting their mother’s opinion when shopping
– Some of the top factors for Irish consumers when spending money include value for money and good customer service
– Two thirds of Irish homes contain an Argos catalogue

Milton Keynes , 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year marks the 20th anniversary of Argos in the Republic of Ireland. The Irish shopper first experienced the catalogue giant on 21 January, 1996 when stores opened at Mary Street and Nutgrove in Dublin and Cruises Street in Limerick. 4 more stores followed that year. Over the years, 34 additional Argos stores opened across the country – much to the delight of the Irish consumer. Argos’ journey in the Republic of Ireland began as a brand new shopping experience for the Irish consumer and in the last 20 years, the brand has become a leading retailer in the toys, technology and home/furniture categories.

According to independent research commissioned by Argos and released today, Irish shoppers remain traditional, favouring a quality in store experience. The idea of popping into stores on high street/town centre is still a preferred way to shop in Ireland, with over a third (33%) of people surveyed visiting regularly, compared to 9.4% who shop often on their personal tablet and 16% who shop regularly on their mobile phone.

Irish people are warming to the concept of digital shopping as their interest in ‘Check and Reserve’ and online reviews demonstrate. However, 88.3% of people will choose in store shopping services. This cohort quoted viewing products in real life and visiting the high street to socialise with friends as reasons why they continue to favour in store. Interestingly, reserving products online but completing the purchase in store was also important to this group. This combined with the presence of the Argos catalogue in two thirds of Irish homes details that traditional services remain number one with Irish shoppers.

When choosing where to spend their money, the top factors Irish consumers consider are:
– Good level of customer service in store
– Ability to view products in store
– Quick and convenient service
– Value for money
– Large selection of products on special offer

Whilst the Argos brand seems to be ticking all the boxes and is trusted by the Irish consumer, the research has revealed some interesting insights around Irish people’s trust in each other. When it comes to shopping, mum doesn’t always know best with only 13% stating that they would trust their mum to help them. Similarly, only 17% admit that impulse purchasing drives their shopping habits, again suggesting that Irish consumers may know exactly what they want!

Andy McClelland, Operations Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland said “Argos has been at the forefront of Irish retail for 20 years, serving and responding to the needs of the Irish consumer. The research we have revealed today details that we know the Irish consumer inside out and have done since our arrival here in 1996. We understand the Irish consumer’s desire to research their purchases well in advance and we champion their innate love of a bargain.

Our catalogues are still a favourite in Irish homes and in 2015, over 1 million Argos catalogues were sought by Irish consumers. It is also evident that our services such as Check and Reserve and Online Reviews are very important to the Irish consumer with over a third (37%) of those surveyed reading reviews online before making a purchase and similarly, close to three in ten people (29%) appreciate being able to reserve a product online before picking up in store.

It has been a pleasure for Argos to serve the Irish shopper for the last twenty years and grow to be a leader in the toys, technology and home and furniture categories here in Ireland. We look forward to continuing to innovate in response to their needs.”

The research has detailed that the Irish consumer in 2016 is a bargain hunter and opportunistic when they spend their money – 63% love the thrill of finding a bargain. Women appear to be the biggest bargain hunters, with 72% saying that they love the thrill of finding a bargain, compared to around half (53%) of Irish men.

When it comes to the increasingly popular Black Friday Sale phenomenon, men are leading the way. The research indicates that this calendar shopping day is much more popular with Irish men, 30% of men have bought tech from Argos in Black Friday sales in the last two years compared to just 20% of women. Over a third (37%) have bought products from Argos in the last two years on a Black Friday sale indicating that in-store offers still lead the way with Irish shoppers.

On average, people in Ireland own 15 products from Argos – including the home & furniture range as well as technology, garden, toys and sports & leisure detailing that Argos is still top of its game, 20 years on. This is unsurprising when we consider that Argos provides a product range of over 25,000 items.

Contact:

Argos:
t: 0845 120 4365
e: media.relations@argos.co.uk

Source: Argos

Lowe’s to donate $250,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in West Virginia

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — As recovery continues in West Virginia following devastating flooding, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $250,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities in West Virginia.

The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to those impacted by the historic flooding. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program at all 18 stores in West Virginia to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with all of the residents, including Lowe’s employees, who’ve been affected by the widespread flooding,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “As families begin the difficult recovery process, we’ll continue to partner with the Red Cross and do everything we can to help these communities begin to rebuild.”

Lowe’s has worked closely with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security to assist flood victims by shipping more than 30 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the affected area. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have been helping with relief efforts since the flooding, distributing free cleanup supplies in Clarksburg and Charleston, and teaming with the First Response Team of America to help homeowners clean up in White Sulphur Springs.

Nearly two-dozen people were killed by the flooding, which damaged or destroyed more than 1,200 homes. The Red Cross opened shelters across the state, and 700 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing relief. Volunteers have distributed more than 130,000 snacks and meals and 105,000 relief items to people in need.

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. In addition to donating online and at Lowe’s West Virginia stores, individuals can donate by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $26 million for disaster relief.

Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small. Gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live.

To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Contact:

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

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Lowe’s to donate $250,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in West Virginia
Lowe’s to donate $250,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in West Virginia

SOURCE: Lowe’s

British Land to sell seven storey building at 334-348 Oxford Street, London to a private investor for £400 million

LONDON, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land announces that it has exchanged contracts for the sale of 334-348 Oxford Street, London to a private investor for £400 million.

The asset is a seven storey building located near Bond Street Underground Station in London’s core West End shopping district. The building is let in its entirety to Debenhams until 2039.

In addition, British Land has exchanged on £99 million of further Retail disposals since 31 March 2016, including £79 million of superstores, 3.1% ahead of March valuations. These transactions bring total Retail disposals since the year end to £499 million.

Since the EU Referendum, British Land has exchanged 11 long term Retail leases totalling 50,000 sq ft and £2.1 million of rent on terms agreed prior to the Referendum. The leases are spread across our Regional and Local portfolios to a range of occupiers including Yo! Sushi, Nando’s, River Island, Pret A Manger, Byron and Waterstones. In aggregate these lettings are 4.7% ahead of March 2016 ERVs. A further 210,000 sq ft of Retail lettings are under offer

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive said:
“The disposal of Debenhams on Oxford Street reflects our strategic focus on multi-let assets within the Retail portfolio. British Land has entered this period of post-referendum uncertainty in a robust position. We have a strong, resilient business with a clear strategy. We have a modern portfolio which is well suited to current and future customer needs. The portfolio is 99% occupied with a wide range of quality occupiers on long leases. Our finances are strong with an LTV of 29.7%, proforma for exchanged disposals, and the group has no refinancing requirement for over four years. Our speculative development commitments are low at 4% of the portfolio and we have considerable flexibility in our development pipeline.”

British Land will announce its Q1 trading update on the 18 July 2016.

This release contains certain “forward-looking” statements reflecting, among other things, current views on our markets, activities and prospects. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances that may or may not occur and which may be beyond British Land’s ability to control or predict (such as changing political, economic or market circumstances).  Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from any outcomes or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of British Land speak only as of the date they are made and no representation or warranty is given in relation to them, including as to their completeness or accuracy or the basis on which they were prepared.  Except to the extent required by law, British Land does not undertake to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect any changes in British Land’s expectations with regard thereto or any changes in information, events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.Forward-Looking Statements

Notes to Editors:

About British Land – all figures as at last valuation date of 31 March 2016
We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London offices. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed, of £20.0 billion (of which British Land share is £14.6 billion) as valued at 31 March 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups. Our objective is to deliver long term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to finance these places effectively.

Retail assets account for 50% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of retail space across multi-lets, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 48% of our portfolio, is focused on London.  We have an attractive mix of high quality buildings in well managed environments and a pipeline of development projects which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our Offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 7.5 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

The remaining 2% of our portfolio is at Canada Water where we have a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline.

Our industry-leading sustainability strategy is a powerful tool to deliver lasting value for all our stakeholders. By supporting communities, improving environments and growing economies, we create Places People Prefer and enhance long term returns.

In April 2016 British Land received the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday honours. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and is given to companies which bring major economic, social and environmental benefits through their own business success.  It was awarded to British Land for continuous achievement in all these areas over the last five years.

For Information Contact
Investor Relations
Jonathan Rae, British Land 020 7467 2938
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Gordon Simpson, Finsbury 020 7251 3801
Guy Lamming, Finsbury

Source: British Land

Sonic Corp. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 10, 2016, with a payment date of August 19, 2016.

Future declaration of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to the final determination of the company’s Board of Directors.

About Sonic

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with Donors Choose.org, SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth.

To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

Contact:

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

Source: Sonic Corp.

RILA praised the House Appropriations Subcommittee vote prohibiting NLRB from enforcing several damaging rules

Arlington , VA,, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) praised the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for passing via voice vote its FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill. The appropriations bill as voted on contains specific provisions prohibiting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enforcing several damaging rulings like the micro-union, joint employer and ambush election rulings. The bill also blocks burdensome Department of Labor (DOL) regulations including the recently announced overtime rule. Jennifer Safavian, RILA’s executive vice president for government affairs issued the following statement.

“Retailers will continue to fight back against the onslaught of onerous rules and regulations that are being issued in rapid succession in the last year of the Obama Administration. We appreciate the House Appropriations Subcommittee taking the first step toward blocking implementation of these new rules, and hope that these provisions will be included in the final spending bills voted on by the full House. We also hope that the full committee will consider stripping funding for the enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new persuader rule, which was not part of the legislation passed today in subcommittee.”

“Retailers are hopeful that the Department of Labor’s overtime rule and a number of anti-business rulings from the NLRB can be stopped in the appropriations process, and we will continue to educate lawmakers on the impact these and other regulations will have on job-creators if they are not stopped.”

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications & Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Source: RILA

The Retail Industry Leaders Association welcomed the passage of two bills to support innovators

Arlington , VA, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today welcomed the passage of two bills from the House Financial Services Committee designed to help ensure businesses access to capital in the startup phase. Austen Jensen, RILA’s vice president, government affairs issued the following statement.

“By alleviating some of the financial challenges entrepreneurs face when trying to jump start their businesses, these bills provide a greater platform for innovation and promote increased investment in new technology. Particularly within the payments ecosystem, we look forward to seeing the industry disruptive technology that enters the marketplace as a result of these doors opening. We’re glad to see the House taking a proactive approach to these issues and look forward to working with them to move this legislation through Congress.”

The Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016 (H.R. 4854) and the Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) were approved by the Financial Services Committee in June and passed the House by bipartisan votes on July 5.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications & Advocacy
Phone: 703-600-2050
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Source: RILA

Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of 2016 according to NACS survey

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of the year as lower gas prices fueled more driving and Americans embraced the continued addition of fresh and healthy food options, according to a survey of convenience retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than two in three convenience retailers (70%) say that in-store sales in the first half of 2016 were higher than the same period last year. A majority (54%) also say that fuel sales were higher compared to the first half of 2015. Only 8% of retailers say that in-store sales were lower in the first half of 2016 compared to a year ago.

Retailers continue to add fresh items to their product mix: 43% say that they have added more fresh fruit or vegetables this year; 39% have added more packaged salads; and 30% have added more cut fruits and vegetables. Overall, 85% of retailers say they sell fresh fruit or vegetables, an 8-point increase over last year.

Retailers also are selling more prepared foods and see food service as a growth opportunity: 64% say that they are confident in their ability to compete with quick-service restaurants for customers.

Golden Pantry Food Stores (Watkinsville, GA) and Flash’s C-Store (Sheridan, WY) are among the many companies that say they are adding more prepared foods and fresh fruit and salads. Meanwhile, SpartanNash (Grand Rapids, MI), which operates Quick Stop convenience stores, is expanding its nuts and seeds, jerky and protein bar selections. Overall, 94% of retailers surveyed say they sell health bars and 92% sell nuts and trail mix.

“It’s not a matter of ‘if’ we are going to evolve; it’s a requirement,” said Dennis McCartney with Landhope Farms Corp. (Kennett Square, PA), which is investing in new foodservice equipment to add new items to its menu.

Meanwhile, bottled water sales continue to grow at convenience stores. Nearly half of all retailers (48%) say they have expanded their bottled water offerings and even more (59%) say they increased their nutraceuticals and enhanced water selections. Convenience stores sell an estimated 50% of all single-serve bottled water purchases in the United States.

As a result of strong sales and continued success selling new items, more than two in three convenience retailers (68%) say they are optimistic about their own business prospects and 63% are optimistic about the industry’s prospects. Sales this summer are expected to be strong because of “dry, hot weather and tourist traffic,” noted Rich Spresser with Pester Marketing (Denver, CO).

However, there are areas of concern. Retailer optimism over their own business prospects, while still strong, has dropped 20 points from the 83% who said they were optimistic a year ago.

The drop in optimism is led by bigger concerns about the economy. A minority of retailers (47%) now say they are optimistic about the overall U.S. economy, down from 61% a year ago. Retailers say they are apprehensive about regulations, especially those targeting wages, which could lead to higher direct store operating expenses.

Why the downward trend in overall optimism? The most common reason is summed up by Robin Gabriel with Shell Food Mart (Hinsdale, IL): “The election” and the overall negative political climate.

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their businesses, the industry and the economy as a whole. A total of 110 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,905 stores, participated in the June 2016 survey.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Contact:
(703) 684-3600 (phone)
(703) 836-4564 (fax)

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Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of 2016 according to NACS survey Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of 2016 according to NACS survey

Source: NACS

Gap Inc. reports of 2% increase in net sales for five-week period ended July 2, 2016 vs. the previous year

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that net sales for the five-week period ended July 2, 2016 increased 2 percent to $1.57 billion compared with net sales of $1.54 billion for the five-week period ended July 4, 2015.

“We are pleased to see better performance across the portfolio this month, partly driven by an improvement in June traffic trends, particularly at Old Navy,” said Sabrina Simmons, chief financial officer, Gap Inc.

June Comparable Sales Results

Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for June 2016 were up 2 percent versus a 1 percent decrease last year. Comparable sales by global brand for June 2016 were as follows:

  • Gap Global: negative 1 percent versus negative 5 percent last year
  • Banana Republic Global: negative 4 percent versus positive 1 percent last year
  • Old Navy Global: positive 5 percent versus positive 1 percent last year

Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on July 7, 2016 and available for replay until 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on July 15, 2016.

July Sales

The company will report July sales at 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, August 8, 2016.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2015 net sales were $15.8 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Contact:

Global Headquarters
San Francisco
2 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
650-952-4400

Source: Gap Inc.