La Fnac annonce l’ouverture d’un nouveau magasin franchisé au format de proximité à Pontivy

A Ivry, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — La Fnac poursuit son déploiement territorial et annonce l’ouverture d’un nouveau magasin franchisé au format de proximité à Pontivy. Ce magasin ouvrira ses
portes jeudi 21 juillet prochain dans la galerie commerçante d’Intermarché.

La Fnac Pontivy sera dirigée par André Trébouta, franchisé et David Weltz, directeur du magasin. Elles’étend sur une surface de vente de 600 m2 et regroupe 9 collaborateurs.
Les clients pourront retrouver les univers produits et services proposés par l’enseigne : livres, disques, son, DVD, vidéo, micro‐bureautique, gaming, téléphonie, photo et carterie – papeterie.
Les services de billetterie, les offres de cartes cadeaux et coffrets cadeaux seront également proposés aux clients.

Le magasin bénéficiera également de la politique d’adhésion de l’enseigne. Les clients auront la possibilité de souscrire la carte « adhérent Fnac » et de profiter ainsi de nombreux avantages. Ils rejoindront les 6 millions de personnes dans le monde bénéficiant de ce programme.

De plus, grâce à la stratégie multicanale déployée par l’enseigne, les futurs clients de la Fnac Pontivy auront accès aux 20 millions de produits disponibles sur Ils pourront se faire livrer, dans leur magasin ou à leur domicile, un produit commandé en ligne.

Cette nouvelle ouverture renforce la stratégie d’expansion de la Fnac dans les villes petites et moyennes, là où elle n’était pas présente jusqu’alors. Le magasin de Pontivy constitue la 19ème ouverture au format de proximité en France.

*Horaires et adresse de la Fnac Pontivy
Ouverture du lundi au samedi de 9h00 à 20h00.

2 avenue des citées unies
56300 Pontivy

01 55 21 54 46

01 55 21 59 25

Kroger associates working at 93 stores in its Nashville division ratified new labor agreement with Local 1995

NASHVILLE, Tenn., 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that associates working at 93 stores in the company’s Nashville division have ratified a new labor agreement with Local 1995.

The agreement covers 12,000 associates working in Middle and East Tennessee, North Alabama and South Kentucky.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides wage increases, affordable health care and ongoing investment in our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Zane Day, president of Kroger’s Nashville division. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and the union bargaining committees. I appreciate our associates for supporting the agreement and for the excellent service they provide our customers every day.”

Kroger’s Nashville division includes 93 stores in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

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.


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SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Retailer Argos to become the headline partner of this year’s National Fitness Day across the UK

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s National Fitness Day, the biggest annual celebration of fitness and physical activity across the UK, will see leading retailer Argos become the headline partner.

The event which takes place for the third time on Wednesday 7th September, co-inciding with the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, is run by ukactive – the leading not for profit health body with the aim of championing the fun and enjoyment that physical activity can bring to all the family.

In 2015, 12,000 people took part in over 2,000 events organised across the country. The new partnership with Argos provides a platform to reach new audiences with ranges of products that include sports, fitness, outdoor toys, healthy grills and juicers – all aiming to help their customers lead healthier lives, and will involve its 30,000 colleagues across 800+ stores

ukactive works alongside its 3,500 members drawn from the public, private, and third sector to achieve its shared ambition of a more active nation. Increasingly, well known consumer brands – such as Argos – have been using physical activity and fitness to engage with both their consumers and their workforce.

This year’s event coincides with the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games which will be attended by cross-party peer and ukactive Chair, Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, ukactive Chair said:

“Partnering with a nationally recognised brand such as Argos is a fantastic opportunity to promote the physical activity agenda and provide a platform to take up exercise for an unprecedented number of people across the UK.

National Fitness Day is a powerful tool to raise the profile of physical activity and the role it plays in increasing the health of our nation. By engaging people across the country we can help provide a pathway into continued involvement in physical activity.”

Argos’s involvement comes at a time when they are focussing on promoting the fun of fitness for all the family as part of their wider Healthy Living campaign.

Stephen Vowles, Marketing Director, Argos said:

“Argos is committed to helping customers achieve their well-being goals, and we are encouraged by their increasing desire to be more active, eat and feel healthier, as the demand for products like Fitbit has taken off. Through our sponsorship of National Fitness Day we want to encourage people to realise the benefits of doing a little bit more every day – walking in the park, cycling, taking an exercise class – and we will be encouraging our 30,000 colleagues across 800 plus stores to do the same.”

National Fitness Day will continue to promote and allow people to engage in physical activity on the day through free gym passes, exercise classes, outdoor events, taster sessions and a host of physical activities from health and fitness operators around the country.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport, said:

“With lots of taster sessions and free events, National Fitness Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage greater participation in physical activity, in line with our sports strategy.

“It’s great that ukactive is partnering with the private sector and that Argos will be helping to spread the message across the country to both consumers and their own workforce.

“Sport and physical activity can have a really positive impact on people’s lives, improving both physical and mental health – I hope as many people as possible get involved on the day.”

Further details around National Fitness Day and information on how to sign-up to deliver events can be found here:

Notes to editors

For more information about ukactive or to arrange an interview, please contact Stan Jackson (ukactive) on 077 477 18279 or email to: or Jon Dale (Argos) on 07889 746297 or

About ukactive

ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit body for physical activity, working with over 4,000 members and stakeholders across the UK. We champion the fun, enjoyment and benefits of being active. As an organisation, ukactive facilitates big impact partnerships across the public and private sector, supporting partners in delivering their goals around physical activity. We grow and stimulate the value of physical activity to society as a whole – alongside specific sub-sectors where we have developed significant stakeholder relationships inc. social, political, economic, health, consumer, and financial.

ukactive also provides leading research and evaluation, insight and thought leadership, strategic project and stakeholder management, campaigning and promoting best practice for its partners.

About Argos

Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

About National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day, 7th September 2016, will once again be the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, facilitated by ukactive and previously, the énergie Group, who are the largest and fastest growing fitness franchise company in the UK, and who founded National Fitness Day back in 2011.  Realising that this is an event that would benefit with participation from the whole sector, énergie graciously ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to UK Active in 2014.  We would like to publicly thank énergie for this and are proud to now be growing the event year on year.

Just as last year, our aim to establish National Fitness Day as the most active day of the year hasn’t changed. We welcome thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, gyms and uk active members who will be opening their doors to welcome you for a free half hour session in your area.

We know the benefit regular exercise delivers including a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why we started National Fitness Day.

Research shows if you exercise in company (with friends) you are more likely to stick at it; the social atmosphere creates a positive environment which importantly helps us to have fun.


t: 0845 120 4365


Retailer Argos to become the headline partner of this year's National Fitness Day across the UK
Retailer Argos to become the headline partner of this year’s National Fitness Day across the UK

Source: Argos

Kohl’s announced its newest Kohl’s Cares(r) collection; available now through September

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced the newest Kohl’s Cares collection featuring hardcover books and soft toys of the beloved children’s classic, Clifford The Big Red Dog™, available now through September. The charming stories of the larger-than-life canine focus on kindness and send a positive message to young readers. Parents can also feel good about purchasing the pieces that are priced at only $5 each with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

“The Kohl’s Cares collection allows our customers to make a difference in communities across the country, while inspiring a child’s love of reading,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “Parents will remember Clifford The Big Red Dog from their own childhood, and these books and toys provide families the opportunity to create new memories together.”

The new Kohl’s Cares collection has something for everyone to enjoy! Help young minds ease into the school year with Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and learn how Emily Elizabeth overcame her first day fears. Readers wanting to learn more about the United States do not have to travel far. The Scrambled States of America provides an entertaining lesson about all 50 states. Children love heading back to school with a bright new backpack in hand and the Clifford backpack featuring an illustration of the smiling pup is sure to brighten any school day. The collection is available on and at Kohl’s stores nationwide.

Books and soft toys featured in the Kohl’s Cares back-to-school collection include:

• Clifford’s ABC book, Clifford Takes a Trip book and Clifford soft toy
• Clifford Goes to Kindergarten book and Emily Elizabeth soft toy
• Clifford and the Missing Beach Ball book, T-Bone soft toy and Cleo soft toy
• The Scrambled States of America book
• Clifford Backpack
• Crayola kit

To date, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.

For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

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1916-2016: Acqua di Parma to celebrate a century of Italian lifestyle, elegance, and master craftsmanship

Paris, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the last hundred years, Acqua di Parma has been creating fragrances and beauty products with age-old savoir-faire. This year the House is celebrating a century of Italian lifestyle, elegance, and master craftsmanship.

Since its beginnings in 1916, Acqua di Parma has called upon the most meticulous handcrafted excellence. All its products are crafted in small Italian ateliers, whose secrets and expertise have been passed down from generation to generation. Acqua di Parma artisans use rare essences, waxes, leathers, wood and refined metals to created fragrances, scented candles and sophisticated leather accessories.

To celebrate its first century of existence, Acqua di Parma naturally chose the city of Parma. This is where the House first came to life in 1916, in a small laboratory in the old village. Parma’s building facades inspired Acqua di Parma’s signature yellow color, and the town’s shield appears on the labels applied by hand on each product. To honor the intimate ties between the brand and the city, and its commitment to Italian art and culture, Acqua di Parma is celebrating its centennial via a rich artistic and cultural program.

Architecture, artworks, musical and theatrical venues were lit up for the festivities that animated the city in late May. Events and activities included a journey to the heart of craftsmanship in the workshops of the city, a stage performance at the Teatro Regio featuring the star dancer Roberto Bolle, and theater and lyrical performances at the Teatro Farnese to accompany the presentation of the book Essere Parma. Released by Acqua di Parma on the occasion of its anniversary, the book celebrates the atmosphere of Parma, with photos by world-renowned photographer Giovanni Gastel and text by the writer Antonella Boralevi.

Acqua di Parma also marked the hundred-year anniversary of Colonia, the first Italian cologne and a symbol of Italian elegance. While the formula of the iconic fragrance has remained unchanged for a century, its case has been revisited for the occasion. Colonia Centenary Edition is a limited edition designed by the Italian haute jewelry brand Damiano to evoke a stunning jewel. The House has crafted only one hundred examples of this exclusive design, reflecting one hundred years of savoir-faire that resonate with Acqua di Parma’s reputation today.


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1916-2016: Acqua di Parma to celebrate a century of Italian lifestyle, elegance, and master craftsmanship
1916-2016: Acqua di Parma to celebrate a century of Italian lifestyle, elegance, and master craftsmanship

Source: LVMH

Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc.: recall of 44,850 pounds of raw intact and heat treated not ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc., a Lake City, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 44,850 pounds of raw intact and heat treated, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products that may be adulterated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The not ready-to-eat meat and poultry hors d’oeuvres items were produced on various dates between Dec. 8, 2015, and Jan. 15, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF only)]

  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Uncooked Chicken Breast Strip Fritter with Pecan Coating” with case code 2005 and packaging date code PM16A14.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Chicken Gyoza Potstickers” with case code 3625 and packaging date code PM16A13.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Chicken Wonton” with case code 370 and packaging date code PM15M23.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Cuban Style Frank in a Blanket” with case code 179037 and packaging date code PM15M22.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Beef and Vegetables Topped with Mashed Potatoes” with case code 7055 and packaging date code PM15M16.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Uncooked Mini Chicken Breast Meat and Ham Fritter with Cheese” with case code 713 and packaging date code PM15M18 or PM15M11.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Beef Pastelitos” with case code 7159 and packaging date code PM16A12 or PM16A14.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Beef, Cheese and Vegetables in Pastry” with case code 715 and packaging date code PM15M17 or PM15M11.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Latin Inspired Chicken and Cheese in Pastry” with case code 7172 and packaging date code PM16A15.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Latin-Style Chicken & Cheese Turnover” with case code 717 and packaging date code PM15M12, PM15M17, PM15M23, PM16A13, PM15M09, PM15M21or PM16A14.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Beef Tenderloin, Mushroom Duxelle, and Sherry in Puff Pastry” with case code 725 and packaging date code PM15M15 or PM15M16.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Beef Tenderloin, Mushroom Duxelle, and Sherry in Puff Pastry” with case code 725 and packaging date code PM15M08 or PM15M09.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Petite Beef Tenderloin, Mushroom Duxelle, and Sherry in Puff Pastry” with case code 7261 and packaging date code PM15M15.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Chicken Quesadilla” with case code 765 and packaging date code PM15M11.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Southwest Style Burrito” with case code 784 and packaging date code PM15M09.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Chicken Marsala Mushroom Tart” with case code 7273 and packaging date code PM16A14.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Petite Uncooked White Chicken Meat & Mushroom Duxelle In Puff Pastry” with case code 7279 and packaging date code PM16A13.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Uncooked White Chicken Meat and Mushroom Duxelle In Puff Pastry” with case code 727 and packaging date code PM16A14.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Eggs, Cheese and Bacon Crescent” with case code 7893 and packaging date code PM15M17.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Mini Tart with Pizza Sauce, Cheese and Sausage” with case code 7951 and packaging date code PM15M09.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Uncooked Coconut Chicken” with case code 805 and packaging date code PM16A14.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Uncooked Sesame Chicken” with case code 810 and packaging date code PM16A15.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Pad Thai Style Springroll” with case code 8630 and packaging date code PM15M10 or PM15M11.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Buffalo Style White Chicken Springroll” with case code 8639 and packaging date code PM15M10, PM15M16, PM15M18 or PM15M22.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Cashew Chicken Springroll” with case code 863 and packaging date code PM15M22.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Pepperoni, Cheese and Vegetables In Dough” with case code 885 and packaging date code PM16A15.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 100 pieces of “Chorizo, Cheese and Beans Wrapped In Dough” with case code 886 and packaging date code PM15M11 or PM16A15.
  • Boxed plastic tray packages containing 200 pieces of “Philly Brand Cheese Steak Springroll” with case code 7280 and packaging date code PM15M09.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. 6640” or “P-6640” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to hotel, restaurant, and institutional locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when a supplier notified Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc. that flour sold to the establishment was recalled by General Mills due to possible association with a multi-state Escherichia coli O121 illness outbreak. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc. products.

General Mills’ recall can be found at:

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O121 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O121 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is uncommon with STEC O121 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

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

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

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume not ready-to-eat meat and poultry product that has been cooked to a temperature of 165° F. The only way to confirm that not ready-to-eat meat and poultry product is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature,

Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Diane Davila, HR Director, at (404) 361-6283 ext. 1215. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jonathan Herrera, Marketing and Sales Director, at (404) 361-6283 ext. 1245.

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

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.
– Fish: 145°F
– Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
– Ground meat: 160°F
– Poultry: 165°F
– Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.


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


Congressional and Public Affairs
Kristen Booze
(202) 720-9113


Source: USDA

John Lewis plans to grow its own brand Home business to £1bn of annual revenue by 2020

London, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced its ambition to grow its own brand Home business to £1bn of annual revenue by 2020. In addition to this, the retailer plans to continue to expand its exclusive relationships with external brands.

The department store, famous for its home collections, plans to build on its success by placing design credentials and quality firmly at the heart of its growth plans. Key to this is the introduction of its new Design Project collection this Autumn, a 250 piece collection designed in-house that will focus on beautiful and thoughtful design, targeted at customers looking to introduce progressive contemporary pieces into their home.

The retailer will also continue to build its existing own brands – including House, which is focused on meeting the needs of ‘generation rent’, and Croft, drawing upon timeless designs using natural luxurious materials.

John Lewis has also recently launched a string of exclusive collaborations with external brands, including Loaf and West Elm, and dining chain Leon. The Loaf collection will include five exclusively designed pieces available in 22 fabrics.  John Lewis is also the only stockist of West Elm, another key external partner, outside of its own shops – with the brand soon to be rolled out to a total of nine branches.

The retailer also offers an extensive range of home services, allowing customers to personalize and design every room in their home to suit their individual needs with the help of expert John Lewis Partners. Services include Home Design consultation, Any Sofa Any Fabric, in which sofa models can be brought to life in hundreds of different fabric combinations, fitted furniture, custom made window dressings and many more.

John Lewis recently invested £14m in its flagship Oxford Street Home department, and has opened new ‘Home Hub’ departments at its new branches in Horsham, Basingstoke and Birmingham – a dedicated area bringing together all of John Lewis’ home services. New shops opening in Chelmsford and Leeds this year will also contain a Home Hub.

Christine Kasoulis, Buying Director for Home at John Lewis, said: ‘£1bn sales from our own brand will be a landmark milestone for John Lewis, and it’s a reflection of our belief in our John Lewis design credentials and assortment. I’m passionate about the products our in-house design team are creating, and this ambition will be led by our latest collection, Design Project. It’s a visually arresting collection with items which are thoughtfully designed and made from the best materials.’

John Lewis home products are also seeing success on a global scale through the development of John Lewis shop-in-shops with our international retail partners, the latest of which is Arnotts in Ireland.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology, and was named ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customers Satisfaction awards. stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:

General enquires:

For further information please contact:

Emma Cole
Communications Officer Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 798 3829

Source: John Lewis

Nicht deklariertem Sulfit: Coop ruft Naturaplan Bio Apfelringe zurück

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Betroffen sind die Coop Naturaplan Bio Apfelringe 150g. Bei einer Analyse wurden geringe Mengen von nicht deklariertem Sulfit festgestellt, welches in seltenen Fällen bei sensiblen Personen zu Unverträglichkeitsreaktionen führen kann. Damit entspricht das Produkt nicht mehr den hohen Qualitätsansprüchen von Coop. Kunden, welche dieses Produkt bei sich zu Hause haben und sensibel auf Sulfit reagieren, sind gebeten, dieses nicht zu konsumieren und in ihre Verkaufsstelle zurückzubringen. Der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet.

Betroffen ist der Artikel Coop Naturaplan Bio Apfelringe 150g, Artikelnummer 4.022.710, Preis 7.95 CHF. Bei diesem Produkt wurden geringe Mengen von nicht deklariertem Sulfit festgestellt. Aus diesem Grund zieht Coop die betroffenen Produkte sofort aus dem Verkauf zurück.

Die betroffene Ware ist nicht mehr im Verkauf
Betroffene Verkaufsstellen: Coop-Supermärkte, Coop-City-Warenhäuser, Coop@home.

In sämtlichen Verkaufsstellen wurde der Verkauf des Artikels eingestellt. Die Kundschaft wird gebeten, den betroffenen Artikel nicht zu konsumieren, sofern eine Unverträglichkeit auf Sulfite besteht. Die Ware kann in die Verkaufsstellen zurückgebracht werden, der Verkaufspreis wird zurückerstattet.

Weitere Informationen
Für weitere Auskünfte können sich die Kundinnen und Kunden an den Coop Konsumentendienst wenden unter der Tel. Nr. 0848 888 444.

Die Kantonale Vollzugsbehörde und das Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen (BLV) wurden von Coop informiert.


Urs Meier, Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander, Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Nadja Ruch, Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87


Nicht deklariertem Sulfit: Coop ruft Naturaplan Bio Apfelringe zurück
Nicht deklariertem Sulfit: Coop ruft Naturaplan Bio Apfelringe zurück

Source: Coop

Empire Company’s President & CEO Marc Poulin to leave

Stellarton, NS, Country, 2016-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Boards of Directors of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A) and Sobeys Inc. have announced that President & CEO Marc Poulin has left the companies effective immediately.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Marc for his efforts and leadership as CEO over the past four years and, prior to that, for the important role he played in developing our Quebec business,” said Rob Dexter, Chair of Empire Company Limited.

François Vimard, Empire’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, has been appointed Interim President & CEO as the company initiates an orderly succession process to identify a permanent leader. Mr. Vimard will also replace Mr. Poulin on the Empire Board of Directors.   “The Board of Directors is unanimous in its support of François Vimard’s leadership as we undertake this succession process,” said Mr. Dexter.

“Despite the significant challenges we have faced over the past year, the Board is confident the company is pursuing the right strategy,” he continued. “It is our clear expectation that François and his strong and experienced leadership team will prioritize and advance the most critical elements of the company’s strategy to ensure we meet the needs and expectations of our customers and see the return of long-term profitable growth for the company.”

A Chartered Professional Accountant, Mr. Vimard brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of Empire and Sobeys to his new position. He has more than 30 years of experience in the food retailing business, joining Sobeys in1995.

Clinton Keay, Empire’s Executive Vice President of Finance will assume the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Keay is a Chartered Professional Accountant who joined Sobeys in 1989 and held a number of progressively senior finance roles before being appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer in 2002 and Executive Vice President of Finance for Empire in 2014.

Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing and related real estate. With $24.6 billion in sales and $9.1 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 125,000 people.

Additional financial information relating to Empire, including the Company’s Annual Information Form, can be found on the Company’s website at or on SEDAR at

For more information please contact:
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Source: Sobey’s