Leading New York design house Coach, Inc. appoints Wendy Kahn CEO and Brand President of Stuart Weitzman

NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) (SEHK:6388), a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, today announced the appointment of Wendy Kahn, as Chief Executive Officer and Brand President – Stuart Weitzman, effective September 13, 2016. Ms. Kahn will succeed Wayne Kulkin, the brand’s current Chief Executive Officer, who will become a consultant to Coach, Inc.

Ms. Kahn joins Coach, Inc. from Valentino Fashion Group, S.P.A., where she currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer – Valentino, USA and V.F.G., USA & Canada, with full functional oversight of this subsidiary across all channels and areas of the businesses. Previously, Ms. Kahn served as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Retail for Valentino from 2006-2008. Prior to joining Valentino, from 1996-2006, Ms. Kahn held progressively more senior leadership roles at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, at brands including Marc Jacobs, Celine and Pucci.

“Wendy’s success in developing global luxury brands and extensive general management experience make her the ideal candidate to lead Stuart Weitzman, building on the brand’s strong foundation,” said Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc. “She is highly regarded as a brand champion and for her ability to drive growth in both wholesale and retail channels and across categories including footwear, apparel and accessories.”

“Coach is an exceptional company and Stuart Weitzman is a brand I’ve long admired, fusing fashion and fit, with a unique positioning at the gateway to luxury. I look forward to contributing to its growth and partnering with the entire leadership team,” said Ms. Kahn.

Mr. Luis added, “I also want to take this opportunity to thank Wayne Kulkin, who, over the last 25 years, working closely with Executive Chairman, Stuart Weitzman created this leading American luxury designer footwear brand. We look forward to leveraging Wayne’s expertise as we develop our multi-brand opportunity in the growing global footwear category.”

Stuart Weitzman, Executive Chairman of the Stuart Weitzman brand said, “In Wendy, we have found a leader that respects our culture, understands luxury brands and offers us the leadership skills and management experience to enable us to realize our full potential.”

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com. In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com. Coach, Inc.’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach’s Hong Kong Depository Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depository Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depository Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “ahead,” “estimate,” “on track,” “on course,” “forward to,” “future,” “to lead,” “to provide,” “to delivering,” “to contributing,“ “partnering,” “leveraging,” “remains,” “to build,” “to drive,” “believe,” “to reinvigorate,” “to achieve,” “to enable,” “return to,” “to execute,” “are positioned to,” “continue,” “project,” “guidance,” “target,” “forecast,” “anticipated,” or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management’s current expectations, based upon risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs and successfully execute our transformation and operational efficiency initiatives and growth strategies and our ability to achieve intended benefits, cost savings and synergies from acquisitions, etc. Please refer to Coach’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a complete list of risks and important factors.

Contacts:

Analysts & Media:
Andrea Shaw Resnick
212-629-2618
Global Head Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
212-946-7252
Director, Investor Relations

Stuart Weitzman:
Karen Ferko
212/287-0671
Executive Vice President of Global Communications

Source: Coach, Inc.

Russian retail chain Lenta Ltd will release its consolidated sales and operating results for 2Q2016 on 21st July 2016

St-Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) (“Lenta”), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce it will release its consolidated sales and operating results for the second quarter of 2016 on 21st July 2016. Lenta will also host an Analyst and Investor Conference Call on the same day to discuss the results.

Conference call details:

Date: Thursday, 21st July 2016

Time: 17:00 (Moscow time), 15:00 (UK time), 10:00 (EST)

Speakers:
Jan Dunning, Chief Executive Officer
Jago Lemmens, Chief Financial Officer
Albert Avetikov, Director for Investor Relations

To participate in the conference call, please dial:

Russia
• +7 495 705 9450

UK
• +44 20 7136 2050 (local access)
• 0800 279 4841 (toll free)

USA
• +1 646 254 3360 (local access)
• 1 877 280 2296 (toll free)

Conference ID: 1022742 or quote the conference call title: “Lenta Ltd. 2Q 2016 Operational results”

The consolidated sales and operating results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2016 will be published at 10:00am Moscow time (08:00am UK time) and will be available at www.lentainvestor.com

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 147 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 922,865 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 6,000 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates six owned hypermarket distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 38,414 people as of 31 December 2015.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, all of whom are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business can be seen here.

Contact:

Lenta
Albert Avetikov,
Director for Investor Relations
+7 812 363 28 44
Albert.Avetikov@lenta.com

Citigate
International Media:
David Westover and Marina Zakharova
Тel: +44 207 282 2886
lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov and Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Chile: Cencosud S.A. Announces Pricing of Public Secondary Offering of its Common Stock by Inversiones Tano Limitada

Santiago, Chile, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cencosud S.A. (NYSE: CNCO, BCS: Cencosud) (“Cencosud” or the “Company”) announced today the pricing on July 14, 2016 of the previously announced public secondary offering, in which Inversiones Tano Limitada (the “Selling Shareholder”) offered 170,551,251 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing 6% of Cencosud’s total outstanding common stock, including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”). The price to the public is Ch$1,750.00 per share or U.S.$8.07 per ADS. Each ADS represents three shares of common stock of Cencosud. 14,905,977 shares were allocated in the United States and elsewhere outside of Chile in the form of ADSs (the “International Offering”) and 155,645,274 shares were allocated in Chile in the form of common stock (the “Chilean offering” and, together with the International Offering, the “Global Offering”).

The Global Offering is expected to close on or around July 19, 2016, subject to customary closing conditions. Cencosud will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares of common stock or the ADSs in the Global Offering. The Selling Shareholder is controlled by the Paulmann Family, who will continue to be the controlling shareholders of Cencosud following the Global Offering.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Credicorp Capital S.A. Corredores de Bolsa are acting as global coordinators in the Global Offering, with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acting as sole book-running manager in the International Offering and Credicorp Capital S.A. Corredores de Bolsa and J.P. Morgan Corredores de Bolsa SpA acting as Chilean placement agents in the Chilean Offering.

The International Offering was conducted pursuant to an effective registration statement that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on July 11, 2016. The final prospectus related to the International Offering, when available, can be found on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies of the final prospectus, when available, may be obtained by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Phone: 631-254-1735.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Cencosud S.A.
Cencosud is a leading multi-brand retailer in South America, headquartered in Chile and with operations in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. The Company operates in supermarkets, home improvement stores, shopping centers and department stores. In 2012, the company listed American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange.

Investor Relations Contact:
Marisol Fernández
+562 2959 0545
Mariasoledad.fernandez@cencosud.cl

Natalia Nacif
+562 2959 0368
Natalia.nacif@cencosud.cl

Valentina Klein
+562 2200 4395
Valentina.klein@cencosud.cl

Source:Cencosud

Outdoor retailer REI’s Outdoor School programs, classes and events will take place July 30-31

SEATTLE , 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As summer heats up everywhere, REI is holding is first-ever national free weekend of Outdoor School on July 30-31 to bring people together outside. Beginner to seasoned adventurers can rekindle their connections to nature by choosing from over 400 classes and events nationwide at no cost.

Many of Outdoor School’s most popular paid classes will be free for the weekend, including How to Ride a Bike, Learn to Stand-Up Paddle board and Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing. The co-op’s most iconic guided hikes at local destinations will also be free. Registration opens today at www.REI.com/freeweekend.

During July 30 and 31, REI Outdoor School will host more than 400 classes and events—from urban locations such as the HighLine in Manhattan to Devil’s Kitchen Trail at the Colorado National Monument—where thousands are expected to participate by brushing up on their skills, munching on free snacks, and playing outside for the weekend.

“At REI we believe in the transformative power of spending time outdoors with others, and we’re excited to offer a free national weekend of classes. REI Outdoor School makes it easy for people to get outside and have a fun, immersive experience on the water, in the forest, in the mountains or in their favorite park. I look forward to seeing our members and their friends outside this weekend,” said Tim Spangler, REI’s senior vice president of Retail.

REI Outdoor School is the co-op’s signature outdoor education programming available in the company’s 145 stores in 35 states. Last year, more than 254,000 people learned a new activity or advanced their skills through free and low-cost in-store classes, field programs and day outings for cycling, paddling, fitness, hiking, camping, climbing, snow sports, photography and wilderness medicine.

The national REI Outdoor School free weekend builds on a campaign REI launched earlier this summer called “United Outside,” which focuses on getting people together in the outdoors in Washington, D.C. Throughout summer and into fall, REI is holding 100 days of outdoor events across the nation’s capital. United Outside precedes the opening of REI’s fifth flagship store in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. this fall.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

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

 

Source: REI

FMI CEO Leslie G. Sarasin comments on U.S. House vote on GMO bill

ARLINGTON, VA , 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin who applauds the U.S. House of Representatives passage of legislation that would create a national standard for labeling foods with ingredients derived through biotechnology, thereby encouraging more transparency in the grocery aisles than ever before and enhancing U.S. shoppers’ ability to make informed choices with consistent, comprehensive information. Sarasin said:

“Today, the House of Representatives agreed that a national labeling standard is critical to U.S. grocery shoppers’ desire to seek out consistent, accurate information regarding product ingredients. FMI’s consumer trends data indicate food retail customers are confident in the safety of the food they buy in their local supermarkets, but are also increasingly interested in the origins and ingredients of their food. This legislation avoids the consumer confusion and crippling limitations to interstate commerce that already are erupting under the current Vermont law and would be multiplied further by a developing patchwork of differing and therefore confusing state GMO labeling laws.  One single national labeling standard circumvents all disadvantages that a multitude of conflicting state GMO labeling laws would inevitably create.

“This legislation eliminates the need for warehouses to segregate food product based on varying state requirements and allows small business owners to continue sourcing the variety of products their customers want to buy.

“The grocery industry welcomes this historic legislation that will both set a precedent for clarity in commerce and open up new avenues for providing food shoppers access to the information they want about the foods they enjoy and in the manner that is most convenient for them to access it. Every vote today was a vote in support of consumer confidence in the food supply.”

“FMI commends the House approval of this important GMO labeling legislation and we urge President Obama to sign this needed bill into law as expediently as possible. FMI and its member companies join with our partners in the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to praise this important House action in support of this legislation.”

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

EarthLink Holdings Corp acquired Boston Retail Partners, LLC

ATLANTA, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences, today announced it has acquired Boston Retail Partners, LLC (“BRP”), a highly regarded management consulting firm focused on the retail vertical. BRP’s experienced consultants work with leading retailers to deliver strategic solutions that address the business and technology challenges unique to the industry.

BRP provides technology strategy and consulting across the full breadth of retail solutions, including point of sale, e-commerce, customer relationship management, mobile, payment security, enterprise resource planning, order management and supply chain. Together, EarthLink and BRP will extend EarthLink’s capabilities in the retail sector to provide clients with deep expertise and end-to-end technology solutions that address the entire retail organization and improve customer engagement and loyalty. The transaction is part of EarthLink’s ongoing strategy to provide deep vertical expertise to its clients and to strategically expand its consulting portfolio with end-to-end solutions to best serve client needs.

“Retailers today often struggle with leveraging technology to create the retail experience of the future, including the shift to cloud-based solutions, the rapid rise of mobile, increasing bandwidth requirements and the prevalence of legacy systems. Many large retailers have relied on BRPs’ expertise and talented people to navigate these challenges,” said Joe Eazor, Chief Executive Officer and President of EarthLink. “We are excited to bring together our deep network expertise with BRPs’ proven track record of success, in order to enhance our already strong presence in this space.”

“Customers expect a consistent, personalized and satisfying shopping experience wherever, whenever and however they shop and retailers need a robust, fast, reliable, resilient network infrastructure to enable this real-time retail experience,” said Ken Morris, principal, BRP. “Delivering on that experience requires a different approach that sets the stage for unified commerce. According to our recent Customer Experience Survey, 75% of retailers indicated they have implemented or plan to implement a single, unified commerce platform within the next three years. Leveraging EarthLink’s network services and solutions with BRP’s retail expertise enhances our ability to help retailers successfully implement comprehensive unified commerce solutions that enable real-time retail.”

Headquartered in Boston, BRP has 40 nationwide employees.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About EarthLink
EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp., NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences in a cloud connected world. We help thousands of multi-location businesses securely establish critical connections in the cloud. Our solutions for cloud and hybrid networking, security and compliance, and unified communications provide the cost-effective performance and agility to serve customers anytime, anywhere, via any channel, or any device. We operate a nationwide network spanning 29,000+ fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP coverage. To learn why thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, franchisors, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms, local governments, residential consumers and other carriers choose to connect with us, visit us at www.earthlink.com, @earthlink, on LinkedIn and Google+.

About Boston Retail Partners, LLC
Boston Retail Partners, LLC was founded in 2009 by retail industry-recognized thought leaders. BRP is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to its clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology and process solutions. The company focuses exclusively on the retail industry and consults in three key areas: IT strategy, vendor selection and project implementation. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience & Engagement | Order Management
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Information Technology

The company is a recognized thought leader in the retail sector and continually takes the pulse of the industry through benchmark surveys including the industry-leading annual POS/Customer Engagement Survey they have published for 17 years. In addition, the company publishes benchmark surveys on Customer Experience/Unified Commerce, E-Commerce and Merchandise Planning. For more information, visit www.bostonretailpartners.com.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking” statements (rather than historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include, without limitation:

(1) that we may not be able to execute our strategy to successfully transition to a leading managed network, security and cloud services provider, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows;
(2) that we may not be able to increase revenues from our growth products and services to offset declining revenues from our traditional products and services, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (3) that if we are unable to adapt to changes in technology and customer demands, we may not remain competitive, and our revenues and operating results could suffer;
(4) that failure to achieve operating efficiencies and otherwise reduce costs would adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows;
(5) that we may have to undertake further restructuring plans that would require additional charges;
(6) that we may be unable to successfully divest non-strategic products, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(7) that acquisitions we complete could result in operating difficulties, dilution, increased liabilities, diversion of management attention and other adverse consequences, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(8) that we face significant competition in our business markets, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(9) that failure to retain existing customers could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows;
(10) that decisions by legislative or regulatory authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission, relieving incumbent carriers of certain regulatory requirements, and possible further deregulation in the future, may restrict our ability to provide services and may increase the costs we incur to provide these services;
(11) that if we are unable to interconnect with AT&T, Verizon and other incumbent carriers on acceptable terms, our ability to offer competitively priced local telephone services will be adversely affected;
(12) that the continued decline in switched access and reciprocal compensation revenue will adversely affect our results of operations;
(13) that failure to obtain and maintain necessary permits and rights-of-way could interfere with our network infrastructure and operations;
(14) that if our larger carrier customers terminate the service they receive from us, our wholesale revenue and results of operations could be adversely affected;
(15) that we obtain a majority of our network equipment and software from a limited number of third-party suppliers;
(16) that work stoppages experienced by other communications companies on whom we rely for service could adversely impact our ability to provision and service our customers;
(17) that our commercial and alliance arrangements may not be renewed or may not generate expected benefits, which could adversely affect our results of operations;
(18) that our consumer business is dependent on the availability of third-party network service providers;
(19) that we face significant competition in the Internet access industry that could reduce our profitability;
(20) that the continued decline of our consumer access subscribers will adversely affect our results of operations; (21) that lack of regulation governing wholesale Internet service providers could adversely affect our operations; (22) that cyber security breaches could harm our business;
(23) that privacy concerns relating to our business could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our services;
(24) that interruption or failure of our network, information systems or other technologies could impair our ability to provide our services, which could damage our reputation and harm our operating results;
(25) that our business depends on effective business support systems and processes;
(26) that if we, or other industry participants, are unable to successfully defend against disputes or legal actions, we could face substantial liabilities or suffer harm to our financial and operational prospects;
(27) that we may be accused of infringing upon the intellectual property rights of third parties, which is costly to defend and could limit our ability to use certain technologies in the future;
(28) that we may not be able to protect our intellectual property;
(29) that we may be unable to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel, and the loss of any of our key executive officers could adversely affect us;
(30) that unfavorable general economic conditions could harm our business;
(31) that government regulations could adversely affect our business or force us to change our business practices; (32) that our business may suffer if third parties are unable to provide services or terminate their relationships with us;
(33) that we may be required to recognize impairment charges on our goodwill and other intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial position;
(34) that we may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities and we may be limited in the use of our net operating losses and certain other tax attributes in the future;
(35) that our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and limit our ability to react to changes in our business and industry;
(36) that we may require substantial capital to support business growth, and this capital may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all;
(37) that our debt agreements include restrictive covenants, and failure to comply with these covenants could trigger acceleration of payment of outstanding indebtedness;
(38) that we may reduce, or cease payment of, quarterly cash dividends;
(39) that our stock price may be volatile;
(40) that provisions of our certificate of incorporation, bylaws and other elements of our capital structure could limit our share price and delay a change of control of the company; and
(41) that our bylaws designate the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders’ flexibility in obtaining a judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or employees.

These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management’s expectations, are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

For media inquiries, contact

David Naumann
916-673-7757

Source: Boston Retail Partners,

Grupo Vip acaba de firmar un acuerdo con Deliveroo

Madrid, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Grupo Vips, uno de los grupos multimarca y multiformato líder del sector de la hostelería y comercio en España, acaba de firmar un acuerdo con Deliveroo, la compañía especializada en reparto de comida de calidad a domicilio, con el fin de agregar este nuevo servicio a la oferta de sus principales marcas.

El servicio está ya disponible en más de 80 restaurantes VIPS, VIPSmart, Ginos, Fridays, The Wok y Rugantino de las ciudades de Madrid, Barcelona y Valencia. Este acuerdo tiene como objetivo el ir progresivamente ampliando las zonas cubiertas a nivel nacional.

Con esta opción de servicio a domicilio, Grupo Vips enriquece las facilidades que ofrece a sus clientes para disfrutar de los platos de sus marcas fuera del restaurante, completando así su ya existente servicio de Take Away.

Gracias al acuerdo con Deliveroo, ahora además los clientes de Grupo Vips pueden realizar pedidos a domicilio de una forma rápida y fácil a través de las páginas web de cada marca de Grupo Vips y la de Deliveroo, o bien a través de la aplicación móvil de Deliveroo. Los clientes pueden disfrutar de la mejor comida de los restaurantes de Grupo Vips allí donde estén, ya sea su hogar, la oficina, el parque o la playa, gracias al sistema único de geolocalización GPS diseñado por la compañía. La app permite realizar el pago con un solo click y seguir el recorrido del rider en tiempo real, que entregará en menos de 30 minutos la comida en perfectas condiciones.

Para Enrique Francia, Consejero Delegado de Grupo Vips, “Deliveroo representa el modelo de negocio perfecto que estábamos esperando para desarrollar la entrega a domicilio, un servicio cada vez más demandado por nuestros clientes. Se trata de una solución que garantiza que nuestros clientes puedan consumir nuestros platos fuera de nuestros restaurantes en las mismas condiciones que lo harían si estuvieran en uno de ellos”.

Según Diana Morato, Consejera Delegada de Deliveroo en España, “el Grupo Vips es un referente en la hostelería en España y estamos muy orgullosos de que confíen en nosotros para asegurar que la gente pueda disfrutar de sus platos, en las mejores condiciones, también en casa y en la oficina”.

Sobre Grupo Vips
Grupo Vips es uno de los grupos multimarca y multiformato líderes del sector de la hostelería y comercio en España. Integra restaurantes, cafeterías y tiendas. La compañía gestiona en propiedad o bajo el régimen de franquicia un total de 9 marcas comerciales que incluyen 6 reconocidas cadenas: VIPS (cafeteríarestaurante y tienda), VIPSmart, GINOS, The Wok, TGI Fridays y Starbucks Coffee en España, Portugal y Andorra. Además, el Grupo cuenta con 3 restaurantes singulares entre los que se encuentran Lucca, Rugantino Casa Tua y Tattaglia. La empresa suma más 350 establecimientos que atienden a más de Rugantino Casa Tua y Tattaglia. La empresa suma más 350 establecimientos que atienden a más de 120.000 clientes diarios. Posee un programa de fidelización pionero y líder en el sector de la restauración, el Club VIPS, con más de 1.000.000 socios activos en toda España y cuya App, única en el mercado y lanzada a finales de abril 2015, cuenta ya con más de 450.000 descargas. Grupo Vips es una compañía

de capital privado fundada en 1969. Goldman Sachs Capital Partners V adquirió el 30% de la compañía en 2006. El Grupo Vips da empleo a más de 9.300 personas y cerró el ejercicio 2015 con 377,6 millones de euros de facturación.

www.grupovips.com / Descubre la App Club VIPS en: www.clubvips.com

Sobre Deliveroo
Deliveroo es un servicio completo de reparto de comida, que acerca restaurantes de calidad a los hogares y oficinas a través de una tecnología y plataforma de logística propias. Deliveroo se fundó en 2013 por William Shu y Greg Orlowski. Hasta la fecha actual, Deliveroo ha obtenido inversiones por cuantía de 200M de dólares procedentes de inversores como Accel, DST Global, Greenoaks Capital, Hoxton Ventures, Index Ventures, JamJar Investments y Hummingbird Ventures.

Visite nuestra página web www.deliveroo.es para más información, o descargue nuestra aplicación móvil, gratuita para iOS y Android, que posee funcionalidades como el seguimiento en tiempo real del pedido, basado en la geolocalización, así como nuevas opciones de búsqueda.

Source: Grupo Vips

Barnes & Noble entered into an exclusive print partnership with Adaptive Studios

New York, NY, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive print partnership with Adaptive Studios (http://adaptivestudios.com), an innovative content creator and publisher that acquires intellectual property such as unproduced screenplay ideas and scripts, and repurposes it across a range of traditional and digital entertainment platforms including books, film and TV properties, and digital series. Through this exclusive partnership, Barnes & Noble is the only retailer to offer a leading selection of titles from Adaptive Books, the publishing imprint of Adaptive Studios. Books will be available both in stores and online at www.bn.com.

“We believe that Adaptive Studios offers one of the most innovative and exciting publishing programs we have come across,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer, Barnes & Noble. “Our partnership with Adaptive will allow Barnes & Noble customers to experience fabulous, high-concept stories, which represent the best of what the publishing and entertainment worlds have to offer.”

Ms. Amicucci noted that Barnes & Noble’s work with Adaptive Studios is an extension of the company’s successful “From Page to Screen” promotion featuring books that were adapted into movies: “Our ‘From Page to Screen’ promotion has been one of our highest-selling promotions for readers of all ages since we launched it a few years ago, and we anticipate that customers will love experiencing Adaptive Studios’ reimagined stories from screenplays and scripts in adult and teen books, children’s picture books, graphic novels and more.”

“Storytelling is at the heart of what we do at Adaptive – whether on the page, screen, phone or tablet – and it’s an exciting moment to have our books find an exclusive home with the ultimate destination of stories:  Barnes & Noble,” said T.J. Barrack, Founding Partner, Adaptive Studios. “Starting with our concept, every Adaptive property is a collaboration between us, the creator, and our audience. This partnership will allow our stories to reach a much larger group of readers and viewers, and we look forward to working with Barnes & Noble to continue to develop titles that speak to customers around the country.”

Barnes & Noble is offering two exclusive Adaptive Books teen titles starting this month,Air by Ryan Gattis and The Silence of Six (paperback) by E.C. Myers. Each exclusive book will receive prominent placement in Barnes & Noble stores and online at BN.com, in addition to promotional and marketing support. Upcoming releases available exclusively at Barnes & Noble include the adult books DC Trip (paperback) by Sara Benincasa and Pasta Wars by Elisa Lorello; teen books Against All Silence by E.C. Myers, Bleeding Earth(paperback) by Kaitlin Ward, Dawn of Spies (paperback) by Andrew Lane and the movie tie-in edition for Coin Heist written by Elisa Ludwig; and kids’ books The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore and SPOOKS by Adam-Troy Castro. Customers can visit http://adaptivestudios.com to view book trailers for many of Adaptive Books’ titles.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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About Adaptive Books
Adaptive Books is the publishing imprint of Adaptive Studios, a pioneering entertainment media company whose credits include HBO’s Project Greenlight and The Runner on Verizon Go90.  Adaptive Books publishes original content across a variety of genres – including fiction, memoirs, and graphic novels for adult, young adult, and middle grade readers – which are adapted into film, television, and digital projects by Adaptive Studios.  Adaptive’s publishing arm includes Adaptive Comics, dedicated to graphic novels and comic books, and StyleHaul Books, a joint venture that publishes a slate of books from StyleHaul’s network of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle digital creators.  The first YA book published under the Adaptive Books banner — COIN HEIST by Elisa Ludwig — is also the first to be adapted into a film, which will debut in 2016.  Sara Benincasa’s DC TRIP and Ryan Gattis’ AIR are also slated to be developed for the screen.   To date, Adaptive Books has released ten titles and will publish an average of ten books and graphic novels annually.  For more information on Adaptive, visit the company’s website at www.adaptivestudios.com.

CONTACTS:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes opens in Grand Central Place on July 21

Somerset, Ky., 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes will open the doors to its newest location on Thursday, July 21, in Grand Central Place, located off U.S. Highway 27. The retailer, known for its daily “Buy One Get One 50 Percent Off” promotion, will offer an extensive selection of brand name shoes at value prices in its new 5,700 square-foot store.

To celebrate its inaugural Somerset location, Rack Room Shoes is presenting shoppers with exclusive sales offers, deals and giveaways throughout the weekend

 The first 50 customers in-store on Thursday and Saturday will receive a gift bag with a $10 store credit to use on the retailer’s wide offering.

 Shoppers who sign up for the Rack Room Rewards program, during the grand opening weekend, will also receive an instant $5 off their purchase.

“There is a great need for a leading footwear retailer in Somerset,” said Regional Manager Shawn Brooks. “With the new school year just around the corner, our customers can enjoy a one-stop destination to get their favorite brands of men’s, women’s and children’s footwear – accompanied by great prices and excellent customer service.”

Additionally, Rack Room Shoes will host its annual Shoes That Fit campaign, empowering its customers to make a real difference in their community. During the retailer’s Back to School event, which extends through mid-September, customers can make an in-store donation to help purchase new shoes for at-risk children in Somerset. The retailer will match every donation, up to $300,000, and funnel 100 percent of the proceeds back into area school systems through its partnerships with local school liaisons.

“While Back to School is an exciting time for many children, we recognize that it can present great challenges for those with limited resources. We look forward to partnering with the residents of Somerset to benefit families in need,” said Brooks.

Store hours for Rack Room Shoes are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

About Rack Room Shoes
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is the family footwear retailer of choice. Known as an innovator in the shoe industry for more than 90 years, Rack Room Shoes offers a wide selection of nationally recognized and private brands of great shoes for men, women and children in comfort, dress, casual and athletic categories. For more information, visit Rack Room Shoes’ website at www.rackroomshoes.com.

Media Contacts:
Carolyn Canington
864-672-4995
Carolyn@fullcirclepr.com

Brenda Christmon
701-491-1850
bchristmon@rackroom.com

Source: Rack Room Shoes

Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes reopens in the Town and Country shopping center in Easley

Easley, S.C., 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes will reopen its doors after a recent store expansion on Thursday, July 7 in the Town and Country shopping center in Easley. The retailer’s newly renovated 6,000 square-foot space offers an improved shopping experience and expanded offering, continuing to serve as the family footwear destination for area families.

According to Rack Room Shoes Regional Manager Angie Mollohan, the company has had a presence in the community for more than 12 years. The store expansion not only comes with more than 1,000 square-feet of added retail space, but also will allow the retailer to better serve its customers and provide a larger selection of name brand men’s, women’s and children’s shoes at value prices.

“The community is eager for us to reopen, as our current customers have been with us for quite some time,” said Mollohan. “Our new and improved store comes with a fresh look and better selection, but our shoppers know they can continue to count on us for excellent value and customer service.”

In addition to the physical store improvements, Rack Room Shoes is preparing to launch its annual Shoes That Fit campaign on July 13. Shoes That Fit is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides shoes to at-risk students, identified through local school liaisons. Customers will be able to donate at registers in-store during the back to school fundraiser, which extends through mid-September. All funds collected in-store will stay local, benefitting children in the Easley community.

Store hours for Rack Room Shoes are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

About Rack Room Shoes
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is the family footwear retailer of choice. Known as an innovator in the shoe industry for more than 90 years, Rack Room Shoes offers a wide selection of nationally recognized and private brands of great shoes for men, women and children in comfort, dress, casual and athletic categories. For more information, visit Rack Room Shoes’ website at www.rackroomshoes.com.

Media Contacts:
Carolyn Canington
864-672-4995
Carolyn@fullcirclepr.com

Brenda Christmon
701-491-1850
bchristmon@rackroom.com

Source: Rack Room Shoes

The Bon-Ton Stores to support bullying and cyberbullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition “Blue Shirts”

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the fifth consecutive year of their partnership, STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national bullying and cyber bullying prevention organization for children and teens in the U.S., and The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., (NASDAQ:BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, are coming together to support bullying and cyber bullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition “Blue Shirts.”

Now available for the back to school season, the limited edition shirts are worn in support of Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™, to be observed this year on Monday, October 3rd. The day marks a time for children, teens, families, schools and communities to join together to drive awareness about anti-bullying programs around the world. Sold exclusively in Bon-Ton stores and online at bonton.com through October 3rd, the Blue Shirt has gradually become a symbol for promoting friendship, compassion and kindness. All net profits from the t-shirt sales are donated to STOMP Out Bullying™.

“We are thrilled to partner with Bon-Ton Stores to raise awareness of this pervasive issue of bullying and help give students a voice where they might otherwise be unheard,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying™. “With Bon-Ton’s continued partnership and generosity, we can make a difference in the lives of so many children and teens who experience bullying with no place to turn.”

Each year, messages of bullying prevention are heard around the world on Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ as hundreds of thousands of students create a “sea of blue” to help spread the word on putting an end to all forms of bullying. The movement continues throughout the remainder of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn more about how you can join this critical call for action at www.stompoutbullying.org/.

“For the fifth consecutive year, Bon-Ton is pleased to partner with STOMP Out Bullying™ in an effort to raise awareness and support for bullying prevention in our communities and schools,” said Kathryn Bufano, President and CEO, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “With families and children getting ready for Back to School this is an ideal time for our company to share the message of friendship and caring.”

Customers can also support the campaign by making a donation in Bon-Ton stores – for every $3 donation, Bon-Ton Stores will give you a $10 off coupon, valid on any $25 or more Back to School purchase. This offer will be available July 20 through August 6.

For more information and official rules, please visit www.bonton.com/STOMPOutBullying.

About STOMP Out Bullying™
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national bullying and cyber bullying prevention organization for kids and teens and is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyber bullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools.  It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educates kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide; raises awareness; supports peer mentoring programs in schools; provides public service announcements by noted celebrities, and engages in social media campaigns. To learn more, visit us at www.stompoutbullying.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.


CONTACTS:

Jill Metzger
RF|BINDER
212-994-7542
jill.metzger@rfbinder.com

Christine Hojnacki
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

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The Bon-Ton Stores to support bullying and cyberbullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition "Blue Shirts"
The Bon-Ton Stores to support bullying and cyberbullying prevention efforts with the sale of the 2016 limited edition “Blue Shirts”

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust: distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of July, 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today announced a distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of July. The distribution will be payable on August 8, 2016 to unit holders of record as at July 29, 2016.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $16 billion as at March 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 303 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 16 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & Compliance
416-864-6483
www.riocan.com

Source: RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

Haring Catfish recalls 21,521pounds of siluriformes fish (catfish) products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haring Catfish, Inc., a Wisner, La. establishment, is recalling approximately 21,521 pounds of siluriformes fish (catfish) products that may be adulterated with a residue of public health concern, specifically gentian (crystal) violet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The siluriformes (catfish) products items were produced on June 28 and 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 11-lb. Cardboard boxes of ice packed “catfish” tails in plastic wrapping identified as HARING CATFISH and having Lot Code 2140 printed on the label.
  • 15-lb. Cardboard boxes of IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) “catfish” steaks, filets, irregular filets, whole fish, strips and nuggets in plastic wrapping identified as HARING CATFISH and having Lot Code 2140 printed on the label.
  • 30-lb. Cardboard boxes of ice packed “catfish” steaks, filets, irregular filets, whole fish, strips, nuggets, and gutted fish in plastic wrapping identified as HARING CATFISH and having Lot Code 2140 printed on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51217” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and hotels, restaurants, and institutions in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The problem was discovered on July 11, 2016, after routine FSIS sampling results revealed a violative level of the chemical gentian (crystal) violet in the product.

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

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

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Dottie Walker, at (318) 724-6133 ext. 119. Media with questions about the recall can contact Dawn Payne, at (318) 724-6654.

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

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.

EDITORS NOTE:  This release is being reissued to edit product descriptions.

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

Source: USDA

ConAgra Foods recalls 195,597 pounds of frozen chicken and beef entrée products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods, a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 195,597 pounds of frozen chicken and beef entrée products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The metal fragments range in size between 2 and 9 millimeters (mm) in diameter, and are curled, malleable and shiny. The metal fragments may be embedded in the sauce contained within the frozen entrée products.

The frozen chicken and beef entrée items were produced on various dates between May 31, 2016 and June 22, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Signature Spicy Chicken” with “Use By” date of 6/08/17 and case code 5006616500.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Mongolian Style Beef” with “Use By” date of 6/17/17 and case code 5006617400.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Mongolian Style Beef” with “Use By” date of 6/1/17 and case code 5006615800.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Beef with Broccoli” with “Use By” date of 6/4/17 and case code 5006616100.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sweet & Sour Chicken” with “Use By” date of 6/3/17 and case code 5006616000.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu General Chang’s Chicken” with “Use By” date of 6/3/17 and case code 5006616000.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Garlic Chicken with Dan Dan Noodles” with “Use By” date of 6/8/17 and case code 5006616500.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles” with “Use By” date of 6/10/17 and case code 5006616700.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Signature Spicy Chicken” with “Use By” date of 5/26/17 and case code 5006615200.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 233” or “EST. P-115” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations nationwide.

The problem was initially discovered on July 1, 2016, when an establishment employee observed metal fragments while dispensing sugar from a supplier for sauce formulation during processing. The resulting sauce is a component in the frozen entrée products. On July 14, 2016, ConAgra Foods was notified by the supplier of an FDA recall involving multiple production lots of sugar due to potential metal contamination. The recall action involved additional lots of sugar potentially used in FSIS regulated products at ConAgra Foods, and resulted in this expansion of the initial recall action.

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

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

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact 1-800-252-0634. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Kristine Mulford, Manager of Communications, ConAgra Foods, at (312) 549-5522.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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.

EDITORS NOTE: This release is being reissued as an expansion of the July 6, 2016, release to include additional products and production dates. The initial recall included 3,806 pounds of product. This expansion includes an additional 191,791 pounds of product, for a total of 195,597 pounds of product. Details of this release were also updated to reflect a change in distribution area.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Ticket Utils will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub platform

World-class ticket management system to offer easier and more effective inventory, distribution and pricing on global scale.

San Jose, California, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Ticket Utils, a leading independent provider of software that helps large ticket sellers manage inventory and distribution.  Ticket Utils will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub platform, the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S. With this acquisition, StubHub will enable large sellers on StubHub to enjoy a best-in-class solution for inventory management, ticket distribution and internationalization of their inventory.

Ticket Utils is already a favorite among ticket sellers because of its ease, reliability and multi-device accessibility. Ticket Utils’ platform and feature set are expected to help maximize sell-through and better automate the inventory management process for large sellers on StubHub. Ticket Utils also supports multiple currencies and language, which will enable sellers to operate more effectively in international markets and take advantage of StubHub’s significant global expansion through our planned acquisition of Ticketbis.

“As StubHub seeks to become a truly global brand, we are working on new ways to ensure that sellers have effective, useful tools to better manage their inventory, pricing, distribution and internationalization,” said StubHub President Scott Cutler. “Ticket Utils is an example of the ways in which we are listening to our customers and working to improving their selling experience, which is a benefit to our business and theirs.”

Ticket Utils offers robust functionality for sellers, including:

  • Desktop and mobile access
  • Instant download and advanced PDF/barcode management
  • Broker hub for one-click broker-to-broker transactions and a built-in broker-to-broker chat tool
  • Instant online stores for sellers
  • Auto-invoice and Quickbooks integration
  • Maps and seating charts

“Ticket Utils has a strong history of providing large ticket sellers a sophisticated tool for managing their inventory, and with StubHub, we’ll be able to expand our reach and increase sellers’ success even further,” said Brian Hampel, president of Ticket Utils. “Scaling globally is an opportunity for growth, and we’re especially focused on introducing StubHub sellers to the ease and efficiency of entering new markets with Ticket Utils’ inventory solution.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Contact:

eBay Headquarters
2025 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, California 95125
USA
(408) 376-7400

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Ticket Utils will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub platform
Ticket Utils will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub platform

 

Source: eBay

Bartell Drugs announced significant updates to its Snohomish store in Washington

Seattle, WA, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SNOHOMISH—Bartell Drugs announces the celebration of its newly remodeled Snohomish store.

Anchoring the corner of Seattle Hill Road and 132nd St. Southeast in Snohomish, the store has had significant updates. This includes modernizing many elements of the building including new, energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures, new store shelving and furniture, and upgraded, attractive flooring.

Several areas of the store have updated with expanded product offerings. The market section features an expanded selection of items including locally-produced foods, beers and wine and increased cooler capacity for more beverages and frozen foods.

The cosmetic offerings have experienced a “make-over” as well with extended product lines featuring popular cosmetic brands including e.l.f., NYX and L.A. Colors.

The pharmacy features an enhanced, comfortable waiting area, private consultation room, and a host of preventative care services including immunizations. To add to your ease and convenience, a new pharmacy drive-through window has been added for quick pick-ups of your medications.

The Snohomish location was originally opened as a Bartell Drugs/True Value in 1997. The renovated space will be just over 14,000 square feet and took just over four months to complete.

About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contacts:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Cabela’s plans to expand its retail footprint and legendary shopping experience to Albuquerque, N.M., and Chesterfield Township, Mich.

SIDNEY, Neb., 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today plans to expand its retail footprint and legendary shopping experience to two new locations: Albuquerque, N.M., and Chesterfield Township, Mich.

Albuquerque
Construction on the 70,000-square-foot store – the company’s first location in New Mexico – is expected to begin this year and Cabela’s anticipates a 2017 opening. The store will join the Legacy at Journal Center development located near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Paseo del Norte, offering customers a convenient location in an already popular shopping destination.

“We are thrilled to announce Albuquerque as our first location in New Mexico,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve had a strong customer base through our online and catalog businesses in this area for many years. Building a store here will allow us to serve those customers better, while also introducing thousands of additional outdoor enthusiasts to the Cabela’s brand and experience.”

Cabela’s expects to employ approximately 150 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees at the store, most of whom will come from the surrounding area.

The store will offer customers an immersive outdoor experience with a 360-degree mountain and wildlife-display feature, dozens of museum-quality taxidermy mounts, vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia, and a regionally specific theme.

Additionally, the store will include an archery and firearm tech room, indoor archery range and Bargain Cave, along with thousands of outdoor products displayed using Cabela’s new layout that dedicates more square footage of floor space to the company’s core areas in hunting, fishing, camping and recreational shooting.

The new layout also will allow a more flexible product assortment as outdoor activities change throughout the year, resulting in more in-season and regionally specific gear.

Chesterfield Township
Construction on the 90,000-square-foot location is expected to begin this year and Cabela’s anticipates a 2017 opening. Located about 30 miles northeast of Detroit, near the banks of the renowned Lake St. Clair, the store will be conveniently located near the intersection of Hall Road and Interstate 94, near Super Walmart and Menards.

“Chesterfield Township and the surrounding area offer remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation, and people in that region utilize those opportunities to live an outdoor lifestyle,” Millner said. “We are extremely eager to build them a Cabela’s store and help them enjoy their outdoor passions.”

Cabela’s expects to employ approximately 175 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, most of whom will come from the surrounding area. Upon opening, it will become Cabela’s fourth location in Michigan, joining the Dundee, Saginaw and Grand ville stores.

The store also will offer Cabela’s unique, outdoor experience and feature the company’s new floor plan, offering a regionally specific theme and product assortment.

About Cabela’s Incorporated
Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports 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®. Cabela’s 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”.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical or current fact are “forward-looking statements” that are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s statements regarding opening new retail stores in Albuquerque, N.M., and Chesterfield Township, Mich.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance, or financial condition that the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements.

These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company’s exploration and evaluation of strategic alternatives may not result in the successful identification or completion of a strategic alternative that yields additional value for stockholders, and the exploration and evaluation process may have an adverse impact on the Company’s business; the state of the economy and the level of discretionary consumer spending, including changes in consumer preferences, demand for firearms and ammunition, and demographic trends; adverse changes in the capital and credit markets or the availability of capital and credit.

The Company’s ability to successfully execute its omni-channel strategy; increasing competition in the outdoor sporting goods industry and for credit card products and reward programs; the cost of the Company’s products, including increases in fuel prices; the availability of the Company’s products due to political or financial instability in countries where the goods the Company sells are manufactured; supply and delivery shortages or interruptions, and other interruptions or disruptions to the Company’s systems, processes, or controls, caused by system changes or other factors; increased or adverse government regulations, including regulations relating to firearms and ammunition.

The Company’s ability to protect its brand, intellectual property, and reputation; the Company’s ability to prevent cyber security breaches and mitigate cyber security risks; the outcome of litigation, administrative, and/or regulatory matters (including the ongoing audits by tax authorities and compliance examinations by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation); the Company’s ability to manage credit, liquidity, interest rate, operational, legal, regulatory capital, and compliance risks; the Company’s ability to increase credit card receivables while managing credit quality.

The Company’s ability to securitize its credit card receivables at acceptable rates or access the deposits market at acceptable rates; the impact of legislation, regulation, and supervisory regulatory actions in the financial services industry; and other risks, relevant factors, and uncertainties identified in the Company’s filings with the SEC (including the information set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016, and Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended April 2, 2016), which filings are available at the Company’s website at www.cabelas.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contacts:
Media:
Nathan Borowski
308-255-2861
Nathan.Borowski@cabelas.com

Investor:
Andrew Weingardt
308-255-7428

Source: Cabela’s Incorporated

 

The Jean Coutu Group intends to contest the class action filed by a group of pharmacist-owners operating under the banner Jean Coutu

Varennes, Québec, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Corporation” or the “Jean Coutu Group”) confirms that it has received early this afternoon a copy of the class action proceedings launched against the Jean Coutu Group and filed by a group of pharmacist-owners operating under the banner Jean Coutu.

The Jean Coutu Group intends to contest this action and present its arguments in the context of these legal proceedings.

No other comments will be issued until then.

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 420 franchised stores in Québec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, which employs over 20,000 people. Furthermore, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Québec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and which are based on the Corporation’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions that were made by the Corporation in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Canadian securities legislation and regulations. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “project”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “foresee”, “believe” or “continue” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements do not reflect the potential impact of any nonrecurring items that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. While the list below of cautionary statements is not exhaustive, some important factors that could affect the Corporation’s future operating results, financial position and cash flows and could cause its actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements are changes in the legislation or the regulatory environment as it relates to the sale of prescription drugs and the pharmacy exercise, the success of the Corporation’s business model, changes in laws and regulations, or in their interpretations, changes to tax regulations and accounting pronouncements, the cyclical and seasonal variations in the industry in which the Corporation operates, the intensity of competitive activity in the industry in which the Corporation operates, the supplier and brand reputations, the Corporation’s ability to attract and retain pharmacists, labour disruptions, including possibly strikes and labour protests, the accuracy of management’s assumptions and other factors that are beyond the Corporation’s control. These and other factors could cause the Corporation’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of assisting in understanding the Corporation’s financial position and results of operation and to present information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Investors and others are thus cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes and they should not place undue reliance on them. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that would cause the Corporation’s actual results to differ from current expectations, please also refer to the Corporation’s public filings available at www.sedar.com and www.jeancoutu.com. Further details and descriptions of these and other factors are disclosed in the Corporation’s Annual Information Form under “Risk Factors” and also in the “Critical accounting estimates”, “Risks and uncertainties” and “Strategies and outlook” sections of the Corporation’s annual management’s discussion and analysis. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect the Corporation’s expectations as of the date hereof and are subject to change after such date. The Corporation expressly disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by the applicable securities laws.

Information:

Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
(450) 646-9611, Ext. 1165

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Management team appointed for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands

TORONTO & COLOGNE, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of its management team for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands. The appointed managers are well acquainted with the Dutch market and its customers and bring with them a wealth of experience from the department store sector in the Netherlands.

In May, HBC announced that it intends to enter the Netherlands with up to 20 new stores over the next two years. With the department store Hudson’s Bay and the premium off-price format Saks OFF 5TH, HBC’s expansion into the Netherlands introduces two new exciting retail concepts to the Dutch market. The Company is leveraging the existing European business infrastructure which is located with its headquarters in Cologne. The Dutch team will report to Olivier Van den Bossche, Head of HBC’s European department store business.

Olivier Van den Bossche stated:
“Opening 20 stores for two banners in two years requires a strong team with thorough knowledge of the local market. We are very excited about the composition of our team in the Netherlands. They all have excellent and complementary department store know-how with different backgrounds, and are well known in the Dutch market. We are very proud that we were able to assemble this experienced team for HBC.”

Mr. Jacco Van der Steen will be Director Marketing and Buying at Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands. In addition, he will be leading the management team. Jacco Van der Steen has worked for many years at the high-end department store chain De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands. As Director Marketing and Buying he is also responsible for the Belgium sister company Galeria Inno.

Mr. Edwin Boer will be Director Store Operations at Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands. He worked for more than ten years at De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands and most recently at the Dutch department store group HEMA.

Mrs. Kirsten Nijmeijer will be Director Human Resources at Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands. She has worked for many years as HR Manager for MEXX Europe and for fashion companies like PVH Europe (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger) and WE Fashion in Utrecht.

Mrs. Elly Zwinnen is Regional Sales Manager of Galeria Inno. She will take on the project management for Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world. In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena. HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Citigate First Financial
Marieke Heringa
+31-6-11327533
marieke.heringa@citigateff.nl

Ingrid Prins
+31-6-51592484
ingrid.prins@citigateff.nl

Hudson’s Bay Company
Andrew Blecher
+1-212-391-3179
andrew.blecher@hbc.com

Gerd Koslowski
+49-(0)221-223-5595
gerd.koslowski@kaufhof.de

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Management team appointed for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands
Management team appointed for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands

 

Source: HBC

Weis Markets Stores in Allentown and Honesdale reopen; brand new pharmacy, updated bakery, 30-seat beer café and accepting new patients

Sunbury, PA 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, July 14, Weis Markets stores located on North Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown and the Texas Palmyra Highway in Honesdale celebrated Grand Reopenings.

The Honesdale store now features a brand new pharmacy and is accepting new patients.  It also has an upgraded bakery and expanded beer café. Store associates made $500 donations to three local organizations:  the Wayne County Food Pantry; White Mills Fire Department; and the Dessin Animal Shelter.  Weis Markets will also announced a recent $500 donation to the Wayne County Public Library made possible through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The Allentown store has an updated bakery and expanded floral departments.  A 30-seat beer café with more than 800 varieties of local crafts and imports opened earlier this month.  Customers can create their own six packs and beer can be purchased for takeout or on site consumption.  Their store associates made $750 donations to the Woodlawn Fire Company and the Lehigh Valley Walk to Defeat ALS.

Contact:

Weis Markets, Inc.

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

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Weis Markets Stores in Allentown and Honesdale reopen; brand new pharmacy, updated bakery, 30-seat beer café and accepting new patients
Weis Markets Stores in Allentown and Honesdale reopen; brand new pharmacy, updated bakery, 30-seat beer café and accepting new patients

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

Weis Markets, Inc. to acquire the assets of 38 Food Lion supermarket locations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK), a Mid-Atlantic food retailer, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement with Food Lion, LLC, to purchase the assets of 38 Food Lion supermarket locations operating in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. The Company plans to complete the purchase of these locations pending regulatory approval.

“This transaction provides us the opportunity to expand into markets that are contiguous to our current trade area, particularly in Maryland where we are adding 21 stores— essentially doubling our store count in a state where we have steadily grown in recent years,” said Weis Markets Chairman, President and CEO Jonathan Weis. “We’re also looking forward to expanding our operations into two adjacent states with the addition of 13 stores in Virginia and four in Delaware.”

Weis Markets expects to complete the conversion process for the majority of these stores in September and October and is interested in hiring current Food Lion store teams for the purchased locations. “We look forward to interviewing and hiring team members who share our commitment to offering an industry-leading combination of value, quality and customer service,” Weis said.

This is the Company’s second major acquisition in 2016. In May, it announced plans to purchase five Mars Super Markets in Baltimore County, Maryland, a deal expected to close later this summer. When both purchases are complete, Weis Markets will have increased the number of its operating stores by more than 25 percent and will operate 203 stores in seven states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia.

The following is a list of Food Lion store locations Weis Markets intends to purchase in the agreement with Food Lion, LLC:

NO. ADDRESS CITY STATE
2565 17232 N Village Main Blvd Lewes DE
960 24832 John J Williams Hwy Millsboro DE
1321 36731 Old Mill Road Millville DE
488 19287 Miller Road Rehoboth Beach DE
1356 15789 Livingston Road Accokeek MD
784 45315 Alton Lane California MD
2515 20995 Point Lookout Road Callaway MD
2598 5896 Robert Oliver Place Columbia MD
1549 15300 Mcmullen Hwy SW Cumberland MD
1289 219 Marlboro Avenue Easton MD
1315 3261 Solomons Island Road Edgewater MD
1324 6375 Monroe Avenue Eldersburg MD
1529 6551 Waterloo Road Elkridge MD
1187 17600 Old National Sq Pike Frostburg MD
1345 16567 South Frederick Road Gaithersburg MD
1477 883 Russell Avenue Gaithersburg MD
1168 100 Drury Drive La Plata MD
1210 19 St. Mary’s Square Lexington Park MD
2606 210 H G Trueman Road Lusby MD
1387 12100 Central Avenue Mitchellville MD
2535 9251 Lakeside Boulevard Owings Mills MD
1526 750 Prince Frederick Blvd Prince Frederick MD
786 10 Village Center Road Reisterstown MD
1443 13300 H G Trueman Road Solomons MD
1535 5715 Crain Highway Upper Marlboro MD
250 505 Meadowbrook Shopping Ctr Culpeper VA
1567 540 Culpeper Town Mall Culpeper VA
1235 10601 Spotsylvania Avenue Fredericksburg VA
419 10611 Courthouse Road Fredericksburg VA
2583 10871 Tidewater Trail Fredericksburg VA
358 282 Deacon Road Fredericksburg VA
450 4153 Plank Road Fredericksburg VA
1043 515 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg VA
1579 7100 Salem Fields Boulevard Fredericksburg VA
1243 736 Warrenton Road Fredericksburg VA
1177 9801 Courthouse Road Spotsylvania VA
1166 2612 Jefferson Davis Highway Stafford VA
578 905 Garrisonville Road Stafford VA

For more information on Weis Markets, visit WeisMarkets.com.

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.

In addition to historical information, this news release may contain forward-looking statements, which are included pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  For example, risks and uncertainties can arise with changes in: general economic conditions, including their impact on capital expenditures; business conditions in the retail industry; the regulatory environment; rapidly changing technology and competitive factors, including increased competition with regional and national retailers; and price pressures.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.  Readers should carefully review the risk factors described in other documents the Company files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Weis Markets, Inc.

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

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

Bartell Drugs remodeled its Jefferson Square store in West Seattle

WEST SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs announces the celebration of its newly remodeled Jefferson Square store in West Seattle.

The store, originally opened in 1987, has had significant updates. This includes modernizing many elements of the building including new, energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures, new store shelving and furniture, and upgraded, attractive flooring. The space has also added our 10th CareClinic, a quick, convenient an affordable retail outlet for minor healthcare needs. The clinic opened on July 11.

Several areas of the store have updated with expanded product offerings. The market section features an expanded selection of items including locally-produced foods, beers and wine and increased cooler capacity for more beverages and frozen foods.

The cosmetic offerings have experienced a “make-over” as well with extended product lines featuring popular cosmetic brands including e.l.f., NYX and L.A. Colors.

The pharmacy features an enhanced, comfortable waiting area, private consultation room, and a host of preventative care services including immunizations in addition to the new CareClinic.

The renovated space will be just over 14,000 square feet and took just over four months to complete. The store is located at 4706 42nd Ave. SW in West Seattle.

About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contacts:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Kmart partners with Risewear™ to launch a new lifestyle athleisure brand

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kmart is upping its game and teaming up with Risewear™ to launch a new lifestyle athleisure brand of maximum performance footwear via “The Rise™ Challenge” – an epic parking lot slam dunk contest. Together, Risewear and Kmart – the exclusive U.S. retailer – provide access to top-performing contemporary shoes without breaking the budget for shoppers and fans.

“We are thrilled to launch such a contemporary lifestyle brand,” said Demetrius Spencer, Risewear co-founder and chief executive officer. “We could not have asked for a better partner than Kmart, who is supporting us in delivering a premium product at a value-driven price point.”

The line features shoes for the whole family, including men’s basketball, athletic and casual shoes and sandals, all under $45.00. Additionally, women’s and kids’ lines will be added this holiday season.

“This ridiculously awesome new brand and first-of-its kind partnership is a slam dunk for our members and shoppers,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer at Kmart. “This furthers our commitment to offering products our Kmart members want at prices they can’t pass up.”

Risewear footwear is available at select Kmart stores and Kmart.com/risewear.

The Tip-Off Event: The Rise™ Challenge
To celebrate the exclusive launch, Kmart is sponsoring The Rise™ Challenge, a series of interactive and unique fan-focused sporting entertainment experiences. The events feature competitions between some of the world’s top dunkers on custom branded half-courts at Kmart parking lots in six cities around the country. The marquee attraction is the epic dunk contest featuring current Risewear athlete and veteran dunker Taurian “Air Up There” Fontenette along with the nation’s top four dunkers, Chris Staples, Guy Dupuy, Porter Maberry and Jonathan Clark, as they lay it all on the line in competition for the grand prize.

The first Rise Challenge champion will receive a signature capsule collection contract with Risewear, which will include a self-designed shoe in their own name, an apparel and accessories line and the brag-worthy title of Risewear Brand Ambassador for one year.

The buzz-worthy fan experience is complete with a live DJ pumping the jams, athlete meet and greets and hot giveaways. The events also feature free customization stations where fans can add a unique laser printed design to their new shoes, such as a name, number, hometown or initials, or have them airbrushed by a graffiti artist (a $200 value!). This luxurious amenity makes Kmart and Risewear the first-ever value-driven lifestyle brand to offer customized products.

The Rise Challenge kicks off with a mega-launch and blowout party in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, July 16 to get fans hyped for a summer of unbelievable performances. After the Los Angeles event, the dunk contest will dribble across the nation, featuring meet and greet events and fan experiences in the following cities:

  • July 17– Kmart North Hollywood (13007 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605)
  • July 23– Kmart Hayward (26231 Mission Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94544)
  • July 30– Kmart Miami (12350 South West 8th Street, Miami, FL 33184)
  • August 6– Kmart Washington D.C (6411 Riggs Road, Hayattsville, MD 20783)
  • August 13– Kmart Jersey City (321 Stadium Plaza, Suite. 10, Jersey City, NJ 07305-4877)
  • August 20– Kmart Chicago (3443 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60618)

For free digital tickets to The Rise Challenge, download the Kmart app on your smartphone device. Each download scores access for you and up to three friends. Don’t forget to follow every dunk and air ball on social with @rise_wear and #risewithkmart.

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.

About Risewear
Risewear is a lifestyle athleisure brand born from today’s culture that carries the cool factor and blurs the line between sportswear and every day wear. It is for the customer who blends comfort with cool and wants swag that makes sense. The company was created by the Spencer brothers,Demetrius Spencer and Nick Spencer.  The first collection mixes premium performance and lifestyle footwear with a curated color palette. For more information, please visit RiseWear.com or connect with the brand’s social media channels at @rise_wear.

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

Priscila Martinez
The Brand Agency for Rise
424-230-3309
priscila@thebrand-agency.com

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Kmart partners with Risewear™ to launch a new lifestyle athleisure brand
Kmart partners with Risewear™ to launch a new lifestyle athleisure brand

 

SOURCE: Kmart

Stormy Simon to step down as Overstock.com’s President; to remain board member until no later than September 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY,, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announced today that Stormy Simon will be resigning as the company’s President to pursue other opportunities, effective no later than July 25, 2016. Simon will remain a member of Overstock.com’s board of directors until no later than September 30, 2016.

“We wish to thank Stormy for her long and valued service, leadership, and passion for Overstock,” said Patrick M. Byrne, the company’s founder and CEO, currently on medical leave. “She has been a key contributor to Overstock’s evolution and growth from the early years, serving in a broad spectrum of roles and providing valuable leadership as president since 2014, and as a member of our board since 2011.”

“This is the end of an era, and we want to wish Stormy the best of luck in her next endeavor,” added Overstock.com Chairman Jonathan Johnson.

Simon commented, “While I will miss seeing my friends at Overstock on a daily basis, I am excited to focus my efforts on helping lead a new generation of entrepreneurs in developing a new sector of emerging markets.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Overstock.com’s presidential duties will continue to be divided amongst Acting CEO Mitch Edwards, Chief Revenue Officer Saum Noursalehi, and Senior Vice President Brian Popelka.

“I am confident that our leadership team is poised to handle this transition while driving the vision and strategy for 2016 and beyond,” said Edwards.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Additional stores within Overstock include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products to help developing nations around the world and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them with a national customer base. Other community-focused initiatives include Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co)

O, Overstochttp://(http://www.overstock.comk.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on May 5, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:

Mark Delcorps
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:

Mark Harden
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
ir@overstock.com

Source: Overstock.com, Inc

Citycon CEO KOKKEEL on 1H2016: stable financial results driven by the good performance in Sweden and Norway

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —

APRIL-JUNE 2016
– Gross rental income increased to EUR 62.2 million (Q2/2015: 46.6) mainly due to the acquisition of Norwegian shopping centre company Sektor Gruppen AS (Sektor) in July 2015. Gross rental income of Citycon’s Norwegian operations amounted to EUR 20.9 million. The acquisition also increased net rental income by EUR 18.1 million.
– EPRA Earnings increased by EUR 8.4 million, or 27.9%, to EUR 38.7 million especially due to the acquisition of the Norwegian operations. EPRA Earnings per share (basic) was EUR 0.043 (EUR 0.047).
– Earnings per share was EUR 0.04 (EUR 0.06). The decrease resulted mainly from higher net financing expenses, deferred taxes and higher number of shares.
– The company specifies its guidance relating to EPRA Operating profit, EPRA Earnings and EPRA Earnings per share.

JANUARY-JUNE 2016
– Gross rental income increased to EUR 125.4 million (Q1-Q2/2015: 92.6) mainly due to the acquisition of Sektor. Gross rental income of Citycon’s Norwegian operations amounted to EUR 41.6 million. The acquisition also increased net rental income by EUR 36.4 million.
– EPRA Earnings increased by EUR 17.2 million, or 29.9%, to EUR 74.6 million especially due to the Norwegian acquisition. EPRA Earnings per share (basic) decreased slightly to EUR 0.084 (0.090) due to the substantially higher number of shares.
– Earnings per share (basic) increased to EUR 0.11 (0.10). The increase was mainly a result of higher fair value gains.

KEY FIGURES

Q2/2016 Q2/2015 %2) Q1–Q2/2016 Q1–Q2/2015 %2) 2015
Net rental income MEUR 57.0 42.6 33.9 112.2 82.3 36.3 199.6
Direct Operating profit3) MEUR 50.5 37.6 34.3 98.4 72.5 35.8 175.4
Earnings per share (basic)1) EUR 0.04 0.06 -24.1 0.11 0.10 9.0 0.14
Fair value of investment properties MEUR 4,110.0 2,819.6 45.8 4,110.0 2,819.6 45.8 4,091.6
Loan to Value (LTV)3) % 45.4 41.5 9.5 45.4 41.5 9.5 45.7
EPRA based key figures3)
EPRA Earnings MEUR 38.7 30.2 27.9 74.6 57.5 29.9 130.8
EPRA Earnings per share (basic)1) EUR 0.043 0.047 -8.5 0.084 0.090 -7.0 0.173
EPRA NAV per share EUR 2.80 2.99 -6.3 2.80 2.99 -6.3 2.74

1) Calculated with the issue-adjusted number of shares resulting from the rights issue completed in July 2015.
2) Change from previous year. Change-% is calculated from exact figures.
3) New ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) guidelines on alternative performance measures are effective for the financial year 2016. Citycon presents alternative performance measures, such as EPRA performance measures and loan to value, to reflect the underlying business performance and to enhance comparability between financial periods. Alternative performance measures presented in this report should not be considered as a substitute for measures of performance in accordance with the IFRS.

CEO, MARCEL KOKKEEL:
The first half of 2016 showed stable financial results driven by the good performance in Sweden and Norway. Despite the weaker economic environment in Finland we still see good tenant demand for high quality properties. Our like-for-like net rental income including Norway and Kista Galleria was 0.9%.

The solid demand for prime properties is reflected in our leasing success in Iso Omena where we signed an agreement with Zara, the first and only one in the western Helsinki area. We have been successful in attracting appealing fashion, design and restaurant brands to Iso Omena that, so far, have exclusively been featured in central Helsinki. The first phase of Iso Omena, to be opened in mid-August, is now 95% pre-let.

The integration of the Norwegian operations has proceeded well and is completed. We have been able to achieve much better results than initially targeted. During the quarter, we completed a cost savings programme of EUR 5 million through further reorganization measures and synergies. The savings, to be achieved in 2017, are in addition to the already materialized administrative cost savings in Norway of approximately EUR 1.5 million.

We successfully continued the recycling of capital in line with our strategy to focus on urban, grocery-anchored shopping centres. During 2016, we have divested a shopping centre in Tallinn and a portfolio of five assets in Finland for a total value of EUR 100 million, both above their IFRS fair value. Citycon aims to divest an additional EUR 200-250 million of non-core assets, mainly in Finland, within the coming 1-2 years.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
The macroeconomic environment in Citycon’s operating countries remained unchanged during the second quarter of 2016. The countries are still on diverging macroeconomic courses: the business environment in Norway, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark remains strong or relatively strong, while the Finnish economy is showing weaker growth.

In 2016, the European Commission forecasts Euro area GDP growth to reach 1.6%. Sweden and Estonia are showing stronger growth figures than the Euro area average while Norway and Denmark are predicted to grow slightly below the Euro area forecast. The GDP growth for Finland is still expected to remain modest, although the trend is positive also in Finland. Finland’s GDP growth is dependent on domestic demand, structural reforms and recovery of the country’s stagnating export markets.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT KEY FIGURES

% Finland Norway Sweden Estonia Denmark Euro
area
GDP growth forecast for 2016 0.7 1.2 3.4 1.9 1.2 1.6
Unemployment, May 2016 9.0 4.6 7.2 6.4 6.1 10.1
Retail sales growth, Jan–May 2016 0.4 3.0 4.5 6.0 -1.0 1.6

Sources: European Commission, Eurostat, Statistics Finland/ Norway/Sweden/ Estonia/ Denmark

The unemployment rates in all Citycon’s operating countries remain below the Euro area average (10.1%). During the first half of 2016 consumer confidence levels have stayed stable in Citycon’s operating countries, however, with a positive trend in Finland. The consumer confidence levels in Finland, Sweden and Denmark remain positive, while the consumer confidence in Norway, Estonia and on average in Euro area is still slightly negative. (Source: Eurostat) Consumer prices have remained relatively unchanged compared to the previous year in all Citycon’s operating countries apart from Norway where  prices have increased. (Source: Statistics Finland/Norway/Sweden/Estonia/Denmark)

Retail sales growth for the first five months of 2016 has been strong in Estonia, Sweden and Norway, mildly positive in Finland, but negative in Denmark. (Source: Statistics Finland/Norway/Sweden/Estonia/Denmark)

In Finland and in Norway prime rents are forecasted to remain unchanged in 2016. In Sweden, prime shopping centre rents are forecasted to increase during the year while in Estonia downwards pressure on rents has increased due to intensifying competition. (Source: JLL)

In Finland the demand for prime properties is strong and the demand for secondary properties has increased. In Norway the investment market is expected to remain active and yields to remain stable in the short-term. In Sweden the investors’ risk-taking has changed to more opportunistic direction and besides prime shopping centres, also yields for secondary shopping centres have decreased. Prime yields are also expected to continue decreasing in Estonia. (Source: JLL)

RISKS
The company’s core risks and uncertainties, along with its main risk management actions and principles, are described in detail in the Annual and Sustainability Report 2015 and in the Financial Statements 2015.

Citycon’s Board of Directors believes there have been no material changes to the key risk areas outlined in the Annual and Sustainability Report 2015. The main risks are associated with property values, leasing, development projects, operations, environment and people and the availability and cost of financing.

DIVIDEND AND EQUITY REPAYMENT
Citycon’s dividend paid in 2016 for the financial year 2015 and equity repayment in 2016:

Dividends and equity repayments paid on 30 June 2016
Dividend
   (record date 18 March 2016, payment date 29 March 2016) 1 EUR / share 0.01
Equity repayment
   (record date 18 March 2016, payment date 29 March 2016) 1 EUR / share 0.0275
Equity repayment Q2
   (record date 22 June 2016, payment date 30 June 2016) 2 EUR / share 0.0375
Board’s authorization remaining for equity repayments 3
Equity repayments Q3 and Q4 in total maximum EUR / share 0.0750
   – equity repayment Q3 (possible payment date 30 September 2016)
   – equity repayment Q4 (possible payment date 30 December 2016)

1) AGM 2016 decision.
2) AGM 2016 authorized the Board to decide on the distribution of assets from the invested unrestricted equity fund. The amount to be distributed based on the authorization shall not exceed EUR 0.1125 per share.
3) Unless the Board of Directors decides otherwise for a justified reason, the authorization granted by AGM 2016 can be used to distribute equity repayment three times. Following equity repayment of 30 June 2016 the payment dates of the possible further equity repayments in 2016 will be on 30 September 2016 and 30 December 2016. The equity repayment will be paid to a shareholder registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date for the equity repayment. The Board of Directors will decide on the record date in connection with each equity repayment decision. Citycon shall make separate announcements of such Board resolutions.

OUTLOOK
The company specifies its outlook. Citycon forecasts the 2016 Direct Operating profit to change by EUR 17 to 26 million (previously 16–30) and EPRA Earnings to change by EUR 11 to 20 million (previously 9–23) from previous year. Additionally, the company expects EPRA EPS (basic) to be EUR 0.1575–0.1725 (previously 0.155–0.175).

The specified outlook acknowledges the impact of the completed non-core portfolio divestment in Finland as well as the weaker Norwegian krone and the impact of the metro delay in Iso Omena. These estimates are also based on the existing property portfolio as well as on the prevailing level of inflation, the EUR-SEK and EUR-NOK exchange rates, and current interest rates. Premises taken offline for planned or ongoing (re)development projects reduce net rental income during the year.

FINANCIAL CALENDAR
Interim report Jan–Sept 2016     20 October around 9 a.m.

Citycon is an owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic region, managing assets that total EUR 4.7 billion and with market capitalisation of close to EUR 2 billion. Citycon is the No. 1 shopping centre owner in Finland and Estonia and among the market leaders in Norway and Sweden. Citycon has also established a foothold in Denmark.

Citycon has investment-grade credit ratings from Moody’s (Baa1) and Standard & Poor’s (BBB). Citycon Oyj’s share is listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.

For further information, please contact:
Eero Sihvonen
Executive VP and CFO
Tel. +358 50 557 9137
eero.sihvonen@citycon.com

Henrica Ginström
VP, IR and Communications
Tel. +358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom@citycon.com

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Citycon CEO KOKKEEL on 1H2016: stable financial results driven by the good performance in Sweden and Norway
Citycon CEO KOKKEEL on 1H2016: stable financial results driven by the good performance in Sweden and Norway

 

Source: Citycon

Two additional seasons of the critically-acclaimed series Catastrophe scheduled to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today announced it has greenlit two additional seasons of the critically-acclaimed series, Catastrophe. Written by and starring Rob Delaney (Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.) and Sharon Horgan (Pulling), Catastrophe, produced by Avalon Television, with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman, is a comedy following an Irish woman and an American man who, after making a bloody mess as they struggled to fall in love in London, have embarked on a series of best-attempts to clear it up and generally do the right thing. The highly anticipated third season of Catastrophe is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US in 2017, and the fourth season is expected to premiere in 2018.

“Few series have proven themselves as personal and compelling while deftly balancing comedy and drama,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half Hour TV for Amazon Studios. “Like an ever-growing family, two more seasons of Catastrophe will give our customers more love, laughter, and occasional insults yelled very loudly.”

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan commented on the announcement. “It used to be when you heard the word ‘catastrophe’ you thought of something terrible or destructive. Most people still do, but now some people might also think of our show. So that has to be a positive. We’re very excited to have the opportunity to wreak more terrible destruction on the lives of Sharon and Rob.”

Jon Thoday, joint Managing Director of Avalon Television and show Executive Producer, added: “We are delighted to be part of the Amazon family and sit alongside their other excellent and groundbreaking original shows.”

The entire first and second seasons of Catastrophe are now available on Prime Video. In the second season of the show, the stakes are higher as we rejoin the now married Sharon and Rob who are struggling to stay in love–and lust–while taking their trademark mayhem into parenthood. A monstrous family (Carrie Fisher, Star Wars) and crazy friends (Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty), also seem hell-bent on ensuring that whatever new life-journey Rob and Sharon embark on will be anything but simple. With times having changed for our turbulent lovers, and with their new arrival back home; at the start of the season we rejoin the chaos as they decide on an ill-considered party to get the introductions complete in one hit. Unfortunately for Sharon, the gathering coincides with a visit from Rob’s eBay obsessed (and “card-carrying sadist”) mom, a disturbing revelation about her father’s health and an unfortunate incident with the family dog.

Catastrophe is executive produced by Richard Allen-Turner (Workaholics), Kara Baker (Jen), Delaney, Horgan, and Jon Thoday (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Workaholics).

As well as also enjoying universal critical acclaim in the UK and across the world Catastrophe has already won: two 2016 Royal Television Society Awards (Scripted Comedy and Writer: Comedy) two 2016 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards (Best Comedy and Best Writer), a 2016 BAFTA TV Craft(Writer: Comedy), a 2016 Rose D’Or Award (Best Sitcom), a 2016 Golden Nymphs Award (best actress in comedy); a 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Award(Comedy); and a 2016 Women in Film and TV Awards (Writing).

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In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, access to borrow books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

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About Avalon Television
Avalon Television is a completely independently owned production house operating out of New York, Los Angeles and London. Avalon Television are also currently in production with: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO); the BBC’s longest running sitcom, Not Going Out (BBC One); Russell Howard’sStand Up Central (Comedy Central UK); a third series of the critically acclaimed sitcom, Man Down (Channel 4); Adam DeVine’s House Party (Comedy Central USA); the internationally popular, Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Two); Taskmaster (UKTV); and series six of hit comedy, Workaholics(Comedy Central).

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