RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS launches new e-commerce concept, Man of a kind

Stockholm, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On August 25, RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS launches Man of a kind, a new e-commerce concept with an eclectic value proposition featuring premium products and a supplementary men’s fashion service offering. The concept is unique and meets the strong trend of increased e-commerce activity while improving accessibility for customers.

Man of a kind is an e-commerce concept, which offers a carefully selected product range consisting of international luxury brands with Nordic aesthetics. The product range is supplemented by premium services, such as made-to-measure, style advice and inspiring articles about masculine style and fashion.

“We are proud to be able to offer the market our new e-commerce concept Man of a kind. Featuring a large number of exclusive men’s fashion brands, such as Corneliani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, Eton, Jil Sander, Kenzo and Paul Smith, as well as supplementary premium services, our offering meets a demand with no comparable competition from other e-commerce players,” says Magnus Håkansson, President and CEO of RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS.

The launch of Man of a kind is a step in the implementation of the Group’s long -term digital strategy and it will become a new business area in RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS with Magnus Håkansson as Chairman and Oscar Åsman as Director of Operations.

“It is important to emphasize that we have long experience of managing store concepts and service offerings with top premium positioning. We are now drawing on that experience as we create a similar offering in a digital store. We are with excitement looking forward to continually developing Man of a kind’s strong customer offering,” says Magnus Håkansson.

The launch will occur on August 25, initially in Sweden. Read more on www.manofakind.se

This information is that RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, on 25 August 2016 at 10.50 a.m. CET.

RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS owns, operates and develops fashion, clothing, accessories, jewelry and cosmetics stores that focus on providing excellent service and a world-class shopping experience. Sales are mainly conducted in Scandinavia through the store concepts Brothers and Polarn O. Pyret, as well as through shops in the department stores NK in Stockholm and Gothenburg. RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS has operations in 11 countries. RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS has been listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm Exchange since 2001.

For further information, please contact:
Magnus Håkansson
+46 8 410 520 02
+46 768 87 20 02
e-mail: magnus.hakansson@rnb.se

Oscar Åsman
Director of Operations
+46 410 520 83
+46 768 87 20 83
e-mail: oscar.asman@rnb.se

Source: RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS AB/Globenewswire

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announces wholesale agreement with Zalando

New Albany, Ohio, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) announced today (August 24, 2016) that it has entered into a wholesale agreement with Europe’s largest online platform for fashion, Zalando. The German-based e-tailer carries more than 150,000 styles from over 1,500 brands for women, men and kids.

Beginning this week, Zalando will start offering Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and abercrombie kids products through its online stores in the 15 European markets it serves, which will provide Abercrombie & Fitch Co. access to Zalando’s more than 18 million active customers.

“As Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, we are confident Zalando will enhance the value of all of our brands and this business will accompany our strong store and digital presence already established in the region,” said Fran Horowitz, President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “Zalando is a key strategic partner as we continue to expand our brand reach and deliver a great brand experience to customers in these markets.”

“Zalando is constantly on the lookout for new brand partners and we are very happy that Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is now available in our shops. The American retailer has made great strides to grow and expand its footprint globally and we look forward to continuing that growth strategy across our European network,” said Moritz Hahn, Senior Vice President Category Management and Markets of Zalando. “Abercrombie & Fitch Co. brings three iconic brands to our business, thus, adds great value to our assortment offering. By entering into partnerships like this, we allow our consumers access to international brands, generate an enhanced offer and make online shopping more inspiring across Europe.

About Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a leading global specialty retailer of high-quality, casual apparel for Men, Women and kids with an active, youthful lifestyle under its Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister Co. brands. At the end of the first quarter 2016, the company operated 745 stores in the United States and 180 stores across Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company also operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com and www.hollisterco.com.

Media Contact:
Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

Lenta Ltd announces its reviewed consolidated IFRS results for the half year ending 30 June 2016

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd (“Lenta” or the “Company”), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, today (24 August 2016) announces its reviewed consolidated IFRS results for the half year ending 30 June 2016 [1].

1H 2016 Financial Highlights:
•Total sales grew 21.9% to Rub 140.1bn (1H 2015: Rub 114.9bn);
•Adjusted EBITDA [2] of RUB 13.7bn, up 16.4% (1H 2015: RUB 11.7bn) with a margin of 9.8% (1H 2015: 10.2%);
•Gross margin of 21.9% (+0.2 p.p vs. 1H 2015) rose due to better supplier terms, supply chain improvements and more efficient in-store production which more than offset investments in prices;
•SG&A increased to 15.5% of sales (+0.9 p.p vs. 1H 2015) despite continuing successful productivity measures in the like-for-like stores, due to combined effects of the high number of new stores in the ramp-up phase, additional investments in marketing and increases in utility costs;
•Capital expenditures of RUB 16.1bn, an increase of 37.0% compared to 1H 2015 (RUB 11.8bn) linked to higher investments in land acquisition and hypermarket construction;
•Net cash generated from operating activities, before net interest and income taxes paid, of RUB 7.2bn compared to RUB 5.1bn in 1H 2015 (an increase of 39.3%) primarily driven by EBITDA growth;
•Net interest expenses of RUB 4.5bn, a decrease of 12.7% compared to 1H 2015 (RUB 5.1bn) primarily due to lower interest rates;
•Net Profit [3] of RUB 4.3bn, up 45.9% (1H 2015: RUB 3.0bn) with a margin of 3.1%; and
•Net Debt of RUB 67.1bn as of 30 June 2016 (Net debt/Adjusted EBITDA of 2.2x).

1H 2016 Operational Highlights:
•Eight hypermarkets and 10 supermarkets opened during the first half of 2016;
•Total store count reached 189 stores as at 30 June 2016, comprising 147 hypermarkets and 42 supermarkets;
•Total selling space increased to 922,865 sq.m. as at 30 June 2016 (+22.8% vs. 30 June 2015);
•Like-for-like (“LFL”) [4] sales growth of 5.2% vs 1H 2015;
•LFL average ticket increased by 3.0%;
•LFL traffic growth of 2.1%;
•Number of active loyalty cardholders [5] increased to 9.3m (+23% y-o-y) with approximately 93% of transactions in the second quarter made using the loyalty card.

Material events after the reported period:
•Lenta agreed a Rub 53bn credit limit with Sberbank, providing access to new long-term loans of up to RUB 25bn for a period of up to 5 years;
•Lenta registered an Exchange Bond programme for up to a total maximum principal amount of RUB 100bn;
•Fitch Ratings has upgraded Lenta’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) from ‘BB-’ to ‘BB’ and National Long-term rating from ‘A+(rus)’ to ‘AA-(rus)’. The outlook on the ratings is stable;
•Started operations in a new dedicated supermarket distribution centre in Moscow during August.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning said:
“We continue to deliver strong results against the back-drop of a challenging consumer and macro environment.

Lenta’s results demonstrate continuing efficiency improvements in all areas of our business. Further development of logistics led to additional benefits in supply chain cost which in combination with better supplier conditions and improved productivity in our own production allowed us to deliver an increase in gross profit margin increase despite additional price investments made to support customers. We proved that the operational improvements made last year were sustainable and in the first half of this year continued optimizing processes, especially in the like-for-like stores, to drive productivity. However, the productivity improvements in the like-for-like stores were not enough to offset the impact of enhanced investments in marketing activities to support traffic and the increase in housing costs, mainly driven by the large number of new stores we opened. As a result, Lenta reports a slight reduction in EBITDA margin.

We continue to strengthen our financial position and improve our debt profile. Falling market interest rates and optimization of our major long-term loan facilities translated into a significant reduction in interest expenses which supported 46% growth in net income.

We are well on track to meet our target of at least 40 new hypermarket openings this year, while in our supermarket format we plan to further accelerate of expansion. We have almost finalized the pipeline of hypermarket openings for the next year and continue our very selective approach focused on opportunities with attractive returns”.
[1] Certain amounts do not correspond to the IFRS financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2015 and reflect adjustments made as detailed in Note 2 of the IFRS financial statements
[2] Adjusted EBITDA is reported EBITDA as set out in Note 6 of the IFRS financial statements adjusted for non-recurring one-off items such as changes in accounting estimates and one-off non-operating costs and income
[3] Net Profit equates to “Profit for the year” in the attached IFRS Financial Statements
[4] Lenta’s stores are included in the LFL store base starting 12 months after the end of the month they are opened
[5] Cardholders who made at least 2 purchases at Lenta during the 12 months to 30 June 2016 are considered active

Forward looking statements:
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond Lenta’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Lenta speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, Lenta undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

David Westover
Senior Director
+44 207 282 2886 desk
+44 7768 897722 mobile

Marina Zakharova
+44 207 282 1079 desk
+44 7774 256545

Source: Lenta

UNIQLO to open its first two stores in Toronto

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO, the global casual apparel retailer, today (2016.08.25) announced that it launches in Canada with the opening of its first two stores in Toronto: one in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre on September 30 and one in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre on October 20.

“We are very excited to launch UNIQLO in Canada and introduce our LifeWear – innovative, high-quality clothing that is universal in design and comfort and made for everyone, everywhere – as well as our exceptional value and customer service to Canadian customers,” said Yasuhiro Hayashi, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Canada. “At UNIQLO, we constantly improve our products to be able to offer more warmth, more lightness and more comfort. Torontonians are known for celebrating individuality and continuous reinvention, and these qualities make Toronto the perfect place to open our first doors.”

The UNIQLO CF Toronto Eaton Centre location is a two-level store with a total sales floor of 27,400 square feet, located on the 3rd floor of the city’s shopping centre facing Yonge-Dundas Square. UNIQLO Yorkdale Shopping Centre is a two-level store featuring a total sales floor of 25,500 square feet in the new wing expansion of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Recognized for its innovative functional apparel, as well as its high-quality wardrobe staples, UNIQLO will present a range of core items for men, women, kids and babies at its two stores. In addition to the brand’s signature items such as Ultra Light Down, HEATTECH, Cashmere, Extra Fine Merino, Jeans and Oxford Shirts, the stores will carry designer collaborations like the Inès de la Fressange and Carine Roitfeld collections.

UNIQLO CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Opening date : Friday, September 30, 2016
Address : 220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1, Canada
Hours : OPENING DAY: September 30: 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sales floor : Approx. 27,400 square feet across two levels

UNIQLO Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Opening date : Thursday, October 20, 2016
Address : 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2T9, Canada
Hours : Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sales floor : Approx. 25,500 square feet across two levels

Source: Uniqlo

DAVIDsTEA Inc. to release 2Q FY2016 financial results on September 7, 2016

MONTREAL, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — DAVIDsTEA Inc. (Nasdaq:DTEA) today announced that its financial results for the second quarter fiscal 2016 will be released after market close on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time that day to discuss the financial results.

The Company has also announced its participation at the 23rd Annual Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Sylvain Toutant, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Luis Borgen, Chief Financial Officer, are currently scheduled to present on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 2:25 p.m. Eastern Time.

Both the earnings conference call and the conference presentation will be broadcast on the Company’s website at http://www.davidstea.com, in the “investor relations” section. Online archives of the webcasts will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the events and will remain available for one year.

About DAVIDsTEA Inc.
DAVIDsTEA is a fast-growing retailer of specialty tea, offering a differentiated selection of proprietary loose-leaf teas, pre-packaged teas, tea sachets and tea-related gifts, accessories and food and beverages, primarily through 198 company-operated DAVIDsTEA stores throughout Canada and the United States as of April 30, 2016, and its website, davidstea.com. The Company is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

Investor Contact:

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi
Rachel Schacter


Food Marketing Institute comments on FDA guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar PhD, RD, offered the following statement on today’s (August 23, 2016) announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its draft guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.

Thesmar said, “While the Preventive Controls rule embodies one of the basic pillars of FSMA, which is to thwart the contamination of food and to prevent foodborne illness from occurring, food retailers are well aware that prevention starts with strong good manufacturing practices followed by conducting a rigorous hazard analysis to identify and evaluate any known and reasonably foreseeable hazards.

“FMI appreciates FDA’s acknowledgement that the ‘relatively rare occurrence of significant safety concerns associated with the manufacture of food contact substances,’ and finished products, together with FDA’s extensive premarket review of these substances, provides adequate assurances of safety.

“We’re also encouraged that FDA extended certain compliance dates on several FSMA provisions, including requirements related to food contact substances under the foreign supplier verification rule. FMI and other retail associations have been working closely with FDA to seek clarification on the food contact substances issue, and we look forward to continued engagement with the agency as they consider how to best address our concerns.

“We remain confident in the food supply system and the U.S. government oversight is just part of the equation, as traceability and transparent business relationships are critical to the integrity of the food supply. We applaud the agency for providing essential guidance and reiterate the need for clarification in a timely manner for all of the outstanding questions under the final FSMA rules and we look forward to offering comments on behalf of the nation’s grocery stores and continuing our efforts with the agency.”


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

Source: FMI

Gordy’s Market raised over $62,000 during its 12th Annual Feed My People Live Charity Auction

Gordy’s Market raised over $62,000 during its 12th Annual Feed My People Live Charity Auction


CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISC, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gordy’s Market held their 12th Annual Feed My People Live Charity Auction on Friday, August 5 with all proceeds from the auction going to the Feed My People Food Bank of Wisconsin.

Feed My People is the only food bank in West Central Wisconsin, providing food to more than 125 hunger-relief organizations in 14 different counties. In total, Gordy’s raised over $62,000 for the food bank and the communities they serve.

The live auction included over 1,000 items and a special guest appearance by former Packers, Gilbert Brown and Tyrone Williams.

Gordy’s “Meat Guy,” Mike Vavra, also contributed to the excitement and awareness of the live auction and Feed My People Food Bank by embarking on a 100 mile ultramarathon. Mike began his run at Gordy’s Market in Rice Lake on Thursday, August 14 and completed his 100 mile adventure during the live auction held at Gordy’s Market in Eau Claire on Hamilton Avenue. Mike contributed over $1,800 from his run towards the final total raised.

The annual auction has now raised over $487,000 for the Feed My People Food Bank. With every $1 raised, Feed My People is able to provide $10 worth of food, or 6 pounds.

Established on the South side of Chippewa Falls in 1966 by Gordy and Donna Schafer, Gordy’s Market locally owns and operates 26 stores.

Founded on the values of giving back to their communities and providing local families with quality products at affordable prices while paying high attention to friendly service, Gordy’s continues to operate on these long standing traditions. A family owned and operated tradition spanning over 3 generations, the grocery business has been a passion of the Schafer Family for 50 years.

Thank you to all of our partners and local communities for the support they showed in making this event so successful this year!

Source: Gordy’s Market

Enjoy Dudley Summer Fun Play Days free town events from September 1-2

London, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dudley Council is inviting families to join in the fun with two free town centre events that encourage and celebrate outdoor play.

The Summer Fun Play Days will include giant games, sand pits, storytelling, leisure activities, face painting and more.

The events, which run from 11 am to 3 pm, will take place on Thursday 1 September at LCP’s Moor Centre in Brierley Hill and on Friday 2 September near Netherton Park’s Northfield Road entrance.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for planning and economic development, said:

“By hosting these events we want to encourage families to enjoy going back to basics and playing outdoors. The days are also timed to coincide with the end of the holidays so that families can enjoy a fun day out before going back to school.

“These sessions are different to ones that we have organised before in town centres as they are simply encouraging kids to play on bikes, with skipping ropes and have fun outdoors.  We will see what interest there is and if they prove to be popular we will consider running similar days in the future.”

For more details on the Summer Fun Play Days, go to www.dudley.gov.uk/events or www.discoverdudley.org.uk

Media Enquiries:

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

Source: London and Cambridge Properties

NCR Corporation announces brand new research and development hub, the NCR Innovation Lab

DULUTH, Ga., 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (August 23, 2016) announces the NCR Innovation Lab, a brand new research and development hub, which will focus on cross-functional research, innovation, and design-thinking. The NCR Innovation Lab will bring together NCR’s R&D teams with its global innovation labs to drive a unified omni-channel focus and build upon NCR’s position as a leader in the digitally connected economy.

To be located in NCR’s new global headquarters under construction in Atlanta, the NCR Innovation Lab will keep NCR at the forefront of new technologies and innovations, including in the areas of mobile, big-data, cloud, Internet of Things, machine learning, and predictive analytics, to leverage them to deliver innovative solutions for digital commerce in a wide variety of industries. The company will develop new APIs to enable digitally integrated businesses and create new revenue generating opportunities in the API enabled economy.

“The NCR Innovation Lab will accelerate our transformation to a platform based business model. We are living in exciting times where developers and customers from various ecosystems co-create and exchange value, which is changing the way we research, innovate, and design and think about our solutions and offerings,” said Eli Rosner, chief technology officer and senior vice president of software solutions, NCR.

“Omni-channel has evolved. It is now a strategic, end-to-end solution with a horizontal opportunity across all industries, in every geography, and for all tiers of customers,” Rosner continued. “NCR has a big role in shaping this industry, enabling digitally integrated businesses, and powering the digital economy for our customers.”

The first challenge the NCR Innovation Lab took on was a ”90-Day Challenge” – a program that brought together R&D and Product teams to design and develop new solutions. The program resulted in a working demo and several patent application filings earlier this year. The NCR Innovation Lab will continue to run ”90-Day Challenge” programs, as well as solutions-focused Hackathons and several other activities to promote innovation.

“Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing technology centers in the nation, and is emerging as an international hub for technology,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “NCR’s Innovation Lab will be a key addition to Atlanta’s vibrant innovation community of research institutions, corporations, start-ups and organizations developing game-changing technologies that will shape our future.”

The NCR Innovation Lab intends to work and collaborate with researchers and students at Georgia Tech, the developer community in the state of Georgia and around the globe, and other companies, including start-ups and customers, on innovation.  These engagements and innovations should also help to create additional business opportunities.

“In Georgia, we are fortunate to have a diverse array of centers and incubators that are forging new pathways in digital integration, putting our state at the forefront of progress in the industry,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are excited that industry giant NCR will also open their innovation lab here, and we look forward to seeing the new ideas that spawn from this collaborative space.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web Site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:

Albe Zakes
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust issues public offering of $250 million of Series X senior unsecured debentures

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) announced today (08/23/2016) that it has reached an agreement to issue to the public $250 million principal amount of Series X senior unsecured debentures (the “Debentures”).

The Debentures are being offered on a best efforts agency basis by a syndicate of agents co-led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities and BMO Capital Markets. The Debentures will carry a coupon rate of 2.185% and will mature on August 26, 2020.

The net proceeds will be used by RioCan to fund development, for property acquisitions, to repay certain indebtedness and for general trust purposes.

It is a condition of closing that DBRS Limited (“DBRS”) assign a rating of BBB(high) with a stable trend and Standard & Poor’s, a division of the McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) assign a rating of BBB- for the Debentures.

The offering is being made under RioCan’s base shelf short form prospectus dated August 10, 2016. The terms of the offering will be described in a prospectus supplement to be filed with Canadian securities regulators. The offering is expected to close on or about August 26, 2016.

The press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in any jurisdiction. The Debentures being offered have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and state securities laws. Accordingly, the Debentures may not be offered or sold to U.S. persons except pursuant to applicable exemptions from registration.

About RioCan:
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15 billion as at June 30, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 302 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 45 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia J. Devine
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973

Source: Rio Can

Green Bay Dressed Beef recalls beef brain products due to possible contamination of specified risk materials

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Green Bay Dressed Beef, LLC, doing business as American Foods Group, LLC, a Green Bay, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,420 pounds of beef brain products that may be contaminated with specified risk materials (SRM) the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Aug 24, 2016).

The beef brains were produced on various dates between April 24, 2016, and August, 11, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 15-unit cases containing beef brains labeled “AMERICAN FOODS GROUP BEEF BRAINS <30” and bearing packaging code 06400.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 410” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor in California.

The problem was discovered while FSIS inspectors were conducting verification activities.

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 and media with questions about the recall can contact Jennifer Dibbern at (800) 829-2838.

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.


Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin A. Bell
(202) 720-

Source: USDA

Sports Direct International to host Open Day on 7 September 2016

Shirebrook, UK, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board is pleased to announce that the Company will be hosting an Open Day on Wednesday, 7 September 2016, at its premises in Shirebrook. The purpose of the Open Day is to enable the Board to engage with as many people as possible in an open discussion about the business.

The Open Day will commence with the Annual General Meeting, which is being held at 11.00 am in the Auditorium, Unit D, Brook Park East, Shirebrook, NG20 8RY. The Board would also like to extend an invitation to the Annual General Meeting to those who are not shareholders of the Company, but who may wish to attend as observers.

To view the Agenda of the Open Day and to register to attend any of the sessions, please follow this link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sports-direct-international-plc-open-day-registration-27211479267

Please note that registration is required to attend any of the sessions of the Open Day (except for shareholders who wish to attend the Annual General Meeting), and participation may be limited due to the capacity of the Auditorium and the Site Tours. Registration will close at 6 pm on Friday, 2 September 2016.

The Board would like to encourage all of those with questions about the Company to attend, and so that we may be able to answer as many questions as possible, please pre-register your questions when you register to attend via the above link.

Dave Forsey
Chief Executive

Matt Pearson
Acting Chief Financial Officer

Tel: 0344 245 9200

Keith Bishop
Tel: 0207 734 9995

Source: Sports Direct International plc

Sheetz announces opening of two new stores in Shippensburg, PA, and Garner, NC

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains for over 60 years announces two new store openings in Shippensburg, PA, and Garner, NC.

On Thursday, August 25, Sheetz will open two new stores one in Shippensburg, PA, located at 8000 Olde Scotland Road, and one in Garner, NC at 40 Cabela Drive. The new store in Garner, NC will be the 18th store in the Wake Countyarea.

The new locations will welcome customers with a special offer of free self-served coffee for a limited time. All three locations will continue to display our award winning MTO® menu on our unique point touch terminals to order any specialty drink, or food item. The grand openings will be filled with excitement, and display the continuous growth of Sheetz throughout the three states.

The grand opening ceremonies for each store will begin at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, where a Sheetz family member and locals of each community will witness the last time the doors will be open. All locations will be open 24/7, and together will offer over 50  new full and part-time job opportunities.

Sheetz is truly committed to all the communities each store serves. During the grand opening ceremony at each store, Sheetz will be donating $2500 to Special Olympics Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years Sheetz extends its support through finance, product, and event volunteers. Since 2005 Sheetz has also partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation, where they have been able to grant over 400 wishes sending families and their seriously ill children on a dream vacation to Walt Disney World. During the Christmas season Sheetz For the Kidz® is annual event where Sheetz Family Charities has helped over 93,500 children since 1992, raising $21.6 million dollars to provide underprivileged kids with new clothes, toys, and necessities.

About Sheetz
Established in 1952, in Altoona, PA, Sheetz continues to be one of the fastest growing family owned and operated convenience store. Sheetz serves over $1.5 million customer’s every day, with more than $6.9 billion dollars in revenue. Sheetz was selected a Fortune Top 100 Best Places to Work in America in 2014 and 2016. Sheetz has over 16,000 employees, and has opened or rebuilt 41 stores in 2016. Sheetz operates over 500 stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. Sheetz has donated over $16.4 million For the Kidz charity since 1992, and has donated more than $440,000 every year to Special Olympics. For more information visit www.sheetz.com, or friend us on twitter @sheetz, facebook (facebook.com/Sheetz), and Instagram (Instagram.com/Sheetz).

For further information:
Tarah Arnold
Sheetz, Inc.
814.941.5183 office

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Sears launches a unique shop-in-shop experience featuring popular international fashion brands, “Showcase at Sears”

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears has taken a bold step toward elevating its apparel offerings with the planned launch of “Showcase at Sears,” a unique shop-in-shop experience that gives members and customers an exclusive opportunity to shop more than 10 of Europe and Latin America’s hottest international apparel brands – most available for the first time in the United States.

“We are creating an experience for our members unlike anything in the U.S. retail industry – a fashion-forward, shop-in-shop apparel collection featuring established and popular international fashion brands,” said David Pastrana, president of apparel, Sears Holdings. “Showcase at Sears gives our members access to fresh international trends, styles and fashions at an affordable price – and only found at Sears.”Initially launching in five New York-area stores this fall, the Showcase will feature men’s and women’s apparel, women’s shoes, intimates and handbags, and children’s apparel. Sears is building a 10,000 to 15,000 square-foot boutique within the existing apparel footprint of each store that will be staffed by dedicated associates. Apparel styles will range from fast fashion and fitness to contemporary sportswear and professional looks, with prices ranging from $10 to $175.

“These curated collections are a perfect complement to our existing apparel assortment and offer exposure to brands you’d otherwise have to travel internationally to try on,” said Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer for Sears. “Not only will our members love the fashion and selection, they’ll love the unique space we’re building out in each store. It will be inviting, high energy, and staffed with knowledgeable associates dedicated to serving members who shop the Showcase.”

Showcase at Sears will launch with these major international brands, each of which will feature the same core product they sell in Europe and elsewhere:

Brand Country of Origin Category
•         Biography United Kingdom/Mexico Women’s lifestyle
•         Fiorentina Mexico Women’s intimates
•         Hawes & Curtis United Kingdom Men’s apparel
•         Ilusión Mexico Women’s intimates
•        Jack & Jones Denmark Men’s apparel
•         LMENTAL Mexico Men’s apparel
•         Mango Spain Women’s lifestyle
•         MaryPaz Spain Women’s shoes
•         Punt Roma Spain Women’s lifestyle, including plus-size
•         3 Pommes France Children’s apparel
•         Zatchels United Kingdom Handbags

To help create Showcase at Sears, Sears teamed with SGN Group, the market leader for established European fashion, cosmetic and jewelry brands that look to establish a U.S. presence.

“These brands, each so successful internationally, were eager to launch in America and the Showcase at Sears is the perfect platform for them to do so,” said Sever Garcia, founder of SGN Group. “Sears is a trusted brand, woven into the fabric of American retail. When you combine the unique shopping experience they’re building, the exclusive access to an incredible mix of fashion all in one location, at very affordable prices, it’s a win-win-win for the participating brands, Sears and its members.”

Showcase at Sears will open inside Sears locations in:

  • Cross County Shopping Center (Yonkers, N.Y.)
  • The Galleria at White Plains (White Plains, N.Y.)
  • Green Acres Mall (Valley Stream, N.Y.)
  • Newport Centre Mall (Jersey City, N.J.)
  • Woodbridge Center (Woodbridge, N.J.)

Shop Your Way members will be able to both earn and redeem points on purchases of Showcase brands. For the latest fashionable clothing options from Sears, visit sears.com/apparel.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

About SGN Group
SGN Group is the market leader for established European fashion, cosmetics and jewelry brands looking to enhance their U.S. presence. The group has also become the “go-to” firm for top American companies looking to expand their business in Europe. Based in New York City, the firm manages all business requirements for brands with great market potential. With extensive industry knowledge and experience, SGN Group offers an established launch pad for designers, companies and institutions for both North America and Europe.


Brian Hanover
Sears Holdings

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Sears
312-527-2SHC (2742)


Sears launches a unique shop-in-shop experience featuring popular international fashion brands, "Showcase at Sears"
Sears launches a unique shop-in-shop experience featuring popular international fashion brands, “Showcase at Sears”


SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Bloomingdale’s and NYC artist Greg Lamarche partner for 100% Bloomingdale’s fall campaign

New York, NY, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Fall 2016, Bloomingdale’s has teamed up with NYC artist Greg Lamarche to illuminate the retailer’s 100% Bloomingdale’s fall campaign. Born and raised in New York City, Lamarche’s inspiration comes from the energy of the city and its role as an incubator of graffiti art. Lamarche’s artistic style emulates this season’s trend of mixing textures, fabrics, and colors creating a unique showcase for Bloomingdale’s exclusive fall merchandise.

“Being a native New Yorker, for me Bloomingdale’s was part of my experience growing up,” said artist Greg Lamarche. “Now, having the opportunity to work with this iconic brand is both exhilarating and an honor.”

“Bloomingdale’s is excited to join forces with renowned artist Greg Lamarche for our Fall 2016 100% Bloomingdale’s campaign,” said Frank Berman, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Bloomingdale’s. “Each season we look to broaden our roster of 100% Bloomingdale’s collaborators – from designers to performers to athletes – in an effort to create both exclusive merchandise and experiences that our customers won’t find anywhere else. Greg’s dynamic artwork brings a playful energy to our Fall campaign and creates the perfect backdrop for the season¿s top trends.”

Kicking off the campaign are eye-popping displays in the iconic Lexington Avenue windows as well as the Third Avenue windows at the 59th Street Flagship beginning September 1st. Lamarche’s signature collages are showcased alongside Bloomingdale’s 100% Exclusive merchandise with several interactive moments including a giant cell phone selfie station as well as a word search wall comprised of Lamarche’s eclectic letters.

A collection of limited edition merchandise featuring Lamarche’s graffiti and bold letters will be displayed in dedicated pop-up shops in all Bloomingdale’s locations beginning September 1st through October 31st and on www.bloomingdales.com. Lamarche’s custom products includes coffee mugs and “Bloomies” travel cup, men’s “Wash Up” and women’s “Hey Gorgeous” toiletry bags, “Bloomies” decorative pillow, select men’s accessories and apparel, and reusable vinyl Medium and Little Brown Bag totes with prices ranging from $6.00 to $115.00. Customers will also enjoy a complimentary Greg Lamarche letter pin to jazz up a denim jacket or fun accessory. Pins are available at the Greg Lamarche pop-ups while supplies lasts.

On Saturday, September 17th, customers are invited to their local Bloomingdale’s to shop women’s denim and receive an exclusive patch designed by artist Greg Lamarche – perfect for customizing your new jeans! From 1pm – 6pm customers may have their patch darned on their denim purchase at the store.

Customers are also invited to attend the many events and activations planned across all Bloomingdale’s locations celebrating Bloomingdale’s 100% exclusive styles and trends including:

Stop by any of our cosmetics counters to discover the perfect red lip for you. Matte or glossy, blue-toned or orange-based, we’ll help you find a just-right red lipstick, and even tell you what your unique “lip print” says about you!*
September 10, 1 pm-4 pm

Grab your girlfriends and join us for a day out in support of Housing Works, a nonprofit organization with the mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. Bring a gently used handbag and we’ll donate it to the cause and as a special treat for participating, you’ll receive 20% off the purchase of a new bag.*
September 10, Times vary by store

Stock up on fall’s most stylish jeans! Shop during our Denim Days event and take 15% off when you buy one pair and 25% off when you buy two or more pairs of regular-price denim.* September 15-18, all day

*Terms and restrictions may apply. Please visit www.bloomingdales.com for details.

For more information on events at your local Bloomingdale’s, please visit www.bloomingdales.com.

Customer Service: 1-800-777-0000″

Source: Bloomingdale