Ulta Beauty and proactiv® announce new retail partnership

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty and proactiv®, the award-winning acne treatment system, are pleased to announce a new retail partnership. Starting September 1, proactiv will be available to Ulta Beauty guests in select stores and nationwide online at ulta.com. Ulta Beauty will be the exclusive beauty retailer of proactiv at the time of the launch.

“We at proactiv are truly excited for this partnership with Ulta Beauty.  As the #1 acne brand in America, we are thrilled our next wave of expansion will bring our proven acne skincare solutions into the hands of Ulta Beauty guests, giving even more individuals the opportunity to have the clear, healthy-looking skin they deserve,” states Kimber L. Maderazzo, EVP of Global Brand & Product Marketing at The Proactiv Company.

Ulta Beauty stores will carry a range of proactiv products which will include individual items as well as 3-step kits and additional products through ulta.com.  proactiv combines proven safe and effective acne fighters into an easy to use, daily skin care regimen designed with all skin types and ages in mind.

Ulta Beauty will also carry X Out™ on Ulta.com from the makers of proactiv. X Out is a simple, 1 step Wash-In treatment designed specifically for busy teens and young adults.

“This announcement marks the first time proactiv will be available at a national beauty retailer and it is yet another exciting first for Ulta Beauty,” said Tara Simon, senior vice president of prestige merchandising at Ulta Beauty.  “We’ve listened to our guest and know she wants the most sought-after brands and we deliver them to her time and time again.  Offering proactiv at Ulta Beauty is a huge win for us and more importantly our guests who have been requesting the brand for years.”

proactiv’s award-winning line of products like the proactiv+ 3-step acne system will be featured in 375 Ulta Beauty doors and new doors will be added through the remainder of the year.  proactiv and X Out will both be available at ulta.com at launch.

About Proactiv
proactiv, America’s #1 acne brand, is an industry leader in the treatment of acne skincare.  proactiv takes medically-based breakthrough technologies and combines them with the best acne fighters into synergistic 3-Step regimens.  Used and trusted by millions around the world, proactiv has been recognized with 30 awards and honors from the beauty and health industry. The Proactiv Company is a newly formed entity with Nestle Skin Health S.A., a global leader focused on science-based solutions for overall skin health.  The Proactiv Company unites Nestle Skin Health’s science-based innovations with The Proactiv Company’s direct to consumer expertise under the proactiv brand.

About Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store 25 years ago, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™.  The company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services.  Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program.  As of July 30, 2016, Ulta Beauty operates 907 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.


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Starbucks opens its doors for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago

Starbucks opens its doors for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago
Starbucks opens its doors for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago


Seattle, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, just north of South America’s northern coast, is known for its peach sand, lush rain forests, and natural beauty. The steel pan drum was invented there in the 1930’s, and its calypso sounds still fill the air. Gathering with friends to relax is a national pastime, known as “liming” in local slang.

Now Starbucks is opening its doors for the first time in the country with a new store in San Fernando on the island of Trinidad. The Starbucks® store in South Park offers customers an inviting destination to relax, unwind and connect in one of the area’s most popular neighborhoods.

Starbucks opened its first store in the Caribbean in 2002 in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan and now operates in five Caribbean markets, including  the Bahamas, Aruba and Curacao. Prestige Holdings Ltd., Trinidad’s leading restaurant management company, will exclusively own and operate Starbucks stores across the country. The company plans to open two additional locations this year. The opening in Trinidad and Tobago marks Starbucks 74th global market.

Designers created Starbucks first store in Trinidad to showcase the Starbucks brand and celebrate the Trini people and their culture. Unique artwork from local artists is featured throughout the 2,500-square-foot space. Artist Beverley Fitzwilliam Harries created a large painting using only coffee pigment. Her composition features a rich tropical landscape with people in the corner liming and enjoying coffee, Coffee plants dot the foreground and frame the view.

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Email: press@starbucks.com

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Amazon expands further in Illinois with plans to open new fulfillment center in Monee

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Aug. 29, 2016) announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Monee, Ill. At the more than 850,000-square-foot facility, hundreds and hundreds of Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

“We place our fulfillment centers close to customers to provide the fastest possible delivery times, and the growth in Illinois is directly tied to our increasing customer demand,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America Operations. “Illinois is a great state to do business, and we are happy to be expanding there to serve customers.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.

“We feel very fortunate that Amazon has decided to build another fulfillment center in Will County, bringing the total facilities here to four,” said Will County Executive Lawrence Walsh. “It’s very exciting to think that Amazon could soon be employing thousands and thousands of full-time employees in the area. We look forward to the Monee site opening.”

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

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About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about

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Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row opens the exclusive doors to fashion’s biggest week on September 7

Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row opens the exclusive doors to fashion’s biggest week on September 7
Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row opens the exclusive doors to fashion’s biggest week on September 7


NEW YORK, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s is ready to kick off New York Fashion Week and bring it closer to fans everywhere as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row, a runway spectacle mixing music, fashion and compassion, hits the stage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and television screens nationwide with a one-hour entertainment special. On Wednesday, Sep. 7 at 7:30 p.m., live from the capital of American fashion, Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row will open the exclusive doors to fashion’s biggest week with spectacular presentations of the fall season’s hottest looks and musical performances from superstars Ariana Grande and Flo Rida. The show will be hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and is set to air nationwide on E!, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to the theatrical and television presentations, Macy’s will bring the glitz and glamour of fashion week to 25 markets nationwide via special in-store events featuring celebrity appearances, fashion presentations, and more.

“Macy’s Presents Fashion’sFront Row will bring the glamour and exclusivity of New York Fashion Week closer to audiences than ever before,” said Joe Feczko, executive producer of the Macy’s event. “Our national entertainment special on E! will open the doors to the masses, with electrifying musical performances and an incredible theatrical presentation of must-have designer looks. And once again, on the day of the broadcast, fans will be able to shop the show directly from the runway via our newly created website, macys.com/shoptheshow.”

“The excitement will extend to select Macy’s stores nationwide as we transport Fashion’s Front Row to cities across the country, delighting shoppers with an exclusive look at fall’s hottest fashions and special in-store celebrity appearances,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president, Special Events.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Macy’s to join E!’s expert fashion coverage with their incredible event highlighting the cultural importance of Fashion Week,” said Laura Molen, executive vice president, Lifestyle Advertising Sales,NBC Universal. “Combining the power of the Macy’s brand and some of music’s hottest acts with E!’s social, engaged audience is a natural collaboration.”

Macy’s fashion week theatrical catwalk will feature sensational presentations of designs from I.N.C. International Concepts, Kenneth Cole, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, Tallia, and Tommy Hilfiger. In addition, Justin Timberlake’s William Rast collection will be presented for the first-time-ever at a New York Fashion Week event. The runway firsts continue with the world-exclusive debut of Betsey Johnson xox Trolls, a special collection inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film “Trolls,” which opens in U.S. theaters on

Nov. 4. Before the models hit the catwalk, their high-fashion beauty looks will be crafted and applied by the incredible artists of Lancôme, who will highlight the fall season’s must-have cosmetic palettes. Samsung, the global innovation leader in consumer electronics and mobile technology, is the event’s signature technology partner and will also showcase its fashionable line of smartwatches in a special catwalk presentation.

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

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

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

Fans tuning in nationwide will receive their own VIP experience when Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row airs on E!, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). The broadcast, hosted by E!’s Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, will include highlights and performances from the live show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, in addition to behind-the-scenes elements hosted by E!’s Zuri Hall. As the looks come down the catwalk, fashionistas from coast-to-coast will be able to snag the must-have fashions as they shop the show via macys.com/shoptheshow.

Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 17, Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row will also extend to fabulous in-store events nationwide. Macy’s flagship locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and San Francisco will host in-store celebrations featuring celebrity and designer appearances, special performances and fashion presentations, bringing the Fashion Week experience closer to style mavens. In addition, at 20 select locations, Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row-themed shopping parties will spread the glamour to more cities nationwide.

For more information about Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row, please visit macys.com/FrontRow.

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

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

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Christine Olver Nealon

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Sainsbury’s trials new concept called Slow Shopping to help elderly and disabled customers

Sainsbury’s trials new concept called Slow Shopping to help elderly and disabled customers
Sainsbury’s trials new concept called Slow Shopping to help elderly and disabled customers


Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Slow Shopping is run at the store every Tuesday from 1-3 pm. During this time people who want to use the service are greeted at the entrance to the store, where a Sainsbury’s colleague is on hand to assist customers with their shopping. Chairs are put out at the end of aisles to enable people who struggle to stand all the way round the shop to have a rest. The store also mans two help desks where they offer samples of favourite products such as fruit, ginger biscuits and Victoria sponge.

The idea was championed by Katherine Vero who lives in Newcastle and used to find it hard to go shopping with her mother who had dementia.  Research published by the Alzheimer’s Society has found that eight out of ten of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK list shopping as their favourite activity.  However, since being diagnosed, one in four have given up shopping.

Katherine Vero, Founder of Slow Shopping said: “My mum used to love shopping but as her dementia developed it became increasingly difficult and stressful for us both.  But I didn’t want her to stop going out and become isolated. I wondered if there was a way to help us enjoy shopping.

“After she passed away I was inspired to come up with the idea of Slow Shopping and was delighted when Sainsbury’s agreed to help me trial it. I hope other retailers will follow.”

Scott McMahon, Deputy Manager of Sainsbury’s Gosforth store said: ‘When my father developed cancer I saw how hard he found shopping yet he still wanted to go to maintain his independence, so when Katherine approached me about trialling Slow Shopping I was keen to help.

“I knew Sainsbury’s would want to support it too. We invest a lot of time in training colleagues in how to help customers with disabilities; so we were well placed to go the extra step of putting out chairs and manning help points, but it’s our colleagues who really make the difference.”

Over the past year Sainsbury’s has invested over 50,000 hours in training store colleagues how to help customers with visible disabilities and non-visible disabilities like autism.

Customers can request assistance with their shopping at any customer service desk in any Sainsbury’s store.

For more information about Sainsbury’s, please contact the Sainsbury’s press office on 020 7695 7295 or email press_office@sainsburys.co.uk

Source: Sainsbury


Cosmetics brand Fresh celebrates 25 years with an exciting new skincare franchise — Vitamin Nectar

Cosmetics brand Fresh celebrates 25 years with an exciting new skincare franchise — Vitamin NectarCosmetics brand Fresh celebrates 25 years with an exciting new skincare franchise — Vitamin Nectar


Paris, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. cosmetics brand Fresh is celebrating 25 years of innovation with Vitamin Nectar, an exciting new skincare franchise. Featuring a breakthrough formula based on vitamins, these new skincare products reflect Fresh’s natural approach to beauty.

Fresh, the U.S. cosmetics brand co-founded in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, has a unique approach to beauty inspired by nature and artisanal craftsmanship.  The success of Fresh began in 1993 with the creation of hand-wrapped artisanal soaps that have since become beauty icons. The Fresh brand has since evolved into a full line of products spanning skincare, body care, fragrances and candles.

For the past 25 years, Fresh has developed while pursuing a single-minded objective: always lead the avant-garde of beauty. Today this vision comes to life at the Fresh Research Lab, housed within the LVMH Helios Cosmetics Research Center in the French city of Saint-Jean-de-Braye. Here, experts including chemists, biologists and dermatologists draw on the latest technological advances to invent the innovative formulas of tomorrow.

Guided by the creative vision of Lev Glazman, who helms the Fresh Research Lab, the brand has designed Vitamin Nectar, a new range of products with innovative textures and ingredients. The first product released in this collection is Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, made from natural ingredients and featuring the beneficial effects of vitamins. Inspired by the way nutrition affects the skin’s health, Lev Glazman decided to bridge the world of vitamins into beauty products. The new skincare collection invented by Fresh brings skin the benefits of vitamins C, E and B5 combined with natural orange, lemon and clementine extracts in a mask with a sublime texture. The effects on the skin can be seen instantly and intensify over time.

“This revolutionary approach to beauty taps into the power of nature to employ potent natural ingredients which combine with cutting-edge technology to deliver the optimal impact, making them the perfect partner to any skincare ritual,” says Lev Glazman.


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Lowe’s Companies to windup Hydrox Holdings through court appointed liquidator

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) today (August 29, 2016) filed a motion requesting that the Federal Court of Australia appoint a liquidator to oversee the equitable and orderly wind up of the Masters Joint Venture vehicle, Hydrox Holdings, as part of a liquidation process that has been initiated by Woolworths. Lowe’s also alleges that Woolworths has conducted the affairs of Hydrox in a manner oppressive and unfairly prejudicial to Lowe’s, including by wrongfully and in bad faith seeking to terminate its joint venture agreement and by seeking to exclude Lowe’s from the management of Hydrox.

The Joint Venture (JV), formed in 2009, operates the Masters Home Improvement stores and the Home Timber and Hardware Group’s retail stores and wholesale distribution in Australia. Lowe’s owns one-third of the JV and Woolworths owns two-thirds as well as controlling the Board of Directors and day-to-day operations.

Despite every effort to reach a fair resolution with its JV partner, Lowe’s has been left with no other option but to seek the guidance of the court to achieve an equitable and orderly wind-up of the Masters business. Lowe’s has acted in good faith at every stage in both the development and operation of Masters, and has been at all times an engaged investor, a committed partner and proud employer. On the other hand, Woolworths has engaged in oppressive conduct, including by invalidly and in bad faith attempting to terminate the JV.

As previously announced, Lowe’s notified Woolworths on Jan. 15, 2016, of its intent to exercise its put option held under the JV arrangement. Woolworths is contractually obligated to pay to Lowe’s the fair value of its ownership stake as of Jan. 18, 2016, and has disclosed this to the market.

On Jan. 18, 2016 Woolworths’ Chairman Gordon Cairns announced to the ASX “an orderly prospective sale or windup of the business.”

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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Couche-Tard to purchase 53 sites in Louisiana from American General Investments, LLC and North American Financial Group, LLC

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today (August 29, 2016) that it has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement to purchase 53 sites held by American General Investments, LLC and North American Financial Group, LLC (together, “Cracker Barrel”). These sites are located primarily in the Baton Rouge market in Louisiana. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter of Couche-Tard’s fiscal year 2017 and is subject to the standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The acquisition will be financed from Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price for this acquisition.

These convenience stores operate under the store brand Cracker Barrel and include 12 quick service restaurants. All but one of the sites offer branded motor fuels under the Shell, Chevron or Cracker Barrel brand names. Of the 53 sites, Couche-Tard would own the land and building for 47 locations and would assume or enter into leases for the remaining 6 locations.

Following the acquisition, all of the stores would be rebranded and operated under the Circle K brand by Couche-Tard’s U.S. Division of the Gulf Coast Region.

“Subsequent to this transaction, Couche-Tard’s network in the Circle K Division of the Gulf Coast Region would include a total of 638 company operated-stores, 8 company owned and dealer operated and 54 dealer owned and operated. These stores occupy strategic locations within their respective trade areas. This acquisition would be a great addition to Couche-Tard’s expansion and growth plans for the Gulf Division.” commented Brian Bednarz, Vice-President Operations, U.S. Division of the Gulf Coast Region.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) and in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and in Ireland with an important presence in Poland.

As of April 24, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,888 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,490 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and 4 in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Approximately 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Ireland, Poland, the Baltics States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Russia with 2,669 stores through ten business units. As of April 24, 2016, Couche-Tard network is comprised of 2,659 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel sites which only offer road transportation fuel. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, lubricants and chemicals. Including employees at its branded franchise stores, approximately 25,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, under licensing agreements, almost 1,500 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in 13 other countries or territories worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam), which brings the total network to over 12,000 stores.

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: http://corpo.couche-tard.com.

Investor Relations:

Claude Tessier
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (450) 662-6632, ext. 4407

Media Relations:
Karen Romer
Director Global Communications
Tel: (514) 603-4505 / +47 950 74 950

Source: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

SONIC® Drive-In launches SONIC Blast® Flavor Funnels

SONIC® Drive-In launches SONIC Blast® Flavor Funnels
SONIC® Drive-In launches SONIC Blast® Flavor Funnels


OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —  SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ:SONC) introduces an irresistible new way to indulge your sweet tooth with SONIC Blast® Flavor Funnels. Take the Blasts you love to the next level with a funnel of creamy OREO® stuffing, peanut butter, caramel or chocolate filled right down the middle from top to bottom.

With Blast Flavor Funnels, a delectable funnel of flavor at the center is surrounded by hand-mixed Real Ice cream making each Blast a treat within a treat.

“Our Flavor Funnels create an experience that give our guests even more of the premium ingredients they have come to expect from a SONIC dessert all the way down the middle,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation & development for SONIC. “It’s a whole new way to savor a SONIC Blast, with more of what you love in every bite.”

Flavor Funnels are available in five Blast offerings: SONIC Blast made with Snickers® Bars and Caramel Funnel; SONIC Blast made with Butterfinger® pieces and Caramel Funnel; SONIC Blast made with Oreo® cookie pieces and Oreo® Stuffing Funnel; SONIC Blast made with M&Ms® Chocolate candies and Chocolate Funnel and SONIC Blast made with Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter Funnel. Or, add a Flavor Funnel to any of SONIC’s Blasts to create a custom dessert with your favorite flavors in each bite.

SONIC Blast Flavor Funnels are only here for a limited time, so stop by your local drive-in soon to experience the revolutionary taste sensation for yourself.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain, serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.


Matthew Young

Source: SONIC


Chipotle offers students free drinks with food purchase during the month of September

DENVER, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 29, 2016), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) announced a promotion to help make heading back to school a little easier. During the entire month of September, high school and college students with a valid ID can enjoy free fountain soft drinks or iced tea with any in-store entrée purchase.

“It can be tough when the end of the summer collides with the reality of heading back to school,” said Chris Arnold, communications director at Chipotle. “We’re filling – and refilling – students’ cups at all Chipotle locations to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.”

Transactions that include the free student drink will still count toward Chiptopia, Chipotle’s loyalty program that rewards customers who make multiple paid visits to Chipotle each month with free food when transactions total at least six dollars.

The student drink promotion is open to high school (including home schooled students), undergraduate or graduate college students who present a valid ID. This promotion includes fountain soft drinks and iced tea and excludes any bottled drinks (Izze, Nantucket). Free drinks are limited to one per person, per visit, and are only valid with in-store orders.

For more information, please visit Chipotle.com/septemberfreedrink.

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 24 Chipotle restaurants outside the US and 14 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates four Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.


Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts features classic flavors of fall

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts features classic flavors of fall
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts features classic flavors of fall


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by the savory and spicy flavors of fall, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today ( August 29, 2016) announced a doughnut and beverage line featuring classic tastes such as pumpkin spice and salted caramel. The Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut and Pumpkin Spice Latte are now available in participating shops in the U.S. and Canada through Nov. 24.

The Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut is an old-fashioned doughnut with pumpkin spice and Krispy Kreme’s classic glaze.

The Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut is an espresso Kreme™ filled doughnut and topped with a salted caramel icing and salted sugar blend. An espresso icing drizzle tops off this perfect fall treat.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte features a pumpkin spice blend and is topped with whipped cream and pumpkin topping. This beverage can be enjoyed hot, iced or frozen.

“Each year we always look forward to the classic flavors of fall,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “Our fans crave these seasonally inspired treats, and the pairing of a Pumpkin Spice Latte and one of our doughnuts makes for the perfect comfort food as the weather starts to cool down.”

Krispy Kreme’s pumpkin flavored products have been appearing seasonally in shops for more than a decade and are frequently noted by our guests as one of the best ways to get a pumpkin fix throughout the season.

Fans wishing to get their Talk like a Pirate Day bounty early will get their chance, as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announced two Pirate Doughnuts available today. The Pirate Doughnut and the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut will be available through Sept. 19.

The Pirate Doughnut is a Kreme™ filled doughnut dipped in white icing before being finished with a classic Pirate face. The Skull and Crossbones Doughnut is filled with chocolate Kreme dipped in chocolate icing and topped with a candy skull and crossbones made of white icing.

Share these treats with your family and friends using #KrispyKreme all season long.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,000 retail shops in 27 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.


Sarah Roof
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.


Melanie Teed-Murch named President, Toys“R”Us, Canada

Melanie Teed-Murch named President, Toys“R”Us, Canada Melanie Teed-Murch named President, Toys“R”Us, Canada
Melanie Teed-Murch named President, Toys“R”Us, Canada


WAYNE, NJ and CONCORD, Ontario, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (August 29, 2016) announced the appointment of Melanie Teed-Murch as President, Toys“R”Us, Canada, effective September 1. In addition to overseeing the operations and business activities for the company’s Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores and e-commerce channel in Canada, Melanie will be responsible for the continued growth, profitability and success of the company in this market. She will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

“I’m thrilled that Melanie will be taking on this leadership role,” said Brandon. “Her deep experience in retail and drive for results, coupled with her strong relationships across our global teams and vendor community, give me great confidence in her ability to achieve our growth goals in Canada.”

Since first joining the organization in 1996 as a store manager for Toys“R”Us in Kitchener, Ontario, Melanie has held a variety of senior leadership, merchandising and operational roles with increasing responsibility, including her most recent position as Canada’s Chief Merchant.

She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Business Administration Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. Melanie replaces Kevin Macnab who was promoted to Executive Vice President, Special Assistant/Office of the Chairman, Toys“R”Us, Inc., back in 2015.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 871 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and 250 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900

Source: About Toys“R”Us, Inc.


Rite Aid announces availability of naloxone without prescription in 13 states

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Aug. 29, 2016) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at their pharmacies in 13 states without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

Naloxone is now available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 13 states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

“As a community healthcare provider, we have a responsibility to do our part in the fight against opioid abuse and that’s why Rite Aid has made it a priority to expand access to this life-saving medication in the communities we serve,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “By making naloxone available without a prescription at our pharmacies, we are doing our part to help save lives and address the issue of opioid abuse in our country.”

Opioid misuse and abuse continues to be an in issue in the United States; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, opioid overdoses were involved in 28,647 deaths, more than any year on record.

Rite Aid is committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities it serves. To date, the Company has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum

Source:Rite Aid Corporation

Sequential Brands Group management to present at the 23rd Annual Global Retailing Conference

NEW YORK, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) today ( Aug. 29, 2016) announced that management will be presenting at the 23rd Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York on Wednesday, September 7th at 9:35 am Eastern Time. A live webcast of the presentation will be available at the Company’s investor relations website: http://ir.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, home, active, and lifestyle categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Investor Relations Inquiries:
Katherine Nash

Media Inquiries:
Jaime Cassavechia
212-518-4771 x108

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./ globenewswire

GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited announces unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2016

Hong Kong, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited (HKSE: 493, “GOME” or the “Company,” together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) today (29 August, 2016) announced its unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2016 (the “Reporting Period”).

Steady Sales Growth with Larger Contribution from GOME Online
In the first half of 2016, the Group remained committed to its strategic transformation towards “Omni-channel, New scenario and Strong linkage” and rolled out a series of targeted investments and renovations. The Group cultivated younger generation consumer groups while maintaining its leading position in existing client base and buying traffic, which laid a solid foundation for rolling out its long term strategic imperatives.

During the Reporting Period, total sales revenue of the Group reached RMB35.31 billion, up 11.4% YoY. Online direct sales revenue of GOME Online grew by 63.0%. The consolidated gross profit margin stood at 16.4%. The operating expense ratio slightly increased by 0.8 percentage point to 16.3%, mainly due to store renovations. Profit attributable to owners of the parent was RMB124 million, down 82% YoY. The Group’s financial position remained solid with RMB11.33 billion of cash and cash equivalents recorded at the end of the period.

As at the end of the Reporting Period, post-March closed transactions and consolidated store numbers stood at 941 stores in first tier market, which recorded 7.6% sales revenue growth and 786 stores in second tier market which recorded 24.9% sales revenue growth.

The Group’s GMV grew 22% to RMB50.2 billion, while GMV generated by GOME Online reached RMB13.3 billion, up 101.2% YoY. GMV generated by mobile applications increased 206% YoY, accounting for 65% of total GMV generated by GOME Online. The GMV generated by after-sales services grew 63% while GMV generated by overseas e-commerce platforms grew 160%.

A New Retail Ecosystem is Building upon a Steady Roll-out of Total Retail Ecosystem Strategy
Rolling out its total retail ecosystem strategy revealed the strategic imperativeness of the Group to cope with a rapidly changing competitive landscape and consumer behavior in retail markets. The Group continued to grow its GMV and customer traffic attracted by building themed retailing platforms with focuses on providing a better customer experience and leveraging on its advantages in supply chain management. Looking ahead, the Group remains committed to pushing forward its strategic transformation steadily and forging its value proposition of becoming an integrated home solutions provider with online and offline channels.

Building New Scenario Ecosystem with New Traffic Attraction Initiatives
Based on a six-scenario strategic business building plan, namely: “Leisure & Entertainment, Lifestyle & Gourmet, Home Furnishing & Design, Internet-TV, Internet of Things & Smart Devices, and E-commerce,” the Group remains focused on building a total retail ecosystem designed to satisfy customer needs of improving quality of life. By carrying out initiatives in five different areas, including entertainment, kitchen & lifestyle, online game tournaments, Internet-TV, and home furnishing & design, the Group intends to organically merge its online and office traffic attraction portals, cover a wider range of retail consumers while cultivating consumption patterns of younger-generation consumers, which eventually will drive sales growth with growing customer traffic.

By vertically partnering with high quality content providers and manufacturers in the value chain, as an all-channel distributor, the Group will push forward the launch of Internet-TV system strategies and seize opportunities to build its presence in “living room economies,” which is crucial to attract younger generations of consumers. The Group targets to realize the whole sales of TV product by 2018 are Internet-TVs.

Internet of Things and smart devices are channels to extend product distribution to the after-sales services market. The Group’s real time monitoring “Smart Cloud” platform is built upon these channels and is aimed at enabling retailers to better understand consumption patterns through data mining and analysis. In addition to the rapid growth of after-sales services platforms and encouraging re-purchase behaviors, the Group’s targeted information push and marketing tools are also designed to cover the full life cycle of customer consumption patterns.

By leveraging on its open supply chain platforms and full and complete process controllable IT software systems, the Group will further integrate the prime resources of its ecosystem partners, both online and offline. The Group also strengthens its value proposition as an integrated home solutions provider by partnering and resource sharing with different types of household name retailers, including Amazon and Feiniu.com. These partnerships also attract consumer traffic by extending customer coverage and supplementing low frequency products with high frequency ones.

Advantages of Integrated Supply Chain Establish Higher Entry Barriers for Retailers
The Group maintains its competitive advantages in the retail industry by adopting flexible and innovative merchandise procurement models and the operation of differentiated products with pricing power controls. The Group also forges a better cloud warehouse model on the top of extending its distribution channels to lower tiers markets. The logistics services alliance that was built upon an open supply chain and resources sharing with Haier and other partners in the ecosystem enables the Group to optimize backbone logistic lines, storage capacity and overall operational efficiency. In addition, GOME establishes a global merchandise platform specializing in importing overseas supply chain resources to the domestic market gradually in the future, the Group also proactively seeks opportunities to expand its presence in global supply chains by exporting domestic resources to overseas markets.

Smart Cloud Platform to Enhance Customer Ties
With the Group’s “Smart Cloud” platform, “GOME House Manager” is an O2O resources sharing platform with an aim of forging with the open smartness, as well as provide a full range of home and residential services with a focus of home appliances, creating a closed loop of the home appliance life cycle of “Purchase – Clean – Maintain – Recycle – Repurchase.” This important portal is aimed at enabling the Group to create new service markets and further strengthen its market-leading position as a full range integrated after-sales services provider, with higher customer loyalty and stronger bonding with consumers.

In addition, the Group also connects its potential customers with GOME TOGO Micro shops, which supplements merchandise distribution with brand building through wholly word of mouth marketing. The number of Micro shops already exceeded 110,000 at the end of the Reporting Period.

Mr. Wang Junzhou, President of GOME, said: “It’s crucial for retailers to satisfy ever-changing consumer appetites and integrate prime resources alongside industry value chain. By integrating supplementary prime resources and forging new scenario and various traffic entries, GOME is building a multi-format and comprehensive product range retailing ecosystem. Relying on the vertically integrated value chain to strengthen our supply chain advantages, GOME is able to lift its own efficiency while providing highly cost-effective logistics services to the entire industry value chain, which eventually delivers high quality products to consumers at reasonable prices. And this ecosystem’s overall profitability should be able to increase with differentiated products, which are designed to satisfy consumer’s diversified needs and pursuit of higher quality of life. Meanwhile, by leveraging GOME’s brand awareness established over the years, GOME is able to rapidly plunge into consumer service market with home appliance related services as a breakthrough point. Benefited from stronger customer ties built upon our cloud platform, which is designed for data collection and analysis of consumer behavior, we should be able to encourage repurchase while closing consumer service cycle.

Looking ahead, GOME remains proactive in integration of prime resources, attracting customer traffic, and building strong linkage with its customers. Meanwhile, GOME is also committed to upgrading and emerging as a leading retailer transformed from the old fashioned retailing business toward a more enterprising, open-minded firm embracing new ideas and technologies, which the management of the Company believes would eventually create value for shareholders, the society and most importantly – consumers.”

About GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited
GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited has been listed on The Hong Kong Stock Exchange since July 2004 (HKSE: 00493). The GOME Group was founded in China in 1987 and is engaged in the retail business of electrical appliances and consumer electronics in China. It is the leading retail chain of electrical appliances and consumer electronics and the leading retail chain enterprise in China.

Please visit our website for more information: www.gome.com.hk

Investors and Media Inquiry:
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Alex Wang
Tel: (852) 2610-0846

GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited
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Tel: (86) 010 5928-8178
Email: zhangyuan-cw@GOME.com.cn

Source: GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited

AH to go op campus in Wageningen

Zaandam, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Studenten in Wageningen hoeven vanaf nu de campus niet meer te verlaten als ze ‘on the go’ willen eten en drinken. Vandaag, 29 augustus, opent AH to go hier zijn deuren. De nieuwe winkel speelt in op het studentenbudget. Zo worden er AH Basic producten verkocht en is er een ‘eind van de maand’ deal.

De AH to go speelt niet alleen met het assortiment in op de wens van de studenten, ook buiten heerst een studentvriendelijke sfeer. Bij de winkel zit namelijk een terras met picknicktafels. Deze plek – de Campus Plaza – is omgetoverd tot een ontmoetingsgebied waar de 12.000 studenten en 6500 werkenden kunnen studeren, shoppen, leven, eten en drinken.Bij de AH to go kunnen studenten maar liefst 1500 verschillende producten kopen, van pizza en broodjes Egg Benedict, tot haver-banana pancakes, waarvan 65 stuks AH Basic producten speciaal zijn toegevoegd voor deze AH to go.Wie aan het eind van de maand echt krap bij kas zit, kan zijn voordeel doen met de ‘eind van de maand’ deal. Dat is bijvoorbeeld een ‘kipflapje’ met melk voor maar ? 1,50. Deze deal is ontwikkeld in samenwerking met blogger Leonie ter Veld van de website gewoonwateenstudentjesavondseet.nl. De universiteit van Wageningen is niet de enige school met haar eigen AH to go. Ook de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en de Haagse Hogeschool hebben een AH to go.Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: pers@ah.nl of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.


AH to go op campus in Wageningen
AH to go op campus in Wageningen


Source: Albert Heijn

QVC opens distribution center in Ontario, California

West Chester, Pa, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 29, 2016) , QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and e-commerce retailer, announced the grand opening of its Ontario, California, distribution center – the company’s first on the West Coast. The 1 million square foot facility is expected to bring approximately 500 new jobs to Ontario by 2018 and an additional 500 jobs by 2020.

“QVC is a destination where consumers find what they love and love what they find and our new Ontario distribution center allows us to continue to enrich our customer experience,” said James Reid, vice president, Customer Logistics, U.S. at QVC. “Our QVC family builds trust, loyalty and customer engagement with every product we ship. We are excited to welcome the Ontario team to the QVC family.”

QVC Celebrates West Coast Distribution Center Grand Opening

The new distribution center is expected to accommodate approximately 20 percent of QVC’s total U.S. shipments, with plans to store and ship all product categories – from fashion and beauty products to big ticket items like TVs, computers and housewares.

“As we open the doors to our first West Coast distribution center, QVC would also like to take this time to reflect on the exceptional support we received from the California Governor’s office, Mayor Paul Leon and the Ontario City Council and San Bernardino County,” added Reid.

To celebrate the distribution center’s opening, QVC will host a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting event today at the distribution center. In support of the Ontario community, QVC will present donations to the local chapters of the American Heart Association and the United Way.

“The grand opening of QVC’s state-of-the-art facility in Ontario is the result of hard work and coordination between the company, the state and our partners at the local level,” said Leslie McBride, deputy director at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). “We are honored QVC chose California and we look forward to continuing to work with them as they grow and add jobs in the Golden State.”

The LEED-certified facility will utilize high efficiency systems for lighting, heating and cooling and will feature a 250 kW solar array on its rooftop. The center is expected to lower the company’s use of trucking by more than 10 million miles annually, leading to a reduction of more than 35 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year.

“We are excited that QVC selected our community as the home for its newest distribution center and know many of our residents look forward to joining the QVC family,” said Ontario Mayor Paul Leon. “The City of Ontario holds our partnerships with forward-thinking companies like QVC in high esteem, as through them come great benefits for our city’s economy, culture and people.”

QVC’s current U.S. distribution centers are located in Suffolk, Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; and Florence, South Carolina. Since 1986, QVC has shipped more than 1.8 billion packages in the U.S., with a single-day shipping record of approximately 800,000 units.

About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S.JapanGermanyUnited KingdomItalyFrance and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC