Wegmans Mechanicsburg store starts wine-to-go sales

Mechanicsburg, PA, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (09/01/2016 ), shortly after 10:30 am, Wegmans Mechanicsburg store became the first supermarket in the Greater Harrisburg region to sell wine-to-go. This launched the start of a limited-assortment pilot to help Wegmans and the PLCB evaluate and refine the process for forecasting product demand, ordering, and delivery.

PA Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Wegmans Sr. Vice President Nicole Wegman and other state officials in a toast to the start of wine-to-go sales.  To mark the occasion, the governor also purchased the first bottle of wine sold at Wegmans in Pennsylvania.  “As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer in order to bring Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st Century,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I applaud the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Wegmans for working together to enhance the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction to the people of central Pennsylvania.”

Wegmans has applied for wine permits for all 17 of its Pennsylvania stores.   By fall, Wegmans expects to offer hundreds of varieties of wine in all 17 locations. “The timing couldn’t be better,” says Nicole Wegman.  “The convenience of shopping for wine and beer in the same place you shop for food, just in time for the holidays, is a win for Pennsylvania consumers.”

Company officials stressed that Wegmans will move as swiftly as possible to bring a full assortment of wine to all of its PA stores by Thanksgiving.

“Since the day Act 39 was signed into law, our customers have been asking when wine will be available for sale,” says Blaine Forkell, Wegmans’ PA division manager and SVP.  “Through this pilot, the PLCB is taking the right approach to understand how the program will work best for retailers and for their organization. We are happy to work with them and proud to be one of the first stores in PA to sell wine.”

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale
Wegmans vice president of media relations

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

L Brands reports 3% increase in net sales for four weeks ended Aug. 27, 2016 compared to same period last year

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) reported net sales of $852.9 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 27, 2016 , an increase of 3 percent, compared to net sales of $826.0 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 29 , 2015.  Comparable sales increased 2 percent for the four weeks ended Aug. 27, 2016 .

The company reported net sales of $6.356 billion for the 30 weeks ended Aug. 27, 2016 , an increase of 4 percent compared to net sales of $6.103 billion for the 30 weeks ended Aug. 29 , 2015.  Comparable sales increased 3 percent for the 30 weeks ended Aug. 27, 2016 .

To hear further commentary provided on L Brands’ prerecorded August sales message, call 1-866-639-7583, or log onto www.LB.com for an audio replay.

L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,053 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and Greater China , and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com

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We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the August sales call or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the August sales call or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
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  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
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  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
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  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
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  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the August sales call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:
L Brands:
Investor Relations:

Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704

Media Relations:
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072

Source: L Brands Inc./GlobeNewswire

Whole Kids Foundation to raise money to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throughout September, Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by participating in one of hundreds of in-store events or by making donations at store checkouts or online at wholekidsfoundation.org. Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs. The campaign’s goal is to raise $4 million to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers.

“The Growing Healthy Kids Campaign is an integral part of the foundation’s work,” said Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “It provides us the opportunity to raise funds to support our programs AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 1, 2016)—With its 2016 Growing Healthy Kids campaign, Whole Kids Foundation aims to raise $4 million to fund programs that give schoolchildren in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. better access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and to engage with community members that shop at Whole Foods Market and care about children’s nutrition and health.”

Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation’s programs have impacted the lives of more than 4 million children in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., have funded more than 3,600 school gardens and have implemented 4,600 salad bars in schools. Additionally, Whole Kids Foundation has reached 11,000 teachers with its healthy teacher education program.

As part of this year’s Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, each of the following supplier partners has pledged to donate $40,000 to support the foundation’s work: Annie’s, Applegate, Back to Nature, Barbara’s Bakery, Cascadian Farm, Clif Kid, Health Warrior, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Tom’s of Maine, and Stonyfield Farm.

Whole Kids Foundation keeps a laser focus on programs that support schools and inspire families to improve nutrition. With resources from this annual campaign, the organization is able to evolve and respond to changing needs over time. For example, as part of a new initiative this year, Whole Kids Foundation recently awarded $200,000 to nine recipients through its Healthy Kids Innovation Grant, created to fund the next generation of ideas in children’s nutrition and engage kids in making healthy food choices.

Whole Kids Foundation accepts applications for its Salad Bar Grant Program, created in partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, year-round at wholekidsfoundation.org. It’s also accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program, created in partnership with FoodCorps. Schools can apply through Oct. 31 in the U.S., and through Nov. 15 in Canada.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

JCPenney launches exclusive capsule collection for full-figured women by Project Runway® winner, Ashley Nell Tipton

JCPenney launches exclusive capsule collection for full-figured women by Project Runway® winner, Ashley Nell Tipton
JCPenney launches exclusive capsule collection for full-figured women by Project Runway® winner, Ashley Nell Tipton


PLANO, Texas, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — For plus-size women who love fashion forward looks, JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is debuting its first exclusive capsule collection by fashion designer and Project Runway® winner, Ashley Nell Tipton, starting Sept. 9. An extension of Boutique+™, the Company’s first private brand designed for full-figured women, Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+ challenges the rules of full-figured fashion by offering sophisticated silhouettes and trendy touches that appeal to millennial shoppers. JCPenney is the first and only national retailer to feature Tipton’s designs.

“Since plus-size clothing is one of the fastest growing segments in retailing today, it is important to offer the right combination of style and value that women are seeking. Partnering with Ashley to create this special fall collection adds another level of design credibility to our Boutique+ brand because she is a designer, as well as a personal advocate for body positivity,” said John Tighe, chief merchant for JCPenney. “We have highlighted special sizes as a key growth channel and introducing Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+ further reinforces our commitment to becoming a destination for this underserved market.”

For fall, Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+ features curve-enhancing looks inspired by 1950s fashion. The collection includes slash knee jeggings; quilted pencil and box pleat skirts; cropped cape-sleeve blouses; boyfriend tees; and bomber and moto-chiffon jackets represented in a rich color palette of rose tan, indigo, olive and black cherry. Design elements such as lipstick prints, bold horizontal stripes and sequins give the collection a modern twist. Sale prices range from $15.99 to $35.99 for graphic tees and pleated skirts, while moto and bomber jackets are $49.99 to $74.99. Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+ is available in 500 stores and at jcp.com, where women will find sizes up to 30W and 5X. A holiday capsule lands in stores on Oct. 28 and will continue the ‘50s aesthetic with elevated faux fur pieces and shimmery festive embellishments.

“JCPenney has given me the opportunity to realize my dream of designing fashion for curvy women everywhere who want clothes that make them feel young and sexy,” said Ashley Nell Tipton. “Drawing inspiration from 1950s bombshells, I chose high waist pencil skirts and paired them with crop top blouses because I wanted to show how every body can rock this combination. Ultimately, the collection is about turning up the volume on your style as well as your confidence. I want women to wear these pieces and feel great about how they look.”

In addition to designing, Tipton also serves as the brand ambassador for Boutique+ providing her expertise on style. To celebrate the launch of the brand, JCPenney released the “#Here I Am” video featuring Tipton and plus-size influencers Jes Baker, Gabi Fresh, Mary Lambert and Valerie Sagun who share their stories of empowerment and body positivity.

On Aug. 25 the Company debuted a three-part YouTube docu-series chronicling Tipton’s experience designing the capsule collection for JCPenney. The online series culminates on Sept. 6 with a live stream fashion show at Greeley Square in New York City and spotlights Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+, as well as other contemporary fashion for plus-size women available only at JCPenney. BLive, a company specializing in end-to-end immersive live stream experiences, will host the digital broadcast. Shoppers can visit http://live.jcpenney.com to view the fashion show and shop the looks showcased on the runway.

For images related to “Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+™”, please visit http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2016/0901_ANT_for_Boutique+.html

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements, images, and company information.

Source:  JC Penney


Taubman Centers, Inc. declares regular quarterly dividend of $0.595 per share of common stock

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (09/01/2016) declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.595 per share of common stock. The common dividend is payable Sept. 30, 2016, to shareholders of record on Sept. 15, 2016.

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends of $0.40625 on its 6.5% Series J Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR J) and $0.390625 on its 6.25% Series K Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR K). The preferred dividends will be payable Sept. 30, 2016, to shareholders of record on Sept. 15, 2016.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 25 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing two properties in Asia totaling 2.7 million square feet. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered inBloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.


Ryan Hurren
Investor Relations

Maria Mainville
Strategic Communications

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Paradies Lagardère to help combat childhood hunger through Dine Out for No Kid Hungry® program during September

ATLANTA, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, plans to help combat childhood hunger in the U.S. by raising funds and awareness during the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry® program throughout the month of September. One in five children struggles with hunger in our country.

Paradies Lagardère venues and restaurants will donate 25 cents for every cup of coffee sold and will also continue its year-round effort to support No Kid Hungry® by donating 25 percent of every kid’s meal sold and served in its restaurants.

“Paradies Lagardère continues to work to combat the troubling issue of childhood hunger through its steadfast commitment to No Kid Hungry®,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “We have a goal to double the funds raised last year.”

Funds raised support No Kid Hungry’s work to connect vulnerable children to effective nutrition programs such as School Breakfast and Summer Meals, create public-private partnerships that work together to identify and break down barriers to giving children access to meals, and teach low-income families how to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy, affordable meals. For more information on No Kid Hungry®, visit www.nokidhungry.org. For information on Paradies Lagardère’s other philanthropic initiatives, visit www.paradieslagardere.com.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mailto: nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Harris Teeter celebrates opening of new fuel center in Wake Forest, NC with special fuel promotion

Harris Teeter celebrates opening of new fuel center in Wake Forest, NC with special fuel promotion

Harris Teeter celebrates opening of new fuel center in Wake Forest, NC with special fuel promotion


Mathews. NC, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome customers to its Harris Crossing Fuel Center on Friday, September 9, 2016 as the company celebrates its grand opening with a special fuel promotion.

The Fuel Center, which is located in close proximity to the Harris Crossing Harris Teeter, will offer customers $0.03 off per gallon every day with the use of a VIC card; however, in celebration of the grand opening, the Center will feature a special $0.20 off per gallon discount September 9-11, 2016.

This Fuel Center will be Harris Teeter’s sixth Fuel Center in North Carolina. At each of its Fuel Centers, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent experience through high-quality products and great customer service.

Store Address:                 Harris Crossing 13686 Capital Blvd. Wake Forest, NC 27587
Grand Opening Date:    Friday, September 9, 2016
Store Hours:                      Staffed daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; fuel available for purchase by debit/credit card 24 hours
Square Footage:               240
Fuel Dispensers:              Seven

Source:Harris Teeter

PetSmart introduces new Tailgating Collection to ensure pets can get in on the game-day fun this football season

PHOENIX, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The start of football season means the beginning of many occasions for tailgating among football fans. Whether fans are in parking lots across America setting up grills and lawn chairs for some pre-game fun or hosting a festive gathering at their homes, PetSmart’s new Tailgating Collection ensures pets can get in on the game-day fun, right along with their pet parents, with jerseys and other apparel, themed toys and treats like BLUE™ “Stadium Snacks®” Touchdown Treats.

“With the football season underway, we want pet parents everywhere to know we have a full range of game-day pet supplies to bring pets into the fun of tailgating,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Our collection includes licensed jerseys, hoodies, collars, leashes, toys and treats, as well as our Pet Expressions stencil service*, where dogs can sport a temporary logo of their favorite team and get in the game!”

Tailgating – Pet parents can outfit their pup in their favorite team’s jersey or hoodie, or keep dogs fashionably warm in a cozy knit hat featuring a range of team logos! While pet parents and their friends are grilling up pre-game fare, pets can have next best thing – chew toys that look like the stuff he or she smells from the grill such as steaks, hot dogs and burgers. BLUE™ “Stadium Snacks®” Touchdown Treats are a convenient and tasty portable snack, too.

Game Day Gatherings – To help pets get in the game, PetSmart offers its festive Pet Expressions stenciling service* featuring favorite football team’s logo, colors and numbers. Choose from several designs and colors that are safe, non-toxic and washable**.

Homecoming – Proudly display you and your pets’ love for your alma matter or hometown team with toys! Tug toys that look like a football field, plush logo footballs or the Top Paw® Play Football Rope Dog Toy are perfect for interactive playtime. If homecoming celebrations will take you away from your pup, consider giving him or her a play date at PetSmart Doggie Day Camp or overnight boarding at your local PetSmart PetsHotel®.

Biggest Fan Sweepstakes – PetSmart is looking for the biggest pet fans! Between 9/6 and 9/19, submit a photo of your pet in festive football team apparel or of them showing their team spirit with Pet Expressions. Fans will vote to decide the winner. Visit http://pets.petsmart.com/biggest-fan/ for more details and the Official Rules.

These game day pet products and services are among a wide, comprehensive Tailgating Collection available now at PetSmart and petsmart.com.

*All services are subject to availability.
**Not available in SC, Boulder, CO & select cities in CA. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 weeks and older.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

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Danielle Bickelmann

PetSmart Media Line:

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Dollar Tree, Inc. to participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference on September 8, 2016

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (September 1, 2016 ) announced its participation in the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference on September 8, 2016. Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Wampler, Chief Financial Officer, and Randy Guiler, Vice President – Investor Relations, will attend this conference.

The Company’s presentation will begin at 9:35 a.m. ET on September 8, 2016. A webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website at http://www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events/, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for fourteen days.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,000 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Randy Guiler
Vice President
Investor Relations

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Mit dem BILLA Online Shop zur gesunden Schuljause für Österreichs Schulkinder

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auch im kommenden Schuljahr versucht das Schulobst- und Gemüseprogramm der Europäischen Kommission wieder den österreichischen Schulen zu vermitteln, dass Obst und Gemüse die Basis für eine ausgewogene Ernährung sind. Damit die gesunde Ernährung für Österreichs Schulkinder noch leichter wird, unterstützt BILLA als heimischer Nahversorger Nummer 1 die Initiative mit der österreichweiten Zustellung mit dem BILLA Online Shop.

Seit dem Schuljahr 2009/2010 existiert das Schulobst- und Gemüseprogramm der Europäischen Kommission. Es ist ein mit Gemeinschaftsbeihilfen kofinanziertes Projekt, welches von der Europäischen Kommission ab dem Schuljahr 2014/2015 EU-weit mit 150 Millionen Euro gefördert wird. Das Schulobst- und Gemüseprogramm der Europäischen Kommission, welches durch die AMA abgewickelt wird, ermöglicht Bildungseinrichtung ihre Schüler wöchentlich mit frischem Obst & Gemüse zu versorgen. Das Tolle an der Aktion: Schulen bekommen 75% des Nettopreises zurück. Der Fokus der Förderung liegt auf regionalen und saisonalen Produkten, die in den Schulen und Kindergärten die Ernährung der Kinder aufwerten und verbessern sollen.

Als Teilnehmer des Programmes können Bildungseinrichtungen ihre Produkte prinzipiell von jedem Lebensmittelhändler beziehen. Damit den Schulen aber kein Mehraufwand entsteht, bietet BILLA in seinem Online Shop die Möglichkeit das Obst & Gemüse ganz einfach im Internet zu bestellen und die Besorgung und Lieferung entfällt den Schulen im stressigen Schulalltag.

Mit dem BILLA Lieferpass ergeben sich so unkomplizierte Bedingungen für die Zustellung der Produkte, da sich Schulen mit dem sechs-Monats Lieferpass um einmalige 44,99 Euro jede weitere Liefergebühr für einzelne Lieferungen ersparen. Mit BILLA steht einer reichhaltigen gesunden Jause in der 10 Uhr Pause also nichts mehr im Wege.

Credits zum übermittelten Bildmaterial: BILLA AG

BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder shop.billa.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at


Team Media Relations REWE International AG
REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf
Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265,
E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

Source: REWE Group

Macerich celebrates the opening of the expansion and major redevelopment of Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, California

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC), one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind retail properties in top markets, today (Sept. 1, 2016) celebrates the official opening of the expansion and major redevelopment of Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif.

The iconic open-air retail center, anchored by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s, will unveil additions that more than double mall shop space, adding 50+ new stores. In all, total GLA for Broadway Plaza, the foremost retail destination for the East Bay market of San Francisco since 1951, is now more than 900,000 square feet. The expansion is over 90% leased.

A community-wide celebration set for later today will include an official ribbon-cutting, remarks by Macerich Executive Vice President Randy Brant and Walnut Creek Mayor Loella Haskew, plus a musical performance by Pop Rocks featuring Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, a spectacular fireworks display and more.

“Macerich excels at adding significant value to our well-positioned fortress properties through redevelopment, and Broadway Plaza is a prime example of our proven approach,” said Brant.  “At Broadway Plaza, we have expanded this unique street-retail setting to meet extensive retailer demand to be part of our high-performing property, while also enhancing the amenities, pedestrian appeal and pleasing scale of this irreplaceable downtown retail asset.”

“After a successful partnership of over 30 years with Macerich, Northwestern Mutual is delighted to be part of this grand opening celebration. We are excited about the future of Broadway Plaza as the redevelopment will deliver many new and exciting shopping experiences to the community of Walnut Creek,” said Rich Dooley, a director in Northwestern Mutual Real Estate’s San Francisco field office.

Dooley added: “This project would not have been possible without the hard work and cooperation of many parties. We would particularly like to thank the citizens of Walnut Creek who put up with our construction dust, the City Government of Walnut Creek, our many retail partners and our partner Macerich. We look forward to another successful 30 years!”

More than 50 New Stores

New stores already open or opening in the enhanced center by Holiday 2016 include Aldo, Allen Edmonds, Apex, Arhaus, Aritzia, Athleta, Aveda, Bath & Body Works, Boudin Bakery, Clarks, Cocola Bakery, ECCO, Eileen Fisher, Everything But Water, Gap, Godiva, Hanna Andersson, H&M, ivivva, J. Crew, J.Jill, Kiehl’s, Kit & Ace, L’Occitane, Lou & Grey, Lucky Brand Jeans, lululemon athletica, LUSH, Madewell, Michael Kors, Nespresso, NYX Professional Makeup, Oceane, Pandora, Papyrus, See’s Candies, Solstice, Soma, SoulCycle, Starbucks, Teavana, Tesla, The Walking Company, True Food Kitchen, True Religion Brand Jeans, Vince Camuto, Victoria’s Secret, Wetzel’s Pretzels, White House/Black Market and Zara.

Additionally, Broadway Plaza anchor Macy’s also underwent its own 57,000 square-foot expansion, with the redesigned 247,000 square-foot store debuting last November.

Broadway Plaza’s expanded retail roster complements the property’s existing list of top retail names such as Banana Republic, Coach, Crate & Barrel,Kate Spade, Michael Stars, Sephora, Sur La Table and others.

“We love being a part of Broadway Plaza and having the opportunity to take care of our customers in this new inviting environment that is built around serving this community,” said Debbie Dimich, Store Manager, Nordstrom at Broadway Plaza.

Redevelopment Details

In addition to 50+ new retailers, this major transformation of Broadway Plaza that launched in 2014 includes adding multi-level new parking structures, expanded walkways, new seating areas, art installations and a central plaza for events and brand activations. Key to the project was demolishing and replacing two older, inefficient parking structures and about 80,000 square feet of existing small shop retail space and the 70,000 square-foot former Macy’s Men’s store – all to make room for more GLA and modern store designs, including new two-level flagship locations for first-to-market Arhaus, as well as Gap, H&M and Zara.

In keeping with Macerich’s industry-leading sustainability efforts, the redevelopment of Broadway Plaza is targeting LEED® Gold certification. Key environmental attributes of the project include on-site solar with the potential to produce 1.3 million kWh of electricity annually; efficient LED lighting throughout the property; and native and drought-tolerant landscaping that will reduce water usage by up to 50 percent.

Favorite local experiences add to the redeveloped property’s overall appeal. “We are excited to be back in Walnut Creek and excited to be a part of the newly renovated Broadway Plaza,” said Danielle Merkins, General Manager, Boudin SF Walnut Creek.

About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual Real Estate is one of the largest real estate investors in the nation, with investments in commercial mortgages and equity investments across all major property types, including apartments, office, retail and industrial. The $41+ billion real estate investment portfolio is composed of approximately 80 percent fixed income and 20 percent equity investments. Northwestern Mutual Real Estate is a financing source that provides experienced and knowledgeable people, quick and decisive action and flexible, creative solutions.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 55 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona,Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website: www.macerich.com

Karen Maurer

Website: http://www.macerich.com

SOURCE: Macerich

Asda’s July Income Tracker: UK families had £10 more disposable income in their pocket compared to the same time last year

LEEDS, England, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK families had £10 more disposable income in their pocket compared to the same time last year, according to Asda’s July Income Tracker.

The average disposable income for UK households reached £202 a week, an increase of 5.4% compared to July 2015.

While the latest figures mark the 21st consecutive month of a double-digit rise in spending power, the data indicates that growth has slowed to its lowest rate since October 2014. This decline has been driven by a rise in essential item inflation (0.1%) and a slowdown in wage growth.

Asda’s Income Tracker also shows that there is a growing divide between the highest-earning and lower income households in the UK. In July 2016, the wealthiest 20% of UK families earned an average of £1,890 per week – ten times more than the lowest-earning 20%, who took home £180.

Furthermore, the gross income of the highest-earning households has grown by 2.3% since July 2015 – nearly eight times more than the lowest households.

A breakdown of gross income per bracket with percentage increase (YoY) shows that:

Income Tracker August 2016

But the data highlights that it is not all good news for high-earning families. The rate of inflation in prices of items like, communication, subscriptions, family takeaways and rail travel, means the wealthiest bracket is finding itself spending increasingly more money. Middle income households meanwhile tend to devote a greater share of their income to products such as food and utilities – where prices are falling on a year-on-year basis – meaning they enjoyed the largest increase in disposable income in July, (5.5%) compared to the same time last year.

Elsewhere in the report, it states that the falling value of the pound could lead to higher import prices over the coming months, which is likely to have a knock-on effect on inflation levels as 2017 approaches.

And in the job market, the latest figures are showing that unemployment across the country remains at its lowest level (4.9%) in 11 years.

An Asda spokesperson said: “Our Income Tracker has made for some interesting reading this month. On one hand, it’s encouraging to see that spending power has on average increased by 5.4% since last year, while on the other hand the data demonstrates the significant gap between households when it comes to discretionary income.

“Falling food and drink prices (-2.6%) provided a welcome relief to families’ wallets across the board, and with wage growth remaining above inflation levels for the time being, households are likely to make the most of this again next month”.

Sam Alderson, Economist, Cebr, said: “Household spending growth hung in double digits in July, which -alongside brighter weather – helped to support a strong month of retail spending.

“Despite falls in confidence, the continued improvements in household finances have helped families shrug off much of the post-Brexit concern that has plagued businesses and financial markets. However, the outlook may not be so bright as rising inflation through into 2017 could place significant pressure on household budgets.”

Source: ASDA

Wegmans Owings Mills to host food pantry rally; donating 18,102 pounds of non-perishable food to six local food pantries

ROCHESTER, N.Y, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHO: Wegmans Owings Mills employees and representatives from the Community Crisis Center, Reisterstown United Methodist Church, Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry, Jesus House of Baltimore, Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, and the United Way of Central Maryland.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Wegmans Owings Mills at Foundry Row, 10100 Reisterstown Rd. The Wegmans truck will be parked in front of the store. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

WHAT: Wegmans Food Markets will host a food pantry rally, donating a truckload of 18,102 pounds of non-perishable food to six local food pantries outside in front of its new location in Owings Mills. This donation takes place just weeks before the 109,000 square-foot store opens on Sunday, Sept. 18.

A team of Wegmans employees will join representatives from the Community Crisis Center, Reisterstown United Methodist Church, Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry, Jesus House of Baltimore, Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Set the Captives Free Outreach Center to unload a Wegmans tractor trailer filled with 21 pallets of canned soups, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, juice, and other products. The food will then be sorted and loaded onto six separate vehicles for distribution to each organization.

“We recognize that food pantries have increased needs during the summer months when children aren’t in school, so we wanted to help replenish and re-stock their shelves leading into fall,” said Store Manager Matt LePore. “Making a difference in the communities we serve remains a constant throughout Wegmans’ 100 years in business.”

In addition to the food donation, the store team will present a $10,000 check to the United Way of Central Maryland, representing a corporate gift combined with contributions already raised by Wegmans’ Owings Mills employees.

For more information on Wegmans in Owings Mills, please visit wegmans.com/owingsmills.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:
Valerie Fox
Wegmans media relations coordinator

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

Meijer teams up with Shipt to launch home grocery delivery service in Detroit and southeastern Michigan

Meijer teams up with Shipt to launch home grocery delivery service in Detroit and southeastern Michigan
Meijer teams up with Shipt to launch home grocery delivery service in Detroit and southeastern Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is working with Shipt, an app-based company, to launch home grocery delivery service in Detroit and southeastern Michigan, providing customers yet another convenient way to shop its stores.

Beginning Sept. 15, shoppers will be able to use the Shipt smartphone app to shop 55,000 items from one of 25 Detroit-area Meijer stores offering the service and choose a one-hour delivery window that is most convenient for them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new service is part of an agreement between the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer and Shipt.

“This is yet one more option to make shopping at Meijer easier for our customers,” said Michael Ross, vice president of Digital Shopping and Customer Marketing. “We believe our relationship with Shipt will provide many of our customers an all-encompassing service that will save them time and add a new convenience when shopping at Meijer.”

Shipt’s grocery delivery service is membership-based, with either annual or monthly options. For $99 a year, Shipt members receive unlimited free grocery deliveries on all orders over $35. Customers who subscribe to Shipt prior to launch date will also receive $25 off their first delivery.

After signing up for Shipt, members can shop a large selection of Meijer groceries and everyday essentials, including baby, health and beauty products. They can also note any preferences, choose a preferred delivery window and pay for their order. A Shipt shopper will hand pick their items and deliver them in as little as one hour after the order is placed.

Leading up to the launch, Shipt will build a network of hundreds of shoppers and identify opportunities to support community organizations throughout the Detroit area.

“The Meijer commitment to quality food, excellent customer service, and dedication to the communities they serve is what makes them an ideal partner,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt. “Through our relationship with Meijer, we will make life easier for busy individuals and families, and also create jobs in the Detroit area.”

Because most Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, Shipt deliveries will be available at some Meijer locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of certain holidays once the service launches in the Detroit area.

For more information on how to become a Shipt member and to see the full coverage areas, please go to www.shipt.com/Detroit. For more information on how to become a Shipt shopper in southeastern Michigan, go to https://www.shipt.com/be-a-shopper.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Shipt:
Shipt delivers fresh groceries from local grocery stores through a user-friendly app and dedicated community of shoppers. Shipt is simplifying the grocery shopping experience by empowering members to conveniently grocery shop anywhere. Shipt actively delivers in 26 cities across the country. The company has offices in Birmingham, Ala., and San Francisco. For more information, visit Shipt.com.

Joe Hirschmugl

Source: Meijer


Inter IKEA Holding B.V. becomes the new owner of IKEA of Sweden AB, IKEA Supply AG and IKEA Industry AB

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — As announced in June last year, Inter IKEA Holding B.V. is, as of 31 August 2016, the new owner of IKEA of Sweden AB, IKEA Supply AG and IKEA Industry AB, as well as some connected businesses The acquisition aims to create better conditions for increasing customer focus and future expansion, by simplifying and improving the IKEA franchise system. The acquired companies, together with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and connected businesses, form the new Inter IKEA Group. Inter IKEA Group now consist of three core businesses: Franchise, Range & Supply and Industry.

“With this new structure, we have established a strong foundation for developing an even better IKEA designed for the future,” says Torbjörn Lööf, CEO of Inter IKEA Group. With a simplified and improved franchise system we will be able to increase customer focus and create better conditions for future expansion and growth.”

“We continue to share the same vision, business idea, culture and values. We will work closely together to improve the IKEA value chain and create outstanding customer value,” say Peter Agnefjäll, CEO of INGKA Group, and Torbjörn Lööf, in a joint comment.

IKEA is one brand and many companies.
Around the globe, a large number of companies operate under the IKEA trademarks. Today there are 389 IKEA stores in 48 countries, with IKEA operations in many more countries around the world. All IKEA franchisees are independent of Inter IKEA Group. Inter IKEA Group and INGKA Group have the same founder, and a common history and heritage but have operated under different owners and management since the 1980s.

Inter IKEA Group, as of 1 September is, a group of companies with three core businesses: Franchise, Range & Supply and Industry;

  • Inter IKEA Systems is the owner of the IKEA Concept and the worldwide IKEA franchisor with the assignment to continuously develop the IKEA Concept and ensure its successful implementation in existing and new markets.
  • IKEA of Sweden and IKEA Supply have the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduce 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.
  • IKEA Industry is the world’s largest producer of wood furniture with 42 production units in 10 countries and 20,000 co-workers.

Inter IKEA Holding B.V. is the holding company for the new Inter IKEA Group. INGKA Group, is one out of 13 groups of IKEA franchisees and also referred to as IKEA Group. The company has 339 stores in 28 countries.

For further information, please contact:
Phone: +31 (0) 621 240 618

Source: IKEA

Albert Heijn opent eerste mobiel Pick Up Point

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Op donderdag 8 september start Albert Heijn een proef met een mobiel Pick Up Point waar klanten hun online bestelde boodschappen kunnen ophalen. Een mobiel Pick Up Point kan flexibel ingezet worden, bijvoorbeeld als op een locatie tijdelijk meer klanten zijn. Harlingen heeft de primeur.

Voor klanten werkt een mobiel Pick Up Point hetzelfde als andere Pick Up Points: zij bestellen hun boodschappen op ah.nl, waar zij de keuze hebben uit 28.500 producten, en kiezen voor de locatie van het mobiele Pick Up Point. De boodschappen worden verzameld, naar een distributiepunt in de omgeving van de tijdelijke locatie gebracht en vanaf daar in een aanhangwagen afgeleverd op de locatie. Klanten rijden met de auto langs, de boodschappen worden door een medewerker achterin gezet en zij kunnen weer verder.Voor de bijna 5.000 inwoners van Terschelling, de 500.000 gasten die het eiland jaarlijks bezoeken en de pleziervaart in Harlingen kan het mobiele Pick Up Point een uitkomst zijn. Zij kunnen, voordat ze de boot op gaan, snel hun boodschappen ophalen en meenemen naar het eiland. Het Pick Up Point blijft tot begin november en is geopend op donderdag en vrijdag van 16.00-20.00 uur en op zaterdag van 8.00-12.00 uur. Het Pick Up Point bevindt zich op het parkeerterrein van de Albert Heijn-winkel aan de Zuiderhaven.

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.

Source: Albert Heijn

UNIQLO to expand online store offering from 2016 Fall Winter season

UNIQLO to expand online store offering from 2016 Fall Winter season
UNIQLO to expand online store offering from 2016 Fall Winter season


Tokyo,Japan, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO will offer a more extensive range of online store items from the 2016 Fall Winter season as part of its state-of-the-art Ariake digital distribution project. UNIQLO has already expanded its app for mobile purchases, launched semi-made-to-order items, and started offering customers the option to pick up purchases at their local convenience store. The company is expanding and extending its online ranges as part of its drive to satisfy customer needs. Going forward, the company will continue to introduce new customer-centric services that enhance the enjoyment and convenience of the UNIQLO shopping experience.

Broader size range for all products
•Broader size range available online (Men’s XS-4XL, Women’s XS-3XL, Kids’ 100-160cm) UNIQLO has doubled the number of items available online in broad size ranges to include all product items*, This means more UNIQLO customers can enjoy wearing Ines de la Fressange and other collections, as well as clothing previously only available in its large-format stores. Customers can now choose from an impressive 800 sizes or colors of jogger pants and 3,000 items of knitwear, with an expanded choice of leg length now available for the popular jogger pants. The company has also increased the number of small-sized items within its 100-160 cm online kids wear range*.

*some products excluded

New special online-store items

•80 new special online-store items expand the overall online range to be over 1.5 times the size of the biggest UNIQLO global flagship store

•More design and color choice on staple UNIQLO items
With more crewneck and turtleneck variations of popular HEATTECH and knitwear items to choose from, customers can select the perfect item to suit individual styles and taste. UNIQLO also hopes to continue satisfying specific customer demands by expanding its range of customer-driven items such as fine cloth shirts without pockets.

•Products designed for markets outside Japan
Customers in Japan will now be able to purchase UNIQLO products like Ultra Warm Down coats and Ultra Light Down long coats, ordinarily available only in extremely cold climates such as Russia.

•Fresh designs for semi-made-to-order ranges
With the launch of its new fine cloth semi-made-to-order shirt with cutaway collar, UNIQLO customers can choose from among 800 different elements to tailor the perfect fit and style.

Source: Uniqlo

UNIQLO to unveil its newly remodeled store on Broadway Street in Soho on September 2

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO is pleased to welcome customers to its remodeled store on Broadway Street in Soho from 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2, nearly 10 years since the global flagship store first opened in 2006. Themed “A New Tokyo in Soho”, the store will connect the brand’s Japanese origins with the historic Soho neighborhood through local partnerships and a remodeled sales floor featuring multiple new ‘shops-in-shop’, each with its own specific focus on UNIQLO innovations in fabrics, designs and technologies.

“We look forward to re-engaging with our Soho neighbors and customers through the re-launch of our Soho Global Flagship Store,” said Hiroshi Taki, UNIQLO U.S.A CEO. “The new store will highlight the ‘everyday miracles’ that UNIQLO aims to continue to provide our customers – products and innovations to improve people’s lives.”

A New Tokyo in Soho – 10 Years of Everyday Miracles:
The three-story store has 28,000 square feet of sales floor space, and features 12 new shop-in-shop sections, each telling its own story about UNIQLO LifeWear.

Highlights of the new shop-in-shop concept include:

•Ready-to-Wear: Knits, featuring merino wool, with jackets and bottoms for everyday style.

Get Moving: Performance technology like Blocktech coats and Dry Sweat active wear, made to wick away moisture. Bicycles by tokyobike will also be on display for an active atmosphere.

Design Studio: Women’s flannel shirts, merino sweaters, and wool outerwear will be displayed alongside measuring tapes and a vintage sewing machine to highlight the UNIQLO design process and its commitment to great fabrics and patterns.

Supima Perfection: The world’s finest cotton T-shirts in a variety of styles set alongside traditional Japanese tea ceremony tools to invoke the ethos of ‘simple made better.’

Living Well: Innerwear items and fluffy fleece displayed with candles to create a relaxed environment while shoppers browse for comfort wear.

•Tokyo Newsstand presents the latest of Japanese fashion, lifestyle and design with over 60 magazine titles piled high in a variety of genres for every audience. The iconic men’s fashion magazine, Popeye, is one of the feature publications.

Sales Promotions Sept. 2-5:
To celebrate its 10 years in the U.S., UNIQLO Soho is offering $10 off core favorites on the first weekend of trading, including Ultra Light Down Jackets, Extra Fine Merino sweaters, flannel shirts and jogger pants.

Opening Highlights:

Giveaways Sept. 2-5:
The first 1,000 customers in the store on each day of the long weekend will receive a mystery gift card ranging from $5 to $100.

The first 25,000 customers will all receive a limited edition UNIQLO x Pintrill pin upon purchase, designed specifically to commemorate the re-launch of the store.

Promotions from Participating Local Restaurants Sept. 2-18:
Participating local restaurants and bars in the neighborhood will offer UNIQLO beverage coasters free-of-charge, and customers will receive $10 off any purchase of $50 or more at the UNIQLO Soho store when redeeming their coaster (only one coaster can be used per customer).

In-store Vending Machine Sept. 1-5:
Customers can post to Twitter about ‘A New Tokyo in Soho’ to activate the “vend” feature at this special Japanese-style vending machine. Prizes range from candy wrapped like sushi, gift cards for local Japanese restaurants, Matcha latte art by Mr. Hiroshi Sawada, and a grand prize bicycle, provided by tokyobike – a small, independent bicycle company founded in Tokyo, with a shop located steps from the UNIQLO store in Soho.

During opening weekend, and every weekend in September, customers can enjoy complimentary iced matcha green tea lattes and other signature matcha drinks, courtesy of MatchaBar. MatchaBar is a family-owned business founded in Brooklyn, serving ceremonial grade matcha sourced directly from an independent family farm in Nishio, Japan. The pop-up stand will be located on the ground floor in front of the mezzanine.

In-store Events & Local Partnerships:
In honor of Soho’s rich artistic history, UNIQLO will engage with its neighborhood through regular events around cultural moments, with the store’s mezzanine level working as an exhibition space, reminiscent of a Soho artist’s loft. The space will feature products like SPRZ NY (Surprise New York), a collaboration between UNIQLO and MoMA that gives access to iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Ketih Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

UNIQLO Soho will also engage with neighborhood shops, restaurants and businesses, partnering on events and promotions, as well as local nonprofit organizations such as Free Arts NYC and municipal agencies, including the NYC Department of Homeless Services.

To learn more about “A New Tokyo in Soho,” visit: www.uniqlo.com/us/uniqlo-soho

Engage on social media with the hashtag, #UniqloSoho.

Source: Uniqlo