Advance Auto Parts launches exclusive line of premium rotors

Addition of quality painted rotors expands Advance’s total brake program for repair shops

ROANOKE, Va., 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, recently debuted Carquest Platinum Painted Rotors, an exclusive line of premium rotors designed to meet commercial shops’ need for quality replacement parts in a complete brake program. Carquest Platinum Painted Rotors have been vigorously tested to ensure rust and corrosion protection, and deliver a cost-efficient and customer-friendly alternative to coated rotors.

“The launch of our Carquest Platinum Painted Rotors line will give technicians and shop owners a quality product they can trust when servicing their customers’ vehicles,” said Bob Cushing, Executive Vice President, Commercial at Advance. “We are proud to partner with shops and garages across North America to provide a total solution for all their brake needs, and see painted rotors as a key component of Advance’s brake program in the future.”

OE manufacturers are trending to open wheel design and rotors that feature some form of protection. Advance’s Carquest Platinum Painted Rotors align with these OE strategies, delivering a high-performing rotor product that is visually appealing to drivers. The Carquest painted rotors underwent more than 120 hours of salt-spray testing for rust and corrosion protection and feature a painted hat and edge plate design that will appeal to customers familiar with OE painted rotors.

Carquest Platinum Painted Rotors are currently being rolled out to Advance and Carquest locations and customers throughout the United States, with availability in Canada beginning in early 2017. A total of 374 part numbers will be offered in the initial rollout, applicable for vehicle model years 2013 and later.

For more information on Carquest Platinum Painted Rotors or other quality brake parts, call your local Advance or Carquest delivery location or visit

About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2016, Advance operated 5,066 stores and 126 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at

Media Contact:

Laurie Stacy

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Michelle Frost named director of the Defense Commissary Agency’s West Area

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michelle Frost has been named director of the Defense Commissary Agency’s West Area. She is expected to begin her new job in January. Frost will be filling a position previously held by Terry Batenhorst who lost a battle with cancer in July.

The West Area encompasses 60 commissaries in 15 states from southeast Texas to eastern Washington. The area’s annual sales total $1.33 billion.

Frost has served as director of the agency’s East Area since June 13 and had previously served as a supervisory category manager in the agency’s Sales Directorate. A successor for the East Area director position has not been named.

“Michelle has been a terrific asset to DeCA as East Area director,” said Keith C. Hagenbuch, DeCA’s executive director of Store Operations. “She’s brought great insight to the position and helped our commissaries in the East provide the highest level of service to our patrons.

“She’s returning to the West where she once served as DeCA West’s director of operations,” he added. “I know she will bring the same high-level of energy, dedication and decision-making to the West Area that she has incorporated into every job she’s held with DeCA.”

Frost has been employed in various capacities within the commissary system since 1986. Prior to serving as East Area director, overseeing 48 stores with annual sales of $1.35 billion, she worked for eight years at DeCA Headquarters on assignments dealing with promotions, sales and marketing. From 2013 to June 2016 she was the supervisory category manager for shelf stable beverages, responsible for the pricing, promotion and placement of those products, with annual sales of $500 million.

Frost began her commissary career with the Air Force Commissary Service as an intern at Mountain Home Air Force Base Commissary, Idaho. She worked eight years as store director of the Malmstrom Air Force Base Commissary, Montana, and two years as store director of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Commissary, California, before becoming zone manager of DeCA’s Zone 15, with her office at Travis Air Force Base, California. She subsequently served four years as DeCA West’s director of operations at McClellan, California, before taking on the DeCA Headquarters assignments.

Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Montana State University and a Master of Business Administration with honors from University of Phoenix.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source:  The Defense Commissary Agency

Chick-fil-A announces recipients of 2017 True Inspiration Awards

Chick-fil-A One app users help select True Inspiration Award winners

ATLANTA, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards – announced today by the Chick-fil-A Foundation – honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.

For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. More than 76,000 customers nationwide voted, helping select 12 of the winning organizations nationwide, from Boy’s Republic in Chino Hills, California to Lexington Leadership Foundation in Lexington, Kentucky.

This is the third year the Chick-fil-A Foundation has granted the True Inspiration Awards, which were created to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s late founder, S. Truett Cathy. Organizations can either apply for the grants, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, or receive a nomination from a local Chick-fil-A restaurant franchisee. More than 150 organizations applied for grants this year.

“These organizations are doing remarkable work in education, leadership development and youth entrepreneurship, so we are thrilled to be able to help support their goals for 2017,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. He added, “The Chick-fil-A Foundation’s mission is to ‘enable children to be all they were created to be,’ and these organizations have helped make that mission a reality. Chick-fil-A and The Chick-fil-A Foundation are committed to strengthening the communities in which we live.”

Before opening voting to customers, the Chick-fil-A Foundation reviewed the applications and selected a list of finalists that demonstrate a commitment to supporting youth and education. The 22 award winners will be honored at a celebratory event in Atlanta next year, and funding will be available to them before the end of 2016.

“Mobile technology is changing corporate giving, allowing us to literally put the decision in the hands of our local customers who are impacted by these incredible organizations,” said Michael Lage, senior manager of Chick-fil-A’s digital experience.

To learn more about the True Inspiration Awards and view a complete list of recipients, visit Applications for the 2018 True Inspiration Awards will be available in 2017.

About the Chick-fil-A® Foundation

The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation’s purpose is to lead the company’s commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A’s local communities. The Foundation’s work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they were created to be. For more information, visit

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at

Corporate Media Hotline:

(800) 404-7196
Twitter @ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Carvel to host Buy-One-Get-One Free Cone Day and to raise funds for continued Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, November 17th

Carvel to host Buy-One-Get-One Free Cone Day and to raise funds for continued Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, November 17th
Carvel to host Buy-One-Get-One Free Cone Day and to raise funds for continued Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, November 17th


ATLANTA, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carvel… America’s Freshest Ice Cream® will host a special Buy-One-Get-One Free Cone Day at all Florida locations on Thursday, November 17th, 2016. On this day, the soft-serve ice cream pioneer will also be collecting donations for The American Red Cross® that will be used in the continued aid of those effected by Hurricane Matthew. In addition, Carvel® will donate $2,000 to The American Red Cross.

Guests who visit Florida shoppes on November 17th can take advantage of the one day only BOGO Free offer on any size, any flavor soft-serve cup or cone. While picking up their soft-serve ice cream of choice, ice-cream lovers will be invited to pay the love forward by making a contribution to The American Red Cross for Hurricane Matthew victims.

“A large part of the Carvel family is located in the Southeast, so it comes as second nature for us to jump at the chance to help the region out in any way we can after something tragic has occurred,” said Scott Colwell, president of Carvel. “The American Red Cross has been a partner with us for four years and we know these additional funds will be able to help those in need.”

Carvel is proud to have donated more than $120,000 to the American Red Cross. These efforts help support those affected by disasters, which includes disaster preparedness and support for youth throughout the country.”

For more information on how to help The American Red Cross, please visit For the freshest information on Carvel products and company news, visit or follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram@CarvelIceCream and on Facebook at

About Carvel Ice Cream

The United States’ first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel® Ice Cream has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The company is a leading provider of premium soft ice cream and hand dipped ice cream products, as well as uniquely shaped ice cream cakes, including its signature Fudgie the Whale® and Cookie Puss® cakes.  Atlanta-based Carvel currently operates over 400 franchised and food service locations. Visit for more information, follow us on Twitter @CarvelIceCream or become a fan at

Melissa Smith
Phone: 404-705-4449

Source: Carvel Ice Cream


Best Buy In-Home Advisor and Geek Squad in home improvement show Designing Spaces episode

Best Buy In-Home Advisor and Geek Squad in home improvement show Designing Spaces episode
Best Buy In-Home Advisor and Geek Squad in home improvement show Designing Spaces episode


Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Lifetime Network needed an authority in smart home technology, who did they call? Best Buy of course.

And we responded enthusiastically. Our In-Home Advisor and Geek Squad services were profiled today (November 10, 2016 ) in a new episode of Designing Spaces, the home improvement show that refreshes and redesigns living spaces across the country.

The segment features the Sutton family, whose South Florida home needed tech TLC in the form of smart home devices, services and solutions.  Best Buy In-Home Advisor Jeremiah Goldsmith and Geek Squad Double Agent Alex Pupo were there to help. They went above and beyond to integrate the latest technologies that make it easier for this active family of four to better manage their home energy and security— and stay connected.

A handful of top-notch Best Buy products take center stage in the segment, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, Ring Video Doorbell, Phillips Hue and more.

“At the end of the installation, my favorite part is the gleam in our client’s eye when they see that everything just magically works,” Agent Pupo said.

But it’s not magic that enables customers to enjoy this great technology: It’s expert help from employees who provide customized solutions and advice.

Premiering today, the Designing Spaces episode will re-air on Lifetime at 7:30 a.m. EST on Nov. 17.

You can learn more about home automation and security products by checking out Best Buy’s Smart Home Buying Guide. Or stop into your nearby Best Buy store and talk with an expert.

Source: Best Buy


PENNY Förderkorb: Vier Kölner Vereine erhalten zusammen 12.000 Euro

PENNY Förderkorb: Vier Kölner Vereine erhalten zusammen 12.000 Euro
PENNY Förderkorb: Vier Kölner Vereine erhalten zusammen 12.000 Euro


Kölner stimmten auf Online-Plattform für ihren jeweiligen Favoriten

Koln, Deutschland, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — KidKit – Drogenhilfe Köln e.V. und KOALA e.V., Lobby für Mädchen – Mädchenhaus Köln e.V., Ceno & Die Paten e.V. und TrauBe – Trauerbegleitung für Kinder, Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene – sind die Gewinner des PENNY Förderkorb. Mit den vier Förderpreisen, die mit jeweils 3.000 Euro dotiert sind, unterstützt PENNY gezielt die Kinder- und Jugendförderung in Köln. Dazu waren in der Domstadt bis Mitte September gemeinnützige Vereine eingeladen, sich um einen der insgesamt vier Förderpreise zu bewerben. Vom 23. September bis 21. Oktober konnte dann auf der Online-Plattform für den jeweiligen Favoriten abgestimmt werden. Aus den Vereinen mit den meisten Stimmen wählte eine mehrköpfige Jury von unabhängigen Fachleuten aus dem Bereich der sozialen Verantwortung die drei Gewinner. Zudem honorierte die Jury das besondere Engagement von TrauBe mit einem Sonderpreis ebenfalls in Höhe von 3.000 Euro. Gestern (10.11.) wurden die Preise in den Räumlichkeiten des Katholischen Verbands für Mädchen- und Frauensozialarbeit Köln an der Stolzenstraße im festlichen Rahmen von Stefan Magel, COO PENNY, übergeben. Außer in Köln gibt es in diesem Jahr noch in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim und München jeweils einen Förderkorb.

„Wir freuen uns über die engagierte Beteiligung der Kölner. Wir sehen uns bestätigt, dass es trotz aller bestehender Programme einen entsprechenden Bedarf in der Kinder- und Jugendförderung gibt. Mit unseren vier Förderpreisen können wir das Problem nicht lösen, wohl aber einen wichtigen Beitrag dazu leisten, dass der finanzielle Spielraum für die Gewinnervereine etwas größer wird. Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass jeder Verein die richtigen Entscheidungen zum Wohl der Kinder und Jugendlichen trifft“, sagt Stefan Magel, COO PENNY.

„Die Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen ist enorm wichtig für unsere Stadt. Das Miteinander in Projekten und das Vereinsleben überwinden gesellschaftliche, politische, religiöse oder ethnische Grenzen. Finanzielle Unterstützung kommt hier oft zu kurz und ich freue mich daher sehr, dass wir gemeinsam mit unseren Kunden einen wichtigen Beitrag in den Veedeln leisten können“, erklärt Ambroise Forssman-Trevedy, Leiter der PENNY-Region Köln.

„Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, in der Förderkorb-Jury mitarbeiten zu können. Das Konzept hat mich überzeugt: Hier haben Menschen aus der jeweiligen Stadt, die Chance erhalten, den Verein konkret zu unterstützen, dessen Arbeit und Inhalte sie für Ihre Stadt wichtig finden. Auf der anderen Seite hat es den Bekanntheitsgrad der Vereine erhöht, deren Engagement sonst oft im Dunkeln bleibt. So werden Menschen auf Themen aufmerksam gemacht, denen sie im alltäglichen Leben sonst nicht begegnen. Damit schlägt der Förderkorb eine Brücke zwischen den vor Ort tätigen Vereinen und der Bevölkerung. Das ist wichtig, denn trotz kommunaler Förderung brauchen Vereine finanzielle Unterstützung und auch ideelles Engagement von Dritten, um ihre Arbeit fortsetzen zu können. Eine vielfältige und breite Vereinslandschaft ist ein Gradmesser für den Zusammenhalt und die Kultur in einer Stadt. Der PENNY Förderkorb trägt dazu bei, dieses soziale Miteinander in der jeweiligen Region zu stärken“, beschreibt Bernadette Drescher, Referentin Jugend/Beruf/Wissenschaft bei der RheinEnergieStiftung ihre Jury-Arbeit.

„Seit dem Jahr 2003 bieten wir internetbasierte Informationen, Beratungen und Hilfen für Kinder und Jugendliche an, die in Familien mit Suchterkrankungen, Gewalt und psychischen Erkrankungen aufwachsen. Wir arbeiten als Kooperationsprojekt der Drogenhilfe Köln e.V. und KOALA e.V. Allein im vergangenen Jahr wurde unsere Internetseite mehr als zwei Millionen Mal aufgerufen und es gab mehr als 400 Beratungsanfragen. Das alles leisten wir ohne städtische Regelförderung mit einem sehr kleinen Team. Umso mehr freue ich mich, dass wir von den Kölnern die meisten Stimmen bekommen haben. Das werte ich als tolle Bestätigung unserer Arbeit. Mit dem Gewinn wollen wir vor allem die Arbeit unserer ehrenamtlichen Beraterinnen und Berater in Köln unterstützen“, sagt Anna Buning, Projektkoordination

„Es ist eine traurige Wahrheit, aber Mädchen und junge Frauen haben heute immer noch keine angemessene Lobby, strukturelle Benachteiligungen gehören zum Alltag. An diesem Punkt setzen wir mit kommunal- und landespolitischer Arbeit ebenso an, wie mit konkreten Angeboten für Mädchen ab zehn Jahren bis hin zu jungen Frauen bis 27 Jahren. Mit uns kann man über alles reden, es gibt keine Tabuthemen. Wir bieten als Verein aber auch einen geschützten Raum, in dem die Mädchen und Frauen unter sich sind und sich austauschen können“, erklärt Dr. Inge von Bönninghausen, Vorstandsmitglied Lobby für Mädchen – Mädchenhaus Köln e.V.

„Mit dem Übergang vom Beruf in den Ruhestand beginnt eine neue Lebensphase, die viele Möglichkeiten eröffnet und neue Chancen bietet. Viele Menschen wollen die erworbene Lebens- und Berufserfahrung in einem Ehrenamt nutzen, andere wollen etwas Neues ausprobieren. Unsere Patenschaftsprojekte bieten eine Möglichkeit, einen Teil der nun zur Verfügung stehenden Zeit sinnvoll zu nutzen, gleichzeitig neue Kontakte zu knüpfen sowie Anerkennung und Wertschätzung zu erfahren. In den Projekten können sie jungen Menschen helfen, sich in unsere Gesellschaft zu integrieren und den richtigen Einstieg ins Berufsleben zu finden. Gerade Schülern mit einem schlechten Schulabschluss fehlt es an Selbstbewusstsein oder sie wissen schlicht nicht, wie sie eine gute Bewerbung schreiben sollen. Jugendliche Flüchtlinge suchen Orientierung in der neuen Gesellschafft und möchten Deutsch lernen. Hier stehen unsere Patinnen und Paten mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Den Gewinn wollen wir nutzen, um mehr Jugendliche in unser Ausbildungspaten-projekt aufnehmen zu können, denn das Projekt ist allein durch Spenden finanziert“, so Gabriele Wahlen, Geschäftsführerin und Mitglied des Vorstands Ceno e.V.

„Für Kinder, Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene ist es ein großer Einschnitt, eine Bezugsperson durch Tod zu verlieren, und sie benötigen häufig Unterstützung, um dies verarbeiten zu können. Wir helfen ihnen dabei, ihren individuellen Weg zu finden, den Verlust zu bearbeiten und in ihr Leben zu integrieren. TrauBe ist deshalb so wichtig, weil sich die Trauernden hier nicht alleine fühlen. Sie sehen, dass es andere gibt, die dasselbe Schicksal getroffen hat und müssen sich in dem geschützten Rahmen nicht erklären. Unsere qualifizierten Trauerbegleiter schaffen dazu den nötigen Raum. Um all dies dauerhaft und verlässlich leisten zu können, sind wir auf Hilfe angewiesen. TrauBe lebt allein von Spenden, Stiftungsgeld und Mitgliedsbeiträgen. Daher freut es uns außerordentlich, dass wir im Rahmen des PENNY Förderkorb den Jurypreis erhalten haben. Das ist für uns eine große Wertschätzung und Anerkennung. Mit dem Gewinn werden wir eine neue Kindertrauergruppe, die jetzt im November startet, finanzieren.“, erklärt Johanna Koslowsky, Vor-stand TrauBe.

Das Förderprojekt war 2015 in Hamburg ins Leben gerufen worden und hatte großes Interesse geweckt. Mehr als 140.000 Kunden hatten für ihren jeweiligen Lieblingsverein gestimmt.

PENNY erzielte 2015 allein in Deutschland mit rund 2.150 Filialen und 26.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über sieben Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland erwirtschaftete PENNY mit 1.360 Filialen und 18.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über vier Milliarden Euro.

Andreas Krämer
Pressesprecher PENNY
Tel: +49 221 149 1050

Source: REWE Group


Albert Heijn is klaar voor de feestdagen

Albert Heijn is klaar voor de feestdagen
Albert Heijn is klaar voor de feestdagen


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — De winter is in aantocht en Nederland gaat zich voorbereiden op de feestdagen. Ook bij Albert Heijn zijn de feestkriebels begonnen. Op zaterdag 12 november valt bij miljoenen huishoudens de Winterkrant op de mat. Daarmee geven we een kijkje in onze winterkeuken en feestassortiment Ook introduceren we de Allerhande Gourmetbox met daarin alle ingrediënten voor een succesvolle gourmetavond met vrienden of familie. Handig, want één op de drie Nederlanders zet tijdens de feestdagen het gourmetstel op tafel. Dit is het begin van twee maanden vol verrassingen waar we onze klanten onbezorgde feestdagen gaan bezorgen.

Gourmetten met Sint, Kerst en Oud & Nieuw

De Gourmetbox is perfect voor een gezellig avondje tafelen met het gezin. Naast vier verschillende soorten vlees vind je in de box meergranen stokbrood, hamburgerbroodjes, cheddar kaas, eitjes, ingrediënten voor heerlijke salades en zelfs aan het dessert is gedacht. De Allerhande Gourmetbox kan al worden thuisbezorgd vlak voor Sinterklaas op 1, 2 of 3 december. Ophalen kan ook in een Albert Heijn winkel of Pick Up Point naar keuze. Bestellen kan tot en met 28 november op

Het culinaire team van Allerhande stelde ook dit jaar weer een Allerhande Kerstbox samen. Hierin vind je alle ingrediënten en recepten om een fantastisch viergangen diner op tafel te zetten. Dat begint met een frisse gazpacho, gevolgd door gerookte zalmtartaar. Het hoofdgerecht is een malse herten-biefstuk met aardappelgratin en tot slot een brownietaart met warme kersen en mascarpone. Je kunt de box online bestellen en ophalen in een Albert Heijn winkel, Pick Up Point of gratis thuis laten bezorgen.

Vlees van de meesterslager

Vleesliefhebbers kunnen deze kerst terecht bij onze meesterslager Jos Havekotte. Van ossenhaas en lamsbout tot hertenrack en gevulde kip, dit exclusieve assortiment is eenvoudige online te bestellen via de AH Bestelservice vanaf 28 november t/m 18 december. Vanaf vandaag is het assortiment al te bekijken via

We kunnen niet wachten

Hoogtepunt van alle inspiratie voor de feestdagen is de tweede editie van het Allerhande Kerstfestival waar klanten kunnen genieten van het kerstassortiment van Albert Heijn. Of een workshop kunnen volgen van bekende culinaire experts, zoals Moshik Roth, Ron Blaauw, Eke Marien en Harold Hamersma. Het grootschalige foodfestival vindt op 9, 10 en 11 december plaats in het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht. De kaartverkoop is reeds gestart via Kortom, we kunnen niet wachten tot de feestdagen.

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Source: Albert Heijn


Best Buy unveils its Black Friday deals

Best Buy unveils its Black Friday deals
Best Buy unveils its Black Friday deals


Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy’s Black Friday ad is available now to preview at, featuring doorbusters available starting Thanksgiving Day on and when stores open at 5 p.m. local time that day.1  And for those looking to get an early start on shopping, some of these deals are available online and in stores starting today (November 10, 2016).

This Black Friday, Best Buy again offers great values on the brands and products customers want most. This season’s deals include special savings on a broad selection of electronics and appliances, with offers such as:

  • Toshiba 49-inch 4K Ultra HD TV: $199.99 (Save $250)
  • MacBook Air 13-inch: Save $200
  • Bose® SoundSport® In-Ear Headphones: $39.99 (Save $60)
  • Powerbeats2Wireless Headphones: $89.99 (Save $110)
  • PlayStation 4 Uncharted Bundle: $249 (Save $50) plus two free games
  • Samsung 55-inch LED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $479.99 (Save $320)
  • Select Blu-rays are $7.99 and 4K UHD movies as low as $17.99
  • Video games for $29.99 (Save $30)
  • Fitbit Charge 2: $129.95 (Save $20)
  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone: $399.99 (Save $100)
  • Samsung 4K UHD Blu-ray Player: $199.99 (Save $200) and get a free $10 Best Buy Gift Card
  • Homido V2 Virtual Reality Headset: $49.99 (Save $30)
  • mophie juice pack pro: $9.99 (Save $50)
  • Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell: $124.99 (Save $75)
  • Arlo Wire-Free HD Security 4-camera kit: $349.99 (Save $150)
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 2 Lens Kit DSLR camera: $449.99 (Save $250)
  • GoPro HERO5 Black: $399.99 with a $35 Best Buy Gift Card and 64GB memory card
  • KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer: $199.99 (Save $300)
  • Dyson V6 Animal Cord-Free Stick Vacuum: $299.99 (Save $200)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 M3 with Type Cover: $599.99 (Save $400)
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro: Save $125
  • Free $250 Best Buy Gift Card plus a free Samsung Gear VR with installment billing on the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge
  • Dell 15.6” touch screen laptop with Intel Core i5 Processor: $349.99 (Save $150)

Doors Open at 5 p.m. for Doorbuster Deals Thanksgiving Day

Nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in 47 states will open once again at 5 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, offering shoppers the chance to take advantage of thousands of Black Friday and doorbuster deals. Nearly all stores will remain open until 1 a.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 25, and re-open at 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. local time.

Best Buy Black Friday Weekend Store Hours2 (local time)

  • Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 24: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Black Friday, Nov. 25: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 26: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Online Doorbusters and Free Shipping on

For customers who prefer to shop from home on Black Friday weekend, will continue to offer great deals. Online doorbusters and almost every item in the Black Friday ad will be available for sale on throughout Thanksgiving Day, with additional deals available all weekend long. This year, online shoppers can take advantage of free shipping throughout the holiday season with no minimum order required and convenient in-store pickup options.

1. All product offers are available while supplies last. For complete details, visit Customers can check their local store listings on for store opening hours.

2. Because of laws in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, stores in those states will not open until Black Friday. The five Best Buy stores in Maine will open at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 25, and 24 stores in Massachusetts and the Rhode Island store will open at 1 a.m. on Nov. 25. Three Best Buy stores in Puerto Rico also will open at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 25. A small number of additional locations across the country may have varied hours because of county or municipal laws. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores located in shopping malls might have their hours adjusted based on the operating hours of the mall. Best Buy Mobile stores not located in malls will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Best Buy will use a ticketing process for doorbusters to help ensure the safety of both Best Buy customers and employees. For more information, visit

Source: Best Buy


Target announces its Black Friday deals; brings back its “10 Days of Deals” promotion

Select offers available now, with deep savings throughout November

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today ( announced its Black Friday deals and a variety of easy, compelling opportunities for guests to save throughout the month. In addition to offering Target’s lowest prices ever on some of the hottest gifts and must-have products during Black Friday weekend, the retailer is bringing back its popular “10 Days of Deals” promotion, featuring deep daily discounts on specific merchandise categories, including Electronics, Toys, Beauty and more. For guests who want to get a jump start on their holiday shopping, starting today through Thursday, Nov. 10, Target’s “Black Friday Early Access Sale” allows guests to shop a selection of Black Friday deals on and, new this year, in all stores via Cartwheel.

“We know that millions of our guests look forward to spending their Black Friday with us each year,” said Janna Potts, executive vice president and chief stores officer, Target. “Our teams are energized and ready to go. We can’t wait to join the excitement of what has become a favorite holiday tradition for many of our guests when we open our doors to greet them at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.”

“During the holidays, our guests are looking for the best deal. They also want incredible products and a great experience. Target is prepared to deliver all that and more through compelling savings across our broad assortment,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “No matter when or how they choose to shop, Target is making it easier than ever for our guests to save time and money, from incredible doorbusters on Black Friday to the return of our 10 Days of Deals.”

Black Friday Early Access Sale, Nov. 9-10

For guests eager to get a start on Black Friday savings, Target is offering a selection of deals, today and tomorrow only, on and, new this year, in all Target stores via Cartwheel. The following deals, and more, are available now through Thursday, Nov. 10:

  • 25 percent off all Apple TV models
  • Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones, $119.99 (Reg. $299.99)
  • Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 Xbox Video Games, $35 (Reg. $59.99)
  • Polaroid 10.1″ 8GB Android Tablet with Bluetooth Keyboard, $59.99 (Reg. $99.99)
  • 30 percent off all shoes for the family
  • 40 percent off Fieldcrest bedding and all Fieldcrest bath towels
  • Discounts on toys, including select LEGO and Fisher-Price items
  • Jetson V6 Hoverboard with Bluetooth Speakers, $284.99 (Reg. $399.99)

10 Days of Deals, Nov. 19-28

Following last year’s wildly successful debut, Target is bringing back its “10 Days of Deals” promotion. Guests will be excited to receive significant daily discounts on some of Target’s most popular product categories starting Saturday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Nov. 28. In addition to guest-favorite offers from last year, the retailer will introduce a number of new deals to help guests save big on their holiday purchases. More information on the specific deals included in the “10 Days of Deals” promotion will be shared at a later date.

Black Friday Presale and Doorbusters, Nov. 23-24

Again this year, Target will offer the “Black Friday Presale,” giving guests a chance to shop select Black Friday deals early at and at all stores via Cartwheel on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Beginning early Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, guests can shop all of Target’s Black Friday deals at with free shipping or when stores open at 6 p.m.

Guests will find Target’s lowest prices ever on select items, including Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, Fitbit Charge HR, HP 15.6” Laptop and more. Additional Black Friday deals include:

  • 50″ Hisense 4K UHD TV, $249.99, special purchase
  • Apple Watch Series 1, starting at $198 (Reg. starting at $269.99)
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, $89.99 (Reg. $199.99)
  • Save $50 and get a free $40 Target Gift Card with purchase of any Xbox One S Console 500GB Battlefield 1 or Minecraft Bundle, $249.99 (Reg. $299.99)
  • Fitbit Charge HR, $89.95 (Reg. $129.95)
  • Free $250 Target GiftCard with purchase of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPad Air 2, starting at $274 (Reg. starting at $399.99)
  • 50 percent off select video games, $29.99 (Reg. $59.99)
  • Free $60 Target GiftCard with purchase of a GoPro HERO5 Black, $399.99
  • Hoover Quest 700 Robotic Vacuum, $199.99 (Reg. $349.99)
  • Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum, $299.99 (Reg. $499.99)
  • Anova Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, $99 (Reg. $149)
  • 50 percent off select kitchen appliances
  • Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor, $129.99 (Reg. $259.99)
  • 50 percent off life-size 48″ Big Figs, including Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $49.99 (Reg. $99.99)
  • Buy one, get one 50 percent off select toys, including Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and more
  • 30 percent off all apparel, accessories and shoes for the family

Additionally, just in time to wrap up their purchases and decorate for the season, Target will offer guests a one-day only savings on Saturday, Nov. 26, of $50 off every $100 purchase on trees, lights, ornaments, gift wrap and more.

Free Shipping and REDcard Savings

As previously announced, Target is extending free shipping by a full week this holiday season, waiving the fee for all orders from Oct. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017. Guests who shop with a Target REDcard also receive 5 percent savings on nearly all items, adding to the significant discounts Target is offering this season.

Extended Holiday Hours

Target stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Stores will remain open until 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight on Friday, Nov. 25. Throughout the season, the retailer once again will offer extended store hours to meet guests’ shopping needs:

  • Nov. 24: 6 p.m. to Friday, Nov. 25: 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight
  • Nov. 27-Dec. 16: Extended holiday hours go into effect. Hours vary by store, check for specific store hours
  • Dec. 17-23: All stores open at 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Dec. 24: All stores open at 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: All stores open at 7 a.m. and close 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight

Target works closely with its team members to understand scheduling preferences for the holidays and compensates all hourly team members who work on a national holiday, including Thanksgiving, with pay equal to time-and-a-half their hourly rate. Also, all hourly team members who work certain shifts on Thanksgiving and Black Friday will receive additional compensation on top of premium holiday pay.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,802 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Media Contact:

Joshua Thomas
(612) 761-6795

Target Media Hotline:
(612) 696-3400

Source: Target Corporation

Xcel Brands announces third quarter 2016 revenue growth of 14% vs same period previous year

  • Company Reports Double-Digit Quarterly Revenue Growth of 14% to $8.3 million;
    Year-to-Date Revenue Growth of 28% to $25.8 million
  • Third Quarter 2016 GAAP Net Income of $0.1 million; Non-GAAP Net Income of $1.3 million
    Year-to-Date 2016 GAAP Net Loss of ($0.02) million; Non-GAAP Net Income of $4.6 million
  • Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 5% to $2.3 million;
    Year-to-Date Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 12% to $7.1 million

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a brand management and media company, today (Nov. 10, 2016) announced its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

“We are pleased to report double-digit top-line growth for the quarter and year-to-date,” said Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Despite lower than expected growth in the interactive television channel during the quarter, we believe that the strength of our brands and our unique business model, including our design, marketing, and Quick Time Response (QTR) production platforms, will continue to drive growth despite a challenging retail environment. To that end, we are excited by the early results of our Quick Time Response design and production platform and our partnership with Hudson’s Bay Company, and we expect to announce new retail partnerships in the QTR department store business for Spring 2017.”

Third Quarter 2016
Total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 increased 14% to $8.3 million, compared with $7.3 million for the prior year quarter.

GAAP net income was $0.12 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, or $0.01 per share, compared with net income of $0.03 million, or $0.00 per share, in the prior year quarter. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $1.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared with $1.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 increased by 5% to $2.3 million, compared with $2.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

The net income, non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA results for the quarter reflect the Company’s judicious management of its operating expenses, while continuing to invest in the future.

First Nine Months of Fiscal 2016
Total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased 28% to $25.8 million, compared with $20.2 million in the same period in 2015.

GAAP net loss was ($0.02) million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, or ($0.00) per share, compared with net income of $1.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased 11% to $4.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared with $4.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the same period in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased by $0.8 million or approximately 12% to $7.1 million, compared with $6.3 million for the same period in the prior year.

See reconciliation tables below for non-GAAP metrics. These non-GAAP metrics may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with our results reported according to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Any financial measure other than those prepared in accordance with GAAP should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company’s balance sheet at September 30, 2016 remains strong, with stockholders’ equity of $102.6 million, cash and cash equivalents of approximately $15.2 million, and working capital of approximately $14.4 million.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results with additional comments and details at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 10, 2016. A webcast of the conference call will be available live on the Investor Relations section of Xcel’s website at Interested parties unable to access the conference call via the webcast may dial 877-440-5803. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for 30 days following the event and can be accessed at 877-870-5176 using replay pin number 3962922.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including statements regarding future events, our future financial performance, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “appears,” “suggests,” “future,” “likely,” “goal,” “plans,” “potential,” “projects,” “predicts,” “seeks,” “should,” “would,” “guidance,” “confident” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our anticipated revenue, expenses, profitability, strategic plans and capital needs. These statements are based on information available to us on the date hereof and our current expectations, estimates and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including, without limitation, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and its other filings with the SEC, which may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risk factors, nor can we address the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.


Hunter Wells / John Mills

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

J. C. Penney Company announces 3Q financial results

  • Net Loss improves 42 percent over the same period last year
  • Company reaffirms its full year earnings and $1 billion EBITDA guidance

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today (Nov. 11, 2016) announced financial results for its third quarter ended Oct. 29, 2016. Comparable sales were (0.8) % for the third quarter, providing a two-year stack of 5.6 %. Net loss improved 42 % versus the prior year to $(67) million.

“We are pleased to see strong sales performance in the growth initiatives we discussed at our most recent analyst meeting. The results of these initiatives are reflected in a positive sales comp in the month of October, driven by over 200 basis points of comp benefit from our 500 new appliance showrooms,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer. “We view our October sales results – specifically our acceleration in the last two weeks of the month – and the benefit from appliances as examples of what we expect for the balance of the fourth quarter. Despite experiencing softness in apparel sales, we are continuing to improve the bottom line of our business thanks to the commitment and hard work of our over 100,000 Associates.”

Ellison continued, “We are excited about the initiatives we have in place to drive incremental growth during the Holiday Season with our increased appliance penetration, new Sephora locations, free same day pick up for online orders, a strong cadence of promotional events and our new lowest price guarantee. We are also thrilled about delivering a 200 basis point improvement in our private label credit card penetration in the third quarter, which led to our highest penetration in many years. These and other initiatives reinforce our confidence in our ability to achieve $1 billion in EBITDA for 2016.”

For the quarter, Sephora, Home, Salon and Fine Jewelry were the Company’s top performing divisions. Geographically, the Pacific and Northwest were the best performing regions of the country.

For the third quarter, gross margin was 37.2 % of sales, a 10 basis point decline compared to the same period last year.

SG&A expenses for the quarter decreased $59 million to $888 million, or 31.1 % of sales, representing a 160 basis point improvement from last year. These savings were primarily driven by lower corporate overhead, incentive compensation and store controllable costs.

For the third quarter, the Company delivered a 42 % improvement in net loss over the prior year to $(67) million or $(0.22) per share. Adjusted earnings per share improved 54 % to a loss of $(0.21) per share for the third quarter this year compared to a loss of $(0.46) per share last year.

EBITDA improved $36 million to $172 million for the quarter, a 26 % improvement from the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA improved 57 % to $174 million, a $63 million improvement from the same period last year.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release.

The Company has updated its 2016 full year guidance as follows:

  • Comparable store sales: expected to now increase 1% to 2%;
  • Gross margin: expected to now be flat versus 2015;
  • SG&A dollars: expected to decrease versus 2015;
  • EBITDA1: expected to be $1 billion;
  • Adjusted earnings per share1: expected to be positive;
  • Free cash flow1: expected to improve versus 2015

1 A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking projections to GAAP financial measures is not available as the nature or amount of potential adjustments, which may be significant, cannot be determined at this time.

Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call Details
At 8:30 a.m. ET today, the Company will host a live conference call conducted by chairman and chief executive officer Marvin R. Ellison and chief financial officer Ed Record. Management will discuss the Company’s performance during the quarter and take questions from participants. To access the conference call, please dial (844) 243-9275, or (225) 283-0394 for international callers, and reference 7715351 conference ID or visit the Company’s investor relations website at Supplemental slides will be available on the Company’s investor relations website approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference call.

Telephone playback will be available for seven days beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and referencing 7715351 conference ID.

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts.  In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters.  Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook ( and Twitter (

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at

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 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

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings and cash flows.  Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms including EMV chip technology, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all.  There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations.  Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-K for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400

Investor Relations:
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Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company recalls select ice cream products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company recalls select ice cream products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company recalls select ice cream products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes


Madison, WI, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Inc. of Madison, WI is recalling select ice cream products, because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by Aspen Hills, Inc., which has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


The ice cream products were distributed to the following states AL, AZ, CA, FL, IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, NE, OH, PA, SC, VT, WA & WI. The ice cream products were distributed to various ice cream shops around the country, online outlets and limited grocery stores.

This recall includes the following products with code dates provided:

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. 3 Gallon Cartons
Cookie Dough (code date 10/15/17, 10/21/17, 11/1/17 & 11/8/17),
Heaps of Love (code date 10/20/17, 10/28/17 & 11/8/17),
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (code date 10/9/17, 10/18/17 & 11/1/17),
Sticks & Stones (code date 10/26/17).

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. Pints

Cookie Dough (code date 10/21/17).

The Baked Bear brand 3 Gallon Cartons

The Baked Bear brand Cookie Dough (code date 10/13/17, 10/15/17, 10/21/17).

The following is a link to the original October 11, 2016 recall: Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company Recall

Consumers Contact:

Customer Service

Source: FDA


Product recall: Agave Dream pint sized vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams

Product recall: Agave Dream pint sized vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams
Product recall: Agave Dream pint sized vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams


Peninsula, CA, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling all vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams packaged in pint sized containers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed across the United States through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Romeoville & Dallas warehouses, DPI NW, Americold Los Angeles & Modesto warehouses, IWI Franklin Indiana warehouse, Jakes Finer Foods Houston Texas, Haddon House Richburg South Carolina & Medford New Jersey, Grocery Outlet- CA, UNFI- Auburn Washington & Ridgefield Washington.

All of the recalled products were manufactured and packaged in a facility owned by a contract manufacturer, Dr. Bob’s of Upland, LLC. Recalled products are Agave Dream ice creams packed in pints with “best buy” date located at the bottom of the pint.

The following flavors and “Best By” dates are being recalled:

Flavor UPC Dates
Vanilla 8 9934900201 7 7/4/17, 9/8/17,10/9/17, 12/12/17, 1/14/18
Chocolate 8 9934900202 4 7/4/17, 8/5/17, 9/8/17, 10/9/17, 12/12/17, 12/24/17
Cappuccino 8 9934900204 8 7/4/17, 9/8/17, 12/2/17, 1/14/18
Chocolate Chip 8 9934900203 1 8/5/17, 12/12/17
Lavender 8 9934900206 2 12/2/17

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finding samples positive for Listeria monocytogenes in the contract manufacturer’s facility and in finished product of another company’s brand, leading the contract manufacturer to recall all ice cream products it produced for Agave Dream.

Consumers who have purchased the identified Agave Dream ice cream products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 866-993-4438 or Monday-Friday, 9 am PST-5 pm PST.

Consumers Contact:

Agave Dream

Source: FDA