Request Foods recalls GFS® Cheese Manicotti that may contain egg allergen

Request Foods recalls GFS® Cheese Manicotti that may contain egg allergen
Request Foods recalls GFS® Cheese Manicotti that may contain egg allergen


Holland, MI, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Request Foods, Inc. is recalling certain 68 oz. (4 LB 4 OZ) pans of GFS® Cheese Manicotti because the product inside may be Chicken Cannelloni, which contains egg allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled Cheese Manicotti was distributed by Gordon Food Service to retail stores, restaurants and other foodservice operators in FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, OH, PA, TN, WI and WV. The pans are labeled as Cheese Manicotti but may have the Chicken Cannelloni product inside the pan. These mislabeled pans were distributed in cases/boxes marked as GFS® Chicken Cannelloni.

The recalled products include:

  • Individual TIN PANS of GFS® Cheese Manicotti with Julian lot code 15268
  • CASES of GFS® Chicken Cannelloni with Julian lot code 15268

Only products with lot code 15268 are subject to this recall. No other lot codes or products are included in this recall.  The lot code can be found on the long side of the tin pan and the long side of the case.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

The recall was initiated after a consumer reported that a pan labeled Cheese Manicotti instead contained Chicken Cannelloni.

Consumers who have sensitivity to eggs and have purchased affected product with lot code 15268 should not consume the products and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Request Foods at 1-800-748-0378. The consumer lines are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Consumers Contact:
Request Foods

Source: FDA


Perinton Wegmans unveils complete expansion and remodel

Rochester, NY, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Celebrate the completion of the Perinton Wegmans expansion at our Near Our Stores event

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with family fun activities from noon to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Perinton Wegmans, 6600 Pittsford-Palmyra Road

Rochester, N.Y. – It’s official. The long-awaited Perinton Wegmans expansion and remodel is now complete. With 31,300 additional square feet, the new and improved Perinton Wegmans has a lot in store for customers who have graciously endured the 18-month project that has resulted in an expansive store that bears little resemblance to the one that stood there last May.

The project brings the total size of the store to 122,000 square feet and includes parking lot improvements, a new façade and clock tower; expanded fresh food departments, including produce, prepared foods, bakery, cheese, and meat to name a few; a larger Market Café offering three times the seating, including a children’s seating area and the Timber Room with a cozy fireplace; the addition of The Pub; and updates and enhancements to every department throughout the store.

“We essentially built a new store around our customers while they shopped,” said Perinton Wegmans Service Manager Eric Zonnevylle. “In a lot of ways, it would have been easier and faster to complete the project if we closed the doors, but our customers told us they wanted the store to stay open, so we listened.”

With the remodel now complete, there are plenty of new and exciting features and products waiting for Perinton shoppers:

Produce. A new fresh cut veggie section offers a wide variety of cleaned and fresh cut vegetables, making eating and cooking with vegetables easier than ever before.

Cheese Shop. With the addition of a new misting cheese case, Perinton customers have access to a larger selection of perfectly ripened cheeses straight from the Wegmans Cheese Caves. This holiday season, try our Affidélice, Wegmans 1916 Aged Goat Cheese, Cremeux de Bourgogne with Truffles, and Holiday in Italy.

Bakery. The expanded bakery offers a larger selection of whole-grain loaves, and crusty artisan European-style breads, not to mention delicious desserts like mini pastries and whole grain cookies.

Meat. A new in-house climate-controlled dry-aging cooler takes Wegmans’ Angus Beef to the next level of unrivaled juiciness, buttery tenderness and intense flavor. The expanded meat department also boasts a wide variety of organic meats with more than 90 choices.

Beer Shop. Craft beer enthusiasts will love the expanded Beer Shop, now offering over 1,200 varieties of beer, including hundreds of regional and national craft beers.

Pizza Shop. New signature pizzas start with scratch-made dough that’s topped with fresh and artisanal ingredients then quick-fired on volcanic stone and ready to eat in three minutes or less.

Buzz Coffee. The new Buzz coffee features Nitro Cold-Brewed Coffee, slow-steeped for 24 hours and infused with nitrogen to create a one-of-a-kind, creamy, velvety taste.

The Pub by Wegmans. The full-service restaurant features a bar, plus seating for 90. Try our new Wegmans 1916 Lager, brewed exclusively for The Pub by Three Heads Brewing, or our new signature holiday cocktail – a blend of St. Germain Liqueur, Prosecco, sparkling water and a touch of fruit.

Though the remodel has been a long and extensive process, it’s nothing new to Store Manager Tom Culhane, who has managed employees and the customer experience through major remodels a total of three times in his 31-year career with Wegmans.

“I learned to think about keeping the customer at the center of all we do from Robert Wegman when he was leading the company,” said Culhane. “Mr. Wegman always remained grounded with the customer, paying attention, listening to their comments, looking at how they were seeing the store. Retail is a fast-paced environment, but now I strive to recognize when to slow down, pay attention, and listen. When someone makes a request, it might take some creative thinking to come up with the right response – but basically, I’m looking for a way to say ‘yes.’”

Culhane relied heavily on this approach to ensure a good shopping experience for customers over the last 18 months. But he couldn’t do it alone. Culhane and his leadership team depended on every single employee to maintain a high level of customer service and satisfaction.

“We could not have done this without all of our phenomenal employees,” said Perinton Wegmans Employee Representative Robyn Fuenfstueck.  “Tom and the management team involved our employees since the very beginning, from putting blueprints in the breakroom, to providing daily updates of upcoming changes. Our employees were then able to pass that information on to our customers, always keeping them in the loop of what to expect next.”

“We can’t thank our customers enough for their patience and understanding throughout the entire process,” said Culhane. “It’s been a long time coming, and we’re excited to share our new and improved store with our customers.”

Near Our Stores Celebration Event

Customers are invited to explore the new store and celebrate the completion of the renovation this Saturday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Near Our Stores event, featuring delicious tastes from local and regional suppliers.

  • Introduction of Wegmans 1916 Lager. Wegmans has partnered with local craft brewery Three Heads Brewing to create an exclusive beer for Wegmans in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. Aptly named, the Wegmans 1916 Lager is reminiscent of the Vienna Lager – America’s most popular beer style when the company was founded a century ago – but with a modern twist for a malty, richer and more flavorful beer. The Wegmans 1916 Lager will make its debut Saturday and will be available exclusively on draft at the Perinton Pub.
  • Tastes from local and regional suppliers. Throughout the store, Wegmans will be featuring local and regional partners. Check out artisan charcuterie from Canandaigua’s Josef Brunner in the deli, Pink Ribbon Oysters from Long Island-based South Bay Seafood, roasted squash soup featuring squash from Mason Farms in Williamson, NY, and Pumpkin Harvest Creamy Goat’s Milk Chèvre from First Light Creamery in East Bethany, NY.
  • Family fun activities. From noon to 8 p.m., bring the whole family for a variety of activities including costumed characters, caricatures (noon to 2 p.m.), a magician (3 to 5 p.m.) and live music with the University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers (noon to 1 p.m.) and Laura Dubin (5 to 8 p.m.)

A Capsule History of the Perinton Store

1967       18,000 sq. ft. Perinton store opens, constructed on the same site, but in a different location

1974       A new 54,000 sq. ft. store opens in its current location on the site

1987       Perinton store undergoes an extensive remodel and is expanded to 90,700 sq. ft.

2015       May – construction begins on the 31,300 sq. ft. expansion on the east side of the store, bringing the total size of the building to 122,000 sq. ft.

November – bakery, seafood, meat, the cheese shop, pizza, sushi, old-fashioned subs, and the catering departments open for business within the expanded area of the store. The selection of prepared foods now includes a full line of Asian cuisine and more fresh food bars. Work begins to remodel the existing side of the store, outfitting it with new flooring, ceilings, lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration.

2016      January – The Buzz coffee shop opens and work begins in the produce, deli and floral departments

March – The Pub opens for business.

November – the renovation and expansion is complete.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-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.

Press Contact:
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans Media Relations Specialist

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

Whole Foods Market completes major remodel of its Tustin store at The District; adds Mendocino Farms, Hangar Bar

Store completes major remodel, adds poke bar, expanded craft beer, wine & spirits, all-day breakfast and more

TUSTIN, Calif., 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has partnered with Mendocino Farms to open a location inside its Tustin store at The District, opening Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2847 Park Avenue in Tustin. The restaurant opening coincides with the completion of a major remodel to the 60,500-square-foot store, with expanded product offerings and updates in almost every department.

Mendocino Farms is located in a new 140-seat dining area shared with the recently opened Hangar Bar. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the location will offer its full menu of gourmet sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include the Pork Belly Banh Mi, the Avocado & Quinoa Superfood Ensalada and the Not So Fried Chicken, a lighter version of a cold fried chicken sandwich with shaved free range chicken breast. All menu items are made on site and meet Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards. From Nov. 17 through Dec. 4, sales from its limited edition short rib sandwich, created with local chef Yvon Goetz, will benefit the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. This is the first Mendocino Farms location within a Whole Foods Market store.

“It’s a great honor for us to anchor the prepared foods section of Whole Foods Market with a full-size Mendocino Farms,” said Mario Del Pero, co-founder of Mendocino Farms. “This newly remodeled location is now one of the best food halls in Orange County, and we are excited to be involved.”

Mendocino Farms and Hangar Bar anchor the store’s prepared foods and bakery departments, now offering in-house scratch bread made fresh daily, a taqueria, an all-day breakfast bar, self-serve pizza and vegan dishes, alongside the same wide selection of favorites and holiday items the store is known for.

“The store is designed to be a one-stop shop,” said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “From sushi and breakfast burritos, or even a full Thanksgiving meal and holiday gifts, to sandwiches from Mendocino and great craft beer from Hangar Bar – there are so many options, which was something we wanted for the community.”

Inspired by the blimp hangars in Tustin with a lattice ceiling and light fixtures that appear to be floating, Hangar Bar has 36 beers on tap, 12+ wines by the glass, signature craft cocktails, a Fall-inspired seasonal menu and daily specials.  Offerings include jackfruit “crab” cakes, cauliflower nachos, an autumn squash and grilled apple salad, maple glazed pork belly, plus sushi, burgers and toasts like the “forest schroom” with almond ricotta sautéed baby kale, roasted garlic and Fresno chile. Hangar Bar offers a rotating selection of limited release local craft beers on draft and nitro served from a keg cooler enclosed by glass, so shoppers and diners can see the beers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Additional store updates:

  • Made-to-order-poke bar and expanded value pack in seafood
  • Smoke & Fire wood fired grill experience – opening December 2017
  • Huge beer and wine selection, featuring more than 850 types of beer, including local limited release offerings
  • A dedicated pet food aisle
  • Combined coffee and juice bar, with gelato and made-to-order Sambazon acai bowls
  • Smokehouse menu in the meat department, plus expanded marinated and value section with expanded bacon, hot dogs and poultry
  • Renovated beauty and body care department with a curated selection of premium body care items
  • New bulk section for spices and teas
  • Updated seating area in front of the store, with 80 additional seats
  • Realigned aisles throughout the store for a more efficient shopping experience

Whole Foods Market Tustin will commemorate its grand reopening on Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon with a bread-breaking ceremony with team members, Mendocino Farms and the community. The store will host a “Family Fun Day” immediately following the ceremony and lasting until 3 p.m., with live music, games, food and beverage demos, sampling, a DJ and more.

For details on all upcoming events and activities, visit the store’s homepage, or follow the store on Facebook or @wfmorangecounty on Instagram.


Beth Krauss

Source: Whole Foods Market

Apple to host Hour of Code workshops in celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 5 through 11

Apple to host Hour of Code workshops in celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 5 through 11
Apple to host Hour of Code workshops in celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 5 through 11


Swift Playgrounds Adds Hour of Code Challenge and New Lessons

Cupertino, California, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (NOVEMBER 17, 2016) opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from December 5 through 11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Among the most popular events at the Apple Store, Hour of Code workshops teach the basics of computer science with’s programming tutorials. Apple and share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

“Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.”

“Since we started Hour of Code in 2013, Apple has each year upped its participation and found ways to introduce more kids to computer science,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of “The global footprint Apple offers through its stores and talented staff has reached tens of thousands of kids, and with the introduction of Hour of Code in Swift Playgrounds we can introduce coding to even more.”

Swift Playgrounds

This year, Hour of Code programs at many Apple locations will include an introduction to Swift Playgrounds, the free new app for iPad that brings coding to life. The interactive interface of Swift Playgrounds encourages beginners to explore working with Swift, the easy-to-learn programming language from Apple, used by professional developers to create world-class apps.

“Coding is just like any language, the earlier you’re exposed the more successful you’ll be,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Whether at an Apple Store, in a classroom or at home with an iPad, Swift Playgrounds brings real coding concepts to life and empowers the next generation with the skills they need to express their creativity.”

A new Hour of Code challenge in Swift Playgrounds makes it easy for anyone to set up their own one-hour coding event, and for those continuing to build their coding skills on iPad, Swift Playgrounds adds a new Learn to Code 3 set of lessons and a companion Teacher Guide.

Hour of Code for Educators
In addition to in-store workshops, Apple has developed a series of tools to extend Hour of Code into schools and community centers, including a free facilitator guide offering lesson ideas, group activities and more. Apple Teacher, a free, professional self-paced learning program supporting and celebrating teachers in the US, has added resources, badging and recognition for learning and teaching coding with Swift Playgrounds on iPad. Continuing Apple’s $100 million commitment and ongoing partnership to provide 114 underserved schools with technology, services and support, Apple will provide materials and resources to assist ConnectED schools around the country to host their own Hour of Code workshops.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contacts:
Nick Leahy
(408) 862-5012

Starlayne Meza
(408) 974-3391

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Meijer: majority of customers expected to make their purchases on Thanksgiving week

Meijer: majority of customers expected to make their purchases on Thanksgiving week
Meijer: majority of customers expected to make their purchases on Thanksgiving week


Retailer once again offers turkeys at 50 percent off, prepares for last-minute rush

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Midwest retailer Meijer expects to sell 1 million turkeys this Thanksgiving with the majority of customers expected to make their purchases Thanksgiving week.

More than 75 percent of customers are expected to purchase their turkeys in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, said Tod Pepin, senior vice president of foods.

In addition, Meijer is continuing its tradition of offering aggressive pricing on turkeys. When a Meijer customer spends $30, their purchase of any fresh or frozen turkey – regardless of brand or size – will be 50 percent off.

Now through Thanksgiving Day, Meijer brand frozen turkeys will be priced at 59 cents per pound and fresh turkeys will cost $1.49 per pound continuing through Thanksgiving Day.

“Like many families who celebrate time-honored Thanksgiving traditions, offering ‘the bird’ at a great price is our new time-honored tradition at Meijer,” Pepin said. “We are thrilled to offer our turkeys at a great price in the hopes it helps to keep the cost down for many families.”

Thanksgiving Day is one of the retailer’s busiest grocery shopping days of the year with customers often forgetting an item or two for their Thanksgiving feasts. The top five items sold at Meijer on Thanksgiving Day include:

  • Cream cheese
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Celery
  • Butter
  • Sweet potatoes

Meijer Curbside customers will also have the opportunity to shop online and pick up their Thanksgiving food items without leaving their vehicles. Pick up times for the popular online shopping service are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offered at 29 Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

Meijer is also preparing for high sales of its ever popular premade Thanksgiving dinners. Customer demand for premade meals over the holiday season is a trend that has continued to grow.

Meijer offers a deluxe turkey dinner for $49.99, and includes a 10-12 pound prebaked turkey, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry salad, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dozen Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls. A deluxe ham dinner costs $49.99, and includes a 7-9 pound spiral ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry salad and a dozen Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls. Both deluxe dinners can feed between 8-10 people.

While Meijer will work to accommodate any customer request, deli team members encourage customers to place orders for those premade dinners 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.

An infographic highlighting the top five grocery items Meijer customers purchase on Thanksgiving Day is available on the Meijer Newsroom at

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. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at


Christina Fecher

Source: Meijer


Hilltop Honey a Mid Wales-based honey maker wins contract to supply more than 500 Co-op food stores UK-wide

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Mid Wales-based honey maker is “buzzing” after winning a contract to supply more than 500 Co-op food stores UK-wide.

Hilltop Honey was founded in 2011 at the family farm in Newtown after Scott Davies – a former rugby player with Newtown Rugby Club who worked as a coal merchant and a builder – sustained a back injury and needed to reconsider his future.

Now producing around 14,000 jars of honey a week, Hilltop Honey – which is supplying Co-op with own-branded honey – is set to move its jarring operation from the village of Caersws into new premises in Newtown in the New Year and has ambitions to increase its workforce to around 30 over the next three years.

Scott Davies, 28, who has this year picked up the Golden Fork Award at the Great Taste Awards and the Micro Business Award at the Powys Business Awards, said:
“We are delighted, it has been a great year and this contract win gives Hilltop Honey an introduction to own-branded sales which not only opens up new markets, but also supports our move to new premises and future expansion plans.

“I was 21 when I hurt my back and I needed to do something with my life. Walking to a bee-hive in the garden at home formed part of my physio routine and recuperation. I always wanted my own business and to work outside. I quickly got the bee-keeping bug.

“We are passionate about our honey. It is full of raw, natural flavours and we are pleased to work closely with the Co-op to satisfy the increasing demand for high quality Welsh produce.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:
“Hilltop Honey is a Welsh success story full of passion for great quality produce and a determination to overcome adversity. We are delighted to be working with Hilltop Honey.

“We know that food provenance really matters to our customers and we are committed to sourcing and celebrating great local produce.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

Source: Coop

Best Buy announces quarterly cash dividend of $0.28 per common share

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) has authorized the payment of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.28 per common share. The quarterly dividend is payable on December 29, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 8, 2016. The company had 313,366,210 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of October 29, 2016.

Investor Contact:
Mollie O’Brien
(612) 291-7735

Media Contact:
Jeff Shelman
(612) 291-6114

Source: Best Buy

Chick-fil-A® unveils a complete relaunch of its flagship website,

ATLANTA, Ga., 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 17, 2016), Chick-fil-A® unveiled a complete relaunch of its flagship website, The new site will serve as the company’s storytelling and information hub. Leading the quick service restaurant industry in designing an experience informed by consumer research, the site puts customer preferences and interests front and center by providing customized content and localized information to each, individual user.

The site begins with a “multi-scroll” homepage that allows readers to choose their own path through the site. Users can then select their favorite Chick-fil-A restaurant from the homepage, making menu pricing appear as well as offerings specific to their favorite location. Easy-to-find nutrition and allergen information supports the company’s food transparency commitment to customers, and visually rich ingredient displays lead to food stories and recipes customers can make using those same ingredients at home. Unique enhancements include an embedded publication, quotes from Chick-fil-A Founder, S. Truett Cathy, and “Easter egg” surprise appearances from the iconic “Eat Mor Chikin”™ Cows.

“From the beginning our team envisioned the new website as a digital extension of our restaurants where food and customer service are at the forefront of the experience. That’s why the menu reflects what’s being served in restaurants at the time of day the user hits the site, as well the incorporation of rich textures and red accents recognizable from the architecture and design of our heritage locations,” says Ashley Callahan, digital communications and content strategy manager at  Chick-fil-A. “Our goal is to share stories and create meaningful moments with existing and potential customers.”

An industry first, the new site is home to embedded publication The Chicken Wire, a digital magazine dedicated to sharing good-news, with multi-media stories focused on food, hospitality and community. From brand stories that offer a peek behind the curtain of the family-owned company to unbranded pieces, the publication creatively balances feature articles with videos, gifs, polls, infographics and more. “Our restaurants are often the setting for serendipitous moments where acts of human kindness inspire conversation. So, while we use the site to give guests the information they need about our menu, ingredients and restaurants, we also want to offer them something a little unexpected, like access to acclaimed chefs, seasonal recipes they can make at home, and stories that inspire, like the documentary-style film of a high school student who bonds with a dementia patient through their love of art,” says Callahan.

Like Chick-fil-A restaurants, the site will, in a way, close on Sundays. Truett Cathy made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. After working seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and tend to ideals he deemed more important than business–a practice the company upholds today.

“We found that while our online traffic dips on Sundays, the people who come to spend time with us on Sunday stay longer than those who visit during the hours we’re open,” says Callahan. “Sunday stories are developed through the lens of ‘providing a service,’ meaning the pieces serve the reader’s time well by making them laugh at new Sunday comic, Chicken Strips, inspire them to create a meal at home with friends and family or dive into a long-format feature.”

Future enhancements are already in the works. Designers are using consumer research to launch a best-in-class meal nutrition calculator before the year’s end, and will plant a few more “Easter eggs” – surprise appearances throughout the site by the cows. An integrated e-commerce experience is planned for 2017 and already the project team is experimenting with localized content within certain markets at launch.

“This site is a hub for all things Chick-fil-A, and we’re not done,” says Kelsey Moore, Chick-fil-A customer-facing technology project lead. Adding that user behavior on the site will help determine future updates, like tailoring content to be geographically relevant and appealing to customer preferences, as well as enhancing ordering opportunities for customers, “The site is a sophisticated platform that is both responsive and adaptive to create a premiere mobile experience, much like the new Chick-fil-A One app,” Moore says.

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 46 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

Media Hotline:

1 (800) 404-7196

Source: Chick-fil-A

Foodstuffs announces post earthquake store updates

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — We would like to advise customers that outside of the affected area’s all New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores are open and operational as normal. Stores have plenty of product on the shelf and it is business as usual – we encourage customers to shop as normal which will help ensure the business can focus on the affected areas and helping stores that are currently closed clean up and re-open.

Four Square Raglan to the rescue with much needed water

Updated on November 18/11/2016

Raglan’s water supply was affected after the 7.8 earthquake on Monday morning and continuing aftershocks. After the earthquakes the spring which supplies Raglan’s water turned dirty and the water treatment plant had to be closed down and supplies trucked in.

In addition to water tankers coming in from around the North Island, organised by the Waikato District Council, the team at Four Square Raglan & Foodstuffs organised a donation of 6,000 litres of bottled drinking water for the seaside town. Owner-operators Satnam and Harshi Bains were delighted to help.  “It’s amazing that even as far away as Raglan we’ve been affected by the quakes in the South Island.  The community pulled together and the WDC did a fantastic job of keeping the town supplied with water.  We’re pleased we could do our bit.  We’re luckier than many others, that’s for sure.”

With the exception of Four Square Kaikoura which is currently closed all other stores around the country are open for business serving their communities.

Keeping the Capital fed and watered – New World pulls out all the stops

  • All Foodstuffs North Island stores operating as per usual (New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square) and our distribution centres
  • Well-ranged, no stock issues and trading well
  • Huge collaborative effort across the Co-Operative

Updated at 18/11/2016 15:06

It wasn’t only the colossal earthquakes wreaking havoc in Wellington, the weather didn’t play ball either. New World stores in central Wellington were briefly affected by the turmoil – but, without exception, they were back up and running by Monday afternoon.

“It’s certainly been a week where we moved rapidly from earthquake crisis management to flood crisis management, but New Zealanders have a DNA that shows up very well in a crisis,” says Chris Quin, Managing Director, Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI). “The team were awesome when it comes to our willingness to help each other, collaboration and accountability.”

In a letter to the FSNI team today, Quin remarks how across 24 hours he saw the team go from three large stores not operating, supply chain disruption and the regional support office at Silverstream closed, to having all stores being open, distribution sorted and serving understandably rattled customers with the things they needed to look after their families.  Most importantly, the team was safe and doing their part to support their neighbourhoods.

“Testament to the way we’ve come through these events is the fact that our owner-operators are really close to their communities and their teams and they know what they need from the get-go.  On practical level we also have well-designed, built and maintained stores and systems and simply awesome people,” says Quin. “They turn up and are incredibly willing – they collaborate and just try and help each other and their customers.”

One standout example of the team going the extra mile comes from Taranaki, hit hard by winds and rain taking down trees and power lines. “Karl and Tina Turner owner-operators of Four Square Kaponga pitched in by providing food and coffee for all the firemen and linesmen working to put everything back into order. They finished up around midnight and were back at it again at 4.30 am in the morning, providing pies for the crew who had been working all night. That’s the Kiwi way.”

Wellington’s inner-city New World stores, where the impact of the quakes was felt the hardest, were back up and running on Monday, despite constant aftershocks and wild weather, thanks to the commitment from the teams in store and the support of other stores and suppliers from around Wellington and the rest of the North Island.  “Fresh milk, bottled water and chilled products are plentiful, and our shelves are full of grocery items – it’s business as usual,” says Quin.

New World Thorndon store access update

Updated at 17/11/2016 14:30

New World Thorndon’s Molesworth Street entrance is open via Hawkestone Street (Hawkestone Street now fully open).

Please also use Murphy Street for vehicle access into the carpark. Cars can still exit onto Molesworth Street from our carpark, heading onto SH1, to the suburbs or back into Wellington City via Murphy Street.

Transport and deliveries can deliver into May Street as normal via Hawkestone St.

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Kiwi spirit well and truly alive at New World Kaikoura

  • Store open and trading thanks to amazing efforts by staff and support from customers
  • Supplies available for the community thanks to concerted effort from the business, Civil Defence, RNZAF and more

Updated at 17/11/2016 12:00

New World Kaikoura owners Glen Steele and Melissa Sprott have been blown away by how their team has rallied to get the store up and running in hugely challenging conditions.

“We’re open, there is product on the shelves and the community is relieved that they can get much-needed supplies. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic efforts of our wonderful staff.  Their own homes and families have been affected by the quakes and the on-going aftershocks but, like us, they understand how we all want to get back to normal as quickly as possible,” says Glen.  “The team are like family to us, and when things calm down we’ll definitely be having a BBQ and a few beers to say thank you.”

The Inland Road from Culverden to Kaikoura is now open to Civil Defence and which will, in the next few days, enable a more regular supply of products for the store which is now the only supermarket option for the community.  Glen and Melissa believe that getting the business up and trading again at full capacity will definitely boost spirits – and enable the town to recover more quickly.

The New World Kaikoura store is currently open from 8 am to 5 pm.  Operating hours will be re-assessed on Monday 21 November, as Glen and Melissa are keen to let the community know the expected hours for the following week as soon as they can.

Glen says, “The most sought after items post-quake have been tinned food, beverages including water and other non-perishables such as nappies and personal hygiene products.”

“It’s been tough for the locals not being able to shower – these everyday activities are now very much a luxury.  Just like the Christchurch quakes keeping clean and comfortable is one of the most important concerns for our customers.  Sanitiser and other non-water based products such as wipes are very much in demand,” adds Melissa. “Other than that, it’s business as usual in these unusual times – we are adjusting to our new normal. And we’re really grateful that we’ve been able to get back up and running quickly thanks to everyone pulling together, as is the Kiwi way.”

Bottled water availability in Wellington

Updated at 16/11/2016 15:30

On behalf of Foodstuffs we would like to confirm that it is business as usual in terms of supply to the Wellington region, specifically there are no shortages of bottled water in our New World and PAK’nSAVE stores.

Earlier this week, in addition to the normal supply of stock in the distribution centre (DC), we sent 20 additional truckloads, which equates to 300,000 litres of water, to the Palmerston North DC for distribution to stores in the lower North Island as they require it. At the moment we have approximately 250,000 litres of water in the DC which continues to be replenished each day.

Based on the current situation we are not anticipating any shortages of bottled water as there is sufficient supply within our network.

All central Wellington stores have confirmed they have well stocked water shelves, so customers need not be concerned.

All of our central Wellington stores are open and trading including;

  • New World Wellington City
  • New World Willis Street
  • New World Railway
  • New World Thorndon

New World Thorndon store access update

Updated at 16/11/2016 16:00

To our New World Thorndon customers, we are fully open for business. Due to the Molesworth Street closure, please use Murphy Street for access into our carpark. Cars can still EXIT onto Molesworth Street from the carpark, heading onto SH1, to the suburbs or back into Wellington City via Murphy Street.

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New World Kaikoura re-opens

Updated at 14/11/2016 17:00

There’s some good news for the Kaikoura community this morning as the New World supermarket re-opened.

Steve Anderson, CEO, Foodstuffs South Island Limited says, ”The team worked round the clock yesterday to get access to Kaikoura and assist the owners in re-opening the store this morning. They are facing significant challenges with key services such as power and water having been out in the town for a period of time yesterday.”

“With the help of emergency services we were able to fly an engineer into Kaikoura to assess the store, thankfully it has been declared structurally sound which means we can resume trading this morning.”

“The store has opened with reduced stock availability as fresh and frozen products have been affected due to the power outages. We would like to let customers know they can come to the store to access emergency supplies and staff will be on hand to assist. The store is working hard to manage stock and ensure all of the community can access supplies, and at this time customers are being served from the front foyer with the assistance of staff.”

“Access to the community is still very limited and the business is working with Civil Defence to get supplies through to the store but until this detail is confirmed the store is unable to re-stock. We would ask the community to bear with the owners and their staff while they attempt to ensure everyone has the opportunity to access key staples such as water, canned goods and other essential items.”

Anderson confirms that with the exception of Kaikoura, Foodstuffs (North and South Island) has more than adequate stock available so customers should not be concerned, and except for the odd delay, trucks are continuing to arrive at stores as normal and stores are managing stock to ensure that everyone has access to staple items. “It’s great news that trucks are now coming across on the Interisland ferries and are able to access Christchurch via the Lewis Pass and on top of this we are continuing to utilise sea freight options.”

The South Island DCs are well stocked and the business has strong resilience plans in place to ensure supply is maintained following an event such as the earthquake. Foodstuffs is working with Civil Defence, suppliers and Foodstuffs North Island to ensure continuity of supply is maintained.

“At this stage our focus is on Kaikoura and the surrounding communities which have been hardest hit. We need to ensure they have access to essential supplies of food and water, both in the short and long term. Our supply chain is incredibly robust and has been tested many times through the Canterbury earthquakes. Product is arriving to stores and a variety of freight options are being utilised across the supply chain.”

Advice to customers is to shop as normal, the supply chain is intact and the business is working hard to ensure the remaining stores open as soon as possible.

Store status as of Tuesday morning 9.00 am is;

Wellington region;

o   All stores are now open

Canterbury region;

o   New World Kaikoura (opened with stock limits)

o   Four Square Kaikoura (closed)

o   Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)

14 November 5.00pm

Store closure status is;

Wellington region

o   New World Railway – opening details to be provided tomorrow morning (Tuesday 15 November)

o   New World Porirua – will be open as normal tomorrow (Tuesday 15 November)

Canterbury region

o   New World Kaikoura (closed)
o   Four Square Kaikoura (closed)
o   Henry’s Kaikoura (closed)
o   Four Square Cheviot (due to open tomorrow Tuesday 15 November)

14 November 9:00am

Our thoughts are with all those affected by last night’s earthquake and our priority at this time is ensuring our staff are safe and affected stores are supported.

Stores that are currently closed for clean up or engineering assessment are;

Wellington region

o   New World Railway
o   New World Porirua

Canterbury region

o   New World Kaikoura
o   Four Square Kaikoura
o   Henry’s Kaikoura
o   Four Square Cheviot
o   Four Square Culverton (due to open at midday)


Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

22,834 pets found their forever homes during PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend

Signature Adoption Event Aimed at Encouraging Pet Adoption Prior to the Holiday Season Saves the Lives of 22,834 Pets at PetSmart Stores across North America

Phoenix, AZ, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This past weekend, tens of thousands of pet-loving North Americans visited PetSmart stores for PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend.  A grand total of 22,834 pets found their forever homes, making this event the most successful November National Adoption Weekend event since PetSmart began its in-store adoption program in the early 1990s.

The record-setting adoption numbers could be due to pet parents heeding the advice from experts like Steve Kaufman, center of excellence manager – adoptions at PetSmart Charities.

“We’re thrilled to see that pet parents are thinking ahead and adopting a new furry family member before the holidays in lieu of putting a pet under the tree,” said Kaufman. “This will give families more time to transition a new pet into their home and will enable pet parents to include their new pet in cherished holiday celebrations like photos, gatherings and gift openings.”

Thanks to a year of unprecedented adoption success, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities recently celebrated saving the lives of 7 million pets.  The lucky 7 millionth adopted pet is Daisy, a fox terrier-foxhound mix puppy who was adopted out of a PetSmart store in Staten Island by the McKenzie family.  Read more about adopted pets like Daisy and the inspirational work of PetSmart Charities by visiting

“At PetSmart Charities, our mission is to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  By working closely with PetSmart stores and our dedicated animal welfare partners, we’re able to host National Adoption Weekends four times each year.  It’s awe-inspiring to see that, in a matter of days, we’re able to help tens of thousands of adoptable pets find the forever homes and families they deserve,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., President of PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada.
PetSmart, The Adopt Spot™, is where people save pets and pets save people.  The retailer is a leading source for pet adoption across North America, having helped with the adoption of more than 7 million pets since 1994 –more than any other brick-and-mortar establishment. PetSmart continues to grow its adoption leadership with its recent acquisition of, a leading online pet adoption platform.

 PetSmart’s Adoption Kit

As a gift to those who saved a life through adoption (no matter where they choose to adopt their pet*), PetSmart offers its free Adoption Kit which provides important content on how to integrate a pet into the family while offering true value – with more than $450 in real savings – to the adoption parent. Included are coupons for a free bag of dog or cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™, a free veterinarian visit, a complimentary private training session with an accredited trainer, a free Doggie Day Camp session and a free overnight boarding stay, as well as half-off on a grooming service. Also included are savings on all the essentials for a new pet including beds, crates, gates, brushes, feeding bowls, collars, leashes, toys and treats, as well as solutions like pet calming products and stain and odor remedies for any mishaps that may occur.

While often referred to as PetSmart Charities National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts span the entire week, with the majority of the pets (approximately 90%) being adopted between Friday and Sunday.  The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held on February 17 – 19, 2017.

*Adoption paperwork is required.

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 1,500 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,, and – 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. The Adopt Spot is a trademark of PetSmart, Inc.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart 
Find PetSmart on Facebook:
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Share your adoption story using the hashtags #iadopted or #adoptlove

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.  Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events.  Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores.  PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of the generous donations by issuing grants and providing additional support to help pets in need.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.  PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets in Canada.  Each year more than 20,000 pets find Canadian homes through our adoption program in nearly all PetSmart stores across Canada and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $9.9 million to help pets in need with a funding focus on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart.

PetSmart Media Line:

Source: PetSmart Inc.

The Kering Foundation hosts its annual White Ribbon for Women campaign to combat violence against women

London, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kering Foundation will host its 5th annual White Ribbon for Women campaign to combat violence against women from 18 to 27 November. This year well-known male ambassadors including French footballer Antoine Griezmann, the American surfer and founder of menswear brand Outerknown Kelly Slater, and Chinese actor Yang Yang will lend their voices to the Kering Foundation’s campaign, to highlight the fact that violence against women is not just a women’s issue. A series of portraits will see the ambassadors recount the true stories of women who have experienced violence and subsequently received support from the Kering Foundation. As part of the White Ribbon for Women’s digital campaign, the portraits will notably be diffused online via the hashtag #BeHerVoice to encourage everyone to break the silence on violence against women.

In tandem, and to mark the 5th edition of White Ribbon for Women, the Kering Foundation will also launch a crowdfunding platform  via #BeHerVoice. From 18 to 27 November users will be able to support a cause of their choice, from a selection of projects run by the Kering Foundation’s partner NGOs to empower women who have experienced violence. Funds raised will go directly to the Kering Foundation’s partner NGOs including It’s On Us in America, HER Fund in Asia, and Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes, La Maison des Femmes, Rosa UK and Women’s Aid in Europe.

An in-store campaign run in parallel will also see 230,000 White Ribbon for Women brooches and stickers, designed by Kering Foundation board member Stella McCartney, distributed in over 800 boutiques across 51 countries to customers of Kering luxury brands: Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Stella McCartney, McQ, Boucheron, Qeelin, Pomellato and Dodo.

The White Ribbon for Women campaign was launched by the Kering Foundation in 2012, with board member Stella McCartney designing an exclusive White Ribbon for Women brooch. From its origins the White Ribbon movement is a male-led initiative started by a group of Canadian men in 1991 following the Montreal Massacre, where a male student of École Polytechnique University massacred 14 of his female classmates telling them “you have no right being here (in education).” The movement encourages the promotion of gender equality and a new vision of masculinity in order to bring about a cultural shift to a future without violence against women. Since 1999, the 25 November is recognised by the United Nation’s as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a White Ribbon as its symbol.

François-Henri Pinault, President of the Kering Foundation, and Chairman and CEO of Keringcommented: “At the Kering Foundation we are working alongside non-profits and governments to combat violence against women, but the real challenge is in changing societal behaviors and beliefs. When one considers that 1 in 3 women worldwide experience violence, it is clear that this issue touches us all be it as a society, a corporation or citizen; be it as a man or a woman. With our White Ribbon for Women campaign we hope to break the taboo on this epidemic, by encouraging everyone to join the combat and raise their voices alongside our ambassadors.”



About Kering
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

About the Kering Foundation 
Launched in 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation combats Violence Against Women. To enhance its global impact, the Foundation focuses on one cause in each of the following three regions:
⁻ Sexual Violence in the Americas
⁻ Harmful Traditional Practices in Western Europe (France, Italy, United-Kingdom)
⁻ Domestic Violence in Asia

The Kering Foundation supports NGOs’ projects, social entrepreneurs and awareness campaigns while involving the Group’s 38,000 employees.

Press contacts:

Emer Hallahan
+33 1 45 64 63 07

Astrid Wernert
+33 1 45 64 61 57


Social Media
Twitter: @KeringForWomen @KeringGroup
Instagram: @kering_official
Facebook: Kering Group
LinkedIn: Kering

Source: Kering

Ulta Beauty to host 3Q2016 results conference call on Thursday, December 1, 2016

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) today (Nov. 17, 2016) announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2016 results on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central Time. A press release detailing the Company’s third quarter 2016 results will be issued after the market closes and prior to the call. The conference call will be hosted by Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, and Scott Settersten, Chief Financial Officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be webcast live at A replay of the webcast will remain available for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering conference ID number 13650257.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of October 29, 2016 Ulta Beauty operates 949 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit


Ulta Beauty
Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

Prada opens its first store in Saint Barthélemy

Milan, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — To consolidate its presence in Central-American markets, Prada opens its first store on the promenade of Saint Barthélemy, a prestigious location of the Caribbean.

The store, with a total surface area of 200 square metres on a single level, houses the women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear collections, together with a selection of special products.

In this iconic location, Prada presents an original design with an exotic vibe to create a unique, contemporary shopping experience. The store concept – inspired by the architecture of 1950s South American mansions – exhibits an exotic reinterpretation of Prada’s classic heritage elements. The checkered marble floor teamed with natural materials such as wood, within a bright atmosphere, creates an elegant yet relaxed setting. The original white-and-yellow striped entrance ceiling is a modern take on a characteristic coffered ceiling. The entire space is flooded with natural light which filters through the large windows and the wooden brise soleils.

Rooms with original, creative vintage-fabric wall coverings, which were inspired by iconic prints from the Prada collections and reinterpreted in an architectural context, house the special products in a brightly colored versatile setting. The collections are displayed on shelves made of natural wood or printed with graphic motifs. To complete the furnishings, rare design pieces, such as tubular-framed wicker armchairs from the Fifties, original seating by Gio? Ponti and rattan armchairs designed by Franco Albini, create intimate spaces for relaxing moments of leisure.

The new store exudes a sophisticated atmosphere which gives the feeling of a relaxing, luxury holiday in a unique, original place.

For more information:
Prada Press Office
Tel. +39.02.541921

Source: Prada

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its second hypermarket in Magnitogorsk

With this opening, Lenta expands its network in the Urals to 17 hypermarkets in 8 cities. As of today, the retail space of Lenta stores exceeds 1 million square metres.

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its second hypermarket in Magnitogorsk.

The new store is a Lenta compact format hypermarket located at 23 Vokzalnaya str., Magnitogorsk. The store has a total area of 9,810 sq.m with 5,272 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am to 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 19,000 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Magnitogorsk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 350 parking spaces and 30 cash registers. The property is owned by Lenta.

The opening in Magnitogorsk is Lenta’s twenty third hypermarket opening in 2016 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 162 hypermarkets in 75 cities across Russia and 43 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 162 hypermarkets in 75 cities across Russia and 43 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 1,002,732 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,900 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 20161.

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

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit, or contact:

Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97

International Media:
David Westover
Тel: +44 207 282 2886

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23

Source: Lenta

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share

New Albany, Ohio, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today (November 17, 2016) reported that on November 16, 2016, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., payable on December 12, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 2, 2016.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands.  The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand embodies American casual luxury.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.   The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market.  abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 3-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style.

The Company operates over 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites and

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

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

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

Coach opens its newest flagship at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City

Stuart Weitzman Opens Separate Flagship at Same Location

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) (SEHK:6388), a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, today (Nov. 17, 2016) announced the opening of its newest flagship in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Timed to coincide with the brand’s 75th anniversary year, this unique retail concept marks a defining moment in both the company’s history and brand transformation.

The 20,000 square foot retail space dedicated to the Coach brand, designed by Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers in partnership with William Sofield, Designer and President of Studio Sofield, showcases the brand’s distinctive modern luxury positioning. Specifically, the interior features an impressive blackened steel and concrete staircase, which creates a sense of discovery while shopping, as well as a glass enclosed, vintage inspired elevator. Throughout the three-level flagship is a mix of eclectic and bespoke furniture and objects, accented by custom-designed cabinetry, warm lighting, proprietary carpets and fine millwork. Additional architectural elements include a glass-block facade, expansive windows and a captivating mechanized conveyor belt installed with a rotation of Coach products. The center atrium houses a 12-foot sculpture of Coach’s dinosaur, Rexy, designed by renowned artist Billie Achilleos, and constructed entirely from Coach bags and proprietary hardware. In addition, a monumental contemporary sculpture, Scribing the Void, created by Brooklyn artist Kurt Steger traces the surface of iconic rock formations in Central Park, and is a nod to Coach’s New York City roots.

Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc. said, “With Coach House, we are celebrating our New York heritage and 75-year history of craftsmanship. The flagship features the full expression of our women’s and men’s collections including bags, small leather goods, footwear, and ready-to-wear, in addition to offering a full range of customization and leather services. Together with the opening of the adjacent Stuart Weitzman flagship store, we are bringing two global brands born in New York City to one iconic location.”

The company is also launching two concepts unique to Coach House flagships that speak to the brand’s heritage of leather craftsmanship and innovative design. First, the Made to Order Rogue, which allows customers to create a bespoke Rogue bag, selecting from nine points of customization and over one million possible combinations. Second, the Coach House Workshop – which is the first of its kind – offering expanded leather and craftsmanship services, including special monogramming and exclusive vintage product, featuring a resident master craftsman with nearly 30 years of experience in the New York Workshopat Coach’s headquarters.

Andre Cohen, President North America and Global Marketing, added, “We are thrilled to open a true home for the Coach brand on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, an address globally recognized for fashion. We’re confident that our modern luxury store environment will be warmly embraced by discerning New York shoppers and international visitors alike.”

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

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

This information to be made available in this press release may contain forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “can,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” “project,” “guidance,” “forecast,” “anticipated,” “moving,” “leveraging,” “targeting,” “assume,” “plan,” “pursue,” “look forward to,” “on track to return,” “to achieve” or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management’s current expectations, based upon a number of important factors, including risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs and successfully execute our transformation and operational efficiency initiatives and growth strategies and our ability to achieve intended benefits, cost savings and synergies from acquisitions, etc. Please refer to Coach Inc.’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a complete list of risks and important factors.

Analysts & Media Contact:
Andrea Shaw Resnick
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Global Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
Senior Director, Investor Relations

Source: Coach, Inc.

GameStop launches its third annual in-store donation campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — I wish to be. I wish to give. I wish to go. I wish to meet. These are the four types of wishes GameStop and its family of brands will help make come true this holiday during its annual Make-A-Wish® in-store donation campaign.

GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced the launch of its third annual in-store donation campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish. The campaign runs in the U.S. from Nov. 18 – Dec. 31. Monies raised during the campaign helps grant wishes like Stewart’s, who wished to see how video games are made and just be a kid.

One hundred percent of all customer donations collected will be donated to Make-A-Wish. This year, all of GameStop’s U.S. family of brands, including Spring Mobile, Simply Mac, Kongregate, ThinkGeek, and Game Informer will participate. The company’s EB Games stores in Canada launched its in-store donation campaign on Nov. 1, and will continue collecting donations through Dec. 31.

“We have seen firsthand how wish experiences can be a game-changer for kids facing tough medical issues in their young lives,” said Rob Lloyd, chief financial officer of GameStop and Make-A-Wish North Texas board member. “Our hope is that customers at our U.S. and Canadian stores become more aware of how Make-A-Wish is making life better for these kids, and will join us in giving back to this worthy cause.”

Themed “Wishes are a Game Changer”, GameStop and its family of brands are inviting customers to donate $1, $5, or $10 at checkout during the holidays, as well as selling a Make-A-Wish holiday gift card featuring wish kid artwork.

As a thank you for donating, customers at GameStop and EB Games stores will receive:

  • GameStop PowerUp Rewards members will score triple PowerUp Rewards Points on donation amounts of $1 or more from Nov. 18 – Dec. 31.
  • EB Games Edge Rewards members earn triple Edge Rewards Points on donation amounts of $1 or more from now through Dec. 31.

Additionally, GameStop is collaborating with Square Enix to raise money toward the campaign during a live stream via on #GivingTuesday, November 29 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. PT. The live show will feature gameplay of the upcoming release, Final Fantasy XV, and viewers can interact in the chat, win great prizes, and make a direct donation to Make-A-Wish.

Whether hosting wish enhancement parties in-store, granting electronics wishes, or raising the funds required to grant wishes, GameStop’s commitment to making wishes come true for children with serious illnesses is inspiring, said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We are honored to partner this holiday season with GameStop, who, with their dedicated customers, will help move us toward our goal of granting a wish for every eligible child.”

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes;, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek,, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac,, operates 72 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile,, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,424 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and on Facebook at

About Make-A-Wish ®

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

Media Contact:
Martha Sotelo
GameStop Corp.

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Fast Retailing establishes its first denim R&D facility in Los Angeles

Fast Retailing establishes its first denim R&D facility in Los Angeles
Fast Retailing establishes its first denim R&D facility in Los Angeles


Berlin, Germany, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing today (2016.11.18) announces that it has established the DENIM INNOVATION CENTER, the Group’s first facility to focus on research and development of denim fabric, in Los Angeles, California, a city well-known as the home of denim.

The DENIM INNOVATION CENTER aims to bring together specialists in jeans development from premium denim brand J Brand and other Fast Retailing Group companies to develop jeans utilizing innovative technologies and materials, based on the established tradition of jeans. The first project for the facility will be research on jeans for UNIQLO and J Brand. Products for both brands developed at the center will be available from the fall winter 2017 season.

■ Researching jeans in the global hub for denim, to create exceptional products for times

By establishing the DENIM INNOVATION CENTER in Los Angeles, the global hub for information on denim, Fast Retailing will be able to quickly incorporate the essence of current trends in its designs. Focusing on the “3Fs” (Fabric, Fit, and Finish), the key elements in making jeans, the center will develop fabrics with the world’s leading fabric makers, as well as conduct R&D on the latest production technologies, to make jeans that look exceptional and are comfortable to wear.

■ Full range of in-house equipment for product development, for higher quality jeans; R&D also conducted on eco-friendly processing and production technologies

Fast Retailing has previously outsourced the production of samples and other operations to external manufacturers, but with the DENIM INNOVATION CENTER, the company will now be able to manage the entire process in-house. Using the latest equipment, the center will be able to quickly create and evaluate sample products, considerably enhancing the speed and quality of product development.

The center can also be used by contracted producers as a research center, which will increase the integrity of the finished product during actual production. In addition, the facility will focus on environmentally friendly processing and production methods, conducting R&D on chemicals and techniques used for fading and distressing of jeans.


1. Fabric: Material development and selection with world-leading fabric manufacturers
The DENIM INNOVATION CENTER’s location in Los Angeles, home to global denim fabric makers, provides a structure for optimal fabric development and selection based on the type of jeans. UNIQLO also has a longstanding partnership with Kaihara Corporation, well-known as a maker of high-quality Japanese denim.
Through cooperation with such world-leading fabric manufacturers, UNIQLO will offer jeans of the highest quality material to people throughout the world.

2. Fit: Collaboration with group company R&D centers to develop the latest, top-quality products
The DENIM INNOVATION CENTER will work in collaboration with R&D centers from various Fast Retailing Group brands to develop denim products that transcend each brand’s limits. The first project will be joint denim research and development between UNIQLO, which has continually analyzed the everyday needs of people around the world from its LifeWear perspective to create jeans, and J Brand, which creates jeans that constantly lead trends. The new facility will integrate the two companies’ expertise on jeans, and accumulate information on global trends and denim development, to develop the latest, highest-quality products for each brand.

3. Finish: Specialists from around the world and cutting-edge processing technologies
Washing and distressing are the most important processes affecting the finish and quality of jeans. The DENIM INNOVATION CENTER is equipped with the world’s most advanced denim processing technologies. The center has gathered together specialists in jeans development from around the world, who conduct repeated tests within the center to create authentic jeans for UNIQLO on a par with premium denim.



EXPRESS congratulates Kris Bryant for being named Major League Baseball National League Most Valuable Player 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — EXPRESS, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) congratulates EXPRESS Men’s Brand Ambassador Kris Bryant, third baseman of the Chicago Cubs, for being named Major League Baseball National League Most Valuable Player 2016.

During the 2016 season, Bryant continued to rise as one of the most sought after players in the game, delivering a game-winning, team-rallying home run in World Series Game Five. Bryant and team then went on to lead the Chicago Cubs to win their first World Series title since 1908. “I’m really grateful for my opportunities and what I have here,” said Bryant. “When you’re in the moment, you just want to put out the best version of yourself you can be.” (1)

EXPRESS first announced Kris Bryant as Men’s Brand Ambassador in March 2016 and since then, the baseball star has appeared in several marketing and advertising campaigns across print, digital, social media and in-store platforms. Bryant currently appears in the EXPRESS Fall Campaign, sporting the retailer’s latest dressy and casual wear photographed in the iconic city of Chicago.

“This year has brought a lot of firsts for me, from winning a World Series title to being named MVP of the National League to inspiring fans to look and feel great through my work with EXPRESS,” said Bryant. “It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’m excited to see what’s next.”

“EXPRESS’ ongoing mission is to partner with brand ambassadors who are inspiring, confident and embody the spirit of our customers,” said David Kornberg, EXPRESS President and CEO.” Kris Bryant does just that – he lives his best life and looks great doing it. Kris is an incredible athlete whose hard-work and dedication has paid off. We’re thrilled for his achievements both on and off the field.”

About Kris Bryant:
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant finished the 2016 regular season with a .292 average, 39 home runs, 102 RBIs, 121 runs scored, and eight stolen bases. The power-hitting right-hander has one of the best-selling jerseys in baseball during 2016, according to the Shop. He recently received the 2016 National League Hank Aaron Award.

Follow this EXPRESS Brand Ambassador on Instagram (@kris_bryant17), Twitter (@KrisBryant_23), and Facebook( and at

About EXPRESS, Inc:
EXPRESS is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30-year-old customer. EXPRESS has more than 35 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company currently operates more than 650 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. EXPRESS merchandise is also available at franchise locations in Latin America and the Middle East. EXPRESS also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website,, as well as on its mobile app.

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PR Manager


EXPRESS congratulates Kris Bryant for being named Major League Baseball National League Most Valuable Player 2016
EXPRESS congratulates Kris Bryant for being named Major League Baseball National League Most Valuable Player 2016


Express, Inc. to host 3Q2016 results conference call on Thursday, December 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express, Inc. [NYSE:EXPR], a specialty retail apparel chain, today (Nov. 17, 2016) announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss third quarter 2016 results on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Earlier that morning, the Company will issue a press release detailing those results. The conference call will be hosted by David Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Moellering, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Perry Pericleous, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at: and remain available for 90 days. A telephone replay of this call will be available at 12:00 p.m. ET on December 1, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 8, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering replay pin number 13650225.

About Express, Inc.:

Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30-year-old customer. Express has more than 35 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company currently operates more than 650 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Express merchandise is also available at franchise locations in Latin America and the Middle East. Express also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website,, as well as on its mobile app.

Media Contact:
Express, Inc.
Robin Hoffman
Director of Communications

Investors Contact:
ICR, Inc.
Allison Malkin

Source: Express, Inc.