GGP announces the promotion of Shobi Khan to President and COO

Chicago, Illinois, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP announced today (December 15, 2016) the promotion of Shobi Khan to President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Khan joined GGP in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer to oversee all aspects of asset management and investment activities. Mr. Khan will continue to report directly to Sandeep Mathrani, Chief Executive Officer.“Shobi has been one of my trusted colleagues during the transformation of GGP into one of the leading retail real estate companies in the U.S. Over the last five years, Shobi’s responsibilities have broadened and it gives me great pleasure to recognize him with this promotion,” commented Sandeep Mathrani.“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are proud to announce Shobi’s promotion to President. Since 2011, Shobi has been a respected leader and partner throughout the organization. We have the utmost confidence in Shobi in his new role as he continues to partner with Sandeep and the executive team to deliver long-term value creation for our shareholders,” commented Bruce Flatt, Chairman of the Board.

GGP is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Investor Relations:
Kevin Berry
Vice President

Source: GGP

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters recalls Cranberry Orange Scones that may contain undeclared MILK, EGG, SOY, and WHEAT

Spokane, Washington, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters Inc. of Spokane, Washington is recalling 52 Cranberry Orange Scones, because they may contain undeclared MILK, EGG, SOY, and WHEAT. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to MILK, EGG, SOY, WHEAT run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Cranberry Orange Scones were distributed and sold at ten locations in Spokane and Spokane Valley, WA between December 12 and December 13, 2016.

The Cranberry Orange Scone is sold in a plastic film wrapper with labeling on the back of the package identifying it as such. No lot codes or best by dates are found on labels.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing MILK, EGG, SOY, and WHEAT was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of MILK, EGG, SOY, WHEAT.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased a Cranberry Orange Scone from the above Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters retail locations are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters at 1-888-448-4806 from 8 am to 4 pm Monday–Friday PST.

Consumers Contact:

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters

Source: FDA

H-E-B recalls both bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios due to potential contamination of Salmonella

San Antonio, TX, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — H-E-B announced today (December 14, 2016) that it has issued a recall for both bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios. The product is being removed because there is potential it could be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.The issue was discovered through FDA routine sampling.

There have been no reports of illness to date and all product has been removed from stores.

The recall affects product found in prepackaged plastic containers containing raw pistachios with either labels reading Shelled Pistachios or Central Market Shelled Pistachios as well as pistachios found in the bulk section with SunRidge Farms labels reading: Women’s Vitality Mix, Pistachio Nuts and Dark Chocolate Pistachios.

The recall affects product sold in H-E-B and Central Market Texas stores including the following:

Shelled Pistachios 191200005 1/1/2017
Central Market Shelled Pistachios 198300006 1/1/2017
SRF Women’s Vitality Mix 2706100000 5/15/2016
Pistachio Meats Raw Shelled 2702890000 5/15/2016
Dark Chocolate Pistachios 2705350000 5/15/2016
PPK SRF Women’s Vitality Mix 2869780000 5/15/2016

Customers who purchased the affected product can return the product to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Standard Time.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 380 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 96,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit

Consumers Contact:

H-E-B Customer Service

Media Contact:

Julie Bedingfield

Source: FDA

Dollar General and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to assist families affected by wildfires near the Great Smoky Mountains

Families to receive Dollar General gift cards, cash and toys in a gift totaling more than $300,000

Goodlettsville, Tenn., 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is partnering with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to donate $200,000 in Dollar General gift cards to assist families rebuilding after the devastating wildfires near the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.

The gift cards are being donated to country music legend Dolly Parton’s My People Fund established by the Dollywood Foundation to help families directly impacted by the wildfires. Dollar General has also made a $25,000 cash donation to the My People Fund and in partnership with its toy suppliers, (Mattel, Fisher Price, Crayola, MVP, Bendon, Amloid H E R, Just Play, Lovee Doll) is donating more than $75,000 worth of toys to bring a bit of holiday joy to impacted families. In all, the gift from Dollar General and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee totals more than $300,000 to support families recovering from the fires.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others we want to do our part to help our neighbors in our home state of Tennessee in the wake of these tragic wildfires,” said Dollar General’s CEO, Todd Vasos. “We are grateful for the partnership with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Together, we are supporting the work of the Dollywood Foundation in helping families recover. Our stores are ready to help families use these gift cards to re-stock on the everyday essentials they need. We are also grateful to our vendors for joining us in donating a truckload of toys to help make the holidays brighter for families during this difficult time.”

“The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has responded to disaster recovery since 1993, and we know just how different each one is and how difficult the corresponding recoveries are,“ said The Community Foundation’s president, Ellen Lehman. “We are enormously grateful that Dollar General agreed to match the $100,000 we had raised for this purpose. We are also grateful to our partners in the media, The Tennessean and Gannett, NewsChannel 5 (WTVF), Channel 4 (WSMV), Fox 17 (WZTV) and Channel 2 (WKRN) which played a pivotal role in the thousands of gifts that have come into The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund.”

The Dollar General gift cards along with assistance checks will be distributed to families by the Dollywood Foundation beginning Thursday, December 15 at the CARE MORE Assistance Center located at LeConte Center (2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 more information:  The toy distribution will begin on Friday, December 16 and continue thru Tuesday, December 20 at the CARE MORE Assistance Center.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will continue to facilitate donations as the recovery unfolds. It is a long journey and the needs and opportunities will emerge and evolve.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at For inquiries regarding The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund, call (615) 321-4939 or via email at

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. Learn more about The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 13,205 stores in 43 states as of October 28, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at

For Media Inquiries:
Call: 1-877-944-3477

Source: Dollar General

Auchan Holding honoured with the 2016 FAS Grand Prix for employee shareholding

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For its first participation at the Awards, Auchan Holding received the 2016 FAS Grand Prix for employee shareholding from Michel Sapin, the French Minister of Economy and Finance.

The 2016 FAS Grand Prix for employee shareholding was created in 2004 and is organised every year by the French Federation of Employee and Former Employee Shareholder Associations to showcase and encourage the best practices about employee shareholding in French companies, operating both in France and internationally.

Chosen by an independant jury, Auchan Holding, a non-isted company, was rewarded for having implemented locally its employee shareholding programme as closely as possible to the needs of every employee in each of the 8 countries where employee shareholding is offered.

Since being established in 1977, the employee shareholding programme has become one of the cornerstones of the Auchan Holding companies (Auchan Retail, Immochan and Oney Bank). It today offers to more than 180,000 employee shareholders, representing more than 90% of the potential beneficiaries of the programme and more than 1.5 billion euros in assets, the opportunity to share the value created by their company.

Source: Auchan Holdings

PetSmart opened 20 stores across the U.S. and Canada in third quarter

Phoenix, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (Dec. 14, 2016) announced it has opened 20 stores across the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending October 31, 2016. This adds to the 23 new stores opened in the first and second quarters, bringing the total number for the year to 43 new stores.

New stores were opened in the third quarter in the following locations:

Bakersfield, Calif.
Blaine, Minn.
Berlin, Conn.
Calgary, Alberta
Chandler, Ariz.
Charlottesville, Va.
Garfield, N.J.
Houston, Texas
Howell, Mich.
Kearny, N.J.
Menifee, Calif.
Oceanside, N.Y.
Penticton, British Columbia
Rio Rancho, N.M.
St. Albert, Alberta
Toronto (2)
Tsawwassen, British Columbia
Washington, D.C.
Westerly, R.I.

The new stores feature service offerings including grooming and pet training.

Among last quarter’s new store openings were the PetSmart Pet Spa in Oceanside, N.Y., and PetSmart at the Beach in Toronto – new concept stores where the company is testing innovative ways to combine pet services and an enhanced pet lifestyle experience in a smaller retail footprint. The stores feature a unique, modern design with 5,000-8,000 square feet of space – a smaller footprint than PetSmart’s typical stores, which average approximately 18,000-20,000 square feet.

A first for PetSmart stores, the PetSmart Pet Spa store concept includes a self-service dog wash, a new grooming salon design and a coffee bar-lounge area with complimentary coffee and comfortable seating for pet parents, among other amenities.

“We are excited about our continued growth in key markets across North America,” said Brian Amkraut, senior vice president of real estate, strategy and initiatives. “These new stores allow us to build on the continued trend of premiumization in the pet industry. We are able to reach more pet parents by expanding in new growth markets and providing more convenient locations and options to our pet parents.

In addition to continuing to expand its brick and mortar locations, PetSmart recently launched its new and improved, built-for-the-future with a mobile-responsive design and a commerce-meets-content experience with key enhancements that reflect feedback from pet parents. The site includes features including a one-page checkout and new tailored home delivery options such as recurring subscription-based shipping, as well as same-day and scheduled delivery in 16 U.S. markets – all aimed at letting pet parents shop how, when and where they wish.

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 55,000 associates, operate approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 204 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.

Melissa Wenzel

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Delaware North Sportservice appoints Richard Schneider as chief operating officer

Delaware North Sportservice appoints Richard Schneider as chief operating officer


BUFFALO, N.Y., 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Richard Schneider has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Delaware North Sportservice.

Schneider will report to Delaware North Sportservice President Carlos Bernal and will continue to be based at Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. Schneider will also remain involved with strategic imperatives in Delaware North’s travel business until his successor is identified.

As COO of Delaware North Sportservice, Schneider will oversee all of its food service and retail operations at stadiums, ballparks, arenas and other venues across the United States. He will develop and implement strategic plans for growth and profitability, develop the location and corporate management teams and work to enhance client relationships.

Schneider has served as COO of Delaware North’s travel business since 2014, leading the division in obtaining several significant new contracts and launching successful new branded restaurant concepts. He originally joined Delaware North in 2012, spending nearly three years as vice president of hospitality services for Delaware North’s gaming business. With gaming, he helped bring successful restaurant concepts for the expansion of Southland Park Gaming & Racing and for the newly developed Miami Valley Gaming.

Prior to joining Delaware North, Schneider’s 20-year gaming, hospitality, and food and beverage career included such positions as vice president of food and beverage at Midwest Gaming and Entertainment; vice president of hospitality/general manager at Caesars Entertainment; and vice president of food, beverage and entertainment at MGM Grand Detroit.

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 60,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than 500 million guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of about $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North at


Victoria Hong
Director-Corporate Communications
250 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: 716-858-5420
Fax: 716-858-5125

Source: Delaware North


Kantar Retail to highlight key findings of the 2016 China Digital Power Study at a webinar on 21st December

London, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Chinese eCommerce market has continued to show spectacular growth. From 2014 to 2015, the market grew more than 30%, with a similar growth rate expected in 2016. It now far outstrips the U.S. eCommerce market by sales value (almost USD600 billion in China versus USD350 billion in the U.S.). It is not just the sheer size of the market that matters, but also its complexity. B2C and C2C channels are clearly defined. B2C remains the bulk of the market with 59% of the value traded. Online B2B has resulted in major value growth and new opportunities. This model allows major manufacturers to penetrate lower-tier cities and markets without setting up costly and often inefficient supply networks.

Kantar Retail will host an exclusive webinar on Wednesday 21st December in English and Chinese to highlight the key findings of the 2016 China Digital Power Study. The Webinar will be divided into two parts:

FMCG online performance review: This part will focus on the following key takeaways:

  • Overall FMCG category online landscape
  • Size of the category and segment
  • Best practices and key success factors
  • Category brand ranking
  • Online channel category’s distribution

Categories include personal care, household essentials, baby products, food and beverage, and alcohol.

Best eTailers ranked by manufacturers: This part will reveal the best eTailers as determined by manufacturers in each business area. This section will:

  • Review results from over 200 manufacturers on their China eTailer partners.
  • Summarize the factors that make high-performing Chinese eTailers successful.
  • Evaluate eTailers from five unique lenses: commercial strength, strategic strength, operational strength, marketing strength, and organization and capability.

Media Enquiries:
Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
T: +44 (0) 1372 825 391

Source: Kantar Retail

USDA issues updated information on food product labeling and new guidance aimed at reducing food waste

Encourages Industry to use “Best if Used By” on Product Labels

WASHINGTON, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today ( Dec. 14, 2016) issued updated information on food product labeling, including new guidance aimed at reducing food waste through encouraging food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating to use a “Best if Used By” date label.

“In an effort to reduce food loss and waste, these changes will give consumers clear and consistent information when it comes to date labeling on the food they buy,” said Al Almanza, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “This new guidance can help consumers save money and curb the amount of wholesome food going in the trash.”

Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations. Food manufacturers frequently use a variety of phrases, such as “Sell-by” and “Use-by” on product labels to describe quality dates on a voluntary basis. The use of different phrases to describe quality dates has caused consumer confusion and has led to the disposal of food that is otherwise wholesome and safe because it is past the date printed on the package.

FSIS is changing its guidance to recommend the use of “Best if Used By” because research shows that this phrase is easily understood by consumers as an indicator of quality, rather than safety.

USDA estimates that 30 percent of food is lost or wasted at the retail and consumer level. This new guidance builds on other recent changes FSIS has made to facilitate food donation and reduce food waste. In January 2016, FSIS issued Directive 7020.1, which made it easier for companies to donate products that have minor labeling errors, such as an incorrect net weight. FSIS has also begun recognizing food banks as “retail-type” establishments, which allows food banks (under certain circumstances) to break down bulk shipments of federally-inspected meat or poultry products, wrap or rewrap those products, and label the products for distribution to consumers. In 2016, FSIS enabled 2.6 million pounds of manufacturer donations.

Comments on this revised guidance may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at or by mail to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS, Docket Clerk, Patriots Plaza III, 355 E St. S.W., 8-163A, Mailstop 3782, Washington, DC 20250-3700. All comments submitted must include docket number FSIS-2016-0044. FSIS will accept comments for 60 days.

Reducing food loss and waste is core to USDA’s mission. Since 2009, USDA has launched new and ongoing initiatives to reduce food waste. In 2013, USDA the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, creating a platform for leaders and organizations across the food chain to share best practices on ways to reduce, recover, and recycle food loss and waste. In 2015, USDA and EPA set the first-ever national food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030 to reduce the amount of wasted food in landfills.

Source: USDA

ICA Gruppen hosts Capital Markets Day in Stockholm

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, 15 December 2016, ICA Gruppen is arranging a Capital Markets Day in Stockholm. The programme includes, among other things, a review of the Group’s strategic priorities and goals as well as business reviews for Rimi Baltic, Apotek Hjärtat and ICA Sweden.

ICA Gruppen’s management is today meeting with financial analysts, bank representatives and the media to present the company’s strategies, view of the market, and investments. During the day ICA will, among other things, talk about the Group’s investment level for 2017 and the number of establishments.

To secure its long-term growth, ICA Gruppen will expand its capex budget from SEK 2.5 billion in 2016 to SEK 3.5 billion in 2017. Among other things, ICA Gruppen is increasing its investments in IT in all companies. The investments will create better conditions for continued digitalisation, improved loyalty services and improved operation of the daily business. But ICA Gruppen is also investing in strengthening and modernising its pharmacy and store network as well as in an expansion of Rimi Baltic’s central warehouse.

The investments will be partly financed through the sale of real estate. On top of the previously communicated sale of the Norwegian property portfolio, during the spring of 2017 ICA will sell additional properties to a joint venture, which is expected to generate approximately SEK 800 million.

The number of new store establishments in 2017 is expected to be slightly lower than in 2016. ICA Sweden plans to open 10 to 15 new stores in 2017, compared with a total of 17 in 2016. Rimi Baltic plans to open ten new stores in 2017, compared with a total of 15 in the current year. Apotek Hjärtat plans to open a total of 14 new pharmacies in 2017, compared with 11 this year.

This information is such that ICA Gruppen is obligated to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication at 07.30 CET on Thursday, 15 December 2016.


ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

Naloxone opioid overdose-reversal drug now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Nevada

WOONSOCKET, R.I., , 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (December 14, 2016) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Nevada. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Nevada that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Nevada pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

The move to expand access to naloxone builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse through education, outreach and safe medication disposal. CVS Health’s commitment to drug abuse prevention education extends from online resources for patients visiting to a commitment to youth prevention programs. Launched in 2015, CVS Health’s Pharmacists Teach program gives its pharmacists the opportunity to volunteer to speak to local students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 150,000 students have already been part of the program. The CVS Health Foundation is also working with to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 600 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 47 metric tons of prescription drugs.

“CVS Health has been a leader in the work of helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “In addition to proper disposal of unwanted medication, increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

With the addition of Nevada, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone in a total of 37 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237


CVS Pharmacy to build new distribution center at the Skyport Industrial Park in Kansas City, Mo

America’s leading retail pharmacy plans to open 762,000 sq. ft. center in 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gov. Jay Nixon today (December 14, 2016) announced that major retailor CVS Pharmacy will build a new 762,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Kansas City, Mo, at the Skyport Industrial Park. The company’s expansion is expected to create more than 360 new jobs in the region.

“Missouri recently reached record employment, with more folks back at work in our state than ever before,” Gov. Nixon said. “Today’s announcement by CVS Pharmacy to create 360 new jobs in Kansas City will continue this momentum, and is great news for area families. Once again, Missouri has shown the nation that we are open for business with a strong and growing economy.”

With access to key road systems in the region, the planned distribution center will support the service and fulfillment needs of more than 370 CVS Pharmacy stores throughout the Midwest. CVS Pharmacy expects to break ground on the 71-acre property in January 2017 and immediately start construction on the facility. The new distribution center is expected to begin operations in 2018.

“This new distribution center is an integral part of CVS Pharmacy’s continued growth as a leading pharmacy, health and beauty destination,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services & Supply Chain, CVS Health. “The key combination of a high-quality workforce and a centralized location will allow us to better serve the growing needs of our customers throughout the Midwest and beyond.  As a result of our new Midwest distribution center, our delivery drivers will drive hundreds of thousands fewer miles each year to deliver product to our stores, significantly reducing carbon emissions and improving highway safety.”

The new distribution center is expected to add more than 360 new jobs to the Kansas City area, as well as an additional 70 to 100 jobs that will be outsourced to local businesses.  It adds to CVS Pharmacy’s network of 18 distribution centers nationwide.

“CVS’ decision to locate this regional distribution center in Kansas City affirms the transportation infrastructure advantages of this region and the competitive costs for distributing to the greater Midwest from here,” said Chris Gutierrez, President, KC SmartPort, the authority on logistics and opportunities in the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region.

“On behalf of CVS Pharmacy, we are thrilled to grow our presence in the Kansas City business community. This new location will help us enhance support for our expanding distribution needs in the Midwestern market,” said Ron Link, Senior Vice President of Logistics at CVS Pharmacy.  “We want to thank state and local officials for their cooperation and support during our site selection process.”

“Kansas City is experiencing a large industrial boom and continues to be center of choice for regional and national distribution due to our region’s abundant multi-modal transportation network,” said Kansas City Area Development Council President and CEO Tim Cowden. “We are pleased that CVS Pharmacy chose the KC region and look forward to its future success.”

Missouri is helping the company recruit candidates for the new positions which are expected to be hired starting in early 2018. Additionally, Kansas City approved the company for local personal property tax abatement. The Missouri Partnership also assisted with the company’s expansion to the state.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at

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Media Contact:

Scott Holste
(573) 751-0290

Stephanie Cunha
CVS Pharmacy

Source: CVS Health

Walgreens and University of Miami Health System to deliver coordinated clinical care and pharmacy excellence across South Florida

  • UM Health System to operate retail clinics in 17 Walgreens stores across South Florida;
  • Walgreens to open three retail pharmacies located within University of Miami Health System facilities

DEERFIELD, Ill. & MIAMI, Fla., 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and the University of Miami Health System today (Dec. 14, 2016) announced a collaboration focused on delivering coordinated clinical care and pharmacy excellence to patients across South Florida.

As part of the agreement, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, will manage and provide all clinical services at 17 retail clinics within Walgreens stores in South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

In addition, Walgreens will soon open pharmacies at three University of Miami Health System facilities, as its exclusive retail pharmacy provider. The new pharmacy at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, UHealth’s state-of-the-art facility in Coral Gables, is planned to open Dec. 19. Walgreens retail pharmacies at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Hospital are expected to open in January. Walgreens will also provide 90-day retail prescription benefits and specialty pharmacy services for the University’s employees and their families.

“This collaboration is an important step in UHealth’s commitment to improving the health of our community and access to our high quality clinicians,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., CEO of the University of Miami Health System. “We will provide a seamless and integrated health care experience for our patients regardless of where they receive their care across our University of Miami Health System.”

The 17 existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are planned to transition to the University of Miami Health System in the spring of 2017, at which time the clinics will become an extension of the UM Health System and be named UHealth Clinic – University of Miami Health System at Walgreens. Walgreens will continue to manage the retail clinics until that time.

UHealth Clinic at Walgreens will give consumers improved access to the transformative, research-based, personalized care provided by the University of Miami Health System. Staffed by UHealth’s expertly-trained nurse practitioners, the UHealth Clinic at Walgreens locations will operate seven days a week, including evenings, giving patients the option to receive a variety of health care services with or without an appointment.

Patients across South Florida will have access to affordable and conveniently located clinics for treating common illnesses and injuries as well as for follow up care for chronic diseases when appropriate.

“Walgreens has been a trusted provider of pharmacy and other health care services to South Florida residents and those within the UM community for decades,” said Brad Fluegel, senior vice president and chief healthcare commercial market development officer at Walgreens. “This is a tremendous opportunity to work closely with the UM Health System to help ensure a true continuum of care, with our pharmacists playing an integral role as part of patients’ care teams. Forming deeper and more collaborative relationships with health systems is one of the ways in which we’re responding to the changing needs of both patients and our health care system.”

Walgreens and the University of Miami Health System will also form a joint council to share best practices and experiences that aim to improve patient care, quality and satisfaction while reducing health care costs.

“Building from this start, the University and Walgreens intend to explore new approaches to further extend access to routine and specialty care, to improve patient health through enhanced pharmacy services, and to utilize innovative ways to reach patients when and where they would benefit,” added John Sory, UHealth’s chief executive of the UHealth Regional Alliance.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes and Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About the University of Miami Health System
The University of Miami Health System delivers transformational patient care by the region’s most comprehensive team of doctors, powered by the groundbreaking research and medical education of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. As South Florida’s only academic-based health care system, UHealth is a vital component of the community.

UHealth combines a superior approach to patient care, with research, education and academic excellence to create a personalized health care delivery system that is unparalleled. Patients at UHealth are treated as individuals and guided uniquely through their health care journey. Within the UHealth system, patients can participate in clinical trials and benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the laboratory to the bedside.

UHealth’s comprehensive network includes three hospitals, more than one dozen outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties, with more than 1,200 physicians and scientists. Its flagship facility, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, opened December 2016 in Coral Gables, marking a new era in health care delivery that brings together the expertise of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the University of Miami Health System Sports Medicine Institute and several other specialty services. Together with our affiliates, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and the Miami VA, UHealth stands ready to provide life-saving care to our region and beyond.


Scott Goldberg

University of Miami Health System
Lisa Worley

Source: Walgreens

BJ’s Restaurant announces the opening of its new restaurant in North Olmsted, Ohio

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today ( Dec. 14, 2016 ) announced the opening of its restaurant in North Olmsted, Ohio, a west side suburb of Cleveland.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, December 12, 2016, on Brookpark Road at The Great Northern Mall.  The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 250 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our last restaurant of the year in North Olmsted, Ohio,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “North Olmsted is our 17th restaurant opened this year and our 10threstaurant in the state of Ohio.  It joins our successful restaurants in northeast Ohio in Akron, Dayton and Mentor.  As we look forward to 2017, our new restaurant pipeline is in excellent shape.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 187 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.


Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Newly renovated Colruyt store in Morlanwelz reopens

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 14 November the renovated Colruyt store in Morlanwelz will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The store has been expanded and restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store: a new refrigeration system in the fresh market, a brand-new butcher’s department… and a Collect&Go pick-up point as well as a DATS 24 petrol station.

New-generation store
Store manager Mathieu Magrone: “Colruyt renovates its stores to make them more efficient and to make it nicer for customers to shop. For instance, near the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps by an air curtain. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect of us.”

New refrigeration system, better for the environment
Mathieu Magrone: “The store at Morlanwelz is the first Colruyt store with a propane refrigeration system. It helps considerably decrease our greenhouse gas emission. We already tested the system in other Colruyt Group stores such as OKay and Bio-Planet. In time, all Colruyt stores will be equipped with it. Replacing all refrigeration installations with propane or propene systems will result in the reduction of Colruyt Group’s CO2 emission in Belgium by 10%.”

Brand-new butcher’s department
For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Head butcher Christian Lefevre: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer
Colruyt Morlanwelz now also has a Collect&Go pick-up point. Mathieu Magrone: “Collect&Go is Colruyt Group’s handy online shopping service. Customers send their shopping list to or via the app, and the Collect&Go employees have their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. Handy!”

The latest novelty is the DATS 24 petrol station. “Our services are now complete”, says the store manager. “Thanks to DATS 24, customers can now refuel 24/7 on the store’s site. This is also part of Colruyt Group.”

Special open evening
As from Wednesday 14 December, store manager Mathieu Magrone, head butcher Christian Lefevre and their 43 co-workers will be on hand to welcome their customers in the renewed Colruyt Kortrijk.
Mathieu Magrone: “The evening before, on Tuesday 13 December from 17.00 to 20.00, everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open house, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

Practical information:

Colruyt Morlanwelz
Chaussée de Mariemont 36
7140 Morlanwelz

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat:8.30 – 20.00
Fri:8.30 – 21.00

Open evening:
Tuesday 13 December from 17.00 to 20.00

André Baudet
(regional manager)
02 345 2345 40

Silja Decock
(press officer Colruyt Group)
0473 92 45 10

Source: Colruyt Group

Colruyt Oudenaarde reopens following months of renovation work

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 14 December the renovated Colruyt Oudenaarde will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The former store was completely demolished and rebuilt into a new-generation Colruyt store with a brand-new butcher’s department. Mayor Marnic De Meulemeester will attend the festive open evening on 13 December.

New-generation store
Store manager Evelyne De Vos: “During the closure, we demolished the old store and built a brand-new one on the same location. Customers will be able to shop even more efficiently in this new store. For instance, near the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps by an air curtain.”

The renovated store is built on piles. So the car park is covered for the most part. Customers can take the lift or moving walkway to access the store. “When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect of us”, says the store manager.

Brand-new butcher’s department
For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Head butcher Annelies Regnart: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer
The Collect&Go pick-up point at Colruyt Oudenaarde has been enlarged. It is located at level 0 in the covered car park. Evelyne De Vos: “Collect&Go is the handy Colruyt service where we shop for our customers. They send their shopping list to or via the app, and the Collect&Go employees have their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. Handy!”

Special open evening
As from Wednesday 14 December, store manager Evelyne De Vos, head butcher Annelies Regnart and their 59 co-workers will be on hand to welcome their customers in the renewed Colruyt Oudenaarde.
Evelyne De Vos: “The evening before, on Tuesday 13 December from 17 to 20 p.m., everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open evening, attended by mayor Marnic De Meulemeester, we will gladly offer our customers a snack and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

Practical information:

Colruyt Oudenaarde
Tacambaroplein 3
9700 Oudenaarde

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat:8.30 – 20.00
Fri:8.30 – 21.00

Open evening:
Tuesday 13 December from 17.00 to 20.00

Filip Ghillebaert
(regional manager)
02 345 2345 40

Silja Decock
(press officer Colruyt Group)
0473 92 45 10

Source: Colruyt Group