Stein Mart, Inc. declares quarterly dividend of $0.075 per common share

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) announced today (Dec. 15, 2016 ) that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.075 per common share, payable on January 13, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 30, 2016.

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. The Company currently operates 290 stores across 31 states. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

Contact:

Linda Tasseff
Director
Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639
ltasseff@steinmart.com

Source: Stein Mart, Inc./globenewswire

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores to spread holiday joy with gift cards give away on December 18

The first 400 people in every store receive a free gift card valued between $5 and $500

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, is spreading the joy this holiday season by giving customers a special bonus when they shop at their hometown store.  Starting at 7 a.m. this Sunday, December 18, each store will give the first 400 customers (while supplies last) a gift card valued between $5 and $500 with one guaranteed $500 winner at every store location. In total, the retailer will give away a total of $1 million in gift cards. An entrance at each store will be identified with signs and open at 6:45 a.m. for customers to line-up out of the cold weather before the store opens.

“At Bon-Ton we appreciate our customers and we are sharing the joy with them this holiday season during our $1 million gift card giveaway,” says Kathryn Bufano, President & CEO, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “As the hometown department store, giving our customers a special surprise when they walk in to our store lets them know we care.”

The gift cards have no exclusions or expiration and can be given as a gift or used as tender and combined with coupons to shop immediately in any Bon-Ton family of department stores. With just seven shopping days remaining, customers can also take advantage of Bon-Ton’s Last Minute Gift Sale that also begins Sunday with special bonus buys, deals and a $50 off $100 coupon, available on the company’s mobile app (some exclusions apply), to use for last minute holiday gifts.

In compliance with state laws, four North Dakota Herberger’s store locations will open at Noon and begin handing out gift cards to customers; Bismarck, ND at Kirkwood Mall, Dickinson, ND at Prairie Hills Mall, Minot, ND at Dakota Square and Fargo, ND at West Acres. There is a limit of one gift card per customer, and customers must be 18 or older to receive a gift card. In addition, clearance centers, furniture galleries and Carson’s Riverside Plaza store are excluded from this promotion.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. ?

For store locations and information, visit bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christine Hojnacki
414.347.5329
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

CVS Health outlined strategies to drive growth and shareholder value at its 2016 annual Analyst Day

  • CVS Health executives highlight how the company is making care more affordable, accessible and effective, and sees compelling opportunities in a robust health care market
  • Company’s unique suite of leading assets help drive superior health outcomes at lower costs
  • Guidance for GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations updated for charges related to streamlining initiative that is expected to deliver $3 billion in cumulative savings over 5 years; Guidance for Adjusted EPS reaffirmed for 2016 and 2017

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) held its annual Analyst Day in New York City today (December 15, 2016), outlining strategies for how the company will drive long-term growth and shareholder value. In his opening remarks, CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo stated, “By making care more affordable, accessible and effective, we can deliver value to all health care stakeholders, allowing us to be a partner of choice as they look to achieve their health care goals. Despite all the changes happening in health care, success will ultimately be determined by how effective you are at executing on these three objectives. And we remain confident that CVS Health is well-positioned to deliver on all three.”

“We continue to have the most extensive suite of enterprise assets”, continued Merlo. “On a standalone basis, each one would be market leading. Yet what really sets them apart is our ability, largely through technology, to integrate pharmacy care from the payor, to the provider, to the patient.” Borrowing a colloquial phrase widely used in telecommunications to refer to the final leg of delivering services to customers, Merlo declared, “We own the last mile of service in the delivery of health care. If you think about all of our enterprise assets, each one delivers care directly to the health care consumer. And keep in mind that retail pharmacy is quite often the front door to health care, with the highest frequency of patient interaction. The face-to-face interactions between patients and our 30,000 pharmacists and clinicians provide us with an unmatched ability to help change consumer behavior and drive better health outcomes at a lower cost. With increasing consumerism and what we call the “retailization” of health care, improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction is of significant value to our health care partners.”

Also at the meeting, Dave Denton, executive vice president and chief financial officer, reviewed the company’s expectations for 2016 and 2017 while also discussing the company’s long-term growth targets and plans to maximize shareholder value.

“Over the past three years, our strong earnings growth, solid working capital management, disciplined capital investments and sound debt management have enabled us to generate a significant amount of cash that has been made available for enhancing shareholder value, and we have done just that. We have a proven track record of success in meeting our long-term growth targets and we are targeting, on average, 10% growth in Adjusted EPS longer-term. We also expect $7 billion to $8 billion of cash to be available annually for enhancing shareholder value.”

“Given the recent changes in the marketplace and our outlook for 2017, we have put a plan in place to return to more robust levels of growth,” Denton added. “One element of this plan relates to our multi-year enterprise streamlining initiative, which aims to further improve productivity and to solidify the company’s low-cost provider status. We expect to deliver approximately $700 to $750 million in annual savings across the enterprise by 2021, with cumulative savings of nearly $3 billion over the next five years. This will also free up capital for strategic investments that can help drive the continued growth and success of the enterprise,” Denton concluded.

2016 and 2017 Guidance

GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations for 2016 and 2017 has been updated to reflect an estimated $35 million asset impairment charge and an estimated $230 million lease obligation charge, respectively, for store rationalization related to the enterprise streamlining initiative. GAAP diluted EPS is now expected to be in the range of $4.82 to $4.88 in 2016 and $5.02 to $5.18 in 2017. The company reaffirmed its previous Adjusted EPS outlook for both 2016 and 2017. The company expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $5.77 to $5.83 in 2016 and $5.77 to $5.93 in 2017. The Adjusted EPS guidance assumes the completion of $5 billion in share repurchases during 2017. The company reaffirmed its previous cash flow outlook for 2016, and expects to deliver cash flow from operations of $9.1 billion to $9.3 billion and free cash flow of $6.8 billion to $7.0 billion this year. In 2017, the company expects to deliver cash flow from operations of $7.7 billion to $8.6 billion and free cash flow of $6.0 billion to $6.4 billion.

The company also announced that its Board of Directors has approved an 18 percent increase in the annual dividend in 2017, an increase that translates to $2.00 per share, up 30 cents per share over 2016. This is the company’s fourteenth consecutive year with a dividend increase. In addition, as stated on the company’s third quarter earnings call, with a new $15 billion share repurchase authorization, the company now has more than $18 billion authorized to be used for share repurchases over the next few years.

In other presentations, Jon Roberts, president of CVS Caremark, addressed how CVS Health’s pharmacy benefit management business continues to be the PBM of choice with another successful selling season and is continually innovating to meet the latest health care challenges. Alan Lotvin, executive vice president of CVS Specialty, discussed how the unique integrated PBM-specialty model is best-positioned to meet the diverse and complex needs of patients, payors, and providers. Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy, outlined how the retail pharmacy business can be the best partner for all PBMs and health plans by leveraging the company’s enterprise assets and offering a menu of bundled services that can provide significant value to payors. She also highlighted growth strategies for the front store, long-term care pharmacy and MinuteClinic businesses.

Audio and Video Webcast

The company simultaneously broadcast an audio and video webcast of the meeting through the Investor Relations section of the CVS Health website at http://investors.cvshealth.com. This webcast and supporting materials will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the meeting.

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 more than 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 https://www.cvshealth.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. By their nature, all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, namely Adjusted EPS and Free Cash Flow. In accordance with SEC regulations, you can find the definitions of the Non-GAAP items mentioned, as well as the reconciliations to comparable GAAP measures, further in this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following provides reconciliations of certain non-GAAP financial measures presented in this Form 8-K to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses the non-GAAP measures “Adjusted EPS” and “Free Cash Flow” to assess and analyze underlying business performance and trends. Management believes that providing these non-GAAP measures enhances investors’ understanding of the Company’s performance.

The Company defines Adjusted Earnings per Share, or Adjusted EPS, as income from continuing operations excluding the impact of the amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related integration costs, loss on early extinguishment of debt, charge in connection with store rationalization, charge related to a disputed 1999 legal settlement and loss on settlement of defined benefit pension plan divided by the Company’s weighted average diluted shares outstanding. The Company believes that this measure enhances investors’ ability to compare the Company’s past financial performance with its current performance.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities less net additions to properties and equipment (i.e., additions to property and equipment plus proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions). Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure for internal comparisons and finds it useful in assessing year-over-year cash flow performance.

These non-GAAP financial measures are provided as supplemental information to the financial measures presented in this press release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EPS should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, income before income tax provision as a measure of our performance. Free Cash Flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. The Company’s definitions of Adjusted EPS and Free Cash Flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements reported by other companies.

The Company has not provided a reconciliation of the long-term Adjusted EPS and cash available for enhancing shareholder value targets announced today to GAAP EPS and net cash provided by operating activities. The Company is unable to reasonably estimate the GAAP items excluded from the multi-year, long-term Adjusted EPS and cash available for enhancing shareholder value targets.

Adjusted Earnings Per Share Guidance

(Unaudited)

The following reconciliation of estimated income before income tax provision to estimated adjusted earnings per share contains forward-looking information. All forward-looking information involves risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking information for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. See also “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” above for more information on how we calculate Adjusted EPS.

Free Cash Flow Guidance

(Unaudited)

The following reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow contains forward-looking information. All forward-looking information involves risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking information for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. See also “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” above for more information on how we calculate Free Cash Flow.

Contacts:

Nancy Christal
Investor Relations
401.770.3614

Carolyn Castel
Corporate Communications
401.770.5717

Source: CVS Health

NRF and Prosper Insights & Analytics survey: 156 million Americans consider taking advantage of Super Saturday sales

Washington, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The biggest shopping day of the holiday season is approaching, with 66 percent of Americans – an estimated 155.7 million people – planning to or considering taking advantage of Super Saturday sales to complete their holiday gift list, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

For the first time in survey history, consumers were asked if they are planning to or considering shopping on Super Saturday, December 17. The survey found that more people said they planned to shop on Super Saturday than those who said they planned to shop over Thanksgiving Weekend, in an earlier survey.

“While many consumers got a head start with holiday shopping by taking advantage of extraordinary sales over Thanksgiving weekend, more shopping and great deals are yet to come,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We expect retailers will once again be competitive on price and value options in the final stretch, especially on Super Saturday.”

Though millions of people got a jump start on their holiday shopping, millions more still have plenty of items on their lists. Similar to previous years, only one in 10 have finished their holiday shopping – 24 million people; that means 90 percent of holiday shoppers have gifts, food, décor and/or other holiday items still to buy. The average holiday shopper has completed 52.5 percent of their shopping, down from last year’s 53.5 percent.

The survey revealed of those consumers that have completed half or less of their holiday shopping say it is because they are still deciding what to buy (44.7 percent) or waiting for requests from loved ones (27.2 percent). While 27 percent have other financial priorities before December and 25 percent said they are too busy with other activities which have delayed/restricted their time to shop for the holidays.

When it comes to when consumers are planning to purchase their last holiday gift, more than 38 percent said sometime before December 18th, up from 33 percent last year. Although 12 percent of consumers said that they are planning to wait until December 23rd.

Last-minute shoppers are planning to purchase their gifts online (52 percent), department stores (42 percent), discount stores (27 percent), clothing or accessories stores (21 percent), electronics stores (18 percent), local/small business (14 percent) and grocery/supermarket stores (13 percent).

“Even though there is still a lot of shopping left for the season, we are seeing Millennials continue the trend of an optimistic outlook heading into the final stretch,” Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “Although they tend to be most conservative holiday spenders, nearly half of those 18 to 24 say they are planning to spend ‘more’ this year compared to last, significantly higher than their older counterparts.”

As far as the kind of gifts consumers have purchased this season, the survey found 50 percent purchased clothing or clothing accessories, 36 percent toys, 34 percent gift cards/gift certificates, 33 percent books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games, and 23 percent consumer electronics or computer-related accessories.

Also popular this year are gifts of experience such as tickets to a sporting event, cheese of the month club or an adventure outing like whitewater rafting. The survey found that 23 percent of consumers are planning to give a gift of experience, up from 22 percent last year. While 38 percent of consumers would love to receive a gift of experience, up from 37 percent last year.

Consumers receiving gift cards this holiday season will watch for a really good sale or promotion to maximize the value of the gift card (41 percent) and 22 percent will use their gift card as quickly as possible, up from 20 percent last year. While 19 percent of consumers say they will save their gift card for a rainy day or sometime when they feel they need to treat themselves.

Although consumers are getting ready to complete their holiday shopping within the next week, 48 percent of consumers are planning to take advantage of in-store after-Christmas sales (up from 47 percent last year) and 44 percent are planning to shop online (up from 43 percent last year).

The survey, which asked 6,890 consumers about holiday shopping plans, was conducted December 1 – 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Full data results will not be published on NRF.com. News media and analysts who require additional information can contact press@nrf.com.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues. www.ProsperDiscovery.com

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF Foundation announces top five finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program

WASHINGTON, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation Foundation today (December 15, 2016) announced this year’s top five finalists for its Next Generation Scholarship program, which provides financial support to college students pursuing careers or majors relevant to retail. The finalists will travel to New York City, where they will interview with a panel of retail executives who will award four $10,000 scholarships and one $25,000 scholarship.

The top recipient will be announced on stage in front of hundreds of retail CEOs and insiders at the NRF Foundation Gala on January 15 during Retail’s BIG Show.

“Each year we are impressed by the caliber of students that apply for this scholarship and their level of creativity and passion towards retail,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Through their essays, this year’s finalists demonstrated excitement, innovation, leadership, and passion that is very crucial in shaping the future of the retail industry.”

The finalists are:

  • Jill Davis, University of Georgia
  • Makaela Hill, Indiana University
  • Margaret Kwon, The New School – Parsons School of Design
  • Danielle Mennella, LIM College
  • Kaley Suero, University of Pennsylvania

In addition to the top finalist awards, the NRF Foundation provides all 20 semi-finalists with travel scholarships to attend the NRF Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show and the NRF Foundation Gala.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Elizabeth Dumont, Auburn University
  • Savannah Kleiner, Butler University
  • Victoria Shibly, Columbia College Chicago
  • Hannah Patrick, Drexel University
  • Matthew Talbot, East Carolina University
  • Sarah Botscheller, Kent State University
  • Megan Miller, Lasell College
  • Gabrielle Martinez, Mississippi State University
  • Ariana Frankel, Santa Clara University
  • Crystal Paris, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta
  • Alyssa McKinzie, Texas A&M University
  • Traum-Anh Nguyen, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Christian Sopoco, Texas Woman’s University
  • Laura Martinez, University of Alabama
  • Brenna McKeown, University of Florida
  • Samantha Pineda, University of Georgia
  • Brenna Schlauderaff, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Lisa Liu, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leah Jenkins, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Rita Roloff, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Over 500 students are expected to attend the January 13-15 Student Program, which exposes students to executives from some of the industry’s most popular brands such as Disney, The Home Depot, Macy’s, West Elm and Nike. Students will hear from retail recruiters offering opportunities for internships, training programs and entry-level career positions and will learn to leverage their networks to advance their careers through an executive mentor session.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit NRF.com/NextGeneration.

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Co-op to deliver new, high-value services to growers with Decisive Farming’s technology and service platforms

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op, one of the largest ag retailers in Western Canada, is partnering with Decisive Farming to provide growers with precision agriculture, crop marketing and data management services.

The partnership allows 125 Co-op Agro Centres to deliver new, high-value services to agricultural customers with Decisive Farming’s leading technology and service platforms.

“It’s a win for us, Co-op and their loyal growers,” said Remi Schmaltz, CEO for Decisive Farming. “Our variable-rate services have a proven track record and Co-op can offer these same services to its growers without capital investment, years of in-field trials or having to build software and apps from the ground up.”

Decisive Farming’s patented flagship product, Optimize RX, uses soil analysis and GIS mapping to help farmers efficiently seed and fertilize their crops, maximizing yield and return on investment. The company’s cloud-based software app, My Farm Manager, connects key service providers, sensors and data, helping users manage and optimize their entire farming operation.

“We’ve built a successful business that shows results for growers. It’s exciting to see this approach expand through the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), which is also known for delivering results for customers,” said Schmaltz.

Put to the test

During the 2016 growing season, Co-op Grow Team agronomists tested Decisive Farming’s Optimize RX program at eight sites in Western Canada, which provided opportunities for growers and agronomists to become familiar with the program.

“This is an exciting initiative that will enable Co-op Grow Team agronomists to bring advanced soil testing and variable-rate technology to more growers in Western Canada,” said Trish Meyers, Knowledge and Innovation Manager with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which is part of the CRS, along with approximately 200 independent retail co-operatives.

Effective and efficient

During the growing season, Co-op Grow Team agronomists will use Decisive Farming’s My Manager data management software to order precision ag services that provide valuable insights, enabling growers and agronomists to make informed decisions.

This approach allows for high-quality precision ag, crop marketing and data management services to be delivered consistently while keeping everyone informed on progress and results.

With on-farm data provided in near real-time, growers can capitalize on opportunities to farm more efficiently, while providing upstream traceability reporting and improving environmental, social and economic sustainability.

“Together, Co-op and Decisive Farming will provide producers with agronomic solutions that increase both their profitability and long-term sustainability,” said Meyers.

“With the latest precision ag technology and experienced Co-op Grow Team agronomists at their fingertips, western Canadian farmers will be well equipped to grow today and into the future.”

 Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

Source: Co-op

Auntie Anne’s® donated more than $3 million to fund childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation partnership

Partnership with childhood cancer organization began in 2011

LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since establishing a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in September 2011, Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, has donated more than $3 million to fund childhood cancer research. Funds have been raised through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local events, and the annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. These donations have funded more than 60,000 hours of cancer research.

”When Anne Beiler started a pretzel stand in 1988, she said, ‘Caring for other people is the purpose of Auntie Anne’s,’” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “Nearly thirty years later, that commitment to giving back in the communities where we work and live continues to motivate us. The success of our partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a true testament to the hard work and dedicated service of our entire system, from corporate associates and franchisees to store managers and crew. We’re honored to help ALSF cure childhood cancer, one cup at a time.”

“For the last five years, Auntie Anne’s has been an invaluable partner in the fight against childhood cancer. We are always amazed by the commitment their customers and employees demonstrate in carrying out our daughter’s mission to find a cure,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex’s mom. “Every dollar counts and gives hope to families desperately seeking cures.”

In 2016, Auntie Anne’s has raised nearly $700,000 for ALSF, including more than $520,000 during its in-store fundraising campaign over the summer. Guests who visited Auntie Anne’s between July 18 and September 11 could show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer by purchasing paper pretzel ribbon icons for $1. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ribbons were donated to ALSF. As a token of appreciation to guests who helped “give hope” via the ribbon campaign, Auntie Anne’s provided a $1 off coupon for their next purchase of any pretzel product or drink.

An additional $35,000 was raised for ALSF during the 21st Annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament on July 21. The tournament featured more than 200 golfers and raised a total of $140,000 for four deserving organizations. Each organization, including ALSF, received $35,000. Since 1996, the tournament has raised more than $1.8 million for charitable organizations.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

With more than 1,600 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls and outlet centers, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Source: Auntie Anne’s

Chipotle Mexican Grill names Paul T. Cappuccio, Robin S. Hickenlooper, Ali Namvar and Matthew Paull to its Board of Directors

DENVER, 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has named four new members to its Board of Directors: Paul T. Cappuccio, Robin S. Hickenlooper, Ali Namvar and Matthew Paull, effective December 14, 2016. The new Directors will serve an initial term through Chipotle’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and the Board of Directors currently consists of twelve members.

“Chipotle has enjoyed extraordinary success for most of our 23-year history, and it is important to us that we structure the company to enjoy similar success in the future,” said Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chipotle. “The addition of these new directors strengthens our Board of Directors, and gives us the oversight, accountability and leadership we need as we continue our efforts to reestablish Chipotle as the leader we have been for much of our history.”

Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. CEO William A. Ackman said, “We are pleased that Chipotle has taken the important step of refreshing its Board which will position the company for continued growth and long-term success. We look forward to working with the Board and management to create sustained value for all shareholders for many years to come.”

In connection with the appointments, Chipotle and Pershing Square have agreed to various provisions continuing at least until prior to the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The full agreements with Pershing Square will be filed in a Current Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

ABOUT THE NOMINEES

Mr. Cappuccio has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Time Warner since 2001. In this capacity, he oversees the worldwide management of Time Warner’s legal functions, collaborating with all of its operating businesses. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Cappuccio was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at America Online. Before joining AOL, he was a Partner at the Washington, DC office of law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where he specialized in telecommunications law, appellate litigation, and negotiation with government agencies. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Cappuccio was Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, where he advised Attorney General William P. Barr on matters relating to judicial selection, civil litigation, antitrust and civil rights. Prior to his service at the DOJ, Mr. Cappuccio served as law clerk at the United States Supreme Court for Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony M. Kennedy, and as a law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, Calif. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1983. Mr. Cappuccio brings significant large public company experience to the board, including significant transactional, financial, strategic, and corporate governance experience.

Mrs. Hickenlooper, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Liberty Global, has served in senior corporate development roles at Liberty since 2010. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Liberty Media. Prior to joining Liberty, she worked in the strategic planning and business development group at Del Monte Foods and in investment banking at Thomas Weisel Partners. Mrs. Hickenlooper holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University. Mrs. Hickenlooper brings to the board significant corporate development and financial expertise.

Mr. Namvar is a Partner at Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., a registered investment advisor with more than $11 billion in assets under management and currently Chipotle’s largest investor. Mr. Namvar joined Pershing Square in 2006 and has been a major contributor to the firm’s growth. He brings more than a decade of experience investing in publicly traded, branded consumer products and restaurant companies. Mr. Namvar has played an instrumental role in a number of Pershing Square investments over the years, including its significant equity stakes in Fortune Brands, Beam, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Wendy’s International, Kraft Foods and Mondelez International, among others. Prior to joining Pershing Square, Mr. Namvar served as a Vice President at the Blackstone Group in its corporate advisory practice, where he advised corporate boards and investment firms on a wide range of shareholder value-enhancing transactions. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Namvar worked in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, New York, and earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Namvar brings to the board a significant understanding of strategy, governance and finance within the restaurant industry.

Mr. Paull was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of McDonald’s Corp. from 2001 until he retired from that position in 2008. Before joining McDonald’s in 1993, Mr. Paull was a Partner at Ernst & Young, where he managed a variety of financial practices over the course of his 18-year career, and consulted with a number of notable multinational companies. Mr. Paull currently serves as a member of the board of Air Products, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee and is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Executive Committee, a member of the board of Canadian Pacific where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the board of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp., and was a former member of the board of WMS Industries and Best Buy Co. Mr. Paull previously served on Chipotle’s Board when it was owned by McDonald’s. He currently serves on the advisory board of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Paull holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. Mr. Paull brings to the board significant experience in the restaurant industry and financial expertise, including deep understanding of financial markets, corporate finance, accounting and controls, and investor relations.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using whole, unprocessed ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Macerich to announces 4Q 2016 Earnings Release on February 6, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Macerich (NYSE: MAC) Schedules Fourth Quarter 2016 Earnings Release

WHEN: Earnings Results will be released after market close on Monday, February 6, 2017.  Management will hold a conference call at 11:00 am Pacific Time (2:00 pm Eastern Time) on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to discuss quarterly results.

WHERE: Interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call on the Macerich website at www.macerich.com (Investing Section).

WHO: Arthur Coppola, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call.

REBROADCAST: A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the live webcast in the Investing Section of the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.  In addition, an audio replay of the earnings conference call will be available by telephone beginning at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on February 7, 2017 and will be available until February 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time at toll free 1-844-512-2921, PIN 2684267 or International (toll) 1-412-317-6671.

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

Macerich currently owns 56 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:
Jean Wood
Vice President
Investor Relations
424-229-3366

John Perry
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations
424-229-3345

Thomas O’Hern
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
310-394-6000

SOURCE: Macerich

CarMax reaches agreement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding its advertising practices related to recalls

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve an inquiry surrounding its advertising practices related to recalls. As part of the agreement, CarMax is not paying any fines to the FTC and will be modifying some language about recalls in its advertising.

“CarMax has led the industry in recall transparency. As soon as centralized recall information was made available by NHTSA, we believe we were the first to incorporate it into our advertising and sales process. We share vehicle specific open recall information in-store and online to ensure our customers know about open recalls prior to purchase. We will continue to make enhancements to our comprehensive recall disclosure program,” said Cliff Wood, Chief Operating Officer for CarMax.

More information about CarMax’s recall policy can be found here.

Contact Information:

Media Inquiries:
(855) 887-2915
PR@Carmax.com

Customer Relations:
(800) 519.1511

Marketing Vendor Inquiries:
marketing_carmax@carmax.com

Source: CarMax

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 
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
1-888-448-4806

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:

PRODUCT UPC BEST BY DATE
Shelled Pistachios 191200005 1/1/2017
Central Market Shelled Pistachios 198300006 1/1/2017
PRODUCT UPC PURCHASED ON OR AFTER
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 heb.com.

Consumers Contact:

H-E-B Customer Service
1-855-432-4438

Media Contact:

Julie Bedingfield
210-867-6825

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: https://dollywoodfoundation.org/get-help/).  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 dgpr@dg.com. 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 givingback@cfmt.org.

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 www.cfmt.org.

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 www.dollargeneral.com.

For Media Inquiries:
Email: dgpr@dollargeneral.com
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 PetSmart.com 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 PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Contacts:
Melissa Wenzel
PetSmart
623-587-2177
mwenzel@petsmart.com

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 www.delawarenorth.com.

Contact:

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

Source: Delaware North

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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
victoria.bradshaw@kantarretail.com
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 www.regulations.gov 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.

Contact:

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 CVS.com 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 DoSomething.org 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 www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

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 CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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Media Contact:

Scott Holste
(573) 751-0290
Scott.Holste@mo.gov

Stephanie Cunha
CVS Pharmacy
401-770-9354
Stephanie.Cunha@CVSHealth.com

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 (www.walgreens.com), 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 Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. 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.

Contacts:

Walgreens
Scott Goldberg
847-315-7649
scott.goldberg@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

University of Miami Health System
Lisa Worley
305-243-5184
Lworley2@med.miami.edu

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 http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

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.

Contact:

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

JCIR
(212) 835-8500
bjri@jcir.com.

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 collectandgo.be 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

Contact:
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 collectandgo.be 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

Contact:
Filip Ghillebaert
(regional manager)
02 345 2345 40

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

Source: Colruyt Group

WEBCOLLAGE ANNOUNCES MONTAGE AND OPENS ITS PLATFORM TO GLOBAL PARTNERS

Rich product content publishing platform integrates exciting new content options to enhance its offering to leading global manufacturers and retailers

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Webcollage, the rich product content publishing platform used by the world’s leading brands and retailers, has today announced Montage – a community of carefully selected Webcollage partners that will combine the brand-approved rich product content that shoppers demand, with a new generation of content that is now an integral part of the path-to-purchase.

Webcollage CEO John Federman says of today’s shopper: “There is no doubt that enhanced content — including images, videos, interactive tours, comparison charts, 360 views and other key product attributes – has created a more engaging experience for shoppers. It’s been measured to increase sales anywhere from 12-36%. But, now, shoppers have even more kinds of content that have been shown to drive conversion rates. User Generated Content (UGC) in the form of photos, videos and reviews from users and influencers are increasingly relied upon. So, it only makes sense for our new initiative, Montage, to respond.”

Montage will provide brands and retailers with access to an ecosystem of best in class technology companies, creative agencies and content service providers. This ecosystem can provide new and exciting content options including video, images, user generated content and reviews, that enhance the rich product detail pages already being syndicated by the Webcollage® syndication platform.

Webcollage CEO John Federman goes further to speak to the benefits of the initiative, “Montage is a win-win for partners, brands and retailers. Our Montage partners can access the Webcollage® syndication platform and global retailer network, which is trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide; our manufacturer brands can syndicate other types of content at scale with no incremental development required; and our retail partners can add some of the most exciting new content technologies out there to their existing rich product content to further increase conversions and boost sales.”

Webcollage, has already teamed up with software vendors (ISVs) including Reevoo, Olapic and Gen Video.

Reevoo CEO Jonathan Callcut says: ” “Reevoo is very excited about partnering with Webcollage. They have a great platform, and through them we’ll have access to over 600 global retail partners. We know user-generated content in all its forms is conversion gold dust – so anything we can do to help brands to squeeze even more value out of what they’re already collecting is good news. And because the content is already there and ready to go, we should start seeing some good results really quickly.”

“Visual user-generated content has changed the way people shop online because it provides valuable, real-world context and creates a more meaningful brand experience,” said Pau Sabria, co-founder of Olapic. “Leveraging Webcollage’s syndication capabilities is a great way for brands to showcase their top customer photos consistently across multiple retail sites and influence the customer’s path to purchase.”

gen.video President, Jessica Thorpe says: “Working with social media influencers to create compelling branded video content is a top tactic for most marketers because of the proven impact influencers have to build trust, drive traffic and impact sales. Our partnership with Webcollage is a great way for gen.video to help brands and retailers tap into the power of influencer marketing and engage shoppers with the right video content, to inform and inspire their shopping journey. The turnkey nature of the Webcollage platform makes it very easy for authentic, engaging influencer video to be made available to shoppers to drive higher sales conversions.”

Webcollage established the industry standard for publishing rich product information to retailer websites. More than 1,000 manufacturers use the Webcollage platform to syndicate rich product content to a network of global retailer partners that includes more than 600 ecommerce websites, including Walmart.com.

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For editors

For more information about Montage visit http://www.webcollage.com/montage/

For partners: Bringing large scale distribution opportunities to ISV’s across the globe. For technology companies, independent software vendors, creative agencies and content service providers, Montage creates an opportunity to quickly, significantly boost distribution and grow their business.

  • Expand distribution: Webcollage’s strong client relationships connect partners with new distribution opportunities. Brands and retailers are always looking for new ways to energize their product pages.
  • Streamline and connect: Webcollage’s network of top brands and retailers is already in place. There’s no need for partners to negotiate or manage relationships. Montage is powered by the Webcollage® syndication platform and global retailer network, trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide.
    • Maximize reach at the right moment: Content gets in front of shoppers while they shop.
    • Easy integration: The content distribution mechanism is already in place. It’s a simple feed-based approach — an API-based partnership where Webcollage does all the engineering.
    • Scalable & automated: The Webcollage platform is architected for growth and innovation.
  • Quick time to market: Get live on more sites, fast!
  • Deepen relationships: Agencies and service providers enjoy a greater level of integration with retailer sites.

For retailers: Bringing exciting new content options to help retailers sell more. Knowledge is power, and it also sells products. Montage gives retailers the chance to add excitement to the shopper journey with a combination of the brand-approved rich product content that converts, and new content of their choice from Webcollage’s network of partners, including:

  • User-generated content and digital assets
  • Influencer content
  • Shopper reviews *

*Shoppers trust a personal recommendation above anything else.

Nielson, 2015

This powerful combination is seamlessly delivered within existing content packages to product detail pages on a retailer’s site – creating a shopper experience that’s richer, more relevant and more compelling than ever before.

For manufacturers: Montage helps manufacturers rich content become even richer. Montage combines the brand-approved rich content that shoppers demand with a new generation of content: video, images, reviews and more, curated or created by our partners. This content is made even more compelling because it is displayed at the top of the product detail page.

  • User-generated content and digital assets *
  • Influencer content*
  • Shopper reviews

*Nielsen research shows that 92% of shoppers trust recommendations made by friends and family, and 70% of people trust online reviews and recommendations.

About Webcollage

Webcollage is the leading cloud-based content management platform for managing rich product information, and syndication across retail sites globally. Webcollage provides brands with the tools they need to deliver consistent content — from rich product detail pages, comparison charts, images galleries, interactive tours and product selectors – to power online sales conversions and improve the customer experience. Webcollage’s® syndication platform and global retailer network is trusted by more than 1,000 brands and 600+ retailers worldwide. Webcollage is headquartered in New York City with offices in Ann Arbor, Cleveland, New York City, Silicon Valley, Rotterdam, Warsaw and Tel Aviv. For more information, visit www.webcollage.com.

Twitter: @webcollage

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Taco Bell announces plans for additional 45 restaurants across Spain by 2020

IRVINE, Calif., 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —Taco Bell continues to accelerate its international growth by expanding further into the Spanish market.

Today (December 13, 2016), Taco Bell – the world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain – announced that the brand, in collaboration with its franchisee, Casual Brands Group of Madrid, will begin building an additional 45 restaurants across Spain and add more than 900 jobs to the local economy. By 2020, Spain will be home to more than 70 Taco Bell Restaurants and will be the largest market in Europe.

Casual Brands Group, led by CEO Ignacio Mora-Figueroa, began working with Taco Bell in 2008. The Group owns and operates all Taco Bell locations in Spain, as well as Juan Valdez ® Café and Delina’s®. Mora-Figueroa, recognized as Taco Bell’s International Franchisee of the Year in 2015, is a well-respected entrepreneur in Spain and has done an amazing job developing and promoting the brand.

“I am passionate about Taco Bell and what the brand stands for,” said Mora-Figueroa. “My team is committed to providing más flavor, más value, más enjoyment, and más life to all of our fans.”

Casual Brands Group has been integral in building an avid fan base of Taco Lovers across the country. Starting with their first restaurant in Madrid, they have now expanded to Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, and most recently Seville. In 2015 alone, Taco Bell and Casual Brands Group added 10 new locations, and there will be 31 Taco Bells across the country by the end of 2016.

“We are thrilled to continue our restaurant development in Spain alongside Ignacio, who has shown his commitment to investing and growing our brand since day one,” said Melissa Lora, President of Taco Bell International. “We’ve seen immense enthusiasm from our Spanish fans over the past eight years, and know they will continue to celebrate our Live Más spirit as we expand to more communities across the country.”

Taco Bell will continue with its transparent, open kitchen design that allows diners to see their meals being made fresh to order, as well as comfortable lounge seating and free Wi-Fi. In addition to being the first Taco Bell market in the world to serve beer, Spain has pioneered tapas-style happy hour promotions that showcase our ability to leverage local insights to create unique market specials. Spain’s Tuesday Taco Happy Day has now become a regular part of our fans weekly routine and continues to drive increased trial and loyalty for the brand.

There are currently more than 330 Taco Bell restaurants (including military bases) across 26 markets outside of the United States, with the goal of expanding the brand’s international presence to 1,000 restaurants by 2022. Domestically, Taco Bell is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain. The Company and its franchisees operate more than 7,000 restaurants, generating more than $9B in sales. By 2022, the brand plans to become a $15B company in global system sales with 9,000 restaurants globally.

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EROSKI abrirá una nueva gasolinera en Bergara en la primera mitad de 2017

  • Las obras ya han arrancado y además de la construcción de la estación de servicio incluyen la mejora de los accesos de la zona
  • La nueva gasolinera ofrecerá Gasolina 95 y Gasóleo A y combinará la venta asistida y el autoservicio
  • La inversión prevista asciende a 700.000 euros

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI inaugurará una nueva gasolinera en Bergara (Gipuzkoa), cuya construcción ya ha arrancado, en la primera mitad del próximo año. La estación de servicio se ubicará junto al supermercado EROSKI Center de la calle Leizeaga. La nueva gasolinera contará con dos surtidores desde los que ofrecerá Gasolina 95 y Gasóleo A para turismos y combinará la venta asistida y el autoservicio. EROSKI cuenta con una red de 15 gasolineras en el País Vasco.

Con una inversión cercana a los 700.000 euros, la apertura de la nueva gasolinera supondrá la creación de dos puestos de trabajo. Además de la construcción de las instalaciones de la estación de servicio, el proyecto contempla la mejora de los accesos de la zona, así como el reasfaltado del aparcamiento del supermercado.

La previsión es que la futura gasolinera EROSKI en Bergara alcance la venta de 2,5millones de litros de combustible anuales y que por ella pasen alrededor de 83.000 vehículos al año.

EROSKI mantendrá su tradicional política comercial de ofrecer unos precios bajos, los mejores de la zona, en la venta de combustible. “Además, nuestros Socios y Socias Cliente podrán utilizar su tarjeta EROSKI Club en esta gasolinera, y en las del resto de la red, y obtener así nuevos puntos Travel Club y canjear el ahorro acumulado por combustible gratis”,  ha afirmado el responsable de gasolineras de EROSKI, Francisco Javier Fontaneda.

El operador petrolífero BP actúa como proveedor único de todas las gasolineras EROSKI, a las cuales suministra a través del operador logístico CLH, por lo que todo el combustible comercializado por EROSKI procede de refinerías españolas.

Cuarta inauguración, de un plan de 19 nuevas gasolineras EROSKI

La nueva gasolinera de Bergara será la cuarta inauguración del plan de expansión de la red de gasolineras EROSKI que contempla inaugurar 19 estaciones de servicio en dos años en Baleares, Cantabria, Cataluña, Navarra, País Vasco y Galicia tras una inversión prevista de en torno a 7 millones de euros.

La primera inauguración de este plan de expansión se produjo en Elorrio (Bizkaia) en julio de este año, seguida de otra en Binissalem (Mallorca) el mismo mes. La última inaugurada ha sido en septiembre en Castro Urdiales (Cantabria) junto al hipermercado EROSKI de la localidad.

Con este plan de expansión de su red de gasolineras EROSKI persigue trasladar a su red de supermercados e hipermercados (remodelados o de nueva construcción) la gestión de estaciones de servicio para aumentar el atractivo y la competitividad de las tiendas y ofrecer un servicio más completo a sus clientes.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

EROSKI comercializa más de 786 toneladas de frutas y hortalizas dentro de la campaña de promoción del consumo de frutas y hortalizas “feas”

  • Las frutas y hortalizas “feas” son aquellas que no cumplen con los estándares de apariencia establecidos, pero que cuentan con la misma calidad en sabor y propiedades nutricionales
  • Naranja, patata, mandarina y calabacín son las referencias que más kilos han vendido
  • La campaña se ha desarrollado durante el mes de noviembre en la red comercial de EROSKI con el objetivo de sensibilizar ante el desperdicio de alimentos

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha comercializado más de 786 toneladas de frutas y hortalizas “feas” dentro de la campaña de promoción del consumo de estos alimentos celebrada durante el mes de noviembre en establecimientos EROSKI de todas las regiones de España, salvo Canarias y Baleares. Las frutas y hortalizas “feas” no se corresponden con los estándares de apariencia establecidos pero cuentan con la misma calidad en sabor y propiedades nutricionales.

“Desde EROSKI estamos muy satisfechos con el resultado de la campaña y esto nos anima a repetirla en futuras ocasiones. Su fin era la sensibilización social ante el desperdicio alimentario y la promoción del consumo responsable.Cada año se desperdician en el mundo millones de toneladas de alimentos solo por no cumplir unos niveles de estandarización. Así, entre el 20% y el 40% de las frutas y verduras que se producen en Europa se tiran antes de llegar a las tiendas solo porque son feas”, ha señalado el director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa.

Un total de trece variedades de frutas y hortalizas clasificadas como de segunda categoría por su aspecto o tamaño pero con total calidad nutricional y organoléptica, han sido ofertadas a los consumidores con descuentos de hasta el 50% en el precio. Su origen era variado y procedían mayoritariamente de Almería (calabacín, tomate, pimiento y berenjena) y Levante (naranja, mandarina, lechuga y kaki), a las que se han añadido manzanas de Lleida, zanahorias de Valladolid, ajos de Cuenca, patata de Álava y cebollas de La Mancha. Naranja, patata, mandarina y calabacín son las referencias que más kilos han vendido.

“La campaña de concienciación ha funcionado muy bien también en internet, logrando entre los diferentes canales digitales 1.347.353 impresiones y 148.267 interacciones totales y demostrando que ha sido un contenido de interés para nuestros usuarios”, según ha explicado Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa. EROSKI mantiene activa la página web www.eroski.es/frutas-y-verduras-feas/ en la que ofrece información detallada sobre esta iniciativa.

EROSKI, pionera en el “desperdicio cero” de alimentos

EROSKI mantiene un firme compromiso contra el despilfarro de alimentos, que desarrolla a través del programa ‘Desperdicio Cero’, por el que ningún alimento apto para el consumo es desechado en sus tiendas, sino que es donado a organizaciones solidarias del entorno próximo de cada establecimiento.  Gracias a este programa, EROSKI se convirtió en 2013 en la primera cadena de distribución en España que alcanzaba el ‘Desperdicio Cero’ en toda su red de hipermercados y supermercados.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski