Schnuck Markets to move operations of its Cool Valley, Mo store to the nearby community of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo., 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Schnuck Markets, Inc. today (01.20.2017) announced that it will move operations of its Cool Valley, Mo store to the nearby community of Ferguson, Mo. once the building at 49 N. Florissant Road is vacated by Shop ‘n Save.

Schnucks is the sub-landlord/tenant of the Ferguson building and was recently notified by representatives of sub-tenant Shop ‘n Save that they plan to exit the location when the current sublease expires on March 31, 2017. Schnucks plans to complete the move in early April.

According to Schnucks Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck, Schnucks hopes to better serve North County residents at the new location. “Relocating to the Ferguson location will allow us to bring our unique combination of quality, service, selection and value to more customers in the area,” Schnuck said. “We welcome the present Shop ‘n Save customers and believe our Cool Valley customers will follow us one mile north on Florissant road.”

To minimize any inconvenience to current pharmacy patients, Schnucks also has agreed to purchase the pharmacy files of the Ferguson Shop ‘n Save effective Jan. 27. Between then and the time Schnucks moves to the new location, pharmacy customers can get their prescriptions filled at the Cool Valley Schnucks Pharmacy or any other nearby Schnucks Pharmacy. Once the move is complete, all pharmacy files from the Cool Valley Schnucks will transfer to the new location.

The Ferguson site is just over one mile away from the Cool Valley Schnucks located at 1225 South Florissant Road. Schnucks has served the Cool Valley community since 1964 and at its present location since 1991. In total, Schnucks operates eight stores in the North St. Louis County area employing more than 900 teammates.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million dollars annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.8 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks currently operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs approximately 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at

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Source: Schnuck Markets, Inc.

SSP America announces the opening of Valentine Coffee at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport

SSP America announces the opening of Valentine Coffee at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport


LONDON, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today (19-Jan-2017) the opening of Valentine Coffee at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE).

Valentine Coffee Roasters is a popular Milwaukee specialty coffee brand and retail store developed by Robb Kashevarof who was later joined by Joe Gilsdorf. Both are experienced food, wine and coffee professionals and residents of Milwaukee. Kashevarof started roasting coffee in his garage, one half pound at a time, micro-analyzing every step involved in order to eventually sell his first cup of coffee to a farmer at a market who took a sip and said, “That’s damn good coffee.” Then, he dropped a bag of snap peas on the table as payment. Gilsdorf joined the team as the business took off, and today, Valentine Coffee is still roasted in small batches using top-tier, rigorously graded, traceable coffees.

“We have an outstanding collection of local and national brands here at MKE,” Airport Director Izzy Bonilla said.  “The new Valentine Coffee locations give travelers another opportunity to sample our local Milwaukee flavor, and we’re glad to partner with SSP America to offer Valentine’s great product.”

The new locations at MKE featuring Valentine Coffee are available on Concourse C, Concourse D, and in the Concession Mall. The stores carry baked goods from Wild Flour Bakery, a woman owned business led by Dolly Mertens, which has four retail locations serving Downtown, Bay View and the South Side.

SSP America has been a food and beverage operator at MKE since 2009, proudly operating seven locations in the airport including Northpoint Custard, Nonna Bartolotta and Pizzeria Piccolla—all in partnership with the renowned Milwaukee-based Bartolotta Restaurants.

Kashevarof commented, “Joe, our team and I have a passion for focusing on the process of how to make a great a cup of coffee. It’s the fun part of our job, and it’s humbling. We’re proud to be part of the MKE community because we’re first and foremost roasters who hail from the incredible Milwaukee craft and artisan culture. So, to all the folks getting ready to hop on a plane at MKE, we have a locally roasted freshly brewed cup of coffee waitin’ for you!”

Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer of SSP America mentioned, “At SSP America we have a passion for delivering our airport partners a ‘taste of place’—the favorite local restaurants that make a region special. Valentine Coffee Roasters is a beloved Milwaukee brand. Robb and Joe are two guys we can relate to—they love great food, wine, and of course coffee. We’re just so grateful the opportunity to partner with them.”

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Source: SSP Group


Cantina, Ireland’s most authentic Mexican street food opens at Topaz Dublin Airport

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cantina, Ireland’s most authentic Mexican street food experience, has landed at Topaz Dublin Airport. Following a €100,000 investment, the latest Cantina has created 4 new jobs at the site which is located on the Exit Road at Dublin Airport.

In just over a year since the first Cantina launched in Galway, the brand has transformed the landscape of local Mexican food experiences for Irish consumers. The first food outlet of its kind on a forecourt in Ireland, commuters and employees of Dublin Airport will now have the opportunity to take a bite out of Mexico right on their doorstep at Cantina and experience flavour and quality like no other.

The Cantina menu consists of some of Mexico’s favourites, like the taco: made from fresh, soft shelled taco’s which can be filled with an option of Chorizo Con Carne (Irish, lean mince simmered in Mexican herbs & spices) Beef Barbacoa (seasoned Irish beef slow cooked until tender), Chicken Asada (soft strips of chicken marinated in fresh lime and chillies) or a delicious vegetarian option with fresh guacamole. The sauces made fresh from fresh base ingredients will take you on a journey from Oaxaca Mexico all the way to Dublin Airport, with flavours ranging from the mild (Pico de Gallo) to the eye watering (SALSA BANDIDO– extremely hot) and are a feature of the menu in their own right.

MJ Tierney Head of Marketing at Topaz says: “This is a really exciting time for Topaz and I am delighted to be here today to launch our newest Cantina which is bringing 4 new jobs to our service station here at Dublin Airport. With Cantina, we set out to deliver an experience that holds true to a country renowned for some of the best food in the world.

Over the past year, we have seen a tremendous response to the Cantina menu and we can’t wait to continue to spread the full Mexican street food experience across Ireland in 2017. I’d like to extend my thanks to all involved in the development of Cantina at Dublin airport and wish our store manager Elaine and our new colleagues the very best of luck.”

Keep your eyes peeled on @CantinaIE on Instagram/Twitter and CantinaIreland on Facebook as further locations planned for Cantina in 2017 will be revealed over the coming weeks.


Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320


Cantina, Ireland’s most authentic Mexican street food opens at Topaz Dublin Airport


Source: Topaz




Zurich, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 20. Januar 2017 eröffnet ACTIV FITNESS, ein Tochterunternehmen der Migros Zürich das 41. Fitness-Studio. Es ist die zweite Anlage in Genf. Mit dieser Neueröffnung betreibt die Migros insgesamt 100 Fitnessanlagen und unterstreicht damit ihr Engagement im Bereich der Gesundheit. Mit 20 Prozent Marktanteil und nahezu 200’000 Mitgliedern ist die Migros der klare Marktleader im Schweizer Fitnessmarkt und als einziges Unternehmen in allen drei Landesteilen mit Fitnessanlagen präsent.

Vor rund zehn Jahren gab es erst 16 Fitnessparks bei der Migros-Gruppe. Im 2007 akquirierte die Genossenschaft Migros Zürich die ACTIV FITNESS AG mit damals neun Studios und die Genossenschaft Migros Aare stieg in ihrem Genossenschaftsgebiet in das Start-up FlowerPower Fitness & Wellness AG mit damals zwei Standorten in Biel und Aarau ein. In den Folgejahren investierten auch die Genossenschaften Luzern, Ostschweiz und Basel und expandieren seitdem mit ihren jeweiligen Fitness-Tochterformaten in ihrem Wirtschaftsgebiet.

«Jetzt, zehn Jahre später feiern wir die 100. Migros Fitnessanlage. Für uns bedeutet dies ein Meilenstein in der strategischen Expansion. Damit kommen wir unserem Ziel der schweizweiten Präsenz langsam näher», äussert sich Marcus Schwedhelm, Leiter Bereich Freizeitanlagen bei der Direktion Koordination Klubschulen/Freizeitanlagen des Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes erfreut.

Die 100 Fitnessanlagen der Migros-Genossenschaften:




Fitnesspark 17 Aare, Basel, Luzern, Ostschweiz, Waadt, Zürich
ACTIV FITNESS 41 Zürich, Tessin (Franchise)
FlowerPower Finest
Fitness & Wellness
12 Aare
ONE Training Center 10 Luzern
MFIT 10 Ostschweiz
Migros Fitnesscenter 1 Basel
Bernaqua, Säntispark
Vitam (Frankreich)
3 Aare, Ostschweiz
Migros France
ELEMENTS (Deutschland) 6 Zürich
Total 100


Die verschiedenen Marken gehören alle zum Intercity-Verbund der Migros Fitness-, Wellness-, Aquaparks. Mit der Intercity-Card, dem General-Abonnement für Bewegung und Gesundheit, können die Mitglieder im gesamten Verbund trainieren. Mehr unter

Migros fördert die Gesundheit der Menschen noch stärker
Das Thema Gesundheit ist seit langem im Leitbild der Migros-Gruppe verankert. Mit ihren Fitness- und Wellness-Zentren, Entspannungskursen, ihrer Kompetenz im Ernährungsbereich, Beiträgen in den Migros Medien und ihrem betrieblichen Gesundheitsmanagement verfolgt Migros seit mehreren Jahren eine umfassende Gesundheitsstrategie. Mit der neuen Gesundheitsinitiative „iMpuls“, die Anfang Januar 2017 startete, wird die Gesundheit der Menschen mit inspirierenden Tipps und vielfältigen Angeboten noch stärker gefördert.

Freizeit- und Gesundheitszentren Migros: Ein M gesünder
Migros ist schon seit den 1970er-Jahren im Freizeitmarkt führend. Das heutige Angebot umfasst rund 150 gesundheitsfördernde Standorte in der ganzen Schweiz sowie in Deutschland und Frankreich. Neben 100 Fitness-, Wellness- und Aquaparks sorgen 36 Gesundheitszentren von Medbase und santémed für eine ganzheitliche Betreuung im medizinischen Bereich. Drei Sport- und neun Golfparks runden das vielseitige Freizeitangebot ab.


Ariane Lang
Koordination Klubschulen/Freizeitanlagen
Projektleiterin Kommunikation
TEL: +41 (0)44 277 27 67

Source: Migros


Nordstrom Rewards program to add Trunk Club

CHICAGO, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning today (Jan. 20, 2017), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) cardholders will earn points toward Nordstrom Notes when they use their credit and debit cards at Trunk Club. Additionally, Trunk Club will waive its $25 home try-on fee when trunks are purchased with a Nordstrom card.

“Trunk Club is pleased to share that we will now be able to offer our Nordstrom cardholder customers the benefits of Nordstrom Rewards as we’re helping them to find their unique style,” said Terry Boyle, president of Trunk Club. “As part of the Nordstrom family, Trunk Club is excited to be able to offer programs and services like these so we can continue to enhance the service and experience we’re providing customers.”

As previously announced, Nordstrom Rewards recently expanded to include:

  • More $20 Nordstrom Notes: Customers earn two points per dollar when using your Nordstrom Visa® credit card, Nordstrom retail card or Nordstrom debit card.
  • More benefits: Early Access to Anniversary Sale, private holiday shopping parties, alterations, personal bonus point days and more.
  • Easy application process: Apply online at or at any Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store.

To learn more about the Nordstrom Rewards program, visit

About Trunk Club
Trunk Club is a Chicago-based personalized styling service for men and women, offering both virtual and in-person shopping options. Shoppers can visit Trunk Club’s retail Clubhouses in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C., for an in-person styling session or custom fitting for any occasion. For those who prefer an at-home experience, Trunk Club offers a virtual styling option, where a personal stylist sends a curated trunk of clothing to their home based on the customer’s style, fit, and lifestyle preferences.  Trunk Club offers everything from weekend casual clothing to formal wear, and as a subsidiary of Nordstrom, the clothes and service are on par with those standards. For more information on Trunk Club, visit or follow on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Kyle Donash (Trunk Club)
Cell: (630) 294-9679
Office: (312) 638-6708

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Carrefour the first to market Spanish UHT milk in an ecologically sustainable packaging Combibloc EcoPlus

Carrefour the first to market Spanish UHT milk in an ecologically sustainable packaging Combibloc EcoPlus


  • The aluminium cap has been replaced with a polyamide one, without affecting the preservation of the milk.
  • The product uses the ECOPLUS structure

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is the first distribution firm to market Spanish UHT milk in an ecologically sustainable packaging called Combibloc EcoPlus, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by 28% compared with the former packaging. This has been achieved by replacing the aluminium cap on any carton of milk with a polyamide one, while preserving the quality of the milk. The product is available in three formats: whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed.

Packaging ecodesign
Carrefour is currently developing a packaging ecodesign plan. Some of the key lines of action of this initiative are the elimination of unnecessary packaging, the reduction of raw materials, the optimization of container and package size thus reducing the number of vehicles required for transportation, and the use of sustainable, recycled and recyclable materials.

Over 350 sustainable products
Over 350 products have been optimized in this last year alone as part of this strategy involving both international companies as well as local suppliers and manufacturers.

One example is cooperation with the SME, Aquadeus, where Carrefour has optimized the Carrefour 2-litre water bottle by cutting its plastic (PET) content by 20%, a reduction of over 14 tones of PET a year.

Also, with the SME, Granja Virgen del Rosario, Carrefour egg packaging has been improved by replacing the virgin polymer material the lid was made from with a recycled polymer and reducing its size, making it possible to load more packs per pallet so that fewer trucks are required for transportation.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group


Argos launches new Spring/Summer 17 range

Milton Keynes, UK, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Get set for the new season with the launch of Argos’s new Spring/Summer 17 range available from tomorrow (Saturday 21 January 2017).  It showcases thousands of new products and top brands that are sure to put a spring in the step of shoppers.

Andy McClelland, Operations Manager at Argos Republic of Ireland, said: “Whether you’re on a fitness drive, refreshing the home, planning a spring clean, or simply looking for gift ideas, we have something new for everybody.  And bargain-hunters can take advantage of over 600 of Argos’s very best ‘WOW’ deals from top brands like Dyson, Silentnight and Phillips.

“You can get your hands on our new range in a flash.  Simply check and reserve your items on with free collection in any of our 40 stores nationwide.”


Spring/Summer homewares see a flattering mix of trends for the home, from relaxed and Scandi-inspired simple living, to upbeat and colorful statement pieces.  And they don’t have to cost the earth.

New from Heart of House, only available at Argos, is the luxurious 400 Thread Count Bedding Range (€17.49 – €79.99), available in a beautiful mix of on-trend, neutral tones.  Or get a splash of colour with new in-house designed sets offering excellent value for money – the Phoebe Twin Pack (from €39.99) includes two bedding sets featuring fashionable floral patterns.

For the bathroom, new Bamboo accessories from The Collection include the Bathroom Bench (€59.99) and Ladder Shelf (€94.99).  And with Spring all about de-cluttering, The Collection’s new Wire Storage Units (from €28.99) provide a stylish and practical storage solution.

When those April showers subside and you’re ready to head outside, get the garden ready with Heart of House’s new Rio garden range. Combining soft cushioned seating with a stylish grey rattan effect design, the range is perfect for outdoor entertaining whatever the size and shape of your space. Choose from a Bistro set (€399.99), 6 Seater Dining Set (€1129.99) and Corner Dining Set (€1199.99).

Customers can choose from over 142 stylish and affordable fitness items in the Opti range, exclusive to Argos.  From cardio equipment, weights and benches to smaller fitness aids, there is something for all levels. The Opti 2KG Neoprene Dumbbells are just €15.99 for two and come in a choice of vibrant colors. For any pro Hoola-Hoopas, there’s an Opti Weighted Hoola Hoop 2KG at just €23.99.

Garmin has introduced a new range of activity trackers specifically for children, offering the perfect way to get kids outdoors this season. The Garmin Vivofit is designed by children, swim-friendly and the parent-controlled app lets you motivate your kids with rewards. Customisable with the child’s name, it is also designed to motivate kids to complete tasks such as brushing their teeth and homework. The Vivofit is available in ‘Broken Lava’ red and ‘Real Flower’ floral and is just €109.99 available only at Argos.


‘Re-techorate’ this Spring with big brands and market-beating prices.  At just €269.99, the Bush E4X 5.5” Android Smartphone features a full HD lamination screen, selfie camera and Qualcomm octo-core processor boosted by 4GB of RAM / 64GB of internal storage.

The world’s ‘thinnest and lightest 2-in-1’ Lenovo Yoga Book 10 in grey or gold (€629.99) is the slickest looking tablet on the market….that you can actually write on. Weighing just 690g and as thin as 4.05mm, it makes work or play on-the-go effortlessly easy[1].

Keeping a watchful eye on the home just got simpler with Nest’s brand new outdoor smart security camera (€209.99).  It’s weatherproof and plugs into the mains so it works come rain or shine. An ‘activity alert’ on your smartphone means you can listen in or talk back through your phone.

No longer do you have to “shake it like a Polaroid picture!” The Polaroid Snap Touch (€209.99) instant digital camera allows you to snap, print, and share all of your favorite photos instantly with app-driven creative and Bluetooth connectivity. Available in white, black, red and purple, they are bold, beautiful and brilliant too.

Lastly, without droning on, the Parrot Disco (€1494.98) is the first fixed-wing drone that reaches speeds of up to 50mph and the new FPV headset, the ‘Parrot Cockpitglasses’, are designed to put you in the cockpit of your drone. Safe flying!


New to Argos is Armani Exchange, one of the UK’s leading fashion watch brands, with a choice of over 30 styles. Don’t miss the Armani Exchange Men’s Gold Bracelet Watch (€199.99) or the Armani Exchange Ladies Rose Gold Watch (€189.99). For those on a budget, the Rotary’s Purple Strap Watch (€109.99) and the Casio Black and Gold Combi Watch (€64.99) are ideal.

There are also exciting new jewellery launches across men, body jewellery and a cute kids’ collection featuring beaded charms and boxed sets – so choice aplenty whatever you’re after and whoever it may be for. The girls Silver Earring and Pendant set (€39.99) and men’s boxed Knot Cufflinks (€30.99) are sure to prove popular.

And if that’s not enough, Abbey Clancy has collaborated exclusively with Argos on the Adore by Abbey Clancy jewellery range.  Favourites include the Gold Ring with Pink Crystals (€54.99), a Gold and Crystal Earring set (€54.99) and Gold Pendant with Pink and Clear Crystals (€54.99).


This season sees new takes on some of the most popular toys, with the launch of the Design A Friend Ava Doll (€26.99), a brand new Tiny Treasures doll (€54.99) and a new addition to last year’s hottest Christmas toy, the Hatchimal Burtle (€79.99).

Boys are in for a treat with the latest toys and products from the Lego Batman (prices from €2.99 for a mini figure) and Power Rangers movies (from €12.99). And the Pokemon craze shows no sign of slowing down, with a raft of new Pokemon Trading Cards and toys hitting the shelves.

In addition, Argos welcomes back its hugely popular Design-A-Bear range from Chad Valley with cute new characters and a host of accessories to choose from. The exciting, three step design allows youngsters to choose their bear, outfit and accessory set for a total price of just €25.99.


Beautifying has never been more gratifying, with the latest Andrew Barton range offering age-defying benefits. Combining super-ionic technology with magnesium oil-infused ceramics for smooth shine-enhancing, younger looking results, the Super Ionic Age-Defying Air Brush (€39.99) is our top pick.

The new Wahl total beard trimmer kit (€54.99) has a 180 minute run time, one minute quick charge function for those mornings when you’re against the clock, and 15 attachments.

And for smooth styling in a flash, the Remington CB7401 Keratin Radiance Sleek & Smooth Brush (€40.99) makes hair look super healthy and shiny. Infused with Keratin and anti-static coating, it’s a perfect tool for both everyday and on-the-go styling.

Take a look at the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection from Argos at  available to customers from Saturday 21 January 2017.

About Sainsbury’s Argos

Sainsbury’s Argos is a leading UK digital retailer and sells more than 60,000 products under the Argos and Habitat brands. It sells through,, its growing mobile channels, its 845 stores and over the telephone. Argos Digital Stores and Mini Habitats can also be found in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos is the UK’s largest high street retailer online and the second most visited website, with nearly a billion website visits a year. More than half of the company’s sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in its stores each year. Argos offers customers market leading delivery and collection services, including Check & Reserve, Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection which make customers’ lives easier, every day.

Sainsbury’s Argos is part of J Sainsbury plc, a leading retailer of food, clothing and general merchandise and owner of Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what the company does since 1869. J Sainsbury plc employs 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland whose strong culture and values are integral to driving its success – now and in the future. Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.

Argos Press Office
0845 120 4365
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Argos launches new Spring/Summer 17 range


Source: Argos

Chaumet renews partnership with the César Academy

Chaumet renews partnership with the César Academy


Paris, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — From Cannes to Hollywood to Paris, Chaumet continues its enduring love story with the silver screen. As part of the “Chaumet and the Cinema” program, the jeweler renewed the partnership with the César Academy that began 13 years ago, inviting the public to share the excitement for the first time with a special themed event, “The Diamond, Star of the Cinema”.

Chaumet, official partner of the César Academy for the past 13 years, has reaffirmed its special relationship with the film world, supporting the 34 young actors and actresses nominated in this year’s “Révelations” category, two of whom will be named Most Promising Young Actress and Young Actor.

The Révélations star in a short film and photos shot each year by a prominent director. After Mathieu César in 2015 and Sonia Sieff in 2016, director Valérie Donzelli was behind the camera to film the “class of 2017”. Her film and photos premiered yesterday in the Salons Chaumet at an event attended by the 34 Révelations, each accompanied by a “Godmother” or “Godfather” from the world of cinema. The film will be screened in movie theaters from January 18-31, as well as on the Web.

For the first time, the Salons Chaumet at 12, place Vendôme were open to the public for an event on the theme “Le Diamant, Star du Cinéma”, featuring director Nicole Garcia and actress Bérénice Béjo. With characteristic brilliance, the Paris jeweler founded in 1780 renewed the tradition of memorable meetings that spotlight the arts and entertainment.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44

Source: LVMH


John Lewis announces changes to its management board

London, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today (19 January 2017) announces a number of changes to its management board which will take effect from 1 February 2017.  The new more streamlined structure will further strengthen our ability to deliver the best possible customer experience however our customers choose to shop with us.  In addition to the position of Managing Director, the roles on the management board will be as follows:

  • The Customer Director will be focused on delivering a differentiated customer experience across the entire business.  Craig Inglis, who became Customer Director in 2015, will continue in this role. In addition to his current responsibilities, Craig will also be looking after all aspects of, as well as store development and design.
  • The Operations Director will be focused on consistency and excellence in operational delivery to our customers across John Lewis’s distribution centres and shops. This role will be filled by Dino Rocos.
  • The new role of Trading Director will be responsible for all of our Buying and Merchandising and will be focused on delivering exceptional products and services. It will be covered on an interim basis by Ed Connolly, while a recruitment process takes place. Ed is currently Buying Director, Fashion.

The roles of Finance and Director, IT remain unchanged.

As previously announced, Mark Lewis, Retail & Online Director, will be leaving John Lewis after four years in the business to become CEO at His last day at John Lewis will be 31 January 2017.

Notes to editors

You can view biographies of the John Lewis Management Board.

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:

Gillian Taylor
Head of External Communications
Telephone: 020 7592 5635
Mobile: 07919 057931

Sian Grieve
Senior Manager Corporate Communications
Telephone: 0207 592 6887
Mobile: 07525 271812

Source: John Lewis

Inaugurada el “Aula EROSKI” en la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Deusto

Inaugurada el “Aula EROSKI” en la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Deusto


  • La apertura del aula es un nuevo paso para promover la transferencia de conocimiento entre ambas organizaciones en materia de capacitación, tecnología e implantación de nuevas soluciones para el cliente
  • El rector de la Universidad de Deusto y el presidente de EROSKI han inaugurado el “Aula DEUSTO – EROSKI”

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — La Universidad de DEUSTO y EROSKI han inaugurado esta tarde el “Aula EROSKI” en la Facultad de Ingeniería de la universidad. La apertura del aula es un nuevo paso en la consolidación del marco de colaboración tecnológica entre ambas organizaciones para proyectos de innovación orientados a maximizar oportunidades y modelos de negocio que necesiten del procesamiento de grandes volúmenes de datos para generar nuevas soluciones para el cliente.

El rector de la Universidad de Deusto, José María Guibert, y el presidente de EROSKI, Agustín Markaide, han inaugurado el “Aula DEUSTO – EROSKI”, acompañados por el director de Comercio del Gobierno Vasco, Juan Emilio Andrades.

Durante su intervención, José María Guibert ha destacado su interés por que este nuevo Aula “se convierta en un instrumento eficiente de colaboración entre nuestra universidad y las empresas, a través de actividades de diseño y desarrollo de soluciones tecnológicas que permitan a EROSKI extraer valor de los datos que su actividad del día a día genera”. El rector ha añadido que “estas aulas de colaboración constituyen igualmente otro elemento más en la apuesta de DEUSTO por la recualificación y la formación continua”.

Agustín Markaide ha subrayado “la importancia de la cooperación entre empresa y universidad para construir ventajas competitivas sostenibles basadas en la capacitación de las personas”. El presidente de EROSKI ha incidido en que “la gestión de la información está transformando algunos aspectos de la cadena de valor y que, en el actual entorno tecnológico, la construcción de nuevas ventajas competitivas constituye un reto para las empresas que va, muchas veces, más allá de sus propios límites, haciendo necesario combinar el conocimiento interno con el externo”.

Durante su intervención, el decano de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de DEUSTO, Asier Perallos, ha señalado que “la colaboración con las empresas constituye un elemento muy importante del proceso de aprendizaje de los estudiantes” y ha concretado que “la experiencia entre DEUSTO y EROSKI, a través de la colaboración en el Programa Big Data y Business Intelligence, no solo aporta valor a EROSKI sino también ayuda a los estudiantes a desarrollar sus competencias técnicas, personales y profesionales a través del desarrollo de soluciones para las necesidades de EROSKI”.

La directora de Proyectos Estratégicos de Marketing de EROSKI, Ana Cuevas, ha puesto en valor el desarrollo del convenio firmado por la cooperativa y la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Deusto para “promover un espacio abierto a la investigación y a la innovación donde confluyan las diversas capacidades de la universidad y de la empresa, en el que profesores y estudiantes de la facultad y profesionales de EROSKI colaborarán conjuntamente en proyectos orientados a generar nuevas soluciones al cliente”.

Por su parte, el vicedecano de la Facultad de Ingeniería, Alex Rayón, ha enfatizado la oportunidad que se abre “al aunar capacidades entre profesores y alumnos de DEUSTO y los profesionales de EROSKI para extraer valor a partir de datos. En una era en la que hibridar conocimientos de negocio y tecnológicos es cada vez más importante, las posibilidades que ofrecen las técnicas de Big Data para generar una oferta personalizada y de valor para el consumidor, permitirá a EROSKI construir una propuesta comercial más atractiva y, a su vez, la posibilidad de innovar en productos y servicios”.

El director de Comercio del Gobierno Vasco, Juan Emilio Andrades, ha participado también en el acto de inauguración destacando que “este acuerdo de colaboración entre EROSKI y la Universidad de DEUSTO va a tener unos importantes resultados a corto y medio plazo para el sector del comercio vasco”. Asimismo, Andrades ha recordado que el Gobierno Vasco fue pionero en entender la importancia de los datos y de su uso para el bien común “somos unos convencidos de la democratización de los datos para el beneficio social, con un fin de mejora del conjunto de la ciudadanía”.

EROSKI y la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Deusto firmaron en 2016 un convenio a fin de promover la transferencia de conocimiento entre ambas organizaciones en materia de capacitación, tecnología e implantación de nuevas soluciones para el cliente. Para el desarrollo de estos proyectos de innovación, contemplan la realización de programas cruzados de participación de profesionales de EROSKI en programas formativos de ámbito tecnológico de la Facultad de Ingeniería de Deusto, y a su vez, alumnos de la Facultad participarán en formaciones realizadas por profesionales de EROSKI como profesores-invitados por la Universidad de Deusto.

Sobre la Universidad de Deusto

La Universidad de Deusto es un centro de iniciativa social con sedes en Bilbao y San Sebastián, con 130 años de experiencia y una enorme contribución al desarrollo económico, social y tecnológico.

A través de la Facultad de Ingeniería y Deustotech desarrolla investigación en áreas tecnológicas y su aplicación específica en áreas como la salud, la sostenibilidad, el transporte, la fabricación o la seguridad, contribuyendo igualmente a la promoción de nuevas empresas de base tecnológica.

La proyección internacional tanto en cuanto a proyectos como la presencia de un 15% de alumnos procedentes de más de 60 países de todo el mundo constituye otra de sus señas de identidad.


EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo de España y operador de referencia en las regiones de Galicia, País Vasco, Navarra, Cataluña y Baleares. Cuenta con una red comercial de 1.877 establecimientos, entre supermercados hipermercados y cash&carry, además de gasolineras, ópticas, oficinas de viajes, perfumerías y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo. Cuenta más de 7 millones de Socios Cliente y 33.870 socios cooperativistas y trabajadores

Aborda actualmente la definición de un nuevo plan estratégico para los próximos cuatro años en el que se marca como objetivo prioritario competir en cada uno de los mercados donde está presente, situar al Socio-Cliente en el centro de su estrategia y potenciar las capacidades de sus equipos de personas.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


Sonic Corp. elects Steven A. Davis to its board of directors

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today (Jan 19, 2017) announced the election of Steven A. Davis to its board of directors.

Mr. Davis is former chairman and chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. which owns and operates Bob Evans Restaurants and distributes packaged foods at grocery stores under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names. Mr. Davis brings 30 years of restaurant and retail experience having served in a variety of executive and management positions with YUM! Brands and Kraft General Foods.

As a seasoned restaurant and consumer packaged goods executive with significant experience in the areas of marketing and branding, retail food products, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, auditing and finance, the board will benefit from Mr. Davis’ strategic planning skills, leadership and restaurant operating knowledge.

“We are excited to welcome Steve as a new independent director to our board,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “Steve’s executive experience in the restaurant industry combined with his brand management and consumer packaged goods knowledge nicely complements the breadth of experience on our board.”

Existing directors re-elected to the Sonic Corp. board are Tony D. Bartel, Lauren R. Hobart, Jeffrey H. Schutz and Kathryn L. Taylor. Continuing board members not standing for re-election include R. Neal Black, Kate S. Lavelle, J. Larry Nichols, Federico F. Peña, Frank E. Richardson, Susan E. Thronson and Cliff Hudson.

The company also announced a new antibiotic use policy for chicken as part of its animal welfare program beginning effective immediately. The company will require that its suppliers refrain from using antibiotics medically important to human health for the purpose of growth promotion and that antibiotics be administered by a licensed veterinarian and only for the prevention, control or treatment of disease.

The company is also reviewing its policies regarding antibiotics use for beef and pork.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated $7.4 million to public school teacher’s classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit

Christi Woodworth
Vice President of Public Relations

Source: Sonic Corp.

Sonic Corp. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today (Jan 19, 2017) announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2017, with a payment date of February 17, 2017. In addition to the dividend, the company has a share repurchase authorization for up to $173 million of its common stock through August 31, 2017.

Future declaration of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to the final determination of the company’s Board of Directors.

About Sonic

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated $7.4 million to public school teacher’s classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Corey Horsch
(405) 225-4800
Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

Lowe’s announces the promotion of Marshall A. Croom as chief financial officer

Lowe’s announces the promotion of Marshall A. Croom as chief financial officer


MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (January 17, 2017) announced that Marshall A. Croom, a 20-year Lowe’s veteran, has been promoted to the position of chief financial officer, effective March 3. Croom succeeds Robert F. (Bob) Hull Jr., who announced plans to retire after 17 years with the company. Croom will report to Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO.  Hull will remain at Lowe’s through March to ensure a smooth transition period.

In his new role, Croom, 56, will oversee accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, and financial planning and analysis.  He will also continue to lead internal audit and enterprise risk management, areas he has managed since 2009.

“Marshall brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience to his new role and, importantly, possesses a deep understanding of virtually every facet of Lowe’s,” Niblock said. “We have confidence in Marshall’s proven leadership as we continue to focus and invest in the areas that meet consumers’ evolving expectations.  We look forward to a smooth transition, given our CFO succession planning process.”

For the past eight years as chief risk officer, Croom had responsibility for providing oversight and direction for the management of all material risks across the company, including enterprise risk management, internal audit, project and process management, quality assurance, information security, loss prevention and workers’ compensation. Prior to leading the risk organization, he held several leadership positions in finance, including senior vice president of finance, treasurer and assistant treasurer, including responsibility for investor relations and tax. In addition, he served for three years as senior vice president of merchandising and store operations support. Croom joined Lowe’s in 1997, following a successful 11-year career with Ernst & Young, including two years in the firm’s national tax department.

Niblock added, “At the same time, we want to thank Bob for the many contributions he has made to the organization, including 14 years as our CFO.  He played an integral role in the growth and success of Lowe’s transformation to an omni-channel home improvement company. We appreciate all that he has done for our company and wish him the best with his next chapter.”

Hull said, “My time at Lowe’s has been extraordinary and I feel privileged to have worked with people who are so passionate about serving others. I look forward to working closely with Marshall to successfully transition my responsibilities.”

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


EuroShop 2017 to provide guided tours in the dimension retail technology

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time, there will be guided tours for visitors especially in the dimension retail technology at EuroShop 2017, The World´s No. 1 Retail Trade Fair, from 5 to 9 March 2017 in Düsseldorf. Those already at EuroCIS very successful tours will be organised on three days (March 6, 7 and 8) twice a day, one tour in German language (from 11:30h to 13:00h) and one in English (from 14:30h to 16:00h). The tours will be organised by the consulting company Planet Retail. Meeting point for the participants will be the Global Competence stand in the mall at the north entrance, stand number EN06.

After an introduction by Planet Retail about the latest industry trends, the groups will visit eight to ten exhibitors and get to know their products and solutions. The tours are mainly focused on the following subjects:

1. The Connected Consumer

– Mobile Technology

– Virtual Reality

– Conversational Commerce (Alexa etc.)

– Smart Home

2. The Connected Store

– Instore Digitisation

– Mobile Technology

3. The Connected Retailer

– Analytics

– Omnichannel

– Cloud

– Robotics

The target audience of the Guided Innovation Tour are retailers who want to inform themselves about the latest innovations at the trade fair. The tour is free of charge for the participants but the number of participants per tour is limited to a maximum of fifteen people.

Sign up here for the Guided Innovation Tour at EuroShop 2017: Further enquiries about the tour will also be answered by eMail.

About Planet Retail:

Planet Retail is a number one trusted provider of global retail forecasting, trend analysis and market information. Planet Retail partners with over 30,000 retail professionals around the world to deliver essential data and actionable insights through an intuitive online platform and bespoke advisory service.

Press Contact:

Dr. Cornelia Jokisch, Tanja Karl (Assistant)
Tel.: +49 (0)211/4560-998,-999, Fax: +49 (0)211/4560-8548

Source: EuroShop

EuroShop increases prebooked area to accommodate high demand among exhibitors

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Clear increase in area +++ now in 18 rather than 16 exhibition halls +++ to the tune of 2,400 exhibitors from all over the world +++ extensive programme of side events +++ optimal preparation enabled by 100% revamped web portal +++ exhibitor database and Ticketshop now online

EuroShop, The World’s Leading Retail Trade Fair, from 5 to 9 March 2017 in Düsseldorf, is in as high a demand as ever among exhibitors. Especially the interest shown from abroad is very high. The prebooked area of EuroShop 2014 (116,579 m²) has been exceeded yet with some 126,000 m² net. So as to satisfy this strong demand EuroShop will for the first time occupy 18 instead of 16 halls.

“Exhibitor demand is so great we even have a waiting list now. We expect some 2,400 exhibitors from 59 countries at EuroShop 2017. This development impressively shows that our new concept of the 7 experience dimensions was the right step and has been received very well by the industry,” reports Elke Moebius, Global Head Retail and Director EuroShop at Messe Düsseldorf, and adds: “EuroShop as the leading global trade fair for retailers’ entire investment needs is enormously important for the sector. Many exhibitors deliberately schedule their product launches and portfolios in line with the EuroShop dates.”

The seven experience dimensions of EuroShop 2017 are the following:  POP Marketing, Expo & Event Marketing, Retail Technology, Lighting, Visual Merchandising, Shop Fitting & Store Design as well as Food Tech & Energy Management. The extensive line-up of exhibitor ranges is complemented by the proven, highcalibre forums with practitioners’ lectures presented on all five exhibition days right amidst trade fair activities. These include the EuroShop Forum Architecture & Design, the EuroCIS Forum, the POPAI-Forum and the OmniChannel Forum as well as the  ECOpark Forum and the new Expo & Event Forum. All forums are simultaneously interpreted from/into German and English and can be attended by trade visitors free of charge and without prior registration.

Again held concurrently with EuroShop in 2017 will be the award ceremo-ny for the coveted EuroShop Retail Design Awards for the world’s best store concepts as well as the presentation of the renowned Retail Technology Awards Europe (reta). The reta Awards honour the excellent and innovative use of information technology in retail. Both awards are pre-sented jointly by Messe Düsseldorf and the EHI Retail Institute.

Those wanting to gather information about EuroShop and to plan their visit to the trade fair can do so now even more conveniently: after its relaunch the EuroShop portal not only features a new design but also full responsiveness. This means it is especially userfriendly and ensures high visual quality on all terminal devices, be it a PC, Tablet or mobile phone. The current exhibitor database – updated on a daily basis – is online and the Ticketshop for EuroShop 2017 is open on the Portal as well.

Over the period of the trade fair the EuroShop App available for both IOS and Android provides an additional service: by means of Geofencing it already provides EuroShop guests with the key information as soon as they arrive at the airport, train station or the trade fair parking lots.
EuroShop 2017 is open for trade visitors from Sunday, 5 March 2017, to Thursday, 9 March 2017, daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. 1-day tickets cost EUR 70.- (EUR 50.- purchased online beforehand (e-Ticket)),  2-day tickets cost EUR 90.- (EUR 70.- purchased online beforehand) and season tickets are EUR 150.- (EUR 130.- purchased online beforehand). Ad-mission tickets include a free return trip to EuroShop on public transport marked VRR (Verkehrsverbund-Rhein-Ruhr).

EuroShop Basics:
In 1966 EuroShop was organised for the first time by Messe Düsseldorf and is held every three years. The EHI Retail Institute acts as the event’s conceptual sponsor. The last EuroShop in 2014 registered 2,229 exhibitors from 56 countries on over 116,000 m² of net exhibition space and 109,496 trade visitors, 63% of whom came from abroad.

For further information go to

Press Contact:
Dr. Cornelia Jokisch, Tanja Karl
Tel.: +49 (0)211/4560-998/-999
Fax: +49 (0)211/4560-8548

Source: EuroShop

Macerich announces sale of Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA and Northgate Mall in San Rafael, CA to Merlone Geier Partners

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Macerich Company (NYSE Symbol: MAC) today (Jan. 19, 2017) announced the sale of Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA and Northgate Mall in San Rafael, CA to Merlone Geier Partners for $170 million.  This transaction resulted in net proceeds to Macerich of approximately $100 million after the repayment of a floating-rate note on Northgate.

As of September 30, 2016, Cascade and Northgate generated sales per square foot of $319 and $421, respectively, and had occupancy rates of 86.5% and 94.9%, respectively.  These figures compare to Macerich portfolio averages of $626 per square foot in sales and 95.3% occupancy at 9/30/16.

These latest dispositions are consistent with Macerich’s strategy of recycling capital out of non-core assets and into its development pipeline.  It is anticipated that dilution from the sales will have the impact of reducing 2017 Funds from Operations by approximately $0.06 per share.

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 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 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 New York Metro area to Washington DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at

Merlone Geier Partners is a private real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, development and redevelopment of retail and retail-driven mixed-use properties on the West Coast. The firm has been actively investing in West Coast retail property since 1993, acquiring to date 144 properties representing over 24.5 million square feet. Raising more than $4.3 billion of discretionary institutional equity capital during that period, the firm recently raised its twelfth fund, with committed equity capital of $1.14 billion. Additional information about Merlone Geier Partners can be obtained from the Company’s website at


Thomas E. O’Hern, Sr.
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

SOURCE: Macerich Company

Chipotle Mexican Grill announces Venables Bell & Partners and MullenLowe Mediahub as its Advertising and Media partners

Venables Bell & Partners Named for Advertising Responsibilities, MullenLowe Mediahub Tapped for Media Planning and Buying

DENVER, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced that it has selected two new agency partners. Venables Bell & Partners will take on advertising duties, and MullenLowe Mediahub was selected for media planning and buying. The decision comes at the end of a four-month agency review that included consideration of nearly 20 potential agency partners.

“After considering some extremely talented agencies, we decided that retaining two best in class partners to work with us on the advertising and media roles gave us the best combination of talent to help us as we continue to evolve our marketing programs,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing and development officer at Chipotle. “Venables impressed us from the beginning with their insights and ability to translate our strategy into really compelling advertising, while Mediahub demonstrated extraordinary analytic and media targeting capabilities. Working together with our internal marketing team and these new agency partners positions us well to improve the impact of our marketing programs over the coming months.”

Venables Bell is a San Francisco-based agency that has won accolades for its work for client companies such as Audi, REI, and Intel, among others, and was named breakthrough agency of the year in 2016 by AdWeek magazine. Boston-based Mediahub is the global media planning and buying arm of MullenLowe Group, and represents a variety of progressive brands including JetBlue, Netflix, Bose and Shinola, among many others. Mediahub was named 2016 Creative Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost.

“Chipotle and Mediahub share a belief in challenging the status quo to deliver extraordinary results,” said Keith Lusby, executive director at MullenLowe Mediahub. “Chipotle is the ultimate challenger brand, defying category norms about how food is sourced, prepared and served. This is an exciting time to be Chipotle’s partner as they evolve their amazing brand story and success with breakthrough, attention getting media.”

“Chipotle is a brand we have long admired, and we are excited to be working alongside a marketing team which has such a strong and compelling creative pedigree,” said Paul Birks-Hay, president of Venables Bell.

Chipotle will continue its work with GSD&M through the duration of its “Ingredients Reign” campaign. The company also continues to work with a number of other agency partners in such area as design, social media, public relations, and digital and mobile services.


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

Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Inditex underscores its commitment to

Inditex underscores its commitment to


Arteixo, Spain, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Against the backdrop of the annual World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos (Switzerland), the Chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, met today (19/01/2017) with Matt Damon and Gary White, Co-founders of, an international organisation whose mission is to bring safe water and sanitation to people in need.

During the meeting, Mr Isla underscored Inditex’s commitment to made in late 2015, providing an initial Eur 3.7 million to support projects in Bangladesh and Cambodia with the goal of directly improving the health of more than 160,000 people. “Inditex and are absolutely complementary”, explained Pablo Isla, “ is a hugely effective vehicle to deliver change around the critical issue of water management, particularly in vulnerable regions. This is an issue to which we ascribe huge importance and the work carried out by is admirable”.

Matt Damon and Gary White thanked Inditex for its support, reviewing some of the progress and success during the first year working together. During this time important work has been done to support the successful implementation of WaterCredit, which brings small affordable and easily repayable loans to those who need access to financing and expert resources to make household water and sanitation solutions a reality.

Progress in Bangladesh includes identifying and partnering with several micro-finance institutions and training their loan officers to market and support these life-changing loans. In Cambodia, more than 6,000 people have gained critical access to safe water and/or improved sanitation. “We are grateful to Inditex for their support. We share their belief in smart solutions, empowering consumers and the critical role of market based approaches in achieving social change,” said Gary White, Co-founder and CEO of

The work being done through’s New Ventures Fund, which is a principal source of innovation funding, was also discussed. Inditex has earmarked one-quarter of its contribution to Water.or; to researching new resources and approaches designed to efficiently combat the world’s water crisis.

This private meeting took place after a Davos round-table event addressing the global water crisis spearheaded by in which Pablo Isla, participated. The World Economic Forum has deemed water management one of the world’s biggest problems, one which already affects more than 660 million people worldwide. In addition to Pablo Isla, the event was attended by chief executives from some 20 top-tier international companies and global organisations who came together with the aim of finding sustainable solutions for communities in need of social and economic development.

For more than 20 years, has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based initiatives to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation — giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, has positively transformed the lives of more than 5 million people around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead. Learn more at and

To know more about Inditex’ policy on water resources worldwide please visit:


Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex


Kimco Realty Corp. announces new retail leases at its Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Two tenants to transform former Macy’s space; two additional leases signed

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) announced today (1/19/2017 ) that it has signed four retail leases totaling 94,100 square feet at its historic Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, kickstarting the next phase in its approximately $70 million repositioning of the center. Life Time® – The Healthy Way of Life Company will lease 78,636 square feet in the former Macy’s space for an upscale Diamond-level club featuring a premier healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment destination, scheduled to open in fall 2017. Filling the remaining 10,540 square feet of the building is West Elm, a national popular, upscale home furnishing and accessories store.

These new leases are the latest development in Kimco’s transformation of Suburban Square through an all-encompassing redevelopment program. At completion, Suburban Square will provide an unparalleled shopping and lifestyle experience along the Main Line. The program includes new parking, beautification efforts, and the addition of a diverse roster of dining, retail, and health and beauty services options, all of which will create a modern day retail experience at this landmark Main Line destination.

The opening of Life Time Athletic Ardmore at Suburban Square will be the company’s fourth in the Philadelphia market following the openings of two additional locations this year in Fort Washington and King of Prussia. A location in Mount Laurel opened in 2015. As its premier flagship location in Philadelphia, the Suburban Square destination will offer Main Line residents exceptional boutique programming, specialized studios, and premium amenities, services and entertainment in a resort-like setting. An online Wait List has opened to be notified when memberships are available at

The Ardmore West Elm will be the retailer’s fifth location in Pennsylvania and is scheduled to open its doors in fall 2017.

In addition to Life Time Fitness and West Elm, Kimco has signed leases with Drybar and Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa. These leases come on the heels of recent retailer signings for SoulCycle; Sephora; Eaves, a local women’s apparel boutique; jeweler Kendra Scott; and a space expansion for outerwear retailer Barbour.

“These new leases kick off Phase II of the approximately $70 million, multi-year redevelopment of Suburban Square,” said Tom Simmons, President, Mid-Atlantic Region at Kimco Realty. “We are pleased with the progress of the first phase of development, and strategically planned this next layer to bring an exciting new selection of amenities and tenants to the center, with all construction being complete before Suburban Square’s 90th anniversary next year. Our diverse retailer mix features a blend of retail, services, medical, and dining options, offering something for everyone.”

For Phase I of the redevelopment, Kimco is currently constructing a four-level, 629-space parking garage at the Square’s East Lot. The garage, which will open in September 2017 prior to Life Time Fitness’ grand opening, will include 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space. Additionally, existing tenant Trader Joe’s is in the midst of a 4,000-square-foot expansion.

Once these projects are complete, Suburban Square will enter its third stage of the redevelopment in early 2018. The current “Commuter Lot” on Coulter Ave. will transform into “Station Row”—a mixed-use building with 20,000 square feet of street level retail space and 17,000 square feet of office space above; restaurant spaces with outdoor dining patios; and a new public plaza. The courtyard facing the new Life Time Athletic club and West Elm will also be redeveloped for shoppers to further enjoy the center.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2016, the company owned interests in 534 U.S. shopping centers comprising 86 million square feet of leasable space across 35 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

About Life Time®, The Healthy Way of Life Company

Life Time is a privately held, comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment Lifestyle Company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of January 2017, the company operates 122 centers in 26 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information is available at

Jennifer Maisch
Director, Corporate Communications

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

King’s Pastry recalls cakes that contain undeclared tree nut (hazelnut) allergens

King’s Pastry recalls cakes that contain undeclared tree nut (hazelnut) allergens


Ontario, Canada, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — King’s Pastry, located in Ontario, Canada, is voluntarily recalling the following cakes because the products contained tree nut (hazelnut) allergens that were not listed on the product labels. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (hazelnut) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The products can be identified by the following UPC codes and net weight:

685961100381 Tuxedo Bar Cake 12″x4″ 1050 g
685961101234 Tuxedo bar Cake 12″x4″ 1050 g
685961101357 Chocolate Bar Cake 12″x4″ 1050 g
685961103092 Bakewell Desserts Chocolate Lava Cake 4″x4″ 4oz (113 g)
10685961100814 Cappuccino Carnival Cake 2.0 kg
10685961100913 Mango Carnival Cake 2.5 kg

The Tuxedo Bar Cake and Chocolate Bar Cake are packaged in a clear rectangular semi-rigid plastic dome with a black base. The Chocolate Lava Cake is packaged in a clear square-shaped rigid plastic container sealed with a plastic film, this container is then packaged in a square-shaped thin cardboard box. The Cappuccino Carnival Cake and Mango Carnival Cake are packaged in cardboard tray and are only sold in cafeteria. The purchase dates of this recall involves any product purchased before Jan 01, 2017.

Product was distributed to retail stores and food service in IL, HI, MA and NY.

The firm received one complaint associated with the consumption of the product.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kevin Chan from King’s Pastry at 905-238-8328 ext. 115 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Consumers Contact:

Kevin Chan
905-238-8328 ext. 115

Source: FDA


Gustav Ehlert GmbH migrates its commerce platform to Intershop to develop new sales channels and lower its total cost of ownership

  • New commerce platform lowers total cost of ownership
  • Enables multi-channel strategy for the wholesaler
  • Can establish new online shops in a fast and professional way

Jena, Germany, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gustav Ehlert GmbH, the leading wholesaler of packaging, cleaning agents, hygiene clothing and spices for the food processing industry is migrating its commerce platform to Intershop in order to develop new sales channels and lower its total cost of ownership (TCO).

The family business, founded in 1924, stores more than 18,000 products in its own warehouse (more than 6,000 square meters) and delivers its goods via its own trucks and logistic partners. With around 80,000 annual transactions, more than 85,000 individual price lists and 750 suppliers, Ehlert needed a commerce partner that could optimize its logistics and distribution costs by selling related products online 24/7 and establish new online shops in a fast and professional way.

A traditional wholesale business, Ehlert has a huge number of transactions at high costs of which. The Company wanted to address that in order to continue the success of the brand which has already spanned four generations. With the expansion of its online business and a centralized customer interface that optimizes all customer transactions, Ehlert is planning to grow its annual revenue by 50 percent by 2020.

Axel Köhler, member of the board at Intershop: “Ehlert chose Intershop for its huge feature set and the ease with which new online shops can be rolled out. The TCO of its incumbent platform was too high for this new project, particularly in terms of agency and development time.”

The implementation team at nubizz GmbH will have Intershop Commerce Management 7.7 live by the summer 2017, after which Ehlert will work on a customer centric wholesale strategy with several shops. Ehlert will also integrate Perfion for product information management (PIM) and Targit as its business intelligence (BI) Solution.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Wegmans stores in the Buffalo area to host 40th anniversary celebrations on Jan. 28, 2017

BUFFALO, NY, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: Blizzard-themed 40th anniversary celebration at Buffalo-area Wegmans Food Markets

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Cake served at 11 a.m. and a $100 gift card raffled off each hour of the event.

WHERE: Ten Wegmans stores in the Buffalo area: Dick Road in Depew; Alberta Drive in Amherst; Amherst Street in Buffalo; Losson Road in Depew; McKinley in Buffalo; Military Road in Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst; Sheridan Drive in Amherst; Transit Road in Williamsville; and West Seneca in Buffalo.

Buffalo residents do know snow. Sidewalks and driveways hidden by giant snowdrifts? Car tires whirring on icy roads? No big deal. But 40 years ago, the Blizzard of ’77 struck, and paralyzed the region, closing roads, airports, schools and businesses for days. It also forced Wegmans Food Markets to postpone the grand opening of its first store in the Buffalo area, the Dick Road store in Depew.

“The Blizzard of ’77 was truly a massive storm that tested all Buffalo residents,” says Michele Mehaffy, Buffalo consumer affairs manager for Wegmans. “But Buffalo residents are resilient, resourceful, and caring. We owe a special debt of gratitude to all the people who’ve made the past 40 years such good ones for Wegmans – especially the customers who trust us to help them feed the people they love, and the employees who’ve worked in our stores. We’re glad to have this occasion to thank them.”

Representatives from companies in the Buffalo area that make products sold at Wegmans will be on hand at stores throughout the region, including those from Landies Candies, Perry’s Ice Cream, Louretta’s Chocolate Popcorn, Wardynski’s sausages, Costanzo’s rolls, Mayer Brothers’ cider, Yancey’s Fancy cheese and First Light Creamery goat cheese. Local brewers and apple growers will also attend, with Sun Orchards presenting a New York State apple called Pazazz for the first time.

All 10 participating stores will have live music, cake, and an hourly raffle for a $100 gift card from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How bad WAS the Blizzard of ’77?

  • The storm began January 28, adding to heavy snow pack already on the ground, and lasted through February 1. Winds gusted over 75 mph at Niagara Falls and wind chills reached 50 to 60 degrees below zero.
  • The federal government, at President Jimmy Carter’s direction, issued the first state of emergency EVER for a snow event. Five-hundred National Guardsmen and 300 Army Airborne Engineers were dispatched to help Buffalo get back on its feet.
  • Transportation came to a halt – flights were cancelled, roads were closed.
  • Hundreds of people spent days at airport and bus terminals; thousands were stranded away from home.
  • Factories, businesses, and schools were closed for more than a week.
  • Mail delivery was suspended for a week or more.
  • Ambulances could not navigate snow-covered streets; emergency medical technicians had to carry patients through drifts, in many cases.
  • Nearly a dozen babies were born at home, when their mothers could not reach the hospital in time.
  • And yes, some lives were lost: 29 people and 20 animals at the Buffalo Zoo

But there were also acts of kindness and support:

  • The Salvation Army fed over 100,000 people and provided emergency housing to 2,430.
  • The Red Cross served 50,000 meals and gave stranded people money for food, clothing and shelter.
  • Many residents made sandwiches and meals for first responders and plow drivers, and even housed stranded motorists for a few days.

And what happened with that Grand Opening of Wegmans’ Dick Road store?

It had to wait until the storm subsided and emergency workers had done their job. That’s not all: A group of employees who’d been working hard to get the store ready were stranded there when the blizzard struck. For a few days, they grabbed naps when they could and made meals from food off the shelves.

Opening day came at last on February 8, 1977. The new Wegmans “appears to have everything but a swimming pool and restaurant to make it a complete day-long shopping holiday,” exclaimed a story in the Buffalo Courier Express. The 65,000 square-foot store was roughly twice the size of most other supermarkets. The cheese shop offered hundreds of different kinds of cheese. There was a bakery, a fresh seafood department, a clothing department, a cookware shop, a fabric department, a plant and flower shop, a linens department with towels and sheets, and more.

The biggest novelty was Wegmans’ futuristic checkout system that used scanners to read the Universal Product Code (bar code) on each item and enter its price on the register receipt for faster, more accurate checkouts. Today, scanners are used throughout the retail industry, but Wegmans was one of the first supermarkets in the country to install scanners in checkout lanes.

It was a very big day for the new Wegmans store. One 40-year Wegmans employee remembers the crowds and long lines as customers waited for a look at things they hadn’t seen before, like the live lobsters for sale in the seafood department. Also, partly because of the extra spending power some customers had thanks to emergency food vouchers given out during the blizzard, the first Wegmans store in Buffalo set a new store grand opening record!

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Press Contact:

Michele Mehaffy
Buffalo Consumer Affairs Manager

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Apple announces major updates to its music creation apps


Apple announces major updates to its music creation apps


Cupertino, California, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (JANUARY 18, 2017) announced major updates to its music creation apps with exciting new features for music makers of all levels on iPhone, iPad and Mac. GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now features the powerful creative synthesizer Alchemy and a new sound browser that makes searching through instruments and patches easier than ever. Logic Pro X 10.3 becomes an even more powerful tool for pros with a modern interface, new features for professional audio production as well as support for the revolutionary Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, putting intuitive, context-sensitive controls right at users’ fingertips.

Logic Pro X users can also remotely add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their iPhone or iPad when they’re away from their Mac. With a new share option, users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac.

“Music has always been part of Apple’s DNA, and we are excited to deliver yet another fun and powerful update to our music creation apps, GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “These updates bring a wide range of new and highly requested features to both hobbyists and the community of pro musicians and audio engineers who rely on our software and hardware to create amazing music.”

“Logic Pro X is an indispensable part of the creative process for me and the artists I work with. I’m thrilled to see all the new professional features that have been added,” said Grammy- and Academy Award-winning producer and composer Paul Epworth. “As a huge fan of the Alchemy synthesizer, I love that I can grab my iPhone or iPad and use GarageBand to keep coming up with new tracks for my Logic sessions when I’m traveling and away from my studio.”

GarageBand for iOS brings even more sophisticated music creation options to iPhone and iPad, while still remaining fun and easy to use. It features a redesigned sound browser that makes it faster than ever to explore Touch Instruments and quickly find the exact sounds the user wants.

Alchemy, one of the world’s most innovative modern synthesizers and a favorite of Logic Pro users, comes to iOS and includes a rich collection of over 150 Apple-designed patches from a wide variety of genres, including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop and more. And with Alchemy’s Transform Pad, users can morph between eight sonic snapshots in real-time, to create expressive synth performances.

Recording music in GarageBand for iOS also gets easier with Multi-Take Recording, giving users multiple passes to capture their best performance and the ability to audition and switch between their favorite takes.

The release also features a redesigned Audio Recorder that adds fun, one-tap vocal effects and provides users with even more sophisticated studio effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay. Seasoned users looking for even more control over their mixes can use a new collection of advanced audio processing tools, including an interactive graphic Visual EQ and the ability to use third-party Audio Unit plug-in effects for expandable, creative sound design.

Logic Pro X includes advanced new features that make Logic an even stronger tool for audio production, giving musicians and audio engineers even more control over editing and mixing their music. The latest release features a new modern design that improves legibility in a variety of working environments.

Logic Pro X also adds support for the revolutionary new Touch Bar on MacBook Pro, providing the ability to view and navigate projects in a timeline overview, along with convenient access to volume and Smart Controls for any selected track. New performance controls let users play and record software instruments with the Touch Bar using a piano keyboard that can also be customized to a variety of musical scales, or by tapping drum pads to create beats. Assignable key command buttons allow users customize the Touch Bar controls to keep favorite keyboard shortcuts readily available.

Track Alternatives let users create and switch between different playlists of regions and edits on any track. This feature makes it easier to experiment with various creative ideas or evaluate different versions of a track as it evolves. Selection-based Processing allows users to apply any combination of Logic or third-party effect plug-ins onto any selection of one or multiple audio regions. It is useful for optimizing sound quality and a great tool for creative sound design.

Logic Pro X becomes more powerful for professional mixing, with a 64-bit summing engine, 192 additional busses and true stereo panning, providing discrete control of stereo signals.

Pricing and Availability
GarageBand 2.2 for iOS
Free update today for all existing and new iOS users; $4.99 (US) for older and non-qualifying devices. For more information, please visit Available on the App Store.

Logic Pro X 10.3
Free update today for all existing users; $199.99 (US) for new customers. For more information, please visit Available on the Mac App Store.

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

Press Contacts:
Starlayne Meza
(408) 974-3391

Bill Evans
(408) 974-0610

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.


Ahold Delhaize announces 54.5% increase in net sales in 4Q 2016 compared to same period last year

Ahold Delhaize reports strong sales growth in the fourth quarter:

  • Pro forma net sales of €15.5 billion, up 2.8% at constant exchange rates and adjusted for week 53 in 2015
  • Comparable sales down 0.2% at Ahold USA with resilient volume trends in a solid holiday season
  • Comparable sales growth of 2.2% at Delhaize America with strong volume growth
  • Outstanding sales performance in the Netherlands both in supermarkets and online, with comparable sales up 6.6%
  • Online net consumer sales up 27.9% at constant exchange rates and adjusted for week 53 in 2015 in the fourth quarter and reached €2.3 billion for the full year 2016
  • Expected FY 2016 pro forma underlying operating margin slightly ahead of 2015
  • Expected FY 2016 free cash flow of around €1.3 billion

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize today (January 19, 2017) announced consolidated net sales of €15.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 54.5% compared to the fourth quarter of last year, corresponding to pro forma net sales of €15.5 billion.

Overall our business showed a strong performance in the fourth quarter, resulting in a net sales growth of 2.8% on a pro forma basis, at constant exchange rates and adjusted for week 53 in 2015. For the full year 2016, pro forma net sales reached €62.3 billion, up 3.4% at constant exchange rates and adjusted for week 53 in 2015.

After a solid holiday season, in particular at Stop & Shop New England, comparable sales at Ahold USA were slightly down by 0.2%, while increasing market share excluding Stop & Shop New York Metro as sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 benefited from competitive closures in that market. Shelf price deflation was 1.2%, broadly in line with the previous quarter.

Delhaize America delivered strong comparable sales growth of 2.2% and both Food Lion and Hannaford grew volumes significantly. In October, Food Lion implemented its “Easy, Fresh & Affordable” initiative in 142 stores in the Charlotte market, with positive initial customer response especially in Fresh. Shelf price deflation was 1.7%, broadly in line with the previous quarter.

The Netherlands had an outstanding performance with comparable sales growth of 6.6%, driven by assortment innovations and improved service in our supermarkets and strong sales growth of the online businesses and In December, Albert Heijn was named best supermarket in the Netherlands by market research company GfK. Market share of Albert Heijn for the full year slightly increased compared to last year.

In Belgium comparable sales decreased 0.9%, when comparing to a strong fourth quarter in 2015. Market share remained stable for the full year compared to last year.

In Central and Southeastern Europe, comparable sales growth was 3.4%. Growth was mainly driven by Romania, with very strong comparable sales and further expansion of the store network. In Greece, comparable sales growth remained positive despite last year’s exceptional fourth quarter which benefited from market disruptions.


For the full year 2016, we confirm our guidance for:

  • pro forma underlying operating margin for the group to be broadly in line with our performance in the first three quarters and to be slightly ahead of 2015’s underlying operating margin,
  • free cash flow (including the Delhaize Group for a full year) to be around €1.3 billion.

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Words such as trends, expected, outlook, guidance and to be or other similar words or expressions are typically used to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that may cause actual results of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (the “Company”) to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk factors set forth in the Company’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other disclosures. Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company’s management and assumptions based on information currently available to the Company’s management. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update such statements, except as required by law.

Media Relations:

Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Whole Foods Market South Hills to open on Wednesday, Jan. 25

PITTSBURGH , 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market South Hills will open its doors at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The community is invited to join store team members and company leaders at 8:45 a.m. for Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony.  Opening day shoppers will be greeted with door-buster deals and an array of in-store product demonstrations and samples.

“I’m excited to offer families in the south metro a grocery store that’s done the homework for them. Every single item on our shelves is free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, colors and hydrogenated fats,” said store team leader Casey Dill, referring to the Quality Standards which are applied to every product sold or prepared by Whole Foods Market.

Dill is a 27-year veteran of Whole Foods Market who also opened Pittsburgh’s two other locations.   “I love to share my passion for food with our shoppers, and I look forward to leading our knowledgeable team members in providing a level of personal service and product knowledge you simply can’t find anywhere else,” he said.

The South Hills location will offer more than 40 local products on the shelves, including exclusive items like Goat Rodeo cheese, Mediterra Bakehouse bread, Mezze Foods new “black and gold” hummus flavors (Spicy Black Bean and Honey Habanero), and a special collaboration beer with Full Pint Brewing Company only available on draft at the in-store venue, 1788 Pub. Other local favorites include herbs and microgreens grown in vertical greenhouses using robotics from Pure Sky Farms, local produce from Clarion River, cider from Trax Farms and three-plant edible herb mixes from the non-profit Drew Mathieson Center to name a few.

The store’s Whole Body department will feature cards, prints, bags and baby clothes with local Pittsburgh art. This is also the first retail location in the U.S. to carry the new Live Clean® baby body care line by Hain Celestial Group which meets the Whole Foods Premium Body Care standards.

The in-store pub has a full bar with signature cocktails, 24 beers on tap and wine by the glass.  The pub’s surf and turf menu features responsibly farmed and sustainable seafood and fresh meat from animals never given added hormones or antibiotics.

Shoppers can enjoy gourmet coffees and freshly made juices in the store’s café seating area or on the outside patio. Made-in-house prepared foods options include an Italian hoagie station, self-serve wood-fired pizza, sushi and an extensive organic salad bar featuring freshly grilled vegetables.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s overall commitment to giving back to local communities, the South Hills store opening will support three local organizations:

  • Tree Pittsburgh, a non-profit committed to protecting and restoring Pittsburgh’s urban forest, will receive a check on opening day.
  • Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center will be the beneficiary of 5 percent of store sales on Feb. 1.
  • Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will be the store’s first “Nickels for Nonprofits” recipient. Whole Foods Market will donate a nickel each time a customer uses a reusable bag (instead of paper) to shop.

The store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 111 Siena Road, in Upper St. Clair.

Annie Cull

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to open its newest Bryant Park store on Saturday, Jan. 28

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the nation’s leading natural and organic supermarket, will open its newest and highly-anticipated Bryant Park store, located at one of New York City’s most prominent intersections at 1095 Avenue of the Americas, on Saturday, Jan. 28. Grand opening celebrations will commence with Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony at 8:45 a.m., followed by the official opening at 9 a.m.

The Bryant Park location will cater to the neighborhood’s Midtown crowd by placing a special emphasis on prepared culinary offerings from some of the city’s most beloved and recognizable chefs and producers, all set in a beautifully designed space overlooking the iconic Bryant Park.

“We couldn’t be more proud of how our team and vendor partners have continued to innovate our offerings here in New York City,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “Our culinary team has worked tirelessly to ensure this store is a premier dining destination that meets the needs of all the residents, office workers, daily commuters, and tourists who walk through our doors.”

At 43,000 square feet, the store will feature two levels of retail space that will host a full range of high-quality natural and organic goods, as well as the “News Agency,” a coffee and juice bar, which will pay homage to the look and feel of the city’s classic newsstands. The space will open prior to the general store opening each morning at 6:30 a.m. to accommodate busy commuters. The grocery store will open each day at 7:00 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.

The store’s culinary offerings will be headlined by noted chefs Frank Falcinelli & Frank Castronovo and will include: 

  • Frankies Spuntino: The Franks, of the acclaimed neighborhood destinations Frankies 457 & 570 Spuntino, will open a namesake restaurant venue featuring a selection of their Italian classics, including fresh salads, sandwiches, and their popular house-made pastas.
  • Kano by Genji Sushi: Shoppers can indulge in a traditional Japanese omakase, available at various price levels, run by Genji Sushi, longstanding partners of Whole Foods Market.
  • Harbor Bar: Featuring a signature menu item created exclusively in partnership with renowned Chef Daniel Boulud, this raw bar will offer oyster towers, lobster rolls and seafood-centric small plates. The bar will also offer 24 beers on tap, draft wine from Gotham Project and a full cocktail menu.
  • Simit + Smith: The store will feature a cart dedicated to serving authentic Turkish-style artisanal breads from this celebrated local purveyor, including Simit, a circular, sesame-covered bread that’s soft and light on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Simit is traditionally served with feta cheese and sliced olives.
  • Seed + Mill: This is Seed + Mill’s first offering with Whole Foods Market in New York City. The cart will feature a tahini mill, churning out jars of fresh, warm tahini made from premium Ethiopian seeds, and 8 to 10 flavors of handmade halva, including some vegan varieties. Seed + Mill at Bryant Park will also feature the brand’s famous tahini goat milk ice cream, topped with halva crumbles and fresh tahini.
  • Quick service kiosks – The store will offer an array of freshly prepared items with a focus on quick service. Food orders can be placed through an easy-to-use digital ordering kiosk. Examples of food that can be ordered from our kiosks include: Italian Sandwiches, Nosh (featuring Jewish-style sandwiches), Hot Chicken (offering Nashville-style spicy fried chicken), and Indian-inspired Indie Bowls, created in partnership with Chef Hari Nayak.
  • Pizza: The Bryant Park location will be the first Whole Foods Market in New York City to offer Detroit-style square pies with a variety of seasonal toppings.
  • Toast: This venue will be placed inside the bakery department and will offer a selection of artisanal toasts such as: avocado, almond butter & jam, stone-ground mustard & mixed greens, and ricotta, berries & locally sourced Mike’s Hot Honey.
  • Coffee & Espresso by Allegro Coffee: In addition to extensive hot and cold brew options offered in the store’s “News Agency” coffee and juice bar, Allegro Coffee will also offer a stand-alone espresso bar on the store’s second floor, featuring traditional  espresso service

Beyond these unique culinary offerings, there are additional in-store innovations worth noting. The Produce department will feature the Produce Butcher—an onsite team member who will cut, slice, dice, julienne, chop, and grate any produce item at a shopper’s request. The Grocery department will offer a range of new locally sourced offerings from the Tri-State area’s most highly-regarded vendors, such as Sun Noodle and White Moustache. Heralded NYC-based Greek Chef Maria Loi of Loi Estiatorio will also be launching her first batch of fresh Greek dips and spreads.

The store will also boast all the features that shoppers have come to expect from Whole Foods Market: high-quality meat free of antibiotics and added hormones; sustainably sourced seafood; the finest selection of artisan-produced, hand-cut cheeses sourced locally and from around the world; a variety of local, American craft and international beers; a selection of premium personal care and beauty items in the Whole Body department; an on-site floral department, and much more.

The first 400 shoppers on opening day will receive a special edition Bryant Park tote bag. The day’s festivities will continue with giveaways, vendor samplings and tastings.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels:, Twitter & Instagram @wholefoodsnyc

Whole Foods Market Bryant Park
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Store Hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Coffee & juice bar: 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Phone Number: (917) 728-5700


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market to celebrate at least one food holiday per month in 2017 with special offers

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning with National Green Juice Day on Jan. 26, Whole Foods Market will celebrate at least one food holiday per month in 2017. Each event will be celebrated with an in-store offer as well as fun activations in the retailer’s social media channels.

Whole Foods Market is celebrating National Green Juice Day (Jan. 26) with $2 off any large made-in-house smoothie or juice for a full week from Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. This discount is available through a digital coupon on the Whole Foods Market mobile app.

This year’s monthly offers, which will be announced a week before each date, build on Whole Foods Market’s past food holiday celebrations, including 25-cent coffee on National Coffee Day, discounted bakery pies and pizzas for National Pi Day, 25-cent cookies on National Cookie Day, and a sale on organic cheese for last year’s National Cheese Lovers Day. In 2017, shoppers can expect a mix of past favorites and new celebrations.

“Whole Foods Market is all about sharing the love and joy of food, so we are thrilled to do just that with fun holidays throughout 2017,” said David Lannon, global vice president of operations for Whole Foods Market. “Customers can expect the same great deals they love in stores, as well as fun surprises and celebrations on our social media channels all year long.”


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market announces Tri-State area’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market location in Brooklyn

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today (Jan. 20, 2017) that the Tri-State area’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market location will be in Brooklyn.

“365 is all about quality, value and convenience,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We’re thrilled to bring our fresh new format to shoppers in Brooklyn.”

The store will be located at 300 Ashland Place, in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. The store’s opening date has not been set.

“We are so excited to bring the area’s first 365 store to Brooklyn,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market Northeast Region. “We opened our first Whole Foods Market store in the city in 2001, and our first Brooklyn store opened in 2013. Now we can’t wait to introduce our new store concept to Brooklynites.”

The first three 365 by Whole Foods Market stores—Silver Lake, Bellevue and Lake Oswego— opened in 2016. 365 currently has 23 store leases in development. The next 365 by Whole Foods Market store is set to open in April 2017 in Cedar Park, Texas.

Whole Foods Market’s 11th New York City store will open this month at 1095 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.


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Source: Whole Foods Market

ShopRite launches complementary dietitian services and ongoing cholesterol/glucose health screenings

Supermarket Announces Full Slate of Community Offerings

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Think you can’t get healthy at a supermarket? Think again!

Free support groups, complementary dietitian services and ongoing cholesterol/glucose health screenings are just a few of the ways that ShopRite is bringing health and wellness education and inspiration to customers in 2017.

“We’re excited to offer these programs to our shoppers, our associates and our local communities,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, MS, RD, director of ShopRite’s Health and Wellness department. “We want our customers to know that we’re committed to helping them accomplish their individual health and wellness goals, and we’re going to be with them every step of the way.”

The supermarket’s efforts reflect the increasing amount of Americans who say they are committed to leading a healthier lifestyle. According to a recent survey, the top resolutions made by Americans this year was “getting healthy” and “losing weight.”

While specific program offerings, dates and times vary from store to store, Menza-Crowe suggests that interested participants speak to their store’s dietitian, or go online to for more information and updates on upcoming events.

“Our programs are designed to educate, inform and inspire our shoppers to live their best lives,” says Menza-Crowe. “We’ve brought together our team of in-store dietitians, chefs and pharmacists to create a comprehensive assortment of health and wellness services, and we’re proud to offer them to our customers.”

Upcoming events include:

  • Free Eat Well, Be Happy Weight Management Classes – This six-week class kicks off in 2017 and teaches portion control, label reading, better-for-you cooking techniques and lifestyle maintenance.
  • Free Diabetes Classes – Runs throughout the year and features one-hour long sessions focusing on several aspects of diabetes. Held in partnership with ShopRite Pharmacy.
  • Free In-Store Dietitian Services – ShopRite offers free one-on-one counseling, store tours and year-round events held by its team of over 130 Registered Dietitians. To see a calendar of events near you, visit
  • Free Cholesterol and Diabetes Screenings – ShopRite stores conduct annual free cholesterol and diabetes screenings for customers, the first screening is set to take place in February.
  • Culinary Workshop Classes – Select ShopRite stores offer monthly culinary workshops for both kids and adults looking to sample new recipes while having fun and learning new cooking techniques taught by professional chefs.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  For more information, please visit

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Source: ShopRite

ShopRite of West Berlin and Williamstown, NJ appoints Victoria Gianquinto, RD as its in-store Registered Dietitian

In-Store Dietitian Brings Free Health and Wellness Services to ShopRite Customers

WEST BERLIN/WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ, 2017-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers can receive complimentary health and wellness advice, counseling and meal planning at the ShopRite of West Berlin and the ShopRite of Williamstown, courtesy of ShopRite’s new in-store Registered Dietitian, Victoria Gianquinto, RD.

“We’re very excited that Ms. Gianqunito has joined our team,” says Giuliana Zallie, a principal of Zallie Supermarkets Inc., which has nine locations, including the ShopRite of West Berlin and ShopRite of Williamstown. “We provide our customers with the best shopping experience possible, and we’re confident Ms. Gianquinto’s expertise and passion for health and nutrition will be a great asset to our associates, customers and the community.”

As the new Registered Dietitian for the ShopRite of Williamstown and the ShopRite of West Berlin, Ms. Gianqunito provides complimentary health and wellness services that guide customers on a range of issues, from learning how to shop and prepare healthy meals, to proper nutrition for specific health conditions and dietary needs. Ms. Gianqunito also offers recipes with healthy alternatives, provides information on pantry makeovers, and navigates the aisles with shoppers to help them better understand food labels. In addition, Ms. Gianqunito partners with local hospitals, schools and non-profits to conduct free health and wellness-focused workshops and seminars.

Ms. Gianqunito, a long-time resident of Marlton, NJ, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. She completed her Priority Nutrition Care Dietetic Internship out of Boston, which included four rotations: Community, Clinical, Food Service, and Elective.

In her spare time, Ms. Gianqunito enjoys creating delicious and nourishing meals, growing vegetables and fruits in her home garden, and traveling.

As part of ShopRite’s in-store dietitian team, Ms. Gianqunito is one of more than 130 Registered Dietitians who service ShopRite customers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

All nutritional services are available to customers free of charge. To make an appointment with Ms. Gianquinto, e-mail her at or call ShopRite of West Berlin, (856) 728-6450, Ext. 166; ShopRite of Williamstown, (856) 728-5600; or (609) 314-1226. Customers can visit to see her full calendar of events.

ShopRite of West Berlin is located at Route 73 at Minck Ave., West Berlin, NJ 08091.The store is open Monday to Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

ShopRite of Williamstown is located at Monroe Plaza, Black Horse Pike at Gordon Ave., Williamstown, NJ 08094. The store is open Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About ShopRite:
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: ShopRite