Only Natural Pet sponsors the Dog Demonstration Park at X Games Aspen 2017

A Leading Natural, Sustainable Pet Brand, Only Natural Pet, Sponsors Dog Demonstration Park, Popular Attraction at X Games Aspen’s X Fest at the Base of Buttermilk Mountain

ASPEN, Colo., 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the nation’s leading natural pet lifestyle brands, Only Natural Pet, announced today ( Jan. 26, 2017) it is sponsoring the Dog Demonstration Park, a popular attraction at X Games Aspen 2017, held Jan. 26-29 in Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain area. The X Games confirmed that this is the first time a pet brand has sponsored the event, showcasing the deepening trend toward people enjoying life and all its activities with their pets – even on the ski hill.

The Dog Demo events will be held several times throughout the day over the weekend of X Games Aspen and has been a popular activation on-site with spectators, showcasing world-class rescuing techniques, including safely burying people in the snow to be located, uncovered and rescued by the canine team.

Only Natural Pet will be on site with an exhibition booth featuring a demonstration of the brand’s Wholesome Homemade product, a line of dehydrated dog food where a pet parent simply adds water and in 10 minutes can serve up a freshly made stew to their dog. Only Natural Pet’s Wholesome Homemade formulas are protein-rich with chunks of high-quality cooked meat and nutrient-rich dehydrated fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, cranberries and spinach. Only Natural Pet’s food and treats are paleo inspired – meaning high in protein and low in carbs – to mimic the ancestral diets of dogs and cats.

“We are thrilled to be the first pet brand to sponsor an on-site activation at X Games and to introduce X Game-goers to our unique natural pet lifestyle brand,” said Marty Grosjean, founder and CEO of Only Natural Pet. “Just last month we also grand opened our second Only Natural Pet flagship store here in Aspen, and so we are pleased to be here at X Games and in Aspen as a more permanent fixture to share the good news on our natural, wholesome lifestyle brand with the Aspen community and visitors to the area.”

The Only Natural Pet Aspen store is located at 416 East Cooper Ave. in the Cooper Ave. pedestrian mall.

About Only Natural Pet

Only Natural Pet is a comprehensive line of natural pet supplies that takes a holistic approach to optimizing the health of dogs and cats. The brand’s product range includes food, treats, vitamins, supplements, grooming, and flea & tick control – all meeting Only Natural Pet’s rigorous ingredient standards to ensure that the products are natural and healthy.

Only Natural Pet’s food and treats are paleo inspired – meaning high in protein and low in carbs – to mimic the ancestral diets of dogs and cats. The company is focused on fresh ingredients, minimal processing, and small batch production to provide optimal nutritional value. The company’s food and treats use quality ingredients such as free-range chicken, wild-caught fish, grass-fed lamb and beef, as well as low-glycemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, lentils and garbanzo beans, and real fruits and vegetables such as apples, cranberries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage and more.

Through the brand’s strict ingredient standards, products do not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners or colors and are generally grain-free. Only Natural Pet’s flea & tick control products are based on natural botanical ingredients, not chemicals or pesticides. As a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, Only Natural Pet is also committed to sustainable and “green” business practices utilizing wind power and carbon offsets.

Only Natural Pet was founded in 2004 in Boulder, Colo., with a commitment to finding the most effective and natural pet products for every facet of a pet’s life. Today, it is a leading online retailer in the natural pet supplies market. The company operates an e-commerce site (onlynaturalpet.com), two flagship retail stores, and a catalog business featuring more than 3,900 products including Only Natural Pet, as well as other leading brands in the natural, organic and eco-friendly pet supply market.

To make the unique and special natural pet lifestyle brand more accessible to pet parents, Only Natural Pet is now also available in more than 700 PetSmart stores across North America. PetSmart serves as the exclusive national retailer for the brand, and store locations can be found at onlynaturalpet.com/petsmart.

Media Contact:

Danielle Bickelmann
dbickelmann@golin.com
469.680.2503

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Diebold Nixdorf to release 2016 fourth quarter and full year financial results on February 14, 2017

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf, (NYSE:DBD) will release 2016 fourth quarter and full year financial results Tuesday, February 14 before trading begins on the New York Stock Exchange. Andy W. Mattes, chief executive officer, and Christopher A. Chapman, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the results during a conference call scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Information about Diebold Nixdorf’s financial results, including a complete, full-text press release, supplementary financial data and an earnings overview presentation, will be accessible by visiting the Investor Relations section of Diebold Nixdorf’s website located at http://www.dieboldnixdorf.com/earnings on February 14. Live access to the conference call, as well as the replay, will also be available on this website. The conference call will last approximately one hour. Participants should plan to dial in 10 minutes prior to the session. Details on the call are as follows:

Dial-in number Passcode Time/Date
Conference Call US/Canada:   877-879-6203 4142152 8:30 a.m. ET, Feb 14, 2017
International:  719-325-4819

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:
Mike Jacobsen
+1-330-490-3796
michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

InvenTrust Properties Corp. announces the appointment of Neil Soskin as SVP, Portfolio Management

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or the “Company”), today ( 01/26/2017 ) announced that Neil Soskin has been appointed Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management for InvenTrust. Mr. Soskin joins InvenTrust with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, including extensive understanding of leasing, acquisitions and new development.

Mr. Soskin previously served as Vice President, Real Estate for Primestor Development Inc., which engages in the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, leasing, and management of commercial properties. Prior to Primestor, he was Vice President / Director, Western Region, at Weingarten Realty Investors, where he was responsible for leading the Western Region.

“We are pleased to welcome Neil to the InvenTrust team,” said David F. Collins, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Management. “Neil is a terrific fit, bringing years of experience in investment, portfolio management, operations, development and leasing, which will help advance our strategic plan. We are confident that Neil will help bring the InvenTrust portfolio to the next level.”

“I am impressed with the transformation of InvenTrust’s portfolio and I hope to build on that momentum,” said Mr. Soskin. “I look forward to working with Dave and the rest of the Portfolio Management team as we continue to focus and evolve our platform to focus on quality assets in Sunbelt growth markets.”

About Neil Soskin

Mr. Soskin served as Vice President, Real Estate at Primestor Development Inc. from 2011 to 2017. From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Soskin served as Vice President / Director, Western Region at Weingarten Realty Investors, an equity real estate investment trust engaging in the ownership, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment of real estate properties. Prior to this role, Mr. Soskin served as Vice President, Real Estate and Construction at SCORE! Educational Centers. Prior to this, Mr. Soskin held varying roles at Lord Associates, Independent Brokerage and Taubman Centers, Inc. Mr. Soskin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate, Strategy from the University of California, Berkeley.

About InvenTrust Properties Corp.

InvenTrust Properties Corp. is a pure-play retail company with a focus on acquiring open-air centers with a disciplined approach, in key growth markets with favorable demographics. This acquisition strategy, along with our innovative and collaborative property management approach, ensures the success of both our tenants and business partners and drives net operating income growth for the Company. InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of September 30, 2016, is an owner and manager of 88 retail properties, representing 15.1 million square feet of retail space, and one non-core property.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, including statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, plans or predictions of the future and are typically identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, our ability to execute on our long-term strategy. For further discussion of factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future results and financial condition, see our filings with the securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Risk Factors included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in each case as filed with the SEC. InvenTrust intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as may be required by applicable law. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Dan Lombardo
630-570-0605
dan.lombardo@inventrustproperties.com

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.

Dunkin’ Donuts again a top brand for consumer loyalty in the out-of-home coffee category according to Brand Keys

Dunkin’ Donuts again a top brand for consumer loyalty in the out-of-home coffee category according to Brand Keys

 

Dunkin’ Donuts also #1 in packaged coffee category for fifth consecutive year

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 11th consecutive year, Dunkin’ Donuts is being honored for providing guests with a superior customer experience. According to the 2017 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index®, Dunkin’ Donuts is once again a top brand for consumer loyalty in the out-of-home coffee category, marking the 11th year in a row that Dunkin’ Donuts has earned this recognition. Dunkin’ Donuts was also named a #1 brand for customer loyalty in the packaged coffee category for the fifth straight year.

Brand Keys 22nd annual Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, conducted by the New York-based brand engagement and customer loyalty research consultancy, identifies brands that are best able to engage consumers by meeting or exceeding their expectations, which creates loyal customers. Brand Keys’ Customer Loyalty Engagement Index recognizes the brands that receive the highest loyalty and engagement assessments and surpass competitors for “delighting” customers. In the coffee restaurant and packaged coffee categories, consumer preferences were based on consistently meeting customer expectations for taste, quality, service and brand value.

According to Chris Fuqua, Senior Vice President of Dunkin’ Donuts Brand Marketing & Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation, “Dunkin’ Donuts is strategically focused on new and innovative ways to keep our loyal guests energized with our coffee and beverages, quickly and conveniently. In 2016, this included one of our most important initiatives, the launch of On-the-Go Mobile Ordering, allowing members of our DD Perks® Rewards Program to place their order ahead of time and speed past the line in-store to pick up their favorite menu items. We are proud to once again be recognized by Brand Keys for our commitment to offering exceptional service and earning our customers’ loyalty every day.”

“We congratulate Dunkin’ Donuts for absolutely stellar performance again this year. This is the 11th year in a row they have anticipated and met customer expectations in the Out-of-Home Coffee category,” said Robert Passikoff, President & Founder of Brand Keys. “And, it’s the 5th straight year where they ranked #1 in the Packaged Coffee category. Dunkin’ has managed to leverage the values of their brand to create both a literal and virtual connection with their customers. There aren’t many brands that are able to do that. We raise our coffee mugs to toast Dunkin’s on-going success.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, selling more than 1.9 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and espresso-based beverages per year. The brand’s beverage offerings include high-quality, freshly-brewed hot and iced Coffees, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast and Cold Brew, along with Americano and hot and iced Espresso, Macchiato, Cappuccino and Latte. There are more than 25,000 ways to order a coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts, and guests are encouraged to customize their favorite beverages available all day long. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is also available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in a 16-oz. bag for brewing at home, in flavors such as Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues to reward loyal customers through its DD Perks Rewards Program, which has surpassed five million members and remains one of the fastest growing loyalty programs in the quick service restaurant industry. With DD Perks, guests already earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. To enroll in DD Perks, download the Dunkin’ Mobile App or visit www.DDPerks.com.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,000 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Overstock.com to release fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is scheduled to release fourth quarter and fiscal year financial results for the period ending Dec. 31, 2016 on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 after the market closes. The company has scheduled a conference call and webcast for 4:30 p.m. ET that day to discuss these results. The company will take questions via email. Please email all questions in advance of the call to ir@overstock.com.

Webcast information

To access the live webcast and presentation slides, go to http://investors.overstock.com. To listen to the conference call via telephone, dial (877) 673-5346 and enter conference ID 52715254 when prompted. Participants outside the U.S. or Canada who do not have Internet access should dial +1 (724) 498-4326 and enter the conference ID provided above.

Replay

A replay of the conference call will be available at http://investors.overstock.com starting two hours after the live call has ended. An audio replay of the webcast will be available via telephone starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, through 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. To listen to the recorded webcast by phone, dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID provided above. Outside the U.S. or Canada, dial +1 (404) 537-3406 and enter the conference ID provided above.

About Overstock.com

Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Additional stores within Overstock include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products to help developing nations around the world and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them with a national customer base. Other community-focused initiatives include Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock, and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks, and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016 which was filed with the SEC on Nov. 3, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:

Mark Harden
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409
ir@overstock.com

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

GESUCH FÜR DEN UMBAU DER MIGROS TÖSS IN WINTERTHUR EINGEREICHT

GESUCH FÜR DEN UMBAU DER MIGROS TÖSS IN WINTERTHUR EINGEREICHT

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz hat bei der Stadt Winterthur am 24. Januar 2017 das Baugesuch für den Umbau der Migros Töss an der Zürcherstrasse 102 eingereicht. Die Eröffnung ist für Herbst 2017 geplant.

Einen planmässigen Ablauf der Bewilligungsverfahren vorausgesetzt, werden die Umbauarbeiten in der Migros Töss im Sommer 2017 beginnen, die Eröffnung ist für Herbst 2017 geplant. Die Migros Töss wurde 1970 eröffnet und 2003 letztmals umgebaut. Ziel der Modernisierung ist es, den Einkauf für die Kundinnen und Kunden komfortabler und attraktiver zu gestalten. Insgesamt wird die Migros Ostschweiz über vier Millionen Franken in die Revitalisierung investieren.

Während des Umbaus bleibt die Migros Töss voraussichtlich für knapp zwei Monate geschlossen, als Alternativen bieten sich während dieser Zeit die Migros-Supermärkte Neuwiesen (Strickerstrasse 3) und Deutweg (Pflanzschulstrasse 9) in Winterthur an. Zum detaillierten zeitlichen Ablauf des Bauprojekts informiert die Migros Ostschweiz nach Erhalt der Baubewilligung.

Kommunikation:
Silke Seichter
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 50
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: silke.seichter@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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Walgreens Boots Alliance declares regular quarterly dividend of 37.5 cents per share

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today (January 26, 2017) announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 37.5 cents per share, an increase of 4.2 percent over the year-ago period. The dividend is payable 10 March 2017 to stockholders of record 15 February 2017.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., have paid a dividend in 337 straight quarters (more than 84 years) and have raised the dividend for 41 consecutive years.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

All statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2016, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact:

Media Relations:
USA
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International
Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

The John Lewis Partnership appoints Clayton Hirst as Group Head of Corporate Affairs

London, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership today (26 January 2017) announces the appointment of Clayton Hirst to the role of Group Head of Corporate Affairs, John Lewis Partnership. Clayton will take up the position on 24 April 2017 joining from Virgin Media, where he has served as Director of External Communications since 2015.

Clayton has two decades’ experience in communications, media and public policy. Prior to joining Virgin Media, he spent 10 years at the regulator Ofcom in a number of roles before becoming its Director of Communications in 2010. Clayton’s early career was in journalism, working as a reporter and editor on a number of national publications, latterly the Independent on Sunday, where he was Deputy Business Editor.

Simon Fowler, Director of Communications, John Lewis Partnership said: ‘Clayton joins us to head up our Corporate Affairs team at a time of huge significance for the Partnership as we help the business develop its thinking on the key priorities emerging from the Government’s Industrial Strategy. This includes the UK’s direction post-Brexit as well as the issues facing the Partnership from the pressures we’ve called out affecting society, retail and the workplace.’

Clayton said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the Partnership at such a critical time – with the structural changes taking place in the retail sector and the enormous shifts in public policy resulting from Brexit. I look forward to working for the John Lewis Partnership, one of the UK’s most respected retailers, brands and employee-owned businesses.’

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 352 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 88,900 staff are Partners in the business.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby
Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

John Lewis Partnership
Simon Fowler
Director of Communications
Telephone: 07710 398460

Katie Robson
Senior Manager, Group External Communications
Telephone: 07764 675608

Source: John Lewis Partnership

SONIC® Drive-In announces the ultimate special with the all-new $3.99 Footlong Coney and Tots

SONIC® Drive-In announces the ultimate special with the all-new $3.99 Footlong Coney and Tots

 

America’s Drive-In continues to Offer Customization

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is offering guests the ultimate special with the all-new $3.99 Footlong Coney and Tots. The $3.99 special includes the choice of any premium footlong quarter-pound Coney including the Chicago, All-American, New Yorkor Chili Cheese Coney.

The Chicago Footlong is a juicy footlong hot dog topped with pickle, relish, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt and mustard, served in a soft, warm bakery bun. The All-American Footlong is grilled to perfection and topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, relish and chopped onions, served in a soft, warm bakery bun. The New York Footlong is a premium quarter-pound Coney topped with spicy brown mustard, grilled onions and tangy sauerkraut, served in a soft, warm bakery bun. The Chili Cheese Footlong Coney is a classic, topped with warm chili and melty cheddar cheese, served in a soft, warm bakery bun.

“The return of this popular special offer is a great way for guests to experience any of our delicious, premium hot dog flavors in a footlong option with warm, crispy Tots at a great value,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development at SONIC. “SONIC is the only brand to offer one-of-a-kind hot dog flavors in either a six-inch or footlong version.”

The $3.99 Footlong Coney and Tots special is available only for a limited time at participating locations and is a perfect meal at any time of the day when paired with a Cherry Limeade or Frozen Classic Lemonade.

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 DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $7.4 million to public school teachers’ 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 sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Matthew Young
512-542-2802
Matthew.Young@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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ShopRite Supermarkets announces the appointment of Brett Wing as its new president

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. (SRS), which owns and operates 34 ShopRite stores in New Jersey and New York, has named industry veteran Brett Wing president of the company.  SRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative with members who own and operate hundreds of supermarkets in the northeast under the ShopRite, the Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners.

Wing brings nearly four decades of experience to his role as president of SRS, where he will guide day-to-day operations and strategy planning for ShopRite stores in the Hudson Valley and Capital regions of New York State, as well as ShopRite stores in New Jersey.

Wing arrived at SRS in 2015 and was named executive vice president. He replaces Dave Figurelli, who retired this month after 15 years with the company.

After starting out working as a bag boy at Safeway, Wing forged a career in the supermarket business and rose to executive positions by becoming an industry leader and innovator creating next generation store formats, enhancing customer experiences and leading store expansions.

“Brett is uniquely qualified to take the reins at SRS and move the company forward in a challenging and competitive environment. He has spent his career in the supermarket business and brings to SRS a broad and deep knowledge of the industry,” said Joe Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp.

Prior to joining SRS, Wing served as vice president of FoodMaxx, a division of Save Mart Supermarkets in Northern California.  He also spent 25 years with Cub Foods, a division of SUPERVALU, working in different roles at locations across the country.

He is a past board member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, past president of Cub Cares Community Foundation and a former United Way chairman.

Wing received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from California Coast University.  He resides in Warwick, NY with his wife Toni and the couple has three sons.

About SRS, Inc.
ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. owns and operates 34 ShopRite stores in New York and New Jersey. SRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corporation, the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States with more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout six states. SRS builds and maintains Shopper Loyalty by connecting with customers through outstanding customer service, supporting the core needs within the communities we serve and by executing merchandising and operational standards. SRS partners with local communities to support many organizations, including veteran, children and faith-based groups.

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 $40 million to 2,000 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $30 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups.  For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: ShopRite

Tractor Supply Company announces the opening of its 1,600th store located in Brentwood, CA

Milestone Highlights the Company’s Continued Execution of Long-Term Growth Strategy

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (1/26/2017) announced the opening of its 1,600th store in Brentwood, CA. The new store is located at 8800 Brentwood Boulevard and will hold its grand opening on Saturday, February 4th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

“We are extremely proud to be opening our 1,600th store in Brentwood, CA and to have reached another significant milestone, as we continue to deliver on our long-term growth strategy and strategic expansion across the country, including the Western region,” said Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer of Tractor Supply Company. “We have seen strong regional performance in the west and look forward to building long-lasting relationships with new customers, as we continue to expand our store base and bring Tractor Supply closer to more customers who live the rural lifestyle.”

In celebration of the Company’s 1,600th store opening, the Brentwood, CA Tractor Supply store will be hosting several grand opening events. Celebrations include participation from a variety of community groups including local 4-H and FFA chapters, produce farmers and community garden organizations, pet and animal rescues and more. Each group will have its own dedicated booth and will provide activities ranging from interactive Q&A’s, local produce tastings, and animal exhibits. An authentic chuckwagon will also be on hand preparing food and beverages for event attendees to enjoy.

Tractor Supply was founded 79 years ago and has become the leading retailer serving the rural lifestyle. The Company has 24,000 team members and retail stores in every state, with the exception of Alaska. Tractor Supply opened a total of 113 new stores in 2016 and expects to continue its strategic expansion plans with mid-single digit store growth in 2017.

“We continue to be encouraged by the strong comparable sales we have seen from new store openings, which gives us great confidence as we continue to grow our footprint, enhance our merchandise product offering, and meet the evolving needs of our customers,” added Sandfort. “We are thrilled to open the doors of our Brentwood, CA store and look forward to serving this great community, as we get one step closer to our goal of opening 2,500 domestic Tractor Supply locations.”

For more information on Tractor Supply Company, or to shop their products online, please visit www.tractorsupply.com.

About Tractor Supply Company
At December 31, 2016, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,595 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release are not historical facts and are forward looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “believes”, “expects”, “future” or other comparable terminology. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about expected growth, including the Company’s plans with respect to new store growth and the timing thereof, and sales. Because such forward looking statements contain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the ability to manage and identify suitable locations and the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated as well as our failure to achieve expected sales and operating results from new stores. All of the forward looking statements are also qualified by the cautionary statements contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Anthony F. Crudele, Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Kimco announces Starbucks, Dynamic Dental Care LLC and Salons by JC as new tenants at its Wilde Lake center in Columbia, Maryland

LEED-certified redevelopment sparks new community interest and investment

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) announced today (1/26/2017) that it has signed three new leases, including Starbucks, at its Wilde Lake center in Columbia, Maryland, on the heels of a dramatic $18.1 million redevelopment which transformed the project into a mixed-use destination with 230 residential rental units, 30,000 square feet of office space, 41,000 square feet of retail, and 20,000 square feet of restaurants.

Starbucks is opening both a café and a drive thru in fall 2017. In addition to Starbucks, Kimco has signed leases with Dynamic Dental Care LLC, which opened December 2016; and Salons by JC, scheduled to open in early fall 2017 above David’s Natural Market.

“Kimco’s redevelopment has inspired a flurry of activity by existing tenants, enhancements to the Village’s swim center and water park amenity, construction of a new net-zero energy middle school, an expanding interfaith center, and new pedestrian and cycling pathways,” stated Kevin McAliley, Wilde Lake Village Board Chair. “Active home owners associations, involved neighborhood representatives and local leaders have noticed the new Wilde Lake center has created a movement toward improvements, renovations and investment throughout our village. We welcome Starbucks, Salons by JC, Dynamic Dental Care and the many new tenants and residents joining our vibrant and growing community.”

Wilde Lake Village Center is located in Columbia, Maryland, conveniently situated between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on 7.4 acres. The redevelopment encompassed freshly-paved walking paths, outdoor seating areas, and community space. New landscaping throughout the center enhanced the existing vegetation, along with stamped concrete walkways and crosswalks, and impervious paver parking spaces. Wilde Lake is a LEED-certified project. As part of the redevelopment, existing grocer David’s Market expanded into a new, larger, and LEED-certified facility, featuring a contemporary interior floor plan with an interior/exterior café.

“These three tenants are a wonderful addition to the area,” said Tom Simmons, President, Mid-Atlantic Region at Kimco. “They are a direct result of our redevelopment of the shopping center to better reflect the current demographics of the area and improve the shopping experience. Starbucks was especially attracted by the residential component of the center, as it ensures a steady stream of foot traffic to their location. Whether it’s a resident of Wilde Lake Village Center or a visiting customer, we have a range of high-quality services, retailers, and dining options for everyone.”

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 www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

Contact:
Jennifer Maisch
Director, Corporate Communications
516-869-7224
jmaisch@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corp.

Sequential Brands Group expands its lifestyle brand Joe’s with footwear and intimate apparel categories

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today (Jan. 26, 2017) multiple new categories for its lifestyle brand Joe’s including footwear and intimate apparel.

Beginning Spring ’17, the Company is launching a full line of men’s and women’s footwear in partnership with ACI International, a distinguished global footwear distributor. The footwear collection will feature dress shoes, sneakers and boots.

In addition, the company signed a new agreement with leading apparel manufacturer ESP Group, LTD. to develop and launch a collection of intimate apparel featuring men’s and women’s underwear, sleepwear, and loungewear for Fall ‘17.   The new category extensions will debut in Joe’s retail stores and e-commerce site, and then roll out to stores nationwide.

“In just over a year of having Joe’s in Sequential’s platform, we have grown the core business together with Global Brands Group, successfully introduced a collection of handbags and eyewear, and featured top talent Bella Hadid in our ad campaign. We are excited to continue this trajectory with the launch of these categories,” said Jameel Spencer, Fashion Division President at Sequential.

Joe Dahan, Founder of Joe’s Jeans added, “Sequential continues to position Joe’s for global growth.  It’s an exciting time for our company and the addition of these new categories strengthens our brand in the market.”

Joe’s is available coast to coast at fine department stores and specialty boutiques in the USA including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, and internationally. In addition, Joe’s has 18 free standing boutiques located in top USA markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Founded in 2001 by Creative Director Joe Dahan, Joe’s redefines everyday style with its inherently LA sensibility and distinctive rock + roll point-of-view. With an emphasis on offering the perfect fit for everybody, the brand takes a revolutionary approach to denim and sophisticated classics, incorporating the very latest in technology to offer product that is beautiful, innovative and fits flawlessly.

ABOUT SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, active, and fashion categories, which includes the Joe’s brand. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Media Contact:
For Sequential Brands Group
Jaime Cassavechia
(212) 518-4771 x108
jcassavechia@sbg-ny.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Albert Heijn ondersteunt ambities Voedseltop

Albert Heijn ondersteunt ambities Voedseltop

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staatsecretaris Van Dam, minister Schippers, minister Ploumen en staatssecretaris Dijksma organiseerden vandaag een Nationale Voedseltop om met het bedrijfsleven en andere betrokken partijen afspraken te maken over gezonder, duurzamer en transparanter voedsel. Namens Albert Heijn sprak daar ook directeur Marit van Egmond, verantwoordelijk voor alle producten, over de ambitie van Albert Heijn.

“Bij Albert Heijn vullen we dagelijks zo’n 5 miljoen bordjes en dat zien we als een grote verantwoordelijkheid. We staan in direct contact met onze klanten dus we weten goed wat hen beweegt. Ze willen lekkere, gezonde, duurzame én betaalbare producten. En wij willen ervoor zorgen dat die producten elke dag in het schap liggen. En neem van mij aan, de lat ligt hoog. We willen het iedere dag beter doen om Nederland een stukje gezonder te maken.

Hoe doen we dat?

  1. Allereerst stimuleren we onze klanten om meer groente en fruit te eten. Want de consumptie blijft achter en daar willen iets aan doen. Samen met onze leverancier ontwikkelen we nieuwe producten. Zoals groente- en fruitspreads en nieuwe verspakketten waarmee je binnen 30 minuten een gezonde maaltijd op tafel zet. Of nieuwe verspakketten waarmee je binnen 30 minuten een gezonde maaltijd op tafel zet. Klanten zijn daar blij mee. Het wordt voor hen zo makkelijker om elke dag 2 stuks fruit en 250 gram groente te eten.
  2. De Consumentenbond berichtte deze week dat we meer zout uit onze producten kunnen halen. Dat doen we. Sinds 2012 verlagen we de hoeveelheid zout, verzadigd vet en suiker en halen we onnodige toevoegingen eruit. Uit onze pizza’s en kant en klare maaltijden hebben we bijvoorbeeld al 25% zout gehaald. Ook halen we suiker uit producten die veel door gezinnen worden gekocht zoals yoghurt en vla. En bij onze frisdrank vertellen we hoeveel suiker er in zit. We zien dat klanten hierdoor andere keuzes maken.
  3. Beter en gezonder eten begint wat ons betreft met een goed en gevarieerd menu. Niet met ingewikkelde diëten of shakes. Maar door en goed en gevarieerd menu. In de eerste Allerhande van 2017 vertellen experts hoe je in 7 stappen gezonder kunt eten. En met lekkere, gezonde en makkelijke recepten inspireren Nederland om die stapjes te zetten.
  4. Als laatste wil ik de technologie noemen. Nieuwe technologieën gaan ons helpen om klanten steeds persoonlijker te adviseren. Ook over gezonder eten. We zijn nu aan het testen hoe we klanten online inzicht kunnen geven in hun boodschappenlijstje. Dat doen we op basis van de AH Bonuskaart gegevens. Zo kunnen we bijvoorbeeld laten zien hoeveel groente klanten eten, of hoeveel zout. We kijken hoe we dat op een leuke en makkelijke manier kunnen vormgeven.

Dit is voor wat betreft Nederland. Maar ook internationaal proberen we een beweging in gang te krijgen. We zijn lid van het Consumer Good Forum en co-sponsor van de health & wellness group waar we afspraken maken om producten gezonder te maken. En hoe we verantwoorde marketing kunnen inzetten. Deze internationale samenwerking is belangrijk. We kunnen het niet alleen doen namelijk, niet als Albert Heijn, maar ook niet als Nederland. Want we opereren in een internationale markt.

Als laatste wil ik benadrukken dat de keuze uiteindelijk altijd bij de klant ligt. Maar het is en blijft de ambitie van Albert Heijn om Nederland een stukje gezonder te maken. Daar blijven we elke dag aan werken en daar stoppen we ook de komende jaren alle energie in.”

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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