Parents who want to style their children in the latest street style and fashion trends can now do so thanks to Mini Trend

CHICAGO, IL, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Launched this month, Mini Trend (www.shopminitrend.com) is an exclusive online boutique that offers its own line of children’s apparel and accessories as well as trendy clothing, shoes, and accessories from fashion retailers around the world. Current products include birthday party dresses, gladiator sandals, off-the-shoulder tops, and more.

Mini Trend takes inspiration from fashion runways around the world and the latest street styles to find, search, and design products that are all the rage with the grown-up set.

Mini Trend is offering free U.S. delivery and 20% off for the rest of February with Coupon Code: 2017

Shop now at: www.shopminitrend.com

Like us on Facebook for exclusive sales and new releases: facebook.com/minitrend1

About Mini Trend

Mini Trend is an American kids clothing company offering trendy apparel for boys and girls from birth through age 6. Mini Trend draws inspiration from fashion runways all over the world and offers an exclusive line and curated products to give kids the chance to style themselves in the latest trends from head to toe.

Website: www.shopminitrend.com

Email: info@shopminitrend.com

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SSP opens new Starbucks store at Gatwick South Terminal

Starbucks. South Terminal. Gatwick Airport,
Photo: Zute Lightfoot

 

London, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP has opened a new Starbucks store at Gatwick South Terminal. The new store will serve the full range of Starbucks coffees, made with high-quality, ethically-sourced Arabica beans. The new coffee shop will also offer a menu designed to meet the needs of travelling customers. This includes delicious food items, such as the newly-launched Breakfast Hot Boxes, including Super Scrambled Eggs, Tomato & Spinach or Spicy Chorizo, Poached Egg and Potato.

The Gatwick South Terminal Starbucks store has been designed to reflect the needs of its customers, and the menu includes a wide range of items to grab and go as well as selections for those who have more time to linger. There are also digital features including wireless charging zones and Gatwick’s free, fast Wi-Fi for customers on the go. There is hand-painted artwork on the timber-clad walls, and the shape of the walk-ways and curved surfaces reflect airport design features, such as luggage carousels and runways.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen to operate a fantastic new Starbucks coffee shop in the newly developed South terminal area at Gatwick, and to be building on our successful relationship with one of the UK’s most prestigious airports.”

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “The opening of this new Starbucks store at Gatwick perfectly complements our existing line up of shops and restaurants. Our passengers want fast and reliable service from brands they trust as they travel across the globe so Starbucks coffee, recognised the world over, will be very well received. This opening further adds to the wealth of food and drink choices at Gatwick – with passengers able to have take-away options from all restaurants or receive their order within 15 minutes when dining in.”

Gatwick Airport offers flights to more destinations than any other UK airport and has increased its lead as the world’s most efficient single-runway airport – with 43 million passengers now travelling through its terminals each year.

Michael Haley, director channel licensing, Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “We are thrilled to open our new store at Gatwick South Terminal with SSP UK. The new store is designed with the travelling customer in mind, with innovative wireless charging, bringing our world class coffee, with added convenience.”

To celebrate the opening, the store will be running specialist coffee tastings lead by Starbucks Coffee Masters throughout the opening period.

Contact:

Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574
press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

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GESUCH FÜR DEN UMBAU DER MIGROS SIRNACH EINGEREICHT

GESUCH FÜR DEN UMBAU DER MIGROS SIRNACH EINGEREICHT

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz hat bei der Gemeinde Sirnach am 10. Februar 2017 das Baugesuch für den Umbau der Migros Sirnach eingereicht. Die Eröffnung ist für den Frühherbst 2017 geplant.

Einen planmässigen Ablauf der Bewilligungsverfahren vorausgesetzt, werden die Umbauarbeiten in der Migros Sirnach im Sommer 2017 starten, die Eröffnung ist für den Frühherbst 2017 geplant. Die Migros Sirnach wurde 1967 mit einer Fläche von 320 m2 eröffnet und 2003 mit der heutigen Verkaufsfläche von 1‘100 m2 neu gebaut. Ziel der geplanten Modernisierung ist es, den Einkauf für die Kundinnen und Kunden auf der bestehenden Ladenfläche komfortabler und attraktiver zu gestalten. Beim Umbau wird auch die gesamte Haustechnik auf den neuesten Stand gebracht. Für einen ressourcenschonenderen Betrieb des Supermarkts sorgen künftig die Beleuchtung mit LED-Spots und -Röhren, die Verwendung von Kühlmöbeln der neuesten Generation und die Nutzung der Abwärme der gewerblichen Kälte im Heizkreislauf sowie bei der Nachwärmung der Lüftung. Wo immer möglich werden ökologische Baustoffe verwendet. Insgesamt wird die Migros Ostschweiz rund 3,5 Millionen Franken in die Erneuerung investieren.

Während des Umbaus bleibt die Migros Sirnach voraussichtlich für knapp zwei Monate geschlossen, als Alternativen bieten sich während dieser Zeit die Migros-Supermärkte in Münchwilen und Wil 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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BAUSTART FÜR DIE NEUE MIGROS AMRISWIL

BAUSTART FÜR DIE NEUE MIGROS AMRISWIL

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 13. Februar 2017 haben die Arbeiten für den Neubau der Migros im Zentrum von Amriswil begonnen. Der Abbruch der bestehenden Gebäude startet am 20. Februar.

Nach dem Abschluss der Arbeiten zur Einrichtung der Baustelle beginnen am Montag, 20. Februar 2017, die Bauarbeiten mit dem Abbruch der bestehenden Gebäude. Parallel zum Rückbau der alten Liegenschaften wird eine provisorische Einfahrt für die Tiefgarage des Amriville erstellt und mit den Arbeiten für die  Lärmschutzwand entlang der westlichen Grundstückgrenze begonnen. Die provisorische Einfahrt ermöglicht die Nutzung der Tiefgarage des Amriville auch während der Bauzeit der neuen Einfahrt.

Die etappierten Bauarbeiten für die Erstellung der Baugrube beginnen Mitte März 2017, der Hochbau wird voraussichtlich Ende August 2018 mit der Vollendung des Rohbaus abgeschlossen sein. Anschliessend wird mit dem Innenausbau begonnen. So sämtliche Arbeiten plangemäss verlaufen, kann die neue Migros Amriswil 2019 eröffnet werden.

Attraktives Einkaufs- und Wohnangebot

Im Neubau sorgen neben dem künftig im ersten Obergeschoss gelegenen Migros-Supermarkt 13 weitere Geschäfte für ein attraktives Einkaufsangebot. Mit der Eröffnung 2019 zieht auch der heute im Amriville gelegenen SportXX-Fachmarkt in das neue Gebäude. Für eine attraktive Auswahl beim Einkaufen sorgen auch die insgesamt 13 Partnergeschäfte. Sobald die Gespräche mit den Mietinteressenten abgeschlossen sind, wird die Migros Ostschweiz die Namen der Mieter bekannt geben. Zum Verweilen und Geniessen lädt das Migros-Restaurant im Erdgeschoss ein. Im MFIT-Trainingszentrum kann man vor oder nach dem Einkaufen effizient trainieren. Und wer dieses attraktive Angebot direkt vor der eigenen Haustür haben möchte, wird sich in einer der sechs exklusiv ausgestatten 4.5-Zimmer-Attika-Wohnungen, die im zweiten Geschoss realisiert werden, sicher wohl fühlen.

Nachhaltigkeit im Fokus

Bei der Auswahl der verwendeten Baustoffe sowie bei der Realisierung der technischen Infrastruktur wird auf eine möglichst nachhaltige Bauweise geachtet. So wird die Beleuchtung im gesamten Einkaufszentrum mit LED-Leuchten realisiert. Diese haben eine höhere Lebensdauer und benötigen weniger Energie als andere Leuchtmittel. Kühlmöbel der neuesten Generation sorgen mit ihrer hohen Effizienz für eine weitere Energieeinsparung. Die Abwärme der gewerblichen Kälte wird für den Heizkreislauf des gesamten Gebäudes genutzt. Die zusätzlich benötigte Heizwärme wird mittels Wärmepumpen aus den über 60 Erdsonden entzogen. Diese Erdsonden werden auch im Klimakältebetrieb zum Einsatz kommen und entsprechend wieder regeneriert. Weiter ist eine Photovoltaikanlage für den Eigenverbrauch vorgesehen.

Ostschweizer Baumanagement-Büro als Partner

Mit dem Baumanagement wurde die PPM AG aus St.Gallen von der Migros Ostschweiz beauftragt. Diese ist für die gesamte Organisation und den Ablauf der Bauarbeiten verantwortlich. Die Bauleitung setzt gemeinsam mit den beauftragten Unternehmern, die nach Möglichkeit in der Region rekrutiert werden, alles daran, die Immissionen für die Anwohnerinnen und Anwohner möglichst klein zu halten und die Arbeiten so rücksichtsvoll wie möglich zu organisieren.

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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Nordstrom to open Nordstrom Rack within The Shops at Canton Crossing in Baltimore, Maryland

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Feb. 15, 2017 ) plans to open a Nordstrom Rack within The Shops at Canton Crossing in Baltimore, Maryland. The approximately 32,500-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2019. The Shops at Canton Crossing is a 325,000 square foot retail shopping center located on 3501 Boston Street.

Nordstrom Rack joins more than thirty existing retailers and restaurants such as Target, Harris Teeter, DSW, Ann Taylor Loft, Old Navy and ULTA. The store opening will coincide with the completion of the Phase II section of The Shops at Canton Crossing, a 90,000 square foot addition that is expected to begin construction this November. The Shops at Canton Crossing fronts on Boston Street and is bordered by S. Baylis Street on the west and S. Haven Street to the east. The shopping center is located one-half mile from Boston Street Exit off Interstate 95.

“We look forward to adding a Nordstrom Rack at Canton Crossing – a more convenient location for customers who live and work closer to downtown,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We’re excited to bring the great Rack brands our customers expect at great prices when we open our doors in 2019.”

The new store will be the sixth Nordstrom Rack in Maryland and first in Baltimore. Nordstrom also operates four full-line stores in the state, and began serving Maryland customers in 1991 with its store within Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.

“The Shops at Canton Crossing features more national retailers than any other shopping center venue in Baltimore City, and the addition of Nordstrom Rack will provide downtown residents, employees and visitors another highly-respected and recognized brand,” explained Mark Sapperstein of 28 Walker Development. “The shopping center has succeeded by providing retail offerings that match the demographic profile of new City residents, and shifting shopping habits that previously drew consumers to suburban-area malls and centers. Nordstrom Rack provides another powerful reason to visit The Shops at Canton Crossing and furthers our goal of creating an everyday shopping destination within Baltimore City’s eastern core.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. Nordstrom Rack merchandise, available at Rack stores and at Nordstromrack.com, comes from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands available at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About The Shops at Canton Crossing
The Shops at Canton Crossing is a project of BCP Investors, a partnership comprised of local developers including Mark Sapperstein of 28 Walker Development; Doug Schmidt and Neil Tucker of Workshop Development; and David Strouse of Birchwood Capital Partners. For additional information, visit www.theshopsatcantoncrossing.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
Jessica.Canfield@nordstrom.com

Larry Lichtenauer
Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.
(410) 363-6205
Larry@LawrenceHoward.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom Rack in Manhattan at The Durst Organization’s 855 6th Avenue to open in fall 2017

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Feb. 15, 2017) plans to open a Nordstrom Rack in Manhattan at The Durst Organization’s 855 6th Avenue. The approximately 46,500-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

Nordstrom Rack will occupy the first three floors of the newly constructed office/residential tower. The location is on the corner of 31st Street, two blocks from Herald Square.

“We are thrilled to announce a second Nordstrom Rack store in Manhattan,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack. “Having a store near Herald Square – one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world – is very exciting for us, and we look forward to offering visitors and residents of New York an additional location to shop with us.”

This will be the 2nd Nordstrom Rack store in Manhattan. The company has also announced plans to open a Manhattan flagship Nordstrom store in 2019.

“We are proud to welcome Nordstrom Rack to 855 Sixth Avenue,” said Jonathan (Jody) Durst, President of The Durst Organization. “With 375 rental units, 150,000 square feet of office space and now 46,500 square feet of retail, the building is a perfect reflection of the diversity, energy and connectivity of the NoMad neighborhood. We look forward to many years of success with Nordstrom Rack at 855.”

The Durst Organization was represented in-house by Eric Engelhardt, Rocco Romeo, Lindsey Ravesloot and Meghan Duffany and by Ross Berkowitz, Robert Futterman and Peter Whitenack of Robert K. Futterman & Associates, LLC.  Nordstrom, Inc, was represented by Stephen Stephanou and Thibaud Veil of Crown Retail Services, LLC

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. Nordstrom Rack merchandise, available at Rack stores and at Nordstromrack.com, comes from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands available at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About The Durst Organization
The Durst Organization, founded in 1915 by Joseph Durst, is the owner, manager and builder of 13 million square feet of premiere Manhattan office towers and 1,950 residential rental units with 3,400 in development. The Durst Organization is recognized as a world leader in the development of high-performance and environmentally advanced commercial and residential buildings.  www.durst.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
Jessica.Canfield@nordstrom.com

Jordan Barowitz
The Durst Organization
(212) 257-6605
jbarowitz@durst.org

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Starbucks named third most admired company in the world according to Fortune magazine

Starbucks named third most admired company in the world according to Fortune magazine

 

Seattle, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has been named the third most admired company in the world, according to Fortune magazine’s latest research, and is the number one company worldwide in the food service industry. This is the company’s highest ranking on the global list, where it has appeared every year since 2003. Starbucks is also ranked number one in the areas of innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products and services.

Fortune calls its list “the definitive report card on corporate reputations,” which it has published since 1983. For this year’s survey, Fortune collaborated with Korn Ferry Hay Group to create the list from a starting base of 1,500 candidates, made up of the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. They then surveyed 3,800 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25 percent in last year’s surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20 percent of their industry.

What’s ahead for Starbucks growth and innovation? On December 7, 2016, the company outlined its five-year plan for strong global growth and innovation to an audience of investors at Starbucks Biennial Investor Conference in New York City. See the 10 Big Announcements from Starbucks 2016 Investor Day.

Media Contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Starbucks launches limited-edition collection of Lilly Pulitzer S’well bottles

Starbucks launches limited-edition collection of Lilly Pulitzer S’well bottles

 

Seattle, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A little bit of sunshine can be hard to find this time of year. But starting today (February 15), Starbucks customers can get their own splash of the tropics with a limited-edition collection of S’well bottles, designed by iconic fashion brand Lilly Pulitzer and inspired by the Palm Beach lifestyle.

The 17-ounce S’well bottles, which keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours, are available in 4,000 U.S. Starbucks locations, as well as online later this spring, while supplies last.

They will feature four colorful designs hand-painted in the Lilly Pulitzer print studio:

Palm Beach Jungle

Siren’s Calling

Resort Escape Floral

Fresh Squeezed

“Wrapping Lilly Pulitzer prints on our bottles instantly transported us to summer days and had us itching to head to the beach with a bottle full of Starbucks® Cold Brew,” said Sarah Kauss, S’well founder and CEO. “They are the perfect accessory for warm, sunny days or for daydreaming about them in the middle of winter.”

This is the first time Starbucks has featured Lilly Pulitzer in its stores, a brand that has been embraced by generations of sun-followers. Lilly Pulitzer first created her signature sleeveless dress in 1959 to wear as a uniform at her Palm Beach juice stand, its print a colorful pink, green, yellow and orange to camouflage juice stains. Soon, she began selling more of her “Lillys” than juice and her eponymous brand reimagined American resort wear.

The collaboration between the three brands now brings the bohemian playfulness of beach life to customers around the country. Or, as Janie Paradis, Lilly Pulitzer’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Creative Communications said, “It’s the must-have sidekick for all things sunny.”

Media Contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Amazon Original Series Hand of God Season two returns on Prime Video on March 10

All ten episodes of season two will be available globally on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories later this year

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Season two of the Amazon Original Series Hand of God will premiere on Prime Video on March 10. Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Amazon.com/handofgod. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. Hand of God will be a global release and available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets. The show will also be available later this year on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Created and written by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), Hand of God returns with Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), starring as Judge Pernell Harris. The hard-living, law-bending king of San Vicente, “Judge Maximum” has finally hit bottom as he faces trial for the murder of a cop. While his visions and the ghost of his son will slowly lead Pernell through a conspiracy that is bigger than he could have imagined, they will threaten his relationship with his wife and everything he holds dear. This season, Judge Maximum must fight on two fronts—to restore his sanity and gain his freedom.

Hand of God also stars Dana Delany (Body of Proof) as the Judge’s estranged wife Crystal Harris, who is on a mission to secure her son’s legacy, Andre Royo (The Wire) as the gregarious, smart-yet-slick mayor Robert ‘Bobo’ Boston, Garret Dillahunt (Justified) as KD, the born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Emayatzy Corinealdi (Roots) as Pernell’s former call girl and confidante Tessie, Alona Tal (Supernatural) as Pernell’s grieving daughter-in-law Jocelyn Harris, Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars) as the morally questionable preacher Paul Curtis, and Elizabeth McLaughlin (Betrayal) as the preacher’s sultry girlfriend, Alicia.

This season the all-star cast is joined by Linda Gray (Dallas), Nia Long (The Best Man) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office).

Season one has an average customer rating of 4.3. Here’s what customers have been saying:

  • “This was fantastic.”
  • “This is an intriguing, well thought out, extremely well written and well produced show.”
  • “It had me hooked from the first scene.”
  • “This show truly keeps you guessing the entire time. Beautiful written, acted, and directed.”
  • “Great. I watched every show in three days. Can’t wait for next season.”
  • “I love the show!!! Could not stop watching, can’t wait for season two.”
  • “This show was so entertaining, I couldn’t stop watching it. Love it.”

“We are excited to give Prime members the answers to the mysteries of Hand of God season one,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “We are hopeful that this final chapter will be a satisfying one for fans of the series.”

Watkins, Marc Forster (World War Z), Perlman, Brian Wilkins (All I See is You) and Craig Siebels (Burn Notice) are Executive Producers of Hand of God, and Jillian Kugler (World War Z) is co-Executive Producer.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership – to view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Sears opens first-of-its-kind DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears in San Antonio, Texas

Sears opens first-of-its-kind DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears in San Antonio, Texas

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears is opening a first-of-its-kind DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears that is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s driver. The new store at 8551 Wurzbach Road in San Antonio, Texas, opens on Friday, February 17.

The DieHard Auto Center leverages interactive in-store merchandise displays and advanced diagnostic technology. It offers a suite of services and amenities, including:

  • DieHard 360° Vehicle Assessment: Looking to buy or sell a used car? Customers can get a comprehensive 120-point inspection to assess the vehicle’s condition to help them buy, sell, or just maintain their vehicle with confidence.
  • DieHard Edge Maintenance Plans: Provides 36 months or 45,000 miles, (whichever comes first) of covered maintenance locked in at today’s discounted prices (savings range from 25% to 40% off regular retail prices), DieHard Edge is available in three flexible plans.
  • Digital Tire Journey: A web app that relies on IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier service to help customers identify the appropriate tires to fit their driving preferences. Customers can also use touchscreens in store to access the Digital Tire Journey.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Enabling customers to be productive or entertained while their vehicle is serviced.

“The new DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears is another example of how we’re unleashing the power of the DieHard brand,” said Brian Kaner, president of Sears Automotive.  “It offers state-of-the-art technology and services in a contemporary, comfortable setting – that, combined with our experienced associates, can help today’s drivers make the right choices for their vehicle’s needs.”

“DieHard is America’s most trusted automotive battery brand,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands. “In 2016, we introduced DieHard tires, which have been well-received by our customers, as we have continued to see positive, strong sales since their introduction. As we have also expanded the brand into automotive consumer electronics accessories, it’s a natural evolution to extend the brand to automotive service. Now, when you bring your vehicle to a DieHard Auto Center, you can have the same peace of mind you expect from DieHard products.”

During Friday’s grand opening celebration, members and customers can enjoy free food and prizes, including: DieHard wi-fi maintainers valued at $99.99 and compact lithium jump starters valued at $69.99. In addition, KJ97 IHeart radio will be broadcasting from the store on Friday.

The celebration will continue over the weekend, with the DieHard Auto Center giving away a DieHard 360 Vehicle Assessment on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb.19 to two lucky winners. In addition, key vendors including AutoZone®, Continental Tire®, Michelin Tire® and Valvoline® will participate in the celebration.

DieHard Auto Center specials throughout the grand opening weekend include:

  • An additional 10 percent off DieHard batteries, starting as low as $99.99 (offer valid in-store only through March 2, 2017).
  • Buy three, get one free on all DieHard tires with installation, plus get an additional 10 percent off (offer valid in-store only through March 2, 2017).
  • 50 percent off oil changes (offer valid through March 2, 2017)
    • $14.99 conventional oil
    • $24.99 blend oil
    • $34.99 synthetic oil
    • Includes up to 5 quarts of Valvoline® oil and $3.49 filter

Operating hours for the new DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears are Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m.– 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. For more information about the new San AntonioDieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears, visit Searsauto.com/diehardauto.

About Sears Auto Center
Sears Auto Center is a leading provider of automotive maintenance and repair services and parts, with more than 600 locations nationwide offering a full array of passenger and light truck tires, including RoadHandler™, Michelin® and Goodyear®, DieHard tires, DieHard batteries, Craftsman®auto accessories and more. Sears has a long history as America’s trusted place for car care, having offered auto parts since 1905 and service since 1931. Sears Auto Center offers customers convenient locations and hours – open seven days a week, as well as an extensive menu of services. Sears Auto Center is a division of Sears, Roebuck and Co. For more information on Sears Auto Center please visit www.SearsAuto.com. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SearsAuto | Twitter @SearsAuto.

About the DieHard brand
Introduced in 1967, Sears designed the original DieHard automotive battery to produce 35 percent more usable starting power than other similar batteries. Featuring a revolutionary tough, thin-walled case of translucent polypropylene plastic, which was 50 percent thinner than conventional black rubber-type battery enclosures, the design’s extra room meant bigger plates, more acid and extra starting power. During testing, not a single failure was reported in over 26,000 starts in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to more than 100 degrees, hence the name “DieHard.” See more DieHard history and compelling “Battery Torture” video at www.DieHard.com.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co. 
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Larry Costello
Sears Holdings
(847) 286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

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Yigal Azrouel launches exclusive, limited-edition collection at Macy’s

Yigal Azrouel launches exclusive, limited-edition collection at Macy’s

 

The new line of architecturally feminine blouses, dresses and jackets is available now at 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com

NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s today (Feb. 15, 2017) announced the release of an exclusive, new collection by famed designer Yigal Azrouel. YYIGAL, an architecturally-influenced, limited-edition line, embodies the sophisticated and feminine spirit of the Yigal Azrouel brand through signature tops, blouses, faux-leather motorcycle jackets, intricate dresses and a statement jumpsuit. YYIGAL is available at 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com today.

“YYigal represents the effortless style, cool confidence and modern sophistication that is at the core of my brand,” said Yigal Azrouel. “From the intricate lace detailing and architectural silhouettes, to the delicate draping that has become signature to my design; each piece was created to stand out and make the wearer feel empowered. This is my first collaboration with Macy’s, and they’ve been an incredible partner in helping bring my point-of-view to their customers.”

The dynamic line taps into the core aesthetic of Yigal Azrouel’s design DNA—as it combines delicate draping with expert construction, resulting in a collection that is fresh and modern, but also exudes the timelessness inherent in high style. Vivid prints are rendered in a refined color palette of black, white and blush, and lace embellishments, inserts and bodices are new and edgy interpretations of the traditionally hyper-romantic and feminine fabric.

“Yigal Azrouel is an iconic New York designer known for his impeccable attention to detail and designs that make women look and feel amazing,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “He is a master at drawing inspiration from his various interests in travel, architecture, and of course, New York City, and creating breathtaking clothing that speaks to the modern woman. We’re bringing this seasoned, fashion-first practical approach to every day dressing to the Macy’s customer in a new way through this collection, and she’s going to love it.”

The pieces are reflective of Azrouel’s New York roots and global vision, and thoroughly embody today’s woman and her life. The clothing is bold and powerful, yet sophisticated and continental, and clean silhouettes make for easy wearing, day-to-night dressing. The effortlessly cool collection projects confidence, style and an ultra-chic urbane flare.

The exclusive, limited-edition collection retails between $69 and $199, and is available in 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

Media Relations:
Julie Strider
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

Billy Dumé
646-429-7449
billy.dume@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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Lowe’s hiring 1,700 full-time employees to fill new customer support and central production office positions

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Each week, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) serves more than 17 million customers in stores, online, on the phone, in customers’ homes and on the jobsite. To continue helping customers wherever – and whenever – they need support, the company is hiring 1,700 full-time employees between now and October to fill new customer support and central production office positions.

“While home improvement inspiration and product selection often begins online and progresses at the store, the work starts at home,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer. “We want to be there every step of the way as customers move this work forward, whether it’s answering questions for DIY customers or coordinating the work for them through installation services. The central production office and contact center employees who join the Lowe’s team will be part of our continued omni-channel journey to better serve customers.”

Lowe’s customer support centers are located in Indianapolis, Albuquerque, N.M., and Wilkesboro, N.C., enabling the company to provide localized customer support across the U.S. Available customer support positions include representatives to assist the customers who call or email Lowe’s to process orders, schedule repairs or ask questions about specific products. Ideal candidates have computer proficiency and customer service experience.

In July 2016, Lowe’s launched a central production office out of its Indianapolis customer support center to provide customers with at-home installation services. Since its opening, the central production office has facilitated nearly 400,000 customer installations. To broaden this service to customers in the South, the company is expanding its central production office within its Wilkesboro customer support center.

Available central production office roles, which are based in Wilkesboro or Indianapolis, include service and production coordinators, field project specialists, supervisors and managers. Ideal central production office candidates have a broad knowledge of remodeling, project management and construction practices, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

The available positions per location are as follows (numbers are approximate):

Location Available positions
Indianapolis More than 500 customer support representatives
and central production office positions
Albuquerque More than 500 customer support representatives
Wilkesboro More than 600 customer support representatives
and central production office positions

Lowe’s full-time employees are eligible for a 10 percent employee discount, incentive programs, 401(k), discounted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement and paid time off for community volunteering.

In addition to full-time contact center and central production office roles, Lowe’s is also now hiring more than 45,000 seasonal employees across the U.S. to support customer needs during the busy spring season.

To learn more about available positions in your area and apply online, visit jobs.lowes.com or your local Lowe’s store.

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 Lowes.com.

Media Inquiries:

Tel: 704-758-2917
Email: PublicRelations@Lowes.com

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Lowe’s hiring 1,700 full-time employees to fill new customer support and central production office positions

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

H&M celebrates Coachella with new H&M Loves Coachella collection

H&M celebrates Coachella with new H&M Loves Coachella collection

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheer feminine layers mixed with embellished denim for women, and the perfect graphic prints for guys, are at the heart of H&M Loves Coachella, an exclusive collection in collaboration with one of the world’s greatest festivals. It’s about capturing that festival spirit whether you’re lucky enough to be in the Californian desert, or sharing the Coachella feeling around the world. H&M Loves Coachella will be available in the US from March 23 and globally from March 30 in all H&M stores that carry Divided, as well as online.

This year’s campaign for H&M Loves Coachella will feature an exclusive new video by The Atomics, the alternative pop band of Lucky Blue Smith and his sisters Pyper America, Starlie and Daisy Clementine. In the video, The Atomics cover Let’s Live For Today by The Grass Roots, showing how the Coachella look spreads worldwide beyond the festival itself.

“We loved collaborating with the Coachella team for this collection. They gave us such great feedback on our designs,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director.

“H&M Loves Coachella has all the pieces to get the festival spirit, wherever you are in the world,” The Atomics.

Key pieces in this year’s H&M Loves Coachella collection include the sheer black lace spaghetti-strap dress, worn with a faux suede studded choker and pink heart sunglasses. Lace-trimmed slip-dresses have festival attitude layered over hand-drawn Coachella T’s, while the essential floral-embroidered denim jacket is perfect over a metallic body with a sheer powder-pink pleated mesh skirt – finish the look with large gold star earrings. For the ultimate in festival style, there’s the essential hoodie and also a metallic anorak, plus a black body suit with an open-laced back.

For men, it’s about the perfect tie-dye T-shirt with matching tie-dye drawstring shorts. A white cotton tank has gothic Coachella graphics on the back and the cut- off denim shorts has biker details at the knee, for a sharp Coachella mix. Meanwhile an Ikat printed short sleeve shirt makes the perfect layered look together with a pair of faded festival jeans.

For images and campaign music video visit our Image Gallery.

#HMLovesCoachella

Contact:

Phone: +46 8 796 55 00
Fax: +46 8 20 99 19

Source: H&M

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Breathe California and CVS Health announce Anti-Tobacco Video Contest finalists

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Student filmmakers from high schools and middle schools across the state received regional honors in the third annual Anti-Tobacco Video Contest for the Public Service Announcements (PSA) produced to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco. The contest, organized by Breathe California as part of a $100,000 grant from CVS Health, invited middle- and high-school students in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco to submit a PSA video on their vision of the first tobacco-free generation.

Statewide winners will be announced on Saturday, February 25 in Sacramento as part of the Breathe Youth Media Awards, a unique youth choice awards program that aims to engage teens in anti-tobacco initiatives, such as rating tobacco use in popular movies, and educational opportunities around the dangers of smoking and e-cigarettes.

“The PSA videos are a great way for students to have conversations about the dangers of tobacco with their teachers and peers in their own words and to imagine what the first tobacco-free generation will look like,” said Kori Titus, CEO, Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. “We are very grateful to CVS Health for their support and leadership in helping to deliver the first tobacco-free generation.”

Of the 50 entries submitted for the contest, the following middle- and high-school level PSAs were chosen as regional finalists and have been entered into the statewide Breathe Youth Media Awards:

  • Naveet Khaira, Jasminder Mann, Jennifer Roberts; Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento)
  • Matt Grossman, Josh Davis, Ben Vechter, Gabrielle Ferraro, Vincent Seyford, Derek Gale; Rio Americano High School (Sacramento)
  • Tasneem Imbabi, Bella Simanhadi, Juliette Lopez, Anna Gorban, Kaitlyn Valdez; Gold River Discovery Center (Gold River)
  • Liron Day, Manan Chopra; Dublin High School (Dublin)
  • Sophie Azriel; Sunnyvale Middle School (Sunnyvale)
  • Carlos Martinez, Elida Hernandez, Alondra Hernandez, Marvin Segovia, Mikhael Torres, Pedro Hernandez, Juliana Rodriguez, Afram Malki, Bryant Torres, Xochill Navarro, Leslie Morales, Alondra Hernande; Robert Fulton College Preparatory School (Van Nuys)
  • Lorcan McSharp, John Lamm, Alex Kong; Northgate High School (Walnut Creek)
  • Courtney Villasenor, Donovan Toney, Savanna Soto, Samantha De Alba, Alisa Moran, Logan Torosian, Angela Wesson, Nicholas Jackson, Alondra Carrillo, Esperanza Ayon, Leslie Alonso; McKee Middle School (Bakersfield)

CVS Health’s support for Breathe California affiliates is part of Be The First, the company’s five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation and extend the company’s commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives. With support and funding through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, Be The First supports comprehensive education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming delivered by a group of best-in-class partner organizations.

“Tobacco use, especially among our youth, is one of the most pressing public health issues that we face today,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health. “We’re proud to support Breathe California whose mission is to promote a tobacco-free generation and we look forward to continuing our work with them to harness the passion of young people to make an impact on the issues they care about.”

In addition to the PSA contest, the grant provided by CVS Health will help each of the Breathe chapters expand their youth prevention training and education programming. Throughout the state, the Breathe affiliates will work to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services, as well as help to shape policies that support a healthier and safer California. To view the winning local PSAs, please visit http://bit.ly/2lQdheJ.

For more information about Be The First and CVS Health’s commitment to tobacco-free living, please visit www.cvshealth.com/bethefirst.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Mary Alfieri
CVS Health
Mary.Alfieri@CVSHealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health Research Institute study emphasizes the role a private retailer can play in restricting access to tobacco

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newly published research from the CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) Research Institute emphasizes the role a private retailer can play in restricting access to tobacco and improving public health. The study, published online today (Feb. 16, 2017 ) in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that the Company’s decision to remove tobacco from all CVS Pharmacy stores reduced the number of cigarette purchases across all retail settings with an even greater impact on those who bought cigarettes exclusively at CVS Pharmacy. The research confirms and expands upon initial impact data released on the one-year anniversary of the Company’s removal of cigarettes and other tobacco products from its retail stores.

“When we removed tobacco from our shelves, a significant number of our customers simply stopped buying and hopefully smoking cigarettes altogether instead of just altering their cigarette purchasing habits,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health and an author of the study. “This research proves that our decision had a powerful public health impact by disrupting access to cigarettes and helping more of our customers on their path to better health.”

The study assessed the impact of CVS Health’s discontinuation of tobacco sales by analyzing data from a nationally representative survey of consumers’ cigarette purchasing behavior at drug, food, big box, dollar, convenience and gas station retailers prior to and one year following the Company’s decision. While the Company’s decision reduced cigarette purchases across all retail settings, those who purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS Pharmacy were 38 percent more likely to stop buying cigarettes, and those who purchased three or more packs per month were more than twice as likely to stop buying cigarettes altogether.

“CVS Health’s decision to end tobacco sales has had a substantial and measurable impact on improving our nation’s health,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “These newly published results make it increasingly untenable for responsible retailers especially those that provide health care services to continue selling tobacco products. We also urge parents and other consumers concerned about health to patronize retailers that don’t sell tobacco products, such as those on our website, www.ShopTobaccoFree.org.”

Following CVS Health’s decision to exit tobacco in 2014, the company has extended its commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives through increased smoking cessation resources and a focus on youth tobacco use and prevention. In 2016, CVS Health announced Be The First, a five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation. With support and funding through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, Be The First supports comprehensive education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming delivered in concert with a group of national partner organizations.

“Tobacco use, especially among our youth, is one of the most pressing public health issues that we face today,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “While smoking rates among children and adults have declined over the past decade, approximately 36.5 million adults still smoke and 3,200 people under age 18 smoke their first cigarette every day. Reducing tobacco use continues to be a public health priority, which we are committed to addressing.”

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths each year, $170 billion in medical costs and $156 billion in lost productivity. For more information on CVS Health’s commitment to tobacco-free living, visit www.CVSHealth.com/BeTheFirst.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Contacts:

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

Mary Alfieri
CVS Health
(401) 770-8078
mary.alfieri@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today (Feb. 16, 2017) was named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine. CVS Health was honored as No. 45 on the corporate rankings list, and No. 1 in its industry sector, Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services.

“We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition from FORTUNE,” said Larry J. Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO. “This distinguished ranking is a direct reflection of the outstanding talent and innovation at CVS Health, as well as the passion of our 240,000 colleagues who work each day to fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is based on company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors and analysts. Ranking attributes range from innovativeness and quality of products to the retention of talented people and responsibility to the community and the environment.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments, including CVS Health being ranked #3 on Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2016 and among the World’s Most Valuable Brands by Forbes . The company also received awards recognizing its innovation, leadership, and workplace practices by CIO (100 Best Companies for IT Innovation), Corporate Responsibility Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens) and Human Rights Campaign (Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality).

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Joe Goode
401-770-9820
JLGoode@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CarMax celebrates grand opening of its new location in Murrieta, California

Company announces $40,000 in contributions to four local organizations

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today (February 16, 2017)  celebrated the grand opening of its Murrieta store, the company’s largest multi-purpose location on the West Coast. CarMax Murrieta will serve as a reconditioning hub that will feed inventory to several of the company’s stores in southern California. The location will also house CarMax’s first, and largest, four-lane auction facility on the West Coast. In addition to production and auctions services, the 35-acre property has a separate building for selling used cars to the general public with the stress free, no-haggle buying experience CarMax is known for. The facility is located at 25560 Madison Avenue and has the capacity to stock up to 400 vehicles at a given time. The opening of this new location has brought more than 250 jobs to Murrieta.

“The CarMax Auctions business is continuing to grow and we have been holding two auctions per week at some of our CarMax locations in the Los Angeles region in order to keep up with demand,” said Carlos Raygoza, auction services location general manager of CarMax Murrieta. “The new four-lane auction facility in Murrieta will greatly support our continued growth, as we look forward to serving as many as 500 local dealers attending the auction on a weekly basis.”

The Murrieta location is one of two new stores that opened this month in the Los Angeles area. CarMax also opened a store in Palmdale. Together, the Murrieta and Palmdale stores have brought more than 300 jobs to the Los Angeles region.

In celebration of the Murrieta store opening, CarMax donated $5,000 to Michelle’s Place, a local nonprofit organization that supports women and their families with cancer care. CarMax associates recently volunteered with Michelle’s Place and nominated the organization to receive the donation.

CarMax also announced today that The CarMax Foundation will be providing a $10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club in Murrieta to support 100 local underserved youth. CarMax is also awarding a $10,000 grant to the Special Olympics Southern California to help fund sports equipment, coaching materials and transportation of youth athletes. CarMax associates nominated the Boys & Girls Club in Murrieta and Special Olympics Southern California to receive these grants.

“Our Murrieta associates have been so excited about the volunteer activities we’ve been doing with these wonderful organizations in the area,” said Christian Petersen, location general manager at CarMax Murrieta. “CarMax encourages associates to get involved and give back to our local communities and we are pleased to continue making a positive impact in Murrieta.”

The CarMax Foundation will also be donating an Imagination Playground valued at more than $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Perris through its partnership with KaBOOM! to make play more accessible to children and families. Imagination Playgrounds are innovative, loose-parts playgrounds that engage kids in creative play that is physically challenging and collaborative. The Boys & Girls Club of Perris partners with 13 local elementary schools and plans to incorporate the Imagination Playground in educational programming at each of these schools on a rotating basis.

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at carmax.com, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ). The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $35 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 170 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 23,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contacts:
Lindsey Duke
CarMax Public Relations
pr@carmax.com
Twitter: @CarMax
Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Source: CarMax

Saputo Inc. recalls certain Gouda cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Saputo Inc. recalls certain Gouda cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

 

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saputo Inc. (Saputo), is voluntarily recalling certain Gouda cheese products in the United States after having been notified by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana that some specialty Gouda cheese products that it supplied to Saputo’s Green Bay, Wisconsin facility may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The affected retail products are the Great Midwest® Applewood Smoked Gouda cheeses listed in the table below. As a precautionary measure, Saputo is also recalling the Dutchmark® Smoked Gouda cheeses listed in the table below, which were packaged on the same line. Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Brand Product Pack Size UPC Sell By Date
Great Midwest® Applewood Smoked Gouda Cheese Random Weight
~6 pounds
No UPC SELL BY MAY 22 17
G7/1 00:00
Random weight slices or chunks cut at stores Sliced/chunked cut at stores – No UPC ALL CODE DATES
Brand Product Pack Size UPC Sell By Date
Dutchmark® Pasteurized Processed Smoked Gouda Cheese Random Weight
~2 pounds
No UPC BEST WHEN USED BY:11-18-17

No illnesses due to consumption of these products have been reported. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The recalled products were sold to retailers nationwide. The Great Midwest Applewood® Smoked Gouda cheeses were sold primarily in retail stores at deli counters and deli cases. Saputo is working with impacted customers to ensure that the recalled products are removed from the marketplace. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products identified in the table above with the specified sell by date are urged to dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. No other Saputo products are affected by this recall.

This recall is being initiated with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, consumers with questions may contact Saputo at 1-877-578-1510 between 9 am and 9 pm EST, Monday – Friday.

About Saputo

Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, the largest cheese manufacturer and the leading fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the third largest dairy processor in Argentina, and the fourth largest in Australia. In the US, Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products. Our products are sold in several countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, COON, Cracker Barrel*, Dairyland, DairyStar, Friendship Dairies, Frigo Cheese Heads, La Paulina, Milk2Go/Lait’s Go, Neilson, Nutrilait, Scotsburn*, Stella, Sungold, Treasure Cave and Woolwich Dairy. Saputo Inc. is a publicly traded company and its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SAP”.

*Trademark used under licence.

Consumers Contact:

Saputo
1-877-578-1510

Media Contact:

1-866-648-5902

Source: FDA

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Naloxone now available at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Feb. 15, 2017) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at more than 630 pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

“As the epidemic continues to grow, as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent statistic, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With the ability to dispense naloxone without a prescription in more than 20 states, Rite Aid is not only showing its commitment to increasing customer access to this potentially lifesaving medication, but we are also raising awareness and helping fight drug abuse in the communities we serve.”

Naloxone is also available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 17 additional states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

To date, Rite Aid has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is   also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Perry Ellis International and Roffe Accessories collaborate for Rafaella Handbags and Accessories

MIAMI, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. announced today ( Feb. 16, 2017 ) it has entered into a license agreement with Roffe Accessories, Inc. granting rights to design and distribute handbags, small leather goods, cold weather accessories, hats, scarves and cover-ups under the Rafaella™ brand in the US and Canada.  The new line will be distributed in department stores, specialty retail stores and online with a product launch scheduled for Fall 2017.

Rafaella™ is the brand women rely on for fashion that fits and flatters her shape, her sense of style, her life.  Since 1982, Rafaella has focused on understanding the needs of the modern woman who leads an on-the-go lifestyle. With this in mind, Rafaella offers apparel that has superior fit, that feels good, and that goes easily from day to night, work to play. Staying in step with what’s on-trend, Rafaella makes it easy to create looks that inspire and empower today’s woman, whether she’s a petite or plus size.

“Our ability to offer a wide-range of women remarkable quality, fit and figure-flattering fashion across many product categories and classifications has added to the success of the Rafaella brand,” commented George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.  “We are excited to collaborate with Roffe on this project.”

“We are thrilled to add Rafaella to our portfolio of brands,” remarked Roffe Accessories, Inc.’s President, Murray Roffe. “We have developed a great collection of fashion handbags and accessories that exemplify the core values of the Rafaella brand: sophisticated styling, innovative design, quality fabrics and functional benefits.”

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®,  Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About USA Apparel Group
Roffe Accessories is a men’s and women’s wholesale apparel company located in New York City. Founded in 1989 by Murray Roffe, Roffe Accessories started as a neckwear and accessory company and diversified its business in 2002 into men’s and women’s apparel. Today Roffe Accessories is one of the leaders in the industry and is known for its innovations in both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.

Roffe Accessories designs and markets to the luxury market in men’s and women’s woven shirts, belts, wallets, scarves and neckwear under several brands that include Duchamp, XMI, Bermuda Style, and 1 like no other. We are also proud to license brands such as English Laundry, Haines and Bonner, Nicole Miller and Beau Brummel.

Contact:
Pamela Fields
Pamela.fields@pery.com
212-536-5602

Paul Toscano
ptoscano@roffeaccessories.com
212-213-1440 Ext. 717

Source: Perry Ellis International, Inc./globenewswire

Albert Heijn breidt assortiment scharrel- en biologische kip uit

Albert Heijn breidt assortiment scharrel- en biologische kip uit

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sinds kort is er in 275 winkels nog meer keuze in het schap met scharrel- en biologische kip. Naast het basisassortiment worden nieuwe ‘gemaksproducten’ geïntroduceerd zoals gemarineerde scharrelkipfilet, scharrelkip-ovenschotels, schnitzels en burgers.

Albert Heijn verkoopt het meeste scharrel- en biologische vlees van Nederland en wil met deze stap de consumptie van duurzame kip nog meer stimuleren. Om de uitbreiding van het assortiment te realiseren hebben we de keten flink uitgebreid. Voor biologische kip is een nieuwe keten opgezet. Daarnaast proberen we zoveel mogelijk de gehele kip te gebruiken. Door niet alleen producten van de borst(filet) te maken maar bijvoorbeeld ook van de kippendij.

Al jaren werkt Albert Heijn stap voor stap aan het verduurzamen van het eigen merk assortiment vlees. Al het varkensvlees en varkensvleeswaren uit Nederland zijn inmiddels voorzien van minimaal 1 Beter Leven ster van de Dierenbescherming. Vanaf 2016 verkopen we een kip die vitaler en sterker is en meer ruimte heeft, de nieuwe AH kip. In datzelfde jaar zijn we overgestapt naar de nieuwe AH kalkoen, een vitaler ras met meer ruimte. Ook zijn de verse maaltijden en maaltijdsalades naar de nieuwe Albert Heijn kip en de stoommaaltijden naar het Beter Leven keurmerk met 1 ster overgegaan. Sinds begin dit jaar zijn we gestart met een slimme voedingswijze om antibioticagebruik bij scharrelkippen verder terug te dringen.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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Chick-fil-A and Feeding Children Everywhere meal-packing event packed a record-breaking one million meals for children in need

Chick-fil-A and Feeding Children Everywhere meal-packing event packed a record-breaking one million meals for children in need

 

ATLANTA, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 5,000 Chick-fil-A® restaurant franchise owners, home office employees and their spouses packed a record-breaking one million meals for food-insecure children while gathered at the company’s annual conference in Dallas on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Chick-fil-A partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere –a national non-profit organization that provides tens of millions of healthy meals for hungry children across the globe to pack the meals, which will be distributed to families with limited or uncertain access to adequate food living in 13 states around the country.

The meal-packing event was part of the non-profit’s Hunger Projects initiative – a high-energy, practical way for organizations and groups to make a tangible difference in the fight against global hunger.

Each meal contains balanced portions of lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables and pink Himalayan salt, intended to serve as a sustainable addition to a child’s daily diet. The meals will be distributed over the next week to communities in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

“When Truett Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, it was to do more than just sell chicken – he also wanted to have a positive impact in the local community,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “Now that we’ve expanded to thousands of local communities, our local franchise owners find meaningful ways to give back to communities throughout the year, and this is one more way we can make a collective difference. We thank the more than 5,000 franchise owners, home office employees and their spouses who came together for this exciting, impactful event.”

Chick-fil-A restaurant franchisees and home office employees have packed nearly four million meals since the company first teamed up with Feeding Children Everywhere in 2014.

In addition to providing meals to those in need, Chick-fil-A is also committed to supporting the Team Members who work in the restaurants. As part of the company’s commitment to giving back, this year Chick-fil-A also more than doubled its investment in Team Members’ college educations, providing $4.9 million in scholarships in 2017 alone. Since Chick-fil-A began awarding scholarships to Team Members in 1973, the company has awarded nearly $36 million to 36,000 Team Members.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $8 billion in 2016, which marks 49 consecutive years of sales growth. In 2016, Chick-fil-A was named the Technomic Consumer’s Choice for “providing value through service” and QSR Magazine named the company “the most polite restaurant in the country” in its annual drive-thru report. Chick-fil-A was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. in 2016. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com

Source: Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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Commissary Agency kicks off 150th anniversary celebration

FORT LEE, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Patrons can expect to see special promotions, contests and a lot of birthday flair as the Defense Commissary Agency and its industry partners kick off the 150th anniversary celebration of the modern commissary benefit.

“From now through the actual July 1 anniversary date, commissaries worldwide will highlight the long history of the commissary benefit and the great savings and value the benefit has brought to our military community since 1867,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director.

DeCA is beginning the observance in February with kick-off banners placed at all stores worldwide. Over the next five months, other scheduled anniversary events and activities include the following:

  • Limited edition, specially labeled products using nostalgic commissary photos and the 150th gold logo
  • Celebrity endorsements at commissaries with in-store radio
  • Beginning in March and ending July 31, commissaries will use their “Wall of Value” locations for the “150 Years of Value and Savings!,” directing shoppers to discounted promotional savings on products.
  • Other events will be tied to the month of May for Military Appreciation Month and the worldwide Healthy Lifestyle Festivals in June. Patrons are encouraged to check their local store for details of specific anniversary events such as cake-cutting ceremonies.

The 150th anniversary observance ties back to the official beginning of the modern commissary benefit on July 1, 1867. It was on that date, two years following the Civil War, that enlisted men received the same privileges available to officers since 1825 – the right to purchase goods, “at cost price,” from their post’s subsistence department warehouses. These sales could take place at any post in the United States or its territories, wherever the local commander deemed them necessary, regardless of location.

As years passed, retirees, spouses and families also became eligible shoppers. The commissaries mirrored changes and progress in the civilian retail grocery industry, from self-service to product proliferation. As the nation sent its armed forces overseas, commissaries followed: Cuba, the Philippines, China, and Panama all had U.S. military commissaries before 1905.

Surcharges came and went. During the World Wars, commissaries spread all over the globe, from Europe and the Middle East to the Far East and even South America.

The Navy and Marine Corps opened their first commissaries in 1909-1910, and when the Air Force came into being in 1947, it inherited commissaries at Army Air Force bases and airfields.

For many years, the posts and bases had plenty of leeway in running their stores. After World War II, the services began taking firmer control of their commissaries, professionalizing the staffs and creating career paths for military and civilian employees alike. By the 1980s, the four major services each had their own commissary system. DeCA was begun in 1991 to create cost savings and store uniformity, bringing together all the stores of the four services.

“At DeCA we want to celebrate our military members and their families for all they do to serve this nation,” Russ said. “We may be throwing the party, but the celebration belongs to our patrons.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source:  The Defense Commissary Agency

Stockmann welcomes Kai Laitinen as Chief Financial Officer

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kai Laitinen (born 1970), M.Sc.(Business Administration), has been appointed as Stockmann’s Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the Management Team. Kai Laitinen has most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Finavia Oyj and before that he held several financial management positions at Outokumpu Oyj. Kai Laitinen will join Stockmann at the latest in August 2017 and he will report to CEO Lauri Veijalainen.

“I would like to warmly welcome Kai Laitinen to Stockmann. Kai has solid experience as a CFO and he will bring us the financial expertise that will complement the Management Team’s know-how very well,” says CEO Lauri Veijalainen.

“I am excited about this interesting new position at Stockmann and being able to join the turnaround of the company. I believe that my earlier, diverse experience in finance will benefit the successful management of the task,” says Kai Laitinen.

Further information:
Lauri Veijalainen
CEO
tel.: +358 9 121 5062

Nora Malin
Director, Corporate Communications
tel.: +358 9 121 3558

www.stockmanngroup.com

Source: STOCKMANN plc

Kum & Go opens the doors to its newest store in Ozark, Missouri

Brand new store features Marketplace store prototype, fresh food and a variety of fuel options

Ozark, MO, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kum & Go opens the doors Thursday, February 16, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Ozark, Missouri, at 901 West Jackson Street. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the first store in Ozark and was built with the new Marketplace store design which features a variety of unique offerings.  To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive on Thursday morning receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza.

The centerpiece of the store is an expanded and open food preparation area that customers can see from the moment they enter. Other location features include:

  • Elevated food experience with Kum & Go’s “Go Fresh Market”
  • Open kitchen layout, clear aisles and easy-to-navigate zones
  • Seating inside with heated patio seating outside
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations for customers
  • Designed for LEED-certified status, using energy efficient and sustainable design practice

“This new footprint represents everything that Kum & Go strives to be for our associates and for our customers,” said Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. “This is the evolution of our brand promise and business approach. Now customers can truly experience the “more” that we provide.”

The store will be open 24 hours a day. The phone number to the store is 417-485-4667.

Kum & Go operates 46 stores in the Springfield area, and more than 70 in the state of Missouri. Future locations of this new layout are planned for 2017 in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
kristie.bell@kumandgo.com
515-457-6266 (office)

Source: Kum & Go

New Avon LLC to relocate its NYC corporate headquarters from Midtown Manhattan to One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway

New York State’s Empire State Development Incentive to Support Company’s Expansion and Relocation to Brookfield’s One Liberty Plaza

New York, NY, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”), the leading social selling beauty company in North America, today (February 16, 2017) announced plans to relocate its New York City corporate headquarters from Midtown Manhattan to One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, in Lower Manhattan. Avon will move approximately 400 employees into an approximately 91,000 square foot space on two floors of the 54-story tower owned by Brookfield Properties.

Avon’s move is made possible in part by its partnership with New York State’s Empire State Development (ESD). The agency has provided the company with performance-based benefits including Excelsior Jobs Program refundable tax credits to support its expansion.

“As we work to build the best social selling experience for Avon Representatives and consumers, it was important for us to find an emerging and high energy location to inspire our innovative, entrepreneurial culture,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of New Avon LLC. “We were attracted to Lower Manhattan because it is a vibrant and growing area, anchored by the Freedom Tower and the Westfield World Trade Center. This location will embody the Avon of the future, so we’d like to thank Governor Cuomo and the team at Empire State Development for helping us make this exciting move a reality.”

“As the state’s business climate continues to improve, we are seeing more and more major companies, like Avon, choosing to relocate or expand their headquarters in New York State,” said ESD President, Chief Executive Officer & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “This company has a long, successful legacy operating in New York and we look forward to the new jobs and economic opportunity generated by their continued growth in the Empire State.”

Avon’s headquarter employees represent all core enterprise functions, including Marketing, Merchandising, Digital, Legal, Innovation, Finance, Human Resources and Supply Chain. The new location will feature an open concept to support employee collaboration and innovation. Avon expects to officially move into its new headquarters by late summer 2017.

One Liberty Plaza, with its central location at Broadway and Liberty Street, is one of the most prestigious buildings in Lower Manhattan. The 54-story, 2.3-million-square-foot steel and glass tower provides sweeping views of New York Harbor, the Hudson and East Rivers, and the surrounding areas. It features an open plaza at its entrance with direct access to Zuccotti Park. One Liberty Plaza’s tenant base is comprised of leading companies in a diverse array of industries.

“We are thrilled to welcome Avon to One Liberty Plaza and Lower Manhattan,” said Brookfield Properties Executive Vice President David Cheikin. “Leading companies seeking a vibrant location that will help them attract, retain and motivate top talent continue to identify Lower Manhattan – and Brookfield sites like One Liberty Plaza in particular – as the right one for them, and Avon is the latest example of that.”

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. New Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and the company also proudly supports the Avon Foundation for Women in its efforts to end breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about New Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

Contact:
Kristina Jorge
New Avon LLC
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com
(212) 282-5852

Source: Avon

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

With this opening, Lenta expands its network in the Central region to 23 hypermarkets in 15 cities

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its second hypermarket in Lipetsk.

The new store is a Lenta compact format hypermarket located in Riviera shopping centre at 51 Katukova str., Lipetsk. The store has a total area of 9,363 sq.m with 5,520 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 19,000 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Lipetsk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 30 cash registers. The shopping centre has 2,000 parking spaces. The property is leased by Lenta.

The opening in Lipetsk is Lenta’s first hypermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 192 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 49 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 192 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 49 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,151,668 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,800 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 2016 1 .

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.
A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.
For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact: 

Lenta
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

FTI Consulting  
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Jenny Payne
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
Jenny.Payne@fticonsulting.com

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on Class A Common Stock

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today (February 16, 2017) reported that on February 15, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., payable on March 13, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 3, 2017.

About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

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

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

Media Contact:
Michael Scheiner
Public Relations
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@abercrombie.com

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@abercrombie.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Express, Inc. to host 4Q and FY 2016 conference call on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), a specialty retail apparel company, today (Feb. 16, 2017) announced that it will conduct a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Earlier that morning, the Company will issue a press release detailing those results. The conference call will be hosted by David Kornberg, president and chief executive officer, Matthew Moellering, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Perry Pericleous, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at: http://www.express.com/investor and remain available for 90 days. A telephone replay of this call will be available at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 8, 2017, until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 15, 2017, and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering the replay pin number 13654883.

In addition, an investor presentation of fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results will be available at: http://www.express.com/investor at approximately 7:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

About Express, Inc.:

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

Investors:
Express, Inc.
Mark Rupe
614-474-4465
VP Investor Relations

ICR, Inc.
Allison Malkin
203-682-8225

Media:
Express, Inc.
Robin Hoffman
614-474-4834
Director of Communications

Source: Express, Inc.

Feed the Truth: A new independent organization to improve public health guidance and information offered to Americans

  • With a pledge of $25 million, Daniel Lubetzky seeks to offset self-serving industry agendas at the expense of public good
  • Lubetzky will remove himself and his company completely from its operation to ensure transparency and eliminate bias

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Daniel Lubetzky, the Founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND), today (February 15, 2017) announced the launch of Feed the Truth. Established as an independent organization, Feed the Truth will seek to improve public health by making truth, transparency and integrity the foremost values in today’s food system.

To ensure Feed the Truth’s independence from KIND, Lubetzky will remove himself entirely from all activities and governance of the new organization. He has assembled three unaffiliated public health advocates whose sole role is to nominate Feed the Truth’s Board of Directors. The advisors, all of whom have offered their expertise voluntarily and are not being paid for their involvement, include:

  • Deb Eschmeyer, former Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy at The White House
  • Michael Jacobson, PhD, Co-Founder and President of the Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University

Feed the Truth will ensure science overrules special interests by revealing and counteracting the food industry’s undue influence in shaping nutrition policy and ability to disseminate biased science, among other activities that are detrimental to public health. While specific programming will be decided by an Executive Director that will be appointed by the Board of Directors, activities could potentially include grants to support investigative journalism, consumer education campaigns and educational briefings to policymakers and influencers.

“In establishing Feed the Truth, my intent is to elevate reputable science, bolster the voices of the nutrition community, and improve the guidance and information offered to Americans,” Lubetzky said. “As a business owner, I understand the importance of prioritizing your bottom line, but it’s equally as important to consider how you can succeed while also thinking about the long-term impact on the community.”

Lubetzky’s journey to create Feed the Truth began in 2004 when his frustration with a lack of wholesome, nutritious snacks in the marketplace led him to launch KIND. What began as a line of whole nut & fruit bars sparked the creation of an entirely new healthy snacking category and gave Lubetzky a window into long-held industry operating procedures that often benefited companies financially at the expense of public health.

In May 2015, KIND faced a public confrontation with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the company’s usage of the term “healthy” as a nutrient content claim on its packaging. The FDA’s guidance – which was established over 20 years ago – limited total fat intake, regardless of source or type, and prevented demonstrably nutritious foods like nuts, salmon and avocado from being labeled as “healthy.” After months of exploration and discovery, KIND filed a Citizen Petition, with the support of leading nutrition and public health experts, requesting the agency update the regulation to be consistent with modern nutrition science.

By September 2016, the FDA announced it would begin the process of revising this regulation and offered a sensible interim solution – both of which incorporated KIND’s recommendations. That same month, a JAMA Internal Medicine report found that in the 1960s the Sugar Association funded scientific studies to diminish findings that linked sugar consumption to poor heart health. Instead, the Association used industry-funded research to vilify fats – an act that would go on to directly inform the government’s dietary guidance, spur a surge of low-fat, high-sugar products, and ultimately, distort consumer perception of all dietary fat.

“We’re eager for Feed the Truth to step in and hold all of us in the food community accountable for what we say and claim,” said Lubetzky. “While this ‘Big Sugar’ revelation underscored the need to provide more tools to public advocates, it doesn’t mean that ‘fat’ or ‘protein’ should now be evangelized. Feed the Truth’s independent Board of Directors, once established, will seek to ensure consumers have access to unbiased nutrition information.”

“This commitment could have a salutary effect on educating the public about nutrition and cleaning up deceitful marketing practices,” said Michael Jacobson.

Lubetzky’s donor advised fund has made an initial contribution of $5 million to Feed the Truth. Lubetzky intends to fund an additional $20 million over the next ten years.

To learn more and get involved visit FeedtheTruth.org.

Contact:

Email – customerservice@kindsnacks.com
Phone – +1 855.884.KIND (5463)

Source: KIND