Barnes & Noble to host Spring Educator Appreciation Days, April 1-9

  • Special Events Include a Grant Writing Workshop, an Ozobot Evo Demonstration and a Summer Reading Program Overview & Teacher Kit Distribution
  • Educators Can Enter to Win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

New York, NY, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, will celebrate Spring Educator Appreciation Days, April 1-9. Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and Barnes & Noble.com (www.BN.com) will offer pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool educators and administrators special discounts*, events, sweepstakes and giveaways during this time. Barnes & Noble’s Educator Appreciation Days occur several times during the year, recognizing educators and providing them with an opportunity to explore the company’s vast selection of products, learn about programs and events, as well as save money with deeper discounts.

This April’s Educator Appreciation Days special discount offerings are:

  • 25% off list price on most books, gifts, music, DVDs, and toys and games for classroom and personal purchase;
  • 10% off select NOOK® devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK®, Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK® and NOOK GlowLight Plus™**;
  • 10% off all Café consumables purchases;
  • 10% off select tech tools; and
  • $100 off the da Vinci Jr. 1.0© WiFi 3D Printer from XYZprinting, while supplies last

Also during Educator Appreciation Days at Barnes & Noble, educators can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Barnes & Noble is providing educators with the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of five Barnes & Noble $1,000 Gift Cards (one per region) during this year’s April Educator Appreciation Days. For more information on how to enter, educators should contact their local Barnes & Noble store.

Plus, Barnes & Noble will kick off Educator Appreciation Days with special events including a grant writing workshop at select stores, in addition to an Ozobot Evo demonstration and a Summer Reading Program overview & teacher kit distribution at stores nationwide:

  • Select Barnes & Noble stores will host special grant writing workshops that will assist educators in getting grant money for various initiatives and projects. Educators who learn how to write grants and find grant makers can create amazing programs for their classrooms and schools. Educators should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator to find out if their local store will be hosting a grant writing workshop.
  • All Barnes & Noble stores will host a special demonstration of Ozobot Evo, which will show educators how they can give children K-12 an up-close look at how learning to code can lead to custom programming. Ozobots are small, smart toy robots that empower gamers and learners to code, play, create and connect the physical and digital worlds.
  • Educators will receive an overview of this year’s annual Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1-6 at their local Barnes & Noble store, which will once again require that kids read eight books of their choosing from May 16, 2017, through September 5, 2017, record the books they read on their Summer Reading Program journal and turn it into their local Barnes & Noble store to receive a free book. Educators will also receive the teacher’s kit necessary to participate in the program, while supplies last.

Additional events for educators in stores across the country may focus on a variety of topics, including local My Favorite Teacher award ceremonies (www.BN.com/myfavoriteteacher), educational toys and games for interactive learning, and new and award-winning children’s books. Many stores will also host bookfairs and events with local authors and featured speakers on trending topics in education. Educators should contact their local store to find out what activities will take place at http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/.

The special discounts offered during Educator Appreciation Days are available to pre-K to grade 12 teachers and administrators enrolled in the free Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card Program. To take advantage of these offers, educators can apply for their Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card in their local stores. The application form is available in stores or it can be downloaded from the Educator Application page online.

* Exclusions can be found in the Educator Program Terms and Conditions available at www.BN.com/Educator. Educators must present a valid Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card to receive the discounts in store. Educators can also receive the discounts online at BN.com by entering their educator number in the Membership area of the page. See any bookseller for details.

** Offer excludes the New NOOK Tablet® 7” device, NOOK Books® or other digital content and accessories for digital devices. There is also a limit of 5 devices per

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Waze no time and Order Ahead your Dunkin’ Donuts

Waze no time and Order Ahead your Dunkin’ Donuts

 

  • Guests can connect to Dunkin’s On-the-Go Mobile Ordering feature through the Waze app
  • before hitting the road, then speed past the line inside the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant

CANTON, MA, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Loyal Dunkin’ Donuts customers can now use Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers, to save time both on the roads and at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Dunkin’ Donuts has become the first partner for Waze’s new feature, “Order Ahead,” which lets Wazers save time in line by submitting orders in the Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App. With today’s launch, members of the DD Perks® Rewards Program can order their favorite Dunkin’ coffee, beverage, donut or breakfast sandwich directly by connecting to Dunkin’ Donuts’ On-the-Go Mobile Ordering feature through the Waze app before hitting the road, then speed past the line to pick it up inside a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.

With the Order Ahead feature, Dunkin’ Donuts and Waze are making the route to Dunkin’ faster and easier than ever for DD Perks members, creating a seamless experience allowing users, before beginning their trip, to use Waze to pinpoint the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and tap a single button to launch On-the-Go Ordering within the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. To utilize Waze’s new Order Ahead feature, Dunkin’ Donuts guests must update their Dunkin’ Mobile App for their for iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones.

“We are proud to be the first brand to integrate with Waze to enhance the mobile experience and offer our DD Perks members with faster, more convenient ways for ordering ahead,” said Scott Hudler, ‎Chief Digital Officer at Dunkin’ Brands. “Loyalty is the main focus for all that we do at Dunkin’ Donuts. Leveraging the best technologies and partnering with leading brands like Waze helps our brand continue to stand apart for valuing our loyal guests and providing them with exciting and innovative new ways to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts food and beverages as quickly and seamlessly as possible.”

“Our new Order Ahead feature expands Waze’s mission of saving time on the road by enabling consumers to now also save time in-store, while giving brands a new opportunity to engage with their customers,” said Jordan Grossman, Head of Business Partnerships North America at Waze. “We’re excited to launch this feature with Dunkin’ Donuts, a long-standing partner of ours, and look forward to rolling it out with more brand advertisers in the near future to further personalize the driving experience for Wazers saving them time and money.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has been a long-standing partner with Waze since first mapping all of its restaurant locations through the app in 2012. In 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts became the first company to utilize the Favorite Brand Campaign that invites Wazers to “favorite” the brand through native-style ad units with the tap of a button.

The DD Perks Rewards Program rewards guests nationwide with points toward free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages for every visit they make at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. With DD Perks, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled DD Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

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

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Waze

Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favorite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace. Real-time GPS data collected from its community of drivers gives brands deep insight into consumers’ intent and routines, allowing for powerful engagement that increases location and brand awareness. For more information, visit waze.com/brands and https://thecompass.waze.com/.

Contact:

Michelle King
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Michelle.King@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Joy in Childhood Foundation to support Starlight Children’s Foundation and Feeding America® with $3 million commitment

Funding Reinforces the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Commitment to Providing Joy to Sick and Hungry Kids

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The newly-launched Joy in Childhood Foundation today (March 30, 2017) announced a three-year, $3 million commitment to two national charities – Starlight Children’s Foundation and Feeding America®. Both grants will focus on supporting programs that align with the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to help provide the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids.

“We’re proud to provide funding to both Feeding America and Starlight Children’s Foundation – two organizations that share our commitment to address some of the biggest challenges kids face today – hunger and health,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, Joy in Childhood Foundation. “Joy is a true need, particularly for children facing undue stress and a disrupted sense of normalcy. Through these grants, we will support innovative programs that will make a measureable impact on the lives of children who are living with hunger and health issues and provide them with more opportunities to experience moments of joy, even on their most difficult days.”

The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s $1.5 million grant to Starlight Children’s Foundation will support the building and development of Starlight Sites in select children’s hospitals nationwide. Starlight Sites remove the intimidation of a sterile hospital treatment room – where many seriously ill children undergo procedures – by transforming them into brighter and happier spaces to support the healing of pediatric patients and inspire kids to have fun. The funds will also support the charity’s Starlight Brave Gowns program which provides kids in hospitals with high-quality, comfortable and brightly-colored gowns to wear while undergoing treatment.

“The Joy in Childhood Foundation is bringing joy and comfort to hospitalized kids and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “By generously supporting Starlight Sites and Starlight Brave Gowns, the Joy in Childhood Foundation is providing a fun, positive experience that’s helping sick kids simply enjoy being kids.”

The Joy in Childhood Foundation had a longstanding partnership with Feeding America when it was formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. In the 2015-2016 school year alone, the Foundation funded 15 grants and provided more than 437,000 meals through grants made to Feeding America and its network of member food banks.

Through its continued work with Feeding America, the Joy in Childhood Foundation will award funds to food banks across the country over the next three years to help feed children in local communities who are facing hunger through critical Feeding America initiatives, including programs like the Backpack Program, which provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. Funding will also support the expansion of child hunger initiatives such as the Kids Cafe program which provides free meals and snacks to low-income children after school through a variety of community locations where children gather during the after school hours.

“We’re proud to mark the 10th anniversary of our partnership with a renewed commitment through the Joy in Childhood Foundation that will address the issue of childhood hunger which deprives kids of not only food but also energy to focus, engage, learn and grow,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Operations, Feeding America. “More than 13 million children nationwide face hunger. The grants that the Joy in Childhood Foundation is awarding to local food banks will help ensure that children in our communities have access to programs that help keep them healthy so that they can reach their full potential.”

Through funding and partnerships with children’s hospitals, food banks, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids, the Joy in Childhood Foundation helps children have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Through the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees, employees, vendors and guests, the Joy in Childhood Foundation raises funds to support partnerships with children’s hospitals, food banks, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids. To date, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has donated more than $12 million to hundreds of national and local charities.

To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $12 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight creates moments of comfort and joy for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Brave Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust appoints Qi Tang as Acting CFO

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Qi Tang as Acting Chief Financial Officer of RioCan effective April 3, 2017. She will be reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Edward Sonshine.

“Qi has made a significant impact at RioCan since she joined us; her real estate background and strong financial acumen make her an excellent fit for this role,” said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. “We are very pleased that she has agreed to take on this position as a senior member of the RioCan team.”

Qi brings extensive experience and expertise in real estate financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, corporate finance, cash management, risk management, tax and process re-engineering. Qi holds a Master of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a CPA, CA and CFA. Qi started her career at KPMG in progressive roles advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, deal due diligence, valuation, and business strategy development. Prior to her joining RioCan, Qi held the positions of Vice President, Finance & Accounting for Dream Global REIT, Chief Financial Officer for Symphony Senior Living Inc. and as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Forecasting for Chartwell Retirement Residences.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.6 billion as at December 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 300 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 47 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Edward Sonshine, O. Ont., Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer
(416) 866-3018
www.riocan.com

Source: RioCan

CVS Pharmacy brings South Korean beauty products in stores nationwide with the roll out of K-Beauty HQ

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy is making the trend-setting world of Korean beauty more accessible than ever before, with the launch of the new K- Beauty HQ at 2,100 CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide, making this one of the largest Korean beauty initiatives globally.

More than 100 new products from South Korean beauty brands, some of which will be exclusive to CVS, will be available at the CVS Pharmacy K-Beauty HQ, rolling out this spring. CVS Pharmacy partnered with the world’s most notable Korean beauty expert, Alicia Yoon, to curate the expansive selection of ahead-of-the-curve skincare and makeup innovations from seven different brands. Yoon, founder of the influential Korean beauty e-retailer Peach & LilyTM, helped curate this selection through the lens of her more playful and fun retail concept, Peach SlicesTM.

“We are very excited to bring the latest global beauty phenomenon to CVS Pharmacy with our own exclusive K-Beauty offering, developed uniquely with our customers in mind. Increasingly, we’ve seen our customers turning to CVS Pharmacy for healthy beauty from advanced skincare to naturals and for products that are inspiring, fun and new,” said Alex Perez-Tenessa, Vice President of Merchandising for Beauty and Personal Care at CVS Pharmacy. “With the launch of the new K-Beauty HQ, we’re able to deliver an extensive collection of new, on-trend products across healthy skincare and playful beauty, further establishing CVS Pharmacy as the leading health and beauty destination.”

CVS Pharmacy’s curated selection features innovative, eye-catching and easy-to-understand products, including benefit-focused masks, multi-step skincare regimens, whimsical cosmetics and innovative ingredients like egg oil, snail mucin and more.

“I’m thrilled to be involved in this launch as CVS Pharmacy is creating one of the largest K-Beauty programs in the world. While Korean beauty has been steadily growing in popularity, there are still so many people who cannot easily access Korean beauty products so this launch will really bring the products to everyone,” said Yoon. “CVS Pharmacy’s focus on health and beauty is at the core of Korean beauty ideals, and the products specially curated for the K-Beauty HQ will delight and deliver results at a great price.”

Yoon will also launch her NEW beauty brand, Peach SlicesTM, exclusively at CVS Pharmacy which transforms the retail concept of making K-beauty lighthearted, easy and effective into products. Yoon’s Peach SlicesTM brand will include nine K-Beauty products that put a clever spin on innovative, gentle and natural ingredients like honey and yuzu, and the line’s natural cotton masks feature no harsh chemicals, dyes, alcohol, parabens or sulfates.

In addition to Peach SlicesTM, select new K-Beauty brands will also be available for the first time in the U.S. exclusive to CVS Pharmacy:

  • waterless fruit-based Frudia skincare with supercharged formulas that feature only active ingredients for intense, targeted skin health benefits
  • Elisha Coy with naturally-derived effective ingredients such as snail mucin to help replenish skin’s moisture and support cell regeneration
  • pore-focused JJYoung by Caolion Lab, harnessing the popular Caolion brand’s renowned laboratories in new formulas that steam and cool for facials on-the-go
  • Ariul EGG Collection with new-to-the-U.S. egg oil to help reduce inflammation, boost elasticity and fight free radicals for a radiant, brighter complexion

Rounding out the K-Beauty offerings, a collection of best-selling Korean beauty brands will become even more accessible with their presence at CVS Pharmacy, including:

  • best-selling mask brand Ariul with a juice-cleanse inspired line, free of parabens, mineral oil, artificial coloring and triethanolamine (TEA)
  • The Saem natural products with potent ingredients sourced from around the world including mineral-rich water from Iceland and soothing waratah from Australia
  • whimsical Holika collection with the Sanrio-inspired Gudetama peeling gels, oil to foam cleansers and more

Shoppers can learn about and explore the new Korean beauty lines via in-store education, making exploration and browsing easy, and a dedicated hub on CVS.com will offer in-depth information on the K-Beauty trend, key products, ingredients and more.

The new K-Beauty HQ will be rolling out beginning April 2017 at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide and online at www.cvs.com.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Press Contact:

Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401.770.4786
E: erin.pensa@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

INTERSPAR Austria expands online food shop to Salzburg

Vienna, Austria, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — In September last year, INTERSPAR in Vienna launched the largest online food shop in Austria, offering about 20,000 products to shoppers in the city and surrounding areas. After a successful start in that region, INTERSPAR is now expanding the delivery area to Salzburg and surroundings.

Through this expansion, INTERSPAR will reach about 3 million Austrians living in over 200 communities, enjoying the ease of online food delivery. Same day delivery is possible – if an order is placed before 12:00 noon, customers can choose to collect their shopping that day from centrally located pick-up boxes at a nominal charge of €1 or have the order delivered to their homes at a cost of €4.90 same day. Shoppers spending more than €100 on a single order are not charged a delivery fee.

“Time in retail never stands still and the needs and purchasing behaviour of our customers are constantly developing. Our ambition, and at the same time our mission, is to react to these trends and to continue the development of retailing – both stationary and online. After the successful launch in Vienna, we are extending this additional sales channel to Salzburg and surrounding areas,” said CEO SPAR Austria, Gerhard Drexel.

Great results in Vienna
It was the right time to enter the online segment. “Our goal in Vienna was to gain as much experience as possible and to continue the optimisation of the entire service through customer feedback. We have achieved this goal, as the many positive customer responses about quality, freshness, choice and the trendy design of the online shop prove: Currently, our customer satisfaction rating is above 95%. With the best and most comprehensive online shop in Austria, we are ready to enter additional federal states in Austria,” said Markus Kaser, Managing Director INTERSPAR Austria.

Delivery to communities 30 kilometres from Salzburg
The new INTERSPAR online shop delivers to 40 communities in and around Salzburg, supplying the 320,000 inhabitants. Products are distributed from the INTERSPAR hypermarket in Hallein. Onsite, a 20-member team are responsible for ‘picking’ the products. Instore, the products are placed in the right cooling boxes to ensure that the lettuce stays crisp, the bread fresh and the ice cream frozen.

Easy ordering, shopped personally
The online ordering process developed by SPAR Austria is fast, intuitive and easy to use on all devices, from PC to smartphone. Customers can search for food products by keyword, filtered according to pre-defined food preferences such as organic or vegetarian, and order with just a few clicks. “For delicatessen, meat, fruit and vegetables you simply specify the desired weight. During the entire shopping process the shopping cart with selected products and the total amount is visible. The online shop offers features like shopping lists and favourites and meets the highest safety standards,” said Markus Kaser. Customers can pay online by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer or by invoice. Alternatively, once delivered, customers can pay by ATM or credit card.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Sheetz opens fully-stocked beer cave at stores in York and Hollidaysburg

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today ( March 30, 2017) announced the opening of a fully-stocked beer cave at stores in York, located at 160 Leader Heights Road, and Hollidaysburg, at 1100 Blair Street.

With the opening of the York and Hollidaysburg beer caves, Sheetz now has 11 stores in Pennsylvania which offer beer sales.  The store in Hollidaysburg also offers wine sales, for a total of 8 Sheetz locations in Pennsylvania where wine is available.

At each location which offers alcoholic beverages, Sheetz is committed to responsibly complying with all current laws and regulations, including the enforcement of a 100 percent proof-of-age policy.  Employees will ask for proper identifications, a valid driver’s license, passport or military identification card, from any customers wanting to purchase alcohol, regardless of age.  Each location also abides by time-of-day sales restrictions on alcohol.

Sheetz currently sells beer in the five other states located in the company’s footprint.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $5.6 billion in revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates  546 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information:
Nick Ruffner
nruffner@sheetz.com

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

MANGO launches new campaign for April: A Story of Uniqueness

Barcelona, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO launches its new campaign for April, A Story of Uniqueness, which celebrates the authenticity of each individual for their personality and talent.The portraits and video campaign were shot by Angelo Penetta. The styling was done by Aleksandra Woroniecka.

The campaign presents us with different personalities with a shared value:they are all unique.The cast is made up of seven people aged between 20 and 63, shot in everyday situations in the multicultural environment of the district of Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

The first pair in the campaign is made up of Bhumika Arora, a 29 year old Indian model, and Lyn Slater, an American university professor aged 63. Bhumika has a successful career in the fashion industry, her great passion, and to achieve this she has had to fight against the prejudice that exists in her country regarding the modelling profession.Lyn Slater has become a fashion influencer and icon thanks to her fashion blog Accidental Icon, which she combines with her teaching career.Loyal to her leitmotiv “Age is not a variable”, she started her blog because she could not find any blog or magazine aimed at people who live “normal but interesting lives”.

Staz and Misha Lindes are siblings and share a passion for music, influenced from a young age by their father, Hal Lindes, the guitarist of Dire Straits.Staz, 24, plays the guitar and the bass and combines her modelling career with her career as a singer with The Paranoids, a garage-style rock group.For her part, Misha, 26, is a member of the punk group Sad Girl, in which she is also the singer and lead guitarist.

Andre and Parker van Noord, from the Netherlands and aged 53 and 20, are father and son and models by profession.Andre was discovered 32 years ago at a Rolling Stones concert and nowadays combines his career with a passion for photography and music.Parker is a student and has “inherited” the modelling career of his father.Since a very young age, he accompanied his father at photo sessions and in a natural way began to attract the attention of photographers and designers, making his mark in the fashion industry.

The final star of the campaign is Lauren Johnson, a 25 year old ceramics artist.She was not in the original cast, but one of the extras in the project.As soon as she was on the set, because of her personality, talent and unique and genuine look, she attracted the attention of the creative team, who did not hesitate to include her in the cast as one of the stars of the A Story of Uniqueness campaign.

Contact:

Tel: +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

Metro partners with la Ferme des Voltigeurs for the supply of Irresistibles private label fresh chicken products

Montreal, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro is pleased to announce that all Irresistibles private label fresh chicken products will now come from la Ferme des Voltigeurs, one of the largest producers / processors of grain-fed and organic chicken in Quebec. Offered under the Irresistibles Naturalia and Irresistibles Organic labels, the 10 products, certified by Aliments du Québec and of which four are certified organic, will be available in all Metro and Metro Plus stores in Quebec.

This partnership is part of Metro’s responsible procurement Framework, which was released in March 2017. It addresses several commitments, notably to supply itself entirely locally for its Irresistibles private label chicken sold in Quebec, develop a line of organic products for private label chicken, and increase the number of organic products available in store.

“Today, Metro is taking yet another step in its effort to maximize the accessibility and promotion of Quebec products, along with offering a complete line of chicken products that meets strict quality, taste and freshness requirements that consumers look for” said Marie-France Gibson, Vice President, Private Brands for Metro. “The agreement with la Ferme des Voltigeurs, a family business concerned with animal welfare, enables us to link our initiatives with respect to local purchasing and responsible procurement with consumers’ expectations.”

In fact, all Ferme des Voltigeurs chickens are free-range and are strictly fed vegetable protein and/or 100 per cent organic feed. Furthermore, the breeding cycle of the chickens, which makes a huge difference in the quality and quantity of their meat, often exceeds 40 days, as compared to the industry average of 35 days. The chicken is air-chilled and all of the processing and packaging procedures allow consumers and Metro to offer 18 days of freshness for its consumption and sale. Furthermore, the Irresistibles brand and Ferme des Voltigeurs logos are proudly displayed side by side on the packaging.

“We’re proud to create such a major partnership with Metro, a food distributor from right here in Quebec that cares about product quality, showcasing Quebec products and animal welfare”, said Dominique Martel, President and Executive Director of la Ferme des Voltigeurs. “Metro has been an important business partner for several years, and we’re proud that they trust us to produce their line of private label chicken: tasty products that are more nutritious, less fat and healthier.”

About Metro
With annual sales of over $12 billion, METRO INC. (TSX: MRU), founded in 1947, is the only major Canadian food distribution company to have its head office in Quebec. Along with its affiliates and franchisees, METRO INC. employs in Quebec and Ontario over 65,000 people, whose mission is to exceed their customers’ expectations every day to earn their-long term loyalty. METRO INC. operates a network of almost 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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Contact Information:

Isabelle Salesse
Communication Advisor
514 643-1000, ext. 2172

Source: METRO INC.

Kroger Stories to highlight its great people, innovative projects, and ideas in new website

CINCINNATI, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (March 28, 2017) launched a new website, www.krogerstories.com.

“We believe customers, associates and other stakeholders are increasingly making decisions about where to shop, where to work, and who shares their values based on how well they understand the ways a company makes a difference for their people, communities and the planet,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “And in this equation, we believe that stories – credible, authentic, human stories – matter more than perhaps anything else.”

The new website features a variety of voices – produced by both freelancers and Kroger associates – sharing stories about Kroger’s great people, innovative projects, and the ideas that are changing the way we eat, drink, and think about food. The multi-media site will feature long and short-form written content as well as video and photographic storytelling.

“On any given day, nearly half a million Kroger associates are doing incredible work. We get a fresh chance to make personal connections, to lift people up and lighten their load,” said Ann Reed, vice president of Customer 1st Promise. “Krogerstories.com is designed to elevate these unique stories and share the difference our wonderful associates make for our customers, communities and each other.”

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Colruyt opens brand-new store at Chastrès, Walcourt

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 29 March, a brand-new Colruyt store opens its doors at the Rue Saint-Donat 23 in Chastrès near Walcourt. This 236th Colruyt store has a surface of almost 1,000 m² and employs 24 co-workers.​

Store manager Bruno Delannoy: “Many locals already shopped at a more distant Colruyt store. That is why we looked for a suitable store location nearby. And we have found it in Chastrès.”

New-generation store
Colruyt Walcourt is organised according to the model for new generation Colruyt stores. Bruno Delannoy: “We design our stores in such a way that customers can shop in an efficient and pleasant environment. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect of us.”

Self-service butcher’s shop
Customers can now choose their meat from the self-service butcher’s counter. Head butcher Fabian Joris: “The customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads, but also of the different fresh fish products and vegetarian dishes. Moreover they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.

Special open evening
From Wednesday 29 March, store manager Bruno Delannoy, head butcher Fabian Joris and their 22 co-workers will be on hand to welcome their customers to the brand-new Colruyt Walcourt. Bruno Delannoy: “The evening before, on Tuesday 28 March from 5 to 8 pm, everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open house, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

Practical information:

Colruyt Walcourt
Rue Saint-Donat 23
5650 Chastrès (Walcourt)

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

Open evening:
Tuesday 28 March from 17.00 to 20.00

Contact:

Tiziano Antenucci
(regional manager)
02 345 2345

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

Source: Colruyt Group

BIKE WORLD BY SPORTXX IM KESSELHAUS FEIERT ERÖFFNUNG

BIKE WORLD BY SPORTXX IM KESSELHAUS FEIERT ERÖFFNUNG

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 30. März öffnet Bike World by SportXX im Kesselhaus Winterthur ihre Türen. Sie bietet die grösste Auswahl an Bikes und Marken, ein umfassendes Textil- und Zubehörangebot, eine integrierte Werkstatt und innovative Test-Tools.

Mit der Bike World by SportXX Winterthur eröffnet am 30. März ein neuer Velofachmarkt im Kesselhaus Winterthur. Auf zwei Stockwerken mit einer Verkaufsfläche von insgesamt rund 1200 m2 bietet das Fachgeschäft der Migros alles rund ums Zweirad. Das Sortiment spricht alle an, die auf der Suche nach einem hochwertigen Velo sind – vom Freizeitsportler bis zur ambitionierten Bikerin. Das Angebot der Bike World Winterthur umfasst rund 450 Fahrräder von zwölf Top-Marken. Das Sortiment enthält Velos aus allen Segmenten wie Mountainbikes, City- und Trekkingbikes, E-Bikes, Rennvelos, BMX und Kinderbikes ebenso wie ein umfassendes Textil-, Zubehör- und Ersatzteilangebot.
Die Migros Ostschweiz hat rund 1,3 Millionen Franken in den Ausbau der Bike World im Kesselhaus investiert.

Top-Beratung und attraktive Service-Leistungen

Die acht Mitarbeitenden der Bike World Winterthur zeichnen sich durch eine hohe Beratungs- und Fachkompetenz aus. Für die Beratung stehen verschiedene Analyse- und Testgeräte zur Verfügung. Mit deren Hilfe kann beispielsweise der richtige Sattel bestimmt werden. Ein Body Scanner wird zur Ermittlung der Körperergonomie eingesetzt und hilft bei der Wahl des optimalen Bikes. Zusätzlich bieten sich der Kundschaft mehrere Möglichkeiten zum Messen und Testen von Teilen wie etwa der Rahmengrösse, des Sattels, des Lichts, den Pedalen oder den Lenkergriffen. Auf der Teststrecke im Shop können Bikes gleich vor Ort ausprobiert werden.
In der grossen Velowerkstatt werden Reparaturen und individuelle Anpassungen zeitnah und direkt vor Ort erledigt. In der Werkstatt stehen ausgebildete Velomechaniker im Einsatz, die absolute Bike- und Branchenkenner sind. Regelmässige Fach- und Praxisausbildungen stellen sicher, dass alle Mitarbeitenden stets auf dem neusten Stand sind. Ab Sommer bietet die Bike World Winterthur auch Ausbildungsplätze für Detailhandelsangestellte und Velomechaniker an und investiert damit nachhaltig in die Qualität ihrer Mitarbeitenden und den Nachwuchs.

Dynamischer Filialleiter

Die Leitung der neuen Bike World by SportXX obliegt Patrick Messmer. Der 27-Jährige ist seit über elf Jahren für das orange M tätig. Schon seine Lehre absolvierte der Bassersdorfer bei SportXX. Nicht nur im Beruf begleitet ihn das Thema Velo schon seit Jahren. Auch in der Freizeit brennt er fürs Biken. Gemeinsam mit einem motivierten Team, das die Begeisterung fürs Velo verbindet, wird er die neue Herausforderung angehen: „Wir freuen uns auf die Begegnungen mit der Winterthurer Kundschaft. Alleine der schöne Laden mit seiner aussergewöhnlichen Einkaufsatmosphäre ist einen Besuch wert“, erklärt Patrick Messmer.

Brühlgut Stiftung unterstützt

Im Rahmen der Eröffnungsfeier für Behörden und Projektbeteiligte am Abend des 29. März überreicht Christian Vogel, Leiter Direktion Fachmarkt, einen Check im Wert von 5000 Franken für eine gemeinnützige Organisation an Stadtrat Stefan Fritschi. Die Stadt hat sich entschieden, den Betrag der Brühlgut Stiftung für ihr Projekt Velafrica zukommen zu lassen.

Attraktive Eröffnungsaktivitäten

Den Kundinnen und Kunden wird an den Eröffnungstagen der Bike World Winterthur von Donnerstag, 30. März, bis Samstag, 1. April, einiges geboten. Sie dürfen sich auf folgende Aktionen und Aktivitäten freuen:

  • Diverse Bike-Modelle von Top-Marken mit Rabatten bis zu 40%
  • 15% auf alle Textilien und Zubehör
  • Wettbewerb mit attraktiven Preisen

Die Öffnungszeiten der Bike World Winterthur

Montag bis Mittwoch: 9.00 – 19.00 Uhr
Donnerstag und Freitag: 9.00 – 20.00 Uhr
Samstag: 9.00 – 18.00 Uhr

Weitere Informationen zum Format Bike World by SportXX auf www.bikeworld.ch

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Nico Canori
Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 54
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: nico.canori@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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MIGROS WEIHT NEUES GEBÄUDE VON MARIO BOTTA EIN

MIGROS WEIHT NEUES GEBÄUDE VON MARIO BOTTA EIN

 

Zurich, Switzerland, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 29. März 2017 präsentiert die Migros geladenen Gästen aus Politik und Wirtschaft das Panoramarestaurant „Fiore di pietra“. Das vom weltberühmten Architekten Mario Botta entworfene Gebäude steht auf dem Tessiner Berg Monte Generoso. Ab dem 8. April 2017 ist das neue Wahrzeichen auch für Besucherinnen und Besucher geöffnet.

Der Monte Generoso ist einer der imposantesten Aussichtspunkte des Kantons Tessin. Bereits im 19. Jahrhundert fanden dort erste Bergfahrten statt. 1941 kaufte der Migros-Gründer Gottlieb Duttweiler die dortige Zahnradbahn, um sie vor dem Abbruch zu retten. Noch heute gehören die Bahn und der Betrieb der Migros und werden vom Kulturprozent finanziert.

Nach 2-jähriger Bauzeit weiht die Migros nun das neue Panoramarestaurant ein, welches das frühere Hotel ersetzt. Für den weltberühmten Architekten Mario Botta war die Umsetzung dieses Projekts auf dem Monte Generoso  eine Rückkehr zu den eigenen Wurzeln: Diesen Berg hatte er in seiner Jugendzeit mit Freunden bestiegen, um auf dem Gipfel den spektakulären Sonnenaufgang zu erleben.  Mario Botta  hat nicht nur das Gebäude, sondern auch die Innenausstattung entworfen.

Die „Fiore di pietra“ (Steinblume) verfügt über eine achteckige Grundfläche, deren zentrale Räume von „Blütenblättern“ umschlossen werden. An der Ostseite lässt die „Blütenkrone“ Platz für eine Terrasse, die dem Verlauf des Berggrats folgt. Das Tragwerk aus Stahlbeton ist mit grauem Naturstein verkleidet. Die einzelnen Türme sind mit grosszügig verglasten Flächen verbunden, die eine 360-Grad-Panoramasicht zulassen:  im Süden auf die Mailänder Poebene, im Norden auf den Luganersee und die Alpen.

„Wir sind überzeugt, dass die Schweizer Bevölkerung und die internationalen Gäste sich ebenso über das neue Tessiner Wahrzeichen freuen wie wir“, sagt Fabrice Zumbrunnen, Leiter Departement HR, Kultur, Freizeit beim Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund.

Im Gebiet des Monte Generoso entdecken  Besucher auf über 50 Kilometern Wanderwegen die Schönheit der Natur, umgeben von einem atemberaubenden Panorama. Eine Sternwarte, eine Bärenhöhle, ein Klettersteig und weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten sind Garanten für einen unvergesslichen Tag in der Sonnenstube der Schweiz.

Weitere Informationen sind auf dieser Website zu finden: www.montegeneroso.ch

Link zu Bildmaterial: https://www.montegeneroso.ch/it/utility/press

Contact:

Martina Bosshard
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 22
E-MAIL: martina.bosshard@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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MIGROS LANCIERT PRODUKTERKENNUNG IN DER MIGROS-APP

MIGROS LANCIERT PRODUKTERKENNUNG IN DER MIGROS-APP

 

Zurich, Switzerland, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ein Klick und Sie bekommen auf ihrem Smartphone sofort Rezepte, Bewertungen weitere wichtige Informationen zu ihren Migros-Produkten angezeigt. Mit dieser Neuheit bietet die Migros eine weitere Dienstleistung für ein genussvolles Leben an und beweist Mut zur Transparenz für ihre Kunden.

Wer am Regal vor einer Packung Risotto steht und noch nicht weiss, was er daraus kochen soll, zückt in Zukunft einfach sein Smartphone. Ein Scan und er erhält Migusto-Rezeptvorschläge. Ein Klick und er erfährt auch noch, was andere Migros-Kunden von diesem Produkt halten und wie viel Energie er oder sie mit 100 Gramm Reis zu sich nimmt.

80’000 Produkt-Bewertungen der Dialog-Plattform Migipedia, 2’000 Rezepte der neuen Migros-Kochplattform Migusto sowie umfassende Produkt-Informationen etwa zu Nährwerten oder Labels: Diese geballte Ladung Wissen zu über 5‘000 Migros-Produkten steht den Nutzern der Migros-App ab sofort zur Verfügung. Das Ganze funktioniert denkbar einfach: Die Migros-App erkennt ein bestimmtes Produkt an seiner Verpackung und liefert die gewünschten Information auf einen Klick.

Discover lässt damit den Kunden Produkte mit ganz anderen Augen sehen – egal, ob im Laden, unterwegs oder zu Hause. Entsprechend werden die Zusatzinformationen zu den Produkten auch in einer Augmented-Reality-Anmutung dargestellt. Kundinnen und Kunden müssen sich nicht mehr mühsam auf verschiedenen Plattformen die Informationen zusammensuchen, sondern erhalten diese direkt vom Produkt ausgehend. Und die Migros garantiert dabei Transparenz: Auch kritische Bewertungen und hohe Kalorienzahlen werden so schnell ersichtlich.

Technisch gesehen funktioniert diese Anwendung, welche die Migros als erste Detailhändlerin weltweit ihren Kunden anbieten kann, über eine Bilderkennung der Produkteverpackungen. Zu den aktuell 5000 erfassten Produkten zählen Migros-Eigenmarken, aber auch Fremdmarken, die mit Informationen aus den Plattformen produkte.migros.ch, migusto.ch und migipedia.ch verknüpft werden. Die Anzahl Produkte wird laufend erweitert.

„Produktinformationen, Rezepte und Bewertungen gab es in der Migros schon seit Langem. Genial an Discover ist, dass es vom einzelnen Produkt ausgeht und unseren Kunden die richtige Information zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort zur Verfügung stellt – und das alles auf dem Smartphone“, freut sich Hansueli Siber, Marketing-Chef der Migros.

Alle Nutzer der Migros-App können die Discover-Funktion ab sofort nutzen, wenn sie alle Updates gemacht haben. Wer noch keine Migros-App auf seinem Smartphone hat, kann sie kostenlos für das Betriebssystem iOS (Apple) und Android herunterladen.

Contact:
Luzi Weber
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 21
Mobile 076 366 96 36
E-MAIL: luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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AmRest becomes Pizza Hut master franchisee for Germany

Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announces signing on March 27th, 2017 the Binding Head of Terms (the “HoT”) with Yum Restaurants International Holding, Ltd (“Yum”) and Pizza Hut Delivery Germany GmbH (“PH Delivery”) aimed at becoming Pizza Hut master franchisee for Germany and acquisition of two Pizza Hut delivery stores in Dusseldorf.

The HoT determines the key terms and conditions on, and subject to which AmRest would become the master-franchisee for 74 restaurants currently operated by multiple subfranchisees in the German market. The Company, as a master-franchisee, would have the right to granting the license to the third parties to operate Pizza Hut restaurants, while ensuring a certain share of restaurants operated directly by itself. Additionally, AmRest would acquire 2 Pizza Hut equity restaurants (“Equity Business”) from PH Delivery. The purchase price for the Equity Business is subject to the results of a due diligence to be carried out by AmRest.

Intention of the HoT parties is to finalize the transaction within next couple of months, which is a subject to conclusion of the agreements required for the acquisition of the Equity Business from PH Delivery (“Purchase Agreements”) as well as certain agreements with Yum: the Master Franchise Agreement (“MFA”) and International Franchise Agreement for each of the equity units. If the Purchase Agreements and the MFA are not signed by May 30th, 2017 the HoT shall terminate immediately, unless otherwise agreed in writing by both parties.

Management Board sees huge room for growth in Germany and is enthusiastic about another transaction aimed at strengthening AmRest presence in that potential market. The Company entered that country in 2012 with opening of La Tagliatella restaurants. The expansion in Germany was continued through acquisition of 144 Starbucks stores in mid- 2016 and the takeover of 15 KFC equity units that was finalized just couple weeks ago.

“We are very happy about this great opportunity of creating and building the future of Pizza Hut brand in Germany. This is another step in establishing our presence in Western Europe as well as a milestone in executing our strategy of building nr.1 Pizza Brand in Europe. We are delighted to welcome so many sub-franchisees and Pizza Hut teams in our AmRest family” – said Monika Czyż, Pizza Hut Delivery&Express President at AmRest.

The transaction perfectly embodies AmRest’s plans of accelerated growth of the Pizza Hut brand, recently realized by signing the master franchise agreement for Central and Eastern Europe and the acquisition of Pizza Hut Delivery business in France. The development plans for Germany will be focused mainly on Pizza Hut Delivery and Express concepts.

The Management Board believes that the dynamic development of Pizza Hut brand in Europe combined with the Company’s vast operational experience and unique Core Values will contribute to the value creation for the Company’s shareholders.

Contact:

Dorota Surowiec
IR Manager
+48 71 386 1235
dorota.surowiec@amrest.eu

Source: AmRest

Amazon.com to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Mar. 29, 2017) announced plans to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.

“We are excited to continue growing in Texas by creating an additional 1,000 full-time roles at this new fulfillment center in Katy,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations. “In fact, beyond the more than the thousands of employees who currently work for Amazon in Texas, more than 160,000 authors, sellers and developers in Texas are growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”

Amazon employees at the one million-square-foot Katy fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger-sized customer items, such as music equipment, sports gear, and electronics.

“We are honored Amazon chose Katy to be the location for their next fulfillment center, and we know the City of Katy will benefit from this relationship through increased job opportunities for our residents and their support of local Katy businesses,” said Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. “We look forward to working with Amazon and the local team for years to come.”

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said, “I am truly excited that Amazon is considering Waller County and Katy for their next distribution center. Their commitment to bring approximately 1,000 full-time jobs, supported by their unique employee incentive program for career advancement outside of the company, shows a significant long-term commitment to help create a diverse and sustainable local economy, which benefits everyone in the County. Amazon will be a very welcome addition to our corporate community.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The Katy fulfillment center project is developed by Duke Realty.

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
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Untitled McLaren racing docuseries to be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

The Amazon Original Series Goes Behind the Scenes with Legendary Formula 1 Race Team McLaren as They Prepare to Fight for the 2017 World Championship

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Mar. 29, 2017) announced it has greenlit an untitled McLaren racing docuseries. The Amazon Original Unscripted Series gives unprecedented access to the McLaren racing team as it competes in the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Prime members will be able to stream the limited series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series 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 on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

The series follows McLaren, founded in 1963, as they prepare to challenge for the 2017 World Championship, with new Executive Director and former racer Zak Brown leading the famed racing organization. Featuring exclusive access from McLaren to the technically competitive and secretive world of racing, the series will let Prime members embed with the team and its drivers: rookie Stoffel Vandoorne and former double world champion Fernando Alonso. The show features coverage of the physical and mental preparation of a Formula 1 crew, including exclusive footage of how McLaren builds and tests a Formula 1 car, and behind-the-scenes, never-before-seen coverage of the sponsor and partnership deals that finance the team.

“The series will take Amazon Prime members inside what it takes to compete at the highest level of Formula 1 racing,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “It will combine unparalleled access with exciting and dramatic storytelling that will appeal to racing fans and non-racing fans alike.”

“McLaren dominated F1 in the modern era, creating champions like Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton. But they are also a family who have recently gone through difficult times, both on track and off,” said Executive Producer Manish Pandey. “And like all families, we will watch them pull together to regain their rightful place at the head of F1.”

“At McLaren, we want to showcase and celebrate every element of Formula 1. We understand and appreciate that Formula 1 fans are always keen for greater levels of access, insight and information, and this series will give them the most intimate and honest access to a modern Formula 1 team that’s ever been seen,” added Zak Brown, McLaren Executive Director.

The series is executive produced by BAFTA winner Manish Pandey (Senna, Ferrari, The Bentley Boys), Chris Connell and Anwar Nuseibeh.

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 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. 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.

Amazon to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs for its new fulfillment center in Clear Brook, Virginia

Amazon’s new 1 million-square-foot facility will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Mar. 28, 2017) announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Clear Brook, Virginia, which will create more than 1,000 full-time associate roles when opened. Amazon currently employs more than 3,500 full-time hourly associates at its three existing Virginia fulfillment centers in Chester, Petersburg and Sterling.

“Our ability to expand in the Commonwealth is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “We are excited to grow in support of the more than 85,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Virginia growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”

“We are proud that Amazon will grow its presence in Virginia with this major investment and new operation that will bring more than 1,000 job opportunities to Frederick County and the northern Shenandoah Valley,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Virginia was selected for its business climate, infrastructure, strong workforce, and global competitiveness, and Amazon’s expansion is a powerful illustration of our ongoing efforts to build a new Virginia economy. We thank the company for its partnership and commitment to the Commonwealth.”

Amazon employees at the more than 1 million-square-foot Clear Brook fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks and patio furniture.

“It is exciting to see the Amazon brand represented throughout the Commonwealth and continuing to grow,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “With the third-largest state-maintained transportation network, Virginia is within a one-day drive of more than 40 percent of the U.S., making the Commonwealth and Frederick County an ideal location for the distribution and global logistics industry. Amazon is a valued corporate citizen and employer in Virginia, and we look forward to watching its ongoing success.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.

Amazon recently announced plans to create more than 100,000 jobs across the U.S. over the next 18 months. You can learn more about working at Amazon by visiting http://www.amazon.jobs.

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
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Macy’s becomes the exclusive U.S. department store for DKNY women’s apparel and accessories

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), one of the nation’s premier retailers, and G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands and private label brands, today announced an agreement under which Macy’s will serve, beginning February 2018, as the exclusive U.S. department store for sales of DKNY women’s apparel and accessories.

Under the agreement, Macy’s exclusivity covers DKNY women’s apparel, handbags and shoes, in addition to women’s and men’s outerwear and swim, which will be available at Macy’s locations nationwide and on macys.com. Macy’s and G-III will work closely on brand extensions and exclusive products that build upon the founding principles of the iconic New York–based brand. The agreement also plans for increased and enhanced DKNY shop-in-shops in Macy’s stores.

“We want to create partnerships that offer our customers products and experiences that they can find only at Macy’s, and DKNY is a fashion-first brand we know our customers love,” said Jeff Gennette, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “By offering exclusive access in key categories, we are confident that DKNY will quickly become one of our top brands. Their remarkable global recognition combined with our expansive footprint make Macy’s and DKNY a perfect partnership.”

“We believe that Macy’s is the ideal partner as we implement our strategy for DKNY to be the premier brand in the world for women’s apparel and accessories,” said Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III. “We have worked well with Macy’s in the past with respect to our portfolio of brands and we are confident that this partnership with Macy’s will help DKNY flourish and capture market share.”

G-III will continue to operate the freestanding global DKNY stores and DKNY.com. G-III also will maintain DKNY’s agreements with international license partners and distributors outside of the United States. Products outside the exclusive categories and products distributed by DKNY’s various licensees under other categories in the DKNY family will continue to be sold to a broad range of department stores, including Macy’s.

About G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.

G-III is a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands and private label brands. G-III’s owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, Vilebrequin, Eliza J., Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Bass, and Jessica Howard. G-III has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Vince Camuto, Ivanka Trump, Kensie, Jessica Simpson, Levi’s and Dockers brands. Through its team sports business, G-III has licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Hands High, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. G-III also operates retail stores under the DKNY, Wilsons Leather, Bass, Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names.

Statements concerning G-III’s business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated revenues, expenses or other financial items; product introductions and plans and objectives related thereto; and statements concerning assumptions made or expectations as to any future events, conditions, performance or other matters are “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined under the Federal Securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and factors which include, but are not limited to, reliance on licensed product, reliance on foreign manufacturers, risks of doing business abroad, the current economic and credit environment, the nature of the apparel industry, including changing customer demand and tastes, customer concentration, seasonality, risks of operating a retail business, customer acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on existing management, possible disruption from acquisitions, risks relating to G-III’s acquisition ofDonna Karan International Inc. and general economic conditions, as well as other risks detailed in G-III’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. G-III assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.

About DKNY

DKNY is one of the world’s leading fashion brands. From the house founded by Donna Karan in 1984, DKNY emerged in 1989. The company designs, markets and distributes collections of apparel, accessories, footwear and select licensed product with distribution in free standing stores and select department and specialty stores globally. The label continues to merge modern tailoring with sophisticated ease, celebrating the aspirational and practical spirit of New York. Acquired by G-III Apparel Group in December 2016, the company continues to be recognized as one of the most heralded names in American fashion.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 125 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed real estate and other transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, store closings, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Macy’s disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

Contact:
Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

DKNY
Jacalyn Bouza
212-768-5903
jbouza@dkny.com

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Carrefour China joins One Store One School One Farm Project across China

Carrefour China joins One Store One School One Farm Project across China

 

China, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The project One Store, One School, One Farm is designed to choose Carrefour stores, primary schools and farms to establish cooperation relations, encouraging students to participate in the practical activities and educating them for the knowledge of food safety, nutrition and anti food waste. 2000+ students, 2000+ employees from 100 Carrefour stores and farmers nationwide will join hands to accomplish the project in three years.

By end March, 2017, 300+ students from 13 primary schools and 250+ employees from 12 Carrefour China stores have joined One Store One School One Farm Project across China (Shanghaï, Schenzhen, Chendu, Beijing, Shenyang and Wuhan). 13 activities including bakery class, little experts (lab test) and farm experience were organized, and the education and knowledge of food safety, nutrition and anti food waste have been promoted to all of those students and their families.

This operation has been rewarded by China Youth Development Foundation with the Contribution Award 2016  for One Store One School One Farm Project launching in China.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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IKEA completes installation of one of Ohio’s largest solar rooftops on its future Columbus store

COLUMBUS, OH, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (03/28/2017) announced that the solar panel installation is complete atop its future Columbus store opening Summer 2017. The array is one of the largest solar rooftops in Ohio, just as is the Cincinnati-area one.

The Columbus store’s 213,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.21 MW system, built with 3,546 panels, and will produce approximately 1,447,700 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,017 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 215 cars or providing electricity for 150 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator ).

For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, IKEA selected REC Solar, a national leader in solar electric design and installation with more than 550 systems built across the U.S. Pepper Construction is building the store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

“Completing the solar installation is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Columbus,” said David Garcia, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Columbus is adding to this goal with one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays.”

This array represents the 46th solar project for IKEA in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restroomms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 16 stores, with more locations planned, including 3 units at the future Columbus store.

The 354,000-square-foot future IKEA Columbus and its 1,200 parking spaces is being built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. Until the store opens, local customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: West Chester, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

Source: IKEA

British Land and USS get planning approval for the £400 million regeneration of Eden Walk, Kingston

British Land and USS get planning approval for the £400 million regeneration of Eden Walk, Kingston

 

London, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd (USS) have secured planning approval from the Royal Borough of Kingston for the £400 million regeneration of Eden Walk, Kingston.

The proposed scheme, designed by BDP Architects, will regenerate part of the historic market town providing:

  • 28 new retail units with potential to attract a broad range of new brands to the area
  • 12 restaurants and cafes, alongside a sky restaurant with panoramic views across Kingston’s historic centre
  • 380 new homes, with 10% being starter homes
  • c.35,000 sq ft of high quality, modern and flexible office space
  • Three large public spaces, with space for events
  • A boutique cinema, located next to the sky restaurant
  • New pedestrian routes to other parts of the town centre.

The proposed development will create an estimated 600 additional jobs for local people and attract a substantial increase in retail and leisure spend to Kingston. The formal planning approval follows an extensive programme of community engagement over two years, resulting in significant local support for the development.

Richard Wise, Head of Retail Development for British Land, said:
“Kingston is a special place which enjoys a unique blend of heritage, retail and leisure from its great riverside location. Looking forward, Kingston’s standing in Greater London will continue to rise, because the Council has a positive growth agenda and is willing to get things done.

“The proposed redevelopment of Eden Walk is designed to complement the existing retail offer and create a high quality central space for Kingston which will over time, become the heart of the town. It will be a place that reflects modern lifestyles, where people can live, shop, work and relax with friends and family.”

Graham Burnett, Head of Property at USS Investment Management, added: “We are pleased that the development has received formal planning consent and look forward to an even brighter future for Eden Walk.”

Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, said: “We’re immensely excited to see the redevelopment of Eden Walk move a step closer. To grow and prosper, the borough needs high quality and carefully considered schemes like this one and the fact that Kingston is able to attract such significant investment, is a huge vote of confidence in the future direction of the borough.

“Eden Walk is a key component in our plans to revitalise and future-proof our town centre, and follows on from the restoration of our Ancient Market Place and riverside improvements. Once completed Eden Walk will offer an attractive blend of retail, leisure and living space that is in-keeping with the character of our royal borough, and furthers our ambitions to make Kingston the dominant retail destination in south west London.”

Eden Walk is surrounded by Kingston University with more than 23,000 students, the College and theatre. The current centre appeals to a wide range of shoppers and has a total catchment of more than three million, a comparison goods spend potential of £963 million and catering spend potential of £260 million.

Notes to Editors

About Universities Superannuation Scheme
Universities Superannuation Scheme was established in 1975 as the principal defined benefit pension scheme for universities and other higher education institutions in the UK. It has around 375,000 scheme members across more than 360 institutions and is one of the largest pension schemes in the UK, with total fund assets of approximately £57.6 billion (as at 31 December 2016).

The scheme’s trustee is Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited, a corporate trustee which provides scheme management and trusteeship from its offices based in Liverpool and London. The trustee company delegates implementation of its investment strategy to a wholly-owned investment management subsidiary company – USS Investment Management Limited – which provides in-house investment management and advisory services.

For more information on Universities Superannuation Scheme please go to www.uss.co.uk.

About British Land

We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality UK commercial property, focused on Retail and London Offices and Residential. We own or manage total assets of £19.0 billion (British Land share is £13.9 billion) as valued at 30 September 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups.

Our strategy is to create Places People Prefer. It is based on long term trends and creates a portfolio suited to current and future needs which are aligned to modern lifestyles. We employ our placemaking skills, and increasingly our mixed-use expertise to expand the appeal to a broader range of occupiers and drive long term performance.

Retail accounts for 49% of our portfolio. We create outstanding places for modern consumer lifestyles, places to shop, eat and be entertained. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of Retail and Leisure space across regional and local multi-let destinations, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the Retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Office and Residential accounts for 49% of our portfolio. It comprises 7.6 million sq ft of well-connected office-led campuses and ‘campus-lite’ clusters of high quality buildings. Office campuses include Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate (50% share) in the City. Other assets include York House, 10 Portman Square and Marble Arch House and our residential assets are at Clarges Mayfair, The Hempel Collection and Aldgate Place.

Two per cent of our portfolio is at Canada Water – a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline to create a new mixed-use urban centre for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places become part of their local communities and promote health, improve productivity and increase enjoyment. We protect asset value through energy generation and efficiency, materials innovation and flood risk reduction and we develop skills and opportunities to help local people and businesses grow.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental benefits achievements over the last five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations:
Jonathan Rae
British Land
020 7467 2938

Media Relations:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Jackie Janssen
British Land
020 7467 3449

Emma Hammond
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1227

Gordon Simpson
Finsbury Group
020 7251 3801

Source: British Land

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Opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacies in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 29, 2017), CVS Health officials (NYSE: CVS) joined Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Department of Public Health Director Gerd Clabaugh and Office of Drug Control Policy Director Steve Lukan in announcing the availability of the opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Iowa. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Iowa that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication in the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Iowa pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery and we applaud the State of Iowa for their leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

“Thanks to action we have taken in Iowa, first responders, family members, and others can now obtain and administer Naloxone more easily,” said Reynolds. “I want to thank CVS Health for partnering in our multi-faceted approach to combat the opioid epidemic that has affected many Iowans. We need to continue to work together to prevent, treat and respond to this epidemic.”

Today’s naloxone announcement builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Police departments in Iowa can apply to receive a drug collection unit at www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

Additionally, CVS Health has launched digital resources on its website CVS.com that give patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. And, in 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 200,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Iowa can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

With the addition of Iowa, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 41 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Contact:

Carolyn Castel
carolyn.castel@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health