Rakuten Research Mother’s Day survey: Most mothers want to spend time with their children

  • Mothers want “words of appreciation” and “time together” instead of flowers.
  • Approximately 60% of mothers replied that they want to spend time together with their children on Mother’s Day 

Tokyo, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten Research, Inc. carried out an online survey on Mother’s Day. (This survey is a re-edited version conducted by Rakuten Ichiba Business Department and Rakuten Ichiba.)  400 mothers aged 30 to 69 from all over Japan were chosen from the pool of around 2.3 million monitors registered with Rakuten Research, and the survey was carried out over two days, from February 22 to February 23, 2017.

Overview of Survey Results

“Flowers” are the most common gift received on Mother’s Day gift, with more than 40% of respondents answering they had received flowers. 65% of mothers in their 60s replied that they had received flowers.

When respondents were asked about gifts they had received on Mother’s Day, “flowers” garnered the largest response (40.5%), followed by “words of appreciation from children” (37.3%), and “sweets” (32.0%). By age group, “flowers” was highest among mothers in their 60s (65.0%), with the proportion declining in younger age groups (48.0% among mothers in their 50s, 35.0% among mothers in their 40s, and 14.0% among mothers in their 30s).

Mothers would prefer “words of appreciation from their children” and “time with their children” over flowers

When respondents were asked about what gift they would like to receive on Mother’s Day, responses differed from the gifts they had actually received. “Words of appreciation from their children” was the highest at 41.0%, closely followed by “time with their children” (40.0%) indicating that mothers hoped to receive sentiments instead of things. Less than 10% wanted to receive flowers, suggesting a gap between what they receive and what they want.

Over 60% of mothers replied that they want to spend time with their children

When respondents were asked if they wanted to spend time with their children on Mother’s Day, approximately 60% (59.1%) said “yes” (total of those who replied they “want very much to spend time together” and “want to spend time together if possible”). A minority of 4% replied that they “want to spend time apart” (total of those who “want to spend time apart if possible” and “want to spend time apart”). By age, the highest response for “want to spend time together” was from mothers in their 30s with the proportion declining the higher the age group.

Mothers look forward to Mother’s Day every year and are happy to receive any gift

When respondents were asked whether receiving gifts on Mother’s Day felt like a ritual, 86.3% replied “not really” and “not at all,” suggesting that mothers look forward to Mother’s Day every year even though it is a traditional event.

Over 90% of mothers replied that they would be happy to have a celebration even after Mother’s Day

When respondents were asked if they would be happy to have a celebration even if it was after Mother’s Day, over 90% replied “yes” (59.3% said they would “certainly be happy” and 31.3% said they would be “somewhat happy”), suggesting that even if it was after Mother’s Day, mothers would be happy to have a celebration.

Survey Overview

Survey area: Japan
Survey target: 400 women with children (100 women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s)
Returned samples: 400
Survey period: February 22-23, 2017
Organizations conducting survey: Rakuten Ichiba, Rakuten Research, Inc.

Source: Rakuten Inc.

Avon starts 2017 season of AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

AVON 39’s National Advertising Features Avon Representative & Associate Walkers

New York, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”), the leading social selling beauty company in North America, and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade today announced the kick off of AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer. Now in its 15th year, the 2017 season begins this weekend in Houston, followed by Washington, D.C. (May 6-7), Chicago (June 3-4), Boston (June 24-25), San Francisco (July 8-9), Santa Barbara (September 9-10) and New York (October 14-15).

United by the theme #FierceIsForever, the two-day, 39.3 mile walks celebrate the strength and philanthropic commitment of participants who raise a minimum of $1,800 to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. The 2016 AVON 39 event series drew more than 13,000 participants from across the country, including 1,728 breast cancer survivors, who raised more than $30 million to advance access to breast health care. Since the series’ launch in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000. Funds raised are distributed by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations with the goal of improving breast cancer outcomes and reducing disparities in survival rates.

“As the company for women, we are proud of our strong purpose-driven mission to improve the lives of women – and this includes our long-term commitment to the fight against breast cancer. I’ve had the great privilege of participating in the AVON 39 Walk and being a part of the powerful community of walkers. I’m inspired by the individuals whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and who have their own personal reason for wanting to take part and make a difference,” says Scott White, Chief Executive Officer, New Avon LLC. “The AVON 39 experience is such a point of pride for our thousands of Representatives and employees – many who will walk, donate or cheer to take us one step closer to ending breast cancer once and for all.”

This year, AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer advertising features alumni walkers sharing their personal experiences, including an Avon Representative and employee:

  • Avon Representative, Laura Whitaker: A breast cancer survivor, entrepreneur and second time New York AVON 39 walker. Laura is a true warrior, and has been cancer-free for a year. In 2016, she walked 34 miles of the AVON 39 journey and looks forward to completing the full walk this year. Laura walks to support finding a cure and to inspire other breast cancer survivors.
  • Avon employee, Christina Satturo: A Merchandising Manager in the company’s Fashion department, Christina is a third year veteran of the AVON 39 New York event. She originally joined “Team Avon” as a way to get more involved with the company, and to feel connected to women in her family that have been impacted by breast cancer. Christina walks for her grandmother, aunt, and close friend, and to raise awareness for all women who are unable to get appropriate treatment and care.

To get a behind the scenes look at Laura and Christina’s AVON 39 photoshoot, visit Avon Insider at www.avon.com/blog.

“We are delighted to be entering our 2017 Walk season,” said Kevin Honeycutt, President and CEO of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. “Over the last 15 years, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has allocated the funds raised by AVON 39ers to organizations that help women and men, regardless of their ability to pay, get the breast cancer care they need. Funds from the Walks have greatly improved the daily lives of breast cancer patients across the country, especially those in high-risk, underserved populations, and we look forward to furthering this impact in 2017, with the ultimate goal of taking down breast cancer once and for all.”

Details About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer begins with an inspirational opening ceremony. AVON 39 participants then start their challenge of walking 26.2 miles throughout the host city, assisted by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. Participants spend the night at Basecamp 39, featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment and leisure activities, as well as volunteer medical services provided by AVON 39 Medical Sponsors.

On day two, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants join family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a closing ceremony. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awards new grants to breast cancer organizations in the Walk city to ensure the funds raised benefit the local community immediately.

How to Register for AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer: 

Registration is open for the 2017 events:

For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #FierceIsForever conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer is the largest fundraising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since its launch by the Avon Foundation for Women in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000 in the fight to end breast cancer. Funds raised at each event provide direct impact in the area where the event takes place, and also help make sure that care and research programs nationwide have adequate resources to make the most progress possible. For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #FierceIsForever conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About New Avon LLC 

New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. New Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Together, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about New Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

Media Contacts:

For Corporate Communications:

Liz Micci
Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282- 5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

For Beauty & Representative PR:

Lisa DaCosta-Nunez
Public Relations
+1 (212) 282-6078
lisa.dacosta-nunez@avon.com

Source: AVON

B&M relaunches its Coleraine store following internal and external refurbishment

Hartlepool, United Kingdom, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M were very excited to officially relaunch its Coleraine store today (13 April 2017), after a comprehensive make over.

The store, based on Riverside Retail Park, has been undergoing internal and external refurbishment after feedback from regular customers, who had appealed for an even larger store.

After closing on Sunday 9th April, the store was opened for business again today – allowing loyal customers a fresh, and much bigger, shopping experience.

The sales floor has increased by 55% and also now boasts paint & a wide selection of DIY products, alongside the branded and own label pet, toys and food items on sale usually.

As part of the opening day celebrations, representatives from the Coleraine branch of the Samaritans were invited to attend and cut the ribbon as B&M’s Local Hero, given to an organisation which has made an important contribution to their local community.

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

The representatives also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part in the opening day event.

All 72 staff currently employed in the store have returned, with the addition of 30 colleagues as a result of the increased store space.

John Mailey, Store Manager at B&M Coleraine, said: “We’ve been feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are delighted with their new and improved store.

“We were all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our customers into their new store.”

Contact:

email: press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M

The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic to feature local restaurants and breweries and Meijer products and food trends

The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic to feature local restaurants and breweries and Meijer products and food trends

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Who: Grand Rapids community

What: The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic is returning for a second year, and will be held June 16-18 during tournament week at Blythefield Country Club. This three-day food-tasting event is for the entire family and will feature local restaurants and breweries, and will showcase Meijer products and food trends.

With early commitments from Founders Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Atwater Brewing, Reserve Wine and Food, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, San Chez Bistro and Cannonsburg Village, the Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic will once again include the best food and drinks West Michigan has to offer. For a complete list of restaurant and brewery partners so far, please click here.

Meijer will also showcase different areas of its store, including Fresh, Bakery, Sushi and Meats. The Meijer Beverage Innovation Center, a new enhancement at Grand Taste, will incorporate several brands, including Pepsi Cola Mixology, Anheuser-Busch, E&J Gallo, Diageo and Constellation Brands.

The Grand Taste ticket is $30 for a single day or $60 for the weekend. Tickets for kids, ages 17 and under with a ticketed adult, cost $10 for a single day and $20 for the weekend. The ticket will include upgraded food and beverage experiences taking place at Blythefield Country Club. This ticket also includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

Grand Taste tickets are limited and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Where: Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic tickets are available at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, or Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic, please contact the representatives per the information above.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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All Lots of Hyland’s Baby Teething Products Recalled due to Mislabeling

All Lots of Hyland’s Baby Teething Products Recalled due to Mislabeling

 

Los Angeles, California, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Standard Homeopathic Company is recalling all lots of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets sold in retail stores to the consumer level. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that the medicines have been found to contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna alkaloids that may differ from the calculated amount on the products’ labels.

FDA believes that belladonna represents a serious health hazard to children and that the effects of belladonna are unpredictable. The Agency has stated to the Company, “There is no known safe dose or toxic dose of belladonna in children because of the many factors that affect it.”

The Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets were used to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children. The recall includes all products that retailers may have had in stock. The Company stopped making and shipping the medicines nationwide in October 2016. This recall ensures the removal of any possible remaining products that may be on store shelves. No other Standard Homeopathic Company/Hyland’s products are affected by this recall.

“We initiated this recall even after discontinuing production last fall because it is appropriate to do what our regulating agency has formally requested,” said J.P. Borneman, PhD, chairman and CEO of Standard Homeopathic Company. “We are committed to maintaining and earning the trust consumers have placed in Standard Homeopathic Company. We have worked for 114 years to build relationships with our consumers. We intend to preserve that tradition of trust.”

Standard Homeopathic Company is notifying its distributors and retailers by mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products.  Consumers who have products which are being recalled should discard the product.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Standard Homeopathic Company by calling 1-800-991-3376 (Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time). Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they believe they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers Contact:

Standard Homeopathic Company
1-800-991-3376

Media Contact:

Mary C. Borneman
424-224-4135

Source: FDA

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Packaging Innovation Part of Wegman’s commitment to Sustainability

Packaging Innovation Part of Wegman’s commitment to Sustainability

 

Rochester, NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 92 stores across six states, each offering a minimum of 50,000 products, Wegmans Food Markets customers might not immediately equate the notion of “less is more” with Wegmans. But, when it comes to sustainability and the company’s commitment to reduce waste in landfills and reduce emissions, less truly is more. Packaging innovation is just one example of how the company is delivering on that commitment.

“It’s always important to remember that a food container’s number one job is to protect the food inside. It takes resources to grow that food, and fuel to bring it from the farm to the store, so we want to preserve nature’s investment in this food with containers that protect it all the way to your table,” said Jason Wadsworth, manager of sustainability for Wegmans. “Our job is to make sure packaging is functional, performs as expected, and uses materials efficiently and responsibly. That leaves plenty of opportunity for exploring ways to make packaging more sustainable.”

To improve the sustainability of its packaging, Wegmans is focused on reducing the amount of virgin materials – new plastic or paper made from non-renewable fossil fuels – and replacing it with mineral fillers, and renewable and recycled materials. Wegmans is also committed to avoiding excess packaging, and removing Bisphenol A (BPA) and other potentially harmful materials, such as Polystyrene and PVC where possible and where alternatives exist.

“As often happens with sustainability initiatives, the changes we’re implementing and the progress we’re making aren’t always easy to see,” explained Wadsworth. “For some of the sustainable packages we’ve introduced, the change has been very apparent to customers, while for others, they’d never know unless we told them.”

Wondering where you can find these sustainable packaging solutions at Wegmans? The short answer is, throughout the store.

Packaging innovations using less plastic:

  • Wegmans recently introduced a new produce bag made from 100 percent plant-based renewable materials, not fossil fuels. During the manufacturing process, the use of plant-based materials means less CO2 is emitted, and unlike other renewable plastics, the new produce bags can be recycled in the same way as traditional plastic bags, by placing them in the plastic recycling depositories located in the vestibules of each Wegmans.
  • Wegmans Organic Beef vacuum-sealed packaging is currently made from 50% plant-based renewable material, not fossil fuels and will be going to 70% plant-based this year.
  • By switching to a bag from the plastic domes, each rotisserie chicken pouch uses 75 percent less plastic. In addition to being better for the environment, the bags offer an easy-carry handle, re-sealable zipper, and are leak resistant, microwave safe, and easy to store.
  • In the Market Café, the self-serve food bar containers use 40 percent less plastic, as do the Choose Your Meal and pre-packaged Asian bowl containers in Prepared Foods.

Packaging innovations using recycled content:

  • Wegmans’ front-end plastic bags contain 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, all of which is generated by customers returning their plastic bags to the store. In 2016, Wegmans’ recycling rate for plastic bags averaged around 50 percent.
  • Various plastic trays and containers are made from recycled plastic, such as our fresh-cut veggie trays, made from 50 percent recycled plastic material.
  • The paper “boats” used for product samples and the donut and cake boxes contain 100 percent recycled content.

Since 2015, Wegmans has saved over 6 million pounds of virgin plastic resin by using mineral fillers, renewable materials, and adding recycled material into its packaging. This combined plastic savings equates to 150 truckloads worth of packaging the company didn’t use.

When evaluating opportunities for improved packaging, Wegmans also looks for ways to shrink the carbon footprint involved in bringing food to customers. That’s why last fall, Wegmans converted its Food You Feel Good About Pasta Sauce from a glass jar to a lighter weight #1 PET plastic. Because the weight of an item plays a role in how many trucks are needed for shipment, Wegmans saw an opportunity to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment if the packaging of a high-volume item like pasta sauce could be made lighter, without sacrificing quality or safety.

“By switching from glass to PET jars,” said Wadsworth, “the same amount of pasta sauce can be shipped each year using 55 fewer trucks. That change can save 974 gallons of diesel fuel, cutting carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of driving around the Earth once in an average passenger vehicle.”

Although the glass jars were recyclable, PET plastic jars are more widely recycled, and are much less likely to break if dropped, minimizing food waste, another key reason Wegmans continues to look for ways to innovate in packaging.

Wegmans sees plenty of opportunity to continue reducing its reliance on virgin plastic and paper, not just for packaging, but in other areas of the store as well. In the Market Café, the plastic utensils are now made of 30 percent plant-based materials and are dispensed one at a time for a 30 percent reduction in waste, while the napkins are made with 100 percent recycled content. In its new stores, Wegmans is reducing the number of paper towels being used by introducing hand dryers in its restrooms.

“We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made over the last couple years, and we plan to keep the momentum going,” commented Wadsworth. “Our 2017 goal is to reduce another half million pounds of packaging material by focusing on recycled content and renewable materials.”

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Press Contact:
Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

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BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Grant to Cardinal Cushings Centers marks $5M Donation Milestone

BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Grant to Cardinal Cushings Centers marks $5M Donation Milestone

 

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (April 13, 2017) announced a two-year, $500,000 grant to Cardinal Cushing Centers, an intergenerational community for people of all ages and abilities based in Hanover, Mass. The grant marks $5 million from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation in support of Cardinal Cushing Centers. The grant will help provide opportunities for growth and advancement to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“BJ’s has a long history of giving back to the community and we’re proud to celebrate the $5 million milestone with Cardinal Cushing Centers,” said Lee Delaney, executive vice president and chief growth officer at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “BJ’s is committed to helping families and individuals meet essential needs, and we’re excited to support Cardinal Cushing Centers in its mission to help people of all ages and abilities find possibility, opportunity and hope.”

BJ’s grant to Cardinal Cushing Centers recognizes the new BJ’s Charity Championship, a marquee stop on The Legends Tour, Official Senior Tour of the LPGA. The BJ’s Charity Championship is an expansion of BJ’s annual charity golf Pro-Am tournament, which has raised more than $20 million over the years. The funds go to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, which is committed to nourishing communities and helping families thrive.

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with BJ’s and its commitment to helping individuals of all ages and abilities thrive,” said Peter O’Meara, president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers. “Cardinal Cushing Centers continues to pioneer new and better ideas in teaching, transition programs, employment and community living for individuals with special needs, and BJ’s grant will be critical in helping us realize this vision.”

The BJ’s Charity Championship is set for Thursday, September 7 in Plymouth, MA and Friday, September 8 in Sandwich, MA. The event will feature a Pro-Am Tournament on Thursday at Pinehills Golf Course and Plymouth Country Club followed by a Legends Tour team competition on Friday at The Ridge Club. The Legends Tour team event, showcasing the talents of LPGA Hall of Famers and veteran LPGA Tour stars, will be open to the public.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, which helps families meet essential needs, such as access to education, wellness and quality food.

Over the years, BJ’s has donated more than 50 million pounds of food to help alleviate hunger, invested in more than 2,300 community organizations and helped deliver 13 million meals to neighbors in need. Through its partnership with Feeding America®, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has provided grants to help agencies along the east coast distribute fresh, nutritious food. Additionally, the foundation has positively impacted more than 250,000 students, providing them with classroom supplies necessary for success.

To learn more about the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, visit bjs.com/charity.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

For further information:
Jennie Hardin
jhardin@bjs.com
774-512-6978

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Release Dates for Weingart Realty Investors 2017 First Quarter Earnings and Conference Call Announced

HOUSTON, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) announced today (3/13/2017) that its first quarter 2017 earnings will be released after the market closes on Monday, April 24, 2017. Senior Management will host our quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

Event:   Weingarten Realty’s First Quarter 2017 Earnings Results

When:   10:00 AM CST, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dial#:   1.888.771.4371 / Conference ID #43147559

Listen via Webcast

This call will be webcast live at www.weingarten.com and can be accessed under the Investor Relations tab of the Company’s website. In addition, an audio archive will be available on the Company’s website shortly after the call concludes. The complete earnings release and supplemental data package will be located in the Investor Relations section of the website on the Quarterly Earnings page. For those without Internet access, the first quarter 2017 earnings release and supplemental data package will be available by mail upon request. To receive a copy, please call Investor Relations at (800) 298-9974.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At December 31, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 220 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 44.7 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.5 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein that state the Company’s or Management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which by their nature, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Reference is made to the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information or factors that may impact the Company’s performance.

Contact: 
Weingarten Realty Investors
Michelle Wiggs
713-866-6050

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

3000th Watsons China Store Opens in Shanghai

3000th Watson China Store Opens in Shanghai

 

HONG KONG, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new store in Shanghai Super Brand Mall expresses the brand in its latest store format, which is one of the actions which Watsons has done to upgrade the shopping experience, energising such a modern health and beauty retail brand with heritage.

Rapid Expansion in China
As the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson Group is one of the first-movers in the Mainland China market. Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group is delighted about the achievement, “I want to express my heartfelt congratulations to the Watsons China team for achieving the 3,000th store milestone. China has always been a strategic market to A.S. Watson Group, and we are glad to witness the rapid development of Mainland China as well as the tremendous growth of our Watsons business in the market. The customers of Watsons China are the youngest on average amongst all Watsons operating markets. Watsons has become a highly trusted and popular brand over the years, and we are committed to continue to bring a wide variety of quality products to our customers whilst connecting and listening to them via social media. Looking ahead, A.S. Watson Group will continue to expand the reach of our retail brands in 25 operating markets to put more smiles on our customers’ faces, and we expect to reach the milestone of 14,000th store worldwide in the fourth quarter this year.”

New App with O2O Capability
In the newly-opened store, two interesting services, namely “Style Me” and “Skin Test”, have been launched to engage our customers. Leveraging Augmented Reality-enabled (AR) technology, “Style Me” offers virtual make-up service and product recommendations while “Skin Test” gives skincare advice to customers by using scientific biometric data.

As the leading health and beauty retailer in Mainland China, Watsons loyalty club has already recruited over 60 million members in China across its 3,000 stores in the market, making shopping even more convenient. In the digital arena, Watsons will launch the electronic membership card, enabling round-the-clock, O2O (Online-to-Offline) service to customers.

Watsons China has also featured its mobile app “萵筍” (pronounced as “Watsons”) in the new store, which offers one-stop solution to customers. This allows Watsons to become the brand which beauty-savvy customers gather and exchange information, both online and offline. The mobile app is a bridge between Watsons and customers, the “Ask Me” function in the app uses video-conferencing to enable customers to consult beauty advisors over the app, while “Scan Me” function allows instant questions to be asked by scanning the product one has purchased. These features have removed the barrier of time and space, allowing customers to enjoy shopping through a mobile app, even before one steps into the store. Apart from real customer critics, the app can also detect the promotions of the near-by stores, which is expected to draw footfall to physical stores and help improve sales.

Watsons China celebrated the 3,000th store milestone in 2 years, which the brand operated 2,000 stores in 2015. With the introduction of new mobile app and more stores to be opened in new formats, it shows that the brand has been energised and embraced the latest trend to put more smiles on customers’ faces.

Contact:

+852 2606 8833
+852 2690 2836
grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group

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The Co-Op To launch a Wide-reaching food redistribution scheme across the UK

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op will this week launch a wide-reaching food redistribution scheme, supporting the 2,500 towns and villages and every postal area across the UK where the business has stores.

The new initiative is expected to redistribute enough food for 20 million meals to over 2,500 different good causes, the largest number of beneficiaries of any scheme operated by a UK convenience retailer.

After an initial trial at 60 stores, a roll out across all stores will result in the Co-op donating up to 8,500 tonnes of food a year.

Jo Whitfield, interim Retail Chief Executive, Co-op, explained how the scheme will work:
“Each of our stores will team up with local charities and good causes in their area, ensuring food donated from our stores directly benefits the communities in which we work. The food will be collected on a regular basis, helping those closest to home.

“Not only will this support local groups, but it will also dramatically reduce our food waste, as we work towards our ambition that no food fit for consumption goes to waste.”

The Co-op already works with FareShare to redistribute food from its depots, and in 2016 redistributed enough food to make more than one million meals, in the process helping more than a thousand local groups and charities.

Media Contact:

Craig Brownsell
Press & Media Manager
0161 692 4283
07843 648467
craig.brownsell@coop.co.uk
coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Interactions and Advance Auto parts Inc to Hit The Road for Two 2017 Mobile Tours

Leading automotive aftermarket parts provider teams up with Interactions Marketing to inspire, educate and activate automotive enthusiasts

SAN DIEGO, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Interactions, the global leader in innovative retail solutions and experiential marketing, and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers, will hit the road this month for two 2017 Mobile Tours. This year’s Advance Auto Parts Restoration and VIP Tours are designed to engage and educate auto enthusiasts, fans of do-it-yourself (DIY) car repair and professional installer partners where they live and play.

The Restoration Tour kicked off on March 10 at Daytona Bike Week and features a fully branded, state-of-the-art truck and trailer hauling a 1967 Camaro RS that will be restored along the tour route at Advance’s participating TECHNET member shops. The Restoration Tour will deliver a highly immersive, hands-on experience for auto enthusiasts. The VIP Tour, which kicks off in Austin, TX in April at the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, also promises to deliver an extraordinary experience for attendees and will feature a custom branded truck with garage-themed components.

This is the fourth consecutive year of Mobile Tours for Advance Auto Parts and Interactions, following the success of last year’s tour, which made 41 stops throughout 17 states in a 9-month timeframe. The 2017 tours focus on deeper customer engagement through interactive and educational experiences, as well as driving traffic to Advance stores through local events, professional installer partnerships and VIP experiences for Speed Perks members.

The Restoration and VIP Tours will feature parking lot events, educational seminars and talk shops for auto enthusiasts across the country. Event attendees will have the chance to win prizes, try out the Speed Perks game app, and on the Restoration tour, meet Tuxlee, the Speed Perks tour mascot and Instagram star. The tours will feature more than 24 events in the first half of the year, including concerts and car shows such as the Barrett-Jackson car auction in West Palm Beach, FL and the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.

“We’re revved up for our fourth annual Mobile Tour with Interactions and are looking forward to an exciting and memorable experience for all of our attendees,” said Advance’s Chief Marketing Officer, Walter Scott. “Throughout this year’s tour, we will be engaging our DIY and professional customers in the experience and setting Advance apart as a company that has a passion for our customers and a passion for yes.”

“Through our partnership last year, we were able to engage with nearly 100,000 event attendees, and we’re eager to once again team up with Advance Auto Parts,” said Nicole LeMaire, Vice President, Interactions. “This year’s tours give us the opportunity to involve new markets and provide consumers with an educational and fun experience. We look forward to supporting this initiative as Advance Auto Parts reaches more DIYers, professional installers and enthusiasts around the country.”

Attendees can spread the word about the event on social media by using the hashtag #AAPRevItUp, visiting the Mobile Tours’ microsite, and by following Interactions Marketing on Facebook and Twitter and also Advance Auto Parts on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.

About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of December 31, 2016, Advance operated 5,062 stores and 127 WORLDPAC branches and employed 74,000 Team Members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves approximately 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

About Interactions

Founded in 1988, Interactions is the global leader in innovative retail solutions and experiential marketing for retailers and brands. With a workforce of more than 45,000 associates around the world, Interactions creates and executes nearly 3 million events every year, managing 5,500 events each day. Interactions offers integrated sales and marketing programs that engage shoppers in-store and outdoor, and provides insights into shopper behavior and customer service that enable retailers and brands to make smarter business decisions and drive significant sales increases. The company has offices around the globe and operates in North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and Asia. Interactions is a subsidiary of Daymon, the world’s leading full-service, global retail branding and sourcing partner for retailers and manufacturers. For more information on Interactions, visit www.interactionsmarketing.com.

Contact:

For Interactions
Emily Roy
212-279-3115 x232
eroy@prosek.com

Source: Interactions and Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Corelaine Store Relaunches After comprehensive Makeover

Hartlepool, United Kingdom, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M were very excited to officially relaunch its Coleraine store today (13 April 2017), after a comprehensive make over.

The store, based on Riverside Retail Park, has been undergoing internal and external refurbishment after feedback from regular customers, who had appealed for an even larger store.

After closing on Sunday 9th April, the store was opened for business again today – allowing loyal customers a fresh, and much bigger, shopping experience.

The sales floor has increased by 55% and also now boasts paint & a wide selection of DIY products, alongside the branded and own label pet, toys and food items on sale usually.

As part of the opening day celebrations, representatives from the Coleraine branch of the Samaritans were invited to attend and cut the ribbon as B&M’s Local Hero, given to an organisation which has made an important contribution to their local community.

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

The representatives also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part in the opening day event.

All 72 staff currently employed in the store have returned, with the addition of 30 colleagues as a result of the increased store space.

John Mailey, Store Manager at B&M Coleraine, said: “We’ve been feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are delighted with their new and improved store.

“We were all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our customers into their new store.”

Contact:

email: press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M

Del Taco To Expand Presence in Georgia With Franchise Deal

Lake Forest, California, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading concept in the fast-growing Mexican quick service restaurant (MQSR) category*, is proud to announce a recently signed development agreement with franchise industry veteran and former NFL player Donnell Thompson. The agreement will bring five new locations to the east Atlanta region, further building upon the brand’s recently announced Southeast expansion plans, and existing Georgia restaurants.

Following an 11-year career as an NFL player, Thompson found great success as a multi-unit franchise owner of national brands including McDonald’s, Choice Hotels, Zaxby’s and Denny’s. Operating under DT Group Inc., and along with his wife Deborah, Thompson will expand the Del Taco brand throughout his hometown of Atlanta with openings slated to begin in 2018.

“With over 30 years in the franchising industry, we know how to spot a winning brand when we see one,” said Thompson.“One of the key points for us was that Del Taco, unlike other quick service restaurants, actually prepares food fresh in its working kitchens. No other QSR in Atlanta offers this high level of freshness and quality with the value and speed of a drive-thru concept. It’s our goal to make Del Taco a household name in the region.”

With a focus on the southeastern and western regions of the United States, Del Taco is building a stronger national presence by entering new territories while infilling existing markets. Demonstrated by 13 consecutive quarters of systemwide same store sales increases, Del Taco isa brand on the rise and presents enormous growth potential for experienced multi-unit operators looking to diversify their portfolios.

“Donnell Thompson is a natural born leader and we’re honored to partner with such an inspiring and well-known individual in the Atlanta community,” said Laura Tanaka, director of franchising. “Del Taco’s proven business model paired with the industry know-how of a seasoned pro like Donnell is a winning combination, and we’re confident his locations will thrive in Atlanta.”

With more than 550 locations across 15 states,the company offers plenty of room for franchisees to grow in both existing and untapped markets.Those interested in learning more about Del Taco and franchising opportunities are encouraged to register for an informational webinar at www.deltacofranchise.com.

*By number of units

About Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.
Del Taco (NASDAQ: TACO) offers a unique variety of both Mexican and American favorites such as burritos and fries, prepared fresh in every restaurant’s working kitchen with the value and convenience of a drive-thru. Del Taco’s menu items taste better because they are made with quality ingredients like freshly grated cheddar, hand-chopped pico de gallo, sliced avocado, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, and fresh-grilled marinated chicken and carne asada. The brand’s UnFreshing Believable® campaign further communicates Del Taco’s commitment to provide guests with the best quality and value for their money. Founded in 1964, today Del Taco serves more than three million guests each week at its more than 550 restaurants across 15 states. For more information, visit www.deltaco.com.

Media Contact:
Samantha Tyson
Powerhouse Communications
www.powerhousecomm.com
(949) 261-2216; samantha@powerhousecomm.com

publicrelations@deltaco.com

Source: Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.

Carrefour Hypermarket To Open Soon in Dubai Festival City

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced today ( APRIL 13, 2017) that Carrefour Hypermarket in Dubai Festival City will be opening soon, increasing the number of its hypermarkets in the UAE to 23.

Carrefour is proud to cater to the needs of the Garhoud community and the surrounding neighbourhood. This strategic expansion is planned to take place just before Ramadan, demonstrating Carrefour’s commitment to offer quality and value at competitive prices to their clients.

Carrefour looks forward to the opening of its new hypermarket and to provide their clients with great moments everyday. Meanwhile, clients can continue to enjoy a unique shopping experience at Carrefour Hypermarket in City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

Contact:
Phone: +9714 2949999

Source: Majid Al Futtaim,

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. Announces Release Date of First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results and Conference call

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today (Apr. 13, 2017) announced that the Company will report results for its first quarter fiscal year 2017 ended April 1, 2017, on Thursday, April 27, 2017, prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.

The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company’s investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.

A replay of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone. The replay of the conference call webcast will be available at the investor relations Web site for one year. A telephone replay will be available beginning at approximately 12 p.m. ET on April 27, 2017, until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 4, 2017. The telephone replay is available by calling (844) 512-2921. The access code is 13659727.

About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.:

Celebrating 20 years of business in 2017, Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

Contact:>

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Voin Todorovic
314-423-8000 x 5221

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.