GameStop announces new Nintendo Switch units available while supplies last

Mario Kart – one of the biggest and most loved games from Nintendo – is the latest game to launch on the innovative Nintendo Switch platform

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the April 28 launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced today that it just received a limited supply of Nintendo Switch systems available immediately for customers in-store only and while supplies last.

“It’s perfect timing to have additional Nintendo Switch units arrive just days before the launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, one of the biggest and most loved games from Nintendo,” said Eric Bright, senior director of Merchandising for GameStop. “This is truly an amazing pairing of the latest in Nintendo technology innovation with a classic, iconic game.”

The Nintendo Switch system and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are available for individual purchase. GameStop will offer the Nintendo Switch system for $299.99, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the latest game to launch on the innovative Nintendo Switch platform, for $59.99.  Additionally, GameStop is offering great accessories and collectible toys, such as the Mario Kart Mini Anti-Gravity RC Racer for $49.99, and the Nintendo Switch Racing Wheel or Switch Joy-Con Racing Wheel both for $14.99.

To make a Nintendo Switch purchase even more affordable, GameStop is offering up to a $200 credit when a customer trades in a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, new Nintendo 3DS or Wii U (32GB) and applies the credit towards the purchase of a Nintendo Switch. This offer is currently available and runs through Sunday, April 30.

“If Nintendo Switch and/or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is on a customer’s gaming wish list, I would strongly suggest they plan to come to our stores as soon as they can. These products will not last through the weekend!” Bright continued.

Customers should contact their store for availability and more information.

About GameStop Corp.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,522 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S. General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website.

Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

SOURCE: GameStop

Contact:

Joey Mooring
817-722-7450
joeymooring@gamestop.com

Barnes & Noble announces star-studded event lineup for the month of May

Fans Can Visit Barnes & Noble and Meet the Bestselling Authors They Love Including Award-Winning Actors, World Champion Boxers, Famous YouTubers, and More 

New York, New York, 2017-May-01 — /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, today (April 26, 2017) announced a star-studded event lineup for the month of May, with bestselling authors, award winning actors, world champion boxers, famous YouTubers, and so many others, making special appearances at its stores nationwide to launch their new books. Throughout the month of May, fans will have the exciting opportunity to stop by Barnes & Noble and meet the celebrities they love including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Beth Behrs, Paula Hawkins, Jo Nesbo, Gabby Sidibe, Lilly Singh, Mike Tyson, and more. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator for more details on each event.

Below is a list of some of the major events taking place at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide this May:

Barnes & Noble hosts over 100,000 events annually at its stores across the country. Other events that will take place at Barnes & Noble this May include Brian Freeman (Marathon) in Roseville, MN, and Edina, MN; Wade Phillips (Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life) in Dallas, TX (Lincoln Park store), Beaumont, TX, and Houston, TX (River Oaks Shopping Center store); Caroline Kitchener(Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College) in Macon, GA; Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves) in Cleveland, OH (Woodmere store); John Sandford (Golden Prey) in Charlotte, NC (Arboretum store); and so many others. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator for a full list, and stay tuned for the next announcement unveiling the fantastic events lineup for June.

SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Contacts:

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

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

Barnes & Noble appoints Demos Parneros to CEO

Barnes & Noble appoints Demos Parneros to CEO

NEW YORK, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), today (April 27, 2017) announced the promotion of Demos Parneros to Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Commensurate with the appointment of Mr. Parneros, Leonard Riggio will step down as CEO and remain Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“It has become abundantly clear over the last five months that Demos is a perfect fit for our Company and an outstanding choice for Chief Executive Officer,” said Leonard Riggio. “He is highly respected by our Board of Directors and our leadership team, and I believe Demos is fully prepared to help foster a new era of growth for Barnes & Noble.”

Mr. Parneros has been Chief Operating Officer of Barnes & Noble since November 2016. He joined the Company with 30 years of leadership experience in all aspects of retail management, including operations, human resources, merchandising, e-commerce, marketing and real estate. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Parneros served as President, North American Stores & Online at Staples, Inc. He joined Staples in 1987 as a General Manager and worked his way up the ranks through multiple management positions, including Senior Vice President Mid-Atlantic Operations, President, US Stores, President, US Retail, and President North American Stores & Online, where he was responsible for a team of 50,000 associates and 1,800 stores and Staples’ online business. Mr. Parneros has been a director of KeyCorp since January 2014 and a director at Modell’s Sporting Goods since July 2009. He received his B.S. from New York University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He can be found on the following social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Contacts:

Media
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Investors
Andy Milevoj, 212-633-3489
Vice President
Investor Relations
amilevoj@bn.com

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Diebold Nixdorf announces Directors elected to its board

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shareholders of Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) today (April 26, 2017) elected its board of directors and voted to pass all other proposals at the company’s annual meeting. In addition, the board declared the second quarter cash dividend.

Directors elected
Elected to the board of directors were:

  • Patrick W. Allender, retired executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary, Danaher Corporation, Washington, D.C.
  • Phillip R. Cox, president and chief executive officer, Cox Financial Corporation, Cincinnati
  • Richard L. Crandall, managing partner, Aspen Venture LLC, Aspen, Colo.; executive chairman, Pelstar LLC, Chicago
  • Dr. Alexander Dibelius, managing partner, CVC Capital Partners (Deutschland) GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Dr. Dieter W. Düsedau, physicist and former director (senior partner), McKinsey & Co., Munich
  • Gale S. Fitzgerald, retired president and director, TranSpend, Inc., Bernardsville, N.J.
  • Gary G. Greenfield, partner, Court Square Capital Partners, New York
  • Andy W. Mattes, president and chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, North Canton, Ohio
  • Robert S. Prather, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Heartland Media, LLC, Atlanta
  • Rajesh K. Soin, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Soin, LLC, West Carrollton, Ohio
  • Henry D. G. Wallace, non-executive chairman of the board, Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, North Canton, Ohio
  • Alan J. Weber, chief executive officer, Weber Group LLC, Greenwich, Conn.
  • Dr. Juergen Wunram, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, North Canton, Ohio

Cash dividend declared
The board of directors declared a second-quarter cash dividend of 10 cents per share on all common shares. The dividend is payable on Friday, June 9, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Friday, May 19, 2017.

About Diebold Nixdorf

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

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Media Relations
Mike Jacobsen, APR
+1 330 490 3796
michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com

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

Sunoco LP declares quarterly distribution of $0.8255 per common unit for the first quarter of 2017

DALLAS, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) (“SUN”) announced that the Board of Directors of its general partner declared a quarterly distribution for the first quarter of 2017 of $0.8255 per common unit, which corresponds to $3.3020 per common unit on an annualized basis.  The first quarter distribution is unchanged from the fourth quarter 2016 distribution and reflects a 1.0 percent increase compared to the distribution for the first quarter of 2016.  The distribution will be paid on May 16, 2017 to common unitholders of record on May 9, 2017.

SUN will release its first quarter 2017 financial and operating results after the market closes on Wednesday, May 3. In conjunction with the news release, management will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. Central Time (10:30 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss SUN’s results.

By Phone: Dial 201-389-0877 at least 10 minutes before the call. A replay will be available through May 18 by dialing 201-612-7415 and using the conference ID 13661024#.

By Webcast: Connect to the webcast via the Events and Presentations pages of SUN’s Investor Relations website at www.SunocoLP.com. Please log in at least 10 minutes in advance to register and download any necessary software.  A replay will be available shortly after the call.

About Sunoco LP

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates approximately 1,345 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to approximately 7,845 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states. Our parent — Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) — owns SUN’s general partner and incentive distribution rights.

Qualified Notice

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat 100 percent of SUN’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, SUN’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

Contacts:

Scott Grischow
Senior Director – Investor Relations and Treasury
(214) 840-5660
scott.grischow@sunoco.com

Patrick Graham
Senior Analyst – Investor Relations and Finance
(214) 840-5678
patrick.graham@sunoco.com

SOURCE: Sunoco LP

Diebold Nixdorf to present innovative retail and banking solutions at the Seamless Middle East Conference and Exhibition

Global innovator introduces latest ATM concept to Middle East market

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a global leader in driving connected commerce, will demonstrate the latest technology and solutions that support four key drivers in the retail and financial services industries— digitalization, individualization, automation and miniaturization– at the Seamless Middle East Conference and Exhibition May 1-2 in Dubai. In booth #R10, the company’s innovative retail and banking solutions come together to demonstrate the future of consumer transactions.

Diebold Nixdorf’s latest innovative banking concept, Essence, which features a sleek, modern design and user interface, will be one of the key exhibits at the event. Powered by software-driven interactions and intuitive multi-touch functionalities, such as swipe, scroll and smart zoom, the through-the-wall concept enhances and modernizes everyday consumer banking transactions. Available in an array of customizable colors and designs, the seamless, through-the-wall profile, advanced authentication options and electronic receipt capabilities provide consumers a glimpse into the future of consumer transactions.

Additionally, booth visitors will be led through a consumer experience journey in retail and banking scenarios. In the financial services experience, the following themes will be demonstrated:

  • Digital Onboarding – A custom self-service terminal that automates a variety of consumer transactions such as account opening via the ability to scan personal documents. Additionally, the solution enables a variety of advanced services such as biometric authentication, debit card and check book printing and remote video teller assistance.
  • Personalized, Omnichannel Consumer Experiences – Innovative software and systems meaningfully converge physical and digital channels to provide superior consumer interactions by enabling personalized, customized and seamless experiences at any touchpoint. Multiple use cases from roving and video teller to mobile banking and teller transactions, demonstrate a true end-to-end consumer experience.
  • Connected Insights – Advanced data analytics solutions that enable financial institutions to have a complete view of the self-service channel and improve ATM uptime by anticipating maintenance needs.
  • Operations and Management – A comprehensive portfolio of innovative software solutions to maximize availability, automate processes, reduce cost of ownership and improve cash cycle management to yield best-in-class results.
  • Enhanced Security – Tightly integrated multi-layer security solutions protect against historical and newly-evolving attack vectors.

In the retail experience, visitors will be introduced to the latest innovations in automated technology that meet the demands of both retailers and consumers:

  • Seamless Experiences – A comprehensive suite of software solutions provide high-quality, omnichannel experiences for consumers and enable advanced functionalities in the retail environment.
  • Store Transformation – Leading automation and self-service solutions support consumer demand for a faster, more secure checkout process with flexible payment and miniaturized footprint options for retailers of any size.
  • Service Stations – An end-to-end and innovative portfolio of systems and software that manage and synchronize the growing complexity of service station networks. From point-of-sale and back office to outdoor payment terminals and a customer service portal, the extensive portfolio enables increased operating efficiencies and profitability for service stations.

“Diebold Nixdorf is uniquely positioned to connect physical and digital channels and guide financial institutions and retailers into the future of connected commerce,” said Habib Hanna, Diebold Nixdorf managing director, Middle East. “Diebold Nixdorf’s technology leadership continues to enable our customers to stay ahead by transforming how consumers shop and connect with their money in this rapidly changing, increasingly digital consumer landscape.”

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com  for more information.

SOURCE: Diebold, Incorporated

Contact(s):

Media Relations
Renee Murphy
Email: renee.murphy@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-5825
Investor Relations
Steve Virostek
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Australian Retailers Association opposes delay in implementing GST to low-value imports

Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ —The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) opposes any delay in implementing GST to low-value imports and strongly supports the Government in closing the Low Value Threshold (LVT) loophole for the purchase of offshore tangible goods under $1000.

Executive Director of the ARA, Russell Zimmerman said any delay to low-value GST legislation will result in a number of job losses throughout the industry.

“The retail industry is already operating in a tough environment and any delay to this much-needed legislation will significantly affect employers and employees working in this sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Levelling this unfair playing field for retailers is an area that both the industry and unions strongly agree on, and collectively support.”

The ARA firmly believe that that the proposed GST collecting system is the best model at this point and should not be postponed.

“This legislation should be implemented as soon as possible, as we already know that overseas retailers have the capability of charging similar taxes online in Australia,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“These big global players already collect GST for digital products, therefore we want to see these retailers register and collect GST as of July 1 this year.”

The ARA called on the Senate Crossbench to pass this GST at the Senate Economics Legislation hearings last Friday 21 April, and pushed for overseas retailers to immediately start collecting this tax from low-value imports.

“It is unreasonable for global retailers like Ebay, who currently don’t pay any tax in Australia, not to register and collect the GST,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA have been working with the Federal and State Governments to reduce the low-value threshold and provide a level playing field for Australian retailers.

“The commencement for this process for low-value imports was first introduced in 2011 by then Assistant Treasurer, Bill Shorten, and has been supported by both parties,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Therefore, there should not be any issue in adhering to the agreed implementation date of 1 July 2017.”

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or email media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

Source: Australian Retailers Association

Rexall opens flagship drugstore in the historic Brunswick House in Toronto

Rexall opens flagship drugstore in the historic Brunswick House in Toronto

 

Flagship drugstore looks to the future while respecting the heritage property’s rich history

TORONTO, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rexall today (Apr 27, 2017) officially marks the beginning of a new chapter in the rich history of the Brunswick House as its flagship drugstore in Toronto’s Harbord Village.

“For many years, the Brunswick House was synonymous with good times. We’re very proud to be a part of the community and build on that legacy by providing excellent health and wellness services to the community,” said Paul Dale, Executive Vice President, Store Operations.

To remain true to the building’s history, Rexall worked closely with the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Service, and fully restored the building’s outdoor façade and interior elements, including its famous keg barrel bar, which now serves as the store’s main checkout area. Chandeliers, tin ceilings and iconic interior signage have all been restored and now feature prominently in the new drugstore’s layout and design.

Known for over 100 years as a hotel, local bar and famous live music venue, the new store opening was celebrated with the unveiling of the Rexall Brunswick House Music Artifacts Exhibition. Items on display include priceless memorabilia from household names whose music once graced its stage: Jeff Healey, Oscar Peterson, Downchild Blues Band, Peter Appleyard and others.

“The Brunswick House is hallowed ground for music fans, not just in Toronto but across Canada,” said Alan Cross, Curator for the Rexall Brunswick House Music Artifacts Exhibition. “With Rexall’s support, this exhibit is a fitting tribute and homage to those artists who graced its stage.”

The music exhibit and memorabilia collection, the launch of which was attended by media and industry guests, will remain open to the general public before moving on to a permanent home at Calgary’s Studio Bell, home of the illustrious National Music Centre, where it will go on display in 2018.

“While we give a nod to the Brunny’s contribution to Toronto’s vibrant music history and community, health care is at the core of our business. Rexall is committed to providing patients with the highest quality of care, as well as improving health outcomes by delivering a more complete and personalized health experience,” added Dale.

Rexall pharmacists are industry leaders in the delivery of patient-focused services, including medication reviews, smoking cessation, providing injections and immunizations such as the flu shot and the vaccine to prevent shingles. Residents of Harbord Village and surrounding area will be able to access high-quality health services closer to home.

About Rexall
With a heritage dating back over a century, Rexall/Pharma Plus is a leading drugstore operator with a dynamic history of innovation and growth. Our focus is helping Canadians improve their overall health and wellness with a wide assortment of products and easily accessible, more convenient services. Operating 471 pharmacies across Canada, Rexall’s 7,300 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and customer service. Rexall is a member of the Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of McKesson Corporation. For more information, visit rexall.ca.

Follow us on Twitter:
@RexallDrugstore

Like us on Facebook:
Facebook.com/RexallDrugstore

For further information:
Derek Tupling
(w) 905.501.7894
(c) 647.282.1689
dtupling@rexall.ca

PM Rendon
DDB Public Relations
(w) 416.972.7784
(c) 416.301.2391
paul-mark.rendon@can.ddbpr.com

Source: Rexall

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Weis Markets to invest $90 million in its growth in 2017

Chairman and CEO Jonathan Weis updates shareholders on landmark year and the company’s plans for the future

SUNBURY, PA, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets Chairman and CEO Jonathan H. Weis today (April 28, 2017) announced the company’s plans to invest $90 million in its growth in 2017. This budget includes new stores, remodels, supply chain improvements and continued information technology upgrades.

Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Sunbury, Pa., Mr. Weis said, “In 2017, we plan to invest $90 million in our growth. Our budget includes 14 remodels, a new unit in Brunswick, Md., two fuel centers and the continued expansion of our distribution center in Milton, Pa. We also have seven new stores in the active planning stages and expect most of them to open in 2018.”

Mr. Weis also discussed the company’s recent acquisition and conversion of 44 stores and its 2016 results.

“Last year was one of tremendous growth and opportunity for our company. In 2016, we acquired 44 stores and converted them in just three months’ time, growing our store base by more than 20 percent,” said Mr. Weis. “As a result of our acquisition, we now operate 204 stores and expanded operations into two new states, adding Delaware and Virginia to our now seven state territory throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.”

Mr. Weis said the Company’s legacy stores continued to perform at a high level in 2016, which was a 53-week year compared to 52-weeks in 2015.  Adjusting for the extra week, the Company’s 2016 sales increased 6.9 percent to $3.1 billion while comparable store sales increased 2.9 percent. Excluding a one-time gain, the company’s non-GAAP 2016 net income totaled $63.3 million, up 6.7 percent. Mr. Weis also noted the company’s comparable store sales had increased eleven consecutive quarters.

“We are proud of our team — 23,000 associates strong — who made our success possible,” said Mr. Weis.

Source: Weis Markets

Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer opens its new flagship service station in Co. Carlow

Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer opens its new flagship service station in Co. Carlow

 

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has officially opened its new flagship service station at  Junction 5 on the M9, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow.

The opening of Topaz Junction 5 M9 sees 115 jobs created along with the introduction of three new food court offerings on the busy Dublin to Waterford road.

The innovative forecourt features a robust and varied retail and food court offering, including Topaz’s renowned healthy ‘food on the go’ offer – Re.Store, its latest Mexican street-food concept Cantina and a McDonald’s restaurant, as well as extensive self-service customer refreshment and coffee facilities.

Carlow footballer Brendan Murphy and local councillors were on hand to help cut the ribbon and open the new forecourt as well as meet with local Topaz customers as they joined the Easter Family Fun day on site.

Niall Anderton, Managing Director at Topaz commented that “Today marks the official opening of Topaz Junction 5 M9 and we are delighted to welcome customers through the doors to experience the broad range of services and quality food offerings available at the state-of-the-art foodcourt. Dublin to Waterford is one of the busiest routes in Ireland and we are excited to launch this full-service station to serve the needs of Irish Motorists as well as the local community of Rathcrogue and its surrounding areas.”

Adrian Crean, Managing Director, McDonald’s: “At McDonald’s we continue to follow a progressive expansion programme and our partnership with Topaz in Carlow, and later this year in Cork, are part of this programme.  I would like to wish Bernard Byrne, our owner-operator in Carlow, and his team the best of luck in their new venture; and to welcome the newest members of the McDonald’s crew aboard.”
The service areas operate 24 hours a day, providing a full range of services to all road users day and night. There are in excess of 140 parking spaces, generous truck parking, charging points for electric vehicles, coach parking, carwash, wifi access, showering and toilet facilities.

There is a large indoor seating area, as well as external picnic and seating areas planned for the summer months.

Source: Topaz

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Mall of Scandinavia fylls med 400 000 LEGO bitar

Mall of Scandinavia fylls med 400 000 LEGO bitar

 

Scandinavia, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Från den 29 april till den 7 maj intar LEGO Tour åter igen Mall of Scandinavia med över 400 000 LEGO bitar. Barnfamiljer och LEGO entusiaster välkomnas till flera tematiserade stationer för att skapa, bygga och leka under en veckas tid.

Efter förra årets succéartade event som välkomnade över 14 000 barn, samarbetar Mall of Scandinavia ännu en gång med LEGO för att organisera LEGO Tour 2017. Med ett redan stort utbud av butiker och restauranger anpassade till barn och barnfamiljer så förvandlas nu hela Mall of Scandinavia till ett LEGO fantasiland. Sveriges första LEGO butik flyttar ut i gångarna och på de allmänna ytorna i centrum.

– Det är fantastiskt roligt att kunna organisera detta event igen i samarbete med LEGO, säger Louise Bergqvist, centrumchef i Mall of Scandinavia. Vi kommer alla vara ute i centrumet för att skapa olika kreationer, från nya Star Wars världar till Batmans senaste hjälpmedel.

Ett antal stora LEGO statyer och fem olika tematiserade lekstationer kommer att byggas upp i centrum och finnas kvar under eventets gång: LEGO City, LEGO Friends, och LEGO Starwars kommer att vara på fontänen, LEGO Batman utanför Zara Home och LEGO Duplo utanför ICA & Hemköp.

Om Mall of Scandinavia
Mall of Scandinavia är beläget i Arenastaden i Solna, intill Solna station och Friends Arena, endast sju minuter från Stockholm city. Centrumet invigdes den 12 november 2015 och erbjuder en unik kombination av internationella och exklusiva varumärken, matupplevelser och underhållning.  Här återfinns hela 224 butiker och restauranger, fördelade på 101,048 m2.  The Designer Gallery™ presenterar exklusiva varumärken, mode- och livsstilsbutiker samt ett urval av pop-ups.Dining Plaza samlar över 20 restauranger i vad som är Stockholm största restaurangområde.

I Mall of Scandinavia finns även ett serviceutbud utöver det vanliga, bland annat nyheten Click & Services , en lounge där e-handeln möter den fysiska shoppingupplevelsen. Här kan kunden hämta sina paket, prova i provrummen och, vid behov, lämna tillbaka varan. Mall of Scandinavia är enkelt att nå med kollektivtrafik och har hela 3,700 parkeringsplatser.  Mall of Scandinavia är det första köpcentrumet i Sverige som certifierats enligt miljöcertifieringssystemet BREEAM* med betyget ”Excellent” under designfasen.

Mall of Scandinavia ägs av Unibail-Rodamco. För mer information, vänligen besök www.mallofscandinavia.se.

*Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, världens mest använda certifieringssystem för byggnader.

För mer information:
vänligen kontakta:

Louise Bergqvis
Centrumchef
Unibail-Rodamco
+46 (0)76 636 76 01
louise.bergqvist@unibail-rodamco.com

Amelie Argenti
Communication Manager Nordic
Unibail-Rodamco
+46 (0)76 525 56 06
amelie.argenti@unibail-rodamco.com

Source: Mall of Scandinavia

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Topaz announces €6 million investment to introduce its new fuel brand miles

Topaz announces €6 million investment to introduce its new fuel brand miles

 

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has announced a €6 million investment to introduce miles, its new fuel brand, across its 430-strong network of service stations in Ireland. The rollout of miles is set to be completed at all Topaz sites by August 2017. This is the latest initiative as part of Topaz’s ongoing promise to bring leading global innovations to the Irish market in line with their continued integration with Circle K.

miles is a new and improved fuel that contains a unique blend of additives designed to take motorists up to 3% further. Its performance has been tested and verified by a third party independent research and development centre – which confirms miles as a superior quality fuel.

The main innovation with miles is a powerful new fuel additive, which can provide better economy on a tank of miles fuel when compared to standard fuels. This innovation comes with direct benefits to motorists; miles can clean and protect engines, enhance engine efficiency and improve reliability, and reduce harmful exhaust emissions.

The €6 million figure represents an investment across all areas of implementation for the new brand, to include marketing, forecourt renovations and new pump installation. It is part of Topaz’s wider plan to adopt best practice and technology, and to invest in market-leading innovations as it continues to grow and improve its network in Ireland.

Gordon Lawlor, Fuels Director, Topaz, said of the announcement: “At Topaz, one of the core aspects of our business is innovation; whether in food offerings, customer service, or fuel. The rollout of miles in Ireland, and the significant investment in the brand, represents a commitment to innovation, and to providing customers with the best quality fuelproducts in Ireland.”

“Across our 430-strong network of service stations, our fuels are randomly tested by the AA to ensure our fuel quality meets the highest standards. In addition, miles has received the Quality Approved endorsement from AA Ireland,  so customers can rest assured their fuel is assessed to the highest standards and they are getting the best available on the market.”

This latest investment announcement by Topaz follows a string of significant investments, including the recent creation of 230 new jobs through the opening of two new motorway service areas in Carlow and Fermoy later this year. In the past 24 months, Topaz has invested over €36 million in its retail network with investment going towards the development of its Re.Store brand, the upgrade and rebrand of the recently acquired Esso network, and the development of major Topaz sites at City Avenue in Dublin and Ballysimon in Limerick.

Source: Topaz

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Carrefour converts urban spaces into green spaces

Carrefour converts urban spaces into green spaces

 

Paris, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the official inauguration of the vegetable garden on the roof of the Villiers-en-Bière hypermarket in Seine-et-Marne, Carrefour is sharing its ideas for introducing short distribution channels at its stores.

Stores which are becoming production sites

Villiers-en-Bière vegetable garden: over a 1200 m² surface area, ornamental and aromatic fruit trees and fruit and vegetable plants are being grown, using methods inspired by agro-ecology. It is managed by students from the Bougainville de Brie-Comte-Robert agricultural and horticultural school. They also share information about the garden with neighbouring schools and customers at the store. The garden should begin to bear its first fruit in early May and its yield will be sold in the store.

Other vegetable gardens are set to be created all through France: in Mérignac, a 6000 m² in-ground garden is being created near the Carrefour store. In the Paris region, the Sainte-Geneviève des Bois hypermarket, the Charonne Carrefour Market and Carrefour’s Massy head office have all enlisted the services of start-up company Agripolis, which specialises in developing in situ gardens using the aeroponics process.

By signing the “Objectif 100 Hectares” charter, Carrefour is committing – alongside the Paris Town Hall – to planting throughout the capital, the aim being to convert 200 ha of Paris’s built-up area into green spaces – a third of which will be for urban farming – between now and 2020.

Local supply contracts
Carrefour is also entering into local partnerships to sell products grown using agro-ecological farming techniques. In 2016, the retailer joined forces with the Ferme Akuo du Gâtinais located on a wind farm – the first farm to use permaculture in the Paris region – in order to supply local Carrefour Bio stores.  Carrefour gives preference to short distribution channels by selling local products (some 60,000 products) and products made using agro-ecological methods – such as strawberries grown without synthetic pesticides.

With all of these varied projects in which it is involved, Carrefour is helping to ensure food of a high quality by selling ultra-fresh products from short distribution channels. By reducing the distances that these new products have to travel, the retailer is helping to preserve the planet’s biodiversity and reducing CO2 emissions, while at the same time tackling food wastage.

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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Ride On For Red Nose Day events kicks off to raise funds to help end child poverty

Chef-Cyclist Seamus Mullen, pro cyclist Jeremy Powers and two dozen pro-level riders join West Coast and East Coast Road Rides to fundraise to end child poverty

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pro-level cyclists, individuals and groups will be pedaling across the country throughout May in Ride On For Red Nose Day events, raising funds to help end child poverty.

Ride On For Red Nose Day, powered by Walgreens and PeopleForBikes in support of Red Nose Day and in honor of National Bike Month, is a series of bicycle-related activities and challenges for riders across America who are passionate about helping children in need.

“We are eager to hit the road with Ride On for Red Nose Day, an exciting initiative we are proud to introduce this year with PeopleForBikes,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “It’s a wonderful way of getting communities together and helping people be happy and healthy, while making an impact on the effort to end child poverty. These rides continue our commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to support wellbeing around the world, for which we were honored last year with the Global Leadership Award from the UN Foundation. We look forward to being a part of these amazing rides in support of Red Nose Day this year.”

Ride On For Red Nose Day Road Rides

Ride On For Red Nose Day Road Rides, multi-day cycling events being held on the West Coast and East Coast, bring together pro-level cyclists who will tackle challenging, four-day routes to raise tens of thousands of dollars in support of Red Nose Day. Ride On For Red Nose Day Road Rides give participants the opportunity to experience a fully-supported, professional grade cycling expedition through spectacular scenery. Participants will ride with several notable cyclists and athletes, including:

  • Award-winning chef and cyclist Seamus Mullen
  • Professional racing cyclist Jeremy Powers
  • US National Team cyclist Janel Holcomb
  • Ride On event series founder and professional racing cyclist Tim Johnson

Ride On For Red Nose Day Road Ride participants will pedal 400 miles along each route to help children in need. Representatives from Walgreens, PeopleForBikes and members of the communities along the way will also participate in their journey and experience.

West Coast Route, April 30 – May 3

The four-day ride starts with a rider Meet and Greet in Santa Barbara at East Beach commencing at 11 a.m. PT on April 30 followed by the first leg around Santa Barbara County. Then on Day 2, riders will head out through the hills surrounding Ojai, through Santa Clarita’s avocado groves and around the rim of the Mojave Desert, before a final approach into Las Vegas through the spectacular Red Rock Canyon on May 3. Riders will make their way down Las Vegas Boulevard and end their journey at a rider congratulatory rally with members of the local community, among other special guests.

East Coast Route, May 21 – May 25

The second ride kicks off from historic Boston on May 21, where riders will head west through Massachusetts’ “Happy Valley” toward Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The ride tours some of the Northeast’s most classic roads and along the Hudson River Valley, arriving at Herald Square Park in New York City on the afternoon of May 24, just in time to celebrate Red Nose Day on May 25.

Ride On for Red Nose Day Challenge

Individuals and groups across America are invited to get their “Noses On” and ride their bicycles for fun and fitness and make a pledge to donate to Red Nose Day for each mile pedaled in a new virtual Ride On For Red Nose Day Challenge. Riders in cycling clubs can donate to match the total miles from their next group ride, or groups of families and friends can ride and support Red Nose Day together on local bike paths. Spin and studio cycling enthusiasts can elect to donate a set amount for each minute they spin and are encouraged to motivate their classmates to do the same.

All donations raised during the Ride On activities will benefit the Red Nose Day Fund, and people across the country are encouraged to participate to show their support. To sign up for the challenge and for more information, visit rideon4rednoseday.com.

Walgreens Red Nose Day Impact

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion globally since its launch in the UK in 1988. For Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise, Red Nose Day is an anchor for the company’s goal of supporting health and wellbeing. Walgreens, as part of the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, raised more than $20 million in the U.S. in 2016, supported through sales of Red Noses, providing funds for programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, here in the U.S. and across the globe.

Beneficiaries of the Red Nose Day Fund include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provides safe places for children to learn and play after school; Children’s Health Fund, which brings essential medical services to underserved children; hunger relief organization Feeding America; Save the Children, which provides critical early childhood programs, as well as charity: water; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; and The Global Fund.

This year, the Red Nose Day campaign will culminate in a night of special television programming celebrating Red Nose Day on May 25 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit walgreens.com/RedNoseDay and Walgreens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day (rednoseday.org) is run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (comicrelief.org), a registered 501(c)(3) American public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to raise money and awareness to end child poverty, and has raised over $60 million to date for the cause. Money raised for the campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About PeopleForBikes

PeopleForBikes, the nation’s leading bike advocacy organization, is uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make better bike riding for everyone. The Ride On event series promotes the importance of safe bike infrastructure (lanes, paths and trails), shows that shared respect and courtesy is essential on the road, and highlights the long list of positive personal and community outcomes that bicycling generates. When people ride bikes, great things happen. Join us at PeopleForBikes.org.

Contact:

For Walgreens
Beatrice Jimenez
(212) 614-4725
Beatrice.Jimenez@bm.com

Calvin Peters
(847) 315-1232
Calvin.Peters@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Sainsbury’s expands product offerings with Sushi Gourmet and Patisserie Valerie partnerships

Sainsbury’s expands product offerings with Sushi Gourmet and Patisserie Valerie partnerships

 

London, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its commitment to offer customers a distinct and differentiated choice of quality food, Sainsbury’s is trialling a new in-store partnership with luxury patisserie brand, Patisserie Valerie.

  • Patisserie Valerie cakes now available at patisserie counters in 12 Sainsbury’s stores
  • Successful sushi counter trial in 20 stores now extending to another 30 by end of 2017
  • Move demonstrates commitment to offering quality food, choice and convenience

Following a successful 20-store trial, the retailer also plans to roll out a further 30 sushi counters in its supermarkets by the end of the year, bringing the total number of supermarkets with sushi counters to 50.

Customer feedback on the sushi counters already in stores has been very positive with people enjoying the opportunity to buy fresh Japanese Food to Go. Sushi Gourmet’s sushi and teppanyaki is freshly prepared by highly trained sushi chefs in-store and in front of Sainsbury’s customers, using quality ingredients to create great value ready-to-eat products.

As part of the Patisserie Valerie trial, Sainsbury’s will sell branded cakes on patisserie counters in 12 stores for the first time. The delicious handmade cakes and pastries are made and delivered by Patisserie Valerie in the morning and sold in the luxury brand’s own presentation boxes by Sainsbury’s colleagues.

Both the Sushi Gourmet and Patisserie Valerie partnerships give Sainsbury’s customers a wider choice of high quality products at great value and convenience.

Sainsbury’s Food Commercial Director, Paul Mills-Hicks, said, “Working with Sushi Gourmet and Patisserie Valerie, we can offer our customers an even greater choice of delicious, high-quality fresh food in our stores. These two trials are great examples of how we’re maximising our space to offer customers choice and convenience and we know that working with high-quality, trusted brands helps attract new customers to our stores.”

Notes to editors:

Since the end of September 2016 Sainsbury’s has opened 20 branded sushi concessions in the following stores:

Nine Elms, Merton, Godalming, Watchmoor Park, London Colney, Bagshot Road, Ladbroke Grove, Haywards Heath, Milton Keynes, Winchmore Hill, Water Lane, Burpham, Richmond, Wandsworth, Kidlington, Kiln Lane, North Cheam, Warlingham, Harrogate, Mere Green

A range of premium Patisserie Valerie cakes and patisserie is now available at the following 12 Sainsbury’s stores:

Balham, Finchley Road, Merton, Springfield, Cheadle, Kempshott, Chaddesden, Kimberley, Selly Oak, Sedlescombe Road, Wrexham, Oldbury

Sainsbury’s has 425 patisserie counters in stores across the UK.

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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H&M honoured with Freedom House Corporate Award for leadership in advancing global supply chain transparency

On Thursday 27th April, H&M proudly accepted the Freedom House Corporate Award – an acknowledgement by the American organization Freedom House that recognizes businesses for their principled policies and strong leadership regarding human rights. H&M is awarded for their leadership in advancing global supply chain transparency.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — “H&M was among the earliest adopters of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, one of the first global fashion companies to make its supplier factory list public, and the first to disclose the names of its second-tier suppliers. Its principled corporate policies not only strongly incorporate international human rights standards but, as one of the world’s largest producers of clothing, their actions carry exceptional weight that set an example for the fashion industry”, says Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

Stefan Persson, Chairman of the board, accepted the award in Washington on behalf of H&M. In his speech, he empathized the importance of world trade for lifting nations and people out of poverty and exemplified how global companies can support a positive development worldwide. In this work, supply chain transparency is essential.

“To create decent jobs in the supply chain, transparency is crucial. I hope that our commitment to transparency will lead to a healthier fashion industry, but also to more informed customers pressuring companies to act sustainably,” says Stefan Persson, Chairman of the board H&M group.

For H&M, a global company present in several countries around the world, it is important to contribute to fair jobs lifting individuals and nations out of poverty. To be able to do this, a continued presence of long-term, responsible buyers is vital, also when it comes to the development of democracy and strengthened human rights. In this work, supply chain transparency is fundamental. That is why H&M was one of the first fashion brands to publish its supplier list, promoting transparency in the industry, but also to globally apply the newly developed UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Reporting Framework. H&M is continuously adding more information to the supplier list which now covers not only first tier suppliers, but also more than half of the second tier supplier factories. The list can be found here.

Read the press release from Freedom House.

About Freedom House:

Freedom House, founded in 1974, is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. They analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Contact:

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

Source: H&M

Albertsons Companies appoints Jewel-Osco’s current VP of Marketing and Merchandising Doug Cygan as Division President

Albertsons Companies appoints Jewel-Osco’s current VP of Marketing and Merchandising Doug Cygan as Division President

 

BOISE, Idaho, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies today (Apr 28th, 2017) announced that Jewel-Osco’s current Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising Doug Cygan has been appointed Division President, effective immediately. In this role, Cygan will lead the company’s 186 Jewel-Osco stores throughout Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He replaces Mike Withers, who was recently promoted to EVP, Retail Operations, East Region for the company.

Cygan’s retail career began at Jewel Osco in April 1980 as a part-time clerk, and he has spent his entire career working at Jewel-Osco. As he completed his education at Western Michigan University, he stayed with the grocery store chain and moved into roles of greater responsibility including Store Director, Marketing Director, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising and Vice President of Grocery Merchandising. He was named Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising in 2011.

“Doug knows Chicago customers and Jewel-Osco better than anyone in the business,” said Wayne Denningham, President and Chief Operating Officer for Albertsons Companies. “Jewel-Osco’s secret to success has always been knowing what Chicago customers want – from local products to specialty items to offering the best in fresh. Doug’s 37 years with Jewel-Osco uniquely positions him to lead this fantastic team, and we’re excited to have someone of his caliber directing our operations there.”

Cygan earned a bachelor’s degree in Food Distribution from Western Michigan University. He holds positions on the advisory boards of Western Michigan University and NorthPointe Resources, a private, not-for-profit provider of developmental disability and behavioral health services in the Zion area. He also serves on the Board of Directors for both the Greater Chicago Area Food Bank and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Contact:

Mary Frances Trucco
MaryFrances.Trucco@JewelOsco.com

Source:  Albertsons Companies

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Chipotle to treat teachers to a Buy One, Get One offer on May 2

Chipotle to treat teachers to a Buy One, Get One offer on May 2

 

DENVER, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of the important contributions made by teachers, Chipotle Mexican Grill(NYSE: CMG) is offering a special, one-day, buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion to all educators. From 3:00 p.m. to close on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Chipotle will host a Teachers’ Appreciation promotion where teachers, faculty and staff at schools and universities across the country can receive a BOGO with a valid school ID.

“Chipotle appreciates the educational community and all they do for their students, day in and day out,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing and development officer at Chipotle. “This is a small — but tasty — gesture from us to them to say thanks for their contributions to our classrooms and communities.”

The BOGO is valid for educators and staff at all levels, including pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, university and homeschooling parents who present valid identification recognizing them as staff or support on May 2. It is available for in-restaurant orders only and is not valid for online, mobile, fax or catering. There is a limit of one free entrée item per educator customer with the purchase of an entrée item of equal or greater value.

Chipotle has long been a champion for education and literacy. The company has provided reading rewards for libraries across the United States’ summer reading programs, offers tuition reimbursement to their employees and partners with Guild Education to provide discounted tuition programs for employees as well.

Earlier this year, Chipotle also unveiled “RAD Lands,” an unbranded, educational video series for kids about food and where it comes from, available through Discovery Education. The program gives teachers and parents tools to educate children on the benefits of eating fresh food, the importance of caring for our environment and how to create healthy, tasty snacks.

For more information about the BOGO promotion, please visit http://www.Chipotle.com/teacherappreciation. To learn more about Reading Rewards visit https://www.chipotle.com/reading. For more information on “RAD Lands” and how to bring it for free to schools visit http://www.radlandsinschool.com/.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using whole, unprocessed ingredients and is the only national restaurant brand that uses of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle

Fashion student Kim Linghoff wins the KappAhl Sustainable Design Contest 2017

Fashion student Kim Linghoff wins the KappAhl Sustainable Design Contest 2017

 

Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — A unanimous jury has named fashion student Kim Linghoff winner of the KappAhl Sustainable Design Contest 2017. The winning entry is about upcycling and puts excess yarn otherwise wasted in clothing production to use.

“The winning entry showcases smart design with a view to a sustainable fashion future.
Kim’s upcycling idea is playful, tasteful and innovative. We see a lot of potential to create something really interesting with Kim,” says Maria Segergren, Vice President, Assortment and Design.

The KappAhl Sustainable Design Contest is a competition for fashion and textiles students who would like to get involved in developing the sustainable design solutions of the future. This year’s winner is Kim Linghoff, a 28-year-old student of fashion at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. Her winning entry is based on the idea of making use of excess yarn from clothing production to create modern knitted garments

The jury’s statement reads, “This year’s winning entry is about upcycling. Kim Linghoff has shown how we can both playfully and tastefully combine newly produced materials with excess materials from previous production to make new and exciting knitted garments. A smart way of breathing new life into waste materials instead of throwing them away.”

“As a designer, I neither want nor need to choose between sustainability and high fashion. The tops I designed for my entry stand out and demand attention. Sustainable, knitted garments don’t need to be plain, practical things that just hang off you; these are tops that I would want to wear myself,” says Linghoff.

This autumn, Linghoff will develop her solution together with KappAhl’s design team.

About the KappAhl Sustainable Design Contest
Over 80 per cent of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the drawing board. This makes sustainable design a field with both great potential and plenty of room for experimentation and creative ideas. That’s why KappAhl set up the KappAhl Sustainable Design Contest, for design students in fashion and textiles with a connection to Sweden, Finland, Norway and Poland who want to be involved in developing the sustainable design solutions of the future. Find more on the contest at http://www.kappahl.com/designcontest.

The jury for the Sustainable Design Contest consisted of fashion journalist Emilia de Poret; Kate Goldsworthy, Senior Research Fellow at University of the Arts, London and part of Mistra Future Fashion; Maria Segergren, KappAhl’s Vice President Assortment and Design; Karin Verdoes, KappAhl’s designer; Lina Nyqvist, KappAhl’s sustainability manager for assortment; and Eva Kindgren de Boer, KappAhl’s sustainability manager for production.

Last year’s winner in store now
After last year’s competition, 2016 winner Lovisa Malmberg Gomis has designed two dresses with KappAhl’s design team on the theme of multifunctionality. The dresses are available in KappAhl’s stores at the moment, as part of this year’s Celebrate collection. Watch a film about the dresses here.

KappAhl aims to create high-quality, value-for-money fashion, produced with care and respect for people and the environment. Today, 38% of the company’s products are sustainability-labelled, and it aspires to use only sustainably produced cotton by 2020.

KappAhl was founded in 1953 in Gothenburg and is a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region, with nearly 380 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland, together with Shop Online. Our business concept is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to a wide range of consumers.

In 2015/2016, turnover was SEK 4.7 billion, with approx. 4,000 employees in nine countries. KappAhl is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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PRESS CONTACTS:
Maria Segergren
Vice President
Assortment and Design.
Tel: +46 (0) 704 71 55 32.

Fredrika Klarén
Head of Sustainability.
Tel: +46 (0) 704 71 55 58.

For photos and company information
Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
Tel. +46 (0) 704 71 56 31
charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com.

Source: KappAhl

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Whole Foods Market calls on kids to register for a chance to be an O’s All-Star Kid this season

Children ages 7 to 14 can sign up to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a VIP guest of the O’s

BALTIMORE, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is partnering with the Baltimore Orioles for this season’s Orioles All-Star Kids sweepstakes.

Now through August 23 parents can visit any Maryland Whole Foods Market location to register their children for a chance to be an O’s All-Star Kid this season. Twenty-four children will win a VIP experience, to one of 12 home games, which includes four tickets to the game, an opportunity to be on the field during batting practice, special recognition as All-Star Kids, and an Orioles and Whole Foods Market prize pack.

“Whole Foods Market believes in nourishing children and families with the highest quality natural and organic food,” said Chad Woodmancy, Whole Foods Market’s Mt. Washington store team leader. “We are excited to partner with the Orioles to nourish families in a different way – with incredible experiences like the opportunity to be an O’s All-Star Kid. Parents can register their children for a chance to win at any of our Maryland stores – we look forward to seeing you. Go O’s!”

Rules: To enter, visit the customer service booth at one of Whole Foods Market’s 10 Maryland locations, fill out an application, and drop it in the box. No purchase is necessary to enter. One application per child per visit. Children ages 7 to 14 are eligible. All-Star Kids will be selected throughout the Orioles’ season – from May to September – and a representative from the Orioles will contact each winner. Visit Whole Foods Market’s Maryland stores all summer long and enter for a chance to win!

Participating stores:

Harbor East Whole Foods Market
1001 Fleet Street
Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21202

Mt. Washington Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209

Columbia Whole Foods Market
10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044

Annapolis Whole Foods Market
200 Harker Place
Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21401

Riverdale Park Whole Foods Market
6621 Baltimore Avenue
Riverdale Park, MD 20782

Silver Spring Whole Foods Market
833 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Kentlands Whole Foods Market
316 Kentlands Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-5454

Rockville Whole Foods Market
11355 Woodglen Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

Bethesda Whole Foods Market
5269 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816

Friendship Heights Whole Foods Market
4420 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Lagardère Travel Retail renews 3 RELAY stores and will add tech2go and Sunglass Hut concepts at Christchurch Airport

Tasmania, Australia, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The travel retailer has been successful in extending the partnership with Christchurch Airport through the renewal of 3 RELAY stores, as well as the addition of 2 of their well-recognised concepts, tech2go and Sunglass Hut.

By offering new, exciting and innovative brands across the multi user terminal, Lagardère Travel Retail will enhance and align the retail offer for the growing passenger numbers travelling through the airport.

The retailer has successfully renewed and extended their agreement for the 3 existing RELAY stores, covering both the Domestic and International terminals. RELAY offers all the travel essential requirements, including books, news, confectionery and travel accessories, as well as Lotto and NZ Postal services for both customers and airport community alike. The stores will all undergo a refresh over the next 12 months.

Matthieu Mercier, CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail in the Pacific Region says the partnership with Christchurch Airport has been extremely successful since 2011, and it’s extremely pleasing that this partnership will continue.

“To renew our well known RELAY brand, as well as bring exciting new concepts to Christchurch Airport will offer passengers access to innovative new retail offers, world class brands and award winning customer service”, says Matthieu Mercier.

The introduction of tech2go, the leader in tech accessories in travel retail, is the second standalone tech2go store in New Zealand. The 40m2 store presents travellers with a wide range of the latest on-trend technology and accessories, perfect for gifting, self-gifting or items to aid them on their travels. tech2go is accessible and modern and home to some of the biggest brands in the industry including Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Philips, Plantronics and Cygnett. With dedicated and well trained staff, tech2go brings to Christchurch Airport an exciting and world class tech offer.

Joining these concepts is globally recognised brand, Sunglass Hut. Offering a comprehensive, fashionable and leading range of eyewear such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Tiffany, Michael Kors and Tom Ford, passengers will find a fun, highly engaging shopping experience in this 40m2 standalone store.

Christchurch Airport’s Manager Terminal Customer Experience, Craig Dunstan, has congratulated Lagardère Travel Retail on delivering three exceptional new stores.

“Our team is excited to see the stores open. Their modern, innovative fit out and offering is outstanding and further enhances our retail offering. The feedback received to date has been excellent and leaves us in no doubt that the stores will be very popular with the millions of visitors we welcome to the terminal every year.”

The innovative retailer continues to evolve its portfolio of stores to align and connect closely with both the terminal objectives for Christchurch Airport, and its passengers.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL:

With 4 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2015 and a presence in 31 countries, 220 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. As a multi- specialist retailer, beyond the expertise within its 3 business lines, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

PRESS CONTACT:

Janette Doolan
Communications Manager
j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lagardere-traspac.com

Source: Lagardère Travel Retail

NAME IT supports the Danish Hospital Clowns’ work for hospitalised children

NAME IT supports the Danish Hospital Clowns’ work for hospitalised children

 

NAME IT supports the Danish Hospital Clowns with limited edition T-shirts

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Soap bubbles, four-leaf clovers, love and high-fives. That is just what you need on a bad day. As a part of a recently signed sponsorship agreement, NAME IT has designed two limited edition T-shirts in collaboration with Viola and Frk. Lakrids, two of the Danish Hospital Clowns. This way, NAME IT supports the Danish Hospital Clowns’ important work for hospitalised children.

The girls’ T-shirt is white or pink with a cute and poetic clown girl who blows soap bubbles, hearts and a happiness clover up in the sky. The boys’ T-shirt is green or aqua with black contrast details on sleeves and neckline and a statement print showing that a high-five between a boy and a clown reaches all the way up to the stars.

MEANINGFUL MESSAGES

The two limited edition designs are made in collaboration with two of the Danish Hospital Clowns, who get very close to the hospitalised children on a daily basis. The messages are hope, love, imagination and joy.

“With the two T-shirts, NAME IT contributes to a cause that is close to our hearts: the childish play all children should have the opportunity to experience. Our designers always get their inspiration from children and the lives they live. Therefore, it makes sense to reach out to those children who have more worries than most and who cannot play like other children while undergoing treatment,” says Trine Ørskov, Communications Manager at NAME IT, and elaborates:

“That is why the Hospital Clowns’ work is so important – and we want to help them reach even more children.”

SOMEONE TO TALK TO

The Danish Hospital Clowns is an organisation working to spread joy among the more than 60,000 Danish children who are hospitalised every year. The clowns offer the child closeness, joy, play and laughter – and someone to talk to – so that the child can get a little break from reality.

See more at nameit.dk and danskehospitalsklovne.dk

The T-shirts are available in four designs: MINI, KIDS, boy and girl. They will be sold on 28 April in all NAME IT stores and at the webshop nameit.com as long as stock is available. All the profit from the sales will go to the Danish Hospital clowns

For more information, please contact:

Trine Ørskov
+45 52154253.

Source: Bestseller

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