Sheetz to hold interviews for 3,400 job positions starting May 3rd at all of its locations

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 1, 2017) Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains for over 65 years, is proud to announce plans to hire more than 3,400 employees companywide. Recently named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune and Great Place to Work®, Sheetz will hold open interviews for full-time and part-time positions starting on May 3rd at all of its 550 locations.

The hiring initiative aims to increase Sheetz’s total employee count and number of full-time positions by creating and filling jobs at stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. During the open interview, prospective employees can learn about Sheetz’s commitment to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture, community engagement and disrupting the convenience category as we know it.

“We are excited to welcome new employees into the Sheetz family,” said Stephanie Doliveira, VP of Human Resources at Sheetz, Inc. “Our employees are our most valuable asset and we’re deeply committed to investing in our people by providing competitive wages, a wide range of benefits and most importantly, a clear path to growth with the support network to achieve it.”

Sheetz offers competitive pay and benefits packages to employees, including medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, college tuition reimbursement, an employee stock ownership plan, flexible schedules, opportunities for advancement, bonuses, vacation time and more.

Sheetz currently operates 550 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina. Prospective employees should visit to learn more.

About Sheetz Career Opportunities
Sheetz is always looking for great people to help deliver our mission and focus on our vision to put Sheetz as we know it today out of business. We’re proud to be recognized as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, and we’re committed to building a strong relationship with our employees and creating an environment that rewards and empowers. Our goal is to continually exceed our employees’ expectations in the same way we strive to exceed our customer’s’ expectations. Sheetz offers great benefits, pay, vacation and personal days, quarterly bonus potential and tuition reimbursement. Our employees agree that Sheetz offers not just a job, but a chance to get an education, receive professional training and give back to the communities in which they work.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $5.6 billion in revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates 550 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( and Instagram (

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

For further information: Nick Ruffner,, 814-941-5183

Lowe’s Canada welcomes Matériaux St-Étienne to its network and will now bear RONA banner

Boucherville (Québec), 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada is proud to announce that a new independent affiliate dealer, Matériaux St-Étienne (3114 Lagueux Rd, Lévis, QC) has joined its network and will now bear the RONA banner. Previously associated with a competing banner, the store features 9,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a 200,000-square-foot lumberyard. RONA Matériaux St-Étienne opened officially under its new banner on April 15, 2017, and will maintain all of its 32 existing employees.

“Our change of banner was mainly motivated by our desire to partner with a major player to continue developing our market. This decision is in line with our strategy focused on profitability and growth,” said Amaury Sauer, co-owner of RONA Matériaux St-Étienne.

RONA Matériaux St-Étienne is owned by Amaury Sauer and Hélène Stichelbout. Management of the store and of essential services is handled by their partners Claude Florent, Hélène Paradis, Yves Savard and Denis Patry.

“Lowe’s Canada provides significant support to its network of independent affiliate dealers, who are a key growth driver. The arrival of this new Lévis store in our network is a clear example of our commitment to stimulating our dealers’ development. We are proud to welcome RONA Matériaux St-Étienne among us,” said Alain Brisebois, Executive Vice-President, Operations Central Services and Affiliate Dealers at Lowe’s Canada.

The new location will continue to offer the services of three representatives on the road dedicated to professionals and to developing the contractor market. Customers will be able to benefit from the AIR MILES® rewards program and the very attractive RONAdvantages financing program.

About Lowe’s Canada

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA, inc., operates over 535 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 24,000 employees, as well as more than 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Lowe’s ®

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976

SpartanNash announces the appointment of Tom Lee as SVP, Supply Chain

Byron Center, MI, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today (May 1, 2017) that Tom Lee has been named Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, effective May 1. He will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies for supply chain management, with a focus on enhancing and expanding the company’s network to support customers’ growth initiatives while improving efficiency and reducing cost. Mr. Lee will oversee SpartanNash’s supply chain, logistics, transportation and inventory management departments, and he will report to Dave Staples, President and COO.

Tom is a proven leader with a strong track record in supply chain and merchandising functions,” Mr. Staples said. “His experience in instituting strategic supply chain growth and efficiency initiatives will help SpartanNash continue to grow in our wholesale, retail and military segments and build upon existing relationships with our customers.”

From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Lee served as Vice President, Merchandising Operations, U.S. e-Commerce for Walmart. In the role, he built out supply chain and merchandising operational functions for the global e-commerce division, overseeing the planning and replenishment for both owned and drop-ship vendors with more than 10,000 suppliers and 26 million unique SKUs across a $1 billion inventory.

Prior to that, Mr. Lee served as Vice President, Supply Chain Innovations, Global e-Commerce for Walmart. He has also held supply chain leadership positions for Henry Schein and Office Depot and has been a senior-level consultant for both Ernst & Young and KPMG.

Mr. Lee holds a master’s degree in executive managerial business administration from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 153 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.

SOURCE: SpartanNash


Meredith Gremel
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications

USDA FSIS issues food safety tips for parts of the Midwest affected by the flooding

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for parts of the Midwest as severe storms have caused widespread flooding from central Oklahoma to southern Indiana and parts of Missouri.

The National Weather Service reports that significant flooding will continue across the region and more than 79,000 people are without power as additional rainfall and high winds are expected. Destruction and power outages caused by severe weather can compromise food storage, especially frozen and refrigerated foods. FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to keep food safe and avoid the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.

Food safety after a flood:

  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water—this would include raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk or eggs.
  • Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those packaged in plastic wrap or cardboard, or those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Flood waters can enter into any of these containers and contaminate the food inside. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
  • Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel‐type can opener.

Steps to follow in advance of losing power:

  • Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.
  • Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes so don’t overfill the containers.
  • Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately—this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.
  • Group foods together in the freezer—this ‘igloo’ effect helps the food stay cold longer.
  • Keep a few days’ worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices.
  • Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.

Steps to follow after a weather emergency:

  • Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch.
  • Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below.
  • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Anyone with questions about the safety of their food as a result of weather damage and power outages is encouraged to call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (888-MPHotline or 888-674-6854), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, available in English and Spanish, or email or chat at

USDA Office of Communications
Press: (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries: (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig presented at the Global Milken Conference on the future of the workforce

eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig presented at the Global Milken Conference on the future of the workforce


You can watch a webcast replay, including discussion of the workforce amidst new technologies, and the importance of inclusion.

San Jose, California, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig joined the #MIGlobal Milken Conference panel, “Creating Meaningful Lives for the 21st Century Workforce,” which was livestreamed at 9:30 am PT on May 1. Tune in to the webcast replay, for an interesting conversation on the future of the workforce, especially given the implications of new technologies ranging from AI to robotics. The replay is available on the right, here:

The panel discussion also covered social impact and corporate responsibility. “Social impact for me is part of our core competitive mission,” Devin said. “What inclusion is about is getting the best people. If you create an environment where people genuinely believe they can be their best selves, then you get the best people. Inclusion isn’t just about a social mission to make us feel good, but about running a competitive business.”

Also at the Milken Conference, Devin participated in a panel discussion titled “Trends Shaping Technology Business & Society,” hosted by journalist Kara Swisher. The discussion is available here:

Contact: 408) 376-7400

Source: eBay


McDonald’s rolls out its Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches together with quasi-utensil Frork

Anthony Sullivan, TV’s greatest pitchman, teams up with McDonald’s on infomercial celebrating the release of the Frork in restaurants on May 5

OAK BROOK, IL, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 1, 2017), McDonald’s USA (NYSE: MCD) revealed the Frork, a quasi-utensil, fry-fork hybrid designed solely for scooping up the quality ingredients that may fall while eating a new Signature Crafted™ Recipes sandwich.

McDonald’s is continuing to raise the bar with the national rollout of its Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches, which feature premium ingredients and unique flavor combinations, including Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon. Each sandwich is served with delicious toppings for customers to enjoy, even when they fall out. McDonald’s is tackling this so-called dilemma with the Frork, a silicone fork-shaped utensil topped with an opening where the customer can insert three-to-four World Famous Fries. The fries become the prongs of the Frork — edible, utilitarian and desperately innovative.

To announce the Frork, McDonald’s turned to legendary pitchman Anthony Sullivan, who shares McDonald’s passion for solving consumer problems with unique products. Sullivan recently starred in McDonald’s first-ever infomercial, which aired in New York on Sunday, April 30, and is now posted to McDonald’s YouTube channe

“Anthony Sullivan here,” said Anthony Sullivan. “Will the Frork change your life? Probably not. Will the Frork improve your Signature Crafted Recipes eating experience? I mean, sure… maybe!”

The Frork works with all three new Signature Crafted Recipes — premium sandwiches that put flavor at the forefront, also giving customers a choice through recipe, protein and bun selection. Signature Crafted Recipes are available for an average price of $4.99 – $5.19 at participating McDonald’s.

  • Pico Guacamole: Smooth and creamy meets chunky and spicy with white cheddar cheese, guacamole made with 100% Hass avocados, freshly prepared Pico de Gallo, crisp leaf lettuce and creamy buttermilk ranch sauce made with real buttermilk and sour cream blended with shallots, garlic and spices. Served with a fresh lime wedge.
  • Sweet BBQ Bacon: Sweet BBQ meets savory, with grilled onions, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, creamy white cheddar, delicious BBQ sauce, all topped with golden crispy onions.
  • Maple Bacon Dijon: A satisfying combination of sweet and savory, with grilled onions, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon with sweet maple seasoning, white cheddar, crisp leaf lettuce and a creamy Dijon sauce.

The Frork and Signature Crafted Recipes can be found near you:

  • Starting April 30, the people can all 1-844-MCD-FRORK (1-844-623-3767) to learn how to get the Frork and coupons to try all three Signature Crafted Recipes.
  • On May 5, Frorks will be given away at select McDonald’s locations nationwide with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, while supplies last. Customers can call the same toll-free line or visit to find the nearest participating McDonald’s.
  • Finally, from May 4 – May 8, with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, customers will receive a free medium fry and soft drink at participating McDonald’s.

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook

SOURCE:  McDonald’s

Becca Hary
McDonald’s USA

Samantha Klein

ICA Gruppen to release its Q1 report 2016 on Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Solna, Sweden, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen will publish its Q1 report 2016 on Tuesday, 9 May 2017. In conjunction to this, we are pleased to issue this invitation to a press and analyst telephone conference.

Time: Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 10.00 CET

ICA Gruppen’s CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report with the possibility to ask questions afterwards. The presentation can be followed at

If you would like to ask questions after the presentation, please dial in:

SE +46 8 5050 3050
UK +44 203 655 1001
Conference PIN:   8023887#

A recorded version of the audiocast will be available on the company’s website afterwards. The presentation will be held in English.

ICA Gruppen’s Q1 report will be published at 07.00 CET on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

Lindex launches new summer campaign


Sweden, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindex new summer campaign takes us right into the moment of a hot summer day with a colorful and feminine collection filled with flirty accessories.

“Our tropical collection represents a relaxed and effortless summer mood with inspiration from Cuba, tropical prints and vivid colours. The silhouette is fluid with flirty volume and details like bare shoulders, large flounces and knots topped off with accessories like large earrings, straw hats, and flower headbands”, says Annika Hedin, Head of Design at Lindex.

The seasonal campaign film, shot under the hazing Miami sun, plays with sounds related to beloved summer moments. Accompanied by Diana Ross’ “I’m coming out” it continuous to convey the positive and feel good-attitude of the Lindex brand.

Lindex summer collection launches in store and at on May 18.

Agency: Wednesday London
Photo: Pamela Hanson
Film: Steven Brahms
Models: Emily Didonato, Andreea Diaconu, Sabina Karlsson
Styling: Jessica Pousette, lindex
Make up: Gemma Smith-Edhouse
Hair: Paolo Soffiati


Lindex switchboard: +46 31 739 50 00
Press jour: +46 730 38 20 20

Source: Lindex


Stater Bros. Markets recognized “Family” members for their Years of Service

San Bernardino, California, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets proudly recognized Stater Bros. “Family” members who reached milestone years in their careers on April 22, 2017.

The “Family” Service Awards Program was established in 1987, and “Family” members reaching 5, 10 and 15 years of service are recognized with a beautiful gold pin that signifies their years of service.

Honorees reaching 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service in 2017 were invited to an Awards Banquet held at the Riverside Convention Center, and those attending were recognized and presented with a Service Award pin.

Milestone Years reached THIS YEAR TOTAL Company Honorees since 1987
Celebrating 45 years of service 4 35
Celebrating 40 years of service 28 179
Celebrating 35 years of service 21 626
Celebrating 30 years of service 137 1405
Celebrating 25 years of service 77 2703
Celebrating 20 years of service 140 3995
407 8943

The four 45-year honorees include GILBERT CEBALLOS-Truck Driver in the Distribution Center, KURT HECKROTH-Store Manager at the River Road store in Norco, WAYNE MACKINNON, Store Manager at the La Mirada store and ROBERT MARTINEZ, Clerk at the Grand Terrace store.

“I am proud that so many employees have chosen to make Stater Bros. their career.  It has been said that you judge a person by the company they keep … and a company by the people they keep.  In my 40 years in the grocery industry, I’ve never seen such a loyal team – dedicated to the mission of serving their Company, customers and community – like our Stater Bros. ‘Family’,” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.  “We are proudly celebrating 81 years of serving our ‘valued’ customers and this is because of the hard work and dedication of our loyal ‘Family’ members,” he concluded.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 169 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit



Source:  Stater Bros. Supermarket

Raley’s acquires property for the future flagship store in the town of Truckee, CA

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s advances forward with plans to build a new flagship store in the town of Truckee.

This past week, JMA Ventures successfully acquired the property located at Joerger Ranch on the corner of Highway 267 and Soaring Way, adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The project will be developed in multiple phases and will consist of 16 acres for a lifestyle, mixed-use commercial center that will serve as a local and regional destination.

The first development phase will be anchored by a new 35,000 square foot Raley’s store and will serve both Truckee area residents and vacationers visiting the Sierra Nevada-Truckee Tahoe region. This phase will also include an additional 20 to 24,000 square feet of specialty retail. Raley’s is committed to developing a store that compliments the Truckee community. The store will have increased amenities and an expanded food service department including restaurant-quality, grab-and-go options to serve as customers’ one-stop-shop. And, the store decor will reflect the rustic mountain appeal native to the region.

“Raley’s is moving forward developing our store in Truckee; we are excited to provide the community with an innovative food shopping experience,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “Truckee represents an important addition for Raley’s strategic growth plan designed to deliver on our vision of infusing life with health and happiness.”

“We are very excited to hit this important milestone as we bring this new development to life,” said Todd Chapman, CEO, JMA Ventures LLC. “We are confident that this mixed-use project will help to enhance and revitalize the retail shopping experience in the region.”

The new center’s leasing will be handled by Ariel Fox and Hilary Parker of Retail West Inc ( “We are thrilled to be working on this project with Raley’s and JMA Ventures,” said Ariel Fox. “We want to help develop a gathering place for the community with a mix of great local, regional, and national retail and dining.”

SOURCE: Raley’s

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at to host 1Q 2017 financial results conference call on Thursday, May 4, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. (Common Shares – NASDAQ: OSTK / Series A Preferred – Medici Ventures’ t0 platform: OSTKP / Series B Preferred – OTCQB: OSTBP) is scheduled to release first quarter financial results for the period ending Mar. 31, 2017 on Thursday, May 4, 2017 after the market closes. The company has scheduled a conference call and webcast for 4:30 p.m. ET that day to discuss these results. The company will take questions via email prior to the call. Please email all questions in advance of the call to

Webcast information
To access the live webcast and presentation slides, go to To listen to the conference call via telephone, dial (877) 673-5346 and enter conference ID 7574200 when prompted. Participants outside the U.S. or Canada who do not have Internet access should dial +1 (724) 498-4326 and enter the conference ID provided above.

A replay of the conference call will be available at starting two hours after the live call has ended. An audio replay of the webcast will be available via telephone starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 4, 2017, through 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 18, 2017. To listen to the recorded webcast by phone, dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID provided above. Outside the U.S. or Canada, dial +1 (404) 537-3406 and enter the conference ID provided above.

About, Inc. (Common Shares – NASDAQ: OSTK / Series A Preferred – Medici Ventures’ t0 platform: OSTKP / Series B Preferred – OTCQB: OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world, and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by giving them access to our national customer base. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

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

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on March 3, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409

Source:, Inc./globenewswire

Migros Ostschweiz startet mit dem Innenausbau der Chickeria Untertor

Migros Ostschweiz startet mit dem Innenausbau der Chickeria Untertor


Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Anfang Mai startet die Migros Ostschweiz mit dem Innenausbau der Chickeria Untertor. Die Eröffnung ist für Mitte August vorgesehen.

Der Bau der Chickeria am Untertor 33 in Winterthur ist auf gutem Wege. In diesen Tagen beginnt die Migros Ostschweiz mit dem Innenausbau. Die entsprechende Baubewilligung erteilte die Stadt Winterthur Anfang Dezember. Verläuft alles planmässig, öffnet die zweite Chickeria in Winterthur Mitte August ihre Türen für die Kundschaft.

Die Chickeria Untertor ist dank ihrer zentralen Lage unmittelbar beim Bahnhofsplatz bequem zu Fuss zu erreichen. Der Kundschaft stehen auf einer Gastraumfläche von 200 m2 insgesamt 84 Sitzplätze im Innern sowie 18 Aussensitzplätze zur Verfügung.

Gegenwärtig betreibt die Migros Ostschweiz Chickeria-Restaurants in Kreuzlingen TG, Pfungen ZH, Chur-Masans GR, Buchs SG, Oerlikon ZH, Pfäffikon ZH, Vilters-Wangs SG, Thal SG, Winterthur Obertor ZH, St. Gallen Bohl SG und Amriswil Aachtal TG. Neben Winterthur Untertor ZH sind Hinwil ZH sowie St. Gallen Bahnhof als weitere Standorte geplant.

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89

Source: Migros



Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab August übernimmt die Gemeinschaftsgastronomie der Migros Ostschweiz die Verpflegung der Tagblatt-Mitarbeitenden an der Fürstenlandstrasse in St. Gallen. Das Personalrestaurant „Sultetto“ ist öffentlich zugänglich.

Die Mitarbeitenden des St. Galler Tagblattes sowie der umliegenden Firmen dürfen sich freuen: Ab August kommen sie im modernisierten Restaurant „Sultetto“ in den Genuss der attraktiven Angebote der Migros-Gemeinschaftsgastronomie. Neben einer breiten Auswahl an Sandwiches und Backwaren am Morgen, stehen am Mittag frisch produzierte, saisonale Speisen im Fokus. Zusätzlich ist die Gemeinschaftsgastronomie der Migros Ostschweiz Ansprechpartnerin für Caterings auf dem Areal. „Wir freuen uns enorm auf die Zusammenarbeit und sind für das entgegengebrachte Vertrauen sehr dankbar“, sagt Antonio Netti, Verkaufsgruppenleiter der Migros Ostschweiz.

Überzeugendes Konzept

Die Verlagsleitung des St. Galler Tagblatts hat sich für die Partnerschaft mit der Migros-Gemeinschaftsgastronomie entschieden, weil sie das Konzept und die Wertehaltung dahinter überzeugend fand. Die Migros wird alle Mitarbeitenden des «Sultetto» übernehmen. «Gastronomie ist nicht unsere Kernkompetenz. Wir wollten das ‘Sultetto’ aber unbedingt weiterführen, weil es für unsere Mitarbeitenden ein wichtiger Treffpunkt ist. Die Migros ist eine gute Arbeitgeberin und hat uns mit ihrem Konzept, das auf Genuss und Regionalität setzt, überzeugt», erklärt Christine Bolt, stellvertretende Leiterin der St. Gallen Tagblatt AG.

Erfahrung schafft Vertrauen

Derzeit betreibt die Gemeinschaftsgastronomie der Migros Ostschweiz die Mitarbeiterverpflegung für folgende Kunden: Bosch Packaging Systems AG Beringen, Fachhochschule St. Gallen, Universität St. Gallen, Berufs- und Weiterbildungszentrum Lindenhof Wil, Stadler Bussnang AG Bussnang, Swarovski AG Triesen, Stadler Altenrhein sowie Belimo Automation AG Hinwil. Das umfassende Konzept der Gemeinschaftsgastronomie steht für eine genussvolle und gesunde Ernährung im Einklang mit Mensch und Natur. Die tragenden Säulen dieses Konzeptes bilden die Dimensionen Genuss, Regionalität, Unternehmertum, Dienstleistung, Wandel, Kontinuität und Partnerschaft. Verkaufsgruppenleiter Antonio Netti ist überzeugt: „Frische Gerichte und unser unschlagbares Verhältnis von Preis und Leistung machen uns zu einem attraktiven Partner.“

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
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Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Keine andere Detailhändlerin in der Schweiz verfügt über so viele öffentlich zugängliche Ladestationen für Elektro-Autos wie die Migros. Aktuell können Kunden und Kundinnen an 26 Migros-Standorten auf insgesamt 80 Parkplätzen mit E-Tankstellen ihre umweltschonenden Autos aufladen, während sie ihre Einkäufe tätigen. Bis Ende 2019 baut die Migros nun ihr Netz auf gesamthaft 200 Parkplätze mit E-Tankstellen aus.

Elektro-Autos verbreiten sich immer stärker. So geht man davon aus, dass bis 2020 ein bis zwei Prozent aller Autos auf Schweizer Strassen elektrisch betrieben werden. Die Migros setzt sich für einen umweltfreundlichen Individualverkehr ein. Sie verfügt heute über 80 Parkplätze mit Tankstellen für Elektro-Fahrzeuge an 26 Migros-Standorten – soviel wie keine andere Detailhändlerin in der Schweiz.

Bis Ende 2019 sollen den Kunden gesamthaft 200 Parkplätze mit Ladestationen an knapp 100 Standorten zur Verfügung stehen. Die Zeit beim Parkieren kann somit ideal genutzt werden, um die Batterien der Elektro-Autos wieder aufzuladen.

Das Engagement der Migros hat seinen Grund: E-Autos sind deutlich energieeffizienter und auch umweltfreundlicher als herkömmliche Autos mit Verbrennungsmotor. Ein mit Schweizer Strom betriebenes Fahrzeug stösst nur rund halb so viel CO2 aus wie ein Dieselauto. Damit die Elektroautos besonders umweltfreundlich betrieben werden können, wird die Migros im Zuge des Ausbaus an den Ladestationen mehrheitlich Ökostrom anbieten. Dies wird beispielsweise durch Zertifikate sichergestellt. Zudem setzen verschiedene Genossenschaften bei der Stromproduktion schon heute stark auf Sonnenenergie und bauen die Photovoltaikanlagen weiter aus.

Die Migros hat schon früh in eine umweltfreundliche Filialinfrastruktur für ihre Kunden investiert. Über vier Fünftel aller Filialen sind zu Fuss oder per Velo gut erreichbar und die Einkaufszentren verfügen alle über einen Anschluss an den öffentlichen Verkehr. Auch bei der E-Mobilität hat die Migros die Nase vorn und gründete mit M-way ein Unternehmen, das sich voll und ganz der E-Mobilität verschrieben hat. Bereits seit 2010 bietet M-way erfolgreich E-Bikes und Ladestationen für Elektro-Autos verschiedener Marken an.

Mehr Informationen zu den Standorten: 

Luzi Weber
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 21
Mobile 076 366 96 36

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Starbucks partners will be among the people that grow, harvest and produce the coffee in Rwanda

Starbucks partners will be among the people that grow, harvest and produce the coffee in Rwanda


KIGALI, Rwanda, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — They came from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For the next four days, the 35 Starbucks partners from around the world will be immersed in the origin of coffee in the East African nation of Rwanda.

They are all part of a program called the Starbucks Origin Experience, which takes Starbucks partners from behind the store counters or office desks and places them among the people that grow, harvest and produce the coffee.

The annual trips to Costa Rica, Indonesia and Rwanda, three of the world’s coffee growing regions, are designed as a bridge between what Starbucks calls “the first 10 feet” – the coffee farms themselves – and the “last 10 feet,” where a customer orders and consumes a cup.

“Just as it’s important for a partner to put a lid on a cup and connect with a customer, it’s relevant to see farm workers and producers, picking (coffee), removing defects and grading, and rotating coffee during the drying process,” said Sergio Alvarez, a senior coffee specialist for Starbucks who is serving as an educator and trip leader during the Rwanda trip.

During the Origin Experience, the partners will visit farms, tour support centers where farmers learn about sustainability, help plant coffee trees and discover how the beans are processed. They will see drying tables where the coffee is dried and raked by hand by the coffee producers, and meet the people working in the fields. It’s also a chance to experience the pride and passion many people in Rwanda share about the strides they have made in recent decades.

In 1994, a 100-day Rwandan Genocide against Tutsi and moderate Hutu killed an estimated one million people, leaving the nation devastated by catastrophic loss. Since then, Rwanda has made significant strides in its social structure, technology and importantly, reconciliation among its people.

Coffee has been a part of healing, said Starbucks partner Arthur Karuletwa, director of Traceability, Global Coffee. Karuletwa, a native Rwandan, was 17 during the genocide. With many men killed, in prison or fleeing the country, much of the cash crop industry of coffee became the work of women. Coffee has helped revive devastated communities and is providing income to a once-ravaged nation.

Starbucks multimedia journalist Joshua Trujillo is traveling with the partners and will be sharing some of what they see and experience.


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Tesco already removed over 8,000 tonnes of sugar, fat and salt across a range of 2,000 products

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week Tesco will launch the next stage in its ongoing efforts to make healthier choices a little easier for customers, colleagues and communities across the UK.

The ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign, running throughout May, will provide:

· Helpful ‘little swaps’, many of which have lower sugar, fat or salt than the regular alternatives
· Lower prices on hundreds of fresh products in store and online, including fruit and vegetables such as apples, avocados, bananas and, tomatoes
· The introduction of fresh fruit at the checkout so customers can easily add a piece to their shopping
· In store health checks in partnership with Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation
· TV advertising (Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco) and other paid for media to encourage people to make swaps and use healthier ingredients
· Increased communication of Free Fruit for Kids in Tesco’s larger stores

The campaign is part of Tesco’s continued commitment to making it easier for customers and colleagues to live more healthily. It has already removed over 8,000 tonnes of sugar, fat and salt across a range of 2,000 products including breakfast cereals, yoghurts, and ready meals through the ongoing reformulation of its own label products.

Tesco was the first major supermarket to comply with the UK government’s sugar levy across all its own label soft drinks. Last summer, Tesco introduced its Free Fruit for Kids initiative, and in 2014, Tesco committed to removing sweets and chocolates off its checkouts, in all its stores.

Tesco will be working with its three health charity partners, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK throughout the campaign. In May, Tesco colleagues are aiming to move a million miles to support these charities, in the Tesco Million Mile Challenge. Tesco will match each mile with £1, up to a total donation of £1 million.

Tesco will also be offering customers free diabetes risk assessments and blood pressure check-ups in 375 Tesco pharmacies, and will be supporting 330 Race for Life events across the UK in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

Matt Davies CEO for UK and ROI said,

“Our ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign marks the first time we’ve brought together such a comprehensive programme of offers and initiatives for both customers and colleagues.

“With millions of customers across the UK shopping with us every week and more than 300,000 colleagues working in our stores, centres and offices, we have a unique opportunity to help people make healthier choices.

“We know there is still more to do, but hope these little helps make a difference, and we will learn from this month to see what really serves our customers better.”

Further Tesco action on health:

· In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.

· In 2014 Tesco announced it would remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.

· Last year, Tesco introduced Free Fruit for Kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit they need.

· Tesco is part of a long-term national partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation focused on improving the nation’s health.

· Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco Cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

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Amazon’s Academy Award winning film Manchester by the Sea goes on Prime on Friday, May 5

Amazon’s Academy Award winning film Manchester by the Sea goes on Prime on Friday, May 5


Amazon Original Movie and Academy Award Winning Film, Manchester by the Sea, available on Prime Video starting Friday, May 5

SEATTLE, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon’s Academy Award winning film, Manchester by the Sea, arrives on Prime for members to stream on Friday, May 5. To celebrate the film Amazon will give every home in the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA one year of Amazon Prime and a 3-pack of Wickedly Prime Popcorn.

“Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea is coming to Prime Video on May 5, and we wanted customers in the town to enjoy popcorn and a movie on us,” said Greg Hart, Vice President of Amazon Video, worldwide. “Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece representing the best of cinematic storytelling. In other words, it is wicked awesome.”

Start Watching Manchester by the Sea on May 5
Manchester by the Sea will be available for Prime members to stream starting May 5. Customers can view the film using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices or online at at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members will also be able to download the film to mobile devices for offline viewing. Manchester by the Sea joins Amazon Prime Video’s line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies.

Prime for all Homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Amazon is sending a gift box to every home in Manchester-by-the Sea this week. Customers will receive a code to claim their one-year Prime membership and 3-pack of Wickedly Prime Popcorn. On Friday, May 5, they can start streaming their namesake movie Manchester by the Sea.

Academy Award Winning Movies
Earlier this year, Amazon Studios, the original film and TV production arm of Amazon Prime Video, received seven Oscar nominations and took home three Oscars, making Amazon Prime Video the first streaming service to win Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. Manchester by the Sea took home two Oscars – Casey Affleck won his first Oscar for Best Actor, and Kenneth Lonergan won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The Salesman, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, won Best Foreign Language Film. In addition to these Amazon Original Movies, Moonlight, the Academy Award winning film for Best Picture starring Mahershala Ali and directed by Barry Jenkins, will be added to the Prime Video line-up on May 21.

More to Prime
Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and today, members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 50 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at

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

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Nicki Minaj: Partnering with H&M has been an incredible and unique experience

Nicki Minaj: Partnering with H&M has been an incredible and unique experience


H&M designed custom looks for Nicki Minaj, Future, Ashley Graham, Joe Jonas, Jourdan Dunn, Sasha Lane and Stella Maxwell for the 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by this year’s Costume Institute exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, the H&M design team created one-of-a-kind looks that explored many of Kawakubo’s recurring themes. These included deconstruction, subverted tradition and asymmetry, mixed with the charm of bows, flowers and polka dots, with each look made especially for this exclusive evening of fashion. Attending the Costume Institute Benefit for the third year in a row, H&M was particularly pleased with this year’s theme having collaborated with Comme des Garçons for its 2008 H&M designer collection.

“It has been our honour at H&M to create these looks inspired by Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, one of fashion’s most important and influential designers. Each H&M look has been entirely custom-made, with both Kawakubo’s creative world and the style of our guests in mind,” said Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director.

“Partnering with H&M has been an incredible and unique experience. The look we have created is so special to me and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with everyone. Together with the H&M design team, we embodied the theme; from the dramatic train to Kawakubo’s face. it’s truly inspiring!” Nicki Minaj

“It’s been such a wonderful experience with H&M for my first Met Gala. I have loved collaborating with them every step of the way and I can’t wait to show off my dress. It’s everything I could have ever dreamed of!” said Ashley Graham.

“I always love wearing H&M, so it’s been an amazing experience to have H&M create this one-off look just for me. The tailoring is sharp and perfect for this special night, and it’s all so effortless,” said Joe Jonas.

Rapper and singer ‪Nicki Minaj‪ wore a sheer tulle gown with a long train in raw-edged silk taffeta, featuring extravagant black vinyl roses trapped at the hem and beneath the train. The dress was held by an off-the-shoulder silk duchesse kimono top, its leather Obi belt featuring a mask of the face of Kawakubo. The train was decorated with rays of black and red, with one red Swarovski crystal ray extending to the front.

Rapper Future was dressed in a slim-fitted black tail-coat made from organic silk, TENCEL® and wool, its back embellished with a hand-embroidered black skull with a red Swarowski crystal heart. He wore it with a dark navy shirt in organic silk and a bow tie.

Model Ashley Graham wore a corset dress influenced by Kawakubo’s interest in revealing the inner workings of garments. An off-white corset was subtly deconstructed, while a long red silk skirt was boned and fastened by hook-and-eyes, both decorated with exuberant ruffles of dark red silk organza.

Model Jourdan Dunn wore a body-skimming dress that played with the theme of deconstructing and subverting traditional garments. A top of off-white silk taffeta shirting appeared as if falling off a calico bodice, its skirt of deconstructed navy pinstripe suiting that was cut asymmetrically and into bows.

Actress Sasha Lane wore a sheer net-like structured dress embellished with various sizes of polka dots, one of Kawakubo’s key motifs. The dress was held by a sheer, boned upper body with black Swarovski crystals, the playful dots in tactile materials such as raffia and velvet.

Singer Joe Jonas was dressed in a deep red slim fit suit in Italian double-silk satin with black stripe and lapels. His black silk shirt was in 100% organic silk, finished with a black bowtie.

Model Stella Maxwell wore a sheer organic silk chiffon dress covered in strands of pearls. Beginning as a necklace that draped the open back, the pearls crossed the chest and formed the lines of a crinoline into the dress, before falling free to play around the body.

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Craftsman brand wins one Gold and two Bronze Edison Awards for innovation

Craftsman brand wins one Gold and two Bronze Edison Awards for innovation


Awards Celebrate 30 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovation

NEW YORK, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Edison Awards, celebrating 30 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced that the Craftsman brand was voted a winner of one Gold and two Bronze Edison Awards for innovation at the recent event at The Capitale in New York City.

The Craftsman® Flex Claw™ Hammer received a Gold Edison Award while the Craftsman Sidewinder™ Flat Tape and Craftsman Smart Lawn™ Connect Kit won Bronze Edison Awards.”I’m so proud of our product development team,” said Tom Park, president of the KCD Brands division at Sears Holdings. “They found a way to bring innovation to the most basic of tools – the hammer – by giving it more functionality with four clawing positions. Our Craftsman Sidewinder Measuring Tape makes you say ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ And the Craftsman Smart Lawn app allows you to view the tractor’s performance diagnostics, giving you peace of mind, plus money saving maintenance tips, weather tracking and more – everything you need to keep the best yard on the block.”

Edison Award Winning Products from Craftsman:

  • Built for speed and convenience, the versatile Craftsman Flex Claw Hammer allows you to drive nails with precision and pry boards with excellent access and leverage thanks to a jointed head. The head locks in four different clawing positions to access difficult angles. Made of forged carbon steel with a magnetic nail starter and rubber grip, this hammer is the new twist on a classic.
  • The Craftsman Sidewinder Measuring Tape features an exclusive design that allows the body to lie flat unlike traditional tape measures. Combined with a rear tang to hold the tape measure in place, it allows you to measure without the tape tipping over. It also has an auto blade lock, micro texture grip surface and a writable surface to note measurements that make it a “must-have” for the toolbox.
  • The Craftsman Smart Lawn Connected Riding Mowers provide the complete care system for your mower. Take command of your lawn care with the wireless-enabled Smart Lawn app from Craftsman. Just download the free Smart Lawn app to your smart device and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your mower using wireless technology. It notifies you when it’s time to change the oil, replace the air filter, replace blades and check battery status. Access DIY maintenance videos, the owner’s manual and shop for parts and accessories.

Winning an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.

“Our judges recognized Craftsman as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the “Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products.

Craftsman at Sears
The Craftsman brand has been America’s most trusted tool brand for generations, woven into the fabric of the American lifestyle. And Sears is your first destination for Craftsman products, with the widest selection on the planet and the original home of Craftsman. Craftsman at Sears continues to develop innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability. This includes a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user and the demanding professional. In addition, Craftsman at Sears also includes lawn and garden products and tool storage. Plus, Craftsman at Sears is part of Shop Your Way®, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits when shopping at Sears stores and

About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit

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Lowe’s offers 10% off personal purchases to members of the U.S. Armed Forces

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announced today (May 1, 2017) it will expand its military discount program by offering 10 percent off personal purchases every day to current and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The new program uses a MyLowes card for quick identification, is available both in U.S. stores and on and offers easy online enrollment. The discount is effective immediately.

“Lowe’s was founded by Carl Buchan, an Army veteran who wanted to make home building and home improvement affordable for returning GIs and their families,” said Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and CEO. “The values and leadership instilled through his military service formed the foundation of our company. Enhancing our discount program honors his memory and the commitment servicemen and women and their families make to our country.”

Lowe’s has offered discounts to veterans and military servicemen and women for more than a decade. Current and former servicemen and women can follow these easy steps to enroll in the discount program:

  • Visit and complete a short personal profile.
  • Check the box to receive a free MyLowes card.

After the one-time enrollment, U.S. military customers can present their MyLowes card at the store cash register, scan their card at self-checkout or sign in to their account at and receive the discount. In addition to simple checkout in stores and online shopping, the MyLowes card offers free parcel shipping for purchases ordered online with no required minimum purchase. For additional details about the discount, visit

Lowe’s is proud of its long history honoring servicemen and women. In addition to the military discount program, Lowe’s provides differential pay for employees serving in the military and offers employment opportunities for military personnel after their service ends. Currently, more than 10,000 Lowe’s employees are U.S. military veterans or members of the Guard or Reserve and nearly 800 are deployed to active duty.

In 2016, Lowe’s received the U.S. Department of Defense Freedom Award, the highest recognition given employers for supporting the military, particularly employees serving in the Guard and Reserves.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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Co-op Refinery Complex’s Wastewater Improvement Project named Industrial Water Project of the Year at the Global Water Awards

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wastewater Improvement Project at the Co-op Refinery Complex was named Industrial Water Project of the Year at the annual Global Water Awards held in Madrid, Spain, on April 24. The award recognizes the project, commissioned in 2016, that represents the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the field of industrial water.

“We are honoured that the CRC was named Industrial Water Project of the Year. Water is a precious resource and our Wastewater Improvement Project allows us to be efficient and sustainable by recovering every drop of water – two million gallons of wastewater daily. With GE’s technology, we now recycle all of our wastewater in a socially responsible and environmentally sound way to conserve water for Regina and the entire province of Saskatchewan,” said Gil Le Dressay, Vice-President of Refinery Operations.

  • READ: $200 million environmental project at CRC
  • WATCH: How the Wastewater Improvement Project works

“We are very proud that this project, which uses our advanced wastewater treatment technologies, has won this prestigious award,” said Heiner Markoff, President and CEO of GE Water and Process Technologies. “The CRC’s outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability should be an enduring example for the entire oil refining industry.”

Several years ago the Refinery expanded its operations to produce 30,000 more barrels of oil per day (BPD) taking it from a 100,000-BPD to 130,000-BPD facility, which increased its water usage. The Refinery’s current water source is a blend of well water and city water.

With a fully operational Wastewater Improvement Project the CRC’s reliance on raw water from the City of Regina aquifer will decrease by the equivalent of 3,100 households on an annual basis. By recycling 100 per cent of its wastewater on-site, the CRC significantly decreases volatile organic compound emissions from its wastewater ponds and reduces the associated nuisance odours.

Established in 2006 by Global Water Intelligence magazine, the awards recognize the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories, and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.


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NGA releases statement after OMB directed FDA to re-examine the menu labeling regulation

Arlington, VA, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greg Ferrara, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs at the National Grocers Association (NGA), today (May 1, 2017) released the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to re-examine the menu labeling regulation that had been scheduled to be implemented on May 5, 2017:

“The menu labeling law, as originally passed by Congress, was intended to cover chain restaurants. But unlike chain restaurants, supermarkets operate in a variety of formats without standard menu items.  Instead, many prepared food items sold in their stores are tailored to the community, and recipes, even for the same item, sometimes vary from store to store based on customer needs and demands.

“While chain independent supermarkets are committed to providing consumers with information, implementation of this regulation would be one of the most expensive regulations for the supermarket industry with estimates exceeding $1 billion. We applaud the Administration for acting swiftly to address the concerns of Main Street grocers and look forward to working with the FDA on important fixes to the regulation that will provide independent supermarkets with flexibility to be able to provide consumers with this information and protection from frivolous lawsuits as they work to implement this regulation in-store.

“We are also committed to continuing to work with our champions in Congress to pass the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772 / S. 261) to ensure these reforms are codified into law.”


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J. C. Penney Company to host 1Q 2017 financial results conference call on Friday, May 12

PLANO, Texas, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced today (May 1, 2017) that it will release its first quarter 2017 financial results on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 a.m. ET. The news release will be followed by a live conference call and webcast conducted by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marvin R. Ellison and Chief Financial Officer Ed Record that will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.

To access the conference call, please dial (844) 243-9275, or (225) 283-0394 for international callers, and reference 15893982 conference ID or visit the Company’s investor relations website at Supplemental slides will be available on the Company’s investor relations website approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference call.

Telephone playback will be available for seven days beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and referencing 15893982 conference ID.

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts.  In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters.  Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

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Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands.  Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

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CBL & Associates Properties closes sale of The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City for a gross sales price of $130.0 million

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today (May 1, 2017) announced that it, along with its joint venture partner Horizon Group Properties, closed on the sale of The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, OK, for a gross sales price of $130.0 million. Approximately $70.1 million, including defeasance costs, in loans secured by the property were retired concurrent with the close. CBL’s share of net equity proceeds, after retirement of secured loans and closing costs, was $38.0 million. Net proceeds were used to reduce outstanding balances on the Company’s lines of credit.

“Our outlet center development program has created tremendous value for CBL and our shareholders,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president & chief executive officer. “The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City was the first project we developed with Horizon and has been a huge success. We are pleased to demonstrate the value of our outlet portfolio and provide additional liquidity to reduce leverage and help fund our redevelopment program.”

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 125 properties, including 82 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 27 states and total 77.4 million square feet including 5.9 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at

Information included herein contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws.Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated.Future events and actual events, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the events and results discussed in the forward-looking statements.The reader is directed to the Company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included therein, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Investor Contact:
Katie Reinsmidt
EVP – Chief Investment

Media Contact:
Stacey Keating
Director – Public Relations & Corporate Communications

Source: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Fresh Grocer supermarkets owned by Burns family raised $8,500 for the American Red Cross

PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven local Fresh Grocer supermarkets, owned and operated by the Burns family, raised $8,500 for the American Red Cross during their fifth annual fundraiser held in March in honor of National Red Cross Month.  The month-long fundraiser was supported by both corporate and customer donations.  All proceeds will help the Red Cross deliver on its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of The Fresh Grocer and the Burns family. Whether we’re helping a community prepare for, respond to, or recover from a disaster, we know we can count on The Fresh Grocer,” says Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes (Ret.), CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. “The Fresh Grocer and its customers are absolutely amazing and inspire us all. Their generosity allows us to build stronger and more resilient communities. We truly appreciate their leadership, partnership and friendship.”Throughout the fundraiser, the Burns family’s seven Fresh Grocer Supermarkets located throughout Philadelphia and Upper Darby, PA and Wilmington, DE invited customers to “be an everyday hero” by supporting the Red Cross with a small monetary contribution of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.  Signs were posted throughout the stores; employees proudly wore campaign buttons; weekly circulars promoted the fundraiser, and social media sites promoted store-level campaign activities.

“We have the best customers,” said Patrick J. Burns, president and CEO of Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets. “Our Red Cross Month fundraiser continues to be a success year after year because of the overwhelming generosity of our Fresh Grocer customers and their commitment to supporting those who help our neighbors in need.”

In total, the Burns’ Fresh Grocer supermarkets have raised $47,000 for the Red Cross since the launch of their store-level campaign five years ago.

CAPTION:  Front end associate Josh Raphael rings up a customer donation at the Burns family’s Fresh Grocer in Upper Darby, PA.

About Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets:  

A member of the Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, Patrick J. Burns currently operates seven Fresh Grocer supermarkets and two ShopRite supermarkets, located throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.  Under Patrick’s leadership, Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets specializes in providing high-quality perishables in urban and suburban environments and are committed to understanding the needs, tastes and traditions of the communities in which their stores are located, and make it a priority to offer an assortment of products and services to meet those various needs. Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets are also committed to improving food access and to promoting the health and wellness of its customers, associates and communities.

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source: Fresh Grocer supermarkets

CBRE strengthens position as a leader in corporate real estate services in the Pacific with the acquisition of Aurora Projects Pty Limited

Los Angeles, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today (May 1, 2017) announced that it has acquired Aurora Projects Pty Limited (Aurora), a leading project advisory and management company in Australia. The acquisition significantly strengthens CBRE’s position as a leader in corporate real estate services in the Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) region.

Aurora’s team of 31 professionals in Sydney and Perth will be integrated within CBRE’s existing Project Management division in the Pacific. The combined operation will employ a staff of 105 Project Management professionals with broad and deep capabilities.

Led by Malcolm Naylor and Jo Thorley, Aurora has provided a range of consultancy services for over 20 years.

Aurora has a significant healthcare focus and has undertaken major advisory and project management work for clients in this sector in all Australian states. The firm has also developed strong capabilities in the higher education sector.

Ray Pittman, President and CEO of CBRE’s Australian & New Zealand operations, said the acquisition reflected the company’s continued focus on the growth of its occupier outsourcing business (Global Workplace Solutions) and ongoing strategy to diversify into new growth areas.

“We will now be able to provide a more diversified, first-class service offering to clients in Australia and New Zealand given Aurora’s reputation and track record as a market leader in the very specialized areas of health and higher education project management,” Mr. Pittman said.

Rhys Harvey, the Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s Pacific Global Workplace Solutions business, added; “The quality of Aurora’s people and their trusted client relationships will further strengthen our offering at a time of considerable growth in the Australian healthcare sector. In turn, we can provide Aurora’s clients with access to our broad service offering and reach around the world.”

Ian Rea, Managing Director of CBRE Project Management, will lead the integrated team with Ms. Thorley and Mr. Naylor assuming responsibility for health and higher education clients, respectively.

Ms. Thorley said CBRE’s global capabilities in the healthcare sector was a key attraction, allowing Aurora to enhance its expertise with a company recognized as a market leader in the development of complex capital health projects in the U.S.

“The strength of the CBRE brand will enhance our ability to continue to cultivate sustainable client relations in both the health and higher education sectors and, importantly, it will enable us to offer our staff superior career opportunities,’’ Mr. Naylor added.

Aurora’s significant assignments include the oversight of WA Country Health Service’s $1.8+ billion program of capital works projects together with project management of $1.4 billion of major public hospital capital works projects in New South Wales. Aurora is also involved in several complex and long term projects for Macquarie University.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Aurora Projects Pty Limited (Aurora) that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate Aurora with our existing operations in Australia, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties to our business in general, please refer to our SEC filings, including Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained from our website at or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

BESTSELLER joins ‘Smid Tøjet’ campaign to support Red Cross’ humanitarian work

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER has partnered with Danish Red Cross and Danish TV 2 on the ‘Smid Tøjet’ campaign that aims at collecting as much used clothes as possible for the benefit of Red Cross’ humanitarian work.

In the coming three weeks, BESTSELLER collaborates with Danish Red Cross (Røde Kors) and the Danish TV station TV 2 on the ‘Smid Tøjet’ (‘Drop your clothes’) campaign to collect used clothes in all our Danish stores and in the offices in Brande, Aarhus and Stilling. All clothes will be donated to Red Cross, who will either sell it in their stores, resell it to buyers in foreign markets or send it to recycling.TV PROGRAMMES

To bring more attention to the campaign, BESTSELLER sponsors a series of TV programmes on TV2, where eight Danish celebrities compete to redesign used clothes into new trendy styles. A judging panel consisting of three famous fashion icons will decide who will go on to the grand finale, where they will compete to win the right to donate DKK 250,000 sponsored by BESTSELLER to a self-chosen Red Cross project.

Follow the campaign on our brands’ social media channels or follow BESTSELLER on LinkedIn or @bestselleroneworld on Instagram in the coming three weeks.


Through the ‘Smid Tøjet’ campaign, we aim to spread the message that used clothes are not waste but a resource. Natural resources such as oil and water, which are heavily used for textile production, are becoming a scarcity. We have a responsibility to ensure that these resources will also be available for future generations. Used clothes are a resource as the fibres can be recycled and used for making new fibres, or they can be used for other purposes such as insolation, cloths and rugs.

Used clothes are also a very important financial resource for Red Cross’ humanitarian help across the world. Last year, sales of used clothes generated a profit of DKK 63.1 million for Danish Red Cross – money that was used for rebuilding schools in Nepal after the earth crake in 2015, providing blankets and food for children and families on the run and more.

For more information about the campaign, please contact:

Communication Specialist
Anja Bremholm
+45 99421570

Source: BestSeller

Zet je product in de spotlights op de Albert Heijn Podiumdag 2017

Zet je product in de spotlights op de Albert Heijn Podiumdag 2017


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Op 7 juni wordt voor derde keer op rij de Albert Heijn Podiumdag georganiseerd. Hét moment bij uitstek om als potentiële leverancier met Albert Heijn kennis te maken, en andersom natuurlijk. De inkopers van Albert Heijn zijn continu op zoek naar mogelijkheden om het aanbod in de winkels uit te breiden, en dit aanbod steeds verser, lekkerder, gezonder en duurzamer te maken. Zij houden deze dag vrij om zich te laten verrassen door een groot aantal vernieuwende en onderscheidende producten. Inschrijven kan tot en met 26 mei 15:00 uur .

Nieuwsgierig naar nieuwe producten

Marit van Egmond, Commercieel Directeur bij Albert Heijn: Ik ben altijd enorm nieuwsgierig naar allerlaatste ontwikkelingen. De podiumdagen zijn een perfect platform om al die mooie innovaties te ontdekken. Voor nieuwe producenten en leveranciers een prachtkans om bij ons op het schap of in de online shop te komen. Afgelopen jaren waren de podiumdagen echt een succes, meer dan zeventig producten hebben op deze manier ons assortiment verrijkt. Ik kijk dan ook reikhalzend uit naar de komende editie.

Speeddates & workshops

In speeddates van 15 minuten kunnen leveranciers kennismaken met de category en inkoop managers van Albert Heijn en vertellen waarom hun product niet gemist kan worden op het schap. Naast de speeddates zijn er ook workshops over logistiek en kwaliteit.

Pak het podium op 7 juni

De podiumdag vindt plaats op woensdag 7 juni op het hoofdkantoor in Zaandam. Voor meer informatie over het programma, de uitgangspunten voor deelname én natuurlijk het inschrijfformulier, ga naar

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Source: Albert Heijn


PetSmart celebrates National Military Appreciation Month with selection of patriotic-themed pet services

To Kick-Off Military Appreciation Month, $1 from Select PetSmart Grooming, Dog Training and PetsHotel® Services to be Donated to Support Veterans Programs Aimed at Restoring Independence

PHOENIX, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — May is National Military Appreciation Month, and PetSmart, the nation’s leading pet specialty retailer, is pleased to offer a selection of patriotic-themed pet services to honor the sacrifices made by the nation’s servicemen and women. Now through July 5, 2017, $1 from select grooming, dog training and PetsHotel boarding services will be donated to PetSmart Charities to support service dog programs and initiatives that help veterans with disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) restore their physical and emotional independence.

“The PetSmart Patriotic Service offerings are just one way to show our appreciation for veterans for their selfless acts of service to our country,” said Joanna Zucker, vice president of Services for PetSmart. “By working collaboratively with PetSmart Charities, we’re helping veterans who need it to connect with service dog programs and experience the healing powers and companionship of pets first-hand.”

The following philanthropic patriotic services* are available at PetSmart stores across the U.S. now through July 5, 2017, with $1 from each service purchased supporting PetSmart Charities-funded programs aimed at supporting veterans:

  • Treat your pet to a grooming upgrade with a patriotic add-on service, including Top Dog, Top Pup, FURminator® Deshedding Services, CHI® and Pawdicure services offered in PetSmart’s Grooming Salons
  • Show your pup’s patriotism with a yellow “Support our Troops” ribbon stencil by Pet Expressions**, a unique service offered in PetSmart’s Grooming Salons
  • Sign up for a six-week PetSmart Dog Training class
  • Register for an all-inclusive PetsHotel Package

Over the past three years, through shoppers’ purchases of these and similar services that give back, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities have donated more than $400,000 to veterans’ programs.
This year’s funding supports programs to train service dogs that can help veterans with physical disabilities complete everyday tasks that may now be challenging. As well, according to a study funded by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), animal-assisted interventions and support can reduce people’s stress, depression, anxiety and help with conditions like PTSD among veterans. In a separate study, it was found that service dogs can reduce nightmare frequency, lower feelings of social isolation and increase levels of well-being.

“The unconditional love and attention that pets can provide has extraordinary health benefits to both everyday pet parents and those requiring support from pet-assisted service or therapy programs,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities and chair of the Research Working Group at HABRI. “The power of pets can truly improve our quality of life and well-being. With the donations through these PetSmart philanthropic services, we expect to help enhance the lives of military veterans.”

PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, recently expanded its mission to include finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. This new mission allows the organization to support animal welfare organizations in more ways than ever before, and even reach other nonprofits that help connect people and pets. The new “Enhancing the Quality of Life Through Pets” grant category, open year-round for applications, supports programs that train pets to become services animals for people who need it most, including military veterans with disabilities or PTSD.

For more information on PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, please visit or

*All services are subject to availability.

** Not available in SC, Boulder, CO & select cities in CA. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 weeks and older.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes,,,,,, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017***.

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***Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook:
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube:


PetSmart Public Relations
24-Hour News Media Line
Phone: 623.587.2177

PetSmart Charities:
Phone: 623.587.2177

Marketing/Advertising Inquiries:
Phone: 623.580.6100

Source: PetSmart Inc.