Gap launches film ‘Mama Said’ in celebration of motherhood


NEW YORK, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, announces the launch of the film ‘Mama Said,’ a celebration of motherhood in support of Every Mother Counts co-directed and starring Liv Tyler. Tyler and co-director Paola Kudacki set out to create a film that embodies the joys and optimism of motherhood, with a nod to the loving influence mothers have on their children.

“I often think of the things my grandmother and my mother have been telling me my whole life. Remembering what your ‘mama said’ as a child and growing up is very important. I often try to think of things that I can say to my children in a way that they can hear me the same way I heard my mom,” said Tyler.

Set to actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell singing “Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers, the film depicts the mothers enjoying intimate, candid moments with their children playing, dancing and bonding. The cast’s children are dressed in babyGap and GapKids, showcasing Gap essentials that are part of every mother’s go-to wardrobe for their children.

The ‘Mama Said’ cast includes:

  • Actress Liv Tyler with son Sailor (age 2) daughter Lula (9 Months):

“I’ve always loved the Gap. Growing up in America, Gap is such a big part of your life and I thought it was such a special thing to do a project that involves the mothers, the children and Every Mother Counts,” said Tyler.

  • Model Coco Rocha with daughter Ioni (age 2):

“I’ve never felt so strong and powerful as I did bringing my daughter into this world. Being a mother is by far the most rewarding and beautiful experience I’ve ever had.” – Coco Rocha

  • Model Candice Swanepoel with son Anacãn (6 months):

“Motherhood is so different for each woman – it’s your unique journey, and I love that I’m able to share my experience as a mother in this project,” said Swanepoel.

  • Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell with son Hunter (5 months):

“When I think of ‘Mama Said’, I think of things my mama used to say to me. My mom used to try to reinforce the fact that it is important to live your truth and be authentic and don’t apologize for who you are, I look forward to passing that to my son,” said Smollett-Bell.

  • Artist and photographer Ali Bird and wife Cass Bird with son Leo (age 9) and daughter Mae (age 7):

“I love every aspect of ‘Mama Said,’ it’s exciting to be doing this as a family with Gap and Every Mother Counts to support mothers who don’t have access and need the help,” said Ali Bird.

“Motherhood unites women across all walks of life and invokes feelings of love and strength in both children and adults. It speaks to the core values of Gap as a brand,” said c, chief marketing officer for Gap. “We are proud of this celebration of motherhood and our partnership with Every Mother Counts, bringing support to mothers around the globe.”

Gap found a natural partner in Every Mother Counts to support mothers as part of this celebration. Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer for mothers everywhere, providing $4 million in grants since 2012 focused on improving access to essential maternity care. Gap is issuing a call to action for people to make a donation; U.S. residents can text ‘MOMS’ to 20222 to make an automatic donation of $10 and international residents can visit products/donate to donate.

About Gap

Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit

About Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to deliver life-saving care around the world. The organization is focused on raising awareness and funds to improve maternal health and reduce preventable maternal deaths by addressing three critical barriers to maternity care around the world; lack of transportation, education and training, and supplies. Every Mother Counts supports programs that improve access to comprehensive maternity care in Haiti, Uganda, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nepal, Syria and the United States. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

ReFlow Medical recalls Wingman35 Crossing Catheters

Silver Spring, MD, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — On April 22, 2017, ReFlow Medical initiated a lot-specific voluntary recall of the Wingman35 Crossing Catheters.

The FDA is classifying this as a Class 1 recall, the most serious recall situation where the patient is exposed to a reasonable likelihood of death or a serious injury. The Wingman35 Crossing Catheters have been found to exhibit tip splitting or separation, which has resulted in two adverse events. ReFlow has received 2 complaints of catheter-tip splitting and/or separation. A total of 2327 Wingman catheters are in distribution.

Tip splitting has the potential to lead to loss of device function. Tip separation may require medical intervention to retrieve a separated segment or may occlude blood flow to end organs.

The Wingman Crossing Catheters in this recall were distributed between January 2015 and March 2016.

ReFlow Medical has notified its customers and distributors by recall notification letters. The letters requested that all customers and distributors quarantine and discontinue use of all potentially affected units and return the affected product to the company as soon as possible for credit.

FDA and other regulatory agencies around the world have been notified of this action.

Consumers with questions may contact ReFlow Medical Customer Relations at 1-949-481-0399, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific time or by email at

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax. Complete and submit the report Online: Regular mail or fax: Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, and then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.


Consumers contact:

Isa Rizk


C-star 2017 hosted a successful three day international retail trade fair

C-star 2017
Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends All about Retail
Shanghai New International Expo Centre
Shanghai, China, 26 – 28 April, 2017

SHANGHAI, China, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — C-star – Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends All about Retail concluded its third edition in Shanghai New International Expo Center on April 28. After three successful days and numerous opportunities to explore the cutting-edge technologies, inspiring shop-fitting and new solutions in lighting , retail technology and visual merchandising, 8,476 visitors from 43 countries and regions (an 11% increase from the previous year’s event) visited C-star to source the latest retail equipments and high profile solutions. The top 5 overseas visiting countries and regions are Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore and Korea – once again demonstrating the leading position of C-star as the most international and professional business platform in Asia’s retail industry.

With the collocation with Hotel Plus – Total Solution for Commercial Properties, the valuable synergy welcomed 14,499 visitors from across the globe to experience the retail innovation and technologies at C-star. The two shows created a unique one-stop commercial space platform and all-inclusive destination to explore solutions.

Mrs. Elke Moebius, Global Head – Retail & Retail Technologies of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, commented: “We are pleased to witness another successful chapter of C-star. The Chinese retailers are hungry for inspirations and innovations. C-star is the ideal platform for retailers to discover the latest retail design and offer the decision-makers the necessary tools to hold their own during this exciting transition phase of the Chinese retail market and keep a decisive step ahead over the competition. We believe that C-star will continue to grow in the future.”

Trade fair quality impressed both exhibitors and visitors

Both exhibitors and visitors were very satisfied with the professional networking, the multiple chances to conveniently gather information and meet the right people along with the high quality of presented solutions for retailers. This year, C-star welcomed 105 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions to showcase product solutions for Shopfitting, Lighting & Design; Retail Technology; Visual Merchandising, Marketing & Event Construction, perfectly suited to the Chinese retail market. A number of leading brands participating this year included Futuristic Store Fixture (Singapore), Schweitzer Logistics Shanghai (Germany and China), Shanghai Tateyama Trading (Japan), Bizerba China (Germany and China), Saneboon Autodoor (China), SES-Imagotag (France), CNLight (China), Self Electronics (China), Matrix Frame Limited (Netherlands) and others.

Mr. Joachim Ostendorf, Managing Director of VKF Renzel which specializes in developing point of sale displays, highly commended the result from the show,  “We have entered the Chinese market since 2008 and learnt that the only efficient way to get established in this market is by exhibition. C-star is the right platform for us to explore the business in China with its high quality and clear focus on retail. We believe it will be our stage in the future as well.”

Visitors were also inspired by the innovations seen at the fair: Mr. Ashish Jain, Interior Designers from India, commented: “C-star is full of innovations taking place every year. Many companies are coming back and displaying their latest items and product solutions. From my perspective, innovation is quite important and this is also the reason why I visit this show. At this platform, you can see the trends and what the future the entire retail market looks like. I will definitely visit next time.”

C-star Retail Forum revealed the trends of new retail and shopping experience

Under the theme of “The Retail Revolution in China: The Concept of New Retail and Solutions of the Future”, C-star Retail Forum was highly praised, with a large number of audience participation. During the three-day session, retail experts and industry leaders worldwide shared valuable insights and analyses on the new retail development as well as the omnichannel trends.

Michael Gerling, CEO of the German research institute for retail industry, EHI Retail Institute, praised the audience: “The selection of international as well as Chinese speakers with great expertise opened up new perspectives beyond one’s own nose.

The highly professional audience used the chance to discuss the global trends in retail and there was a great interaction.”

As one of the highlights at C-star Retail Forum, the panel session co-organized by Winshang, the leading commercial properties portal in China, featured the topic of “How to enhance new shopping experiences in the age of new retail.” Mr. Zhang Chang, Executive Vice President from Zhong Bai Department Store in Wuhan, praised the quality of speakers, saying: “It was a well-rounded and professional platform where I gained a lot about how to create the fascinating atmosphere in shopping malls in this rapidly changing environment. I was deeply impressed about the ideas shared by the panelists from K11 and Joy City. It was a valuable trip.”

C-star Brand Zone offered exclusive opportunities to see the newest retail innovations

As a brand new service launched this year, the C-star Brand Zone – with presentation and meeting room areas – provided the unique opportunity to efficiently obtain industry insights on specific market demands. Renowned exhibitors such as Shopworks, Shijiazhuang Changhong and Bizerba presented the latest concepts and product solutions from the retail industry, which received positive feedback from the attendees.

The next C-star will continually to collocate with HOTEL PLUS -Total Solution for Commercial Properties from April 26-28, 2018 at Shanghai New International Expo Center. The two shows are set to further secure the leading position as a one-stop commercial space platform in China.

For more details, please scan the QR code to follow C-star official WeChat account, or visit the official website: See you next year!


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Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Established in 2009, Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (MDS) is a subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, one of the world’s top 5 exhibition organizers. MDS is committed to introducing world’s No. 1 trade fairs to China and to providing Chinese and international customers with superior exhibition services. MDS is successfully holding more than 20 leading trade fairs and conferences in China, covering the industries of printing, packaging, wire and tube, plastics, renewable energy, medical devices, retail, safety and health, wine & spirits and caravanning. MDS runs branch offices in Shanghai and Beijing with a workforce of some 70 full time employees. The worldwide outbound exhibition business (trade shows in Düsseldorf, Germany and other leading Messe Düsseldorf Global Shows) is organized by Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd. (MDC), serving Chinese exhibitors and visitors with superior customer service from its Hong Kong branch office. Find out more at

SOURCE: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

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Daniel Suárez joins STANLEY’s Annual “Racing for a Miracle” campaign to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Suárez Joins Campaign to Race for $1 Million to Donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation.

KANSAS CITY, Kan., 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — This weekend at Kansas Speedway, every driver will be racing for a win. But Daniel Suárez and the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota Camry team, are racing for much more – $1 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals).

This exciting opportunity is a big part of STANLEY’s Annual “Racing for a Miracle” campaign in partnership with CMN Hospitals and the Ace Hardware Foundation. If Suárez wins, Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) will donate $1 Million to CMN Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation. The “Racing for a Miracle” program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation will once again pledge $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It’s a total contribution of more than one million dollars since the program started to help member hospitals and local children. As the most successful and longest-running campaign of its kind, it’s safe to say that all eyes will be on Suárez this weekend.

On Thursday, Suárez will tour the local Pediatrics Unit at The University of Kansas Health System, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and meet many of the young patients admitted there. While visiting, Suárez and representatives from STANLEY, will present the $100,000 donation to CMN Hospitals on behalf of the Ace Hardware Foundation. The team will also unveil the paint scheme that will run this weekend on the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota. The paint scheme includes names of one child from each state who represents Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, as well as four very special children who will serve as “Honorary Pit Crew Members” of the No. 19 team throughout the weekend.

“I’ve always admired this program,” says Suárez. “But I have a whole new level of respect now that I’m partnering with the STANLEY team. I am blown away by the courage and determination of the kids treated at CMN Hospitals and I am more motivated than ever to win this race.”

This is Suárez’s first year racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Joe Gibbs Racing and the STANLEY race team. The 25-year-old Monterrey, Mexico-native is the first Mexican-born driver to capture a NASCAR national series victory, and the fifth Latino driver to win a NASCAR national series race.

Follow Suárez this weekend at #RACINGforMIRACLES. For more information on the “Racing for a Miracle” program, including more ways to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit

About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Craftsman, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. The company’s STANLEY Healthcare Solutions division is the North American leader in Infant Security, with its Hugs(TM) Infant Protection System. Learn more at

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at and

About the Ace Hardware Foundation
As the official charitable division of Ace Hardware Corporation, the Ace Hardware Foundation helps enhance the vision of being the “Helpful Place” in local communities across the country and around the globe through charitable giving. The Ace Hardware Foundation provides support and philanthropic opportunities to its consumers, retail store owners, vendors and team members to give back to local communities through fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. With more than 5,000 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit or the company newsroom at

About KU Pediatrics
KU Pediatrics, in conjunction with The University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System, provides the medical care and leading-edge research needed to treat children today and find the treatments for tomorrow.  Since 1985, KU Pediatrics has been partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise funds and provide families with the best care possible.  Through various partners and events, funds raised stay local and are utilized for immediate medical care, equipment and pediatric research initiatives.

SOURCE Stanley Black & Decker

Abigail VanDeusen
Director of Public Affairs

NOW Health Group recalls certain Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Roasted Cashew Butter and Ginger Wasabi Cashew Butter

NOW Health Group recalls certain Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Roasted Cashew Butter and Ginger Wasabi Cashew Butter

Silver Spring, MD, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — NOW Health Group, Inc. (NOW), of Bloomingdale, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling its Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Roasted Cashew Butter – Product Code E0540, Lot# 2125155, and Ginger Wasabi Cashew Butter – Product Code E0541, Lot# 2124118 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

A limited quantity of Nutty Infusions were distributed online and in retail stores nationwide.

Recalled products include:

Item Number Description Lot Number Best By    Date
E0540 Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Roasted Cashew Butter, 10 oz. plastic jars  2125155     2/19
E0541 Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Ginger Wasabi Cashew Flavor, 10 oz. plastic jars  2124118      3/19

No other Ellyndale® products are affected or are involved in this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Evidence of contamination was noted after a routine FDA inspection of the Nutty Infusions supplier.

The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and NOW continue to investigate the source of the problem.

NOW has provided information on this voluntary recall to all its retailers who purchased this product and has encouraged retailers to make every effort to contact their customers to facilitate the return of affected products.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled Nutty Infusions should stop using the product immediately and return it to place of purchase for a full refund. Receipt is not required for refund. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact NOW’s Customer Service Department by phone at 888-NOW-FOODS (888-669-3663) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central time.



Alana Horinko

Gap Inc. to host 1Q 2017 earnings results conference call on May 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will report its first quarter 2017 earnings results by press release on May 18, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

In addition, the company will host a summary of Gap Inc.’s first quarter results during a live conference call and webcast on May 18, 2017 from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling 1-855-5000-GPS or 1-855-500-0477 (participant passcode: 4151797). International callers may dial 913-643-0954. The webcast can be accessed at

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

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Wegmans ’superstore’ in Canandaigua celebrates its 25th Anniversary

CANANDAIGUA, NY, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans ’superstore’ in Canandaigua celebrates its 25th Anniversary

WHAT: 25th Anniversary of the 1992 opening of Wegmans ’superstore’ in Canandaigua. Cake, music, food tastings and more. Employees with 25 or more years of service will wear anniversary jackets and share memories with customers.

WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017. Cake cutting at noon.

WHERE: Wegmans Canandaigua, 345 Eastern Boulevard, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Eyes grew wide in 1992 when a brand-new Wegmans Food Market in Canandaigua at the intersection of Routes 5 and 20 opened its doors, replacing the original Canandaigua store located at S. Main and E. Boulevard that had opened in 1966.

At 107,152 sq. ft., the new superstore was nearly twice the size of the town’s previous Wegmans store, and it took one-stop shopping to a whole new level. It was a supermarket with plenty of extra attractions, noted the Canandaigua Daily Messenger. It housed a multi-ethnic restaurant with Thai, Chinese, American and Italian cuisine, including a coffee bar. You could perk up your evening’s entertainment at home by renting one of over 10,000 videos, and save money on items your family used often by buying them in bulk. In nice weather, you could take a meal or snack outdoors on the patio, enjoying the view of a pond while relaxing and listening to music.

A few of those opening attractions have changed through the years (who rents videos today?), and the store has expanded to 113,600 sq. ft., but what hasn’t changed is the love for this store. Nineteen employees who have greeted customers at the Canandaigua store since opening day will be on hand at the 25th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 13 to enjoy cake with customers, share recollections of the grand opening in 1992, and talk about other memorable moments through the years.

The store holds a special a place in the hearts of employees and customers for many reasons.  One is the proximity to Canandaigua Lake, one of the most majestic of the Finger Lakes. There’s a feeling of small-town closeness sensed by both year-round residents and those who come to enjoy the sailing and water sports on Canandaigua Lake in the summer.

“The store becomes reunion central each year as summer cottages open, the pantries need to be stocked up again, and customers and employees who haven’t seen each other for months run across each other and catch up,” says current Store Manager Sarah DePeters. “People are hugging, everybody’s happy to be together again.”

The store also has its own traditions that customers remember and look forward to. The patio is where summertime special events like oyster shucking, or the Clam Slam happen. Every Thursday, the parking lot is where antique car aficionados bring their trophy vehicles to show them off and strike up friendships over car talk.

Another reason the Canandaigua store feels special to those who know it is that generations of the Wegman family have lived near the lake, and long-time employees remember the regular visits to the store that the late Robert Wegman and his wife, Peggy, made through the years.

Bulk Team Leader Lisa Narcott recalls a memory from the night before the store opened, “They gave us a dinner. We were all lined up in the back of the store and Mr. Wegman came in and spoke to each of us. It was really nice.”

Ronda Sperlazza, a 29-year employee currently working in Prepared Foods, remembers making omelets for Mr. Wegman on Sunday mornings while Mrs. Wegman shopped. Ronda’s brother, Chuck Hurlburt, has 25 years of service and currently works in the Sub Shop. He remembers working in the Market Café, bussing Mr. Wegman’s table, and making sure he had everything he needed.

“He would hang around and talk to the people working in the Café after his breakfast,” says Hurlburt.

But perhaps the most important reason for the affection both customers and employees feel for the Canandaigua store is the sense of being part of one another’s lives. It seems like there’s always a birth or graduation or wedding or other special occasion to celebrate.

“This store has great multi-use spaces, so we’ve catered lots of baby and bridal showers,” DePeters says.

Other times, it’s not a celebration, but a very important moment in a customer’s life. Nature’s Marketplace Manager, Michelle Harford, recalls that an elderly customer she chats with had stopped visiting the store recently, and she wondered why.

“One day she called me at the store to say that her husband had passed away, and he wouldn’t be in to see me anymore. It was very touching.”

“What our customers seem to love the most about this store is the relationships they’ve developed with long-time employees who become like family to them,” says DePeters. “This store definitely has that family feeling.”

As the Canandaigua store celebrates this special milestone, DePeters will pass on her store manager torch to Larry Gamer, the new store manager and a 30-year Wegmans employee who previously managed the Lyell Avenue store. “I am excited to be joining the Canandaigua store at the beginning of our busiest time of year and just in time to celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

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

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid Corporation certified substantial compliance with Request for Additional Information

Deerfield, Ill. and Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) and Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced that they have certified substantial compliance with the Request for Additional Information (the “Second Request”) from the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding their merger agreement under which Walgreens Boots Alliance proposes to acquire all outstanding shares of Rite Aid.

In January 2016, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid entered into a timing agreement with the FTC pursuant to which the two companies have agreed not to close the proposed merger until at least 60 full calendar days after both companies have certified substantial compliance with the Second Request.  The transaction remains subject to the expiration or termination of applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, approval by the holders of Rite Aid’s common stock and other closing conditions, and there can be no assurance that these conditions to closing will be satisfied.

“We are pleased to have certified completion of our submission of documents and information to the FTC in connection with the Second Request,” said Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “We will continue to work closely with the FTC regarding the pending transaction.”

“Our teams did a tremendous amount of work to deliver to the FTC the information to substantially comply with the Second Request,” said Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

More company information is available at

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.
** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.


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About Rite Aid

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

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Matt Schroeder                              +1 717 214 8867

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release that are not historical statements, which include, without limitation, those regarding the pending merger agreement between Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (“Walgreens Boots Alliance”) and Rite Aid Corporation (“Rite Aid”) and the transactions contemplated thereby and their possible timing and effects, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected timing of the closing of the transactions contemplated by the pending merger agreement between Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid; the ability of the parties to complete the transactions considering the various closing conditions; and the outcome of legal and regulatory matters, including with respect to the outcome of discussions with the Federal Trade Commission and otherwise in connection with the pending acquisition of Rite Aid by WBA. Words such as “expect,” “pending,” “potential”, “likely,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “continue,” “synergy,” “on track,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated. Such risks include, but are not limited to, risks related to the proposed transactions and acquisitions generally, including the risk that the transactions may not close due to one or more closing conditions to the transactions not being satisfied or waived, such as certain regulatory approvals not being obtained, on a timely basis or otherwise, or that a governmental entity prohibited, delayed or refused to grant approval for the consummation of the transactions or required certain conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals, or that the required approval of the amended merger agreement by the stockholders of Rite Aid was not obtained; the risk that Rite Aid stockholders may receive the bottom of the price range for the per share merger consideration; the risk that the merger agreement may be terminated in certain circumstances that require a party to pay the other party a termination fee pursuant to the merger agreement; the risk that there may be a material adverse change of Rite Aid or the stores proposed to be sold to Fred’s, Inc. (“Fred’s”) pursuant to that certain Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of 19 December 2016, by and among Rite Aid, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Fred’s, and AFAE, LLC, or the business of Rite Aid or the stores proposed to be sold to Fred’s may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transactions; risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transactions; risks associated with the financing of the proposed transactions; the outcome of legal and regulatory matters, including with respect to the outcome of discussions with the FTC and otherwise in connection with the pending acquisition of Rite Aid by Walgreens Boots Alliance; the number of stores divested in connection with such pending acquisition and the terms, timing and consummation of such transactions; the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, changes in management’s assumptions; the risks associated with the integration of complex businesses; and the other risks and uncertainties described in the reports that Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). A further list and description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Item 1A (Risk Factors) in Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2016, in Rite Aid’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 4 March 2017, in the preliminary proxy statement, as it may be amended, that Rite Aid filed with the SEC on 3 March 2017 in connection with the proposed merger, and in other documents that the parties may file or furnish with the SEC, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid expressly disclaim any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction with Walgreens Boots Alliance, as amended, Rite Aid prepared a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A that has been filed with the SEC on 3 March 2017. The preliminary proxy statement is not yet final and will be amended. Following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the SEC, Rite Aid will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed merger. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors may obtain the proxy statement, as well as other filings containing information about Rite Aid, free of charge, from the SEC’s Web site ( Investors may also obtain Rite Aid’s SEC filings in connection with the transaction, free of charge, from Rite Aid’s Web site ( under the link “Investor Relations” and then under the tab “SEC Filings,” or by directing a request to Rite Aid, Byron Purcell, Attention: Senior Director, Treasury Services & Investor Relations.

Participants in Solicitation

The directors, executive officers and employees of Rite Aid and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transaction. Information regarding Rite Aid’s directors and executive officers is available in its definitive proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders filed with the SEC on 13 May 2016. This document can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the interests of the participants in the proxy solicitation is set forth in the preliminary proxy statement, as it may be amended, that has been filed with the SEC on 3 March 2017. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.


Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 668,348 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 2, 2017 up to and including May 5, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.97 per share for a total consideration of €12.7 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 18,353,147 common shares for a total consideration of €364.1 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give food tasting event adds food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give food tasting event adds food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall

Celebrity chefs to enhance the Grand Taste events with food demonstrations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to enhance its three-day food tasting event – the Grand Taste – with food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall.

Both celebrity chefs have participated in previous Meijer LPGA Classic events, Tournament Director Cathy Cooper said.

“The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic is the greatest food experience on tour, and we are very excited to bring Cat Cora and Carla Hall back for another fun year,” Cooper said. “Our tournament truly offers something for everyone, so being able to highlight the talent of these amazing chefs, along with the best restaurants and breweries that West Michigan has to offer, will make it an experience the community won’t want to miss.”

Cooper said all Grand Taste ticket holders will have access to the chef demonstrations, and therefore, won’t need to purchase an additional ticket.

After participating in the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic, Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, will return on Saturday, June 17 to the Grand Taste tent to share a few of her favorite recipes.

  • Cora is a world renowned chef best known for her featured role as an “Iron Chef” on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as a co-host of Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates. Cora makes regular appearances on a variety of talk shows and has hosted and guest judged a number of food shows, including Bravo’s Top Chef, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. She has opened numerous restaurants, including Cat Cora’s Taproom that is located in the Detroit Metro Airport.

Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, will make her third appearance at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday, June 18 at the Grand Taste tent for fun, interactive demos.

  • Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series, The Chew. Although she is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef, where she won over audiences with her catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo,” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Hall’s Southern Kitchen – her first restaurant – opened in New York City in late 2015. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant features iconic Nashville Hot Chicken and southern sides, anchored by Hall’s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.

In addition to the celebrity chefs, local restaurants, breweries and Meijer will also feature new food trends through demonstrations at the Grand Taste, Friday through Sunday.

The Grand Taste will be held June 16-18 during tournament week at Blythefield Country Club, and will feature more than 40 of West Michigan’s best restaurants and breweries.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer or purchase tickets, please

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-540-6108,

New BJ’s Wholesale Club partnership to bring awareness to skin cancer prevention and sun safety best practices

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced a partnership with vendors and the Melanoma Research Alliance that will bring awareness to skin cancer prevention and sun safety best practices.

BJ’s Wholesale Club and vendors have partnered to contribute $800,000 to the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research, in support of its mission to accelerate powerful research and advance cures.

“BJ’s is proud to bring awareness to sun safety and melanoma prevention during this year’s Melanoma Awareness Month,” said Mike Leary, senior vice president, food, sundries and beverages at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re grateful for the support of our vendor partners and MRA, which continues to pioneer groundbreaking research to more effectively help prevent, diagnose and treat this deadly disease.”

The partnership is a collaboration among BJ’s, MRA and vendors including: Bimbo Bakeries USA, Cape Cod Chips, Clorox, Digestive Advantage, Dixie®, Eucerin®, Hillshire Farm®, Nature Made®, Neutrogena®, Perrier, P&G, Reebok, Robinson Fresh®, Sealy and Starbucks®.

“Corporate partners like BJ’s make it possible for MRA to increase public knowledge about the seriousness of melanoma and ways to reduce risk and improve early detection,” said Michael Kaplan, president and chief executive officer of the Melanoma Research Alliance. “We’re pleased to have the generous support of BJ’s and its vendors. Their collective dedication to sun safety and wellness is essential to amplify MRA’s message and garner the resources necessary to advance our mission.”

To learn more about BJ’s partnership with MRA, visit

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

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

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

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

About Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
Founded in 2007 under the auspices of the Milken Institute, with the generous support of Debra and Leon Black, the Melanoma Research Alliance exists to accelerate treatment options and find a cure for melanoma. As the largest nonprofit funder of melanoma research, it has dedicated $88 million and leveraged an additional $82 million towards its mission. Through its support, MRA has championed revolutions in immunotherapy, targeted therapies, novel combinations and diagnostics. Due to the ongoing support of its founders, 100 percent of donations to MRA go directly to its melanoma research program. MRA’s ability to fund wide-ranging research in melanoma is amplified by unique collaborations and partnerships with individuals, private foundations, and corporations. Visit for more information, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE BJ’s Wholesale Club

For further information: Jennie Hardin,, 774-512-6978 or Pamela Goldsmith,, 202-336-8922

DFS and Estée Lauder launch #BeautyAllNight campaign

DFS and Estée Lauder launch #BeautyAllNight campaign 

SINGAPORE, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS and Estée Lauder are transforming fans into influencers with the launch of the exclusive #BeautyAllNight campaign this May. Inspired by the popularity of online beauty tutorials, DFS partnered with Estée Lauder to create the perfect #BeautyAllNight look whether you stay in or go out. From May 1 – 31, customers can discover the best of beauty at DFS locations worldwide with a DFS exclusive Love of Night set and the launch of latest Pure Color Love lipstick shades.

The campaign creative follows three travelers visiting New York, Venice and Hong Kong as they unpack and apply their beauty travel essentials, snapping selfies and sharing their look on social media. To bring the #BeautyAllNight look to life for fans, followers of DFS’ WeChat channel can place themselves in the campaign and share their #BeautyAllNight look with friends on social media. In a beauty digital first, the dedicated WeChat page leverages facial recognition technology that allows the user to choose whether they would like the “staying in” or “going out” look. Fans can then select products from the DFS exclusive Love of Night set or Pure Color Love lipsticks to virtually try-on and share their #BeautyAllNight selfie on their WeChat Moments.

“Today’s beauty shopper wants to see, test and share her next beauty look before even stepping into the store to purchase. She crowdsources everything, from where she should shop to what are the must-have products, often trusting peer-to-peer recommendations above all else,” said Ariel Gentzbourger, Senior Vice President Beauty, Fragrances and Wellbeing. “We’re proud to partner with Estée Lauder to harness the power of the social network and deliver this beauty digital first on WeChat with our #BeautyAllNight campaign. We’re confident that through this innovative online approach we’ll drive awareness and engagement of these beauty essentials in store with the growing Millennial segment.”

To build excitement in store, DFS kicked off the campaign with an event at T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on May 4. The event centered around a #BeautyAllNight pop-up featuring an interactive photo booth, a skincare animation featuring the Advanced Night Repair Collection and a “Wall of Kisses” highlighting the latest Pure Color Love lipstick shades. In addition to Hong Kong, customers can discover dedicated #BeautyAllNight pop-ups at T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii and T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Studio City.

Throughout the campaign, customers can enjoy 30 percent savings versus individual purchase when they buy the DFS exclusive Love of Night set featuring fan favorites including Advanced Night Repair (50ml), Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel (15ml), Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum (15ml), Advanced Night Repair 7ml Deluxe Sample, Resilience Lift Night Cream 5ml Deluxe Sample and Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Cream 5ml Deluxe Sample.

Discover the #BeautyAllNight campaign and DFS exclusive Love of Night set at the below locations:

T Galleria by DFS, Hong Kong, Canton Road

T Galleria by DFS, Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui East

T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Hong Kong, Causeway Bay

T Galleria by DFS, Macau, City of Dreams

T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons

T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Studio City

T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii

T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS

DFS, Los Angeles International Airport

SOURCE:  DFS Group Limited

NGA recognized Georgia Food Industry Association President Kathy Kuzava with its Association Leadership Award

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 3, 2017), the National Grocers Association (NGA) recognized Kathy Kuzava, President of the Georgia Food Industry Association (GFIA) with its Association Leadership Award for her dedication and contributions to the independent supermarket industry.

“I am pleased to honor Kathy for her passionate leadership and dedication to her members and the independent supermarket industry as a whole. Throughout her career, Kathy has been an outstanding industry leader, steering many successful state and federal legislative efforts on various issues that have greatly benefited the grocery industry in Georgia and nationally,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA.

Kuzava has served as the president of GFIA for over 25 years. Prior to joining the association, Kathy began her career with SuperValu. In addition to growing the membership of GFIA, she has enhanced the association’s programs and built strong relationships between her members and industry suppliers, as well as elected officials and regulatory agencies in Georgia.

NGA initiated this award over a decade ago to honor and recognize state association executives who work tirelessly in their states on behalf of the independent supermarket industry.

Past recipients of this special recognition include Tom Woodmansee, former president of the North Dakota Grocers Association, Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association; Jan Gee, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association; Kathy Siefken, executive director of the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association; Jim Olsen, president of the Food Industry Association Executives; Tom Jackson, former president/CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association; Dan Shaul, state director of the Missouri Grocers Association; Jim Rogers, retired president and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York; Pat Hicks, retired executive director Kentucky Grocers Association; and Jerry Fleagle, former president and CEO Iowa Grocery Industry Association.



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CBRE: Favorable commercial real estate lending market conditions in Q1 2017

Borrowers Remain Cautiously Optimistic Despite Pending Interest Rate Increases and Higher Market Volatility

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — High investor confidence, attractive equity markets and positive economic indicators have contributed to favorable commercial real estate lending market conditions in Q1 2017, according to the latest research from CBRE.

While the fairly dramatic increase in long-term interest rates that occurred in late Q4 2016 continued into early Q1 2017, its impact on commercial real estate markets has been fairly limited, especially given the more recent decline in Treasury rates.

The CBRE Lending Momentum Index, which tracks the pace of U.S. commercial loan closings, fell by 14.3% in Q1 2017 to 228. Despite this decline, March 2017 lending activity was up by a robust 25.2% year-over-year.

Life companies led all other major lenders in Q1 2017 and increased their share of loans closed by CBRE Capital Markets. They accounted for more than 37% of non-agency commercial loan closings in Q1 2017, up from 34% in Q4 2016, and well above their 27% share recorded in Q1 2016.

While banks maintained their standing as the second most popular lending group in Q1, their market share slipped substantially to 25.5% of loan volume, down from 43% a year earlier. Many key bank interest rates and spreads have not been materially affected by the recent increases in Treasury rates. However, bank construction lending remains limited and banks are selective in granting loans.

“Borrowers generally are optimistic as the U.S. commercial real estate lending market remains favorable despite the Fed’s policy of raising short-term interest rates and the possibility that long-term rates will resume their climb after leveling off in recent weeks. Life company, agency and non-bank lenders are active in the market and have new allocations to place mortgages in 2017. CMBS lenders have successfully tested new risk-retention deal structures with the promise of providing needed liquidity to the marketplace, and private equity funds have raised record amounts of “dry powder” capital to deploy for equity restructuring, new construction and bridge deals. And credit spreads remain tight, allowing borrowers to take advantage of low all-in mortgage rates,” said Brian Stoffers, Global President, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE Capital Markets.

CMBS lenders have incrementally improved their share of closings over the past year, as the loan pricing environment has become more favorable and issuers have created structures to satisfy risk-retention requirements. However, CMBS continues to lag other major lending groups by a considerable margin. CMBS lenders accounted for 15.8% of non-agency lending volume in Q1, up slightly from their 11.7% share a year earlier.

The “Other” lender category, which includes REITS, private lenders, pension funds and finance companies, continues to play a significant role in providing a variety of bridge, permanent loan and construction financing. They accounted for 20.7% of non-agency volume in Q1, down slightly from 24.1% in Q4 2016.

To request a copy of the Q1 2017 edition of CBRE’s U.S. Lending MarketView Snapshot or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Ayana Miller (212.984.6506 or

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.

Asheville Mall to debut newly refreshed look and upgraded amenities this holiday shopping season

Asheville, NC, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Officials at Asheville Mall are excited to announce that the center will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation during 2017. The project is currently underway and will be completed just in time for holiday shopping this November.

The renovation will include enhancements to the interior and exterior of Asheville Mall. A fresh neutral palette of grey and white with hints of blue and green was chosen to give the center a more contemporary feel. Entrance doors will be replaced and enhanced with new lighting and upgraded paving for a more pedestrian friendly feel.

The project includes a new lighting package utilizing energy efficient LED bulbs that will save 800,000 KWH in the first 12 months.

Interior upgrades include new tile and creating inviting new carpeted soft seating areas for shoppers to stop to refresh themselves. New furniture, fixtures, plants and other amenities will help to create a lighter, brighter feel and atmosphere. All ramps, stairs, wall tile will also be renovated to complete the look.  Also in the works are plans to address exterior signage and lighting, and upgrading elevators.

And just in time for the holidays, the mall will be presenting a brand new Santa Set to delight the kids.

The work will primarily be done at night allowing ease of access to shoppers during the day. Many of the project’s contractors are local.

“We are thrilled to offer shoppers a newly refreshed look and upgraded amenities that aim to make the shopping experience more enjoyable,” says Jeff Washburn, General Manager. “The community has been incredibly supportive of Asheville Mall and this renovation is another example of our commitment to reinvesting in this community.”

About Asheville Mall
Owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, [NYSE:CBL], Asheville Mall features more than 110 great specialty shops and is anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, Sears,  JC Penney and a two-level Barnes & Noble Bookseller and Ulta store. Asheville Mall is conveniently located off I-240 at exit 7. For additional information, please visit the mall website at

SOURCE: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Washburn, General Manager
828-298-0012 x228

Hy-Vee guarantees 100 percent of its sushi from responsible sources

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 8, 2017), Hy-Vee, Inc. announced it has successfully transitioned 100 percent of its sushi to responsible sources. The supermarket chain guarantees that all sushi prepared and sold in its 244 Midwestern stores, including Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants, will now contain seafood that is caught in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

According to its recently updated Seafood Procurement Policy, Hy-Vee is committed to sourcing seafood in its fresh-made Nori Sushi bars and Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants that is rated “green” or “yellow” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, certified to an environmental standard equivalent to these ratings, or in a time-bound improvement process.

“We work hard to provide the highest quality options for our customers,” said Brett Bremser, executive vice president of perishables at Hy-Vee. “We enjoy offering Hy-Vee customers the option of Japanese cuisine with fresh seafood, but we must also safeguard the health of our oceans. We have made it a priority to integrate the concept of sustainable dining into our menu options and Nori Sushi brand.”

Hy-Vee’s goal is to offer the art of sushi to its customers while maintaining a solid commitment to responsible menu choices. Hy-Vee’s sushi options include a variety of the freshest seafood selections, all of which are responsibly sourced.

The ahi tuna used in Hy-Vee’s Nori Sushi is made with Seafood Watch green-rated, Fair Trade-certified yellowfin tuna. The tempura and ebi shrimp are from BAP 3 Star- and BAP 4 Star-certified sources. The salmon is Seafood Watch yellow-rated Verlasso salmon from Chile. Hy-Vee’s surimi is from the Marine Stewardship Council-certified U.S. Alaska pollock fishery.

Hy-Vee’s updated Seafood Procurement Policy now also includes sustainable shelf-stable tuna. The policy was developed in partnership with FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

“This announcement marks the achievement of another major milestone in Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood program,” said Kathleen Mullen-Ley, project director at FishWise. “FishWise applauds Hy-Vee’s continued leadership in improving the sustainability and social responsibility of its seafood offerings. We are proud to be partnered with Hy-Vee and look forward to more exciting announcements in the future.”


About Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.8 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 84,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit

About FishWise
FishWise is a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy based in Santa Cruz, CA. Uniquely positioned between the seafood industry and marine conservation organizations, FishWise offers a range of services that create trust between seafood vendors and their customers, enabling businesses to sell more sustainable seafood, more profitably. For more information, please visit, and follow FishWise’s work on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee, Inc.


Wegmans Food Markets introduces online cake orders for special occasions

Wegmans Food Markets introduces online cake orders for special occasions

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is now offering online celebration cake and cookie cake orders at createyourcake. Select cakes can be customized, ordered, and paid for online with a credit or debit card and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Order pickup is available at all Wegmans stores. “Many customers have asked us for the convenience of online cake orders for special occasions like graduation parties, baby showers, and family reunions,” said Wegmans Bakery Business Manager Dan Nick. “We listened and developed a solution to help meet those needs for the cakes our customers order most.”

Options include:

  • Cake type and size: Celebration cakes and cookie cakes are both offered in quarter, half, and full sheets. Celebration cakes are also available in round one- and two-layer 7-inch sizes.
  • Flavor: Choose chocolate or vanilla, or a combination of the two.
  • Frosting: Choose whipped cream or buttercreme, made without any artificial colors.
  • Filling: There are nine delicious flavors to choose from, like raspberry, chocolate ganache, or fresh fruit.
  • Decorations and messages: Add edible balloons or roses and a custom message. An image can also be uploaded on all sheet cake sizes.

Not all Wegmans bakery cakes are available to order online. Cupcakes, specialty themes, character kits, and Wegmans Ultimate Cakes are not included at this time.

When an online order is submitted, the customer receives an email with a confirmation number, store contact information, and when and where the cake will be ready for pickup.

Orders are also accepted by phone or in person at the Catering desk or bakery counter.

“We’re happy to introduce this option for those who may prefer to place an order from a computer or mobile device, especially as we head into the peak season for cake requests in late spring and summer,” said Nick.

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

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator