Wenn vegetarisches Einkaufen zum Erlebnis wird

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Heute Morgen wurde im Bahnhof von Zug der erste «Karma»-Shop eröffnet, ein völlig neues Ladenkonzept von Coop. «Karma» bietet die grösste Auswahl an ausschliesslich vegetarischen und veganen Produkten in der Schweiz. Nebst Frischeprodukten umfasst das Sortiment Grundnahrungsmittel, vegane oder vegetarische Kosmetik-Produkte sowie eine grosse Auswahl an frisch zubereiteten Getränken. Nüsse und Cerealien zum selbst Abfüllen und eine abwechslungsreiche Palette an Convenience-Produkten zum Mitnehmen runden das Angebot ab. Mit «Karma» trägt Coop der grossen Nachfrage nach vegetarischen und veganen Produkten sowie gesunder Ernährung verstärkt Rechnung und baut ihre Kompetenz bei vegetarischen und veganen Produkten weiter aus.

Alle, die sich gerne vegetarisch oder vegan ernähren, sich als Flexitarier bezeichnen oder sich für Food-Trends und gesunde, nachhaltige Ernährung interessieren, dürfen sich freuen. Heute ging der erste «Karma»-Shop der Schweiz auf. Coop lanciert damit ein Ladenkonzept, das es so in der Schweiz bisher nicht gegeben hat. Denn «Karma» bietet als Vollsortimenter im Lebensmittel-Bereich alles, was Vegetarier und Veganer täglich brauchen und unterscheidet sich deutlich von den bekannten Formaten Coop to go, Zopf&Zöpfli oder Marché Express.

Neues Sortiment
Viele neue Produkte sowie trendige Marken finden sich im Sortiment des «Karma»-Shops. So gibt es eine stark erweiterte Auswahl an hausgemachten Artikeln der beliebten Eigenmarke Karma. Aber auch vegetarische und vegane Lebensmittel von Naturaplan und Délicorn finden sich in den Regalen. Daneben bietet der Shop ein breites Sortiment an Trend-Marken für Vegetarier und Veganer an, wie eine exklusive Auswahl an Produkten der Marke Veganz. Rund ein Drittel der Lebensmittel sind biologisch oder Max-Havelaar-zertifiziert. Kochinspiration liefert Fooby. Jede Woche gibt es ein neues Rezept im Shop zu entdecken – die dazu passenden Produkte finden sich bequem bei den Rezeptkarten. Der Shop bietet aber auch Non-Food- Produkte an, wie Schreibwaren und Karten oder eine Auswahl an veganer Kosmetik.

Mehr als nur ein Laden
Karma ist mehr als nur ein Laden und wird damit den Bedürfnissen junger und moderner Kundinnen und Kunden gerecht. Das neu auf das Ladenkonzept abgestimmte Sortiment wird ergänzt durch eine Kaffee- und Tee-Bar mit Sitzecke sowie rund 40 Lebensmitteln wie etwa Quinoa, Müesli oder Nüsse in Selbstbedienung – jeder kann die für sich passende Menge individuell und selber abfüllen. Jeden Tag bereitet das Karma-Team spannende, abwechslungsreiche Zmorge-Bowls, Sandwiches sowie Smoothies frisch zu. Am Mittag und Abend wird das Angebot durch Salad Bowls und einen veganen Hot Dog ergänzt – alles auch praktisch zum Mitnehmen und draussen Geniessen.

Diese Meldung und Bilder zum Download finden Sie auch unter www.coop.ch/medien

Kontakt:

Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Source: coop.ch

The Co-op sponsors LEAF Open Farm Sunday; increases engagement with teens and young adults with Snapchat geo-filters

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has produced a series of bespoke Snapchat geo-filters as part of its sponsorship of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, in a bid to promote engagement with teens and young adults.

Featuring creative farm-specific overlays the retailer will encourage youngsters who may be visiting a farm with family and friends to share their Open Farm Sunday experience across social media on Sunday 11 June.

The annual event, which has seen 1.8 million people visit a farm since it launched in 2006, encourages local communities to learn more about the countryside and find out how their food is produced.

Ciara Gorst, Co-op’s Head of Agriculture, said: “We’re delighted to be a sponsoring Open Farm Sunday again this year and wanted to increase our engagement with teenagers and the 18-24s. Our colourful and innovative Snapchat filters should help extend awareness of the day across a variety of digital platforms. It’s a great way to encourage a traditionally harder-to-reach demographic to learn more about how British farms are run and why we must protect our countryside.”

Caroline Drummond MBE, Chief Executive of LEAF, commented: “We’re delighted to see the Co-op extend their support of Open Farm Sunday with this bespoke social media activity. It’s great that our teenage visitors will have a really fun and interactive opportunity to engage with us online and we’re looking forward to seeing the many different images on Snapchat on 11 June.”

Earlier this month, the Co-op further demonstrated its commitment to British farmers by becoming the first national retailer to provide only 100% fresh own-brand British bacon and lamb. It already sells British beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages, duck and turkey and only uses British meat in all its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
0161 6924286
07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop

Source: coop.co.uk

AHOLD SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: AHOLD REPURCHASED 1,093,240 AHOLD COMMON SHARES IN THE PERIOD FROM MAY 22, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING MAY 26, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,093,240 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 22, 2017 up to and including May 26, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.96 per share for a total consideration of €21.8 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 20,693,001 common shares for a total consideration of €410.5 million.

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

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/shareholders/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Bridge Street Market — the future grocery store at Grand Rapids’ West Side

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a nod to its neighborhood location and unique market format, organizers today (May 30, 2017) announced the name of the planned grocery store on Grand Rapids’ West Side as Bridge Street Market. Bridge Street Market is a new neighborhood market located near downtown on the bustling corner of Bridge St. and Seward Ave.

Bridge Street Market is the first-of-its-kind in the region and a unique retail model intended to deliver a convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for those who live, work and play in the area. The store will center on accessible fresh produce and full grocery offerings for the community.

Bridge Street Market will break ground and begin construction on June 26, 2017, and open its doors, windows and produce stalls in the early fall of 2018.

The community grocery store will anchor a development spanning a city block located amidst the city’s current hub of collaboration and mixed-use development, and reside alongside apartments, a parking deck and an office and retail building. The mixed-use project, commenced with the deconstruction of the original buildings in May, clearing the way for future development.

About Bridge Street Market:

Bridge Street Market is a new urban neighborhood grocery store focused on fresh-food service and essential items merchandised in a market-like setting. As the anchor of a unique mixed-use development on Grand Rapids, Michigan’s west side, Bridge Street Market will serve as a model for future neighborhood-friendly development in the area while providing residents and businesses alike access to fresh food and easily accessible convenience items in a one-of-a-kind store.

Contact: 
Amanda Passage
616.233.0500
apassage@lambert-edwards.com

Source: Meijer

BJ’s Wholesale Club appoints Scott Kessler as EVP, Chief Information Officer and Rafeh Masood as SVP Chief Digital Officer

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 30, 2017) announced two new leaders that will drive the company’s technology roadmap and omnichannel transformation.

Scott Kessler has been named executive vice president, Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective immediately. In addition, Rafeh Masood has joined BJ’s as senior vice president, Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

“BJ’s has made rapid progress in our omnichannel initiatives, and I’m pleased to have two new executives of this caliber join our team as we transform our company,” said Christopher J. Baldwin, president and Chief Executive Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Both Scott and Rafeh have extensive experience in building teams and delivering the technology and systems that drive growth. They will lead the investment in technology, people and systems as we build the omnichannel and digital platforms that showcase our value and deliver convenience to our members.”

Kessler has extensive experience leading Information Technology at multi-billion dollar retailers and e-commerce companies. He has built systems that support rapid sales growth and delivered improvements in IT service and efficiency.

Most recently, Kessler was executive vice president, CIO, at Belk, a $4 billion department store chain with nearly 300 stores. Prior to that, Kessler was senior vice president, products technology, at GSI Commerce, a global provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services for some of the world’s leading brands. He also held a leadership position at Accenture, working for a variety of global clients.

He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Kessler takes over the position held by Peter Amalfi, who plans to retire later this year. “I want to thank Peter for his countless contributions to BJ’s since joining the company in 2001,” Baldwin said. “Peter played a leading role in building the physical and digital infrastructure that enabled the company to grow into a leading wholesale club. His leadership created the foundation for our transformation and his contributions will be felt for years to come.”

In a newly created role, Masood will drive the strategy and vision for the company’s e-commerce and omnichannel efforts. He will focus on programs and initiatives that drive sales, showcase value and enhance convenience for members.

Masood has broad experience in operations and digital initiatives and a record of building successful e-commerce programs at major retailers. His strong leadership and collaborative style will make him a valuable member of the BJ’s leadership team and a key driver of its transformation.

Masood joins BJ’s from Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he was vice president, customer innovation technology. At Dick’s, Masood was responsible for all digital platforms, enterprise architecture and the use of technology to improve the customer experience.

Masood holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago.

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 16 states.

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

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

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

For further information:
Kirk Saville
ksaville@bjs.com
774-512-7425

Kristy Houston
khouston@bjs.com
774-512-5086

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

Taubman Centers issues statement regarding its ongoing and intensive engagement with shareholders

Board Remains Committed to Strong Corporate Governance Practices and Alignment with Shareholders

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) (the “Company”) today (05/30/2017) issued a statement regarding its ongoing and intensive engagement with shareholders.

Myron (“Mike”) E. Ullman III, Lead Director of Taubman and Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance committee, said, “Members of the Taubman Board and senior management have recently engaged in in-depth discussions with many of our shareholders in which we solicited their feedback on a wide range of topics, including the Company’s overall performance and business strategy, board structure and director qualifications. We discussed with shareholders Taubman’s outstanding long-term performance and best-in-class assets, strong competitive position to navigate the rapidly evolving retail environment, and continual governance enhancements year after year, including the well-received appointment of Cia Buckley Marakovits as a new independent director, the creation of the lead director role to replace our previous presiding director structure, our independent Board culture and the depth of relevant skills and expertise represented in our boardroom. Our shareholders have made a convincing case to us that the Board can and should move faster in enhancing Taubman’s corporate governance by pursuing accelerated board refreshment and moving forward with transitioning to annual elections for directors. We are committed to taking actions no later than the 2018 annual meeting as we continue to engage with our shareholders on topics of importance to them.”

Mr. Ullman continued, “The Board’s unanimous decision to support these commitments in the context of on-going engagement with our shareholders reflects Taubman’s commitment to listening and responding to investor viewpoints as a vital element in our efforts to deliver superior, long-term shareholder value. We look forward to continued meaningful dialogue with our shareholders and are gratified for their transparency and directness with us.”

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this document that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related business disruptions; maintaining our status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on our operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

This document may also include disclosures regarding, but not limited to, estimated future earnings assumptions and estimated project costs and stabilized returns for centers under development and redevelopment which are subject to adjustment as a result of certain factors that may not be under the direct control of the company. Refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q for other risk factors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

The Company has filed a definitive proxy statement and associated WHITE proxy card with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company (the “Annual Meeting”). The Company, its directors, its executive officers and certain other individuals set forth in the definitive proxy statement will be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in respect of the Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of the Company’s directors and executive officers and certain other individuals and their respective interests in the Company by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of the Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on February 23, 2017, and has been included in the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 20, 2017. Details containing the nominees of the Company’s Board of Directors for election at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are included in the definitive proxy statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ACCOMPANYING WHITE PROXY CARD, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Company’s definitive proxy statement and a form of proxy have been mailed to shareholders of the Company. Investors and shareholders can obtain a copy of the documents filed by the Company with the SEC, including the definitive proxy statement, free of charge by visiting the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company’s shareholders can also obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other relevant filed documents when available from the Company’s website at www.taubman.com.

Media:
Maria Mainville
Taubman, Director
Communications
1-248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Andrew Siegel / Meaghan Repko / Joseph Sala, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
212-355-4449

Investors:
Ryan Hurren
Taubman, Director
Investor Relations
248-258-7232
rhurren@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Perry Ellis International partners with Wolf Company for men’s apparel and accessories under Cubavera® trademark in Mexico

MIAMI, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (May 30, 2017) that it has entered into a license agreement with Wolf Company S.A. de C.V. for men’s apparel and accessories under the Cubavera® trademark in Mexico.  The collection will be available in department and specialty stores, and is planned to launch in Fall 2017.

Cubavera represents the joy, vibrancy, and color of Cuba’s unique flavor of Latin culture that inspires and fascinates.  Its heritage comes from the guayabera, an elegant casual tropical linen shirt. Cubavera transformed this symbol of Cuban ingenuity into a collection of men’s apparel and accessories with authentic Latin roots and broad consumer appeal.

Everything at Cubavera is designed to invite consumers to Live the Good Life ™, the Cubavera way.  The Cubavera “good life” is all about looking great, feeling cool, and putting a little ritmo and tropical sabor into every day. It is a brand for people who like to express themselves: with color, pasión, relaxed and put-together-style, natural charm and confidence.

“We are enthusiastic about working with Wolf Company.  This collaboration is consistent with our initiatives to expand the Cubavera brand and we look forward to marketing the brand to a new and expanded generation of consumers in Mexico,” commented George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

Jose Enrique Aguilar Gonzales, Brand Manager of Wolf Company S.A. de C.V., stated, “We are excited to partner with Cubavera and Perry Ellis International.  We will be offering the Mexican market the heritage and Latin flavor of Cubavera, which we are confident will continue to engage the Mexican consumer. Cubavera perfectly adapts to the great cultural and natural wealth of Mexico, its beaches, resort areas and holiday destinations of great importance in the world.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About Wolf Company S.A. de C.V.
Wolf Company S.A. is a 100% Mexican company with more than 40 years in the market and presence in the most important boutiques and department stores in Mexico.  Wolf Company S.A. is the pioneer in the manufacturing and development of the authentic Yucatan guayabera.  The company’s collections combine fashion, tradition, elegance and freshness in our product.

Contact:
Alberto Maduro
alberto.maduro@pery.com
305-873-1331

Jose Enrique Aguilar Gonzales
enrique.aguilar@guayabera.com.mx
011-52-01-999-981-5842 Ext 118

Source: Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

Delivery Hero Group to acquire Kuwait-based food delivery platform Carriage

Berlin, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, announced today (29 May 2017 ) it has agreed to acquire Carriage, a young and fast-growing food delivery platform based in Kuwait and operating in the Gulf Council Countries (GCC).

Carriage operates a hybrid business model offering both, delivery marketplaces and own delivery services in the Middle East, allowing it to add restaurants to its marketplaces that either do not offer deliver services themselves or intend to discontinue their own delivery services. This hybrid business model reflects a wider shift across several regions with a growing demand of customers and restaurants for such combined services. The acquisition ensures that Delivery Hero will stay at the forefront of this shift.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said: “Carriage is an innovative player in the Middle Eastern food delivery market with an excellent management team. It will be a perfect addition to our current offering under the Talabat brand and strengthen our foothold in this region, where we see significant growth potential.”

Abdullah Jihad Almutawa, CEO of Carriage: “We are delighted to join forces with the leading global player in our space and are excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead of us. Becoming part of Delivery Hero will strengthen our business and extend our reach considerably.”

Carriage was founded and is managed by CEO Abdullah Jihad Almutawa, CFO Musab Jihad Almutawa, COO Khaled Youssef Alqabandi, and CTO Jonathan Lau. The strong team of founders was key to the acquisition and will remain on board going forward. The company was founded in Kuwait and has extended into several other markets in the region.

The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

About Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users, gross merchandise value or website traffic, in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service primarily in 50+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 6,000 employees.

Media Enquiries:

Bodo v. Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications
bodo.braunmuehl@deliveryhero.com

Source:  Delivery Hero Group

Lowe’s Canada Langford RONA store to undergo renovation and to convert to Lowe’s banner

Langford RONA selected for second Lowe’s conversion slated for Fall 2017

Boucherville, QC, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 29, 2017 ), Lowe’s Canada announced that its Langford RONA Home and Garden store will be the second RONA big box location set to convert to the Lowe’s banner. The Langford store, located at 850 Langford Parkway (in Victoria), will undergo an extensive renovation and re-merchandising of the existing store which is expected to be completed by Fall 2017.

Starting on June 5, 2017, the Langford store will undergo a 16-week physical transformation which involves an extensive process including construction, departmental sequencing of new racking and re-merchandising, branding and IT conversion. As well, Lowe’s is investing in our people with extensive training that is focused on new product knowledge and customer service.

“The store will remain open during the conversion and we are committed to minimizing any impact on customers so that we can continue to offer the best shopping experience possible during the conversion process,” confirmed Jim Caldwell, Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail.

Customers of the Langford store can look forward to an enhanced shopping experience including expanded assortment and access to well-known brands such as Kohler, John Deere and Whirlpool, as well as the introduction of new categories such as appliances. Lowe’s also offers established private label brands such as Kobalt and Allen & Roth, which offer great quality at affordable prices. In addition, Lowe’s has strong seasonal programs for its Patio and Holiday collections, top of the line installation programs across many categories, protection plans for products such as appliances, tools and outdoor power equipment, and a superior online program which includes Click & Collect for in-store pickup and local truck delivery and parcel shipping.

The new Langford Lowe’s will feature 73,349 square feet of retail sales space, an adjacent Garden Centre with 28,315 square feet, as well as an outdoor lumber yard with 24,155 square feet and a covered (drive-thru) lumber yard with 14,217 square feet. The store will account for more than 130 permanent jobs and approximately 30 seasonal positions, and is currently looking to hire an additional 30 permanent and seasonal employees. Interested candidates can visit www.lowes.ca/careers for more information and to apply.

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 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. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operate or service over 600 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 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976
media@rona.ca

Source:Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Topaz rolls out Photo-Me ID compliant photobooths across its network

Topaz rolls out Photo-Me ID compliant photobooths across its network

 

Topaz and Photo-Me invest €1m in the rollout of ID compliant photobooths across its network

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has partnered with Photo-Me to facilitate the rollout of their ID compliant photobooths in Topaz service stations nationwide. The photobooths will allow applicants capture and transfer their Photo-ID straight to the Irish passport office to accompany their online passport renewal application.

With a combined investment of €1m, installation has already been completed in 15 service stations – with plans to increase this to 50 by the end of 2017. Topaz is the first forecourt retailer to partner with Photo-Me and offer this service to its customers.

Photo-Me Ireland has itself invested over €6m in technology and equipment, to become the first company licenced by the Department of Foreign Affairs to capture and handover digital photos as part of the online passport application.

Photo-Me booths provide an unrivalled service to customers who wish to renew their passports with ease – the process in the photobooth takes only three minutes as the user is guided through the simple step-by-step process. The process is the most secure way to ensure the photo is fully compliant and that the image cannot be tampered with in any way.

Once photos are captured and transferred to the passport office, applicants will receive a print out with four images they can use for future ID requirements. Users will also receive a unique code which will allow them to attach their photo to their online passport renewal application. The full list of locations is available on www.topaz.ie

Niall Anderton, Managing Director, Topaz, said of the partnership: “The introduction of Photo-Me booths in Topaz service stations adds yet another dimension to the many services we offer our customers. Topaz is committed to providing the best customer experience for all of those who choose to visit our service stations, and this is just another exciting development for Topaz nationwide.The services provided by Photo-Me booths greatly simplify the process of applying for passport renewal, and we are delighted to provide this convenience for consumers across Ireland.”

Patrick Brennan, Managing Director Photo-Me, said “Photo-Me Ireland is delighted to have agreed a five year licence with Topaz for the placement of our latest technology photobooths that will enable Topaz customers renew their passports as well as print traditional photo IDs. The Topaz network throughout Ireland will ensure we have a photobooth within 5km of 95% of the population at convenient and easy to access locations. We are delighted to be associated with such a trusted brand for this new service.”

Source: Topaz

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The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give adds live music from 3 Doors Down to its robust tournament schedule

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give adds live music from 3 Doors Down to its robust tournament schedule

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is partnering with General Mills to add live music to its robust tournament schedule. A concert, featuring 3 Doors Down, will be held June 17, following tournament play, during LIVE at the Grand Taste at Blythefield Country Club.

Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. Known for their mega-hits, ‘Kryptonite,’ ‘Here Without You,’ ‘When I’m Gone,’ and ‘It’s Not My Time,’ the 5-piece rock band has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide.

Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis while quantities last.

“This year’s tournament will, once again, attract top talent on the golf course and now on stage,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We try very hard to make this an event for the entire family. We believe adding this concert into an already fun week of activities will engage even more people in the community – to support feeding the hungry through Simply Give.”

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 visitmeijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 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 www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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 www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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First Data to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of CardConnect for $15.00 per share in cash

  • CardConnect’s innovative partner management tools help improve merchant retention
  • Capabilities accelerate First Data’s firm-wide ISV initiative
  • Brings First Data immediate capabilities in ERP-integrated payment solutions
  • All CardConnect tools and capabilities will be made available through First Data’s JVs, acquiring partnerships, and other distribution channels
  • Transaction is modestly accretive to adjusted EPS before expected synergies
  • Modest impact on leverage; medium-term deleveraging objective remains intact

NEW YORK AND KING OF PRUSSIA, PA,, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, and CardConnect Corp. (NASDAQ: CCN), a technology-oriented commerce solutions provider, announced today (29 May 2017) that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for First Data to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of CardConnect for $15.00 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to First Data’s adjusted EPS in the first full year post-closing, before expected synergies.

CardConnect is an innovative provider of payment processing and technology solutions and is one of First Data’s largest distribution partners. It processes approximately $26 billion of volume annually from about 67,000 merchant customers which are served by CardConnect’s large base of distribution partners.

“This transaction is consistent with our strategy of integrating and scaling innovative technologies across our distribution footprint to better serve our partners and customers,” said First Data Chairman and CEO, Frank Bisignano. “CardConnect is a long-standing First Data distribution partner and we are excited to incorporate their state-of-the-art solutions across some of our most important strategic initiatives such as partner-centric distribution, integrated payments, and enterprise payments solutions.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity for CardConnect to partner with an organization that has the world class capabilities of First Data,” said CardConnect President and CEO, Jeff Shanahan. “This transaction improves our ability to innovate and deliver leading technology-oriented commerce solutions to our combined customer base. In addition, we believe our growth trajectory improves with First Data’s breadth of products and its powerful distribution network.”

Transaction Terms
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement between the parties, a subsidiary of First Data will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding CardConnect common stock for a purchase price of $15.00 per share in cash, followed by a merger in which each share of CardConnect common stock not tendered will be converted into the right to receive $15.00 per share in cash. The aggregate transaction value is approximately $750 million, including repayment of CardConnect’s outstanding debt and the redemption of CardConnect’s preferred stock. First Data intends to fund the transaction with a combination of cash on hand and funds available under existing credit facilities.

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by CardConnect’s Board of Directors. In addition, CardConnect shareholders holding approximately 40% of CardConnect common stock have entered into tender and support agreements agreeing to tender their shares of common stock into the tender offer and support the transaction. The transaction is subject to the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of CardConnect common stock as well as other customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The parties expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of 2017.

Allen & Company LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to First Data and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as its legal advisor. Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (collectively, “FT Partners”), served as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to CardConnect, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as CardConnect’s legal advisor.

Conference Call and Webcast
The companies will host a conference call and webcast to review the transaction on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8 a.m. ET. To listen to the call, dial +1 (844) 826-3033 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-5172 (outside the U.S.). The call will also be webcast on the Investor Relations section of the First Data and CardConnect websites at investor.firstdata.com and investors.cardconnect.com, along with a slide presentation to accompany the call.

A replay of the call will be available through July 12, 2017, at +1 (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (outside the U.S.); passcode 10108324, and via webcast at investor.firstdata.com and investors.cardconnect.com.

About First Data
First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.

About CardConnect
CardConnect (NASDAQ: CCN) is an innovative provider of payment processing and technology solutions, helping more than 67,000 organizations – from independent coffee shops to iconic global brands – accept billions of dollars in card transactions each year. Since its inception in 2006, CardConnect has developed advanced payment solutions backed by patented, PCI-certified point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization. The company’s small-to-midsize business offering, CardPointe, is a comprehensive platform that includes a powerful reporting and transaction management portal which extends to a native mobile app. CoPilot is a centralized business management tool to help distribution partners manage their business. For enterprise-level organizations, CardSecure integrates omni-channel payment acceptance into several ERP systems – such as Oracle, SAP, JD Edwards and Infor M3 – in a way that minimizes PCI compliance requirements and lowers transaction costs.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
The tender offer for the outstanding shares of CardConnect (the “Company”) referenced in this communication has not yet commenced. This announcement is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of the Company, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that First Data Corporation and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender offer is commenced, First Data and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and the Company will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of the Company are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of the Company securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of the Company at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Additional copies may be obtained for free by contacting First Data, 225 Liberty Street, 29th Floor, New York, New York 10281, Attention: Investor Relations.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, First Data and the Company file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by First Data or the Company at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. First Data’s and the Company’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication contains forward-looking information relating to First Data and the proposed acquisition of CardConnect by First Data that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, among other things, statements about the potential benefits of the proposed acquisition; First Data’s and CardConnect’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; the financial condition, results of operations and business of First Data and CardConnect; industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning First Data’s and CardConnect’s market position, future operations, future performance and profitability; and the anticipated timing of closing of the acquisition. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing of the acquisition (including the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approval) in the anticipated timeframe or at all, including uncertainties as to how many CardConnect stockholders will tender their shares in the tender offer and the possibility that the acquisition does not close; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, including in circumstances which would require First Data or CardConnect to pay a termination fee or other expenses; risks related to the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed transaction on First Data’s or CardConnect’s important relationships, including with employees, suppliers and customers; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; negative effects of this announcement or the consummation of the proposed acquisition on the market price of First Data’s or CardConnect’s common stock and on First Data’s or CardConnect’s operating results; significant transaction costs; the risk of litigation and/or regulatory actions related to the proposed acquisition; the possibility that competing offers will be made; and risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including the possibility that the expected benefits from the proposed acquisition will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include those that will be set forth in the Schedule TO, Schedule 14D-9 and other tender offer documents filed by First Data, Merger Sub and CardConnect. Many of these factors are beyond First Data’s and CardConnect’s control. A further description of risks and uncertainties relating to First Data and CardConnect can be found in their Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and in their subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, all of which are filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, each of First Data and CardConnect disclaims any intention or obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this communication as the result of new information or future events or developments.

Contact:

First Data Contacts
Peter Poillon
Investor Relations
First Data
212-266-3565
Peter.Poillon@firstdata.com

Liidia Liuksila
Public Relations
First Data
212-515-0174
Liidia.Liuksila@firstdata.com

CardConnect Contacts
Joe Hassett
Gregory FCA Communications
610-228-2110
joeh@gregoryfca.com

Source: First Data Corporation

PHILIPPINES: Felicidad T. Sy Foundation to fund the construction of sports center at Philippine Cultural College’s Quezon City campus

PHILIPPINES: Felicidad T. Sy Foundation to fund the construction of sports center at Philippine Cultural College’s Quezon City campus

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — In support of education and sports development, The Felicidad T. Sy Foundation (Foundation) of SM matriarch Felicidad T. Sy has signed an agreement with the Philippine Cultural College (PCC) for the construction of a 600-square meter sports center to be located at PCC’s Quezon City campus.

The Foundation has donated PHP50 million to fund the development of the sports center, the construction of which will commence in the next few months this year. To be named “Felicidad Tan Sy Sports Center”, the facility will house state-of-the-art sports equipment to be used solely for educational purposes and is targeted for completion before the year ends.

PCC, formerly Philippine Cultural High School, was established on June 27, 1923 and is the first and oldest Chinese-Filipino secondary school in the country. It offers pre-school, grade school, junior and senior high school programs that emphasize the teaching of English, Filipino, Mandarin, mathematics, science, and information technology. In 2008, it started offering college education, making it a complete educational system.

PCC currently has three campuses located in Manila, Caloocan City, and Quezon City. The Manila campus is a six-story building at 1253 Jose Abad Santos Street in Tondo, Manila. The Caloocan campus is at 175 8th Avenue Extension, Grace Park, Caloocan City. Both campuses offer pre-school, grade school, junior and senior high school programs. The Quezon City campus, constructed through the concerted efforts and generosity of PCC alumni, houses the College Department of the PCC system. The Quezon City campus is located at 46 D. Tuazon corner M. Cuenco Sr. streets, Quezon City.

Existing facilities at these campuses include libraries, instructional media centers, internet and computer laboratories, speech laboratories, science rooms, audio-visual rooms and auditoriums, basketball gymnasiums and other sports facilities, kitchens and hotel rooms, and a student cooperative store.

The Felicidad T. Sy Foundation is focused on spiritual development and promoting Catholic living in the community. Its programs support the restoration and building of Catholic churches, provide SM employees spiritual programs and care for church leaders and ministers through various special projects among others.

Source: SM Investments Corporation

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Defense Commissary Agency appoints Michael G. Shaffer as the new deputy director of acquisition management

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michael G. Shaffer is the new deputy director of acquisition management for the Defense Commissary Agency effective April 30.

The announcement came from Larry Hahn, director of acquisition management. Shaffer previously served as enterprise acquisition division chief and will continue to provide oversight to this division until the agency selects his replacement. Shaffer follows Richard Deiter, who left the agency in December 2016 for an assignment at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia. He had served more than two years as deputy director of acquisition management.

“Mike has been a key member of the DeCA acquisition community for many years,” Hahn said. “His long history of dedication to his customers and the commissary patrons has provided him with a broad base of knowledge that will serve him well in leading the acquisition community in his new position.”

In addition to serving as the deputy director of acquisition management, Shaffer has secondary oversight of the resale contracting division and primary oversight of DeCA’s overseas contracting operations and its IT contracting operation.

For the past five years, he was chief of the enterprise acquisition division, where he managed three procurement branches supporting a wide array of requirements for areas such as DeCA’s business transformation, new commissary construction and rehabilitation, architect engineering, logistics, commissary support services, worldwide operational supplies, revenue generating agreements and emergency support.

Shaffer came to DeCA in 2002, serving first as a procurement analyst for three years and later as the chief of the revenue, supplies and headquarters support branch from 2005 to 2012.

Before DeCA, Shaffer served eight years in Washington D.C., with the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) contracting directorate, the first four as a contract specialist and the balance as a procurement analyst.

During his tenure as a contracting specialist with NAVSEA, Shaffer spent one year with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy’s Research Development and Acquisition office in Arlington, Virginia. There, he reviewed acquisition documents submitted from three Navy system commands prior to service-level approval. Shaffer also served on the Navy inspection team for two of these system commands, assessing contract compliance and performance management for the commands’ procurement offices.

Later, after returning to NAVSEA, Shaffer was promoted to procurement analyst, where he reviewed high-dollar acquisitions for the Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers as well as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding contracting offices. During this assignment he was acknowledged for recommending a cost-saving commercial alternative to a piece of military shipboard equipment later adopted by the Navy.

Shaffer entered federal service in 1994 after graduating from Frostburg State University with a business administration degree with a concentration in marketing.

Before college he served four years in the Navy from 1987 to 1991, his last job as a petty officer third class assigned at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia as a lead storekeeper aboard the Resolute AFDM-10, a floating dry dock used for repair and maintenance of submarines. His duties included supervising two storekeepers as well as procuring, receiving, storing and issuing inventories of repair parts and other supplies while maintaining the financial ledger for those inventories and also the equipment rental budget.

His most recent awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award (2016), runner-up selection in the DeCA Director’s Innovation Challenge (2011) and various Special Act Awards. He was also selected Navy Petty Officer of the Quarter (1991).

“In my ‘former life’ I’ve worked a number of shelf stocking jobs at a variety of retailers to include Costco, Be-Lo Food Stores, County Market, Wilson’s Grocery, Food Lion and the Walter Reed Commissary (stocking shelves at night for a commercial contractor),” Shaffer said. “This work made me appreciate what I did later and still do today as a part of the acquisition directorate.

“My daily focus has been and will remain to support key DeCA functions like store operations, business transformation and the sales directorate,” he added, “procuring contracts that save the agency millions of dollars, improve our internal business processes and result in a better shopping experience for our patrons.”

About DeCA:

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source:  Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)