JAPAN: Rakuten announces investment in genetic health testing pioneer Genesis Healthcare Co.

Tokyo, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced it has invested in genetic health testing pioneer Genesis Healthcare Co., receiving a 1.4 billion yen issue of new shares. Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani will join Genesis Healthcare’s Board of Directors as an External Board Director.

Genesis Healthcare, founded in 2004, already manages one of the largest genetic databases in Asia and Japan, with approximately 520,000 individuals as of August, 2017, and plans to increase its database size to one million by 2020. While Genesis Healthcare offers various genetic testing services to government, medical professionals, academia, industry and consumers, it also offers healthcare and disease prevention test kits and IT services under the consumer brand “GeneLife” in order to enrich people’s lives through personalized genetic testing.

Genesis Healthcare’s Founder and President, Dr. Iri Sato Baran, commented, “The investment by Rakuten, a Japan leader in internet services, will allow us to increase awareness of genetic information technology through digital healthcare for the betterment of personalized health and self-medication.”

“Forward-thinking technologies like Genesis Healthcare’s genetic health analysis and a deeper understanding of responsible self-medication are essential to finding innovative responses to increasing health costs and the rising awareness of health issues in Japan,” commented Rakuten Chairman and CEO, Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani. “With this investment, we would like to see Genesis Healthcare take a leading role in furthering the understanding and adoption of genetic health testing in Japan.”

Through the investment, Rakuten will support development and promote understanding of genetic diagnostic technologies in Japan in order to contribute to the realization of a richer society.

■Overview of Genesis Healthcare Co.
Company name: Genesis Healthcare Co.
Office location: Yebis Garden Place Tower 26F 4-20-3 Ebice, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Date of establishment: March1,2004
Capital:784M Yen
Representative: Dr. Iri Sato-Baran
Business Overview: Medical Kit manufacturing, Distribution license

Source: Rakuten Inc.

Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection

Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection


Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bio-based. Lightweight. Flexible. Durable: In fall/winter 2017, Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection. The eco-friendly optical collection is made of bio-based plastic material, resulting in lightweight, flexible and durable frames. The key ingredient of the ECOllection frames is castor oil, which is extracted from the beans of the highly environmentally-friendly castor oil plant: It absorbs carbon dioxide; grows on poor soil in Mediterranean and tropical regions; and doesn’t compete for land with food crops.

ECOllection comprises of four new, on-trend styles for women and men. The captivating front shapes range from a round vintage Panto style with a modern bridge to softly-squared and slightly angular contemporary shapes. The color portfolio includes classic black, as well as the fashionable tones of brown, red, gray and blue.

Eco-friendly designs deserve ecological packaging: Each ECOllection frame comes in a sustainable case made from recycled paper. It has been specially shaped to be shipped flat and prevent shipping of empty space, reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Another highlight: With ECOllection Esprit eyewear supports the NGO WeForest and its global mission to restore forest landscapes. For every frame of this line sold in 2017 a new tree will be planted.


email: press@esprit.com

Source: Esprit


LCP: Penicuik Shopping Centre in Scotland welcomes two new tenants Dominos and Vaporized

London, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The historic town centre of Penicuik, Midlothian, is to welcome two new tenants following a successful marketing campaign to attract new retailers.

LCP, which manages Penicuik Shopping Centre on behalf of Evolve Estates, has signed up Kingstan Holdings, trading as Vaporized, for unit 5a on a five-year lease, while takeaway pizza and delivery company Dominos has taken a 20-year lease of unit 9.

Julian Diamond, asset manager at LCP, said: “It’s great news that we continue to attract both local, independent retailers and well-known high street names to Penicuik.

“Since the landlord acquired the centre in February last year, our proactive asset management team has been actively managing the scheme, looking at ways of improving the tenant offer and exploring other options to ensure that it remains an attractive prospect to both tenants and the local community.”

Richard Ford, of Reith Lambert, which acted on behalf of LCP, said: “Although the retail market nationally continues to face challenges, demand for Penicuik remains strong. We are delighted to secure both Domino’s and Vaporized and feel confident that their respective offers will appeal to our core customer and further increase footfall within the scheme.”

Penicuik Shopping Centre has just two units available offering space from 842 – 1,411 sq ft. To enquire, contact: Richard Ford at Reith Lambert on 0141 225 571 or email richard@reithlambert.co.uk

Penicuik Shopping Centre is located in Penicuik, about 10 miles south of Edinburgh. The development totals 53,237 sq ft and there are 18 units. Tenants include Greggs, Lloyds, B&M Home and Farmfoods.



Source: LCP

InvenTrust Properties acquires The Plaza Midtown in the Midtown submarket of Atlanta, GA

InvenTrust Properties acquires The Plaza Midtown in the Midtown submarket of Atlanta, GA


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or “the Company”) today ( 08/21/2017 ) announced that it has acquired The Plaza Midtown, a 70,000 square foot Publix-anchored center located in the Midtown submarket of Atlanta, GA, for approximately $31.8 million.

“We are excited to acquire this core, urban infill asset located in the vibrant Midtown submarket of Atlanta,” said Michael E. Podboy, EVP – Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer of InvenTrust. “The Plaza Midtown is located in an ideal neighborhood with diverse demographics and anchored by a strong performing Publix. We anticipate that this accretive transaction will drive long term value as we continue to focus on enhancing our portfolio with premier assets in the Sun Belt region.”

Christopher Covey, Senior Vice President of Transactions, added, “This is a compelling transaction given the significant annual sales growth and built-in customer base of Publix. The property is adjacent to Georgia Tech University and within a major employment hub that will provide favorable and consistent traffic to the center.”

Including the grocery anchor tenant Publix, the center features a number of high performing up-scale and casual dining restaurants and internet resistant services including fitness and beauty/wellness tenants.

About InvenTrust Properties Corp.

InvenTrust Properties Corp. is a pure-play retail company with a focus on acquiring open-air centers with a disciplined approach, in key growth markets with favorable demographics. This acquisition strategy, along with our innovative and collaborative property management approach, ensures the success of both our tenants and business partners and drives net operating income growth for the Company. InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of June 30, 2017, is an owner and manager of 85 retail properties, representing 15.2 million square feet of retail space, and one non-core property.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, including statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, plans or predictions of the future and are typically identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, our ability to integrate and successfully operate acquired properties and the risks associated with such properties. For further discussion of factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future results and financial condition, see our filings with the securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Risk Factors included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in each case as filed with the SEC. InvenTrust intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as may be required by applicable law. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Dan Lombardo

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.


Dunkin’ Donuts invites America to vote for their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream inspired iced coffee flavors

Dunkin’ Donuts invites America to vote for their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream inspired iced coffee flavors


Dunkin’ fans have their say in which Baskin-Robbins ice cream inspired iced coffee flavors are their favorite, which could return summer 2018

CANTON, MA, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As summer ‘17 starts to wind down, Dunkin’ Donuts is already looking forward to next summer’s sweetness. Beginning today and continuing through Friday, August 25, Dunkin’ Donuts is asking America to vote for their favorite iced coffee flavors inspired by Baskin-Robbins ice cream, which could land back on the menu in summer 2018.

Dunkin’ Donuts guests can choose from among five popular flavors, including:

  • Butter Pecan: The indulgent butter roasted pecan and sweet cream flavors have met their match in Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee.
  • Cookie Dough: This flavor will transport taste buds to the moments just before cookies are popped into the oven with the sweet taste of cookie dough.
  • Pistachio: Pistachio ice cream lovers will go nuts for the sweet pistachio taste of this iced coffee flavor.
  • Rocky Road: A true ice cream fan’s dream featuring chocolate, marshmallow and almond flavors.
  • Jamoca® Almond Fudge: This coffee-inspired flavor gives taste buds a buzz with the flavor of coffee combined with roasted almonds and chocolate.

Coffee and ice cream lovers alike can cast their choice for their favorite Baskin-Robbins inspired flavors by commenting on Dunkin’ Donuts’ pinned posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter this week. On Friday, August 25 only, fans can also make their choice known in-store by using one of five Snapchat geofilters – one for each of the five flavor options – available at all Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country. Which flavor would you love to taste in your Dunkin’ Donuts hot and iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffees? The top fan-favorite Baskin-Robbins flavors will be revealed on August 31.

Before this summer slips away, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee drinkers can continue to sip several sweet flavors that capture the spirit of the season, including S’mores or Caramel. Additionally, as guests ready for fall, classic pumpkin coffees and new Maple Pecan flavored coffees will be available no later than August 28 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,300 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts


eBay appoints Scott Cutler, Jay Lee and Jooman Park to new regional leadership roles

eBay appoints Scott Cutler, Jay Lee and Jooman Park to new regional leadership roles


San Jose, CA, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY), a global commerce leader, has appointed Scott Cutler, Jay Lee and Jooman Park to new regional leadership roles. Mr. Cutler has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Americas, for eBay’s Marketplace business and will continue to serve as head of StubHub while the company searches for a new leader. Mr. Lee has been appointed Senior Vice President, EMEA, and Mr. Park has been promoted to Senior Vice President, APAC, for eBay’s Marketplace business. These executives have over 30 years of combined experience at eBay.

Hal Lawton, who has been with eBay since 2015, is leaving the company to take on a senior leadership role at another company.

“Scott, Jay and Jooman are seasoned leaders with great track records. They will continue to focus on accelerating our core business and driving eBay’s competitive advantages as a global commerce leader,” said Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay Inc.  “We thank Hal for his contributions and wish him success going forward.”

About Scott Cutler

Mr. Cutler is a seasoned executive with extensive global business experience and a belief in the transformative power of technology. His extensive leadership experience combined with the strong management team that he will lead positions us well to execute our strategic plans.

Mr. Cutler joined eBay in 2015 after nine years as an Executive Vice President at the New York Stock Exchange, one of the world’s largest financial marketplaces. He brought with him tremendous experience operating a technology-enabled marketplace at scale and managing a complex network of customers, partners and influencers. Prior to his career at the NYSE, Mr. Cutler spent several years in investment banking focused on the software and Internet industries. He started his career as a corporate securities lawyer. Mr. Cutler has a BS degree from Brigham Young University and a JD degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

About Jay Lee

Mr. Lee joined eBay in 2002 and has been guiding the growth of eBay’s portfolio of assets in Asia Pacific. He built market leading positions in Korea, via our Gmarket and Auction marketplaces, and in Australia via eBay.com.au. He pioneered online cross border exports from China-based sellers to eBay’s global consumer base, which has evolved into a significant channel for entrepreneurs and businesses across Asia. Previously, Mr. Lee was CEO of Korea Thrunet Co. Ltd, a NASDAQ-listed broadband Internet service company. He has a BA degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

About Jooman Park

Mr. Park joined eBay in 2002, rising to become General Manager of eBay Korea. After guiding eBay’s business in Korea for eight years, Mr. Park transitioned to lead eBay Australia in 2013, bringing to the market a focus on collaboration and partnership to enable growth in the local retail industry. He graduated with a BS from Korea University and obtained his MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

About eBay Inc.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2016, eBay enabled $84 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

Media Contact:
Abby Smith

Investor Relations Contact:
Selim Freiha

Source: eBay


Lindex appoints Elisabeth Peregi interim CEO

Lindex appoints Elisabeth Peregi interim CEO


Sweden, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingvar Larsson, CEO of Lindex, has decided to resign from his post. Elisabeth Peregi, currently Country Manager of Lindex Sweden, has been appointed interim CEO of Lindex with immediate effect.

I look forward to this assignment and I am happy for the confidence to lead Lindex continued development. We have great and exciting initiatives in front of us that will take the company into the future, says Elisabeth Peregi.

Elisabeth Peregi has held several management positions at Lindex. She worked as the Lindex CFO from 2010 to 2013 and, before that, as Head of Franchise Business and Country Manager for Norway.

Elisabeth will report to Stockmann’s CEO, Lauri Veijalainen, who will start as the Chairman of the Lindex Board of Directors. The previous chairman, Per Sjödell, continues as a member of the Stockmann Board.

Ingvar Larsson leaves his position now but is available to Lindex during the notice period.

I would like to thank Ingvar for his great work in leading the company and strengthening Lindex position as one of Europe’s leading fashion company. I am confident that Lindex will continue to be in good hands with Elisabeth who has long experience of several sales positions at Lindex, a strong financial background and the drive to lead the company forward, says Lauri Veijalainen, CEO of Stockmann.

For more information:
Lauri Veijalainen
verkställande direktör
tel. +358 9 121 5062

Source: Lindex


Spanish fashion brand El Ganso to make its Middle East debut with its first store at The Avenues in Kuwait

Spanish fashion brand El Ganso to make its Middle East debut with its first store at The Avenues in Kuwait


Kuwait, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Founded in Madrid. Made in Europe. Now, Spanish fashion brand El Ganso is all set to make its Middle East debut with the opening of its first store at The Avenues in Kuwait in partnership with retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

Established in 2004 in the heart of Madrid, El Ganso offers fun and elegant clothing for individuals with class, who are in search of a unique style. The originality of the brand’s design is characterised by its use of distinctive details, which have become a hallmark.

Over the years, El Ganso has become a leading Spanish brand both locally and internationally. The El Ganso style is a cosmopolitan look, with colours and ranges from preppy American looks to the more alternative Berlin style, and not forgetting a touch of English elegance. Every collection is designed and manufactured 100% in Europe from local raw materials, using new fabrics and yarns from quality Italian houses such as Subalpino.

As the official designer for Spanish airline Iberia Express, El Ganso has designed a set of uniforms for flight personnel reflecting both brands unique approach to comfort and versatility in business and lifestyle.

Co-founder and CEO Alvaro Cebrian said he is “very excited” about the brand’s expansion into the Middle East market.

“We are delighted to be introducing El Ganso into Kuwait and the wider region. The brand’s design ethos is rooted in on our experiences of global culture and we are sure its hallmarks of confident colour, quality and innovative detail will appeal to fashion-forward consumers in this region. We look forward to welcoming customers to our store.”

Kuwait will soon be part of the El Ganso global story, joining 190 stores in 11 countries, including cities like London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin and Lisbon. The new El Ganso store will stock collections for both men and women, boasting styles and designs that reflect the individuality of non-conformists, who are in search of unique attire with a clear focus on design, quality, innovation and attention to detail.

Source: Alshaya


ENGLAND: Dixons Carphone opens Currys PC World concession within the Tesco Extra store in Weston Favell

London, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dixons Carphone has opened its second Currys PC World concession within the Tesco Extra store in Weston Favell. The concession, which opened its doors on the 18th August, is the result of a trial partnership between the retailers, and follows the opening of its first concession in the Milton Keynes Extra store last month.

A tailored range of Currys PC World products are on offer in the Weston Favell outlet, including televisions, computers, white goods and accessories. Additional services such as laptop repairs, advice and comparison services, which allows customers to explore switching broadband and energy supply, are also available.

Elun Locke, store manager at the Currys PC World concession in Weston Favell, said: “We’re delighted to be opening our doors and offering customers this new and exciting opportunity to pick up their latest gadgets with expert advice during the convenience of their weekly grocery shop. We’ve had really positive feedback from the Milton Keynes concession so we’re excited to see what customers think.”

Graham Barnes, store manager at Tesco Weston Favell store added: “We’re really pleased to deliver the second outlet opening of its kind, here in Northampton. We’re always looking for ways to offer the best possible range of services in our store and we think this will be a winning combination for our customers.”


  • Milton Keynes, Extra (opened Friday 21st July); and
  • Weston Favell, Northampton, Extra (opened Friday 18th August).

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Team Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phone House, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK airports as well as Dublin and Oslo. Our key service brands include Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK & Ireland.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, CurrysPCWorld Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses

Source: Dixons Carphone

ICA Gruppen appoints Maria Lundberg as the new Chief Information Officer

Solna, Sweden, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maria Lundberg has been named as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) of ICA Gruppen. To enable ICA to better capitalise on opportunities created by digitalisation of businesses and to further strengthen Group synergies in IT, she will also have a seat on the ICA Management Team. Maria is currently Director of IT for ICA Sweden. She will assume her new position on 1 January 2018.

Maria Lundberg has a long record of experience in IT and the grocery retail business through her current role as Director of IT for ICA Sweden and has previously worked for Axfood and in various positions at Tieto Enator. ICA Gruppen’s previous CIO, Yngve Nivaeus, is leaving ICA after ten years in that position.

“Digitalisation is becoming an increasingly important part of ICA Gruppen’s business and a driver of innovation in customer communication, sales via new channels, and digitalisation of internal processes. This work is already under way, and with Maria on the ICA Management Team my hope is that we will be able to create even better conditions for consensus and coordination,” comments Per Strömberg, CEO of ICA Gruppen.

Organisationally the IT function will continue to be part of Finance, and the CIO will report to ICA Gruppen’s CFO, Sven Lindskog. The work on finding a successor to Maria Lundberg as Head of IT for ICA Sweden has begun.

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

Source: ICA Gruppen

Staples funds all 158 projects on DonorsChoose.org in Cleveland with $87,813 donation

Staples Helps Cleveland Teachers Create Positive Classroom Experiences

CLEVELAND, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today (Aug. 21, 2017) that all 158 projects posted by teachers on DonorsChoose.org in Cleveland received full funding as part of Staples’s $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded more than 900,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 28 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples continues to support education and promote positive classroom experiences across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of all 158 projects listed on DonorsChoose.org in Cleveland. With a donation of $87,813, Staples impacted 128 teachers and more than 8,000 students in the community.

For example, students in Mrs. Saxon’s class at Nathan Hale Elementary School will receive ecology demonstration kits to construct viable ecosystems.

“We’re so excited to be working with Lady Gaga, DonorsChoose.org and Born This Way Foundation to help U.S. teachers have what they need for a great school year,” said Michelle Bottomley, chief marketing officer, Staples. “Staples is a longtime supporter of education and, and we know there’s a burden placed on teachers to ensure that their classrooms are stocked with the materials and activities they need to spark kid’s learning. We are committed to supporting teachers through DonorsChoose.org and encourage others to fund a classroom project this year so teachers and kids go all-out in reaching their full potential or donate in one of our stores.”

Lady Gaga and Staples collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers and students. Earlier in the summer, Staples also donated $1 million to Born This Way Foundation, which Lady Gaga co-founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to support positive classroom experiences.

“Staples has been a steadfast supporter of DonorsChoose.org for years, and we’re so thankful for its continued support,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “Staples’s million-dollar donation to DonorsChoose.org ensures that hundreds of teachers, including many in Cleveland, will be able to bring learning to life for their students.”

Driven by an insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, often at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.

Those who wish to support teachers and students nationwide can make a donation either in Staples stores or online at www.StaplesForStudents.org. To help create a positive classroom experience, post an act of kindness on the Staples for Students Kindness Tree created with Born This Way Foundation.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip to See Lady Gaga In Concert
Fans have the opportunity this summer to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and spending money. Five first prize winners will also receive a trip for two to Las Vegasto see Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.

Visit StaplesForStudents.org for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.

About Staples for Students
Staples, Inc. has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2 million people and partners have given $560 million to projects reaching 23 million students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit www.donorschoose.org to learn more.

About Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Born This Way Foundation achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, Born This Way Foundation has connected more than 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. Born This Way Foundation has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to collect data from more than 10,000 young people, improving understanding of the factors that affect youth wellbeing and empowerment. Visit us at bornthisway.foundation.org

Kaitlyn Reardon

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.

SPAR highlights key themes of the 62nd International SPAR Congress at the third issue of Contact International 2017

Gran Canaria, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In this edition, we highlight the key themes of the 62nd International SPAR Congress, which took place on the island of Gran Canaria in May. At this year’s Congress, we celebrated the 85th anniversary of SPAR with the theme ‘Better Together for 85 years’. Better Together is more than just a theme, it is a call to action for all SPAR retailers, wholesalers and central offices to unite and leverage the scale and resources that our presence in more than 44 countries provides.

A clear highlight and consistent underlying theme of the Congress was the growing importance of health and wellness and in this issue, we showcase the award-winning SPAR Natural store, a new concept developed by SPAR International with SPAR Gran Canaria and piloted by a very innovative and passionate SPAR retailer, Jesus Diaz and his family.

We also feature an interview with father and son team, Tomás and José Barreto, from SPAR Spain and we share the success of SPAR South Africa retailer, Clive Gould who recently won the Food Marketing Institute’s 2017 Store Manager Award.

To read these and other stories about SPAR worldwide, follow this link. Missed any of the previous issues? No problem, visit our archive page to view earlier editions.

The magazine is available in six languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. The link will automatically open the English language version. To switch between languages, simply click on the arrow next to the country flags on the menu bar in the desktop version and for mobile, simply select your language in the contents list.


SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Lowe’s Heroes program raised $279,917 to support local community improvement projects

Boucherville, QC, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada, a leading home improvement company operating more than 600 stores in Canada under different banners, is proud to announce that its Lowe’s Heroes program raised a total of $279,917. This past April and May, customers in all Lowe’s stores in Canada were invited to donate $2.00 or more toward the Lowe’s Heroes program to support local community improvement projects. Lowe’s Canada matched 50 percent of all funds raised through the in-store campaign up to a maximum of $2,000 per store. The Lowe’s Canada Heroes program took place in all 56 Lowe’s-branded stores in Canada.

Each year, Lowe’s employees team up to provide hundreds of hours of support to local communities as part of the Lowe’s Heroes program. The program encourages employees to work together and adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or public school to help make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they operate. Lowe’s stores have partnered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, local women and youth shelters, and local public schools.

“100 percent of all proceeds raised through the Lowe’s Canada Heroes program are used to support the local Lowe’s store’s community improvement project. Our employees are deeply committed to this program since its introduction in 2015 and we wish to thank them for their engagement and all the time and effort they invested in this program,” says Guy Beaumier, Interim Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail. “We take great pride in working with organizations within the communities we serve and are excited to have our customers support the program again this year.”

Since its inception in Canada, Lowe’s has actively supported various national and local causes to help strengthen the communities in which it operates. The focus of these efforts is directed towards three key community pillars which also align with Lowe’s core business of home improvement: Safe and Accessible Housing, Skilled Trades Education and Community Renovation and Improvement Projects.

For more information about the Lowe’s Heroes program in Canada, please visit www.lowes.ca/heroes.

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:

Media Relations:
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.599.5900 ext 5271

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

New CareClinic by Kaiser Permanente at Bartell Drugs opens in Redmond

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new CareClinic by Kaiser Permanente at Bartell Drugs has opened in Redmond, offering more communities access to high-quality, convenient health care. For treatment of minor illness and injury, CareClinic at the Redmond Town Center Bartell Drugs is a new way for people to receive the treatment they need, promptly and at an affordable price.

“Patients come to our CareClinic for quality and convenient care,” said Kaiser Permanente clinician Michael Erickson, CareClinic chief. “We’ve proven that CareClinic locations live up to the promise of quickly diagnosing and treating common ailments. We get you in, taken care of and on your way for an affordable price.”

Kaiser Permanente and Bartell Drugs strive to make excellent health care as accessible and affordable as possible, and CareClinic is no different. The in-store clinics are open to everyone – both Kaiser Permanente members and nonmembers – ages 2 and up. Led by Kaiser Permanente care teams, services include treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, and routine preventive care such as vaccinations. Patients choose whether to have CareClinic work with their insurance plan or pay a flat-fee of just $75 per visit, without insurance

To ensure excellent care, CareClinic clinicians coordinate with the patient’s primary provider to make treatment personalized and precise. Patients who are Kaiser Permanente members can feel confident in knowing that their diagnosis and treatment plans are included in their secure electronic health record and shared with their care teams. For those with other insurance plans, CareClinic providers can share records with the patient’s primary care provider for a seamless care experience.

To celebrate the launch of CareClinic in Redmond, youth physicals for school, sports and activities are just $25. From Aug. 21 to Sept. 10, people can mention the promotion during a visit to any CareClinic to redeem the half-off special.

With the opening at the Redmond Town Center, Kaiser Permanente and Bartell Drugs now operate 15 CareClinics throughout Western Washington, and the network of innovative and effective clinics is poised to continue to grow. These clinics help to further Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of the communities it serves.

“Bartell Drugs guests have told us they want the ability to get care and treatment as well as everyday necessities in one place,” said John Lewis, director of CareClinic Operations for Bartell Drugs. “That’s why we’re so excited to continue our expansion in order to offer our services to more communities around the region.”

For a complete list and more information on all the current CareClinics, visit careclinic.org.

About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drug

Source: Bartell Drugs

Walgreens recognized for its Safe Medication Disposal program by The California Product Stewardship Council

SAN DIEGO, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) today ( August 21, 2017) presented Walgreens with the 2017 Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take Back in recognition for the company’s Safe Medication Disposal program. Walgreens disposal program, launched last year, is the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer to combat the national drug abuse crisis.

The CPSC recognizes California businesses for outstanding leadership, innovation and partnerships in product stewardship and green design. The Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take Back recognizes a business that has initiated an outstanding Take Back program for one or more products as an additional convenience and service to their customers.

Walgreens installed safe medication disposal kiosks, available during regular pharmacy hours, in more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states and the District of Columbia, including 53 in California. In its first year, the program has resulted in the collection and disposal of 72 tons of unwanted medication, or the equivalent weight of about 40 midsize cars.

“When it comes to tackling societal problems like drug addiction and water pollution, industries have a key role to play – Walgreens has stepped forward to help fill that role when it comes to the problems of unused and unwanted medicines,” said Heidi Sanborn executive director, California Product Stewardship Council. “Their Safe Medication Disposal program is an excellent example of a company being part of the solution.”

Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies are available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

“Walgreens is taking an important step to curb the misuse of medications throughout the country. We thank the California Product Stewardship Council for recognizing the importance of providing a convenient take back solution,” said Jason Cunningham, Regional Vice President for Walgreens. “As a pharmacy, we are committed to playing a role in what must be a comprehensive solution to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.4 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 2015.

In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose of their medications, Walgreens continues to participate in DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, serving as a collection point in communities for law enforcement to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

About CPSC

California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) educates both the public and private sectors about Product Stewardship and closely partners with business, jurisdictions, waste and recycling companies, manufacturers and others to promote and encourage sustainable practices and to recognize those companies who are taking a leadership role in participating in waste reduction and recycling. For more information, please go to: www.CalPSC.org.

About Walgreens

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

CPSC Contact:
Dan Howells
CPSC Assistant Director

Walgreens Contact:
Phil Caruso
Walgreens media relations
847- 315-2962

Source: Walgreens

BJ’s Restaurants launches fully integrated online ordering platform along with alcohol delivery

BJ’s Restaurants launches fully integrated online ordering platform along with alcohol delivery


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of announcing its new delivery partnership with DoorDash, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) launched a fully integrated online ordering platform along with alcohol delivery.

BJ’s is one of the first national restaurant brands to offer on-demand delivery of craft beer in select California markets. The pilot alcohol delivery program allows guests over the age of 21 to add six packs of BJ’s award-winning craft beer to their order, either when ordered via the DoorDash app or when ordered from BJs directly. Five varieties of beer are available in cans and 25 varieties of wine are available by the bottle from select restaurants.

“We are excited to provide a new generation of customers, particularly millennials, with a simpler and more convenient way to order their favorite menu items,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “Whether you’re in the mood for a loaded burger and merlot or baby back pork ribs and BJ’s Piranha® Pale Ale, you can now get a wide variety of entrees, drinks and desserts delivered directly to your home, office or hotel room.”

To make food and beverage delivery even more convenient, BJ’s has integrated DoorDash into its website and mobile app for a quick and seamless ordering experience.

“In a world where every second counts, BJ’s is proud to offer mobile and online ordering options straight from our website and app,” said Trojan. “We learned that our guests don’t want to be redirected to external websites when placing online orders. They can now stay within the BJ’s website or app and enjoy an uninterrupted experience.”

As of August 21, 98 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations are partnered with DoorDash throughout Northern California, Southern California, Denver, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Miami, Columbus, Seattle and select locations in Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

To get started with BJ’s delivery, visit http://www.bjsrestaurants.com or download the BJ’s app for Android or iOS.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 194 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

Media Contacts:
Lauren Hendeles

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.


First Data Furthers Relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR

CONCORD, N.C., 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today (AUG. 21, 2017) that First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, will partner with Kyle Larson and the No. 42 Chevrolet SS team for two upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway. This expands on a relationship that began last season when First Data joined Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 Chevrolet SS as a partner for the Fall Martinsville race. Additionally, First Data returns this year on McMurray’s car at Martinsville as an associate sponsor. First Data also recently announced a three-year agreement with Martinsville to be the entitlement sponsor for the track’s fall MENCS race, starting with the First Data 500 on October 29.


  • Family Affair: While First Data will be featured on the hood of Larson’s No. 42 Chevy, its Clover point-of-sale platform and CardConnect, an advanced payment solutions system, will also be seen on the car. Each First Data brand provides tools for businesses small and large to enable commerce safely, securely and quickly.
  • Chiming In: First Data’s name will be a common sight as the MENCS Playoffs head to Martinsville. In addition to riding around the track with Larson and sponsoring the First Data 500, fans will also get to buy concessions using First Data’s Clover point-of-sale systems, which will be deployed at the track. Additionally, Clover will be used at Phoenix Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Playoff Push: Larson is firmly locked into the MENCS Playoffs, and will be looking for victory lane in the No. 42 First Data Chevy at two vastly different tracks in the second and third rounds of the Playoffs. Larson currently boasts three wins with a total of ten top-two finishes; four better than the next driver, and is poised for a strong run in the Playoffs.
  • Opposites Attract: NASCAR fans will see the No. 42 First Data Chevy race at two very unique tracks. While Talladega Superspeedway is known for high speeds and full-throttle racing, Martinsville Speedway is better known for its sharp turns and hard braking. Although the speeds at Talladega and Martinsville might differ drastically, both tracks feature the close-quarter conditions that highlight these unique forms of NASCAR.


  • Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “I am very excited to welcome First Data to an expanded role with our team. We began a relationship with First Data last season, and it’s a great to see the increased value they find in both the team and NASCAR. We look forward to providing First Data with a world class experience both on and off the track.”
  • Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO, First Data: “We are excited to partner with Chip Ganassi Racing and Kyle Larson to bring the No. 42 First Data Chevrolet SS to two historic race tracks. First Data sits at the nexus of global commerce, powering payments for millions of businesses around the world, and NASCAR presents a tremendous opportunity for First Data to connect with legions of racing fans. We’re looking forward to cheering on Kyle in his pursuit of a championship.”
  • Kyle Larson, Driver No. 42 First Data Chevrolet SS: “It’s great to see another new brand join our team. We’ve had such an exciting season so far, and we’re really glad to see First Data grow their relationship with the team and be a part of what’s happening at Chip Ganassi Racing. It’s also cool to see them get involved with NASCAR by sponsoring the Martinsville race. The grandfather clock there is definitely one of the most unique trophies on the circuit, and I’d love to park the First Data Chevy in victory lane and take home a clock.”

About First Data:

First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, 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.

To learn more, please visit www.firstdata.com.

About Chip Ganassi Racing:

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and more than 190 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, seven Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com

Source: First Data

Nordstrom appoints Kelley Hall as senior vice president, chief accounting officer

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. announced that Kelley Hall has joined the company as senior vice president, chief accounting officer, beginning August 21, 2017.

“We constantly strive to bring top talent to Nordstrom and are thrilled to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Kelley join the company,” said Anne Bramman, chief financial officer of Nordstrom. “Kelley’s approach to our finance work, great leadership style and ability to develop and support teams will help us achieve our long-term business goals.”

Hall has more than 23 years of experience in finance leadership, most recently serving as vice president and CFO for NIKE, Inc.’s Enterprise Operations where she led finance teams supporting a number of business groups, including supply chain, technology and procurement. During her nearly nine-year tenure at NIKE, Hall also held leadership roles in corporate finance, treasury, tax, investor relations and global business planning. Prior to NIKE, she served in a variety of senior finance leadership roles at Starbucks Corporation, including several roles as vice president supporting U.S. retail and corporate finance.

“I’m excited to join a company like Nordstrom that has such a strong customer-focused strategy and brand reputation throughout the industry,” said Hall. “This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working alongside a team that is dedicated to offering its customers the best experiences, however they want to shop.”

As chief accounting officer, Hall and her team will support strategic efforts to evolve Nordstrom’s accounting, procurement, tax and treasury work across the company.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Trina Schurman
Nordstrom, Inc.

Jennifer Tice Walker
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Tesco introduces rare, mini avocados or Zilla Egg

Tesco introduces rare, mini avocados or Zilla Egg


It’s the fruit sensation that’s graced millions of Instagram feeds and quickly become a breakfast staple.

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now for a limited time only, customers at Tesco will be able to enjoy small, snack–sized avocados, as well as regular-sized varieties.

  • Available in packs of six, the fruit – which are the size of an egg – will be sold in recyclable egg style boxes to prevent them from getting spoiled.

This is the latest move by Tesco to work in partnership with suppliers so that no edible food goes to waste. Traditionally these smaller avocados would have been rejected by growers due to their size.  Growers have worked hard so that these diminutive eggs are of the same high quality as their larger counterparts.

The rare, mini avocados or Zilla Eggs are about a third of the size of regular avocados and are 24 times smaller than the giant sized Avozilla avocado, which Tesco has sold in a limited number of stores in recent years.

Tesco avocado buyer James Cantoni said:

“At Tesco we’re passionate about working in partnership with our suppliers to tackle food waste from farm to fork.

“These Zilla Eggs are a brilliant way to offer customers great tasting, high quality avocados, which previously would have been rejected by growers because of their size.

“They are perfect for customers who want to snack, without the usual fuss or worry of wasting the other half of the avocado. And it also helps producers who are able to sell even more of their avocado crop.”

In recent years the popularity of avocados has overtaken the demand for more established favourites, with demand soaring by more than 30 per cent last year.

It is hoped the trial by Tesco will help to widen the fruit’s appeal even further. The size and delicate skin, which can be peeled away by hand, makes these miniature avocados ideal snacking foods, and a perfect addition to a school lunch box.

The Zilla Eggs are available from today until stocks run out in 100 stores and in  boxes of six priced at £2.

Avocado sizes:

The mini Zilla Egg avocado weighs around 70g

The average avocado weighs around 200g

The Avozilla weighs upto 1.7kg

Note to editors:

Tesco believes that no food that could be eaten should be wasted. That’s why we’ve committed that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from Tesco UK retail operations by the end of 2017.

Other recent food waste initiatives by Tesco include:

Perfectly Imperfect

The range which includes apples, pears, potatoes, parsnips, cucumbers, courgettes, strawberries and frozen mixed berries   has proved popular with customers which in turn has benefitted suppliers.

In March 2016 Tesco launched our ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ range of wonky fruit and vegetables –using produce that falls outside of our specifications and is available to customers at lower prices.

Crop flushes

Earlier this summer there was an unexpected bumper crop of strawberries, cherries and raspberries and we worked with our growers to make sure none went to waste by selling them at market-leading prices in kilo boxes.

In spite of our advanced forecasting and ordering systems, at certain times of the year we have to manage crop flushes, or ‘bumper crops’.

Re-sealable salad bags

Earlier this year Tesco launched salad bags with a sliding lock similar to the ones used on cheese bags to keep the contents fresher and stop them from spilling out inside the fridge.  Salads are one of the UK’s most wasted foods by households.

Community Food Connection

Last year we launched Community Food Connection. This is a programme in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare and social enterprise FoodCloud which connects Tesco stores to local charities and community groups allowing us to redistribute food that’s left over at the end of the day.

Source: Tesco


Macy’s appoints Hal Lawton as president

Company also announces actions to balance the ‘art and science’ of retail through changes to merchandising structure and strengthened consumer insights and data analytics

CINCINNATI, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today (Aug. 21, 2017) announced several changes intended to improve the company’s performance, including the hiring of Hal Lawton as president, the creation of a single simplified merchandising organization and an enhanced focus on the company’s data analytics capabilities.

Hal Lawton Named President of Macy’s

Hal Lawton has been named president of Macy’s, effective Sept. 8, 2017. As president, Mr. Lawton will be responsible for all aspects of the Macy’s brand, including merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, technology, and consumer insights and analytics. He will report to Jeff Gennette, Macy’s, Inc. chief executive officer. Mr. Lawton has strong technology and digital expertise and was most recently senior vice president, eBay North America. He spent his earlier career at Home Depot and McKinsey & Company.

“Hal Lawton has deep expertise at the intersection of retail and technology, a diverse set of business experiences that give him a unique perspective, and a track record of successfully driving a change agenda at scale. I’m thrilled that he has chosen to join Macy’s,” said Mr. Gennette. “This is a key step as we look to further transform the business and work through the volatility of today’s retail landscape. Macy’s already has one of the strongest omnichannel businesses in the industry, and with Hal on the team, we will accelerate the integration of digital both online and in our stores to deliver the world-class experience our customers demand.”

“At a time when there is both dramatic change and great potential in retail, I’m excited to be part of the team that will shape the future of the Macy’s brand and, along with it, consumer expectations of what a great omnichannel experience can be,” said Lawton. “I look forward to working with Jeff, the management team and Macy’s associates across the country. It’s great to play a part in the transformation of this iconic company.”

As SVP of eBay North America, Mr. Lawton was responsible for all aspects of eBay’s Americas business unit and oversaw a period of sustained, sequential performance improvement. Prior to joining eBay, Mr. Lawton spent 10 years in various leadership roles at Home Depot, where he was most recently SVP for merchandising. While at Home Depot, Mr. Lawton was responsible for jump-starting homedepot.com and building it into a nearly $2 billion business.

Improvements to Merchandising, Strengthened Consumer Insights and Data Analytics Capabilities

The company also announced the restructuring of its merchandising operations and the strengthening of its consumer insights and data analytics capabilities.

The restructuring includes the consolidation of three functions – merchandising, planning and private brands – into a single Merchandising function to be led by Jeff Kantor and organized around five ‘families-of-business’ (Ready-to-Wear, Center Core, Beauty, Men’s and Kid’s, and Home). Feeding into this new merchandising structure are strengthened customer insights and data analytics, which the company is expanding to include inventory replenishment and pricing capabilities.

“Macy’s best merchants will be in the right structure to operate at the speed of our customer and will be fueled by the power of data,” said Gennette. “Macy’s has long been known for innovation and excellence in merchandising. The changes we are making today maintain our core merchandising skills while massively simplifying our structure and processes for greater speed and flexibility. We are also further strengthening our consumer insights and data analytics capabilities so we can make better decisions faster, balancing the art and science of retail.”

“Exclusivity is a great customer loyalty tool, and we plan to grow that offering to 40 percent of our business. Having a single lens for each family-of-business will allow us to expedite our strategy of delivering this edited, elevated and exclusive assortment to our best customers. To achieve this, we will aggressively grow our private brands while also offering the best national brands,” continued Gennette. “I’ve asked Jeff Kantor to lead Merchandising because of his deep knowledge of our business, strong relationships with our brand partners and outstanding leaderships skills.”

Mr. Kantor is a 35-year Macy’s veteran, with extensive experience in merchandising and stores. He also successfully oversaw macys.com. Currently, Mr. Kantor serves as chief stores and human resources officer. Mr. Kantor will report to Mr. Lawton.

Financial Impact

While the primary objective of this restructuring is growth, the company anticipates it will save approximately $30 million on an annual basis, some of which may be used for reinvestment in the business. The company anticipates savings of approximately $5 million or approximately 1 cent per share in the fourth quarter of 2017, which is additive to previously provided earnings guidance.

The company anticipates one-time costs of approximately $20 – $25 million associated with this restructuring, to be booked primarily in the third quarter of 2017.

The company expects that these actions will result in a headcount reduction of approximately 100.

About Hal Lawton

Hal Lawton was named SVP, eBay North America, in April 2015. In that role, Lawton oversaw all aspects of eBay’s Americas business unit, including marketing, merchandising, operations, business selling, consumer selling, and advertising, as well as global responsibility for shipping, payments, risk, and trust. Prior to joining eBay, Lawton spent 10 years in various leadership roles at Home Depot, where he most recently was SVP for merchandising. Lawton was responsible for starting Home Depot’s Internet business and building it to nearly $2 billion. Prior to that Lawton was an associate principal at McKinsey & Co., providing strategic advice to executive teams in consumer packaged goods and manufacturing industries.

Lawton serves on the board of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. He also serves on the corporate advisory board for The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and is a member of the Board of the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

About Jeff Kantor

Jeff Kantor has nearly four decades of experience with Macy’s, Inc. and its predecessor companies. He was named chief stores officer of Macy’s, Inc. in February 2015, responsible for overseeing all aspects of store strategy, management and operations. He assumed additional responsibility for Human Resources in February 2017. Previously, Kantor was named chairman of macys.com and served as macys.com’s president for merchandising. Prior to that, Kantor had been Macy’s president, merchandising for home. Kantor was previously president and chief executive officer of the Hecht’s/Strawbridge’s division of the May Department Stores Company, which was acquired by Macy’s, Inc. in 2005. Kantor started his career as an assistant buyer at the Boston-based Filene’s/Kaufmann’s division of May Company in 1981.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 150 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed real estate and other transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, store closings, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Macy’s disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Blair Fasbender Rosenberg

Monica Koehler

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Krug family home at 5 rue Coquebert in Reims reopens following years of meticulous restoration

Krug family home at 5 rue Coquebert in Reims reopens following years of meticulous restoration


Paris, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krug has reopened the doors to the historic home of the Krug family at 5 rue Coquebert in Reims. After two years of meticulous restoration the building has been entirely transformed to welcome Krug Lovers to a unique reception venue.

Two years of restoration have enabled Krug to perpetuate its heritage, instilling fresh life into the Krug family home at 5 rue Coquebert in Reims. The Champagne house commissioned architect and interior designer Stephanie Ledoux to transform three family houses into a single House designed to welcome lovers of this exceptional champagne.

The family home now offers reception rooms and a garden that offer a convivial and elegant space to welcome Krug guests for unique visits, tastings or food and music pairing experiences. One of the highlights is the new tasting room, designed to offer memorable tasting and sound experiences. The “wall of 400 wines” is adorned with bottles that represent Krug’s 150 reserve wines and 250 wines of the year, each the expression of a single plot of vines. The space is a vibrant tribute to the savoir-faire of the Maison, enriched and perpetuated since 1843 by six generations of the Krug family.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


M&S introduces dedicated Footwear Fitting Advisors in stores for Back to School shoe shopping

London, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Back to School season Marks & Spencer is improving its uniform offering for customers by trialling a new service in shoe fitting.

Ahead of the busiest day for Back to School shoe shopping (Saturday 26th August), M&S has introduced dedicated Footwear Fitting Advisors in 36 stores to help parents and their little ones find the right shoes for the new term. It’s the first time M&S has offered this service, with training being rolled out to 750 colleagues to ensure they can offer assistance and advice on measurement, fit and style.

M&S is committed to developing ranges and services in areas of growth opportunity. The retailer, who already sells a quarter of a million school shoes a year, including 30,000 in August alone, identified footwear as a key opportunity within school uniform. Customers told M&S that whilst they shop the wider uniform offer at M&S, they often seek more specialist advice when it comes to childrens’ footwear. In response, M&S has introduced the new service to help support parents in making this more considered purchase.

The new service launches as the College of Podiatry has released research showing 29 per cent of British children could be wearing shoes which are completely the wrong size. The practical training for M&S colleagues included understanding the development of the foot from baby through to teen and basic principles of good fitting shoes for foot health.

Niamh De Frinse, Kids’ Footwear Technologist at M&S said, “There’s lots for customers to think about to get the kids ready for the new term and properly fitted footwear is an important part of that. We want to be the retailer of choice for parents this ‘Back to School’ season, not just for the kids’ uniform, but for their shoes too, enabling us to grow our market share. Our customers have told us that offering a fitting advice service will give them the confidence to make that important purchase with us and if the trial is successful we hope to offer this service at even more of our stores in the future”.

The fitting trial is part of M&S’s continued effort to offer the very best services for customers – earlier in the year it increased investment for walk in bra fit and last year feedback from 7,000 customers led to the recruitment of 3,000 more colleagues into departments where service is most valued, including suit fitting.

M&S has also created a handy printable fitting guide for parents who want to purchase shoes online.

Notes to Editors

  • For more information on the College of Podiatry research click here
  • To read more about the quality and innovations in M&S schoolwear click here (a blog from schoolwear technologist Charlotte Hunt
  • Stores offering the fitting service include: Argyle Street Glasgow, Belfast, Braehead, Birmingham, Bluewater, Bromley, Camberley, Castlepoint, Charlton, Cheshunt, Cheshire Oaks, Croydon, Culverhouse Cross, Gemini, Handforth Dean, Hedge End, Kingston, Lisburn, London Colney, Longbridge, Marble Arch, Manchester, Meadowhall, Merryhill, Merton, Metro Centre, Milton Keynes, Monks Cross, Newcastle, Newtownbreda, Plymouth, Pudsey, Stratford, Thurrock, White City, Wolstanton Stoke

Source: M&S

BRC Global Standards publishes first edition of Global Guidance on Migration from Packaging Materials into Food

London, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards has today (August 21, 2017) published the first edition of a Global Guidance on Migration from Packaging Materials into Food. This guidance was developed with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Campden BRI. It aims to provide organisations involved in the delivery of food to consumers with a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice with regard to the potential migration of substances from packaging materials into food.

The guidance is comprehensive in its approach, outlining what migration is, how it occurs and how it can be minimised through new product or existing product development. It proffers a best-practice approach to reducing the risk of migration of substances into food products of all types. The guidance also includes an outline of the European Union (EU) and US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) legislative requirements relating to migration.

It will be of value to organisations in the supply chain including retailers, brand owners, agents or brokers, food processors, packaging manufacturers, and companies providing storage and distribution services.

Joanna Griffiths, Packaging Technical Manager at BRC Global Standards said: “The launch of the publication is itself a great example of partners from across the supply chain working constructively with one another. By identifying best practice in each industry together we can ensure the production of safe high-quality packaged food.”

Kerina Cheesman, Head of Food Integrity and Policy at the Food and Drink Federation said: “FDF is pleased to have worked with BRC Global Standards and Campden BRI to produce this valuable resource which will assist companies in managing compliance with food contact materials legislation. The Guidance explains the factors affecting migration and sets out a practical approach to designing in compliance through the supply chain.”

The guidance will be made available to Campden BRI, and FDF members, and is available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop – www.brcbookshop.com

Notes to Editors

About Campden BRI

Campden BRI (www.campdenbri.co.uk) provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.

About BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards is a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, used by over 26,000 suppliers in over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies. BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offers comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

About the Food and Drink Federation

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk

Media Contact:

+44 (0)20 3931 8146

Source: BRC Global Standards

NGA welcomes Christopher Jones as vice president and counsel, government relations department

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (August 21, 2017) announced Christopher Jones, former legislative director and counsel for U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR), a member of the House Agriculture Committee and Nutrition Subcommittee, is joining its government relations department as vice president and counsel. In his role, Jones will oversee the trade association’s team of lobbyists and manage a portfolio of issues including agriculture, nutrition, and regulatory reform.

Jones joined Congressman Crawford’s staff in 2010 as a staff assistant and has held senior roles since 2011. In 2014, he served as NGA’s senior manager of government affairs before returning to Crawford’s office. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jones led a team of legislative aides, directed the activities of two subcommittees that Congressman Crawford chaired, and helped craft the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Chris has an outstanding reputation as a leader on food policy and as a fierce advocate for independent grocers, both on the Hill and as a returning member of our team,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We’re excited to welcome Chris back and significantly expand our efforts to advocate for the independent supermarket industry before Congress and federal agencies.”

“Chris is someone who truly understands the important role independent retailers and wholesalers play in their communities,” said Greg Ferrara, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs at NGA. “By bringing him onboard, we’re ensuring independent grocers have an even stronger voice in Washington at a crucial time.”

“I am excited to be rejoining the NGA team in this leadership role and look forward representing NGA on Capitol Hill to expand the voice of the independent supermarket industry in Washington, DC,” Jones said.

He recently received a juris doctor from George Mason University, and holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

Dollar General opens its 14,000th store location

Dollar General opens its 14,000th store location


GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE: DG) reached a new milestone this morning as it hosted hundreds of excited customers in Dauphin, Pennsylvania to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s 14,000th store location.

“Dollar General is excited to celebrate our company’s continued growth by celebrating our 14,000th store grand opening today (August 19, 2017),” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “For nearly 80 years, Dollar General has continually been focused on delivering everyday low prices, convenience and value to the communities we serve. I am especially grateful to the more than 127,000 Dollar General employees who support the company every day through our mission of Serving Others, our customers and our communities in helping us reach this milestone.”

Celebrations began at 8 a.m. this morning with remarks from Dollar General representatives and a $14,000 check presentation to Middle Paxton Elementary School from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. After store manager Mark Cortina officially cut the ribbon to open the store, the first 200 customers received $10 gift cards and tote bags with complimentary samples. Customers were also treated to coffee and donuts in the morning, a hotdog lunch featuring chips and drinks and Clover Valley® private brand samples in the afternoon.

Dollar General sells quality name-brand and private brand merchandise such as health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items and basic clothing. The company also sells an assortment of packaged foods, as well as some refrigerated foods and frozen foods. In addition to high quality private brands, all of which carry a 100% satisfaction guarantee, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Dollar General proudly employs approximately 5,700 employees in Pennsylvania through approximately 625 stores and its distribution center in Bethel (Berks County).

Through its mission of Serving Others, Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves as an ardent supporter of literacy and education through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs. Since its inception in 1993, the DGLF has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Crystal Ghassemi

Media Hotline:
1-877-944-DGPR (3477)

Source: Dollar General Corporation

7‑Eleven® receives Alliance to Save Energy “Built Environment” award

7‑Eleven honored for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency

IRVING, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Alliance to Save Energy has awarded 7‑Eleven® with the Alliance to Save Energy “Built Environment” award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its stores.

7‑Eleven has successfully decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21 percent over the past seven years through installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units.

“As the convenience retail leader, we’re proud to be setting an example in maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past seven years, we’ve invested in capital improvements in our stores saving 458,000 megawatt hours each year and reducing our energy footprint. This is good for the environment, and it’s good for our bottom line. We’re committed to continuing this work, and we’re honored to accept this award from the Alliance to Save Energy.”

The Alliance to Save Energy is in its 25th year of recognizing innovators in the energy efficiency field and reward the hard work of those dedicated to saving energy. This year, winners will be recognized at a dinner on September 14 in Washington, DC.

A list of winners can be viewed here.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Paradies Lagardère: Second Bar + Kitchen opens at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Austin hot-spot brings its iconic dishes and specialty beverage menu to Barbara Jordan Terminal, Gate 7

AUSTIN, TEXAS, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Second Bar + Kitchen (SBK), the New American restaurant via Austin’s La Corsha Hospitality Group, announces its long-awaited Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) opening on August 22, 2017.

Originally opened in 2010, critically-acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen serves an eclectic mix of cuisines with Texan flavors. Second Bar + Kitchen will offer small and large plates for sharing, hearty salads and delicious pizzas. At SBK’s ABIA location, Executive Chef Jesse Marco will take the reins on creating founding Chef David Bull’s menu.

“Our newest airport restaurant lands in the best of Austin restaurant rankings with its bold and savory flavors,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “The new venue offers seated service with a host station, new to the airport.”

Highlights from “Snacks + Starters” include Buffalo Fried Pickles made with gorgonzola and Bull’s Hot Sauce and Baked Brie with currant-apricot mostarda, basil, roasted garlic and a toasted baguette, and more. Guests can enjoy a limited menu including salads, sandwiches such as the SBK “Club” with chicken salad, bacon, avocado, tomato and grain bread, and three of SBK’s famous pizzas including the Black + Bleu with black truffle, bleu cheese, fresh mozzarella, pork belly confit, medjool dates and red onion.

Specialty cocktails and beer selections are courtesy of Jason Stevens, Director of Bars & Beverage at La Corsha Hospitality Group. SBK ABIA will feature local spirits like Dripping Springs, Treaty Oak and Bone Spirits, to name a few. Guests can expect SBK signature cocktails like the Green River served with vodka, basil, ruby grapefruit, chartreuse and citrus, as well as the Walker Manhattan served with rye whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Local breweries include Hops and Grains, Oasis Texas Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, and more. Beer will be available by bottle, can and on draft. The wine list is expertly curated by Paula Rester, Wine Director at La Corsha Hospitality Group, and will feature an international selection of wines by the glass.

“Second Bar + Kitchen will be a delicious addition to the airport’s array of options, offering guests our twist on American cuisine alongside great cocktails, local brews and an eclectic wine list,” said Jeff Trigger, President of La Corsha Hospitality Group. “Whether joining us for the first time or as a long-time fan, we look forward to sharing the Second Bar + Kitchen experience with these travelers.

“Paradies Lagardère seeks out restaurateurs with successful, popular brands to partner with to entice airports and travelers in a variety of ways, including bringing the familiar quality, taste and atmosphere of a favorite local restaurant into an airport,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère.

Second Bar + Kitchen’s ABIA hours include 4:30 a.m. until 30 minutes after the last flight departs, which can vary daily. The restaurant will be located at the  Barbara Jordan Terminal, Gate 7.


Jesse Marco has been cooking farm-to-table meals since he was a kid utilizing his grandmother’s garden and homemade fire pit. He gained an early appreciation for harvesting and cooking the freshest ingredients available. Marco was raised in a military family, which afforded him the opportunity to travel and experience various cuisines and cultures. He continued this lifestyle as an adult, traveling to Spain and absorbing the culture. After receiving an Associates of Applied Science at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, TX, Marco ventured into the military, working as sous chef in Afghanistan, where he traveled parts of Europe and expanded his culinary skillset. Upon returning to Austin, Marco worked at iconic Austin eatery and wine bar, Vino Vino. At Second Bar + Kitchen ABIA, Marco will put his lifelong learnings into menu execution and development.


La Corsha Hospitality Group opened Second Bar + Kitchen in downtown Austin in 2010. Helmed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef David Bull, the New American menu serves an eclectic mix of cuisines with Texan flavors. Second Bar + Kitchen offers small and large plates for sharing, hearty salads, delicious pizzas and desserts. Second Bar + Kitchen’s exceptional bar program offers a wide selection of finely crafted cocktails and selection of beers by Director of Bars and Beverage Jason Stevens, as well an approachable wine program from Wine Director Paula Rester. In addition to downtown, there is a second location at Domain NORTHSIDE with third at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  For more information, visit www.secondbarkitchen.com or follow along on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mailto: nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Four Square Ellerslie wins Foodstuffs North Island’s 2017 Store of the Year award

A small Four Square store in suburban Auckland has pipped its bigger brand brothers to win Foodstuffs North Island’s 2017 Store of the Year.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four Square Ellerslie won top honours at the cooperative’s annual awards dinner at Auckland Museum on Friday, 11 August. Around 200 owner-operators, support staff and partners attended the awards, after the cooperative’s annual meeting earlier in the day.

Four Square Ellerslie’s owner-operator, Lin Guo, took to the stage twice, first to accept the award for best Four Square, then to receive the grand title.

Doug Cochrane, General Manager Retail, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, says the 200 square metre store at the heart of a popular suburban town centre, was the judges’ clear favourite.

“From the incredibly high standards to its impressive range, all driven by what will help his customers get more out of life, Four Square Ellerslie is a store run by an owner who understands that the culture Lin creates with his team is what will set his store apart,” says Cochrane.

“Lin also understands there is great opportunity from being part of our co-operative, and takes every opportunity to get involved and learn. Despite being involved in lots of training outside his store he has managed to keep up the high standards that have helped him clinch this prestigious award.”

Lin Guo accepted the award on behalf of his team and suppliers, without whom he says there would be no store, “I know it sounds a little cliché but this award really belongs to everyone at Four Square Ellerslie.”

“I was shell shocked on the night to receive this accolade in front of so many senior industry leaders. Being part of such a successful organisation keeps me driven.  And the support we receive is enabling a new generation of grocers to ensure we always do our best for the communities we serve,” says Guo.

Other award winners for the separate brand banners in the North Island are:

  • PAK’nSAVE Store of the Year 2017: PAK’nSAVE Albany (Auckland)
  • New World Store of the year 2017: New World Eastridge (Auckland)
  • Gilmours Store of the year 2017: Gilmours Central (Palmerston North)

“Our six-step judging process includes scoring stores on service, quality, fullness, cleanliness, price and performance, before the finalists are visited by judges. It is of the utmost integrity,” says Cochrane.

“That said, I’m pleased Auckland didn’t take all the big awards, with Gilmours Central being recognised for its consistent delivery of operational excellence. Feedback from customers is great and this store is a standout example for the Gilmours banner.”

Six store’s fresh food departments were also recognised for exemplary standards and service:

  • Bakery: New World Wellington City
  • Butchery: New World Whakatane
  • Produce: New World Eastridge
  • Seafood: New World Howick
  • Delicatessen: PAK’nSAVE Westgate

And two special awards recognised supplier relationships and commitment to the co-operative.

“The Supplier Relationship Award went to New World Matamata, based on feedback provided by 325 sales reps from over 40 suppliers. New World Matamata topped the scoring on eight attributes ranging from Health and Safety through to commitments to maintain stock levels throughout promotions.”

“The final gong of the night was the Co-Operative Spirit Award, which was given to Peter Anderson for his outstanding service as the Board Chair, a position he has held since the merger. Before that he was on the Wellington Board and has owned PAK’nSAVE Kapiti with Glen Taylor since 2005.”

“Both Peter Anderson and Lin Guo represent the best of our business and the industry at large, giving 110 percent to all they do, for the benefit of their customers, staff, community and cooperative.”

“I commend them and all of this year’s winners for earning the recognition they undoubtedly deserve,” concludes Cochrane.

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ