First Data helps Houston business owners get back on its feet

  • Company Rushes Free Mobile Payment Devices to Houston to Get Business Moving Again
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NEW YORK & Houston, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, announced  today that it was sending thousands of its Clover® Go mobile credit and debit card readers to the Houston area to distribute free to business owners who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The initiative, designed to help the local economy get back on its feet, includes free device installation and discounted pricing, in addition to the free Clover Go mobile readers.

There are a number of ways that Houston-area business owners can get their hands on a free Clover Go. Beginning at 12:00 noon CDT on Sunday, September 3, First Data representatives will be staffing a command center at the JW Marriott located at 5150 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056.

Business owners who are unable to pick up their free device at the JW Marriott can also get a free device by visiting or by calling a toll-free customer service hotline at 1-844-882-2438.

“The lessons of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy remind us that one of the most crucial steps toward recovery is to help small business owners open their doors and start serving their customers,” said Frank Bisignano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Data. “Whether a business needs to replace a payment device damaged in the storm, or set up shop in a temporary location with a mobile payment reader, we hope that our efforts can help impacted businesses get up and running quickly.”

For businesses that are not currently clients of First Data, the company is offering free Clover Go devices with no setup fees and no minimum monthly fee for the next six months. Current First Data clients whose payment hardware was destroyed in the storm can receive new Clover Go devices, at no charge.

Clover Go is an EMV-enabled, mobile card reader that plugs into an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone and works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, allowing business owners to accept secure payments anywhere. The rechargeable battery-powered Clover Go, which fits inside the palm of a hand, allows credit or debit card payments through traditional swipes, dips, and touch transactions such as Apple Pay.

The provision of free Clover Go units to impacted business owners is just one of many ways that First Data is working with its local small and midsized clients, large retailers, financial institutions, and local organizations and authorities to speed relief to the affected area.

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.

SOURCE: First Data Corporation

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SSP and Paul Hollywood to create brand new coffee and bakery concept at London’s Euston station

SSP and Paul Hollywood to create brand new coffee and bakery concept at London’s Euston station

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has teamed up with renowned baker and star of Great British Bake Off Paul Hollywood to create a brand new coffee and bakery concept at London’s Euston station. KNEAD by Paul Hollywood will welcome its first customers at the end of September.

The creation of KNEAD is an extension of Paul’s deep passion for baking. From his early beginnings working in his father’s bakery to his fame as a judge on one of the nation’s favourite television shows, Paul has loved and championed baking for as long as he can remember.

KNEAD will be a welcome addition to the food on the go scene in Euston. KNEAD will open every day for breakfast serving hand crafted barista coffee, Paul’s breakfast favourites such as the bacon butty “just like mum makes”, through to lunchtime where the menu focuses on great British classics such hearty handmade pies, mash and gravy, sausage rolls (sold by the inch), deli sandwiches, and it wouldn’t be Paul Hollywood without a selection delicious freshly baked pastries and cakes. The store has been designed with all occasions in mind and boasts indoor seating, mobile charging points and access to Euston station’s free wifi, perfect for customers on the go or for those with time to spare.

Adding to the atmosphere, customers will be able to watch their food being prepared and cooked live in the open plan kitchen, and will be able to choose exactly which freshly baked roll or piece of crispy bacon they’d like in their sandwich.

Speaking about KNEAD Paul Hollywood, said; “KNEAD has been a project I’ve been working on for some time, and I can’t wait for you to come and experience what we have created. We have worked really hard to give our customers something different, making sure we use the best possible ingredients and give customers the greatest service. Just wait until you taste the difference in my bacon butties and sausage rolls!”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the country’s most celebrated and recognised bakers to bring a concept that’s new and exciting to the people who travel through or live and work in and around Euston.”

Hamish Kiernan, Commercial Director of Retail at Network Rail Property, said: “The fact that Paul Hollywood has chosen Euston station as the site of the very first KNEAD is an indication of our stations’ excellent reputation.

“Network Rail stations have already established themselves as destinations in their own right and our retail offer means more people are coming to our stations to shop, meet and eat.  KNEAD makes an exciting addition to Euston that we hope our customers and passengers will enjoy.”

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AmRest Holdings opens the first Pizza Hut restaurant in the Czech Republic

Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announced an opening of the first Pizza Hut restaurant in the Czech Republic. As a result, the Company expanded its operation in the market, where was already present with KFC, Starbucks and Burger King brands.

A newly-opened restaurant in Palladium Shopping mall in Prague represents Express concept which is a response to current market trends and consumer needs. The store offers the most popular pizzas from Pizza Hut’s menu made of the highest quality ingredients in front of the customer in only 5 minutes.

Entering the Czech market is a continuation of Pizza Hut development strategy in CE region. We are very excited to be launching this pioneering concept here. It has been very successful in both Poland and Hungary and we strongly believe that our best quality products and excellent service will meet customer’s expectations in Czech Republic in the same way – said Monika Czyż, President Pizza Hut Delivery & Express

By 2021, the Company plans to open 70 Pizza Hut restaurants in the Czech market, employing a total of 1,500 people.

AmRest history started in 1993 with the opening of first Pizza Hut restaurant in Wrocław Market Square. Currently, the Company operates 300 restaurants in 6 countries. Besides the Czech Republic, there is also Poland, Hungary, Russia, Germany and France. Starting from October 1st, 2016 the Company as a master-franchisee has the right to granting the license to the third parties to operate Pizza Hut Express and Pizza Hut Delivery restaurants (subfranchise) in Central and Eastern Europe countries.

For further information please contact:
Adrian Wnęk
PR Coordinator
+48 519 191 069

SOURCE: AmRest Holdings SE

Starbucks Korea introduces new e-gift mobile feature

Starbucks Korea introduces new e-gift mobile feature

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks customers in Korea have a new, quick and easy way to make someone feel special.

An e-gift mobile feature is now available and linked to Siren Order, Starbucks Coffee Korea’s mobile order and payment system introduced in 2014. With the new “e-Gift Item” feature, customers can send a gift of fully customized Starbucks beverages and food items to friends and family. Customers can give an e-Gift Item by using popular messaging services, including Kakao Talk and LINE, or a text message. Transmission is free of charge.

Ji-Woong Baek, director of Marketing and Digital for Starbucks Coffee Korea, said that the company is always looking at ways to enhance the digital experience and based on increasing online social activity, offering e-gifting has great potential.

“We are delighted to offer an exciting new feature in response to customer demand and we will continue to expand our digital offerings,” he said.

More than 8,400 e-Gift Items were purchased in the first five days after it launched on Aug. 23. The service complements Starbucks Card e-Gift, a cash gift card also available in the market.

The e-gift icon appears on the right side of the Siren Order menu. Up to 20 items can be sent to one recipient to be used at their convenience. Recipients are notified of their gifts via text or social message and receive a barcode to scan for payment when they visit a nearby store to redeem the gifts.

Customers can set the release of e-gift items to a preferred time and date, whether the occasion is a birthday, anniversary or just a moment to express appreciation.

Michele Waits, vice president, Marketing and Category, Asia Pacific, says the move is the latest in Starbucks commitment to provide innovative digital experiences that surprise and delight customers.

“The new online social gifting platform is part of the company’s industry leading digital ecosystem focused on connecting with customers through the Starbucks mobile app, our loyalty programs and social media,” she said.

For more information on this story, contact Steve Stolder

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


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Macy’s expands same-day delivery to 15 additional U.S. markets

Macy’s continues to enhance omnichannel experience for customers by expanding same-day delivery to 15 additional markets, serviced by Deliv

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced the expansion of its same-day delivery of products purchased online at, and both brands’ mobile apps. Starting this fall, Macy’s will offer same-day delivery to customers in 15 additional U.S. markets – Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati; Columbus, OH; Denver; Grand Rapids, MI; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Orlando, FL; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Sacramento, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and Tampa, FL. Bloomingdale’s will expand into two additional markets – Orlando, FL; and San Diego, CA.

“At Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s every experience matters and we are thrilled to offer same-day delivery service to our customers,” said Scott Prieto, executive vice president of Macy’s Logistics and Operations. “We are dedicated to ensuring that whenever, wherever and however our customer chooses to shop, their experience is seamless and convenient. We’re excited that we can leverage the stores we have as fulfillment centers to power same-day delivery, closing the gap between customers and products for more of our shoppers just in time for the holidays.”

Customers shopping on or can select the “same-day delivery” option at checkout to schedule the delivery of any item available at their local store. Shoppers will receive a picture of their driver, an estimated arrival time and GPS order tracking, allowing them to visually track their delivery from the moment of pick up.

All orders must be placed by 1 p.m. local time, Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday to ensure same-day delivery. The fee for same-day delivery service is $8 for all online purchases that meet Macy’s ($99) or Bloomingdale’s ($150) free shipping thresholds and $8 plus standard shipping costs for anything less. Same-day delivery is always $8 for customers belonging to Bloomingdale’s Loyallist program. Deliveries to customers will continue to be powered by Deliv, a leader in the same-day delivery space.

Macy’s, Inc. announced its first roll out of same-day delivery in 2014 and has continued to expand the service. To date, markets for Macy’s include: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New Jersey; NYC Metro (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers); Orange County, CA; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Bloomingdale’s same-day delivery markets to date include: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami; New Jersey; NYC Metro (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens); Orange County, CA; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

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, and 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.

About Deliv
Deliv is a leading crowdsourced, last mile logistics company that powers scheduled, same day delivery and returns for 4000+ businesses including 25 of the nation’s top national omnichannel retailers as well as leading e-commerce companies, local businesses and traditional parcel carriers. Focused exclusively on moving goods, Deliv operates as a service for delivering items rather than a marketplace that sells them. The company currently operates in 33 markets and more than 1400 cities. Deliv is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and is backed by global logistics leader United Parcel Service, leading financial investors and the nation’s top REIT investors. For more information, visit

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

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Argos launches new collection of toys inspired by the upcoming new release, Star Wars™: The Last Jedi

Argos launches new collection of toys inspired by the upcoming new release, Star Wars™: The Last Jedi

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading toy retailer, Argos, is celebrating today’s Force Friday II by launching a new 13-strong range of toys and collectables inspired by the upcoming new release, Star Wars™: The Last Jedi.

Available in-store and online now, the new collection includes wearable ‘Force Link’ technology that activates character phrases and sounds, brand new LEGO toys and a new guard figure from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Elite Guard Action Figure.  Prices range from just £10.99 for the movie-inspired Star Wars™ Force Link Figure Assortment to £139.99 for a remote controlled Hyperdrive BB-8.

The new collection will sit alongside Argos’s already extensive range of Star Wars products, including exclusives Choose Your Destiny Lightsaber and Star Wars: The Force Awakens RC BB-8.

Paul Kinge, toys buying manager at Argos, said: “We already have one of the most extensive ranges of Star Wars products at Argos, so we’re excited be to launching the new range inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Force Friday II. These products are a must for fans of all ages, transporting you into the Star Wars universe in new and innovative ways.” 

Available online, in-store or on the Argos app, customers can get over 20,000 products how they want, when they want.  Argos’s market-leading Fast Track services add some horse-power with nationwide same-day home delivery for just £3.95, seven days a week, and faster collection in 800+ stores for no charge.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s


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Sainsbury’s Car Buying Index: 41% of UK adults believe they will buy an electric car in the next decade

Sainsbury’s Car Buying Index: 41% of UK adults believe they will buy an electric car in the next decade

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s Bank Loans research indicates 41% of adults believe they may switch to electric cars within the next decade

One in four UK adults (23%) is considering buying an electric car within the next five years, according to new research(1) from Sainsbury’s Bank Loans. The supermarket bank’s latest Car Buying Index, which tracks consumers’ car purchase intentions, reveals that recent Government announcements designed to boost the switch to zero-emission vehicles are convincing large numbers of motorists that their future is electric.

Government announcements

First came news from the DVLA that Vehicles registered from 1 April this year would see CO2 calculations change. After the first year, the amount of tax depends on the type of vehicle, with petrol or diesel vehicles charged £140 a year compared to £130 for alternative fuel vehicles and no tax at all for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions. Vehicles with a list price of more than £40,000 will be charged a rate based fuel consumption, and an additional rate of £310 a year for the next 5 years(2)

In June’s Queen’s Speech the Government announced it would introduce an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill which would require the installation of charging points at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers(3). In July it committed to banning the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 as part of its clean air plan(4).

Drivers’ intentions

While 23% of adults are considering buying an electric car in the next five years, a total of 41% believe they will buy one in the next decade(1). The surge is not likely to be immediate, however, with just 3% of those who intend to buy a car over the next six months planning to choose one powered by electricity, compared to 52% who will opt for a petrol vehicle, 22% who plan to buy a diesel car and 14% who will opt for a hybrid. One in ten (11%) did, however, say they are ‘seriously considering’ buying an electric vehicle for environmental reasons, increasing to 16% who would seriously consider doing so if all petrol stations and motorway services had electric charging points(1).

Registrations of electric vehicles are increasing, with 13,800 being registered in the first quarter of 2017, a 17% rise on the same period the year before(5)

Sainsbury’s Bank’s research found that recently introduced vehicle tax changes were affecting the vehicle choice of many motorists. One in five who plan to buy a car (19%) said they would deliberately avoid buying new vehicles with higher petrol or diesel emissions because they are more expensive to tax, and 15% said they would deliberately spend less than £40,000 on a new car in order to avoid the vehicle tax surcharge(1).

Robert Oag, Head of Loans at Sainsbury’s Bank said: “Over the last six months around four in ten of our personal loans were arranged by customers in order to buy cars(6). As well as considering the type of car that’s going to be economical for you, and the environment, it’s important you consider the best way to finance the vehicle too.

“Right now, personal loan rates are very low which means monthly repayments and total interest could work out lower than some other finance options. Make sure you do your homework and make a decision that best suits your needs.”

Six per cent of those planning to buy said they had bought a diesel or petrol car since 1 April this year and been caught out by the new vehicle tax rules, while 13% said they were unaware that the calculations had changed(1).

Concern over potential future rules is also proving a deterrent to buying diesel vehicles for some motorists, with 19% of buyers saying they would deliberately avoid buying one because they fear new rules such as city centre low-emission zones would be introduced that would cost them more money(1).

Sainsbury’s Bank is offering customers a typical rate of 2.9% APR representative on loans between £7,500 and £15,000 taken over one to five years(7). Nectar customers taking out a loan over one to three years could get an even lower rate. Sainsbury’s Bank has a loan calculator to help customers gauge what their monthly repayments and total repayable amount would be with different Sainsbury’s Bank loans.

Sainsbury’s Bank offers the following tips for those looking to buy a car:
– Check the new vehicle tax rules carefully before you buy – while some pure electric cars remain eligible for no tax, this is not the case with low-emission hybrids or combustion-engined cars, though tax is now partially calculated based on the level of CO2 emissions. You can check the new tax rules here
– Know the market: the What Car? Target Price for each make and model is a good guideline
– When a new model or facelifted version of a car is launched, or is imminent, the ‘old-look’ model can be bought at a greater discount.
– Larger discounts are often available before the introduction of new registration plates.
– If asking for a drop in price is a daunting prospect, try getting additional extras thrown in with the deal, such as a SatNav, Bluetooth or metallic paint.
– Make sure you’re fully decided on the car you want, and on your budget. Don’t be persuaded into spending more than you can afford – and if you don’t like the deal, walk away.
– Shop around. Visit more than one dealer to compare prices and test their willingness to do you a deal. Let them know you’re considering other options.
– Never respond too quickly to an offer/deal. Pause before answering – or say you’ll think about it – to let the dealer know that you’re not desperate.

Notes to Editors
(1) Sainsbury’s Bank commissioned Opinium Research to survey 2,006 nationally representative UK adults aged 18+ between 4-8 August 2017. Opinium Research is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules).
(6) Sainsbury’s Bank Loans data August 2017
(7) APR representative. The actual rate we offer may be higher depending on your personal circumstances, credit assessment procedures and other related factors.

For further information, please contact: / Citigate Dewe Rogerson 020 7368 9571

About Sainsbury’s Bank
To view our latest press releases and product information, please visit the Sainsbury’s Bank online media centre at

Sainsbury’s was the first major British supermarket to open a bank, commencing trading in February 1997. Benefiting from a fantastic, trusted brand that enables us to combine the shopping experience with personal finance, Sainsbury’s Bank provides a range of quality products including insurances, credit cards, savings and loans. Our proposition is to make shopping more rewarding by offering customers great products at fair prices, while consistently rewarding shoppers for their loyalty and being easy to do business with at all times. Our products consistently top best buy tables and regularly win awards for quality, price and service.

Sainsbury’s Bank plc. Registered Office, 33 Holborn, London EC1N 2HT (registered in England and Wales, no 3279730) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (register no. 184514). Sainsbury’s Bank plc is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

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Godiva chocolates makes debut in Sainsbury’s supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide

Godiva chocolates makes debut in Sainsbury’s supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s customers across the country can now treat themselves to delicious Belgian chocolates with the premium Godiva chocolate brand going on sale in 500 stores. This is the first time the Godiva brand has ever been sold in a UK supermarket.

From Sunday 3rd September, Godiva chocolates will be available in 500 Sainsbury’s supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. Before this, the Belgian brand was only available in 11 locations in the UK, including Harrods and its own Godiva boutiques.

The new range includes the exclusive Godiva Masterpiece Collection, including filled chocolate tablets and individually wrapped pieces, as well as gifting and sharing boxes and tablets from Godiva’s core range, all expertly crafted with premium Belgian chocolate.

To make the Godiva chocolate range really stand out for customers, bespoke display fixtures have also been designed for the majority of stores.

The Godiva launch follows the introduction of a number of food concessions and brand partnerships in Sainsbury’s supermarkets. Patisserie Valerie cakes and gateaux are now available at 18 in-store bakery counters while the retailer is launching 30 more Sushi Gourmet concessions by the end of the financial year, bringing the total number of in-store sushi counters to 50.

In June, Sainsbury’s also opened a Crussh concession in its Pimlico store in London, selling premium ‘fit food’ and freshly made juices, smoothies and coffees.

Sainsbury’s Category Manager for Impulse, Rachel Clark, said: “We’re committed to offering our customers the greatest choice of delicious and differentiated food in our stores. Godiva is a leading, premium chocolate brand and the partnership we’re announcing today is a great example of how we’re innovating in our stores to bring our customers an exciting choice of high-quality products and brands that many won’t be able to find anywhere else.”

Jon Eggleton, Managing Director UK & Ireland, pladis said: “Godiva combines nine decades of traditional Belgian chocolate artistry with the latest innovation to offer a sensory experience that is loved by consumers worldwide. We are hugely excited to be expanding in the UK, working with Sainsbury’s to bring luxurious, premium products and in-store experiences that are brand new to this market. The Masterpiece range will showcase three of Godiva’s best-selling signature flavours crafted in the shape of the original boutique chocolates: The Ganache Heart, Hazelnut Oyster shell and Caramel Lion. We are confident this launch will delight discerning chocolate lovers across the UK.”

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s


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John Lewis expands new home improvement and maintenance service trial across Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Taunton

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis will expand a trial of a brand new home improvement and maintenance service across Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Taunton from 12 September.  The initiative, called ‘Home Solutions from John Lewis’, which has already been trialled in Milton Keynes, enables customers to book plumbers, electricians, decorators and gardeners online who have been selected and approved by the retailer.

Customers can request a fully qualified, professional tradesperson via the Home Solutions app, website, or customer call centre. After selecting the job that needs doing, customers will be shown a variety of time slots when the work can be performed. Having chosen a suitable time, customers are then matched with an available trade professional who can be booked and paid for via the Home Solutions app, or website. In keeping with John Lewis’s customer service standards customers will be given a one year guarantee on the work.

Tom Athron, Group Development Director at the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘As a trusted retailer of home products our customers often ask us if we can help them with tasks in their homes.  We are delighted to be expanding our trial and have taken a lot of care to find professionals who will deliver service to the standard that people expect from John Lewis.

‘We know how difficult it can be to find the time in our busy lives to source trusted trade professionals and hope our customers find the service helpful.’

The local trade professionals taking part in the initiative have all undergone a rigorous recruitment process which includes interviews, background checks, viewing of previous work and an induction to John Lewis customer service standards.

Customers can visit the Home Solutions website (www. or call 0203 739 9198.  Alternatively, they can download the Home Solutions App from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

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John Lewis
Lexi Finnigan Communications Manager, Corporate, John Lewis
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IKEA provides update on impact of Hurricane Harvey

Houston, TX, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the impact of Hurricane Harvey has unfolded, we have been saddened by its impact on our co-workers and neighbors. But we’ve also been touched by the heroic acts and the community spirit of those involved in the rescue and recovery efforts. As a member of the local community, we believe it’s important for IKEA to be a part of these efforts, too.

At IKEA, we are one big family. And like family, we have come together to support one another. There are over 400 co-workers working in our Houston store and our Baytown Distribution Center. We’ve heard many stories of these co-workers bravely helping one another. We are also supporting our co-workers by:

  • providing temporary housing;
  • continuing to pay all co-workers for the time our Houston locations have been closed;
  • providing financial assistance through our WeCare Co-worker Emergency Relief Fund; and
  • giving co-workers free meals at our staff café for the next two weeks.

The IKEA family also extends into the community. To play our part in helping the community recover, we are working with our partners at the American Red Cross, Save the Children, FEMA and the Houston Food Bank. This includes:

  • creating care packages for the American Red Cross which consist of everyday home items, such as sheets, pillows, towels, and toys to help families get back on their feet;
  • donating products to Save the Children to create child-friendly spaces in rescue centers which enable children to play, socialize, and begin to recover after a disaster;
  • offering FEMA the use of our parking lot as a command center and the IKEA restaurant as a disaster relief station where FEMA workers can meet families in need of assistance; and
  • coordinating a volunteer day at the Houston Food Bank where IKEA co-workers can take part in recovery efforts.

We’re glad to have welcomed our co-workers and customers back into our store on Friday, September 1st. This is part of getting back to the normalcy of our everyday lives. Yet for many of us, our everyday lives continue to be impacted because we must rebuild our homes. To help right now, IKEA is extending our 15% co-worker discount to all customers who shop in the Houston store from September 1st to October 2nd. Come on by, we’ll be happy to have you.

Togetherness is at the heart of the IKEA culture. We will be together with our co-workers, customers, and the community in the next months and years as we rebuild after this terrible storm.

Fredrik Rabe, IKEA Houston Store Manager
Lars Petersson, IKEA US President

For more information about what’s happening in IKEA Houston, like our limited hours and 15% discount, visit the IKEA Houston local store page,

 SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

SONIC introduces all new Iced Coffee Twists™ to its Iced Coffee lineup

Iced Coffee Twist French Vanilla Caramel (Photo: Business Wire)

For a limited time, America’s Drive-In offers flavorful addition to iced coffee lineup

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) adds to their classic Iced Coffee lineup with the all new Iced Coffee Twists™, featuring delicious flavor “twists” of Chocolate or Caramel. The extra swirl gives an additional dimension of irresistible flavor to SONIC’s Iced Coffees which continues to grow the customizable drink menu that you can’t get anywhere else.

SONIC’s Iced Coffee Twists take the full flavor of cold and creamy tastes to a whole new level. Made exclusively with Green Mountain Coffee® 100-percent Arabica beans, the added flavor twist offers rich sweetness for an extra flavor boost. Guests can choose from four indulgent flavors: Praline Pecan Chocolate Twist, French Vanilla Caramel Twist, French Vanilla Chocolate Twist and Double Chocolate Twist.

“The caramel and chocolate swirls we’ve added to create our Iced Coffee Twists bring out rich, roasted flavor already present in our coffee, layering on added sweetness with a touch of indulgence to create a coffee drink that is delicious any time of day,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “Our four new Iced Coffee Twist flavors build upon our already expansive, unmatched drink lineup to give guests an extra boost to the end of the summer.”

The all new Iced Coffee Twists are available for a limited time only and are the perfect treat for any occasion, at any time of day. Head to a drive-in near you and treat yourself with the ultimate mouthwatering twist to the classic iced coffee, only available at SONIC.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated $8.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit

for SONIC Drive-In
Rebeka Mora, 512-542-2804

Source: SONIC Drive-In

CVS Health to participate at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference on September 12, 2017

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced that Larry Merlo, president and chief executive officer, and Dave Denton, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be speaking to investors at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference on September 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET.

An audio webcast of the event will be broadcast simultaneously on the Investor Relations portion of the CVS Health website for all interested parties, and will be archived and available for a one-year period. To access the webcast or an archive of the event, visit

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

Investor Contact:

Mike McGuire
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations
(401) 770-4050

Media Contact:

Carolyn Castel
Vice President
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-5717


Tractor Supply Company to present at the Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 7, 2017

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced its participation in the Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 7, 2017.  Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Barton, Chief Financial Officer, and Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, will attend this conference.

The Company will engage in a 40-minute fireside chat, starting at 10:35 a.m. Eastern Time, on September 7, 2017. A webcast will be available on the Company’s website at, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States.  At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,630 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at  Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 160 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit

Kurt D. Barton, Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and
Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors: John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
Media: Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Kimco: Nearly All Houston-Area Locations Resume Operations

Nearly All Houston-Area Locations Resume Operations

New Hyde Park, NY, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today announced that nearly all the company’s 17 Houston-area assets have restarted operations, including the recently opened Grand Parkway Marketplace development.

The company also announced that it has pledged to match its employees’ donations to the American Red Cross for Harvey relief.

“While we are fortunate that our team members in Houston are safe and our centers are intact, we are acutely aware that there are those who are in dire need of assistance,” said Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer. “Kimco is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate.”

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 510 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corp.

SOURCE: Kimco Realty Corp.

CarMax makes debut at Delmarva peninsula its 7th store in the state of Maryland

Company announces contributions to local nonprofit

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated the grand opening of its first store in the Delmarva peninsula and 7th store in the state of Maryland. The store is located at 1801 North Salisbury Boulevard and has the capacity to stock approximately 140 used vehicles of nearly every make and model. Customers can also request transfers to the Salisbury CarMax of almost any vehicle from other CarMax locations throughout the country.

In celebration of the Salisbury store opening, CarMax, Inc. and The CarMax Foundation awarded $8,000 in donations and grants to the Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. CarMax associates from the Salisbury store recently volunteered with the nonprofit and nominated it to receive the contributions. The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $36 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

“At CarMax, we are community driven and are honored to give back to organizations like Junior Achievement that do some much to empower young people in this community,” said Gary Allen, location general manager of the CarMax in Salisbury. “We are excited to bring our first CarMax location to the Delmarva peninsula and look forward to serving customers with our simple and transparent car-buying experience.”

CarMax disrupted the industry more than 20 years ago by offering a high integrity car-buying experience customers want that’s transparent and stress-free. Since that time, CarMax has continued to revolutionize the experience through customer-focused technology innovations. Approximately 90% of CarMax purchasers start on or the CarMax mobile app. Customers can browse CarMax’s nationwide inventory of nearly 50,000 vehicles, hold a vehicle for a test drive, schedule an appraisal, and even get pre-qualified for financing before visiting the store. CarMax stands behind their vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ).

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About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 175 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contact

Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations, (855) 887-2915 ● @CarMax ●

SOURCE: CarMax Business Services, LLC

Gap Inc. to participate at the Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 6, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Art Peck and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Teri List-Stoll will address investors at the Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 6, 2017 in New York City.

A live webcast of the presentation will be accessible on Gap Inc.’s Financial News and Events page at from approximately 11:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 6, 2017. A replay of the event will be available on for 90 days.

About Gap Inc.

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

SOURCE: Gap Inc.


Wakefern Food recalls its ShopRite Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips due to undeclared milk

Wakefern Food recalls its ShopRite Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips due to undeclared milk

Silver Spring, MD, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. has initiated a voluntary recall of its ShopRite brand Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips. The chips were sold in 24 oz. bags bearing a UPC bar code of 041190 02668 and Best if Used By dates of April 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019.

The recall was issued because the package may contain milk chocolate chips, and milk is not declared in the ingredient statement. No illnesses have been reported but people who are allergic to milk could experience an allergic reaction if they consume the chips. No other package sizes or date codes are being recalled.

“Customers who purchased the chocolate chips may return them for an immediate refund or replacement,” said Karen Meleta, vice president of Consumer and Corporate Communications for Wakefern. “People who are not allergic to milk and those who are not concerned about consuming dairy ingredients may choose not to return the product as it is otherwise safe to eat,” she added.

The product was sold in ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer and other retail stores located throughout the Northeast. Wakefern has contacted ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer Price Plus Club customers who have purchased this product to alert them to the recall.

Customer questions or concerns about the recall can be directed to 1-800-ShopRite (1-800-746-7748) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


About Wakefern Food Corp.

From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 343 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.comdisclaimer icon



1-800-ShopRite (1-800-746-7748)


Maureen Gillespie
(732) 906-5295

Intershop received the highest score in “Current Offering” category and “Commerce Management” criteria in B2B midsize evaluation by Forrester

  • Highest score of all participants in “Current Offering” category and “Commerce Management” criteria
  • A top scorer in “Customer-facing Digital Touchpoints” and “Solution architecture” criteria
  • Intershop platform noted as “powerful platform to address complex midmarket seller needs”

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop, a pioneering eCommerce technology provider, announced today that renowned industry analyst firm Forrester Research, Inc. gave Intershop the highest score of all participants in “Current Offering” category and for “Commerce Management” in its B2B Wave for midsized markets. This new report, “The Forrester Wave™: B2B Commerce Suites for Midsize Organizations, Q3 2017”, evaluates 11 top midmarket B2B commerce suite vendors for their ability to deliver enterprise-quality features at a lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and faster TTM (Time to Market). In the report, Intershop received the highest score among all vendors in the “Current Offering” category.

Forrester evaluated capabilities across major categories like mobile and emerging touchpoints, solution architecture, experience management, commerce platform capabilities (e.g., shopping cart, promotions, and pricing), and adjacent commerce suite capabilities (e.g., PIM and OMS). They targeted current offering evaluations on key areas of differentiation and innovation. Intershop scored among the highest in the “Customer-facing Digital Touchpoints”, “Solution Architecture”, and “Commerce Management” criteria.

The Forrester report notes: “Intershop is inherently strong in its commerce capabilities like promotions, channel management, and customization. On top of solid and well-built commerce features, Intershop demonstrates a strong technical roadmap and a selectively deep ecosystem of partners and developers …” According to Forrester, “Intershop offers a powerful platform to address complex midmarket seller needs”.

Jochen Wiechen, CEO of Intershop, stated “Intershop’s dedicated offering for the midsize market is comparatively young when it comes to positioning our subscription model. However, our proven technology behind it has achieved top scores once again. Therefore, we see the report as confirming our strategy and look forward to our midsize market solution leaving a growing footprint in the market.”

This placement comes in addition to Intershop’s position as a leader in “The Forrester Wave™: B2B Commerce Suites, Q1 2017” focusing on enterprise eCommerce capabilities. The world’s largest companies have continued to trust in Intershop’s innovation and vision in some cases for over 20 years. With a focus on midmarket, Intershop gives organizations the opportunity to access functions once only available to large enterprises while avoiding the need to replace their platform as their business grows. According to the Forrester report, “Intershop is a best fit for brand manufacturers that have complex channel support requirements and need particularly well-developed commerce functionality – especially order management.”

Regardless of where an organization is in the technology adoption lifecycle, they have the advantage of being able to draw from the experience of almost two decades of B2B, B2B2C, B2C, and B2X commerce and rapidly embrace digital commerce.

The report can be downloaded here:

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Taubman Centers, Inc declares regular quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share of common stock

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share of common stock. The common dividend is payable Sept. 29, 2017, to shareholders of record on Sept. 15, 2017.

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends of $0.40625 on its 6.5% Series J Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR J) and $0.390625 on its 6.25% Series K Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR K). The preferred dividends will be payable Sept. 29, 2017, to shareholders of record on Sept. 15, 2017.

About Taubman

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

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

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

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Ryan Hurren, Taubman, Director, Investor Relations, 248-258-7232


Maria Mainville, Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications, 248-258-7469

7‑Eleven® store’s Zero Franchisee Fee Initiative deadline Sept. 30, 2017

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entrepreneurs looking for the right financial opportunity to start a business better hurry to take advantage of the Zero Franchisee Fee Initiative to franchise a 7‑Eleven® store. The program ends Sept. 30, 2017. Until then, 7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee, a savings of up to $80,000, on select U.S. stores available to franchise.

Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven the No. 1 franchise business opportunityearlier this year on its 2017 Franchise 500 list, which makes the Zero Franchisee Fee an ideal opportunity to join a recognized global brand.

7‑Eleven introduced the zero-fee program in 2015 following a period of rapid growth and brought it back in 2016. During that time, the company franchised more than 200 stores. Currently, approximately 200 more eligible stores available to franchise are located in metropolitan areas across the country including cities like Buffalo, Richmond & Jacksonville.

“The Zero Franchise Fee program has been successful on several fronts,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of Franchise Systems. “It has provided an attainable, affordable entry point for many people wanting to go into business on their own. The company has gained greater diversity with more military veterans and Hispanics joining the franchisee family. And existing franchisees have taken the opportunity to acquire additional stores.”

The convenience retailer is offering these stores to prospective, qualified franchisees as well as existing 7‑Eleven franchisees who want to grow their retail business by adding stores. Prospective franchisees for Zero Franchise Fee stores will undergo the standard 7‑Eleven franchise approval process, which can take anywhere from five to seven months.

Basic 7‑Eleven franchisee qualifications include being 21 years or older and a permanent U.S. resident, and having excellent credit and $50,000 in liquid assets. Prospective franchise owners will still be responsible for the costs of licensing, permits and the initial down-payment on inventory, totaling approximately $30,000.

After an acquisition and rebranding, 7‑Eleven works to establish a local customer base before looking to transition these stores from company to franchise operations.

7‑Eleven offers its franchise owners the strength of its world-renowned brand. After extensive training, 7‑Eleven franchisees open their doors with a fully equipped and stocked store with intuitive retail technology, merchandising and advertising support, high-quality national and private-brand products, and some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks.

This year marks the 53rd year of franchising for the world’s largest convenience store chain. Today, franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the 7‑Eleven stores in the U.S. An interactive map at www.franchise.7‑ indicates stores available for franchising.

Because these stores typically have lower sales volume compared to the national average, they may qualify for additional, limited-time financial support.

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‑, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications


SOURCE: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

CBL to issue Q3 financial results on Thursday, November 2, 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) announced details for the release of its results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2017.

CBL plans to issue its earnings release for the third quarter after the market closes on Thursday, November 2, 2017, and will host a conference call on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. ET.  To access this interactive teleconference, dial (888) 317-6003 or (412) 317-6061 and enter the confirmation number, 9283024.  A replay of the conference call will be available through November 10, 2017, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317‑0088 and entering the confirmation number, 10111623.

The live broadcast of CBL’s quarterly conference call will be available online at on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. ET.  The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for three months.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 121 properties, including 78 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 27 states and total 75.5 million square feet including 6.3 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at

SOURCE CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Dollar Tree supports communities and associates affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana with $500,000 donation

  • Donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross 
  • Committing $250,000 to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Employee Assistance Funds 

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today announced that, as part of its efforts to support communities and associates affected by the recent storms in Texas and Louisiana, the Company is donating $500,000 of financial support.

“We are committed to supporting disaster relief efforts for those affected by the recent storms,” said Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s Chief Executive Officer. “We operate Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores across Texas and Louisiana, with thousands of loyal associates serving the needs of millions of customers. We are proud to join many other corporations in demonstrating support to the storm victims and volunteers in their time of need.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,500 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Co-op extends the reach of the iconic Double Dragon across Wales

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The iconic Double Dragon Ale has secured a first national listing for the Felinfoel Brewery with a contract win at the Co-op.

Sales of Double Dragon Ale has taken off after being introduced into around 80 Co-op food stores last November – the latest contract coup will see the award-winning deep copper red ale listed in approaching 160 of the community retailer’s stores across Wales from next month (October).

The brewery – which was established in Felinfoel, a small village adjoining Llanelli, in 1878 – anticipates that the increase in outlets could lead to its award winning ale exceeding annual sales of 50,000 pints at the community retailer.

Jamie Owen, Commercial Manager at Felinfoel Brewery, said:

“Double Dragon is our ‘flag ship’ ale, known as The National Ale of Wales and we are delighted at how well received it has been by the Co-op’s customers. The beer is known the world over and to reach more of our Welsh communities is a great opportunity to build brand awareness and open up new markets in communities across Wales. This is our first contract win of this scale, it is very exciting news and we are now gearing-up production. Doing business with the Co-op is a great fit with our values – we pride ourselves on taste and quality and we know that this is an approach shared by the Co-op.”

Jake Woods, Beer Buyer for the Co-op, said:

“We are delighted to extend the reach of Double Dragon across Wales, it is an iconic ale which has proved very popular with our members and customers – ale is an exciting category with opportunity for continued sustained growth.”

The move comes as the Co-op commits to doubling the number of its local suppliers – introducing a small business charter to support and champion business and break down many of the traditional barriers that smaller businesses in particular can encounter when supplying larger retailers.

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Wales, added:

“As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to championing Welsh food and drink, these are prized products, world-renowned, and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores. Food provenance really matters to our customers – we are committed to investing in the Welsh economy and providing new opportunities to support, showcase and celebrate Welsh produce.”

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Press Office
M: 07702 505 551