NGA presented Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award to Harps Food Stores president and CEO Kim Eskew

CHICAGO, Ill., 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association’s (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced Kim Eskew, president and CEO of Harps Food Stores, was awarded the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award at the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings in Chicago, Ill. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote the independent supermarket industry.

“Kim is known as a steadfast advocate for our industry. Over the years, he’s worked hard to develop personal relationships with elected officials in areas where Harp’s operates,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “His efforts have yielded positive results for independent grocers and help make a difference when needed most.”

This year, Eskew hosted U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), U.S. Representative Steve Womack (R-AR), and U.S Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) for tours of Harps Food Stores this year. In May, he joined the supermarket industry’s lobby day in Washington, where he urged his lawmakers to pass the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, protect debit swipe fee reform, and pass comprehensive tax reform. He is a longtime supporter of NGA’s Grocers Political Action Committee (PAC) and also sits on the NGA Board of Directors.

The Fall Leadership Meetings, sponsored by First Data (NYSE: FDC) and FMS Solutions Holding, LLC, were comprised of the Trading Partner Business Sessions and held in conjunction with the NACS Show, one of the 40 largest trade shows in the United States. The strategic partnership brought together the leading small format and independent retailers to explore emerging trends in foodservice, consumer packaged goods, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies, and operating best practices.

Eskew joined Harps Food Stores in 1977 as a part-time stock boy while attending the University of Arkansas. In 2017, he was appointed president and CEO of the company.

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

MEDIA CONTACT
communications@nationalgrocers.org

NGA holds successful Fall Leadership Meetings; appoints IGA Inc.’s John Ross and SpartanNash’s Larry Pierce to its board

NGA holds successful Fall Leadership Meetings; appoints IGA Inc.’s John Ross and SpartanNash’s Larry Pierce to its board

CHICAGO, Ill., 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced over 300 senior level meetings between retailers and wholesalers with manufacturers and service suppliers took place during the Trading Partner Business Sessions at the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings.

The Trading Partner Business Sessions connected independent food retailers with trading partners in the consumer packaged goods, distribution, financial operations, and service providers space to discuss mutual business opportunities, strategies, and goals.

“This one-of-a-kind opportunity between key players in the independent supermarket industry is crucial to strengthening business relationships and fostering deeper industry collaboration,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We thank our long-time industry partners at First Data and FMS for helping us provide independent supermarket operators with this important networking opportunity.”

NGA’s Board of Directors also voted unanimously to appoint John Ross, president and CEO at IGA Inc., and Larry Pierce, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at SpartanNash, to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors during the event. Ross was appointed to an ex-officio seat, replacing IGA, Inc. chairman and former president and CEO Mark Batenic. Pierce will fill an unexpired term of Derek Jones, a former SpartanNash executive vice president.

“Both Larry and John have a great deal of experience and are widely recognized as leaders in the food retail industry,” said Larkin. “We’re pleased to welcome them to the Board at such a crucial time for independent grocers as we develop future strategies to advance the independent supermarket industry.”

John Ross was named president and CEO of IGA, Inc., the world’s largest independent supermarket network with nearly 5,000 IGA supermarkets in more than 30 countries worldwide, representing $36 billion per year in sales. Previously, Ross was president of Inmar promotion Network, headed the Emerging Media Lab for global agency holding company Interpublic Group, founded IPG’s Shopper Sciences, and spent 11 years with Home Depot in various marketing roles.

Larry Pierce was named executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for SpartanNash in July 2014, a position he held on an interim basis since August 2013. Previously, Pierce was the vice president of center store merchandising for six years. He joined the company in 2008 after serving in a variety of positions with Coca-Cola Enterprises, including vice president of sales for the supermarket’s mass and convenience channels.

The Fall Leadership Meetings, sponsored by First Data (NYSE: FDC) and FMS Solutions Holding, LLC, were held in conjunction with the NACS Show, one of the 40 largest trade shows in the United States, in Chicago, Ill. between October 17-20.

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  • For pictures of the event, click HERE.
  • For a headshot of Larry Pierce, click HERE.
  • For a headshot of John Ross, click HERE.

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

MEDIA CONTACT
communications@nationalgrocers.org

L Brands to host live webcast of its annual investor update meeting on Nov. 2, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) invites you to listen to the live webcast of its annual investor update meeting on Nov. 2 , 2017.   Featuring Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and chief executive officer, executive leadership will provide an update on the strategies for the company and its brands.

Live Webcast

Brand Leadership Presentations and Q&A Session

– Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET

Nick Coe
Chief Executive Officer, Bath & Body Works
Denise Landman
Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret PINK
Jan Singer
Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie
Greg Unis
Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Beauty


Live Webcast – Presentations and Q&A Sessions

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Welcome  Leslie H. Wexner
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, L Brands, Inc.
Financial Update Stuart Burgdoerfer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, L Brands, Inc.
International Update Martin Waters
Chief Executive Officer, L Brands International
Closing Comments  Leslie H. Wexner
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, L Brands, Inc.

The investor update meeting will be video webcast live on www.LB.com, and accessible via phone (listen only) by dialing 1-877-455-8046 (international callers dial 1-509-844-0967).  Please reference the “L Brands Annual Investor Update Meeting” or conference ID 9498119 to access the call.  An archive of the webcast will be available on www.LB.com as soon as possible following the live event.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,080 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and Greater China , and its brands are sold in nearly 800 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.comwww.BathandBodyWorks.comwww.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or presentations or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the presentations or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to manage the life cycle of our brands, keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    — political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    — duties, taxes and other charges;
    — legal and regulatory matters;
    — volatility in currency exchange rates;
    — local business practices and political issues;
    — potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    — disruption due to labor disputes; and
    — changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of supplier and distribution facilities in central Ohio ;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified associates and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • our ability to adequately protect our assets from loss and theft;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax, trade and other regulatory matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the presentations to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands :
Investor Relations
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

SOURCE: L Brands, Inc.

Wegmans: First Source recalls Honey Roast Nut Crunch that contains undeclared almond

TonawandaNY, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — First Source of Tonawanda, NY, is voluntarily recalling Honey Roast Nut Crunch because it contains undeclared almond. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to tree nuts (almonds) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled item was distributed to 30 Wegmans Food Markets in the states of MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA, and sold by the pound in the bulk foods department. The affected product was sold from October 9, 2017 to October 19, 2017. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. Wegmans will place automated phone calls to customers who purchased the product using their Shoppers Club card.

The recall was initiated after First Source discovered that almonds were mistakenly added to the mix in place of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicated the problem was caused by an error during the mixing of the product and a temporary breakdown in First Source’s allergen control process.

Consumers who have purchased this item may return it to the Wegmans customer service desk for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Wegmans Consumer Affairs at 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

First Source
Joe Margarucci
716-389-0264

Wegmans
Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713

Toys“R”Us® releases holiday catalog Ultimate Guide to Play

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Black Friday is only a little more than a month away, but the deals are starting even sooner. Loyal Toys“R”Us® shoppers can expect to find copies of this year’s highly-anticipated holiday catalog, The Ultimate Guide to Play – in homes beginning Thursday, October 19 and in newspapers on Sunday, October 29. With 41 percent of customers starting their shopping in October*, Toys“R”Us is kicking off hot deals beginning Thursday, October 26 running through Saturday, November 18, including on items from the company’s Holiday Hot Toy List that are topping kids’ wish lists, such as FurReal Roarin’ Ivory the Playful Tiger ($15 savings), Doc McStuffins Baby All-in-One Nursery ($20 savings), and Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme ($15 savings)**.

Parents have relied on this go-to gift-guide for decades as a source of inspiration and fun and this year, we’ve added a number of new elements to cement our position as champions of play for kids everywhere.

  • Parents Night Out: Toys“R”Us is giving parents the opportunity to shop sans kids during special Parents Night Out Events on Sunday, November 12 and Thursday, November 30 from 8-10pm local time***. During these grown-up events, gift-buyers will have access to a designated shopping expert, hot toy demonstrations, games for the big kids at heart (hot chocolate bar, raffles and more), and sweepstakes.
  • Play Lab: Need a play break? On Sunday, November 1, 42 Toys“R”Us locations across the country will update their stores to add Play Labs – a space where families can test out the hottest toys of the season (while gift-givers shop for them). To find a Play Lab near you, visit https://www.toysrus.com/playlab.
  • Play Chaser: The company’s new AR app, Play Chaser, is bringing stores virtually to life through an interactive gaming experience, and now it is helping kids quickly and easily assemble an interactive list of their favorite toys from The Ultimate Guide to Play catalog. To download Play Chaser visit, https://www.toysrus.com/playchaser.

Toys“R”Us wants holiday shoppers to take advantage of services that are offered throughout the year, including:

  • Price Match: There’s no need for shoppers to visit multiple retailers to get the best deal. If customers find a hot toy (or any toy) advertised at a lower price at another store, Toys“R”Us will honor its Price Match Guarantee. New this holiday season, for every customer that takes advantage of our Price Match Promise now through Sunday, December 24, Toys“R”Us will donate $1 to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation (up to $1 million). To learn more about Toys “R”Us’ Price Match Promise visit https://www.toysrus.com/pricematch
  • Layaway and Then Some: Toys“R”Us will once again offer free layaway services this holiday season, waiving the usual fee. Plus, beginning Sunday, November 5, through Saturday, December 9, Toys“R”Us will pay off one individual’s layaway order per day (up to $200)****. For more information about Toys“R”Us’ Layaway, visit https://www.toysrus.com/layaway.

For more on this year’s Ultimate Guide to Play or holiday services available at Toys“R”Us, visit the company’s corporate blog, No Assembly Required.

* National Retail Federation, Retailers to Prepare for Post-Election Holiday Shopping
** While supplies last, no rainchecks.
*** Toys“R”Us stores in the U.S. will open at 8:00pm local time on Sunday, November 12, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, and Dedham, MA, which may have varying event dates due to local ordinances (Toys“R”Us Express and Toys“R”Us Outlet locations are excluded from this event, apart from Toys“R”Us Times Square).
**** Winners will be chosen at the end of every week and will be given a $200 gift card to Toys“R”Us stores.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Corporate Communications

1(973) 617-5900
press@toysrus.com

X5 announces the opening of a new distribution centre in the Moscow region

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE: FIVE), announces the opening of a new distribution centre (DC) in the Moscow region.

The 43,000 sq m Moscow-North logistics facility will serve 650 Pyaterochka stores in Moscow and in the Moscow and Tver regions. Featuring five separate temperature zones, the facility is designed to store nearly all categories of goods.

The new logistics centre will help support Pyaterochka’s rapid expansion with a reliable supply of fresh goods, contribute to lower transportation costs and unlock new opportunities for local producers. The Moscow-North DC will be a focal point for local suppliers by helping them to increase sales and bring their products to new regions. It will also help significantly cut delivery costs for contractors. The new distribution centre is ready to handle products from over 500 suppliers.

The Moscow-North DC is one of the most high-tech of its kind in Russia. It employs innovative solutions that streamline operations and increase labour productivity. The DC is also one of the first projects to implement cutting-edge merchandise distribution control systems such as USAIS (Unified State Automated Information System) and Mercury.

The opening of X5’s new distribution centre has created 600 jobs.

The DC opening ceremony was attended by Alexander Kalinin, President of the OPORA Russia public association of small and medium-sized businesses, Olga Naumova, Pyaterochka CEO, and representatives of government authorities. Х5 Retail Group also invited its suppliers to the event. For suppliers, the Moscow-North DC hosted an X5 Dialogue Forum and the Chain Reaction business game after the opening. Organised in cooperation with OPORA Russia, these were held to communicate X5’s key business principles to its current and potential suppliers.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

SUPERVALU to acquire Associated Grocers of Florida for approximately $180 million

  • Adds dynamic grocery wholesaler to SUPERVALU’s growing national distribution network
  • Creates opportunities to leverage Associated Grocers’ approximate 1.5 million square feet of owned real estate and enhance Associated Grocers’ international business serving the Caribbean, Central and South America and Asia
  • Provides Associated Grocers’ diverse customer base with access to SUPERVALU’s extensive private brands portfolio, Market Centre specialty division, and varied professional services offering

MINNEAPOLIS & POMPANO BEACH, Fla., 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) and Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for SUPERVALU to acquire Associated Grocers in a transaction valued at approximately $180 million.

This transaction provides SUPERVALU with the ability to expand its operations into a new part of Florida as well as provides new opportunities to bring SUPERVALU’s products and services to Associated Grocers’ diverse customer base in South Florida, the Caribbean, and other international markets. Additionally, as part of the pending transaction, SUPERVALU has reached a long-term supply agreement with Associated Grocers’ largest customer that will go into effect upon the closing of the transaction.

Founded in 1945, Associated Grocers is a retailer-owned cooperative that distributes full lines of grocery and general merchandise to independent retailers, primarily in South Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Asia. Associated Grocers’ customer base of conventional, specialty and ethnic stores includes an exciting mix of multi-cultural independent grocers that complements SUPERVALU’s customer base. SUPERVALU expects the combined company will be well positioned to efficiently serve its broad range of customers and offer an array of value added services, helping Associated Grocers and SUPERVALUcustomers compete and thrive in an increasingly demanding grocery environment. During Associated Grocers’ last fiscal year, which ended on July 29, 2017, Associated Grocers’ revenues were approximately $650 million, estimated by SUPERVALU under its accounting policies.

“Associated Grocers represents a great opportunity for us to further expand our wholesale business into another important region,” said Mark Gross, SUPERVALU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe SUPERVALU is uniquely positioned to be the supplier of choice across the grocery industry and this acquisition is another example of how we’re delivering on our growth strategy.”

Gross continued, “Christopher Miller and his talented team have done outstanding work to build and support a dynamic and diverse retailer base. We’re looking forward to welcoming the strengths and talents of the Associated Grocers team to SUPERVALU and working together so that, once the transaction is complete, we can bring the benefits of our combined scale and expertise to their customers to help them better compete in the evolving grocery industry.”

“I’m very excited about this announcement,” said Associated Grocers’ President, Christopher Miller. “Being a part of SUPERVALU will provide us with access to resources, products, services and overall capabilities that are essential to helping us continue to provide top-notch support to our customers. SUPERVALU and Associated Grocers share a common dedication and commitment to the independent retailer and together we’ll be in a great position to provide opportunities, innovation and increased value to our customers, both domestically and in foreign markets.”

The transaction, which was approved by each company’s board of directors, is currently expected to close by the end of calendar year 2017, subject to approval by Associated Grocers’ shareholders and other customary closing conditions. Following completion of the merger, Associated Grocers will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU.

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted as SUPERVALU’s legal counsel. RBC Capital Markets LLC acted as financial advisor to Associated Grocers of Florida and Akerman LLP acted as Associated Grocers’ legal counsel.

Conference Call

A conference call to review SUPERVALU’s second quarter results is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. central time today. SUPERVALUintends to discuss this announcement on that call. The call will be webcast live at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon). A replay of the call will be archived at www.supervaluinvestors.com. To access the website replay, go to the “Investors” link and click on “Presentations and Webcasts.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $16 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,337 stores composed of 3,120 wholesale primary stores operated by customers serviced by SUPERVALU’s food distribution business and 217 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of September 9, 2017). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 31,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

About Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc.
Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc. is a retailer-owned cooperative distributing full lines of groceries and general merchandise under both national and store brands. Founded in 1945, the wholesale distributor serves both independent retailers and regional chains throughout Florida, Central America, South America and Caribbean countries. Headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, Associated Grocers operates two distribution centers and has approximately 650 employees. Associated Grocers owns approximately 1.5 million square feet of real estate.

Forward Looking Statements

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995.

Except for the historical and factual information, the matters set forth in this news release and SUPERVALU’s earnings conference call, particularly those pertaining to the expected completion of the merger (including the timing thereof), the ability to consummate the merger (including but not limited to the receipt of all required regulatory approvals) and SUPERVALU’sexpectations, guidance, or future operating results (including expected synergies), and other statements identified by words such as “estimates” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “outlook” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the ability to satisfy the closing conditions and close the proposed acquisition on a timely basis or at all, the possibility that modifications to the terms of the transaction may be required in order to obtain or satisfy all required approvals, business disruption, ability to achieve operational efficiencies, including synergistic and other benefits of the proposed acquisition, ability to effectively retain key employees and maintain and grow customer relationships, ability to effectively manage organization and integration changes during the pendency of or following the transaction, ability to achieve expected financial results for the combined entity and other risk factors relating to the business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. For more information, see the risk factors described in SUPERVALU’S Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

For SUPERVALU Inquiries:
Investors:
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com
or
Media:
Jeff Swanson, 952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com
or
For Associated Grocers Inquiries:
Media:
Christopher Miller, 954-876-3232
CMiller@agfla.com

Delhaize Belgium trials “urban farm” on its store’s rooftop

Delhaize Belgium trials “urban farm” on its store’s rooftop

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative “urban farm” on the roof of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The farm, consisting of a garden and a greenhouse, will allow Delhaize customers to buy freshly picked vegetables that are grown exclusively on-site. The brand is the first supermarket in Belgium to grow vegetables atop one of its stores, highlighting Delhaize’s long-term commitment to provide local, sustainable products while lowering CO2 emissions from less distribution.

For 2017, Delhaize is growing five kinds of lettuce – including baby leaf and watercress – with 5,200 plants by the end of the season. Next year, additional types of vegetables will be available, such as tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini.

Several Delhaize teams spent a year creating the 360-square-meter farm in collaboration with gardeners and other business partners. Located at the Boondael store in the municipality of Elsene, it will be operated by a company that specializes in vegetable gardens.

Delhaize, which plans to open rooftop farms at more stores if the test in Elsene goes well, announced the project during a ceremony on October 18 that included Céline Fremault, Brussels Minister for Environment and Energy. “Developing a healthy and high-quality nutritional pattern … is one of the challenges of the Brussels region,” Minister Fremault said. “This first city farm of Delhaize is therefore an excellent initiative, which fully fits into one of Brussels’ ambitions: to increase local production.”

The farm will also serve as an educational program with workshops for schools and other groups beginning in 2018.

Curious? Watch the video:

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Roel Dekelver
External Communications Manager
rdekelver@delhaize.be
+32 2 412 21 11

JCPenney launches innovative selection of smartwatches just in time for the holiday season

JCPenney launches innovative selection of smartwatches just in time for the holiday season

Retailer unveils new Modern Bride® experience within rebranded fine jewelry department

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fine jewelry department at JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] just got a little brighter. Beginning Oct. 30, the Company is launching an innovative selection of smartwatches in 245 stores and JCPenney.com from top brands, including Samsung, LG and Garmin®, just in time for the holiday season. The Company has also rebranded its fine jewelry department to reflect its classic heritage and established history with a new trademark, JCPenney Co. Fine Jewelry, Est. 1902. Within the fine jewelry assortment, JCPenney has unveiled a reinvigorated Modern Bride concept that offers today’s bridal customers designer styles at a value. By highlighting the glittering selection and innovation found in its selection of fine jewelry and premium watches, the Company is underscoring the importance of its brick-and-mortar locations when attracting customers to stores for a unique, personalized experience.

“Fine jewelry is an extremely personal purchase, boasting some of the most loyal customers in our store. By bringing the latest trends in smartwatch technology into our assortment, we have the chance to attract new customers and introduce them to other areas inside JCPenney,” said Pam Mortensen, senior vice president of fine and fashion jewelry and watches at JCPenney. “Our research tells us that fine jewelry is one of the best opportunities for cross-shopping at JCPenney as shoppers may initially come in for a smartwatch, and then discover a captivating mix of fashion, beauty, salon, shoes and accessories. As JCPenney focuses on driving sales and increasing revenue per customer, fine jewelry is a shining opportunity amid an ever-changing retail environment.”

Tapping into Smartwatch Technology
Shoppers seek a blend of function and style when choosing a smartwatch, and the new assortment of wearables at JCPenney offers both at an incredible value. In select stores, smartwatches from Samsung, LG, Garmin, MisFit and Relic® will be presented as an interactive customer experience where shoppers are encouraged to touch, play and discover the features and benefits of each watch. To deliver the best service possible, JCPenney is developing an all-new Watch Professional program that will train fine jewelry associates on the technical aspects and characteristics of each brand, including the new smartwatch assortment. Prices for the innovative collection of wearables range from $155 to $349.99, with an expanded assortment available at JCPenney.com.

A Brilliant New Modern Bride Experience
The Modern Bride concept is a unique collaboration that started with Condé Nast in 2011, and is designed to offer an elevated shopping experience inside JCPenney that caters to today’s bridal customer. To match the sparkling diamonds found in this collection of engagement and wedding rings, the Modern Bride presentation has been refreshed in all JCPenney locations. Brides and grooms will find inspiring graphics, updated fixtures and glittering in-case presentations in a modern, fresh environment. Through Modern Bride, JCPenney can offer shoppers dazzling diamonds available in popular ring styles and settings. An all-new engagement guide highlights the expansive assortment of wedding jewelry found at JCPenney, including five collections within the Modern Bride concept.

New to Modern Bride this spring, the Company unveiled Hallmark Bridal featuring affordable, luxurious bridal jewelry for millennial couples with styles that can only be found at JCPenney. For the ultimate fairy tale, Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry is a magical addition to Modern Bride and incorporates the essence of some of Disney’s most beloved masterpieces into elegant pieces for her wedding day and beyond.

Clear-Cut Training
JCPenney associates play an extremely important role in helping a customer choose the perfect ring, which is why the Company has revamped its comprehensive training program for fine jewelry professionals. Associates are specially trained and educated on the quality and characteristics of the diamonds, gemstones and precious metals found in collections throughout the department, and the updated training tools provide the product knowledge needed to strengthen and refine the associate’s ability to provide the best customer service possible.

“The wedding ring purchase is a gateway to the rest of the store and Modern Bride represents a significant opportunity to develop a life-long customer relationship as she gets married, buys a house and starts a family. She is a budget-conscious customer and comes to JCPenney for the value that we offer – without sacrificing design or quality. We already know that Modern Bride customers shop twice as often and spend significantly more than the average JCPenney shopper, and this beautiful new fine jewelry experience will introduce more brides and grooms to JCPenney,” added Mortensen.

For images, please visit www.jcpnewsroom.com.

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JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
@jcpnews

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of over 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

SOURCE:  J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

 

CBRE acquires San Francisco-based, technology-focused boutique real estate brokerage firm Custom Spaces

  • Acquisition Fortifies CBRE’s Technology Practice Globally and Creates the Premier Tech Practice in the Bay Area
  • Jenny Haeg, Custom Spaces’ Founder, Joins CBRE as Vice Chairman within its Advisory & Transaction Services business

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today announced the acquisition of the business of Custom Spaces, a San Francisco-based, technology-focused boutique real estate brokerage firm that advises leading technology companies such as Airbnb, Cruise Automation, Medium, Gusto and Coinbase, on occupancy strategies. The acquisition confirms CBRE as the leading real estate advisor in the Bay Area for technology companies and fortifies its Technology Practice globally.

Jenny Haeg, founder and CEO of Custom Spaces, will join CBRE as a Vice Chairman within its Advisory & Transaction Services business and will have a leadership role with CBRE’s global Technology Practice. This practice group consists of CBRE Advisory and Transaction Services professionals who collaborate to meet the real estate requirements of technology companies – from Fortune 100 multi-nationals to high-growth, mid-cap companies, to emerging venture capital backed start-ups.

“We are delighted that Jenny and her team have joined CBRE,” said Joe Wallace, Executive Managing Director, Bay Area, CBRE. “Tech companies operate in an incredibly dynamic environment. There are very few real estate advisors who, like Custom Spaces, both understand the unique requirements of the tech sector and can implement related plans quickly at scale. CBRE’s global service offering ensures that Custom Spaces and their clients have access to best-in-class strategy, analytics and real estate execution anywhere in the world.”

“Custom Spaces was founded to help technology companies scale and achieve their real estate objectives in a way that is consistent with their unique identity and culture. In speaking with CBRE leadership, it quickly became apparent that they shared our mission of a service-based firm that puts our clients’ needs first in a personalized way.  Joining forces with CBRE and leveraging their market-leading position globally and broad-based service offering, will enable us to do this for more clients, in more ways and in more markets. We are excited to continue building the definitive real estate platform for technology companies around the world,” said Ms. Haeg.

“We are excited to welcome Custom Spaces’ valued clients to CBRE. The combination of our two firms creates a powerful and market-leading platform to serve technology companies. We look forward to earning the right to help these important clients grow by consistently delivering exceptional outcomes – on every assignment,” said Jack Durburg, CEO, Americas, CBRE.

“Custom Spaces has built a very capable team and great brand through a tireless commitment to acting in the best interest of its clients and cultivating strong relationships. Joining forces with CBRE will undoubtedly bring access to cross-disciplinary expertise and horsepower that will only further help Airbnb achieve our real estate goals and objectives,” said Tido Pesenti, Director, Global Real Estate, Procurement & Travel, Airbnb.

Ms. Haeg founded Custom Spaces in 2011. In addition to the Bay Area, the firm has developed real estate solutions for tech companies in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Custom Spaces that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate Custom Spaces’ brokerage professionals with our existing operations in the U.S., as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties to our business in general, please refer to our SEC filings, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained from our website at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

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

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

MEDIA CONTACT

Robert McGrath
Senior Director

Stater Bros. opens its Tustin location on October 25, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. is pleased to announce the grand opening of its Tustin location. This will be the 30th Stater Bros. supermarket in Orange County and second supermarket to serve Tustin residents.  Local residents are promised a conveniently-located, full-service shopping experience along with Stater Bros.’ exceptional customer service and expanded fresh offerings.

The new supermarket is located at 15150 Kensington Park Drive in the Village at Tustin Legacy.

To celebrate the grand opening, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in front of the new supermarket at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The new store will officially open for business immediately following the festivities.   After Wednesday, the store will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and will be led by Store Manager Roman Deaquino, who has over 17 years of service with the Company.

At 43,829 sq. ft., the supermarket will feature:

A Full Service Fresh Meat Department with Stater Bros. famous certified Meat Cutters ready to serve you

A Full Service Fresh Seafood Department with friendly seafood experts to assist with selection

FujiSan Handcrafted Sushi made in-house daily at a dedicated sushi island

Smokehouse Meats including California-cut tri-tip, split whole chickens, chicken leg quarters, California hot wings, Texas style pork ribs and savory-sweet salmon fillets smoked in-house daily with hickory wood chips

A Full Service Deli including Cleo & Leo exclusive recipe and always fresh hand-breaded fried chicken, specialty sandwiches and wraps, full line of prepared party trays, charcuterie boards and charcuterie cured meats and fine cheeses

Full Service Hot Bakery with a full selection of Artisan breads and rolls, specialty single serve desserts, Cleo & Leo line of classic cakes and in-house cake decorators to assist with all special occasion needs     

A Relaxing Café and Seating Area with USB charging outlets and access to free Wi-Fi

Floral Department for that special gift of fresh flowers, plants or floral arrangements

Garden Fresh Produce Department featuring more than 1,000 items with expanded organic selections
Fresh Fruit Cut Daily from prominently displayed Fruit Cutting Station

A Bulk Food Station including healthy selections of nuts, dried fruits and snacks sold by weight

Energy-efficient LED lighting in addition to glass doors on refrigerated cases to reduce energy consumption

To further celebrate the grand opening and to honor Stater Bros. long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities it serves, Stater Bros. Charities will present $30,000 in donations to local organizations that support hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, law enforcement, help for our Nation’s Veterans and active service members.

“This new supermarket demonstrates Stater Bros. ongoing commitment to the Tustin community we’ve served since 1970,” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.  “We are thrilled to expand our presence in the area and customers will be pleased with the wide variety of services and new product offerings that we’re bringing to the local community,” Van Helden further added.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California.  The Company currently operates 171 supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. “Family”. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $75 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities.  For more information, go to www.staterbros.com.

SOURCE: Stater Bros. Markets

MEDIA CONTACT
publicrelations@staterbros.com

CANADA: Giant Tiger to open new store in Bedford, Nova Scotia on Saturday, October 21

Celebrate fun and savings for the whole family

OTTAWA, Canada, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger will celebrate the official opening of a new store in Bedford, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, October 21.

The brand new 24,000 square foot Giant Tiger will be located at 1658 Bedford Highway. Giant Tiger stores are stocked with affordable, on-trend home and family fashions, brand-name groceries, and everyday necessities at low prices. Giant Tiger is committed to saving Canadians time and money through our low prices, flyer program and our ad match guarantees. For you. For less. Every day!

The grand opening will be a fun-filled day with plenty of free activities for customers of all ages. There will be strolling entertainment, free face-painting, promotional and gift card giveaways and, of course, a visit from Friendly, the Giant Tiger. There will also be Giant Value product sampling for all to enjoy.

As a community-proud retailer, Giant Tiger Stores Limited and store manager Ben Blanchard will be making a charitable donation to support MADD Halifax and there will be a charity BBQ with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For more information regarding the grand opening plans, visit the store’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GTBedford

WHAT: Giant Tiger Bedford grand opening
WHERE: 1658 Bedford Highway
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:30 a.m.: Speeches, ribbon-cutting and charitable recipient cheque presentation
8 a.m.: Giant Tiger Bedford officially opens
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Razzmatazz for kids
10 a.m. – 3p.m.: Charity BBQ
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Strolling entertainment featuring fun children’s characters

About Bedford’s newest Giant Tiger:

  • Manager: Ben Blanchard
  • 24,000 total square feet
  • Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 10 p.m. – 6 p.m.

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian-owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best-kept secret, the privately held company has over 235 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com.  All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #ForYouForLess #GTCommunityProud #GTCanadaProud

Join the conversation and keep up to date on all Giant Tiger news:
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SOURCE Giant Tiger Stores Limited

For further information: For media inquiries contact: Alison Scarlett, Manager, Brand Communications | email: ascarlett@gianttiger.com

Lowe’s Canada shines a spotlight on its distinctive features with new corporate video

Boucherville, QC, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada, a leading home improvement company, is proud to unveil its new corporate video. The video shines a spotlight on the company’s distinctive features, including a multi-format, multi-banner store network designed to meet Canadian consumers’ every renovation need, and all the Lowe’s Canada employees driving the company’s success.

“We wanted a tool that captures what Lowe’s Canada is all about—a way to share our values, the diversity of our network, and the things that inspire us day-to-day,” says Sylvain Prud’homme, president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada. “Our purpose is to help people love where they live. That’s why we wanted a video that would speak to, and inspire, both our customers and our employees.”

For the purpose of this video, images were shot from coast to coast, featuring employees and dealers from each banner to illustrate the strength of Lowe’s Canada’s network.

You can view Lowe’s Canada’s new corporate video here. The video is a production of Sid Lee Montreal.

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 more than 2,370 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., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact

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

SOURCE: Lowe’s

CVS Health partners with Anthem, Inc. to provide services to support new pharmacy benefit manager IngenioRx

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced a five-year agreement with Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) to provide services to support IngenioRx, a new pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) announced today by Anthem. As part of the agreement, CVS Caremark will manage certain services for IngenioRx, including claims processing and prescription fulfillment. In addition, CVS Health’s bundled suite of assets, including CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic, allow the company to apply its expertise in patient messaging and engagement at the point-of-sale to support IngenioRx, broadening the scope of clinical services offered at the pharmacy counter to drive better outcomes. The new agreement, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, runs through December 31, 2024.

“We believe that this agreement further validates the important role that CVS Health’s integrated and innovative pharmacy care model plays in today’s health care system and we look forward to working with Anthem and IngenioRx to provide services to help ensure coordinated, holistic care for their PBM members,” said Larry Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. “At CVS Health, we truly are the front door of health care, with nearly 5 million Americans walking into a CVS Pharmacy every day. Given our presence in the community, our pharmacists and nurse practitioners are able to engage in face-to-face personalized counseling and clinically-effective interventions that will enable us to help improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs for Anthem and its members.”

CVS Health expects to incur implementation costs related to the transition of members, as is typical of any large, multi-year contract. These costs are expected to be immaterial to 2017 results.

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 https://www.cvshealth.com.

Investor Contact:
Mike McGuire
(401) 770-4050
Michael.McGuire@CVSHealth.com

Media Contacts:
Christine Cramer
(401) 770-3317
Christine.Cramer@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE CVS Health

Debenhams celebrates the opening of its Wolverhampton Store

Debenhams celebrates the opening of its Wolverhampton Store

Wolves FC superstar, Jody Craddock, City Mayor and local hero cut the ribbon to open brand new Debenhams Wolverhampton store

LONDON, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Former Wolves star, Jody Craddock, local resident Ann Guest and The Mayor of Wolverhampton and Councillor, Elias Masih Mattu, stepped into the spotlight today (Thursday 12thOctober) to cut the ribbon to the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store at the Mander Centre.

More than 2000 locals queued outside the store to get the first glimpse of the brand new three-storey shopping destination, which is home to a fabulous collection of fashion, beauty and home.

Ann Guest (76) was selected by the store team to officiate the opening, alongside Jody, following a call out for local residents to nominate someone who deserved a pampering makeover at the store. Guest was nominated by her friend, Christine Crazie, as a result of her ongoing work within the local Spring Valley estate.

Ann, who suffers from serious back pain, is a regular sight around the area either organising local fayres to raise money for families to go on days out or regularly visiting the homes of people that are ill or unable to go outside. She has worked tirelessly over the years to promote the interests of her neighbours and to ensure that they have their say over the services that they receive.

Jody Craddock said, “Ann is a very special lady and it was a pleasure to open the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store alongside her.

“She looked absolutely fabulous in her new outfit which was picked out as part of the makeover this morning, and I hope she enjoyed being pampered as she truly deserves it.”

The 93,000 square foot Debenhams Wolverhampton store is home to a variety of different departments, including ranges from Designers at Debenhams including Jasper Conran, John Rocha and Savannah Miller. The amazing new beauty hall means that customers can get their hands on exciting brands such as Urban Decay, Kat Von D, Estee Lauder and Buxom.

There is also the chance to sit down, relax, and grab a bite to eat with friends and family at the new Loaf & Bloom restaurant. Other highlights include a brow bar, a bra fit service, travel money and free Wifi.

Local hero, Ann Guest, said: “I had such a lovely morning, picking out new season outfits and cutting the ribbon to the store.

“I’d like to say thank you to my friend, Christine, for nominating me for the prize. I love living in Wolverhampton, it has such an amazing neighbourly spirit and I’m sure the new Debenhams will be a focal point for the community from now on.”

Alison Young, store manager for Debenhams in Wolverhampton said: “It’s fantastic to finally open our doors to the public, having been working behind the scenes for so long.

“It was amazing to see so many members of the local community outside the store this morning, and it was a pleasure to have Ann cut the ribbon alongside Jody, she looked absolutely beautiful.

“We have a team of 150 customer service superstars working across the fantastic fashion, beauty and home departments in store, and they can’t wait to meet our new customers.”

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Notes to Editors

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 260 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

The business serves over 19 million customers with over 5 million visits online per week and deliveries to 60 countries.

In the UK, Debenhams is the market leader in beauty, handbags, occasion wear and swimwear and has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and top ten share in childrenswear.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

For more information, visit www.Debenhams.com

CONTACTS

For more information and imagery please contact:
Debenhams Press Office: 020 3549 6420 / press.office@debenhams.com

FMI Hannah Walker: Supreme Court’s decision to take up Amex’s case could have significant implications for food retailers

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement yesterday to reconsider allegations that American Express Co. card acceptance rules violate antitrust laws by prohibiting merchants from steering customers to cards with lower fees. FMI Senior Director of Technology & Nutrition Policy Hannah Walker commented:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case could have historic and significant implications for food retailers. In the original case, Department of Justice (DOJ) charged that Amex’s anti-steering provisions stifle competition among credit card companies for the prices charged to merchants and that Amex failed to establish any procompetitive benefits.

“The 2015 trial court’s decision was a clear victory for the merchant community, finally offering the first seed of competition and transparency into the credit card market. With a rule change, a grocer would be able to discuss the cost of accepting one card over another with its customer. Additionally, a merchant could offer discounts, rewards, and other incentives to encourage a customer to use one card brand over another.

“Each year, U.S. merchants pay an estimated $88 billion* in processing fees, which is just more revenue for the banks and credit card companies. We are encouraged that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of free market competition when the justices hear arguments early next year.”

*2017 HSN Consultants, Inc. THE NILSON REPORT, May 2017, Issue 1109

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

SOURCE: Food Marketing Institute

MEDIA CONTACT

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616
Connect with us!
@FMI_ORG

FMI Jennifer Hatcher: We are disappointed on the passage of San Francisco Ordinance #170763

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) released the following statement from Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer and senior vice president of public affairs, on the passage of San Francisco Ordinance #170763 that will require food retail establishments to require recordkeeping regarding the use of antimicrobials in animals produced for food:

“Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will require expensive, duplicative reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain food retail establishments in the city. We are disappointed that in the passage of this ordinance, the Board did not take into consideration the concerns of the city’s grocers, their customers, or the commonsense modifications proposed by FMI to exempt products marked as USDA certified organic, ‘Raised without Antibiotics’ or an approved variation of this nomenclature.”

“Under the ordinance, certain food retail establishments, including both traditional grocers and specialty food retail establishments with 25 or more stores nationwide, will be forced to produce and maintain redundant paperwork about antimicrobial usage or non-usage in meat. As FMI stated in its letter submitted to the Board and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, this information is already prominently provided on the package as it is federally regulated and must appear on the fresh meat label for those consumers who seek products from animals raised without antibiotics. This includes meat labeled “organic.”

“While FMI is displeased with the ordinance and that the Board neglected to even consider our proposed commonsense changes to the ordinance requirements, exempting previously labeled products, we will continue to be highly engaged through the rule-making process.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

SOURCE: Food Marketing Institute

MEDIA CONTACT

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616
Connect with us!
@FMI_ORG

Express, Inc. unveils Express’ NBA-themed “Game Changers” campaign

Express Teams Up with NBA and Four Young NBA Players on New Campaign (PRNewsfoto/Express, Inc.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) today announced Express’ NBA-themed “Game Changers” campaign centered around four young stars—Brandon Ingram, Denzel Valentine, Jamal Murray and John Collins—who exemplify the true spirit of what it means to be a game changer.

Express will tip-off the partnership with a series of lifestyle videos, which will reveal the brand ambassadors’ performance, style, determination and the will to win both on and off the court. The campaign will capture the essence of each athlete, what drives him to succeed and how fashion gives him the confidence to take on what’s next in his day and life—whether that’s suiting up in an Express Performance Suit for game day or relaxing in jeans on days off.

The partnership builds on Express’ history of collaborating with inspiring individuals and follows the retailers’ partnerships with professional athletes who were on the cusp of becoming champions in their sport.

“We’re proud to offer performance-driven fashion for self-starters going after what they want,” said David Kornberg, Express President and CEO. “We couldn’t think of better partners in this mission than the NBA and its young up-and-coming players. We’re thrilled to bring our customers closer to the game and to share the authentic stories of hard work, grit and perseverance through the lens of our NBA Game Changers Brandon, Denzel, Jamal and John.”

The integrated marketing and advertising campaign will premiere across Express’ digital, social media, and in-store platforms as well as the NBA’s digital and social media platforms beginning October 2017. In February, Express will also serve as an associate partner of the NBA Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.express.com/NBAGameChangers.

About Express, Inc.
Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30-year-old customer. Express has more than 35 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates more than 600 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Express merchandise is also available at franchise locations and online in Latin America. Express also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website, www.express.com, as well as on its mobile app.

SOURCE Express, Inc.

Media Contact: Express, Niki Starr, 646-502-4812, nstarr@express.com

Charlotte Tilbury opens her first EVER Beauty Wonderland in the Middle East at The Avenues Mall

Charlotte Tilbury opens her first EVER Beauty Wonderland in the Middle East at The Avenues Mall

Official opening for Kuwait store – with Doha and Dubai to follow

Shuwaikh, Kuwait, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Charlotte Tilbury, the world’s number one makeup artist, has officially opened her first store in the Middle East, and her first standalone Beauty Wonderland outside the UK, in partnership with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

Charlotte Tilbury was in Kuwait to cut the ribbon for her stunning new store, in Grand Avenue, The Avenues, together with Alshaya’s Executive Chairman, Mohammed Alshaya and Mr Michael Davenport MBE, British Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.

At 240m2, the flagship two-storey store is the brand’s largest in the world, and blends cutting-edge digital innovation with luxurious interiors.

The Charlotte Tilbury experience includes sumptuous store designs which are synonymous with the brand – deep, night crimson velvet sofas, ornate, rose-gold art-deco light fittings and old Hollywood-style vanity tables. Using the latest technology, the store offers the first-of-its-kind Magic Mirror to help customers explore in seconds which of Charlotte’s 10 iconic looks they want to discover.

Charlotte Tilbury said: “I am so thrilled to be back in Kuwait – it is a dream come true to officially open my first EVER Beauty Wonderland in the Middle East at The Avenues Mall tonight!!! I cannot wait for all of the MESMERISING AND BEAUTIFUL Arab women to discover my revolutionary, record-breaking brand!!! You will LOVE my Magic Mirror that morphs my famous ‘10 Looks Wardrobe’ in seconds, as well as the incredible Beauty Boudoir where you can have the red carpet makeup transformation of a lifetime for every special event – from weddings to family celebrations – we have it all!! I call it a beauty playground for every woman from 18-80!!”.

Today, Wednesday 18th October, Charlotte will be hosting an epic launch party at her brand-new Beauty Wonderland which is open to all members of the public. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet Charlotte, and have their picture taken together outside the store. Spaces are limited so we encourage prompt arrival, from 5pm.

On the evening of the launch party, for one night only, Charlotte’s NEW, record-breaking, Instant Eye Palette will be available for purchase exclusively in store for one night only. Due to huge, universal demand – which saw over 30k join a waitlist– Charlotte surprised and delighted fans by bringing forward a limited quantity for a 24-hour pre-sale. The palette has returned and guests will be amongst the first to buy the palette in the Middle East where the limited quantity will be available to buy for one night only.

Following the successful Kuwait debut of the brand, Charlotte Tilbury will also be opening a store in Doha, at the end of October 2017, with her highly-anticipated Dubai store scheduled to open early in 2018. To celebrate the launch, Charlotte Tilbury has unveiled a new campaign of the 10 looks featuring digital influencer and model Cindy Kimberly (@wolfiecindy).

SOURCE:  M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L.

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RioCan REIT and Allied Properties REIT: residential condominium units at King Portland Centre are substantially sold out

TORONTO, Canada, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN) and Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) today announced that the residential condominium units at King Portland Centre are substantially sold out, subject to customary closing conditions and rights of rescission. RioCan and Allied expect the profitability of these units to exceed initial expectations.

King Portland Centre is located at the northwest corner of King Street West and Portland Avenue in the heart of Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. In addition to the strength of its location, the development is unique, in that it will incorporate a restored heritage structure, 602-604 King West, with a substantial new mixed-use structure. The combined structures (at 100%) will be comprised of the following:

i. approximately 59,000 square feet of office and retail GLA in the heritage structure, which is fully occupied;

ii. approximately 256,000 square feet of additional office GLA in the new structure, which is 93% pre-leased to Shopify and Indigo and under construction;

iii. approximately 13,000 square feet of incremental retail GLA in the new structure with frontage on King West; and

iv. approximately 133 residential condominium units in the new structure with frontage on Adelaide West.

Having obtained registration with Tarion Warranty Corporation, RioCan and Allied offered the condominium units for sale on October 14, 2017. They expect purchasers to take possession in early 2019.

“The strong response to the sales launch of Kingly this past weekend affirmed the decision by RioCan and Allied to convert the project from rental to condominium. Our ability to effectively execute on the sale of the 133 condominium units in such a short time frame at favourable pricing illustrates the importance of good strategy, design and location. The higher than expected sales proceeds from Kingly have added to the economic success of King Portland Centre, and have proven the capabilities of the joint venture between RioCan and Allied,” said Edward Sonshine, CEO of RioCan.

Each of Allied and RioCan owns an undivided 50% interest in King Portland Centre, and on completion Allied will manage the commercial component. Completion of the development is scheduled for early 2019.

Cautionary Statements – Allied Properties REIT

This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to Allied, its operations, strategy, financial performance and condition. These statements generally can be identified by use of forward looking words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “intends”, “believe” or “continue” or the negative thereof or similar variations. The actual results and performance of Allied discussed herein could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including that the transactions contemplated herein are completed. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, among other things, general economic and market factors, competition, changes in government regulations and the factors described under “Risk Factors” in Allied’s Annual Information Form, which is available at www.sedar.com. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to Allied and persons acting on Allied’s behalf. Unless otherwise stated, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the parties have no obligation to update such statements.

Cautionary Statements – RioCan REIT

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements made with respect to the development at King Portland Centre, RioCan’s development program and other statements concerning RioCan’s objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking information in this News Release is qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, as described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2017 (“MD&A”) and the Trust’s most recent Annual Information Form, and including that the transactions contemplated herein are completed, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release. Although the forward looking information contained in this News Release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Certain statements included in this News Release may be considered “financial outlook” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and such financial outlook may not be appropriate for purposes other than this News Release.

Except as required by applicable law, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Allied
Allied is a leading owner, manager and developer of distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities. Its objectives are to provide stable and growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize unitholder value through effective management and accretive portfolio growth.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $13.9 billion as at June 30, 2017. RioCan owns, manages and develops retail-focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high-density transit-oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work. Our portfolio is comprised of 299 properties, including 15 development properties, with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 45 million square feet. To learn more about how we deliver real vision on solid ground, visit www.riocan.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Edward Sonshine, O. Ont., Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer

Michael R. Emory
President & Chief Executive Officer

SOURCE: RIOCAN

Lithuanian Competition Authority gives clearance (under condition) to ICA Gruppen for the acquisition of IKI operator UAB Palink

Solna, Sweden, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Lithuanian Competition Authority has reached a decision regarding ICA Gruppen’s subsidiary Rimi Lithuania’s acquisition of UAB Palink, which operates the IKI grocery store chain. The authority has given its clearance to the deal under the condition that 17 specific stores be sold prior to completion of the transaction. The ambition is to close the deal before year-end, however, if the divestment process takes longer, closing could be delayed until the first quarter of 2018.

The divestments are not expected to materially affect the overall value creation of the acquisition, or the previously communicated annual cost synergies of approximately EUR 15 million when fully realised in 2020. The synergies will be achieved primarily through larger purchasing volumes, more efficient logistics and marketing. As previously communicated the acquisition is expected to lead to one-off costs of approximately EUR 40 million and capital expenditures of approximately EUR 25 million during 2018 and 2019.

The aim is to have signed agreements to divest all 17 stores before year-end. However, if the divestment process takes longer, the acquisition of UAB Palink may not be completed until during the first quarter of 2018.

The 17 stores that will be divested accounted for 49 milion EUR in net sales during 2016. IKI is the second-largest player in the Lithuanian grocery retail market with a nationwide network of approximately 230 stores. Rimi had 57 stores in Lithuania at the end of 2016.  For the full year 2016 IKI’s sales amounted to EUR 632 million. EBITDA was EUR 33 million, while EBIT was EUR 12 million.

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

SOURCE: ICA Gruppen

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) adopts fuelService App across its UK network

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) adopts fuelService App across its UK network

Hertfordshire, UK, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce that it is adopting the revolutionary fuelService App across its 422-strong company station UK network.

The free fuelService App has been launched to enable disabled drivers to re-fuel their vehicles more easily. The App helps the driver find a local petrol station and asks them if they will be able to assist before they drive there. Once at the petrol station the driver can use the App to tell the petrol station they have arrived and which pump they are at, making them easy to spot. The driver is told via the App how long the attendant will be before they come out to help, so they are not sat waiting in hope.

Andy Edwards (pictured), MFG’s HSE manager who has been responsible for the network rollout said: “We are pleased to be supporting this great App as latest figures suggest that over 648,000 people use Motability vehicles.

The App can be download from http://fuelservice.org/getapp or by searching for ‘fuelservice’ on your devices app store.

SOURCE: Motor Fuel Limited

CONTACT

Phone: +44 (0) 1727 898890
Fax: +44 (0) 1727 852318
Email: info@motorfuelgroup.com