RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its fourth hypermarket in Yaroslavl

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its fourth hypermarket in Yaroslavl. The store opens on premise previously operated under the NASH hypermarkets brand, as part of the long-term lease agreement signed in July.

The new store is a Lenta compact format hypermarket located at 108 Moscovsky avenue, Yaroslavl. The store has a total area of 9,188 sq.m with 3,875 sq.m of selling space and is open is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 18,000 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Yaroslavl and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 490 parking spaces and 23 cash registers including 4 self-checkout lanes. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Yaroslavl is Lenta’s twenty sixth hypermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 71 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 71 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,294,647 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,400 people as of 30 June 20171.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

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Source: Lenta

GameStop Q3 2017 financial results: Net Sales of $1.99 Billion

  • GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.59, Including a Non-Operating Benefit of $0.11
  • Same store sales increase 1.9%, the third consecutive quarter of growth
    New software sales grow 5.4% Collectibles sales increase 26.5%

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, today (Nov. 21, 2017) reported sales and earnings for the third quarter ended October 28, 2017.

“Our third quarter sales results were driven by strong software demand and continued momentum for Nintendo Switch and collectibles,” said Dan DeMatteo, interim chief executive officer. “As we enter the fourth quarter, we are encouraged by the initial customer response to Microsoft’s Xbox One X, and believe that the holiday season results will be driven by new console hardware and collectibles. Our Technology Brands AT&T Wireless business underperformed our expectations for the third quarter and we anticipate that the fourth quarter results will be highly dependent on the availability of Apple’s next-generation iPhone X.”

Third Quarter Results
Total global sales increased 1.5% to $1.99 billion (flat in constant currency), resulting in consolidated comparable store sales growth of 1.9% (+0.6% in the U.S. and +4.6% internationally). New hardware sales increased 8.8%, led by demand for Nintendo Switch, and new software sales increased 5.4% driven by a strong title lineup. Pre-owned sales declined 2.4%. Worldwide omnichannel sales increased by 38.6% on the strength of new hardware sales.

Digital sales and non-GAAP digital receipts increased 11.9% and 8.3%, respectively, excluding the third quarter 2016 revenues from Kongregate which was sold in July 2017. On a reported basis, digital sales declined 16.8% to $37.2 million, while non-GAAP digital receipts increased 1.8% to $263.7 million.

Collectibles sales increased 26.5% to $138.4 million, driven by continued expansion of licensed merchandise offerings both domestically and internationally. The Collectibles business is on track to meet its 2017 revenue target of $650 million to $700 million.

Technology Brands sales decreased 10.2% to $194.2 million, driven primarily by the later than expected release of Apple’s iPhone X and the previously disclosed change in AT&T’s dealer compensation structure.  Operating earnings decreased 23.4% to $18.0 million. Technology Brands adjusted operating earnings were $11.2 million, a 52.3% decrease compared to $23.5 million in the prior-year quarter.

GameStop’s third quarter net earnings were $59.4 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $50.8 million, or $0.49 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. The third quarter results include a benefit of $6.8 million ($4.3 million, net of tax) related primarily to a reduction of previously accrued contingent purchase price consideration and lease obligations for previously closed stores in our Technology Brands AT&T Wireless business.

Excluding this gain, GameStop’s adjusted net earnings for the third quarter were $55.1 million, compared to adjusted net earnings of $50.8 million in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.54 compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.49 in the prior-year quarter. The Company benefited from a lower effective tax rate resulting from the recognition of discrete tax items during the quarter, positively impacting diluted earnings per share by $0.11.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP results, including adjusted net income, operating earnings and Technology Brands operating earnings to its closest GAAP measure is included with this release (Schedule III).

Credit Agreement Amendment
On Monday, November 20, 2017, the company entered into an amendment to its existing asset based credit facility. The amended agreement contains more favorable terms, extends the maturity date of the facility to November 2022 and increases the capacity under the credit facility from $400 million to $420 million to allow for increased flexibility for future needs of the business.

Capital Allocation Update
On November 17, 2017, GameStop’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.38 per common share payable on December 12, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 1, 2017.

Earnings Outlook
The company is reiterating its full-year diluted earnings per share guidance of $3.10 to $3.40, and expects full-year comparable store sales to increase in the low-to-mid single digits.

Conference Call Information
A conference call with GameStop Corp.’s management is scheduled for November 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CT to discuss the company’s financial results. The phone number for the call is 800-334-0872 and the passcode is 7989279.  This call, along with supplemental information, can also be accessed at GameStop Corp.’s investor relations home page at The conference call will be archived for two months on GameStop’s corporate website.

About GameStop
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,400 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek,, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,500 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Spring Mobile,, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S. Simply Mac,, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at

Non-GAAP Measures
As a supplement to our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), GameStop may use certain non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted operating earnings, adjusted net income, digital receipts and constant currency. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in evaluating our core operating performance. GameStop defines digital receipts as the full amount paid by the customer for digital content at the time of sale and/or the value attributed to digital content when physical and digital products are sold combined. Results reported as constant currency exclude the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates by converting our local currency financial results using the prior period exchange rates and comparing these adjusted amounts to our current period reported results. Our definition and calculation of non-GAAP measures may differ from that of other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company’s reported GAAP financial results.

Safe Harbor
This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, the outlook for fiscal 2017, future financial and operating results and projections, projected store openings, timing and terms of potential acquisitions, the company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of GameStop’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. GameStop undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the inability to obtain sufficient quantities of product to meet consumer demand, including console hardware and accessories; the timing of release and consumer demand for new and pre-owned video game titles; our ability to continue to expand, and successfully open and operate new stores for, our collectibles and tech brands businesses; risks associated with achievement of anticipated financial and operating results from acquisitions; our ability to sustain and grow our console digital video game sales; the timing and amount of recognition of tax attributes; the risks associated with international operations, wireless industry partnerships and operations and the completion and integration of acquisitions; increased competition and changing technology in the video game industry, including browser and mobile games and digital distribution of console games, and the impact of that competition and those changes on physical video game sales;  the costs and consequences of legal proceedings and tax audits; and changes in domestic or foreign laws and regulations that reduce consumer demand for, or increase prices of, our products or otherwise adversely affect our business. Additional factors that could cause GameStop’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in GameStop’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Jan. 28, 2017 filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s Internet site at or


Mike Loftus
Vice President
Global Controller and Investor Relations
GameStop Corp.

Source: Gamestop Corporation/globenewswire

LCP: shopping parade in Alvaston, Derbyshire now fully let with new tenant Lucy Nails moving in

London, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A well-manicured local shopping parade in Alvaston, Derbyshire, is fully let for the first time in its history – demonstrating that confidence in the retail market is increasingly buoyant.

The parade of eight shops on London Road, which is anchored by a Co-op supermarket, has signed up Lucy Nails, a local independent business, on a 10-year lease for a 660 sq ft retail unit.

The letting follows a run of new tenants moving to the parade in the past 18 months, including Card Factory, Wokaholic and Mrs B’s Café.

Steve Pell, retail asset manager for LCP, said the prominent location and vibrant community had helped to attract new tenants.

“It’s great news for the local community that this parade is now fully let because it demonstrates that there is a renewed appetite for entrepreneurs to take the plunge and open their own business,” he said.

“As a company we’ve focused on acquiring local convenience parades and investing in them and this approach is enriching local areas across the country because they are benefitting from better facilities on their doorsteps.”

Darran Severn, of FHP Property Consultants, which was appointed to market the parade on behalf of LCP, said: “We have seen a great turnaround in Alvaston. Going back 12 months there were three vacancies with the possibility of another on the horizon. The parade now comprises a good mixture of national and local businesses.”

Source: LCP

ASOS brings its Same Day Delivery option to Leeds and Manchester

Same day delivery option now available in the two cities following London launch

London, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASOS, one of the world’s leading destinations for fashion loving 20-somethings, today (November 21st, 2017) announces that ASOS Instant, its Same Day Delivery option, is now available in Leeds and Manchester. The move follows a successful launch in London six weeks ago and comes just in time for Black Friday and the festive season.

ASOS Instant is available to customers with deliveries to selected Leeds, London and Manchester postcodes on orders placed before 10 am, Monday – Friday. It costs £9.95 and parcels will be delivered by CitySprint’s On the dot service between 6 – 10 pm on the same day. Further availability in other UK cities will follow in the new year.

“We’re excited to be extending the reach of ASOS Instant to Leeds and Manchester following its successful launch in London. It is illustrative of our commitment to exploring delivery options that provide convenience and choice for ASOS customers,” said Matt Rogers, Delivery Solutions and Returns Director, ASOS.

The ASOS approach to its customers is to offer as much choice as possible. This applies both to fashion – with more than 85,000 products on offer at any time – and delivery propositions. In the last year alone, the company introduced 200 related delivery improvements around the world. Current UK delivery options include next day delivery, Click and Collect, one-hour delivery times and free returns as standard on all ASOS orders.

ASOS Instant will be available to customers in the following Leeds postcodes: LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS9, LS10, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS18, LS25, LS26, LS27, LS28, LS88, LS98, LS99 and in the following Manchester areas: M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M9, M15, M16, M17, M25, M32, M41.

About ASOS
ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings, selling cutting-edge fashion and offering a wide variety of fashion-related content, making the hub of a thriving fashion community. ASOS sells over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world. ASOS tailors the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia. ASOS’s websites attracted 135.7m visits during August 2017 (August 2016: 117.5m) and as at 31 August 2017 had 15.4m active customers* (31 August 2016: 12.4m), of which 5.2m were located in the UK and 10.2m were located in international territories (31 August 2016: 4.7m in the UK and 7.7m internationally). *Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months as at 31 August 2017.

Source: ASOS

Turkish bank VakifBank introduces new software and cash recycling systems from Diebold Nixdorf

ISTANBUL, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — VakifBank, a leading Turkish bank, is expanding the functionality of its self-service channel by introducing new software and cash recycling systems from Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD),  a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. The bank is upgrading 400 automated teller machines (ATMs) with multivendor software and cash recycling systems that improve cash processing efficiency while enabling the quick and easy introduction of new services. Additionally, Diebold Nixdorf will support the new systems through a maintenance services agreement to ensure the highest level of availability.

In the cash-heavy, highly competitive Turkish market, financial institutions that reduce their cash management costs are able to gain a competitive edge. According to Diebold Nixdorf, the rollout of cash recycling technology will drive down the total cost of ownership and reduce cash-in-transit visits significantly. Banks in Europe, in particular, have recognized the advantages of cash recycling and are continuing to invest in the technology. Analyzes conducted by the British market research firm RBR show there were more than 122,000 automated deposit ATMs in Western Europe in 2016, up 6 percent from the previous year.1

“Our ATM network currently comprises around 4,000 ATMs and deposit terminals. We expect significant cash-handling savings through the gradual replacement of existing systems with cash recycling technology that has proven itself in extensive tests with regard to performance and availability,” said Ilker Yesil, assistant general manager, payment systems and delivery channels at VakifBank.

“We draw on our software and cash management expertise to support banks with efficient, highly available self-service solutions that help create an ideal connected commerce experience,” said Christian Weisser, senior vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Diebold Nixdorf. “Our portfolio for the optimization of cash processes continually improves based on more than 20 years of experience with cash recycling technology.  Today, our Cash Cycle Management Portfolio offers banks an end-to-end optimization of all branch cash processes through enhanced software and services that give our customers a 360-degree view of their complete cash cycles.”

About VakifBank

VakifBank was first established with an initial capital of 50 million TL on the 11th of January 1954 and later started operating on the 13th of April 1954, for the purpose of best utilizing the foundations’ monies. Besides, VakifBank aims at contributing to the savings of the country with the modern banking practices and utilizing them according to the requirements of the economic development.

As of June 30, 2017, VakifBank is the seventh largest bank in Turkey in terms of asset size. Since its very first date of foundation, VakifBank continues its activities towards the growth and development of the country’s economy, and the integration with the world economy pursuant to the provisions of its private law.

VakifBank has been reaching out its corporate and individual customers in a most efficient manner through its internet and telephone banking services. As of June 30, 2017, VakifBank undertakes a leading role in the financing of domestic and foreign trade through 927 branches, 4,045 ATMs and 215,550 units of POS that constitute its alternative distribution channels. VakifBank has three international branches located in New York, Bahrain and Arbil. In addition, VakifBank operates in Austria with a subsidiary, VakifBank International AG, which has branches in Vienna, Cologne and Frankfurt. Visit for more information.

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit for more information.

1 RBR 2017, Global ATM Market and Forecasts to 2022

Media Relations:
Ulrich Nolte

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

The LVMH Group to acquire 60% stake in Colgin Cellars

The LVMH Group to acquire 60% stake in Colgin Cellars


Paris, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ann Colgin, Founder of Colgin Cellars, and her husband Joe Wender, have chosen to partner with the LVMH Group, with the will to preserve their long-term commitment to the quality of their Cabernet and Syrah wines, as well as the spirit of excellence that has inspired them and their team for a quarter century.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ann Colgin and Joe Wender will sell a 60% stake to the LVMH Group while continuing to hold 40% equity in the business and maintaining their leadership functions. Their talented winery team will continue to be led by Ann Colgin & Joe Wender along with COO, Paul Roberts and Winemaker, Allison Tauziet.

Founded by Ann Colgin in Napa Valley 25 years ago, Colgin Cellars’ reputation is rooted in the unmatched quality of its four wines – “Tychson Hill” Cabernet Sauvignon, “Cariad” Napa Valley Red Wine, “IX Estate” Napa Valley Red Wine and “IX Estate” Syrah – which have developed an iconic status among wine collectors. The winery is located at the northern end of IX Estate in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley – untouched by the recent Napa Valley fires – and offers inspiring views of Lake Hennessey.

Since its creation, excellence and quality have been at the heart of Colgin Cellars’ entrepreneurial journey. The winery’s success was built on its ultra-premium, limited production wines, all of which are consistently highly rated by several industry sources. The wines are sold primarily through an exclusive client list and also distributed to high-end restaurants and retailers in the US and over thirty countries globally.

“After a social introduction to Mr. Arnault several months ago and discussions with the LVMH team, I realized that I could not find a better partner for Colgin Cellars to preserve our founding spirit and our exquisitely handcrafted red wines, into the future. We are happy to join the LVMH Group to continue to offer our loyal customers the unique and high-end experiences we’ve been creating for them, for over a quarter of a century.” Ann Colgin, Founder of Colgin Cellars.

“We share with Colgin Cellars the same desire to offer the very best quality products. I am therefore delighted to welcome Colgin’s unique heritage into LVMH, reaffirming our strategy of selective acquisition of the best existing terroirs, and enriching our collection of iconic wines such as Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem or Domaine du Clos des Lambrays.” Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH.

Investor and financial analyst relations:

Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 21 21
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Source: LVMH


USDA FSIS offers tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is available with tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free.

“Turkey and other meat and poultry may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter that can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “By properly handling and cooking your turkey, you can avoid these harmful pathogens and ensure your family has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast.”

Begin by following these five steps:

Wash your hands, but not your turkey

Washing your hands before cooking is the simplest way to stop the spread of bacteria, while washing your turkey is the easiest way to spread bacteria all over your kitchen. According to the 2016 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Survey, 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink, which is not recommended by the USDA. Research shows that washing meat or poultry can splash bacteria around your kitchen by up to 3 feet, contaminating countertops, towels and other food. Washing doesn’t remove bacteria from the bird. Only cooking the turkey to the correct internal temperature will ensure all bacteria are killed.

The exception to this rule is brining. When rinsing brine off of a turkey, be sure to remove all other food or objects from the sink, layer the area with paper towels and use a slow stream of water to avoid splashing.

To stuff or not to stuff

For optimal food safety, do not stuff the turkey. Even if the turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature, the stuffing inside may not have reached a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. It is best to cook the stuffing in a separate dish.

Take the temperature of the bird

Although there are various ways to cook a turkey, the only way to avoid foodborne illness is to make sure it is cooked to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. Take the bird’s temperature in three areas — the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing and the innermost part of the thigh — make sure all three locations reach 165ºF. If one of those locations does not register at 165ºF, then continue cooking until all three locations reach the correct internal temperature.

Follow the two-hour rule

Perishable foods should not be left on the table or countertops for longer than two hours. After two hours, food falls into the Danger Zone, temperatures between 40-140ºF, where bacteria can rapidly multiply. If that food is then eaten, your guests could get sick. Cut turkey into smaller slices and refrigerate along with other perishable items, such as potatoes, gravy and vegetables. Leftovers should stay safe in the refrigerator for four days.

When in doubt call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. You can also chat live at, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Consumers with food safety questions can visit to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, or on Facebook, at


Food Safety Education Staff
Press (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

SPAR China Partners further expands with new store openings

China, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the last few months, SPAR China Partners have opened a number of new stores in different regions, varying from SPAR Neighbourhood and a SPAR lifestyle Supermarket to large SPAR Hypermarkets, showing the diversity of the SPAR format in this highly competitive market.

SPAR Guangdong opens three new stores

SPAR Partner Guangdong is accelerating its store network expansion and within just a few weeks of each other, three new stores were recently opened.

The first was the much anticipated second SPAR store in Dalingshan Town. The 335m2 store offers customers a great retail experience with its focus on fresh food, including a wide selection of fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and various ready-to-eat meal solutions, complemented by excellent dry food and non-food product categories. The offerings include freshly prepared foods to order, as well as an extensive Food-to-Go selection. The store has a free WiFi zone and an inviting, open terrace awaits customers. In addition, the store also provides an extensive value-added service offering, including money transfer and credit card & bill payments. This new SPAR lifestyle store enticed crowds of shoppers on opening day who rushed to see the newest luxury shopping destination.

Following on from the Dalingshan Town SPAR store opening, SPAR Guangdong announced the grand opening of SPAR Futong Zizaicheng. The 186m2 SPAR store has an inviting space and atmosphere – designed to satisfy the needs of local residents by combining an extensive range of fresh produce and Food-to-Go options with daily necessities, as well as newspapers, magazines and office stationery. Huge crowds poured into the store to enjoy this new grocery experience on the opening day. “With the opening of SPAR, there is no need to go far anymore to purchase fresh produce,” said a local resident.

The third recent SPAR Guangdong opening took place in Chenzhou – a city located in the south of Henan province. This latest opening has signalled SPAR Guangdong’s ambition to enter new regions. The store has an operating area of 3,000m2 and following the SPAR principles of freshness, choice, value and service, it offers customers value-for-money, top-quality products, sourced both locally and internationally. The product selection includes imported seafood, local specialties and European bakery products to name just a few. The SPAR Own Brand range, the best choice for shoppers, was introduced with high quality products at a low price.

To date, SPAR Guangdong has a presence in eight cities in Guangdong province, operating a total of 78 SPAR stores up from 70 at the start of the year. The new stores give locals access to the globally renowned SPAR Brand, providing shoppers with a pleasant shopping experience that mirrors European best practice retail standards, satisfying the needs of modern consumers who expect top-quality products and service.

SPAR Beijing re-opens renovated store

SPAR Beijing has re-opened its renovated Beilu Garden store. The opening was advertised on local TV, generating strong brand awareness and helping to draw big crowds on opening day.

The newly renovated store is a community-based supermarket offering over 1,500 products, with an increased focus on fresh food items instore such as ready-to-eat meals.

SPAR Beijing is the first retailer in the city to use additive-free ingredients for its pasta and noodle products. The SPAR Partner offers high quality products, enhanced customer service and a pleasant shopping experience, making it a popular choice among shoppers.

SPAR Sichuan holds two grand re-openings

SPAR Sichuan recently celebrated the grand re-opening of two stores. The first, SPAR Barkam, is the most popular community-based supermarket in the region and customers were delighted to once again be able to shop at their favourite store. SPAR Barkam’s fresh department, which has become the focal point of the store, has been enriched with new product ranges available at an attractive price – giving customers easy access to a wide range of sought after fresh produce such as seafood, fruits and vegetables. Barkam is a county-level city located in the northwest of Sichuan province. SPAR Sichuan has identified great market potential in the region and as such has invested in the launch of more stores in the near future.

SPAR Tongjiang, a neighbourhood store in Nuojiang Town, was the second re-opening to take place. The store is representative of the company’s next generation store design and customer experience. Remodelled from the previous Baixin store, it brings customers world-class retailing under the SPAR Brand. The shopping experience and convenience offer are unprecedented thanks to the many improvements like the new branding, bright interior design, new departmental layout and easy-to-read signage. To celebrate the re-opening and thank local shoppers for their loyalty, a series of promotions and discount programmes were offered during the opening days.

With an ever-increasing degree of competition for retailers, SPAR Sichuan has vowed to deepen the partnership with SPAR by enhancing knowledge exchange, implementing best practice from worldwide resources, and opening more new stores catering to the ever-evolving needs of customers.

For more SPAR China news, follow this link.

About SPAR China:

SPAR was introduced to China with the signing of the licence agreement for Shandong Province in 2004. This was followed by the addition of more partners, and now SPAR is operational in nine provinces: Shandong, Guangdong, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Beijing, Sichuan, Henan, Hubei and Hebei.

The privately owned retail chains licensed to operate SPAR have a cooperative relationship in line with the original SPAR mission of working together to reduce costs, maximise sales and increase profits. The SPAR China Partners, whilst part of a leading international group, maintain 100% local ownership.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Zimbabwe highlights its recent charitable initiatives

Zimbabwe, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Zimbabwe is actively involved in supporting charitable initiatives and is working hard to make a real difference to the communities in which it operates. Here we highlight some recent initiatives.

Community garden project

SPAR Kadoma has been very busy this year, with several exciting community development projects underway. Most recently, the team have been reaping the rewards of many months hard work and dedication at the Jairos Jiri school for the visually impaired. SPAR Kadoma helped the school establish a vegetable garden, which is now big enough not only to help feed the children, but also for them to supply SPAR with a few lines of vegetables a week, bringing in a bit of extra income with which they can purchase other food.

The children have been taught how to tend to the vegetables and it has even become part of the school curriculum. What a great community development success story, proving once again, that we are all better together.

Community clean ups

A year-long community clean-up campaign has been initiated and under the guidance of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the City of Harare, one SPAR store a week is holding a clean-up in their area, encouraging members of the community and surrounding businesses to get involved. All SPAR staff are encouraged to participate – making for a rewarding, team-building experience.

There is an ongoing competition between the stores to see who can collect the most bags full of rubbish. So far, SPAR Braeside is in the lead with an astonishing 108 bags collected in just over 2 hours!

Charitable SPAR-sponsored events

Two charitable sporting events took place recently: The SPAR Gokwe Rainbow Run and the annual BONSA SPAR Cancer Fun Walk.

The Rainbow run attracted a huge crowd of runners and walkers, all eager to enter into the community spirit and raise money for charity. Over 600 people registered and everyone had a lot of fun in the sun. A grand total of $1,500 was raised which went towards groceries for flood victims, orphans and the elderly.

The 5th Annual BONSA SPAR Cancer Fun Walk took to the streets of Bulawayo recently. A total of 2,379 registered community members took part in this epic event to raise funds for those living with cancer and Palliative Care. A total of $12,000.00 was raised and was split equally between three local recipients: Bulawayo Island Hospice, The Cancer Association and The Fighting Back Fundraiser.

For more SPAR Zimbabwe news, follow this link.

About SPAR Zimbabwe

In 1967, SPAR Zimbabwe signed a licence agreement with SPAR International and became the 13th country to join the SPAR worldwide organisation. In 2015, independent retailer, Darren Lanca, took over the licence to operate the SPAR Brand in this market after Innscor made the decision to divest of this retail division.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Office Depot’s Elf Yourself® is back and better than ever

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The jolly elf is a beloved icon of the holiday season. And this year, one of the most popular mainstays of holiday elf culture, Office Depot’s (NASDAQ:ODP) Elf Yourself® is back and better than ever with new augmented reality (AR) features¹ that will allow users to create holiday greetings with an even greater level of creativity and personalization.

“Over the past decade, the ‘Elf Yourself’ experience has brought over a billion elves into the world, bringing holiday cheer and excitement to all those who have ‘elfed’ themselves or been ‘elfed’ by someone else,” said Natalie Malaszenko, resident elf expert and vice president of digital and B2B marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “Our passion has always been rooted in finding new ways for people to unleash their inner elf, and this year we are able to kick this up to a whole new level due to our new AR capabilities.”

The AR features are easy to use – with a simple tap, you can have Santa’s little helpers rocking out on the screen of your phone as your friends and family dance alongside them. And this year you can turn your favorite frame into a custom holiday card, which can be easily ordered from any Office Depot or OfficeMax print center in store, online or through its mobile app. “You can really get creative – now that you can use any background you capture on your phone, the possibilities are endless,” said Malaszenko. “We can’t wait to see what #ElfYourself creations people will come up with this holiday season.”

Beyond the new AR features, you can expect to see all your favorite dances back this year joined by three fresh scenes. Mischievous elves are sneaking out of Santa’s workshop for some fresh air and sightseeing – shimmying under the Northern Lights in a magical winter wonderland. Back at Santa’s Workshop, elves are taking care of business, prepping for the big day with a little pep in their step.

For those gearing up for Hanukkah, Office Depot is teaming up with the Mensch on a Bench for another great Hanukkah dance. The Jewish a cappella group Six13 will be singing sweet tunes as Moshe the Mensch gets down with a street style dance-off.

“The Mensch on a Bench is thrilled to team up with Elf Yourself for the third year in a row to develop a fun new tradition for Jewish families,” said Neal Hoffman, creator of Mensch on a Bench. “Turning yourself into a mensch and dancing to Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel is guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone’s faces – just in time to celebrate Hanukkah!”

Since the inception of Elf Yourself® in 2006, 1.5 billion elves have been created and over 564 million sessions globally. The updated app is available to download today at or through your mobile app store. To create videos with Elf Yourself®, users simply upload up to five photos from either their camera roll, Facebook or taken on the app, select a dance theme, and the app generates a custom Elf Yourself® video to share with friends and family via email and social media platforms, as well as embed into websites and blogs.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, BizBox, CompuCom®, Complete Office and Grand&Toy®. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL®, Foray®, Brenton Studio®, Ativa®, WorkPro®, Realspace® and Highmark®.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot, Foray, Ativa and Realspace are trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax, TUL, Brenton Studio, WorkPro and Highmark are trademarks of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and Complete Office is a trademark of Complete Office Solutions, LLC. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

1 On AR enabled devices. Compatible with iOs 6S or higher and select Android devices

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Rexall launches #12DaysofHacks Campaign to bring the holiday spirit into Canadians’ homes while saving time and money

Rexall brings it home for the holidays with #12DaysofHacks Campaign

Toronto, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season Rexall has invited the top 10 DIYers from across the GTA to participate in #12DaysofHacks. Nothing says holiday more than homemade and Rexall’s private label Rose & Robin allows Canadians to bring the holiday spirit into their homes while saving time and money.

Rose & Robin is Rexall’s private brand with exclusive seasonal items during the holiday season focusing on giftable items at affordable prices. This includes products in the category of wellness, household products and sweet and savoury products.

The country’s most trusted and creative DIYers have partnered with the Rose & Robin brand to participate in #12DaysofHacks. The campaign: a two-week program including family favourite Angie Campanelli, the Parent Club and broadcast spokesperson Rebecca Wise posting their favourite Rose & Robin holiday hacks and encouraging followers to do the same. One lucky follower will win a Rexall gift card to use the products in their own holiday plans.

The winner will be announced in Toronto at Rexall Brunswick House on December 2 with Rexall’s version of Santa’s Workshop created entirely out of Rose & Robin products. Families and all ages are welcomed to meet Santa and give a donation to the Rexall Foundation. The Rexall Foundation has donated $614,458 to 47 children’s and seniors’ charities across Canada in 2017 alone.

“We know Canadians value time with the people they love as well as spending their money wisely during the holidays,” says Jennifer Zedic, Rexall, Senior Director of Marketing and Advertising. “The Rose & Robin line is the perfect solution to any gift and entertaining ideas and a compliment to family holiday traditions.”

This campaign was created with communications agency A&C.

About Rexall Drugstores

With a heritage dating back over a century, Rexall/Pharma Plus is a leading drugstore operator with a dynamic history of innovation and growth. Our focus is helping Canadians improve their overall health and wellness with a wide assortment of products and easily accessible, more convenient services. Operating 466 pharmacies across Canada, Rexall’s 7,300 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and customer service. Rexall is a member of the Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of McKesson Corporation. For more information, visit

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Source: Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO Amin Maredia will present at the Barclays 2017 Eat, Sleep, Play – It’s Not All Discretionary Conference

PHOENIX, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFM) today (Nov. 21, 2017) announced that Amin Maredia, chief executive officer, will present at the Barclays 2017 Eat, Sleep, Play – It’s Not All Discretionary Conference in New York City.  The presentation will begin at 11:00 am EST on December 6, 2017.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at A replay will be archived and available at the same location.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. specializes in fresh, natural and organic products at prices that appeal to everyday grocery shoppers. Based on the belief that healthy food should be affordable, Sprouts’ welcoming environment and knowledgeable team members continue to drive its growth. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes an array of fresh produce in the heart of the store, a deli with prepared entrees and side dishes, The Butcher Shop, The Fish Market, an expansive vitamins and supplements department and more. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 27,000 team members and operates more than 280 stores in 15 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Investor Contact:       
Susannah Livingston
(602) 682-1584

Media Contact: 
Donna Egan
(602) 682-3152

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market/globenewswire

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Bowie, Maryland

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today (Nov. 21, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Bowie, Maryland. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, November 20, 2017, on a free standing pad in front of Bowie Town Center. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are pleased to open our fifth restaurant in the state of Maryland in Bowie, an eastern suburb of Washington D.C.,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Our Bowie restaurant is our ninth restaurant opened this year. We are looking forward to opening our 10th new restaurant of fiscal 2017 in mid-December in Taylor, Michigan, which will be our first restaurant in that state.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Bowie community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening. As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity to BJ’s. Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 196 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 25 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a registered 501(c)(3) qualified non-profit charitable organization principally dedicated to supporting charities that benefit children’s healthcare and education, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Foundation supports volunteer efforts of BJ’s team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

HBC to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on December 6, 2017

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — HBC (TSX: HBC) is scheduled to announce full financial results for the quarter ended October 28, 2017 before the opening of the financial markets on December 6, 2017. Senior management will discuss financial results and other matters during a conference call that day at 8:30 AM EST.

The conference call will be accessible by calling the participant operator assisted toll-free dial-in number (800) 535-7056 or international dial-in number (253) 237-1145. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on HBC’s website at: The audio replay also will be available via this link.

About HBC

HBC is a diversified global retailer focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, growing through acquisitions, and unlocking the value of real estate holdings. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 stores and over 66,000 employees around the world.

HBC’s leading banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Elliot Grundmanis
Phone: (646) 802-2469

Andrew Blecher
Phone: (646) 802-4030

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

SSP Group announces financial results for the year ended 30 September 2017

London, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its financial results for the year ended 30 September 2017.


  • Underlying operating profit1 of £162.9m: up 27.0% at constant currency2, and 34.2% at actual exchange rates
  • Revenue of £2,379.1m: up 11.7% at constant currency, and 19.5% at actual exchange rates
  • Like-for-like sales3 up 3.1%: driven by growth in air passenger travel and retailing initiatives
  • Significant net gains4 of 6.0%: strong performances in North America and the Rest of the World
  • Underlying operating margin (excluding Indian joint venture, TFS) up 50 basis points at constant currency to 6.5%: as our strategic initiatives continue to deliver
  • Indian joint venture, TFS, added 2.9% to revenue and £12.9m to operating profit: resulting in a combined group underlying operating margin of 6.8%
  • Underlying profit before tax of £148.7m: up 38.3%. Reported profit before tax of £144.8m, up 37.1%
  • Underlying earnings per share of 20.3 pence: up 31.0%. Reported earnings per share of 19.5 pence, up 28.9%
  • Final dividend of 4.9 pence per share, bringing the full year dividend to 8.1 pence per share: up 50.0%, reflecting an increase in the payout ratio to 40%
  • Underlying operating cash inflow5 of £103.5m, after our highest level of investment in the business to date
  • Proposed c.£100m special dividend and share consolidation
  • Encouraging pipeline of new contracts

Commenting on the results, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP Group, said:

“SSP has delivered another good performance in 2017. Operating profit was up 27.0% at constant currency, driven by good like-for-like sales growth, substantial new contract openings and further operational improvements. We have grown our presence across the world, particularly in North America and Asia and we are pleased with the performance of our new business in India. We have invested significant capital in the business this year, our highest to date, and at the same time we are returning cash to shareholders.

The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and, whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets.”

1 Stated on an underlying basis which excludes the revaluation of the obligation to acquire an additional 16% ownership share of TFS by the end of calendar year 2018 and the amortisation of intangible assets arising on the acquisition of the SSP business in 2006. In the prior year the underlying basis only excluded the amortisation of intangible assets arising on the acquisition of the SSP business in 2006.

2 Constant currency is based on average 2016 exchange rates weighted over the financial year by 2016 results.

3 Like-for-like sales represent revenues generated in an equivalent period in each financial year in outlets which have been open for a minimum of 12 months. Like-for-like sales are presented on a constant currency basis.

4 Net contract gains / (losses) represent the net year-on-year revenue impact from new outlets opened and existing units closed in the past 12 months. Net contract gains / (losses) are presented on a constant currency basis.

5 Stated on an underlying basis after capital expenditure, net cash flows to/from associates and non-controlling interests, acquisitions and tax, and excluding underlying items.

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Lulu Group opens its 139th Hypermarket at Buhaira in Sharjah

Lulu Group opens its 139th Hypermarket at Buhaira in Sharjah


Sharjah, UAE, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lulu Group, region’s top retailer has opened its 139th Hypermarket at Buhaira in Sharjah today (21NOV2017). The new Hypermarket was officially inaugurated by H.H. Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Chairman, Dept. of Government Relations & Member of Sharjah Executive Council. Also present on the occasion were Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA Executive Director of Lulu, Salim MA, Director of Lulu and other top officials of the company. A large number of people from different walks of life were also present to witness the inauguration.

After the inauguration Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qassimi and other dignitaries were led on a guided tour of the hypermarket by Yusuffali MA and briefed them about the various sections, unique features and amenities.

“This is our fifth store in Sharjah and we are extremely happy with the support and patronage we have been receiving from the rulers, citizens and residents of this great nation,” said Yusuffali MA, Chairman of LuLu Group. “It has been our policy to bring world class shopping as close as possible to the shoppers rather than make them drive long distance. Now with more than 37 sourcing offices worldwide including USA, UK, Africa and Far East, we are fully equipped to serve the diverse population of this cosmopolitan country.

With the opening of this new market, citizens and residents staying in Buhaira and adjoining areas will have world-class shopping closer to them at most attractive and competitive prices” concluded Yusuffali.

The hypermarket which is 139th store of the group, is spread over an area of about 100,000 square feet and can be easily accessed by residents of Buhaira and its surrounding areas. The groceries and supermarket section will occupy the ground level while the first floor will showcase Lulu Hypermarket’s Fashion, Household goods, Electronics & I.T., Toys and Accessories and footwear sections.

A major highlight of the newly opened store is that it has an exclusive store-in-store for all ‘free from” food range that offer extensive imported line of Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Dairy-free, Yeast-free, Wheat-free, Vegan, Organic, Fat-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Salt-free, GM-free, Egg-free, free range, no sugar, no-additives, no-preservatives, no-hydrogenated fat and other specialty food from around the world.

The hypermarket also features favorite brands such as Alukkas Jewellery, Lulu Exchange, Jawahara Jewellery, Malabar Gold, Lulu Pharmacy, etc.

Source: LULU Group

### triples the number of pickup locations to more than 10,000 sites nationwide

The world’s largest selection of wine now available for convenient pickup at Fedex Office and Walgreens stores nationwide

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, announced that it has tripled the number of pickup locations to more than 10,000 sites nationwide.  This includes nearly 1,000 in California and over 500 in New York – both states where now offers a larger selection of wine than any other store.  With this delivery option, customers don’t have to worry about being home to sign for delivery and can pick up their wine at their convenience.  Local pickup service has expanded beyond FedEx Office locations to include Walgreens, Duane Reade, Safeway, Shaws, Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and more.

Since wine requires a signature from someone over 21 years old, being home to wait for a delivery can be inconvenient for those who spend most of their day out of the house. This expansion means more locations and more flexible hours for pick up.  Most pickup locations are open nights and weekends with many offering 24/7 availability.  Your nearest local pickup sites can be found during the checkout process. is the only online wine retailer that offers both date-specific delivery as well as local pickup options. “Customers love our massive selection, deep wine content, live chat sommeliers and free shipping membership,” said Rich Bergsund, CEO.  “Now we’ll deliver to a location near you, for pickup on your schedule — no more waiting to sign for your wine delivery.  I use local pickup for all my wine deliveries.”

Customer adoption to date has been strong with more than half a million bottles delivered via’s local pickup service.  With this next phase of growth, customers have more local pickup options in closer proximity than ever before — ensuring most customers have a pickup site at least as close as their nearest specialty wine shop. Learn more at

About is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores.  The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine store, with live chat wine experts available 7 days a week on its mobile and full websites. With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated retail wine distribution network in the United States, delivers in 1-2 days to most addresses, offering date-certain delivery and the convenience of shipping for local pickup at 10,000 locations nationwide.  The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year.  Recently launched, the iOS app allows users to scan, rate and purchase wines on the go.’s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here.  For more information, visit the company’s website at

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Gwendolyn Osborn


Starbucks opens its first store in Jamaica

Starbucks opens its first store in Jamaica


  • Starbucks and Caribbean Coffee Baristas Limited, a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group, have opened Jamaica’s first Starbucks® store at Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay
  • Up to 15 Starbucks® stores expected to open over the next five years with a focus on creating local jobs, delivering a unique customer experience, and supporting the region’s coffee producers
  • Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee featured, marking key milestone in company’s long history of sourcing coffee from Jamaica
  • Starbucks Jamaica to work with MultiCare Youth Foundation to support job training for disadvantaged youth

Montego Bay, JAMAICA, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today (November 21, 2017)  opened its first store in Jamaica and entered its 76th market globally, marking a historic milestone for the global coffee company’s Caribbean operations and its storied history of sourcing the highest quality coffee from the region going back more than four decades.

The new café, located at Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, offers customers an inviting destination to relax, unwind and connect in one of the area’s most iconic neighborhoods. Featuring custom artwork by local artist Fiona Godfrey, the store’s unique design pays tribute to Jamaica’s history and rich coffee heritage. Customers can enjoy a wide range of Starbucks beverages and food, including its signature handcrafted hot and cold espresso beverages made with 100 percent arabica coffee. To mark this historic opening, the company is also featuring Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee, a long-time favorite with Starbucks customers in the U.S. and Canada.

“As a company that has worked for many decades with Jamaica’s coffee growing communities, we are honored to have the opportunity to work our local business partner Caribbean Coffee Baristas to open our first store in the beautiful island nation of Jamaica,” said Ricardo Rico, Starbucks general manager and vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, who attended the opening celebrations in Montego Bay. “For Starbucks, this is an opportunity to build on more than forty years of the best in-store experience to customers around the globe that is rooted in high-quality coffee and our engaged, knowledgeable baristas. Our new Starbucks Jamaica partners (employees) are ready to welcome customers, as we mark the beginning of this exciting chapter in the Caribbean market.”

Starbucks® stores in Jamaica are operated by Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd., a joint venture between Ian Dear, Chief Executive Officer of leading restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group and Adam Stewart, who is also Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International. Together, they plan to open up to 15 locations in Jamaica over the next five years, with a shared commitment towards creating opportunities for Starbucks employees, delivering a unique and unmatched customer experience, and supporting the region’s coffee producers. Following Montego Bay, the company expects to open in Kingston in 2018.

“As a leading Caribbean hospitality group, our achievements have always been guided by listening, responding and delivering on our customers’ expectations,” said Dear. “Bringing Starbucks, a globally recognized and respected brand, to our Jamaican shores, is a natural progression for us.  We pledge to continue providing the high standards that we and Starbucks are known for. This is another occasion for us to create fantastic opportunities, for everyone involved, and to create another global platform for our locally-grown Blue Mountain Coffee.  We know that this venture will be highly successful, and we look forward to an exciting future with Starbucks.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Starbucks to Jamaica and bring the Starbucks Experience to customers on the island,” said Stewart. “Through our shared values, including our dedication to delivering the best customer experience, commitment to be an employer of choice, and operating responsibly in the communities we serve, we aim to create a truly unique coffeehouse experience here in Jamaica.”

“In addition, I believe that Starbucks, with its long-standing love of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, represents one of the greatest opportunities for the incremental growth in the export of our locally-grown coffee,” said Stewart.

Honoring Jamaica’s Rich Heritage through Coffee and Design

In celebration of Starbucks launch in the market, customers can now enjoy Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee – a rare and exceptional coffee grown by Amber Estate farms in the Blue Mountain region, and roasted exclusively at the state-of-the-art Starbucks Reserve™ Roastery in the company’s hometown of Seattle. The company also plans to source Jamaican coffee for single origin coffees and blends for its stores in other markets across Latin America, and connect agronomists and technical experts from the Starbucks Global Agronomy Center to coffee producers in Jamaica.

“This coffee is an opportunity for us to recognize and thank Jamaica’s coffee growing community for their continued partnership on this special single origin coffee, while introducing our first customers in Jamaica to a very special part of Starbucks own coffee journey – an amazing coffee that is roasted in our one and only Starbucks Reserve Roastery back home in Seattle,” said Rico.

In addition, through a unique store design, the new Starbucks café’ showcases the iconic brand while also celebrating the Jamaican people and their rich culture and heritage. The 1,200-sq.-ft. space sits within the protected Montego Bay Marine Park at Doctor’s Cave Beach, one of the most treasured and renowned beaches in Jamaica. The store features distinctly local design elements such as pickled-wood vaulted ceilings and louvered windows, preserved from their original state and enriched to create an authentic beachside café experience.

Custom artwork from locally based artist Fiona Godfrey is featured throughout the space. Godfrey, an Irish artist who has called Jamaica home for more than 25 years, created a custom mural for the new Starbucks® store featuring a lion, which she notes is the “perfect icon to create a sense of place in Starbucks Montego Bay” as well as the Doctor Bird, a national symbol for Jamaica. The juxtaposition of the small bird and the majestic lion, echo a popular expression in the country – “We likkle but we tallowah” – to show that while Jamaica is a small nation it has had a huge global impact across the arts, culture, sports, coffee and more. Godfrey also incorporated Jamaica’s famous misty blue mountains in the background of her mural – a bow to world-renowned Jamaican coffee.  A familiar local greeting of “hail up,” hand-painted by local company Carlton & Sons Signs and Graphix and local artist Sheridan Burgess, greets customers as they enter the store, and a well-wishing “walk good” meets customers at the end of the coffee bar.

The color palette of Godfrey’s mural draws from the colors of Jamaica – black, green, yellow and red – with touches of gold and ochre for the lion’s face. “Jamaicans love gold, and we win a lot of it,” said Godfrey. Similar gold touches can be found throughout the new store. The coffee bar is covered in walnut panels that feature subtle gold-painted reveals, the backwall granite is embedded with delicate gold flecks, and an excerpt from Jamaican poet Reginald M. Murray’s “The Song of the Blue Mountain Stream” is hand-painted in gold, serving as a backdrop as Starbucks baristas craft beverages at the Espresso Bar.

“Fiona did such a beautiful job on the mural for this store, and from the first conversation we had with her, we knew she would be the one to give this store its soul,” said Denise Rodriguez, design manager for the Starbucks store in Jamaica. “The lion is meant to represent the heart and spirit of the Jamaican people. He’s not a fierce or intimidating lion, he’s majestic and mighty, but gentle and caring – connecting eyes with the hummingbird, or Doctor Bird as it’s locally called, and embracing her, acknowledging her, and respecting her. The hummingbird is not threatened by the powerful lion, as they are proudly harmonious, much like Jamaica itself.”

Creating Opportunities for Jamaican Youth

Starbucks has a long history going back more than forty years of investing in the communities it serves worldwide by creating opportunities for young people, particularly those in underserved communities. The company plans to similarly partner with Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd. in Jamaica to support initiatives aimed at connecting young men and women in the community with the resources and support they need to succeed. Starbucks partners recently volunteered at the Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home, painting and refurbishing the orphanage. The company is also looking at ways to support food donation and book and clothing drives.

In line with its global efforts to connect youth to economic opportunities, Starbucks plans to work with the MultiCare Youth Foundation to develop a Life and Work Skills training program for local youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a focus on 16- to 29-year-olds who are not in school or employed. With funding from The Starbucks Foundation, the program is intended to support youth in both Montego Bay and Kingston and will include customer service skills training to ensure youth are ready to access employment in the retail, service, or hospitality industries. By working with the MultiCare Youth Foundation, Starbucks also plans to include volunteer opportunities for partners to serve as mentors to participating youth.

Starbucks has operated stores in the Caribbean since 2002, when it opened its first store in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan. It now operates in six Caribbean markets, including the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, and now Jamaica. For Starbucks, which first opened in 1971 in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, the opening in Jamaica marks its 17th market in the Latin America and Caribbean region and 76th global market.


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SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Amazon celebrates Ten years of “Frustration-Free Packaging”

  • Certified Frustration-Free Packaging is easy to open, with no annoying clamshells or twist ties, and 100% recyclable
  • Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Programs have grown to include both Frustration-Free Packaging and Ships in Own Container, which produce less waste than traditional packaging – great for customers and the environment
  • Amazon works directly with thousands of manufacturers to redesign their packaging, eliminating waste throughout the supply chain while ensuring products arrive undamaged on customers’ doorsteps

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ten years ago this holiday season, Amazon introduced “Frustration-Free Packaging,” an invention designed to reduce waste and delight customers with easy-to-open, 100% recyclable packaging. Frustration-Free Packaging ends customer “wrap rage” by removing plastic bindings, wire ties, and clamshell casings – making boxes simple to open. And it’s great for the environment because products ship in their original packaging, eliminating the need for an additional shipping box.

Since launching in November 2008 with 19 items, Amazon’s packaging programs have grown to include both Frustration-Free Packaging and “Ships in Own Container.” In 2017 alone, Amazon has delivered 120 million shipments with packaging that is certified Frustration-Free or Ships in Own Container. To date, Amazon’s sustainable packaging innovations have eliminated 181,000 tons of packaging material and avoided 307 million shipping boxes – enough boxes to fill more than 550,000 semi-trucks.

“A decade ago we set out to invent packaging that is easy for customers to open, eliminates waste, and ensures products arrive undamaged on our customers’ doorsteps,” said Kim Houchens, Director of Customer Packaging Experience at Amazon. “Our certified packaging programs, including Frustration-Free Packaging, have delighted tens of millions of customers around the globe – and we’re adding new products to these programs every day.”

One of the biggest challenges in e-commerce packaging is designing it to be as compact as possible while ensuring that products arrive fully intact. Amazon works with manufacturers worldwide, helping them re-think and re-build their packaging, reducing waste throughout the supply chain while ensuring products are delivered to the customer undamaged. By thoroughly testing products in the Amazon Packaging Lab located in Seattle and also in fulfillment centers across the globe, Amazon identifies specific steps that manufacturers can take to improve their packaging. Manufacturers can even work alongside packaging engineers in Amazon’s Lab to create new packaging for a specific product and test the packaging the same day. Only products that successfully pass this rigorous testing program are certified as part of Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program.

Every year, Amazon receives millions of comments from customers delighted with the company’s innovations in packaging. Here are just two examples:

“The old frustration-full packaging took scissors and blood and sweat to open. The new way is perfect! Pull cardboard tab, open envelope, memory card in hand.”

“I am a huge fan of Amazon Frustration Free Packaging … Thank you for offering packaging that allows me to access my purchases without endangering myself.”

“For years, Hasbro has been hard at work to make our toy and game packaging more sustainable,” said Kathrin Belliveau, Senior Vice President, Global Government, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Hasbro, Inc. “We love how Frustration-Free Packaging allows us to deepen our commitment to sustainability, enables our consumers to enjoy their toys and games the minute they unwrap the box, and reduces waste – good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for business.”

“Sustainable growth for Colgate Palmolive means a focus on minimizing our environmental impact while continuing to expand our global business. Working with Amazon on packaging innovations has enabled us to do just that,” said Mike Corbo, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Colgate Palmolive. “Packaging waste is costly – for the business and for the planet – so we’re excited to be working with Amazon to drive sustainability improvements.”

For more about Amazon’s commitment to sustainability, visit

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.

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Lowe’s: Richard D. Maltsbarger to succeed Rick D. Damron as chief operating officer

Lowe’s: Richard D. Maltsbarger to succeed Rick D. Damron as chief operating officer


MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today (November 21, 2017) that Richard D. Maltsbarger, Lowe’s chief development officer and president, international, has been appointed chief operating officer, effective Feb. 3, 2018, and will continue to report to Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and CEO. Maltsbarger succeeds Rick D. Damron who plans to retire after 36 years with the company. Damron has served as chief operating officer since 2012.

In his new role, Maltsbarger, 42, will be responsible for delivering seamless omni-channel experiences to execute Lowe’s brand promise and build lasting customer loyalty. He will oversee areas including store operations, supply chain, pro and services, while also working closely with Michael P. McDermott, chief customer officer, to further enhance our omni-channel customer experience. A strong business leader, Maltsbarger has led Lowe’s international operations since 2015 and has a deep background in developing and executing strategy based on customer insights.

Niblock said, “Richard is a proven leader with a keen understanding of our business and industry. He brings vast consumer knowledge from various roles within Lowe’s and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of our strategy. We are confident that in this new role, Richard will continue to enhance our capabilities and processes as we execute our plans and meet customers’ rapidly evolving expectations.”

Niblock added, “On behalf of the board and management team, I want to thank Rick for his innumerable contributions to Lowe’s over his distinguished career during the past three decades. Rick has worked across every aspect of our operations, and his ideas and initiatives have positively impacted Lowe’s employees and customers. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Damron stated, “I have a great deal of admiration and respect for the Lowe’s organization and management team and look forward to working with Richard to ensure a smooth transition. Lowe’s is well positioned for continued success, and I have the utmost confidence in our employees and the company’s long-term growth opportunities.”

Maltsbarger Background

Maltsbarger was named chief development officer in 2014 and president, international in 2015. In his current role, Maltsbarger is responsible for corporate strategy, business development and international operations. Maltsbarger joined Lowe’s in 2004 as director of customer analytics and held various senior leadership roles including business development executive, senior vice president of strategy, vice president of strategic planning and vice president of research. Maltsbarger earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

About Lowe’s

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. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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CVS Pharmacy unveils incentives, rewards and hot deals this Thanksgiving weekend

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy wants to take the stress out of the holiday season this year by helping customers easily and affordably check off all the little things on their list from unique stocking stuffers to entertaining essentials so they can get back to enjoying the spirit of the season. CVS Pharmacy shoppers will see even more incentives and rewards for in-store and online purchases including a new five-week long gift card promotion, hot deals and special offers throughout Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond.

New this year, ExtraCare members will receive $10 in a “CVS Cash Card” after spending $30 on specially marked seasonal merchandise and everyday essentials noted in weekly circular ads and in stores. The cash card can be spent on nearly all non-prescription items in store with no expiration. The promotion runs November 5th through December 9th.*

Continuing the savings momentum, ExtraCare members will see exciting savings opportunities during a three-day Black Friday sales event at more than 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, which kicks off on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Saturday, November 25th.

“We want to make it easy for our customers to get what they need for the holiday season with surprising items at excellent value,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business, CVS Pharmacy and Chief Merchant of CVS Health. “Our goal is to help take the stress out of the season by offering quality deals on everything from unique holiday gifts to seasonal candy and food options for entertaining, as well as everyday health, beauty and home essentials so our customers can focus on finding joy in the little things that matter most to them.”

Hot Doorbusters for Everyone
Offers during the CVS Pharmacy three-day Black Friday sales event include free shipping on all online orders during this time and up to 80% off select items on

  • Beauty: Find exciting savings on popular beauty and cosmetic must-haves, bath gift sets, and designer fragrances. Select Nautica, Beyonc, Guess, Jennifer Lopez and Vera Wang fragrances will be just $12.99, select NYX Professional Lip Color or Glosses will be 2 for $11.98 with $10 in ExtraBucks Rewards, and select wet n wild gift sets will be $4.99 each with $4 in ExtraBucks Rewards and $9.99 each with $8 in ExtraBucks Rewards. In addition, select Conair hair appliances will be $10 with $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards and select Organic Doctor skin care and Physicians Formula mascara or eyeliner will be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Essentials: Save on Cottonelle CleanCare toilet paper, Scott Tube-Free bath tissue (9 rolls) and Kleenex (3 pack) for $3.77 each with $1.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards. In addition, Xtra laundry detergent (51 oz.) is $1.99 with $1.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards. CVS batteries (4 pack) and Glade Freshener (6 oz.) will also be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Toys: Buy One, Get One Free on the hottest seasonal toys for kids of all ages including Discovery Kids Play Sets, Barbie, Star Wars, Frozen, Trolls and select “As Seen on TV” favorites. In addition, find a Blue Hat Toy Company 34-piece Train Set for $19.99 and a Superway Super Truck Set for $29.99.
  • Decor: Get in the spirit with great deals on festive dcor, including Buy One, Get One Free on select Merry Brite light sets, Hallmark licensed ornaments and select boxed cards.
  • Entertaining: Save on everything from healthier snacks to favorite eats. This year, Gold Emblem or Gold Emblem Abound bagged pistachios or pistachio mixes (5-8.25 oz.) will be $2.99. Cheerios will be $1.99 with $1.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards, and Edy’s and Dreyer’s ice cream will be Buy One, Get One Free (not available in California.) Green Giant vegetables (11-15.25 oz.) will also be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Stocking Stuffers: Find everything needed to fill your stockings including Buy One, Get One Free on Nestle and Mars Chocolate Single Candy and Schick Hydro Men’s Razor (1 ct.) for $7.99 with $3 in ExtraBucks Rewards (and a $3Manufacturer coupon). Beauty 360 or Blade 2 Disposable Razors (3 ct.), GUM Toothbrush (2pl) and select candies (Starburst, Skittles and Wrigley gum singles) will also be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Photo Gifts: Customers can give thoughtful and personalized gifts this season by receiving 40% off photo cards, 30% off photo books and 20% off photo gifts (including home dcor, mugs, ornaments and more). In addition, 50 4×6 prints will be just $6 and 100 4×6 prints will be just $10. Promotion is available online at or for any prints purchased through the CVS Pharmacy app.

Customers must be a member of the CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare program to be eligible for these deals. Customers can easily enroll for free in-store or online at

During the week of Cyber Monday (November 26th through December 2nd), customers will also have access to exciting new daily deal flash sales on featuring hot items up to 66% off including some items totally free while supplies last, for any customer who spends $25 or more. Flash sales will run each day from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. In addition to these deals, customers can receive 40% off their entire CVS Photo order all week long.

*CVS Cash Card is not actual cash and will pay out in the form of a gift card. ExtraCare card required. Coupon for a free CVS Cash Card will print on receipt immediately following qualifying purchase(s) of $30 or more. Qualifying purchases will need to occur within the promotion week to reach the $30 threshold. Limit 1 free $10 CVS Cash Card per cardholder per week. CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to limit quantities on all items or the availability of rainchecks for items where permitted by law. Curbside customers must redeem CVS Cash Card coupon in store. The CVS Cash Card can be used for any purchase with the same restrictions as gift card purchases (excluding prescriptions and alcohol).

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at

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The Australian Retailers Association welcomes ACCC’s Draft Determination of the Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Draft Determination of the Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice, supporting its concerns of the effective operation of the Code and their suggestion to invite respective organisations to become parties of the Code Administration Committee (CAC).

The ARA have long been working on this issue with the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) as the CAC has not been functioning as intended, with ineffective administration and maintenance of the Code leading to a number of issues.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the ARA have had both retailers and members highlight endless adjacency and line of sight issues with casual mall tenants that will need to be addressed in the re-authorisation of the Code.

“While retailers understand the use of pop-up shops for temporary promotions, those in direct competition with existing tenants should not be operating directly outside permanent retailers,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The Code must be reviewed and amended, as any interference with sightlines to a permanent lessee should be at least avoided, if not prohibited, as it impacts unfairly on access, customer flow, and competition.”

The ARA strongly believe a diverse representation of parties on the Code is crucial to its success, however they do insist it is important for parties which are primarily affected by the Code to have ownership of it.

“While the ARA appreciate the recommended appointments to the CAC, we question the amount of knowledge some organisations might possess on retail leasing issues, particularly those that represent retail businesses who do not generally occupy physical stores,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The ARA does not have any objection to the National Online Retailers Association (NORA) being put forward as a landlord nominee, nor the National Retailers Association (NRA) as a landlord nominee, given its close relationship in representing the interests of the SCCA over retail.”

The ARA, ASGA, FCA and PGA are committed to ensuring the success of the Code moving forward, and will not support re-authorisation of the Code until its current issues are addressed. Until then, the ARA will continue to seek regulatory intervention by the ACCC.

To view the ARA’s full submission to the ACCC please click here.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit or call 1300 368 041.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, call the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email

Source: ARA

Price Rite joins The Greater Boston Food Bank in its 7th Annual Chain of Giving event

Price Rite joins The Greater Boston Food Bank in its 7th Annual Chain of Giving event


Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite associates took part in the 7th Annual Chain of Giving event this month hosted by The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

The event kicks off the holiday giving season of by bringing dozens of volunteers together to help unload turkeys at the food bank’s distribution center. Nearly 40,000 turkeys will pass through the GBFB enroute to families in need from now through December.

Price Rite, which donated store gift cards to GBFB to distribute to families, was happy to participate in the Chain of Giving. Associates and management teams, below, pose for a photo at the food bank this month.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: Price Rite

Asda introduces six show-stopping Magnums including the award-winning Châteauneuf Du Pape

The rich, premium red joins a line-up of six Magnum-sized bottles for the festive season

Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s nothing worse than pouring glasses for guests to find that halfway around the table, the bottle is already empty. To ensure there’s enough for everyone this festive season, Asda is introducing six show-stopping Magnums, including the award-winning Châteauneuf Du Pape for £24.00.

Historically reserved for The Pope and French royalty, shoppers can drink like a King this Christmas with the indulgent, quality red – perfect for sipping with a turkey and all the trimmings.

Now available in a 1.5L bottle – pouring up to 12 glasses – the internationally-acclaimed wine comes to just £2.00 per glass, making it the perfect choice for a luxury Christmas without the price tag.

Stuart Dolby, Asda Wine Buyer, comments: “When it comes to Christmas, bigger is always better. This year, our shoppers can add a little extra sparkle to the table with six affordable, quality Magnums, including the grand Châteauneuf Du Pape – perfect to impress guests and quench the nation’s thirst for great vino.

“With intense spice and leather aromas, and hints of strawberry, raspberry and liquorice, our big bottle of red is perfect for a cold, crisp winter night or as a gift for the discerning drinker. Plucked from vines in the Southern Rhone Valley, the wine provides a sip of extravagance without the bank-busting price tag.”

Alongside the Châteauneuf du Pape, Asda’s Magnums come in two fruity reds, an award-winning prosecco, an elegant sparkling rosé and a crisp Champagne – all perfect centerpieces for any Christmas party.

See below for the list of Magnums available at Asda and price information**:
Gran Colina Rioja – £10.00
Mateus Rosé – £10.00
DOT Malbec – £11.00
Fillipo Sansovino Prosecco – £14.00
Châteauneuf Du Pape – £24.00
Louvel Fontaine Champagne – £32.00

**Prices Relevant from 16th November-3rd January 2018

For more information, please contact the Asda press office at Mischief PR on 020 3128 6600 or email


About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.

Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. and deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.

Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Source: ASDA

Mill Station: Kimco unveils plans for a new, open-air shopping destination in Baltimore County, Maryland

Mill Station: Kimco unveils plans for a new, open-air shopping destination in Baltimore County, Maryland


Costco to anchor this Kimco Signature Series development

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today (11/21/2017) introduced plans for Mill Station – a new, open-air shopping destination at the former site of the Owings Mills Mall in Baltimore County, Maryland. Costco will anchor the 575,000-square-foot Kimco Signature Series development, which will feature national, regional and local retailers, a variety of dining options, ample parking, green space and pedestrian-friendly walkways. Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2018, with completion expected in early 2019.

“Mill Station will be a dynamic retail destination that breathes new life into the Owings Mills community,” said Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer. “Kimco is transforming this asset, delivering an impressive mix of national brands, local shops and dining options in a modern, open layout that better reflects the desires of local shoppers and the character of this area.”

The approximately $108-million, ground-up development will house up to 30 retailers and restaurants, linked by a network of walkways and connections to existing office and retail. Mill Station lies in close proximity to mass transit, and enjoys direct access to I-795, connecting Carroll County with Baltimore County. The shopping center will serve a population of 166,000 in the surrounding five-mile area, with an average household income of approximately $93,000.

Costco will open a 148,000-square-foot warehouse club at the shopping center, to include a deli, bakery, food court, garden center, optical department, photo center and a gas station. The Mill Station club will be the only Costco location within a 15-mile radius. Kimco is negotiating leases with several additional retailers to occupy a total of 350,000 square feet at the new center. Furthermore, the site’s existing AMC Theatre will be fully modernized, creating a state-of-the-art cinema experience.

“We are confident that Mill Station will be a lifestyle destination that the Owings Mills community will enjoy for years to come,” said Tom Simmons, President of Kimco’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We’d like to thank the Owings Mills residents, area businesses and local officials, whose voices and opinions were heard and appreciated throughout the planning process.”

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 September 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 507 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

Jennifer Maisch
Director, Corporate Communications

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation



Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 559,672 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from November 13, 2017 up to and including November 17, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €16.90 per share for a total consideration of €9.5 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 50,307,561 common shares for a total consideration of €912 million.

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

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


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Historically, Meijer sells nearly 10 million bottles of wine and beer during Thanksgiving week, according to the Meijer beer and wine buyers. If you are looking for guidance and open to adding a local selection, the buyers have released their 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks that herald from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest.

2017 Local Wine Recommendations

According to, Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when wine is most likely to appear on American dinner tables. Turkey is one of the most versatile meats that can be paired with many types of wine. White wines and delicate reds complement white meat, while a bold red pairs nicely with dark meat. The pairing process gets complicated when you consider side dishes and desserts. Here are our wine buyers top local vintage picks by state that range from dry to sweet:

  • Michigan: From Chateau Grand Traverse, they prefer Mich Mash White Blend; Mich Mash Red Blend; and Mich Mash Riesling.
  • Wisconsin: From Door Peninsula Winery, they recommend Door County Blackberry Merlot; from WollerSheimWinery, its Prairie Fume; and from Cedar Creek Winery, its Cranberry Blush.
  • Illinois: From Illinois Cellars, they recommend Velvet Red; from Lynfred Winery, the top pick is Lynfred Cranberry; and from St. James Winery, its St. James Blackberry.
  • Indiana: From Oliver Winery & Vineyards, they prefer Oliver Riesling; from Mallow Run Winery its Rhubarb; from Easley Winery, the top choice is Jubilee Cranberry and from Huber Winery its Sweet Marcella.
  • Ohio: From Mon Ami Winery, they recommend Pink Catawba, Catawba White, and Concord; from The Winery at Versailles, its Rodeo Red; and from Vinoklet Winery its La Dolce Vita.
  • Kentucky: From Stonebrook Winery, they recommend Blackberry; and from Old 502 Winery, the top choice is Kentucky Lady.

2017 Local Beer Recommendations

For those looking to buck tradition, consider featuring some local brews at your Thanksgiving celebration. According to the Meijer beer buyers, the effervescence in beer cleanses the palate, which based on all of the textures and flavors offered in a Thanksgiving meal, drinking beer allows you to fully experience the flavors of each dish. During dinner, consider sticking with a pale ale or a session IPA.

  • Pale Ales: New Glarus Moon Man from Wisconsin; Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin from Illinois/California; and Rhinegeist Crash from Ohio.
  • Session IPAs: Founders All Day IPA and Perrin No Problems, both from Michigan.

When it comes to dessert, the Meijer beer buyers suggest adding something a little more complex depending on the dessert, or try a cider, especially when enjoying apple pie.

  • Pumpkin Pie: Atwater Vanilla Java Porter; Bell’s Christmas Ale; and Vander Mill Totally Roasted, all of which are Michigan brews, and Great Lakes Christmas ale from Ohio.
  • Chocolate Cake: Founders Backwoods Bastard; New Holland Dragon’s Milk or The Poet; and Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout, all of which are Michigan brews. Kentucky Ale’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, from Kentucky and Sun King Wee Mac from Indiana.
  • Apple Pie: Blake’s Wake Fire Cider from Michigan; and Redd’s Blueberry Ale from Wisconsin.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at


Jennifer Rook

Source; Meijer


7‑Eleven and Coca-Cola team up to brighten the holidays with Slurpee® “Sip & Scan” sweepstakes

7‑Eleven and Coca-Cola team up to brighten the holidays with Slurpee® “Sip & Scan” sweepstakes


IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town, specifically to 7‑Eleven®stores in town, and he has $100,000 for one lucky Slurpee® drink-lover. 7‑Eleven, Inc. and Coca-Cola are brightening the holidays this year with a Slurpee® “Sip & Scan” sweepstakes that has a grand prize of $100,000. Weekly winners will receive a year of free Slurpee drinks. The holiday promotion ends Jan. 2, 2018.

Entering the sweepstakes is simple:

  1. Purchase one of the special holiday red, medium-size Slurpee cups* at a participating 7‑Eleven store.
  2. Open on a smartphone and follow the links and instructions.
  3. Scan the “Sip & Scan” icon on the Slurpee cup using camera tool at to enter for a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize or one of the weekly prizes.

Weekly winners will get free Slurpee drinks for a year (365 medium drinks). The $100,000 grand-prize winner will be announced in January of 2018.

“Slurpee drinks create delicious experiences year ‘round and the holidays are no exception,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “This season, Slurpee lovers can make their holidays brighter—and more delicious—by sipping on a classic Coca-Cola flavored Slurpee while unlocking the chance to win some extra cash.”

The limited-time holiday Slurpee cup was created with Coke®’s classic red and white colors in the new Slurpee bubble and swirl design.

Adding to the holiday theme is a twisted candy cane Slurpee® straw. Limited-time specialty straws continue to be a popular add-on item.

Coca-Cola’s iconic Santa Claus, as imagined by the artist Haddon Sundblom , will grab attention on special signage at the Slurpee machine.

The holiday Slurpee sweepstakes can be entered one time per day.

*NO PURCHASE/SCAN NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 US STATES (AND DC), MUST BE 13 YEARS OR OLDER AND HAVE A COKE.COM ACCOUNT BEFORE PARTICIPATING.  AT PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS ONLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Runs from 11/8/17 to 1/2/18. Total ARV of all prizes is $104,000. For Official Rules, free method of entry, prize descriptions, odds disclosure, Entry Periods, and complete details, visit  Sponsor: The Coca Cola Company, One Coca-Cola Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30313.

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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.


7‑Eleven now offers an affordable, fashion-forward line of makeup with the launch of Simply Me Beauty™

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — For women on the go, 7‑Eleven now offers cosmetic convenience with the launch of Simply Me Beauty™, an affordable, fashion-forward line of makeup. Available exclusively at 7‑Eleven stores, the Simply Me Beauty brand was created to appeal to millennial women.

The assortment of 40 items is designed to meet the needs of any female consumer. The well-rounded collection of cosmetics and cosmetic accessories for the face, eyes and lips includes offerings for day or night use, different complexion types and skin tones. All items are affordably priced between $3 and $5.

Appropriate for any age, the new Simply Me Beauty line of cosmetics was created for busy millennial-aged women looking for their makeup and accessory must-haves while taking care of business, family and themselves.

“The beauty industry has seen dramatic growth of cost-conscious cosmetics in the marketplace because millennial women are looking for a variety of colors at affordable prices,” said Lindsay Robertson, 7‑Eleven product development category manager. “They like to buy and try, and our goal when developing the Simply Me Beauty line was to create a line of makeup that had a quality look and feel without a high price barrier.”

Beauty products is a $46 billion industry that is expected to increase by 12 percent by 2020, and makeup makes up 17 percent of the cosmetic market, another number that is expected to continue to grow. Drug stores and supermarkets have 30 percent of the market, and 7‑Eleven plans to gain market share in a big way with this introduction.

Items in the special freestanding “Gorgeous on the Go” display include: eyeshadow palettes, blushers, highlighter, bronzer, BB foundation creams, hi-def concealers, volumizing mascara, eyebrow powder and wax, eyeliner, lip gloss and crayons, cream lipsticks, translucent powder compact, faux eyelashes, assorted makeup brushes, blender sponge, eye makeup remover, nail buffer and nail polish remover.

“Convenience isn’t always just about a quick stop for something to eat and drink,” said Jack Stout, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of merchandising. “7‑Eleven tries to offer our customers solutions for lots of different needs. We believe that for many, this top quality line of cosmetics and cosmetic accessories can become regular purchases in addition to fill-in stops.”

“Much of the time, makeup items like lip and eye colors are spur-of-the-moment, impulse buys,” said Joy Pico, 7‑Eleven category manager. “If the price is right, that makes it easier to justify. For a millennial working woman wanting to refresh her makeup while grabbing lunch at 7‑Eleven stores, Simply Me Beauty is a welcomed offering and is priced just right for her. ”

The 7‑Eleven private brands team benchmarks all new items against popular national brands to ensure equal or better quality along with features not found anywhere else. When customers try any of the items carrying one of the 7‑Eleven brands, they are surprised to find it at 7‑Eleven, and delighted at the item’s uniqueness, quality and value.

7‑Eleven is supporting the launch with a social media program during the holiday shopping season.

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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.


Hy-Vee to open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota

Top tourist destination, shopping complex to feature newest location

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today (Nov. 21, 2017) that it will open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota, this summer.

The 5,500-square-foot Wahlburgers will be located on Level 2, North at Mall of America and will offer a unique dining experience featuring signature burgers, home-style sides, housemade condiments, fish, chicken and vegetarian options, and a full bar including specialty drinks such as adult frappes and floats.

“Hy-Vee is excited to launch the first of many new restaurants in partnership with Wahlburgers, and to bring a new dining experience to the Twin Cities,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “Families will enjoy great food in a fun atmosphere, served with the excellent customer service and hospitality that Hy-Vee and Wahlburgers are known for.”

Chef Paul Wahlberg created the franchise along with two of his brothers, actors Mark and Donnie, to please all tastes through both lighter and heartier menu offerings, served up in casual, music-filled atmosphere.

“Families will have a great time, and hopefully share a lot of laughs and love when they enjoy my family’s delicious recipes at our new Walburgers in one of the top tourist spots in America,” Chef Paul said. “Along with Hy-Vee, my family is committed to offering a unique culinary experience that goes beyond the basic burger, with customer service that will make you feel like family.”

Carrie Charleston, vice president of leasing for Mall of America, said the mall is committed to offering an eclectic mix of cuisine options – from fast food to fine dining.

“We are thrilled to be the first Wahlburgers location in Minnesota so our guests visiting from all over the world will have the opportunity to witness the top-notch dining experience the Wahlbergs have created,” said Charleston.

Wahlburgers currently operates 17 locations in nine states and Canada. In August, Hy-Vee announced that it plans to build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers restaurants. Plans for another Wahlburgers franchise location, scheduled to open in 2018, are underway in West Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition to the location at Mall of America, Hy-Vee will soon offer Wahlburgers-branded menu items in its full-service Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants across its eight-state region. Hy-Vee is also a proud sponsor of the “Wahlburgers” reality TV series on the A&E network which chronicles the brothers and the restaurant franchise.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit

Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie and other investors, Wahlburgers debuted in October 2011 in Hingham, Massachusetts. The subject of an A&E reality show, Wahlburgers offers a fun, casual music-filled atmosphere where guests, like family, share great food, a few laughs and lots of love. While its walls celebrate the story through photos and words of the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester, Mass. neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, it’s the food at Wahlburgers that takes center stage. Crafted by Chef Paul and served with heartfelt hospitality, the chef inspired menu features a variety of fresh burgers, housemade condiments, crispy haddock, seared chicken and vegetarian options. Other signature items include Mom’s Sloppy Joe, thin crispy onion rings, tater tots and thick creamy frappes and floats. Gluten free options are available. Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a popular gathering spot offering an impressive selection of adult frappes, cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski – a Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale.  Dedicated to giving back, Wahlburgers is active in every community it serves. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Wahlburgers offers full-service dining, counter service, take out and a full-service bar. For locations and more information visit

Mall of America (MOA) is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America. At 5.6 million square feet, MOA boasts more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park featuring 27 rides; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, home to sharks, sting rays and an amazing underwater tunnel; FlyOver America a 4D immersive flight adventure; Crayola Experience; Rainforest Café; Hard Rock Café; the nation’s longest indoor zip line and an 18-hole mini golf course. The Mall, a top American tourist and vacation destination, opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport. Mall of America hosts more than 400 events annually, including concerts, book signings, celebrity meet-and-greets and community-focused cultural events.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.