“12 Days of Inspiration”: Barnes & Noble announces its inaugural sales event showcasing exclusive offers this holiday season

Unwrapping Exclusive Daily Deals Both In-Store and Online at a Special Price Available for That Day Only

New York, NY, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced its first-ever “12 Days of Inspiration,” an inaugural sales event showcasing a variety of exclusive offers for shoppers this holiday season.

“At Barnes & Noble, we’re always thinking about how we can make shopping a seamless experience for our customers, whether they are buying from us in-store or online,” said Demos Parneros, Chief Executive Officer, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “We think they are going to be surprised and delighted by our ‘12 Days of Inspiration’ promotion, which features the most exclusive deals on books and other products to be found this holiday season, as curated by our expert booksellers.”

From December 1 through December 12, shoppers can visit a Barnes & Noble store or go online at BN.com/12Days each day for a new, exclusive item available at an incredible deal for 24 hours. The holiday sales event is the most exciting collection of gifts and products ever assembled by Barnes & Noble, and each day, a new item will be revealed at a special price, available on that day only. The offers will be available on the most exclusive, hottest holiday gift items of the season, easing the woes of holiday shopping.

With 52 percent of consumers taking advantage of promotional days1, Barnes & Noble is excited to continue celebrating the season with consecutive offers that are fit for the whole family.  Additionally, with 58 percent of consumers spending more during the holiday than planned1, these discounts help capture the perfect gift at an affordable price. Throughout the course of the 12 days, shoppers are encouraged to visit in-store and online daily to check out these special deals and promotions.

In celebration of the sales event, Barnes & Noble has partnered with Evette Rios, lifestyle expert and host of The Way Home on Lifetime and A&E, and Recipe Rehab airing on CBS, Z Living and Hulu, to help guide shoppers in the right direction this holiday season. “Holiday shopping can take its toll as you dash from store to store to cross gifts off your ever-growing list. It leaves many people wishing for the gift of more time and less stress,” said Rios. “This year, I’m proud to be partnering with Barnes & Noble, because its mission aligns with my values of sharing knowledge and a love of reading. Plus, Barnes & Noble stores are one-stop-shops, where consumers can get their holiday gift shopping done, and even wrapped, all in one place, for every person on their gift list, allowing them to balance the stress and excitement that the holiday season brings.”

Customers are invited to Barnes & Noble’s 632 stores nationwide and browse the “12 Days of Inspiration” at BN.com/12Days to discover the hottest books and other great gift items available this holiday season. And for even greater value, customers are invited to join the Barnes & Noble Membership program. Designed for Barnes & Noble’s most loyal customers, the Barnes & Noble Membership program gives Members 40 percent off all hardcover bestsellers and 10 percent off virtually everything else in Barnes & Noble stores throughout the year. Customers should speak with one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local Barnes & Noble store to learn more about the Membership program and to get details on how they can join.

Customers are encouraged to join in the conversation on their social media channels by using the hashtag, #12Days.

1T. Rowe Price’s 2017 Parents, Kids & Money Survey

SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Mary Ellen Keating

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Mei Sanchez
Manager, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3579

Barnes & Noble unveils its lineup of free Storytime events for children and families for the holiday season

A Special Storytime Pajama Party Featuring Customer-Favorite The Polar Express

Free Children’s Storytimes Celebrate the Joy of Reading and a Family Holiday Tradition Throughout the Month of December

New York, NY, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced its lineup of free Storytime events for children and families, a holiday tradition designed to celebrate the joy of reading and the magic of the holiday season. This year’s lineup includes beloved holiday classics and introduces customers to new holiday stories that are sure to spread joy and wonder.

This month-long series of events kicks off with a special Storytime Pajama Party celebrating the beloved holiday classic, The Polar Express, on Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. All aboard the Polar Express where children will receive complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, a Christmas ornament, and other fun giveaways to get them excited for the holiday season. Join us at this pajama party Storytime filled with lots of activities and tons of fun! Customers are encouraged to take pictures of themselves and loved ones and post to their personal social media sites using the hashtag #BNStorytime.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime – On Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host a special Storytime celebrating all things Grinch. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, this Dr. Seuss classic is a mainstay of the holidays, and the positive message is wonderful for children of all ages. Coloring and activities to follow.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Storytime – On Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will celebrate Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book, based on Disney’s recently released Frozen holiday featurette. In this hilarious and charming story, loveable snowman Olaf and his pals Elsa and Anna are getting ready to celebrate the holidays, but not before Olaf sets out to find the best family tradition the sisters have ever seen! Coloring and activities round out the fun. Customers can enjoy free Godiva chocolates, which will be passed out at the Storytime, while supplies last.

River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime – On Saturday, December 16, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores celebrate a new story from the original Idol, Grammy® Award–winning singing sensation Kelly Clarkson, River Rose and the Magical Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve, and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a letter to Santa. She can’t wait to finally meet the man in red until… Oh no! River Rose and her dog, Joplin, have fallen asleep and been swept off on another magical adventure. This time, they’re off to the North Pole to let Santa know what River Rose really wants for Christmas. This joyous new holiday story perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday season. Coloring and activities to follow.

Santa’s Magic Key Storytime – On Saturday, December 23, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide invite children to unlock the magic with Santa’s Magic Key. Start a new family tradition with this unforgettable holiday story that celebrates the magic of the holidays and reveals how Santa can always spread gifts and joy on Christmas Eve by using his magical key. Coloring and activities to follow.

The Story of Ferdinand Storytime – On Saturday, December 30, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide introduce children to Ferdinand, the world’s most peaceful and beloved little bull, in The Story of Ferdinand, a true classic with a timeless message. Coloring and activities to follow.

Special Offers: Customers can purchase A Loud Winter’s Nap at the special price of only $7.99 (regularly priced $15.95) with the purchase of any Kids’ book. This offer end on December 25, while supplies last.

Additionally, through December 25, customers can buy two Dr. Seuss books and get the third free. This offer applies to titles on the in-store Dr. Seuss fixture only. The free book will be the least expensive book in the transaction.

During all Barnes & Noble Storytime readings and activities, parents and guardians are encouraged to take pictures and post to their personal social media sites using the hashtag #BNStorytime.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes are free and open to the public. All events are subject to change. Customers should visit www.bn.com/storelocator for more information about events at their local store.

SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Mary Ellen Keating

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Mei Sanchez
Manager, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3579

Bon-Ton Stores president and CEO Bill Tracy: We are very pleased with our November sales results and our strong start to the holiday season

MILWAUKEE, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT), today announced that comparable store sales for the four weeks ended November 25, 2017 increased 3.1%. Total sales increased 1.9% to $280.6 million in the current year compared with $275.3 million in the prior year period.

“We are very pleased with our November sales results and our strong start to the holiday season,” said Bill Tracy, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “We were well positioned heading into Black Friday weekend, and our new merchandising and marketing initiatives continue to generate positive initial results.  We experienced in-store traffic that was better than industry regional trends, particularly on Black Friday, and our investments in our online and mobile shopping experience are resonating with customers. We continue to execute with a sense of urgency and remain focused on a successful holiday season.”

The Company will provide additional details when it reports its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 periods ending February 3, 2018.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.  For further information, please visit http://investors.bonton.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information included in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which may be identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend” or other similar expressions and include the Company’s fiscal 2017 guidance, involve important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: risks related to retail businesses generally; a significant and prolonged deterioration of general economic conditions which could negatively impact the Company in a number of ways, including the potential write-down of the current valuation of intangible assets and deferred taxes; risks related to the Company’s proprietary credit card program; potential increases in pension obligations; consumer spending patterns, debt levels, and the availability and cost of consumer credit; additional competition from existing and new competitors or changes in the competitive environment; inflation; deflation; changes in the costs of fuel and other energy and transportation costs; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; uncertainties associated with expanding or remodeling existing stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified management; the dependence upon relationships with vendors and their factors; a data security breach or system failure; the ability to reduce or control SG&A expenses, including initiatives to reduce expenses and improve profits; operational disruptions; unsuccessful marketing initiatives; the ability to expand our capacity and improve efficiency through our new eCommerce fulfillment center; changes in, or the failure to successfully implement, our key strategies, including the store rationalization program and initiatives to improve our merchandising, marketing and operations; adverse outcomes in litigation; the incurrence of unplanned capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes; the impact of regulatory requirements including the Health Care Reform Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the inability or limitations on the Company’s ability to favorably adjust the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; the ability of the Company to change its capital structure; and the financial condition of mall operators. Any sales results reported herein do not necessarily predict the company’s performance for the full 2017 holiday season or for the fiscal fourth quarter as a whole. Additional factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in these forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail under Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Christine Hojnacki, 414-347-5329

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./ GLOBE NEWSWIRE


RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust enters into an agreement with CT Real Estate Investment Trust for the sale of seven retail properties

TORONTO, Canada, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust(“RioCan” or the “Trust”) (TSX:REI.UN) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with CT Real Estate Investment Trust (“CT REIT”) for the sale of seven retail properties, all of which are anchored by a Canadian Tire banner, for a total sale price of $200 million. The annualized income based on the first nine months of 2017 for the portfolio is approximately $12 million.

The sale is the first transaction to be completed as part of RioCan’s previously announced plan to accelerate its portfolio focus in Canada’s six major markets through the sale of approximately 100 properties located largely in secondary markets across Canada.

Edward Sonshine Chief Executive Officer of RioCan, said, “We are very pleased to report good progress on the execution of our accelerated strategy in such a short time. This transaction reinforces the quality and anticipated value of the properties allocated for sale, which are largely highly stable assets that appeal to a wide range of buyers. We have been very pleased with the initial response to the announcement, and we are in various stages of negotiations on several transactions representing properties that we expect to be able to provide more details on in the first quarter of 2018. Overall, we are very confident in our ability to complete our disposition program and execute our strategic vision within our initial timelines provided.”

The sales are subject to normal closing conditions with the majority expected to close in December 2017, and the remainder to close in the first quarter of 2018. The net proceeds will be used to pay down debt, fund unit repurchases through RioCan’s Normal Course Issuer Bid program and fund the Trust’s development activities. Since the renewal of the program on October 20, 2017, RioCan has purchased 2,526,687 units at an average purchase price of $25.54.

The properties included in the agreement are:

Property Name Location Net Leasable Area (sf.)
Collingwood Centre Collingwood, ON 210,000
Goodlife Centre St. Catharines, ON 144,000
Orillia Square Mall Orillia, ON 318,000
Parkland Mall Yorkton, SK 264,000
Southwinds Crossing Oliver, BC 73,000
Sudbury Place Sudbury, ON 148,000
Upper James Plaza Hamilton, ON 126,000

As previously disclosed, RioCan’s accelerated strategy is intended to further enhance the quality, growth profile and resilience of the Trust’s portfolio of retail focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high density, transit oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $13.9 billion at September 30, 2017. RioCan owns, manages and develops retail-focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high-density transit-oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work. Our portfolio is comprised of 294 properties, including 16 development properties, with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 45 million square feet. To learn more about how we deliver real vision on solid ground, visit www.riocan.com.

Forward Looking Information

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

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended September 30, 2017 (“MD&A”), which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to: liquidity and general market conditions; tenant concentrations and related risk of bankruptcy or restructuring (and the terms of any bankruptcy or restructuring proceeding), occupancy levels and defaults, including the failure to fulfill contractual obligations by the tenant or a related party thereof; lease renewals and rental increases; the ability to re-lease and find new tenants for vacant space; retailer competition; changes in Ontario’s rent control legislation; access to debt and equity capital; interest rate and financing risk; joint ventures and partnerships; the relative illiquidity of real property, the timing and the ability of RioCan to sell certain properties; and the valuations to be realized on property sales relative to current IFRS values; unexpected costs or liabilities related to acquisitions and dispositions; development risk associated with construction commitments, project costs and related approvals; environmental matters; litigation; reliance on key personnel; unitholder liability; income, sales and land transfer taxes; and credit ratings.

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


Edward Sonshine, O. Ont., Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer
(416) 866-3018 | sonshine@riocan.com

Source: RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Alshaya: Chef Johnny Di Francesco debuts his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant in the Middle East at The Avenues Bahrain

Alshaya: Chef Johnny Di Francesco debuts his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant in the Middle East at The Avenues Bahrain

Bahrain, Middle East, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco has debuted his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand in the Middle East with the opening of the first restaurant at The Avenues Bahrain, in partnership with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

The opening of the first 400 Gradi restaurant outside Australia was celebrated by Mr. Domenico Bellato, Italy’s Ambassador to Bahrain; Ian Toal, the President of Alshaya’s Food Division; Nigel Doughty, the Vice President of Food Retail at Alshaya; and chef Di Francesco, the founder of 400 Gradi.

400 Gradi is a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant that was created by chef Di Francesco, the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace (AVPN) and President of AVPN Australia. It offers a wide variety of deliciously handcrafted Italian cuisine, using the finest Italian ingredients to give guests the most complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples.

In 2014, chef Di Francesco was named the ‘world’s best pizza maker’ during the World Championships in Italy for his authentic Napoletana-style pizza, which is cooked for only 90 seconds at a temperature of 400 degrees – hence the name 400 Gradi.

Along with this Napoletana-style pizza, the restaurant offers an array of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes, including its famous handmade gnocchi, succulent lamb and pistachio cutlets, traditional artisan Italian gelato and delicious desserts.

Commenting on the new partnership, chef Di Francesco said: “This is a groundbreaking milestone for the Gradi Group. Expanding to the Middle East is an exciting step forward, especially with Alshaya, who are a pioneer in franchising international brands. We are delighted with this partnership and we look forward welcoming guests to enjoy the ultimate Italian dining experience.”

400 Gradi plans to expand to Kuwait, Dubai and other strategic locations in the GCC.

For more exciting news, follow 400 Gradi on Facebook and Instagram @400GradiME or call them on 17110616.

SOURCE: M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L.


+965 2224 2475
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