Whole Foods Market marks National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20 with deals on popular specialty items

Whole Foods Market marks National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20 with deals on popular specialty items


All cheese lovers invited to celebrate with deals on favorite specialty items

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day on January 20 with sales on several popular specialty items.

The deal includes 20 percent off all goat cheese, in addition to 20 percent off Artisola Organic Cheese Tortellini, delicious artisan pasta stuffed with a rich blend of gourmet cheeses.

The deals are valid on January 20, while supplies last.

Whole Foods Market’s selection of goat cheeses ranges from creamy, mild spreads, pungent and crumbly discs, to reinterpretations of favorite cow’s milk cheeses. In-store cheesemongers will be available to assist customers in selecting from a variety of options to best fit their tastes and preferences.


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Stater Bros. Markets announces new location in Pasadena

San Bernardino, California, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets is excited to announce that a retail space located at 1390 N. Allen Ave.  (northeast corner of  Allen Ave. and Washington Blvd.) in Pasadena will soon become a Stater Bros. supermarket.

The Company will take possession of this location in May 2018 ensuring a smooth transition from the current occupant.   At 42,000 sq. ft., this retail space will then undergo a major remodel, and reopen as a state-of-the-art Stater Bros. supermarket in fall 2018.

The supermarket will feature:

  • A Full Service Fresh Meat Department with Stater Bros. famous certified Meat Cutters ready to serve you
  • A Full Service Fresh Seafood Department with friendly seafood experts to assist with selection
  • FujiSan Handcrafted Sushi made in-house daily
  • A Full Service Deli including Cleo & Leo exclusive recipe and always fresh hand-breaded fried chicken, specialty sandwiches and wraps in addition to a full line of prepared party trays
  • Full Service Hot Bakery with a full selection of Artisan breads and rolls, specialty single serve desserts, Cleo and Leo line of classic cakes and in-house cake decorators to assist with all special occasion needs
  • A Relaxing Seating Area with USB charging outlets and access to free Wi-Fi
  • Floral Department for that special gift of fresh flowers, plants or floral arrangements
  • Garden Fresh Produce Department featuring more than 1,000 items with expanded organic selections and fruit cut fresh daily
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting in addition to glass doors on refrigerated cases to reduce energy consumption
  • A décor scheme reflecting Pasadena’s rich history

“We are delighted to welcome Stater Bros. to the City of Pasadena.   Stater Bros. Markets provides products and services consistent with the high level of quality the community expects,” Pasadena City Council member Margaret McAustin said.

“Stater Bros. is a Company that proudly celebrates tradition and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to establish roots in such a historic and beautiful community,” added Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “We look forward to a good working relationship with the City of Pasadena as the extensive remodel process commences and are thrilled to acquaint Pasadena customers with Stater Bros.’ fresh offerings and exemplary customer service when we open this fall,” Van Helden concluded.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $80 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information, visit staterbros.com.


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Stater Bros. Markets announces management changes

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California has announced changes to its leadership team that leverage the expertise and experience of key management members to guide and ensure the Company’s continued success.

Dan Meyer, a 46-year member of the Stater Bros. “Family” will assume the role of Executive Vice President of Distribution. In this role, previously held by recently promoted President George Frahm, Meyer will oversee the entire operation of Stater Bros. Distribution Division which includes the Company’s 2.1 million sq. ft. Norton Distribution Center in addition to the Company’s Transportation and Fleet Maintenance Departments. Meyer most recently served as Executive Vice President of Retail Operations. His extensive retail operations knowledge is critical to the Company’s supply chain management efforts and he will continue to be an instrumental member of Stater Bros. Executive Management Team. Meyer will report to Stater Bros. President George Frahm.

Keith Thomas is a 37-year Stater Bros. “Family” Member. Thomas is being promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Operations due to Dan Meyer assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Distribution. In this position, Thomas will be responsible for overseeing the entire retail operations of all 171 Stater Bros. supermarket locations. Thomas has steadily progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision roles demonstrating stellar leadership skills and a passion for the supermarket business. In 2009, Thomas was promoted to his most recent position of Regional Vice President of Retail Operations. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Redlands and is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Thomas will report to Stater Bros. President George Frahm.

Tom Seaton is a 40-year member of the Stater Bros. “Family”. Seaton is being promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Administration due to the recent promotion of George Frahm. In his new role, Seaton will oversee the Company’s Administration Division, which includes Human Resources, Labor Relations, Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Support Services and Office Services Departments. In 2009, Seaton was promoted to his most recent position of Regional Vice President of Retail Operations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Redlands. Seaton is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands’ School of Business. Seaton will report to Stater Bros. President George Frahm.

These changes become effective on January 15, 2018.

“I am pleased to have such a talented and experienced leadership team, and I’m confident that Dan, Keith and Tom will excel in their new roles,” stated Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “These management changes reflect Stater Bros. longstanding commitment to providing our customers with the best shopping experience in Southern California and ensure Stater Bros. current and future success,” Van Helden concluded.

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


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Stater Bros. Markets announces the promotion of George Frahm to President

Stater Bros. Markets announces the promotion of George Frahm to President


SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California is pleased to announce the promotion of George Frahm to the position of President of Stater Bros. Markets, effective January 15, 2018.

Frahm will report directly to Stater Bros. Chief Executive Officer Pete Van Helden.

A seasoned executive with over 45 years of experience in the supermarket industry, Frahm’s extensive grocery career began in 1973 at the Stater Bros. supermarket in Glendora as a Clerks Helper and Janitor.

He steadily progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision roles holding the positions of Store Manager, Retail Grocery Supervisor and Retail District Manager.

In 1995, Frahm was promoted to the position of Director Labor Relations. Frahm continued to advance to increasing levels of responsibility excelling in the roles of Vice President Labor Relations, Senior Vice President Administration, Group Senior Vice President Retail Operations and Administration, Executive Vice President Retail Operations/Administration and Executive Vice President Administration/Distribution, his most recent role.

Frahm holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, and is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Executive Program. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Grocers Association, and has served as a Trustee on the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation.

“George is a remarkable leader who embodies the spirit of the Stater Bros. ‘Family’,” stated Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden.“George’s extensive contributions to the Company’s success have been invaluable, and his promotion to President reflects his broad knowledge of the food industry, commitment to honoring Stater Bros. unique corporate culture and continued contributions to Stater Bros. success,” Van Helden concluded.

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


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CBRE: U.S. office space vacancy increased to 13 percent during Q4 2017

Los Angeles, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vacant office space in the U.S. increased slightly by 10 basis points (bps) during the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q4 2017) to 13 percent, according to the latest analysis from CBRE. For the year, vacancy inched up 10 bps, marking the first year-over-year increase in vacancy since 2010.

The vacancy rate in suburban markets increased 10 bps, to 14.2 percent and downtown vacancy ticked up 10 bps to 10.7 percent. Vacancy continued to fall in a majority of U.S. office markets, and the national office vacancy rate remains near its post-recession low.

“The fourth quarter’s slight office vacancy rise can be attributed to an increase of supply and a slight loosening in the tightness of the market as we have closed in on the previous cyclical low,” said Spencer Levy, Americas’ head of research for CBRE.

The largest metro-area declines were recorded were recorded in Riverside (-80 bps), Salt Lake City (-70 bps) and Richmond (-60 bps). Tucson, Wilmington, Louisville, and Indianapolis, each declined by 60 bps or more. In the past four quarters, the vacancy tightening has been found in mid-sized markets located predominately across the Sun Belt, including Tucson, Las Vegas, Richmond, Albuquerque, Louisville, Orlando, Wilmington, Tampa, Phoenix, Kansas City, Riverside, Detroit and Jacksonville. The nation’s lowest vacancy rates list in Q4 2017 were led by tech markets: Seattle (7.6%), San Francisco (7.8%), Austin (8.2%), Raleigh (8.3%), New York (9.4%), and Boston (9.8%).

“Despite the slight rise in vacancy, we see the new supply as healthy overall, as many markets were becoming space constrained, in particular for large block space,” added Mr. Levy.

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

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7‑Eleven announces the return the SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee flavor

7‑Eleven announces the return the SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee flavor


IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The KIDS are back in town … both sour and sweet. 7‑Eleven, Inc. is bringing back the SOUR PATCH Watermelon flavor to the Slurpee® machine. The drink is the most popular limited-time flavor in the history of the iconic semi-frozen beverage, and will be available exclusively at participating 7‑Eleven® stores through February 2018, or while supplies last.

In 2015, 7‑Eleven introduced the first SOUR PATCH Watermelon Slurpee flavor, which quickly gained a loyal fan following. The bright pink-colored Slurpee drink became the first featured (limited-time) flavor to become the top-seller ahead of the two perennial favorites, cherry and cola.

“Slurpee-lovers really, really love SOUR PATCH KIDS candy,” said Sean Thompson, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and acquisition integration. “We first approached Mondelez International about creating a SOUR PATCH KIDS Slurpee flavor after learning on social media that Slurpee fans were already enjoying them with the sour candy to their favorite Slurpee drink. SOUR PATCH Watermelon flavor was a huge hit then, and we expect Slurpee and SOUR PATCH KIDS-lovers will be just as excited to try it this go-round.”

Mondelez International’s SOUR PATCH KIDS is the No. 1 sour candy brand, and a top-selling candy at 7‑Eleven stores. Fruit-flavored Slurpee drinks also are among the most popular with 7‑Eleven customers.

Fans of SOUR PATCH Watermelon flavor can enjoy the iconic flavor not only as a Slurpee drink, but also as an exclusive flavor of 7-Select® Soda crafted by JONES and 2oz or 5oz bags of the classic watermelon shaped candy at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

Customers can use the 7Rewards® loyalty program, available in the 7‑Eleven app, when purchasing a Slurpee drink and earn points. They can then redeem these points for a wide variety of products from an in-app menu. All 7‑Eleven proprietary beverages purchased in a cup continue to count toward the “Buy Six-Get the Seventh Free” drink offer. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google play and customers can sign up using the app, the 7Rewards.com mobile website, or chat the 7‑Eleven bot on Facebook Messenger.

“Beverage purchases are a doubly good deal at 7‑Eleven,” said 7‑Eleven Chief Digital Officer Gurmeet Singh. “In addition to tasting great, they earn points and count toward a free beverage. With only six purchases required to get a free one, 7‑Eleven has one of the best drink loyalty offers available.”

Look for digital offers on 7Rewards for SOUR PATCH KIDS products in February to earn points and save money.

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 64,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications

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PetSmart launches New Puppy Collection

PHOENIX, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Many families welcomed a new puppy into their homes this past holiday season, and PetSmart is celebrating these new arrivals with a New Puppy Collection featuring a range of items from puppy toys and teethers to apparel, accessories, beds and bowls inspired by baby trends. Also borrowing from a popular trend among new parents of babies, PetSmart is sharing puppy shower ideas for new pet parents to host a “Sip & See” party to invite friends to come “sip” refreshments and “see” their new puppy.

Key items in the New Puppy Collection include tug toys with teether rings, cuddly blanket materials in pink and blue featuring unicorns, lions, pigs and giraffes, as well as classic hooded towels for bath time, Prince and Princess bowls, and “throne” beds with royal crown icons and coordinating blankets. Apparel and accessory items include slogan tees like “Little Prince,” “Little Princess” and “Hear Me Roar,” as well as a tutu skirt and dress and crown headband accessories so the pups can hold court. Harnesses and collars come in pink and blue and are dressed up with bow ties and crowns. The treats collection aligns with the Prince and Princess theme with adorable pink and blue iced crown cut-out cookie treats with the word “Spoiled” scrolled in white icing.

New puppy essentials include crates; ID tags; a wide assortment of puppy pet food options; training, reward and dental treats; puppy pads; cleaners and odor removers; calming solutions; as well as at-home grooming products like puppy wipes, among additional new puppy supplies. The full collection is available at https://www.petsmart.com/featured-shops/new-pet/puppy/.

New Puppy “Sip & See” Party Tips

Timing: A puppy shower or other party to celebrate your new puppy is recommended after the puppy gets his or her first vaccinations, which is about 12-18 weeks. Puppies that are three to four months old are the perfect age to start socializing with other people and pets. Structure the event as an open house, where people and their furry friends can come and go as they please across a three-to-four-hour time period.

Guests: To help socialize the new puppy, invite a mix of adults, kids and dogs. If possible, try to time when guests with dogs will be arriving and work to limit pet guests to no more than two at a time. Keep an eye out to make sure your puppy is not overwhelmed.

Invitation: Send a fun dog-themed invitation to set the tone for the “Sip & See” puppy shower. For example, invitations could include printed dog bones with a pink or blue ribbon along with playful text such as “Sit. Stay. Join us for a Sip & See paw-ty for our new puppy!” Specify the party rules such as don’t bring your pet if he/she is aggressive or not housebroken and please attend with your pet on a leash. Have everyone, especially guests bringing pets, RSVP so you can coordinate their attendance.

Food & Drink: Offer delicious pet-themed food for humans. Ideas include making “Puppy Chow” from a cereal snack mix, cookies in the shape of dog bones, popcorn labeled as “pupcorn,” or a chili dog bar where people can dress their own hotdogs. Snacks can be served in dog bowls, and a specialty “Salty Dog” drink can be served for adults along with non-alcoholic “Puppy Punch.” For the dogs attending the party, make sure there are plenty of water bowls in convenient places so they have fresh water, and have puppy treats on a separate table away from the human fare.

Activities: While everyone takes turns holding and playing with the new puppy, you can have face painting for kids to transform them into puppies themselves, complete with a puppy nose and whiskers. The party can also include a fun game of puppy Bingo, a dog-themed movie playing in the background or dog-themed music like “Who Let the Dogs Out?” With the pet guests, you may want to organize a few group “potty breaks” outdoors.

Decorations & Party Favors: This can be a casual event, which allows you and your guests to give attention to the center-of-it-all: the new puppy. Consider making human and dog cookie treats for “Doggy Bag” party favors that say “Thanks for Pupping In.” You can also place sticker dog prints on the floor inside the house leading to the backyard where guests can take their pets outside, or draw paw prints on the sidewalk with chalk leading guests into the “Sip & See” puppy shower.

Gifts: Check out new puppy gift ideas for “Sip & See” puppy shower events at the PetSmart New Puppy Look Book Gift Guide and shop the full collection at https://www.petsmart.com/featured-shops/new-pet/puppy/sip-and-see/.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart donated a meal to pets in need and beat its goal of 60 million meals with more than 63 million meals generated through this leading philanthropic program. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
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Harris Teeter to open its St. Mary’s Marketplace location in California, MD on Tuesday, Jan. 23

Harris Teeter to open its St. Mary’s Marketplace location in California, MD on Tuesday, Jan. 23

Company to Celebrate Grand Opening with Sampling Event

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today (Jan. 09, 2018) it will welcome shoppers to its St. Mary’s Marketplace location on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Taste of Teeter sampling event. This event is a complimentary, in-store sampling of Harris Teeter’s most unique products. Store registers will be open for sales.

The store will have many unique features including: an extended hot foods bar in the Fresh Foods department; a wing bar; expanded Fishermans Market featuring handmade lobster rolls and steamed seafood daily; drive-through Pharmacy; ExpressLane Online Shopping; an events station which will feature weekly meal specials and an indoor, sit-down eating area.

“Harris Teeter is extremely excited to join the California, Md. community with our brand new St. Mary’s Marketplace store,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We look forward to meeting our new neighbors – many of whom may be new to the Harris Teeter family. We hope those new to our brand see firsthand what sets Harris Teeter apart – superior customer service; knowledgeable, friendly associates; beautiful, modern facilities; excellent quality and vast selection including extensive fresh meal offerings; as well as personalized promotions and offers.”

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection. Harris Teeter also works closely with its neighbors to form a true community partnership through support of local nonprofit organizations including food banks and youth sports organizations, as schools, grades k-12.

Fast Facts

Store Address: St. Mary’s Marketplace

44900 St. Andrews Church Rd.

California, MD  20619

Grand Opening Date: Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

Grand Opening Time:5 p.m., ribbon cutting; sampling event immediately following

Store Hours: 24 Hours

Store Square Footage: 55,000

Check-Out Lanes:    9 checkouts, 6 express checkouts

Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Grand Opening Promotions:

ExpressLane: No fee on all ExpressLane Online orders until Feb. 20, 2018; plus receive $5.00 off the first four orders of $40 or more until Feb. 20, 2018.

Pharmacy: Receive one $25 electronic coupon* for each new or transferred prescription through July 31, 2018. Electronic coupons tracked by shoppers’ VIC card and automatically credited on next transaction over $25; coupons expire Aug. 7, 2018.

*Exclusions apply. Please see Pharmacist for details.

Store Features and Departments

Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and USDA Certified Very Tender Beef • Fresh Store made sausage and burgers • Full-service Fishermans Market • Handmade Lobster Rolls • Steamed Seafood • Shrimp Party Trays • Farmers Market Produce • Produce Party Trays • Fresh Cut Fruit • Trail Mix Bar •  Salad Bar  •  Expanded organic and specialty produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program  • Artisan Breads • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Pizza • Hot Foods Bar • Asian Hot Bar • Wing Bar • Party Trays • Event Station • Natural and Organic Foods • Expanded Specialty Foods • Expanded Kosher Selection • Pharmacy with Drive Through • Private, Professional Pharmacist Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • ExpressLane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk •  Sit-down eating area • ATM •

Danna Robinson
Communication Manager

Harris Teeter
701 Crestdale Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: 704.844.3904
Fax: 704.844.3214
E-mail: drobinson@harristeeter.com

Source: Harris Teeter


LightInTheBox introduces Bitcoin as new payment channel

BEIJING, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Jan. 8, 2018) announced that bitcoin will now be accepted on the LightInTheBox.com and MiniInTheBox.com platforms as of January 5th, 2018. Bitcoin payments will be processed through BitPay.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “I’m glad to bring Bitcoin as a new payment channel to our customers. We think blockchain could potentially be an important technology for us. We are intrigued to study and adapt this technology in the future.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its www.lightinthebox.comwww.miniinthebox.com and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit www.lightinthebox.com.

Investor Relations Contact:

Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429
Email: ir@lightinthebox.com

Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Avon expands into the health and wellness category with the introduction of nutritional supplement line, Espira

Nutritional supplements custom designed with ingredients to restore and boost natural energy

NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”), the leading social selling company in North America for over 130 years, expands into the health and wellness category with the introduction of Espira by Avon—a nutritional supplement line uniquely designed with naturally-sourced ingredients to restore and boost natural energy for women and men.

“We are rapidly transforming Avon to become the leading social selling company in North America, and broadening our portfolio into the health and wellness category will be a key driver of our success.  The Espira launch is a natural evolution for us – Avon has been taking care of women and their families for over a century,” says Scott White, Avon Chief Executive Officer.  “We are very proud to enter this critical category with a highly innovative, high performing line of products that is unlike any other on the market today.  Our Representatives are excited for the opportunity to build their businesses and reach new customers with Espira.”

Created by leading nutrition-industry experts and made from the highest quality ingredients from whole foods and superfoods, Espira products use non-GMO ingredients that are free from artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives. Packed with essential energy-building nutrients, they contain clinically studied ingredients to achieve noticeable results.

“The name Espira was derived from the words aspire and inspire – born out of a desire to help people feel and look their best,” says Betty Palm, President of Social Selling for Avon.  “The inspiration for Espira came directly from our Representatives as they lead busy lives as moms, nurturers, care givers, volunteers, community members – and CEOs of their households and of their Avon businesses.  Our goal was to develop products that would support them and their customers in living healthier, more productive lives.”

Through extensive research, Avon has identified and addressed specific areas of concern in consumers’ lives. The Espira collection includes 11 products categorized into three principles of wellness: Restore, Boost and Glow. Some products will provide quick results, with visible change within the first bottle (30 days).  Other products are for every day and focused on vitality, natural energy and better basics to give a strong nutritional foundation.

  • Restore products have ingredients that help create a healthy balance by reducing occasional stress, and enhancing restful sleep.† Key ingredients include Sensoril®, L-theanine, vitamin B, magnesium, fish oil, and antioxidants from 50+ fruits, and vegetables. These ingredients’ benefits include:
    • Calm – Provides natural, non-drowsy stress relief†
    • Restful Sleep – Relaxes both your body and mind so you can sleep better†
    • Daily Essentials – A complete daily nutritional support pack for a solid nutritional foundation sourced from whole foods for Women, Women 40+, and Men
    • Multivitamins – 100% of the daily value of 19+ essential vitamins and minerals for Women, Women 40+, and Men
  • Boost products contain ingredients to help revitalize the body by maintaining a healthy metabolism, clearing out one’s system and controlling hunger.† Key ingredients include protein, probiotic, fiber, green tea, cacao, and whole coffee fruit, and have the following benefits which include:
    • The Metabolism Boost System (designed to work together but can be used separately)
      • Plant Power Protein – Non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free, natural plant protein without the high calories or sugar, and artificial ingredients of most protein powders
      • Ideal Cleanse – A 3-day, gentle cleanse to help you feel lighter and reduce occasional bloating†
      • Hunger Block – A natural hunger control formula with glucomannan to help reduce food cravings†
      • Metabolism Boost – Helps stimulate your metabolism to help burn more calories*†
    • Natural Energy – A powerful combination of naturally-sourced ingredients for increased focus and energy†
  • Glow products help hair, skin and nails look their best by protecting you from daily damage and restoring cells while you sleep.† Key ingredients include antioxidants, biotin, vitamin C, and collagen peptides, and their benefits include:
    • Beauty Inside & Out System (designed to work together but can be used separately)
    • AM Protect – Helps protect skin and build healthier hair and nails†
    • PM Restore – A powdered mix that helps support skin and nail quality in just 30 days†

“The Espira line is an easy solution for men and women searching for better sleep, boosted energy, and overall better nutritional support,†” says Ashley Koff, registered dietitian and consulting nutritionist for Avon.  “Espira supplements are a naturally sourced option made with the highest quality ingredients to help promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Approximately 70 percent of adult Americans currently use at least one supplement product to help support their overall health.1 Whether consumers are looking to kick-start their nutritional foundation or hoping to address a specific issue, they can feel and see many of the benefits of Espira by Avon within 30 days— just in time for the New Year resolutions.

Espira by Avon products are available for $12 – $35 each exclusively through Avon Representatives or online at www.avon.com.  To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark.by Avon, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130-year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy has contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

*With reduced dietary intake and exercise.

Media Contacts:
For Corporate Communications:

Liz Micci
Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700

For Beauty & Representative PR:

Lisa DaCosta-Nunez
Public Relations
+1 (212) 282-6078

Source: AVON

REI expands 2018 REI Outessa series with retreats and festivals

Series expands in 2018 with retreats and fests to grow the community of women in the outdoors

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — REI, the nation’s largest consumer co-op and leader of outdoor experiences that inspire a life outside, announces the expansion of the 2018 REI Outessa series – outdoor events designed to grow and strengthen the community of women in the outdoors. The REI Outessa property now offers three unique event series beginning this summer, including retreats, festivals, and a virtual join in so women can select the experience that’s best for them, whether close to home or a destination location.

For the third year, REI Outessa will offer retreats for women who want to push their limits and learn new skills through immersive experiences during a three-day weekend. In 2018, there will be two Outessa retreats held in inspiring mountain settings: a new location in North Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley, California from Aug. 2-5 and, for the second time due to its popularity with participants, the White Mountains of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire from Sept. 13-16.

Women can fully customize their retreat experience. For example, participants can join workshops like Wilderness Survival, Map and Compass Navigation, Sunrise Yoga, and Reframe on Goal Setting, and activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, standup paddle boarding, and introduction to backpacking, taught by top REI Outdoor School female instructors and brand partners. The day starts with a full breakfast before heading out to the trail, crag, or water, while evenings are filled with chef-inspired meals and fireside relaxation complete with s’mores, wine, inspirational speakers, and conversation. In 2017 the retreat series brought close to 1,000 women together to experience the outdoors and find their community of likeminded women.

New for 2018 will be REI Outessafest. These one-day festivals will take place near urban centers and will bring together thousands of people to connect through female-forward music, art, wellness, and adventure. Inspired by women but open to families, friends, and allies, REI Outessafest celebrates life outside by spending a full day in nature. REI Outessafest tickets will go on sale in late spring.

In order to provide many different ways in which women can engage with REI Outessa, REI will also host a virtual join in for the first time. For a low entry fee, participants from all over the country will come together on one day to pledge miles and work toward a collective goal REI will set. Women, their friends, families, and allies can conquer these miles on their own time while empowering women in their communities and potentially meeting new friends that have the same common goals. Women can engage with others through hiking, walking, paddling, or running to reach a milestone achievement. Additional details will be announced this summer.

“From experienced adventurers to women completely new to the outdoors, to women who are traveling with a crew to those who are participating alone with an interest to find their community, REI Outessa offers something for everyone,” said Sally Johnson, senior manager, events marketing at REI. “REI Outessa celebrates a life outside and helps break down some of the barriers women face to spending time outside. The growth of the series will allow women to choose the best experience for them while tapping into the inspiration and empowerment that comes through being in nature. We’re so excited to welcome everyone in 2018.”

REI Outessa partners include some of the best outdoor brands and products. These organizations share an interest to inspire more women to have an active outdoor life. Top partners include Garmin, Osprey, Sea to Summit, Smartwool, The North Face, Hydro Flask, PROBAR, Salomon, Maui Jim, and Yakima.

Outessa is part of REI’s broader effort called Force of Nature to advance gender equity in the outdoors. Force of Nature aims to ensure women are just as inspired and equipped as men to embrace life outside. Launched in 2017, Force of Nature featured four components: over 1,000 events designed for women, a comprehensive marketing effort to change the male-dominated imagery of people in the outdoors, an increased effort to develop and offer high-quality technical gear and apparel for women, and a $1 million commitment to support nonprofits that create opportunities for women in the outdoors.

Visit www.Outessa.com to learn about the retreat locations and dates. Tickets for the REI Outessa retreats will go on sale on Feb. 5. On this day, participants can also begin to build their schedules for the three-day weekend.
The 2017 REI Outessa recap video can be viewed HERE and 2017 photos can be found HERE. Like REI Outessa on Facebook for news and updates on 2018 dates.

About REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 16 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 152 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI-Garage.com or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs more than 170 custom-designed itineraries worldwide. The REI Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.

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Barnes & Noble’s 2017 Holiday Book Drive program collected 1.6 million books for local charities

NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (January 8, 2018) announced that it collected approximately 1.6 million books during its 2017 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are being donated to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to children.

The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018. Community partners are distributing the books collected to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations.

“The annual Holiday Book Drive is a key initiative for us every year, and our customers once again came through by donating approximately 1.6 million books to kids in need this holiday season,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We are always amazed to see the generosity of our customers and want to thank them for giving kids of every background the chance to read.”

Local recipients from the Holiday Book Drive include: Toys for Tots; Children’s Aid Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation Army; First Book; children’s hospitals from around the country; Reach Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way; various school districts, schools and public libraries; and hundreds of other deserving organizations.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.