RIMOWA celebrates its upcoming 120th anniversary with the creation of new visual identity

RIMOWA celebrates its upcoming 120th anniversary with the creation of new visual identity

PARIS, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with celebrations around its upcoming 120th anniversary, RIMOWA has unveiled a new visual identity. Just as RIMOWA suitcases are uniquely resilient over time and combine the best of German engineering and craftmanship, the new logo embodies the DNA of the German Maison and its ability to meld heritage and innovation.

Tradition and innovation have figured at the heart of RIMOWA products since its founding in 1898. To celebrate the company’s upcoming 120th anniversary and project an image as distinctive and contemporary as its suitcases, RIMOWA has created a new visual identity. The result of collaboration between the German design studio Bureau Borsche and London-based design agency Commission Studio, the project was led by Alexandre Arnault, co-CEO of RIMOWA, and Hector Muelas, Chief Brand Officer of RIMOWA.

The ambition for the identity, which contains a newly developed RIMOWA logo, monogram, visual language, and packaging suite, was to create a brand experience worthy of RIMOWA’s product. For the logo, RIMOWA selected a typeface that is both versatile and reflects the functional luxury of its suitcases. The color palette uses black and white along with grey tones.

RIMOWA’s new visual identity is part of a broad strategy initiative by the Maison, presented in December 2017 at the inauguration of its first pop-up store on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Featuring the new visual identity, the store concept offers RIMOWA luggage lines, along with exclusive travel essentials designed in collaboration with local and international artists and brands.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance welcomes Sebastian James as SVP and President and Managing Director of Boots

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced the appointment of Sebastian James as Senior Vice President and President and Managing Director of Boots. He also will be contributing to the Group with involvement in a number of key areas, joining the company in the summer of 2018 and taking up his new role at the beginning of the new fiscal year on 1 September. He will report to Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance.

James joins from Dixons Carphone plc (LSE: DC), Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in nine countries, where he is currently Group Chief Executive since 2014, having been Chief Executive of Dixon Retail since 2012. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Insurance Services and Silverscreen Holdings, having started his career in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company.

Elizabeth Fagan, who has led Boots since June 2016, will continue working with the Company and will take on the newly created role of Non-Executive Chairman of Boots in the new fiscal year.

Gourlay said: “We are delighted that Sebastian will join our Company at an equally exciting and challenging time for the retail environment in the UK and for the future development of Boots, a brand synonymous with pharmacy and care. We are sure his deep retail expertise will drive significant progress and innovation at Boots for the benefit all our stakeholders. I also want to warmly thank Elizabeth who has been leading the business very successfully for the last 18 months or so, and in her over 11 years with the Company has made an invaluable contribution. She will continue to do so in her next role.”

James said: “I am very excited to be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance at this time in its history, and to have been offered the privilege of leading Boots, surely one of the UK’s most iconic, venerable and trusted brands. At a time of unprecedented change in both the retail and healthcare markets, to build on the fantastic work that the team have done over the last few years, and to be a part of the next chapter for this great company is an extraordinary opportunity. I look forward to getting to know my new colleagues at both Boots and WBA in the next few months.”

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen

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Lowe’s welcomes David H. Batchelder, Brian C. Rogers and Lisa W. Wardell as new independent directors

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today that it has appointed David H. Batchelder, co-founder of Relational Investors, and Lisa W. Wardell, CEO of Adtalem Global Education, to its board of directors effective March 22, 2018.  The company will nominate Batchelder, Wardell and new nominee Brian C. Rogers, chairman of T. Rowe Price Group and its former chief investment officer, for election at Lowe’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

“We are pleased to welcome David, Brian and Lisa as new independent directors to the Lowe’s board and especially value the constructive discussions we have had with the D. E. Shaw group,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “They join Lowe’s at an exciting time as we continue to drive our omni-channel strategy forward and build deeper relationships with pro customers to fulfill our purpose of helping people love where they live. The addition of these directors complements our board of directors’ skills and experiences, and we are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, drive profitability and enhance value for all Lowe’s shareholders. We look forward to their contributions and are excited they chose Lowe’s.”

Lowe’s Board regularly evaluates its composition to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspective necessary to drive growth for all Lowe’s shareholders, and with these director additions, eight directors will have joined Lowe’s actively engaged board in the past five years.

“We appreciate Lowe’s collaborative approach and are pleased to have worked together to enhance the company’s board of directors,” said Quentin Koffey, a portfolio manager at the D. E. Shaw group. “Lowe’s is an excellent company with tremendous value creation opportunities in front of it, and we believe the new directors will be significant assets to the board.  We believe the refreshed board and the management team are committed to achieving outstanding performance and maximizing shareholder value.”

Batchelder will serve for the duration of his time as a director on the board’s compensation committee, chaired by Eric C. Wiseman, former chairman and CEO of VF Corporation, and the nominating and governance committee, chaired by Lowe’s Lead Director Marshall O. Larsen, former chairman and CEO of Goodrich Corporation.

Wardell will serve on the board’s audit committee, chaired by Raul Alvarez, chairman of Skylark Co., and the public policy committee, chaired by Angela F. Braly, former chair and CEO of WellPoint, Inc.

Rogers’ committee appointments will be determined immediately following his election to the board at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Lowe’s other independent directors consist of Sandra B. Cochran, president and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores; Laurie Z. Douglas, chief information officer and chief security officer of Publix Supermarkets; Richard W. Dreiling, retired chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation; Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of the RLJ Companies; James H. Morgan, retired chairman and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; and Bertram L. Scott, senior vice president of Population Health and Value Based Care at Novant Health.

As previously planned under the board’s mandatory retirement policy, Robert L. Johnson will not stand for re-election at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Following Johnson’s retirement, the Lowe’s board will be composed of 13 directors, 12 of whom are independent.

About David H. Batchelder

Batchelder, 68, was a founder, principal and member of the investment committee at Relational Investors LLC from 1988 to 2015. Prior to that, he served in various executive positions at Mesa Petroleum Co., including as president and chief operating officer from 1986 to 1988. Batchelder served on several other public company boards, including The Home Depot from 2007 to 2011, ConAgra Foods from 2002 to 2007 and Mac Frugal’s Bargains Close-Outs Inc. from 1990 to 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

About Brian C. Rogers

Rogers, 62, serves as non-executive chair of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., having retired as chief investment officer of the company in March 2017. He was elected to the T. Rowe Price board of directors in 1997 and was named board chair in 2007. As a member of the board, he has served on the U.S. equity steering, fixed income steering, international equity steering, product strategy steering, and management compensation committees, as well as the proxy committee. He joined T. Rowe Price in 1982 and served in several roles including chief investment officer from 2004 to 2017 and president of two T. Rowe Price funds. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, Rogers worked at Bankers Trust Company. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Rogers is in the process of receiving the necessary consents from his other boards with respect to his joining Lowe’s as a board member.

About Lisa W. Wardell

Wardell, 48, currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Adtalem Global Education, a role she has held since 2016. Wardell has been a member of Adtalem’s board of directors since 2008 and has chaired its audit committee. Prior to her current position, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for The RLJ Companies for a total of 12 years, and as principal at the private equity firm Katalyst Venture Partners for four years. From 1998 to 2000, Wardell worked as a senior consultant for Accenture in the organization’s communications and technology strategic services practice. Wardell earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, her law degree from Stanford Law School and her master’s degree in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business. Wardell is a member of The Business Council and the Executive Leadership Council. Among numerous recognitions, she was recently named to Savoy Magazine’s Power 300: Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list (2017 and 2016) and has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” (2017).

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 Lowes.com.

 

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CVS Health recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today was recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. CVS Health was honored as No. 39 on the corporate rankings, up six spots from the previous year and marking the fourth consecutive year on the Global Top 50 list.

FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation, and rate companies on various attributes including the ability to attract and retain talented people, quality of products and services, quality of management, innovation, social responsibility, and investment value.

“As a purpose-driven, innovative health care company, we are always seeking to do the right thing for our customers, colleagues, clients and communities,” said Larry J. Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO. “We are proud that our work and performance has once again been recognized by FORTUNE, as we continue to deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Over the past year, CVS Health has taken a number of steps to strengthen the health of communities across the country, including helping to solve for the nation’s opioid crisis. In 2017, the company announced it would enhance opioid utilization management protocols, install 750 new drug disposal collection units in its retail pharmacies to collect unwanted medication and continue the Pharmacist Teach program, which brings CVS pharmacists into schools to educate students on the dangers of prescription drugs.

To address the rising costs of prescription drugs, the company began offering a less expensive epinephrine auto-injector, generic Adrenaclick, for patients with life-threatening allergies in 2017. At the same time, CVS Pharmacy removed artificial trans-fats from all store brand products and will be removing chemicals of concern from nearly 600 store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019.

CVS Health is also recognized as a leading corporate citizen across the country. In the midst of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires, CVS Health and its employees went above and beyond to ensure patients received the medications they needed, responded to the call for community help with $10 million is relief and recovery support, and assisted their own colleagues by giving to the company’s Employee Relief Fund.

Beyond disaster relief, CVS Health supports local communities in many different ways. Through corporate giving and the CVS Health Foundation, communities across the country benefited in 2017 from the more than $100 million in grants, in-kind product donations and other community investments to deliver affordable quality health care, provide chronic disease management and promote smoking cessation and youth tobacco prevention.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Points of Light’s Top 50 Community-Minded Companies, Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Human Rights Campaign’s Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality and the Disability Equality Index’s Top Places to Work.

About CVS Health

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

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Walgreens Boots Alliance declares a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share, an increase of 6.7 percent over the year-ago period. The dividend is payable 12 March 2018 to stockholders of record as of 15 February 2018.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., have paid a dividend in 341 straight quarters (more than 85 years) and have raised the dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen

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or
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Marks & Spencer to open a new Clothing & Home distribution centre in Welham Green (Hertfordshire) in 2019

  • New 495,000 sq ft Clothing & Home distribution centre to open in Welham Green in 2019
  • Operations at Neasden distribution centre to transfer to other sites in the M&S network

LONDON, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its five-year transformation plan, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is set to open a new Clothing & Home distribution centre in Welham Green (Hertfordshire) early next year.

The existing 495,000 sq ft site will be transformed into a mechanised clothing distribution centre, serving 150 stores in the South East. The former Tesco site will be operated by a third-party logistics supplier, employing over 500 people.

Additionally, M&S will cease operations at its Neasden, North London, distribution centre and transfer the work to other sites in the M&S network.

Gordon Mowat, Director of Clothing & Home Supply Chain & Logistics, said: “M&S is changing and we are transforming our stores and supply chain to better serve our customers.

“The new site in Welham will deliver better service and availability for our customers and enable us to become a faster, more agile, lower cost retailer. The location has fantastic transport links and we’re looking forward to building a great operation in Hertfordshire.

“The decision to move operations from Neasden to other sites within our network is not one we have taken lightly, however it’s an important part of our transformation.”

The Welham Green centre will be fitted out and tested during 2018 and is expected to start operations early next year. The site will incorporate 27,000 sq ft of office space.

The site in Neasden is operated by third-party logistics specialist XPO Logistics with transport operations at the site provided by DHL. Both XPO and DHL have now entered into a period of consultation with the 380 colleagues who work on site.

The changes are the latest in M&S’ journey to adopting a single-tier Clothing & Home distribution network.  The network currently comprises of 19 distribution centres and warehouses, including large centres in Swindon, Castle Donington and Bradford.

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Making M&S Special  

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programmefor the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc.

Marks & Spencer appoints Sharry Cramond to the new role of Marketing Director, Food & Hospitality

LONDON, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today announces that it has restructured its Marketing Team as part of its ongoing programme of change under its five-year transformation plan. The new team structure strengthens talent and will be more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the Food and Clothing & Home business units.

The move will see Sharry Cramond join the team in the new role of Marketing Director, Food & Hospitality. Sharry joins from Southeastern Grocers in the USA and is a highly experienced retail & digital marketer having worked in senior positions at Tesco and Coles Australia, as well as many well-known food brands.

To complement Sharry’s position in Food & Hospitality, Nathan Ansell, who is currently Marketing Director Customer & Loyalty, is appointed to the new role of Marketing Director, Clothing & Home. Completing the senior marketing team will be Rob Weston who will move to be Marketing Director, Brand & Customer, assuming responsibility for a new customer centre of excellence in addition to his current brand remit. All three roles will report into Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director, Customer, Marketing & Digital.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne said: “We’re changing M&S. Marketing and customer engagement will play a significant part in our transformation. The new team structure reflects this and, coupled with our one-brand approach, will ensure that we are faster, more commercial and acutely focused on our customers.

“Sharry is a creative firebrand who brings strong food and digital experience to the team. We are looking forward to working together to drive our transformation plan with pace and clarity for our customers.”

In addition to these changes, which take effect from 29 January 2018, M&S today confirms that Victoria Self, who as previously announced is joining M&S as Digital Director reporting to Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, will take up her role on 25 January 2018.

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Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programmefor the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:

A slowdown in the Simply Food store opening programme

An acceleration of the UK store estate programme

The sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau

A new Technology Transformation Programme

Improvements to its Clothing & Home Logistics Network

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

British Land appoints Simon Carter Chief Financial Officer

LONDON, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Land Company Plc announces that Simon Carter has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Simon is currently Chief Financial Officer at Logicor and prior to that was Finance Director at Quintain Estates & Development Plc. In both roles he contributed to the businesses during periods of considerable change and complexity. Prior to this Simon spent just over ten years at British Land in a variety of financial and strategic roles and was a member of the executive committee from 2012.

Simon succeeds Lucinda Bell who, as previously announced, intended to step down from the Board and leave the company on 4 April 2018. Having now successfully completed the search for a replacement CFO, we have agreed that Lucinda will now step down from her role as a main Board Director as well as her day-to-day responsibilities as CFO with immediate effect. A team has already been established to manage the transition to a new CFO. This is made up of the three Executive Directors and senior members of Group Finance including the Financial Controller and Head of Investor Relations. This transition team will assume responsibility for the year end process and ongoing Group finance functions, until Simon takes up his role. His start date will be announced in due course.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon back to British Land. In his roles at Quintain and Logicor he has gained a very broad perspective and significant leadership experience and expertise.  During his previous time with the company, he was an incredibly capable and experienced member of our senior team, contributing to the company’s development through a number of roles including treasury, corporate finance, and strategy.”

There are no other disclosures to make pursuant to LR 9.6.13.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations
David Walker, British Land 020 7467 3418
Media
Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838

SOURCE: British Land

The National Retail Federation elects new chairman

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today announced that BJ’s Wholesale Club President and CEO Christopher J. Baldwin has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. In addition, eight other retailers and retail partners have been elected as new members of the board.

“Chris Baldwin is one of the top thought leaders in retail and is well-positioned to guide NRF through the rapid transformation facing our industry as consumers discover new ways to shop and merchants find new ways to serve their customers,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “NRF and the entire industry will benefit from his experience and insights. The new members of our board are also among the best in the business, and we look forward to their help in addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

“I’m honored to help lead NRF during such rapid change in the retail industry,” Baldwin said. “Retail is a crucial driver of our economy and provides opportunities for millions of workers across the United States. I’m very optimistic about the opportunities ahead of our industry and look forward to working with NRF staff and board members during this period of retail transformation.”

Baldwin, who will serve a two-year term, was elected as the board held its annual winter meeting in New York as part of NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. He succeeds Macy’s Inc. Executive Chairman Terry Lundgren, who assumed the NRF chairmanship last July after former HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman resigned from the board to head Weight Watchers.

Newly elected members of the board are:

  • Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO, KIDBOX
  • John Furner, president and CEO, Sam’s Club
  • Jeff Gennette, CEO, Macy’s Inc.
  • Mike George, president and CEO, QVC Group
  • Steve Joyce, CEO, DineEquity
  • Rachel Mushahwar, general manager, U.S. enterprise, government, SLED and cloud industries, Intel
  • Eva Press, U.S. group lead, consumer packaged goods, government, healthcare and retail, Facebook
  • Brad Weston, CEO, Petco

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Wegmans Food Markets’ new multi-level store in the Natick Mall, MA will open on Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Multi-Level Store will include Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Led by Chef and Restaurateur Roberto Santibañez

NATICKMA, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets’ 146,500 sq. ft. multi-level store in the Natick Mall will include a new full-service restaurant concept – Blue Dalia, a vibrant Mexican restaurant and tequila bar led by Chef Roberto Santibañez as Culinary Director, and Geno Bahena as Chef de Cuisine. Located on the second floor of Wegmans at Natick Mall, the restaurant will offer authentic, contemporary Mexican food and craft cocktails prepared with market-fresh ingredients. The Blue Dalia name is a nod to both Mexico’s national flower and Wegmans’ commitment to unparalleled ingredients, bold flavors and exceptional service.

The new store will open on Sunday, April 29, 2018, with the restaurant opening soon after on Friday, May 4.

“The inspiration for the menu at Blue Dalia is my hometown of Mexico City and especially the energy of the markets that are so important to Mexican culture,” Santibañez said.  “Guests will see centuries-old tortilla-making on display alongside crushed-to-order salsas, contemporary craft cocktails and of course, an extensive tequila and mezcal selection. Being inside the market, we have immediate access to the best seasonal produce and ingredients.  As a chef, it’s really a unique and exciting place to offer this restaurant.”

Hand-picked by Chef Santibañez, Chef de Cuisine Geno Bahena will lead the day-to-day operations in the kitchen at Blue Dalia.

“Chef Roberto has created a menu that pays homage to traditional family recipes from Mexico’s 32 regions presented in a contemporary way.  Every dish tells a story,” Bahena said. “We’re building a great team to execute that vision and offer guests an authentic and energetic dining experience.”

Wegmans Natick will also include The Burger Bar, a family-friendly, casual restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers and sandwiches, fresh salads with an array of protein options, soups, sides and kids’ meals. This store will be Wegmans’ sixth location in New England since opening in Northborough in 2011, and the second to include a Burger Bar.

The family-owned company has employment opportunities available throughout the restaurants and store, including cooks, restaurant servers, and positions in prepared foods, sushi, pizza, bakery, produce, deli, cheese shop, day and overnight grocery, and cashiers.

In total, Wegmans will employ 325 part-time and 225 full-time employees at the Natick store, with the vast majority hired in Massachusetts. Job applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 508-960-0104 for more information. 

SOURCE:  Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:
Katie Roche
Media Relations Coordinato
585-279-4317
katie.roche@wegmans.com