Carrefour Italia earns Top Employer certification for 2018

Carrefour Italia earns Top Employer certification for 2018

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 1 February 2017, the Top Employers Institute announced the results of its annual investigations into a wide selection of Italian employers and the conditions that they provide for their employees. We are delighted to inform you that our company is one of the successful organisations to be awarded the exclusive Top Employers Italia certification for 2018.

The Top Employers Institute is an independent organisation which looks into the conditions provided for employees by major employers around the world and measures them against an international standard. As such, only the world’s leading employers become certified as Top Employers.

Crucial to the Top Employers procedure is that participating companies must undergo stringent analysis – the Top Employers Institute’s international HR Best Practices Survey – and meet the required high standard in order to be awarded the certification. To further reinforce the validity of the process, all answers were independently audited, confirming that this investigation has verified our outstanding employee conditions and earned us a coveted spot among a select group of certified Top Employers.

The Top Employers Institute assessed our practices in accordance with the following criteria:

• Talent Strategy

• Workforce Planning

• On-boarding

• Learning & Development

• Performance Management

• Leadership Development

• Career & Succession Management

• Compensation & Benefits

• Culture
Carrefour Italia earned Top Employer certification because our employee offerings across all measured criteria surpassed the required thresholds for certification.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Belk launches its sixth annual Southern Designer Showcase

Belk launches its sixth annual Southern Designer Showcase

 

Winning Designs to be Sold at Belk and on Belk.com in Spring 2019

Charlotte, N.C., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Belk announced the launch of its sixth annual Southern Designer Showcase, seeking fashion designers who have a deep connection to the South and want an opportunity to grow their business while reaching new customers at select Belk stores and on Belk.com in Spring 2019. Specifically, Belk is searching for Southern designers whose collections fall within the following categories: women’s apparel, men’s apparel, kids’ apparel, shoes and women’s accessories to add to its existing collection of private brands.

Applicants can visit Belk.com/southerndesigner to submit their applications starting today through April 30, 2018. Designers must be 18 or older and currently live in the South or have a strong connection to the region. A panel of Belk executives will select a group of finalists by May 18, 2018, and invite them to present their designs at Belk headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., on June 21, 2018.

“I love that the Southern Designer Showcase gives us the opportunity to help talented southern designers accomplish their dreams,” said Nir Patel, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s, kids’, home and global sourcing. “This competition not only provides emerging designers a platform to expand their brand, but also gives us access to creative minds focused on the latest trends in southern fashion.”

The 2019 Southern Designer Showcase winners will be announced immediately following the finalist’s presentations on June 21, 2018. Along with a cash prize, they will have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on Belk.com in Spring 2019. In addition, each designer will have the opportunity to learn about the fashion industry from a brand with 130 years of history. From concept to production and merchandising, the Southern Designer Showcase winners will refine their lines for the Belk shopper, learn about production at scale and experience in-store and online merchandising firsthand.

To preview the collections of the 2018 Southern Designer Showcase winners and get a behind-the-scenes look of the Southern Designer Showcase journey and design process, you can visit Belk.com/southerndesigner.

About Belk, Inc. 
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is where Southern customers shop for their perfect Sunday dress, the Saturday night outfit, and where family and community matter most. But Belk is more than shopping – it’s where you find your own unique way to express who you are. It’s where Southern style lives. Shop Belk in 16 Southern states and on www.belk.com to find an assortment of national brands and private-label fashion, shoes and accessories for the entire family, along with top-name cosmetics, a wedding registry and Southern style for the home.

For further information:
Tyler Hampton
502-494-1896
Tyler_Hampton@belk.com

Source: Belk, Inc.

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Woolwich Estate in south east London joins the portfolio of British Land’s Local retail centres

LONDON, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Woolwich Estate, covering 4.9 acres in south east London for a headline price £103 million representing a net initial yield of 4.1%.

This acquisition is in line with our strategy of focusing on well-connected, mixed use assets which meet the evolving needs of our occupiers and their customers. It builds on our portfolio of places benefitting from the Elizabeth Line, including Broadgate, Paddington Central and Ealing Broadway, and provides significant potential to drive growth and returns through our placemaking, asset management and development expertise. It makes an exciting addition to our existing portfolio of Local retail centres, which provide convenience-led shopping for local communities.

The Woolwich estate covers 360,000 sq ft of space in central Woolwich. Predominantly retail, it includes over 50,000 sq ft of residential and 3,000 sq ft of office space. The area is already benefitting from significant regeneration, led by the Elizabeth Line which launches from Woolwich in December 2018 reducing journey times to Canary Wharf and Bond Street to 8 and 22 minutes respectively. To coincide with this, 6,000 new homes have been built or are in the pipeline. The estate is currently 95% occupied, with an average lease length of under four years, and average rent of £17 psf, providing British Land with an attractive opportunity to strengthen the offer and mix in line with the improving catchment.

Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail, Leisure & Residential at British Land, said: “This acquisition provides a unique opportunity to create a thriving retail-anchored centre, benefitting from a mix of uses in an exciting, increasingly well connected and rapidly regenerating part of London. We have a long term vision for the estate which will deliver space that works for retailers and their customers; which generates clear benefits for local communities and drives value for British Land.

Across our London campuses and our multi-let retail properties, we have developed a clear and distinct advantage in managing mixed use environments with development potential, and in enhancing and enlivening our space through placemaking. This acquisition plays very well to those skills.”

The Woolwich Estate comprises 56 retail units and has footfall of 6 million. It benefits from an improving local demographic with over 40% of residents falling within the top three most affluent groups, per CACI consumer classification. Coinciding with the arrival of the Elizabeth Line, Greenwich Council are investing £31 million to deliver a new “Creative District” which will transform five historic buildings into theatre and concert space, with offices and restaurants.

Notes to Editors

About British Land
Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £18.1 billion (British Land share: £13.5 billion) as at 30 September 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being awarded a five star rating in the 2017 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the second year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

Enquiries:
Investor Relations:
David Walker
British Land
020 7467 3418

Media:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Cressida Curtis
British Land
020 7467 2938

Source: British Land

National Retail Federation announces the appointment of Christian Beckner to head its cybersecurity program

WASHINGTON, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (February 9, 2018) announced that it has hired Christian Beckner, a top Washington cybersecurity think tank expert and former U.S. Senate homeland security advisor, to head its cybersecurity program that helps retailers protect sensitive consumer data nationwide.

“Protecting consumer data is one of retailers’ top priorities, and Christian is a proven cybersecurity veteran with the expertise and experience to help us combat this never-ending battle,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “His diverse background and in-depth knowledge of technology and security is an unparalleled resource for the retail industry and the consumers they serve.”

As senior director of retail technology, Beckner will lead NRF’s CIO Council, IT Security Council and cybersecurity program, and will be responsible for developing strategies, programs and activities to maintain NRF as the technology leader and convener in the retail sector. Included in the cybersecurity program is the NRF Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Organization and Threat Alert System, which gathers intelligence on cybersecurity threats targeting retailers and alerts companies to help them keep data secure.

“I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career working on behalf of an industry with such a unique set of technology and security challenges,” Beckner said. “Retailers work round-the-clock every day against cyber threats, and I want to use what I’ve learned over the last two decades to help them address these critical issues head on.”

Beckner spent the past five years as deputy director of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, a think tank where he focused on cybersecurity, counterterrorism and homeland security. He was previously an associate staff director at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he was responsible for coordination of oversight and legislation on a broad range of homeland security and intelligence issues. Among other assignments, he contributed to the committee’s investigation of the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attack. He has worked on cybersecurity and homeland security issues for close to 20 years, including positions at IBM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the O’Gara Company.

Beckner holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master’s degree in foreign service and an MBA, both from Georgetown University.

About NRF
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.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Asda introduces a NEW Love Heart Pizza – the perfect meal for a cheesy night in on Valentine’s Day

Asda introduces a NEW Love Heart Pizza – the perfect meal for a cheesy night in on Valentine’s Day

 

Asda launches Love Heart Pizzas to help customers share more love on the most romantic day of the year

Leeds, UK, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Is your other half the object of your desire? Or is it oozing mozzarella and rich tomato on a deliciously doughy base that has you hooked? To help the nation decide with both their hearts and their tastebuds, Asda has introduced a NEW Love Heart Pizza– the perfect meal for a cheesy night in on Valentine’s Day.

Available from the pizza counters in Asda stores, Brits can win their partners over with a crispy heart-shaped base, generously sprinkled with their loved-one’s favourite toppings for a tasty meal on the most romantic day of the year.

Launching on February 7th, Asda’s Love Heart Pizzas are available in five favourite flavours:
· Cheese Meltdown
· Pepperoni Feast
· Very Veggie Supreme
· American Sizzler
· Mighty Meat Feast

For those looking for an extra-special evening, couples can even create their own pizza topping in select Asda stores. Whether a scattering of sweetcorn, pattering of peperoni or spray of sauce, couples can show their love for one-another with a personalised pizza created from their heart.

Katherine Tunnicliffe, Pizza Product Development Manager, comments: “We are, without doubt, a nation of pizza lovers, with the teatime treat recently named the most-popular choice for Brits. Our Heart Shaped Pizza is the ideal meal to further this love for our favourite doughy dish, sure to steal hearts this Valentine’s Day.

“For those revelling in singledom, the Love Heart Pizzas are also the perfect choice for any Palentine’s Day celebrations, where Brits can share the love they have for their friends over their favourite pizza toppings.”

Starting from £2, Asda’s Love Heart Pizzas are also launching in-time for National Pizza Day on February 9th.

Source: ASDA

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UNIQLO to open its first Maryland location at Pike & Rose in Montgomery County

Pike & Rose Continues to Build Momentum as International Apparel Merchant Joins Growing List of Retail, Restaurant, Residential, Hotel and Office Tenants

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) announced today (Feb. 7, 2018) that global retailer UNIQLO will open its first Maryland location and third in the Washington D.C. metro area at Pike & Rose, a 24-acre mixed-use development in Montgomery County. Expected to open in the fall of 2018, the new 11,000-square-foot store will offer LifeWear for men, women and kids.

“The latest store announcements and openings at Pike & Rose represent a continued positive trend for Federal Realty. Whether searching for the best location to be first to market, as it was for Chicago-based Stella Barra Pizzeria, or to expand their footprint in the D.C. metro region, as Scout & Molly’s Boutique did this week, they are choosing Pike & Rose,” said Chris Weilminster, President of Mixed Use at Federal Realty. “As Pike & Rose continues to reshape North Bethesda with a focus on the future, it has established a track record of attracting best-in-class domestic and international interest by offering options not found in other areas of the Greater Washington region.”

Other notable highlights from the neighborhood include:

  • Canopy by Hilton to open 3rd location in the world in late February 2018
  • 930 Rose Condominiums located above Canopy with hotel amenity offerings, 50% under contract
  • State-of-the-art Porsche Dealership
  • Conversion of 17,000-square-foot rooftop into The Farm at Pike & Rose

“With the addition of UNIQLO, over 60% of the project’s retail GLA now comes from iconic domestic and international brand category leaders, cementing Pike & Rose as a beacon for retailers both internationally known and locally loved,” said Stuart Biel, Federal Realty’s Vice President, Leasing. “The complement of an unparalleled mix of amenities within an authentic neighborhood environment means retailers and restaurateurs searching for their next location are finding it at Pike & Rose.”

In 2018 Pike & Rose will welcome:

  • 930 Rose – Condominiums
  • Baked Bear – Ice Cream Sandwich Shop
  • BlueMercury – Retailer
  • Canopy by Hilton — Hotel
  • Jinya Ramen Bar – Restaurant
  • Julii – Restaurant
  • Nada – Restaurant
  • Nando’s Peri Peri – Restaurant
  • The Red Door Salon & Spa by Elizabeth Arden – Spa
  • Scout & Molly’s Boutique – Retailer
  • Taylor Gourmet – Restaurant
  • Uniqlo — Retailer
  • Up Top Acres/The Farm at Pike & Rose – Rooftop Farm

About Pike & Rose, a Federal Realty neighborhood

Since its opening in 2014, the transit-oriented development has grown to 391,000 square feet, including over 40 tenants of thoughtfully merchandized retail space. The selection of restaurants (including Summer House Santa Monica, Del Frisco’s Grille, &pizza and Taylor Gourmet), retailers (including REI, Sephora, H&M, L.L.Bean and Sur La Table), a state-of-the-art Porsche dealership, and unique entertainment offerings (iPic Theaters, Pinstripes and AMP by Strathmore) have created a one-of-a-kind retail environment. The neighborhood is fully enhanced by the offerings of 99 luxury condominiums and penthouses uniquely positioned above Canopy by Hilton, a 177-key boutique hotel; 80,000 square feet of fully leased best-in-class office space; 765 luxury apartments; and a 17,000-square-foot rooftop farm. The project represents a total investment of approximately $500 million with additional potential for development, and is part of the Federal Realty Row properties, which include Santana Row, located in San Jose, California, and Assembly Row, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. For additional information about Pike & Rose, visit www.pikeandrose.com.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail-based properties located primarily in major coastal markets. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long-term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Federal Realty’s 104 properties include over 2,900 tenants, in approximately 24 million square feet, and over 2,000 residential units. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 50 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.FederalRealty.com.

Investor Inquires:
Leah Andress
Investor Relations Associate
301.998.8265
landress@federalrealty.com

Media Inquiries:
Andrea Simpson
Vice President, Marketing
617.684.1511
asimpson@federalrealty.com

SOURCE: Federal Realty Investment Trust

Ready Training Online and NACS release convenience store customer service training module, Be Our Guest

​ELIZABETHTOWN, PA, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ready Training Online (RTO), together with NACS, the association that advances the convenience and fuel retailing industry, is announcing the release of the online training module, Be Our Guest. This convenience store customer service training module is an update to the DVD series previously produced and distributed by NACS.

“Be Our Guest is the ‘Cadillac’ of c-store customer service training, and in this industry, creating a satisfying customer experience is the foundation of success,” said Jeff Kahler, President of RTO. “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work closely with NACS to update and bring the Be Our Guest training online.”

The new online Be Our Guest training module covers key areas of convenience store customer service, such as greeting and assisting customers, working with customers with disabilities, and prioritizing tasks when the store is busy. The title for the training takes its name from the acronym G.U.E.S.T., which stands for Greet, Understand, Eye Contact, Speed of Service and Thank You, and is used throughout this innovative convenience store customer service training program.

“We’ve made it easy for convenience retailers to gain new skills and learn best practices—right from the computer in a store or office setting. With the Be Our Guest training module, you’ll grow a stronger team to help your business thrive,” said NACS Products and Services Director Doug Spencer.

Be Our Guest is available now to all current RTO subscription customers at no additional cost and is also being offered exclusively through the NACS e-Learning store, along with 40 other training titles, at www.convenience.org/elearning.

About RTO
RTO provides a full-service online training solution targeted specifically at the service and retail industries. The RTO Learning Management System (LMS) is a comprehensive training and reporting tool designed to simplify employee training. The LMS boasts an extensive library full of industry-rich content and real-time tracking and reporting. RTO is led by a team of production and learning design professionals with expertise in the convenience, restaurant, and retail industries. RTO was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Elizabethtown, PA.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

For media interviews/comments contact:

Jeff Lenard

Source: NACS

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE recognize Old Navy as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Giving Back

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have honored Old Navy as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Giving Back. The ranking considered more than 385,000 employee surveys from companies across the U.S. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. The ranking also accounted for how women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBT individuals experience giving back in the workplace.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized for our efforts around giving back to the community, as it’s embedded in the DNA of our brand,” said Jamie Gersch, Old Navy Chief Marketing Offer. “Through our cause marketing platform, ONward!, we partner with nonprofits to empower the next generation with real-world skills, training, and job opportunities to make a difference in our communities. We’re passionate about taking the next generation to the next level and helping youth blaze a path towards a brighter future. “

For over a decade, Old Navy has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to help turn learners into leaders, donating $2 million in 2017 alone to support the organization. In 2016, Gap Inc. committed to hiring five percent of all entry-level store employees from graduates of the company’s This Way Ahead paid store internship program by 2025, and Old Navy announced plans last year to expand the employment program to Boys & Girls Club youth. Learn more at OldNavy.com/ONward.

“Giving back to the communities where we live and work has always been a fundamental part of who we are as a company. In fact, we hear time and time again that volunteering is one of the reasons so many people come to Gap Inc. and why they stay. We’re proud of our employees, who so generously lend their time, creativity, and talents to our communities,” said David Hayer, president of Gap Foundation and SVP of Global Sustainability at Gap Inc.

The Best Workplaces for Giving Back stand out for their consistent leadership and generosity in giving at the individual and organization level. 

The Best Workplaces for Giving Back is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Old Navy was also ranked as a Best Workplace for Retail and Diversity by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Want to know what it’s like to work for Old Navy? Learn more about careers at Old Navy on LinkedIn and the Old Navy Careers Blog, and visit the Old Navy YouTube channel.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

About the Best Workplaces for Giving Back

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 385,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@gap.com

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

Rite Aid the one-stop shop to make sweethearts swoon this Valentine’s Day

Camp Hill, Pa., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is helping Cupids everywhere this Valentine’s Day by offering a wide assortment of gifts, cards and giftwrap to celebrate the season of love. Visit any Rite Aid location for one-stop shopping and gifts guaranteed to make sweethearts swoon this Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Confections
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Rite Aid shelves are lined with a large assortment of boxed chocolate hearts in all shapes and s from favorites such as Dove, Ferrero Rocher, Russell Stover and Whitman’s. Little sweethearts will swoon over boxed chocolate and mini-plush gifts featuring Snoopy, hedge hogs and teddy bears. And fill the candy dish seasonal treats like Hershey Kisses, M&M’s and classic conversation hearts and bite-d chocolates from Ghirardelli and Lindt.

Say What You Feel 
Whatever you’re trying to say February 14, Rite Aid has a card for you this Valentine’s Day. From bold colors, contemporary accents and unique designs, no matter the sentiment, Rite Aid carries a wide selection of Valentine’s Day cards perfect for that special someone in your life. Don’t forget about the classroom exchange! Choose from kits with stickers or candy and favorite designs like Paw Patrol, Guardians of the Galaxy, My Little Pony and Cars.

Sweet & Snuggly 
Seasonal plush items include animated spinners, dancing animals and a 51-inch giant plush teddy bear with an embroidered heart. Or, pick up a Valentine’s Day themed puppy, bear, hippo, frog or monkey, available in a variety of colors and s. Novelty gifts include love coupon books, coffee mugs and tumblers make the perfect addition to any gift.

Gifts They’ll Love and Love to Use
Give the lady in your life a bottle of her favorite fragrance from brands like Calvin Klein, Vera Wang or Juicy Couture. For your number one man, choose a cologne from Burberry, David Beckham or Dolce & Gabbana. Gift cards are the perfect go-to-gifts for any uncertain cupid. Give the gift of style and shopping, spa services, travel or dinner and a movie thanks to Rite Aid’s assortment of over 200 gift cards.

Spread Love 
Let love be the heart of your home with Rite Aid’s wide assortment of Valentine’s Day decorations including red-foil heart-shaped wreaths, decorative wall art and gel clings.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media:

Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid updates on the progress of its plans to sell stores to Walgreens Boots Alliance

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today (Feb. 8, 2018) provided an update on the progress of its plans to sell stores to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) pursuant to the previously disclosed Amended and Restated Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 18, 2017 (the “Asset Purchase Agreement”). As of February 8, 2018, Rite Aid has transferred 1,114 stores and related assets to WBA, and has received cash proceeds of $2,424 million, which the Company continues to use to reduce debt. Under the Asset Purchase Agreement, WBA will purchase a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4,375 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis.

“We have now completed more than half of the planned store transfers and remain on track to finish the process in the spring of this year,” said Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley. “As we work to complete this process, we remain focused on opportunities to build our business while delivering a great experience to our customers and patients and driving value for our shareholders.”

The majority of the closing conditions have been satisfied, and the subsequent transfers of Rite Aid stores and related assets remain subject to minimal customary closing conditions applicable only to the stores being transferred at such subsequent closing, as specified in the Asset Purchase Agreement. Additional details regarding today’s announcement have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements  

Statements in this release that are not historical, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected timing of subsequent closings of the sale of Rite Aid stores and assets to WBA; the ability of the parties to complete each of the subsequent closings for sale and related subsequent transactions considering the various closing conditions applicable to the stores, related assets and/or distribution centers being transferred at such subsequent closing; the outcome of legal and regulatory matters in connection with the sale of stores and assets of Rite Aid to WBA; the expected benefits of the transactions such as improved operations, growth potential, market profile and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of Rite Aid following completion of the proposed transactions; the ability of Rite Aid to implement new business strategies following the completion of the proposed transactions; the ability of Rite Aid to repay its debt using the proceeds from the proposed transactions and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” and “will” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our high level of indebtedness and our ability to make interest and principal payments on our debt and satisfy the other covenants contained in our debt agreements; general economic, industry, market, competitive, regulatory and political conditions; our ability to improve the operating performance of our stores in accordance with our long term strategy; the impact of private and public third-party payers continued reduction in prescription drug reimbursements and efforts to encourage mail order; our ability to manage expenses and our investments in working capital; outcomes of legal and regulatory matters; changes in legislation or regulations, including healthcare reform; our ability to achieve the benefits of our efforts to reduce the costs of our generic and other drugs; risks related to the proposed transactions, including the possibility that the subsequent transactions may not close, including because a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transactions, or may require conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals, the risk that there may be a material adverse change of Rite Aid, or the business of Rite Aid may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the proposed transactions; risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transactions; risks associated with the financing of the proposed transaction; disruption from the proposed transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; the effect of the pending sale on Rite Aid’s business relationships (including, without limitation, customers and suppliers), operating results and business generally; risks related to diverting management’s or employees’ attention from ongoing business operations; the risk that Rite Aid’s stock price may decline significantly if the proposed transaction is not completed; significant transaction costs; unknown liabilities; the risk of litigation and/or regulatory actions related to the proposed transactions; potential changes to our strategy in the event the remaining proposed transactions do not close, which may include delaying or reducing capital or other expenditures, selling assets or other operations, attempting to restructure or refinance our debt, or seeking additional capital, and other business effects. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are more fully described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact:

Investors: 

Byron Purcell
717-975-5809
investor@riteaid.com

Media:
Susan Henderson
717-730-7766

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Meijer helps customers celebrate Chinese New Year with easy-to-make recipes

Meijer helps customers celebrate Chinese New Year with easy-to-make recipes

 

Meijer chefs share simple recipes to help you celebrate the Year of the Dog

Grand Rapids, Mich., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Spring Festival of Chinese New Year kicks off on Feb. 16, celebrating the Year of the Dog. Although celebrations vary by region and household, they all have one custom in common: creating dishes that give blessings in the New Year. Vegetables are staple items in many Chinese New Year dishes because they symbolize the coming of spring.

If you are looking to create your own celebration, the Meijer produce buyers and Meijer Test Kitchen Chefs Chad Beuter and Brian C. Williams put together a list of great fruits and veggies that are featured in many Chinese New Year dishes and created four easy-to-make recipes to try.

  • Bok Choy: This vegetable is a variety of Chinese cabbage with smooth, tapering leaves. Bok Choy is a variety of Chinese cabbage that’s high in vitamins A and C, and tastes great in a stir-fry, soups or served steamed as a side dish. The leaves have a hint of spice, while the stalks are crisp and sweet.
  • Kumquat: This fruit is quintessential to a Chinese New Year celebration. The Chinese were the first to cultivate the Kumquat. According to a post on SFGate.com, the Chinese often display Kumquats in their home during the Chinese New Year celebration because they symbolize prosperity and are often presented as gifts. As for taste, the Kumquatgrowers states that Kumquats have a distinct flavor that is both sweet and tart. It is the only citrus fruit that can be eaten “skin and all.”
  • Opo Squash: According to CooksInfo.com, Opo Squash is not actually a squash but a gourd. Its skin can be yellow to green and stays tough after cooking. Inside, it has white, firm flesh with edible seeds, similar to zucchini. Smaller and young Opo Squash are sweeter. Peel the skin from the Opo Squash before cooking and prepare it as you would a zucchini.

Try Bok Choy, Kumquats and Opo Squash together in Chilled Opo Squash Noodles with Spicy Shrimp & Bok Choy recipe. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.

  • Chinese Eggplant: Although often thought of as a vegetable, eggplant is actually a fruit. Chinese eggplant is long and thin in appearance, with dark purple skin that is tender and cooks fast. Its flesh is white, semi-firm and nearly seedless. Of all eggplant varieties, a Chinese eggplant is described as having a sweet and mild flavor. Chinese eggplant is known for its antioxidant properties due to containing rich levels of anthocyanins, a pigment that is responsible for the fruit’s deep purple skin coloring. Chinese eggplant is versatile and taste great braised, in stir fry, grilled, fried and baked. Recipe to try: Sweet & Sour Eggplant. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.
  • Chinese Long Beans: Chinese long beans are different from the common green bean. They grow as a vine and can grow more than a yard in length, hence the nickname, “yard beans.” Although, Chinese Long Beans have a similar taste to green beans, they have a different texture. Plus, green beans can be boiled, which doesn’t work for Chinese Long Beans. According to Serious Eats, Chinese Long Beans are best cooked with oil: sautéed, stir-fried or deep-fried. Their flavor intensifies and their texture remains tight and juicy. Recipe to try: Chinese Long Beans with Spicy Pork. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.
  • Ginger Root: Ginger Root is a common ingredient used in most Asian dishes and folk medicine. It adds a hot and fragrant kick, and is used to flavor many Chinese seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. It is also widely recognized that Ginger Root aids in digestion. Recipe to try: Ginger & Shiitake Braised Chicken Thighs with Scallion Pancakes. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.

About Meijer:

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

Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Jennifer Rook
616-791-2794
jennifer.rook@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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DICK’S Sporting Goods to bring 210 jobs with the opening of four new stores in February

The retailer will celebrate with four grand opening celebrations

PITTSBURGH, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening four new DICK’S Sporting Goods stores in February.

DICK’S will now have 721 DICK’S Sporting Goods stores nationwide in 47 states. The new DICK’S locations will bring approximately 210 collective jobs to four communities through the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for these stores.

“Great sports and outdoor traditions are at the heart of what we do, and we look forward to sharing them with these communities,” said Scott Hudler, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Where these sports and outdoor traditions run strong, our stores serve as the heartbeats of the community, bringing people together in a meaningful way that no other retailer can replicate.”

Communities where these new stores are opening can expect to find top-of-the line in-store services and exclusive offerings in apparel, footwear and equipment from the Company’s own private brands, such as CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Field & Stream and Ethos, as well as key, national vendors like Nike, Under Armour and adidas.

Grand Opening events for these newest locations will be held in the following cities:

DICK’S Sporting Goods
City/State Store Location Grand Opening Celebration Dates
Evansville, IN East Lloyd Commons

6200 East Lloyd Expressway

Evansville, IN 47715

February 10 and 11
Baxter, MN Central Lake Crossing

13499 Elmwood Drive

Baxter, MN 56425

February 23 through 25
Santa Maria, CA Enos Ranch

775 E. Betteravia Road

Santa Maria, CA 93454

February 23 through 25
Warwick, RI Rhode Island Mall

650 Bald Hill Road

Warwick, RI 02886

February 24 and 25

 

For each grand opening weekend, customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and meet several special guests, such as Kyle Rudolph** in Baxter, Minn. and Don Sutton** in Santa Maria, Calif.

Visit dicks.com/Evansville, dicks.com/Baxter, dicks.com/SantaMaria and dicks.com/Warwick for full details on the Grand Opening celebrations, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

**WRISTBAND REQUIRED! Wristbands are distributed on a first-come, first served basis beginning at store open on the day of event only. Limited Quantity. Limit one wristband per person. Must be present to receive wristband. Must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line prior to the start of the appearance to receive an autograph. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of February 3, 2018, the Company operated more than 715 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and fan wear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

CONTACTS: 

DICK’S Sporting Goods
724-273-5552
press@dcsg.com

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.