Whole Foods Market announces the appointment of Nicole Wescoe as president, Northeast region

Whole Foods Market announces the appointment of Nicole Wescoe as president, Northeast region

24-year company veteran to oversee 41 stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is pleased to announce that Nicole Wescoe has been named president of the company’s Northeast region.

In her new role, Nicole will oversee 41 stores located across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in addition to the East Coast’s first Whole Foods Market 365 store, opening in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood in January, and a new Whole Foods Market in Bridgewater, N.J. opening in March.

“I am beyond excited to return to the Northeast to lead the region in partnership with our accomplished team,” said Wescoe. “The Northeast is a Whole Foods Market leader when it comes to operations and culinary innovation and the opportunity to build on that existing strength and elevate the customer experience in our stores is incredibly inspiring.”

With 24 years of experience at the company, Wescoe worked her way up from a team leader in the bakery, specialty and grocery departments at stores in the Mid-Atlantic region to associate store team leader and store team leader before relocating to the Northeast, where she spent six years as regional vice president. She returned to the Mid-Atlantic region in 2013 where she most recently served as regional vice president, overseeing 15 new stores, four relocations and 10 renovations during her leadership tenure in the two regions.

“Nicole is a strong leader with a deep passion for food and retail and proven track record of operational excellence, so I’m thrilled to welcome her back to the Northeast as she leads the region to an exciting new future,” said Christina Minardi, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market.

Nicole is an avid food and cooking enthusiast and her volunteer work with the Adopt a Goat program inspired a personal interest in goat farming. She is based at the Whole Foods Market Northeast office in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

MEDIA CONTACT
NEmedia@wholefoods.com 

Whole Foods Market opens new distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side

Centrally located hub improves distribution in a new, larger facility

CHICAGO, IL, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today joins Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to open a new 140,000 square foot distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. The new distribution center allows the natural and organic grocer to better serve its 26 Chicagoland locations as well as an additional 34 locations across the Midwest and Eastern Canada.

“The Pullman neighborhood is an ideal location for our new distribution center. The proximity to major transportation and other business needs will help us to better serve our customers and support our stores in the Midwest and Ontario,” said Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional President, Michael Bashaw. “We are now closer to the majority of our stores, shortening delivery time, and, in the long term, we have plenty of additional space for expansion to support growth.”

Sitting on 16.5 acres in the historic Pullman neighborhood, the new distribution center features a fresh salad bar, outdoor grilling space and patio, and an equipped exercise room for Team Members to enjoy. The facility employs 100 Team Members, who moved from the company’s previous 5-acre facility in Munster, Indiana.

The newly-designed facility also features environmental improvements. Approximately 20 percent more electrically efficient, the new Whole Foods Market distribution center saves more than 1.3 million kilowatts per year and more than $150,000 annually due to measures such as natural refrigerants, occupancy light sensors, high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting, thermosiphon oil cooling, and redistribution of refrigeration waste to heat floors.

With increased access to major transportation arteries, the new distribution center allows Whole Foods Market stores to replenish products faster, ensuring shoppers’ favorite foods are always available. The facility is expected to move an average of 200,000 cases each week to Whole Foods Market locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

“Whole Foods’ decision to move its Midwest distribution center to Chicago is a vote of confidence in the city and another sign of the economic renaissance underway in the historic Pullman community,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The new distribution center, coming on the heels of new Whole Foods Markets in Englewood and Hyde Park, is bringing more investment and opportunity to Chicago communities.”

Originally one of the sites for the production and assembly of Pullman Railway Cars in the late 1800s, the Whole Foods Market distribution center joins two of its trusted suppliers, Method and Gotham Greens, in the dynamically changing neighborhood. In 2015, the U.S. Park Service designated the community as a National Monument for its historic affiliation with industry, land use planning, and workers’ rights.

“The community has a strong dedication to its rich history, yet has a forward-thinking vision for its future. We’re incredibly proud to be part of the revitalization happening in Pullman,” adds Bashaw.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

MEDIA CONTACT
MWmedia@wholefoods.com

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 1,799,547 COMMON SHARES REPURCHASED IN THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 2, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING JANUARY 5, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,799,547 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from January 2, 2018 up to and including January 5, 2018. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €18.41 per share for a total consideration of €33.1 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €2 billion share buyback program announced on November 8, 2017.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 1,799,547 common shares for a total consideration of €33.1 million.

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

This press release is issued in connection with the disclosure and reporting obligation set out in Article 2(2) of the EU Regulation that contains technical standards for buyback programs.

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs/ for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

ShopRite rolls out “Fuel Better” campaign to help customers discover better-for-you energy-rich foods and drinks

Customers looking to boost their energy, lose weight and eat healthier in the new year can discover new foods, recipes and ideas with the help of ShopRite’s dietitians 

Keasbey, New Jersey, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers looking for foods to help boost their energy in the new year have a valuable resource at their local ShopRite. The supermarket announced today that it has launched “Fuel Better,” a new campaign that provides customers with product and meal suggestions to help increase their energy levels throughout the day.

“Our customers tell us that they want to start the new year off by resolving to eat healthier, lose weight and feel more energetic, and we’re confident that our ‘Fuel Better’ campaign will help them achieve this,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, RD, MS, director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite.

“Fuel Better,” which runs through the end of February, is the latest entry in ShopRite’s Well Everyday messaging program, a health and wellness-focused initiative launched last year as part of ShopRite’s commitment to providing free health and wellness services, inspiration and education to customers.

“We launched the ‘Fuel Better’ program to give our customers an easy and fun way to create small, achievable wellness goals – such as eating for energy – that can be sustained over the long term. It’s our way of showing customers that by enjoying a healthy balance of foods such as lean proteins, whole grain carbohydrates and heart-healthy fats, they can feel better and have more energy during the day,” says Menza-Crowe.

As part of the “Fuel Better” campaign, shoppers will have the opportunity to sample and discover better-for-you energy-rich foods and drinks while in the store. Shoppers can also receive free nutrition advice from the supermarket’s team of dietitians, who’ll be providing personalized suggestions on everything from fatigue-fighting snack choices to energy-boosting meal choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, shoppers can visit ShopRite.com to access recipes featured in the campaign.

“Everyone wants to wake up in the morning feeling energized and ready to take on the day,” says Menza-Crowe. “With Fuel Better, we’re providing our shoppers with ideas, product suggestions and recipes that will help give them the healthy energy they need to feel great.”

As part of the eight-week campaign, shoppers can pick up a free “Fuel Better” recipe brochure at the office of their local in-store ShopRite dietitian (also available as a download on www.shoprite.com). The brochure includes ideas for energy-boosting foods such as Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Bowls, Walnut-Herb Chicken Roulade, and desserts such as Almond Butter Blondies and Sweet Potato Dessert Ravioli.

To see a complete list of events that ShopRite’s team of Registered Dietitians will be hosting in celebration of the “Fuel Better” campaign, visit ShopRite.com/health-events.

In addition to in-store events, the “Fuel Better” campaign features colorful signage throughout the store, directing consumers to energy-rich foods in the produce, seafood and center-store aisles. “Fuel Better” messaging will also appear on the supermarket’s website, social media channels, and in weekly circulars.

About ShopRite:
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

SOURCE: ShopRite

PR Contacts
Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com

Maureen Gillespie
Manager
Email: maureen.gillespie@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5295

7‑Eleven® expands its 7-Select GO!Smart private brand line with four 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice Blends

7‑Eleven® expands its 7-Select GO!Smart private brand line with four 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice Blends

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven® stores are carrying a new line of proprietary juices that rival those prepared fresh in free-standing, high-end juice bars. The new organic, cold-pressed juices are part of the retailer’s 7-Select GO!Smart private brand line of premium better-for-you snacks and beverages.

The 7-Select GO!Smart juices come in four varieties:

  • Clean & Green – Kale, cucumber, apple, spinach, mint, celery, lime, parsley
  • Tropical Glow – Pineapple, orange, banana, apple, mango, passionfruit, coconut water
  • Berry & Bright™ – Tart cherry, carrot, blackberry, pomegranate, bilberry, cranberry, acai
  • Restoration Red™ – Tomato, tart cherry, beet, strawberry, apple, lime

Each variety is USDA-certified organic, made from whole fruits and vegetables. A special promotional retail price for the launch is two for $4 at participating stores for a limited time. The everyday suggested retail price is $2.99 for a 14-ounce bottle, less than the cost of premium national brand juices. The juices will be sold chilled in the refrigerated section.

“When you compare this new line of 7-Select GO! Smart cold-pressed juices head-to-head with nationally recognized premium juice brands, well, there is no comparison,” said Tim Cogil, 7‑Eleven director of new product development. “Ours are organic and cold-pressed, without additives and not from concentrate. Typically, this level of quality is only found at juice and smoothie restaurants.”

While some independent juice bars and premium juice companies can boast their juices are organic or cold-pressed, most can’t make both claims. 7‑Eleven can make them … and several more. The new line of premium 7-Select GO!Smart juices are:

  • USDA-certified organic
  • Cold-pressed certified fair trade
  • Non-GMO Project verified
  • 100 percent fruit juice blend or vegetable and fruit juice blend
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • No additives
  • Not from concentrate
  • Fewer calories
  • No added sugar
  • Glass bottle, not plastic
  • Shelf-stable

In addition to complete nutritional information, the back of the bottle includes a fruit-to-vegetable taste meter for each flavor and even how much of each individual ingredient it takes to make one 14-ounce bottle. For instance, one bottle of Clean & Green contains 25 kale leaves, one parsley bunch, 12 celery stalks, three cucumbers, two green apples, 13 mint leaves, 15 spinach leaves and one lime.

Cold-pressed juices are made using a hydraulic press to extract juice from fruits and vegetables.

While overall juice sales increased more than 4 percent over last year, sales of super premium juices rose at double the rate as people look for healthier and more nutritionally dense beverages. For many, particularly millennial females, premium juices offer an easy way to boost consumption of fruits and vegetables.

7‑Eleven also offers a line of organic juices (orange, apple, cranberry blend, lemonade and more) sold under the 7-Select brand.

To satisfy consumer requests for variety in both indulgent and better-for-you products, 7‑Eleven added the 7-Select GO!Smart and 7-Select GO!Yum™ premium lines to its 7-Select® assortment in 2015.

7-Select GO!Smart items are designed with nutritional balance as a priority for those looking for better-tasting, better-for-you options while on the go. Many are gluten-free, GMO-free and use organic sweeteners like agave and brown rice syrups, which have a lower glycemic index. All have nutritional information prominently posted on packaging to help consumers make the best choice for themselves.

7-Select GO!Yum products include an indulgent assortment of savory and sweet snacks with a level of quality more likely found at a specialty store than in a convenience store. Each product is made with premium ingredients, curated for imaginative taste combinations and an out-of-the-ordinary sensory experience.

“Whenever the private brand team creates a new item, our goal is to use only the highest quality ingredients and unique flavor combinations you can’t find anywhere else,” Cogil said. “We want customers to love it so much that they come back to 7‑Eleven because they can’t find anything like it anywhere else. Our private brands set us apart from the competition.”

Today, the 7-Select private brand product lineup includes hundreds of items across all categories.

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.

SOURCE: 7‑Eleven Inc.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Dunkin’ Donuts declares donuts now artificial dyes free

Dunkin’ Donuts declares donuts now artificial dyes free

  • Milestone is part of brand’s pledge to eliminate artificial dyes from food and beverages by end of 2018
  • Dunkin’ Donuts introduces Snow Flurries Donut as a new donut variety to begin the New Year

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off 2018 with news sure to give donut fans a sweet start to the New Year. The brand has removed artificial dyes from its donuts in the U.S., declaring donuts now sold at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide are no longer being made using colors from artificial sources*. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to offer guests great-tasting, high-quality products and cleaner menu labels, Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, previously pledged to eliminate artificial dyes from all of its food and beverages in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

According to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., “We are pleased to start the New Year with exciting and important donut news for our guests. Eliminating artificial dyes from our donuts is an incredible milestone moment for a fun brand whose products are synonymous with bright, colorful confections. After years of research and development, we are thrilled to be taking such a big step in providing guests with simpler ingredients while still delivering the delicious taste and vivid colors expected with our donuts. We look forward to sharing a sweet 2018 with more donut news and innovative new flavors in the months ahead.”

Weisman added that customers will be hard pressed to see the color difference in the new donuts. For example, a cool new addition to Dunkin’s donut offerings, the Snow Flurries Donut, features a frosted donut with wintry blue icing and special snowflake sprinkles, all without colors from artificial sources. The Snow Flurries Donut is available at participating Dunkin’ Donut restaurants throughout the country for a limited time.

By the end of this year, Dunkin’ Donuts will remove artificial dyes across its menu, including frozen beverages such as COOLATTA® frozen beverages, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and coffee flavorings. Similarly, Dunkin’ Donuts’ sister brand Baskin-Robbins will remove synthetic dyes from its menu, including ice cream sold both at its restaurants and in quarts and pints at retail locations, as well as its syrups, sauces, sprinkles and beverages, including Cappuccino Blast®. The exceptions on both brands’ menus include select supplier-branded ingredients produced by other companies that are used as toppings, ice cream inclusions or decorative elements. Additionally, Baskin-Robbins will take a longer period of time to find replacements for the decorative elements on its ice cream cakes.

Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving guests signature donuts for 68 years. Dunkin’ Donuts is the #1 retailer of donuts in America, and sells 2.7 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats annually worldwide. Within the United States, Dunkin’ Donuts offers more than 70 varieties of donuts, including beloved flavors such as Boston Kreme, Glazed, Chocolate Glazed Cake and Chocolate Frosted. Additionally, some Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also feature regional favorites like the Sour Cream Donut in Chicago, and the Peanut Stick in upstate New York.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Media Contact

Heather McIntyre
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Heather.McIntyre@dunkinbrands.com

*Toppings for limited edition and custom image donuts may contain synthetic dyes

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

Baskin-Robbins brings back Bobsled Brownie® as the January Flavor of the Month

Baskin-Robbins brings back Bobsled Brownie® as the January Flavor of the Month

Offers lineup of BRight Choices flavors for guests looking to enjoy better-for-you frozen treats as they ring in the New Year

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced a returning favorite – Bobsled Brownie® – as the January Flavor of the Month. Bobsled Brownie is a combination of Butter Caramel flavored ice cream and Milk Chocolate Mousse-flavored ice cream with blonde brownie pieces and a fudge crackle swirl throughout. Guests can warm up during one of the coldest months of the year and double down on the blonde brownie-goodness by enjoying Bobsled Brownie® as a Warm Brownie Sundae.

Baskin-Robbins is also helping guests who are looking for better-for-you options in the New Year with its selection of BRight Choices flavors. These better-for-you flavor varieties include fat-free, dairy-free and no sugar added options in satisfying flavors like No Sugar Added Peanut Buttery Bar Blast, Miami Vice Sorbet and Maui Brownie Madness Frozen Yogurt, all of which can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, Milkshake or Cappuccino Blast®. These flavors are just a few of the wide variety of BRight Choices options that will be available at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide throughout the year.

“With fun flavors like Bobsled Brownie and our wide selection of BRight Choices options, Baskin-Robbins is ringing in the New Year in the sweetest way possible,” said Katy Latimer, Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands. “We know our guests are always looking for variety when they visit their Baskin-Robbins shop, and we are thrilled to help them kick off the New Year with a wide range of frozen treat options as they welcome 2018.”

In 2018, Baskin-Robbins will continue its Celebrate 31 promotion, which invites guests to enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops for $1.50 on the 31st of each month.* The special “Celebrate 31” deal is available on any of Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream flavors, including seasonal favorites such as Winter White Chocolate®, New York Cheesecake and Orange Sherbet.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

* Offer valid on January 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named a top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2017, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream, a full range of beverages, and a delicious lineup of desserts including custom ice cream cakes, the Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat and take-home ice cream quarts and pints, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,900 retail shops in 52 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit https://www.baskinrobbins.com/.

SOURCE: Baskin-Robbins

MEDIA CONTACT

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) appoints Paresh Patel as new IT director

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) appoints Paresh Patel as new IT director

Hertfordshire, UK, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paresh Patel as its new IT director.

Paresh joins us from convenience and forecourt EPOS, payment and loyalty solutions provider HTEC Ltd. Starting with Indigo Retail as director of service in 2006, Paresh was promoted to head of major accounts when Indigo was acquired by HTEC in 2013 and for the last 10 months he held the position of director of forecourt sales.

Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s chief operating officer said: “This is a key appointment for our growing organisation where the measurement and performance of our retail offer and the demands for corporate governance are becoming more and more important.

“Another big plus is that Paresh has worked with MFG since we started in 2011 and has been instrumental in the architecture of our IT systems both at head office and forecourt level.”

SOURCE: Motor Fuel Limited

CONTACT

Phone: +44 (0) 1727 898890
Fax: +44 (0) 1727 852318
Email: info@motorfuelgroup.com

NCR’s financial services and retail solutions win four 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards

NCR’s financial services and retail solutions recognized for excellence in product design

DULUTH, Ga., 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that it has won four 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950, the awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious for design excellence worldwide.

NCR’s SelfServ 80 Series, an award-winning family of ATM solutions launched in 2017 designed to re-invent the banking experience for consumers and financial institutions, and NCR’s FastLane SelfServ™, retail technology providing consumers with convenient checkout options, were recognized for their excellence in product design and innovation category. NCR will showcase the award-winning self-checkout technology at NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show at booth #3121 from January 14 to 16, 2018.

“NCR has consistently invested in innovations to deliver built for purpose smart edge devices that, in conjunction with our software and services, deliver exceptional customer experiences, and these awards are another recognition of this,” said Bob Ciminera, NCR’s executive vice president, Hardware Product Operations. “We are committed to continuing to develop products and solutions that set the standards in connected financial and retail technology that will enable new levels of productivity gains for our customers.”

NCR won a total of four awards for the following designs. Each category and description of the award can be read here:

In 2017, the award program received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing the most important and critical mass of influential corporations in the design industry from over 55 countries. This year marked the most significant year for GOOD DESIGN™ with foremost design firms comprising critical mass from FORTUNE 500 companies participating.

All awards are posted on the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design’s  websites at www.good-designawards.comwww.chi-athenaeum.org and www.europeanarch.eu

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across the financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

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News Media Contacts
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations
+91 22 619 45 83
SOURCE: NCR CORPORATION

The Bon-Ton Stores appoints Michael Culhane EVP, Chief Financial Officer

YORK, Pa., 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT) today announced the appointment of Michael Culhane to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Culhane will be responsible for Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Credit, Investor Relations, Legal and Internal Audit.  He succeeds Nancy Walsh, who is leaving the Company effective as of January 22, 2018, to take a position at another company.

Mr. Culhane brings more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience and a deep knowledge of the retail industry to Bon-Ton, having held several roles at retail companies throughout his career, including as Chief Financial Officer.  He was most recently President and Co-founder of TMAG, Inc., providing CFO consulting services.  Prior to TMAG, Inc., he served as Chief Financial Officer at Hudson’s Bay Company and has also held various executive roles with Lord & Taylor and May Department Store Group. Mr. Culhane has a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Commenting on Mr. Culhane’s appointment, Bill Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our executive leadership team. We look forward to leveraging his extensive financial expertise and significant department store retail experience as we continue to execute on our initiatives to drive improved performance and strengthen our financial position. We are confident he will be an asset to our team as we continue to engage with our debt holders in our efforts to establish a sustainable capital structure for the Company.”

Mr. Tracy continued, “On behalf of the entire Board and management team, I want to thank Nancy for her service and many contributions as CFO over the past two years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

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

CONTACT:

Christine Hojnacki
414-347-5329
Christine.hojnacki@bonton.com

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

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Camilla Harfeld Petersen appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway

Camilla Harfeld Petersen appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Camilla Harfeld Petersen has been appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway. Camilla has a solid experience from the fashion industry and comes from Bestseller, as Country Manager for Vero Moda. Camilla starts her position at Lindex in the beginning of April.

Camilla has been working in the retail industry almost her entire professional life. She comes from Bestseller Retail, where she has been working for nine years within several different manager positions. Most recent as Country Manager for Vero Moda and before then Country Manager for the Jack&Jones stores in Norway.

I’m very happy to welcome Camilla Harfeld Pedersen to Lindex. Camilla’s solid experience within the fashion industry, combined with her fantastic commitment and sense for the customer meeting will be very valuable in our development and to strengthen Lindex position in Norway, says Elisabeth Peregi, interim CEO of Lindex.

Camilla has a strong leadership and a wide experience within retail. She is passionate about creating a positive shopping experience and to meet customer needs. Another strong driving force for Camilla is how stores and e-commerce complement and strengthen each other.

“It is incredibly exciting and I am so delighted! I’m impressed over the journey and development Lindex has done. I think that with my experience and passion, together with Lindex competent team, we have the best conditions to drive Lindex forward”, says Camilla Harfeld Pedersen.

Today Lindex Norway has 99 stores and e-commerce and are planning to open three new stores during the spring.

SOURCE: LINDEX

MEDIA CONTACT

Eva Jonasson, Media Relations Responsible
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Sheetz to open its new store in Parkersburg, WV on Thursday, January 11

Altoona, PA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Parkersburg, WV. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, at the new store located at 306 Ann Street.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free stainless steel coffee mugs while supplies last as well as free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time. Sheetz will continue to offer its award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where customers can order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card and two $250 Sheetz gift cards. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be on hand for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand-opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of West Virginia. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz currently operates 565 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 565 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

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Lowe’s Canada opens new model Lowe’s store in Gloucester

Lowe’s Canada celebrates the opening of the first new model Lowe’s store in the Greater Ottawa Area

Boucherville, QC, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada opened today its fifth store under the new model of Lowe’s stores in Canada which offers an enhanced shopping experience. The store, located at 1880 Innes Road in Gloucester, was converted from the former RONA Home and Garden. It was designed by taking the best of Lowe’s and RONA’s offering to create the new model of Lowe’s stores. This is the first new model Lowe’s store to open in the greater Ottawa area.

“We are thrilled to kick off the New Year with the grand opening of this new model Lowe’s store in Gloucester, which combines the best of what RONA and Lowe’s have to offer across the country,” says Guy Beaumier, Interim Executive President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail. “In 2018, we will continue Lowe’s Big Box evolution to bring our enhanced shopping experience, which includes brand new features to better serve our commercial clientele, to even more Canadian customers.”

The store underwent an extensive 16-week physical transformation from the former RONA which involved construction, departmental sequencing of new racking and re-merchandising, branding and IT conversion, as well as a significant investment in our people with exhaustive training focused on new product knowledge and customer service.

New Retail Experience
The new Gloucester Lowe’s will offer an enhanced retail experience, including:

  • A wider assortment of seasonal products such as patio, Halloween and items for the Holiday season in line with the latest fashion trends.
  • The introduction of entirely new product categories such as appliances, Lowe’s private labels, and top brands such as John Deere, Husqvarna, and Cub Cadet.
  • A broader selection of fashion plumbing products such as tubs, showers, toilets, vanities, sinks and faucets with the introduction of high-profile brands such as Kohler and Grohe.
  • Floor displays featuring the latest fashions in wood flooring and tiles with larger displays at eye level allowing customers to better visualize their projects and better experience the texture of flooring products.
  • Access to more than 100,000 products on www.lowes.ca

Enhanced Contractor Experience
The new Gloucester location offers an enhanced shopping experience for pros and commercial customers, including:

  • The introduction of the Contractor Rewards Program (i.e. loyalty and pricing program)
  • Access to a drive-through lumber yard where contractors can load their vehicles directly to save time, as well as have access to a broader lumber assortment.
  • The Gloucester store is the fifth Lowe’s store in Canada to introduce charge accounts that will allow commercial customers to shop at any RONA corporate store and new model Lowe’s store in Canada and receive a single monthly invoice.
  • Introduction of corporately owned and operated delivery trucks to provide a more personalized level of service for deliveries to contractors.
  • Enhanced assortment in key contractor categories including lumber, building materials, millwork, tools, hardware, etc.

The new Gloucester Lowe’s marks the company’s 61st store in Canada under the Lowe’s banner and fourth Lowe’s location in the Greater Ottawa market. The store represents a local investment in excess of $5.16 million and created 35 new jobs – in total the store has 150 permanent positions and approximately 35 seasonal roles.

The store offers about 40,000 products in-stock to meet customers’ home improvement needs, and features retail offering space totaling more than 169,000 square feet, including 74,965 square feet of retail sales space, an adjacent garden centre of 30,706 square feet, a covered lumberyard of 25,698 square feet, and an additional outdoor drive-through lumberyard of 37,940 square feet.

Today, local dignitaries and Lowe’s executives joined employees from the store to celebrate the grand opening through an official board cutting ceremony and community grant presentation. Lowe’s donated $5,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to fund the purchase of oxygen blenders for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Grand Opening Events
Grand opening activities for the new store, where customers can enjoy free sessions, giveaways and contests, will continue until Monday. These include:

  • Children’s Workshop for families on Saturday, January 6 at 10 a.m.
  • Live in-store radio remote with Hot 89.9 on Saturday, January 6, with a draw for a $250 Lowe’s gift card and a small appliance.
  • Giveaways including: Char-Broil spatula (first 75 customers, Thursday only); Sylvania A19 LED 60-watt light bulb (first 1,000 customers, Friday only); $25 Lowe’s gift card (first 200 customers, Saturday only) and a DeWalt 4-pce. spade bit set (first 200 customers, Sunday only).
  • Customers can also enter to win 1 of 4 grand prizes.
  • Contractor exclusive VIP event on Monday, January 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. There will be a draw to win 1 of 3 $250 Lowe’s gift cards and contractors can fill out a ballot to win 1 of 4 tool prizes. To register, contractors can call the store at 613.741.6331 and ask to speak with the Contractor Specialist to request an invite.

About Lowe’s Canada
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. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
514.626.6976
media@rona.ca

Kroger expands its Simple Truth® brand

Largest natural and organic brand in the country continues to lead the industry

CINCINNATI, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today the expansion of its Simple Truth® brand and launch of its largest-ever Our Brands customer sales promotion, featuring savings on thousands of Simple Truth® and Simple Truth Organic® items.

“We’re proud of the high-quality ingredients that go into our Simple Truth® products. We’re equally proud of what’s not in these foods. Simple Truth® products are free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Instead of GMOs and antibiotics, Simple Truth® offers clean labels and fantastic flavors. Kroger has led the way for more than a decade in making natural and organic products more mainstream and accessible. We’ve always believed that our customers shouldn’t have to pay higher prices just because a product is natural or organic. The truth is, we’ve always been affordable.”

Kroger introduced Simple Truth® in its fourth quarter 2012, and the brand now offers over 1,400 unique products across multiple categories, including grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, baby, household essentials and personal care. Simple Truth® also offers more Fair Trade Certified™ products than any other private label grocery brand in the country.

With the help of 84.51° insights, Simple Truth® will continue to innovate and introduce new affordable items in 2018 that align with customer trends, including increasingly popular categories like beverage, snacking and non-animal proteins. These growing trends have already inspired the Our Brands innovation team to develop exciting new items like Simple Truth Organic® sports drinks, Simple Truth Organic® sparkling coconut waters, Simple Truth® fruit and nut bars and Simple Truth® meatless entrees.

In Kroger’s third quarter 2017, Our Brands delivered strong performance, making up 28.2 percent of unit sales and 25.6 percent of sales dollars, excluding fuel and pharmacy. Simple Truth continued to grow in popularity the same quarter, with sales growing 19 percent.

Our Brands is shaping the way we are redefining the grocery customer experience as outlined in our Restock Kroger plan,” Mr. Clark continued.

Simple Truth products are exclusive to the Kroger Family of Stores and customers can purchase the brand in a variety of ways: in a store; through ClickList; or Vitacost.com for ship-to-home delivery.

To learn more about Simple Truth, customers can visit www.simpletruth.com to download over $100 in digital coupon savings and view recipes, product reviews and nutrition advice.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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Hy-Vee pharmacies supports Iowa Department of Public Health in its fight against substance abuse and addiction issues

New Consolidated Website and Helpline Established by State of Iowa to Help Those in Need

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today that all Hy-Vee pharmacies in Iowa will partner with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide patients and employees with information on how they can get help for opioid and other substance abuse issues.

In a statewide initiative, all 104 Hy-Vee pharmacies in Iowa will post information about a new website recently launched by the IDPH called YourLifeIowa.org to bring awareness and offer help to those individuals and families dealing with substance abuse and gambling addiction, as well as assist with suicide prevention. In addition, a new 24-hour helpline is in place: (855) 581-8111. Counter cards and information tear pads will be located at each Hy-Vee pharmacy, and informational posters will be located in Hy-Vee employee break rooms.

“There are Iowans who are facing adversity and need help when it comes to substance abuse and other addictions,” said Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president and chief health officer. “As a pharmaceutical leader in Iowa, we want to direct our patients and employees to a place where they can get help for themselves or for loved ones, and YourLifeIowa is an excellent starting point.”

YourLifeIowa.org incorporates information previously found on the IDPH Suicide Prevention website, as well as the 1-800-BETS OFF and DrugFreeInfo (formerly the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center) websites. In addition to the 24-hour telephone helpline (all three previous toll-free numbers will still be active), the new YourLifeIowa system offers mobile-friendly Internet-based communications (e.g., online chat) and texting capabilities.

One of the major enhancements of the site is a facility locator, which allows treatment facilities to feature a welcome video, contact information, services offered, map, picture and description.

All services offered by YourLifeIowa are free and confidential.

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

SOURCE: Hy-Vee Inc.

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PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program exceeded its goal with more than 63 million meals generated

Together with its Shoppers, PetSmart’s Philanthropic Effort has Generated Nearly 6,800 Tons of Pet Food; 3,684 Tons Already Donated to Thousands of Destinations; Remaining 3,000-Plus Tons to be Delivered Across More than 150 Truckloads in 2018

PHOENIX, AZ, 2018-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart announced today that it has wrapped up its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program where the retailer donated a meal to a pet in need for every bag of dog or cat food purchased between March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. The program beat its goal of 60 million meals* with more than 63 million meals generated. The Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program is the largest philanthropic initiative in PetSmart’s 30-year history and is among the largest pet food donation efforts the industry has seen.

“We are so pleased that, together with our shoppers who bought dog and cat food bags at our stores and PetSmart.com, we’ve not only met, but exceeded our goal of donating 60 million meals,” said Joshua Kanter, PetSmart’s executive vice president of marketing and customer experience. “To date we’ve distributed about 35 million meals to help feed hungry pets in need, and we expect to deliver the remaining 29 million to pet shelters and rescues, as well human food banks, pantries and meal programs across the U.S. and Canada in the first half of 2018.”

The delivery of such a large-scale volume of donated food presented significant logistical challenges for PetSmart. In collaboration with nonprofit partner, PetSmart Charities, who is teaming up with nonprofits GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank and Feeding America®, the donated pet food has been, and will continue to be, efficiently distributed to thousands of destinations to help feed hungry pets in need across the U.S. and Canada.

Pet food is a rare offering at food banks and pantries, and pet families in need often feed scarce human food to their pets. A unique aspect of the program is that it provides pet food to human food banks, pantries and meal programs so that families in need can secure food for every member of the family, including their dogs and cats.

To date, PetSmart and its partners have delivered 35 million meals – about 3,684 tons – of pet food via 188 semi trucks to pets in need across the U.S. and Canada. The remaining more than 3,000 tons of pet food will be delivered in 2018 totaling more than 63 million meals, nearly 6,800 tons, across about 340 truckloads.

As a point of reference, using a standard six-inch pet food bowl, more than 63 million meals lined up beside each other would span from New York City to Los Angeles and back again – covering 6,000 miles. The nearly 6,800 tons of pet food is about the same weight as 959 elephants and could fill 2.5 Olympic-sized pools.

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 will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. 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
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart
PetSmart homepage: www.PetSmart.com

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*Ended 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada 
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date.  PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

About Rescue Bank 
Rescue Bank, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, operates on the national food bank model to community-based animal welfare groups that typically lack access to resources. Rescue Bank recognizes that these smaller, less-visible groups represent a substantial portion of America’s animal rescue resource.

Rescue Bank works with name-brand suppliers to deliver donated pet food for both the ongoing needs of more than 1,900 animal welfare organizations and the immediate needs of communities after disasters such as hurricanes, floods and fires. Since establishing its national network in 2011, Rescue Bank has delivered over 200 million meals of nutritious, wholesome pet food.
For more information visit http://rescuebank.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/RescueBank.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

SOURCE: PetSmart®

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PetSmart offers tips for pet health and wellness in 2018

New Year’s Health Resolutions Not Just for People, but Pets Too

PHOENIX, AZ, 2018-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The start of a new year means new beginnings, resolutions and goals. As people everywhere make to-do lists to help enrich and better their lives, these lists should include our pets too, says Lisa Darling, DVM, on-staff veterinarian for services at PetSmart.

“With general health and wellness top-of-mind this time of year, we should also add our pets into the equation for 2018 goals and New Year’s resolutions,” said Dr. Darling. “Weight is a key indicator of health, and considering that 50 percent of pets in the U.S. are classified as overweight, there is no better time for pet parents to evaluate their pet’s diet, exercise and activities.”

PetSmart has launched its New Year, New You Pet Collection to provide pet parents with a variety of products to help pets meet health and wellness goals, including active toys, weight management dog and cat food formulas, healthy natural treats, oral health and at-home grooming tools, in addition to harnesses, collars, leashes and winter outdoor apparel. You can view the entire collection on www.PetSmart.com/NewYearNewYou.

To start you and your pet’s New Year off right, PetSmart’s Dr. Darling shares 10 tips for pet health and wellness in 2018:

#1. Check Your Pet’s Food. Pets at varying ages have different nutrient requirements, so consider assessing your pet’s food and adjust accordingly. For example, if your dog is overweight, certain weight management pet food formulas can help a pet lose weight, along with exercise. Consult your veterinarian on any changes to your pet’s food, and always accurately measure your pet’s food vs. eyeballing.

#2. Stop all Table Scraps. We might think we are “treating” our pet when we give them human food from our plates, but we are likely doing more harm than good. Research natural, healthy pet treats, like the Only Natural Pet® Freeze-Dried Chicken Bites, and get an on-trend treat jar for your kitchen or mudroom like this ceramic pet treat jar from ED Ellen DeGeneres. Make treating your pets a healthy activity.

#3. Start a New Activity. With so many pet-friendly venues and activities, it’s easier than ever to incorporate your pet into a new activity like a hike, Doga (dog yoga) or paddle boarding. Research pet-friendly meet-up groups for ideas and events in your area. Whatever activity you choose, try to do it on a regular schedule in the New Year. It’s a great way to bond, get out of the house and reap the benefits of physical activity.

#4. Get Some New Toys. Freshen up your pet’s toy collection with new items that stimulate their brain or promote activities like fetch. Studies show mental stimulation can likely help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. Items like the Trixie Chess Game Toy or this amphibious fetch toy are a great way to get your dog moving. For cats, this Whisker City Catnip Cyclone or Peek-a-Prize Toy Box are great options too.

#5. Teach a New Trick. Similar to toys, teaching pets a new trick can also be stimulating. Sign up for pet training courses like PetSmart’s Trick Training, where dogs can learn fun and playful tricks such as crawling, taking a bow, high fiving and rolling over. Additionally, for those that want to get involved in their community with their dog, PetSmart’s Dog Therapy Training prepares pet parents and their dogs for Therapy Dog evaluation, which is conducted by third parties dedicated to registering therapy pets. Once officially registered, a therapy dog and pet parent can work together to give back in their community by delivering emotional support at hospitals, schools, community centers and other local programs.

#6. Make a Play Date. Get social in the New Year! Consider setting up a pet play date with a friend and their pet at a nearby park. Doggie Day Camp is a great way to socialize pets and meet new pet parents as well. Assess your dog’s willingness to mix with other dogs before heading to a play date. If your dog is tolerant of other dogs, has good recall skills and focuses on you when you engage him or her, you and your pup are likely ready for social settings.

#7. Groom Your Pet. It is recommended to professionally groom your pet every four to six weeks. Between salon appointments, use at-home grooming tools such as a cat or dog-specific tooth brush and specially formulated tooth paste, a nice rubber brush to help de-shed and invigorate the skin and coat, ear cleaner and cotton balls to gently cleanse the ears, and wipes for cleaning around the face, mouth and eyes.

#8. Check Vaccinations. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations. In 2017 there was a resurgence and spread of many infectious diseases across the U.S. Many of these diseases are preventable through vaccinations, including Canine Influenza, Leptospirosis (which can be transmitted to people) and Lyme. The cost of prevention is far less than the cost of the treatment, and helps to keep pets healthy and free from disease.

#10. Make 2018 Stress-Free. Eliminating or reducing stress in a pet’s life can be an important focus to enhanced health and wellness. There are many calming products that help reduce stress and assist pets in coping with routine and non-routine activities. PetSmart offers a number of calming solutions such as the Thundershirt, which calms dogs with consistent pressure on their body like a soothing hug; collars and diffusers that release pheromones similar to what female dogs release when nursing their new puppies; as well as Licks Zenand other chews with natural supplements that deliver calming effects.

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 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
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart
PetSmart homepage: www.PetSmart.com

SOURCE: PetSmart®

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

Contacts:
Virginia Hock
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2611
vhock@golin.com
PetSmart 24-Hour Media Line: 623-587-2177

Stanley Black & Decker to host Q4 and full year 2017 earnings conference call on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2018-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) will broadcast its fourth quarter and full year 2017 earnings conference call on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The call will begin at 8:00AM ET.

A news release outlining the financial results will be distributed before the market opens on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. A slide presentation which will accompany the call will be available at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com and will remain available after the call.

The call will be accessible by telephone within the US at (877) 930-8285, from outside the U.S. at +1 (253) 336-8297, and via the Internet at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com. To participate, please register on the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call and download and install any necessary audio software. Please use the conference identification number 1779666. A replay will also be available two hours after the call and can be accessed at (855) 859-2056 or +1 (404) 537-3406 using the passcode 1779666.

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Stanley Black & Decker Investor Contacts

Dennis Lange
Vice President, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3833
dennis.lange@sbdinc.com

Michelle Hards
Director, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3913
michelle.hards@sbdinc.com

SOURCE Stanley Black & Decker

Stater Bros. partners with LifeStream Blood Bank to host blood drives at selected supermarkets

Stater Bros. to host Blood Drives in Big Bear, Hemet, Menifee, Palm Springs, Sun City and Yucaipa

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, 2018-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stater Bros. is proud to partner with LifeStream Blood Bank in an ongoing effort to boost local, life-saving blood reserves.

Each month, Stater Bros. hosts blood drives at selected supermarkets.   For the month of January, blood drives will be held at the following Stater Bros. Supermarket locations:

Date                                 Location                                                                     Time
1/4                                   25904 Newport Road, Menifee 92584                       11am – 4pm

1/15                                 11365 Bryant Street, Yucaipa 92399                          11am – 4pm

1/18                                 1717 East Vista Chino, Palm Springs 92262               11am – 4pm

1/22                                 210 East Stetson Avenue, Hemet 92543                     11am – 4pm

1/22                                 42171 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, 92315               11am – 4pm

1/23                                 27160 Sun City Blvd, Sun City 92586                          11am – 4pm

 

Donors will receive a LifeStream “Make Your Resolution Matter” T-shirt while supplies last. All donors must bring a picture ID and it is recommended that donors eat and are well hydrated before donating blood.

Stater Bros. Markets 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.  The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Markets 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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Yum China and Taco Bell announce the opening of two new Taco Bell restaurants in Shanghai, China

Yum China opens a new Taco Bell restaurant in Wu Jiao Chang, Shanghai in Dec 2017

Debuts exclusive dinner menu and table service Unique East meets West design integrates restaurants in local communities

Shanghai, China, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”) (NYSE: YUMC), and Taco Bell Corp., the world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain, today announced the opening of two new restaurants in Shanghai, China. Following the successful opening of the first Taco Bell restaurant in China earlier this year in Shanghai’s Lujiazui area, Yum China has opened a new Taco Bell restaurant in a premium shopping mall in Wu Jiao Chang, close to some of Shanghai’s top universities, and expects to open a restaurant in Feng Sheng Li, a popular shopping precinct before the end of 2017.

“The response to our first Taco Bell store in Shanghai has been fantastic, and we are very excited to introduce two more unique restaurants to the city,” said Micky Pant, Chief Executive Officer of Yum China. “The new restaurants integrate Taco Bell’s signature brand and spirit into the local community, and bring both classic menu items and original recipes to cater to Chinese customers. We are excited to welcome more customers to experience Taco Bell in Shanghai and look forward to bringing this vibrant, global brand to other parts of China in 2018.”

In keeping with the “Live Mas” spirit of exploration and innovation, the Taco Bell restaurants will introduce a new dinner menu, exclusive to China, as well as a range of freshly grilled menu items to entice curious diners. Taco Bell’s chefs spent countless hours to come up with their new craveable lineup, including the Ribeye Steak & Mushroom Taco, Taco Salad Bowl (available with either Ribeye Steak or Grilled Chicken), Beef Kebab Nachos, and XL-Wing Nachos. To complement the freshly prepared dishes, the Wu Jiao Chang and Feng Sheng Li restaurants will unveil an array of alcoholic beverages, including the all new “Shanghai Cosmopolitan”, a refreshing and beautifully crafted cocktail inspired by mixologists.

The two new Taco Bell restaurants in Shanghai will also introduce a new service model, with orders delivered directly to designated tables, which will enable customers to relax and enjoy the company of their friends and fellow students without having to get back up to pick up their food.

“Bringing the Taco Bell experience to more customers globally in locally relevant ways is key to our continued growth,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell Corp. “These new restaurants have truly blended the Taco Bell brand within their communities through locally designed restaurants and customized food and service options. We are delighted to see the reception to Taco Bell in China and look forward to bringing the ‘Live Mas’ spirit to more consumers across the country.”

Taco Bell Wu Jiao Chang – A Creative Platform 

Taco Bell’s new restaurant in Wu Jiao Chang has its own distinct and vibrant DNA in terms of both architecture and design. Located in a prime shopping mall close to a number of Shanghai’s top universities, this newly upgraded commercial destination will serve to please the appetites of people living in the community as well as the thousands of students close by.

Inspired by the energetic and youthful vibe in this area, Taco Bell’s locally based design team has sought to combine its California roots with Chinese style and culture. The restaurant will feature one-of-a-kind artwork that encompasses the spirit of “Live Mas” by combining old with new, unique shapes, and vibrant colors.

Communal tables encourage students and urban professionals to congregate, study, socialize, and of course eat. Taco Bell has also gone one step further to offer a platform to inspire customers and their passion for the arts, music and other interests. Customers will be invited to display their artwork, poetry, designs, and other creative expressions on “Live Mas” walls, allowing them to express their individuality to other restaurant visitors. The restaurant will also provide a creative outlet for the community by hosting events to showcase talents.

Taco Bell Feng Sheng Li – East Meets West Fusion

Located in a historic residential area close to a popular Shanghai shopping precinct, the Feng Sheng Li restaurant is designed in the architectural style known as “Shikumen”, or literally “stone gate” buildings. A striking example of East meets West fusion, the Shanghai-style townhouse incorporates elements of Taco Bell’s signature look and feel while integrating with the local environment. Art featured in the restaurant combines images that represent both California and Shanghai – including the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai’s art deco buildings sitting comfortably among California palm trees and skateboards.

The neighboring alleyway, historically a place for residents to congregate, features customized street art that serves as a backdrop to the outdoor dining area. The alley space is also separated into clusters to cater to different group sizes and dining habits, and a canopy ensures that customers can enjoy Taco Bell rain or shine.

Currently, Taco Bell has more than 7,000 restaurants in the world with almost 400 in 26 countries outside of the United States. Taco Bell’s restaurants in China are part of the brand’s global growth strategy of reaching 1,000 restaurants internationally by 2022.

Photos of the new Taco Bell restaurants in Shanghai can be downloaded at the following link:http://www.yumchina.com/uploadfile/NewTacoBellRestaurants.rar

Forward-Looking Statements

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About Yum China Holdings, Inc.  

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which opened its first restaurant in China at the end of 2016. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. Yum China is well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers’ daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It has a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China had more than 7,700 restaurants and more than 420,000 employees in over 1,100 cities at the end of August 2017. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world’s largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarshipprogram. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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Nordstrom to hire 250 employees for its new Men’s Store in Manhattan opening in April 2018

Interested Applicants Encouraged to Apply When Jobs Post January 3

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. will hire 250 employees for its first stand-alone Men’s Store in Manhattan, which will open on Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Streets in April 2018. The company will also open a New York City flagship store in 2019 at the base of Central Park Tower, an Extell Development Company Project. Sales and support positions will be posted on Wednesday, January 3 and interested applicants are invited to apply for jobs online at careers.nordstrom.com. The retailer also announced Cailin Caro, as store manager of the NYC Men’s Store, and company veteran Chris Wanlass, as vice president of its Manhattan full-line stores.

“This is an exciting and historic time to be a part of Nordstrom as we prepare to open our first full-line store in one of the best retail cities in the world,” said Caro. “We’re building an empowered team of people focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

Sales positions are available in all areas, including men’s apparel, designer, furnishings, shoes and grooming. Hiring will also take place for various support positions in building services, housekeeping, loss prevention, as well as jobs in the store’s food offerings. Nordstrom offers employees a competitive benefits package including a retail discount, medical coverage, 401(k), commuter benefits (up to $100 a month towards transit elections) and paid parental leave. New hires will participate in extensive product-knowledge seminars, selling immersion and a day of shadowing at one of the neighboring full-line stores.

To promote the start of employee hiring, the retailer wrapped the exterior of its Men’s Store with larger-than-life ‘help wanted’ banners incorporating witty job descriptions like “Desperately Seeking Sock Svengali,” “Now Hiring: Sneaker Obsessives,” and “People People Wanted.” The recruiting campaign also includes digital and social media placements.

“Nordstrom is a great place to build your career, something I’ve been fortunate to have experienced firsthand over the course of my 25 years with the company,” said Wanlass. Adding that he and Caro are “committed to creating an environment that fosters career development and growth opportunities, not only within our Manhattan stores, but the company as a whole.”

Wanlass began his career in 1992 as a stockperson at Nordstrom Fashion Place in Salt Lake City, Utah. He relocated to Atlanta in 1997 to open the company’s first store in the southern U.S. at Perimeter Mallas a department manager. In 1999, Wanlass made the move to Seattle, where he worked as an assistant buyer and then buyer in the men’s division. Relocating again in 2003, he accepted a new challenge as the Assistant Store Manager of the Downtown San Francisco store. Over the past 10 years, Wanlass has been the store manager at Stonestown (San Francisco), The Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.), Arden Fair(Sacramento, Calif.), Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.), and most recently Pacific Centre (Vancouver, B.C.).

Caro joined the company as a seasonal salesperson in Lingerie in 2006 at the Nordstrom Downtown Seattle flagship store, and then went on to hold various store and regional management positions in the Lingerie division in Oregon, California and Washington D.C. In 2012, she became store manager of the Nordstrom Rack Towson in Baltimore, and later served as the store manager at Nordstrom Rack Union Square. Most recently Caro was store manager of The Westchester full-line store in White Plains, N.Y.

Nordstrom has been recognized as an employer of choice by Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For (for 20 consecutive years); Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work for LBGT Equality (for 13 consecutive years); Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity 2017; and Business of Fashion’s The Best Companies to Work For in Fashion 2017.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 366 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 232 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.comHauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Editor’s Note: Renderings of the Nordstrom NYC Men’s Store can be downloaded in the Nordstrom Press Room at Nordstrom.com/pressroom.

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

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Amazon announces its Best of Prime 2017

  • More new paid members joined Prime worldwide than any previous year
  • Prime members around the world used Prime digital benefits this year more than ever before
  • Best of Prime 2017 in the U.S. includes Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot, Prime Video: The Grand Tour, Prime Music: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and Prime Reading: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • December 30 was Prime’s largest day for streaming around the world, with Prime Originals — The Grand Tour 2 and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — its top two shows

Prime members now enjoy unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items in the U.S.

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Amazon today announced its Best of Prime 2017 – revealing some of the Prime member favorites of the year. Built on a foundation of fast, free delivery, more than five billion items worldwide shipped with Prime in 2017, including free same-day, one-day, and two-day shipping. Prime is designed to make members’ lives easier and more fun with a unique combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment. Prime members used their digital benefits in 2017 more than in any previous year – putting The Grand Tour on Prime Video, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons on Prime Music and The Handmaid’s Tale on Prime Reading on the U.S. ‘best of’ list for 2017. Find Amazon’s Best of Prime 2017 on Prime Insider.

Best of Prime 2017 in the U.S. includes Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot, Prime Video: The Grand Tour, Prime Music: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and Prime Reading: The Handmaid’s Tale (Graphic: Business Wire)

“From Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot to Imagine Dragons, Manchester by the Sea and even the Instant Pot, Prime members certainly have great taste! Tens of millions of members around the world enjoy the many benefits included with Prime, and in fact, more new paid members joined Prime worldwide this year than any previous year. In 2017, more than five billion items worldwide shipped with Prime and members used digital benefits like Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Reading more than ever before,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “Our Best of Prime feature not only demonstrates what was trending this year, it also gives us insight into what members love, providing additional inspiration as we continue to innovate, invest and make Prime even better in 2018.”

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Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot top the Best of Prime 2017 as the best-selling products purchased by U.S. Prime members from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon. Prime members in the U.S. embraced smart home shopping in 2017, with Prime members adding millions of new Amazon devices to their homes, including Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Echo Dot and Amazon Echo. These devices allow Prime members to get even more from their membership by accessing music, video, photos, voice shopping and more.

Best of Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and Twitch Prime
In the U.S., Prime offers members unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos and Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more.

Amazon Originals Were in Demand on Prime Video

  • Amazon Prime Video had a record year as a global streaming service. Customers in over 240 countries and territories around the world made The Grand Tour Season 1 and Sneaky Pete the most streamed Prime Originals.
  • December 30, 2017 was the biggest streaming day of the year around the world, and the top streamed series on Prime Video that day were The Grand Tour Season 2 and Golden Globe-nominated The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
  • Manchester by the Sea was the most watched Amazon Original Movie in the U.S.
  • Live coverage of 10 NFL Thursday Night Football games on Prime Video this season reached more than 17 million combined viewers in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Based on trailer views, among the most anticipated Prime Originals in the U.S. were Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Man in the High CastleSeason 3.

Prime Music Playlists Provided Prime Members with a Perfect Soundtrack

  • “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay were top played songs on Prime Music in the U.S.
  • Some of the most played artists in 2017 in the U.S. included Luke Combs, Imagine Dragons, Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Brett Young and Halsey.
  • Prime members in the U.S. loved listening to curated playlists by Amazon Music experts, including; “Top Prime Songs,” “Uptempo Pop for Work” and “Relaxing Acoustic Pop.”

Prime Reading Unlocks What’s New and Brings Back Classics

  • Dystopian novels held the top spots on Prime Reading’s 2017 ‘most borrowed’ list in the U.S., including Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and George Orwell’s 1984.
  • When it came to magazines, food publications Clean Eating and Bon Appétit Magazine held the top ‘most read’ spots in the U.S. on Prime Reading.
  • The most popular Prime-eligible audiobook on Audible in the U.S. was No Excuses! by Brian Tracy and the most popular Audible Original Series for Prime in the U.S. was Bedtime Stories for Cynics.

More Great Entertainment with Twitch Prime

  • Twitch Prime members worldwide ordered more than five million pre-release games with a Prime discount.
  • Twitch Prime offered more than $1,100 in free gaming content in 2017 including 23 full games for free, 113 pieces of loot across 19 of the most popular games of the year. This included rare or exclusive content in Overwatch, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and Warframe, which were three of the most popular bundles of loot among Twitch Prime Members in 2017.

Instant Pot was Hot
A Prime Day favorite in the U.S., the Instant Pot heated things up in 2017. Instant Pot was the most gifted item on Amazon Wedding Registry and the most Wish Listed item of the year by members and the Instant Pot Cookbook was the most gifted book by members as well in the U.S. in 2017. In fact, the Instant Pot found itself a spot in homes from coast to coast as it was delivered to 27,000 U.S. zip codes.

Unlimited Fast, Free Prime Shipping
In 2017, more than five billion items were shipped with Prime worldwide. Members in the U.S. can now enjoy unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items – expanded from more than 50 million items. This is in addition to Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 U.S. cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities.

Continued Prime Investments in Speed and Selection
With over 100 million items now eligible for free Prime shipping, Amazon continued to expand its fulfillment capacity for Prime members and the millions of small and medium-sized businesses that are able to offer free Prime shipping through Fulfillment by Amazon. In 2017, the Amazonfulfillment and shipping network increased by more than 30% in square footage worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than 6,000 trailers and 32 Amazon Air planes were in place to serve Prime members during the year.

Every Day Made Better with Prime – Now in 16 Countries
Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Tens of millions of members around the world in 16 countries enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. New countries that joined Prime in 2017 include Mexico, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Singapore. Prime is also available in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, India, Germany,France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

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

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Amazon Prime Video and ITV announce eight-episode Original series The Widow starring Kate Beckinsale

Series, written by Harry and Jack Williams, will begin production this year and launch on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories and ITV in the UK

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Prime Video and ITV today announced it has greenlit The Widow, an eight-episode Prime Original and ITV series, starring Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator, Love & Friendship). Written and executive produced by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag) and produced by Williams’ Two Brothers Pictures, The Widow follows Georgia Wells (Beckinsale) who has cut herself off from her previous life and is no longer the woman she once was. After seeing her “late” husband on the news, she is pulled back to face the world and will stop at nothing until she gets the truth about her past. This emotionally gut-wrenching thriller will take Georgia into the depths of the African Congo where danger and revelation will greet her at every turn.

The Widow will be produced by Eliza Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark), directed by Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue), and distributed globally by all3media International. The series will commence production this month in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam. The Widow will premiere on ITV in the UK and on Prime Video in the US and more than 200 countries and territories.

“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world.”

“I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow,” said ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill. “She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon.”

“Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role,” added Harry and Jack Williams. “The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”

Kate Beckinsale has proven to be one of the industry’s most versatile and charismatic performers. Beckinsale recently wrapped production on Farming, the directorial debut from Nigerian-British writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, opposite Damson Idris and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She most recently starred in the Marc Webb drama The Only Living Boy in New York opposite Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner, and Kiersey Clemons, which was released by Amazon Studios on August 11. Prior to that, she starred in Amazon Studios’ comedy Love & Friendship, directed by Whit Stillman and based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, for which she won the Evening Standard Award, the London Film Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance. She is also known for her starring role in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

Harry and Jack Williams began their writing partnership in 2007 with the BBC2 sitcom Roman’s Empire, starring Mathew Horne and Chris O’Dowd. The show was subsequently piloted for American television, with Kelsey Grammer in the lead. For the UK they wrote and produced pilots and series including The Amazing Dermot, Bamboo, Full English and The Guardians (which they also directed). In 2014, Harry and Jack wrote and executive produced BBC1’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated drama The Missing. The series, which starred James Nesbitt, was also nominated for four BAFTAs, including Best Drama. Since setting up Two Brothers Pictures in 2014, Harry and Jack have produced shows for Amazon, HBO, AMC, BBC, ITV and Sky, including the award-winning hit comedy Fleabag.

The Widow will be available on Prime Video to stream and Prime members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be available in more than 200 countries and territories for Prime members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels.
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalog with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

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

About ITV

ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air, as well as the pay channel ITV Encore. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms. ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution business.

Global demand for high-quality content from both broadcasters and platform owners remains strong. Capitalising on this demand, ITV continues to strengthen its position as the UK’s largest commercial production company, as well as creating an increasingly international production business with bases in America, the Netherlands, France, Germany, the Nordics and Australia.

Growing a scaled international content business in the key genres that travel is central to ITV’s strategy as an integrated producer broadcaster. As the company creates, owns and manages more content, its channels and digital services provide a platform to showcase its programmes before distributing them across multiple platforms in the UK and internationally.

About all3media international

all3media international distributes popular, award-winning TV programmes to over 1,000 broadcasters and media platforms around the world.

The company has been celebrated for producing, marketing and distributing quality, ground-breaking and pioneering shows to a global audience – consistently topping the Broadcast and Televisual annual Indies Surveys and we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of our growth – twice.

Our catalogue contains over 8,500 hours of content across all genres, with a focus on drama, comedy, factual, entertainment and formats. As well as Britain’s top-selling series Midsomer Murders, our lead dramas include National Treasure, The Missing, Clique, Safe House, Indian Summers, Liar and Hinterland. Our contemporary comedy slate features Fleabag and GameFace. Factual, entertainment and format bestsellers include Gogglebox, Undercover Boss, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, The Gadget Show and The Cube.

As part of the UK’s leading multi-label studio we partner with UK and international producers – including our own studios – in developing, financing and delivering content and formats.

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Marks & Spencer announces the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to Al-Futtaim

LONDON, UK, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today confirmed the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to its long-established franchise partner Al-Futtaim. The sale, which completed on 30 December, sees Al-Futtaim become the new sole franchisee for M&S in Hong Kong and Macau.

Al-Futtaim has worked in partnership with M&S since 1998 when it opened Dubai’s first M&S store. Following the purchase of 27 Marks & Spencer stores in Hong Kong and Macau, Al-Futtaim now operates 72 Marks & Spencer stores across 11 markets in Asia and the Middle East.

Paul Friston, Marks & Spencer’s International Director, said: “We have substantially reshaped our International business, which has improved profitability and positioned us for growth. As one of the world’s leading retail operators, with strong logistics capabilities and local expertise, Al-Futtaim is the ideal partner for us to develop and grow our business in Hong Kong and Macau.”

Stephen Rayfield, Vice President M&S and Sports & Lifestyle Division at Al-Futtaim said: “We are delighted to strengthen our long-term partnership with M&S and expand Al-Futtaim’s international footprint to Hong Kong and Macau. Al-Futtaim looks forward to building on our solid foundations as we continue to enrich our customers’ lives and aspirations through the provision of quality products and services in Hong Kong and Macau.”

The sale follows M&S’s strategic review of its International business in November 2016, where M&S proposed to have a greater focus on its established franchise and joint venture partnerships and operate with fewer wholly-owned markets.

-ENDS

For further information, please contact:

M&S Corporate PR Office +44 (0)208 718 1919

Notes to Editors

  • Marks & Spencer entered Hong Kong in 1988 and now has 27 stores in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • The sale relates to M&S’s owned retail business in Hong Kong and Macau only. M&S’s Hong Kong sourcing based operation will remain wholly-owned.

About Marks & Spencer

  • Established in 1884, Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading retailers.
  • Marks & Spencer is committed to making every moment special for its customers, through its high quality, own-brand food, clothing and home products that it offers in over 1,400 Marks & Spencer stores worldwide and online.
  • Internationally, Marks & Spencer trades in 50 markets, with over 400 stores and an online presence in 25 markets.
  • For more information please visit: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/

About Al-Futtaim

  • Al-Futtaim has worked in partnership with Marks & Spencer since 1998.
  • Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Al-Futtaim operates through more than 200 companies across four operational divisions: automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, and employs in excess of 42,000 people across 29 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
  • Al-Futtaim has also acquired a strategic interest in RSH Limited which operates in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East.
  • Since 2008, Al-Futtaim has also owned Robinson Group, Singapore’s signature department store chain and specialty stores.
  • For more information please visit: www.alfuttaim.com

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

Whole Foods Market features options and programs supporting plant-based, Whole30, Paleo and gluten-free special diets this January

January offerings to focus on special diets, nutrient-rich foods and products, and convenience for customers

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced exclusive partnerships with Melissa Hartwig of Whole30 and Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo, as well as a series of health-focused in-store programs for shoppers trying to maintain their resolutions in the New Year. As part of their goal to help “Feed Your Resolution”, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™ is offering convenient options and programs supporting plant-based, Whole30, Paleo and gluten-free special diets.

Whole Foods Market carries the largest selection of Whole30 products and will feature the top product picks from Whole30’s Hartwig that are compliant with her 30-day program for stress-free navigation throughout the store. Additionally, Nom Nom Paleo’s Tam identified her top product picks throughout the aisles, and Whole Foods Market will also exclusively feature Nom Nom Paleo’s Magic Mushroom Powder. Several recipes from Tam’s cookbook, ‘Ready or Not,’ will also be available on hot bars across the U.S. during the month of January.

“We are excited to provide support to those shoppers interested in focusing on a healthier lifestyle, be it our flexitarian fanbase trying out a new diet, to those with special dietary needs,” said Karen Christensen, global vice president of merchandising for perishables at Whole Foods Market. “The meal solutions and products our partners have selected offer convenient and delicious ways to eat healthier in the New Year, and our knowledgeable team members are always here to provide support along the way.”

In addition to paleo and Whole30 diets, plant-based eating is increasing in popularity among consumers and was named a top trend for 2018 by the experts at Whole Foods Market. The store not only features a variety of vegan-friendly products like the Engine 2 brand, but also educational resources like The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity, which empowers readers to make more informed food choices that promote health and vitality, co-written by Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey.

For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerances, Whole Foods Market will feature certified gluten-free products for a variety of needs, from pre-packaged snack to-go, to baking staples and cooking marinades.

The health-focused Feed Your Resolution campaign will roll-out across all U.S. stores beginning January 1, 2018.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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UK: B&M opens new store on Parc Tawe Retail Park in Swansea

UK: B&M opens new store on Parc Tawe Retail Park in Swansea

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was plenty of excitement in Swansea today as B&M opened its new store on Parc Tawe Retail Park.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating 70 jobs for people from the area.

Visitors to the store will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Ty Olwen Trust, to be their VIP for the day. Local Mayor, Cllr Philip Downing and his wife, Lilian, were also in attendance.

The charity aims to help people suffering from cancer and life-limiting diseases by providing amenities, equipment, services and facilities not normally provided by the NHS. They also support the family and dependents of patients who are facing financial circumstances as a result of these illnesses.

The foundation were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Helen Buckley, said: “The team from Ty Olwen Trust really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

She also commented: The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Thursday and show customers their new B&M Swansea.”

SOURCE: B&M Retail Limited

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UK: B&M completes the relocation of its Stenhousemuir store

UK: B&M completes the relocation of its Stenhousemuir store

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M’s relocation of its Stenhousemuir store was complete today as the new doors were opened for the first time.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating a further 15 jobs – and another 20 temporary roles – for people from the area.

Visitors to the store, located on Tryst Road, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Kidney Kids Scotland, to be their VIP for the day. Local Deputy Provost, Cllr Ann Ritchie, was also in attendance.

The charity supports children with renal/urology illness, as well as their families, to enable them to receive treatment as close to home as possible and minimize disruption to their family unit. They also support and complements the amazing work of hospitals all over Scotland by supplying them with much needed equipment and funding.

They were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Kevin Troy, said: “The team from Kidney Kids Scotland really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Wednesday and show customers their new B&M Stenhousemuir.”

SOURCE: B&M Retail Limited

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ENGLAND: B&M opens new store in Ortongate Shopping Centre, Peterborough

ENGLAND: B&M opens new store in Ortongate Shopping Centre, Peterborough

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was plenty of excitement in Peterborough today as B&M opened up a new store, creating dozens of jobs for locals.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating 60 jobs for people from the area.

Visitors to the store will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Little Miracles, to be their VIP for the day. Local Mayor, Cllr John Fox and his wife, Judy, were also in attendance.

The team supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. The charity is based at The Spinney, Hartwell Way, it’s a place where these children can play, laugh and create friendships, whilst the families are able to access advice, support and care.

The foundation were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Matt Nelson, said: “The team from Little Miracles really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Thursday and show customers their new B&M Ortongate.”

SOURCE: B&M Retail Limited

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Sheetz to open its new store in Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, January 4

Altoona, PA, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Winston-Salem, NC. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 4, at the new store located at 5034 Raven Rd.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time and will continue to offer Sheetz’s award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where you will be able to order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be on hand for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand-opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of North Carolina. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz currently operates 564 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 560 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

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CVS Health Corporation declares quarterly dividend of $0.50 (50 cents) per share on its common stock

WOONSOCKET, R.I.y, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced that its board of directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.50 (50 cents) per share on the corporation’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 2, 2018, to holders of record on January 24, 2018.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 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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