CBL Properties appoints Mike Harrison to EVP, operations and Alan Lebovitz to EVP, management

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties (NYSE:CBL) today announced the appointment of Mike Harrison to executive vice president – operations and Alan Lebovitz to executive vice president – management.

Commenting on the promotions, CBL’s president & CEO, Stephen Lebovitz, said, “Mike and Alan have established themselves as leaders within CBL in their respective fields and the shopping center industry. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions to the company.

“Mike has been an invaluable contributor since joining CBL in 2013. His significant financial and prior real estate experience have served as a strong foundation as he has worked effectively across departments to improve CBL’s systems and implement new technologies. Mike is an innovative thinker who will play a valuable role in advancing CBL’s operations going forward.”

Since taking over the management division, Alan has proven himself to be a hands-on leader with a team-centric approach, and he has built strong relationships with the mall teams. In this role, Alan will continue to oversee approximately 300 field team members who staff CBL’s property portfolio.

CBL also announced two promotions within the management division. Don Sewell has been promoted to senior vice president – management and Dan Wolfe to vice president – management.

Lebovitz added, “Alan’s team has decades of proven leadership within CBL and a strong desire to move the company forward. Don joined CBL in 1973, has been instrumental in supervising operations of our malls, and has worked tirelessly to achieve higher productivity for each property. Dan has exhibited great leadership with his mall teams, and he has used his extensive management background to maximize the performance of the mall management teams with which he works.”

In late 2013, Mike joined CBL to provide leadership and oversight of new strategic initiatives and technology solutions with the goal of improving CBL’s operations. CBL launched this program, dubbed CBL 2.0, in January 2014, and the first phase became fully operational in October 2015. Prior to joining CBL, Mike served for two years as senior vice president real estate and chief financial officer for a private real estate developer, owner and operator. Mike’s prior experience also includes 18 years of senior level consulting practice focused on strategic management in the real estate industry.

Alan joined CBL in 1995 serving various roles in management, leasing and development. In 2002, he was promoted to vice president – asset management and in 2009 to senior vice president – asset management. In June 2017, Alan assumed the role as head of CBL’s management division in addition to overseeing CBL’s third party and asset management division. Alan has an in-depth knowledge of the CBL portfolio and has fostered strong relationships with each mall team.

Don joined CBL in 1973 as general manager of Heartland Mall in Brownwood, Texas, and was later transferred to Post Oak Mall in College Station, Texas. In 1986, Don moved to Chattanooga and became director of operations – malls. In 2000, Don was promoted to vice president – mall management and has been instrumental in supervising the operations of CBL’s malls to achieve higher productivity.

Dan joined CBL in 1999, and prior to joining CBL’s home office management staff in 2016, he served as general manager of several CBL properties in the southeast. In his new role, Dan will be charged with assisting in the oversight of the management division as well as the marketing department.

About CBL Properties

Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL Properties owns and manages a national portfolio of market-dominant properties located in dynamic and growing communities. CBL’s portfolio is comprised of 119 properties totaling 74.4 million square feet across 27 states, including 76 high-quality enclosed, outlet and open-air retail centers and 12 properties managed for third parties. CBL continuously strengthens its company and portfolio through active management, aggressive leasing and profitable reinvestment in its properties. For more information visit cblproperties.com.

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Asda introduces new range of Easter treat hot cross buns

Asda introduces new range of Easter treat hot cross buns

LEEDS, UK, 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Easter, Asda has buns for everyone to enjoy, with a variety of flavours, shapes and sizes to suit every taste bud.

With the introduction of some new varieties, including fudgy and chocolatey, and the return of familiar favourites including free from and extra fruity, Asda now has something for everyone including those looking for alternative flavours of this Easter staple. The range includes:

  • Extra Special extra fruity hot cross buns
  • Extra Special all butter fudge hot cross buns
  • Extra Special Belgian chocolate mini hot cross buns
  • Extra Special triple berry hot cross buns
  • Free From hot cross buns.

From the succulent, juicy berries in the Extra Special Triple Berry Hot Cross Buns, to the rich, sweet Belgian chocolate in the Extra Special Belgian Chocolate Mini Hot Cross Buns, this year’s range provides a bun for everyone. It also sees the return of Asda’s Free From Hot Cross Bunsensuring those with a gluten and wheat intolerance can enjoy the essential Easter treat. It’s new and improved this year meaning it’s now suitable for those living a vegan lifestyle.

Sonia Collins, product developer at Asda, comments: “Hot cross buns are Easter essentials, and with even more set to be eaten this year, we want to make sure we have a bun that tickles everyone’s taste buds. Whether you’re obsessed with chocolate, prefer a fruity flavour, or live a vegan lifestyle, we’ve got mouth-watering options, ensuring something for all the family to enjoy”.

Asda’s Extra Special hot cross buns are available for £1.20 and the Free From Hot Cross Buns are available for £2. You can still pick up Asda’s Baker Selection Hot Cross Buns in-store for 65p, or 2 for £1.

Products available in selected Asda stores and from Asda.com

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Wakefern president and chief operating officer Joseph Sheridan appointed chairman of GS1 US Board of Governors

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.,, 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — GS1 US® has appointed Joseph Sheridan, president and chief operating officer, Wakefern Food Corp., as chairman of the GS1 US Board of Governors. Additionally, John W. Inwright, president and chief executive officer, Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc. (QSCC) and Mel Landis, senior vice president, Business Transformation, Coca-Cola North America, were named vice chairmen.

As chairman and vice chairmen, respectively, Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Inwright and Mr. Landis are responsible for helping to guide the GS1 US strategy and overall governance of the 20-person Board. They work collaboratively with GS1 US senior leadership to oversee subcommittee priorities and ensure adherence to company goals designed to drive adoption of GS1 Standards across multiple industries.

“Together with these innovative leaders, GS1 US stands ready to confront the opportunities of a rapidly evolving business and digital landscape,” said Bob Carpenter, president and CEO of GS1 US. “Their extensive expertise will prove invaluable to the organization as we anticipate the future needs of consumers, and harness the power of data and technology to help bolster the success of our member companies.”

Mr. Sheridan, who previously served as the Board’s vice chairman, succeeds former GS1 US Board chairman, Mark Alexander, president, Campbell North America. Mr. Sheridan became Wakefern’s president and COO in 2011, overseeing the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. During his more than 40-year tenure at Wakefern, he held several executive positions, including executive vice president and a succession of management positions in finance, general merchandise, grocery, direct store delivery and marketing. Mr. Sheridan is a past recipient of the GMA Industry Collaboration Leadership Award, previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Grocers Association and is currently on the Food Marketing Institute Board of Directors. He has served on the GS1 US Board of Governors since 2011.

Mr. Inwright led the launch of QSCC in 2010, and as president and CEO, he leads the development of high-performance teams focused on innovation and serving QSCC’s members, who include franchisee and company restaurant operator, plus suppliers and distributors. Prior to joining QSCC, Mr. Inwright held executive leadership positions with various organizations including Nice-Pak/PDII, U.S. Foodservice (now US Foods), and Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (now RSCS, the supply chain co-op for Yum! Brands). He is a board member of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and previously co-chaired the supply chain subcommittee of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. He has been a member of the GS1 US Board of Governors since 2013.

Since becoming senior vice president, Business Transformation for Coca-Cola North America in 2017, Mr. Landis leads a new initiative to focus on all aspects of the company’s effectiveness and efficiency to drive organizational performance. Previously, he was president of The Minute Maid Company Business Unit for two years, and held other executive positions with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Coca-Cola Refreshments. He has been a member of the GS1 US Board of Governors since 2011.

The GS1 US Board of Governors includes executives from 20 leading organizations including: Campbell’s Soup Company; eBay Inc.; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson & Johnson; Macy’s, Inc.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Pensiamo, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Publix Super Markets; PVH Corp.; QVC, Inc.; Sysco Corporation; Walmart and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. The full list is available at www.gs1us.org/about-gs1-us/corporate/board-of-governors.

About GS1 US 
GS1 US®, a member of GS1®, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). www.gs1us.org
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ShopRite and Price Rite Marketplace donates $117,500 to Maryland Food Bank

ShopRite and Price Rite Marketplace donates $117,500 to Maryland Food Bank

BALTIMORE, 2018-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) family welcomed associates from ShopRite and Price Rite Marketplace stores during a special check presentation at a volunteer night in the food bank’s warehouse.

The donation of $117,500 represents the annual ShopRite Partners In Caring contribution from 11 ShopRite and three Price Rite Marketplace stores located in the Maryland Food Bank service area.  The funds will support the work of 30 community agencies that help feed the hungry throughout Maryland,

“Without our distribution partners, the Maryland Food Bank would be unable to distribute the millions of pounds of food we provide annually to our food-insecure neighbors. Our partners are the backbone of our food assistance network,” said MFB CEO & President Carmen Del Guercio. “We are very grateful to partners like ShopRite and Price Rite Marketplace for recognizing the impact they have on our ability to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry Marylanders.”

Following the check presentation, the ShopRite and Price Rite team members helped sort and pack food on the food bank’s conveyor belt for distribution to hungry families across the state.

About Price Rite Marketplace
Price Rite Marketplace is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite Marketplace opened its first store in 1995 under the name Price Rite Supermarkets, and currently operates 65 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia. Committed to providing the best value for customers, Price Rite Marketplace delivers a simplified shopping experience with top name brand foods and products and expanded fresh produce and organic offerings at exceptional prices. Price Rite Marketplace is also dedicated to fighting hunger through its annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnerships with Feed The Children and local food banks. For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

About the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For nearly 40 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 102,000 meals per day – more than 37 million meals annually – the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit mdfoodbank.org.

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Amazon announces fifth season of one-hour Prime Original series Bosch

Based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novels, Bosch season four will premiere Friday, April 13

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has greenlit a fifth season of the longest-running one-hour Prime Original Bosch. Executive Producers Eric Overmyer and Daniel Pyne are slated to team up as co-showrunners. Season four of the Emmy-nominated series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 13. Bosch is produced by Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company.

Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, the hour-long series Bosch stars Titus Welliver (Lost) as homicide Detective Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Madison Lintz (The Walking Dead) as Maddie Bosch and Lance Reddick (The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving. In the ten-episode season four, when an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, Bosch is assigned to lead a task force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.

Season three has an average customer rating of 4.8, with 89% 5 star reviews. Here’s what customers have been saying:

  • “This series is so amazing…the cast is perfect.”
  • “This is THE detective show, the essence of LA noir not seen since the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammet [sic].”
  • “This is a rare example of what great television is and can be.”
  • “This series is just getting better and better.”
  • “This is still the best crime drama on TV.”

“As Amazon Prime Video’s longest-running one-hour series, Bosch has long been a cornerstone of our scripted programming, and Prime members consistently clamor for more,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to give them another season with Harry Bosch, Jerry Edgar, Grace Billets and the rest of the diverse characters that make up the Bosch universe.”

“I could not be prouder of the show we are making. Bosch is entertaining and relevant to our world today,” added Connelly. “On top of that we have a fantastic writing staff and the cast and crew are the best. We feel we are just hitting our stride. Season four is based on “Angels Flight” and I don’t think we could have chosen a more timely story to tell.”

“Producing Bosch for Amazon Prime Video has been an honor and a delight,” said Fabrik Entertainment CEO Henrik Bastin, who also executive produces the series. “Sharon Tal Yguado and her entire team have shown incredible support in the creative process and we couldn’t be more pleased to debut season four this coming April and then to dive back into production on season five with Eric and Dan leading the team as co-showrunners.”

Henrik Pabst, President of Red Arrow Studios International, the TV distribution arm of Red Arrow Studios, said, “It’s fantastic news that Boschwill be back for season five. Amazon Prime Video’s longest-running drama is a huge hit internationally, and Bosch fans around the world will be delighted by the news.”

Bosch was developed for television by Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is executive produced by Pyne (Backstabbing For Beginners, Fracture, The Manchurian Candidate), Overmyer, Bastin (The 100 Code, American Odyssey, The Comedians), Pieter Jan Brugge (Heat, The Insider, The Clearing), John Mankiewicz, Connelly, Pabst, Jan David Frouman and Elle Johnson. Welliver also serves as Producer.

Prime members can stream seasons one, two and three of Bosch exclusively via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at www.amazon.com/boschtv. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series is a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Prime Video

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

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Prime Originals like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Tick, and kids series Tumble Leaf, Amazon Original Movies such as Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, and Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick, 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.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  • 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: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on 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), X-Ray 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 catalogue 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 Fabrik Entertainment

Los Angeles-based television development and production company Fabrik Entertainment creates compelling, original programming both for the US and international markets. Led by CEO Henrik Bastin and President Melissa Aouate, and supported by VPs Abbey Morris and Paul Hilborn, Fabrik has built its reputation on producing outstanding high-impact series, both original and IP-based. Founded in 2005, Fabrik’s credits include Amazon’s Bosch, AMC’s Emmy-nominated The Killing, HBO’s Nordic, WGN’s 100 Code, NBC’s American Odyssey, USA’s Burn Notice, The Comedians on FX and Fox’s The Good Guys. Through a strategic partnership with Red Arrow Studios, established in 2011, Fabrik extends its reach from a traditional US production company to that of a top-tier financier and distributor both in American and international markets. Fabrik is represented by Jared Levine at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. www.fabrikent.com

About Red Arrow Studios

Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content. Red Arrow Studios is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, including 10 companies based in the United States; world-leading digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading media groups. For more information, please visit: redarrow.tv

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The John Lewis Partnership welcomes Michael Herlihy as its new Partnership Secretary

LONDON, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership today announced the appointment of Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary who joins on 16 April 2018. This follows the departure of Keith Hubber, who left in January after three years at the Partnership.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Herlihy as Partnership Secretary.  This new title reflects the responsibilities Michael will take on for the duties previously carried out by Keith Hubber in the role of General Counsel, leading both the Legal Directorate and Company Secretariat.  Michael joins us from Smiths Group, where he was General Counsel for ten years, heading up their Group Legal function.  He brings a wealth of experience to the John Lewis Partnership.’

Previously, Michael spent twenty six years in a variety of roles at Imperial Chemical Industries PLC including Group Taxation Controller, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions.  He has also held a variety of non-executive roles including that of Senior Independent Director (and formerly Chair of the Remuneration Committee) at Imperial Brands plc.  Michael is a solicitor and graduate of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Michael Herlihy said, ‘I am excited to be joining the Partnership. Having admired its brands and values for many years, it is a privilege to be invited to build on the good work already done by Keith Hubber and his team and to support the Chairman, Partnership Board and Executive Team in the next phase of the Partnership’s development.’

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 353 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 84,000 staff are Partners in the business.

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Lowe’s to fill more than 53,000 jobs on its first National Hiring Day, Feb. 21

Anyone interested in a full-time, part-time or seasonal role can visit any of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to participate in open interviews during the company’s first National Hiring Day. (PRNewsfoto/Lowe’s Companies, Inc.)

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s is looking for people with customer service experience who have a passion for helping people love where they live. With a goal of filling more than 53,000 jobs, Lowe’s stores nationwide will open their doors to candidates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 during the company’s first National Hiring Day.

Candidates interested in a full-time, part-time or seasonal role can visit any of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores to participate in open interviews and learn more about working at Lowe’s. The event is an opportunity to meet hiring managers, speak with associates and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours in an open house atmosphere.

“Our employees are the heart of our business and make a difference for the customers and communities we serve every day,” said Jennifer Weber, Lowe’s chief human resources officer. “Lowe’s is a great place to build a career, and we’re excited to host our largest-ever job fair to introduce people to our culture. We’re looking to hire customer-centric and service-minded people who are passionate about being a part of something bigger.”

Those who can’t make it to the open house can tune in to a Facebook Live event on the Lowe’s Careers channel at 2:15 p.m. EST on Feb. 21 to hear more from Weber about building a career at Lowe’s.

Recently named one of the top 10 most customer-engaged companies by Forbes, Lowe’s is hiring employees to serve customers and communities during the busy spring and summer seasons. Seasonal employees typically support stores between March and September. Available roles include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, loaders, stockers and assemblers of outdoor products. Lowe’s seasonal employees benefit from competitive pay, a 10 percent employee discount and flexible hours, including the opportunity to see their schedule 17 days in advance and swap shifts with others as needed.

Lowe’s employs nearly 250,000 people across its U.S. stores and provides career advancement opportunities at all levels. Last year, nearly 40 percent of Lowe’s seasonal employees transitioned into permanent part-time and full-time positions. Nearly 200 current store managers started as seasonal employees.

Jordan McGee was 19 when she took a seasonal job as a cashier in Gastonia, N.C. Just four years later, she was promoted to assistant store manager of sales in Clover, S.C.

“Lowe’s has supported me through my career journey by helping me develop into a stronger leader. When I started, I was only 19, with no management experience, so I’ve always had a mentor or someone helping me, just giving me that encouragement in my ear,” McGee said. “If there’s one word that describes Lowe’s, I would say ‘career,’ just because you can come in and be whoever you want to be. You have the potential to move all the way up through the ranks, and they’ll support you through that.”

Lowe’s also will hold open interviews and make conditional job offers on the spot for part-time and full-time positions, including service and support managers, cashiers, stockers and sales specialists. Eligible part-time and full-time employees can take advantage of Lowe’s health and wellness benefits, incentive programs, 401(k), a discounted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement and flexible work schedules.

Earlier this month, Lowe’s announced plans to enhance its benefits, including expanded maternity and parental leave as well as adoption assistance. Eligible full-time hourly and salaried U.S. employees will qualify to receive:

  • Ten weeks of paid maternity leave and two weeks of paid parental leave.
  • An adoption assistance benefit to cover up to $5,000 of expenses related to agency, legal and other fees.
  • Eligibility to enroll in health benefits sooner, as early as the first of the month following 30 days of service.

To learn more about available jobs in your area, Lowe’s benefits or to apply online, visit Lowes.com/SpringHire. Applying takes just 20 minutes on average. To learn more about career opportunities, and to hear directly from employees who transitioned from seasonal roles into store management positions, visit Lowe’s newsroom.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United StatesCanada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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Intershop welcomes Markus Klahn to its Management Board

Jena, Germany, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG (ISIN: DE000A0EPUH1), a leading provider of e-commerce solutions, today announced changes to its Management Board. As of April 9, 2018, Markus Klahn will join the current Management Board of Dr. Jochen Wiechen and Axel Köhler as COO (Chief Operating Officer). As such, Mr. Klahn will be responsible for the Company’s services portfolio.

Intershop customers are increasingly realizing their digitization projects on the basis of a cloud solution and related services. Accordingly, the further development of this segment is to be driven forward. This includes both the range of services offered and the adaptation of business processes for a cloud-driven business model.

Christian Oecking, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Intershop Communications AG, comments: “In addition to the further development of Intershop’s leading commerce platform and the support of digitization projects for customers worldwide, Intershop is currently undergoing a systematic transformation towards cloud business. The strengthening of the Management Board in this respect not only reflects the growing importance of the cloud business, but will also continue to support the Company’s own transformation process “.

Dr. Jochen Wiechen, Intershop’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased to have the support we need, both in quickly bringing new customers onto the Azure platform and in adapting processes for a cloud-driven business model. Both will help to build on and accelerate the success we have achieved.”

Axel Köhler, CSO (Chief Sales Officer) will focus on developing new and existing customer business in order to achieve the Company’s ambitious objectives in terms of growth. He will be responsible for sales and marketing, driving forward the positioning of the cloud offering in the market.

With Markus Klahn, Intershop has gained an experienced sales and market expert for the management, particularly in terms of the market positioning of software solutions. As such, he will complement the Management Board team with his experience from previous management positions in medium-sized software companies. Prior to joining Intershop Communications AG, he was a member of senior management at Proalpha, an ERP provider, and most recently at Jaggaer, a pure SaaS provider in the procurement sector.

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

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Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
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SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Rite Aid pharmacies are currently stocked with flu shots

Camp Hill, Pa., 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to a flu season that health experts are calling one of the most severe in the past decade, Rite Aid is making sure its pharmacies are stocked with flu shots. The effort comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday the highest rate of influenza-like illnesses since 2009 and the highest flu hospitalization rate since 2010, when the agency began keeping such records. The CDC also reported that between Jan. 28-Feb.3, 2018, flu and pneumonia accounted for 10% of deaths in the country.

“With the CDC reporting that we’ve not yet reached the peak of flu season and the potential for flu activity for several more weeks, we’re following the situation closely and making every effort to have flu shots available in all of our pharmacies,” says Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “We encourage anyone who hasn’t yet received a flu shot to get one today and protect themselves and those around them for the duration of the flu season.”

Flu shots are currently available at all Rite Aid pharmacies and are covered by most insurance plans with $0 co-pay, including Medicare Part B. Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists are able to administer flu shots, subject to state regulations, during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary.

Since pneumonia can be a serious and sometimes deadly complication of the flu, especially for older adults, the CDC also recommends the pneumococcal vaccine for those 65 and over. Rite Aid pharmacies also have supplies of pneumococcal shots, which can be administered at the same time as the flu shot, subject to state regulations. Like flu shots, pneumococcal shots are covered by many insurance plans and most customers with Medicare Part B will have $0 co-pay.

To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Rite Aid pharmacies also have supplies of the prescription medications Tamiflu and Relenza for those patients whose doctor has prescribed one of these medications. If necessary, Rite Aid pharmacists are trained to be able to compound Tamiflu for pediatric patients.

In addition, Rite Aid pharmacists are available to counsel customers on over-the-counter medicines, like pain relievers, cough and cold medicines and hydration products that can be used to help manage symptoms associated with the flu. To help prevent the spread of the flu, Rite Aid store shelves are also stocked with additional supplies of hand sanitizer and soaps, masks, gloves, tissues and household disinfectants.

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

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Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

Dollar General announces the appointment of Tim McGuire and Ralph Santana to its board of directors

Company Increases Board Size to 10

Goodlettsville, Tenn., 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ Today (February 13, 2018), Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced the appointment of Tim McGuire and Ralph Santana to its board of directors effective February 12, 2018.

“Dollar General is excited to welcome Tim and Ralph to its board of directors,” said Michael Calbert, Dollar General’s chairman of the board.  “Each brings extensive knowledge of the retail and consumer industries, and we are confident that they will add great value to our board of directors and to Dollar General as it continues its strategic growth.”

The election of McGuire and Santana to Dollar General’s board of directors will bring the total number of directors to 10.

McGuire will serve on the compensation committee and Santana will serve on the nominating and governance committee.

McGuire has served as Chairman of the Board of Mobile Service Center Canada, Ltd. (d/b/a Mobile Klinik), a chain of professional smartphone repair stores specializing in professional “while you wait” repair and care of smartphones and tablets, since June 2017. He retired from McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, after serving as a leader of its global retail and consumer practice for almost 28 years.  In that role, he led the company’s Americas retail practice for five years, as well as consulting efforts with major retail, telecommunications, consumer service and marketing organizations in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe and Australia. He also co-founded McKinsey Analytics, a global group of consultants that brings advanced analytics capabilities to clients to help make better business decisions. McGuire began his career with Procter & Gamble in 1983 where he served in various positions, leaving in October 1989 as its Marketing Director for the Canadian Food & Beverage division.

Since April 2013, Santana has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Harman International Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. with responsibility for all aspects of Harman’s worldwide marketing strategy. Prior to joining Harman, Santana served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, North America for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. from June 2010 to September 2012, responsible for launching Samsung’s U.S. e-commerce business and building out branding strategies to drive visibility.  He also previously served 16 years at PepsiCo with roles of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Marketing, North American Beverages, Pepsi-Cola where he spearheaded a creative overhaul and re-launch of Pepsi-Cola, as well as its Frito-Lay’s international and North America operations. Santana began his career as a senior marketing associate at Beverage Marketing Corporation.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dollargeneral.com.

Investor Contacts:
Donny Lau: (615) 855-5536
Kevin Walker: (615) 855-4954

Media Contacts:
Crystal Ghassemi: (615) 855-5210; 877-944-DGPR (3477); dgpr@dollargeneral.com

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,321 stores in 44 states as of November 3, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation

Etos drugstore expands its My Etos loyalty program with Gift Savings

Etos drugstore expands its My Etos loyalty program with Gift Savings

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Etos, our drugstore brand in the Netherlands, announced yesterday that it is expanding its My Etos loyalty program with a new feature called Gift Savings. The new option allows customers to earn a reward point for each euro they spend at Etos. For every 100 points, customers will receive a savings card they can exchange for certain A-brand items or redeem for a €5 discount on Etos own-brand products.

Gift Savings was created following feedback from My Etos members. While My Etos enabled shoppers to save for products, the discounts were only for temporary campaigns. With Gift Savings, customers can automatically and simply save for A-brand products – available from a frequently changing list – or earn the Etos own-brand reward. Customers have four weeks to redeem each 100-point savings card and select their gift.

To join My Etos, customers can download the brand’s app from the Apple Store or Google Play, and cards are available in all Etos stores. Current members will receive 40 loyalty points to celebrate Gift Savings, as will all new members who sign up before March 11.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Anoesjka Aspeslagh
Manager External Communications
pers@ah.nl
+31 88 6592020

Albert Heijn to open its first checkout-free AH to go store in Amsterdam this summer

Albert Heijn to open its first checkout-free AH to go store in Amsterdam this summer

Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn will this summer open its first checkout-free AH to go store as it looks to make the shopping experience more convenient and personal. The store, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, will be located at a high-traffic location in Amsterdam and will be deployed with “tap to go” technology that allows customers to pay for groceries with a card or a smartphone without going through the register.

The planned opening follows a successful trial at an AH to go site at Ahold Delhaize’s support office in Zaandam, which saw a slight increase in sales after the pilot was launched. Nearly 80 AH to goconvenience stores in the Netherlands are scheduled to be equipped with the “tap to go” technology, making it available for thousands of customers every day.

Ahold Delhaize’s brands are constantly looking to make the shopping experience more seamless, propelled by new technologies and innovations. Brands across the U.S. and Europe are testing and experimenting with other innovative shopping methods to further ease the checkout process.

View a video of Albert Heijn’s “tap to go” here.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

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

Whole Foods Market 365 to open a new store in East Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced it has signed a lease for a new Whole Foods Market 365 store in East Austin. This will be the second Whole Foods Market 365 store in the Austin area, joining the Cedar Park location that opened in April 2017. This approximately 30,000 square foot store at the corner of IH-35 and East 5th Street will be part of the conveniently located, mixed-use Saltillo development in East Austin and is slated to open in 2019.

“We can’t wait to open this new Whole Foods Market 365 store on the East Side,” said Whole Foods Market 365 President Jeff Turnas. “At 365, customers will find familiar Whole Foods Market quality in an affordable, convenient and easy-to-shop new format, with plenty of fun surprises mixed in too.”

Whole Foods Market 365 stores offer a unique, convenient and value-focused shopping experience while maintaining all of Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading quality standards. Shoppers can look forward to a streamlined design, convenient technological innovations and a carefully curated product selection that includes everything from pantry staples to special-diet options.

All Whole Foods Market 365 locations also feature the “Friends of 365” program, which provides a collection of unique in-store culinary experiences and venues from innovative outside partners.

For more, visit the Whole Foods Market 365 websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

SOURCE:  Whole Foods Market

MEDIA CONTACT
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Morrisons announces long-term franchise and wholesale supply agreement with SandpiperCI

Bradford, UK, 2018-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is today announcing a new, long-term franchise and wholesale supply agreement with SandpiperCI, an operator of 43 mini supermarkets and convenience stores in the Channel Islands.

Most sites will convert into Morrisons Daily stores and be supplied with both Morrisons own brand as well as branded products. In addition, Morrisons will supply Safeway and branded products to the remaining Sandpiper stores. All stores will convert to selling Morrisons-supplied products over the next year.

James Badger, Morrisons Wholesale Director, said: “We are pleased to be announcing a partnership with a strong franchise partner in Sandpiper and the opportunity to bring Morrisons quality and value to customers in the Channel Islands. As Morrisons becomes broader and stronger, our brand is becoming more accessible to more customers.”

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For more information
For Morrisons: Morrisons Press Office 0845 611 5111
For Sandpiper: Glen Rankine 07797 713 579

SOURCE: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.

CBRE recognized as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) has been recognized as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the fifth year in a row CBRE has achieved this recognition.

“Our clients trust CBRE to not only deliver exceptional client outcomes but to act with integrity in all areas of our business, which our people do day-in and day-out,” said Bob Sulentic, president and chief executive officer of CBRE.

Ethisphere honors companies that influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture to underpin the decisions they make every day. Companies are evaluated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, and leadership, innovation and reputation.

“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged. Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice. The World’s Most Ethical Companies, in particular continued to show exemplary leadership,” explained Ethisphere’s CEO, Timothy Erblich. “I congratulate everyone at CBRE for being recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.”

Earlier this year CBRE was included on the 2018 America’s Best Employers For Diversity list by Forbes, the only commercial real estate company to receive this honor. In December 2017, FORTUNE magazine also named CBRE one of the best U.S. workplaces for diversity.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

SOURCE: CBRE

Media Contacts
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Robert McGrath
Corporate Communications, Global

Co-op to give a £1M makeover to its food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire

Co-op to give a £1M makeover to its food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is set to serve-up a new-look food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire, with a £1M investment The 7,000 sq. ft. food store, located in Stanley Court, Olney, has embarked on a major makeover and will bring a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes.

The community retailer – which has returned to its clover-leaf design logo first used in the 1960’s – is supporting the Olney Infant Academy; Olney Pre-School and, Friends of Olney Middle School through its Membership scheme.

During the programme of works, the Co-op has introduced free transport to its nearby store in Newport Pagnell to support members of the community without access to a vehicle – the service runs daily from the store at 11am, returning at 1pm.

The Co-op will then operate a temporary 2,500 sq. ft. convenience store from the Stanley Court site during the works. Around one third of the size of the usual store, it will open between 6am-11pm from Monday – Saturday and 8am-6pm on Sunday until 12 March and offer a full range of products in order to continue to serve the community while the improvements are carried out.

The retailer – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and, essentials. All of its own brand fresh meat – including bacon and lamb – is British, and it only uses British meat in all of its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Last month, the community retailer unveiled a £50M price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

There are to be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch on Friday, 23 March.

And, students in Olney holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Paul Bradford, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Olney – we are really looking forward to welcoming members and customers back into their new-look Co-op. We are proud to be part of the community, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community.”

Brian Pooley, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products and prices and have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our great quality products when and where shoppers need them. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

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Further Information
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

PETSMART® And PETSMART Charities® to host National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 16 – 18

Add Some Love to Your Home by Adopting a Shelter Pet; Save a Life and Change Your Own

PHOENIX, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, PetSmart Charities and thousands of animal welfare partners across the U.S. and Canada will have lots of love in store this February. From February 16 – 18, adorable, adoptable pets will be featured in nearly all PetSmart’s 1,600 plus stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for the first National Adoption Weekend of 2018. PetSmart Charities and its adoption partners hope to find forever homes for more than 25,000 pets during the event.

“Watching a family fall in love with the perfect pet is one of the most heart-warming things you’ll see,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities. “And while adopters are most certainly saving and enhancing the lives of shelter pets, the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship. Recent research shows that pets bring their fair share of benefits to the lives of their new pet parents, too.”

A 2017 survey commissioned by PetSmart Charities and conducted by Wakefield Research found ninety-three percent of pet parents said they had experienced at least one health benefit from their pet. The benefits range from increased physical activity and weight loss to improved mood and decreased stress. The same survey showed when respondents were asked who would be more helpful to them when facing a difficult time in their lives, their pet or a therapist, seventy-nine percent of respondents selected their pet.

The Simatos family in North Michigan would most certainly agree. In January 2018, they adopted a dog named Sophie from the Humane Society of West Michigan, which is one of PetSmart Charities’ adoption partners. Sophie was unique in that she was the first dog the local Humane Society had seen with a cleft lip and palate. While some may have thought her cleft lip and palate would make Sophie harder to adopt, to Alicia Simatos and her young family, it only made her more perfect.

“As soon as we saw Sophie, we instantly fell in love with her. We have a young son, MJ, who was born with a cleft lip and palate…just like Sophie. From Sophie’s gentle disposition and their shared experience, we knew that she and our son would be kindred spirits. We can’t express the amount of comfort and unconditional love she has brought to our lives, and how much confidence she has given our son,” said Simatos. “Sophie reminds us all of what love truly means.”

Sophie’s ability to bring smiles to just about everyone she meets has earned her a new position as the office therapy dog at the Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation of Smiles in Michigan.

Bring Love Home this National Adoption Weekend
Shelter pets of all ages, types and sizes will be looking for love and hoping to find their forever home at PetSmart Charities’ February National Adoption Weekend. From February 16 – 18, more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations will bring adoptable pets into nearly all of PetSmart’s 1,600-plus stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with the goal of finding homes for more than 25,000 pets during the weekend adoption event.

Looking for A Different Way to Show Your Love of Pets?
Every PetSmart store will be collecting pet food donations at the check-out that will be provided to local shelters and PetSmart Charities’ adoption partners following National Adoption Weekend. So even if you’re not ready to adopt a pet, you can still help a pet in need.

National Adoption Weekend Details:
Date: Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018
Time: 
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. local time
Location:
 Nearly every PetSmart store across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Visit www.petsmart.com to find a store near you.

A Free Gift for Those Who Adopt:
Regardless of which type of pet you choose to adopt, or where you adopted, PetSmart offers a free Adoption Kit* that provides important content that helps to integrate a new pet into the family. Click here for more information about PetSmart’s Free Adoption Kit. *Adoption papers are required.

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

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

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.

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.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

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 is independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: 
Facebook.com/PetSmartCanada
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: 
YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

SOURCE: PetSmart

Chick-fil-A to open new restaurant in Midtown Manhattan on March 1

Chick-fil-A to open new restaurant in Midtown Manhattan on March 1

NEW YORK, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Next month, the third locally-owned and operated Chick-fil-A restaurant will open in Midtown Manhattan. The restaurant, located across from Grand Central Station at the corner of East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, will open on Thursday, March 1 and will employ more than 200 team members under the leadership of local franchise owner Ellie Kim. Kim will celebrate the opening by hosting Chick-fil-A’s signature First 100 campout in the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.

Locally Owned and Operated

Kim is a first-generation Korean immigrant who moved to the city with her family at age 16. She graduated from New York University and Rutgers Law School, and later practiced as a law clerk in Manhattan for several years before owning a dry-cleaning business in the Theatre District. She spent the past 11 years in Washington, D.C., where she owned a Chick-fil-A franchise, and recently relocated back to NYC with her family to open Chick-fil-A Grand Central.

Quick, Easy and Efficient Service
Kim’s Midtown restaurant is expected to be one of the busiest Chick-fil-A locations in the country given its proximity to Grand Central Station, which serves more than 750,000 commuters each day. To meet demand, Chick-fil-A designed the restaurant to handle extreme volume. Utilizing the company’s proprietary “upstream ordering” technology, team members will take orders on tablets as soon as guests walk through the doors – ensuring a shorter queue time.

In addition to efficiency, the 6,263-square foot restaurant is also designed for comfort. More than 100 guests can dine on the second level with views of Grand Central Station and One Vanderbilt, a 1.7 million-square-foot skyscraper in development that, once completed, will bring thousands more people to the area each day.

This will be the company’s third location in Manhattan and will be followed by the opening of Chick-fil-A Fulton Street, a five-story restaurant with a rooftop terrace located next to Fulton Center Station in the Financial District.

The Chick-fil-A First 100 Celebration
Chick-fil-A Grand Central will officially open for business at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1 following its signature First 100 campout and celebration, taking place for the first time in the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The First 100 celebration will transform the Winter Village into a 12-hour indoor campout where participants will be awarded a year’s worth of free Chick-fil-A (52 No. 1 meals total). To be eligible, participants must be 18 years or older, U.S. residents with a valid government-issued photo ID, and reside in eligible zip codes. Participants must arrive at Bryant Park to register no earlier than 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. If more than 100 people are on-site when the campout officially begins at 6 p.m., a drawing will be held to select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to stay for the duration of the 12-hour campout until the Grand Central restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. on March 1 in order to receive the prize.

Due to limited space and the indoor nature of the campout, tents are not permitted and personal items should be limited to one item such as a backpack or purse. Chairs and blankets will be provided to all campers.

This event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the Grand Central restaurant, inclusive of all zip codes in the five boroughs of NYC. A complete listing of eligible zip codes, Official Rules and other important details can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings in the Grand Central section.

200 New Jobs for New Yorkers
Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining top talent, providing a great work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Each NYC Chick-fil-A restaurant offers flexible hours, competitive pay and benefits, opportunities for leadership growth, college scholarships, and hands-on training and mentoring by the restaurant owner. Chick-fil-A Grand Central will employ more than 200 team members, with wages starting above New York City’s minimum wage. Whether candidates are seeking their first job or are seasoned industry professionals, all interested are invited to apply at jobs.NYCCFA.com.

Premium Ingredients and Fresh, Handmade Food
Nearly everything on the Chick-fil-A menu is made from scratch daily, including salads made from fresh vegetables and fruit that is hand-chopped throughout the day. The lemonade is fresh-squeezed and is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served in this restaurant will be 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.

Community Citizen
Chick-fil-A is an active contributor to the community and is committed to giving back in New York City. Like the other NYC Chick-fil-A locations, Chick-fil-A Grand Central will partner with New York Common Pantry to provide meals to those in-need. To date, the Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York have donated more than 9,000 pounds of food to the organization, which serves the city’s homeless population. The restaurant will also partner with Feeding Children Everywhere, a social charity that mobilizes groups to assemble healthy meals for children in need. First 100 participants will have the opportunity to help assemble meals to be distributed locally.

Commitment to Customer Service
With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting the highest standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A recently earned a top spot in the 2016 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the third year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the top five of the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company has also earned recognition as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies” by Forbes Magazine, one of America’s “Top 20 Most Admired Brands” by The Harris Poll and “Top Fast Food Chicken Chain” by Consumer Reports, among other honors.

Chick-fil-A Grand Central will be located at 50 East 42nd Street and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, beginning March 1. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com. For the latest news and updates at Chick-fil-A, visit the Chick-fil-A Grand Central Facebook page.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,200 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A reported over $9 billion in revenue in 2017, which marks 50 consecutive years of sales growth. A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A earned the Chicken Restaurant Brand of the Year honors for the fourth consecutive year in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. Chick-fil-A also received the top score among fast food brands and one of the top 10 scores overall for customer experience in the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings survey, and was named one of the top 100 best places to work by Glassdoor. Continuing its founder’s legacy of generosity and service, in 2017 the company’s philanthropic Chick-fil-A Foundation awarded $1.23 million to 23 not-for-profit organizations across 13 states through the True Inspiration Awards and almost $9 million in scholarships to restaurant team members nationwide. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.

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Media Hotline: (800) 404-7196
Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com
Twitter: @ChickfilANews

SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

The Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018 now open for applications

  • Trade apprentices expected to earn an extra £2,000 per year above the national
    average by 2022
  • Plumbers and electricians set to be highest trade earners, with a forecasted wage of over £31,000 per annum
  • Research launched as Screwfix searches for the 2018 top Trade Apprentice, an initiative which aims to identify the rising stars of the trade

Westminster, United Kingdom, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Screwfix is calling for the next generation to consider a career in the trade as new research shows a job in building and construction trades could lead to higher wages than other career choices.

Future plumbers, plasterers, roofers, carpenters, electricians and bricklayers are set to earn at least £2,500 a year more than the national average by 2022, bringing their average salary to over £27,500. In addition, apprentices can enter their chosen career free from the debt of university fees, which now average £50,000*. This comes from new research commissioned by Screwfix which examined ONS salary data from 2010-17 to forecast future earnings of apprentices entering a profession.

Along with the benefits associated with a long-term career in the trade, including flexible working hours, becoming a skilled expert, being your own boss and working with a wide range of people, research has found that pay really cements why a career in the trade is the right choice.

The research predicts the highest earners will be plumbers and electricians with a forecasted wage of over £31,000 per annum. However, carpenters and plasterers are forecast to see the biggest increases between 2018 and 2022.Carpenters are expected to see a rise of eight per cent (over £2,000), while plasterers should see an increase of nine per cent (over £2,100).

The research was commissioned by leading trade retailer Screwfix as part of its Trade Apprentice initiative, which aims to celebrate and champion the best trade apprentices and future stars of construction.

Graham Bell, Screwfix CEO, said: “The research supports our belief at Screwfix that a trade apprenticeship is a strong career choice for young people in this country. Apprenticeships lead to careers in highly skilled jobs, which are in high demand and therefore attract a healthy, competitive salary. For young people starting out they offer a great career choice without the burden of large debts from university fees.”

Meanwhile, in a separate piece of research conducted with tradespeople it was revealed that more than half (57 per cent) struggle to find skilled labour. For those who struggle to recruit skilled employees, more than one third (37 per cent) believe it is because apprenticeships are not given the same level of respect as a university education, while 31 per cent say poor public perception of a career in the trade means school leavers are not interested in pursuing a future in construction.

“We believe the whole industry should play a part in encouraging and inspiring more people to undertake an apprenticeship. There is an ongoing focus on the importance of trade apprenticeships for the UK economy and for construction in particular, which is facing a significant skills gap. That’s why we are continuing to support the industry with The Screwfix Trade Apprentice initiative, which not only supports young people to kick-start their career but also inspires a strong future for the UK’s construction industry,” added Graham Bell.

One winner will walk away with the title of The Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018, receiving a business and trade bundle worth £10,000, including a laptop with accessories, £5,000 worth of Screwfix products and funds for future training courses to help kick start their career.

Gross Annual Pay (median) £ 2018 2022

forecast

Electricians and electrical fitters 30,478 31,248
Bricklayers and masons 24,108 24,840
Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers 29,493 31,048
Carpenters and joiners 26,001 28,017
Plasterers 24,757 26,949
ALL UK employees 23,474 25,009

For more information visit https://www.screwfix.com/landingpage/tradeapprentice/

* ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The forecasts were produced by calculating the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each job code for the period 2010-2017 and applying this to the next 5 years.

For more information about Screwfix please visit our media centre: www.screwfixmedia.co.uk

PRESS information:

Matthew Allen, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3579 / Matthew.thomas-allen@Mccann.com

Carrefour Italia earns Top Employer certification for 2018

Carrefour Italia earns Top Employer certification for 2018

 

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

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

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

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

• Talent Strategy

• Workforce Planning

• On-boarding

• Learning & Development

• Performance Management

• Leadership Development

• Career & Succession Management

• Compensation & Benefits

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

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Belk launches its sixth annual Southern Designer Showcase

Belk launches its sixth annual Southern Designer Showcase

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Belk, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to Editors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Cressida Curtis
British Land
020 7467 2938

Source: British Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

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

Source: NRF

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: ASDA

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

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

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

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

Other notable highlights from the neighborhood include:

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

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

In 2018 Pike & Rose will welcome:

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

About Pike & Rose, a Federal Realty neighborhood

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

About Federal Realty

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

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

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

SOURCE: Federal Realty Investment Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For media interviews/comments contact:

Jeff Lenard

Source: NACS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Old Navy

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

About the Best Workplaces for Giving Back

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

About Great Place to Work

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

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@gap.com

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Media:

Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements  

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

Contact:

Investors: 

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

Media:
Susan Henderson
717-730-7766

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Meijer:

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

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

Source: Meijer

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