PetSmart opens the first The Groomery by PetSmart™ locations in New York City and Chicago

First Two Stand-Alone Salons in New York and Chicago Open This Week with Scottsdale, Ariz., and Two To-Be-Announced Locations to Open in the Coming Months

PHOENIX, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart announced today (Oct. 25, 2017 ) the opening of The Groomery by PetSmart™ (The Groomery), an innovative store concept focused exclusively on pet grooming services, with an expected five locations opening in the coming months. This week, the first of The Groomery stores are opening in New York City’s Upper West Side and Oak Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Additional locations will open in Scottsdale, Ariz., with two more locations expected to be announced soon.

PetSmart is introducing The Groomery as pet care spending continues to increase. According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2016 Americans spent nearly $5.8 billion on pet services, a segment growing faster than any other in the pet category.

Each location features a salon-style modern design in a boutique-sized space of about 1,800 to 2,500 square feet of space, much smaller than a traditional PetSmart store.

“When taking your pet to be groomed, proximity to the home is a key factor for convenience and to help reduce a pet’s anxiety,” said Joanna Zucker, vice president of services, PetSmart. “We know that a significant portion of our grooming business comes from people living within close proximity to a PetSmart store. So, we created The Groomery store design to help us get closer to where pet parents and their pets are living, especially in urban markets. The Groomery offers a great solution when our traditional PetSmart store isn’t located nearby.”

The Groomery features classic pet grooming services, such as baths, brushes, haircuts, blow-outs, nail trims and grinds, teeth brushings, paw maintenance, flea & tick treatments and the de-shedding Furminator service. The Groomery also offers pampering “Spaw” treatments featuring coconut and other scents, pet-specific deep moisture shampoos and conditioners from popular human brand’s such as CHI, as well as a self-service dog wash so pet parents can bond and bathe their own pups.

“We know our pet parents love their pets and want to give them the best of everything, and The Groomery fits nicely into that pet lifestyle,” said Zucker. “Pet grooming can enhance a pet’s overall health, and special service like a scented bath and blow-outs can further enrich our connection with our pets. Let’s face it, a great smelling dog with a soft coat can be an even bigger magnet for hugs, nuzzles and ear scratches from every member of the family.”

Store details include:

  • Grooming Salon – The Groomery salons feature at least 10 wide, easy-to-maneuver tabletop spaces for the PetSmart grooming staff, all of whom are academy-trained, and undergo 800 hours of certification training and a six-month apprenticeship. A bathing area with stainless steel tubs allows for washing the pups, while no-heat dryers safely dry them after a comforting hand-towel drying.
  • Self-Service Dog Wash – The Groomery locations offer two or more self-service dog wash stations, a popular option within the grooming segment that gives pet parents an easy solution to bathe and bond with their pet, especially after a day at the park. The washing stations feature wall-mounted washing and drying equipment, and an array of complimentary shampoos and conditioners that address a range of needs from de-shedding to skin sensitivities.
  • Merchandise – The lobby area of The Groomery stores are stocked with high-end health and beauty pet essentials such as shampoos, brushes, collars, leashes and treats, including an expanded collection of at-home pet grooming supplies from popular human brands like CHI® and Burt’s Bees®, as well as pet brand Furminator®.

Location details:

The Groomery – Oak Park
Address: 106 N. Maple Ave., Oak Park, Ill.
Opening: Oct. 23

The Groomery – Manhattan
Address: 670 Columbus Ave. (between 92nd and 93rdStreets), New York City
Opening: Oct. 25

The Groomery – DC Ranch Community/Scottsdale

Address: 20945 N. Pima Road, Suite B-107, Scottsdale, Ariz
Opening: Dec.

Pet parents can easily book their pet’s appointment at The Groomery salons by visiting to locate their local Groomery. From there, they can book online, call the store directly or download the PetSmart mobile app to schedule an appointment.

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 more than 1,500 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, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart

PetSmart Media Line

Source: PetSmart, Inc.

Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City

Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City


  • Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash for more than 600 locations in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Brands will Deliver Joy to Guests and Children’s Hospitals Across the Country

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Ice Cream Month just got a little sweeter with today’s news from Baskin-Robbins and DoorDash. Beginning today  (July 6, 2017), ice cream lovers in nearly two dozen cities across the country can use DoorDash – the technology company connecting customers with the best local business through door-to-door delivery – to have their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream treats delivered right to their doorstep.

More than 600 Baskin-Robbins locations in 22 cities will be supported by DoorDash delivery, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Residents in the participating cities can use the DoorDash app or website to order their favorite Baskin-Robbins products with just a tap or click, without leaving home or work.

To celebrate the launch, DoorDash and Baskin-Robbins will deliver Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treats to children’s hospitals in select cities across the country on July 14 – the same day that Baskin-Robbins will host its first-ever nationwide Polar Pizza in-store sampling. On this day, guests are invited to Baskin-Robbins shops for a free sample of Baskin-Robbins’ new Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza, which features a double fudge brownie crust and Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream topped with OREO® cookie pieces, fudge and marshmallow topping. The special sampling, which will take place from Noon – 5:00 p.m. on July 14, is another way that guests can celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Baskin-Robbins.

“We’re so excited to partner with DoorDash to offer our guests the very best ice cream delivery experience and give them another way to enjoy Baskin-Robbins ice cream treats from the convenience of their own home,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “And to celebrate our ice cream delivery launch and National Ice Cream Month, we’re honored to work with DoorDash to deliver joy to several children’s hospitals across the country by providing free Polar Pizzas to patients, their families and dedicated hospital staff.”

The children’s hospitals that will receive a Polar Pizza delivery are partners of the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation) whose mission is to bring joy to sick and hungry kids. The participating hospitals include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago); Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego); and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“Nothing brings joy to people quite like ice cream, so we’re proud to celebrate our partnership with Baskin-Robbins by having Dashers across the country deliver Polar Pizzas to children’s hospitals,” said Tony Xu, CEO and co-founder of DoorDash. “Through our partnership with Baskin-Robbins, we’re now able to provide our busy customers with the convenience of having the brand’s high-quality, premium ice cream treats delivered right to their doorstep.”

To get started with Baskin-Robbins delivery, visit or download the DoorDash app for Android or iOS. For information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

About Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, providing guests with a wide array of ice cream flavors and delicious treats at more than 7,800 retail shops in more than 50 countries around the world. The brand was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion for ice cream led to the creation of many iconic ice cream flavors including Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and Very Berry Strawberry. Today, Baskin-Robbins has more than 1,300 ice creams in its flavor library, and also offers custom ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and Polar Pizza®. Its franchised ice cream shops serve as places where people can connect and create special memories while they explore a wide array of flavors, including a new Flavor of the Month every month. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

About DoorDash      

DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 500 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation

The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders—including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests —and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $14 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.


Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200

Source: Baskin-Robbins


Chicago claimed the top spot on Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University

Green Building Adoption Index Shows More “Green” in Cities with Benchmarking Laws

Los Angeles, 2017-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — After placing second last year, the Chicago market claimed the top spot with 66 percent of its space qualified as green certified according to the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University. San Francisco slipped to second, while Atlanta, Houston and Minneapolis again claimed spots in the top five in the 2017 report. “Green” office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, USGBC LEED certification or both.

The study found that institutional owners of office buildings continued to pursue green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. markets. 10.3 percent of all buildings surveyed are Energy Star labeled, while 4.7 percent are LEED certified, both slightly ahead of last year’s totals, although the total percentage of certified space fell slightly due to expiration of some certifications.

This year’s study also examined the potential impact of municipal energy disclosure regulations on green building adoption rates. Nine of the top 10 cities have implemented benchmarking ordinances, and several of those have experienced measurable increases in green certifications. Cities with benchmarking ordinances have 9 percent more Energy Star and LEED certified buildings, and 21 percent higher Energy Star and LEED certified square footage.

“While it is still too early to make a definitive correlation between benchmarking ordinances and the rate of growth in ‘green’ buildings, this year’s findings do begin to establish a link that will be studied closely in the future,” said David Pogue, CBRE’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility.

“Even though the current federal legislative agenda has shifted the focus away from energy efficiency and sustainability, the momentum in the commercial real estate industry toward improving building operating performance and enhancing building quality is hard to derail,” said Dr. Nils Kok, associate professor at Maastricht University.

A feature again this year is a geographic mapping platform that highlights the name, location and details of the specific green certification for each building in all 30 markets.

Again executed in close collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and CBRE Research, this year the report also included research and commentary from the Institute for Market Transformation. This is the fourth release of the annual Green Building Adoption Index. Based on a rigorous methodology, the Index shows the growth of ENERGY STAR- and LEED-certified space for the 30 largest U.S. office markets, both in aggregate and in individual markets, over the previous 10 years. View the study’s findings HERE.

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


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

Starbucks launches new lunch menu in Chicago

Starbucks launches new lunch menu in Chicago


Seattle, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helping create a lunch menu with a diversity of taste and broad appeal was the perfect challenge for Starbucks food team. Together, they created Mercato, a new selection of grab-and-go salads, hearty sandwiches and sides that launch today (April 11) in Chicago.

The new menu features foods that meet a variety of dietary lifestyles from high protein to vegetarian and vegan. All items are made fresh and delivered daily using high-quality, flavorful ingredients. More than 100 Starbucks® stores in downtown Chicago will offer Mercato, which means “marketplace” in Italian.

“A marketplace describes variety, and we wanted to create an experience for our customers that allows them to assemble a lunch that they will really enjoy,” said Jane Hernandez, Starbucks chef. “When developing the Mercato menu, we put quality, taste and freshness at the core of recipe development, with the goal to offer satisfying meals and snacks for our customers.”

Starbucks has grown its food business by 1.5 times since 2013 and plans to double it by the year 2021. Building upon a strong breakfast business the next opportunity for growth is lunch with more than 50 percent of Starbucks customers coming in after 11 a.m. The company first announced plans to innovate its lunch program in December 2016 at its biennial Investor Conference, and in March unveiled a preview of the menu at Starbucks Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

“We have heard from our customers that they are seeking food that meets their evolving dietary needs as well as their busy on-the-go lifestyle,” said Sara Trilling, senior vice president of Food at Starbucks. “The launch of Mercato signifies Starbucks next step in building our food business through customer-driven innovation.”

Creating the menu

Development of the Mercato menu began last summer as the food team embarked upon market research.

“We went on food tours in restaurants and grocery stores here in Seattle and other U.S. cities, looking at what people were eating, what was on shelves and what was selling well,” said Hernandez. “We also looked at feedback from customers regarding our existing lunch menu.”

The result of the team’s research is a menu that draws inspiration from the colorful and diverse assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients experienced in a marketplace. The Mercato menu addresses what Starbucks customers are looking for– fresh and vibrant grab-and-go lunch.

Introducing Mercato

Once the Mercato menu was finalized, the team sought feedback internally and externally through focus groups and partners and began planning for the launch. Chicago is the first market to offer Mercato at Starbucks stores in addition to the current food portfolio and the company plans to expand the menu to other U.S. markets in the future.

“Starbucks has a 30-year history with Chicago,” said Luigi Bonini, senior vice president, Global Product Innovation, who guided Hernandez and team. “It is an influential coffee and food-inspired city with a diverse set of customers, which allows us to bring unique experiences to the city.”

The Mercato menu offers both half and full sandwiches, salads and a variety of sides such as fruit cups and yogurt parfaits, providing ways to mix and match for lunch. The menu varies by store location and includes:

Za’atar Chicken & Lemon Tahini Salad: Herbed chicken with Za’atar spice, ancient grains, chunky cucumber tzatziki, marinated carrots, chopped romaine and lemon tahini dressing.

Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad: Chopped parsley, mint, cucumber, tomato and riced cauliflower with fresh lemon juice on arugula.

Seared Steak & Mango Salad: Seared flank steak, minted mango, pickled onion, cucumbers, carrot slaw over rice noodles, and chopped peanuts served over romaine lettuce with red curry vinaigrette.

Herbed Chicken & Fig Spread Sandwich: Herbed chicken breast with a flavorful fig spread and arugula, made complete with whole grain mustard ricotta on Ficelle bread.

Smoked Pork Cubano Sandwich: Smoked pork loin, pulled pork, swiss cheese, jalapeno whole grain dijonaise, and dill pickle on flatbread.

Crunchy Almond Butter, Strawberries & Jam Sandwich: Chunky almond butter, strawberry jam and fresh strawberry slices on Bavarian wheat bread.

The Mercato menu, along with other unsold ready-to-eat food at Starbucks stores in Chicago, will be donated nightly to the community through Starbucks FoodShare, a partnership with Feeding America that gives Starbucks surplus food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

“This is a new day for food at Starbucks,” added Bonini. “I think we’ve created something different with an approach we’ve never taken before.”


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Starbucks store at Wrigleyville in Chicago

Starbucks store at Wrigleyville in Chicago


Seattle, 2017-Apr-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. From the glamorous Gold Coast to the museums of the Magnificent Mile, each community has a personality all its own.

One of the most celebrated is Wrigleyville – home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. For more than 100 years, baseball fans have enjoyed games in this walkable, lively neighborhood, with buildings so close to the stadium that fans can watch the games from nearby rooftops.

Starbucks has had a presence in Wrigleyville for more than 20 years, and is now a part of its next chapter with the opening of a Starbucks store anchored in the new Park at Wrigley. In addition to its core menu, the new location will take influence from its Seattle Starbucks Reserve®  Roastery with an immersive coffee bar where baristas bring the craft of coffee to life through brewing techniques such as Clover, pour-over, coffee press, nitro taps, Chemex, Siphon and Black Eagle manual espresso. Starbucks stores with a Reserve coffee bar will make up 20 percent of the company’s store portfolio globally over time.

“We wanted the design to be authentic to the community and to the heritage of baseball in Chicago,” said Claudine Lostao, director of store design for Starbucks in the Midwest and Mid America. “The richness of the leather and stitching details at the Reserve Bar are inspired by the game.”

Upon entry, customers are drawn in by the 68-foot long curving wood beams that start at the top of the front doors and lead the eye through the length of the space to the bar, which takes center stage as the theatre of coffee art within the space. On warm days, glass doors open up onto the adjacent open-air park which will host community festivals and farmers markets. The design team also paid tribute to the home team in the details, such as custom chairs with red baseball stitching and under-counter lighting at the bar that can glow red or blue.

The artistic focal point of the space is a 45-foot custom mural by artist Shogo Ota called “Coffee People,” which depicts the people behind coffee’s journey from farm to cup. Ota has created other similar coffee pieces for Starbucks green cup last November and the wooden doors at the Starbucks store in Ferguson, Mo.

“Wrigleyville is a community with a deep sense of history,” Lostao said. “We wanted to celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood as well as the game of baseball.”

Starbucks in Chicago

Starbucks opened its first store in Chicago in 1987, and is at the forefront of new Starbucks® experiences with distinctive stores on Michigan Avenue and fashion retailer UNIQLO. In the past year, Starbucks has also opened an express format store at Union Station, stores with Starbucks Reserve bars in Lake Forest and Wicker Park, and a new store and training center on Chicago’s South Side, to create opportunities for local jobs and provide job skills and training to youth.

Chicago will be also one of the first to showcase a new Starbucks Reserve® store format, none of which exist yet today. The store, which is slated to open in the next year, will integrate the theater and romance of the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery with the unique culinary experience of its Italian food partner, Princi.


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Macy’s annual floral extravaganza returns in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco locations

Macy’s annual floral extravaganza returns in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco locations


  • Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase a Floral Spectacular In New York City, Chicago and San Francisco
  • Sunday, March 26 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Step right up to get a front row view of lush gardens celebrating the color and whimsy of Carnival as the Macy’s Flower Show® welcomes the renewal of spring. Macy’s (NYSE:M) annual floral extravaganza sprouts once again at three flagship locations nationwide including Herald Square in New York City, State Street in Chicago, and Union Square in San Francisco. From Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 9, 2017, Carnival, the theme of this year’s exhibition will transport more than a million spectators into a world of imagination, filled with brilliantly-hued flora expertly landscaped into breathtaking gardens that bring the magic of a traveling roadshow to life.

“As we celebrate the renewal of the spring season, this year’s Macy’s Flower Show will take spectators on a trip through a classic fair, where the deep colors, patterns and displays recreate everyone’s favorite carnival elements. From the big top to the fun house with thrilling stops on a rollercoaster and Ferris wheel, ‘Carnival’ will surprise and delight more than a million spectators who step into these floral wonderlands at our three flagship stores,” said Susan Tercero, group vice president, special productions/Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group.

At the center of the spring celebration, a colorful two-tiered carousel complete with animated column horses will bloom with thousands of rhododendrons, bromeliads and other exotic flora, welcoming guests into the funhouse atmosphere. As spectators walk through the midway, they will see a kaleidoscope of color as the world of Carnival reveals classic fair favorites, including a roller coaster, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and games of whimsy, all recreated using more than 5,000 types of florals and plants.

For more than 70 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe. Native to many different landscapes, Macy’s Flower Show features floral material blooming in unison despite their unique climatic DNA. Taking root in unexpected settings such as store countertops, windows and specially-designed architecture, including grand bridges, columns and topiaries, Macy’s Flower Show is staged in unique fashion at each of the three locations nationwide.

In addition to the floral wonder, spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of special in-store events, including floral, food and fashion demonstrations, celebrity appearances, and more during the two weeks the show is in full bloom.

Macy’s springtime tradition is made possible nationally thanks to partners Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and the Sino-American Friendship Association.

Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show will be open during regular store hours.

For additional information about these events contact the Macy’s Flower Show Hotline at (212) 494-4495, or visit

Orlando Veras

Christine Olver Nealon

Source: Macy’s


CBRE Cares and Rebuilding Together to continue repairs at the Sylvia Family Shelter in Chicago

Los Angeles, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc., through its corporate philanthropy program, CBRE Cares, will partner with national housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to continue repairs at the Sylvia Family Shelter in Chicago, Illinois, during its annual CBRE Women’s Networking Forum. This will be the group’s second large-scale volunteer project in as many years at this facility.

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, more than 200 CBRE Women’s Network members and Chicago-area CBRE employees will work alongside the local Rebuilding Together affiliate, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, to provide additional upgrades to the North Side community shelter.

The Sylvia Family Shelter, which is part of the Cornerstone Community Outreach nonprofit, supports families of all types, offering shelter and services to mothers with children, as well as fathers, and families with teens. It serves more than 130 single-parent, two-parent and inter-generational families. It is also one of the few homeless shelters in Chicago that allows fathers to remain with their children.

The volunteer projects at the facility will include deep cleaning, patching and painting walls, organizing donated items, and making improvements to update the common area. Volunteers will also perform some light construction work.

“CBRE Shelter Program projects are an important part of our annual Women’s Networking Forum,” said Lisa Konieczka, Women’s Network chairperson and executive vice president in CBRE’s Chicago office. “It’s a rewarding opportunity for members to roll up their sleeves and work alongside our partners at Rebuilding Together to help the community here in Chicago. By improving the Sylvia Family Shelter, we are also improving the lives of the families who call it home.”

“Through CBRE’s Shelter Program, over 5,000 employees have donated countless hours to volunteer with Rebuilding Together and provide community residents throughout the United States with a safe and healthy place to live,” said Caroline Blakely, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “By renovating the Sylvia Family Shelter, CBRE employees will continue to build on that tradition and ensure homeless families in Chicago can continue to receive the services they need.”

To find out more about CBRE’s Shelter Program and partnership with Rebuilding Together, visit

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 2015 revenue).  The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 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

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at

Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

AmazonFresh expands to Chicago and Dallas

  • Customers can shop for fresh groceries, beauty products, household goods, and more – all for same-day or next-day delivery, seven days a week
  • So far this year, AmazonFresh has also launched in Northern Virginia, Boston, Baltimore, and London, and expanded service in New York, New Jersey,Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, West Virginia and areas of Northern California including Oakland,Fresno, Santa Rosa, Stockton, and Walnut Creek
  • For a limited time, new AmazonFresh customers can start a 30-day free trial and receive $25 off their first order of $75 or more by entering FRESH25 at checkout

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 26, 2016) announced that AmazonFresh has expanded to Chicago and Dallas. These new cities add to the growing list of regions where AmazonFresh is available, including recently-launched Northern Virginia, Boston, Baltimore, and London. AmazonFresh is also available in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Stamford, Trenton, seven regions across California – Los Angeles, Riverside,San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton – and more.

With AmazonFresh, customers can combine grocery and other shopping into one seamless experience that easily fits into their busy lives. Customers can order a wide range of items, including everything from fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy products to beauty products and household goods. AmazonFresh offers same-day or next-day delivery, with convenient delivery windows, including the option of either attended or unattended delivery. Customers can place an order in the morning and have it delivered as early as that same evening, or order before going to bed and have the items on their doorstep in time for breakfast the next day.

“We continue to expand AmazonFresh into new regions so that more and more customers can take advantage of the service,” said Ben Hartman, VP of AmazonFresh. “Whether they are busy with family, work, travel, or something else, we believe all Prime members will enjoy the convenience and flexibility of AmazonFresh, in addition to the vast selection and low prices that the service offers.”

Customers can use AmazonFresh for just $14.99 per month as an Add-on to their Prime membership. Plus, for a limited time, new customers can start a 30-day free trial of AmazonFresh and receive $25 off their first order of $75 or more by entering FRESH25 at checkout.

More About AmazonFresh

Convenience: Customers enjoy unlimited delivery with the new monthly AmazonFresh membership. They can also easily shop AmazonFresh from anywhere using the mobile Amazon App. In addition, AmazonFresh customers who are not currently in a free trial can now get the all-new Amazon Dash for free with first use. The Amazon Dash is an easy-to-use shopping device that allows customers to effortlessly shop from anywhere in their home by voice search or barcode scanning. After buying the device for $20, customers will receive a $20 credit the first time they use the device.

Low Prices: Not only does Amazon offer low prices across its entire selection, including fresh groceries, but customers can also shop discounts and special offers daily through AmazonFresh.

Vast Selection: In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy products, customers can choose from a wide range of pet supplies, baby items, beauty products, and selection made exclusively for AmazonFresh customers like the Single Cow Burger, a new high-quality beef product. AmazonFresh also offers products from popular local shops and restaurants in each region through the Local Market program.

Get Started: To use AmazonFresh, customers can simply go to and sign up for a free 30-day trial of the service. After the free trial, Prime members can continue to shop AmazonFresh for a monthly fee of $14.99.

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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

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t0 chosen to exhibit in the 2016 Innovators Pavilion at FIA Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18-20

SALT LAKE CIT, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — t0 announced that it is one of 18 companies chosen to exhibit in the 2016 Innovators Pavilion at the Futures Industry Association’s (FIA) Futures and Options Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18-20. Innovators Pavilion showcases startup companies providing forward-thinking solutions for the futures, options and cleared swaps industry.

Of the 18 exhibitors, five FIA Innovators will be chosen to take part in a Meet the Innovators competition in which each company will have five minutes to pitch its services to Expo attendees. Following the competition, a panel of judges will select one company as the FIA Innovator of the Year and award that firm a prize of cash and other resources valued at more than $20,000. t0 was selected from a competitive pool of applicants.

Jonathan Johnson, president of Medici Inc., the parent company of t0, expressed satisfaction at receiving external validation of the hard work going into the t0 product.

“We’re working overtime to achieve the blockchain equivalent of the moonshot,” said Johnson. “Having an organization of the stature of FIA recognize our work is a very meaningful accomplishment, for the entire group.”

“Progress in our industry is being driven by forward-thinking companies like t0,” said Rob Creamer, FIA board member and chairman of the FIA Principal Traders Group, who chaired the Innovators Pavilion selection committee. “Through Innovators Pavilion, FIA is forging networks between pioneering startups, a diverse community of market participants, and venture capitalists focused on fintech.”

With more than 5,000 people attending each year, the FIA Expo is the largest gathering of derivatives industry professionals in the world. Attendees include senior executives from brokerage firms, exchanges, trading firms and service providers, and the exhibit hall – where t0 will also be represented – typically attracts more than 100 firms as exhibitors.

Medici, Inc. is’s majority-owned financial technology subsidiary, focusing on applying blockchain technology to solving important financial transaction problems, particularly in the area of securities settlement. made financial history in June 2015 as the first public company to issue a private security using blockchain technology. In December 2015, the SEC declared parent company’s S-3 filing effective, giving the ability to issue blockchain shares in a public offering.

t0 (pronounced tee-zero) is a majority owned subsidiary of, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (FinTech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as blockchain technologies. Since its inception in October of 2014, has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology. More information is available at

About, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name  Overstock ( and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

About FIA
FIA is the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets, with offices in London, Singapore and Washington, D.C. FIA’s membership includes clearing firms, exchanges, clearinghouses, trading firms and commodities specialists from more than 48 countries as well as technology vendors, lawyers and other professionals serving the industry. FIA’s mission is to support open, transparent and competitive markets, protect and enhance the integrity of the financial system, and promote high standards of professional conduct. As the principal members of derivatives clearinghouses worldwide, FIA’s member firms play a critical role in the reduction of systemic risk in global financial markets.

For more information, contact Heather Vaughan at +1 202-466-5460.

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Amazon adds Merz Apothecary to Prime Now one-hour delivery service in Chicago

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 15, 2016) announced Prime Now has added its first beauty brand to the one-hour delivery service with Chicago-based store, Merz Apothecary. Starting today, Prime members in Chicago can now shop all their favorite Merz Apothecary items such as personal care, beauty and natural health products and have those items conveniently delivered right to their door in as little as an hour.

“Merz Apothecary is a family-owned, iconic destination in the Windy City and we think customers will love the convenience of superfast delivery of thousands of beauty items,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Prime Now. “We are excited to launch this new product offering in Chicago with such a beloved local brand.”

“We have thrived in business for 141 years by focusing on our customer needs, and we believe Prime Now is a natural extension of this customer-centric approach,” said Anthony Qaiyum, owner of Merz Apothecary. “As the owner of an independent, family-run business, I am especially excited for us to be able to combine our unique products and our expertise in our field with Amazon’s unrivaled delivery operations. I think it is a recipe for customer satisfaction and business growth.”

In Chicago, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon in addition to local restaurant and grocery delivery. There are more than 180 local restaurants available through the service in Chicago and Amazon also offers delivery from local grocery stores Eataly and Plum Market. Through Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in the Chicago area.

Learn more about Amazon Prime Now at

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About Merz Apothecary

Established in Chicago in 1875, Merz Apothecary is a pharmacy dedicated to offering the world’s best selection of unique and natural products for health, beauty and personal care along with knowledgeable and caring service. After three generations of ownership by the Merz family, the store was purchased by the Qaiyum family in 1972. Ten years later, Abdul Qaiyum moved Merz to its current flagship location in Lincoln Square where it has become a cornerstone of the community. In 1998, Smallflower was launched as Merz’s ecommerce and catalog brand, to serve its rapidly growing national customer base. Merz Downtown, the company’s second store, was opened in 2003 in Chicago’s Loop, currently located at the main entrance of the historic Palmer House Hotel. In late 2014, Merz debuted Q Brothers, the men’s shop at Merz Apothecary, adjoining the flagship store in Lincoln Square, quickly becoming the country’s premier destination for traditional wet shaving, men’s grooming, and independent fine fragrance. With more than 14,000 products and over 140 years of experience, Merz Apothecary is a veritable Chicago landmark and must-shop destination for locals and travelers alike.

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Kantar Retail and SMI to present eye tracking virtual shopping experience at Path to Purchase Expo in Chicago, September 20-22

Boston, MA and Teltrow, Germany, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kantar Retail, the global retail and shopper specialist, has teamed up with innovators in eye tracking SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), to create a virtual shopping experience that provides precise shopper data in a fully controlled environment.

The technology, which utilizes the top-selling Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) modified with SMI’s eye tracking platform to give real-time information about a shopper’s visual attention in a virtual store, will be introduced at the Kantar Retail booth, #601, during the Path to Purchase Expo in Chicago, September 20th through the 22nd.

Immersive Eye Tracking reveals new insights as to how consumers react to signage, displays, products and packaging. This behavioural information can be used to optimize marketing campaigns, product launches, category reviews or merchandising solutions.

From the eye-tracking for market research perspective, VR adds a new dimension to shopper studies – total 360° immersion. Such immersive environments are easily manipulated and can be perfectly replicated anywhere in the world. Earlier in 2016 in London, SMI and Kantar trialed the eye tracking HMD using a virtual fast food environment with encouraging results.

Kantar Retail will showcase the technology’s capability through live demos at their booth. Participants will be moved through the virtual store with instructions to find a target product on the shelf display.

At the end of P2PX 2016, SMI will aggregate and process the data accumulated during the event with Kantar Retail analyzing and interpreting the research for publication.

About Kantar Retail
We are the retail and shopper specialists. We are a leading retail and shopper insight, consulting and analytics and technology business and part of Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP. We work with leading brand manufacturers and retailers to help them sell more effectively and profitably. At Kantar Retail, we track and forecast over 1,000 retailers, globally and have purchase data on over 200 million shoppers. Amongst our market leading reports are the annual PoweRanking survey and the Digital Power Study. Kantar Retail works with over 400 clients and has 26 offices in 15 markets around the globe.

For further information, please visit, or find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About SMI
SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) has been a world leader in eye tracking technology for 25 years, developing and marketing eye & gaze tracking systems for scientists and professionals, as well as OEM and medical solutions for a wide range of applications. Find out more at Follow @SMIeyetracking on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.

Contact for Kantar Retail media queries in the U.S.:
William Daddi
Daddi Brand Communications
Office: 1-646-370-1341

Contact for Kantar Retail media queries in Europe:
Victoria Bradshaw
Global Communications Manager
Office: +44 (0) 1372 825 391

Contact for SMI:
SensoMotoric Instruments GmbH (SMI)
Tim Stott
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Whole Foods Market acquires and plans to improve the empty lot just north of the Whole Foods Market Sauganash location in Chicago

Whole Foods Market purchases and paves empty lot near Sauganash store

Chicago, IL, 2015-3-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today that it has purchased and plans to improve the empty lot just north of the Whole Foods Market Sauganash location at 6020 N. Cicero Avenue in Chicago. This newly paved lot will allow Whole Foods Market to better serve its customers and the greater Sauganash community.

“While we’re excited about being able to offer more convenient parking for our customers from the Sauganash community, what we’re most excited about are all of the other uses for this space,” said Lisa Staiger, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Sauganash. “We’re discussing a lot of community focused ideas including hosting family movie nights, local vendor fairs, and outdoor barbeques.  This will help us celebrate the people that make Sauganash so amazing and support the incredible food artisans from our neighborhood and beyond.”

Whole Foods Market expects enhanced benefits to the greater Sauganash community in this newly paved lot. Landscaping is planned for the space keeping in character with the surrounding neighborhood. Whole Foods Market expects to be able to offer the space for community-based activities including outdoor local vendor fairs and other events intended to bring members of the neighborhood together.

The new parking lot will improve traffic flow at the entrance of the store along with improved ingress and egress from Cicero Avenue. Whole Foods Market customers will enjoy faster access to the store for their weekly grocery shopping or the last minute trip for a forgotten item. The enhanced LED lighting will add to increased visibility and security at the site.

The paving is expected to be complete by fall of 2015.


Whole Foods Market acquires and plans to improve the empty lot just north of the Whole Foods Market Sauganash location in Chicago

Whole Foods Market acquires and plans to improve the empty lot just north of the Whole Foods Market Sauganash location in Chicago