U.S. Craft Beer Sales Dominate the South American Market

Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mexico has its tequila, Cuba has rum, Brazilians drink caipirinhas and now America has craft beer.  Though the U.K. holds the most breweries per capita, the U.S. remains the largest producer of craft beer with 5,000+ breweries.  In fact, the craft beer revolution has become so strong and established in Europe and North America that the trend has begun trickling southwards and is dominating sales in places like Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.

“Sales of craft beer in Latin America are growing at between 20% and 40% a year, depending on which country you’re in,” said Daniel Trivelli in a 2016 BBC News article.  President of Copa Cervezas de America, one of the region’s biggest craft beer contests, Trivelli said craft beer sales in Chile grew nearly 25% from the previous year, which represented only 2% of the overall beer market in 2016.

Craft beer is a trend the world over, and South America is jumping on the bandwagon as its culinary scene continues to progress at an astounding rate, its craft brewing scene is getting global recognition through its introduction of America’s most popular and beloved flavors.  Here are a few of the popular craft beers from America you can find on your next visit to Central and South America:

Chub Scotch Ale • Oskar Blues Oskar Blues Brewery • Colorado

Oskar Blues Chub Scotch Ale, which was rated amongst the top 50 beers on Ratebeer comes from a funky little brew pub in Longmont, Colorado.  The dark brown color features a beautiful Beige cream reveals notes of cocoa, coffee, dried and smoked dark fruit.  Its potent alcoholic strength of 8% balances well between its sweet and slightly bitter taste.  From the brewery that began the craft-beer-in-a-can craze, the scotch ale tastes strong with big and deliciously complex flavors.

Even More Jesus • Evil Twin Brewing • New York

A black color and a persistent foam contain an aroma espresso, chocolate, and caramel.  This complex beer produced in limited quantities features an intense flavor of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar.  Its sweet flavor, high body, and dry coffee aftertaste are recognizable throughout all 12% of its alcohol volume making it worthy of the vote of one of the best breweries in the world.

Independence Pass Ale • Aspen Brewing Company • Aspen, Colorado

Ideal for the adventurous home cook, the Independence Pass Ale is for the friend in the group who doesn’t like IPAs but wants to look like they like IPAs.  This hoppy yet balanced, high altitude rendition of the classic India Pale Ale style won Gold Medals two years in a row at the World Beer Cup, the most prestigious beer competition in the world.  A major catalyst for Aspen Brewing Company, this high-altitude rendition of the classic IPA boasts an all-around fuller flavor and smells of strong caramelized malts when you pour the off-white, hazy and “chunky” amber body into the pint.

Funk-n-Delicious, Belgian-Style Blueberry Sour Ale • Oceanside Ale Works San Diego  

Tastes as sour as blueberry jack hammer to the tongue with a hazy amber color and a thin, white, frothy head. Dedicated to using only the freshest hops and finest barleys, Oceanside Ale Works gifts to the world a series of Belgian style blonde ales spontaneously fermented with wild airborne yeast Blueberry, Peach, and Strawberry.  The Lambic/Belgian sours, aged in Johannesburg Riesling barrels with organic blueberries, gives off a mild sweet aroma and flavor of Belgian sugar, champagne, and grains.  One of the few remaining manual brew houses in the country, this 20-barrel brewery produces a hand-crafted beer with a 6% ABV you are sure to remember.  Whether you’re relaxing in luxury in Peru’s upscale Miraflores district, soaking up the arts in Sao Paulo, or experimenting with flavors in Argentina the craft beer revolution can be found nearby.

About Velour Imports
Velour Imports Limited Liability Company is an export management company which distributes alcoholic beverages through the solicitation of sales of wine, beer, and ciders to a rising number of luxury resorts and hotels around the world. The staff secures purchase orders from approved distributors, importers and agents, in addition to developing brand recognition to help increase those sales. The organization holds federal and state export licenses in compliance with the laws and regulations that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The company secures compliance, sales authority, and arranges logistics of product directly from manufacturers.

Announcing easy access to American craft beer, Velour Imports sponsored the BeerFluence #localgoesglobal, social media campaign. Running until November 4th, each week features product reviews from a different blogger, homebrewer, or journalist from Brazil, Panama, the Cayman Islands, or the U.S. For full campaign details, or a list of to participating partners, visit velourimports.online.

Amazon.com to open its first Robotics facility in the Centennial State with its second Colorado fulfillment center

New Amazon Robotics facility will employ more than 1,500 full-time associates

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jun. 12, 2017) announced plans to open its second Colorado fulfillment center in Thornton, which will be the first Amazon Robotics facility in the Centennial State. Amazon will create more than 1,500 new full-time associate roles at this facility.

“We are excited to continue growing in Colorado with the new Amazon Robotics fulfillment center in Thornton,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North American Operations. “This facility will utilize Amazon Robotics, vision systems, and more than 20 years’ worth of software and mechanical innovations. We are grateful for the support we have received from state and local leaders who have helped make this project possible.”

Amazon employees will work alongside innovative technologies at the 855,000-plus square-foot fulfillment center picking, packing, and shipping smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

“We are pleased to continue working with Amazon as it grows and creates jobs in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our talented workforce will have the opportunity to learn new, valuable skills with Amazon and work alongside innovative technology. We look forward to the great jobs with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits that Amazon will bring to the state.”

“The City of Thornton is extremely excited Amazon chose to locate this state-of-the art facility in Thornton. Amazon’s commitment to the communities where their fulfillment centers are located is impressive,” said Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams. “They will be the largest employer in Thornton and represent the cutting edge of innovation in the e-commerce market. This highlights what a great location Thornton is for Fortune 500 companies and will continue to advance Thornton’s employment center in the northern part of the City.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners, LLC.

About Amazon

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

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CVS Pharmacy debuts in Colorado

CVS Pharmacy debuts in Colorado


WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced the grand opening of its first ever standalone store in Colorado. The new store at 16920 E. Lincoln Ave in Parker, CO, is the first of three locations to open in the Greater Denver market this year. Parker Mayor Mike Waid, Colorado State Senator Jim Smallwood and State Representative Kim Ransom joined CVS Pharmacy officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the store opening.

“CVS Pharmacy is proud to be a part of the Colorado community, offering convenient access to best-in-class pharmacy services and a shopping experience truly dedicated to helping people on the path to better health,” said Hank Casillas, Senior Vice President of CVS Pharmacy Field Operations. “Because health services and pharmacy are at the heart of everything we do, we have created a shopping destination that offers the best assortment of health, beauty and wellness products and better-for-you snacks.”

Since CVS Pharmacy became the first and only retail pharmacy to remove tobacco from its shelves in 2014, the company has continued to evolve the customer’s shopping experience with a heightened focus on health and beauty. The new Parker store will feature:

  • Best in Class Pharmacy: With personalized programs, a growing network of pharmacists, and innovative digital tools and services, CVS Pharmacy is committed to driving the health and wellbeing of its patients above everything else. With CVS Pharmacy, customers can manage their health with more ease and efficiency and gain access to programs that help them start and stay on their prescriptions while reducing overall health care costs. With the CVS Pharmacy app, patients can be notified when prescriptions are ready for pick-up and order refills digitally by importing their medication history or using the “Scan to Refill” feature that simply scans the prescription’s barcode and orders a refill in one easy step. At each CVS Pharmacy location, local pharmacists are available to discuss medication dosage information and address any patient questions or concerns.
  • Better-For-You Food options: CVS Pharmacy has a carefully curated selection of national and niche better-for-you brands that make healthier eating on-the-go more convenient and affordable. With “trend zones” featuring different collections of foods customers might expect to only find at a specialty food store, such as gluten-free, allergen-free or those featuring super food ingredients, CVS Pharmacy was also recently the first national retail pharmacy chain to announce the removal of artificial trans fats from all exclusive store brand food products.
  • Elevated Beauty: CVS Pharmacy offers the latest innovations and both popular and unexpected beauty brands and products customers can trust at a great value. The company continues to expand its assortment of “on-trend” and niche beauty brands. In addition, the company recently removed all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from its shelves while expanding products with SPF 30/broad spectrum, natural beauty brands and products focused on skin health. By the end of 2019, all parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors in products within the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, Promise Organic and Blade store brand product lines will be removed.
  • Enhanced assortment of health and wellness products: CVS Pharmacy is committed to enhancing the customer shopping experience in the OTC aisles by focusing on important areas of our customers’ lives, like active nutrition, immunity, pain management and sleep, offering holistic solutions and easy navigation through educational signs and displays. The company also features a broader selection of vitamins and supplements, including offerings from specialty brands typically found in specialty stores. To ensure the quality of its product offerings, CVS Pharmacy is embarking on the development of new standards for vitamins and supplements, with the goal of full implementation by 2019. The standards will require third-party testing of ingredient listings for vitamins and supplements, as well as product testing for certain ingredients of concern.
  • Customer-Driven Personalization: The ExtraCare Rewards program is the longest running retail rewards program in the drugstore space, and the program continues to evolve with more than 80 million active members in the country. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans have an ExtraCare card, and CVS Pharmacy continues to bring customers new updates and personalized features like special offers and coupons, and easy paper-free options to use rewards and discounts and get receipts. In addition to getting 2 percent back in ExtraBucks Rewards every time members use their card, customers can also opt-in to earn Beauty ExtraBucks Rewards, where they can earn $5 for every $50 spent in beauty, as well as Pharmacy & Health Rewards, which allows members to earn up to $50 each year by simply filling prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy.

While CVS Pharmacy announced the launch of 39 pharmacies within Target Stores throughout Colorado last year, the new store in Parker opening today offers the first time customers can shop in a CVS Pharmacy retail location in Colorado. Two additional Denver-area locations will open this summer at the following locations:

  • 3770 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver
  • 9936 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton

Greater expansion across the Colorado is planned, with new CVS Pharmacy locations slated to open in Colorado Springs in 2018.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Pharmacy
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DICK’S Sporting Goods to host grand opening celebrations of six new stores in Colorado, Missouri, New York and Texas

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will celebrate the opening of six new DICK’S Sporting Goods Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 in various locations across the country. These openings will bring the retailer’s total, national store count for the chain to 692 locations.

“We look forward to celebrating the grand opening of six new stores in four different states,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Consumer and Digital Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Having an expanded presence in these cities will allow us to better-serve the athletes and outdoor enthusiasts who live there. We hope these communities join us for the celebrations that we have planned.”

DICK’S has brought more than 375 jobs to these markets through the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for the store.

The stores will host their grand opening celebrations from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. Customers will receive the chance to win great prizes throughout the weekend and meet special guests such as New York Safety Landon Collins**, New York Running Back Paul Perkins**, former Houston Wide Receiver Andre Johnson**, former Houston forward Robert Horry**, Denver Defensive Lineman Derek Wolfe** and former Colorado Outfielder Dante Bichette**.

Visit one of the following websites for full details on the Grand Opening celebrations taking place in each local community, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations – dicks.com/LeesSummit, dicks.com/LongIsland, dicks.com/Pearland, dicks.com/Pueblo and dicks.com/DenverWest.

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

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 675 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.


DICK’S Sporting Goods

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Overstock.com urges Colorado legislators to pass an anti-tattletale tax bill

Company urges legislators to avoid backlash over privacy concerns

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) publicly urged Colorado legislators to pass an anti-tattletale tax bill to avoid a public outcry if online retailers are forced to report Colorado citizens’ private online transactions to the state.

“When Colorado’s legislature passed a law requiring retailers to report to the government all Coloradans’ private online transactions, we never thought we’d be staring down the barrel of imminent compliance,” said Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com’s Chairman of the Board. “After seven years of litigation, that’s exactly where we are today.”

Colorado’s tattletale law, which goes into effect July 1, is one of many state measures designed to force or irritate out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes on in-state transactions.  The law states that if a retailer doesn’t collect the tax, then it must report private Coloradan customer transaction data to the state, and also send a report to Colorado customers by first class mail.

Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, observed that when Colorado passed its transaction reporting measure, legislators believed that online retailers would surely collect the tax rather than turn over their sensitive customer data to the state.

However, given the high cost and risk of compliance with 12,000 inconsistent tax regulations nationwide, most retailers have no practical choice but to report transaction data as required.  For many years, Overstock has supported several bills now before the U.S. Congress that would allow states to collect sales taxes, but with a view towards easing the compliance burden of these 12,000 state taxing authorities and their varying laws and regulations.

A recent poll on Colorado law demonstrated that 78% of Coloradans believe that the tattletale law is a clear invasion of their privacy.  Few polls reflect such overwhelming opposition, and Overstock expects that unless the data reporting component is repealed, an enormous citizen backlash is imminent.  While critical of the existing law, Overstock applauded those legislators now sponsoring a bill to repeal the reporting portions of the law as well as some other unreasonable components.

“We regard Overstock’s customer transaction data as some of the most sensitive in the world,” said Johnson.  “Thus, we employ costly and highly advanced technical measures to prevent unlawful access.  But when states pass unwise bills, forcing us to turn over the very data we work hard to protect, all that goes out the window and all bets are off.”

“Given the cost constraints under which most state governments operate, we would think that Coloradans would want to question whether their data will now be safe on state servers—whether those state systems will safeguard it equally as well as it is now safeguarded by the privacy and technical standards employed in private sector,” Johnson went on to explain.

Overstock noted that if the partial repeal bill does not pass, the company will let customers know in advance that their sensitive data will be handed over to the state, and will supply legislative contact information to help customers voice their complaints to local Senators and Representatives.

“We sincerely hope that the Colorado legislature will now act in the high interests of all of its citizens and our customers and pass this important repeal measure before the mandated reporting compliance deadline,” concluded Johnson.

About Overstock.com

Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has turned millions of houses into dream homes as the premier value destination for home goods including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Overstock.com has been a pioneering force in e-commerce since 1999, providing our customers the assortment and convenience they want for less. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world, and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by giving them access to our national customer base. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-K for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on March 3, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Overstock.com, Inc.
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SOURCE: Overstock.com, Inc.

Amazon to create 1,000 new full-time jobs at its first fulfillment center in Colorado

Associates at the new Aurora facility will pick, pack, and ship large-sized customer orders

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jan. 23, 2017) announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Colorado. The one-million square foot facility in Aurora is expected to create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs, which is in addition to the hundreds of associates currently employed at the Amazon sortation center located in the same city.

“We are excited to create 1,000 new full-time jobs in Colorado that pay 30 percent higher than traditional retail jobs and receive comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America Operations. “One of the benefits we are most proud of is Career Choice, in which Amazon pre-pays 95% tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. More than 9,000 employees have pursued degrees through this program and we couldn’t be prouder of their successes.”

“It’s always great news when a company as innovative as Amazon makes an investment in Colorado,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “The company’s announcement of a second facility and many more jobs for our state is something to celebrate. We are thrilled Amazon has discovered our talented workforce here in Colorado and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.”

Amazon employees at the Aurora fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, musical instruments and furniture.

“We knew Amazon coming to Aurora meant the creation of great jobs for this community and the arrival of a strong corporate neighbor,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. “Our community has already benefited from their presence here and the announcement of a second facility is very exciting because it means continued economic growth in Aurora and the surrounding communities. The hundreds of new jobs this facility will create will have a significant positive impact on our city and the wider region.”

“Today’s announcement from Amazon is another vote of confidence for our economic development efforts in Colorado,” said Aurora Economic Development Council President and CEO, Wendy Mitchell. “The City of Aurora’s expedited permitting process was key to this project. I’m thrilled Amazon has chosen to expand its operations here and I am grateful to have Amazon as a corporate partner who is committed to providing our talented workforce with quality jobs.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Hourly employees at Amazon fulfillment centers receive generous maternity and parental leave benefits, which include up to 20 weeks of paid leave, a flexible Ramp Back Program and the Leave Share Program which allows employees to share their paid leave with their spouse or partner.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project was developed by Prologis.

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.

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Kum & Go features its new Marketplace store design at its newest location in Craig, Colorado

New store prototype features fresh food and a variety of fuel options

Craig, CO, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kum & Go opens the doors on Thursday, December 15, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Craig, Colorado, at 700 Victory Way East. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the first store in Colorado to feature the new Marketplace store design which features a variety of unique offerings.  To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive on Thursday morning receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza.

To celebrate the grand opening, a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 16, beginning at Noon. The public is encouraged to attend! Free samples of pizza and made to order sandwiches will be given out.

The centerpiece of the store is an expanded and open food preparation area that customers can see from the moment they enter. Other location features include:

  • Elevated food experience with Kum & Go’s “Go Fresh Market”
  • Open kitchen layout, clear aisles and easy-to-navigate zones
  • Seating inside with heated patio seating outside
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations for customers
  • Designed for LEED-certified status, using energy efficient and sustainable design practices

“This new footprint represents everything that Kum & Go strives to be for our associates and for our customers,” said Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. “This is the evolution of our brand promise and business approach. Now customers can truly experience the “more” that we provide.”

To celebrate the opening, Kum & Go will present checks for $500 each to local non-profits Moffat County Extension Office – 4H Youth Development and Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado.

The store will be open 24 hours a day. The phone number to the store is 970-824-0377.

Kum & Go operates three stores in the Craig area, and 52 in the state of Colorado. Future locations of this new layout are planned for 2016 in Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).


Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
515-457-6266 (office)

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Only Natural Pet expands its presence in Colorado with the opening of its second store in Aspen

Second Flagship Store Joins Boulder Location; Features Paleo-Inspired, Natural Pet Food, Treats, Supplements, Chews and More for Dogs and Cats

BOULDER and ASPEN, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the nation’s leading natural pet lifestyle brands, Only Natural Pet, announced today (Dec. 12, 2016) it is expanding its retail presence in its home state of Colorado with the official grand opening of its second flagship store on Dec. 17 in Aspen. This popular skiing and outdoor recreation community is well-suited for an Only Natural Pet store because the residents, visitors and pets reflect and enjoy the healthy natural lifestyle that is core to the brand.

The Boulder, Colo.-based natural pet food brand said it will open the new 2,000-square-foot Only Natural Pet store on the Cooper Avenue pedestrian mall in the central retail and entertainment district of Aspen. Grand opening events will be held Dec. 17 and 18, just in time for the height of the holiday ski season. The new store will feature a comprehensive collection of Only Natural Pet products including holistic, paleo-inspired natural foods featuring wholesome high-protein recipes that are dehydrated, freeze-dried and air-dried to offer healthy diets that bring dogs and cats back to their ancestral wolf and wildcat roots.

The Aspen store will carry a variety of Only Natural Pet products including pet food, treats, chews, vitamins, supplements and other pet solutions, as well as additional brands that share its natural brand philosophy including home-grown Colo.-based brands such as Hoot & Co. and Down Dog Snacks. The new store will also carry eco-chic gift products like collars, leashes, clothing and toys.

“We are excited to have a retail space that will introduce Only Natural Pet to pet parents in the Aspen area and to serve as a convenient retail option for locals already loyal to the brand,” said Marty Grosjean, founder and CEO of Only Natural Pet. “Aspen was our top choice for our second flagship store as the city’s community of passionate pet owners who seek the natural, wholesome lifestyle for themselves and their pets is a great fit for the Only Natural Pet brand.”

What: Only Natural Pet Aspen Store Grand Opening for Media and Pet Parents (dogs and cats welcome!)
When: Dec. 17-18. Special ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.
Where: 416 East Cooper Ave. in the Cooper Ave. pedestrian mall, Aspen
Grand Opening Details: Product samples, discounts, giveaways and personalized consultations will be offered at each of the three grand opening events*. Dec. 17-18 10 percent of sales from 3-7 p.m. will go to the Aspen Animal Shelter.

The store’s employees spend weeks training to get up-to-date on the latest natural pet food and products to offer the best advice and information to each pet parent visiting the store. The kick-off weekend will be followed by extended grand opening events on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as well as Jan. 14 and 15.

*While supplies last and subject to availability.

About Only Natural Pet

Only Natural Pet is a comprehensive line of natural pet supplies that takes a holistic approach to optimizing the health of dogs and cats. The brand’s product range includes food, treats, vitamins, supplements, grooming, and flea & tick control – all meeting Only Natural Pet’s rigorous ingredient standards to ensure that the products are natural and healthy.

Only Natural Pet’s food and treats are paleo-inspired – meaning high in protein and low in carbs – to mimic the ancestral diets of dogs and cats. The company is focused on fresh ingredients, minimal processing, and small-batch production to provide optimal nutritional value. The brand’s food and treats use quality ingredients such as free-range chicken, wild-caught fish, grass-fed lamb and beef, as well as low-glycemic carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, lentils, and garbanzo beans and real fruits and vegetables such as apples, cranberries, celery, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage and more.

Through the brand’s strict ingredient standards, products do not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners or colors and are generally grain-free. Only Natural Pet’s flea and tick control products are based on natural botanical ingredients, not chemicals or pesticides. As a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, Only Natural Pet is also committed to sustainable and “green” business practices utilizing wind power and carbon offsets.

Only Natural Pet was founded in 2004 in Boulder, Colo., with a commitment to finding the most effective and natural pet products for every facet of a pet’s life. Today, it is a leading online retailer in the natural pet supplies market. The company operates an e-commerce site (onlynaturalpet.com), two flagship retail stores, and a catalog business featuring more than 3,900 products including Only Natural Pet, as well as other leading brands in the natural, organic and eco-friendly pet supply market.

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Golin for PetSmart Inc.
Danielle Bickelmann

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PetSmart opens new store in Sheridan, Colorado; its 1,500th store in North America

New Store Located in Sheridan, Colo., is also First to Feature Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Section: an Expanded Collection of Natural, High-Protein, Grain-Free, Minimally Processed and Raw Nutrition for Pets

PHOENIX, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart announced today (Nov. 16, 2016) it has reached a milestone by opening its 1,500th store in its expanding chain across North America. The store opened its doors this week and is located in Sheridan, Colo. The new location is one of approximately 80 new stores the pet specialty retailer is opening in 2016 in new markets as well as in convenient locations in current markets so PetSmart can serve as the trusted partner to pet parents and their pets in every moment of their lives.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our associates and the community of Sheridan, Colo.,” said Michael Massey, president and chief executive officer, PetSmart. “We are ramping up efforts to expand our retail footprint in North America. At the same time, just last week, we launched the news of our new and improved, mobile-responsive PetSmart.com site, a key omnichannel strategy for us. Our expanding store chain, coupled with our omnichannel strategy, enables us to offer convenient options so pet parents can rely on us to serve their pet lifestyle needs how, when and where they wish.”

The Sheridan store, located in the River Point Shopping Center at 3720 River Point Parkway, features nearly 18,000 square feet of space and is the first store to include a Pinnacle Pet Nutrition section, an expanded collection of pet food products featuring high-protein, natural, grain-free, minimally processed and raw pet food. This pet food type is the fastest growing in the overall pet food category and includes brands such as Only Natural Pet®, a natural pet line that is protein-first, sustainably produced, American-manufactured pet food, as well as a line of supplements and other natural pet solutions. PetSmart is the exclusive national retailer for this natural pet brand.

Pet parents will also find a comprehensive line of pet supply products at the new Sheridan store, as well as useful services such as pet training and adoption services and a full-service grooming salon where dogs and cats receive hands-on care from stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best. All PetSmart groomers are academy trained and safety certified, with PetSmart’s latest grooming graduates completing over 800 hours of hands-on instruction, including grooming 200 dogs under supervision.

With the Sheridan store addition, PetSmart now operates 1,500 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. The Sheridan, Colo., store will host grand opening events for the local community over the next several weekends.

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 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 53,000 associates, operate 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

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CVS Health announces availability of opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone without prescription at all its Pharmacies in Colorado

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Colorado. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Colorado that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Colorado pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Colorado, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states are able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Colorado,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Colorado can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials across Colorado can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
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The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado now open

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado are now open. The pharmacies, located in several metropolitan areas, including Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy.

“We’re excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Colorado,” said Tony Caskey, Area Vice President for CVS Pharmacy. “Our pharmacy care offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients.”

With the addition of 39 rebranded CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores, the company now has its first presence in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of innovative pharmacy care services.

The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Colorado will soon offer the complete suite of pharmacy care and medication management services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores, including ScriptSync and Specialty Connect. ScriptSync, enables patients and caregivers with multiple maintenance medications to pick up all of their eligible prescriptions at the same time in a monthly CVS Pharmacy visit. Specialty Connect, which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, is also now available to patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target locations throughout Colorado. These programs are available to all patients, regardless of their health insurance carrier.

CVS Caremark plan members in Colorado will now be able to access Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location. In addition, Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016.

“As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible,” added Caskey.

Patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target now have access to convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, to help them manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy’s digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders.

CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work. The company has extended that commitment to Colorado with a$50,000 donation to Children’s Hospital Colorado. The funding will be used to support the mission of Children’s Colorado, which is devoted to the health and well-being of children, along with the hospital’s medical, research, education and advocacy programs.

“We congratulate CVS Pharmacy on its expansion into Colorado’s Target stores and are thrilled to have such a committed new community partner join us in our mission to transform child health,” said Cary Larger, senior vice president, community fundraising, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.

In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. All of the pharmacies and clinics have now been converted to CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health’s pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. CVS Health now has a presence in every state.

To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.


Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931


The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado now open

The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores in Colorado now open


SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy