ShopRite Supermarkets celebrates the grand opening of its first store in Rensselaer County

Florida, NY, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States, announced the grand opening of its new 55,000-square foot ShopRite of North Greenbush. The doors opened yesterday after an early morning ribbon cutting at the store located at US 4 and NY RT. 43 North in the Van Rensselaer Square shopping center.

The ShopRite of North Greenbush – the first store in Rensselaer County for the supermarket chain – features a large selection of fresh produce, natural and organic products and ShopRite’s low, everyday prices. The store also adds over 175 jobs to the local economy.

To further celebrate the grand opening and its commitment to the local community, ShopRite of North Greenbush made special donations to the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans, a nonprofit organization that aids and assists veterans and their families in the Capital Region, along with a local food pantry.

“We are pleased to announce our expansion in the Capital Region with the opening of our North Greenbush store,” said Brett Wing, president and chief operating officer, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “This store, its product offerings and services will allow us to better serve the needs of local shoppers and enhance their overall shopping experience. We look forward to providing the outstanding customer service, variety, value, low prices and convenient amenities that ShopRite is known for.”

ShopRite of North Greenbush will provide customers with a full-service supermarket featuring a broad array of groceries containing both private label items and national brands, daily deliveries of fresh produce – with a large variety of conventional and organic produce from both around the corner and the world – and a range of locally sourced products.

Store amenities include:

  • Bakery Department

The from-scratch fresh bake shop features store made special occasion cakes, fresh store made doughnuts and artisan bread void of artificial flavor, colors and preservatives, in addition to gourmet cakes, fresh pastries and other sweet treats.

  • Produce Department Including Locally Grown Products

The Produce Department offers the largest variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in the marketplace, delivered seven days per week, including a large selection of organically grown produce from around the corner and around the world, along with locally grown items delivered fresh from nearby farms. A broad array of hand cut fruits and vegetables is also available, ready to eat at an affordable price point to cut on recipe prep time or provide convenient grab-and-go snacks for the road.

  • Meat Department Equipped with Local Beef Program

ShopRite’s all-new Meat Department features fresh meat cut to order and a variety of organic and natural selections, grass fed offerings, ready to cook signature items and simply sourced products including a new Local Beef Program. The “Butcher’s Best” case features store-cut, value-added and specialty items, all hand-cut in-store by ShopRite’s professional Butchers, who are on duty daily to custom cut any request and answer any questions.

  • Fresh Seafood Department

The full-service department features fresh seafood delivered daily, seven days per week, with safety and freshness standards that are second to none. The store carries 45 varieties of fresh fish, and has seafood specialists available to help with selection and recipe ideas.

  • Prepared Foods and Deli Department

Customers can enjoy an assortment of prepared foods and grab-and-go items, including fresh-made sushi, fresh-prepared Pan-Asian dishes, Boars Head Brand® and Black Bear deli products, sandwiches made to order and over 300 varieties of domestic and international cheeses.

  • A Fresh Floral Selection for Every Season

ShopRite of North Greenbush will feature a floral department with experts available to help design and create the perfect arrangement to brighten any occasion.

The ShopRite of North Greenbush also offers a variety of services to help customers save on time, including Mobile Scan, a free service that takes shoppers beyond the traditional self-checkout lane to self-checkout as you go, allowing customers to use the camera on their personal mobile device (iOS or Android) to scan barcodes of items as they shop; self-checkout lanes; and the ShopRite Deli & More app (available for iOS or Android), which allows customers to place their deli order ahead of time for in-store pickup. The online ShopRite from Home® service will also be available to customers. ShopRite associates personally shop those online grocery orders and customers can pick up their groceries at the store.

With emphasis on reducing its eco-footprint, the new store incorporates energy efficient refrigeration and lighting throughout, including glass doors on all dairy and freezer cases and LED lighting throughout the store and its parking lot. ShopRite of North Greenbush has invested in a Second Nature refrigeration technology system, which uses carbon dioxide, an all-natural refrigerant that is harmless to the environment, as a coolant. Second Nature technology provides a sustainable reduction of 700 pounds of environmentally-unfriendly refrigerant from the store. Over 10 years, this results in a total carbon footprint reduction of over 1.5 million pounds – the equivalent of removing 20 cars from the road for 10 years.

The new ShopRite of North Greenbush will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM and Sunday from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. operates 34 stores in New York and New Jersey.

About ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. owns and operates 34 ShopRite stores in New York and New Jersey. ShopRite Supermarkets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States with more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout six states. ShopRite Supermarkets builds and maintains shopper loyalty by connecting with customers through outstanding customer service, supporting the core needs within the communities we serve and by executing merchandising and operational standards. ShopRite Supermarkets partners with local communities to support many organizations, including veteran, children and faith-based groups.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $43 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. For more information, please visit

Source: ShopRite

Starbucks opens its first store in Jamaica

Starbucks opens its first store in Jamaica


  • Starbucks and Caribbean Coffee Baristas Limited, a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group, have opened Jamaica’s first Starbucks® store at Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay
  • Up to 15 Starbucks® stores expected to open over the next five years with a focus on creating local jobs, delivering a unique customer experience, and supporting the region’s coffee producers
  • Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee featured, marking key milestone in company’s long history of sourcing coffee from Jamaica
  • Starbucks Jamaica to work with MultiCare Youth Foundation to support job training for disadvantaged youth

Montego Bay, JAMAICA, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today (November 21, 2017)  opened its first store in Jamaica and entered its 76th market globally, marking a historic milestone for the global coffee company’s Caribbean operations and its storied history of sourcing the highest quality coffee from the region going back more than four decades.

The new café, located at Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, offers customers an inviting destination to relax, unwind and connect in one of the area’s most iconic neighborhoods. Featuring custom artwork by local artist Fiona Godfrey, the store’s unique design pays tribute to Jamaica’s history and rich coffee heritage. Customers can enjoy a wide range of Starbucks beverages and food, including its signature handcrafted hot and cold espresso beverages made with 100 percent arabica coffee. To mark this historic opening, the company is also featuring Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee, a long-time favorite with Starbucks customers in the U.S. and Canada.

“As a company that has worked for many decades with Jamaica’s coffee growing communities, we are honored to have the opportunity to work our local business partner Caribbean Coffee Baristas to open our first store in the beautiful island nation of Jamaica,” said Ricardo Rico, Starbucks general manager and vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, who attended the opening celebrations in Montego Bay. “For Starbucks, this is an opportunity to build on more than forty years of the best in-store experience to customers around the globe that is rooted in high-quality coffee and our engaged, knowledgeable baristas. Our new Starbucks Jamaica partners (employees) are ready to welcome customers, as we mark the beginning of this exciting chapter in the Caribbean market.”

Starbucks® stores in Jamaica are operated by Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd., a joint venture between Ian Dear, Chief Executive Officer of leading restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group and Adam Stewart, who is also Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International. Together, they plan to open up to 15 locations in Jamaica over the next five years, with a shared commitment towards creating opportunities for Starbucks employees, delivering a unique and unmatched customer experience, and supporting the region’s coffee producers. Following Montego Bay, the company expects to open in Kingston in 2018.

“As a leading Caribbean hospitality group, our achievements have always been guided by listening, responding and delivering on our customers’ expectations,” said Dear. “Bringing Starbucks, a globally recognized and respected brand, to our Jamaican shores, is a natural progression for us.  We pledge to continue providing the high standards that we and Starbucks are known for. This is another occasion for us to create fantastic opportunities, for everyone involved, and to create another global platform for our locally-grown Blue Mountain Coffee.  We know that this venture will be highly successful, and we look forward to an exciting future with Starbucks.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Starbucks to Jamaica and bring the Starbucks Experience to customers on the island,” said Stewart. “Through our shared values, including our dedication to delivering the best customer experience, commitment to be an employer of choice, and operating responsibly in the communities we serve, we aim to create a truly unique coffeehouse experience here in Jamaica.”

“In addition, I believe that Starbucks, with its long-standing love of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, represents one of the greatest opportunities for the incremental growth in the export of our locally-grown coffee,” said Stewart.

Honoring Jamaica’s Rich Heritage through Coffee and Design

In celebration of Starbucks launch in the market, customers can now enjoy Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee – a rare and exceptional coffee grown by Amber Estate farms in the Blue Mountain region, and roasted exclusively at the state-of-the-art Starbucks Reserve™ Roastery in the company’s hometown of Seattle. The company also plans to source Jamaican coffee for single origin coffees and blends for its stores in other markets across Latin America, and connect agronomists and technical experts from the Starbucks Global Agronomy Center to coffee producers in Jamaica.

“This coffee is an opportunity for us to recognize and thank Jamaica’s coffee growing community for their continued partnership on this special single origin coffee, while introducing our first customers in Jamaica to a very special part of Starbucks own coffee journey – an amazing coffee that is roasted in our one and only Starbucks Reserve Roastery back home in Seattle,” said Rico.

In addition, through a unique store design, the new Starbucks café’ showcases the iconic brand while also celebrating the Jamaican people and their rich culture and heritage. The 1,200-sq.-ft. space sits within the protected Montego Bay Marine Park at Doctor’s Cave Beach, one of the most treasured and renowned beaches in Jamaica. The store features distinctly local design elements such as pickled-wood vaulted ceilings and louvered windows, preserved from their original state and enriched to create an authentic beachside café experience.

Custom artwork from locally based artist Fiona Godfrey is featured throughout the space. Godfrey, an Irish artist who has called Jamaica home for more than 25 years, created a custom mural for the new Starbucks® store featuring a lion, which she notes is the “perfect icon to create a sense of place in Starbucks Montego Bay” as well as the Doctor Bird, a national symbol for Jamaica. The juxtaposition of the small bird and the majestic lion, echo a popular expression in the country – “We likkle but we tallowah” – to show that while Jamaica is a small nation it has had a huge global impact across the arts, culture, sports, coffee and more. Godfrey also incorporated Jamaica’s famous misty blue mountains in the background of her mural – a bow to world-renowned Jamaican coffee.  A familiar local greeting of “hail up,” hand-painted by local company Carlton & Sons Signs and Graphix and local artist Sheridan Burgess, greets customers as they enter the store, and a well-wishing “walk good” meets customers at the end of the coffee bar.

The color palette of Godfrey’s mural draws from the colors of Jamaica – black, green, yellow and red – with touches of gold and ochre for the lion’s face. “Jamaicans love gold, and we win a lot of it,” said Godfrey. Similar gold touches can be found throughout the new store. The coffee bar is covered in walnut panels that feature subtle gold-painted reveals, the backwall granite is embedded with delicate gold flecks, and an excerpt from Jamaican poet Reginald M. Murray’s “The Song of the Blue Mountain Stream” is hand-painted in gold, serving as a backdrop as Starbucks baristas craft beverages at the Espresso Bar.

“Fiona did such a beautiful job on the mural for this store, and from the first conversation we had with her, we knew she would be the one to give this store its soul,” said Denise Rodriguez, design manager for the Starbucks store in Jamaica. “The lion is meant to represent the heart and spirit of the Jamaican people. He’s not a fierce or intimidating lion, he’s majestic and mighty, but gentle and caring – connecting eyes with the hummingbird, or Doctor Bird as it’s locally called, and embracing her, acknowledging her, and respecting her. The hummingbird is not threatened by the powerful lion, as they are proudly harmonious, much like Jamaica itself.”

Creating Opportunities for Jamaican Youth

Starbucks has a long history going back more than forty years of investing in the communities it serves worldwide by creating opportunities for young people, particularly those in underserved communities. The company plans to similarly partner with Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd. in Jamaica to support initiatives aimed at connecting young men and women in the community with the resources and support they need to succeed. Starbucks partners recently volunteered at the Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home, painting and refurbishing the orphanage. The company is also looking at ways to support food donation and book and clothing drives.

In line with its global efforts to connect youth to economic opportunities, Starbucks plans to work with the MultiCare Youth Foundation to develop a Life and Work Skills training program for local youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a focus on 16- to 29-year-olds who are not in school or employed. With funding from The Starbucks Foundation, the program is intended to support youth in both Montego Bay and Kingston and will include customer service skills training to ensure youth are ready to access employment in the retail, service, or hospitality industries. By working with the MultiCare Youth Foundation, Starbucks also plans to include volunteer opportunities for partners to serve as mentors to participating youth.

Starbucks has operated stores in the Caribbean since 2002, when it opened its first store in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan. It now operates in six Caribbean markets, including the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, and now Jamaica. For Starbucks, which first opened in 1971 in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, the opening in Jamaica marks its 17th market in the Latin America and Caribbean region and 76th global market.


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


H&M opens its first store in Georgia

H&M opens its first store in Georgia


The long-awaited store finally opened its doors at 12:00 November 18th. One of the world’s largest fashion retailers H&M greeted nearly 2000 fashion lovers who was lining up from 5 AM in the morning to be among the first to grab the latest fashion. The 3000 square metre store which spans over three levels, houses a selection of fashion and accessories for men, women, youth and kids.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The earliest H&M customers were welcomed with coffee, water and snacks. The lucky first 1003 customers entering the store received gift cards, including 200 GEL to the 1st in line, 100 GEL to the 2nd and 50 GEL to the 3rd in line and the rest 1 000 received 30 GEL. The 1003 fans also received a limited edition tote bag as a gift celebrating the opening of the store. Customers also received 20% off the entire assortment, all day. Charismatic Tv presenter Irakli Makatsaria and actress Salome Kokuashvili  together with popular DJ Rembo, counted down to the opening. H&M joyous staff team performed a lively dance in honor of opening of the first store in Georgia. Claudia Oszwald, the Country Manager for H&M Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Georgia together with Store Manager officially cut the red ribbon and welcomed the first eager shoppers.

 “We have been waiting for this day for a long time now and we are very happy to see so many H&M admirers in Tbilisi! I am so proud to welcome shoppers to our very first store and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers added value through fashion, quality and sustainability at the best price,” says Claudia Oszwald.

The H&M Tbilisi store is located at Galleria Tbilisi, Rustaveli Avenue 2/4 with regular opening hours Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am- 22:00 pm. At H&M fashion never sleeps!


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Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54



Debenhams opens its first store in Australia

Debenhams opens its first store in Australia


  • The store’s small-format layout – across two storeys and 3600sqm – is the first of its kind for Debenhams and is a notable shift away from the traditional department store format in Australia.
  • David Smith, Debenhams’ Managing Director, International, said:“International expansion in key markets is a strategic priority for the business. Shoppers in Australia spend more than $5.1 billion on fashion and $8.0 billion on beauty products a year¹ – add that to the fact that we know that our offering resonates and the next logical step for the business was to open a store in Australia”.

London, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading British retailer, Debenhams is extending its global footprint with the opening of its first store in Australia today (24 October).

The store in Melbourne is the first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group.

The store’s small-format layout – across two storeys and 3600sqm – is the first of its kind for Debenhams and is a notable shift away from the traditional department store format in Australia. The store features a unique mix of clothing and products from the retailer’s extensive portfolio of household British designer names including Jasper Conran, Julien Macdonald, Preen, Savannah Miller, Matthew Williamson and Jenny Packham. In-store services include style suite, beauty rooms and café.

David Smith, Debenhams’ Managing Director, International, said: “International expansion in key markets is a strategic priority for the business. More than 20 million shoppers visit our 175 UK and ROI stores each year and this includes a huge number of Australian consumers.

“Shoppers in Australia spend more than $5.1 billion on fashion and $8.0 billion on beauty products a year¹ – add that to the fact that we know that our offering resonates and the next logical step for the business was to open a store in Australia.”

Graham Dean, Managing Director of Debenhams Australia, said the international retailer has brought more than two centuries of experience and success to the opening of Debenhams St Collins Lane.

“The opening of Debenhams St Collins Lane is an evolution of our success with the Australian market, with online sales to Australia already the largest outside of the United Kingdom. We have a track record of getting retail right – Debenhams St Collins Lane is not a traditional store, and we are confident in this new offering in a popular area of the Melbourne CBD.”

Debenhams St Collins Lane opened yesterday and joins a portfolio of 243 Debenhams stores across 28 countries worldwide. The store will trade in line with CDB trading hours.

Debenhams Press Office
020 3549 6420

Source: Debenhams


Stella McCartney opens her first store in Florence, Italy

Florence, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stella McCartney opens her first store in Florence on Via dei Tosinghi 52r within the city’s historic center a stone throw away from the famous Basilica di Santa Maria Novella.  The brand’s 3rd location in Italy, the Florence store follows in the new design concept introduced at the opening of the Paris Rue Saint Honoré location last month. Two additional stores in the US with the new concept roll out will follow by mid July: South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, and a second store in New York City at 929 Madison Avenue.  This recent retail expansion continues on the brand’s official takeover of their store operations in Hong Kong last summer which included 3 freestanding store locations. The new store designs will reflect the brand’s commitment to sustainability within an intimate, personal and architectural atmosphere.

The new store concept draws inspiration from Stella’s personal archive of images with designs that bring a textural human-scale experience to a retail environment. A considered effort has been made to move away from traditional luxury materials, and to use more handmade, organic and sustainably sourced elements. Bespoke fluted ceramic tiles, reclaimed timber and textural cast concrete intertwine with fun surprises in the designer’s signature paired back colour palette.

Contained within 200 square meters over two floors, the new store is fronted by five tall street facing windows that bring in a significant amount of natural light into the raw yet polished space. The interior is defined by a central spiral staircase covered in Fur Free Fur; epitomizing the designer’s stance on cruelty free fashion. An intricate brass rail system connects various product categories of the store and creates a journey throughout the space. The muted backdrop becomes a canvas to showcase the modern and sophisticated women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories including the iconic Falabella bag and the Sneak-Elyse, a new version of the popular Elyse platform shoe, as well as lingerie, swim, kid’s collections and fragrance.

The new Florence freestanding location follows the already existing Milan store at via Santo Spirito 3 and the Rome location at Via Borgognona 6. Additional distribution in Italy includes a shop-in-shop at La Rinascente in Milan and other select multi brand stores as well as online at By the end of July, the designer will have 51 freestanding stores worldwide.


Stella McCartney is a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Stella McCartney and Kering established in 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. The brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, fragrance, kids and adidas by Stella McCartney collections are currently available through 48 other free-standing stores including London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Milan and Shanghai. For additional information, please visit:

Store information:
Via dei Tosinghi, 52r, 50123, Florence

Source: Stella McCartney

Wawa to open its first store in Washington, D.C. in December

  • Wawa Unveils 1st Store Location, Renderings, and D.C. Expansion Plans
  • Wawa Fans Visit Wawa D.C. Fan Celebration Area Outside of Newseum to Share in Festivities

Washington, D.C., 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Wawa Inc. today (June 13, 2017) announced its expansion into the Washington, D.C. market with its first store located at 1111 19th St., N.W. Washington, D.C., set to open in December. To introduce the company to the community before it officially opens its doors, Wawa hosted local developers, real estate teams and local officials at the Newseum for a Community Partnership Event, a networking and educational occasion meant to familiarize the community with Wawa’s offering, people, culture and expected economic and community impact.

During the event, Wawa’s leadership team met with officials and community members to share plans for upcoming expansion into the Washington, D.C., market over the next several years. While Wawa’s Community Partnership event was focused on the Real Estate partners and development community, Wawa fans were encouraged to visit the Wawa D.C. Fan Celebration Area outside the Newseum, which included a number of special elements for Wawa fans who had expressed excitement about Wawa’s entrance into the D.C. market. This included a meet-and-greet with Wawa mascots, Wally and Shorti; a selfie station complete with Wawa props; Wawa giveaways and a live-streaming of the invite-only Community Partnership presentation.

“We are thrilled to start expanding into the Washington, D.C., market and bring our urban store design to this incredible community,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO. “While we currently have stores throughout Virginia and Maryland, we look forward to bringing our unique mix of quality and convenience to residents of our nation’s capital by providing a unique, restaurant-style location created specifically for the D.C. customer.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support from our D.C.-area fans who are already eagerly anticipating Wawa opening in their city, and we can’t wait to open our doors to our D.C. friends and neighbors for the first time this December.”

About Wawa’s D.C. Community Partnership Event

The invitation-only event included local officials, Wawa executives and key community members, who provided an overview of Wawa’s expansion plans. Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens, Wawa Sr. V.P. Chief Real Estate Officer Brian Schaller, and members of Wawa’s Real Estate and Store Operations’ teams provided a glimpse into Wawa’s lengthy history, unique offering, and an overview of expansion plans. Key event happenings included:

– Unveiling of Wawa’s Washington, D.C., store design and first location
– Announcement of plans for continued expansion in the market
– Market projections for the next 2-5 years
– Areas and D.C. neighborhoods being considered

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our expansion throughout Washington, D.C., and provide our unique brand of appetizing convenience to so many new customers,” said Brian Schaller, Wawa’s Sr. VP and Chief Real Estate Officer. “By opening stores within the District, we will expand our brand awareness to the 600,000 residents and 700,000 daytime employees, including 200,000 millennials, who live and work in the District. In addition, we are extremely excited to serve the 21 million visitors who travel to Washington, D.C., each year, many of whom are already familiar with Wawa.”

About Wawa’s First Washington, D.C. Store
Wawa’s first Washington, D.C., store, located on 1111 19th St., will be Wawa’s largest store to date with 9,200 square feet. This one-of-a-kind store will feature the latest in Wawa’s offering with an upscale urban feel, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an interactive digital experience all in the heart of the district. Highlights of the store will include floor-to-ceiling windows; exterior patio seating for customers; upscale, custom interior tables and bar seating, allowing customers to take a moment for themselves; large, interactive screens creating a social experience in-store; free Wifi for Wawa’s busy, on-the-go customers; and Wawa’s largest interior to date, offering Wawa’s signature foods and specialty beverages along with Wawa’s newest offers, including custom salads and nitro cold brew coffee.

Wawa’s Continued Expansion
Wawa plans to open 25 stores in the mid-Atlantic and 25 new stores in the Florida market each year for the next several years, including five to 10 stores in the Washington, D.C., market in the next two to three years. Each new
Wawa store will employ nearly 40 associates, with Wawa’s urban models employing close to 100 associates per store. All of these associate roles are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores. Associates in these full- and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but will have the opportunity to receive educational assistance through tuition reimbursement and stock in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan. Wawa will also continue its ongoing expansion in the surrounding Counties in Maryland and Virginia to further our brand expansion.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in
Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one
of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail &
Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event. Wawa was also designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. A chain of more than 750 stores, Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, freshly made Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.


Source: Wawa Inc.

Starbucks opens its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago

Starbucks opens its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago
Starbucks opens its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago


CHICAGO, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (September 28, 2016) opened its first store in Englewood in the South Side of Chicago at 63rd and Halsted. The store is part of Starbucks nationwide initiative to support local economic development in at least 15 diverse, low- to- medium-income communities by 2018. Three such locations have already opened in Ferguson, Phoenix and the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, NY. Similar to those stores, the new location in Englewood will support efforts to revitalize the community by creating meaningful local jobs, providing a unique in-store job skills training program for youth, and investing in local minority-owned contractors and suppliers. Starbucks also announced plans to expand the national initiative to five new communities in 2017, including neighborhoods in the Baltimore, Birmingham, Long Beach, CA, Miami, and Seattle areas.

“While communities like Englewood have been plagued by crime, poverty, and a severe lack of opportunity, there is in fact a long-term movement underway to revitalize these neighborhoods and return the story to one of hope, resilience and progress,” said Rodney Hines, director for community investments for Starbucks U.S. Retail Operations. “Our goal with this initiative is to show that when the private and public sectors come together to drive meaningful investment, we can create new jobs and economic opportunities that have the potential to reverberate for generations to come. Opening in Englewood is not just an opportunity to grow our business, but to be part of a local solution for social change.”

For Starbucks, the new store in Englewood and others like it form a key part of the company’s long-term commitment to connect opportunity youth – 16-24 year olds who are out of work and school – to jobs. Nationally, 1 in 7 young people are disconnected from the economy, a challenge that is exponentially worse in low-income communities, particularly among people of color. In Englewood, where an estimated 72% of people ages 20-24 are unemployed[1], Starbucks plans to work with local community groups and civic leaders to provide a pathway to opportunity for its local partners (employees) through training and development, career options, and industry-leading benefits that include the opportunity to get an online, tuition-free bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

Starbucks will also work with Teamwork Englewood, a non-profit that brings community services together, to provide a multi-week job skills training program for local youth – based on Starbucks own world-class customer service training curriculum for new hires – in a specially-designed classroom space located within the store. In addition to this training program, Starbucks will work with the community to leverage existing programs that help connect young people with internships, apprenticeships and jobs, and foster the type of dialogue and engagement needed for continued social change.

“Many in the Englewood community believe that our neighborhood is on the rise again,” said Perry Gunn, Executive Director for Teamwork Englewood. “A journey of renewal has begun as investment is returning to the neighborhood.  Yet, one issue that remains a major concern for Englewood is employment. Fortunately, something can be done to change this dismal plight as many of our youth and young adults are seeking training opportunities to prepare them for the world of work. Starbucks in-store training program will serve as an opportunity to set many of our young people up for their first jobs.”

As part of its commitment to investing in the community and partnering with women- and minority-owned businesses, Starbucks is also working with Rachel Bernier-Green, owner of Laine’s Bake Shop, to supply a Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie to the store in Englewood. In addition, the business is supplying baked goods to the nearby Whole Foods, which also opened today in Englewood Square. Bernier-Green, who works with her husband to operate Laine’s Bake Shop, has also started an internship program at her shop that provides job skills for young people and teaches them the basics of baking. Starbucks is working with similar businesses in Phoenix and Ferguson, including Sassy Cakes by Nina and Natalie’s Cakes and More.  Starbucks also worked with Ujamaa Construction Inc., a minority owned general contracting and construction management services company in Chicago’s South Side, for the development of the store’s site at Englewood Square.

In addition, to investing in communities like Englewood and Ferguson, among others, Starbucks is a key driver of the “100,000 Opportunities Initiative” –  the nation’s largest employer-led coalition dedicated to connecting America’s opportunity youth to jobs. This summer the coalition announced it had already hired 100,000 young people two years ahead of schedule, and is now working to hire 1 million opportunity youth over the next three years. Following the coalition’s launch in Chicago last summer, Thrive Chicago, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s local partner organization in Chicago, has hosted two additional job fairs for young people living in Englewood and other communities in the south side of Chicago. Among those hired through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is Hagar Johnson. Since joining Starbucks in August 2015, Johnson has been promoted to shift supervisor, and was recently recruited to join the new team in Englewood as a shift supervisor. She is one of 26 partners working at the new location.

Starbucks Expands its Local Economic Development Initiative to Five New Cities in 2017
Starbucks announced plans to open similar stores in five additional communities, including Baltimore (Dunbar Broadway), Birmingham (Hwy 11 & W Street), Long Beach, CA, the Miami metropolitan area, and White Center in the Greater Seattle Area. The first of these stores is set to open in early 2017 in Baltimore, MD, where Starbucks has been working with local community, civic and business leaders with the collective goal of addressing the opportunity gap facing the city’s young men and women.

“We’ve heard young people share how they didn’t even know about a particular career path,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “So many young people, particularly those in low-income, diverse communities, are limited by what they see in their home and their neighborhoods. These types of training opportunities are such a great way to introduce young people to the workplace and get them ready for that first job. I applaud Starbucks for bringing this unique store concept to our city, and helping connect Baltimore’s young people to our local economy.”

To determine which communities are a good fit for the initiative, Starbucks looks at all the available data on the socio-economic health of America’s cities to understand which communities have the biggest opportunity gaps, which have the biggest need for business investment and leadership, and where there is local movement underway to build a better future for its residents. Starbucks plans to accelerate the development of these stores over the next two years with the goal of opening in at least 15 cities by the end of 2018.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Apple opens first store in Mexico

Apple opens first store in Mexico
Apple opens first store in Mexico


Cupertino, California, 2016-Sep-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Crowds of customers began lining up overnight for the grand opening of Apple Vía Santa Fe, the first Apple Store in Mexico. Saturday’s grand opening marks the first time customers in Mexico City can experience all of Apple’s products and services in one place.

Press Contacts:

Nick Leahy
(408) 862-5012

Amy Bessette
(408) 862-8012

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple


Zara marks entry in Vietnam with first store at Ho Chi Minh City’s Vincom Center

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zara opens its doors to its first store in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City’s Vincom Center. The new store has a total space of 2,400 square meters spread over two floors to include over 1,800 square meters of commercial space. The store displays all the brand’s latest collections (Woman, Basic, TRF, Kids and Man).

Zara’s Vincom Center store showcases an elegant façade which includes full height windows framed by metallic meshing to invite the attention of passers-by. The essence of the new store image can be summed up in four words: beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability. A sleek white surface spans the ceiling and walls so that the limits within the store are no longer defined. This helps to create the illusion of space and freedom while creating a backdrop which enhances the beauty of the fashion creations. The space invites the customer to enjoy as never before the experience of feeling, touching, observing and interacting with the merchandise.

The store at Vincom Center also incorporates all the green-building criteria stipulated by Zara’s parent group Inditex. In accordance with the Group’s environmental plan, Sustainable

Inditex, eco-efficient stores consume 30% less energy and half as much water compared with a conventional store. The Group’s aim is to ensure that all of its stores are eco-efficient by 2020.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex

CarMax celebrates grand opening of its first store in Idaho

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today (September 8, 2016) celebrated the grand opening of its first store in Idaho, located in Meridian at 4043 E. Elden Gray Street.  The Meridian store will stock more than 200 used vehicles of nearly every make and model, and has brought approximately 50 new jobs to the area.

“The Meridian community has been very welcoming to CarMax,” said Louis Cominiello, location general manager at CarMax Meridian. “We are very excited to open our first store in Idaho and bring the simple and stress-free CarMax experience to area customers.”

During today’s grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will be providing a $10,000 grant to Idaho Foodbank Warehouse. The Foodbank created a backpack program to help provide food to children who do not have access to regular meals. The grant will fund backpacks for 1,800 students during the 2016-2017 school year. CarMax associates chose the Idaho Foodbank to receive the grant after volunteering with the organization.

“Our commitment to our local communities is rooted in CarMax’s culture and is a reflection of how passionate our associates are about public service,” said Bill Nash, president and CEO of CarMax. “We are especially excited to support and develop partnerships with area nonprofits that are making a positive impact in the Meridian community.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ). The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $30 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 160 stores in 37 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 22,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contacts:
Beth Singer
CarMax Public Relations
Twitter: @CarMax

Source: CarMax