Macerich to participate in the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich® (NYSE: MAC) today (03/05/18) announced that Art Coppola, CEO and Chairman, Ed Coppola, President and Tom O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO will participate in the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Macerich will participate in a roundtable discussion from approximately 2:55 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Interested parties can listen to a live audio only webcast of the discussion on the Macerich website at www.macerich.com (Investing Section). To listen, please go to the website, at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the discussion in order to register.  An online replay of the webcast will be available one hour after the conclusion of the live event and will be available until May 1, 2018.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 53 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor.

A recognized leader in sustainability, Macerich has earned NAREIT’s prestigious “Leader in the Light” award every year from 2014-2017. For the third straight year in 2017 Macerich achieved the #1 GRESB ranking in the North American Retail Sector, among many other environmental accomplishments. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:

Jean Wood
Vice President
Investor Relations
(424-229-33

SOURCE: Macerich

CBL Properties to deliver fresh new eateries at Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, FL, and Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, TN

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2018-Feb-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties (NYSE: CBL) today (2/19/2018) announced plans to add new dining options as part of the redevelopment of two former Sears Auto Centers. The redevelopments will deliver fresh new eateries at both Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Construction on both projects will begin in March with an expected opening this fall.

“CBL is committed to diversifying the uses at our properties to include more dining and other lifestyle options. We are thrilled to move forward with our plans to redevelop the two Sears Auto Centers we acquired last year,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president & CEO, CBL Properties. “This is one of many announcements we look forward to sharing in 2018 detailing the transformation of CBL properties through our redevelopment program.”

Bonefish Grill, Metro Diner, and The Casual Pint will join the mix at Volusia Mall. Additional tenants planned as part of the project will be announced as leases are executed.

Northgate Mall will welcome Tennessee-based Aubrey’s as well as Panda Express as part of the redevelopment.

About CBL Properties

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

Investor Contact:
Katie Reinsmidt
423-490-8301
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Katie.Reinsmidt@cblproperties.com

Media Contact:
Stacey Keating
423-490-8361
Director of Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Stacey.Keating@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL Properties

NCR will host its 17th annual Innovation Conference on October 10-12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

Financial services thought leaders, leading financial institutions and technology partners will converge on Orlando next week at NCR-hosted event

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, will host its 17th annual Innovation Conference on October 10-12, 2017 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Set to the theme of “Connected Experiences”, attendees will gain insights to deliver unparalleled customer experiences and create stronger connections with consumers, small businesses and peers, while solving real business challenges.

The three-day event will feature keynote presentations from JP Nicols, internationally recognized advisor on innovation, strategy and leadership for the future of financial services and managing director of Fintech Forge, and Mick Ebeling, a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year award winner and chief executive officer of Not Impossible, an organization that develops creative solutions to address real-world problems.

“Rapid change in consumer behavior is re-defining how enterprises build solutions for the future, and how they bridge digital and physical experiences,” Jose Resendiz, VP of Financial Services, NCR Corporation. “This year’s Innovation Conference will provide the venue for future-looking conversations with our customers on how NCR and NCR strategic partners can help them address the digital future to be ready to architect the experiences of tomorrow.”

Innovation Conference 2017 will include a collection of industry relevant sessions and panel discussions, an Innovation Hall showcasing the latest in banking technologies and solutions from NCR and partners, and Idea Tank, a pitch-style competition featuring NCR customers’ breakthrough ideas on how banks can improve end user experience.

In 2016, Rivermark Community Credit Union’s Seth Schaefer won Idea Tank with the idea for Simplified Member Authentication, a solution that would securely authenticate members or customers in every channel, whether it be at an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), ATM, in-person branch transaction, over the telephone, or with a loan officer.

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

Website: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contacts:

Aaron Gould
NCR Corporation
212-589-8556
aaron.gould@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

CVS Health in-store fundraising campaign raised $4 million for recovery efforts in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (October 4, 2017) announced that its customers and colleagues donated nearly $4 million to support the Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico communities that were devastated by recent hurricanes, during a 10-day in-store fundraising campaign. The company also announced that it will donate more than $6 million of critical products and supplies to these communities, bringing CVS Health’s total support to $10 million.

The funds will be split evenly between Unidos por Puerto Rico, Rebuild Texas Fund and the Florida Disaster Fund to help support rebuilding efforts in these affected communities over the coming weeks and months. Products will be distributed to communities where they are needed the most.

“We are incredibly grateful to our colleagues and customers who have demonstrated our values of caring and integrity over the past few weeks during these historic storms,” said Helena B. Foulkes, executive vice president, CVS Health and president, CVS Pharmacy. “The rebuilding process for many of these communities will take a long time, and we will continue to do our part by providing support during this difficult time.”

To ensure patients and customers received the medications and information they needed during the recent hurricanes, CVS Health mobilized an enterprise-wide effort to help with preparations and accommodations prior to and after the storms.

The company’s proprietary messaging platform enabled rapid and urgent communications to patients who were in the path of hurricanes. Text messages were sent to tens of thousands of patients, reminding them to plan ahead for any potential disruption from the storm. The messages also helped ensure delivery of specialty and other medications for patients in transition between home and safe shelter locations.

Additionally, the catastrophic impact and wide-spread power outages in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria posed particular challenges in coordinating resources for colleagues, customers and patients. In response, CVS Health transported much-needed specialty medications and essential equipment to support store operations in Puerto Rico and, in some cases, delivered medication directly to individual patients who were in need.

“While it is never easy to manage through storms of this magnitude, hundreds of our colleagues have gone above and beyond to ensure that our patients, customers and communities are being served, despite the devastation impacting their own personal lives,” added Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Charitable Foundation. “Their generosity, compassion and dedication to serving others whether it be patients, residents or co-workers is truly amazing.”

In addition to the funds raised through the in-store campaign, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, colleagues and customers had previously donated nearly $800,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Salvation Army, Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos por Puerto Rico, Rebuild Texas Fund, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund, a public charity designed to help CVS Health employees during unanticipated and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Joseph Goode
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com
(401) 770-9820

Mary Gattuso
Mary.Gattuso@cvshealth.com
(401) 770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health

Office Depot, Inc. to roll out same-day delivery in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, FL

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform, today (August 7, 2017) announced same-day delivery powered by Deliv–a leading crowdsourced, last-mile logistics company providing same-day delivery and returns for omnichannel retailers, local businesses and e-commerce companies–is launching on August 28 in Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California; and on September 6 in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Florida. The same-day delivery service is designed to better meet customer expectations as the omnichannel shopping experience continues to expand.

“With our new same-day delivery and our omnichannel approach, we are utlizing our retail stores as assets and part of our supply chain to give our customers the best possible experience,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of Office Depot, Inc.

Customers who shop on officedepot.com will have the option of scheduled same-day delivery between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., depending upon the time of day they shop. For a limited time, Office Depot plans to waive the delivery fee as an introductory offer.

“Retail is undergoing a rapid transformation,” said Kevin Moffitt, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Office Depot, Inc. “To exceed our customers’ increasing expectations, we continue to enhance our omnichannel shopping experience. Adding same-day delivery capabilities to our growing in-store pickup and ship-from-store programs allows us to better leverage our retail locations as distribution hubs, and serve our customers faster and more efficiently.”

Deliv’s technology enables Office Depot customers to select the delivery times and locations that work best for them while being able to track their purchases in real-time.

“Office Depot is now providing businesses with the type of service customers expect,” said Daphne Carmeli, chief executive officer and founder at Deliv. “I am pleased that Deliv was chosen as its partner to power this new offering.”

By the end of 2017, same-day delivery is expected to roll out in several additional markets.

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About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Wawa opens its first two stores in Broward County, Florida

Double Header Broward County Grand Opening Celebrations Include Charitable Hoagie Building Competitions, Partnership with Feeding South Florida, Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Giveaways, FREE Coffee and More!

Broward County, FL, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa Inc., today (July 27, 2017) announced the grand opening of its first two stores in Broward County, Florida–Wawa’s southernmost locations to date. On Thursday, July 27, 2017 Wawa is hosting a doubleheader grand opening celebration to officially launch Wawa’s first locations in Broward County. The stores will be located at:

 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie, FL
 3601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL

Each of the in-store celebrations will include a ribbon cutting and Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition benefiting local charities identified by the local fire and police from each area. As Wawa opens its first two stores in the Broward County market, Wawa is also launching hunger fighting initiatives through its “Lending a Helping Hoagie Program”, donating a portion of hoagie sales for these two stores (up to $5,000 per store) to Feeding South Florida with a goal of donating $10,000 in one week to help fight hunger in the Broward County community. In addition, The Wawa Foundation will announce its support of local hunger fighting initiatives in each community through $2,500 grants to two local chapters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County to be used for the Snack & Supper programs.

In addition, each grand opening will feature special giveaways, music, surprises and more! Wawa will also be giving away FREE any size coffee, all day, at each of the two new locations for ten days. The first 100 people through the door at 8:00 a.m. at each location get special prizes while supplies last!

“We are thrilled to celebrate our official entrance into the Broward County region as we spread our wings to serve more customers and communities and fulfill more lives in Southeast Florida each day,” said Cathy Pulos, Executive VP & Chief Operations Officer for Wawa. “Opening our first locations in Broward County—our southernmost stores to date—is a significant step toward furthering our ability to invest in Florida by building new stores and creating more jobs. We can’t wait to continue our Florida expansion and look forward to connecting with our homecoming customers and introducing ourselves to new customers throughout the rest of 2017!”

Wawa Broward County Double Header Grand Opening Events Details
During each grand opening; police and firefighters; Wawa officials and associates, customers; and Wawa’s mascot, Wally Goose, will join in a ceremonial ribbon cutting at each of the locations. The events will proceed as follows:

Ribbon Cutting #1: 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie, FL 8 a.m. doors open, 10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting celebration begins
 First 100 customers through the door at 8:00 a.m. at this location will receive special surprises including Wawa gift cards
 10:00 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featuring Wawa associates and community members joining a parade of Wawa’s Florida and Fuel milestones
 Fuel Price “Reveal” to showcase special pricing for grand opening
 Remarks by Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul
 Feeding South Florida representatives join Wawa to officially kick off the week-long “Lending a Helping Hoagie” campaign. As Wawa opens two stores in one day in Broward County, Wawa has committed to donating a portion of hoagie sales (up to $5,000 per store) to Feeding South Florida to help fight hunger in Broward
 Boys & Girls Club representatives from the local Broward County Davie Boys & Girls Club,
 A charitable Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition featuring Davie Fire & Rescue and Davie Police with donations given to charities selected by the participants
 Wawa’s EVP & COO Cathy Pulos, will discuss the milestone and Wawa’s continued expansion in Florida

Grand Opening #2: 3601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 8 a.m. doors open, 1:00 p.m. celebration begins
 First 100 customers through the door at 8:00 a.m. at this location will receive special surprises including free coffee, hoagies or smoothies for a month or two free tanks of Wawa gasoline.
 1:00 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in which Wawa associates and community members will join in a parade of Wawa Florida Milestones
 Remarks by Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher
 Feeding South representatives join Wawa to officially kick off a week of “Lending a Helping Hoagie” campaign. As Wawa opens two stores in one day in Broward County, Wawa has committed to donating a portion of hoagie sales (up to $5,000 per store) to Feeding South Florida to help fight hunger in Broward
 Boys & Girls Club representatives from the local Broward County Pompano Beach Boys & Girls Club
 A charitable Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition featuring Broward County Sheriff’s
 Wawa’s EVP & COO Cathy Pulos, will discuss the milestone and Wawa’s continued expansion in Florida

Hoagies for Heroes Competition
Both grand opening events will include a charitable Hoagies for Heroes contest, as representatives from local fire and police, or their designated charity representatives, face off in a battle of bravery, skill and sandwich-making expertise. Each team will be challenged to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competitions by making charitable donations of $1,000 to each local charity selected by each team.

About Wawa’s Florida Expansion
In 2016, Wawa celebrated its historic 100th store opening in the state of Florida. To date, Wawa has opened more than 115 stores in Florida and throughout 2017 plans to open 11 stores in Palm Beach and Broward Counties and another 10 – 12 in 2018. Within the next five years, Wawa plans to make the South Florida region of Palm Beach and Broward Counties home to 50 new Wawa stores. Wawa will also continue to open stores statewide, including 30 new Florida stores in 2017, and 25 – 30 Florida stores per year for the next several years.

The store openings in Palm Beach and Broward Counties will bring an estimated 400 new jobs to the community. Associates in these full and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but will have the opportunity to be enrolled in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) Wawa Associates own more than 41% of Wawa through the ESOP. The new Wawa stores will offer customers numerous Wawa brands, such as the award- Wawa’s hot breakfast sandwich; Wawa’s new line of specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and frozen); Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-to-order hoagies (80 million sold annually); and Wawa’s beverage line of juices and teas.

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 ATM’s. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and 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. A chain of more than 760 convenience retail stores (550 offering gasoline), 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, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

CONTACT:

public.relations@wawa.com

Source: Wawa, Inc.

Amazon.com to open new fulfillment center in Orlando, Florida in 2018

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, Amazon will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“We are excited to join the Orlando community, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We very much appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s arrival in Orlando and we look forward to bringing more jobs and investment to the state in the coming months.”

Amazon employees at the more than 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center located at Lake Nona will pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.

“I am proud that Amazon has chosen the Orlando area as the best location for their new fulfillment center. Amazon is already a major job creator in Florida, and we’re proud that they are continuing to invest in our state and create new opportunities for our families,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Today’s announcement is a reminder of the important role of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies who have worked to market our state so we can out compete other locations for these major jobs wins.”

Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since building its first fulfillment center in the state in 2013. The new fulfillment center will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State to more than 9,000.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Amazon to Central Florida, and look forward to this legendary innovator becoming a part of our community,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We’ve worked hard to expedite permitting and other County functions in order to get this new type of fulfillment distribution center – including Amazon Robotics and a significant investment in technology – up and running. This is a huge win for Central Florida and a wonderful opportunity for our entire community, including the 1,500 employees who will join the Amazon team and all those who will benefit from Amazon’s well-known commitment to the local community.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“Florida’s business climate continues to beat out other states, and we are proud to see Amazon choose the Orlando area for a new fulfillment center,” said Mike Grisson, interim president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. “The workforce, infrastructure and overall business friendliness in Florida lead the nation and this is apparent as our economy continues to grow.”

Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company 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, over 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“Amazon’s decision to select Orlando for its next major investment is a tremendous win for the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “It says a lot about our status as a major employment hub in the United States when a global leader in ecommerce chooses to add more than 1,500 new jobs in our community. Amazon is also a great addition to our region with programs that provide full benefits to employees while also encouraging workers to further their education and improve their skills through a tuition reimbursement incentive.”

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

The project is being developed in a partnership between Seefried Industrial Properties and an affiliate of USAA Real Estate Company. Tavistock Development Company entitled and sold the property, and will develop the infrastructure for the project.

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.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Whole Foods Market to bring the first Whole Foods Market 365 store in Florida to Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., 2017-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced that is has signed a new lease for a Whole Foods Market 365 store in Delray Beach, Florida.

“We’re excited to bring the first Whole Foods Market 365 location in Florida to Delray Beach,” said Juan Núñez, president of Whole Foods Market’s Florida Region. “This store will bring a unique shopping experience to the community that will delight both new and longtime Whole Foods Market shoppers.”

Whole Foods Market 365 stores focus on an affordable and convenient shopping experience through design, technology and customer experience. The carefully curated product selection at Whole Foods Market 365 stores provide a streamlined and modern experience, while still adhering to Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading quality standards.

Customers can also look forward to unique in-store experiences with the “Friends of 365” program, and the free 365 Rewards program to save even more.

Contact:

FLmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Dunkin’ Donuts and franchise group FLMS Foods to develop five new restaurants in Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN SEEKS FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (JUNE 20, 2017) the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group FLMS Foods, Inc. to develop five new restaurants in Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia. The first restaurant is planned to open in Fall 2017.

FLMS Foods, Inc. led by Alex F. Fernandez and his two sons and partners, Alex D. and Randy Fernandez, have extensive restaurant, retail and operational experience. This group joined the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in 2011 and currently owns and operates six Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Jacksonville and six in Tampa. In addition to today’s announcement, they have plans to open two more locations in the Tampa area. As part of this new multi-store development agreement, the group plans to develop new locations in Nassau County, Florida, and in Camden, Pierce, and Glynn counties in Georgia, among others.”We are thrilled to expand the brand’s presence in Northern Florida and Southern Georgia and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit in these communities,” said Alex F. Fernandez, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and look forward to opening our new restaurants in the years to come.”The brand is continuing to recruit franchisees throughout the South in Memphis, Tennessee, and in Greenwood, Jackson, Meridian, and Tupelo, Mississippi. There are currently 85 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Tennessee and Mississippi. To help fuel additional growth in both states, special development incentives are available.

“We are pleased to continue our expansion plans in Florida and Georgia with existing franchisee FLMS Foods, Inc., working toward our long-term goal of developing 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts in the U.S., and know that these new restaurants will keep these communities running on Dunkin’ for years to come,” said Grant Benson, CFE, senior vice president of franchising and development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring our brand, products, and promotions to life each and every day and have been essential to our growth over the past 65 plus years.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, cold brew, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

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Amazon to open new fulfillment center in Florida

The robotics site will be the tenth Amazon facility in Florida

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jun. 7, 2017) announced plans for a new fulfillment center in the Sunshine State to be located in Miami. The more than 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center will create over 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“Florida has been a bright spot for Amazon operations with its dedicated and talented workforce who have found great, full-time opportunities with us,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America Operations. “This new fulfillment center will join a sortation center and Prime Now hub in the area and we look forward to deepening our ties in the Miami-Dade community.”

Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since first entering the state in 2013. Two new fulfillment centers were recently announced in Jacksonville and with this new facility, the company’s presence will increase to 10 locations, including fulfillment and sortation centers and Prime Now hubs. The new fulfillment center will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State to more than 7,500.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud that Amazon has committed to continue investing and creating opportunities across Florida. This facility will create thousands of new jobs and is great news for families in Opa-locka. This announcement is further evidence of the important role of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies, and I look forward to seeing Amazon’s ongoing success throughout our state.”

“Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Amazon’s more than 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center to our world-class community with the opening of the new fulfillment center at Opa-locka Executive Airport,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “This high-tech project will bring 1,000 full-time jobs to our residents, and serves as further evidence that Miami-Dade is a community where major companies want to grow, invest and do business.”

“I’m excited that we can share with the public the amazing news of Amazon coming to District One at the Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport,” said County Commissioner Barbra Jordan. “The development means thousands of jobs for the area and significant community benefits, spearheaded by the Carrie Meek Foundation. It’s been my pleasure to be involved in a process which will change the face and economic progress of our community and I’d like to thank all the characters involved over the past several years that helped make the Amazon deal possible.”

The new Amazon fulfillment center will be located at The Carrie Meek International Business Park. The Carrie Meek Foundation and Foundry Commercial started working together in 2010, when the two entities came together over a shared vision for creating a stronger South Florida community. Carrie Meek International Business Park is the first public/private partnership of its kind in South Florida, as it will not only strive to create thousands of jobs in the area through the development itself, but will also prepare and assist area residents to take advantage of the new jobs through training provided by The Carrie Meek Foundation.

“The Carrie Meek International Business Park is a unique and special development for all of Miami-Dade County that started as a vision on the part of former U.S. Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek and is now a dream realized,” said Pryse Elam, principal and president of development and investment at Foundry Commercial. “Working collaboratively, Foundry, the Carrie Meek Foundation and Mayor Gimenez’s office have developed one of the largest job creating projects in the history of Miami-Dade County, and we are so honored to be a part of this partnership.”

Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

“Growing and diversifying our economy through job creation is our mission at Enterprise Florida, and we are proud to work with great American companies like Amazon as they expand right here in Florida. It is exciting to see more than 1,000 new-to-Florida jobs create opportunities for Florida families in Opa-locka,” said Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.

“We are pleased to continue to assist Amazon in bringing a significant amount of jobs to an underserved area in our community. This is our third and largest project with them,” said Miami-Dade Beacon Council President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Amazon’s decision to add this new fulfillment center illustrates Miami-Dade’s strategic location as a global business hub.”

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, over 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 amazondelivers.jobs.

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.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

DICK’S Sporting Goods announces the opening five new stores in California and Florida

The retailer will celebrate with five grand opening celebrations this month

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, has announced the opening five new stores. Grand opening events will be held for stores in the following cities:

Torrance, CA – June 2-4:

Del Amo Fashion Center, 21800 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503

Miami, FL – June 16-18:

Dadeland Station, 8364 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143

The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Aventura, FL – June 16-18:

18499 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33160

Sunrise, FL – June 16-18

Sawgrass Mills Mall, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33323

“At DICK’S, we believe that sports make people better,” said Lauren Hobart, President, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Opening new stores in these communities allow us to better-serve our customers with a wide range of top-of-the-line products and services, as well as provide superior customer service from associates who are passionate about sports and the outdoors. We’re excited to become an important part of these communities.”

With the grand opening of these new stores, DICK’S will have 702 DICK’S locations in the country.

DICK’S will bring approximately 350 total jobs to these communities through the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for these five stores.

For each grand opening weekend, customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and meet several special guests such as Los Angeles running back Melvin Gordon** and former Los Angeles shortstop Bill Russell** in Torrance, CA, Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill** and former Miami running back Frank Gore** in Miami, FL, former Miami defensive end Jason Taylor** in Aventura, FL and Miami running back Jay Ajayi** and professional weightlifter Mattie Rogers* in Sunrise, FL.

Visit dicks.com/Torrance and dicks.com/SouthFlorida for full details on the Grand Opening celebrations, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

*Limit one autograph per person.  Autographs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

**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 April 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 690 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, 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 dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. 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 scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

CONTACT:     
DICK’S Sporting Goods
724-273-5552
press@dcsg.com

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

DICK’S Sporting Goods to open three new stores in Florida, Arizona and California

The retailer will celebrate the opening of new locations in Florida, Arizona and California during events that will run March 24 through March 26

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening three new stores in Florida, Arizona and California. Grand Opening celebrations for new stores in Jensen Beach, FL, Phoenix, AZ and Fresno, CA will occur March 24 through March 26.

The new stores will bring the retailer’s total to 685 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations in the country. The Jensen Beach location will be the 37th DICK’S in Florida and first for the Jensen Beach community, while the store opening in the North Scottsdale area of Phoenix will be the ninth store in Arizona and the Fresno store will be the 49th in California.

“Connecting to our customers and being part of the communities where they live, work and play is extremely important to us,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We’re excited for the opening of our new stores in Jensen Beach, Phoenix and Fresno and look forward to expanding our exclusive offering of products and in-store services to these markets that have a rich history of great sports and outdoor traditions.”

DICK’S has brought more than 250 total jobs to these communities through the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for the three stores.

Throughout the Grand Opening weekend, customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and meet special guests such as Arizona Safety Tyrann Mathieu** in Phoenix and Running Back Latavius Murray** in Fresno. In Jensen Beach, customers can receive expert bass-fishing tips from a professional angler at the 4,000-gallon Field & Stream bass tank.

Visit dicks.com/JensenBeach, dicks.com/NorthScottsdale or dicks.com/Fresno for full details on the Grand Opening celebration, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

**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.

Contact:

DICK’S Sporting Goods
press@dcsg.com

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods

The Andersons to sell its farm center locations in Florida to Wedgworth’s Inc.

MAUMEE, Ohio, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) announces it has signed an agreement to sell its farm center locations in Florida to Wedgworth’s Inc., of Belle Glade, Florida. This agreement includes real estate and assets owned by The Andersons at Zellwood, Clewiston, and Lake Placid as well as the assets and operations located in Immokalee.

“Over time it has become clear the Florida farm centers are not strategically aligned with our locations in the Eastern Corn Belt,” said CEO Pat Bowe. “We believe Wedgworth’s will continue to effectively serve the needs of the growers in this region and make good use of the capable workforce and assets in Florida.”

The Andersons obtained the Florida farm centers through the acquisitions of Douglass Fertilizer in 2008 and Immokalee Farmers Supply, Inc. in 2011. The Andersons’ products will continue to be available to customers in the region through a distribution agreement with Wedgworth’s.

“This combination brings together the state’s leading dry and liquid plant nutrient suppliers and melds the most knowledgeable team of professionals in the fertilizer industry,” says Dennis Wedgworth, President of Wedgworth’s Inc. “We are excited about the expanded capabilities of not only supplying dry and liquid plant nutrition, but also crop protection products that this acquisition allows us to offer our customers.”

About The Andersons, Inc.
Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified company rooted in agriculture conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail sectors. For more information, visit The Andersons online at www.andersonsinc.com.

About Wedgworth’s Inc.
Wedgworth’s Inc., founded in 1932, is a family owned and operated custom blend fertilizer company and is headquartered in Belle Glade, Florida.  The company’s plant facility is located in Moore Haven, Florida.  For more information, visit Wedgworth’s online at www.wedgworth.com.

For further information:
John P. Kraus
Director
Investor Relations
Phone: 419-891-6544
E-mail: john_kraus@andersonsinc.com

SOURCE: The Andersons, Inc.

Weingarten Realty Investors to participate in the Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference in Florida

HOUSTON, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) today (3/2/2017) announced its participation in the Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference being held March 5th to March 8th in Hollywood, Florida. Andrew “Drew” Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present on Tuesday, March 7th. To listen to the presentation, please use the web link information below:

Date:   Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time:   7:30 am – 8:05 am ET

WebLink:    http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/citigroup/globalproperty2017/17201251114.cfm

Listen via Webcast

This call will be webcast live at www.weingarten.com and can be accessed under the Investor Relations tab of the Company’s website.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At December 31, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 220 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 44.7 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.5 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Weingarten Realty Investors Contact:
Michelle Wiggs
(713) 866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

Brixmor Property Group CEO and President James Taylor to present at Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida

NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX) today (Feb. 23, 2017) announced that James Taylor, Chief Executive Officer and President, will present at the Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 11:35 AM ET to 12:10 PM ET.

Event: Brixmor Property Group Presentation at Citi 2017 Global Property CEO Conference

When: 11:35 AM ET, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Live Webcast: Citi Global Property CEO Presentation under the Investors tab at www.brixmor.com

A replay of the webcast will be available through June 4, 2017.

Connect With Brixmor
For additional information, please visit www.brixmor.com
Follow Brixmor on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Brixmor
Find Brixmor on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/brixmor

About Brixmor Property Group
Brixmor Property Group, a real estate investment trust (REIT), is a leading owner and operator of high-quality, open-air shopping centers. The Company’s more than 500 retail centers comprise 86 million square feet in established trade areas across the nation and are supported by a diverse mix of highly productive non-discretionary and value-oriented retailers, as well as consumer-oriented service providers. Brixmor is committed to maximizing the value of its portfolio by prioritizing investments, cultivating relationships and capitalizing on embedded growth opportunities through driving rents, increasing occupancy and pursuing value-enhancing reinvestment opportunities. Headquartered in New York City, Brixmor is a partner to more than 5,500 best-in-class national, regional and local tenants and is the largest landlord to The TJX Companies and The Kroger Company.

SOURCE: Brixmor Property Group Inc.

Commissary opens at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On a crisp, cloudless morning service members and their families at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, lined up as early as 4 a.m. to be among the first to shop in their new commissary.

The day began with Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu and NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley greeting customers during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

During his speech Jeu highlighted some of the new features in the store – the most unique being the Living Well Corner.

“There’s something totally new. It’s the Living Well Corner, the first thing you see when you walk in the door,” said Jeu. “More than 1,500 items, from frozen and chilled to dry and fresh, make up the Living Well assortment.”

The Living Well Corner includes organic and natural-labeled products; it also includes non-GMO, Free-range, gluten free and no-added hormone products.

In his remarks, Haley told the crowd their new commissary was well worth the wait and thanked them for their patience during construction.

“I assure you it will be worth the wait,” he said. “Built entirely from commissary surcharges, this new facility rewards one of the strongest markets in the DeCA industry.”

That sentiment seemed to extend to the patrons as well. Ray Carter, the first customer in line, had arrived at 4 a.m., and couldn’t wait to get into the new store and see all the displays.

“It’s great to see them using the money we give them,” he said, speaking of the surcharge. “The old building was nice but this building brings everything up to 2017 standards. It’s a beautiful building and I’m looking forward to shopping here.”

The new store more than doubles the sales area of the old store at 68,831 square feet. The store features extensive produce, meat, frozen, chilled and grocery departments, an international deli-bakery, a sushi-to-go station, prepared rotisserie chicken and a customer service kiosk with two check outs. The store includes 18 regular checkouts and eight self-checkouts and a stock assortment of 18,000 line items.

Cmdr. Billy Bushman, noted that thanks to the commissary’s Living Well Center his wife would have more choices when it came to choosing gluten-free breads.

“My wife would shop this,” said Bushman. “I’m excited that the choices for gluten-free options have been expanded. This means more options for my wife.” He also noted that they can save a significant amount on their gluten-free products versus shopping outside the gate.

Shelia Fortson, whose husband is retired, drove an hour to get to NAS Jacksonville to shop the new store. “This is a privilege. I have a lot of friends who wish they had this benefit,” she said.

Both Carter and Fortson said this store was more convenient than shopping outside the gate.

“The savings and convenience are what bring me back,” said Carter. “They are open early in the morning and I can get the things I need. I’ve been doing it for years and I wouldn’t change it.”

Fortson also said the layout of the store was appealing. “I’ve shopped a lot of commissaries and this one is well-stocked,” she said. “I can find what I’m looking for.”

About DeCA:

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Sacred Heart Health System to operate clinical services at four Walgreens stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Florida

Walgreens and Sacred Heart expand relationship to further coordinate patient care

DEERFIELD, Ill. & PENSACOLA, Fla., 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and Sacred Heart Health System have signed an agreement to have Sacred Heart operate and provide all clinical services at four retail health clinics to be located within Walgreens stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Two existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are planned to transition to Sacred Heart this spring at which time the clinics will become an extension of the Sacred Heart Medical Group.  Walgreens will continue to manage these Healthcare Clinic locations until that time. In addition, Sacred Heart plans to open two new retail clinics in other area Walgreens stores in the spring.  All of the sites will be named Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens.

This new clinic agreement expands on an existing clinical collaboration and pharmacy relationship between Walgreens and Sacred Heart focused on enhanced communications to better coordinate care. Today’s agreement further improves care coordination by fully integrating the clinics into Sacred Heart Medical Group.  In addition, Walgreens operates an on-site pharmacy at Sacred Heart Hospital’s main campus, where Walgreens provides pharmacy services for Sacred Heart patients and employees.

“Our collaboration with Walgreens is an important step in Sacred Heart’s commitment to improve access to care and to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System.  “The convenience of Walgreens locations and its pharmacy services along with Sacred Heart’s personalized care and expertise, will advance our efforts to improve the health of our patients. We want to offer the most appropriate level of care to consumers when and where they need it.”

The Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens locations will include: 

  • 8220 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre
  • 6314 N. 9th Ave, Pensacola
  • 3909 Highway 90, Pace
  • 2237 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola

As part of the agreement, Walgreens and Sacred Heart will also form a collaborative council to share best practices and experiences that aim to improve patient care, quality and satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

“With the changing needs of patients in today’s healthcare environment, forming deeper and more collaborative relationships with health systems is key,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.  “We continue to expand our relationships with established community health systems, like Sacred Heart, in efforts to enhance care coordination for our patients. We look forward to collaborating even more with Sacred Heart as they share our commitment to provide convenient access to high quality and affordable health care services.”

Sacred Heart plans to operate the Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens locations seven days a week, including evenings, giving patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment. Services will be provided by board-certified nurse practitioners who provide care for common minor illnesses and injuries. Sacred Heart will continue to evaluate the possibility of new services in the future.

Sacred Heart serves seven counties along the Gulf Coast between Apalachicola, Fla. and Gulf Shores, Ala. The hub of the Sacred Heart system is its 566-bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.  The facilities in Pensacola include The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, a Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network,   and the area’s leading Maternity Center. The Health System also includes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 70-bed community hospital near Destin, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital in Port St. Joe, Fla., and Sacred Heart Medical Group, a large regional network of primary care and specialty physicians.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Sacred Heart Health System
On the Gulf Coast, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Fla.  and Providence Health System based in Mobile, Ala.  Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Sacred Heart Health System, visit www.sacred-heart.org.

Contacts:

Scott Goldberg
847-315-7649
scott.goldberg@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Sacred Heart Health System
Mike Burke
850-416-1153
mburke@sshpens.org

Source: Walgreens

L Brands to participate in the 19th Annual ICR Xchange Conference in Orlando, FL on Jan. 11 , 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) is scheduled to participate in the 19th Annual ICR Xchange Conference in Orlando, FL on Jan. 11 , 2017.  Stuart Burgdoerfer, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be making a presentation at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET .  A link to the presentation will be available on the homepage of our website at www.LB.com.  The archive of the webcast will be available for 90 days following the live presentation.

ABOUT L BRANDS :
L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,087 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and Greater China , and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in the presentation or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in the presentation or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of supplier and distribution facilities in central Ohio ;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in the presentation to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:
Investor Relations:
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations:
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

Source: L Brands Inc./globenewswire

Express, Inc. to present at the 19th Annual ICR Conference on January 10, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR), a specialty retail apparel company, today (Jan. 4, 2017) announced that the Company will present at the 19th Annual ICR Conference held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will be hosted by David Kornberg, president and chief executive officer and Perry Pericleous, senior vice president and chief financial officer, and will also be webcast live and available for replay for 30 days at www.express.com/investor.

About Express, Inc.:

Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30- year-old customer. Express has more than 35 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates more than 650 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Express merchandise is also available at franchise locations in Latin America. Express also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website, www.express.com, as well as on its mobile app.

Investors Contact:
Express, Inc.
Mark Rupe
614-474-4465
VP Investor Relations

ICR, Inc.
Allison Malkin
203-682-8225

Media Contact:
Express, Inc.
Robin Hoffman
614-474-4834
Director of Communications

Source: Express, Inc.

Amazon to open second fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jan. 4, 2017) announced plans to open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility will add more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one. In the Sunshine State, Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 full-time employees.

“We’re excited to further expand our presence in the state with this new fulfillment center in Jacksonville,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Florida has been an ideal location to help enable superfast shipping speeds to customers and a source of exceptional talent for Amazon. We’re proud to be creating great jobs with benefits for Floridians.”

“Six months after announcing a major fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Amazon is again choosing Jacksonville as the site of another facility that will create an additional 1,000 new jobs, bringing the company’s announced footprint in Jacksonville to 2,500 jobs,” said Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership. “Landing a second facility in such a short amount of time further solidifies the JAX region as a place of unlimited opportunity, fueled by possibilities.”

During the past three years, Amazon has announced multiple facilities in Florida including four fulfillment centers, two sortation centers as well as Prime Now hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando. At the new 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Jacksonville, employees will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Amazon’s decision to continue investing and creating jobs in our state is great news. I look forward to celebrating the many new job opportunities Amazon will bring to Jacksonville families and their continued success across Florida.”

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, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.

“Amazon.com has been one of Florida’s best job creators since they announced their first project three years ago,” said Mike Grissom, executive vice president of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Since that first announcement, the company has created thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments across the state. This most recent project in Jacksonville is another great win for Florida and we thank Amazon for their continued investment and job creation.”

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 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 four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Amazon’s expansion to the Jacksonville area is a great opportunity for North Florida job seekers to get a job in Florida’s competitive logistics industry. We are thankful for Amazon’s commitment to Florida and look forward to its creation of more than 1,000 new jobs in Jacksonville.”

“This is an exciting development for Jacksonville and the Cecil Commerce Center,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “The center is a tremendous asset for our city offering companies like Amazon ample space, resources and accessibility. In addition to the state-of-the art fulfillment and distribution center to be located in northwest Jacksonville, I am looking forward to Amazon’s expanding presence in our city and contributions to its continued economic development and growth.”

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

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

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Xcel Brands to present at the 2017 ICR Conference on January 10th in Orlando, Fl

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a brand management and media company, today ( Jan. 03, 2017) announced Robert W. D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Seth Burroughs, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Treasury, will present at the 2017 ICR Conference.

The presentation will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET and can be accessed live over the Internet hosted at the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.xcelbrands.com and will be archived online.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com

For further information please contact:

Hunter Wells / John Mills
ICR
646-277-1246
Hunter.wells@icrinc.com / John.mills@icrinc.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Sequential Brands Group to present at the 19th Annual ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) today (Jan. 03, 2017) announced that management will be presenting at the 19th Annual ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, January 10th at 4:00pm Eastern Time.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available at the Company’s investor relations website: http://ir.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active and home categories.  Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams.  Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.  For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Investor Relations Contact:
Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566

Media Contact:
Jaime Cassavechia
jcassavechia@sbg-ny.com
(212) 518-4771 x108

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

ascena retail group, inc. to present at the 18th Annual ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-1-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc.(NASDAQ: ASNA) today announces that it will be presenting at the 18th Annual ICR Conference to be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida onTuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. EST.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available at http://www.ascenaretail.com. A replay of the webcast presentation will be available shortly after its conclusion and until March 28, 2016.

About ascena retail group, inc.
ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes, and accessories for missy and plus-size women under the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines brands, and for tween girls under the Justice brand. ascena retail group, inc. operates, through its 100% owned subsidiaries, ecommerce operations and approximately 5,000 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, visit ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, lanebryant.com, cacique.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, catherines.com, and shopjustice.com.

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc.
Investor Relations
551-777-6895
asc-ascenainvestorrelations@ascenaretail.com
or
ICR, Inc.
James Palczynski, 203-682-8229
Partner

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. to present at the 18th Annual ICR Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-12-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(Nasdaq:BJRI) will be presenting at the 18th Annual ICR Conference at the Grande Lakes Resort inOrlando, Florida. The Company’s presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET on January 13, 2016 and will be broadcast live over the Internet.   Interested parties may listen to the presentation at the Company’s website located at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com. The presentation can be accessed by clicking on the “Investors” link from the Company’s home page followed by the “Presentation” link. An archive of the webcast will be available following the live presentation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 171 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s restaurant and brewery locations and independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia andWashington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

Montecristo Lounge Opens in Hollywood Florida

We would be happy to have them also attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place 6:30 PM at the same venue. The City Mayor, Mr. Bobber, the executives from Altadis USA will be carrying out the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The event is being sponsored by Altadis USA and Cuenca Cigars. “Altadis USA brands include: Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, Warlock, Siglo, A. Turrent Triple Play, Trinidad Habana Reserve and many others”.

Our goal as a local striving business is to demonstrate to those currently visiting and those that have not visited our city as of yet, that there are local businesses ready to welcome them with open arms. Our city is not only beautiful, but also warm and welcoming to all visitors whether it is locals, neighboring friends from other cities, out of state visitors, and/or international ones. We at Cuenca Cigars and Montecristo Lounge strive to make every visitor/customer our number one priority as it relates to customer service, friendly and professional atmosphere.

This event will give Cuenca Cigars great recognition as well as domestic and international advertisement to the city of Hollywood.

As a final note, our Montecristo Lounge has been able to attract business partners like, Timeless-destinations, Connection for Business, and Mr. Jorge L Rodrigues, MBA Allstate Exclusive Financial Advisor; who are professionals and offer a nice distinction to our business and our customers. The more we attract successful companies and entrepreneurs to our city, the more revenue we will generate for all those surrounding businesses.

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