Naloxone now available at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Feb. 15, 2017) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at more than 630 pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

“As the epidemic continues to grow, as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent statistic, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With the ability to dispense naloxone without a prescription in more than 20 states, Rite Aid is not only showing its commitment to increasing customer access to this potentially lifesaving medication, but we are also raising awareness and helping fight drug abuse in the communities we serve.”

Naloxone is also available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 17 additional states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

To date, Rite Aid has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is   also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Dunkin’ Donuts partners with Drew Brees and Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC to develop up to 69 new restaurants in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QUARTERBACK TEAMS UP WITH EXISTING DUNKIN’ DONUTS FRANCHISEE VIK PATEL TO EXPAND BRAND’S PRESENCE ACROSS THE STATE

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (January 3, 2017) that New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, in partnership with existing franchisee Vik Patel, has signed an agreement to develop up to 69 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana over the coming years.  The first location under the new partnership is planned to open in 2017, and the group will also co-own five existing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Louisiana.

Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC is led by Vik Patel, the CEO of Tampa-based Purple Square Management Co. Patel has been a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee for 10 years and currently operates 46 restaurants in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. Purple Square also has plans to open additional units in 2017. New Orleans Saints Super Bowl champion and MVP Drew Brees and former New York Giants offensive lineman and current FOX Sports broadcaster David Diehl are also partners at Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC.

“As Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees we are committed to growing the brand in Louisiana and playing an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Vik Patel, CEO at Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC. “Drew has proven his commitment to New Orleans – both on and off the field – and we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in Louisiana. We’re excited to open our first few restaurants under this partnership next year, and developing even more restaurants over the long-term.”

Currently, there are a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Louisiana, and the company is continuing to grow the brand throughout the Southeast. As part of this growth, Dunkin’ Donuts is recruiting franchisees in Arkansas, eastern Texas and Mississippi. To help fuel growth, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.* 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’ growth in the Southeast would not be possible without our existing franchisees like Vik Patel who continue to demonstrate their high confidence in our business model, our world-class support team, and the unit economics of the business,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Additionally, we are excited to welcome NFL great Drew Brees to our system, and we look forward to working with Bourbon Street Donuts to bring great products and exceptional guest service to our loyal guests throughout Louisiana.”

Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, cold brew coffee, 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).

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

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 10 years running. The company has more than 12,000 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: Rachel Tabacnic
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: rtabacnic@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Couche-Tard to purchase 53 sites in Louisiana from American General Investments, LLC and North American Financial Group, LLC

Laval, Québec, Canada, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”) (TSX: ATD.A/ATD.B) announces today (August 29, 2016) that it has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement to purchase 53 sites held by American General Investments, LLC and North American Financial Group, LLC (together, “Cracker Barrel”). These sites are located primarily in the Baton Rouge market in Louisiana. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter of Couche-Tard’s fiscal year 2017 and is subject to the standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The acquisition will be financed from Couche-Tard’s available cash and existing credit facilities. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price for this acquisition.

These convenience stores operate under the store brand Cracker Barrel and include 12 quick service restaurants. All but one of the sites offer branded motor fuels under the Shell, Chevron or Cracker Barrel brand names. Of the 53 sites, Couche-Tard would own the land and building for 47 locations and would assume or enter into leases for the remaining 6 locations.

Following the acquisition, all of the stores would be rebranded and operated under the Circle K brand by Couche-Tard’s U.S. Division of the Gulf Coast Region.

“Subsequent to this transaction, Couche-Tard’s network in the Circle K Division of the Gulf Coast Region would include a total of 638 company operated-stores, 8 company owned and dealer operated and 54 dealer owned and operated. These stores occupy strategic locations within their respective trade areas. This acquisition would be a great addition to Couche-Tard’s expansion and growth plans for the Gulf Division.” commented Brian Bednarz, Vice-President Operations, U.S. Division of the Gulf Coast Region.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) and in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and in Ireland with an important presence in Poland.

As of April 24, 2016, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 7,888 convenience stores throughout North America, including 6,490 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 15 business units, including 11 in the United States covering 41 states and 4 in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Approximately 80,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Ireland, Poland, the Baltics States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Russia with 2,669 stores through ten business units. As of April 24, 2016, Couche-Tard network is comprised of 2,659 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel sites which only offer road transportation fuel. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel, lubricants and chemicals. Including employees at its branded franchise stores, approximately 25,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, under licensing agreements, almost 1,500 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in 13 other countries or territories worldwide (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam), which brings the total network to over 12,000 stores.

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements set forth in this press release, which describe Couche-Tard’s objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or forecasts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will”, “plan”, “evaluate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “expect” and other related expressions are used to identify such statements. Couche-Tard would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results, or the measures it adopts, could differ materially from those indicated or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular projection. Major factors that may lead to a material difference between Couche-Tard’s actual results and the projections or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include the effects of the integration of acquired businesses and the ability to achieve projected synergies, fluctuations in margins on motor fuel sales, competition in the convenience store and retail motor fuel industries, exchange rate variations, and such other risks as described in detail from time to time in documents filed by Couche-Tard with securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Couche-Tard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information in this press release is based on information available as of the date of the release.

For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., please visit: http://corpo.couche-tard.com.

Contacts:
Investor Relations:

Claude Tessier
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (450) 662-6632, ext. 4407
investor.relations@couche-tard.com

Media Relations:
Karen Romer
Director Global Communications
Tel: (514) 603-4505 / +47 950 74 950
karen.romer@couche-tard.com

Source: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

 

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 19, 2016 ), Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced via Twitter that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana.

Earlier this week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a $500,000 commitment to provide support through cash and in-kind donation to organizations helping with flood relief efforts. The total commitment of $1.5 million will be used to provide additional food, water, cleaning supplies and other essential items to those in critical need. Funds will also be used towards longer term recovery efforts.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “We have been working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to learn how we can use our strengths to help. We will continue to be there for our friends, family, fellow associates, customers and neighbors in Louisiana.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster in Louisiana, working hand in hand with the people of the Gulf Region during and after Hurricane Katrina. Walmart continues to help communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Contact: Call 1-800-WALMART (925-6278)

Source: Walmart

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Whole Foods Market to open at Fern Marketplace, Shreveport, Louisiana on Nov. 16

SHREVEPORT, La., 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Nov. 16 at Fern Marketplace, 1380 E. 70th Street. The 39,000-square-foot store will be the company’s first Shreveport location and its seventh in the state.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from the community since first announcing our plans to open a store in the Shreveport-Bossier City area,” said Mark Dixon, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southwest Region. “We can’t wait to open our doors and give the Shreveport community a new option for shopping, dining and gathering with friends and family.”

Beginning early September, the store’s team leader, Ralph White, will accept applications for cashiers, prepared foods cooks, fishmongers, butchers and more. Anyone interested in applying can find more information at wholefoodsmarket.com/careers.

“I’m thrilled for Whole Foods Market to open in Shreveport this November,” White said. “We’re excited to offer new and local products, develop strong partnerships with our neighbors, and deliver a shopping experience unlike anywhere else.”

Whole Foods Market is already planning store partnerships and activities leading up to the November opening and beyond. Details and updates will be available at wholefoodsmarket.com/shreveport and facebook.com/wholefoodsshreveport.

Contact:

Kristina Bradford
kristina.bradford@wholefoods.com
225.287.6958

Source: Whole Foods Market

Kohl’s announces $100,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross to support flood victims in Louisiana

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a $100,000 cash donation toward flood relief efforts in Louisiana. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much needed emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s encourages its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its Associates in Action volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s associates.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to those families, including many of our Associates, who are impacted by the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Our dedicated Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers are offering assistance and are committed to helping the area recover,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “Our business is rooted in these communities which is why we partner with the American Red Cross to provide critical support when it is needed most.”

Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers help a range of youth-serving nonprofit organizations year-round. Through the Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated more than 3.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which is committed to supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

To inquire about coordinating a Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer event, contact your local Kohl’s store and ask to speak with the store manager about Associates in Action. Find your nearest Kohl’s by visiting www.KohlsCorporation.com.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s:
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)
Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+Kohls)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls)
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

Contacts:

Ale DesJean
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com
262-703-2985

Lyra O’Brien
Lyra.Obrien@Kohls.com
262-703-5186

Source: Kohl’s

The Home Depot® Foundation announces relief grants of $700,000 for disaster assistance in Louisiana

ATLANTA, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot® Foundation today (Aug 17, 2016) announced relief grants totaling $700,000 for disaster assistance in Louisiana and other Gulf communities impacted by recent flooding.

The financial contributions include $500,000 to the American Red Cross (ARC) as part of the company’s previous $1 million donation to the ARC, an additional $100,000 to Team Rubicon and $100,000 to Operation Blessing. The grants were made in addition to donations of product and other supplies already underway.

Local stores have also been assembling “Team Depot” employee volunteers to assist with relief and cleanup efforts, and will continue to do so.

“Although our local stores have been providing immediate assistance, we’re committed to the long-term recovery of the communities impacted by this terrible tragedy,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation.

In addition to The Home Depot Foundation’s financial support, The Home Depot’s operations, supply chain, HR and merchandising teams have assembled a disaster response task force to move badly needed water, meals and other supplies into the region for local residents and the company’s associates.

Team Rubicon, which is a long-standing partner of The Home Depot Foundation, is also using a local Home Depot store as its base camp while assisting local residents.

Through its Homer Fund employee assistance program, The Home Depot Foundation is also providing emergency funds to associates who themselves have been affected by the tragedy.

About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million to veteran causes, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 26,700 homes for veterans.

To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.

Contact:

Email: investor_relations@homedepot.com
IR Coordinator: 770-384-2871

Source: The Home Depot

Lowe’s announces $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in Louisiana

Lowe’s announces $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in Louisiana
Lowe’s announces $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help flood victims in Louisiana

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to historic flooding that has swept through Louisiana, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities.

The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to those impacted by the flooding. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program at its Louisiana stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.

“It’s devastating to see the people of Louisiana, including many of our own employees, once again facing an historic flood event,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “As families begin the difficult recovery process, we want them to know Lowe’s will work closely with the Red Cross and our other partners to support them every step of the way.”

Lowe’s has shipped more than 50 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the area, and Lowe’s employees across the region have been working around the clock to help people affected by flooding that began Friday. In the coming days and weeks, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and the company’s national disaster relief partner, the First Response Team of America, will help with relief efforts in Baton Rouge and other impacted communities. Lowe’s employees from surrounding stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and East Texas also will travel to the hardest-hit areas to support Lowe’s stores and assist communities in need.

On Sunday, the president declared a major disaster in Louisiana, where flooding has impacted tens of thousands. More than 10,000 people have stayed at Red Cross and community shelters across the state, and more than 850 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing relief and bringing comfort to affected residents.

“We appreciate Lowe’s significant contribution toward the massive disaster relief efforts being undertaken in Louisiana, which is now our largest response since Hurricane Sandy,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross. “With support from partners like Lowe’s, the Red Cross is working to meet the urgent needs of affected Louisiana families.”

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $27 million for disaster relief. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small.

Lowe’s has teamed up with partners to provide disaster aid to Louisiana communities for more than a decade. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lowe’s contributed $650,000 and employees helped restore 10 firehouses across the city. To mark the storm’s 10th anniversary last year, Lowe’s partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize New Orleans’Gentilly neighborhood. And in 2014, Lowe’s volunteers distributed hundreds of hurricane kits to prepare low-income homeowners in St. John Parish for hurricane season.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s

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BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its newest restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana.  The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Ambassador Town Center located off of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Kaliste Saloom Road.  The restaurant is approximately 7,300 square feet, eats approximately 225 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert.  BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions.  Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are very pleased to open our third restaurant in the state of Louisiana,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “The Lafayette restaurant joins our Slidell and Baton Rougerestaurants and is our fourth new restaurant opened this year.  We remain on target to open 18 to 19 restaurants this year.  Our next new restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-April in Pensacola, Florida at the Cordova Mall.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 174 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 23 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

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.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. and Stirling Properties form joint venture to develop Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, Louisiana

Development over 90% Leased Prior to Construction Start

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2015-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) and Stirling Properties announced today a joint venture to develop Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The approximately 58-acre site is located at the corner of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Kaliste Saloom Road. The retail center will be built in one phase and will be approximately 425,000 square feet with major retailers includingCostco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field & Stream, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoes,Chuy’s, Panera Bread and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. The majority of the retailers committed to the project are either first-time locations within Lafayette or Louisiana, or both. Construction is set to begin this month, with a projected opening of March 2016.

“Stirling Properties is excited about our partnership with CBL to develop Ambassador Town Center and believes that this joint venture brings the best possible team together to build this project,” said Stirling Properties’ Senior Vice President of Development Townsend Underhill. “We know this site to be an excellent location for a retail development in this market and we are happy to continue our long and successful development history in the city of Lafayette.”

“Ambassador Town Center is well-located and has attracted a best-in-class retail line-up even before construction has commenced,” said Michael Lebovitz, CBL’s Executive Vice President – Development and Administration. “We are pleased to partner with Stirling Properties on this project and are looking forward to announcing additional retailers as the development progresses.”

Ambassador Town Center is expected to create approximately 2,200 construction jobs, 1,000 permanent jobs and generate nearly $9 million annually in sales taxes for the city of Lafayette.

“This project is a sign of Lafayette’s strong economy and our willingness to work with the private sector for needed infrastructure in our community,” stated Joey Durel, Lafayette City-Parish President. “Retailers like those that have committed will be a regional draw for Lafayette, and the public infrastructure that will be built to provide a route parallel to Ambassador Caffery is necessary for one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Louisiana.”

Public infrastructure improvements are being funded through a payment in lieu of tax arrangement (PILOT), which includes a new connection between Frem Boustany Road and Kaliste Saloom Road and multiple improvements to the existing road system. Under the arrangement, The Industrial Development Board for Lafayette Parish has agreed to allocate a portion of the property taxes that will be created by the development of this project to build the public infrastructure.

For leasing information, please contact: Ryan Pecot, 337.572.0246 or rpecot@stirlingprop.com, or Rodney Gordon, 423.553.8704 or rodney_gordon@cblproperties.com.

About Stirling Properties
Stirling Properties is one of the most diversified full-service commercial real estate companies in the country. Regionally focused and nationally acclaimed, we utilize a comprehensive set of resources and rely on a team of trusted experts in Brokerage Services, Development and Redevelopment, Acquisitions and Investments, and Property and Asset Management over a wide array of property types to deliver long-term value to our clients across the Gulf South. With offices located in Jackson, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans, Metairie, Covington, Hammond, and Shreveport/Bossier City in Louisiana, Stirling Properties is one of the largest real estate firms in the Gulf South. Connect with Stirling Properties on the web at www.stirlingproperties.com, “like” us on facebook.com/stirlingproperties, follow us @StirlingProp on twitter.com/StirlingProp or subscribe to our Stirling Insights blog.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 148 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.2 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

CBL contact: Dan Summerlin, Director of Corporate Relations, 423.490.8315, dan_summerlin@cblproperties.com
Stirling Properties contact: Roslyn Pellegrin, Marketing Coordinator, 985-246-3764, rpellegrin@stirlingprop.com

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