Pasticceria Marchesi opens at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; its third store in Milan

Milan, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pasticceria Marchesi opens a third shop in the heart of Milan in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an emblematic symbol of the city. The new venue, located on the mezzanine floor of the building that houses Prada’s Men’s store, can be accessed by stairs or elevator both from the Galleria arcade and the Prada Men’s boutique.

After the opening of the Prada menswear store, the inauguration of the Marchesi pastry shop is the second phase of a major project in which the prestigious Galleria location of Prada Group will become a genuine hub of its many facets, where fashion, food, art and a wide range of cultural activities will harmoniously coexist.

The new Marchesi shop covering an area of 250 square metres reinterprets the atmosphere and allure of its historic shop on Via Santa Maria alla Porta, Milan. Its striking ambiance with several arched windows overlooks the splendid frescoes and mosaic pavements of the Galleria.

The green Venetian plaster walls are covered in part by floral silk jacquard tone-on-tone fabric, with glass-shelf display cases dedicated to Marchesi specialties. Cherry wood and crystal shelves are topped by large mirrors. The green alpine marble floors and the ceilings with exposed wooden beams, consistent with the image and tradition of the pastry shop, reflect the original style and spirit of the historic shop on Via Santa Maria alla Porta, recreating in the new space of the Galleria an elegant atmosphere that has been characteristic of Marchesi for over 150 years.

Like the Marchesi shop on Via Monte Napoleone, part of the space in the new store is used as an elegant tea room which serves a variety of dishes throughout the day: breakfast, lunch, tea, and an evening aperitif.

For further information:

Source: Prada Group

Citycon’s Iso Omena shopping centre opens first phase of extension


Citycon’s Iso Omena shopping centre opens first phase of extension Citycon’s Iso Omena shopping centre opens first phase of extension


Helsinki,  Finland, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Once the total extension project is completed in 2017, Iso Omena will have a GLA of over 100,000 square metres, offering premises for over 200 different shops, restaurants and service units. This will make Iso Omena one of the largest shopping centres in Finland. A total of approximately 60 new shops, restaurants and service units will be opened in the first phase with an additional 40 units opening in the second phase. Tenants have shown a strong interest in the premises of Iso Omena, 95 percent of the GLA in the first phase has already been leased.

The extension will significantly increase the offering of fashion, entertainment, restaurants and services available at Iso Omena. In the first phase, retail brands such as Superdry, BikBok, Brothers, Gina Tricot, Carlings, Björn Borg, Peak Performance and Efva Attling will open new stores. H&M will also open an extended 3,000 square metre store in the new part of the shopping centre.

One of the unique features of the new Iso Omena is the extensive restaurant concept M.E.E.T (meet, eat, enjoy, together) that is the first of its kind in Finland. M.E.E.T will be opened in two phases, now and in the spring 2017, and when completed it will include 40 different restaurants. The new restaurant world can be compared to the Helsinki City Centre when it comes to the diversity of the offering. New restaurants to be introduced in Iso Omena in the first phase include e.g. artisan pasta restaurant Makaronitehdas, Goodwin steak house, the Mexican style restaurant Eatos and viking restaurant Harald. The selection of cafés will also grow: additions include La Torrefazione, Choco lab, and the Choux Company.

The third floor of the shopping centre will house a service square for the City of Espoo, a novel concept for providing public services. The service square will be bringing a library, a health centre and other public services together into a single space of 6,000 square metres. The accessibility of the municipal and healthcare services will significantly improve for the residents in the area with the extended opening hours and increased traffic connections.

New additions for the second phase include a seven screen Finnkino cinema, Zara, and a large selection of different restaurants, as well as various shops and services targeted at families and children. Iso Omena’s current grocery stores Prisma and Citymarket, recently renovated in spring 2016, will be joined by grocery store Lidl, which will be opened on the same level.

“Iso Omena’s selection is unique in Finland. In addition to a strong fashion offering and other specialty shops, we have a diverse selection of restaurants, entertainment and both public and private services. The quality of architecture and building materials has been in focus in the shopping centre extension project. Iso Omena is about much more than just buying things: it offers the surrounding community a place for spending time and socialising,” explains Sanna Yliniemi, Commercial Director at Citycon.

The final station of the first phase of the western metro line and the feeder bus terminal will be located under Iso Omena. They will strengthen the role of Iso Omena as a significant traffic hub for all of southern Espoo with an expected 35,000 daily commuters. In addition to excellent public transport connections, Iso Omena will have 3,000 parking spaces.

The Iso Omena shopping centre has been awarded a LEED® Platinum certificate for its extension, the highest rating level within the environmental certification system.

Citycon takes over full ownership of Iso Omena

For the first phase of the Iso Omena extension, NCC Property Development acted as Citycon´s development partner with a 50 per cent stake of the total investment. In accordance with the agreement, Citycon purchased NCC Property Development’s share for approximately EUR 80 million. Citycon is now the sole owner of the Iso Omena shopping centre.

“Citycon’s strategy is to focus on owning and managing shopping centres in urban areas in growing cities. Iso Omena’s location is excellent: Matinkylä is an important public transportation hub with strong purchasing power in one of the fastest growing residential areas in Finland. Iso Omena meets all of Citycon’s investment criteria and is expected to provide strong growth also in the future,” says Nils Styf, Chief Investment Officer at Citycon.

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total EUR 4.7 billion and with market capitalisation of close to EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit


Nils Styf
Chief Investment Officer
Tel.: +46 733 506 039

Sanna Yliniemi
Commercial Director
Tel.: +358 41 456 3421

Source:  Citycon


Paradies Lagardère opens Tampa Bay Times store in Tampa International Airport

ATLANTA, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, and the Tampa International Airport today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a Tampa Bay Times-branded store in Airside E.

Founded in 1884, Tampa Bay Times is Florida’s largest newspaper and has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards. Passengers will stay informed through large HD screens showcasing Tampa Bay Times’ website, which receives more than two million unique users monthly. The store will also offer various products, including snacks and beverages, as well as basic travel essentials and a large variety of products, souvenirs and gifts that represent Tampa and the regional area.

“We’re thrilled to debut the Tampa Bay Times at the Tampa International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère. “Not only is it a great complement to the airport, but passengers visiting the airport will find everything they need in this store, as well as experience the Tampa Bay Times brand, which has had an amazing presence regionally and beyond for more than 130 years.”

Additional details:
Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Travel Essentials, Specialty Retail and Food and Beverage. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole

Source: Paradies Lagardère

John Lewis to serve people of Leeds as Victoria Gate opens its doors to public on 20 October, 2016

London, 2016-Aug-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hammerson confirms that Victoria Gate, its £165 million development in Leeds, and the anchor tenant John Lewis will open its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday 20 October, 2016.

Set to transform the city’s aspirational retail, dining and leisure offer, Victoria Gate will become part of the new 53,400 m2(575,000 sq ft) Victoria Estate shopping district, which also includes Leeds’ Victoria Quarter arcades.

Anchored by a flagship John Lewis, the scheme is currently 74% pre-let and will also boast new retailers and restaurants including Russell & Bromley, Aspinal of London, Le Pain Quotidien, Neom Organics, T2, GANT, Hackett, Tommy Hilfiger, Anthropologie and international restaurant group D&D. Introducing so many new brands to the city will firmly establish the Victoria Estate as a hub for premium shopping and dining in the North of the UK.

Robin Dobson, Director Retail Development at Hammerson said: ‘It is great to be able to confirm the official launch date for Victoria Gate as the 20 October. Ideally timed for pre-Christmas trade we are delighted to bring this new and iconic retail destination to Leeds and one that is set to be the largest premium retail and leisure destination outside of London. We look forward to disclosing further detail about the launch celebrations shortly.’

James Prince, Head of Branch at John Lewis Leeds, said: ‘I can’t wait for John Lewis Leeds to open its doors for the first time. It’s our most service and experiential led shop to date, as we continue to offer more for customers that can’t be replicated online. My new team of Partners are really looking forward to serving the people of Leeds and welcoming everyone on opening day.’

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:

General enquires:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer
Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921

Source: John Lewis

Church’s opens retail outlet at SKP department store in Beijing

Beijing, China, 2016-Aug-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Church’s has strengthened its presence in Asia with the opening of a new retail outlet in Beijing, within the prestigious SKP department store.

The space is located in the luxury footwear department on the second floor and houses the men’s footwear collections, including the classic Consul, Chetwynd and Shannon models.

In addition, Church’s has created a new and sophisticated interpretation of the legendary Shanghai to mark the occasion: a special edition model created exclusively for SKP and available in an unusual Baltic blue colour with matching studs.

Church’s was established in 1873 in Northampton and is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high-end men’s and women’s footwear. Since 1999 it is part of the Prada Group which now holds 100% of Church’s capital.


Church’s press office
Phone +39 – 02-65569311

Source: Prada

Prada opens 670-square meter space store at the GUM Mall in Moscow

Moscow, Russia, 2016-Aug-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fashion is an experience in intimacy. The relationship between garment and wearer creates a personal narrative informed by texture and color, contrast and complement. Garments toy with perception – who we are, who we will be – realized in the way we dress. The Prada store at the GUM Mall in Moscow has evolved into a new constellation of intimate rooms featuring the Men’s and Women’s collections. The new experience embraces femininity and masculinity, light, texture, color, all within the two- level, 670-square meter space.

Overlooking Moscow’s Red Square, the new store features large windows that convey the interior spaces to the passers-by. Marble, velvet, and glass invite customers into the luxurious space. The interior preserves the original GUM vaulted ceiling, while the Prada’s classic black-and-white chequered marble floor pays homage to the original boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Comprising elegant rooms and retail salons, the store is replete with signature Prada colors and textures: velvet, marble, glass, in the familiar Encausto Green.

Prada at the GUM Mall embodies the twinned contradictions of the Prada brand. The retail experience is an investigation of space, culminating in the moments generated in grand rooms and unique salons. The intense design, detailing, and materiality reflect Prada’s century long commitment to craftsmanship and luxury since Mario Prada founded his first shop in Milan in 1913. Luxury and care are integral to the Prada GUM experience, manifested in the typology of highly crafted intimacy. Prada’s focus remains, as always, on customer service: the comfort, surprise, and delight of the customer is paramount.

For further information:

Prada Press Office
Ph. +39.02.541921

Source: Prada

Lowes Foods opens its newest store at Morganton Road in Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Located at 1740 Old Morganton Road in Southern Pines, the store will include special areas called Lowes Foods Originals, which include: Chicken Kitchen, SausageWorks, Dry Aged Beef, Pick & Prep, The Beer Den, The Cakery, Sunmill Wines and the Community Table. The store also offers the newly updated Lowes Foods-To-Go online personal shopping service, a bulk foods section, an expanded baby care area and a fuel center.

“We are thrilled to share our new Southern Pines store with the entire Moore County community and the many people who visit the area. The store represents the latest innovations in our journey to completely reimagine the grocery shopping experience,” Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe said. “Like all of our stores, this new store is very focused on supporting all things local while providing exceptional attention to our guests. Our commitment includes offering produce sourced through our partnership with more than 200 local farmers and featuring a wide assortment of unique local products found throughout the store.”

“We believe the Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping service and the fuel center will be particularly popular among people who are visiting the area to play golf, attend conferences or just relax and enjoy the beauty,” he added. “Guests can place their grocery order online using Lowes Food-To-Go, drive up to pick up their order, get fuel and be on their way within a matter of minutes.”

The Chicken Kitchen includes a variety of prepared chicken, including wings, fried and fresh-roasted chicken. “When hot chicken comes out of the rotisserie oven at Lowes Foods, our animated chicken chandelier signals the start of our special chicken celebration,” Lowe said. “Our Chicken Kitchen hosts will perform our own version of the Chicken Dance and invite guests to join in. It’s a lot of fun.”

If Willy Wonka had made sausage instead of chocolate, his famous factory would have been SausageWorks at Lowes Foods. SausageWorks features locally made pork, beef and poultry sausages in an unbelievable number of flavors, from the familiar crowd-pleasers to the “are they insane?” combinations.

The Southern Pines store is among only a few Lowes Foods to feature Dry Aged Beef selections, which encourages shoppers to earmark their favorite cut of fresh beef while it is being carefully aged in the store. At the conclusion of the aging process, shoppers can pick up their special cut of beef full of flavor and ready for home cooking or grilling.

“Our Pick & Prep area is like having your own personal sous chef. It’s one of my personal favorites,” Lowe added. “Our guests select their fruits or vegetables from our produce department. Next, our Pick & Prep hosts use their advanced knife skills to chop, slice or julienne them—however they are needed for recipes or snacks. Cooks can even customize their mix of Pick & Prep items for a recipe or pick up a prepared selection.”

The Beer Den offers a large craft beer collection, including numerous North Carolina-brewed beers. Guests can purchase 64-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers direct from the tap. The Beer Den also offers hundreds of bottled craft beers, including the ability for beer lovers to create their own favorite six packs – perfect for a golf outing

The Cakery features frosting made with real butter and real cream and opportunities to join in The Cakery Walk. A whimsical bakery where being square is incredibly cool, The Cakery is focused on all things cakes. The Cakery features “Scrumptiouslyumptiously” delicious square cakes in all sizes that are assembled before your eyes, topped with icing made fresh in-store.

A focal point of the new Southern Pines store is the Lowes Foods Community Table, where shoppers can gather to sample, enjoy and learn how to prepare local foods. The Community Table, which is constructed of reclaimed wood, also will offer events such as recipe sampling, crafts for children, gluten free eating tips and couponing classes.

In addition to these new offerings, the store features a wide assortment of organics, Certified Angus beef, fresh pizza and Paninis, and a clip-your-own herb garden. Lowes Foods reopened its nearby Pinehurst store, located at 266 Central Park Avenue in the Olmstead Village Shopping Center, in mid-2015.

About Lowes Foods
Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs approximately 9,000 people and operates 96 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table, by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong focus on exceptional attention to our guests, with services like Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts. To learn more, visit or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.

About Alex Lee, Inc.
Founded in 1931, Alex Lee is a family-owned and operated company that employs approximately 10,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets. In addition, Alex Lee is the parent company of Lowes Foods, which includes 94 full-service grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as Just Save food stores in North Carolina. Alex Lee, Inc. is based in Hickory, NC.

For more information, please visit


(336) 659-0180

Source: Lowes Foods

Carrefour Italy opens its latest hypermarket in Nichelino

Turin, Italy, 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ —On 19 July, Carrefour Italy opened its latest hypermarket in Nichelino, south-west of Turin. This new retail outlet boasts a broad range of products, as well as numerous services.

This store has a sales area of 7500 m² and is open every day, from 8 AM to midnight.

The architecture of this new hypermarket has been completely designed around customer requirements and stimulates all five senses: the colours of the checkouts and the individual product sections stimulatesight, customers’ sense of smell is stimulated by the freshly-prepared bread and pastries, their touchis stimulated because they can touch all the touch-screen devices in the self-service area of the technology department, their taste is stimulated by the various options they have to taste traditionally-produced products – as well as the dining opportunities afforded by the Terre d’Italia restaurant right in the centre of the store – and their hearing is stimulated by the soothing environment and the ambient music playing in the store.

The new hypermarket has a number of distinctive features: the market area where customers can purchase fresh produce of the best possible quality, the fish counter, which features the very best seafood from Italy as well as overseas, and the butcher’s counter, with meats sourced from extremely carefully selected livestock farms.

The cheese area features some 150 types of Piemunto brand cheese, all made exclusively using piemont milk and subject to strict quality controls carried out by the Piedmont region’s certification authorities.

The Juice Bar, where customers can purchase freshly-squeezed juices, together with fruit salads, is part of the health area which also features organic products and “senza” products (gluten-free, sugar-free, egg free, etc.), as well as vegetarian and vegan products.

Another new feature is the wine cellar, which boasts a broad range of products, including 180 wines – high-quality sparkling wines and champagnes.

New technology enthusiasts can try on clothes virtually using a new digital mirror in the fashion area. Or they can test new mobile technologies in the technology area.

And finally, the Nichelino retail outlet hosts the very first Carrefour Drive in Italy, designed to make the everyday lives of people living in Turin easier.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail:


Carrefour Italy opens its latest hypermarket in Nichelino
Carrefour Italy opens its latest hypermarket in Nichelino


Source: Carrefour

Starbucks opens its first express store in London’s Canary Wharf

LONDON, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (July 20, 2016), the first Starbucks express store in Europe opens in London’s major business hub, Canary Wharf.  With an open layout, the new store features a walk-through experience and a streamlined menu at an early order point which allows customers to order, pay and pick-up even faster.

“We recognize some of our customers, especially busy commuters in Canary Wharf, are moving at a fast pace and efficient, high-quality service whatever the time of day,” said Rhys ‎Iley, vice president operations, Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa. “We’re excited to bring this unique store format to the UK, the first time for Starbucks outside of the U.S. and Canada. This follows the digital innovations we have rolled out to improve convenience for customers.”

Designed for people on-the-go who want Starbucks products, coupled with the efficiency that comes from knowing what they want, the store offers a welcoming environment with the barista and customer at its heart. Design features include textures of complementary natural wood and marble.

The streamlined menu focuses on high-quality brewed coffee, signature espresso beverages and a selection of popular food items including breakfast sandwiches, all displayed on digital menu boards that rotate throughout the day. For customers who choose to order ahead, Mobile Order & Pay is also integrated.

“The new express format is the latest in our evolving store portfolio, which aims to meet the needs of our customers while keeping our baristas at the heart of the customer experience,” added Iley.

The London launch follows the successful express format store openings in New York, Toronto and Chicago.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100


Starbucks opens its first express store in London’s Canary Wharf
Starbucks opens its first express store in London’s Canary Wharf


Source: Starbucks

Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes opens in Grand Central Place on July 21

Somerset, Ky., 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Family footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes will open the doors to its newest location on Thursday, July 21, in Grand Central Place, located off U.S. Highway 27. The retailer, known for its daily “Buy One Get One 50 Percent Off” promotion, will offer an extensive selection of brand name shoes at value prices in its new 5,700 square-foot store.

To celebrate its inaugural Somerset location, Rack Room Shoes is presenting shoppers with exclusive sales offers, deals and giveaways throughout the weekend

 The first 50 customers in-store on Thursday and Saturday will receive a gift bag with a $10 store credit to use on the retailer’s wide offering.

 Shoppers who sign up for the Rack Room Rewards program, during the grand opening weekend, will also receive an instant $5 off their purchase.

“There is a great need for a leading footwear retailer in Somerset,” said Regional Manager Shawn Brooks. “With the new school year just around the corner, our customers can enjoy a one-stop destination to get their favorite brands of men’s, women’s and children’s footwear – accompanied by great prices and excellent customer service.”

Additionally, Rack Room Shoes will host its annual Shoes That Fit campaign, empowering its customers to make a real difference in their community. During the retailer’s Back to School event, which extends through mid-September, customers can make an in-store donation to help purchase new shoes for at-risk children in Somerset. The retailer will match every donation, up to $300,000, and funnel 100 percent of the proceeds back into area school systems through its partnerships with local school liaisons.

“While Back to School is an exciting time for many children, we recognize that it can present great challenges for those with limited resources. We look forward to partnering with the residents of Somerset to benefit families in need,” said Brooks.

Store hours for Rack Room Shoes are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

About Rack Room Shoes
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is the family footwear retailer of choice. Known as an innovator in the shoe industry for more than 90 years, Rack Room Shoes offers a wide selection of nationally recognized and private brands of great shoes for men, women and children in comfort, dress, casual and athletic categories. For more information, visit Rack Room Shoes’ website at

Media Contacts:
Carolyn Canington

Brenda Christmon

Source: Rack Room Shoes

SPAR Austria opens new state-of-the-art logistics centre in Ebergassing, Austria

The existing SPAR warehouse located in the town of St. Polten had become too small to efficiently supply the growing number of SPAR stores in Vienna. Recognizing that this would only become more difficult over time, SPAR Austria invested in a new state-of-the-art logistics centre in the area of Ebergassing (Lower Austria) in co-operation with the Austrian logistics supplier Knapp.

Vienna, Austria, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The construction of the most modern logistics centre in Europe took two years to realize and an investment of €85 million. On 11 June 2016, the official opening of the new distribution centre was celebrated in the presence of Federal Minister Dr. Hans Jörg Schelling and 500 guests. The population of Ebergassing and surroundings will be invited to visit the centre in spring 2017, when it will be fully operational. This investment has resulted in the creation of 150 new jobs in the area.

SPAR Austria Board Member, Friedrich Poppmeier, who is in charge of logistics, explains the objectives behind the new centre: “To achieve local supply at the highest level, perfect processes have to be applied. SPAR is a leader in innovation and has always invested in new technologies in the area of logistics. Innovation supporting the security of supply and the support of our SPAR retailers in their day-to-day work is an ongoing investment within SPAR Austria. The SPAR logistics centre Ebergassing has become a model operation!”

Unique worldwide innovations
The new facility is currently one of the most innovative and sustainable logistics centres in the world. Some of the technologies which have been incorporated are being used for the first time. They were developed in co-operation with logistics supplier Knapp.

Gerald Hofer, CEO of Knapp AG, explains: “Based on SPAR’s industry knowledge and Knapp’s technology know-how, we jointly developed a completely new picking method, improving management of peaks, the reduction of investment and offering employees an ergonomic working environment. We are particularly proud of specially developed workplaces and the initial use of ‘swarm intelligence’ in the form of freely navigating shuttles. This innovation will set new standards worldwide and create jobs in Austria.”

Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Right at the start of construction in May 2015, it was clear that this logistics centre is a great example of the inclusion of many elements focused on sustainability. The centre has already been pre-certified with the ÖGNI certificate in platinum by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate (ÖGNI). The official ceremony recognizing this achievement will take place in the autumn of 2016.


SPAR International Communication Manager,
Penny van der Kaars

Source: Spar International


Whole Foods Market opens its new store in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on June 22, 2016

CHICAGO, IL, 2016-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, opens its new store in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The new 30,300 square foot store, located at 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., will celebrate the grand opening with music, food and many more surprises for all who attend.

“Whole Foods Market Hyde Park will be a one-stop-shop for culinary creators of all skill levels, featuring the best tasting natural and organic grocery staples as well as that hard-to-find ingredient,” says Eric Golinvaux, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Hyde Park. “For shoppers on-the-go, we’ll have a variety of delicious meals from our chef-driven prepared food options such as seasonal salads, custom sandwiches, and Neapolitan-style pizza, all made without artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners.”

In the morning or an afternoon pick-me-up, coffee lovers will enjoy the delicious, freshly brewed Allegro coffee beverages made to order, including lattes, chai, cappuccinos, and espresso from the Coffee Bar. Allegro buys and roasts only specialty Arabica beans, which represents the top 10 percent of all the beans produced in the world. From that 10 percent, Allegro only purchases the cream of the crop, so Whole Foods Market shoppers are getting the best quality and taste possible every day.

For lunch or easy dinner choices, Whole Foods Market Hyde Park has a variety of healthy and hearty options made with the same high quality standards found on the shelves. Choose from freshly prepared seasonal salads or create a customized blend with the variety of responsibly grown organic and conventional produce on the salad bar; or for more rib-sticking meal choice, the hot bar provides seasonal, chef-driven recipes.

The Diner features a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options including breakfast sandwiches, build-your-own-burgers and classic grilled cheese.  Signature sandwiches featuring chipotle turkey, pastrami, or build-your-own style options offer a more custom meal. For a taste of Italy, pick up a slice of hand-stretched Neapolitan-style pizza – ready in under seven minutes. Freshly made sushi specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice, are made in-house by sushi chefs using sustainably sourced seafood.

On the shelves and in the aisles, shoppers will have over 650 wines, 200 beers (including a custom Hyde Park Pale Ale from Begyle Brewing Company), 150 back-to-basics bulk pantry staples, and more than 95 bulk spices to choose from.

Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibit artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company. These commitments include:

Produce: Responsibly grown produce is chosen by expert buyers and rated based off organic certification, farming practices that impact the environment and human heath.

  • Meat: Classically-trained butchers and meat cutters carve and grind in-house beef, pork, chicken and turkey that comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating program
  • Seafood: The Seafood Department has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
  • Bakery: The skilled bakers use only ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market’s high Quality Standards, fresh natural butters and creams, and unbleached, unbromated flours for the variety of breads and pastries they create daily.
  • Cheese: The cheese department is a culinary destination offering over 200 specialty cheeses free of artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, preservatives and hydrogenated oils.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Hyde Park neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

During the ceremony, The Oriental Institute will receive a $25,000 Healthy Kids Innovation grant from Whole Kids Foundation in partnership with United Health Foundation.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the bricks and mortar of the store.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in Hyde Park will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. Several times a year, the store will hold community giving days, also known as “5% Days,” where 5 percent of a select day’s sales will be donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. In celebration of the new location, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where 1 percent of each day’s sales will go towards five area organizations:

  • Hyde Park Art Center
  • Hyde Park Jazz Society
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
  • Experimental Station
  • Hyde Park Historical Society

Another way Whole Foods Market will support the Hyde Park community is through its One Dime at a Time program which provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Hyde Park’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be 62 Garden.

Whole Foods Market has 25 other Chicagoland stores: Gold Coast, Halsted, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Sauganash, South Loop, Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods in Chicago; and the surrounding suburbs of: Deerfield, Elmhurst, three Evanston locations, Hinsdale, Kildeer, Naperville, Northbrook, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, River Forest, Wheaton and Willowbrook. Whole Foods Market Englewood opens Fall 2016

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Source: Whole Foods Market