Chick-fil-A® trials “Family Style Meals” in Greensboro, N.C., Phoenix and San Antonio

Chick-fil-A® trials “Family Style Meals” in Greensboro, N.C., Phoenix and San Antonio


Meal kit makes it even more convenient to order takeout; includes Mac & Cheese and Bacon Baked Beans

ATLANTA, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A® customers in Greensboro, N.C., Phoenix and San Antonio will be the first in the country to test out a new way to share Chick-fil-A meals and a few new side items as the restaurant chain begins testing “Family Style Meals” in three cities today (July 17, 2017) through November 18. The Family Style Meals include one entrée, two sides and eight mini rolls to serve four people, with the option to add additional entrees, shareable sides and beverages. Plates, utensils and condiments are also included.

Entrée options include: Chick-n-Strips™ (12-count); Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Breasts (4-count); Chick-fil-A Nuggets (30-count) and Grilled Chicken Breasts (4-count).

Side options include: Bacon Baked Beans, Fruit Cup, Mac & Cheese, Side Salad and the Superfood Side. The Family Style Meal starts at $29.99.

The Family Style Meals serve more than just hungry diners; they also serve a growing demand for takeout options. Thirty-six percent of Chick-fil-A dinner customers take their meal to go from restaurants to eat at home.

“Our customers told us that they wanted an even more convenient way to share meals at home or on the go, so we worked directly with a group of parents to design every part of Family Style Meals – down to the cutlery caddy that features five unique conversation starter questions to help customers connect over mealtime,” said Matt Abercrombie, manager of menu development at Chick-fil-A. “Mealtime should be an enjoyable experience that brings family and friends together, not an extra stress in the day.”

The Family Style Meals also offers lower calorie options. For example, a meal with Grilled Chicken Breasts, Side Salad and Fruit Cup with two Mini Rolls has less than 300 calories per serving.

In addition to the Family Style Meals, Chick-fil-A is also testing the options of Bacon Baked Beans and Mac & Cheese as individual sides in these three cities. The Bacon Baked Beans are kettle-cooked with bacon and brown sugar for a sweet and savory taste. The Mac & Cheese side is a classic macaroni and cheese recipe featuring a special blend of cheeses including Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano.

The Family Style Meals and new sides will only be available in Greensboro, N.C., Phoenix and San Antonio restaurants during the limited-time test. Customer feedback will help determine if Family Style Meals and the two new individual sides will be added to menus nationwide.

To find a restaurant near you, check out Chick-fil-A’s restaurant locator.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $8 billion in 2016, which marks 49 consecutive years of sales growth. In 2016, Chick-fil-A was named the Technomic Consumer’s Choice for “providing value through service” and QSR Magazine named the company “the most polite restaurant in the country” in its annual drive-thru report. Chick-fil-A was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. in 2016. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at

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QuikTrip expands into San Antonio and Austin, Texas with first stores expected to open in summer 2018

TULSA, Okla., 2017-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — QuikTrip (QT), one of the nation’s leading convenience and gasoline retailers, today  (June 28, 2017)  announced it is expanding into San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The first QT stores in each city are expected to open in the summer of 2018.

QT has been serving Texas customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market since 1999, and currently operates 134 stores there. Construction will begin this winter on the first of over 100 stores scheduled for the initial launch in San Antonio and Austin.

“We’ve heard from a number of enthusiastic QT fans in San Antonio and Austin familiar with us from their travels, urging us to expand there,” said Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip CEO. “Both San Antonio and Austin are really hot markets right now and we cannot wait to join the exciting landscape in those two great communities. If you aren’t familiar with us yet, you are in for a real treat!”

One of the things that differentiates QT from its competitors is its in-store QT Kitchens, which serve fresh, made-to-order food, such as pizza, premium specialty drinks and frozen treats.

Now in its 59th year, QT ranks high on the Forbes list of Largest Privately Held Companies, and has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For by Fortunefor the past 14 years. In 2016, QT was named by Fortune among the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials. QT’s strategy is to be the dominant convenience/gasoline retailer in each market and to reach that level not through sheer number of stores, but through key, high-volume locations.

QT has approximately 20,000 full-time and part-time employees who enjoy one of the broadest benefit packages in the industry. It has been six years since QT expanded into a new market. In 2011, QT launched its Carolinas division, adding 75 stores in Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina. The company operates more than 750 stores in 11 states.

About QuikTrip

QuikTrip Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has grown to a more than $11 billion company with 750+ stores in 11 states.  With over 20,000 employees, QuikTrip has made Fortune magazine’s list of Best Companies to Work For every year for the last 15 years and received the No. 38 spot in People Magazine’s 50 Companies That Care. QuikTrip is consistently ranked as one of the top convenience store marketers in product quality and friendly service, including a top spot on GasBuddy’s Top Rated C-Store list for 2017. QuikTrip also gives back to the communities it serves, donating five percent of net profits to charitable organizations. To find out more about QuikTrip, visit

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Sears opens first-of-its-kind DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears in San Antonio, Texas

Sears opens first-of-its-kind DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears in San Antonio, Texas


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears is opening a first-of-its-kind DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears that is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s driver. The new store at 8551 Wurzbach Road in San Antonio, Texas, opens on Friday, February 17.

The DieHard Auto Center leverages interactive in-store merchandise displays and advanced diagnostic technology. It offers a suite of services and amenities, including:

  • DieHard 360° Vehicle Assessment: Looking to buy or sell a used car? Customers can get a comprehensive 120-point inspection to assess the vehicle’s condition to help them buy, sell, or just maintain their vehicle with confidence.
  • DieHard Edge Maintenance Plans: Provides 36 months or 45,000 miles, (whichever comes first) of covered maintenance locked in at today’s discounted prices (savings range from 25% to 40% off regular retail prices), DieHard Edge is available in three flexible plans.
  • Digital Tire Journey: A web app that relies on IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier service to help customers identify the appropriate tires to fit their driving preferences. Customers can also use touchscreens in store to access the Digital Tire Journey.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Enabling customers to be productive or entertained while their vehicle is serviced.

“The new DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears is another example of how we’re unleashing the power of the DieHard brand,” said Brian Kaner, president of Sears Automotive.  “It offers state-of-the-art technology and services in a contemporary, comfortable setting – that, combined with our experienced associates, can help today’s drivers make the right choices for their vehicle’s needs.”

“DieHard is America’s most trusted automotive battery brand,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands. “In 2016, we introduced DieHard tires, which have been well-received by our customers, as we have continued to see positive, strong sales since their introduction. As we have also expanded the brand into automotive consumer electronics accessories, it’s a natural evolution to extend the brand to automotive service. Now, when you bring your vehicle to a DieHard Auto Center, you can have the same peace of mind you expect from DieHard products.”

During Friday’s grand opening celebration, members and customers can enjoy free food and prizes, including: DieHard wi-fi maintainers valued at $99.99 and compact lithium jump starters valued at $69.99. In addition, KJ97 IHeart radio will be broadcasting from the store on Friday.

The celebration will continue over the weekend, with the DieHard Auto Center giving away a DieHard 360 Vehicle Assessment on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb.19 to two lucky winners. In addition, key vendors including AutoZone®, Continental Tire®, Michelin Tire® and Valvoline® will participate in the celebration.

DieHard Auto Center specials throughout the grand opening weekend include:

  • An additional 10 percent off DieHard batteries, starting as low as $99.99 (offer valid in-store only through March 2, 2017).
  • Buy three, get one free on all DieHard tires with installation, plus get an additional 10 percent off (offer valid in-store only through March 2, 2017).
  • 50 percent off oil changes (offer valid through March 2, 2017)
    • $14.99 conventional oil
    • $24.99 blend oil
    • $34.99 synthetic oil
    • Includes up to 5 quarts of Valvoline® oil and $3.49 filter

Operating hours for the new DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears are Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m.– 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. For more information about the new San AntonioDieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears, visit

About Sears Auto Center
Sears Auto Center is a leading provider of automotive maintenance and repair services and parts, with more than 600 locations nationwide offering a full array of passenger and light truck tires, including RoadHandler™, Michelin® and Goodyear®, DieHard tires, DieHard batteries, Craftsman®auto accessories and more. Sears has a long history as America’s trusted place for car care, having offered auto parts since 1905 and service since 1931. Sears Auto Center offers customers convenient locations and hours – open seven days a week, as well as an extensive menu of services. Sears Auto Center is a division of Sears, Roebuck and Co. For more information on Sears Auto Center please visit Facebook: | Twitter @SearsAuto.

About the DieHard brand
Introduced in 1967, Sears designed the original DieHard automotive battery to produce 35 percent more usable starting power than other similar batteries. Featuring a revolutionary tough, thin-walled case of translucent polypropylene plastic, which was 50 percent thinner than conventional black rubber-type battery enclosures, the design’s extra room meant bigger plates, more acid and extra starting power. During testing, not a single failure was reported in over 26,000 starts in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to more than 100 degrees, hence the name “DieHard.” See more DieHard history and compelling “Battery Torture” video at

About Sears, Roebuck and Co. 
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

Larry Costello
Sears Holdings
(847) 286-9036

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San Antonio back on the top spot as the most romantic city in the U.S. according to

After two consecutive years of falling off the list completely, San Antonio reclaims its spot as the most romantic city in the U.S.

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Love reigns at as the company today (Feb. 1, 2017) released its annual list of Top 20 Most Romantic Cities.

The list is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of romance novels and relationship books (both Kindle and print); romantic comedy movies (DVDs and digital); a curated list of romantic music, including artists like Adele, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Brad Paisley and Barry White (CDs and MP3 format); as well as the sales of sexual wellness products.

The Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. are:

1. San Antonio, Texas 11. Columbia, S.C.
2. Miami, Fla. 12. Vancouver, Wash.
3. Alexandria, Va. 13. Gainesville, Fla.
4. Orlando, Fla. 14. Seattle, Wash.
5. Salt Lake City, Utah 15. Scottsdale, Ariz.
6. Knoxville, Tenn. 16. Tampa, Fla.
7. Cincinnati, Ohio 17. Las Vegas, Nev.
8. Pittsburgh, Pa. 18. Portland, Ore.
9. Atlanta, Ga. 19. Round Rock, Texas
10. Ann Arbor, Mich. 20. Rochester, N.Y.

Some of the interesting findings in Amazon’s romantic data revealed that:

  • Lovers in Seattle and Atlanta set the mood without delay, ordering more Romance novels using Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery than any other city on the list. Top Romance titles included “First Comes Love” by Emily Giffin, “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion and “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes.
  • Kindle Unlimited members fell in love with love, reading tens of millions of romance books in the last year, including “Everything We Keep” by Kerry Lonsdale, “Worth the Wait” by Jamie Beck and “Doing It Over” by Catherine Bybee.
  • Customers enjoyed binge-watching romantic films and TV series on Prime Video last year. The Amazon Original series “Catastrophe,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Doctor Thorne,” as well as movies like “Age of Adaline” and “Equals” were among the most streamed romantic titles.
  • Chicago, Houston, New York, San Diego and Seattle stoked the fire of love all year long by streaming the most love songs from Amazon Music.
  • From Fleetwood Mac to the Rolling Stones, customers shook it all night long by streaming Classic Rock Love Songs more than any other romantic playlist.
  • Amazon Alexa customers got sentimental – some of the most requested love songs on Alexa included “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash.
  • Customers upped their romance game and ordered flowers and chocolate truffles via Alexa.
  • Temperatures are rising in Florida as four cities made the Top 20 list.

Whether looking to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day or simply celebrate friendship, customers can find the perfect gift at, browse the Amazon Books Editors’ curated collection of love stories at, catch select Amazon Video romance titles on sale starting today at and enjoy the twin Amazon Music Original playlists, Love Me (for the lovers) and Love Me Not (for the haters), beginning February 3 on Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.


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