ALDI announces $3.4 billion investment to expand 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022

Growth plan calls for 25,000 additional jobs

Batavia, Ill., 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI continues to disrupt the U.S. grocery industry by providing customers with a smarter way to shop. Building on its already-aggressive growth strategy and $1.6 billion program to remodel 1,300 stores by 2020, the grocery retailer just announced a $3.4 billion capital investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. With this growth, ALDI will be the third largest grocery store by count in the U.S. and serve 100 million customers per month.

In a turbulent retail environment, ALDI is bucking the trend plaguing many retailers by accelerating its growth of new stores with a total capital investment of $5 billion in new and remodeled stores over the next five years. Named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Employers, ALDI will add 25,000 new jobs in stores, warehouses and offices with industry-leading compensation and generous benefits packages.

“We pioneered a grocery model built around value, convenience, quality and selection and now ALDI is one of America’s favorite and fastest growing retailers,” said Jason Hart, CEO. “We’re growing at a time when other retailers are struggling. We are giving our customers what they want, which is more organic produce, antibiotic-free meats and fresh healthier options across the store, all at unmatched prices up to 50 percent lower than traditional grocery stores.”

ALDI has continued to evolve its selection of products to include more fresh foods, gluten-free options and award-winning products throughout the store. ALDI also continues to increase its offering of fresh and sustainable seafood, specialty wines and cheeses, organic items from its SimplyNature line, and awardwinning Little Journey baby products. ALDI was the first grocery store to offer all of its exclusive products free of certified synthetic colors, added trans fat and added MSG.

“We have passionate fans who know ALDI offers a smarter way to feed their families in a modern, convenient and easy-to-shop environment,” added Hart. “If you’ve never shopped with us, we invite you to come in and discover the ALDI that millions already know and love.”

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,600 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month save up to 50 percent* on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For the seventh year in a row, ALDI was recognized as a value leader among U.S. grocery stores by Market Force Information® survey of U.S. consumers. For more information about ALDI, visit
aldi.us.

*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

Contact:
Nisa Kiang
(312) 988-2266
nkiang@webershandwick.com

Shenetta Johnson
(312) 988-2396
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Source: ALDI Inc.

Toys“R”Us® to bring “awesome” holiday moments to its stores nationwide this season

Stores Nationwide Kick Off November with The Great Big AWWWESOME Holiday Toy Fest, Professional Santa Photo Opportunity and More

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the calendar turns to November and customers ready for the inherent holiday shopping to come, Toys“R”Us® today (November 1, 2016) unveiled plans to bring “awesome” holiday moments to its stores nationwide this season. Beginning this weekend, the company’s brick and mortar locations across the country will begin to look – and feel – a lot like Christmas, from professional Santa photo package opportunities to a special event where kids and families can test the season’s hottest toys before sending their Wish Lists to the North Pole.

“Toys“R”Us is offering something truly unique and unmatched for customers by delivering the magic of the holidays right in-store,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Whether it’s a Santa Claus sighting, holiday music and merriment or our toy-testing events, customers can expect to find magical moments big and small when they visit our stores.”

Santa Readies His Sleigh, Heads to 100 Select Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Stores
This Saturday, November 5, Jolly Old Saint Nick will retreat from the North Pole and take up temporary residency at every kid’s favorite toy store – making for an incredible combination of fun and holiday cheer. To help parents check off their own wish lists this season, they can now skip the hours-long line at the nearby mall, meet and take photos with Santa at 100 select Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores across the country and complete their holiday shopping all in one stop. As an extra gift to moms and dads, they’ll find the photo packages competitively-priced at $29.99 (plus tax) and reservations a cinch at www.toysrus.com/visitsanta** .

Click to Tweet: Hear those sleigh bells jinglin’? Santa’s coming to town! Reserve your spot at a @ToysRUs or @BabiesRUs near you! www.toysrus.com/visitsanta

In-Store Toy Celebration Helps Build Excitement and Wish Lists
As gift-givers grow anxious about delivering the magic of the holidays to the kids in their lives, Toys“R”Us is offering an opportunity for customers to experience first-hand the toys that will truly bring smiles to kids’ faces this holiday season. With live demos of NERF blasters, the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar, Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall, Brightlings and more, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can take note of the playthings that are absolute must-haves. The “Great Big AWWWESOME Holiday Toy Fest” is designed to be a truly unique experience and the opportunity to interact with the toys that will surely top Wish Lists this season. The event will take place at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide on Saturday, November 5 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, complete with raffles, make-and-take activities and giveaways while supplies last.

Baby’s First Christmas Events
There is no shortage of holiday merriment in-store for the newest of parents this season. On Saturday, November 5, 12 and 19, Babies“R”Us will host Baby’s First Christmas Events at its stores nationwide from 10:00 to 11:00 am for families celebrating their little ones’ very first holiday. Customers can design an “Ugly Christmas Sweater,” take photos in front of winter-themed backdrops and peruse in-store “Baby’s First Christmas Shops,” which provide parents with first mementos, fun apparel and more.

Customers are invited to visit online or at their nearby locations for Babies“R”Us in-store events and Toys“R”Us in-store events. For company news and updates throughout the holiday season, please visit https://www.toysrusinc.com/press or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

**Santa will be in stores on Saturdays and Sundays from November 5 to December 11. Beginning on December 12, Santa will be in the stores every day of the week through December 22 at Toys“R”Us and December 24 at Babies“R”Us locations.

About Toys”R”Us, Inc.
Toys”R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 765 international stores and over 245 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys”R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Media Contact:

Candace Disler
973-617-5518
candace.disler@toysrus.com

Taylor O’Donnell
973-617-5634
taylor.odonnell@toysrus.com

Source: Toys”R”Us

Barnes & Noble again partners with Make: to host its second annual Mini Maker Faire at stores nationwide, November 5-6

New York, NY, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (September 15, 2016) announced that it has once again partnered with Make: to host its second annual Mini Maker Faire at stores nationwide, the weekend of November 5-6.  Barnes & Noble first renewed its retail partnership with Make:, publisher of Make:magazine and producer of Maker Faire,  back in 2015 to build on the huge success of last year’s inaugural retail Mini Maker Faire and continue Mini Maker Faire events in 2016. The renewed retail partnership reinforces both companies ongoing commitment to advancing tech literacy and bringing awareness to the Maker Movement, with special events, educational learning experiences and promotions throughout the year, all culminating in the second annual retail Mini Maker Faire in November.

One such collaboration is Barnes & Noble’s presenting sponsor role in several flagship Maker Faires this year, including the Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, CA, and the National Maker Faire in Washington, DC, in the spring, where Barnes & Noble launched pop-up shops to showcase its vast merchandise collection. Barnes & Noble will be doing the same at World Maker Faire in Queens, NY, the weekend of October 1-2.

The overall partnership between Make: and Barnes & Noble promises to continue to provide an educational platform for teachers, Makers, doers, creators, inventors, and innovators across the country through World Maker Faire in October, the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire in November, and beyond.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch our second annual Mini Maker Faire in partnership with Make:, and to react to our customers’ enthusiastic response to the “Call to Make” by giving them more of the authentic Maker Faire experience they enjoyed last year at our inaugural Mini Maker Faire,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President of Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble. “Last year, in partnership with Makers, Classrooms and Communities across the country, we worked hard to successfully break down the intimidation barrier when it comes to technology, innovation and creating and this year we plan to take it to a whole new level of engagement as we reinforce our commitment to promoting tech literacy.”

“We are excited to partner with Barnes & Noble as it launches its second annual Mini Maker Faire. This is an excellent way to introduce more communities across the country to the Maker Movement as they meet local and national Makers, participate in key product demonstrations, and enjoy fun Making activities,” said Sherry Huss, co-founder of Maker Faire and Vice President of Maker Media. “We’re pleased that we can introduce Barnes & Noble customers to Make: products that have been carefully selected for this event. Books like Make: Tech DIY and Edible Inventions, Make: magazine, and Make:’special Halloween edition, project kits, and custom do-it-yourself project books about exploring things like electricity and discovering woodworking. Barnes & Noble is a premier partner and we look forward to continuing to work on achieving our common goal of introducing, educating, and engaging others as to what the Maker Movement is all about.”

Barnes & Noble’s second Mini Maker Faire will once again deliver the authentic, credible experiences that Maker Faire attendees have historically come to expect. The fantastic event lineup will give customers the opportunity to “Meet the Makers” by showcasing local and national Makers, participate in interactive product demonstrations and take part in collaborative hands-on experiences designed to stretch their imaginations and creative thinking as they work cooperatively to make something original:

Make Workspace
At all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide during the Mini Maker Faire, there will be a “Make” Workspace, which is a tech-educational expo space, where customers of all ages will be able to participate in content-driven sessions where booksellers and Makers will demo some of the leading products in modern technology. Customers will be able to experience the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robotics, coding, programming, and more.

Make & Collaborate, then SHARE!
At the Mini Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble customers of all ages will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experiences around the art of designing, handcrafting and constructing, in the spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork. “Making Materials” featured in this portion of the event will include products from some of the leading vendors in science and technology such as littleBits, LEGO®, Magformers, Squigz, Strawbees and Brackitz.

Meet the Makers
Throughout the Mini Maker Faire, Makers, educators and authors dedicated to changing the way people learn, ideate, design, create, build and embrace the future will visit stores nationwide to speak about the Maker Movement, present their creations and more. Customers should contact their local store to find out what special guests are participating during the Mini Maker Faire.

Customers can also look forward to an expanded online presence at www.bn.com/makerfaire this year, which serves as a comprehensive “site within a site,” where Making, Learning and Doing can happen year-round. The site will feature rich and relevant articles, video content and Maker projects that will rotate regularly.

More details on Barnes & Noble’s second annual Mini Maker Faire will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Customers should stay tuned and visit their local Barnes & Noble store or go online at www.bn.com/makerfaire for more information.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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CONTACTS:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

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Senior Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Kroger to hold open interviews in its stores nationwide on Tuesday, August 9

CINCINNATI, 2016-Aug-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that it will hold open interviews in its stores nationwide on Tuesday, August 9. To make applying online even easier, Kroger launched “mobile apply” which allows job-seekers to submit applications through their smartphones or tablet devices.

Interested candidates may apply at jobs.kroger.com and simply return to a store on August 9 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., no appointment necessary.

“Our growth continues to create job openings across the country for friendly, hard-working associates to join our team, including many roles on our new ClickList teams,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “Our stores are filled with incredible opportunities to advance and a variety of career paths. If you love people and love food, Kroger just might be the place for you. Applying to work at our family of stores is easier than ever with open interviews and the ability to apply from anywhere.”

This is the second one-day hiring event Kroger is hosting this year. The company hired more than 11,496 new associates during its May 14 event. Kroger plans a third hiring event, open exclusively to military veterans and their family members, in November.

Over the last eight years, Kroger has created more than 74,000 permanent, new jobs. This figure does not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, nor does it include increases due to the company’s mergers.

Kroger’s total active workforce grew by more than 9,000 during 2015. More than 90 percent of the new jobs are in the company’s supermarket divisions, ranging from full-time department heads and assistant store managers to part-time courtesy clerks and cashiers. The company hired more than 7,000 veterans in 2015, and has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.