USDA FSIS offers tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is available with tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free.

“Turkey and other meat and poultry may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter that can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “By properly handling and cooking your turkey, you can avoid these harmful pathogens and ensure your family has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast.”

Begin by following these five steps:

Wash your hands, but not your turkey

Washing your hands before cooking is the simplest way to stop the spread of bacteria, while washing your turkey is the easiest way to spread bacteria all over your kitchen. According to the 2016 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Survey, 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink, which is not recommended by the USDA. Research shows that washing meat or poultry can splash bacteria around your kitchen by up to 3 feet, contaminating countertops, towels and other food. Washing doesn’t remove bacteria from the bird. Only cooking the turkey to the correct internal temperature will ensure all bacteria are killed.

The exception to this rule is brining. When rinsing brine off of a turkey, be sure to remove all other food or objects from the sink, layer the area with paper towels and use a slow stream of water to avoid splashing.

To stuff or not to stuff

For optimal food safety, do not stuff the turkey. Even if the turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature, the stuffing inside may not have reached a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. It is best to cook the stuffing in a separate dish.

Take the temperature of the bird

Although there are various ways to cook a turkey, the only way to avoid foodborne illness is to make sure it is cooked to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. Take the bird’s temperature in three areas — the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing and the innermost part of the thigh — make sure all three locations reach 165ºF. If one of those locations does not register at 165ºF, then continue cooking until all three locations reach the correct internal temperature.

Follow the two-hour rule

Perishable foods should not be left on the table or countertops for longer than two hours. After two hours, food falls into the Danger Zone, temperatures between 40-140ºF, where bacteria can rapidly multiply. If that food is then eaten, your guests could get sick. Cut turkey into smaller slices and refrigerate along with other perishable items, such as potatoes, gravy and vegetables. Leftovers should stay safe in the refrigerator for four days.

When in doubt call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. You can also chat live at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Consumers with food safety questions can visit FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, or on Facebook, at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.

Contact:

Food Safety Education Staff
Press (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

Meijer: day before Thanksgiving is the top sales day for pies for the entire year

Meijer: day before Thanksgiving is the top sales day for pies for the entire year

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In less than a week, American’s love of celebration and feasting kicks into high gear with Thanksgiving. The Meijer Bakery team reports that traditionally, the retailer moves more than a quarter-million Meijer brand pies in the days before Thanksgiving. In fact, the day before Thanksgiving at Meijer is the top sales day for pies for the entire year.

However, if you live with diabetes or are trying to limit your sugar intake, this time of the year can be challenging to navigate through what seems like an endless parade of sweet tables and cookie exchanges. Here are some tips to remember on Thanksgiving, and throughout the season, so you can enjoy your slice of the pie.

  • Stick to the Classics: Pumpkin, apple and sweet potato pies are still top sellers, with pumpkin leading the pack. Sweet potato pie does outpace pumpkin sales in Indianapolis and the Metro Detroit area. If you are concerned about calories, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato are listed within the Top 10 as being healthier, ranging from 300-380 calories per slice, according to Eat This, Not That’s Top 25 Pies. Additionally, all three pies contain cinnamon, which has been noted to help control blood sugar. When it comes to mass-produced pumpkin pies, pay attention to the ingredients. Meijer Bakery buyers report that not all pies are created equal due to a sharp decline in sugar pumpkin production. Some pumpkin pies now contain a pumpkin squash mix, which can alter the flavor and the sugar content. Look for specific sugar pumpkin varieties on the label, including Baby Pam, Autumn Gold, Ghost Rider, New England Pie Pumpkin, Lumina (which are white), Cinderella and Fairy Tale.
  • Try a No-Sugar-Added Pie: Meijer continues to expand its selection of no-sugar-added treats and sources many from Illinois-based Hill & Valley Bakeries, which the retailer began working with in 2003. The top three sellers include: No Sugar Added (NSA) Pumpkin Pie, NSA Apple Pie and NSA Cherry Pie. Many no-sugar-added treats contain a combination of different kinds of sugar replacers, including sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are neither a sugar nor an alcohol. It is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule, and are considered a type of sweet carbohydrate that is a derivative of sugar. It is considered an excellent option in helping to control blood sugar levels. Unlike artificial and low-calorie sweeteners, sugar alcohols do contain calories, just fewer than plain sugar.
  • Take Advantage of Portion Sizes: Meijer now carries pie portions in various sizes, ranging from a 4-oz. slice to an 11-inch pie. The Meijer Bakery team found that many customers, particularly those with blood sugar issues, prefer traditionally-prepared pies, but opt to take a smaller portion because it allows them to indulge without going overboard. One option is to purchase different pies at smaller portions so guests can sample small bites.
  • Remember – It’s All About the “Slurry”: When it comes to pie, it’s all about filling – also known as the “slurry.” To reduce your calorie intake, forgo the sides that go along with the pie, which include the crust, the whipped topping and the ice cream. This small sacrifice is worth the price of enjoying the gooey-goodness that makes a pie memorable.

If you are looking to try new recipes this Thanksgiving or opting for some diabetes-friendly alternatives, go to More for A Healthier You and search “Thanksgiving.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Jennifer Rook
616-791-2794
jennifer.rook@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Toys“R”Us offers bargain hunters 30 straight hours of shopping from 5pm on Thanksgiving through 11pm on Black Friday

Season’s Most Buzzed About Toy Retailer Cements Itself as the Destination for Play This Holiday Season, Offering Bargain Hunters Guidance, Convenience and Deals on the Toys Topping Every Kids’ Wish List

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For deal seekers looking to get an early start on holiday shopping (and walk off their turkey dinner and pumpkin pie), Toys“R”Us® will open its doors at 5 pm (local time) on Thanksgiving and remain open through 11 pm on Friday, November 24 for 30 straight hours of shopping*. In 2016, the National Retail Federation found that nearly 100 million people shopped brick and mortar stores during Thanksgiving weekend.

To celebrate the official start of this year’s holiday shopping season, Toys“R”Us customers can expect to find doorbuster deals, dedicated toy “gurus,” and helpful services like Layaway, In-Store Pickup, and store maps to make holiday shopping more convenient. New parents can rest easy (no really, get some sleep) because Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open at 8am on Friday, November 24 with doorbuster savings that shoppers won’t want to miss.

And for the millions of people who begin their holiday shopping in early November, now is the time to take advantage of limited time savings and year-round services:

  • Military Appreciation Week – Through Saturday, November 11, Toys“R”Us is offering 15% off in-store purchases** to customers who show a valid Military ID.
  • Notable November Deals – The company’s annual go-to holiday catalog, The Ultimate Guide to Play, features savings on hundreds of the year’s hottest toys and brands, such as Imaginext®, Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol and more. Deals and offers are valid through Saturday, November 18, including a FREE $10 Toys“R”Us Gift Card on purchases of $75 or more.
  • Price Match Promise – While not available during the Thanksgiving weekend, the company’s new and improved Price Match Promise guarantees that if a customer finds a toy or baby item advertised at a lower price at another store, Toys“R”Us will honor its Price Match Guarantee, and donate $1 to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation***. For more information, visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.

To learn more about services being offered at Santa’s satellite toy office throughout Thanksgiving weekend, visit the company’s blog, No Assembly Required and follow @ToysrusNews.

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 11 pm on Friday, November 24, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11 pm and will reopen on Friday, November 24 at 7 am – 11pm; stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9 pm and will reopen Friday, November 24 from 6 am – 11 pm; and the store in New York City (Times Square) which will open at 8am on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 12 am Saturday, November 25 (this location will reopen on Saturday, November 25 at 9 am for regular business hours). Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will also have varying store open times.

**Valid thru 11/11/17. Offer available in-store only. Offer includes active Military personnel, retirees, reservists and dependents with Military ID. Excludes baby food, diapers, formula, wipes, Gift Cards, Red Hot Deal & Hot Price items, Adidas Apparel, American Girl, Anki Cozmo, Aristotle, Baby Jogger, Baby K’Tan, Beaba, BOB, Boba, Boppy Bare Naked Pillow, Bugaboo, Build-A-Bear, Casio, Claire’s, Clek, Converse Clothing & Shoes, Cybex, Diono, Ergobaby, Halo Bassinest, LEGO construction sets, Lillebaby, Maclaren, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), Nike Apparel, Nintendo Switch accessories, Nintendo Switch software, Owlet, Peg Pérego, Quinny, Sphero, Stokke, The Elf on the Shelf, Thule, Ugg Shoes, electronic learning hardware, laptops, netbooks, tablets, video games, video game hardware, video game pre-orders, Apple iPad & iPod, SquareTrade Protection Plans, phone orders, Special Orders, all fees, and shipping. One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other “R”Us total transaction offer or on prior purchases. Value is forfeited if item is returned. Coupon prorated among eligible items purchased. Only original coupons accepted. Void where prohibited. Valid USA only. Cash value 1/100 of 1¢

*** Toys“R”Us will donate $1 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation – up to $1 million – through December 24, 2017.

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 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 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 nearly 65,000 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. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Premiala Announces 100 Reviews and ongoing satisfaction with its Meat Injector

LONDON, United Kingdom, 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware announced its Meat Injector has reached a milestone of the publication of 100 independent reviews of on Amazon in Canada.  This is in addition to over 300 reviews in USA and ongoing positive results in Europe. A meat injector is commonly used at Thanksgiving for injecting marinade into meat to improve the flavor of turkey and reduce dryness.

“As North America prepares for Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to ways to get the best tasting turkey on the table”, General Manager Greg Carder advised today. “This milestone means the buying public can have confidence that the Premiala Meat Injector will do what it claims.  In particular, it’s a great result to be the first Meat Injector manufacturer in Canada to reach 100 reviews, all of them positive”.

Premiala supplied these examples of independent customer reviews on their product from USA and similar comments from Canadian buyers:

“This a high quality injector! Awesome Customer Service!” – Paul, Nov 2016

“I’ve had cheap ones that broke; this meat injector is made of the highest quality, period! Thank you for such a great product” – Thomas Hibbert Snr, Oct 2016

“Beautifully presented and obviously top quality materials. Does the job perfectly and excellent follow up by supplier. If you are looking for something like this then I can’t recommend this brand more highly.” – Mick Bobin, September 2016

Premiala’s meat injector includes two long needles for injecting solid or liquid marinades into large cuts of meat such as turkey, chicken or beef, and also comes with a thin needle for injecting thinner cuts of meat such as steak and kebabs.  Premiala claim one of the benefits of their meat injector is that it’s the only unit available using 100% food-safe stainless steel for every component which comes into contact with food – most other products use cheaper materials such as aluminum and brass for certain components to cut costs.  Other features of the meat injector are the inclusion of several spare silicone o-rings to provide maximum lifespan for the injector, an e-book containing detailed usage instructions and a range of recipes, as well as a lifetime warranty.

Premiala’s USA product catalog is available online, while more information about the Meat Injector is available from the manufacturer’s Facebook page.

About Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware: Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware aims to provide premium quality BBQ and kitchen tools to home and professional users.  It believes better health and well-being can be achieved by using premium tools, by providing superior results and greater user satisfaction while working.

Contact:

Greg Carder
General Manager
Premiala Ltd
enquiries@premiala.com

BJ’s Wholesale Clubs donates to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need this Thanksgiving

BJ's Wholesale Clubs donates to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need this Thanksgiving
BJ’s Wholesale Clubs donates to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need this Thanksgiving

 

BALTIMORE, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This November, 400 families will receive a turkey and all the trimmings for their Thanksgiving meal, thanks to the generous donation provided by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s Parish Conference at Immaculate Conception-St. Cecilia and the BJ’s Wholesale Clubs in Baltimore, Canton and Owings Mills. Earlier today (Nov. 2, 2016), BJ’s presented a check to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need just in time for Thanksgiving.

Immaculate Conception-St. Cecilia’s Parish Conference, under the auspices of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, assists families in the community in need of food. More than 765 volunteer members at 38 parish-based St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s Conferences, part of the larger National St. Vincent de Paul Society Network, provide a network of support for people suffering from the effects of poverty in communities throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Conference members provide food, utility and rent assistance, and other items of necessity to help neighbors in need through difficult times.

One in four children in Baltimore is at risk of hunger and one in eight Maryland households face a constant hunger battle.  Among them are Baltimore residents who live in “food deserts” or neighborhoods whose residents lack access to affordable and healthy foods due to the lack of supermarkets with fresh foods, access to transportation, and low household income.  The challenges of hunger extend beyond those unable to afford food to include those whose only food options are ones that lack nutrition.

“We look forward to providing hundreds of families with a Thanksgiving meal this giving season,” said St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore President & CEO John Schiavone. “BJ’s is a wonderful community partner to both St. Vincent de Paul and our parish conferences.”

Through charitable giving, community relations programs, product donations and grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation®, BJ’s Wholesale Club supports and enhances programs that provide vital services within each community. They focus primarily on children and families with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact.

“Giving back to our community is important to us,” said Anna D’Addario, General Manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Canton, MD. “BJ’s is happy to partner with St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to provide turkeys and fresh foods to local families in need.”

For media and photo opportunities, please contact Christine Runion at 410-662-0500 ext. 226.

For over 150 years, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore has been a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland.  We are proud to be a United Way Impact Partner and to be recognized by Maryland Nonprofits with the Seal of Excellence for maintaining the highest standards of ethics and accountabilities in nonprofit governance, management, and operations.

For further information:
Christine Runion
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
410-662-0500 ext. 226
Christine.Runion@vincentbaltimore.org

Maria Fruci
BJ’s Wholesale Club
1-774-512-5961
mfruci@bjs.com

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

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NRF’s Thanksgiving Weekend Survey: more than 151 million people shopped in stores and/or online over the weekend compared to the 136 million in mid-November survey

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Holiday shoppers were on their feet and online early over the Thanksgiving weekend as millions of people grabbed their friends and family and made the trek to their favorite stores, or sat down with their lists ready for some serious online shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation’s Thanksgiving Weekend Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, more than 151 million people said they shopped either in stores and/or online over the weekend. This compares to the 136 million, who in a mid-November survey, said they planned to shop over the weekend. Specifically, nearly 102 million people say they shopped in stores over the Thanksgiving weekend, and more than 103 million say they shopped online.

Average spending per person over the weekend totaled $299.60*, with an average of $229.56 specifically going towards gifts, or 76.6 percent of total purchases (*NRF’s 2015 Thanksgiving weekend survey, including the spending amount, is not comparable to last year’s survey as the methodology has changed). Those under 35 were most likely to shop over the weekend. Specifically, 25-34 year olds spent an average of $425.08 on all holiday purchases, with 69.3 percent of that going towards gifts ($294.44).

Additionally, as of November 28, 77.6 percent of those polled said they had at least started their holiday shopping.

“We recognize the Thanksgiving weekend shopping experience is much different than it used to be as just as many people want that unique, exclusive online deal as they do that in-store promotion,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “It is clear that the age-old holiday tradition of heading out to stores with family and friends is now equally matched in the new tradition of looking online for holiday savings opportunities.

“Retail is in the middle of an incredible revolution and evolution. As a result, NRF evolved what we have traditionally done in terms of examining the holiday weekend shopper to reflect these changing times. As the shopping environment changes so too must our analysis of it,” continued Shay.

Of those who shopped in stores over the weekend, 72.8 percent – 74.2 million shoppers – said they shopped on Black Friday, the biggest day of the weekend; another 34.6 million (34%) said they shopped on Thanksgiving Day and 46.8 million (45.9%) shopped on Saturday.

It is clear holiday shoppers were in the mood to find great online deals, too. Among digital bargain hunters, the survey found 41 million people (39.8%) said they shopped online on Thanksgiving Day and 75.3 million (73.1%) shopped online on Black Friday.

ADULTS UNDER 35 SIGNIFICANTLY MORE LIKELY TO HAVE SHOPPED OVER THE WEEKEND
More than half (53.8%) of 18-24 year olds and six in 10 (62.1%) 25-34 year olds said they shopped in stores over the weekend, compared to the 41.6 percent of other adults surveyed, and 57 percent of both age groups said they shopped online at some point, compared to 42 percent of average adults polled.

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“Holiday shopping started well in advance of Thanksgiving weekend this year, but there’s no question that people were still incredibly eager to get their hands on the deals that retailers were offering on electronics, apparel, toys and even small appliances,” said Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “The ease of online shopping through mobile devices now lets millions of people research what they want as well as make timely purchases any day of the weekend – a win-win for both retailers and shoppers.”

“Millennials have changed the game when it comes to Thanksgiving weekend shopping, making sure they were out early and often over the entire weekend in order to tackle their gift lists as well as their self-gifting lists,” continued Goodfellow.

WHEN AND WHERE PEOPLE SHOPPED
When it comes to when people showed up to shop on Thanksgiving Day, the survey found nearly half (49.2%) said they arrived at the store at or before midnight to begin shopping. That number jumps to 61.1 percent for 18-24 year olds and 60.2 percent for 25-34 year olds.

More than half of those shopping in stores over the weekend said they shopped at a department store (53.6%), and another 37.2 percent said they shopped at a discount store. Nearly one-third (32.4%) said they shopped at a clothing store and 35.1 percent said they shopped at an electronics store.

Smartphone and tablet devices served as their own channel for holiday shoppers this year. According to the survey, 56.7 percent of smartphone owners used their phone to research products, purchase holiday items, check in-store availability and other mobile shopping activities; 57.7 percent of tablet owners used their device to browse holiday deals and purchase items.

Additional survey findings for both in-store and online shoppers:

  • More than half (51.6%) of gift purchasers said they bought clothing items, and 32.8 percent bought toys. Another 31.9 percent bought books, DVDs and videos/video games, and 32.8 percent bought consumer electronics.
  • Nearly one-third (32.5%) said all of their purchases over the weekend were specifically driven by sales and promotions.
  • Seven in 10 (72.6%) gave retailers either an “A” or a “B” in terms of how they felt about the promotions over the weekend.
  • Two in five (42.9%) said they think retailers’ promotions from now until Christmas Day will be better than those offered over Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Half of those polled (50.4%) said they shopped in stores over the weekend because the deals were too good to pass up; 31.2 percent said they shopped because it is a tradition, and 25.5 percent said it provides them with something to do over the holiday weekend.

About the survey
*NRF’s 2015 Thanksgiving Weekend Survey is not comparable to the 2014 results survey. The methodology in our questions for when, where and how peopleshopped as well as what they spent is different from 2014, making this year’s data not comparable. 

The survey, conducted November 27-28, 2015 by Prosper Insights & Analytics for NRF, polled 4,281 consumers and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

Prosper Insights and Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues.www.ProsperDiscovery.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

Kathy Grannis Allen
Treacy Reynolds
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Big Lots extends holiday hours

COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2015-11-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots is extending its “Black Friday” to offer great deals every day on seasonal décor, gifts and entertaining goods. Big Lots makes shopping easier by extending holiday hours and offering the best values of the season.

Big Lots will be open 7a.m. – midnight on Thanksgiving and Black Friday from 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. The store will be open from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. for most of December and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. the week of Christmas.

“Big Lots is thrilled to be offering some of the best deals of the season with Black Friday Deals Every Day,’ said Andrew Stein, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Big Lots. “The holidays can be stressful, but with our extended store hours, and great deals every day in November and December, Big Lots makes shopping easier and fun, even for customers on a budget.”

With a fashionable assortment of furniture, home and seasonal décor, namebrand toys, and the best deals on Black Friday, Big Lots has everything customers need to make the holiday special for their friends and family.

Some of the Black Friday Every Day deals available in store this week are:

  • Buy any Serta mattress, get the matching box spring free
  • Android 7” Tablet $29
  • 20% off Pre-lit Urn Trees

Thanksgiving Day Deals

  • Select 2pc sectionals $589 (Save $110)
  • Simmons recliners $189 (save $96)
  • 2pc Vanity table with tri-fold mirror $99 (save $60)
  • 60” Console Fireplaces $389 each (save $110)

Three-Day Deals (valid Nov. 26-28)

  • Buy One, Get One 50% off Electronic Accessories, including ALL headphones & earbuds, ALL cell & tablet accessories, ALL cell & tablet chargers
  • Dyson $175
  • Radio Control Drone $24 (save 40%)
  • Buy One, Get One 50% off Toys, including Monster High Dolls, Fisher Price, Mega Bloks, Playdoh, WWE Action Figures and Marvel Avengers Action Figures

To learn more about Big Lots’ extended hours, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit this holiday season, contact Colleen Cleary at 631-921-5320.

*Big Lots stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, per their respective state laws. Stores will open Friday at 1am, and the one-day only Thanksgiving deals will be available on Wednesday. Customers can check http://local.biglots.com/ to confirm the hours of their neighborhood Big Lots.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,463 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare and education. For more information about the company, visit www.biglots.com or call the Big Lots Holiday Hotline at 1-877-251- 0243.

Media Contact: Colleen Cleary 1-631-921-5320 Colleen.Cleary@havasww.com

SOURCE:  Big Lots, Inc.

Select Rite Aid Stores Nationwide Set to Open 8 a.m. Thanksgiving and 7 a.m. Black Friday

Select Rite Aid Stores Nationwide Set to Open 8 a.m. Thanksgiving and 7 a.m. Black Friday to Kick Off Busiest Shopping Weekend of the Year

Camp Hill, Pa., 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid stores nationwide are ready for customers to dash through the aisles in search for the perfect gift, décor or holiday essentials at great prices with many of its 4,600 convenient locations open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and opening at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.* According to the 2014 Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey, 45 percent of consumers plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day, an increase from 38 percent in 2013.

“Rite Aid is offering something for everyone this holiday season, whether they are looking for items that are new and exciting or traditional holiday gifts,” said Tony Montini, Rite Aid executive vice president of merchandising. “Our shelves are stocked with this year’s must-have items and we’re offering tremendous value through our wellness+ program. With our easily accessible locations and expanded hours, Rite Aid is sure to be a convenient destination for shopping during the busiest shopping weekend of the year and throughout the holiday season.”

Members of Rite Aid’s free wellness+ program will enjoy super savings on this year’s hottest items including:

Holiday Décor

  • The popular 5 ft. tall animated signing and storytelling Santa is returning this year for $59.99.
  • 50% off wide selection of Christmas décor including wreaths, wall art, village collection pieces and candles to turn any home into a Winter Wonderland.
  • An assortment of artificial Christmas trees varying in with great deals on light sets and batteries.
  • Stock up now as assorted holiday boxed cards, gift wraps and gift bags are buy one, get two free.

Holiday Gifts

  • Deals on Craig tablets and netbooks can be found for $69.99.
  • For $29.99, Rite Aid has a Midland wearable camera, which allows the user to capture all of the action from an incredible point of view.
  • A great selection of cosmetic, bath and fragrance gift sets available in both Men’s and Women’s from favorites such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Nautica, Stetson and more.
  • A variety of children’s toys including radio controlled cars and helicopters, mini-foosball table, Barbie, Disney Frozen book set and an assortment of plush stuffed animals.
  • 2 for $9 on Holiday Popcorn Tins where shoppers can choose from 24 distinct designs including Coca-Cola, Disney and various holiday scenes.
  • Stock up on decadent holiday chocolates from favorites such as Hershey’s Pot of Gold, Russell Stover, Ferrero Rocher or Peppermint Roca.

Picture Perfect Holiday Greetings and Gifts

  • Get your personalized holiday greeting card out of the way as Rite Aid is offering a new broad assortment of multiple-image greeting cards to help spread the cheer to friends and family.
  • Other great photo gifts include mugs, holiday ornaments, wall decals, tablet covers and cell phone cases; visit RiteAid.com to find great values on 8×10 canvases and feather-light wood prints.

Check out the Rite Aid circular for all Black Friday deals available through Saturday. And for customers who don’t feel like fighting the crowds, visit shop.riteaid.com. Shop comfortably from home and enjoy exclusive and expanded merchandise offers, the same sales and promotions as in-store customers, plus free shipping on all orders now through Dec. 6.

Spread the Social Cheer
Beginning Dec. 1, Rite Aid will feature an array of “One-Stop Stocking Shop” themed content on its social media channels. Followers will enjoy exclusive seasonal deals, customized stocking ideas and have the chance to win Rite Aid gift cards on Rite Aid’s Facebook and Instagram channels. To enter the giveaways, fans will have a chance to guess what gift is wrapped in festive holiday wrapping paper by looking at the shape of the product and reading clever clues. For holiday deals and delights, visit Rite Aid’s social channels at www.facebook.com/riteaid,  www.instagram.com/riteaid and www.twitter.com/riteaid.

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 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

* Store hours may vary and many pharmacies close at 3 p.m.; see www.riteaid.com/stores for details.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Walmart’s traditional Thanksgiving meal costs 34% less than the national average according to American Farm Bureau Federation report

Walmart Offers Significant Savings on Holiday Meals Compared to National Average from American Farm Bureau Federation

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart customers shopping for a traditional Thanksgiving meal can plan a 10-person dinner for $32.64, 34 percent less than the national average of $49.41 reported by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today.

“As the largest grocer in the U.S., we’re committed to helping our customers find low prices on grocery items every day, especially during the holidays when our customers are planning for multiple meals and celebrations,” said Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery, Walmart U.S. “We’re focused on offering competitive pricing on everything our customers are looking for this holiday season – from staples like turkey and pumpkin pie to new ingredients some customers are incorporating into their Thanksgiving recipes, like honey bourbon bacon and flavored hams.”

Customers can shop Walmart with confidence for all their holiday meal essentials. The retailer recently expanded its Savings Catcher tool* earlier this month to include holiday turkey and ham.

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s informal annual survey incorporated information from a total of 179 shoppers in 35 states across the country. The volunteer shoppers visited local grocery stores to gather pricing on Thanksgiving staples, including turkey, stuffing, pie shells and pumpkin pie mix. The products Walmart used in the analysis are comparable to the items used in the Farm Bureau report.

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, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 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. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

* Savings Catcher does not apply to competitors’ offers for turkey or ham that require a minimum dollar purchase to receive the featured price, or that limit the number available per customer.

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JCPenney showcases extraordinary selection of gifts that deliver great style for the entire family at unbeatable value

  • Company Helps Customers “Jingle More Bells” Through Amazing Holiday Gifts, Random Acts of Giving and Support of Military Families
  • Stores Welcome Black Friday Shoppers at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with Free Disney Snow Globes and Coupoun Giveaway up to $100 Off Purchases

PLANO, TX, 2014-11-14— /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, JCPenney is proving that there’s nothing better than the spirit that comes with giving. Through promotional sales events and an inspiring holiday campaign, JCPenney is encouraging customers to “Jingle More Bells” by showcasing an extraordinary selection of gifts that deliver great style for the entire family at an unbeatable value.

“‘Jingle More Bells’ is designed to answer the long-held question of whether it’s truly better to give or receive,” said Debra Berman, chief marketing officer at JCPenney. “Through a robust marketing campaign that includes consumer and philanthropic events, social media engagement and a series of creative ads, JCPenney is showing how easy it is to give this season by delighting customers with its amazing gift selection, compelling promotions and unique savings offers that make it possible to spread cheer to everyone on their list.”

Thanksgiving Shopping Feast
JCPenney kicks off the holiday shopping season with its annual Black Friday sale starting on Thanksgiving Day when doors open at 5 p.m. While supplies last, JCPenney will be greeting its early bird patrons with a free 2014 edition Disney® snow globe and a special Jingle Bell envelope containing a $10 off $10 coupon that is immediately redeemable in store. One out of every 100 coupons will offer a $100 off $100 or more purchase that is valid on Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

This year’s shopping event will be one of the biggest in Company history, featuring thousands of Doorbusters and Big Buys reflected within a 72-page Black Friday sales circular. Stores will stay open through 10 p.m. on Black Friday to offer some of the lowest prices on popular gifts this holiday season. Some of the most anticipated Doorbuster deals will include:

• $2.99 Home Expressions bath towel

• $4.99 Disney mini plush toy

• $9.99 small kitchen electrics

• $19.99 boots for her

• $39.99 Nuband fitness tracker

• $39.99 Protocol 4-pc luggage set

• $159.99 ½ ct. t.w. diamond stud earrings in 10k yellow or white gold

Customers can also take advantage of Black Friday prices on jcpenney.com all day on Thanksgiving through 1 p.m. on Black Friday, receiving free shipping on orders over $49. Over 50,000 Cyber Monday deals will be available at jcpenney.com on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 as part of a two-day “Out-Click St. Nick” sale. This will be the first year that Cyber Monday deals will be available in stores.

#JustGotJingled
In a unique social activation, JCPenney is inviting customers to share the moments when they’ve been able to “Jingle More Bells” this holiday season. Whether it’s sweeping an elderly neighbor’s sidewalk, paying for a stranger’s coffee or finding that perfect gift for a hard-to-please uncle, JCPenney is encouraging followers to share those giving occasions on social media using #JustGotJingled. The hashtag is intended to inspire a movement that encourages people to “jingle” it forward by spreading holiday cheer, capturing it on video or photo and then posting it to their favorite social media channel. The campaign will be supported by a JustGotJingled.com microsite, where visitors will find inspiration, weekly challenges and heartwarming videos demonstrating random acts of giving.

Warm Hands, Giving Spirits
This season, JCPenney associates from stores to supply chain centers will join in the holiday spirit by wearing special red and white candy cane-striped gloves, as seen in the holiday television commercials that debuted on Nov. 12. The festive gloves will be highlighted in weekly sales circulars and in-store signage with playful images of glove-clad hands signing “peace,” “love,” “joy” and more. The festive gloves serve as a warm reminder to honor the spirit of the season.

The gloves will also be worn by a team of helpful “elves” known as the JCPenney Jingle Brigade who will visit various cities across the country on Dec. 2,Giving Tuesday, to surprise and delight unsuspecting locals with spontaneous acts of generosity. During their nationwide stops, the Jingle Brigade will invite kids from a local Boys & Girls Club to visit a JCPenney store and participate in a special shopping experience that enables kids to select gifts for their families while being treated to a photo opportunity with a local hometown celebrity.

Giving Back to Those Who Serve
From Dec. 1-19, customers will be invited to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to JCPenney Cares. Customer contributions donated to JCPenney Cares will directly fund programs focused on supporting military families through the USO (United Service Organization) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Dedicated to supporting U.S. troops and their families, the USO provides the military community with programs, services and entertainment that keep them connected and comforted throughout their service. Through its partnership with the U.S. Armed Forces, Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves the unique needs of military families by offering a safe place, caring adult mentors and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.

For holiday shopping b-roll, product and marketing visuals, please visit jcpnewsroom.com/posts/262/JCPenney-Celebrates-Giving. For the Spanish version of this holiday release, please click jcpnewsroom.com/browse/Comunicados-de-Prensa

JCPenney Media Relations
972-431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
@jcpnews

About JCPenney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,060 stores and at jcpenney.com, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit jcpenney.com.

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Meijer announces aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys: As low as 54 cents per pound

More reasons to be thankful: Turkeys priced as low as 54 cents per pound

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-11-12— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is once again announcing aggressive pricing on turkeys that are expected to lead the Midwest in low-price Thanksgiving turkeys.

“A Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the turkey, and with these great prices, Meijer wants to ensure that our customers can provide their families with the best holiday experience,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of fresh merchandising. “Not only is Meijer able to deliver a delicious meal to our customers, but we’re able to do so at a tremendous value.”

When a Meijer customer spends $20, their purchase of any fresh or frozen turkey – regardless of brand or size – will be 50 percent off. The discount on frozen turkeys is going on now through Thanksgiving Day, while the discount on fresh turkeys will begin Nov. 16 and run through Thanksgiving Day.

That means Meijer brand frozen turkeys will be priced at 54 cents per pound, and Meijer brand fresh turkeys will cost 98 cents per pound.

Meijer is just as committed to variety – offering more than a dozen varieties of the holiday bird in varying sizes, ensuring there is something for everyone. Last year, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer sold 700,000 turkeys.

“But the savings don’t stop there,” Suter said. “We have all the staples to help our customers make a memorable – and affordable – Thanksgiving meal to share with family and friends.”

Meijer is once again preparing for high sales of premade Thanksgiving dinners for those who want the traditional holiday meal without the time spent in the kitchen. Customer demand for premade meals at Thanksgiving is a trend that has been growing for the last several years for individuals looking for convenience or as a great gifting solution by companies, clubs and organizations.

A deluxe turkey dinner costs $49.99 and includes a 10-12 pound prebaked turkey, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry walnut relish, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. A deluxe ham dinner costs $49.99 and includes a 7-9 pound spiral ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted turkey gravy and cranberry salad. Both deluxe dinners can feed between 8-10 people.

While Meijer will work to accommodate any customer request, deli team members encourage customers to place orders for those premade dinners 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer announces aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys: As low as 54 cents per pound

Meijer announces aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys: As low as 54 cents per pound

 

Best Buy’s Black Friday “doorbuster” deals: 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and 8 a.m. on Black Friday Nov. 28

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-11-12— /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy customers will have two opportunities to secure Black Friday “doorbuster” deals and get a jump on their holiday shopping.

More than 1,000 Best Buy stores in 47 states will open at 5 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, to give shoppers an early chance to take advantage of Black Friday deals. Nearly all stores will remain open until 1 a.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 28.

Stores will reopen at 8 a.m. local time on Nov. 28 and close at 10 p.m. that day. Our stores will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, and from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Best Buy will begin selling “doorbuster” deals at 5 p.m. local time on Thursday before offering a second set of different “doorbusters” at 8 a.m. on Friday. Customers have already begun lining up outside of some Best Buy stores in preparation.

For customers who prefer to shop without leaving their home, BestBuy.com will provide a number of opportunities for great deals. There will be online-only “doorbuster” deals all day on Thanksgiving. In addition, there will be deals available all day Thursday and Friday on BestBuy.com.

Deals will be available on many of the best brands and products customers truly want. Some of the hottest deals include:

  • A Best Buy exclusive Samsung 55” LED Ultra HD Smart TV for $899.99, the lowest price we have ever offered on a Samsung UHD Best Buy GoPro HERO3+ Silver Editiontelevision of this size.
  • Panasonic 50” LED 1080p HDTV for $199.99, a Best Buy exclusive
  • $100 off on all iPad Air 2 models
  • Beats Solo headphones for $79.99, a savings of $90
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Silver action camera for $249.99, a $50 savings.
  • Nest smart thermostat for $199.99, a savings of $50
  • The Dyson DC44 origin cordless stick bagless vacuum will be available for $219.99, $180 off of the regular price of $399.99.
  • A number of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games including NBA 2K15, Madden 15 and FIFA 15 will be 50 percent off and available for $29.99

While we recognize the decision to open on Thanksgiving affects Best Buy employees, customers have made it clear that many of them want to Best Buy Beats by Dr. Dre Headphonesbegin shopping on Thanksgiving evening. In recent years, millions of Americans have shopped on Thanksgiving, and our store associates are excited and prepared to help customers fulfill their holiday wish lists. Most Thanksgiving evening shifts are filled by employees who volunteer to work. All hourly store employees who work on Thanksgiving will, of course, receive holiday pay.

Because of laws in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, stores in those states will not open until Black Friday. Our five stores in Maine will open at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 28. Our 26 stores in Massachusetts and our Rhode Island store will open at 1 a.m. on Nov. 28. Our three Best Buy stores in Puerto Rico will also open at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 28.

A small number of additional locations across the country might have varied hours because of county or municipal laws. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores located in shopping malls might have their hours adjusted based on the operating hours of the mall. Best Buy Mobile stores not located in malls will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

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