BJ’s Restaurants to treat Members of the Armed Forces with cold brew and free meal on Veterans Day

Members of the Armed Forces are invited to enjoy a complimentary entree on Nov. 10-11, plus a handcrafted BJ’s beer or soda generously contributed by a member of the community

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Veterans Day, BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) invites all former and active duty military to stop in for a cold brew and free meal as a “thank you” for their service.

On Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, all service members can enjoy a complimentary entree up to $12.95 by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® location nationwide.

In addition, starting on Nov. 1 and throughout the month, former and active duty military can reserve a pint of BJ’s handcrafted beer (or BJ’s handcrafted soda) as part of the restaurant’s Buy a Hero a BeerSM program. Guests over the age of 21 may contribute $6 toward a pint of beer or soda for a military hero. There are three ways to contribute: online at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/hero, on the BJ’s mobile app, or directly on their restaurant bill.

“We look forward to welcoming our nation’s heroes into our restaurants and serving them a free meal this Veterans Day,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “We are also proud to partner with our guests, whose generous contributions will ensure that the heroes in our communities have a cold drink waiting for them at their local BJ’s. While we can never repay these courageous men and women for their service, we can do our small part to honor their bravery and sacrifice.”

The Veterans Day complimentary meal offer is valid for dine-in guests only at all BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations and is limited to one entree per person. Buy a Hero a BeerSM contributions are not tax deductible. You must be 21 or older to contribute, reserve or redeem a promo code for a beer. Promo codes expire in 48 hours. Heroes may reserve one promo code a day and may redeem beers and sodas subject to availability.

For a complete list of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations and additional information regarding the Veterans Day deals, visit http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 195 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

The Company’s restaurants are located in the 25 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

Media Contact: 
Lauren Hendeles
lauren@hendelcontent.com
602-750-5934

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Southeastern Grocers launch their Veterans Day Wall of Honor community donation program

  • Southeastern Grocers, together with the Southeastern Grocers Foundation, launches community donation program from Nov. 2-15 throughout BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores.
  • Southeastern Grocers continues partnership with Hope For The Warriors, a nationwide organization dedicated to serving veterans.
  • Southeastern Grocers operates approximately 750 grocery stores in communities with some of the highest military veteran populations in the Southeast.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2016-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading up to Veterans Day, Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, today (Nov. 2, 2016) announced the launch of their Veterans Day Wall of Honor community donation program in all stores, together with the Southeastern Grocers Foundation. Now through November 15, customers and associates can show their support for veterans of the armed forces by making a donation at checkout to benefit Hope For The Warriors, an organization that provides service members, veterans and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.

When customers make a donation at any BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys or Winn-Dixie store, they will be provided a Dedication Card with the opportunity to write a special message to their own military hero. These personal dedications will build a Wall of Honor at each store as a visual tribute to those who served, continue to serve and have sacrificed for the nation.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “This Veterans Day, we continue to show our military and their families the appreciation we have for the sacrifices they have made for the nation. Together with our associates and customers, we honor those that have served by raising funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors and share our admiration for our service men and women with thousands of inspirational dedication cards throughout our stores.

The Southeast has some of the highest military veterans populations in our country, so we join our associates, customers and communities in saying “thank you,” to those service members who have fought for the nation’s freedom.”

“Hope For The Warriors is extremely grateful to Southeastern Grocers and its customers for their support this Veteran’s Day, honoring the service of our veterans,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Through this campaign, they are helping us reach thousands of patriotic Americans who truly understand the sacrifices of our veterans, service members, military families and families of the fallen. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, the continued support of Southeastern Grocers, its partners, vendors and customers has made a momentous impact allowing us to serve thousands in need through our nationwide programs.”

Customers can show their support on social media if they like, follow and share BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Hope For The Warriors Facebook posts and Twitter feeds with #AllforHonor; or honor a veteran by posting a dedication on www.facebook.com/allforhonor.

About Hope For The Warriors

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 10,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 151 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About Southeastern Grocers Foundation

The Southeastern Grocers Foundation is the charitable arm of Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie supermarkets. The Southeastern Grocers Foundation aligns our giving with three charity pillars, providing support to the causes that are important to the communities we serve. We support our nation’s service men, women and their families; fight hunger in our communities; and provide relief to those affected by a natural disaster.

About Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco Y Mas, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco Y Mas, Harveys and WinnDixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews, or images contact:

Kaley Shaffer
Manager
Consumer Communications
904-612-9441 (cell)
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocers

BJ’s Restaurant invites retired and active duty military for a free meal on Veterans Day

Members of the Armed Forces are invited to savor time with family and friends over award-winning beers on November 11, including a free entrée offer and $5 beers from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Veterans Day, BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) invites all active-duty and retired military to stop in for a free meal as a “thank you” for their service. On Friday, November 11, all veterans can enjoy a complimentary entrée under $12.95 by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® location nationwide.

Friends and family of veterans are also invited to raise a glass to their loved ones for just $5 each. Guests over the age of 21 can choose from BJ’s award-winning 11 signature beers and cider on tap.

“BJ’s Restaurants looks forward to welcoming our nation’s heroes into our restaurants and serving them a free meal. It’s our way of showing appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Mayer. “I am proud to be part of a company that honors the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our freedom.”

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, known for its extensive list of award-winning brews, has been a long-standing favorite among casual beer drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts alike. The made-to-order menu includes deep-dish pizzas with a southern California twist, handcrafted burgers, EnLIGHTened Entrées®, fresh salads and the world-renowned Pizookie® dessert. The company operates six breweries that produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers.

The Veterans Day complimentary meal offer is valid for dine-in guests only at all BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations and is limited to one entrée per person. The $5 BJ’s Beers offer is valid in participating restaurants only where permitted by applicable state and local law.

For a complete list of BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations and additional information regarding the Veterans Day deal, visit bjsrestaurants.com/locations.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 186 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, brewpub locations in Texas and qualified independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

Media Contact:

Lauren Hendeles
lauren@hendelcontent.com
602-750-5934

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Baskin-Robbins to donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations

Baskin-Robbins to donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations
Baskin-Robbins to donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations

 

Brand brings back First Class Camouflage as its November Flavor of the Month in honor of our Nation’s Military Service Members and their families

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins today (November 1, 2016) announced that on Veterans Day – Friday, November 11 – it will support America’s service members and military families by donating 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide to the United Service Organizations (USO).

The effort is part of Baskin-Robbins’ ongoing commitment to show appreciation for those who selflessly serve, and is a nod to USO’s recently launched Force Behind the Forces campaign. The campaign encourages Americans to stand behind “The Force,” as a community of supporters committed to connecting service members to the things they hold dear. Baskin-Robbins has a long history of serving those who serve our country and is committed to supporting the military community through its continued partnership with the USO, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Baskin-Robbins is also excited to celebrate the military community with First ClassCamouflage, which returns to active duty as its November Flavor of the Month. First Class Camouflage features chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice cream and can be enjoyed in a freshly-baked Camouflage Waffle Cone, which features the classic military colors of green, brown and tan.

“We’re humbled and excited to honor our military service members and veterans once again through our partnership with the USO this November, and with the return of First Class Camouflage,” said Weldon Spangler, Senior Vice President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. “It’s a great opportunity to show support for those who serve our country and thank them for their commitment to our nation.”

Baskin-Robbins continues to add more military veterans to its U.S. franchisee base by offering one of the best financial incentives in the industry. The extraordinary incentive program offers a free initial franchise fee, a $25,000 value, for a veteran’s first shop and heavily discounted royalty rates for the first five years that the store is open.** These special incentives reflect the brand’s desire to attract prior service members to become franchisees because it believes that the core values and discipline of the armed forces serve as an excellent basis for a franchisee candidate. The incentive program will continue to be offered in 2017, so qualified veterans are encouraged to apply to be considered.

In addition to paying tribute to our nation’s military, Baskin-Robbins is excited to kick off the holiday season this month with the return of its iconic Turkey Cake. This Baskin-Robbins classic is made with sugar cone legs and can be customized with a guest’s favorite flavor. Guests can pre-order the Turkey Cake either in-store or online at www.BaskinRobbins.com/OnlineOrdering.

Guests can also make their holiday dessert table complete with a selection of seasonal ice cream flavors, including Snickerdoodle, which is made with cinnamon-crème flavored ice cream, snickerdoodle cookie pieces, and a cinnamon cookie-flavored ribbon or Winter White Chocolate, made with white chocolate-flavored ice cream and chocolate cherry pieces.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins). For more information about the USO, visit www.uso.org/FORCE.

* This donation is inclusive of all regular (4oz) and kids (2.5oz) scoops of ice cream sold as cups and cones on Friday, November 11, 2016. The donation is based on regular-priced cup and cone scoop sales only, and does not include scoops that are used in other desserts (i.e. sundaes, beverages, cakes, take home, novelties, etc.).

** See the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document for full details.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,700 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is not a government agency, but a private nonprofit organization. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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7‑Eleven observes Veterans Day with free car wash for U.S. military personnel and veterans at participating 7‑Eleven car-wash locations stores

DALLAS, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Come rain or shine, U.S. military personnel and veterans can spiff up their vehicles with a free scrub on Nov. 11 at participating 7‑Eleven car-wash locations stores.

The freebie is available from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, when the country observes Veterans Day. Current and former military personnel will be treated to the company’s top-of-the-line “The Works” services that include undercarriage blast, pre-soak, wheel wash, foam conditioner, Rain-X surface protectant, rinse and power dry.

“Our military veterans and current personnel are ‘shining stars’ to us, and we want their vehicles to shine, too,” said 7‑Eleven’s car wash manager Charnann Cox.

This is the fourth year 7‑Eleven has offered free car washes on Veteran’s Day for retired and active military personnel of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services. The retailer operates more than 300 car washes in 16 states – California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The company gave away 1,500 car washes on Veterans Day in 2014.

To locate a 7‑Eleven store with a car wash, veterans can visit the 7‑Eleven smartphone app and click on the map, check the car wash filter and search for the nearest store. Stores with car washes also can be located on the store locator tab at www.7‑Eleven.com. Click on “Looking for Something Special” and check car wash, along with location and radius to locate closest ones.

7‑Eleven has consistently been named among the top veteran- and military- friendly companies. Named one of the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers on a list published annually by G.I Jobs magazine, 7‑Eleven was the only food retailer included and, among all retailers on the list, ranked third. Business publications like Forbes and Entrepreneur rank 7‑Eleven among the top franchise opportunities.

Earlier this year, the company awarded three military veterans with a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store of their choosing, each valued at up to $190,000. The one Navy and two Army veterans competed among 1,700 from all military branches in the company’s Operation: Take Command contest.

In addition, 7‑Eleven has been recognized as a military-friendly company for its veteran hiring practices, military veterans’ franchise program and a charitable mission to support military families. Military veterans serve in every level of the company from top management to field staff to store associates. The retailer also has supported military-assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Reserve Aid, Warrior Gateway and Operation Mend.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are nearly 57,400 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #5 on Franchise Direct 2015 Top 100 Global Franchises list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and named Best of the Best in the Convenience Store Channel by Entrepreneur magazine in May 2015 and ranked No. 4 by Entrepreneur on its list of Best Franchises for Veterans. The company is #2 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises for the Buck in 2015. 7‑Eleven is ranked first on the Convenience Store News Top 100 list in 2014. 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2015 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
Margaret.Chabris@7-11.com

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More than 300 7‑Eleven stores with car washes in 16 states offer active and veteran military personnel a free vehicle cleaning on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

More than 300 7‑Eleven stores with car washes in 16 states offer active and veteran military personnel a free vehicle cleaning on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Baskin-Robbins celebrates Veterans Day with more than $25,000 discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees for veterans seeking to open Baskin-Robbins franchise in the U.S.

CANTON, MA, 2014-11-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is showing its appreciation for military veterans this Veterans Day with more than $25,000 in financial discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees as part of a special veteran’s incentive program for U.S. veterans seeking to open a Baskin-Robbins franchise in the U.S. In October, franchisee and Army veteran Charlie Bertram, and his wife, Karen Bertram, opened a Baskin-Robbins shop in Shelbyville, Kentucky. The new store was purchased with the help of the Baskin-Robbins Veteran’s Incentive Program.

“We’re proud not only that Baskin-Robbins is our first franchise business, but also that the brand supports all military veterans through special franchising incentives and discounts,” said Charlie Bertram, owner of the Shelbyville Baskin-Robbins. “Between the passion we’ve seen in other franchisees and the fact that my wife and I have been married for 31 wonderful years – the same number as the brand’s famous flavors – it was an easy choice for us to open a Baskin-Robbins.”

Bertram is a U.S. Army veteran, who served during Desert Storm from 1987 to 1991. He was an Army Specialist (E4) when he was honorably discharged.

“Charlie Bertram and U.S. military heroes just like him should be rewarded for their service to our country,” said Bill Mitchell, President, Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada, and Baskin-Robbins & Dunkin’ Donuts China, Japan and Korea, who served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. “At Baskin-Robbins, we take pride in supporting military veterans, providing franchising incentives so they can make their dreams of owning their own business a reality.”

As part of the franchise incentive program, Baskin-Robbins will waive the 20-year initial franchise fee of $25,000 and offer a zero percent royalty rate for the first two years and a reduced royalty rate for years three through five for qualified, honorably discharged U.S. veterans, making it easier for them to start their own business. If a military veteran signs a multi-unit agreement, he or she will be extended a 20 percent discount on the 20-year initial franchise fee for up to four additional shops that are timely opened, as well as a 10-year payment plan.* Available through the end of the year, these special incentives are part of Baskin-Robbins’ commitment to supporting the military community.

In addition to these development incentives, on Veterans Day, Baskin-Robbins will donate 10 cents from each ice cream scoop sold in its U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO), in honor of U.S. troops, military families and veterans.** Baskin-Robbins’ support is part of the USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign, which calls on Americans to honor and create special moments for troops and their families, who make daily sacrifices as they serve.

With a business system that combines delicious treats with a simple operating model, Baskin-Robbins continues to attract entrepreneurs in major markets throughout the U.S. For more information about the current development incentives available, Baskin-Robbins is hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. EST and another webinar about opportunities to purchase stores for sale on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. EST. To register, please visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded in Glendale, Calif., by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, over 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from the more than 1,200 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, premium soft serve and take home frozen treats.

* For details, please see the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document.

** This donation is inclusive of all regular (4oz) and kids (2.5oz) scoops of ice cream sold as cups and cones on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. The donation is based on regular-priced cup and cone scoop sales only, and does not include scoops that are used in other desserts (i.e. sundaes, beverages, cakes, take home, novelties, etc.).

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 35thannual Franchise 500® ranking, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,400 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,200 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. In 2013, more than 13 million ice cream cakes were sold in Baskin-Robbins shops worldwide. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

The Home Depot® completes its fourth annual Celebration of Service campaign and celebrated 2,500 homes improved for veterans during the two-month effort

The Home Depot Foundation to Match Funds Raised by Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as Part of Continued Commitment to Improving the Homes and Lives of Veterans and their Families

ATLANTA, 2014-11-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Today, The Home Depot® completed its fourth annual Celebration of Service campaign and celebrated a 2,500 home milestone, more than double the company’s original goal to transform
1,000 homes for veterans during the two-month effort, which began on Sept. 11. More than 13,000 Home Depot associates volunteered on their days off as a part of Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, to improve veterans’ homes and housing facilities in nearly 500 cities across all 50 states.

In addition to this milestone, The Home Depot Foundation is celebrating Veterans Day with the announcement of plans to match funds raised by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation between today and December 31, 2014, up to $200,000. The match in donations will be used to help the Building for America’s Bravest program continue to build smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans, including double, triple and quadruple amputees. Donations can be made at www.ourbravest.org.

“As we work to address the many housing challenges facing our nation’s veterans and their families, we’re committed to ensuring those who have sacrificed for all of us have a safe, affordable place to live for the years and decades to come,” said Gaven Gregory, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “That’s why we are dedicated to helping veterans across the entire housing continuum, from those who need accessibility modifications to their homes to those who have no home at all.”

In 2009, the federal government announced a goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Since The Home Depot joined this mission, its Team Depot volunteers have impacted more than 15,000 homes for veterans.

“We couldn’t ask for a better partner than The Home Depot in our mission to end veteran homelessness,” said Vince Kane, head of the VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. “Wherever there’s a need, Team Depot is there, and that’s exactly the level of support it takes to fight homelessness among our U.S. military veterans. Our cities would not be making the progress they’ve made in reducing the numbers of homeless vets without the support of The Home Depot, and their ability to turn a house into a home is paying off in dividends for our veterans and their families.”

“There is a tremendous need for private sector leadership in the national fight to end veteran homelessness, and the Home Depot Foundation has set a strong example for other corporate citizens to follow. In addition to its renowned Team Depot volunteers, the Foundation has provided critical funding, including more than half a million dollars to our 100,000 Homes Campaign, which helped 186 U.S. communities find homes for 31,000 homeless veterans over four years,” said Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions. “The Home Depot Foundation is known nationally for its tremendous responsiveness to the needs of grantees and its willingness to provide whatever it takes to accomplish the mission of ending veteran homelessness. We couldn’t do our work without The Home Depot Foundation’s generous support.”

About Celebration of Service From 9/11 to Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Team Depot put its talents to work to transform 2,500 homes for veterans. The campaign’s kick-off set a high bar for the magnitude of this mission, with Team Depot volunteers improving 500 veteran homes in just one day.

The projects completed throughout this two-month period addressed a wide variety of veteran housing needs, including:

  • Making wounded warrior home modifications for veterans like retired Marine Joey Jones. Joey’s eight-year career was brought to an end after he lost both his legs above the knee in Afghanistan. During his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Joey started a Peer Visit Program to allow him and other wounded warriors to visit with, encourage and mentor more recently wounded servicemen and women in the in-patient wards. He recently bought a house that needed to be remodeled to allow for his wheelchair and other accommodations.
  • Improving multi-family housing facilities such as the Midtown Terrace Suites in Houston, TX. This facility offers an incredible 286 transitional housing units for area veterans, as well as a variety of care programs and services to help veterans transition into permanent homes and successful futures.
  • Helping aging veterans remain comfortably in their homes like 65-year-old Vietnam veteran Jerry Arnold, who served three tours in Vietnam with the United States Army. After his service, he went on to work for the Department of Defense for the next fifteen years. While Jerry was focused on caring for his
    country and his family, his home had fallen into desperate need of repair.
  • Providing a safe home for women veterans like the Veterans Inc. Women and Children’s facility in Worcester, MA. The facility provides transitional bed units for women and their children, but did not have family units available. Team Depot created living spaces that the residents could share with their children and gave them a home-like atmosphere. Women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, but facilities like this one can help stop this trend.

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

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $80 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 15,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.

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For more information, contact:
Lisa Walsh
770.384.4281
lisa_walsh@homedepot.com

Nicole Foo
770.433.8211, ext. 84133
Nicole_foo@homedepot.com

Commissaries worldwide celebrate Veterans Day with exclusive savings events

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries worldwide are offering exclusive savings events leading up to Veterans Day.

During what’s billed as the “Support Your Veterans Day Sales Event,” stores are collaborating with their industry partners to offer exclusive savings through in-store sales promotions including high-value coupons and other discounts beyond the everyday 30 percent or more savings. Stores are also offering product samplings, demonstrations and giveaways.

“At the Defense Commissary Agency, we recognize the service and sacrifices our military have made throughout our nation’s history to safeguard our freedom,” said DeCA Sales Director Tracie Russ. “We honor their commitment by delivering the best commissary benefit possible.”

In some instances, commissaries are holding Veterans Day commemoration events. Patrons are asked to check their store for any locally scheduled events. They can also check the Sales & Events page for the latest in promotional information.

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • The Comforts from Home Project. When commissary customers enter a code online from specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation of 50 cents per unit to the USO for a maximum contribution of $250,000. In a nationally televised event, “A Hero’s Welcome,” the Comforts from Home Project will also welcome home a soldier from overseas to a completely renovated house. This show, hosted by actor Gary Sinise, will air Nov. 11 across a range of TV networks: HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country.
  • “Patriot Perks.” In observance of Veterans Day, several commissary vendors are offering “free perks” on the purchase of at least $15 worth of participating products in stateside commissaries. Patrons can visit the Sales & Events page for details on submitting their commissary receipt to qualify for a free perk of their choice.
  • “Believe in Heroes!” Acosta and its participating brand products are offering 300,000 flyers with high-value coupons. During the sale, most participating brands will provide donations to the Wounded Warrior Project foundation. See store displays for details.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil