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J.C. Penney Father’s Day ad featuring gay couple creates buzz

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — J.C. Penney has angered a conservative group with a Father’s Day ad that features a gay couple and their two young children. The print ad shows the two men playing with their 3-year-olds and reads, "First Pals – What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver – all rolled into one. Or two.” It is part of a spread in Penney’s June catalog, mailed out this week.

The conservative group One Million Moms, an affiliate of the American Family Association, criticized the ad as "promoting sin," and called for a boycott of J.C. Penney. The same group called for a boycott following the retailer’s hiring of lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. On its website, One Million Moms said under a headline, "Avoid JCP this Father’s Day," that J.C. Penney was "continuing down the same path of promoting sin in their advertisements."

"We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth," One Million Moms said in the statement on its website. "Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature."

The couple featured in the ad said they received mostly positive feedback from friends and strangers around the country. One of the two men, Cooper Smith, said a friend with connections to department store operator recommended that the couple and their children be included in the ad, Reuters reported.

"It represents a large group of diverse families," Smith told Reuters. "We are just seen on one page."

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M.Morgan says:
Oct-13-2012 10:41 am

You all did not listen to the customers so now you are losing money. I am hoping you close your doors for good. Now I hear you are doing gay ads for JC Penny. I know the founder is rolling in his grave that JCPenny has going the perverse way. I will continue to pray you close down and thow Ellen out the door . You all are discusting. Gayvideos

M.Morgan says:
Oct-13-2012 10:41 am

You all did not listen to the customers so now you are losing money. I am hoping you close your doors for good. Now I hear you are doing gay ads for JC Penny. I know the founder is rolling in his grave that JCPenny has going the perverse way. I will continue to pray you close down and thow Ellen out the door . You all are discusting. Gayvideos

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Coinstar and Seattle’s Best Coffee to roll out coffee kiosks in supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchants nationwide

BY Marianne Wilson

Bellevue, Wash. — Coinstar, best known for its Redbox movie rental and its namesake coin-counting kiosks, and Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Coffee Co., have entered into an agreement to roll out Coinstar’s new Rubi coffee kiosk in groceries, drug stores and mass merchants. The kiosks will feature a variety of Seattle’s Best Coffee beverages.

The rollout will begin this summer, with approximately 500 kiosks expected by the end of the year and thousands of machines in place during the next several years.

"Together, we will deliver the kind of quality, convenience and value that we know coffee drinkers on-the-go will appreciate," said Coinstar CEO Paul Davis in the statement.

The Rubi kiosk will serve brewed Seattle’s coffee and specialty drinks, including mochas and vanilla lattes, with price points starting at $1.00. It occupies approximately nine square feet.

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Brooks Bros. and Reliance form JV to enter India

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Brooks Bros. Group and Reliance Brands Limited announced Tuesday the formation of a joint venture company in India.

Reliance Brands, a division of Reliance Industries Group, will use its local connections to bring the American brand to India.

"We have partnered with Reliance Brands Ltd. because of their passion for the Brooks Bros. brand, their track record with other premium brands, and their expertise and connections within India. We are incredibly fortunate to have them as a partner as we enter this important retail market,” said Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and CEO, Brooks Bros.

Currently, Brooks Bros. merchandise is available at 210 locations in the United States and 200 in other countries, including Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, France, the United Kingdom, Chile, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and Greece. The company said that India is the natural next stop in its global expansion plans.

Through the joint venture, Brooks Bros.’ products will be available in major cities across India through exclusive mono-brand stores, which will carry the entire range of menswear and women’s wear including clothing, sportswear, and accessories.

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