1-800-Flowers® Franchisees Gear up for Small Business Saturday

Consumers Urged to Support Local Businesses and “Shop Small”

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. - November 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Small Business Saturday, which will occur this year on November 28th, is the perfect match between local retailers who are rooted in their communities and a movement designed to encourage people to support small, local businesses.

American Express founded the Small Business Saturday movement six years ago, urging small business owners to take charge of the day by promoting it locally and reaching out to consumers with the message that this is a great day to “shop small” and put their purchasing dollars back into the communities where they live.

In observance of Small Business Saturday 2015,1-800-Flowers.com® and its family of franchisees have become Official Supporters of Small Business Saturday. To promote the event, American Express is providing 1-800-Flowers franchisees with event toolkits that include tote bags, buttons, posters, pennants, postcards and balloons and more. Consumers can find a local 1-800-Flowers franchise location by visiting http://florist.1-800-Flowers.com.

“In many ways, 1-800-Flowers® franchisees represent the fabric of local neighborhoods, helping customers...in some cases several generations of customers...celebrate the important occasions in their lives through the beauty of flowers and a wide range of other thoughtful gifts,” said Mark Nance, AAF, President of 1-800-Flowers® Franchising. “Small Business Saturday is an ideal opportunity for consumers to show their support for local business owners who have put their hearts and souls into serving their customers with unmatched personal attention while also providing jobs in local communities.”

1-800-Flowers® franchise flower shops are independently owned and operated, and each offers a vast assortment of top quality products – including truly original floral arrangements consumers cannot find anywhere else along with gift baskets, plants, chocolates, plush, candles and many other gift ideas perfect for holiday giving and provide professional services for weddings and sympathy.

To showcase the innovative design talents of 1-800-Flowers® franchisees and other local owned florists across the country – and to provide consumers with unique floral arrangements and gift products that reflect the current trends and cultures of local communities, 1-800-Flowers.com® created the Local Artisan Program. Through this program, neighborhood retail florists can offer their unique, original designs in their local delivery areas via the 1-800-Flowers.com® website. 1-800-Flowers® franchisees throughout the country are planning to offer their customers a variety of special offers and showcasing their Local Artisan designs for Small Business Saturday. To find a locally owned 1-800-Flowers® retail store and to learn more about locally-designed floral arrangements and other exciting gift ideas visit http://florist.1-800-Flowers.com.

About 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is the world’s leading florist and gift shop. For more than 38 years, 1-800-FLOWERS® (1-800-356-9377 or www.1-800-Flowers.com) has been helping deliver smiles for our customers with gifts for every occasion, including fresh flowers and the finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections, candles, balloons and plush stuffed animals. As always, our 100% Smile Guarantee® backs every gift. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM was named a winner of the 2015 “Best Companies to Work for in New York State” award by The New York Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM). 1-800-FLOWERS.COM was awarded the 2014 Silver Stevie Award, recognizing the organization’s outstanding Customer Service and commitment to our 100% Smile Guarantee®. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM received a Gold Award for Best User Experience on a Mobile Optimized Site for the 2013 Horizon Interactive Awards. The Company’s BloomNet® international floral wire service (www.mybloomnet.net) provides a broad range of quality products and value-added services designed to help professional florists grow their businesses profitably. The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM “Gift Shop” also includes gourmet gifts such as premium, gift-quality fruits and other gourmet items from Harry & David® (1-877-322-1200 or www.harryanddavid.com), popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory® (1-800-541-2676 or www.thepopcornfactory.com); cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl’s® (1-800-443-8124 or www.cheryls.com); premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May® (www.fanniemay.com and www.harrylondon.com); gift baskets and towers from 1-800-Baskets.com® (www.1800baskets.com); premium English muffins and other breakfast treats from Wolferman’s (1-800-999-1910 or www.wolfermans.com); carved fresh fruit arrangements from FruitBouquets.com (www.fruitbouquets.com); and top quality steaks and chops from Stock Yards® (www.stockyards.com). Shares in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, ticker symbol: FLWS.

About Small Business Saturday®

November 28th marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has been become a global phenomenon, spreading to the UK, Australia, Israel, Canada, South Africa and Asia.


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Eloise Pisano
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.


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