CLEARFIELD – Local retailer Backyards Inc., has announced that it is officially changing the name of its six stores along the Wasatch Front to “Lifetime Store.”
“This is an important change for local manufacturer Lifetime Products, the Backyards Inc. store, and our Utah customers,” explained Regional Store Manager Nathan Ashby. “Even though Backyards Inc. has always been owned by Lifetime, there was no easy way for customers to instantly recognize it as Lifetime’s factory retail store, and that they can find all Lifetime products in the store. By renaming the store and using the Lifetime logo, there is now an obvious connection between our products and our stores.”
The change will take place over the next several months ending with updates to all outdoor signage, completed by February 2011. Lifetime Communications Manager Katie Salter said that the change reinforces the manufacturer’s local awareness efforts over the past year through billboards, bus ads, and commercials.
“This upcoming year will be the 25th anniversary for Lifetime Products, so it was a good time for a change,” said Salter. “The factory store name change demonstrates to Utahans that we are proud to be a long-time manufacturer headquartered here in Utah.” Salter said that both Lifetime’s factory stores and online store will share the same name.
State Bar honors three Utahns
SALT LAKE CITY –Timothy Anderson of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, PC, Kyle D. Hoskins of Hoskins Legal Solution, PLLC and Linda Sappington of the Volunteer Center of Washington County/Five County Senior Corps received individual honors for their contributions to the legal community by the Utah State Bar, the organization announced.
Anderson, a Utah attorney for more than 30 years, was honored with the “Professionalism Award;’ Hoskins, who specializes in family law, was honored with the Bar’s annual award for “Outstanding Pro Bono Service” and Sappington, who has worked with the legal community, citizens and volunteers for more than 16 years, was named “Community Member of the Year.” She also served in St. George as editor of Today in Dixie magazine, which was affiliated with the Davis County Clipper.
Bank offers holiday fraud advice
DAVIS COUNTY – Bank of Utah reminds holiday shoppers that there are some real risks for fraud and ID theft associated with debit card use. That’s why the locally-owned and operated bank is offering safe holiday shopping tips to consumers.
Scott Parkinson, Bank of Utah’s senior vice president of retail banking, says some criminals use special tactics to steal PIN and debit card information, which can be a real headache during the holidays. He suggests using the credit option and signature, to take advantage of security protections offered by credit card companies. For example, VISA monitors activity on cards and alerts customers immediately of unusual purchases. As an added bonus, credit card companies may offer chargeback rights and warranties if a purchase is defective.
Parkinson offers these tips:
• Memorize your PIN and never, ever give it to anyone!
• In stores and at ATMs always cover your card and PIN and watch for:
• Cell phone cameras, mirrors, or other tools used to view cards and PINS.
• People who may be watching your transactions.
• Cashiers who may take your card out of sight (take it to the register yourself).
• Any unusual activity around ATMs. (Now clever thieves can view your information remotely.)
• Unless absolutely required, avoid providing personal information such as address, zip code, phone, birth date, Social Security number, card or account number, expiration date, or your pin.
• If shopping online, never respond to unsolicited emails that ask for verification of your card or account number. Legitimate businesses do not ask for personal information via email.
• Monitor your bank transaction online often to look for unusual activity.
• Shop at reputable retailers, both brick-and-mortar and online.
• Review receipts before you sign.
• If your VISA debit or credit card is lost or stolen call 1-866-ID-HOTLINE, and contact your bank as soon as possible to report the loss. The quicker you act the better.
• ID theft can happen to anyone. Be sure you are covered by some sort of ID theft protection or recovery service. Many banks, including Bank of Utah, offer this type of service for free on consumer banking accounts.