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Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association Board of Directors elects 2011-2012 president
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) Board of Directors elected its 2011-2012 President Bill Pietrykowski, director of Facilities and Energy Management for GameStop.

Newly-elected Pietrykowski has led the Facilities Department at GameStop through a rapid growth from 500 stores to 5,000, while providing superior response and services to the GameStop stores. He is on the leading edge of energy management and greening of GameStop stores, displaying integrity and high character in his interactions with GameStop personnel and his vendors.

Pietrykowski was awarded PRSM's Retailer of the Year in 2009. He began serving on the association's Board of Directors in 2009 and served as first vice president from 2010-2011.

Pietrykowski will take office at the PRSM2011! National Conference, April 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn.




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Join us at PRSM2011! National Conference and earn your RFMP Designation! To help you prepare for the RFMP Exam, join us for a webinar on Feb. 22, 2011 and attend an onsite session at the PRSM2011! National Conference.
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Retail sales increase for seventh straight month
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The U.S. Census Bureau reported that retail sales continue on a positive trend, edging up 0.3 percent for the month of January. The increase to $381.6 billion marked the seventh consecutive month of gains for retail sales. Total sales for the month were above the year-ago period by 7.8 percent. Biggest gainers this month were grocery stores, health and personal care stores and electronics and appliance stores. More
Related story:  US shopping center sales up 0.2 percent in January (ICSC)

Related story:  NRF predicts retail sales will rise 4 percent in 2011 (Reuters)


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Borders to close 200 stores in bankruptcy
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Bookseller Borders, which helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry. The 40-year-old company plans to close about 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks. More

Brown Shoe buys American Sporting Goods Corp.
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Brown Shoe Company Inc. said that it has acquired privately held athletic shoe maker American Sporting Goods Corp. for $145 million. The acquisition broadens the reach of St. Louis-based Brown Shoe, which makes Dr. Scholl's, LifeStride, Franco Sarto and other brands and operates Naturalizer and Famous Footwear stores. ASG's brands include Avia, Ryka women's fitness footwear and AND1 basketball shoes for men and boys. More



Maximizing energy savings through building occupant engagement
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In the world of commercial building energy efficiency, there are two general categories of energy efficiency measures used to reduce energy and operating costs of buildings. The first involves upgrades or substitutions of equipment (lighting, HVAC systems, etc). The second involves operational changes such as modifying HVAC set points, or checking scheduling and economizer cycles. More

Luxottica buying 2 Mexican sunglass retailers
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Italian eyewear maker Luxottica Group SpA is buying two specialty sunglass retailers in a deal worth about 17 million euros ($23 million) that will give it access to the Mexican market. Luxottica said that its deal for Stanza and High Tech includes more than 70 stores that will eventually be rebranded as Sunglass Hut locations. More



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Experiential retail: The next technological revolution?
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Welcome to the world of experiential retail, where in-store shopping is enhanced with interactive interfaces, augmented reality and social media integration to create a unique experience for each individual consumer. From virtual mirrors that allow users to try on makeup without actually putting it on their faces, to window and storefront displays projected in 3-D (or even 4-D, as was the case with Ralph Lauren in 2010), these technological trends have been popping up in stores around the world, and could soon be available in a mall near you — if they aren't already. More

The American mall: Back from the dead
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For decades, consumer spending had been shifting towards off-mall stores. Now, big department stores are doing better, and their success is helping boost the developers who build the malls themselves. So how did they break the cycle? For one, the retail outlets doing well aren't following the traditional growth strategy of building more and more: "The country is kind of over-malled and over square footed," says Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. More

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IKEA to build Swedish wind power plant
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Ikea previously invested in renewable energy by purchasing several existing wind farms, but this is its first bespoke development. The nine-turbine wind farm will be built in the central province of Dalarna, in the heart of Sweden. More

Major retail-commercial development proposed for
Canada Olympic Park

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WinSport Canada is planning a huge retail-commercial development at Canada Olympic Park that would include a grocery store, retail stores, restaurants and two hotels, the Herald has learned. The proposed development, subject to city approval, would be about 400,000 square feet. Retail stores would be geared to promoting healthy, active lifestyles and the hotels would accommodate 300 rooms — one family-based and a larger one with a spa and conference center. More



Family Dollar gets $7.6 billion buyout bid from Peltz
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Family Dollar Stores received a buyout offer from a New York hedge fund at $55 to $60 per share, a 36 percent premium over the previous day's closing price. The offer, which values the company at up to $7.6 billion, was made by Trian Group, which is headed by activist investor Nelson Peltz. The offer, which values the company at up to $7.6 billion, was made by Trian Group, which is headed by activist investor Nelson Peltz. More



Publix, Whole Foods top grocery satisfaction survey
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Publix Super Markets Inc and Whole Foods Market Inc. were the top-rated U.S. supermarket chains in 2010, according to a new study released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Consumer satisfaction with supermarkets in 2010 slipped for the first time in three years, falling 1.3 percent from a year earlier to an ACSI score of 75 out of 100. More

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Target to open in Chicago's old Carsons building
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Target Corp., the pioneer of cheap chic, is set to make its debut in Chicago's Loop, cementing State Street as a boulevard of bargains. The discount chain's new urban format is smaller than a typical Target store and will stock fresh food, apartment essentials and clothing. The deal gives Target a foothold in the heart of downtown Chicago as the retailer looks to expand into the nation's cities. More
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