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Retail industry poised for growth: Store right-sizing and retrofits underway
PRSM
Record attendance and an upbeat business atmosphere at PRSM2013 National Conference indicate the retail facilities maintenance industry is laying the groundwork for a period of renovating, retooling and expansion, according to the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management.
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This super local Brooklyn, NY, Whole Foods will have a 20,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse
Fast Company's Co.Exist
The Whole Foods scheduled to open this fall in Brooklyn, N.Y., won't look like all the other iterations of the upscale grocery chain — it will have a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on its roof. Welcome to the ultimate locavore grocery store. Rooftop farms are no longer a novelty in cities, where residents are increasingly coming to the conclusion that it makes more sense to grow their own produce than to get it shipped in from elsewhere. These farms are a feel-good solution to the food miles problem for urban locavores, which is why Whole Foods started buying greens a few years ago for its New York City locations from Gotham Greens, a company that grows produce for restaurant and retail clients in a Greenpoint, Brooklyn rooftop greenhouse.
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Attend RECon: The world's largest gathering of retail real estate professionals
RECon
Each year, over 30,000 retail real estate professionals come together in Las Vegas for ICSC's annual RECon, the global retail real estate convention and exhibition May 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event includes Marketplace Mall@RECon, an exclusive opportunity for product suppliers and service companies to showcase their latest products and innovations to all of RECon’s attendees. With over 1,000 exhibitors, RECon is a not-to-be-missed event with the largest gathering of brokers, retailers, developers and more.
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Samsung plans mini-stores in Best Buys
The New York Times
Samsung Electronics is giving Apple some of its own medicine. The company will set up mini-stores this summer inside Best Buys across the United States. Samsung said it would open 1,400 of the stores by the end of June. Called a Samsung Experience Shop, each store will be an entire section at Best Buy devoted to showcasing Samsung smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops, televisions and accessories.
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J.C. Penney appoints Myron E. Ullman, III chief executive officer,
succeeding Ron Johnson

J.C. Penney News Release
The Board of Directors of J.C. Penney Company, Inc., announced that Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III has rejoined the company as chief executive officer, effective immediately. He has also been elected to the Board of Directors. Ullman is a highly accomplished retail industry executive, who served as CEO of J.C. Penney until late 2011. He succeeds Ron Johnson, who is stepping down and leaving the company.
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Stop & Shop cuts carbon footprint in Massachusetts
Supermarket News
Stop & Shop, a division of Ahold USA, announced progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts, where it operates 131 stores, part of an initiative to cut its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2015. The announcement was held at Stop & Shop's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design)-certified store in Wayland, Mass.
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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Schedule your energy
By Jay Fiske
Would you schedule your wait staff to work when your restaurant isn't open? Would you want to pay them starting at 7:30 a.m. even though lunch service doesn't start until 11:30 a.m.? Of course not. Well, you may be doing exactly that with your energy. The scenario is a common one. It's early. Diners won't be arriving for hours, but your kitchen staff is already arriving. What's first on the day's agenda? Flip on the lights, turn on the flat top, the broiler and all of the other equipment needed for the upcoming service. Then grab a quick cup of coffee before the day begins in earnest. When you think about it, it sounds crazy, but that has been common practice in the restaurant business for decades.
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Walgreens expands solar power to Colorado stores
Green Retail Decisions
Walgreens is expanding its renewable energy initiative to Colorado with SolarCity, which will implement solar systems at 22 stores in 14 different cities in the coming months. "A strong commitment to the local community is one of our company’s core values," said Menno Enters, director of Energy and Sustainability at Walgreens, which operates 8,057 stores across the country and in Puerto Rico.
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7-Eleven property sells for $3.7 million
National Real Estate Investor
The 7-Eleven in San Diego sold for $3.7 million. Lee & Associates brokered the retail sale for the 2,200-sq.-ft. property. "This is an outstanding corner in the middle of Kearny Mesa and is a prime investment offering long term security for my clients," Jim Casale, principal at Lee & Associates in San Diego, said in a statement.
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Apple taps design firm for retail store changes
Retail Customer Experience
Apple is rumored to be on the hunt for fresh design input for its line of retail outlets, according to Apple Insider. The company is reportedly in talks with Foster + Partners, the firm responsible for Apple's forthcoming "spaceship" campus.
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Providing protection, keeping workers safe
FacilitiesNet
Many maintenance and engineering tasks present dangers to front-line technicians. To minimize the possibility of personal injury as much as possible, managers must ensure technicians have access to and use the right combination of personal protective equipment, including gloves, eyewear, and hand and foot protection.
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Green building use algae-covered walls façades for heating
DesignBuild Source
Green building engineers are using microalgae to heat an apartment complex in the German commercial hub of Hamburg as part of an innovative experiment in the use of bio-energy in urban areas. The new apartment complex, called the Bio Intelligence Quotient house, is currently under development and stands as one of 16 projects participating in Hamburg's 2013 International Building Exhibition. According to its developers, it will be the first building in the world to be fitted with a bioreactor on its façade.
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Inside H&M's quest for sustainability in fast fashion
Forbes
In the midst of retailers are making headlines for what they're doing wrong, Swedish juggernaut H&M is trying to do right. Hard on the heels of debuting its latest "Conscious Collection" filled with fibers of the recycled and organic cotton varieties, the world's second largest apparel company also publicly released a list of its suppliers, something many retailers keep tightly under wraps.
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Bed Bath & Beyond earnings surge 14 percent in Q4
Retailing Today
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. reported net earnings of $1.68 per diluted share ($373.9 million) in the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 2, 2013, an increase of approximately 14 percent versus net earnings of $1.48 per diluted share ($351 million) in the same quarter a year ago.
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Ace Hardware DC to use hydrogen fuel cell technology
Green Retail Decisions
Ace Hardware will be is using 65 GenDrive fuel cells to power its fleet of electric forklifts at its new 450,000-square-foot distribution center in Wilmer, Texas, which recently broke ground. The GenDrive units are powered by hydrogen, so the only by-products are heat and water, which will also help Ace Hardware reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to an Energy Manager Today report. Construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in January.
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Aaron's plans 125 stores and 750 retail jobs for 2013
Chain Store Age
Rental chain Aaron's announced at its 2013 National Managers Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., that the company plans to open 125 stores in 2013 and hire 750 new employees. Aarons added 950 new jobs across the U.S. and Canada last year.
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IMS research trends in intelligent buildings
Today's Facility Manager
Last year was certainly an interesting year for intelligent building systems. Despite the stagnating new construction market, increasing numbers of existing buildings upgraded their systems to reduce the energy they consumed. Related to this, increasing numbers of existing buildings also gained energy certifications such as Energy Star or LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
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Rite Aid reports first annual profit since 2007
Chain Store Age
Rite Aid reported a $123.1 million profit for the fourth quarter and a $118.1 million profit for the fiscal year, compared with respective losses of $161.3 million and $368.6 million during the same period last year. It was the drugstore chain's second-straight quarterly profit and first annual gain in six years, amid increases in prescription count and front-end end sales.
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Abercrombie & Fitch shares rise on expansion plans
The Associated Press via Businessweek
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. rose on optimism about its international expansion plans and focus on boosting profitability. The teen clothing retailer said in its annual report that it plans to open Abercrombie & Fitch flagship locations in Seoul and Shanghai and about 20 international Hollister stores.
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