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Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association honors industry professionals with Retail Facilities Maintenance 2012 Awards
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, honored its 2012 Annual Award recipients. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the PRSM2012 National Conference morning keynote session today (April 20) at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. The professionals honored are first nominated by their peers for recognition, and then a committee of past winners determines award recipients. "The 2012 PRSM Awards Program is the most prestigious recognition a member can achieve," said Paul Walsh, 2012-2013 president of the PRSM Board of Directors. More

Car charging group to install EV charging stations at
13 Walgreens locations

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Walgreens and Car Charging Group have expanded EV charging services to install charging stations at 13 Walgreens locations in Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. Walgreens market vice president Marlin Hutchens said environmental sustainability is part of the company's commitment to help its customers live well, stay well and get well. More

Strong retail sales ease growth worries
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Americans shrugged off high gasoline prices in March and spent more strongly than expected, suggesting economic growth in the first quarter was probably not as weak as many had feared. Retail sales increased 0.8 percent, the Commerce Department said, after rising 1.0 percent in February. More

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Wal-Mart 'on track' to end landfill waste by 2025
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said that it is on track to meet many of its goals for making its operations more environmentally sustainable, but it fell short of some benchmarks. Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke said in June that environmental sustainability is one of the company's top five priorities. Even small improvements in Wal-Mart's operations can make a big difference because of the massive scale of its retail outlets and global supply chain. More
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Record expansion and leadership depth on display in Canada
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Impressive. That is the best way to describe what a ballroom full of financial analysts and thousands of others watching via Web cast saw unfold inside a Toronto hotel ballroom where Wal-mart held its annual international meeting for the financial community. More

Commercial roof maintenance: A proactive approach
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If you are a building owner or facility manager, roofing costs have always been among your major concerns. In its January report, Reed Construction Data indicated that a faster-than-projected economic recovery will accelerate commercial construction activity and push materials prices even higher than general inflation. Combined with today’s soaring energy costs, it’s clear that managing commercial roofing costs is critical, especially for owners and facility managers with multiple buildings. Education and strategic budget planning are the best defense to managing a building. More

Majority of US smartphone owners use devices to aid shopping
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Two-thirds of U.S. consumers with smartphones have used the devices to aid shopping, according to a report by research firm Leo J. Shapiro and Associates. he February 2012 survey also found that 38 percent of respondents researched products on their smartphones, while shopping at a physical store. More

Sears completes sale of 11 properties to General Growth
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Sears Holdings Corp. said that it completed the $270 million sale of 11 full-line Sears store locations to General Growth Properties. Sears said the stores will continue to operate as Sears locations into 2013 or 2014, with final closing dates to be announced later this year. The stores are in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington. More

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Best Buy details store closings
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Best Buy Co . recently disclosed the 50 large stores it is closing as the struggling electronics retailer tries to shrink its massive footprint of about 1,100 big-box locations in the U.S. The list of 50 stores being closed by the world's largest specialty electronics chain includes seven locations in California and six in Illinois. More

Westfield sells 7 US malls to Starwood for $1 billion
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Westfield Group will sell eight malls in the U.S. for $1.15 billion, using the funds to repay debt and invest in businesses offering higher returns. The Sydney-based company will sell seven of the properties, which are among its “non-core” assets, to Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital Group LLC for $1 billion, and another property to an undisclosed buyer for $147 million. More

Consumer confidence in US rises to match 4-year high
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Household confidence improved last week to match the highest level in four years as more Americans said their finances were in better shape. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was minus 31.4 in the period ended April 15, compared with minus 32.8 over the previous seven days. The reading equaled that from two weeks earlier as the best since March 2008. Nonetheless, the monthly expectations measure fell from a one-year high, showing concern remains that too many Americans are still unemployed. More

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Francesca's plans 900-store expansion in women's fashion market
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Women's clothing retailer Francesca's Holdings plans to more than triple its store count, while boosting profits by carrying only a limited supply of the latest fashions. The Houston-based retailer operates 249 outlets in 38 states targeting women age 18-35. It eventually plans to have 900 stores throughout the U.S. About half of its revenue comes from clothing sales, with the rest coming from jewelry, accessories and gifts. More

Sears Canada downsizes apparel brands to woo customers
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Sears Canada is trying to up its fashion profile in an aim to woo consumers back to its stores, slashing the number of private apparel brands to 20 from more than 90 offered currently to better focus its diffuse assortment and shooting flyers that resemble J Crew stylings more than traditional Sears catalogue fare. More

South Florida outdoor malls evolve to reach customers, stay relevant
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Outdoor, multilevel shopping and entertainment centers such as Riverfront and Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale and CityPlace and Mizner Park in Palm Beach County have been part of South Florida's retail landscape for years. What were exciting, busy retail centers when they opened in the late 1990s or early 2000s have evolved to stay afloat. More

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CEO: Mattress Firm plans king-sized expansion    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One year after its initial public offering, Mattress Firm is taking market share and is ready for a king-sized expansion, CEO Stephen Stagner told CNBC. The mattress seller, which days ago bought competitor Mattress Giant, has seen more people replacing or upgrading their mattresses coming out of the recession. More
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