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New for retail facilities: A disaster planning and recovery guide PRSM Association outlines how FMs can better deal with multitude of mishaps
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, today launched a new disaster and crisis management resource designed to help the retail facilities manager plan for, endure and recover from a broad spectrum of disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and other potentially devastating events. The "Disaster Planning and Management Toolkit" is a multi-dimensional resource for retail facilities managers who deal directly with the impact of disasters, whether they are natural such as tornadoes, earthquakes, storms, etc., or from the man-made variety. More

Malls get facelift to pull in shoppers
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The sprawling Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island, anchored by Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Macy's, ranks among the 20 most-lucrative malls in the U.S. But Roosevelt Field's owner, Simon Property Group Inc., still intends to spend roughly $300 million in the next two years to improve the shopping center. The overhaul will add a Neiman Marcus Group luxury department store, expand the mall's dining choices and upgrade its movie theater with lounge seating and full menus. More

Kohl's activates its largest solar project at e-commerce facility
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Kohl's Department Stores announced activation of the company's largest solar project at its 1 million-sq.-ft. e-commerce fulfillment center in Edgewood, Md. The center opened in 2011 and recently earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council at the gold level. The location is Kohl's sixth solar site in Maryland. It is also the company’s first LEED-certified logistics facility. More

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High usage level places high expectations on door hardware
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Few components in institutional and commercial facilities have to measure up to expectations that are as high as those for door hardware. First, many of these components have to withstand nearly constant use — and abuse, in some cases. Second, they must contribute to a facility's efforts to provide safety and security for occupants and visitors. More

3 important retail trends for 2013
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Even as the cash registers and virtual shopping carts continue to rack up holiday sales for retailers, savvy merchants are casting a critical eye into their crystal balls to determine how their customers will shop in 2013. This is important, as the National Retail Federation points out that with retailers operating more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that contribute $2.5 trillion to the annual GDP, what happens in stores and online is "a daily barometer for the nation’s economy." Good thing Kiplinger predicts that next year will herald better times, especially in the second half of 2013. More

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Gap unveils plans to open stores in Brazil next fall
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Gap Inc. plans to open its first standalone Gap stores in Brazil next fall as part of the apparel retailer's effort to expand its international presence. "Given that Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world and the largest Latin American economy, we feel that this market provides us with an incredible growth opportunity," said Stefan Laban, managing director of strategic alliances for Gap. Gap has been expanding abroad and has stores in more than 40 countries, compared with eight countries in 2006. More

Renovations perk up aging Southdale Center in Minneapolis-area
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Minneapolis-area Southdale Center is hoping that a multimillion-dollar facelift will give the aging mall a much needed boost in attracting tenants and shoppers. Work on the nearly yearlong project is wrapping up this month at the 1.3 million-square-foot center, which made history when it opened in 1956 as the nation’s first enclosed regional mall. "We are seeing shoppers that have not been in this mall for years that are coming back," says Southdale General Manager Laurie Van Dalen. More

Target, United Way deliver a holly, jolly holiday
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Target is teaming up with the United Way for the 22nd consecutive year to bring families in need some holiday cheer. Target stores across the country will donate more than $200,000 worth of holiday trees to the charitable organization, as part of the Target Share-a-Tree Program. The United Way and its volunteers will distribute the trees to families in need, shelters, community centers and childcare programs. More


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Walmart reveals how it kick-started sustainability
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Early sustainability discussions at Walmart were fraught with conflict and argument as the group tasked with the effort realized that every time someone at the company makes a decision, there are 100 unintended consequences, according to former vice president of strategy and sustainability Andy Ruben. He made the comments in "Walmart's Sustainability Journey: Andy Ruben and the Design of Strategic Goals and Processes," one of seven case studies that make up the Walmart Sustainability Case Project. More

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Forever 21 unveils massive Mall of America store
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Forever 21 Inc. showed off its massive new store at Mall of America for the first time recently, one day before opening to the public. The 80,000-square-foot, multilevel store is the first to open within the former Bloomingdale's space at the southeast corner of the mall. Roughly three-fourths of the space is in the mall's previously unused basement, which only had a dirt floor prior to the renovation. More

Vitamin Shoppe to buy Super Supplements
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Seeking to expand its West Coast presence, national chain Vitamin Shoppe said it has reached a deal to buy the assets of Seattle-based competitor Super Supplements for about $50 million in cash. Vitamin Shoppe, a specialty retailer of nutritional products based in North Bergen, N.J., expects to complete the purchase by the end of the month. It operates 17 stores in the Northwest, while Super Supplements has 31 locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. More

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Ikea to make state debut in Kansas City, Kan., area
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Shopping center owner and developer DDR Corp., based in Beachwood, Ohio, said it will sell 22 acres of land to Ikea Property for the construction of Ikea's first store in Kansas, located in the Kansas City bedroom community of Merriam, Kan. Ikea confirmed that the City Council of Merriam has unanimously approved plans for this project, following last month's approval from the city's Planning Commission. More

Retailers, malls extending hours in days before Christmas
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A slowdown in sales after a promising start to the holiday season is prompting retailers and malls to extend hours in Utah and nationally, and the effort could push some to offer discounts of 70 percent off or more. Toys R Us is opening all its stores for 88 straight hours until Christmas Eve. And, for the first time, starting Friday, Dec. 21, Macy's is staying open at most stores for 48 hours nonstop as merchants close in on the final weekend before Christmas Day, which falls on Tuesday. More

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