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Ahold USA adds six more LEED stores to its fleet

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ahold USA, a division of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold, said six newly built stores had received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The locations include four stores in the Stop & Shop New England and New York Metro divisions, one in the Giant-Landover division and one in the Giant-Carlisle division.

These stores feature white roofs to reflect sunlight and reduce heat gain in the stores, skylights to harvest daylight and reduce electricity consumption during peak daylight hours, and LED lighting throughout the store. Smaller cooling systems are improving the efficiency of refrigerated display cases and open deck refrigerated cases have been replaced with closed door ones.

To date, Ahold USA has a total of 56 stores that have achieved LEED certification for existing buildings, which is largest fleet of LEED-certified stores among U.S. supermarket retailers.

"By utilizing these innovative green building technologies, we are building all new stores across our retail divisions according to the LEED standards to reduce our environmental impact in the communities we serve for future generations," said Ahold USA VP responsible retailing Jihad Rizkallah.

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SPECS wraps up 49th annual show; partners with RetailROI

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Store development and facilities professionals from some of the nation’s biggest retail and restaurant chains gathered in Dallas, Texas, to attend Chain Store Age’s 49th annual SPECS Conference, March 17-20, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

The show combined a premier educational program — featuring more than 30 individual workshop sessions — and dynamic keynote presentations with plenty of business networking opportunities and a lively exhibit floor.

New this year, SPECS partnered with a charitable foundation, the Retail Orphan Initiative (Retail ROI), whose purpose is to raise awareness of — and provide real solutions for — the 400 million plus vulnerable children worldwide. Founder and donor trustee Greg Buzek, who is president of IHL Group, explained how the group brings together retailers, consultants and suppliers to assist in the group’s efforts to help orphaned children around the globe and invited SPECS attendees to get involved.

In support of the charity, SPECS donated two paintings that were done on site by famous speed painter Dan Dunn to RetailROI, which raffled them off during the show. The winners of the raffle, which raised a total of $5,880, were Todd Chapell, building estimator, Wegmans Foods Markets, Rochester, N.Y., and Craig Chinn, associate principal, KTGY Group, Irvine, Calif.

(For more information on RetailROI, and to find out how you can get involved, click here).

Planning is already underway for the 50th annual SPECS show, which will be held March 16-19, at the Gaylord Texan, in Grapevine, Texas.

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Schimenti announces its first project for Vince Camuto

BY Staff Writer

Ridgefield, Conn. — Fashion-forward retailer and designer Vince Camuto has tapped Schimenti Construction to build his new store at 667 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

Located across from Barney’s, the location will join Vince Camuto’s two existing stores in Manhattan, along with its upcoming location in the Flatiron district.

“This is the first project we have been assigned by Vincent Camuto,” said Matthew Schimenti, president. “It is exciting and rewarding to be selected to build this new store in the heart of the most fashionable luxury area in New York.”

Each Vince Camuto store is unique in design with no two stores being identical. The new, 2,200-sq.-ft. Madison Avenue location will feature a dramatic storefront 23 ft. high with recessed curtain pockets, recessed lights and hanging signage.

Designed by Cthree Architecture + Design, New York, the interior renovation project is expected to be completed in 10 weeks.

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