Albertsons first grocer to earn LEED certification on remodel
Fullerton, Calif. Albertsons’ remodeled store in La Habra, Calif., has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first major retail grocery store to earn the distinction for an interior remodel.
From the start of the project in September 2008 through its completion in December 2008, the remodel of the 55,711-sq-ft. supermarket was focused on 100% energy efficiency. Additionally, more than 95% of the remodel’s construction waste was separated and recycled or donated to reduce the amount of garbage going into the landfills.
“Like our parent company Supervalu, Albertsons is committed to taking proactive steps to minimize our carbon footprint. We are thrilled that we could apply our learnings on sustainability at Supervalu to create the first LEED-certified grocery store remodel in the nation,” noted Sue Klug, Albertson Southern California Division president.
The store’s energy-saving measures include Internet energy monitoring of refrigeration, lighting, air-conditioning and heating equipment, and the use of night on all open cold cases in the produce, meat and deli departments in the evening. The curtains seal in the cool air and reduce spoilage and energy costs by up to 25%. Other features include:
- Water-saving faucets, fixtures and sensors installed in the restrooms to reduce the amount of water by over 45%;
- Over 40 skylights combined with photo-sensor-controlled dimmable lighting on the sales floor that create a comfortable shopping experience while reducing the store’s electricity usage;
- Asystem that seizes heat from the refrigeration system (used to cool frozen and perishable products) and re-captures it for heating the store’s hot water;
- New carbon-dioxide sensors and high-grade air filters to keep air inside the store clean and fresh; and
- LED lighting on all coolers and frozen-food case doors.
The store also offers parking spaces designated for carpoolers as a way of further promoting green living.
Palladeo Construct, a Glendale, Calif.-based, environmental design and retail strategy, custom decor and fixture fabrication and full-service construction firm, partnered with Albertsons on the La Habra store remodel.
JCPenney and Dreams play ball
PLANTATION, Fla. Licensed sports merchandiser Dreams announced an agreement with JCPenney that provides customers the ability to purchase from an array of licensed sports memorabilia and apparel directly from the retailer’s online sports fan shop at www.jcp.com. The new site provides an expanded offering of licensed sports merchandise from professional teams, colleges and athletes. The new and expanded online sports fan shop will launch in Oct.
Dreams offers JCPenney the ability to make championship products such as World Series merchandise available to customers.
“Our partnership with Dreams expands our high-quality offering of sports merchandise, providing more shopping options for our customers,” said Steve Lawrence, EVP men’s apparel at JCPenney. “We know that our customers are passionate about their sports teams and our new and expanded online sports fan shop will allow us to offer them their favorite licensed team product in a quick and more convenient manner.”
Survey finds retail execs positive about the future
NEW YORK Retail executives are optimistic about 2010, at least according to a recent survey by auditor KPMG. According to the survey, two-thirds of senior executives in the retail industry expect to see better revenue, profitability and an improving jobs picture in 2010.
In the KPMG survey, which focused on the retail industry specifically, 70% of the executives said they expect business conditions to improve in 2010, with 68% expecting stronger revenue and 66% expecting improved profitability. However, 44% of those surveyed still believe the U.S. economy as a whole could take as long as 2011 or later to substantially recover.
Overall, 84% of retail executives see an improving jobs picture in their industry in 2010, with 52% saying it would be stable and 32% saying it will be better than 2009. At the same time, three-quarters of them said they had already instituted headcount reductions and only 14% were contemplating further such actions.
“This outlook for the year ahead and beyond should be heartening, since the importance of the U.S. retail industry to gross domestic product and overall economic health cannot be overstated. It’s the second largest industry in the U.S. and employs the second highest number of people among all sectors,” said Mark Larson, KPMG global retail sector chair.
When survey respondents were asked to identify the triggers they think will spur a U.S. economic recovery, the most frequently cited factors by far were increased consumer spending (52%), improved consumer confidence (51%) and an increase in jobs/employment (48%).
When asked to identify the biggest challenges they currently faced in dealing with the economic downturn, retail leaders most frequently cited restoring consumer confidence (55%), finding new sources of revenue growth (51%), managing/cutting costs (48%), and adjusting to changing customer demand (46%).