REAL ESTATE

Aldi opens store in enclosed mall in suburban Chicago

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Discount grocer Aldi has made its U.S. mall debut, opening in Westfield Chicago Ridge, an 800,000-sq.-ft. enclosed shopping center in Chicago Ridge, Ill. The mall is a property of The Westfield Group.

The 20,000-sq.-ft. store offers the same prices and products as other Aldi stores, and also features the retailer’s current interior prototype elements. The store is entered through the mall entrances.

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STORE SPACES

Kroger: Energy consumption reduced by 30% since 2000

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Cincinnati — In its fifth annual sustainability report, released Tuesday, The Kroger Co. said it continues to meet its benchmarks, including reducing in-store energy consumption by 30%.

"In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger. “We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic, and provided our customers with five million more reusable bags.”

Some highlights of Kroger’s sustainability progress in 2010, besides the overall energy reduction, include: Kroger has saved more than 2.2 billion kilowatt hours, which equals 1.41 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That equates to taking more than 275,000 cars off roads for one year. It completed its first wind energy project, as two wind turbines installed at Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pa., will supply 25% of the dairy’s annual electricity needs.

As well, Kroger’s manufacturing plants reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 30% since 2009 — a 22 million-pound reduction. And improved bagging techniques and increased use of reusable bags saved an additional 159 million plastic bags.

Read the full report at kroger.com/sustainability.

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OPERATIONS

Wal-Mart women vow to continue bias fight

BY Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. — A Bloomberg report on Tuesday said that the women who sought to sue Wal-Mart Stores for gender bias on behalf of 1.5 million co-workers said they will continue the fight in smaller lawsuits in lower courts and claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said the women failed to prove that Wal-Mart had a nationwide policy that led to gender discrimination, precluding a class action and forcing the plaintiffs to pursue claims on their own.

Wal-Mart may now face thousands of lawsuits and discrimination claims as the plaintiffs launch new complaints.

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