STORE SPACES

Ann Inc. launches program to donate fixtures and marketing items to charities

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ann Inc., the parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft, announced the launch of AnnCares360, a program in partnership with Good360, a nonprofit leader in product philanthropy. The program will facilitate the donation of available displays, marketing items, and fixtures to local charities that support women and children.

AnnCares360 allows Ann Taylor, Loft, Ann Taylor Factory, and Loft Outlet stores to enter valued, reusable goods into a tracking system that will link to Good360’s online product donation marketplace and its network of more than 26,000 charities.

"The AnnCares360 program aligns perfectly with our environmental commitment to minimize waste in our operations since most of these items can be reused. Jeannette Ferran Astorga, VP corporate social responsibility. “We are pleased to know that we will be able to provide resources for communities in need. We are also excited to celebrate the company’s commitment to the environment by launching this program for Earth Day."

Each year, Ann has items in its stores and corporate offices that are available for donation across the country. The partnership with Good360 offers a uniform company-wide system, better tracking mechanisms, a wider reach, and a sustainable program for the future.

Good360, previously known as Gifts In Kind International, is a pioneer in the product giving space.

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STORE SPACES

Six Stater Bros. stores receive EPA GreenChill Gold Award

BY Staff Writer

San Bernardino, Calif. — In celebration of Earth Day, Stater Bros. said that six of the company’s newest supermarkets in California have earned the prestigious EPA GreenChill Gold Award for meeting tough environmental standards and using ozone-friendly refrigerants. The certifications are good for one year. Four of the locations also received GreenChill Gold Awards in 2011 (Grand Terrace, Moreno Valley, Cathedral City and Carlsbad).

Stater Bros. is the only Southern California grocer to have six stores that are certified at the Gold Level.

In 2009, Stater Bros. introduced a "Green Waste" composting program in all its supermarket locations to turn organic waste into compost that is sold to area farmers. The chain received a Waste Reduction Award in both 2011 and 2010 from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP).

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REAL ESTATE

McDonald’s goes Vegas

BY Marianne Wilson

Las Vegas — McDonald’s has opened its first and only location under the Metro McDonald’s banner, in downtown Las Vegas.

The two-level, 6,734-sq.-ft. space is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, next to Planet Hollywood Resort Casino’s Miracle Mile Shops. The new McDonald’s boasts 24-hour service, digital menu boards and WiFi access. The contemporary-looking interior is bright and vibrant, with sleek furniture and graffiti-like murals.

"We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind restaurant that complements the current metropolitan landscape and character of Las Vegas," said Josephine Wee, Rocky Mountain Operations Manager for McDonald’s USA.

While almost 90% of McDonald’s restaurants are independent franchises, the new Las Vegas store is corporate owned.

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