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Bashas’ upgrades to LED lighting

BY Staff Writer

DURHAM, N.C. — Bashas’, a family owned and operated supermarket retailer in the western United States, recently installed energy-efficient LED lighting from Cree, to better illuminate its Tempe, Ariz., location.

The newly renovated store features luminaires powered by Cree TrueWhite technology, delivering superior light quality that helps make products more attractive to customers, while enjoying the benefits of a quick payback and an anticipated energy savings of 47% over the store’s previous design.

“Shopping is a highly visual experience and it’s critical to showcase products in their most appetizing colors,” said Scott Murphy, construction manager for Bashas’. “When we decided to remodel the Tempe location, we initially chose fluorescent T8s and CFL downlights until we were introduced to Cree LED lighting. Cree luminaires not only deliver the best LED lighting in the industry but also provide significant energy and maintenance savings compared to outdated technologies. In the grocery store industry, it’s all about margins and Cree helped add green to our bottom line.”

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The Tile Shop enters Oklahoma City market

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis – The Tile Shop has opened its first retail store in Oklahoma City. The new 19,100 square foot Oklahoma City location is The Tile Shop’s second store in Oklahoma.

The company recently opened a new store in Tulsa.

“We’re excited to launch our first store in Oklahoma City,” said Carl Randazzo, senior VP of retail for The Tile Shop. “Our new Oklahoma City store is located in a very desirable area of the city between Nichols Hills and Lake Hefner. It’s an area known for its distinct homes. Our new store is perfectly positioned in a high traffic location to meet the needs of discerning homeowners who are looking for beautiful, high quality, natural tile and stone for their home."

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Polaroid Fotobar to open Las Vegas flagship

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Polaroid Fotobar will open an 8,500-sq.-ft. flagship at The LINQ, a new retail, dining and entertainment district in Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment.

The retail format made its debut in 2013, with three stores in Florida ( Delray Beach, Orlando and Miami). Upcoming plans include another location in Florida, in Boca Raton.

Polaroid Fotobar’s Las Vegas flagship, opening in March, will include a 4,500-sq.-ft. museum that will showcase how the company’s founder, Edwin Land, impacted the modern imaging industry, and will feature a collection of rare artifacts, art and advertising. The museum’s main attraction will be the Andy Warhol “Capturing Celebrity” exhibition, which will feature a collection of 50 of Warhol’s most famous Polaroid photographs, as well as two of Warhol’s personal Polaroid cameras.

Polaroid Fotobar also is launching a Mobile Print Shop, a mobile unit that is equipped to provide on-site printing solutions at events of all kinds.

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