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Boston Barricade Company supplies graphics, enclosures for Fashion Outlets of Chicago

BY Dan Berthiaume

Vero Beach, Fla. — Boston Barricade Company was chosen as the exclusive barricade and graphics provider for the grand opening of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago., Rosemont, Ill. The first fully enclosed mall to open in the Chicago-area in over 20 years, the 530,000-sq.-ft. center is developed, owned and operated by AWE Talisman and managed by Macerich, a national mall developer.

For the opening, Boston Barricade Company installed its newest product, PlankWalz, along with full graphic wraps of the Fashion Outlets logo, in spaces where build out of new stores in time for the Aug. 1 grand opening was not possible.

“Boston Barricade Company truly understands the needs of a property,” said Alex Palumbo, operations director of Fashion Outlets of Chicago. “They get it. Their products are innovative and their service most responsive. Our needs changed daily as we neared the grand opening and Boston Barricade Company accommodated us in every way possible."

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Starbucks expands Latin America footprint, to open in Columbia

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Company will enter the country of Columbia, opening a store in the first half of 2014 in Bogota. It will be operated through a joint venture between the company’s Latin American franchisee, Alsea, and the food company Grupo Nutresa.

Starbucks said it has "aggressive plans" to open locations in Bogota and other major cities throughout Colombia over the next five years.

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Bashas makes LED lights standard for new stores and retrofits

BY Marianne Wilson

Durham, N.C. — Supermarket retailer Bashas has installed energy-efficient LED lighting from Cree in its Tempe, Ariz., location. The newly renovated store features luminaires powered by Cree TrueWhite technology, with 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, Chandler, Ariz. “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.”

Featuring a number of luminaires from Cree’s portfolio, the installation resulted in a one-for-one replacement against the original specification due to the upgrade in light quality as well as energy and maintenance savings. Additionally, the Cree CS18 luminaires deliver strong vertical light levels, illuminating all levels of the store’s shelves using less power and providing significant energy savings. The installed Cree luminaires further help reduce energy consumption with their dimming capabilities.

Bashas’ expects the Cree system to pay for itself within two years.

“Bashas’ is so pleased with our decision to install Cree LED lights, it is now the standard for new and retrofit stores,” Murphy said. “Not only do they offer energy and maintenance savings, but they produce beautiful, long-lasting lighting that make the store’s products pop.”

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