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Brookshire Grocery Co. joins EPA’s GreenChill

BY Staff Writer

Tyler, Texas — Brookshire Grocery Co. recently became one of a select number of grocery retailers nation-wide to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill partnership, which works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

By joining GreenChill, BGC pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change. According to the EPA, a typical supermarket leaks some 1,000 pounds of harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere each year.

By joining GreenChill, BGC will work to reduce those emissions by continuing to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant used and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices. Companies that partner with GreenChill have refrigerant emissions rates that are approximately 50% lower than the national average.

“We continue to explore ways to positively impact the environment,” said Rick Rayford, BGC President and CEO. “This pledge demonstrates our ongoing effort to provide our customers with more than just a great place to shop. We are committed to the safety of our communities and our environment, and believe this partnership will help us exceed standard business practices and be responsible environmental stewards.”

For more information on EPA’s GreenChill partnership, including its store certification program, visit EPA.gov/greenchill.

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Schimenti adds new employees

BY Staff Writer

Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction has added new employees to their staff.

“Our recent growth, and our planning for the future, has resulted in the need to expand our team of construction professionals,” stated Matthew Schimenti, company president.

The company has hired Edward Sheeran, project manager; Ryan Lumpuy, superintendent; and Kevin Hanley, estimating coordinator.

Schimenti Construction, founded in 1994, has built a strong reputation in the retail construction industry and has developed a solid niche in urban construction. The firm builds retail-shopping environments for some of the nations leading retailers including Clarks, Fossil, Kohl’s, REI, Sephora, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret and Zara.

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Former Ulta CEO to head Michaels

BY CSA STAFF

IRVING, Texas — Michaels Stores has named Chuck Rubin CEO and a member of the board of directors. Rubin, currently the president and CEO of Ulta Beauty, will assume his new roles after a brief period of transition, at which time Michaels will discontinue the office of the CEO, established on an interim basis in May 2012. Charles Sonsteby, a member of the office of the CEO, will continue as the company’s chief administrative officer and CFO.

Rubin brings more than 30 years of retail industry experience, including serving as president, CEO and member of the board of directors for Ulta Beauty (ULTA), where since 2010, he successfully led his team in driving record revenue and earnings growth, as well as creating significant shareholder value for one of the largest beauty retailers in the United States.

"Michaels is an iconic brand and a category leader in the large and fragmented arts and crafts industry, with considerable potential moving forward," said Rubin. "With its diverse product offering of industry defining brands and unique customer engagement strategy, Michaels has built a loyal customer base. I am honored and excited by the opportunity and look forward to working with the Company’s talented management team and dedicated associates."

Rubin joined Ulta Beauty as COO in May 2010, assuming the position of president and CEO later that year as part of a planned CEO succession process. Prior to that he spent six years with Office Depot where he served as EVP and chief merchandise and marketing officer, rising to president North American Retail.

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