Cub Seeks LEED Gold for New Green Store
Stillwater, Minn. Cub Foods has opened an eco-friendly store in St. Paul, Minn. The company, a division of Supervalu, is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for the outlet.
The new store features 44 skylights that will illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces using a solar-powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed. Other sustainable elements include:
- Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site has been reused in the construction of the new building or recycled;
- Thirty-five percent savings in lighting costs compared to typical Cub stores;
- Amaintenance-free floor that eliminates the need for chemicals during the cleaning process;
- Alandscape irrigation system that uses 50% less water than typical systems; and
- Seventy-five percent of the building construction waste will not end up in landfills. Instead, it will be recycled and turned into other useful materials.
CVS Caremark 3Q earnings up 18.8%
WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark announced that net revenues for the third quarter ended Sept. 27, increased $368.2 million to $20.9 billion, up from $20.5 billion during the third quarter ended Sept. 29, 2007.
Revenues in the retail drug store segment increased 5.3% to $11.5 billion in the third quarter, while same-store sales in the Company’s CVS/pharmacy division for the third quarter rose 3.7% over the prior year period.
Earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter increased 18.8% to $818.8 million compared with earnings from continuing operations of $689.5 million in the comparable 2007 period.
Tom Ryan, chairman, president and ceo of CVS Caremark said, “I’m pleased to report strong third quarter results, which were right in line with our expectations despite the uncertain economic environment.”
OfficeMax delays 3Q earnings release
NAPERVILLE, Ill. OfficeMax announced that it has delayed the release of its full 2008 third quarter earnings results so that the company can complete its analysis of the non-cash impairment charge caused by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings. OfficeMax continues to expect no adverse impact on its operations or liquidity as a result of the Lehman bankruptcy based on additional review completed since issuing its Sept. 19 press release.
Total sales in the third quarter of 2008 decreased approximately 9.5% to approximately $2.1 billion compared to the third quarter of 2007.
OfficeMax retail segment sales were approximately $1.05 billion in the third quarter of 2008, reflecting a same-store sales decrease of about 11.1% partly offset by sales from new stores. Retail same-store sales for the third quarter of 2008 declined across all major product categories due to weaker U.S. consumer and small business spending. Retail segment operating income for the third quarter of 2008 was approximately $29.1 million, or about 2.8% of sales, compared to operating income of $45.3 million, or 4.0% of sales, in the third quarter of 2007.