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Dunkin’ Donuts details new store design

BY Marianne Wilson

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts provided highlights of its new store design, the brand’s first in nearly seven years. The new layout and contemporary look maintains the brand’s focus on helping people get in and get on their way, while incorporating new features to create a warm environment for guests who seek a longer, more relaxed visit. Inviting seating areas include updated furniture and lighting, as well as convenient electrical outlets and bar top areas for smartphones and computers.

While most Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants offer free Wi-Fi for surfing the Web, some will also feature flat-panel televisions, satellite music and soft seating. New interactive, digital menu boards that use video will add more color and excitement for ordering at the counter, while redesigned signage and canopies give the drive-thru a more modern look, reflecting the restaurant’s overall new architectural elements and colors. The new design also includes an optional glass bakery display case at the front counter featuring signature items and a refrigerated Grab N’ Go cooler.

The new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs are called: Original Blend, Cappuccino Blend, Dark Roast and Jazz Brew. (Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.)

In an effort to incorporate sustainable building and energy solutions that reduce costs for franchisees while benefiting the environment, the new store design also includes LED light fixtures, no VOC paints, and wall tile with 35% pre-consumer recycled materials.

New and remodeled Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants with the new design began to roll out throughout the country in April, but it will be many years before the majority of Dunkin’ Donuts locations feature the new look and layout, the company said.

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Ecova survey: 60% of retailers have EMS in place

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Sixty-percent of retailers have energy management systems within their site portfolios, but only 46% have a formal energy management strategy in place.

Those are among the findings of a survey conducted by Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company. In other survey findings, 44% of the respondents said they currently benchmark their portfolio or sites, and 21% have applied for the Energy Star label for their portfolio.

The survey was conducted live, during a Chain Store Age Webinar, “Saving Resources and Increasing Your Bottom Line: Four Steps to Make it Work,” sponsored by Ecova.

Click here to hear the archived webinar.

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Microsoft to open Windows in-store shops in Best Buy

BY Marianne Wilson

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced that it plans to open 500 “Windows Store” shops in 500 Best Buy stores across the country and in more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada. The roll out will launch in late June, lasting through September.

The in-store shops will sell exclusively Windows-based tablets and computers and other Microsoft products, with support from dedicated staff, in an interactive environment.

“The Windows Store creates the kind of retail destination we all want to shop in, combining great selection, the latest technology, the best service and the lowest prices,” said Jason Bonfig, VP of computing for Best Buy Co., Minneapolis. “What our customers will see in these 600 stores is something totally new and fully in line with our determination to transform Best Buy.”

The shops will range in size from 1,500 sq. ft. to 2,200 sq. ft., and will showcase a broad range of Microsoft products and accessories, including software and hardware along with the Windows Phone portfolio.

The initiative comes some two months after Samsung Electronics unveiled plans to install its brand shops in more than 1,400 Best Buy stores this year. Best Buy also has dedicated Apple shops in its stores.

In an Associated Press report, Belus Capital Markets analyst Brian Sozzi said Microsoft shop initiative "absolutely makes sense," and he expects more store-within-store formats at Best Buy.

"The fact is Best Buy has prime floor space up for grabs, and tech companies want their best offerings in there (along with the customer service), instead of buried on Amazon," he said in a note to clients.

Microsoft, which operates approximately 65 freestanding stores, said the initiative would add more than 1,200 Best Buy Microsoft-trained sales associates to help customers.

“The Windows Store offers a large-scale, hands-on customer experience that will show customers how Windows and Microsoft devices and services can make it easier for them to work and play,” said Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and CFO of the Windows Division at Microsoft.

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