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Fresh & Easy strikes LEED Gold

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the U.S. division of U.K. grocery giant Tesco, on Thursday will open its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified store, in Cathedral City, Calif.

The store has been given LEED Gold certification, according to reports.

The store achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water use and incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, such as using 90% recycled steel for the building’s structure.

On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and utilize such technologies as solar tracking skylights, automatically dimming lights, and LED lighting.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification for our Cathedral City store further demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainable consumption,” said Tim Mason, CEO, Fresh & Easy, which has 127 stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, and 71 stores in Southern California.

“Designing our buildings to use less energy is win-win: We are able to use less money, which we can pass onto customers and we have less of an impact on the earth.”

In addition, Fresh & Easy recycles or reuses all its shipping and display materials and uses environmentally friendly trailers to transport food. The company is a pilot member of the LEED Volume Certification Program and has invested in a 500,000-sq.-ft. solar roof installation on its distribution center in Riverside, Calif.

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Costco squeezes out a deal with Jamba Juice

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. Costco Wholesale, through a deal with Jamba Juice Company, has agreed to an exclusive promotion of Jamba Juice gift cards.

According to Jamba, the two-card Jamba Juice gift pack, redeemable at participating Jamba Juice locations, will be available for purchase exclusively at approximately 120 Costco warehouses on the West Coast during the holiday season and will retail for $39.99, a savings of $10.00 off of the regular retail price.

 

“We are very excited to partner with Costco to bring enhanced value to our customers,” said Susan Shields, VP consumer products and licensing for Jamba Juice Company. “This gift card promotion will increase the awareness of the Jamba brand in the retail environment and will be synergistic with some of our new retail products launching in the fourth quarter of this year, including frozen novelties and a kid’s style blender.”

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Dollar Tree takes advantage of frugal trend

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SAN FRANCISCO Dollar Tree continues to benefit from a more conservative spending environment, the retailer noted at its annual capital markets conference.

According to Reuters, CEO Bob Sasser commented on the changing consumer and how people are more frugal and will continue to be so even after the economy picks up again.

 

While other retailers are cutting back on store growth, Dollar Tree is expanding. The company will operate about 3,800 stores by the end of the year. Reuters reported that COO Gary Philbin said that other retailers’ decision to cut back is proving to be an advantage for his company. The company reportedly is planning on expanding its Deal$ store chain, which it acquired in 2006.

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