Green Supermarket Planned for Maine
Scarborough, Maine, Hannaford on Wednesday announced plans to build a store in Augusta, Maine, that would be built to stringent environmental standards. The new store would replace an older Hannaford location in the city.
The proposed 49,000-sq.-ft. store would be built on the former site of the city’s Cony High School. The project has been challenged in the state courts by those who say it would violate a 19th Century trust agreement of Daniel Cony, who wanted the site limited to educational uses.
If the project is allowed to go forward, Hannaford will seek the United States Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The system carries ratings of silver, gold and platinum. Hannaford is seeking a platinum certification, the highest rating. To date, no supermarket has been awarded platinum certification,
Hannaford, which is owned by Delhaize Group, operates 160 stores throughout the Northeast. The new store would replace an older Hannaford market in the city.
Best Buy 2Q revenue boosted by store growth
MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy today reported revenue of $8.8 billion for the second quarter ended Sept. 1, an increase of 15% compared with $7.6 billion for the prior year’s period. The company attributes the rise in revenue to new U.S. store openings, strong growth in the international segment and a company comparable-store sales gain of 3.6%.
The company reported net earnings for the quarter of $250 million, or 55 cents per diluted share, an increase of 17% over net earnings of $230 million, or 47 cents per diluted share, for the prior-year period.
“We’re pleased with the strong outcome that our dedicated employees delivered for the quarter,” said Brad Anderson vice chairman and ceo of Best Buy. “Our results were better than we expected, as we continued to adapt to the marketplace and changes in customer needs.”
Best Buy said that it is updating its fiscal 2008 diluted EPS outlook to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.15 and for comparable-store sales to be near the middle of its range of 3% to 5%.
Long-time DeCA ceo to retire in October
Fort Lee, Va. Defense Commissary Agency announced that after nearly 30 years of service, Patrick Nixon, director and ceo of the company, will retire effective Oct. 27.
Nixon has served the past three years as DeCA’s acting director and its director and ceo, after being appointed ceo in 2001. He is the agency’s first career civil servant to have been appointed DeCA director.
“The decision to retire was certainly not an easy one,” Nixon said. “I have enjoyed every job, every friendship and every challenge. I started this ride in 1966 with a three-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps that included a 21-month tour in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division. I gave my heart pretty early on to the men and women of our country’s armed forces and I have been truly fortunate to have assumed a progressively active leadership role in providing the premier quality of life benefit to our country’s most deserving customers and their families around the world.”