H&M to open largest store to date in Las Vegas
New York City — Fast-fashion retailer H&M will open its largest store to date on Saturday, at the Forum Shops at Caesars, on the Las Vegas Strip.
The three-level, 55,000-sq.-ft. store, which will sell women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories, is located in a building that formerly housed FAO Schwarz. The toy store, which closed last January, had occupied the space, along with its iconic Trojan horse, since 1997.
First Data: Average ticket up in November
New York City — Retailers performed well in November with dollar volume growth of 8.5%, compared with 5.2% in October, according to First Data’s SpendTrend Analysis for November. The report includes same-store consumer spending via credit, signature debit, PIN debit and EBT cards at U.S. merchant locations.
First Data also reported that credit growth was the highest in over a year as year-over-year credit transactions rose 5.4% in November. In other findings, after five consecutive months of year-over-year declines, overall average tickets grew 0.4% in November, after declining 1.7% in October.
Whole Foods store awarded double green honors
New York City — Whole Foods Market’s store in Lake Grove has become the first supermarket in the United States to be awarded with both a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as well as a Three Green Globe certification from the Green Building Initiative.
The store, which opened in March 2010, is the third of Whole Foods Market’s 22 locations in the Northeast region to receive a LEED certification, and the first to be recognized by the Green Building Initiative.
Whole Foods’ Lake Grove site features a number of sustainable features, including water efficiency fixtures reduced water usage by more than 40% from the calculated baseline design fixture performance requirements established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. More than a 20% reduction in lighting power density was achieved over that allowed by the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 2004. A companywide purchase of 776 million-kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in 2009 helped the project to earn green power credits, as well.
More than 10% of the materials used in the construction of the store were made from recycled content and another 10% were reused resources (reclaimed Douglas fir). And 75% of all the construction waste from the project was recycled rather than being placed in a landfill or incinerated.
Low-emitting materials from paints and adhesives to furniture and carpet were used in the project. Plus. thorough flush-out of the building was conducted to ensure the indoor environmental quality of the building was ideal for customers and associates.