Home furnishings giant prepares for another solar project
Ikea’s next solar-powered store is in the works.
The home furnishings giant’s future Jacksonville, Florida store, slated to open in the fall, will be the newest location to feature a solar power system. Panel installation will begin this summer, and is expected to be complete by early fall. This will be Ikea’s fifth solar array in the state of Florida, according to the retailer.
The Jacksonville store’s 251,206-sq.-ft. solar array will consist of a 1.89 MW system, built with 5,472 panels. It will produce approximately 2,753,070 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 2,133 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
REC Solar is developing, designing and installing the new store’s solar power system. Marcobay Construction is building the store.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and contributing to a low-carbon society with solar atop our future Jacksonville store,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and Ikea Jacksonville can add to this goal and keep us Florida’s largest non-utility private solar owner.”
This installation will represent the 49th solar project for Ikea in the United States, giving the retailer solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. stores. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, the chain has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world, and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the United States.
Historic Hudson’s Bay store opens event venue
Hudson’s Bay Co.’s is taking advantage of the views and design of its iconic Calgary building in a new way.
Through a partnership with restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini, the retailer is transforming the entire sixth floor of its 104-year-old building into an event venue. The 18,000-sq.-ft. space, called The Hudson, features meeting rooms on either side of a large common area, and two large event spaces that can accommodate up to 700 people, according to The Calgary Herald.
According to the report, two private elevators whisk guests up to the top floor. Mountie art reflects the Hudson’s Bay Co.’s roots within Calgary. The two event spaces each feature state-of-the art audio visual/plug-and play-technology.
Large windows lining the venue enable guests to take in the views of downtown throughout their event. The Hudson’s kitchen, which also features all-new equipment, storage, refrigerators and a plating area, can prepare hundreds of meals simultaneously. Award-winning executive chef Ryan O’Flynn runs the kitchen.
According to the retailer, the venue was slated to open in 2014. However, a high unemployment rate and volatile economic climate took a toll on progress.
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7-Eleven opening futuristic store in South Korea
Convenience-store giant 7-Eleven is opening a store that allows customers to pay simply with a wave of their hand.
The store is located in the world's fifth largest building, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, Korea. It features a biometric verification system that scans vein patterns in shoppers' palm and allows them to pay by swiping their hands, reported Inside Retail Asia. A scanner at the self-checkout studies the size, color and shape of a shopper’s veins, and allows them to make payments after they have registered their Lotte Card user information.
Other features include an unmanned checkout system with a 360-degree laser scanner that reads the barcode of every item within range and calculates the total cost, according to the report, and refrigerators that automatically open and shut their doors. The high-tech 7-Eleven is doing a test run, open only to Lotte staff. It is due to open to the public in August.
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