Hy-Vee enters Wisconsin with eco-friendly store
New York City Hy-Vee on Tuesday opened its first Wisconsin location, in Madison. The 92,000-sq.-ft. supermarket, housed in a former Kmart, also is the 227-store chain’s first unit built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
The store features highly efficient heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment that decrease energy consumption. In addition, waste heat from equipment is used to preheat hot water and air. Natural light illuminates 75% of the sales floor, while more efficiency is gained through lighting that adjusts to natural light levels. Motion sensors activate lights in refrigerated cases and rooms. Energy performance is further improved through the use of low-E windows and a highly reflective roof that reduces the building’s energy load in the summer.
In other green components, the store has concrete floors that eliminate the need for additional floor coverings and the use of harmful cleaning chemicals. Recycled materials were utilized in the steel structure, foundation and concrete wall panels. Low-flow, motion-activated toilets and hand sinks help conserve water.
The store’s refrigeration equipment requires fewer refrigerants than traditional systems. No ozone-depleting refrigerants are used in the store’s cooling or refrigeration systems.
Focused lighting in the parking lot minimizes light beyond the property line or into the night sky. Materials used to pave the parking lot include partially recycled asphalt and concrete.
The landscaping includes native grasses and perennial plantings that, once established, will not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides/herbicides.
Olsen twins launch exclusive line for JCPenney
PLANO, Texas JCPenney has launched a new line from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The exclusive new line, Olsenboye, will be available for a limited time on jcp.com and in select JCPenney stores beginning Nov. 6, with a full launch set for spring 2010.
“Our juniors customers have grown up with Mary-Kate and Ashley and look to them not only as authentic designers, but also as style icons,” said Liz Sweney, EVP and general merchandise manager of women’s apparel at JCPenney. “The launch of Olsenboye brings aspiration and sophistication to our juniors department, while underscoring our commitment to continue to step up our style and offer our younger customers new, fashion-forward merchandise at affordable prices.”
The Olsebboye collection draws inspiration from different cities around the world and includes denim, bottoms, tops, dresses and shoes ranging in price from $20 to $50.
To help promote the new line, an Olsenboye “mobile shop” will drive around New York City offering consumers a chance to experience the brand and purchase merchandise before the launch.
Credit trends point to pressured consumers
The stock market is looking up, and there is talk of the recession being over, but one look at the trends in Target’s credit portfolio reveal that consumers are not out of the woods. The company’s receivables declined 6.8% in September compared with a year earlier, partly by design as the company sought to mitigate its exposure to charge-offs and delinquencies. Charge-offs totaled 14.37% in September, while delinquencies totaled 6.17%.