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Ikea goes solar with Gloria Solar in Covina, Calif.

BY Staff Writer

Covina, Calif. — Ikea officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Covina, Calif. The 57,000-sq.-ft. photovoltaic array consists of a 451-kW system, built with 2,002 panels.

Ikea contracted with Gloria Solar, the U.S. operating group focused on the photovoltaic business within the family of E-Ton Solar Group, for the development, design and installation of this customized solar power system

This investment by Ikea to purchase its solar photovoltaic energy system with Gloria Solar modules, and to install and operate it atop the Covina store it owns, will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. It represents the 12th completed solar energy project for Ikea in the United States. Additional installations currently are underway at eight more locations in the Eastern United States.

The new system will produce approximately 651,800 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 495 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 88 cars or powering 55 homes yearly.

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J.C. Penney to renovate, expand Rock Hill Galleria store

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Rock Hill, S.C. — The developers of Rock Hill Galleria, in Rock Hill, S.C., said Tuesday that the 470,000-sq.-ft. regional mall will initiate a comprehensive renovation and expansion of mall anchor J.C. Penney.

Construction will begin soon and is scheduled for completion in fall 2012.

J.C. Penney has been a key department store anchor at Rock Hill Galleria since 1991. The expansion will increase the store’s size from 51,600 sq. ft. to more than 83,000 sq. ft. and will move the department store retailer into its latest design format.

Rock Hill Galleria is also anchored by Belk and Sears, and features retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, Aeropostale, Hot Topic, Yankee Candle, rue21, Kay Jewelers and Bath & Body Works.

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Toys ‘R’ Us unveils enhanced Imaginarium in-store shops

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Wayne, N.J. — As part of a re-imagination of its Imaginarium brand, Toys “R” Us said Tuesday it will redesign its in-store Imaginarium shops nationwide with enhanced offerings and products in both bricks-and-mortar stores and online.

The retailer said it will support the Imaginarium redesign and product expansion with a fully integrated marketing program that includes print advertisements, as well as in-store and online boutiques.

Beginning Oct. 4, surrounding an expanded collection of educational toys will be such in-store additions as increased interactivity in the Imaginarium Express train section, the Imaginarium Pretend doll section and Imaginarium Harmony music section.

The new in-store feature shop will be prominently located in the front of stores to showcase the Toys “R” Us Imaginarium brand.

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