Ikea to install solar panels on six additional locations
Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea plans to install solar photovoltaic systems on six more of its locations in the Eastern United States. Pending governmental permits, installation will begin in late spring, with completion expected this fall.
The chain will install panels at its stores in Baltimore and College Park, Md., as well as atop the Cincinnati-area store in West Chester, Ohio. Similarly, two Philadelphia-area Ikea stores — in Conshohocken and Philadelphia — also will be receiving solar panels, as will be the company’s North America Service Office in Conshohocken.
Collectively, the six buildings will total 5.076 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, more than 22,000 panels, and an annual output of 6.39 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually — the equivalent to reducing 4,860 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) — equal to the emissions of 867 cars or providing electricity for 534 homes yearly. This initiative by Ikea will contribute to the local utilities’ renewable portfolio goals and will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. For the Maryland and Ohio stores, Ikea contracted with REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers. For the three Philadelphia-area locations, Ikea selected Gloria Solar — the U.S. systems integrator of the E-Ton Solar Group. Both firms already have implemented, and are implementing, other solar PV programs for Ikea.
“We are excited to continue investing in renewable energy projects, reducing our carbon footprint, and improving the lives of the many people,” said Mike Ward, president of Ikea U.S. “Adding solar energy to more U.S. locations is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices, so we are thrilled our evaluation determined these projects to be feasible for Ikea. We are open to considering other opportunities and technologies too.”
Apple stores boost customer service with dedicated iPad stations
New York –Apple on Sunday rolled out dedicated iPad stations in its stores nationwide. The iPads are positioned near products for customers to use as tools for comparision shopping and customer assistance.
Apple’s in-store iPads, which feature a special in-store app, are designed to answer questions from customers and keep them in the store. Customers can also tap a button for help and the photo of an available sales assistant pops up with a promise that he or she will be over shortly to help.
Rite Aid names group VP of construction
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed David Kelly as group VP construction, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.
Kelly, who has worked in real estate and development for more than 25 years, will start work May 31 and will have overall responsibility for all store planning and construction services, in addition to having a role in various segmentation initiatives such as Wellness stores, value stores and co-branded Save-A-Lot Rite Aid stores, reporting directly SVP, CFO and chief administrative officer Frank Vitrano.
“David brings over 25 years of vast development and real estate expertise to Rite Aid,” Vitrano said in a statement. “His proven ability and experience with a diverse portfolio of retail projects will be a valuable asset t the company, especially as we continue to implement and grow our segmentation strategies.”
Most recently, Kelly was SVP real estate and development for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. supermarket chain, also known as A&P. He began his retail career in 1987 as a construction project manager for Pathmark Stores, a supermarket chain operating in the Northeast.