STORE SPACES

Ikea to more-than-double solar array atop Denver-area store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea said Tuesday it plans to increase the solar array atop its two-year-old Centennial, Colo. store, with panel installation slated to begin in July.

Completion of what is already Colorado’s largest single-use rooftop array on a commercial building is slated for this fall, and will elevate the project to the state’s largest rooftop array of any use.

The 83,700-sq.-ft. solar addition will consist of a 623-kW system, built with 2,492 panels, and will produce 961,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. Including the existing system, Ikea Centennial’s total 1,121-kW solar installation of 4,704 panels soon will generate 1,701,000 kWh of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 250 cars or powering 180 homes.

Ikea contracted with REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the system.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to double the amount of solar energy generated and used by this store,” said John Ellis, Ikea Centennial store manager. “This is another example of the Ikea commitment to create a more sustainable life for communities where we operate.”

In May, Ikea achieved its goal of completing solar installations atop nearly 90% of its U.S. buildings (39 out of 44 locations), with a generation goal of 38 MW. Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.

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OPERATIONS

Michaels rolls out Mobile Craft Tour

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Irving, Texas — As part of the celebration of its 40th year, Michaels Arts and Crafts will launch a Michaels Craft Tour this month, stocking an 18-wheeler with a 1,000-sq.-ft. craft room that is transported to various Michaels store openings and other events around the country.

Other features include interactive social media walls and TV screens showing Michaels DIY videos.

"We wanted to do something big to celebrate our 40th birthday with our customers, and the Michaels Craft Tour and truck is a one-of-a-kind craft party on wheels," said Michaels director of local marketing Chris Young.

The tour begins in Utah in June and will continue through October.

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FINANCE

Alliance Data expands credit card program with Orchard Brands

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp. said it has signed a long-term renewal and expansion agreement to continue providing private label credit card services for Orchard Brands, a multichannel retailer of apparel and home products including the Blair, Haband, Old Pueblo Traders and Bedford Fair banners.

In addition, Alliance Data will launch startup private label credit card programs for nine additional Orchard brands, including Appleseed’s, The Tog Shop, Draper’s & Damon’s, Sahalie, Gold Violin, WinterSilks, Norm Thompson Outfitters, LinenSource, and Solutions.

For each brand, Alliance Data will create and implement a marketing-driven private label credit and loyalty program designed to recognize and reward cardholders with points based on spending. In addition, the program will feature cross-shopping functionality to enable cardholders to use their rewards credit cards to shop with all of the other participating brands in the Orchard Brands family.

Alliance Data will conduct a staged rollout of the program, with all brands scheduled to be live with the program by September.

"These marketing-driven credit and loyalty solutions serve as an extension of each of our brands, adding value for the cardholder while also creating additional touch points with each of our brands,” said Marc Sieger, co-president and COO, Orchard Brands.

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