Ikea store with geothermal heating/cooling to open in July
New York City — Ikea announced that its 415,000-sq.-ft. store in Centennial, Col., will open on July 27.
“The excellent construction progress made this past fall and winter by Saunders Construction and the subcontractors — as well as professional and timely reviews by local authorities — created an opportunity for us to open much earlier than originally envisioned,” said Ikea project construction manager Doug Wolfe.
Kelly Frieze, store manager of the future Ikea Centennial, The store will reflect the unique architectural design for which Ikea stores are known, and also will have solar panels on the store’s roof. It also will be the first U.S. Ikea location to integrate a geothermal component as part of its heating/cooling system.
Target joins GreenChill
Minneapolis — Target Corp. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill program. The program further Target’s efforts to reduce refrigeration emissions by adopting green refrigeration technologies in its stores.
"Target is excited to join the GreenChill partnership and extend our sustainability initiatives to the refrigeration systems in our stores," said Dan Riley, VP property development operations, Target. "We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by forging new partnerships, achieving milestones in our business and progressing towards our sustainability goals. Today’s announcement represents an important step in reducing Target’s refrigeration emissions."
The GreenChill program will help Target achieve its environmental sustainability commitments by offering several benefits, including an industry benchmarking system and greater access to EPA research.
Target works with a variety of organizations to integrate sustainability throughout its business. In addition to GreenChill, Target is committed to earning the Energy Star label for at least 75% of U.S. buildings by 2016 and is part of the EPA’s SmartWay program to reduce transportation-related emissions.
Target is also part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Retail Energy Alliance and a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that was announced earlier this year.
La-Z-Boy names general counsel
MONROE, Mich. — La-Z-Boy announced that it has promoted R. Rand Tucker to the newly created position of VP and general counsel of the company, effective May 1, where he will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s legal and environmental affairs.
Tucker joined La-Z-Boy in 2000 as corporate counsel, when La-Z-Boy acquired LADD Furniture. At LADD, he served as VP and general counsel. Prior to joining LADD, Tucker was a partner in the Charlotte office of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP.
Kurt Darrow, president and CEO of La-Z-Boy, said, "Rand has been an invaluable asset to our company over the past 11 years. In addition to having a wealth of experience in various legal and environmental issues, he understands our company, our industry and the legal obligations and ramifications of today’s business climate. With this appointment, the coordination of the company’s legal, compliance and environmental practices will be streamlined, allowing for enhanced communication in all areas going forward."