J.C. Penney’s new Dallas store reflects chain’s commitment to energy
Dallas — J.C. Penney Co. will unveil the newest iteration of its store model with the opening of its new Dallas store in the TimberCreek Crossing shopping center on Sept. 30.
The 105,000-sq.-ft. single-level store provides an assortment of services under one roof, including dedicated in-store environments for MNG by Mango and a 1,700-sq.-ft. Sephora shop.
The TimberCreek Crossing store also reflects the retailer’s commitment to energy efficiency. It is one of two stores selected for inclusion in the Department of Energy’s Net-Zero Energy Project. Under project guidelines, the store is designed to achieve energy savings of 50% or more compared with code-minimum energy-efficiency requirements for similar new buildings.
The new location, also certified as "Designed to Earn the Energy Star," is incorporating features such as:
- High-efficiency 12.6 EER rooftop heating and air-conditioning units.
- Energy-saving, long-lasting LED lights throughout the store.
- Double-layer roof insulation and spray-foam wall insulation to yield higher "R" values than typical stores.
- Radiant heating in the receiving dock area to reduce reliance on natural gas.
- Skylights with automatic daylight dimming controllers in offices and stockrooms.
Big Y to eliminate self-checkout
Springfield, Mass. — Big Y Supermarkets plans to get rid of self-checkouts in all of its 61 stores by the end of 2011.
"After extensive research, Big Y has concluded that these self checkout lanes not only do not save their customers time but usually take them even more time to check out than customers in standard checkout lanes," the company said in a statement. “Self-checkout lines get clogged as the customers needed to wait for store staff to assist with problems with bar codes, coupons, payment problems and other issues that invariably arise with many transactions."
Saks appoints marketing head
New York City — Saks has named Denise Incandela to the newly created role of chief marketing officer for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Incandela, who joined Saks Fifth Avenue in 1999, will continue as president of Saks Direct.