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Kohl’s brings solar locations total up to 79

BY CSA STAFF

Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores has opened its 59th solar location in California, in Sacramento. The store, one of 30 California locations opened on Wednesday by the chain, is Kohl’s 79th solar location nationwide.

The Sacramento store features a 990-panel, 206 kilowatt solar array that will generate approximately 50% of the store’s energy and is expected to offset almost 5.7 million lbs. of CO2 during its lifespan. Other recent California solar locations activated by Kohl’s in the last month include Mira Loma, Rancho San Diego and San Jose South.

“Energy efficiency and green power are key business and environmental strategies for Kohl’s, and we continue to work to make them an integral part of building and expansion efforts,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics. “Our solar program is a hallmark of our green power efforts, and we’re continuing to expand it because it demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and improving the environment directly in the communities we serve.”

The 30 stores Kohl’s opened in California on Wednesday were among the 36 former Mervyns locations acquired by the chain since December 2008. These California locations, like all Kohl’s stores, have high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, occupancy sensor lighting for stockrooms, break rooms and offices, and a recycling program for cardboard boxes, hangers and packaging.

Kohl’s near-term goal is to have 100 solar locations in six states: California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Oregon. Currently, California is home to 75% of Kohl’s solar stores, including its largest solar array at the San Bernardino distribution center.

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Walmart brings back $10 toys

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart announced that it is bringing back its $10 toys section in all stores and expanding its $10 holiday assortment this year to more than 100 toys.

According to the company, the $10 toys assortment is the first of several programs Walmart will announce this holiday season to bring 12 weeks of added savings in a year that has been increasingly tough on consumer wallets.

 

“With the popularity of our ’10 for $10′ toy program last October, we knew it was important for customers that we bring it back and offer an even greater amount of $10 toys this year,” said Laura Phillips, chief toy officer and VP toys for Walmart. “We began working months ago to ensure we could also introduce many toys at just $10 for this holiday program, as well as roll back prices at a time when our customers were ready to make purchases.”

 

Toys in the $10 assortment include Transformers Action Figures, board games and Play-Doh.

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ECRM names new VP general merchandise

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CLEVELAND, Ohio ECRM has named Cheryl Gherlone VP general merchandise. Gherlone joined the ECRM team in June of 2009, assisting with various sales related responsibilities and researching potential new events. In her new position, Gherlone will work jointly with Paul Wendling of ECRM. This organizational change will become effective on Oct. 1.

Prior to joining ECRM, Gherlone held the position of marketing manager for Longs Drug Stores, with responsibility for general merchandise including stationery, electronics, housewares, hardware, automotive, soft goods as well as liquor & beverages.

 

“With such a solid background, Cheryl will be an exceptional complement to ECRM and the GM category. We look forward to her expertise to lead the advancement of this important category. Her leadership will strengthen our ability to improve existing GM shows and expand show offerings in 2010,” said Charlie Bowlus, CEO of ECRM.

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