LEED Gold for Hannaford
New York City — Hannaford Supermarket’s store in Duanesburg, N.Y., was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council.
Among the supermarket’s environmentally friendly features are seafood display cases that do not use ice, an energy-saving advanced refrigeration system, water-conserving restroom fixtures, high-efficiency lighting and solar-reflective roofing materials.
The only other LEED-certified Hannaford store is in Augusta, Maine.
Ikea to install solar panels at Denver-area store
New York City — Ikea plans to use solar energy in its store under construction in the Denver suburb of Centennial. Pending governmental permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin in February, with completion by grand opening this fall.
The planned 60,000-sq-ft. solar array will be designed, built and installed by REC Solar. It will consist of a 498-kW system, built with 2,212 panels, and will produce approximately 740,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent to reducing 586 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). It will contribute to the local utility’s renewable portfolio goals and will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid.
Additionally, IKEA Centennial will be the first U.S. Ikea store to integrate a geothermal component as part of its heating/cooling system.
Ikea U.S. already has solar energy systems in Brooklyn, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tempe, Ariz. It is also installing systems at eight existing locations in California and two stores on the East Coast.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Centennial store,” said Doug Greenholz, Ikea U.S. real estate manager. “Similar to geothermal, solar energy will reduce greatly the new store’s energy costs and carbon footprint as well as contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”
Study: Majority of Americans negatively impacted by dirty stores
Cincinnati — An overwhelming 99% of U.S. adults say poor cleanliness negatively impacts their perception of a retail store, according to a survey released Thursday. More specifically, dirty restrooms and unpleasant odor ranked as top annoyances over poor customer service, in the survey which was conducted by Harris Interactive for Cintas Corp.
When asked what experiences with poor cleanliness would negatively impact their perception of a retail store, 95% of respondents said unclean restrooms; followed by unpleasant odor (92%); poor customer service (90%); dirty floors (86%); dirty shopping carts (84%);, poor staff appearance (83%); spills or stains (81%); wet floors with no signage (76%); dusty surfaces (74%); and dirty glass and windows (68%).
“The retail industry is exceptionally competitive, so retailers must provide a pleasant shopping experience to attract and maintain loyal shoppers,” said Mike Thompson, senior VP Cintas Facility Services, Cincinnati. “This research affirms that maintaining a clean retail environment can significantly impact the success of a retail operation.”