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Loblaw to test natural foods store concept

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Canadian grocery giant Loblaw Cos. will test a new retail concept called Nutshell Live Life Well, a freestanding brand targeted to health-conscious shoppers, the Financial Post reported. The move comes as Whole Foods Market eyes greater expansion in Canada.

The first Nutshell will open this fall in downtown Toronto. It will feature a broad assortment of prepared, fresh and packaged foods, a prescription pharmacy, natural health and beauty products, vitamins and supplements.

“This is different than anything offered in a Loblaws’ affiliated store, corporate or franchise models,” said spokesperson Julija Hunter in an emailed statement to the Post. “It will have a community-based and interactive orientation, more broadly focused on health and wellness, with an emphasis of natural value and health.”

In May, Whole Foods Market said it saw the potential for 40 or more stores in Canada, what it currently operates only nine locations.

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DORMA acquires Door Controls

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Reamstown, Pa. — DORMA USA Inc. has significantly expanded its U.S. presence by acquiring Door Controls, one of the largest independent automatic door distributors in the nation.

The acquisition enables DORMA to provide its customers with enhanced products solutions and services in the Midwest, and reinforces DORMA’s current strong installation and service presence in the Eastern region of the country.

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Newest version of LEED green building system to launch in fall

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The U.S. Green Building Council’s membership has voted to adopt the next version of its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system.

The new update, LEEDv4, will launch this fall at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild convention. It has been expanded to include more building sectors, such as data centers, warehouses and distribution centers.

Another LEED v4 change includes allocating about 20% of all points to optimizing energy performance over the ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

LEED v4 also include a section giving a building that uses fewer, better materials up to nine LEED points in an effort to give incentives to both product manufacturers that voluntarily report about their product makeup and those that reduce the negative impacts from extraction of raw material through the manufacturing process.

“This update of LEED builds on the past while offering new requirements, preparing all LEED projects to achieve higher levels of building performance and positive environmental outcomes,” said Scot Horst, senior VP of LEED, USGBC. “This newest version of LEED challenges the market to make the next leap toward better, cleaner, healthier buildings. I am confident that people will also notice the improved usability of the system with an improved documentation process and more resources and tools to assist and support positive action.”

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