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Lord & Taylor makes EPA green list with wind power plans

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — A Thursday report by Crain’s New York Business said that Lord & Taylor has signed a two-year contract with Green Mountain Energy Co. to provide the department store retailer with 100% of its electricity needs at two stores, including the Fifth Ave. flagship location.

The move has garnered the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency, which places Lord & Taylor, effective August, as No. 17 on the its Green Power Partnership list of Top 20 retailers embracing clean energy.

The Green Mountain contract will provide 13 million kilowatt hours of wind-generated power annually.

"We’re very excited that we are able to implement this cleaner energy and carbon offset solution now," Brendan Hoffman, CEO of Lord & Taylor, told Crain’s. "We are thrilled to incorporate green power as part of our business practices."

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Meijer unveils Marketplace store concept in Chicago

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Grocery retailer Meijer announced it will open a fourteenth Chicago-area store, this one under its Meijer Marketplace banner designed to bring a smaller-size localized concept to the Melrose Park neighborhood.

Meijer Marketplace spans 96,000 sq. ft. – about half the size of the grocer’s supercenters – and features a tailored offering as well as a variety of general merchandise items.

“Meijer Marketplace is a dramatic step for us as we work toward bringing everything that’s great about Meijer to a more diverse group of customers,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “The Chicago market continues to be a very important growth area for us, and our new Meijer Marketplace concept will bring yet another unique offering to our Chicago-area customers.”

Much of the focus on the new store in Melrose Park will be on providing a total grocery shopping experience with fresh meats and produce, as well as a variety of deli, bakery and pantry items. The new Meijer store will include a targeted focus on Hispanic and Italian foods, providing a new shopping option for the ethnically diverse community nearby.

In the general merchandise area, the Meijer Marketplace will feature key categories such as electronics, seasonal items, toys, sporting goods and a pet department.

Meijer currently has 13 stores in the Chicago area ranging in size from full supercenters to smaller, grocery-focused stores in Niles and Orland Park.

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Casual Male DXL implements AccessVia for in-store signage

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Seattle — AccessVia announced Tuesday that Casual Male DXL is printing color shelf-edge product signs using AccessVia Web dSignShop.

Signs are printed in the store on an as-needed basis, allowing the retailer to produce full-color sign designs immediately on-site.

The AccessVia Publishing Platform allows for printing to virtually any type of printer — from thermal handheld printers to high-end color laser printers or large-format poster printers. Among the signing products that can be produced in-store are shelf-edge labels, fact tags, coupons and more.

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