Lord & Taylor to open first-ever Home store
New York City — Lord & Taylor will unveil a new concept called Lord & Taylor Home on Friday, at Fashion Center shopping center in Paramus, N.J. A second location, in Shrewsbury, N.J., is expected to open in several weeks. Lord & Taylor is owned by NRDC Equity Partners, which also owns Canada’s Hudson Bay Co.
The 23,000-sq-ft.freestanding store will carry a wide range of home goods, and sell an array of brands, according to The Record. It also will offer exclusive U.S. distribution of the Gluckstein Home brand, created by interior designer Brian Gluckstein for Hudson’s Home Outfitters chain in Canada, the report said. Hudson’s also owns the license to the Linens ‘n Things brand name, and the new Home stores will carry Linens ‘n Things branded sheets and towels.
Lord & Taylor opened a dedicated home-goods department in its Fifth Avenue flagship last year, and has opened similar in-store home shops in some of its suburban locations.
If the initial stores are successful, Lord & Taylor ultimately could have "have hundreds of these throughout our regions, if not expanding beyond our regions," Lord & Taylor CEO Brendan Hoffman told The Record.
Subway testing café concept
New York City — Subway is testing a cafe concept with an expanded menu and more sophisticated décor in about 15 locations, the Associated Press said.
The new format includes modern lighting, flat-screen TVs, comfortable chairs, and such menu items as muffins, pastries, espresso beverages and salads.
Toys ‘R’ Us details sustainable initiatives in new and remodeled stores
Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us has implemented a number of sustainable initiatives that conserve energy, minimize waste, and reduce its stores’ overall impact on the environment while diminishing the company’s carbon footprint.
The chain said that its new and renovated “R”Us locations include a combination of the following sustainable features:
- A state-of-the-art energy management system that monitors environmental conditions and adjusts temperature, lighting and CO2 levels throughout the store in order to utilize natural light and reduce energy consumption;
- A custom daylight harvesting system, which includes a number of design components, such as skylights, cutting-edge dimmable fixtures and lighting sensors that reduce up to 50% of electric lighting energy used during the day;
- Energy-efficient LED fixtures in outdoor signage instead of florescent signage, which increase energy savings and reduce toxic materials and maintenance costs;
- Low-flow water closets and urinals and automatic faucets and flush valves, which conserve water;
- High efficiency automatic hand dryers that use 80% less energy than standard hand dryers while eliminating the need for paper towel products and therefore lessening the impact on landfills;
- A cardboard baler that facilitates recycling and reduces the impact on landfills;
- Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint and floor adhesive are used during construction because they produce little odor during application and no lingering odor once cured;
- A vestibule entry way system that reduces the amount of outside contaminants being tracked into the store interior, while helping to improve indoor air quality; and
- White reflective roof that significantly reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the building which, in turn, reduces the building’s energy requirement for cooling.