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Louis Vuitton to expand at Mall at Short Hills

BY CSA STAFF

Short Hills, N.J. Officials at The Mall at Short Hills announced that one of the center’s preeminent retailers, Louis Vuitton, will launch a major expansion this year, more than doubling its existing space when it moves to a new location at the mall by year end.

The expansion marks Louis Vuitton’s third at Short Hills since it first opened in 1983. The luxury goods company added space and relocated in 1997 and again in 2003. More than doubling its space, the elegant new store is expected to open in December and will showcase even more offerings.

During construction, the existing Louis Vuitton store, on the mall’s second level near Macy’s, will remain open.

 

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B&N named top specialty retailer by customer satisfaction survey

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NEW YORK Barnes & Noble announced that it took the top spot among specialty retailers in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), research conducted in the fourth quarter, 2009. According to the company, Barnes & Noble earned a score of 84, above the specialty retail category average of 77.

“We are delighted to receive an industry leading score in the fourth-quarter survey, and we owe it all to our customers. Our customers want and deserve the highest quality customer service, which is what our booksellers strive to deliver every single day,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble. “People consider Barnes & Noble the ultimate specialty retail destination where they can shop and browse, visit our cafe and enjoy complimentary WiFi, enjoy exclusive in-store content on nook our new eReader device, and meet favorite authors and performers at one of our many community events.”

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Office Depot looks to green up retail stores

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BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced that the company will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for all new Office Depot retail stores, beginning in June. LEED CI is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.

“As a retailer with store locations opening around the country, we have a great opportunity to make a difference on the overall environmental footprint of today’s businesses,” said Chuck Rubin, president of North American Retail for Office Depot. “Office Depot takes that role very seriously and have therefore decided to LEED CI certify all of our new store locations going forward. We are confident that this initiative will benefit our customers, associates, suppliers and other stakeholders.”

 

According to Rubin, 14 new Office Depot store locations will be LEED CI certified, starting with the company’s newest location in Austin, Texas, which is scheduled to open in June.

 

Office Depot’s LEED CI certified stores will include such sustainable features as skylights for harvesting daylight for 90% of the store, a reflective roof, which features a membrane that helps to prevent absorption of the heat from the sun and keeps the interior of the store much cooler and an in-store recycling center, the company reported.

Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot added, “Office Depot has an environmental strategy to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green. By incorporating a leading green building commitment to this strategy, we will continue to lead our industry, and deliver environmental and economic benefits to our company.”

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