Marks & Spencer to unveil green lease policy for stores
New York — Marks & Spencer, one of the leading retailers in the United Kingdom, is set to unveil a new property lease policy under which all new M&S stores will have ‘green’ clauses as standard enabling landlords and tenants to better manage a building’s environmental performance.
In addition, the retailer has reached agreement with members of the Better Buildings Partnership (a collaboration of London’s major commercial landlords) to ‘retro fit’ green clauses to the leases of existing M&S stores. The collaboration is the first of its kind on this scale and will see the signing of 70 retro fit agreements across sites from London to Glasgow.
The green clauses, both in new leases and retrofit agreements, will facilitate the sharing of waste information and data such as gas, electricity and water usage in M&S occupied buildings to encourage both landlord and tenant (M&S) to make significant carbon reductions. It also encourages a joint approach to investment in eco building technology such as biomass boilers, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting to further reduce building impacts and costs.
“Unfortunately, big carbon reductions from the U.K.’s building stock cannot come only from new stores,” said Clem Constantine, director of property at M&S. “Seventy percent of current commercial buildings will still exist in 2050, so if we are genuinely going to tackle the problem we have to invest in eco solutions for existing buildings.
Constantine added that it can be difficult for landlords and tenants to work together when it comes to a building’s environmental performance, particularly for older leases
“There’s often no real structure for measurement, incentives or sharing of goals,” he said. “Green leasing changes this situation as it provides the framework within which both can work together. And both will benefit, a store with a reduced environmental impact and lower costs is more marketable for landlords and more cost effective for tenants to occupy – a genuine win, win.”
Dover Saddlery Retail to open first New York store
Littleton, Mass. — Dover Saddlery Retail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dover Saddlery, will open its first New York store, in Huntington (on Long Island), on April 19.
The store, which will evoke the look and feel of a premium equestrian stable, will feature an extensive range of riding apparel, tack and horse care supplies from all the leading brands. The location, as all Dover Saddlery stores, will offer helmet, boot and coat fittings as well as demo saddles for test rides in a wide selection of models.
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Schlotzsky’s in deal for 170 new restaurants in California
Austin, Texas — Schlotzsky’s has signed the brand’s largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years, entering into a partnership that calls for more than 170 Schlotzsky’s locations throughout California. The company, which currently has more than 350 locations worldwide, plans to have upwards of 700 locations by 2016.
Each of the new restaurants will feature a new, contemporary design and an upgraded service model in which crew members hand-deliver food to the tables.
"Between this agreement in California and multiple others we’ve signed in the past year alone, the momentum is incredible,” said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s. “On top of the obvious benefits the expansion is having on our brand, it’s also creating job growth in communities around the country," noting that the new locations in Southern California will create nearly 7,000 jobs in the next five years.
Schlotzsky’s is continuing its growth momentum by aggressively targeting markets in Texas and untapped markets around the country for multi-unit developers. These markets include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Raleigh, St. Louis and Tampa, as well as other underdeveloped markets through the United States.
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