Marks & Spencer’s greenest store is 100% lit with LEDs
New York City — Marks & Spencer’s new Simply Food in Sheffield, England, is its greenest store to date, incorporating an array of sustainable design and construction features. The 12,430-sq.-ft. supermarket also has the distinction of being the first store in the United Kingdom to be 100% lit with LED technology (from Philips).
By applying LEDs across the parking lot, store floor and backroom areas, Marks & Spencer can expect to realize typical energy savings of between 25%-30% on its lighting electricity usage in comparison with other stores using conventional light sources, according to Philips. A lighting control system (Philips’ Dynalite) is expected to increase savings even further.
In addition to the energy savings, the store will also benefit from a reduction in maintenance costs as the long life of the LED sources means that no re-lamping should be required through the life of the store.
Daylight harvesting is also being used, with the lights controlled to take advantage of the natural daylight that pours in through the windows. The luminaires are automatically dimmed within the area so that a constant level of light is maintained.
Walgreens plans to be largest retail host of EV charging stations
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens said Thursday it plans to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at approximately 800 locations across the country by the end of 2011, which would make the drugstore chain the country’s largest retail host.
The charging stations will feature either a high-speed direct current charger that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes of charging time, or a Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.
Major markets expected to host these sites include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Select locations in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington will also receive EV charging stations. Installation begins later this month.
Walgreens already has installations under way for EV charging stations at more than 60 stores across Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.
According to the Department of Energy, Walgreens will make up as much as 40% of all public EV charging stations across the country.
Englewood Construction completes five retail projects
Chicago — Englewood Construction, announced it has completed construction on five retail projects in the Chicago and Washington, D.C., regions.
In the Chicago area, the firm finished construction of a 21,654-sq.-ft. Hhgregg store in Joliet, a 33,115–sq.–ft. Sears outlet in Naperville and a Mrs. Fields/TCBY Yogurt at Westfield Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie.
Newly completed Washington, D.C.-area projects include a 20,000-sq.-ft. American Girl boutique store, located at the Tyson’s Corner Center shopping center in McLean, Va., and a Calvin Klein Underwear store in downtown Washington D.C.