McDonald’s goes Vegas
Las Vegas — McDonald’s has opened its first and only location under the Metro McDonald’s banner, in downtown Las Vegas.
The two-level, 6,734-sq.-ft. space is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, next to Planet Hollywood Resort Casino’s Miracle Mile Shops. The new McDonald’s boasts 24-hour service, digital menu boards and WiFi access. The contemporary-looking interior is bright and vibrant, with sleek furniture and graffiti-like murals.
"We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind restaurant that complements the current metropolitan landscape and character of Las Vegas," said Josephine Wee, Rocky Mountain Operations Manager for McDonald’s USA.
While almost 90% of McDonald’s restaurants are independent franchises, the new Las Vegas store is corporate owned.
Six Stater Bros. store earn EPA honor
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. is making strides on the sustainability front, with six of its newest supermarkets earning the EPA GreenChill Gold Award for meeting tough environmental standards and using ozone friendly refrigerants. These GreenChill store certifications are valid for one year, and four of these Stater Bros. Supermarkets also received GreenChill Gold Awards in 2011.
Each of these "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. supermarkets has earned the Gold Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for using refrigeration technology that is better for the environment. The Gold Certificate is the second highest award from GreenChill, and Stater Bros. is the only Southern California grocer to have six stores that are certified at the Gold Level.
"Stater Bros. is very proud to receive these awards from the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership," stated Jack Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and CEO. "We are happy to be doing our part to protect our Planet Earth, and we are especially pleased that the EPA has recognized our environmental achievements."
The GreenChill recipients are at these locations:
Stater Bros. at 6989 Schaefer Avenue in Chino (San Bernardino County)
Stater Bros. at 22201 Barton Road in Grand Terrace (San Bernardino County)
Stater Bros. at 67-800 Vista Chino in Cathedral City (Riverside County)
Stater Bros. at 29995 Canyon Hills Road in Lake Elsinore (Riverside County)
Stater Bros. at 14425 Moreno Beach Drive in Moreno Valley (Riverside County)
Stater Bros. at 2687 Gateway Road in Carlsbad (San Diego County)
Ann Inc. launches reusable goods charity service
NEW YORK — Ann Inc., the parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft, has launched AnnCares360, a program in partnership with Good360, the nonprofit leader in product philanthropy. The program will facilitate the donation of available displays, marketing items, and fixtures to local charities that support women and children.
Through the program, all Ann Inc. stores can enter valued, reusable goods into a tracking system that will link to Good360’s online product donation marketplace and its network of more than 26,000 charities.
"Ann Inc. is a company that is committed to doing business responsibly," said Jeannette Ferran Astorga, VP corporate social responsibility. "The AnnCares360 program aligns perfectly with our environmental commitment to minimize waste in our operations since most of these items can be reused. We are pleased to know that we will be able to provide resources for communities in need. We are also excited to celebrate the Company’s commitment to the environment by launching this program for Earth Day."