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Meijer opening smaller-format Meijer Marketplace concept

BY Marianne Wilson

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Meijer on Thursday will unveil its newest concept, Meijer Marketplace, opening a store in Melrose Park, Ill.

At 90,000 sq. ft., the new store will be nearly half the size of Meijer’s largest supercenters. The smaller-format store, described as a "mini" supercenter concept, will focus on providing local customers with a tailored grocery shopping experience with fresh quality meats and produce, as well as a wide variety of deli, bakery and pantry items.

In the general merchandise area, the Meijer Marketplace will feature key categories such as electronics, seasonal items, toys, home, kitchen and bath items and a pet department, with numerous national brand products throughout the aisles.

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Ikea goes solar in San Diego

BY Katherine Boccaccio

San Diego — Ikea said Tuesday that it has officially powered up its solar energy installation at its 198,000-sq.-ft. store in San Diego.

The 30,000-sq.-ft. array consists of a 252-kW system, built with approximately 1,120 panels. It will produce approximately 366,400 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 290 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 50 cars or powering 32 homes yearly.

This latest installation represents the 10th completed solar energy project for Ikea in the United States. Additional installations currently are underway at two other locations in California as well as eight more in the Eastern United States.

For the development, design and installation of the customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with Gloria Solar, the U.S. operating group focused on the photovoltaic business within the family of E-Ton Solar Group.

Ikea’s San Diego location opened in September 2000.

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Gap pledges 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015

BY Marianne Wilson

San Francisco — Gap Monday today released its fifth Social and Environmental Responsibility report, a comprehensive update on its supply chain operations, environmental programs and community investment efforts from 2009 to 2010.

In the report, the company committed to reducing the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in the United States by 20% by 2015, when compared with 2008 levels. This follows an earlier 20% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from 2003 to 2008.

Reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations remains a top priority in the years ahead. Gap reported that 100% of its branded denim is made in compliance with the company’s Water Quality System, ensuring the wastewater from the laundries is properly treated before being discharged.

Another program highlighted in the report — Gap’s P.A.C.E. program (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement) — has helped more than 5,000 female factory workers gain life and work skills education, that benefit them both at home and at work. This award-winning, proprietary program is now in place in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and will be expanded to Bangladesh later this ye

The full online report can be viewed here.

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