REAL ESTATE

Modell’s opening in Oceanside, N.Y.

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New York City — Modell’s Sporting Goods announced it will open a 16,460 sq. ft. store in Oceanside, N.Y., on Dec. 2. It will be the retailer’s 61st location in New York.

Modell’s operates 148 stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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STORE SPACES

Starbucks’ Times Square location lights up with LEDs

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New York City — Solid-state lighting figures prominently in Starbucks’ newly renovated Time Square flagship in New York City. The retailer utilized the services of Focus Lighting, a New York-based architectural lighting design firm, which called upon LED Source, an international supplier of LED lighting.

“LEDs are the most energy-efficient lighting solution on the market,” said Joe Zamore, VP of business development, LED Source, Wellington, Fla., which specializes specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits.

“They cut costs on energy bills and maintenance fees, while still offering brilliant, functional lighting.”

In keeping with its Theatre District local, Starbucks Time Square has a distinctive design inspired by images and history of old Broadway.

Staying true to Starbuck’s new “neighborhood concept design” program, Focus Lighting lit the store as if it were a theater stage set, reminiscent of old Broadway in appearance.

Signature theatrical elements including Fresnel lighting fixtures, equipped with LED lamps and barn doors, are mounted on triangular trusses. The energy-efficient LED accent lighting is integrated into the shelving and canopy. Additionally, the Starbucks letters inside the store have been backlit to create a warm glow.

The LED lamps deployed in the store are from Toshiba Internatioanl Corp.’s LED Lighting Systems Division. Some 73 PAR30 lamps at 16.3 watts and 55 LED MR16 lamps at 6.7 watts are used throughout the space.

According to LED Source’s Zamore, Toshiba’s PAR30 lamps last on average 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and use up to 75% less energy than halogens, while the LED MR16 lamps last up to 20 times longer and use up to 80% less energy than halogens.

“Each of the bulbs contain no mercury or lead and emit up to 70% less UV light compared to halogens,” he said.

The products chosen also aligned with the design goals.

“The PAR30 lamps were perfect in trying to create an image of old Broadway. The delicacy of our aiming will stay for years to come because of the low maintenance cycle of this lamp,” said Paul Gregory, president, Focus Lighting.

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FINANCE

NRF: Online sales tax advantage is ‘stifling’ local stores

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Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation urged the House Judiciary Committee to support legislation that would require Internet retailers to collect sales tax the same as local merchants, saying online sellers have a price advantage that is “stifling” Main Street stores’ ability to compete.

“Different retailers have different strategies for going to market, but one feature is beyond a retailer’s control – only some collect sales taxes,” NRF senior VP for government relations David French said. “This disadvantage is not created by the marketplace but by the current state of the law following the Quill decision, stifling retailers across the country.”

“As retailing evolves and Internet sales become a more prominent portion of total retail sales, it is critical that Congress address the sales tax collection discrimination that exists between brick-and-mortar and remote retailers,” French said. “Congress must resolve the Constitutional questions posed by the Quill decision in a fashion which promotes a level playing field between retail competitors.”

French’s comments came in written testimony submitted for a hearing today on sales tax fairness legislation. The panel is scheduled to examine constitutional limitations on states’ ability to require out-of-state sellers to collect tax on sales made to their residents.

Online sellers are already required to collect sales tax from customers in their own states, but congressional action is needed because of a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled in Quill v. North Dakota that retailers are required to collect sales tax from out-of-state customers only if they have a physical presence such as a store, warehouse or office in the customer’s state. The court held that the 45 state and 7,600 local sales tax systems across the nation were too complicated for a retailer to otherwise know how much tax to collect.

Three bills that would address the issue – the Main Street Fairness Act, the Marketplace Equity Act and the Marketplace Fairness Act – are pending in Congress. French said collection authority is a priority, but requirements included in each bill for states to simplify their sales tax systems are also key to ensuring sales tax reform.

French said sales tax fairness legislation would not only level the playing field between retailers but also ease the burden on cash-strapped states that are currently losing an estimated $24 billion a year to untaxed online purchases. Recouping that revenue would help support essential local services such as teachers, police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews, she said.

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