STORE SPACES

Office Depot stores hold top three energy-efficiency spots in EPA competition

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot said Tuesday that three of its stores hold the top spots for retail energy efficiency gains at the midpoint of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building Competition.

The EPA has marked the midpoint of the 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings by releasing a list of Top Contenders for each building category, as well as the progress of all competitors. Office Depot stores in Plano, Texas, Raleigh, N.C., and Tallahassee, Fla., are the three top contenders, respectively, in the retail category.

The Plano store has experienced a 17% energy reduction at the midpoint in the competition.

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FINANCE

Tuesday Morning Q1 sales dip 1.2%

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — Tuesday Morning Corp. reported Tuesday that net sales for the quarter ended Sept. 30 edged down 1.2% to $170.7 million, compared with $172.8 million in the year-ago period.

Same-store sales for the period declined 4.1%, comprised of a 5.2% decrease in traffic offset by a 1.1% increase in average ticket.

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STORE SPACES

A&P outsources maintenance services

BY Staff Writer

New York City — The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has awarded a three-year contract to USM Services, a division of Emcor Group, Norwalk, Conn., to provide facilities management services to the chain’s 336 stores in the Northeast.

USM will be responsible for comprehensive facilities management for the A&P locations, including maintaining food service equipment. In addition to performing full electrical, fire protection, plumbing services, as well as all landscaping, and snow removal services, USM’s scope of work also includes repairs and maintenance to ceilings, fixtures, floors, sidewalks, windows, cabinets, doors, compactors, lighting, material handling equipment, and parking lots.

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