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Penney Breaks Ground on Future LEED

BY CSA STAFF

New York City J.C. Penney has broken ground on its first store registered and expected to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The 115,000-sq.-ft. store, in Fairview, Texas, will open in August 2009 as an anchor of Fairview’s new 1 million-sq.-ft. lifestyle center, The Village at Fairview.

Based on its design, the store is expected to use 41% less energy than the average similar building. Beyond the chain’s standard new-store design features such as a reflective white roof and energy-efficient lighting, additional features are expected to contribute to reducing the store’s environmental impact, including plumbing fixtures that reduce building water consumption by 20%, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is 21% more energy efficient than those for comparable new buildings, and an energy-management system that allows remote monitoring and control of HVAC and lighting systems.

Because LEED criteria are performance-based, LEED documentation will be submitted to the USGBC for formal approval once the store is complete.

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Giant Food signs 10-year banking deal with PNC

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LANDOVER, Md. Giant Food has signed an exclusive, 10-year agreement with PNC Financial Services Group, under which PNC will provide banking services in Giant supermarket locations across Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

“We are very excited and pleased to bring to our Giant customers a new in-store banking opportunity,” said Robin Michel, evp and general manager of Giant Food. Michel continued, “Many Giant customers have come to appreciate the convenience of full-service, in-store banking. With PNC, we expand an existing relationship with one of the nation’s best-performing banks, which has 12 years of in-store banking success and a strong network of banks in our market areas. We are also pleased to be providing our Giant customers with a bank that shares our commitment to the high-quality service that our customers expect.”

According to the agreement, PNC intends to open full-service, in-store branches. Initial plans call for 41 new in-store branches and 180 ATMs to be in place in 2009. In addition to locations in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, in-store branch locations will be in Delaware, where PNC already has in-store branches in three Giant stores. Under the agreement, more in-store branches and ATMs will be added in existing and new Giant stores during the next 10 years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Coca-Cola to place calorie info on front packaging

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ATLANTA Coca-Cola North America announced it will voluntarily place calories-per-serving and servings-per-container information on the front of all packages for its entire U.S. beverage portfolio. The new label, which will begin appearing on packages next year, will highlight both calories per serving and number of servings per container.

We view our label as a powerful tool for education, an opportunity to communicate with consumers every time they choose one of our products at the store or have a Coca-Cola beverage on their table, said Celeste Bottorff, vp of Living Well. We listen to what consumers tell us they want, respond creatively and encourage everyone to make informed decisions about what they drink, choices that reflect a sense of balance and moderation. Its part of our Live Positively philosophy. 

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