PetSmart DC awarded LEED Silver
Phoenix — PetSmart celebrated Earth Day on Friday with the announcement that its distribution center in McCarran, Nev., has been awarded Silver Certification under the LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.
In less than one year, the retailer transformed what was already an efficient building into a LEED Silver facility. The distribution center features a white reflective roof, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, occupancy sensors and a fish water recycling system. Some of the other upgrades included: purchase of chairs made of recycled content, green cleaning products, recycled content paper, Energy Star-qualified electronics and execution of a waste stream audit.
"Silver LEED Certification for PetSmart’s Nevada distribution center is a significant achievement for the entire Company in our commitment not only to sustainability, but to the local community," said Suzanne Lindsay, director of environmental sustainability for PetSmart. "For example, local water conservation efforts are a priority in the region and are now supported by our innovative fish water recycling system.”
The distribution center’s sustainable features include:
- Water-Efficient Landscaping: The water conservation plan resulted in a 78% reduction of potable water when compared with the water used in landscaping the distribution center’s grounds prior to this program.
- Heat Island Reduction-Roof: The white reflective roof has a Weighted Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) compliant area of 122%.
- Energy Efficiency Performance: Energy Star performance rating of 85
- Ongoing Consumables: 73% of total ongoing consumable purchases are sustainable.
- Solid Waste Management: 80% of all ongoing consumables are diverted from landfills and recycled.
- Sustainable Cleaning Products: Green cleaning products for indoor janitorial use are Green Star-certified by the Green Business Bureau
- Pest Management: 100% of the integrated pest-management processes use sustainable products and equipment.
- Water-Saving Fish System: The distribution center’s fish water distribution system uses 90% less water than what is used in a comparable system. How? With a focus on water conservation, the building plans included construction of an underground 10,000 gallon water repository that supports a recirculating function. This feature enhances the time taken to return water to usable standards and greatly reduces water discharge.
- Commuter Program: By carpooling, employees reduced the amount of conventional commuting trips by 17%, compared with the number of trips by these same employees prior to the implementation of this program.
PetSmart opened its first LEED Silver Certified store in 2009 in Manahawkin, N.J. The chain is also pursuing LEED certification at its Babylon, N.Y. store.
Former Disney exec named PacSun CFO
ANAHEIM, Calif. — A former Disney executive has been tasked with overseeing the financial performance of Pacific Sunwear of California, a retailer which recently reported a 7% decline in same-store sales and a net loss of $35 millionfor its 2010 fourth quarter.
The company announced that Michael Kaplan will join the company as SVP and CFO, effective May 2. He will be replacing Mike Henry who became interim CFO in November 2007 and was named CFO in January 2008.
"Michael is a highly regarded, operations-oriented financial executive with extensive experience in a number of critical areas including inventory management, cost control, real estate and store labor," said Gary Schoenfeld, president and CEO. "His 16 years at Disney and five years combined as CFO of the Gap Outlet division and then CFO/SVP for Banana Republic gives him an excellent background for joining PacSun and rounding out the executive team that we have been building over the past year and a half."
Most recently, Kaplan was CFO of Harbor Freight Tools, a privately held 349-store retailer of proprietary branded tools. Prior to joining Harbor Freight Tools in 2010, he was a senior executive of Gap Inc. from 2005 to 2010. From 1989 to 2005, he held various financial positions with The Walt Disney Company including VP financial planning and control for the Disneyland resort division from 2001 to 2005.
Pacific Sunwear currently operates 828 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Lowe’s to rebuild North Carolina store destroyed by tornado
Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s will rebuild its store in Sanford, N.C., that was demolished by a tornado April 16, the company announced Thursday.
Lowe’s will tear down what is left of the remaining building, which has been condemned, and build a new facility on the site, said company spokeswoman Karen Cobb. The chain hopes to re-open the store this fall.
The tornado that hit Sanford ripped off most of the Lowe’s building’s roof and flipped cars in the parking lot. Lowe’s said it will offer all 160 of its Sanford employees jobs at four other Lowe’s stores in the area. The company also will be providing transportation for employees, many of whom had cars damaged by the tornado. Details are being worked out, but possibilities including running vans from Sanford to other nearby store locations.