P.F. Chang’s at La Palmera receives LEED Gold certification
Corpus Christi, Texas — Shopping mall La Palmera said that one of its major tenants, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, the restaurant’s first, for its location at the Corpus Christi, Texas, mall.
The 6,700-sq.-ft. restaurant incorporates LEED qualifying features including the use of recycled materials (24% of all materials) and local resources (more than 20% of all materials), and water and energy efficiencies (reduction in water consumption over 46%; use of 100% of available Energy Star qualified equipment). The restaurant is engaged in a two-year renewable energy contract that provides 50% of electricity from renewable resources.
Working closely with Aria Groups Architects and Shawmut Design & Construction, the restaurant demonstrates P.F. Chang’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Many of the green initiatives designed into this store are being implemented in other newly constructed P.F. Chang’s locations.
“P.F. Chang’s is committed to our communities and we recognize the profound impact we can make by utilizing sustainable materials in our restaurants,” said Lane Cardwell, president of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro concept. “We are proud to be recognized with LEED certification and will continue to explore environmentally-friendly design and building elements as we renovate existing spaces and expand into new communities in the future.”
Lord & Taylor to open first-ever Home store
New York City — Lord & Taylor will unveil a new concept called Lord & Taylor Home on Friday, at Fashion Center shopping center in Paramus, N.J. A second location, in Shrewsbury, N.J., is expected to open in several weeks. Lord & Taylor is owned by NRDC Equity Partners, which also owns Canada’s Hudson Bay Co.
The 23,000-sq-ft.freestanding store will carry a wide range of home goods, and sell an array of brands, according to The Record. It also will offer exclusive U.S. distribution of the Gluckstein Home brand, created by interior designer Brian Gluckstein for Hudson’s Home Outfitters chain in Canada, the report said. Hudson’s also owns the license to the Linens ‘n Things brand name, and the new Home stores will carry Linens ‘n Things branded sheets and towels.
Lord & Taylor opened a dedicated home-goods department in its Fifth Avenue flagship last year, and has opened similar in-store home shops in some of its suburban locations.
If the initial stores are successful, Lord & Taylor ultimately could have "have hundreds of these throughout our regions, if not expanding beyond our regions," Lord & Taylor CEO Brendan Hoffman told The Record.
Subway testing café concept
New York City — Subway is testing a cafe concept with an expanded menu and more sophisticated décor in about 15 locations, the Associated Press said.
The new format includes modern lighting, flat-screen TVs, comfortable chairs, and such menu items as muffins, pastries, espresso beverages and salads.