Puma, Syracuse, New York
Sports footwear and apparel giant Puma brings its global sustainability outlet-store prototype to the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse, New York, where it has opened its first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum-certified location.
The store has a modern, streamlined, no-fuss look. It is based on a modular fixture concept that encourages flexibility, reuse and smart mass-production. All the fixtures are self-contained and mobile, with wheels, allowing them to be moved and/or reused as needed. The use of mobile fitting rooms also reduced construction materials since no permanent walls needed to be built to accommodate them.
With energy optimization a critical factor in sustainability, the store features an LED lighting application that alternates the fixtures at a forty-five degree angle to maximize the amount of lighting per square foot. The solution decreased energy usage by 40%, compared to standard retail environments.
The materials, which include rapidly renewable bamboo, recycled metals, and FSC-certified wood, all contribute to the store’s sustainability, as does the use of GreenGuard certified furniture, EnergyStar rated equipment and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
Puma at Destiny Mall is one of only 17 retail spaces in the United States to be certified LEED Platinum under the interior design and construction retail category.
Architect: Colkitt& Co., San Diego
LEED certification: Bergmann Associates, Rochester, N.Y.
Bon-Ton names Belk exec to CEO slot
York, Pa. — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced the appointment of Kathryn Bufano to the position of president and CEO, effective Aug. 25. Bufano has served as the president and chief merchandising officer of Belk Inc. since 2010.
Bufano replaces outgoing president and CEO Brendan Hoffman, who announced his resignation.
Bufano’s “years of experience in the department store industry will allow her to refine and drive the strategic growth initiatives we have put in place over the last several years,” said Tim Grumbacher, chairman of the board and chief strategic officer.
Bon-Ton operates 272 stores under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.
Belk promotes David Zant to president and chief merchandising officer
Charlotte, N.C. — Following the resignation of president and chief merchandising officer Kathryn Bufano to take the CEO slot at Bon-Ton, Belk has promoted David Zant as its replacement, effective Aug. 11.
Zant, who will report to Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, has served as Belk’s executive VP and general merchandising manager of men’s, home and kids since 2008.