STORE SPACES

Regency Centers scores high in Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings

BY CSA STAFF

Jacksonville, Fla. — Shopping center owner and developer Regency Centers announced Tuesday it has been ranked in the top quintile of 280 publicly traded companies headquartered in the Southeastern U.S. for its environmental, social, and governance factors and policies.

Regency received the honor as part of the first annual Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings performed by Boston-based KLD Research and Analytics.

“We’re extremely pleased to be included in an impressive list of publicly traded companies committed to corporate sustainability,” said Brian Smith, Regency’s president and COO. “Moving forward, we will strive to continue our leadership position in our industry as we explore even better ways to incorporate sustainability into our operations.”

KDL developed the custom regional ranking methodology for GreenBusiness Works, an Atlanta-based organization dedicated to creating awareness and providing education to businesses and industry regarding corporate sustainability. The companies are ranked into five statistical groupings, or Quintiles, with those in the first Quintile scoring best and those in the fifth scoring worst.

Regency currently owns 399 retail properties, including those held in co-investment partnerships. Including tenant-owned square footage, the portfolio encompasses 53.1 million sq. ft.

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OPERATIONS

Levi’s, Wal-Mart and Gap top supply chain compliance survey

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San Francisco — Levi Strauss and Co., Wal-Mart Stores, The Gap, Hanesbrands, Nordstrom, and Gildan Activewear scored highest on survey of global supply chain compliance programs of U.S. apparel brands and retailers released Tuesday by corporate responsibility group As You Sow.

The survey, "Towards a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs," features a scorecard and report that provides for the first publicly available comparable baseline data to evaluate the compliance programs of many of the top apparel companies doing business in the United States. The project was designed to provide information on the substance and scope of programs developed to improve factory working conditions.

The report ranks the resources allocated and actions companies are employing on key compliance actions such as factory auditing, remediation, continuous improvement, collaboration, company management accountability, and transparency.

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REAL ESTATE

American Eagle Outfitters set to unveil SoHo flagship

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New York City — American Eagle Outfitters will open second flagship in Manhattan. The new SoHo store will open Tuesday, Nov. 9.

A street-level accessories destination shop, along with women’s apparel, will welcome visitors. New York-exclusive merchandise, including NYC graphic tees, faux fur and silk pieces will also be among the ground-floor offerings. The flagship’s upper level will feature men’s apparel, including an underwear shop for men. The store will also feature a space devoted to aerie, American Eagle’s intimates and apparel brand.

The store’s design features an eclectic combination of textures, colors and materials that capture SoHo’s industrial-chic, minimalistic design aesthetic, as well as the artistic vibe. An open ceiling structure with exposed mechanical systems and ductwork is maintained throughout, with polished concrete floors on the second level.

An existing skylight was incorporated on the first floor and special glass and steel case work takes advantage of natural light. Unobstructed views allow a visual connection between the store experience and the activity on the street. Eco-friendly display screens situated through the store add an element of technology.

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