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Register now for SPECS 2012

BY CSA STAFF

Chain Store Age’s 48th annual SPECS Conference will be held March 4-7, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. The industry’s premier retail store development and facilities event, SPECS combines a targeted and comprehensive educational program with a dynamic exhibit floor.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

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Kohl’s, Walmart, Whole Foods, Starbucks and Staples among nation’s leading green power purchasers

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Kohl’s Department Stores and Walmart rank among the nation’s top purchasers of power according to the EPA’s most recent Green Power Partnership report. Kohl’s placed second in the ranking, while Walmart came in at third, followed by Whole Foods Market. Intel Corp. maintained its long-held top spot. Other retailers in the top 10 included Starbucks (No. 7) and Staples (No.9).

The Walmart ranking is particularly noteworthy in that it based only on the chain’s Texas and California facilities. According to the EPA’s data, Walmart’s facilities in the two states use 872,382,088 kWh of green power a year, or 28% of their total electricity use.

Walmart has a long-term goal of being supplied by 100% renewable energy. The chain said it will use its success in Texas and California as a model for its larger operations.

Walmart’s purchases of wind energy in Texas provide up to 15% of the total energy for more than 360 outlets in that state. The electricity comes from a Duke Energy wind farm in Notrees, Texas, which produces about 226 million kWh a year.

In California Walmart plans to expand its solar portfolio to more than 130 rooftops, comprising 75% of its stores, by the end of 2013.

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Impact Service Group taps Teresa Pitts as VP national sales

BY Staff Writer

Ridgefield, Conn. — Impact Service Group, a national HVAC service management company for retailers and multi-location clients, has hired Teresa Pitts as VP national sales.

Previously, she managed the southern region for Chain Store Maintenance where she was responsible for cultivating and maintaining national accounts.

"Teresa adds a unique perspective to our company having been in retail facility management for several years and then working on the vendor side of facilities or the last 9 years,” said Rich Wetchler, president, Impact Service Group. “Having worked on both sides of the fence, Teresa’s experience can only help us better understand and service our clients. We’re thrilled to have her on board.”

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