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RILA voices concern over Affordable Care Act ruling

BY Staff Writer

Arlington, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) gave voice to concerns after Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that upheld the individual-mandate within the Affordable Care Act.

“With the Supreme Court decision now behind us, the focus must turn to the employer-mandate and the effect that impending changes to employer-sponsored coverage will have on the nearly 170 million Americans who receive health care through their employer,” said RILA president Sandy Kennedy.

“While retailers are committed to continuing to provide health coverage to their employees, overregulation jeopardizes their ability to do so,” Kennedy continued.

“RILA continues to urge the Administration to protect retailers’ ability to offer quality, affordable coverage that fits the unique needs of their workforce and not to undermine the flexible, voluntary system that provides coverage to millions of employees and their families.”

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REAL ESTATE

Aritzia to open 13,000-sq.-ft. flagship in New York City

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New York — Canadian retailer Aritzia will open its largest store to date, a 13,000-sq.-ft. flagship on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The apparel retailer is taking over a space previously occupied by Esprit. The location is in a building that is part of Rockfeller Center.

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STORE SPACES

Brookshire Brothers in GE lighting upgrade

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Brookshire Brothers has launched a facility-wide lighting update, including in-store, parking lot, exterior signage and refrigerated case fixtures.

Using a combination of new linear fluorescent lighting and LED technologies — from GE Lighting, East Cleveland, Ohio — Brookshire will, once all of its stores have been completed, reduce its annual operating costs more than $235,000.

“When we looked at options to impact our total energy costs, we identified several areas at different stores where new lighting, including LED fixtures, made a compelling case, both indoors and out,” said Eric Johnson, director of construction for Brookshire Brothers, in a statement. “Shortly after we met with our GE Lighting team to understand the anticipated electricity and maintenance savings, then made what was an easy decision to move forward.”

Re-lamping of linear fluorescent lighting (LFL) fixtures is now complete at 69 Brookshire Brothers locations where GE’s more energy-efficient 28-watt T8 has replaced 32-watt bulbs in approximately 450 four-lamp fixtures per 30,000-sq-ft. supermarket. These efforts include the replacement of existing ballasts with GE’s high-efficiency UltraMax electronic ballasts as needed. Each UltraMax ballast installed will create additional energy savings of approximately eight watts per fixture.

Brookshire Brothers will save an average $3,200 per store per year in electricity expense after switching to GE’s 28-watt solution – a more than $220,000 annual cost benefit to the company based on a $.09 kWh electricity rate and 12 hours use per day. The company plans to explore even more efficient 25-watt GE lamps and UltraStart ballasts to suit future needs.

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