SkinnyPizza signs deal to expand in Manhattan
New York — SkinnyPizza has signed an exclusive deal with Mogull Realty for multi-unit expansion into Manhattan.
"Skinny is poised to become the next Starbucks,” said Kim Mogull, founder and CEO of Mogull Realty. Just like Whole Foods, the restaurant caters to people who want delicious, healthy food options."
Joseph Vetrano, founder and president of SkinnyPizza, said the company plans on being very aggressive in the New York City market, with a goal of having 16 to 18 operating locations within 36 months.
“Mayor Bloomberg is going to love SkinnyPizza,” Vetrano said. “We have no salt shakers, no high fructose corn syrup in any of our products, and our cups are 16 oz. already (always have been) and they’re made from plants. We plan on awarding franchise territories later this year both in the U.S. and International Markets.”
Schimenti announces its first project for Vince Camuto
Ridgefield, Conn. — Fashion-forward retailer and designer Vince Camuto has tapped Schimenti Construction to build his new store at 667 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Located across from Barney’s, the location will join Vince Camuto’s two existing stores in Manhattan, along with its upcoming location in the Flatiron district.
“This is the first project we have been assigned by Vincent Camuto,” said Matthew Schimenti, president. “It is exciting and rewarding to be selected to build this new store in the heart of the most fashionable luxury area in New York.”
Each Vince Camuto store is unique in design with no two stores being identical. The new, 2,200-sq.-ft. Madison Avenue location will feature a dramatic storefront 23 ft. high with recessed curtain pockets, recessed lights and hanging signage.
Designed by Cthree Architecture + Design, New York, the interior renovation project is expected to be completed in 10 weeks.
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DuPont issues warning on illegal refrigerants, particularly R-22 and R-438A
Wilmington, Del. — DuPont Refrigerants urges HVACR industry members to be aware of potential counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerant products, with particular attention to R-22 and R-438A. R-438A is a patented product from DuPont, sold as DuPont ISCEON® MO99 refrigerant.
“There have been a number of indications in the marketplace that illegal imports are on the rise as well as illegally imported China-produced R-438A,” said Jim Bachman, North American sales and marketing manager, DuPont Refrigerants. “We encourage vigilance and smart procurement practices. It is more important than ever to know who you’re buying from.”
Every DuPont-produced refrigerant in non-refillable containers (DACs) has a unique identifier known as a DuPont IZON hologram. This authentication security device, located on the cylinder, certifies that the product is genuine DuPont.
Illegally imported R-22 and R-22 substitutes have been found to contain a combination of hydrocarbons, which make the refrigerants flammable. Often these knock-off refrigerants do not have approval under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Significant New Alternatives Policy Program and pose a significant risk to business owners and equipment owners, both financially and from a safety standpoint.
“We are asking distributors, contractors and end-users to alert DuPont if they encounter product in the marketplace that may be illegally imported,” said Bachman. “We have become aware of products in the marketplace that mirror the marketing claims and product packaging of DuPont ISCEON MO99 refrigerant. The ISCEON MO99 brand has tremendous market awareness and contractor preference as an R-22 alternative, making it a target for illegal imports.”
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