SPECS wraps up 49th annual show; partners with RetailROI
New York — Store development and facilities professionals from some of the nation’s biggest retail and restaurant chains gathered in Dallas, Texas, to attend Chain Store Age’s 49th annual SPECS Conference, March 17-20, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
The show combined a premier educational program — featuring more than 30 individual workshop sessions — and dynamic keynote presentations with plenty of business networking opportunities and a lively exhibit floor.
New this year, SPECS partnered with a charitable foundation, the Retail Orphan Initiative (Retail ROI), whose purpose is to raise awareness of — and provide real solutions for — the 400 million plus vulnerable children worldwide. Founder and donor trustee Greg Buzek, who is president of IHL Group, explained how the group brings together retailers, consultants and suppliers to assist in the group’s efforts to help orphaned children around the globe and invited SPECS attendees to get involved.
In support of the charity, SPECS donated two paintings that were done on site by famous speed painter Dan Dunn to RetailROI, which raffled them off during the show. The winners of the raffle, which raised a total of $5,880, were Todd Chapell, building estimator, Wegmans Foods Markets, Rochester, N.Y., and Craig Chinn, associate principal, KTGY Group, Irvine, Calif.
(For more information on RetailROI, and to find out how you can get involved, click here).
Planning is already underway for the 50th annual SPECS show, which will be held March 16-19, at the Gaylord Texan, in Grapevine, Texas.
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.
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.”