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Sprouts offers high-efficiency HVAC, refrigeration solutions

BY CSA STAFF

Culver City, Calif. A new Sprouts Farmers Market that opened late June in Culver City, Calif., is projected to use 50% less refrigerant than the industry average, thanks to high-performance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions that meet the company’s sustainability objectives.

The 32,800-sq.-ft. new store features solutions from Hussmann and Trane that allowed Sprouts to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill “Gold” certification, which represents Sprouts’ fifth GreenChill award since becoming a new partner member with the EPA GreenChill program last year.

Hussmann and Trane collaborated with Sprouts on two projects that received “Gold” awards and one that received a “Silver” award.

Sprouts said the store will become the chain’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified store later this year.

“Choosing these energy-efficient systems reflects our commitment to being an environmentally responsible business within the community,” said Doug Sanders, president and COO, Sprouts Farmers Market.

Prior to selecting HVAC and refrigeration solutions for the new store, the Sprouts team conducted an energy analysis to identify the most effective solutions for the space. Based on the results, they selected Hussmann Protocol distributed refrigeration systems designed to be placed on top of walk-in coolers close to the refrigerated cases to allow for short piping and use of less refrigerant.

By combining these systems with energy-efficient SEER 15 HVAC solutions, Sprouts has been able to achieve substantial savings in construction and energy costs and refrigerant.

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Target offering ‘Black Friday’ deals in the summer

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MINNEAPOLIS Target has become the latest retailer to offer “holiday season” deals in the summer. The company announced that it will offer its first-ever “Back in Black Friday” sale on Target.com on July 23. The exclusive online-only sale will begin at approximately 12:00 a.m. (PDT) and conclude at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Target.com/BlackFriday.

“At Target.com, we are committed to offering our guests tremendous value every day.  With our first-ever Back in Black Friday, guests will find incredible bargains before the holiday season with the added convenience of online shopping,” said Steve Eastman, president Target.com.

According to the company, the online-only sale will offer an average of a 40% off regular prices on must-have items across all categories, including apparel, electronics, toys, housewares, movies, music, books and more. 

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TJX to bring Marshalls to Canada

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. TJX Companies announced plans to bring Marshalls to Canada. The company anticipates that the first Canadian Marshalls stores will open in the spring of 2011. Marshalls will become TJX Canada’s fourth off-price retail division, along with its other banners Winners, HomeSense and STYLESENSE.

Carol Meyrowitz, president and CEO of The TJX Companies, stated, “I am delighted to announce that we are bringing our Marshalls chain to TJX Canada, where we have our highest financial returns, with the planned opening of six stores in 2011. Canada has been a very successful market for TJX since we first entered in 1990, and we are excited to continue growing our Canadian business. We believe Marshalls will offer Canadians yet another avenue to great brands, great fashions and excellent values for the entire family. This is another example of our emphasis on international expansion, and we believe that Marshalls will be extremely well received in Canada. Ultimately, we estimate the Canadian market can support 90 to 100 stores.”

Marshalls in Canada will be managed by TJX Canada, the operating group managing Winners, acquired in 1990, HomeSense, launched in 2001, and STYLESENSE, launched in 2008. Operations, distribution and management will be leveraged from the existing organization. The company said it is not yet ready to announce specific locations for the initial stores.

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