Starbucks opens in Hungary
New York City Starbucks Coffee has opened its first store in Hungary, the WestEnd Mall in Budapest.
AmRest Kavezo KFT, a joint-venture company between Starbucks Coffee International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee Co., and AmRest Sp. z o.o., a wholly owned subsidiary of AmRest Holdings S.E., will manage the daily operations.
Starbucks and AmRest have worked together since 2008 opening stores together in the Czech Republic and Poland. They now operate 16 stores across the three markets.
“We are excited to open our first store in Hungary and are committed to being part of the community, a good neighbor and a force for bringing our partners (employees), customers and their communities together,” said Buck Hendrix, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our expansion into Hungary with our trusted partner AmRest is another positive step forward in growing our presence in markets that have a longstanding coffeehouse tradition throughout Central and Eastern Europe.”
Burger King Goes Green in Germany
Burger King Corp. has gone green in Germany, with the opening of an energy-efficient restaurant in Waghausel. The eco-friendly design, developed in cooperation with Wirsol Solar AG (Baden-Wurttemberg), uses state-of-the-art technologies and renewable energy to power one-third of the restaurant’s energy consumption, reducing energy costs by 45% and the emission of CO2 by more than 120 metric tons annually.
"This new energy-efficient restaurant uses renewable energy systems, such as solar photovoltaic and wind turbines that are estimated to save nearly half of this restaurant’s yearly electricity costs," said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, senior VP franchise operations for BKC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
The restaurant features the chain’s sleek and futuristic store design, dubbed “20/20,” while also incorporating an array of eco-friendly technologies and energy-efficient construction elements, including:
* Interior heat-recovery ventilation system that cools and heats the restaurant, saving 73% of energy consumption per year;
* Long-lasting interior and exterior LED bulbs saving more than 55% of energy consumption annually;
* Excess heat loss is captured to generate hot water, conserving 50% of energy usage annually;
* A wind turbine contributing up to 2,500 kWh to the restaurant’s power supply was added to the traditional exterior logo sign;
* Photovoltaic and wind energy systems that save up to 45% of electricity annually; and
* More than 720 solar photovoltaic modules that generate over 53,500 kWh of electricity per year.
The restaurant also has a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station for hybrid cars and a rainwater reclamation system for landscape irrigation.
In addition, the new Burger King uses an energy-efficient broiler (Duke Flexible Batch Broiler) that maximizes cooking flexibility while reducing gas consumption and related costs by 52% and electricity consumption and costs by 90%. All the company’s restaurants in North America have installed the broiler and the international rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
Limited Brands sells remaining stake in Limited Stores
COLUMBUS, Ohio Limited Brands announced the sale of its remaining 25% stake in Limited Stores, LLC. Under the transaction terms, Limited Stores, LLC, which operates retail locations called The Limited, purchased Limited Brand’s remaining interest in the company for $32 million.
In 2007, Limited Brands sold a 75% stake in Limited Stores to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, a private investment firm that now owns 100% of Limited Stores. Limited Stores has more than 220 mall locations throughout the United States.
“This sale supports our focus on intimate apparel, personal care and beauty products,” said Leslie Wexner, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands. “We wish our long-time partners at Limited Stores continued success … this transition further enables both teams to win.”