Supermarkets Awarded Renewable Energy Construction Grants
Chestnut Hill, Mass. WS Development announced Tuesday that Whole Foods Market at Legacy Place in Dedham, Mass., and Star Market at the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center in Chestnut Hill, Mass., have been awarded renewable energy construction grants by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.
The Trust, which promotes clean-energy technologies generated from renewable sources, is part of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Both Whole Foods Market and Star Market plan to use fuel cells to convert reformed natural gas into hydrogen for a clean, efficient, and reliable power supply. Each store is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2009.
“Distributed power sources and power storage are crucial pieces of the clean energy puzzle, and I am glad to see these fuel cells put to work providing reliable, on-site power for Whole Foods Market and Star Market stores in Dedham and Chestnut Hill,” said Ian Bowles, secretary, Energy and Environmental Affairs. “The [Mass. governor] Patrick Administration is pleased to partner with Whole Foods and Star Market in supporting the adoption of this innovative energy technology.”
The grants issued by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust were part of more than $3 million awarded to nine renewable energy projects taking place throughout the state. According to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, funds for the trust come from renewable energy charges on electric bills, which generate roughly $25 million a year to support renewable energy installations and companies.
99 Cents Only reconsiders Texas exit
CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. 99 Cents Only Stores said it has decided to suspend its exit from the Texas market for up to six months to re-evaluate its Texas operations in light of a significant improvement in January sales results and the potential beneficial opportunities resulting from a recessionary economy. The company directed management to close approximately one third of its Texas stores by March 28, its fiscal year end.
On Jan. 31, following an evaluation of its company chairman Dave Gold’s offer to buy the Texas operations by a special committee of independent directors of 99 Cents’ board, the board adopted the recommendation of the special committee to reject this offer. In the course of the board’s deliberations, the voard noted that same-store sales in Texas had increased at a rate of 8.6% during the four week period ended Jan. 24, compared to a rate of 0.8% during the five week period ended Dec. 27, 2008.
Eric Schiffer, CEO, said, “We will release our earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 on Wednesday, Feb. 4. I am pleased to report that we continue to make progress on our profit improvement plan in our non-Texas operations, and I look forward to providing an update on our performance and the matters discussed in this release on our earnings conference call.”
OfficeMax partners with organizational expert, Peter Walsh
NAPERVILLE, Ill. OfficeMax announced a partnership with renowned organizational expert, Peter Walsh. Walsh will lend his expertise to the development of a new line of work organization products featured exclusively at OfficeMax coming in Spring 2009. Walsh will also share workspace organizational tips and suggestions with OfficeMax customers through catalogs and mailers as well as within stores through signs and brochures.
“Many people think organization for work has to be strict and rigid, somehow that makes the task safe and acceptable for what they think is a proper work attitude,” said Walsh. “But to really be effective, organization has to be part of who you are and how you operate and not something you force yourself to adapt to.”
Walsh is currently featured throughout several current OfficeMax catalogs and promotional flyers, providing organizational advice and tips relevant to the various products featured.
Walsh will collaborate with OfficeMax on a new line of organizational products that will reflect his organization philosophy style.
Walsh, best known for authoring four books on organization and clutter, has shared his organizing tips with audiences of TLC’s Clean Sweep and The Oprah Winfrey Show where he has appeared as a regular guest since 2006. He is also a host on The Oprah & Friends Sirius XM Radio Channel for which he offers his life-changing organizational tips and helps listeners combat clutter.