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Toys “R” Us announces rooftop solar installation at New Jersey DC

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us said Thursday it has completed a 5.38 megawatt rooftop solar power system at the company’s largest distribution center in Flanders, N.J.

The solar roof is estimated to offset 72% of the electrical needs for the Toys “R” Us facility, making it the largest operational rooftop solar installation in North America.

As part of the Power Purchase Agreement, Constellation Energy will designate 7,500 Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates per year for the next three years to Toys “R" Us Times Square, effectively offsetting 100% of the 7,064,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity typically needed to power the store.

“At Toys “R” Us, we continually look for ways to diversify our energy portfolio and incorporate sustainable initiatives throughout our operations,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO. “This solar rooftop project would not have been possible without New Jersey’s ongoing support and shared commitment to clean energy opportunities for businesses.”

The solar power installation covers nearly 70% of the distribution center’s 1,281,000-sq.-ft. roof and consists of more than 37,000 ultra lightweight Uni-Solar brand photovoltaic solar panels, manufactured by United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices.

Depending on weather conditions, the system is expected to produce approximately 6,362,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Constellation Energy built, owns and maintains the Toys “R” Us rooftop solar power system. Toys “R” Us is purchasing the electricity generated by the system from Constellation Energy through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Constellation Energy retains the solar renewable energy credits.

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Retail revolution in NWA continues

BY CSA STAFF

Outdoor retailer Cabela’s has announced plans to open one of its signature stores in Rogers, Ark., next summer, continuing an influx of retail development that has steadily elevated the region’s shopping options.

A decade ago, the biggest decision facing shoppers who lived in Benton County was which Walmart to shop at. Either that or drive to Fayetteville where an aging mall featured Dillard’s and JCPenney as anchor tenants. Other folks made the two-hour trek to Tulsa, Okla., which boasted more choices, but hardly qualified as a shopping Mecca.

Then a few years ago the Pinnacle Hills Promenade lifestyle mall open in Rogers and so did a new Target discount store, Best Buy and an Academy Sporting Goods superstore.

Cabela’s plans call for construction to begin in early 2012 at a site near the Pinnacle Hills Promenade mall and for the store to be open by next summer. The building’s exterior will reflect Cabela’s traditional store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building. The 110,000-sq.-ft. store will feature the company’s next-generation layout, which is designed to immerse customers in the outdoor experience and includes conservation-themed wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts displayed on an indoor mountain with a built-in aquarium.

Cabela’s will be a welcome addition to the region’s outdoor enthusiasts and all that’s missing now is a Costco, Whole Foods and maybe Nordstrom or Macy’s.

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77kids by american eagle extends partnership with DMX

BY Staff Writer

Austin, Texas — DMX said Thursday it has extended its partnership with 77kids by american eagle.

Through the agreement, DMX will continue to provide all 77kids by american eagle locations with its signature brand sound. In addition, DMX and 77kids by american eagle partnered on a Back-to-School promotion that entailed both in-store artist shout-outs and social media prize giveaways. 77kids by american eagle utilizes the ProFusion iS device, which offers video, music and messaging capabilities for various artist shout-outs that will project out each entryway of all 77kids by american eagle locations.

“Music is such an important part of the 77kids Brand DNA and our customers lives,” said Brian Franks, VP creative marketing for 77kids by american eagle. “DMX continues to be a great partner helping us to push creative boundaries and deliver a fun experience to kids and parents that is unique, cool and original.”

77kids by american eagle also partnered with DMX on a new online music player and Facebook widget.

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