STORE SPACES

Toys ‘R’ Us details sustainable initiatives in new and remodeled stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us has implemented a number of sustainable initiatives that conserve energy, minimize waste, and reduce its stores’ overall impact on the environment while diminishing the company’s carbon footprint.

The chain said that its new and renovated “R”Us locations include a combination of the following sustainable features:

  • A state-of-the-art energy management system that monitors environmental conditions and adjusts temperature, lighting and CO2 levels throughout the store in order to utilize natural light and reduce energy consumption;
  • A custom daylight harvesting system, which includes a number of design components, such as skylights, cutting-edge dimmable fixtures and lighting sensors that reduce up to 50% of electric lighting energy used during the day;
  • Energy-efficient LED fixtures in outdoor signage instead of florescent signage, which increase energy savings and reduce toxic materials and maintenance costs;
  • Low-flow water closets and urinals and automatic faucets and flush valves, which conserve water;
  • High efficiency automatic hand dryers that use 80% less energy than standard hand dryers while eliminating the need for paper towel products and therefore lessening the impact on landfills;
  • A cardboard baler that facilitates recycling and reduces the impact on landfills;
  • Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint and floor adhesive are used during construction because they produce little odor during application and no lingering odor once cured;
  • A vestibule entry way system that reduces the amount of outside contaminants being tracked into the store interior, while helping to improve indoor air quality; and
  • White reflective roof that significantly reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the building which, in turn, reduces the building’s energy requirement for cooling.
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A&P opens first new Pa. store in more than 10 years

BY CSA STAFF

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P officially opened on Friday its new Superfresh store, featuring a full-service pharmacy and expanded international offerings, in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.

The 51,000-sq.-ft. neighborhood store marks A&P’s first new store in Pennsylvania in more than 10 years, and brings nearly 120 new jobs to the community.

“One of our administration’s Greenworks Philadelphia goals is to bring local food within 10 minutes of 75% of our residents,” Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter said. “This supermarket, which is on the corner of three neighborhoods, is ideally situated to provide healthy, fresh food options to many Philadelphians who previously lacked this option. I would like to welcome Superfresh into this community, and this addition will continue to draw new residents, visitors and businesses to the Northern Liberties neighborhood.”

Highlights of the new location include an expanded selection of locally grown produce, meat, poultry and seafood; an in-store sushi bar; prepared favorites across its hot food, antipasto, olive, soup, salad and wing bars; grab-and-go meals; expanded international offerings; and a full-service pharmacy. The store also will offer delivery service to customers, within two hours of their purchases.

The pharmacy will offer free home delivery, easy prescription transfers, email and text messaging notification, an enhanced opt-in automatic refill program and personal patient counseling. In addition, pharmacists will administer flu shots beginning in September through the company’s Live Better Wellness Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program.

The company operates 336 stores in seven states under the following trade names: A&P, Waldbaum’s, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Superfresh and Food Basics.

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Bebe Stores Q4 profit doubles, plans net new store growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Brisbane Calif. — Bebe Stores reported Thursday that profit for the fourth quarter doubled to $4.7 million, from $2 million in the year-ago period.

Revenue rose 8% to $132.3 million, compared with $122.1 million last year and beating Wall Street expectations of $126.1 million. Same-store sales grew 7%.

For the year, the company narrowed its loss to $1.8 million, from $5.2 million in fiscal 2010. Annual revenue increased 3% to $493.3 million.

Bebe said it expects to open four Bebe stores and as many as seven 2b stores in the new fiscal year. That includes two stores that could be converted from Bebe to 2b. It plans to close 10 Bebe locations, representing a sq. ft. dip of 2%. International licensees are expected to add up to 30 standalone stores and 30 shop-in-shops.

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