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Uniqlo may open 200 stores in the U.S. by 2020

BY CSA STAFF

Yamaguchi City, Japan — Fast Retailing Co. said Friday it aims to open at least 200 Uniqlo stores in the U.S. by 2020.

Asia’s largest clothing chain said it seeks to raise sales sixfold in a decade.

“The United States is one of the most important markets for us,” Shin Odake, CEO of Uniqlo’s U.S. unit, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “We want to become the number one retailer in the world.”

Fast Retailing, which plans to open its second U.S. store on New York’s Fifth Avenue next year, aims to reach $60 billion in revenue by 2020. The company said it is considering opening stores in other major cities including San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.

Fast Retailing will add 44 Uniqlo stores overseas and 36 in Japan in the 12 months to August, bringing the total to 1,024, the company said. The company has said it aims to boost the tally to 4,000 by 2020.

Uniqlo’s sole U.S. store is located in New York’s Soho district.

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Whole Foods store awarded double green honors

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New York City — Whole Foods Market’s store in Lake Grove has become the first supermarket in the United States to be awarded with both a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as well as a Three Green Globe certification from the Green Building Initiative.

The store, which opened in March 2010, is the third of Whole Foods Market’s 22 locations in the Northeast region to receive a LEED certification, and the first to be recognized by the Green Building Initiative.

Whole Foods’ Lake Grove site features a number of sustainable features, including water efficiency fixtures reduced water usage by more than 40% from the calculated baseline design fixture performance requirements established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. More than a 20% reduction in lighting power density was achieved over that allowed by the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 2004. A companywide purchase of 776 million-kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in 2009 helped the project to earn green power credits, as well.

More than 10% of the materials used in the construction of the store were made from recycled content and another 10% were reused resources (reclaimed Douglas fir). And 75% of all the construction waste from the project was recycled rather than being placed in a landfill or incinerated.

Low-emitting materials from paints and adhesives to furniture and carpet were used in the project. Plus. thorough flush-out of the building was conducted to ensure the indoor environmental quality of the building was ideal for customers and associates.

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Fresh & Easy to install solar systems on nine Arizona stores

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El Segundo, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced a partnership with REC Solar, a leading solar electric system provider in the United States, to install roof-mount solar systems on nine stores in Arizona. The installation of the systems will begin in March 2011.

The combined 410 kW of installed solar systems will produce an estimated 620,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, the equivalent of reducing 22 million lbs. of CO2 emissions — or removing 28 million car-driven miles — over the next 25 years.

Fresh & Easy has invested in one of California’s largest solar roof installations on its distribution center in Riverside, Calif. The installation, which is more than 500,000 sq. ft., currently produces about one-fifth of the energy for the entire facility. Fresh & Easy’s website features a live reporting feed from the solar installation at the distribution center, reporting in real time the performance of the panel (http://freshandeasy.com/GreenBuilding

“With the success of our solar panel installation on our distribution center, we’re confident these systems on our stores will help cut down on energy costs even further,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO.

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