U.S. investigators raid Lumber Liquidator’s offices
New York — Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc., the fast-growing hardwood flooring retailer, said Friday that federal authorities with search warrants showed up at its corporate offices Virginia, on Thursday. The company said that the federal authorities’ actions were related to certain wood flooring product imports.
The authorities were from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lumber Liquidators said that it takes sourcing and compliance very seriously and is cooperating and providing the information that the authorities requested.
Best Buy appoints Weather Company exec to board
New York — David Kenny, chairman and CEO of Weather Company, parent company of The Weather Channel, has joined the Best Buy board of directors.
Kenny, who joined The Weather Company in January 2012, previously served as president of Akamai, a cloud platform.
“We are delighted to have David join our Board,” said Hatim Tyabji, chairman of the Best Buy board. “One of the foundations of our Renew Blue transformation is the creation of a world-class multichannel experience for our customers. Given David’s deep experience in the digital field, I am certain that his voice on the board will be valuable on these and many other topics. He combines deep strategic experience with the passion of an entrepreneur, and I know I speak for the entire board when I say I look forward to him joining us.”
Whole Foods Market, Detroit
Whole Foods Market’s core values of local, natural and environmentally responsible commerce are showcased in its store in downtown Detroit. The 21,506-sq.-ft. store, the retailer’s first location in the Motor City, features lower pricing and combines its signature organic and locally made/grown goods with a larger selection of private-label items and frozen and prepackaged foods.
The design celebrates the history and residents of the Motor City, from the antique Detroit signs re-fabricated by local artists to the Motown 45-LP records that on the checkout lane markers. A corrugated metal background for the cheese Department pays homage to the creative spirit of urban graffiti, while scraps of reclaimed and faded two-dimensional metal signs call out the take-out pizza and sandwich area.
The local vibe starts on the exterior, which features four large murals composed by local artists. Area artists also contributed heavily to the interior space, including a tile mural replica of the city of Detroit.
Sustainability is integrated into the building, which was constructed from the ground up. Green elements include night curtains on refrigeration cases, doors on daily cases, a while roof, skylights, polished concrete flooring, LED lighting, low-flow faucets and toilets and a highly efficient refrigeration system.
In addition, many of the décor materials and equipment used in the space were reclaimed or recycled, with reclaimed wood seating booths and salvaged brick. Even the produce bins were reclaimed, coming from an old store that had closed. And at least 75% of the refrigerated cases were refurbished.
Design Consultant: JGA, Southfield, Mich.
Graphics/Signage: Design Fabrications, Madison Heights, Mich.