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Verizon Wireless stores honored for energy efficiency

BY CSA STAFF

Basking Ridge, N.J. Verizon Wireless announced that 32 of its stores have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR designation for superior energy efficiency.

“We want every one of our stores to be energy efficient,” said Jack Plating, executive VP and COO, Verizon Wireless. “Implementing environmentally friendly practices throughout the company is a priority for us, and we use the EPA ENERGY STAR guidelines as benchmarking tools for our communications stores.”

To make stores more energy efficient, Verizon Wireless installs temperature sensors and energy-management systems to monitor heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system use; controls temperature set-points, as well as internal and external lighting schedules; and tracks usage history for maintenance and service requirements. The systems help Verizon Wireless save on energy costs by activating the ventilating, heating and lighting systems automatically based on the stores’ operating hours.

To be eligible for the ENERGY STAR, a retail location must be 5,000 sq. ft. or greater, have one year of utility data available for the EPA to review and earn an energy-performance rating of 75 or higher.

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Whole Foods to go tax-free on April 15

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Atlanta Whole Foods Market will have a tax-free shopping day for all customers on April 15 at its seven metro Atlanta stores, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The Tax Day offer is also good at the chain’s stores in Alabama; North Carolina; South Carolina; and Tennessee. Sales taxes range from 6% to 9.5%, depending on store location.

Stores also will have deep discounts on select items on tax-free shopping day, Whole Foods said.

“Some shoppers might choose to stock up, while others might decide to ‘trade up’– trying a different cheese or wine or cut of meat that might not typically be on their shopping list,” said Scott Allshouse, South region president for Whole Foods Market. “Whatever the motivation, we want to give our customers a little shopping break on Tax Day and we know every little bit helps.”

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Adrenalina ends proxy contest with PacSun

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ANAHEIM, Calif. Pacific Sunwear of California announced that Adrenalina has ended its proxy contest by withdrawing its nominations of director candidates for election to Pacific Sunwear’s board of directors. Adrenalina had previously notified the company of its intention to nominate four candidates for election to the Pacific Sunwear board at the company’s 2009 Annual Meeting.

Adrenalina’s withdrawal of its nominations follows a meeting earlier this week between several of Pacific Sunwear’s independent directors and Ilia Lekach, Adrenalina’s chairman and CEO.

Pacific Sunwear’s lead independent director Peter Starrett said, “We appreciated the opportunity to have an open and frank discussion with Lekach, and to hear his ideas and suggestions. We are pleased that Adrenalina has determined not to pursue a proxy contest, so that the company can devote all of its resources and attention to the important task of operating its business.”

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