Wal-Mart Opens 2nd Experimental Supercenter
Aurora, Colo., Wal-Mart stores opened an experimental “green” supercenter in Aurora, Colo., on Tuesday. The 206,00-sq.-ft. store features numerous energy-saving and environmentally friendly features, including wind and solar power, waste-oil boilers, porous pavements, radiant floor heating and fabric-duct air systems to heat and cool the building efficiently.
This is the second of two experimental stores planned by the discounter. The first, in McKinney, Texas, opened this past summer. The goal for both units was to reduce the amount of energy and natural resources required to operate and maintain the stores, reduce the amount of raw materials needed to construct the facilities, and substitute, when appropriate, renewable materials.
“Wal-Mart wants to be a leader in corporate responsibility for the environment and our shareholders,” says Pat Curran, executive VP of Wal-Mart USA. “We want to continue our efforts and education about environmental sustainability and how it applies to our business.”
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Abercrombie Pulls ‘Offensive’ Shirts
New Albany, Ohio, In the face of criticism and calls for boycotts, Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to stop selling shirts with controversial messages. One of the shirts read across the chest: “Who needs brains when you have these?” The Women & Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania said they were satisfied with Abercrombie & Fitch’s decision to remove what it called “several offensive t-shirts from its stores. In a statement, the retailer said: “We recognize that the shirts in question, while meant to be humorous, might be troubling to some.”
Kroger Trying to Avoid Strike
Cincinnati, After workers in central Ohio voted yesterday to authorize a strike, Kroger Co. is working to negotiate terms.
The workers are currently under a temporary contract extension and have agreed to give at least 10 days of notice before walking off the job. The workers’ contract expired at midnight on Saturday.
Kroger is attempting to get the workers to pay part of their healthcare costs. The workers currently have no co-payments for their health insurance.
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