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Walgreens installs Cree LEDs in Goodyear, Arizona, store

BY Marianne Wilson

Durham, N.C. — Walgreens plans to incorporate energy-efficient LED lighting into its new stores going forward. The drugstore retailer recently installed Cree LED lighting in its 14,820-sq.-ft. Goodyear, Arizona location.

The 14,820-sq.-ft. store uses Cree’s LED troffers, linear luminaires and downlights, saving the retailer thousands in annual energy and maintenance costs while delivering superior illumination, Cree said.

“Cree’s products deliver among the best light levels in the industry matched with superior efficacy, which helps lower our total cost of ownership since less power is needed to illuminate all levels of our shelves over alternative light fixtures,” said Jamie Meyers, manager of sustainability for Walgreens. “We had been looking to add LED technology to our corporate sustainability program for a while, and with the successful Cree lighting implementation at the Goodyear store, it’s clear that it’s time to roll this out on a larger level. We are planning to incorporate LED lighting into all of our new stores moving forward.”

The Cree LED lighting system allows Walgreens to reduce its energy usage and operating costs without compromising light quality. The linear luminaires deliver strong vertical light levels throughout the sales floor, and the troffers, which are designed to last 100,000 hours, help Walgreens reduce energy consumption and maintenance needs in the pharmacy.

“With Cree, the colors of our merchandise pop to such an extent that customers can easily see items on the bottom shelves,” added Meyers. “There is a distinctively different feel when you walk into this store. Cree LED lighting has a better quality to it. It’s crisper and cleaner. That’s valuable to us, particularly as a retailer trying to make our product look as appealing as possible."

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LPGA event a cause for donations

BY CSA STAFF

While Walmart and the Walton family were taking heat, again, on the national stage over worker pay and alleged stinginess, it was a different situation in Northwest Arkansas where generosity was in plain view.

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G is underway at the Pinnacle Country Club and as has been the case in years past the LPGA golf tournament is accompanied by numerous charitable donations.

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital was on the receiving end of a $100,000 donation to support expansion of a pediatric cancer clinic at the Centers for Children in Lowell, Ark. An even larger $450,000 check was presented by Walmart to the Northwest Arkansas Council to support projects that foster economic development, diversity and inclusion. The grant to the economic development organization is part of the company’s commitment to support regional growth.

“At Walmart, we are dedicated to fostering growth and prosperity in our hometown of Northwest Arkansas,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, SVP of corporate affairs and president of the Walmart Foundation. “That’s why we provide support to organizations like the Northwest Arkansas Council, so we can help further economic development here at home.”

Another check presented by Walmart and Unilever for $15,000 went to support the Boys & Girls Club. The donation was made by executive of both companies at the opening of the Walmart Kids Center presented by Dove, a place for kids and families to gather during the golf tournament.

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Furniture retailer Lazzoni opens Manhattan flagship; plans to expand

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Lazzoni, the international maker of sleek, contemporary furniture, has opened a flagship in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.

Highlights of the collection include beds with hidden storage compartments and sofas with easily adjustable backs that can be converted into beds. Perfect for any New York City apartment, the collection at 26 Greene Street provides maximum quality, flexibility and style at moderate prices. A launch party is slated for the 5,700-sq.-ft. space in September.

The merchandise includes sofas, bookshelves, desks and entertainment centers, most of which can be customized for individual spaces, wrapping around corners and expanding or contracting to conform to spaces of varying sizes. Lazzoni, which has 20 retail stores worldwide, also provides consultants who assess homes and map a unique furnishing plan that clients can view and modify via computer. Technology plays an integral part in the collection, as many pieces have built-in TVs, cameras, lighting, and are hard-wired into the pieces.

Lazzoni plans to expand in metropolitan cities in the United States including Miami, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. The SoHo store is Lazzoni’s third in the New York area, joining locations in Chelsea and Paramus, New Jersey, and positioning the company to take advantage of furniture sales that rose to a three-month high in the U.S. in May.

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