WaWa makes Florida debut with new prototype
Orlando, Fla. — Convenience-store operator WaWa has entered the Florida market, opening a store across from Sea World in Orlando. Four additional units are scheduled to open in the Orlando market during the next four five weeks.
Designed by New York City-based CBX with the help of local architects and engineers Cuhaci & Peterson, Wawa’s new 4,600-sq.-ft. Orlando store is intended to reflect the language and style associated with Floridian vernacular architecture. The new ground-up store will serve as the prototypical design for Wawa’s wave of new stores planned for the Central Florida market.
Exterior characteristics include pastel colors, clapboard siding, pitched roofs and front porches that reference historic south and central Florida building types. The design also pays careful attention to landscaping, allowing the fuel islands and store to blend with its verdant surroundings.
The new location features WaWa’s familiar “winged” gas canopy, a centrally located entry portal, ample up-front parking and the chain’s signature Canada Goose logo. The new Florida prototype also features expansive windows that provide a clear view to the new interior design.
“While the new design style is uniquely Floridian, every other visual reference is recognizably Wawa,” said Joseph Bona, CBX retail division president.
The store has a spacious open layout, with high ceilings and abundant natural lighting. The interior boasts a vibrant red-tiled wall placed front and center highlighting the new center island kitchen. The food preparation area also incorporates a full-service specialty beverage section where customers can order 20+ handmade varieties of hot drinks, espressos, Chai teas and lattes, as well as more than 20 varieties of Smoothies and frozen beverages.
Guests can order any specialty drink or sandwich exactly the way they want using Wawa’s touch-screen system, with a series of screens prominently positioned at the kitchen/specialty beverage area’s counters.
Wawa currently operates nearly 600 stores in five Mid-Atlantic states.
Verizon store design recognized for green building design
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that its green retail store design has achieved pre-certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Volume Program.
Verizon Wireless is one of only eight retailers in the United States and the only wireless company to achieve pre-certification from the USGBC, according to the company.
Under the LEED Volume Program, any Verizon Wireless Communication Store constructed using the pre-certified design will earn a LEED Silver or higher rating. The company has begun certifying stores under the program, building upon its portfolio of 95 stores rated under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system.
Ikea goes live with new solar system in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh — Ikea has plugged in the new solar energy system installed at its Pittsburgh-area store in Robinson Township, Pa. The 86,800-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 694-kW system, built with 2,884 panels. It will produce approximately 852,200 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 648 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 115 cars or powering 73 homes yearly.
Since 2000, Ikea Pittsburgh hosted a 31kW PPA (power purchase agreement) array that was removed to facilitate installation of the new system, owned and operated by Ikea. Including this system, there are 22 completed solar energy projects for Ikea in the United States, with 17 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of the company nearly 89% with a total generation of 38 MW.
For the development, design and installation of the Pittsburgh store’s customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with REC Solar, Inc., a national leader in solar electric system design and installation with more than 8,000 systems built across the U.S.