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WD Partners has contract to develop high-performance Home Depot store

BY CSA STAFF

Columbus, Ohio — WD Partners has signed a multi-year contract with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop a high-performance Home Depot store in California through the Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Partnership (CBP). CBP projects put cutting-edge building techniques and technologies on the fast-track to wide-spread commercial use.

The team will design and construct an energy-efficient Home Depot prototype store that will require up to 50% less energy than American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Standard 90.1-2007 compliant buildings. The project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

WD Partners has collaborated with The Home Depot for more than eight years to improve the efficiency and performance of their stores, including using other regional programs that incentivize energy such as Austin Energy Green Building and Savings by Design.

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Work ’N Gear opens in-store shops at Kmart and Sears

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Quincy, Mass. — Work ‘N Gear on Wednesday announced that it has teamed with Sears and Kmart to launch America’s first "store-within-a store" concept for healthcare fashions. The format has launched in select locations in six markets.

Called "Scrubology," the new in-store concept features approximately 600 sq. ft. to 1,500 sq. ft. of space within Sears and Kmart stores. The offerings will be dedicated to the uniform needs of professionals who work as doctors, nurses, veterinarians, lab technicians and more.

The concept was developed by Work ‘N Gear, the largest retail chain in the United States specializing in work apparel and uniforms for professionals in industrial, service and healthcare fields. In collaboration with Sears and Kmart, 10 Scrubology "stores" in total were opened in November 2010, including two in Arizona, four in Michigan, one in Illinois and three in Pennsylvania.

"More than 70% of professionals in healthcare have to buy their own scrubs — and it can often be a real challenge to shop locally for the name brands, quality, style and sizes they want," said Anthony DiPaolo, CEO of Work ‘N Gear. "We’re very thrilled to be working with Sears on this venture, because Scrubology can offer healthcare professionals the advantage of finding the scrubs they want right in their own community, in a store where they are already shopping."

The Scrubology in-store shop has its own unique signs and displays. It is anticipated that more Scrubology locations will launch at select Sears and Kmart locations in 2011.

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Parmida to open new Colorado store

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Centennial, Colo. — Parmida Home said Tuesday it will celebrate the grand opening of a new Denver-area store on Feb. 5.

The store, located in the Streets of SouthGlenn, will showcase home décor and accents.

The Streets of SouthGlenn is an Alberta Development Partners urban lifestyle project in south Denver, and is a redevelopment of the former Southglenn Mall.

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