REAL ESTATE

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

BY CSA STAFF

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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STORE SPACES

Lennox to expand refrigeration business with acquisition of Kysor/Warren

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Dallas — Lennox International, a leader in the heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets announced it has signed a definitive agreement with The Manitowoc Co. to acquire substantially all the assets of its Kysor/Warren business.

Kysor/Warren is a leading manufacturer of refrigerated systems and display cases for supermarkets throughout North America.

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Ikea to install solar panels on two additional locations

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Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea plans to install solar energy panels on two East Coast stores: Paramus, N.J., and Stoughton, Mass. Pending governmental permits, the rooftop installation will begin in the new year, with completion expected in spring 2011. The Paramus installation will have 4,600 panels generating 1,354,000 kWh/year, while the Stoughton site will have 2,800 panels generating 725,000 kWh/year.

The plans bring the number of U.S. Ikea locations that will have a solar energy system to a total of 13. These two systems will represent the largest store-top solar installations for Ikea in the United States.

The retailer already has solar energy systems operational in Brooklyn, NY, Pittsburgh and Tempe, Ariz., — with installation underway on programs at eight locations in California. Additionally, solar water heating systems exist in Charlotte, N.C.; Draper, Utah; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla. Also, a geothermal system is incorporated into the store being built and opening Fall 2011 in Centennial, Col.

“We are excited about this investment by Ikea in using renewable energy on the East Coast to complement our recently announced plans in California,” said Mike Ward, Ikea U.S. president. “This approach is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices and reducing our carbon footprint.
Conshohocken, Penn. — Ikea plans to install solar energy panels on two East Coast stores: Paramus, N.J., and Stoughton, Mass. Pending governmental permits, the rooftop installation will begin in the new year, with completion expected in spring 2011. The Paramus installation will have 4,600 panels generating 1,354,000 kWh/year, while the Stoughton site will have 2,800 panels generating 725,000 kWh/year.

The plans bring the number of U.S. Ikea locations that will have a solar energy system to a total of 13. These two systems will represent the largest store-top solar installations for Ikea in the United States.

The retailer already has solar energy systems operational in Brooklyn, NY, Pittsburgh and Tempe, Ariz., — with installation underway on programs at eight locations in California. Additionally, solar water heating systems exist in Charlotte, N.C.; Draper, Utah; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla. Also, a geothermal system is incorporated into the store being built and opening Fall 2011 in Centennial, Col.

“We are excited about this investment by Ikea in using renewable energy on the East Coast to complement our recently announced plans in California,” said Mike Ward, Ikea U.S. president. “This approach is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices and reducing our carbon footprint.

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