MAY 21, 2014 | ISSUE 163
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Target's VP of Property Development To Retire


Minneapolis - John Griffith joined Target in 1999 and played an instrumental role in growing Target's store count from 912 stores to more than 1,900 stores today. Read more.




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Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH Opening New Stores 

New York City - On May 23, 2014, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will open its largest store to date in San Diego, as well as its first store in Boston. Read more.





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JLL Retail To Manage New Shopping Center in West O'ahu 


Las Vegas - Upon completion, Ka Makana Ali'i will be the third largest shopping center in Hawaii.




Top Story


Granite, Marble and Minerals  




Fort Worth, TX - More facilities are installing marble and granite floors today than years ago. There are two primary reasons for this:


1. The cost of marble and granite has come down now that these materials are being quarried in more areas of the world.

2. It is very durable. If cared for properly, marble and granite can literally last for centuries.


However, marble and granite are different and will require different cleaning methods, procedures and products. Marble is a soft stone made of metamorphic rock containing calcium carbonate. This means it will react, and potentially be damaged, if any type of acidic cleaning solution is used to maintain it.


On the other hand, granite, made from igneous rock, is a very hard stone. Stronger abrasives and cleaning chemicals can be used on granite and, if used properly, will not damage its surface.


There are also different terms used to describe the minerals in granite, marble and other stone floors. Because of this, the Powr-Flite TroubleShooter identifies and defines some of the more common terms cleaning professionals will hear when caring for stone floors:


* Scratch test: A "scratch test" helps identify floor hardness. It identifies how resistant a mineral is to abrasion. It is performed just as it sounds. Minerals are rubbed against each other; the one that scratches is softer than the mineral that caused the scratch.


* Luster: This does not necessarily refer to how shiny the floor is, but more specifically how it reflects light from its surface. A highly polished stone floor will typically have a very high luster.


* Cleavage: This term refers to how the mineral breaks or fractures. Some minerals, when they break, will have only one cleavage. Others may have two, three or more.


* Acid test: This is an important test and can immediately identify whether the floor in question is marble, granite or some other material. One drop of diluted solution of hydrochloric acid is applied to the floor. If the acid bubbles or fizzles, it's marble; if there is no reaction, it is likely granite.



- Established more than 40 years ago, Powr-Flite manufactures a full line of floor care equipment and carpet extractors for the professional cleaning industry.



Vendor News


Kaloutas Painting Names New Operations Manager




Peabody and Natick, Mass. - Kaloutas Painting, a premier commercial painting company, has appointed John E. Lydon as the company's new operations manager.





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NEST International's COO Named "40 Under 40 Business Leader" 

Almond, Jr.

Gloucester City, N.J. - 2014's award recipients include NEST International's COO, Rob Almond, Jr.

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