JUNE 4, 2014 | ISSUE 165
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Levin Named Leasing/Managing Agent for Bradford Plaza

West Chester, Pa. - Levin Management has been named leasing and managing agent for Bradford Plaza, a 161,000-square-foot, grocery-anchored shopping center in West Chester, Pa. Read more.





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Brooks Brothers Opens First Australian Store 

Melbourne, Australia - The 2,293-square-foot store at Melbourne's newest shopping destination, The Emporium (pictured), is part of a joint venture with Australian company OrotonGroup.

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Jo-Ann Hires SVPs of Marketing and Merchandising

Hudson, Ohio - Jim Wright will serve as the senior vice president, marketing and advertising, and Megan Featherston will fill the role of senior vice president, merchandising. Read more.






Top Story


IKEA to Install Kansas' Largest Rooftop Solar Array 




Merriam, Kan. - IKEA has unveiled its solar energy plans for its new Kansas City-area store opening fall 2014 in Merriam, Kan. Pending permits, rooftop panel installation will begin next month, with completion before the store's opening, making the project the largest rooftop solar array in the state of Kansas. 


The 92,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 869.25-kW system, built with 2,850 panels, and will produce approximately 1,348,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent to reducing 930 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) - equal to the emissions of 196 cars or providing electricity for 128 homes yearly.


For the development, design and installation of IKEA Merriam's customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with Chicago-based SoCore Energy, one of the largest commercial solar developers in the Midwest, with more than 100 commercial-scale U.S. installations.


Under construction on 19 acres along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive, the 359,000 square-foot future IKEA Merriam and 1,200 parking spaces will be built in the city of Merriam, 8 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo. IKEA Merriam will be the second U.S. store for IKEA with a geothermal component to its heating and cooling system. (Denver-area IKEA Centennial opened with geothermal in 2011.) Incorporating geothermal and solar will significantly reduce the energy IKEA Merriam will draw from the power grid.


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Vendor News


DWM Facilities Maintenance Promotes Brian Whitt to COO





Latham, N.Y. - DWM's corporate restructuring paves the way for an increased focus on core client initiatives and long term growth and development. Read more.






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