IKEA expands store in central Texas
Conshohocken, Pa.-based IKEA announced plans to expand its Round Rock, Texas, store, adding 54,000 sq. ft. and more parking.
The Round Rock store in central Texas will expand from 252,000 sq. ft. to 306,000 sq. ft. Construction activity will begin this month, with an expected completion in summer 2012. The store will remain open during construction.
The size of the store’s warehouse capacity is "less than ideal" currently, the company said.
“Extending the store’s self-serve furniture area so it can hold more products will allow us to improve the shopping experience, to meet our customers’ needs more easily and to enhance our ability to keep lowering prices,” said manager Gerd Diewald. Increased goods availability and the opportunity for the store to inventory more stock will result in transport savings passed on to customers, according to IKEA.
The project will include extending the self-serve furniture area (where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day), relocating customer service functions to the newly built part of the store, and constructing a three-level parking structure to offset spaces eliminated by converting the northwest section of the parking lot into the building. Plans call for 1,200 parking spaces available on site.
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Sylvania LED bulbs to appear at Menards
Osram Sylvania released new LED bulbs at Menards stores on Oct. 11, according to an announcement from the Danvers, Mass., manufacturer. Part of the “Ultra LED” A line, the omnidirectional bulbs are available in two wattages. The 8W is equivalent to the 40W incandescent, and the 13.5W is equivalent to the 60W incandescent. The Ultra LED BR 30 and BR 40 are replacements for the equivalent 65W incandescent models.
Phil Rioux, general manager of Consumer Lighting LED Retrofits at Osram Sylvania, noted that the lighting company’s annual consumer survey showed that LED adoption grew to nearly one household in ten (9%), with 81% of Americans reporting they have heard of LED bulbs.
“We anticipate more consumers to adopt LED lighting into their homes as the phaseout approaches," Rioux said.
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Window Expressions expanding in commercial, residential markets
Window Expressions, the Elkhart, Ind., manufacturer and distributor of commercial and residential window coverings and drapery, has announced that Melissa Ramey has been hired to fill its newly created position of product/market sales specialist. Window Expressions and its sister company, United Shade, are affiliates of the Dicor Corp.
Ramey’s initial duties will include business development within the commercial/contract area, as well as with other manufacturers in the component markets. She will also open up opportunities in larger markets, such as hospitality and hotel, assisted living, hospitals, housing authorities, property managers, schools, universities, specialty paint, hardware and home improvement stores.
“As [Ramsey] develops these new application markets, she will expand her duties into major account relationship management, as well as taking a leading role in targeting our solutions for architectural acceptance and bid specification,” said Richard Delks, general manager of Window Expressions.
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