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IKEA submits plans for new location

BY Marianne Wilson

Ikea is looking to expand in presence in North Carolina.

The retailer said it is submitting plans to the Town of Cary, N.C., for a potential Raleigh-area store, which would be the second Ikea location in the state. The proposed 15-acre site would be located adjacent to the existing Cary Towne Center, approximately 12 miles west of downtown Raleigh and two miles from downtown Cary.

This submittal of a development plan allows Cary to formally consider an Ikea-specific use at the location and begin the town council’s review of the proposal for an approximately 359,000-sq.-ft. store and a two-level parking structure with 1,000 parking spaces. If approved, Ikea Cary store could open as early as summer 2020.

“We are excited about the opportunity for a potential second North Carolina Ikea store at this location in Cary,” said Ikea U.S. president Lars Petersson. “A store in the Raleigh area would complement our strong presence established in Charlotte and eventually provide customers in Central and Eastern North Carolina an Ikea store closer to them.”

After town approval, Ikea will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement the current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations. Other U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; building with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED lighting. Ikea U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 16 locations and solar arrays at 90% of its locations in addition to owning two wind farms in the U.S.

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Pirch opens up shop in Austin

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pirch is opening up its tenth location in the United States with a new showroom in Austin, Texas.

The new location will be a place where architects, interior designers, builders and home owners can shop and "test-drive" various premier appliance brands from around the globe in one interactive environment.

As the company describes it, it's a showroom where showers run water, and oven ranges have cookies baking or rotisseries turning.

Imagine a kitchen, bath, laundry and outdoor showroom where showers and faucets actually run water, and a kitchen with a working range might have cookies baking or the rotisserie turning!

The "try before you buy" concept is articulated through a working test kitchen, where recipes can be tried by a visiting chef or special events may be held.

Featured brands include BainUltra, Bertazzoni, Duravit, DXV, La Cornue, Gaggenau, Gessi, Graff, Kalamazoo, Kallista, Kohler, Miele, Rohl, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Watermark, Wolf, Viking, Victoria + Albert, among hundreds of others.

"We are thrilled to open our tenth Pirch location in Austin, Texas," said CEO Andrea Dorigo. "It's such a dynamic and growing city, with an extraordinary variety of architecture and new home developments as well as a thriving business environment. Our innovative kitchen, bath and outdoor concept is changing the home industry by showcasing the best the world has to offer in appliances for kitchen and bath all under one roof, in an environment that makes shopping for appliances a fun and informative experience."

"Pirch is delivering a elevated retail concept, revolutionary within its industry, that encourages consumers to have fun in their shopping experience by interacting with products before buying and enjoy an exceptional service relationship from selection through install," said CMO Michael Zuna. "We are excited to work with the architects, custom home builders and interior designers of Austin and anyone building or renovating their home!"

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Readers Respond: A multi-pronged hacking defense plan

BY HBSDealer Staff

It's been in the news more than a few times over the last couple of years: Major Retailer Gets Hacked. Millions of Customers Have Their Data Compromised. Big Name Retailer Sued Over Cyber Security Breach.

In this day and age, it's not enough to hope for the best. And it seems the majority of HBSDealer readers are hip to this wisdom.

In a poll earlier this week, we asked: "Businesses are increasingly under attack by hackers and cyber criminals. What's your defensive plan?"

A number of options were listed, as well as "all of the above." "All of the above" took home 48% of the vote so far, plus a number of votes for individual strategies:

Hire a consultant: 4%
Attend security conference: 0%
Update passwords: 11%
Read up on the issue: 11%

Only 26% said "do nothing and hope for the best."

What's your approach? Record your vote here.

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