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Menards settles with EPA in South Dakota

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Construction of a parking lot at a Sioux Falls, S.D., Menards store caused damage to a local river tributary, prompting a settlement from the big-box retailer with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Menards incurred a civil penalty of $68,125 for “destroying a stretch of a tributary … of the Big Sioux River,” a stretch of approximately 1,390 feet, according to the EPA.

The damage to the tributary occurred during construction of a storm water management system and site grading activities associated with the construction of the store’s parking lot. The store was opened in 2004.

As part of the settlement, Menards also will be required to make restorations to another local tributary, named “Slip Up Creek.” That project, developed by Menards and approved by the EPA, will help restore more than 4,000 feet of the creek, according to the agency.

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IKEA’s first New York City store to open in June

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IKEA’s future Brooklyn, N.Y., store — the Swedish retailer’s first location in New York City — will open June 18, the company announced.

IKEA Brooklyn, a 346,000-square-foot store, will be the company’s fourth location in the New York-New Jersey area, and 35th in the United States. Other area stores are in Elizabeth, N.J.; Hicksville, N.Y.; and Paramus, N.J.

“We made excellent progress on construction last year and so far this spring, so we are confident the remaining construction milestones and interior build-up process will be complete by mid-June,” said Mike Baker, store manager of the future IKEA Brooklyn, in a press release.

IKEA Brooklyn will include 50 different room settings, three model home interiors and a 450-seat restaurant with views of the lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Family-friendly features include a “Children’s IKEA” area in the showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store.

IKEA Brooklyn also will offer home delivery, kitchen installation and design consultation services. The project, situated on 22 acres along the Erie Basin waterfront in Red Hook, features a 6.5-acre public esplanade with nearby ferry, bus and subway service available.

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ScottsMiracle-Gro optimistic for 2008, despite slow second quarter

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Despite a late launch to the lawn and garden season, which led to adjusted earnings for the second quarter, ScottsMiracle-Gro remains “encouraged by initial consumer response” to new products and has reaffirmed guidance for the year.

“Consumer activity over the first two weeks of April has been strong, and we are recovering ground we lost due to a later than expected break to the season in most parts of the United States,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. “Weather always dictates the launch of the season, and this year got off to a slower start than we’ve typically experienced.”

The Marysville, Ohio-based company said it expects adjusted earnings in the second quarter, which ended March 29, to range from approximately $1.14 to $1.18 per diluted share, compared to adjusted earnings of $1.40 per share for the same period a year ago. Hagedorn said that while second-quarter and first-half results will be less than the company had expected, the first two quarters historically represent about 25 percent of consumer purchases for the full year.

“We remain encouraged by initial consumer response to our new products as well as the quality of our programs and promotions, and see no reason at this time to change our outlook for the full year,” he said.

Fiscal 2008 reported results will include $15 million to $20 million in unexpected costs due to a voluntary retail recall of wild bird food. A significant portion of this cost will be included in the second-quarter results. The company will account for costs associated with the recall on the line “restructuring and other one-time charges.” As a result, ScottsMiracle-Gro will exclude these costs when discussing its expected results for the full year.

ScottsMiracle-Gro will report its complete second-quarter results on April 29.

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