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November 4, 2013

Whether it’s a high-end specialty store or a big-box discounter, flooring can go a long way toward setting the right mood — and making shoppers feel comfortable. “It’s naturally innate in us to look down at the ground,” said Nathan Lee Colkitt, CEO, Colkitt&Co., an architectural firm with offices in San Diego and New York City. “If we get the lay of the land, we feel safer and more comfortable.”

March 15, 2013

Slip-and-fall accidents in public places, including retail stores, are the leading cause of premise liability injuries and rank among facilities managers' top management issues. And with the elderly particularly vulnerable to falls, the size and scope of the problem is likely to grow in the near future given the aging of the baby boomers.

June 20, 2011

Blain’s Farm & Fleet knows all too well the misconception about conventional construction versus construction with a metal building system. In fact, the chain’s director of engineering, Neal VanLoo, recently was challenged by an architect when building a new store.


“The architect was against using a metal building system because he thought the design would be a square, fixed-dimension tin box,” VanLoo said. “We had to sit down and review the plans with him in order for him to realize the benefits of a metal building system.”


February 10, 2011

Proper and consistent floor maintenance is a critical component in retail facilities management. Effective maintenance maximizes a retailer’s investment by extending the life of the flooring surface and providing optimum performance. It also contributes directly to employee and shopper safety and to a store’s overall image. Chain Store Age talked with Russ VanderZwaag of Minneapolis-based Tennant Co. about trends in floor maintenance and tips for keeping floors looking their best. 


What trends do you see in flooring solutions?


January 27, 2011

It’s a shopper’s market.

By Dave Mesko, meskod@cintas.com
It’s a shopper’s market. Today, consumers have an array of options when it comes to shopping and no longer have to remain loyal to one store. In order to grow and sustain loyal customers, it’s important that retailers provide a safe environment for shoppers.

December 1, 2010

It’s a shopper’s market. Today, consumers have an array of options when it comes to shopping and no longer have to remain loyal to one store.

By Dave Mesko, meskod@cintas.com
It’s a shopper’s market. Today, consumers have an array of options when it comes to shopping and no longer have to remain loyal to one store. In order to grow and sustain loyal customers, it’s important that retailers provide a safe environment for shoppers.

March 31, 2008

Wood flooring has been making a comeback of late in retail stores, where it...

December 31, 2007

Aged and discolored acoustical ceilings can make a store look outdated and old before...

October 14, 2007

Edison, N.J.-based FloorFolio...

June 30, 2007

When it comes to its roof system, Cabela’s Inc. thinks green—literally. A distinctively shaped, green...

June 30, 2007

Carpet maintenance often gets short-changed in the retail environment. Apart from some quick fly-by vacuuming,...

June 30, 2007

One-stop shopping for moms-to-be is just one of the attractions at the Destination Maternity flagship...

April 30, 2007

An open forum on best practices was among the highlights of the facilities management workshop...