Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Morning One Liners...

Big Box & New York

Awaiting a Big Blue Box and an Altered World [New York Times]
Monica Byrne, one of the owners of Tini, a bar on Van Brunt Street, also was generally supportive of the store’s presence. "If it was a Wal-Mart, I’d be protesting," she said. "This could be a really good thing."

City and Labor Leaders Reach Deal on Plan to Develop Willets Point [New York Times]
The city also agreed to look favorably upon developers who propose job-intensive businesses at Willets Point that would pay at least $10 an hour. At the same time, the city said it would discourage "suburban models of big-box stores," a reference to Home Depot and Wal-Mart.

Big retailers may follow Ikea to Red Hook [Daily News (N.Y.)]
Discount giant Wal-Mart tops the list of heavy hitters that have looked at development sites in the gritty-glam nabe, where a container port and a cruise-ship terminal co-exist with Civil War-era warehouse buildings, public housing projects and artists' studios.

Consumers have a stronger preference for labels that tout specific ecological benefits than they do for the USDA's organic label, according to branding and marketing agency BBMG's recently released Conscious Consumer Report.
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Stop & Shop here is participating in a program that reduces its energy usage at 415 stores -- all of its more than 360 stores, as well as some at sister Ahold division Giant Food, Landover, Md. -- during times of peak energy demand such as are experienced during the summer months.
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Wal-Mart's stores in Hawaii will be part of a pilot solar project outfitting 22 Wal-Mart stores,

T
he Fresh Market continues to expand north...

Right to Work

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted today to oppose the right-to-work ballot initiative, which would ask voters to amend the state constitution to say that union membership and the payment of dues could not be mandated.

Policy

Over 600,000 in city may qualify for Food Stamps.

The city hopes to put as many as 600,000 New Yorkers on food stamps this year by using Medicaid data to find eligible families who aren't getting the aid.

Politics....

The City Council will stop offering bottled water.

And the NY Sun interviews Obama's Economic Policy advisor.

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