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Target gains LEED certification in Canada

Retail Editor 2 -- Home Textiles Today, September 12, 2013

Mississauga, Ontario -- An additional 44 Target Corp. store locations in Canada have been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, bringing all 68 of the discounter's newly opened stores there to carry the distinction - a first for a major retailer in Canada.

Target is pursuing LEED certification for all of the 124 stores scheduled to open in Canada this year. It is obtaining LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Volume Program, which streamlines the certification process for buildings in both Canada and the U.S.

"Environmental sustainability at Target is fundamental to our business, and we have been working hard in Canada over the past few years to open our most sustainable collection of stores to date," said Derek Jenkins, svp, external relations, Target Canada. "We are confident that all 124 store locations opening this year will be awarded LEED certification, making Target a leader among Canadian mass retailers when it comes to having sustainable store buildings."

In order to obtain certification, remaining Target stores will undergo various rounds of audits throughout 2013, which must meet stringent criteria across five LEED categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Target locations awarded LEED certification include:

12 in British Columbia: Campbell River, Discovery Harbour Shopping, Centre
Coquitlam, Coquitlam Centre
Courtenay, Driftwood Mall
Cranbrook, Tamarack Mall
Delta, Scottsdale Mall
Kamloops, Sahali Centre Mall
Kelowna, Orchard Plaza
Langley, Willowbrook Shopping Centre
Nanaimo, Nanaimo North Town Centre
Prince George, Pine Centre
Vernon, Village Green Mall
Victoria, and Tillicum Centre.

13 in Alberta: Calgary, Chinook Centre
Calgary, Forest Lawn Shopping Centre
Calgary, Market Mall
Calgary, Shoppes at Shawnessy
Calgary, Signal Hill Centre
Edmonton, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre
Edmonton, Mill Woods Town Centre
Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall
Grande Prairie, Prairie Mall
Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Mall
Red Deer, Bower Place
Sherwood Park, Sherwood Park Mall
St. Albert, and St. Albert Centre.

Three in Saskatchewan: Regina: Northgate Shopping Centre
Saskatoon, The Mall at Lawson Heights
Saskatoon, and Centre at Circle & Eighth.

Three in Manitoba:
Brandon, Shoppers Mall
Winnipeg, Kildonan Place Shopping Centre
Winnipeg, and Southdale Centre.

13 in Ontario: Ancaster, Meadowlands Power Centre
Brampton, Bramalea City Centre
Chatham, Thames Lea Plaza
Hamilton, South Hamilton Square
Hamilton, Queenston Place
Kingston, Cataraqui Town Centre
Kitchener, Laurentian Power Centre
Niagara Falls, -7190 Morrison Street
North Bay, 1899 Algonquin Avenue
Oakville, South Oakville Centre
Oshawa, Five Points Mall
Thunder Bay, Intercity Shopping Centre
Welland, and Seaway Mall.

"LEED is a rigorous leadership standard, and obtaining even a single certification is a significant achievement," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, ceo and founding chair, USGBC. "For Target, securing certification for this portfolio of buildings is truly extraordinary. We congratulate Target and commend it for its demonstrated commitment to creating healthier buildings and communities throughout Canada."

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