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Wal-Mart Working on Conservation

The foundation for Wal-Mart's new experimental store in Aurora, Colo., makes use of over 500 tons of Denver Stapleton Airport's runway, crushed up and recycled.

The goals of the new experimental store — and another that opened this past summer in McKinney, Texas — are to reduce the amount of energy and natural resources required to operate and maintain the stores, reduce the amount of raw materials needed to construct the facility, and substitute, when appropriate, renewable materials.

ShopKo Selling Reno Stores

ShopKo Stores, Inc. has sold its two units in Reno, Nev., to a San Francisco, Calif.-based entity comprised of SPI Holdings, LLC and Retail West Inc., citing economics and changes in the Reno retail market as reasons for the closings.

The stores will operate through the holiday season and be closed early in 2006.

Sears Looks to Expand E-Commerce

Sears has boosted its contract with a fulfillment supplier to expand its online product selection without taking on new inventory.

The deal, with CommerceHub, will also help Sears more easily add new suppliers to the system and streamline the fulfillment process for online orders through a Drop-Ship Master application suite, according to the companies.

Garnet Hill Partners With Trans-Ocean

Garnet Hill has entered into a licensing partnership with Trans-Ocean — a rug manufacturer.

The Garnet Hill Rug Collection made its debut in the Trans-Ocean showroom at the October High Point Market. The rugs will be distributed in department stores and specialty boutiques nationwide.

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