City Furniture goes green in store expansion move

Heath E. Combs, June 13, 2012

This dramaticThis dramatic 27-foot-high central atrium was built as part of a second story addition to City Furniture’s Dadeland, Fla., store location.
MIAMI - City Furniture has opened the first part of a five store expansion that includes sustainable building initiatives as a major part of the design.
     The $3.5 million makeover in Dadeland, Fla., doubled the size of the store and is on track to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, a press release said.
     An effort to obtain the sustainable certification by the USGBC, which usually takes several months after a building is completed, is ongoing.
     City Furniture is in the process of a $17.5 million, five-store expansion and renovation that will give the Top 100 retailer two more Ashley Furniture HomeStores and nearly 100,000 square feet of additional space. Each store in the project will be built to achieve LEED certification.
     City says Dadeland is its highest performing store per square foot. It was built as a Waterbed City location in 1992.
     The now 28,556-square-foot showroom added a second floor and City has hired another 25 employees for the store. The retailer plans to add about 60 more employees by early 2013 as part of its expansion plans.
     The new store design features many innovative energy-efficient features, including reclaimed wood paneling and walls made of recycled Italian stone.
     Other features include interiors with high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and eco-friendly paints, coatings, adhesives, carpet and flooring. Exteriors feature LED lighting.
     City Furniture operates 14 City stores and nine Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in south Florida.

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