L.L.Bean will celebrate the the grand opening of its newest green store at the Colonie Center， Albany， New York， on Friday， September 14. The Albany store - its first in New York - is the eighth store outside of Maine the company has opened as part of an initiative to expand its brick and mortar retail business.
L.L.Bean’s new store is approximately 30，000 square feet and built to U.S. Green Building Council‘s LEED standards. The store incorporates environmentally friendly building materials and fixtures， and utilizes systems and technology to increase energy efficiency， thereby reducing the store’s environmental footprint. It will employ approximately 125 people and offer a selection of high-quality outdoor apparel and gear including hiking， fly- fishing， kayaking， biking and camping products.
“L.L.Bean has a strong commitment to protecting and preserving outdoor spaces. Because of this commitment， it is important for the company to create a sustainable retail environment for our customers，” said Ken Kacere， Senior Vice President and General Manager of Retail. “With the opening of the Albany Store， L.L. Bean is excited to offer a broad range of recreational products， more hands on opportunities with our Outdoor Discovery Schools， and a strong connection to local conservation and recreation organizations that serve this community.”
Regarding the grand opening， L.L.Bean will give away gift cards -- worth up to $500 -- to the first 200 customers and signed Maine storybooks to the first 100 kids on Friday， September 14th. Expert instructors from L.L.Bean‘s Outdoor Discovery Schools will be offering free clinics， demonstrations and L.L.Bean’s popular fly- casting Walk-On Adventures. Other grand opening activities include The Weather Channel‘s interactive weather wall， an opportunity to register-to-win a ski vaCATion to Mount Snow Ski Resort in Vermont， Fun with Bugs with the Albany Pine Bush Preserve， and Butterfly Exploration with Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum.
在9月14日星期五的开业典礼中，L.L.Bean将对前200名顾客赠送价值高达500元的礼品券，并对前100个儿童赠送故事书。届时，来自L.L.Bean户外探险学校的专家导师将为顾客提供免费的诊疗示范以及开展L.L.Bean最受欢迎的fly- casting Walk-On Adventures活动。其他活动内容还包括The Weather Channel的interactive weather wall，登记后还有获得去佛蒙特州滑雪场度假的机会等等。
The store will remain open 24 hours a day during the weekend long EVENT. Night-owl shoppers will be treated to refreshments， live music and giveaways after midnight on Friday and Saturday.