Retailer to stress commitment to environment at new store in former Rogers Brothers Fabric building on Devine Street
Kristy Eppley Rupon, The State
May 20, 2011
A tree unlike any you’ve seen in South Carolina – and probably most of North America – sits in the parking lot of the new Half-Moon Outfitters on Devine Street.
Its trunk and limbs are steel, its roots are concrete and its leaves are large solar panels that will track the sun to help power the retailer’s new store at 2912 Devine St. when it opens in early June.
The structure is part art. But it’s mostly a functional statement about the company’s commitment to the environment, store manager Katie Walsh said. It was designed and built by Fuss and O’Neill engineers, the Stuyck Co. and SunStar Solar.
“Anybody can just slap solar panels up on the roof, and nobody ever sees them,” said Walsh. “We wanted people to really know that this is what we believe in.”
Using solar panels was a “no-brainer,” Walsh said, adding it is just part of what Half-Moon is doing in its renovation of the former Rogers Brothers Fabric building – just a few dozen steps from the outdoor outfitter’s current location.
|Half Moon Outfitters is moving into the old Rogers Brothers Fabric store on Devine Street for a bigger building that they will own and be able to make more environmentally friendly. They now have the only solar tree in North America.
- C. Aluka Berry/caberry@thestate. /The State
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