Awnings Leader to Showcase their Innovative Commercial Shade Products to Retailers at RECon 2012

Academy Inc. of Los Angeles will be attending the 2012 Global Retail Real Estate Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 20-22.

Online PR News – 25-May-2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles, CA, 21 May 2012 : LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Academy Inc., a California commercial awning company with retail clients spanning the U.S. and the globe, today announced its attendance at the 2012 Global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada May 20-22.

Academy brings to the convention more than 100 years in awning design and manufacturing with expertise in the innovative use of lightweight yet durable materials such as fabric, steel, and aluminum for storefront awnings. Whether designing shade structures for a retailer’s sidewalk sale, off-site company picnic, or participating in a Little League-sponsored baseball game, our fabric and metal structures provide retailers critical extra space to display, promote, and sell their merchandise. Awnings and shade structures extend a retail establishment’s usable outdoor space, and does so on time and on budget. No matter the size, shape, color scheme or material used, all products can be custom made to order and delivered nationwide.

“With summer fast approaching and store patrons getting that ‘outdoor itch,’ shade structures and awnings are an ideal way customers can have the best of both worlds – continuing to shop and browse for products they need, but doing so in a cool, outside setting,” said Jim Richman, Academy’s CEO and founder. “Nothing promotes your business quite like the time-weathered importance of ‘stage presence.’ A sidewalk filled with shoppers looking at, sampling, touching and trying on products – all in view of other pedestrians, sends a strong message that your business is the place to shop.”

Designing top quality work comes down to a dedicated staff with the ability to weld the metal of our awnings and shade structures to retailers’ needs. It also comes down to a little science as all of our work begins with the most advanced computer aided drafting and rendering, (CAD), employs radio frequency welding on fabrics and uses double needle seams on woven fabrics, among other design advantages. This allows our fixed and retractable awnings to be durable, yet cost effective, visually pleasing and detailed when required, but deceptively simple to disassemble when conditions warrant. Whether a sidewalk extension or a colorful window overhang designed to compliment backlit or standard commercial signage, Academy offers the highest quality with the broadest selection.

Combined with our reliance on state-of-the-art computer rendering and you’ll begin to see how our signature craftsmanship equals revenue and a healthy return on investment. Studies show that properly placed awnings can reduce a building’s energy needs by approximately 30%. Meanwhile additional shade structures placed over windows can further shield indoor environments from a hot sun, which can consumer up to 20% of a retail establishment’s air conditioning costs.

With aesthetic and savings benefits like that, it’s no wonder the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the LA Dodgers both chose Academy as their go-to installation source. With downtown LA and its surrounding cities averaging nearly 300 sunny days a year, neither of these two impressive franchises are strangers to a brilliant, but bullying sun. Sometimes you just need a little shade to take the edge off.”

But it’s not just professional sports teams that are basking in our – shade. Maree Elana Arenas, a Facilities Service Manager from Starbucks, the more than 9000-strong coffee shop chain, had only praise for Academy’s work upon returning from a recent vacation.

“I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your great workmanship,” she said. “I had every confidence this project was in good hands while I was gone. Thank you for making me look good!”

RECon, or the Global Retail Real Estate Convention, sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) trade association, has grown to become the world's largest gathering of retail real estate professionals and provides the opportunity to network, make deals and learn from industry experts, attracting some 30,000 attendees. The year the combination tradeshow/conference adds several new events including: the Marketplace Mall, Cities of the World Pavilion and a Student Program. ICSC boasts 50,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 80 other countries and includes shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials.

About Academy Inc.

Academy Inc. is a Los Angeles based company with more than 100 years of industry experience in custom manufacturing and installation of commercial awnings, canopies, cabanas, and a variety of shade structures. They are a fully licensed and insured organization which has earned a reputation for blending quality products with excellent customer service. Operating from a 30,000 square foot facility, Academy Inc. employs a knowledgeable staff, who are equipped to produce custom designed store front awnings, and awnings to suit their clients' requirements.

Contact Information

Academy Inc.
2510 Malt Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Phone: 800-422-9646
Fax: 323-721-2924