Three Poag Shopping Centers in the Atlanta Market Earn GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation
The Avenue East Cobb, The Avenue West Cobb and The Avenue Peachtree City becomes the first centers of their kind in Georgia to receive this certification, underscoring the company’s commitment to safety and cleanliness
The Avenue East Cobb and The Avenue West Cobb in Marietta, GA along with The Avenue Peachtree City in Peachtree City, GA today announced that they each have achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, these premier lifestyle centers will implement the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.
As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that The Avenue East Cobb, The Avenue West Cobb and The Avenue Peachtree City implement best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the retail real estate industry we recognized the need to go above and beyond previously accepted standards and seek out innovative solutions to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the center, said Andrew Moth, Regional General Manager, Poag Shopping Centers. “We are proud that our centers are the among the first shopping centers in the US to receive GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation.”
“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, The Avenue East Cobb, The Avenue West Cobb and The Avenue Peachtree City have each received third-party validation that they follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the center has demonstrated compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.
About The Avenue East Cobb
Managed by Memphis, Tennessee based, Poag Shopping Centers, The Avenue East Cobb is located on Roswell Road in Marietta, GA. Situated 15 miles northwest of Atlanta , the center offers a dynamic mix of premier national retailers, select local merchants, specialty restaurants and health & beauty tenants highlighted by Banana Republic, Sephora, lululemon, Pottery Barn, Bed Bath & Beyond, Drift Oyster House, Barre 3 and much more. For more information, visit www.avenueeastcobb.com.
About The Avenue West Cobb
Managed by Memphis, Tennessee based, Poag Shopping Centers, The Avenue West Cobb is located on Dallas Highway in Marietta, GA. . The center serves the local market with a mix of style and convenience highlighted by Altar’d State, Chico’, White House | Black Market, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. For more information, visit www.avenuewestcobb.com.
About The Avenue Peachtree City
Managed by Memphis, Tennessee based, Poag Shopping Centers, The Avenue Peachtree City sits at the intersection of Georgia Routes 74 and 54 just 30 minutes south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport. The Avenue has a unique outdoor shopping atmosphere that encourages guests to relax and stay awhile. Visitors can enjoy beautiful artwork, a Central Park green space with gazebo, two sparking fountains, patio dining and, premier retailers such as Sephora, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma and much more. For more information, visit www.avenuepeachtreecity.com.
About GBAC, a Division of ISSA
Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.
With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.