ENERGY/HVAC

Convenience store giant wins energy efficiency award

BY Marianne Wilson

7-Eleven is being honored for its commitment to reducing energy.

The Alliance to Save Energy has awarded 7-Eleven with the Alliance to Save Energy "Built Environment" award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its stores.

7-Eleven has successfully decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21% over the past seven years through installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units.

"As the convenience retail leader, we're proud to be setting an example in maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO. "Over the past seven years, we've invested in capital improvements in our stores saving 458,000 megawatt hours each year and reducing our energy footprint. This is good for the environment, and it's good for our bottom line. We're committed to continuing this work, and we're honored to accept this award from the Alliance to Save Energy."

Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America.

The Alliance to Save Energy is in its 25th year of recognizing innovators in the energy efficiency field and reward the hard work of those dedicated to saving energy.

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Slideshow: TJX’s new U.S. concept opens

BY Marianne Wilson

TJX Companies has taken the wraps off its newest U.S. retail format, Homesense, which debuted at Shopper's World plaza in Framingham, Mass.

The new concept, which TJX has described as a complement to its Home Goods format, has expanded departments for large-scale furniture, lighting and art. It also features new departments, including a general store.

Three additional Homesense stores are planned by the end of 2017, with locations in East Hanover, N.J., Ocean Township, N.J., and Westwood, Mass.

To see a slideshow of the store, click here.

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Milestone store opening for Dollar General

BY Marianne Wilson

Dollar General is celebrating an important milestone.

The discounter has opened its 14,000th retail location. The store is located in Dauphin, Pa.

“Dollar General is excited to celebrate our company’s continued growth by celebrating our 14,000th store grand opening today,” said Todd Vasos, CEO, Dollar General. “For nearly 80 years, Dollar General has continually been focused on delivering everyday low prices, convenience and value to the communities we serve."

Dollar General employs approximately 5,700 employees in Pennsylvania through approximately 625 stores and its distribution center in Bethel (Berks County).

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