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Fresh & Easy and Hill Phoenix collaborate on GreenChill Platinum store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Folsom, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market received the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership’s highest award — Platinum-Level Store Certification — for green refrigeration technology at its new store in Folsom, Calif. It is just the second store in California, and one of just supermarkets in the nation, to achieve platinum certification.

A typical supermarket in the United States uses approximately 3,500 lbs. of refrigerant. By contrast, the new Fresh & Easy store uses just 70 lbs. – a 98% reduction.

“Using new natural refrigerants puts Fresh & Easy on the forefront of sustainability in our industry and ultimately makes these emerging technologies more cost effective for everyone,” said Steve Hagen, director of procurement and engineering at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.

The store utilizes a Second Nature compact chiller system from Hill Phoenix that uses medium-temperature glycol to condense low-temperature CO2. So far, it is the only supermarket in the nation using this type of system, according to Hill Phoenix.

“Fresh & Easy selected a Second Nature Compact Chiller system that effectively eliminates all HFCs from the store’s refrigeration system by using medium temperature glycol to condense the low temperature CO2,” explained Henry Pellerin, director, marketing programs for Hill Phoenix. “This is typically achieved with an HFC refrigerant.”

GreenChill’s Store Certification Program is the only certification program that focuses on greener refrigeration. The program’s chief goal is to reduce refrigerant emissions from supermarkets that damage the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to global warming. A pound of leaked refrigerant can cause more global warming than 2,000 lbs.-4,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide.

Fresh & Easy joined EPA’s GreenChill Partnership in 2009. The company received EPA’s Annual Environmental Achievement Award in 2011 for having the most GreenChill Store Certifications in the nation.

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Mar-28-2013 11:21 am

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Z.Ali says:
Mar-28-2013 11:21 am

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Zara unveils new global concept store on Fifth Avenue

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — Fashion retail Zara, an Inditex brand, on Thursday will officially open its largest U.S. store – on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan – designed with the latest advancements in sustainability.

The new store, in the Tishman Building (666 Fifth Avenue, at the intersection of 52nd Street), features a three-floor layout that reflects an innovative approach to interior design. The shop opens onto Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street with five display windows and a dramatic façade.

In each of the three floors, the store is organized around two long corridors or "catwalks" that lead to intimate boutique-like cubes on each side. Each space showcases a specific collection. The wood furniture is finished in neutral elegant colors and textures reminiscent of fabrics such as linen or silk.

Additionally, the shop includes all of the sustainability features of Inditex’s eco-efficient stores, including:

  • Motion detectors in the storeroom dim the area’s lights by 80% when no one is present. Motion detectors for lighting are also installed in less-transited areas (toilets and back-of-store corridors).
  • The store’s lighting dims to 66% of normal during janitorial and merchandise loading and unloading shifts.
  • The shop is equipped with the most efficient heating and air conditioning on the market thanks to its Variable Refrigerant Volume system.
  • Energy-intensive systems are turned on in a sequential pattern to prevent demand spikes.
  • Thermostats automatically adjust for heating and air conditioning.
  • Electronically-regulated air curtains at store entrances prevent the influx of colder or hotter air from outside.
  • Speed-controlled mechanical escalators.
  • Automatically opening double entrance doors.
  • Wood used in store fittings and furnishings bears the PEFC seal (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), which guarantees that it comes from sustainably, responsibly harvested forests.

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GoldMax plans 100 new stores in 2012

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Schaumburg, Ill. — GoldMax USA, which specializes in buying gold and precious metals from consumers, announced Tuesday that it plans to open up to 100 new stores in the United States in 2012, adding to its current 200+ store total.

The retailer debuted in Texas with the recent opening of two stores in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area, and another two will open in the next 30 to 60 days.

GoldMax opened its first Minnesota store (in Roseville) as well, and is under way with a new store at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

"People of all ages and economic backgrounds are rummaging through their jewelry boxes, closets and drawers, attics or basements and garages looking for unwanted items to sell," said GoldMax co-founder Jordan Sadoff.

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