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GNC upgrading store with LEDs

BY Marianne Wilson

Satellite Beach, Fla. — General Nutrition Centers has installed high performance, energy efficient LED bulbs from Lighting Science Group bulbs at select corporate-owned locations.

The Energy Star-approved LEDs are 80% more efficient than the halogen bulbs they replaced, are fully dimmable and have about 50% light output than competing products, according to the company.

“When considering lighting features that may affect general health, such as flicker, hum, burnout, heat and toxic materials, LEDs come out ahead of the incandescent, halogen and fluorescent fixtures, every time.” said Tom Dowd, GNC’s executive VP, chief merchandising officer and general manager, Pittsburgh.

In addition to lower energy bills, each upgraded GNC will also save money on maintenance and cooling cost, since the LEDs will last 50,000 hours and give off very little heat. GNC estimates that the lighting upgrade will be pay for itself in one to two years — with energy and maintenance savings continuing to shave costs from the retail chain’s bottom line going forward.

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Safeway undertakes major store renovation project in San Francisco area

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Safeway is embarking on an extensive renovation project to build or extensively revamp 13 stores in the Bay Area, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The company is moving into three former Mervyn’s department stores at shopping centers in Pleasant Hill, Campbell and Petaluma.

To read the story, go to sacbee.com/2011/08/03/3814684/safeway-to-revamp-build-stores.html

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HEB, Walmart and Denny’s to host electrical vehicle charging stations

BY Marianne Wilson

Austin — H-E-B, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Denny’s are among the companies that will host some 103 electric vehicle charging stations in Austin, Texas., allowing customers to plug in while they shop. The stations are part of Utility Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere network.

The charging stations are available for use by everyone with an electric vehicle. Austin Energy offers a $25 six-month subscription swipe card for unlimited charging at any network location. Otherwise, a credit card can be used for $2 per hour of charging.

“H-E-B is thrilled to be a part of the Plug-In EVerywhere program and continue to lead the way in green practices by helping to provide electric vehicle charging stations in Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere network,” said Leslie Sweet, H-E-B director of public affairs. “The Plug-in EVerywhere initiative will further extend H-E-B’s commitment to sustainability by providing charging stations in well-lit, safe locations at our stores that are easily accessible for the community’s use.”

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