STORE SPACES

Golden Corral eateries cut energy with E2America’s HVAC controls

BY CSA STAFF

Wilmington, N.C. — Efficient Energy America (E2America) announced that Platinum Corral, a multi-state franchise operator of Golden Corral restaurants, has signed an agreement to install the supplier’s intelligent heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control system in all 30 of its stores.

The automated, self-refining, wireless retrofit system will allow Platinum Corral to reduce both gas and electricity costs, usage and carbon emissions, the company said. Platinum Corral expects to lower its electricity costs by as much as $252,000, annually.

Platinum Corral’s previous energy initiatives included scheduled and preventative maintenance on HVAC compressors. But the company said it was not seeing significant savings, and was typically paying about $9,000 per store per month for gas and electricity.

Initially, the HVAC control system was installed in five Golden Corral restaurants whose electricity bills decreased by as much as $700 per store each month following the implementation.

"It took us a very short period of time to see the benefits in the five initial stores, and to realize how much more we could be saving by implementing E2America’s system in all 30 of our restaurants,” said Billy Sewell, president of Platinum Corral. “What’s more, managers in the first five stores have reported that the temperature consistently feels more balanced, and therefore much more comfortable for our staff and guests."

E2America worked with Platinum Corral’s utility providers to ensure that the company was able to take advantage of incentive programs offered to businesses that implement energy efficiency measures. Platinum Corral expects to qualify for a $5,000 to $8,000 electricity company rebate per store for installing the E2America technology. Additionally, federal legislation changes regarding capital expenditures and accelerated depreciation allow Platinum Corral to write off 100% of the remaining balance on its 2011 tax returns. This reduces the effective ROI to less than eight months.

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REAL ESTATE

KFC opens eco-friendly restaurant in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis — KFC is looking to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its newest restaurant in Indianapolis. The building is designed to use 25% less energy and water than a conventional KFC restaurant. It features energy-efficient cooking equipment, LED lighting, locally sourced building materials, recycling for cooking oil and plastics, fixtures designed for lower water use, and parking preference for hybrid vehicles.

“The restaurant is part of KFC’s E3 initiative, which seeks economically responsible ways of saving energy and being environmentally aware,” said Roger McClendon, chief sustainability officer for parent company Yum! Brands.

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OPERATIONS

C-store chain GasAmerica deploys JobApp Network to improve hiring

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — Convenience-store operator GasAmerica is utilizing JobApp Network’s automated hiring management solution for c-stores. Following a phased approach, the Indiana-based chain has now completed rolling out the solution to all of its 86 locations.

According to GasAmerica, hiring success starts with JobApp, which makes it easy for people to apply around the clock.

“There is competition for applicants,” said Jim Haddock, COO of GasAmerica. “By allowing people to apply from their phone or the web, we make it easier to apply with us rather than our competitors.”

After building the talent pool, the chain is able to identify the top 20% of their applicants immediately.

“This simple-to-use prescreening ensures that we are only interviewing candidates that meet our requirements and can excel in the stores,” Haddock added.

At the store level, the solution is allowing GasAmerica general managers to get ahead of the hiring curve.

“Before JobApp it was hard to catch-up on hiring. Our store is now completely staffed with better than ever employees and if someone leaves, we have a queue of prescreened candidates to call,” stated Corey Barry, store manager of a GasAmerica location in Greenfield, Ind.

JobApp also offers integrated background checks and a paperless onboarding solution. It includes seamlessly integrated electronic I-9 management with over 150 built-in compliance rules, optional E-Verify integration, electronic forms management, Work Opportunity Tax Credit forms management and EEO/OFCCP Reporting, as well as payroll/HRIS integration.

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