Kohl’s, Walmart, Whole Foods, Starbucks and Staples among nation’s leading green power purchasers
New York City — Kohl’s Department Stores and Walmart rank among the nation’s top purchasers of power according to the EPA’s most recent Green Power Partnership report. Kohl’s placed second in the ranking, while Walmart came in at third, followed by Whole Foods Market. Intel Corp. maintained its long-held top spot. Other retailers in the top 10 included Starbucks (No. 7) and Staples (No.9).
The Walmart ranking is particularly noteworthy in that it based only on the chain’s Texas and California facilities. According to the EPA’s data, Walmart’s facilities in the two states use 872,382,088 kWh of green power a year, or 28% of their total electricity use.
Walmart has a long-term goal of being supplied by 100% renewable energy. The chain said it will use its success in Texas and California as a model for its larger operations.
Walmart’s purchases of wind energy in Texas provide up to 15% of the total energy for more than 360 outlets in that state. The electricity comes from a Duke Energy wind farm in Notrees, Texas, which produces about 226 million kWh a year.
In California Walmart plans to expand its solar portfolio to more than 130 rooftops, comprising 75% of its stores, by the end of 2013.
Bottom Dollar to open seven more stores in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets
Salisbury, N.C. — Bottom Dollar Food will open an additional seven stores in the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets on Feb. 9
The discount grocer opened its first seven stores in the greater Pittsburgh area on Jan. 26.
Coldwater Creek names new COO
Sandpoint, Idaho — Coldwater Creek Inc. has promoted Jim Bell to the newly created position of executive VP and COO. He will oversee the retailer’s information technology systems, real estate, distribution and logistics, planning and allocation, and finance.
Bell is currently the company’s chief financial officer, and will continue to fill that role in his new job, the company said Thursday.