STORE SPACES

Kroger makes solar panel debut at two Smith’s stores

BY Staff Writer

Albuquerque, N.M. — Kroger Co. said Tuesday that its Smith’s Food & Drug Stores division has completed the installation of photovoltaic energy panels at two Albuquerque, N.M. stores.

The solar energy output from these two store systems is 320,000 kWh, eliminating the need for that amount of energy from fossil fuel sources. It is estimated this energy savings would heat and cool 30 homes in New Mexico for one year; is the equivalent of planting 57 acres of trees; or removing 40 cars from the road.

"We have done a lot of work over the last several years to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations," said Rodney McMullen, president and COO, Kroger. "Today, we are proud to unveil Kroger’s first operational solar energy project.”

Smith’s was selected to be among the first Kroger division stores to install photovoltaic panels because of New Mexico’s favorable sunny climate and the economic incentives offered by energy provider PNM towards installation of renewable energy sources. Affordable Solar, based in Albuquerque, designed and installed the panels. Kroger is also developing photovoltaic systems in stores located in Wilsonville, Ore. (Fred Meyer) and Cincinnati (Kroger).

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RadioShack names new CFO

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Fort Worth, Texas — RadioShack Corp. said Monday it has appointed Dorvin D. Lively as executive VP, CFO and chief administrative officer, effective immediately.

Lively joins RadioShack from Ace Hardware Corp., where he was most recently executive VP and CFO.

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Cosi teams with WAND for digital menu boards

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Eden Prairie, Minn. — Restaurant chain Cosi said Monday it has selected WAND Corp. as its exclusive vendor for all digital menu board technology. Cosi said it plans to install the WAND Digital Menu Board system in all new and remodeled corporate restaurants and will encourage its franchisees to follow suit.

"We see digital menu boards as a natural progression in the development of the Cosi brand," said James Hyatt, CEO, Cosi. "The flexibility and efficiency of digital menu board technology will allow us to further enhance the guest experience."

WAND’s Digital Restaurant solution includes indoor/outdoor Digital Menu Boards, Point Of Purchase Boards, and Order Confirmation Displays.

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