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Rite Aid names group VP of construction

BY CSA STAFF

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed David Kelly as group VP construction, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Kelly, who has worked in real estate and development for more than 25 years, will start work May 31 and will have overall responsibility for all store planning and construction services, in addition to having a role in various segmentation initiatives such as Wellness stores, value stores and co-branded Save-A-Lot Rite Aid stores, reporting directly SVP, CFO and chief administrative officer Frank Vitrano.

“David brings over 25 years of vast development and real estate expertise to Rite Aid,” Vitrano said in a statement. “His proven ability and experience with a diverse portfolio of retail projects will be a valuable asset t the company, especially as we continue to implement and grow our segmentation strategies.”

Most recently, Kelly was SVP real estate and development for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. supermarket chain, also known as A&P. He began his retail career in 1987 as a construction project manager for Pathmark Stores, a supermarket chain operating in the Northeast.

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J.C. Penney to increase Energy Star certifications to 400 stores

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Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney Co. announced Thursday that it will up its participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program to 400 stores by the end of 2013. Energy Star certification is awarded to buildings that rank within the top 25% of similar commercial buildings nationwide by meeting strict energy performance levels set by the EPA.

J.C. Penney has a companywide goal to reduce facility energy use 20% by 2015.

"We’ve made strong progress toward our 2015 energy reduction target and now we’re taking our energy conservation efforts to the next level by doubling our Energy Star commitment from 200 to 400 certified stores by encouraging greater associate involvement and investing in energy efficiency improvements," said Mike Theilmann, group executive VP.

Improvements planned for 2011 include lighting retrofits for 240 stores, installation of 45,000 energy efficient LED accent lamps and expanding its advanced metering technologies to 165 facilities, which provides daily reports of electricity usage to help identify opportunities for substantial savings.

Last year, the company invested more than $12 million in the installation of high-efficiency lighting, advanced metering technologies as well as HVAC systems throughout its stores and supply chain units.

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Golden Corral eateries cut energy with E2America’s HVAC controls

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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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