OPERATIONS

Sainsbury’s store runs on electricity generated from food waste

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Sainsbury’s has entered into a unique arrangement that closes the loop on food recycling. Its store in Cannock, Staffordshire, England, has come off the country’s national power grid for day-to-day electricity consumption and is running on power generated solely from food waste from Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the United Kingdom.

The new power supply was built in partnership with waste recycling company Biffa, and uses Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link up.

Here’s how it works: The waste is collected from Sainsbury’s supermarkets using Sainsbury’s delivery trucks and delivered to Biffa’s plant in Cannock. It is then turned into bio-methane gas, which is then used to generate electricity at the Biffa plant. Electricity is directly supplied to the Cannock supermarket via a newly constructed electricity cable.

Sainsbury’s send zero operational waste to landfill. Any food waste that is unsuitable for charitable donations or animal feed is sent to anaerobic digestion at Biffa to be converted to energy.

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O’Reilly to hit full year expansion target

BY CSA STAFF

O’Reilly Automotive, the nation’s second largest auto parts retailer, said it is on track to open 200 new stores this year after posting its 22nd consecutive quarter of profit growth in excess of 15%.

A balanced mix of same store and organic sales growth enabled O’Reilly to grow sales 8%, to $1.85 billion during the second quarter ended June 30. Same store sales growth of 5.1% was better than the company’s forecast of 2% to 4% growth but below a robust 6.5% increase the prior year. Profits increased 16% to $206 million from $177 million while earnings per share, aided by stock buyback activity, advanced 21% to $1.91 million compared to $1.58.

O’Reilly president and CEO Greg Henslee said the retailer’s impressive and consistent results were driven by an unwavering commitment to providing excellent customer service every day.

In the auto parts world, only AutoZone is larger and operates more stores but O’Reilly is looking to narrow the gap. O’Reilly operates 4,257 stores in 42 states versus AutoZone’s slightly more than 4,900 stores in every state buy Hawaii. Despite AutoZone’s advantage in sheer units, O’Reilly is opening stores rapidly and expanding distribution capacity nationwide to improve access to parts. During the first half of the year, O’Reilly opened 91 new stores and is on track to hit its full year goal of 200 stores along with several DCs.

“Our new distribution center in Naperville, Ill., will begin servicing stores during the third quarter and the relocation of our Lewiston, Me., distribution center to a new, larger facility in Devens, Mass., is on track to be completed by the end of this year,” said Henslee. “The investment in these new facilities enhances our already robust distribution infrastructure and allows us to continue to grow our business by providing the best parts availability in our business."

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Mid-America brings new retailers to River Forest Town Center

BY Staff Writer

River Forest, Ill.— Richard Spinell, principal of Mid-America Asset Management Inc., announced that the firm recently secured three leases at River Forest Town Center in River Forest, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.

Massage Envy, Accelerated Rehabilitation, and Native Foods signed leases at River Forest Town Center. Massage Envy signed on for 3,946 sq. ft. and Accelerated Rehabilitation signed for 3,077 sq. ft. Both tenants are taking half of the former Talbot’s space.

Native Foods signed on for 2,500 sq. ft. and will be taking the space vacated by Qdoba. All three tenants expect to open in fall 2014.

River Forest Town Center is located at the corner of Lake Street and Harlem Avenue in River Forest, Ill. The 145,133-sq.-ft. center is anchored by Whole Foods, Ulta, Petco, Walgreens, and DSW.

Mid-America VP Liz Krebs represented the landlord in the three transactions. Peter Scannell of Mid-America Real Estate Corporation represented Massage Envy. Jack Siragusa of Cushman & Wakefield represented Native Foods. Accelerated Rehabilitation was self-represented.

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