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Meijer goes all in on LED lighting

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Meijer is transitioning to LED lighting chainwide.

Coinciding with its ongoing effort to increase its sustainability initiatives, Meijer will upgrade all of its stores’ interior lighting to LED by 2021. The transition will affect all Meijer locations across the retailer’s six-state footprint.

Through a partnering with GE, Cooper and Phillips, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based family-owned retailer plans to use LED lights for ceiling and spotlight illumination. The lights are 70% more efficient, improve lighting quality, and have a lifespan more than twice that of traditional lighting.

The project launched in June across more than 100 stores in Michigan. The retailer will phase in other Meijer locations state-by-state, so the stores can remain open during the installation process, according to the company.

Meijer began its LED journey in 2013, when it introduced its first all-LED lit store in Beavercreek, Ohio.

“Our Beavercreek location served as a great test that led us down the path to planning a full-chain transition across our six-state footprint,” said Rick Keyes, president & CEO of Meijer. “The lighting quality made possible by LEDs enhances the shopping experience for our customers and the work environment for team members, while significantly decreasing energy usage.”

The project builds upon other sustainability efforts, including initiatives that have decreased energy usage in stores by 25% per square foot. In addition, all Meijer stores are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

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