Weis Markets cuts down refrigerant emissions
An innovative refrigerant system is one of key eco-friendly features of a new Weis Market.
The regional grocer’s new store in Randolph, N.J., store has received a platinum level GreenChill certification from the Environmental Protection Agency for reducing in-store refrigerant usage. It is Weis’ first location to utilize a transcritical CO2 refrigerant system.
The system helps the store avoid annual refrigerant emissions equivalent to an estimated 673 tons of carbon dioxide versus using traditional refrigerants, which have a significantly higher global warming potential. Weiss now has 11 GreenChill certified stores. (GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.)
“Over the past decade, we have steadily upgraded our in-store sustainability program which has helped us reduce our company’s overall carbon footprint by 20%,” said R. Kevin Small, VP, construction and store development, Weis Markets, which operates over 200 stores. “Working with GreenChill has been a key part of our program. This GreenChill certification also highlights the contributions of our store and development associates who help us implement and monitor our program to reduce refrigerant usage.”
The Randolph store’s other sustainable features include:
• demand response programs to reduce power load during peak days and the store’s load on the power grid;
• LED lighting which reduces energy usage and has lower maintenance costs;
• low-flow devices to support water conservation efforts;
• enclosed refrigeration cases to reduce energy use; and
• polished concrete floors, which do not require chemical cleaning solvents.
More information on Weis Markets’ sustainability program can be found in its report: Weis Sustainability 2017: Together We Make a Difference.
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Wayfair to open first-ever physical stores
Wayfair is trying out brick-and-mortar for the holiday season.
The online home furnishings retailer will open two holiday pop-up shops on Nov. 1, at Natick Mall in Natick, Massachusetts, and Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. The temporary locations will be Wayfair’s first foray into physical retail. (The company is planning to open an outlet store by early 2019 in Florence, Kentucky, near its distribution center in Erlanger, Kentucky. It will sell returns and close-outs in good condition.)
“We are bringing the Wayfair brand directly to shoppers in a completely new format this holiday season,” said Ed Macri, chief product and marketing officer, Wayfair. “Building on the success of our television advertising and direct mail, this pop-up experience is yet another way we are deepening engagement with customers beyond our online presence.”
Wayfair customer service and home design experts will be available on site to answer questions, recommend products and introduce shoppers to new home solutions, including Wayfair’s online e-design platform. The stores will feature a “how-to” station where customers can also learn how to tackle home improvement projects and browse more than 100 fabric swatches to create custom furniture.
Shoppers will also be able to browse Wayfair’s extensive online selection, place orders for next-day or two-day delivery, and purchase Wayfair gift cards. A curated selection of tabletop and housewares items will be available on site for purchase.
“For the first time ever, shoppers will be able to step into the world of Wayfair,” added Macri. “We’re excited to connect with shoppers face-to-face and introduce them to the endless possibilities in shopping for home.
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