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ST. LOUIS and ATLANTA - The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company has entered into an agreement with Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson, to improve energy efficiency at 200 grocery stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware.
The stores operate under the A&P, Super Fresh, Waldbaum's, and Super Food Mart brand names. A&P also plans to expand the energy efficiency program to additional stores in the future.
Under the agreement, Emerson technicians will conduct an energy audit and equipment tune-up to improve the operating efficiency of each store's refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, and lighting.
Energy costs for a typical supermarket of 45,000 square feet can range from $150,000 to $200,000 annually, according to Emerson, who says its energy efficiency program, called E-Commissioning, can help a supermarket shave its power usage by 4 to 9 percent.
"This agreement with Emerson is just one of the significant programs we are putting in place to maintain our high quality standards while controlling energy use and costs," said Frank D'Ariano, A&P's vice president of engineering.
Through its Atlanta-based monitoring center, Emerson will also provide continuous remote monitoring of each location's equipment under a two-year contract. Display case temperatures and electrical systems will be monitored around-the-clock to ensure product quality, increase operational efficiency, and enable prompt notification in the event of equipment problems.