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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands - Stop & Shop, a leading Ahold supermarket chain, opened a new 'low energy' super store in Foxboro, Mass., today.
The low energy superstore project is the result of three years of research and development aimed at reducing the energy usage of a single store by 30%.
The company anticipates a 50% reduction in energy usage for interior and exterior lighting. Features include skylights, dimming controls, state-of-the-art refrigeration systems, and insulation and reflective paint on the roof.
"Energy is a large cost incurred in all of our stores," says Marc Smith, president & CEO Stop & Shop. "By using innovative methods to cut energy use, we drive significant costs out of the business and at the same time reduce our impact on the environment. With over 9,000 Ahold stores around the world, the experience gathered in Massachusetts will positively impact our store operations worldwide in coming years."
The low energy super store project utilizes knowledge tapped from Ahold operating units all over the world. "The first step was to survey experts at our operating companies to find out what methods they've used to improve efficiency," said Smith. "It was important to develop solutions that would be feasible for future introduction into other Ahold companies around the world. Certain innovations from the project are already being incorporated elsewhere."
Ahold's commitment to the low energy super store project is part of a corporate policy to decrease the environmental consequences of energy consumption.