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Kroger Co.’s 500th store has earned the Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy.
The company’s Fry’s Marketplace store, located at West Bell Road and 1-17 in Phoenix, was officially given the EPA label, which denotes it being in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency and performance.
"This accomplishment is very exciting for our company and our associates, because it demonstrates our commitment to energy reduction," said Keith Oliver, Kroger's VP of facility engineering. "Energy management remains a vital part of our sustainability work, and we are proud to partner with Energy Star to improve today to protect tomorrow."
Kroger is well known for its energy-efficient practices, including the use of LED lights, skylights and control systems, as well as engaging stores associates in energy savings initiatives. Kroger has reduced its average store electricity usage by more than 34.3 percent since 2000, according to the company.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.