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ShopRite’s Hatfield, Pa. store has been awarded the GreenChill Gold Certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an award which recognizes food retailers that have implemented sustainable cooling systems, thereby reducing refrigerant emissions and decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
The EPA’s goal in creating this award is to encourage retailers to act as partners to transition their stores to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, eliminate environmentally and financially costly refrigerant leaks and to adopt green refrigeration technologies and other environmental practices.
The ShopRite of Hatfield Pointe boasts a sustainable refrigeration system that is the first of its kind to be installed in the state of Pennsylvania and one of only 32 operating systems in the country. This particular system uses carbon dioxide and glycol rather than ozone-depleting refrigerants. The substances are virtually leak proof, thereby creating a safer and more cost-effective system.
“We are honored to be selected with other environmentally-conscious retailers to accept this prestigious award,” said Jim Madanci, operations director for KTM II Supermarkets, LLC, which owns and operates the Hatfield Pointe ShopRite. “ShopRite has a deep-rooted investment in environmentally-friendly practices and we are grateful to be recognized as an EPA partner. We will continue to improve our environmental efforts in all our stores.”
Operated by the Miller family, KTM II Supermarkets is comprised of Joseph and Mary Miller, their daughters Kathi Miller-Madanci, Theresa Miller Sheeler, Maggie Miller, and sons-in-law Jim Madanci and Kevin Sheeler. The Miller family also owns and operates the ShopRite of West Chester, Pa.
ShopRite has long been committed to sustainability in its stores. Not surprisingly, the ShopRite of Hatfield Pointe has many other “green” features, including energy-efficient store lighting in the form of LED lamps and T-8 bulbs, frozen and dairy display cases equipped with energy-efficient doors, as well as water-conserving forced-air meat and seafood display cases. Together, these features conserve energy and costs to allow an environmentally responsible shopping experience for customers.
ShopRite is part of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, N.J. and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 240 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week.