Grand Rapids, Mich. — As part of a $50 million extensive remodeling project for four supercenters in the Dayton, Ohio, market, Meijer’s Beavercreek, Ohio, store is the company’s first to feature all-LED lighting, saving more than a half million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.
The GE LEDs being used inside the store are 30% more efficient and have a lifespan that is 50% longer than traditional lighting. Additionally, GE’s exterior lighting is 70% more efficient than lighting typically used in retail settings. In total, the all-LED lighting system will save an estimated 600,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
“Our remodeling project at our Beavercreek store is a great opportunity for us to pilot a new approach to the lighting we use inside and outside of our stores,” says Mitch Boucher, Meijer’s engineering and construction director. “We look forward to the newer technology reducing both energy usage as well as required maintenance for the store.”
Boucher said that LED fixtures will be used in all interior and exterior lighting, including all ceiling illumination, refrigeration and delicatessen cases, and parking lot fixtures. The Beavercreek supercenter is considered a test store for this high-tech lighting and could be used as a model for future construction.
“This all-LED installation showcases Meijer’s commitment to energy-saving solutions and the value that lighting drives in store operations,” says Erin Dillard, general manager of strategic accounts at Current, powered by GE. “The Beavercreek store will be a true proof point for LED energy and maintenance savings and one Meijer will be able to learn from and scale across other locations.”
Work on the Beavercreek and three other Dayton-area stores began in April, and is being completed in multiple phases so the stores can remain open during the construction process. The project is slated to be completed in early November and will provide each store with a new facade, remodeled gas station and drive-thru pharmacy. The remodeled supercenters will also boast wider aisles and enhanced floor plans to allow for expanded selections in departments throughout the store. All four supercenters are being remodeled to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 222 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.