ABCO'S CASE FOR ENERGY STRATEGY: 'AIRTIGHT'

PHOENIX -- Abco Foods' new prototype store here, a 42,000-square-foot facility with a sales environment that's virtually airtight, will serve as the energy efficiency model for new stores.The retailer anticipates the new store will consume less energy than its smaller format stores, thanks to an array of energy initiatives ranging from lighting and cooling to a climate control tactic called "neutralization."Neil

PHOENIX -- Abco Foods' new prototype store here, a 42,000-square-foot facility with a sales environment that's virtually airtight, will serve as the energy efficiency model for new stores.

The retailer anticipates the new store will consume less energy than its smaller format stores, thanks to an array of energy initiatives ranging from lighting and cooling to a climate control tactic called "neutralization."

Neil True, vice president of store development, said the 71-store ch

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