THE NEW WORLD OF INDEPENDENCE

GARDEN HOME, Ore. -- As far as its customers can see, the renovation of Lamb's Thriftway Marketplace here was a return to a small-town past, with vintage cast-iron street lamps inside the store contributing to the home-town atmosphere.Behind the scenes, however, the renovation allowed the independent retailer to make the store's energy systems as up-to-date as possible. While the renovation nearly

GARDEN HOME, Ore. -- As far as its customers can see, the renovation of Lamb's Thriftway Marketplace here was a return to a small-town past, with vintage cast-iron street lamps inside the store contributing to the home-town atmosphere.

Behind the scenes, however, the renovation allowed the independent retailer to make the store's energy systems as up-to-date as possible. While the renovation nearly doubled the store's square footage, increasing it from 27,000 square feet to 50,000 squ

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