EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has installed skylights in about half of its 159 stores — mostly stores that have been built from the ground up — and plans to put them in new stores, said spokesman Brendan Wonnacott.
“From an environmental perspective they help us quite a bit to reduce the amount of [artificial] lighting required during the day, which not only helps with energy costs but creates a more comfortable atmosphere inside the store,” he said.
Benefiting from their location in California, Arizona and Nevada, Fresh & Easy stores equipped with skylights require “no or very little artificial light during a good portion of the day,” he said.
The skylights, from Sunoptics, Sacramento, Calif., are designed to maximize the light while minimizing the heat coming into the store, he said. Fresh & Easy’s stores use 33% less energy than a similarly sized supermarket, he added.
Fresh & Easy Has Skylights in Half of Its Stores