Meijer Inc. is a regional American supercenter chain with its corporate headquarters in Walker, Michigan, in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. Keeping in mind the promotion of more efficient energy use, Meijer intends to switch the interior lighting of all its stores to LED by 2021. The Mich.-based chain said the four-year project began last month at its 100-plus stores in Michigan. The installation of LEDs in the remaining stores will be carried on in phases so that they continue to be open during upgrade.
Meijer operates more than 240 supercenters and grocery stores across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The big move of replacement of conventional to LEDs is expected to cut down on the electrical power use of its store lighting by as much as 50% annually. The LEDs are going to be supplied by GE, Cooper and Phillips that will replace all in-store interior lighting, including ceiling and spotlight illumination.
“Our Beavercreek location served as a great test that led us down the path to planning a full-chain transition across our six-state footprint,” said President and CEO Rick Keyes. “The lighting quality made possible by LEDs enhances the shopping experience for our customers and the work environment for team members while significantly decreasing energy usage.”
Meijer increased its expanse in its selection of energy-efficient light bulbs by joining hands with GE Lighting to renovate and expand its retail lighting aisle in the year, 2014. GE Lighting used the platform to launch its new line of LED bulbs and worked with Meijer to educate consumers about LED technology as the industry phased out incandescent bulbs.