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Thrifty Foods' New Energy Efficient Glass Doors Power Up to 23 Homes

July 22, 2011
Ongoing Commitment to Greener Aisles Saves Millions Each Year

Victoria, BC, July 22, 2011 -Thrifty Foods installed brand new energy efficient glass dairy doors at the Cloverdale location as part of a pilot project designed to upgrade each store's refrigeration systems with energy efficient features. The new dairy case doors at the Cloverdale location will save enough energy (250,000 kWh/yr) to power 23 homes and reduce the overall CO2 impact on the environment by the equivalent of 1.1 acres of forest. The pilot is part of a larger corporate initiative to reduce Thrifty Foods' overall energy consumption by 13 per cent by 2013.

"As an organization, we are always on the lookout for ways to minimize our impact on the environment," said Jim Dores, President of Thrifty Foods. "The new doors, alongside last year's renovations and four new store developments, have saved the equivalent of 6,000,000 kWh/yr (545 homes) of energy and reduced our carbon emissions by the equivalent of 88 acres of carbon-absorbing forest."

During the past year, Thrifty Foods emissions-reduction efforts have focused on improving the energy efficiency at all stores, the three food distribution centers, and the 20,000 square foot food production facility, Thrifty Kitchens. Sustainable best practices and LEED-inspired features will also be an integral part of the design of the company's new stores, including those in New Westminster (2011), Maple Ridge and Courtenay (2012) - as well as the new 150,000-square-foot distribution centre at the Victoria International Airport (2013).

"Beyond this pilot project, Thrifty Foods has also incorporated other energy efficiency measures into our stores," said Jerry Wyshnowsky, Thrifty Foods Director of Energy and Environment."To date, seventeen stores, with five more planned for 2011, are now able to transfer waste heat from the refrigeration systems to heat water and warm other areas of the building."

Participating in BC Hydro's Outreach Energy Managers Pilot Program, Thrifty Foods Energy Manager is focussed on helping all thirty Thrifty Foods locations achieve energy savings in an organized and sustained manner. As a PowerSmart partner, Thrifty Foods continues to develop programs to engage and educate employees and customers - with the overall goal to reduce consumption, promote conservation, and raise environmental awareness both at work and at home.

From the installation of digital energy consumption monitors in stores to the roll out of electric car charging stations on site to the replacement of outdated lighting systems with new high efficiency light fixtures (the upgrade to two warehouses alone will save 500,000 kWh/year), Thrifty Foods is dedicated to providing our staff and customers with greener aisles. Additional Thrifty Foods green aisle facts can be found at

One of the largest private sector employers in British Columbia, Thrifty Foods is an operating division of Sobeys Inc., a national grocery retailer and food distributor headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Price Chopper and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawtons Drug Stores. Sobeys Inc. is committed to providing the most worthwhile experience for its customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers and shareholders. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at


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Erin Kelly, Communications Manager
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1690 Cell: (250) 661-3759