On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, JTM Corporation opened their newest store at 2424 Woodruff Farm Road, Columbus, GA. The company, which is owned by the Milligan family and based in Phenix City, AL, owns and operates 19 stores around the Columbus-Phenix City area.
JTM teamed up with Kysor/Warren, a division of Heatcraft Worldwide, to install a hybrid ammonia/carbon dioxide refrigeration system which earned an EPA Platinum GreenChill Certification, the highest level certification available in the US for environmentally-friendly refrigeration systems. There are currently only 8 other grocery stores in the United States that have attained this level of certification, and just one other in the state of Georgia. The facility also utilizes LED lighting fixtures throughout the store, which are controlled by a smart system which uses motion detectors and ambient light sensors to balance with the natural light coming in through the skylights. All of the upright refrigerated cases have doors for additional energy efficiency.
"Piggly Wiggly's commitment to achieve GreenChill certification standards for its new store proves that the company is serious about its role in protecting the ozone layer and preventing climate change," said Tom Land, manager of the Washington, D.C.-based EPA GreenChill Partnership, which works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. "It is important that companies understand that helping the environment has become the business model of the future."
According to the EPA, a typical supermarket leaks about 1,000 pounds of harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere annually. GreenChill Platinum-certified stores reduce those emissions by at least 95 percent. The new Piggly Wiggly store exceeds even those standards, with annual emissions of only a fraction of 1 percent compared to a store using traditional hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as a refrigerant.
The 35,763 square foot facility opened to a large crowd of excited shoppers who expressed their appreciation for the new store in their neighborhood. This part of the city has not had a major grocery store for some time. The beloved Mr. Pig mascot was on hand, greeting shoppers as they entered the store. He was a hit with customers young and old.
We Congratulate the Milligan family and their entire team on a very successful store opening!
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