Grant’s Supermarket in Appalachian West Virginia and Virginia has been family-owned and operated since it was first founded in 1949 when rural grocery stores were the mainstay of the community. Now with greater competition due to urban sprawl and all-in-one supercenters, rural grocery stores are becoming more and more threatened. Ron Martin and other investors saw this as an opportunity to purchase endangered “mom and pop” stores and create greater community stability by keeping them locally owned and managed. Grant’s Supermarket still takes pride in being the friendly neighborhood grocer and has always been dedicated to offering competitive market wages and benefits to its employees in a place where they can feel like family. Grant’s operates by the philosophy that doing the right thing and giving back to the community will result in a successful business.
To continue growing the business, the management team needed help identifying ways to reduce its monthly energy bills. Natural Capital Investment Fund stepped in to assist this reputable business in finding ways to reduce its energy costs.
Energy Efficient Technologies was contracted by Natural Capital Investment Fund’s Energy Efficiency Program to perform a detailed energy audit of every West Virginia store. EET pulled together a multi-discipline team of engineers, analysts and energy experts to prepare a detailed list of recommendations along with costs, savings and payback calculations.
The analysis was based on real quotes from vendors and provided an actionable list of energy savings opportunities. Implementing all of EET’s recommendations at each store will create a combined energy savings of over $130,000 a year with a simple 3.5 year payback.