Target’s propane program continues to roll

The discounter is using self-contained propane cases in 580 stores.

U.S. discounter Target, which has made a commitment to installing self-contained cases using propane as the refrigerant, now has them in 580 of its more than 1,800 stores throughout the United States, according to Paul Anderson, Target’s director of engineering.

At a White House-hosted meeting in 2015, the Minneapolis-based chain pledged that “all small self-contained equipment would use propane,” said Anderson, who represented the company at the meeting. “We continue to proceed with that.”

In 2017, Target plans to operate some stores that use nothing but propane cases for refrigeration, Anderson said.

Speaking at the Food Marketing Institute’s Energy & Store Development Conference in 2015, Anderson provided data on Target’s evaluation of the energy efficiency of propane cases. Propane was found to use 53% less energy than R134a; annual savings for a chain of 100 stores with 10 cases per store would come to $42,920.

By Michael Garry

Jan 05, 2017, 09:55

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