August 9, 2018

Ocean State Job Lot relighting stores

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed

Rhode Island closeout retailer Ocean State Job Lot says it's spending $14 million to upgrade to more energy-efficient lighting in all its stores, including 28 in Connecticut, to save money.

The closely held 131-store chain, based in North Kingstown, R.I., said Wednesday that replacement of about 50,000 lighting fixtures and more than 100,000 fluorescent lamps with LED bulbs and advanced lighting controls has already begun at its 1.5 million-square-foot central distribution facility and in a handful of stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and its newest in Litchfield, Conn.

One hundred stores will be converted this year and the rest in 2019, Ocean State CEO Marc Perlman said.

When completed, Perlman says the retailer expects to shave more than 17.4 million kilowatt hours and $2.7 million annually from its light bill. New lighting also will enhance its shoppers' retail experience, he said.

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