My love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart continues. I think this is the kind of store being built in Ballentine, South Carolina.
March 18 -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has introduced its most efficient U.S. store, a prototype that will use up to 45 percent less energy than a typical Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer is drawing on experience from high-efficiency locations it opened in 2007 and 2008. The newest planned store, called the HE.5, begins a new series of prototypes designed for specific climates. It is a western climate-specific store that will use advancements in heating, cooling, refrigeration and lighting to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"We are committed to openly sharing our learnings with the retail industry and the world because being more energy efficient is something everyone can benefit from," said Charles Zimmerman, vice president of prototype and new format development for Wal-Mart.