WESTERVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) – Customers may notice the lights are slightly dimmer the next time they head to the grocery store. Kroger has committed to reducing lighting by one-third for the next several days to preserve energy in the community.
"Crews are still working hard to restore power to those who lost it last Friday," said Matt Hobart, facility engineering manager for Kroger's Columbus division. "This is the least we can do to help conserve energy, and reduce the strain on the system."
Kroger typically reduces lighting by one-third in stores from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. year-round, but has voluntarily extended that reduction to 24 hours a day through this Sunday. The company will work closely with power companies to extend the cutback if necessary.
"The stores will still be safe, and there's plenty of lighting for shoppers to make their way through the store. This just reduces the energy burden on the system, while crews work to turn the lights back on around Ohio," explained Hobart.
Signs have been placed in all 125 stores in the Columbus division, alerting customers to the temporary change.
Kroger's headquarters is in Cincinnati. The grocer has a long history of charitable contributions and was recently named number one among America's most generous companies in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing featured in Forbes magazine.
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