Spanish retailer Mercadona has reopened its supermarket in the city of Valencia, following a €1 million investment to upgrade the store to the company's new efficient model.
The new store is completely technologically connected, and is designed to save up to 40% more energy than a traditional supermarket.
Mercadona says that the refurbished 1,600 square metre store has been completely redesigned. It now features double glazed windows to prevent drafts, new refrigeration systems, a larger fruit and vegetable section, as well as meat and fish counters.
The store will reduce its energy consumption through better insulation, a more energy efficient heating and cooling system, and an automated LED lighting system that is regulated according to the time of day and the area of the store.
The retailer has also introduced new electronic devices and collaborative tools for workers, which will help them to share information from any section of the store in real time, and facilitate decision making.
Mercadona plans to invest €180 million in 2017 to renovate 126 stores in Spain to this new efficient model. It recently opened stores in Madrid, Alicante, and Toledo.
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