Natural Foods Merchandiser

By the numbers: Equipment industry facts

50 kWh of electricity and 50 cubic feet of natural gas: Average energy usage, per square foot, of a food retailer; this translates to more than $4 per square foot or 1 percent to 2 percent of sales

Refrigeration, 43 percent; plug loads, 17 percent; cooling, 14 percent; lighting, 13 percent: Average electricity breakdown in a grocery store

10-15 years: Average life of a refrigerated deli case

$125,000: Price of a parallel-rack refrigeration system

1838: The year Comstock Castle Stove Co., the oldest cooking-equipment manufacturer in the United States, began selling stoves

$80-85: What a medium-sized, full-line store can expect to pay, per square foot, for all-new equipment, including installation

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