Need Your Girl Scout Cookie Fix? Here’s One Solution

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Mar 182017

If you don’t have a connection with which to purchase Girl Scout Cookies, a local troop will have a booth set up outside of Shop Rite of Orange, 259 Bull Hill Lane, on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come and get your old favorites or try something new.



ShopRite of Orange Brighter and More Efficient After Energy Upgrades

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Mar 172017

It takes a lot of resources to run an expansive 63,500 square-foot grocery store, but through an Energize Connecticut initiative, ShopRite is operating a new location in Orange as efficiently as possible.

United Illuminating (UI), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., provided programs and services through the Energize Connecticut Energy Blueprint program to help ShopRite make energy saving upgrades to their lighting and refrigeration systems. The store, owned and operated by Garafalo Markets, is projected to experience an annual energy savings of about 659,909 kWh, equating to an estimated $118,783.

Sustainable technologies were used when renovating the store, which was completely overhauled from an outdated grocery store under different ownership. All LED lighting and environmentally friendly refrigerant systems were installed, putting the store in line with Garafalo Markets’ five-year plan to reduce energy, water and gas by 20 percent.

“We continue to improve efficiency and promote health initiatives as part of our company’s mission,” said owner Harry Garafalo. “We have expanded our recycling programs and also incorporate Green Teams, utilizing associates to assist in raising recycling efforts in all locations. These energy upgrades make for clean, bright supermarkets, which are contemporary in design and appealing to a larger group of shoppers looking for more healthy and natural alternatives.”

Beyond direct cost savings and aesthetics, the benefits of the energy efficiency upgrades touch on many areas of operation. Adding sensors and central monitoring to control temperatures and to identify problems also enhances reliability of equipment performance. This improvement frees up employees who often dealt with maintenance issues and allows them to focus on ensuring that customers are provided with top quality product and experience.

Similar energy efficiency measures were taken when the owners transformed an old movie theater in Milford into a ShopRite location in summer of 2016. Estimated savings from the installation of efficient lighting and refrigeration systems at that location will save an estimated $125,074 and 694,860 kWh in energy compared to standard systems.

Garafalo Markets, which also operates ShopRite stores in East Haven, Stratford, West Haven and Hamden, is no stranger to these available energy programs. The success of upgrades in other locations has increased the programs’ appeal.

“Garafalo Markets has taken advantage of various efficiency programs available, we worked with them to identify financial incentives to help make these improvements more fiscally feasible,” said Glen Eigo, Lead Engineer, United Illuminating. “These success stories serve as great examples for others in the community, showing how being more efficient provides tangible energy cost savings and supports sustainable business practices.”

BREAKING: A Grocery Store In Orange Before November!

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Oct 202016

shoprite-logoThis just in: Shop Rite, at 259 Bull Hill Lane will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.

This is great news to residents who’ve been traveling to other towns for their grocery needs and recently lost their favorite Adams store in the Orange-Derby mall.

If you recall, Orange Live was the one that broke the news that the former Stop & Shop was closing, so we are happy to once again be the first to report the opening date for the new Shop Rite.

Log onto Orangectlive.com every day for all your current Orange News.


Garafalo To Address Orange Money Club

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Feb 252016

Screen-Shot-2015-09-14-at-12.05.11-PMThe Orange Money Club will Harry Garafalo, CEO of ShopRite in Milford, at High Plains Community Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 9 a.m.

Garafalo will talk about his business and plans for a new ShopRite store (on Bull Hill Lane) in Orange.

All are welcome to attend. The club is for entertainment purposes only.