Success Story

Shop N' Bag

When it comes to the competitive landscape of independent retail and grocery, any advantage - no matter how big or small - can help. With a comprehensive optimization from NRM, Shop N' Bag saw improvements in energy usage, product safety, equipment supervision, and customer satisfaction.

What They Needed:

John Doyle, who owns the Shop N Bag in Farmingdale, New Jersey, an independent chain with 9 locations in NJ and PA, said energy costs initially prompted him to consider optimizing his refrigeration. His utility bills were bordering on unmanageable.

He had also read an article about how implementing optimization measures could improve perishable product quality and safety. Many of his customers do all of their shopping at his store, so it was crucial that his meat and produce were safeguarded (their coolers are armed with temperature alerts and monitoring).

Despite his interest in optimizing the store’s refrigeration system, he viewed technologies such as refrigeration controls, automated motors, and advanced lighting fixtures as too costly. He began researching what options were available to him in the state of New Jersey, and then he discovered that NRM’s solutions qualified for generous energy efficiency incentives.

Solution Snapshot


    Independent Retail & Grocery


    Farmingdale, NJ


    Frozen Items

    Soft Drinks Cooler

    Dairy Cooler

    Frest Meats Cooler

    Produce Cooler

    Storage Freezer

Implemented Measures:

    LED Lighting Upgrades

    CoolTrol (on-site smart controls)

    High-Efficiency Motor Upgrades

    Custom, Insulated Glass Doors

    Night Curtains for Aisle Coolers

    Novelty Cooler Shutoff

Utility Incentive:

    65% of Total Project Cost

Annual Energy Savings:

    184,000 kWh

Annual Dollars Savings:


“This was a win-win for us. We decreased our monthly utility costs while simultaneously improving the shopping experience for our customers by having more comfortable aisle temperatures and better product displays.” - John Doyle, Owner

What NRM Provided:

NRM, a participating New Jersey contractor, was contacted by Doyle to identify and assess the opportunities specific to his refrigeration system. Our Energy Advisor went on-site and within a couple of hours Doyle knew exactly where he could benefit. After the scope of the project was agreed upon, we implemented our measures with no disruption to his daily business.

The turnkey nature of the solution provided Doyle with 24/7 access and insight into the energy usage and performance of his refrigeration equipment with “zero finger-lift” neded on his part. Mechanical components were upgraded to high-efficiency models, any outdated, flourescent lighting fixtures were replaced, smart controls were integrated to provide unmatched oversight, and an alarm system was set-up to predict mechanical faults or space temperature issues. As an added benefit, his customers also commented about how the store was more comfortable to shop in, and the product displays were visually improved.

Optimization Benefits

Automated Temperature Tracking
Smart Controls
Improved Product Display
Enhanced Food Safety
Real-Time Mobile Alerts
Energy Savings
Improved Operational Efficiency

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