Large retailers limit heating to 19 degrees

These measures come on top of the decision to ban Christmas lights and reduce sign lighting. (KEYSTONE/Alessandro Della Bella) KEYSTONE/ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA sda-ats

This content was posted on September 27, 2022 – 7:18 PM

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(by Rémi QUESNEL, AWP)

Geneva (awp) – Due to the impending energy shortage, the major retailers Migros and Coop are leading the way and limiting the temperature in their shops and shopping centers to 19 degrees this autumn. These measures come on top of the decision to ban Christmas lights and reduce sign lighting.

“We only heat the stores up to a maximum of 19 degrees,” a spokesman for the orange giant told AWP. “We reduce logo lighting whenever possible,” he added. Migros is also examining the possibility of lowering the temperature in its offices, club schools and fitness centres.

At Coop, management has decided to lower the temperature in offices, warehouses and shops by two degrees. For shops, this corresponds to a temperature of 19 degrees, said a spokesman.

For its part, ALDI Switzerland has not yet planned any temperature adjustments, reports a spokesman and refers to other measures that have already been taken, such as turning off neon signs after closing or the use of energy-efficient LED lamps. “We completely do without the Christmas lights in our branches,” announces the representative. Decorations ensure the Christmas spirit.

Shopping centers are also affected

These measures not only affect the shops of the two distributors, but also the most important shopping centers in western Switzerland, such as Balexert in Vernier (GE), Avry Center in Avry (FR) and Marin Center in La Tène (NE), all three operated by Migros .

At Manor, store fronts will be dark an hour after closing time, a spokeswoman confirmed. The group with 59 branches had already announced that it would no longer have outdoor Christmas lights. “The ambient temperature in the department stores, the headquarters in Basel and the distribution centers will be reduced to 18°C,” she emphasizes.

At the beginning of September, Migros and Coop indicated that they would do without the Christmas lights and be content with unlit decorations. The Glattzentrum shopping center in Wallisellen near Zurich made a similar announcement last week.

“The developments in the electricity market are very dynamic, the measures are constantly being adjusted,” says one at Migros. Other decisions, which the orange giant does not detail, could therefore be made as the situation evolves.

In July, the Sunday newspaper mentioned the scenario of closing every fifth Migros branch, or 130 branches for Switzerland. “We do not comment on speculative and hypothetical scenarios,” emphasized the spokesman.

Also abroad

Similar mass distribution measures have also been announced at our neighbours’. In France, Leclerc has therefore planned to lower the temperature in its branches to 18 to 20 degrees and to reduce the lighting.

In Germany it is even a federal law, the Energy Saving Ordinance, which has set the maximum temperature in public spaces, including supermarkets, at 19 degrees since September 1st.

Energy bills accounted for 30% of brands’ net profits prior to the recent surge in energy costs, according to the French umbrella organization of major retailers, Perifem. Therefore, if nothing is done, the impact on the prices of the items will be too great for the consumer, as the association has recently indicated.

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