Smith’s Debuts Electric Car Charging Station

New equipment allows the option of using solar panels to power the fuel station in the future.

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has opened its 37th Smith’s Express fuel station in Utah, located in the parking lot of the Smith’s store at 876 South 800 East in Salt Lake City.

The fuel center is the first to incorporate a courtesy charging station for customers driving electric cars to “top off” their battery levels

while shopping. In addition, Smith’s also installed equipment to allow for the future possibility of solar panels to power the fuel station and the sale of natural gas at the pumps.

Smith’s uses state-of-the–art technology for the safety and efficiency of its fuel centers. Added measures include double-walled fiberglass reinforced plastic tanks with 24-hour alarm monitoring systems; a vapor recovery system that captures fumes from fuel trucks at delivery; and canopy lights that direct light downward so it is focused only on the service area.

The station is also comprised of 10 filling nozzles, courtesy air hose, a convenience-item case for snacks, and a 10-foot by 20-foot kiosk for the fuel attendant. Additional perimeter shrubbery and large planters were also added to the parking lot.

To thank the community and celebrate the opening, Smith’s is donating $5,000 to the neighbor councils comprising the East Side Community Council for the purchase of additional trees to enhance the neighborhood around the store.

Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer. In addition to operating 2,469 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states, the company also operates 773 convenience stores under the names of Loaf ‘N Jug, Turkey Hill, Kwik Stop, Tom Thumb, and Quick Stop. Smith’s Food & Drug currently operates a total of 132 stores and 71 fuel centers in seven western states, including 47 stores and 37 fuel centers in Utah.

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