For independent retailers, meeting the refrigerants challenge could prove especially daunting. The basic issues confronting large chains and independents may be the same, but the cold economic realities of how and when to convert to a new generation of refrigerants can be particularly stark for many cash-strapped smaller retailers. "If I converted all my six stores to HFCs today, it would cost me more than $250,000 out of pocket. With my thin margins, that would drive us into the red," said ...

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