SEATTLE -- Stop & Shop Cos., Boston, has cut maintenance costs and reduced coolant leaks with intensive preventive maintenance programs. The results of the focused, localized programs are also evident in cleaner stores, cleaner septic tanks and more efficient air-conditioning systems. "Although we can't put our hand on actual savings, we do know we're saving money," said Paul Canavan, the chain's director of maintenance. "Maintenance costs as a percentage of sales have been reduced ...

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