OKay Lennik reopens its doors after an energy-efficient renovation
Friday 20 September will see OKay Lennik reopens its doors after major renovation works. The store was extended and refurbished in the style of the second generation of OKay convenience stores. This means it now has a new bakery corner, new freezers and new cash registers. Thanks to the renovation, Okay Lennik also has a lower environmental impact whilst still offering additional services for its customers, such as the Collect&Go collection point and a DATS 24 electrical charging station. Local residents are welcome to the opening reception on Thursday 19 September between 6 pm and 8 pm, when there will be an opportunity to have a look around.
Extra services for our customers
Customers can get more at OKay Lennik than just their groceries. “The biggest new feature is the Collect&Go collection point in the store” says store manager Gerty Debremaeker. “Customers can use it to collect Colruyt products that they have ordered via Collect&Go.” Of course, there will also be a collection point for ColliShop products in Lennik and the Bringme Box makes it easy for customers to collect, send and return their internet purchases. A further additional service is the electric charging station installed in the car park by fuel specialist DATS 24.
Fresh and modern design
OKay Lennik is one of the new-generation Okay stores with a fresh, modern design. Wide aisles in the freshmart and large glass walls ensure a pleasant shopping experience and highlight the wide range of fruit and vegetables. “Fresh bread is delivered every day and shop staff bake high-quality cakes and rolls in the updated bakery,” adds Gerty. The range of fresh products is one of OKay’s biggest draws: fresh fruit and vegetables every day, dairy products, meat, cooked meats, fish and ready meals. In the handy 'Easy Cooking' counter, customers can find recipes and relevant ingredients to make delicious seasonal dishes.
A renovation with sustainability in mind
OKay Lennik has been renovated with a strong focus on sustainability in terms of insulation, ventilation, lighting, refrigeration and air-conditioning. “We thought carefully about how we could make our store as sustainable as possible,” explains Gerty. “We opted for the most sustainable solution at every step of the construction process. For example, the refrigeration system now works on propane gas, meaning that our refrigeration emits about 90% less greenhouse gases than a conventional system." This is not the only improvement. LED lights have reduced lighting energy consumption by 30%. The building is also extremely well insulated, and the ventilation system recovers 75% of warmth in the air. The green roof, with its succulents, mosses and grass, forms a protective shield against the heat on hot summer days. “The unique facade finish with StoColor Photosan is also completely new. This special paint reduces the formation of fine dust, nitrogen oxides and ozone".
OKay is Colruyt Group’s local supermarket format. Customers can find everything they need there. OKay stores are set up near town or city centres and guarantee the lowest prices in the neighbourhood. OKay opened its very first store on 14 January 1998 in Ertvelde and has since then been opening an average of 6 new stores every year. They intend to keep up this frequency in the years to come. Today, OKay has about 130 stores in Belgium. Since November 2015, the chain also has its own distribution centre at the industrial estate of Lot (Beersel) in Flemish Brabant. OKay currently employs more than 2,200 co-workers.