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Mariano’s Offering Electric Vehicle-charging Services

Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. is working with CarCharging Group Inc. to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging services at its Mariano's store in Frankfort, Ill.

Mariano's offers an enhanced selection of premium perishable and prepared food departments and a wide array of organic and natural offerings.

"CarCharging is continuing its partnership with Roundy's and offers another amazing amenity for the Mariano's shopper," said Michael D. Farkas, CFO and founder of Miami Beach, Fla.-based CarCharging, which provides nationwide public electric vehicle (EV) charging services, that enable EV drivers to recharge at locations throughout the United States. "We are dedicated to expanding the necessary EV charging infrastructure in Chicago and the surrounding areas, and we will continue to grow the availability of charging services throughout the Chicago area."

A Blink Level II EV charging station, which can quickly recharge an electric vehicle's battery, provides the EV charging service at the Mariano's store. The charging services are on the right side of the market's 369-space parking lot.

To initiate use and payment at these locations, EV drivers can request the Blink InCard from its website. The Blink InCard also allows drivers to use all public charging locations on the Blink Network, the software that operates, monitors and tracks the Blink stations and all charging data. Blink EV charging stations also accept direct payment by credit card. Users can pinpoint the Mariano's EV charging location as well as additional EV charging station locations using the maps provided by the Blink mobile app, the CarCharging mobile app, Blink Network and the Car Charging website.

According to the company, CarCharging offers various options to commercial and residential property owners for EV charging services. Its typical business model provides a comprehensive turnkey program where CarCharging owns and operates the EV charging equipment; manages the installation, maintenance and related services; and shares a portion of the EV charging revenue with the property owner. Alternatively, property partners can share in the equipment and installation expenses with CarCharging operating and managing the EV charging stations and providing network connectivity. For properties interested in purchasing and owning EV charging stations, CarCharging can also provide EV charging hardware, site recommendations, connection to the Blink Network, and management and maintenance services.

Through its subsidiary, Blink Network, CarCharging also provides residential EV charging solutions for single-family homes.  CarCharging's other retail partners include Walgreens, IKEA, Walmart and CVS.

Roundy's operates 174 retail grocery stores and 110 pharmacies under the Pick 'n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano's retail banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.


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