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New store to offer thousands of bulbs and batteries
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Batteries Plus Bulbs will soon be opening in the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

Businesses specializing in energy-efficient products have boomed over the past several years, as California continues to implement policies directed towards bettering the environment. One of these businesses – Batteries Plus Bulbs – will soon open their doors in Turlock.

The national franchise currently has more than 575 specialty stores, offering access to over 45,000 various batteries, light bulbs and related products. As policies have directed California residents to purchase longer-lasting, more efficient lighting options, Batteries Plus Bulbs has expanded their stores rapidly throughout the state.

The new Turlock location, set to open in the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center near Verizon Wireless, will offer Turlock residents tens of thousands of options in specialty, energy-efficient lighting and battery products.

Franchise owner and manager Jerry Stokes, who currently operates the Modesto location at McHenry Avenue, says that Turlock is an ideal community for the store.

“Turlock has done a good job with the shopping centers there,” said Stokes. “It’s where we want to be. We like Turlock, it is a very nice town.”

According to Stokes, the Turlock location will offer various kinds of bulbs and batteries, from hearing aid to truck batteries, cell phone and laptop batteries, and several lighting options including CFLs, LEDs, halogen and fluorescent bulbs.

“We pretty much have any kind of batteries and light bulbs that you can think of,” said Stokes. “If we don’t have it in the store, we will find what you are looking for and order it as well.”

The company reports having 30 stores total open or in development throughout California, being the nation’s first, largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise. Serving both the expanding $30.7 billion U.S. battery industry and the growing U.S. light bulb replacement industry estimated at $17 billion in sales, Batteries Plus Bulbs has equipped itself with a large variety of energy-efficient light bulbs to help meet new energy mandates. 

“The nation’s obsession with portable devices, coupled with federal and state mandated shifts to energy-efficient light bulbs, has created the perfect storm for a specialized local battery and light bulb source in California,” said John Twist, Vice President of Franchise and Business Development.

Each Batteries Plus Bulbs store also helps local businesses work with local utility companies to leverage all financial incentives available to them when switching over to energy-efficient lighting, often in the form of rebates. Additionally, stores will help local businesses with online ordering, delivery, recycling and other services to help transition into energy-efficient lighting options.

The Turlock store, located at 3204 W. Monte Vista Avenue, is expected to open in early February, and is said to employ four people. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.