New York City Fred Meyer, the larger-format grocery and general merchandise chain operated by The Kroger Co., has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for its remodeled store in Portland, Ore. It is the first LEED-certified supermarket among Kroger’s 2,500 units nationwide. Fred Meyer is using the location as a testing ground for other green designs to be implemented at future sites.
The design by MulvannyG2, Bellvue, Wash., returns the store to its original street-friendly concept, and engages pedestrians with sidewalk cafes and large windows that allow more daylight into the store and provide more sightlines from the street.
Kroger’s in-house economic analysis determined that for every dollar spent on the project, nine dollars in energy consumption would be saved down the road. Among the elements that contributed to the store’s LEED certification are a heat recovery system, reflective roof membrane on the upper-level parking deck, skylights and larger windows, increased insulation on exterior walls and low-VOC materials and finishes.