Green Supermarket Planned for Maine

Scarborough, Maine, Hannaford on Wednesday announced plans to build a store in Augusta, Maine, that would be built to stringent environmental standards. The new store would replace an older Hannaford location in the city.

The proposed 49,000-sq.-ft. store would be built on the former site of the city's Cony High School. The project has been challenged in the state courts by those who say it would violate a 19th Century trust agreement of Daniel Cony, who wanted the site limited to educational uses.

If the project is allowed to go forward, Hannaford will seek the United States Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The system carries ratings of silver, gold and platinum. Hannaford is seeking a platinum certification, the highest rating. To date, no supermarket has been awarded platinum certification,

Hannaford, which is owned by Delhaize Group, operates 160 stores throughout the Northeast. The new store would replace an older Hannaford market in the city.

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