Salisbury, N.C. Food Lion on Tuesday broke ground in Columbia, S.C., for a store that will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification when completed. It will be the first LEED-certified store for Food Lion and South Carolina.
"By building the first LEED grocery store in our company's history and in South Carolina, we will reduce energy costs by more than 20% compared with a typical supermarket as well as conserve 44% more water than other Food Lion stores," said Kyle Mitchell, VP store development, Food Lion.
The store will feature a number of environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including an on-site recycling center, skylights for natural lighting, educational kiosks and preferred parking for low-emitting vehicles.
Other green elements include:
The store is expected to open in fourth quarter 2009.