Fred Meyer remodel awarded LEED Silver
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.
Fry’s opens new upscale store in Phoenix
Phoenix Supermarket chain Fry’s Food Stores has opened a Signature Marketplace superstore in Phoenix, according to a report by the Arizona Republic.
The Tolleson, Ariz.-based discount grocer, which is owned by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., has opened the new store as a means to appeal to more affluent shoppers, offering an upscale setting that includes valet parking, custom car washes, a cooking school, wine bar and expanded selections of organic produce and high-end meats.
According to the report, Fry’s, which is celebrating its 50th year in Arizona, is betting the new store will help reposition it as more than just a low-price player. The new store will carry an expanded line of high-end merchandise, although the majority of the products will be priced the same as at other Fry’s locations.
The new 136,000-sq.-ft. store, which opened as a Smitty’s supermarket in 1985, had been closed since April while it was being transformed into Fry’s flagship Arizona supermarket.
Fry’s operates 121 supermarkets in Arizona under the Fry’s banner; its parent Kroger operates nearly 2,500 stores.
Goodwill to open at Surrey Ridge Shopping Center
Arlington Heights, Ill. Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Mid-America Asset Management said that Goodwill Industries has signed a lease for 16,540 sq. ft. at Surrey Ridge Shopping Center in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago.
Goodwill plans to open a resale store in November.
The 172,769-sq.-ft. Surrey Ridge Shopping Center is anchored by Lowe’s, with other tenants including Bank of America and National Tire & Battery. Major retailers nearby include Walmart, Staples, Meijer, and Jewel/Osco.