Hy-Vee enters Wisconsin with eco-friendly store
New York City Hy-Vee on Tuesday opened its first Wisconsin location, in Madison. The 92,000-sq.-ft. supermarket, housed in a former Kmart, also is the 227-store chain’s first unit built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
The store features highly efficient heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment that decrease energy consumption. In addition, waste heat from equipment is used to preheat hot water and air. Natural light illuminates 75% of the sales floor, while more efficiency is gained through lighting that adjusts to natural light levels. Motion sensors activate lights in refrigerated cases and rooms. Energy performance is further improved through the use of low-E windows and a highly reflective roof that reduces the building’s energy load in the summer.
In other green components, the store has concrete floors that eliminate the need for additional floor coverings and the use of harmful cleaning chemicals. Recycled materials were utilized in the steel structure, foundation and concrete wall panels. Low-flow, motion-activated toilets and hand sinks help conserve water.
The store’s refrigeration equipment requires fewer refrigerants than traditional systems. No ozone-depleting refrigerants are used in the store’s cooling or refrigeration systems.
Focused lighting in the parking lot minimizes light beyond the property line or into the night sky. Materials used to pave the parking lot include partially recycled asphalt and concrete.
The landscaping includes native grasses and perennial plantings that, once established, will not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides/herbicides.
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH expands
Dallas Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH store will open a 28,000-sq.-ft. store at Park Lane, a 33.5-acre mixed-use development located in Dallas that sits across from NorthPark Center mall.
The company has a total of 55 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores in 23 states. The Dallas location is the company’s sixth new store to open in 2009.
At completion, Park Lane will be a 2.4 million-sq.-ft. mixed-use development with shopping, dining and entertainment venues, office space and luxury residential units.
Fresh & Easy to open in Fresno
El Segundo, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets said it plans to begin opening stores in the Fresno, Calif., area before the end of the year.
Five additional openings are scheduled for the area in February, with six more later in 2010 and into 2011.