McDonald’s awarded LEED Gold
Riverside, Calif. — A McDonald’s restaurant in Riverside, Calif., has been LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified. It is the chain’s first location west of the Mississippi, and only the fourth in the United States, to receive the prestigious designation. Other LEED-certified McDonald’s restaurants are located in Cary, N.C., Savannah, Ga. and Chicago.
The restaurant, the first LEED Gold certified restaurant in the city of Riverside, is owned and operated by Tom and Candace Spiel and stood as a McDonald’s for 44 years. In August 2010, it was completely rebuilt and subsequently reopened with a host of "green" features, including low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled denim insulation inside the building, native drought tolerant plants to reduce water consumption by landscape and solar panels.
The restaurant’s solar array has generated electrical energy, which saves approximately 8,950 kWH per month of utility usage. Increased efficiencies such as low-E glass windows and LED lighting helped realize an additional energy savings of 2,870 kWH per month.
Due to permeable pavers, about 283,000 gallons of rainfall water is diverted from storm water system per year.
The restaurant also includes an interactive touchscreen display for visitors to learn about the building’s features, environmental sustainability, and how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.
Giant Eagle opens fifth Market District store
PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle on Thursday unveiled its fifth Market District location in five years — and its first in Pittsburgh’s North Hills suburbs.
The newly expanded 90,000-sq.-ft. location is celebrating a grand opening with in-store demonstration and autograph signing appearances by food celebrities, including Bravo Network "Top Chef" competitor Mike Isabella, Food Network "Ask Aida" host Aida Mollenkamp and Master Chef Martin Yan. Additionally, TLC Network’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro will be on hand to unveil a larger-than-life cake he and his team created.
“The opening of the new Market District in the Township of Pine is a milestone for our company," stated spokesman Rob Borella. “When customers visit this new store, they will enjoy a world-class shopping and dining experience all in one place, bursting with amazing food from 19 countries around the world, combined with food expertise with everything from daily demonstrations to celebrity chef appearances and interactive events.”
The Market District format was first introduced in the Pittsburgh market in 2006. Giant Eagle has since taken the banner to Columbus, Ohio.
For a video tour of the store, shot by Giant Eagle, click here.
Albertsons to close four stores
Boise, Idaho — Albertsons LLC plans to close four underperforming stores: one in Arizona, one in Louisiana and two in Texas.
The closings will leave Albertsons with 205 stores in the Southwest and the South.