Whole Foods store awarded double green honors
New York City — Whole Foods Market’s store in Lake Grove has become the first supermarket in the United States to be awarded with both a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as well as a Three Green Globe certification from the Green Building Initiative.
The store, which opened in March 2010, is the third of Whole Foods Market’s 22 locations in the Northeast region to receive a LEED certification, and the first to be recognized by the Green Building Initiative.
Whole Foods’ Lake Grove site features a number of sustainable features, including water efficiency fixtures reduced water usage by more than 40% from the calculated baseline design fixture performance requirements established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. More than a 20% reduction in lighting power density was achieved over that allowed by the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 2004. A companywide purchase of 776 million-kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in 2009 helped the project to earn green power credits, as well.
More than 10% of the materials used in the construction of the store were made from recycled content and another 10% were reused resources (reclaimed Douglas fir). And 75% of all the construction waste from the project was recycled rather than being placed in a landfill or incinerated.
Low-emitting materials from paints and adhesives to furniture and carpet were used in the project. Plus. thorough flush-out of the building was conducted to ensure the indoor environmental quality of the building was ideal for customers and associates.
Fresh & Easy to install solar systems on nine Arizona stores
El Segundo, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced a partnership with REC Solar, a leading solar electric system provider in the United States, to install roof-mount solar systems on nine stores in Arizona. The installation of the systems will begin in March 2011.
The combined 410 kW of installed solar systems will produce an estimated 620,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, the equivalent of reducing 22 million lbs. of CO2 emissions — or removing 28 million car-driven miles — over the next 25 years.
Fresh & Easy has invested in one of California’s largest solar roof installations on its distribution center in Riverside, Calif. The installation, which is more than 500,000 sq. ft., currently produces about one-fifth of the energy for the entire facility. Fresh & Easy’s website features a live reporting feed from the solar installation at the distribution center, reporting in real time the performance of the panel (http://freshandeasy.com/GreenBuilding
“With the success of our solar panel installation on our distribution center, we’re confident these systems on our stores will help cut down on energy costs even further,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO.
Borders disappoints in Q3
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Borders Group posted sales of $470.9 million for its third quarter ended Oct. 30, a decrease of 17.6% from the same period a year ago. Same-store sales declined by 12.6%.
The company posted a loss from continuing operations in the third quarter of $74.4 million, versus a loss $37.7 million a year ago.
“Our third quarter results reflect the business challenges facing Borders and the industry at large,” said Mike Edwards, CEO, Borders. “While we are disappointed with third quarter results, my management team and I continue to vigorously address these challenges and our commitment to winning at retail is stronger than ever.”
Edwards noted that the Borders Rewards Plus program has generated more than $11 million in membership revenue since launching just 100 days ago. He added that members shop more frequently and have a higher-than-average ticket driven by significantly higher units per transaction.
“In terms of other successes, we’ve also made substantial improvements to our stores, expanding the Kids section in 51 locations to drive further sales increases in our Kids Toys and Games category, which is outpacing most other areas of the business,” Edwards said. “We recently completed the addition of Area-e digital shops to stores to position Borders as a destination for all things eReading.”