Store Will Be Located in Columbia's Summit Commons Shopping Center and will be the state's first LEED-Certified Grocery Store
Food Lion LLC continued its commitment to environmental sustainability today by opening the company's first and South Carolina's first environmentally friendly grocery store. The store, located in the Summit Commons Shopping Center, will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, having been designed and built to these strict guidelines.
"Food Lion has a long-standing commitment to being a caring neighbor and is committed to being a strong corporate citizen in the communities in which we operate," said Rick LaCroix, vice president of Food Lion's Southeastern Markets. "We are pleased to reinforce our environmental commitment to the citizens of South Carolina by opening the state's first environmentally friendly grocery store. We are proud of this valuable investment in the Columbia community, and we look forward to continuing to serve Columbia residents from our new green store. We will serve the community by bringing residents fresh, quality products, including natural and organic selections, at the great prices consumers expect from Food Lion."
The store, located at 4730 Hard Scrabble Road, features environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, such as:-- High-efficiency lighting that dims lights based on natural sunlight in the store. -- LED lighting in the frozen food cases. -- Bike racks and preferred parking for low-emitting vehicles. -- Low-flow and sensor-activated water fixtures in restrooms. -- Bathroom partitions made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, such as juice, milk and water bottles. -- Native plant species that minimize irrigation requirements, such as the Shumard Oak planted at the Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 14, 2009. -- Enhanced air quality for associates and customers from the use of low-toxicity materials and proactive management plans used throughout construction to ensure optimal indoor air quality. -- Environmental education via kiosks and signage throughout the store. -- Purchasing more than 50 percent of building materials manufactured within 500 miles of the store's location. This helped boost the local economy and reduce energy expended on transportation. The construction materials had 25 percent recycled content, and 50 percent of the wood was Forest Stewardship Council Certified. -- Strong waste management plans, which diverted more than 85 percent of construction waste from landfills through recycling. -- Customer and associate recycling programs at the store.
"Food Lion LLC is committed to protecting the environment and reducing energy consumption through green building construction and other energy-saving measures," said Kyle Mitchell, vice president of store development. "By building the first LEED grocery store in our company's history and in South Carolina, we are reducing energy costs by more than 20 percent compared to a typical supermarket as well as conserving 44 percent more water. We have been a leader in the energy and environmental sector for many years and have one of the most advanced retail energy conservation programs in the country. For nearly a decade, Food Lion has been dedicated to numerous sustainability initiatives, such as energy conservation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its 11-state footprint, reducing its energy consumption by more than 25 percent since 2000 or 2.61 trillion BTUs."
Food Lion's first green store is approximately 35,000 square feet and employs approximately 50 associates. In South Carolina, Food Lion has 146 stores and employs more than 7,700 associates.
Food Lion is also involved in a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including encouraging customers to use reusable bags and recycling significant amounts of paper and plastic every year. Since the second quarter of 2009, the company distributed more than 700,000 reusable bags to customers.
Customers can view the construction of Food Lion's environmentally friendly store as well as the educational kiosk, or read more about Food Lion's environmental initiatives, at www.foodlion.com/greenstore.
About Food Lion
Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). Food Lion LLC operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid's. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. Food Lion LLC employs approximately 74,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information visit www.FoodLion.com.
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