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4/22/2009
Harris Teeter’s First LEED Store Gives Shoppers an Opportunity to Go Green and Save Green
EPA also awards new Harris Teeter store with GreenChill's Gold-Level certification

Harris Teeter is serious about its commitment to environmental sustainability and is excited to announce the opening of a new location that is both a registered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) store and a certified GreenChill Gold-Level store. The new Harris Teeter, located in Blue Ridge Shopping Center on 545 Radford Lane in Charlottesville, VA, will open on Wednesday, May 6 following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:00am.

Similar to other Harris Teeter locations, the new store will have recycling centers in the lobby but was built with additional energy and environmental design components in mind that allowed it to qualify for LEED certification. Over 30% of all building materials were manufactured regionally (within 500 miles of the store), 82% of all construction waste was recycled, and 50% of all wood came from certified sustainable forests. Skylights in the ceiling help light the store, freezer cases were designed with LED lighting, and water saving devices were installed in all of the water fixtures. The store is 25% more energy efficient than the industry average and uses 85% less refrigerant load.

Harris Teeter’s newest location in Charlottesville also received GreenChill’s Gold-Level store certification. GreenChill certification is awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The GreenChill program recognizes stores for using environmentally friendlier commercial refrigeration systems. Harris Teeter is just the third store in the nation to achieve this feat and is the only store on the east coast to be certified.

Harris Teeter also gives its shoppers a variety of ways to go green. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase reusable Harris Teeter shopping bags for $0.99. If they choose to use paper and plastic grocery bags, Harris Teeter offers shoppers convenient recycling centers in all store lobbies where they can deposit their paper and plastic bags.

To save green, Harris Teeter encourages its shoppers to visit harristeeter.com and sign up for a Very Important Customer (VIC) card. The VIC card allows shoppers to take advantage of weekly specials, participate in VIC promotions, sweepstakes and best of all, it is FREE! Shoppers can also sign up for e-VIC and have weekly specials e-mailed to them every Wednesday, notifying customers when items they regularly buy are on sale, plus they will receive member only discounts!

Fast Facts

Store Address:  
Blue Ridge Shopping Center
                               545 Radford Lane
                               Charlottesville, VA 22903
Opening Date:     Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00am
Square Footage: 48,000
Store Hours:         6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Features and Departments:
Full Service Meat Department with Rancher Reserve and Certified Angus Beef • Full Service Fishermans Market Seafood Department • Certified Green Thumb Experts and produce from around the world • Full Service Fresh Foods Market Department • Specialty Foods • Rotisserie Chicken, Pork Or Turkey • International Foods • Imported Cheeses • Sushi • Fresh Fruit Bar • Fresh Cut Flowers • Cigars • Western Union • Gift Baskets • 10% Discount on Mix and Match Case Wine • Home Shopping • Pharmacy • Starbucks

Harris Teeter is excited to welcome over 60 new hires to the company and is looking for to providing its new shoppers with a wide variety of top quality products and the best in customer service.