The Fresh by Brookshire’s store in Tyler, Texas, has earned LEED® certification in recognition of its energy-saving features, the first grocery store in East Texas to earn the certification.
Brookshire’s new concept store achieved LEED status for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The 55,000-s.f. Fresh by Brookshire’s store opened in March 2011. It features a coffee and gelato bar, an artisan bakery, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk foods and expanded healthy living items, along with a pharmacy, an award-winning floral department, a bank and the more traditional grocery items and staples. In addition, up to 100 fresh food offerings—from gourmet “comfort food” to mouth-watering fare from a full burrito and taco bar, a sandwich bar, a soup and salad bar and an outdoor grill—are prepared daily on site.
During construction, waste that was generated was recycled; during daily operations, energy and water are conserved, and operationally generated and consumer product packaging wastes are recycled.
By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
LEED was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
A presentation of the LEED plaque, to be attended by Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass, will take place at Fresh on Feb 1.
“LEED certification for FRESH was achieved through a team effort of dedicated Brookshire’s partners and vendors who had a vision to build a store that was in line with the company’s overall sustainability goals,” said Rick Rayford, Brookshire Grocery Co. president and CEO.