Giant Eagle Becomes First LEED-Certified Supermarket in the U.S. Brunswick Store Earns First Environmentally Friendly Supermarket Designation



    CLEVELAND, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Supermarket retailer Giant Eagle, Inc.
 today became the nation's first grocer to operate a Leadership in Energy and
 Environmental Design (LEED)-certified supermarket at one of its locations in
 Northeastern Ohio.  LEED, a national green building rating system administered
 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), designates that Giant Eagle has
 and will continue to meet required standards by incorporating environmentally
 responsible features and systems into the building.
     The 80,000 square foot supermarket, opened this past summer and located in
 the Brunswick Town Center shopping plaza, is the first supermarket to earn an
 environmentally-friendly designation.  No other supermarket has earned an
 equivalent award in the world.  The LEED designation builds on the company's
 commitment to responsible resource use, as it was recognized in February as a
 2004 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental
 Protection Agency for adopting smart and efficient energy practices.
     "Becoming the first LEED-certified supermarket underscores the importance
 of being an environmentally responsible member of the communities we serve,"
 said Giant Eagle Vice President of Marketing Kevin Srigley.  "It is a
 continuation of our pledge to understand the environmental issues that we all
 face and to adopt appropriate practices to meet those challenges.  Our
 conservation department continues to pursue alternative sources of energy and
 conservation initiatives."
     When building its Brunswick supermarket, Giant Eagle implemented the
 following environmentally-friendly features:
 
      -- The consumption of 30 percent less energy than comparable
         supermarkets, with more than 50 percent of the location's electrical
         energy supplied through wind generation.
      -- 50 skylights integrated with electrical lighting sensors, which
         automatically adjust the amount of electric light supplied depending
         on the light generated by the skylight.
      -- Air quality sensors to monitor for carbon dioxide and other gases to
         ensure fresh, clean air throughout the entire store.
      -- The absence of ozone-depleting refrigerants in the refrigeration and
         cooling systems.
      -- Natural filtration of parking lot storm water into the adjacent
         marshland.
      -- Water conserving equipment that will save more than 100,000 gallons
         per year.
      -- Drought-resistant plants and trees that require no irrigation other
         than natural rainfall, resulting in a savings of approximately
         400,000 gallons of water each year.
      -- A green housekeeping program that uses environmentally responsible
         cleaning products.
      -- A white, reflective roof and increased insulation to allow the
         building to cool and heat easier.
      -- The Eagle's Nest(R) child learning and activity center, for children
         ages 3-9, features furniture made of particle board using pressed
         sunflower seeds.
      -- Cabinetry made of recycled strawboard.
      -- Gypsum wallboard made of 100 percent recycled materials.
      -- Adhesives, sealants, paints, carpeting and wood products that are low
         in volatile organic compounds.
 
     "A great deal of time, talent and resources went into making our Brunswick
 concept a reality," added Giant Eagle Director of Conservation jim lampl.  "We
 already are implementing many of these features into our new supermarkets for
 the benefit of our employees and customers."
     "Today's historic accomplishment is a vital piece to the overall
 environmental health of our country," said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President, CEO
 & Founding Chair.  "Giant Eagle's determination to become the first LEED-
 certified supermarket is unmatched and sets an important example for others in
 the supermarket industry to follow."
     Guided tours of the LEED features employed at the Brunswick Giant Eagle
 are available to the public, and teachers interested in educational visits can
 make arrangements by contacting the store at (330) 225-0616.  Reservations are
 not required for impromptu individual tours, but are needed for large groups.
 
     About Giant Eagle
     Giant Eagle, Inc., ranked 28 on Forbes magazine's largest private
 corporations list and recipient of Progressive Grocer's 2002 Retailer of the
 Year Award, is one of the nation's largest food retailers and food
 distributors with more than $5.2 billion in annual sales.  Founded in 1931,
 Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the
 region with 140 corporate and 81 independently owned and operated stores
 throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and
 Maryland.
     Giant Eagle was named America's Second Harvest 2004 Regional Retailer of
 the Year for its support of local food banks, and also actively supports
 numerous community events, the United Way, The Salvation Army, Race For The
 Cure and other non-profit organizations.  The company also has created
 education initiatives such as Apples For The Students, which has provided
 millions of dollars in computer equipment, software and other classroom
 learning tools for local schools and the Be A Smart Shopper school nutrition
 program.  Further information can be found at GiantEagle.com.
 
     About USGBC
     The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading coalition of
 corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit
 organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally
 responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Since its
 founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 5,300 member companies
 and organizations, a 50-person professional staff, a broad portfolio of
 LEED(R) products and services, the industry's popular Greenbuild International
 Conference and Expo, and a network of 67 local chapters, affiliates, and
 organizing groups.
 
 

SOURCE Giant Eagle, Inc.

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