Fresh & Easy Opens First LEED Gold Store

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market said it opened its first LEED Gold-certified store yesterday in Cathedral City, Calif.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market here said it opened its first LEED Gold-certified store yesterday in Cathedral City, Calif.

The store achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting and water use and for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, the company said, including using 90% recycled steel for the building's structure.

“Achieving LEED Gold certification for the store further demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainable consumption,” said Tim Mason, chief executive officer. “Designing our buildings to use less energy is win-win — we are able to use less money, which we can pass on to customers, and we have less of an impact on the earth.”

Fresh & Easy is a pilot member of the LEED volume certification program and has invested in a 500,000-square-foot solar roof on its Riverside, Calif., distribution center, the company pointed out.

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