Hy-Vee Opens Second LEED Store

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Hy-Vee is planning to open its second store seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification here on Monday, replacing an older store in this town.

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Hy-Vee [3] is planning to open its second store seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification here on Monday, replacing an older store in this town.

West Des Moines, Iowa-base Hy-Vee opened its first LEED store in 2009 in Madison, Wis. — a store that qualified as a LEED Gold project. To qualify for LEED certification, buildings must meet certain criteria in terms of energy savings and use of sustainable building materials.

The new, 64,000-square-foot store in Fairfield is twice the size of the store it is replacing, according to reports, and will include store-made sushi, a new offering for Hy-Vee. The store will consolidate the pharmacies of the existing store and a Hy-Vee Drug Store in Fairfield, the company said.

Fairfield, with a population of about 9,500, has worked to become a “sustainable community” by encouraging green development and practices among businesses and residents.