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Safeway LEED-ing the way to greener retail with certified Washington store

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Safeway’s store in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 71,067-sq.-ft. store is the grocer’s second LEED-certified store and the first LEED-certified store in D.C.

The store’s green building elements include sunshade screens to reduce solar heat gain and a storm water drainage system that collects and filters on-site runoff from the parking lot and roof. The store also features water-efficient landscaping, including the use of drip irrigation with a landscape irrigation system water diverted from public sewer system by reuse of defrost waste water. Drought-tolerant native plants that require little or no irrigation help reduce the use of water.

Additional sustainable elements include:

  • White “TPO” roofing, which reduces the heat island effect and decreases cooling requirements for the store;

  • LED lighting in exterior signs, which reduce energy consumption by 80% or more compared with standard neon signs;

  • No CFC refrigerants. Safeway exclusively uses R-507 in its refrigeration systems, an HFC refrigerant with low ozone depletion potential;

  • Protocol-distributed refrigeration systems, which places the compressors closer to the various loads around the store to reduce the amount of copper piping in one store by about 35%. It also reduces the refrigerant charge by approximately 30%; and

  • Centralized HVAC system, using R-410a, which is more energy-efficient than R-22 and has zero-ozone depletion potential.

The Georgetown Safeway reopened last year.

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Report: Happy Harry’s stores get Walgreens makeover

BY Michael Johnsen

HOCKESSIN, Del. — Walgreens is 10 stores into transforming the popular Happy Harry’s Delaware pharmacy brand into Walgreens stores both inside and out, the News Journal, a Delaware daily, reported earlier this week.

By the end of the year, Happy Harry’s will be no more. Walgreens acquired Happy Harry’s in 2006, but decided to keep the venerable brand name at the time.

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AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour heads to City of Brotherly Love

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is making its way to Philadelphia next week.

The tour, which seeks to administer $14 million of free health tests nationally, will arrive at the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia on May 19 and will offer free screenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tests offered include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index for adults ages 18 years and older, with no appointment necessary.

According to a recent AARP member survey, more than 68% of members surveyed in Pennsylvania said that paying for healthcare expenses is a top healthcare concern. Preventive health screenings are a critical method for detecting potential diseases before symptoms are noticed, AARP and Walgreens said.

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