Energy efficient fixtures, bike racks and recycling programs are all part of Food Lion LLC’s new environmentally friendly store.

Food Lion goes green with LEED certified store

The Salisbury, N.C.-based chain broke ground on the new Columbia, S.C. location July 14 and plans to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for the store.

“Food Lion has a long-standing commitment to serving as a caring neighbor and is committed to being a strong corporate citizen in the communities in which we operate,” said Kyle Mitchell, vice president of store development, in a news release. “We are pleased to show our commitment to the citizens of South Carolina by being the state’s first ‘green’ grocery store.”

The stores features include high efficiency lighting, LED lighting in frozen food cases, bike racks and preferred parking for low-emissions vehicles, sensor activated and low flow water fixtures, kiosks with environmental information, recycling programs and local building materials.

This is the first LEED certified store for the company, Mitchell said.

“We will reduce energy costs by more than 20% compared to a typical supermarket, as well as conserve 44% more water than other Food Lion stores,” he said.

The store is expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year and employ 50.