(Aug. 29) Giant-Landover, Landover, Md., has, in separate news releases confirmed a store expansion and remodeling strategy for the rest of 2006 and announced a new prototype store to open Aug. 25.

Giant said it would open or remodel 14 total units in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware during the remainder of the year and would close seven smaller, outdated locations.

As for Giant's new prototype, called "Super Giant," it will offer a wider selection of products and services and will feature new decor, fresh produce under colorful canopies, prepared dishes and a Starbucks shop, among other amenities.

The Dunkirk, Md. store will also use "daylight collectors" to light the sales floor, and other microcomputer-controlled features to conserve energy and water.