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Hy-Vee to open environmentally friendly convenience store on Thursday

August 29, 2012

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West Lawrence motorists will get a new option for gasoline purchases on Thursday, and they may get a glimpse at the future of how convenience stores are built too.

Hy-Vee is set to open its new gasoline station and convenience store at the corner of Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive at 6 a.m. on Thursday. When it opens, it will become the first gold-level LEED certified convenience store in Lawrence and the first for the Hy-Vee corporation anywhere.

The certification means the company is taking extra steps to ensure the store is environmentally friendly.

“The company has been looking for a place to test this type of format, and we thought Lawrence was the perfect fit,” said Andrew Yochum, the store director for the Hy-Vee at 3504 Clinton Parkway, which will oversee the convenience store.

Among the features built into the store are:

• Solar panels atop the canopy covering the station’s gas pumps.

• A rooftop rain collection system that will store water that will be used to operate the store’s toilets.

• Concrete floors that don’t require wax or other chemicals to clean.

• LED lighting and skylights that are expected to cut down on the store’s energy usage.

• Landscaping beds that use native plants that require very little watering.

• A grass lawn planted with buffalo grass instead of standard fescue. Yochum said the buffalo grass is expected to use so little water that the store was allowed to be built without an irrigation system.

Yochum said Hy-Vee officials are optimistic the store will be a significant money-saver on utility bills.

“On a sunny day, the skylights pretty much will light the store,” Yochum said. “Any retail store that has the amount of refrigeration or electronics that we use requires a lot of energy. I’m real interested in seeing what we can do about that.”

Lawrence motorists likely are interested in seeing what it will be like to have a convenience store along busy Clinton Parkway. The store will become the first convenience store on Clinton Parkway between Iowa and Wakarusa.

The facility will have 16 fueling stations and a 3,200-square-foot convenience store. Yochum said the store will have the feel of a Hy-Vee grocery store because the convenience store actually will be managed as a department of Hy-Vee’s Clinton Parkway store.

Yochum said that means the store will feature salads, sandwiches and bakery items from the nearby grocery store each day.

“We think the amount of fresh food in the store will surprise people,” Yochum said.

The store also will allow people to take their Hy-Vee grocery receipts to the convenience store to receive discounts on gasoline.

Hy-Vee is increasing its Lawrence workforce by three full-time employees and 12 part-time employees to operate the store — which will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. but will feature 24-hour fueling.

Comments

oletimer 1 year, 7 months ago

Okay, I read all about how hy-vee is going to save money in the operation of their gas station. I don't believe I see anything about the GAS they are going to sell. Is there going to be E-85? Any other options? I don't care how much money hy-vee will save. Tell me about the gas they are going to sell.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Went there this am , nice store , fresh stuff ,

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g_rock 1 year, 7 months ago

Let's open more gas stores in Lawrence! Part of the theory of Topeka's prices being lower are the new stations over the past few years actually making prices competitive!!!

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 7 months ago

Although I am not a fan of Miller Mart either, it is a mom and pop, thus I choose to support it when I can.

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johnnyC1987 1 year, 7 months ago

I hope they put MILLER MART out of business. Those people are rude and WAY OVERPRICED!

MILLER MART = OVERPRICED

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

"When it opens, it will become the first gold-level LEED certified convenience store in Lawrence and the first for the Hy-Vee corporation anywhere. "

Way ahead of city hall......

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Low maintenance landscape = very smart and several steps above city hall

Buffalo grass = very smart and beautiful

Less water usage = very smart and several steps above city hall

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Don Brennaman 1 year, 7 months ago

will they make it truly convenient by pricing as to eliminate pennies as change? i don't have time to wait for those with or without exact change. I need to get back on the road fast and resume my texting. Let me know when that first truly convenient store opens in the area.

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brewmaster 1 year, 7 months ago

It's great that there will now be an alternative to Miller Mart in that part of town. Miller Mart is trashy and high priced.

Perhaps, Hy-Vee can help Miller Mart pursue a new business model, as in "out of business."

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Andini 1 year, 7 months ago

I plan on passing gas there frequently.

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classclown 1 year, 7 months ago

"A rooftop rain collection system that will store water that will be used to operate the store’s toilets."

Good thing they weren't open the past couple of months and having to rely on this system.

"LED lighting and skylights that are expected to cut down on the store’s energy usage."

I plan to head over there and see these in action. I'm considering switching to LED as the florescents burn out, but would like to see how well they work actually lighting a room considering the cost.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Glad to see that store open. Its no mans land out there and the Miller Mart is a pathetic store.

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gphawk89 1 year, 7 months ago

If Hy-Vee truly wanted to be environmentally friendly, they could have simply not built the store. Anyone care to guess how much energy was used and how much pollution was produced manufacturing everything that went into that store?

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thuja 1 year, 7 months ago

Wanna be environmentally friendly?

Don't sell gasoline.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

1970s: "Hy-Vee to open Swingin' convenience store on Thursday"

1980s: "Hy-Vee to open 'Classic' convenience store on Thursday"

1990s: "Hy-Vee to open 'Old School' convenience store on Thursday"

2000s: "Hy-Vee to open 'Xtreme' convenience store on Thursday"

2012: "Hy-Vee to open environmentally friendly convenience store on Thursday"

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

Leaves instead of TP in the rest rooms!

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aweshootpearl 1 year, 7 months ago

still overpriced. occasional good sales.

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm very impressed. Not only Dillons but now Hy-Vee in a convenience store.

If possible, be sure that you carry Sweet Leaf Tea, too!

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formerfarmer 1 year, 7 months ago

Hopefully it will give them the competition they need to lower their prices.

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kufan1146 1 year, 7 months ago

Awesome! I think it's great that corporations are starting to move towards more green models. I'll be sure to do more of my grocery shopping at Hy-Vee over Dillons now. It's great that they are making strides forward. It's a win-win.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

Will this kill the Miller Mart down the street?

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