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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

Steve Jacob 2 years, 4 months ago

Will this kill the Miller Mart down the street?

Hooligan_016 2 years, 4 months ago

No, they have live bait and booze there :P

kufan1146 2 years, 4 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.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 4 months ago

Agreed. However, after seeing the site the past week, they should have done something with low-maintenance landscaping as well (instead of just laying down fescue)

Paul Geisler 2 years, 4 months ago

Did you miss the part about native plants & buffalo grass, as the article stated? • 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.

Beth Ennis 2 years, 4 months ago

The new Dillon's on Mass St was built green also. They also have skylights in the store, and on their first day open, I looked up and no flourescent lights were on. The entire store was being lit by the skylights. They did other things green also, I just don't know what all it is off hand. BTW, as much as I like Hy-Vee, their prices, last time we shopped there, were about 30% higher than Dillons.

Tammy Copp-Barta 2 years, 4 months ago

I thought so too. I get my produce at Checkers.

Tammy Copp-Barta 2 years, 4 months ago

Actually - the new Dillons store on Massachusetts is supposed to be a green store.

formerfarmer 2 years, 4 months ago

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

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 4 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!

aweshootpearl 2 years, 4 months ago

still overpriced. occasional good sales.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Leaves instead of TP in the rest rooms!

gphawk89 2 years, 4 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?

cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

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

johnnyC1987 2 years, 4 months ago

Miller Mart is so overpriced it is ridiculous. I give them 3 more years tops before they fold up shop. My fellow lazy people on West 23rd will no longer have to settle for high prices.

Miller Mart, you're through.

who_does_care 2 years, 4 months ago

Did they charge you $6.00 for soda and $5.00 for a candy like in movie theater. If you want the stuff that you find in convenience store for lower price then you need to go to a grocery store.

classclown 2 years, 4 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.

gphawk89 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm skipping CFL's and will convert to LED's when the price becomes reasonable and when someone produces a LED equivalent of a 100W incandescent. I have LED strip lights under my kitchen cabinets and they light the kitchen up brighter than the two 75W overhead incandescents and use way less power.

brewmaster 2 years, 4 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."

who_does_care 2 years, 3 months ago

I found price of items in HyVee higher than Miller Mart's price.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 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

Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 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......

johnnyC1987 2 years, 4 months ago

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

MILLER MART = OVERPRICED

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 4 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.

who_does_care 2 years, 3 months ago

Just stopped by HyVee today and found that the price of Hyvee Gas Station is higher than Miller Mart.

cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

Went there this am , nice store , fresh stuff ,

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