Recently, HEB announced it would build a first-of-its-kind store at the Mueller development. Construction of the 75,000sf grocery store is expected to begin late in 2012. Details regarding the look and feel of the store are still under consideration, but HEB ensures that it will be tailored to Mueller’s needs. What makes this store so different from its brethren is HEB’s intent to make it the most sustainable store they have ever built.
Following in step with other sustainable buildings found at the Mueller development, like the Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House, HEB aims to qualify for Austin Energy’s Green Building program and earn a Silver certification from the USGBC. They are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint through recycling and reducing consumption of water and energy. The chain plans to test its chosen methods of sustainability at Mueller before rolling out more stores of its kind.
“Every HEB store is tailored to the specific neighborhoods they serve, and that’s exactly what we plan to do at Mueller,” said Jeff Thomas, senior vice president and general manager for HEB’s Central Texas region. “This store will include innovative practices in sustainability and green building, and we look forward to getting to know the diverse neighborhoods this store will serve and understanding exactly what our shoppers need and want from their HEB.”
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