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Harris Teeter Building Green Store

A 53,000-square-foot Harris Teeter supermarket incorporating recycled construction materials, low-flow toilets, energy-efficient lighting and new refrigeration methods will be the major anchor tenant at Rivertowne Place, a 60,500-square-foot shopping center currently being built in Mount Pleasant, S.C., near Charleston, according to a published report.

The 60,500-square-foot Rivertowne project will be South Carolina’s first shopping center to be registered under the Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, reported the Charleston Post and Courier.

Ozone-eating refrigerant gases will be considerably reduced, and new lighting in freezer cases could save the energy equivalent of 4,000 gallons of gasoline annually, Dawn Reeves, director of environmental sustainability for Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter, told the paper.

The Rivertowne store is part of an expansion plan that the regional grocer revealed last year. At least six locations have been proposed for the Charleston area alone.

Harris Teeter opened its first LEED-certified grocery store earlier this month near Charlottesville, Va. Two others are slated for northern Virginia and Maryland.