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    Cub Foods Set to Break Ground for Green Store

    The retail project is seeking LEED certification, and will sport many sustainable features.

    Cub Foods will break ground next week for its latest store in the Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., at Clarence St. and Maryland Ave.

    Cub Foods' v.p./store development Curt Craig said the Stillwater, Minn.-based Supervalu-subsidiary is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which is the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Green Building Rating System. Some of the environmentally sustainable features of the project include water-efficient landscaping, enhanced refrigerant management, and water use and light pollution reduction. A white, Energy Star roof will also be installed for maximum energy performance.

    The major building materials will contain 20-90 percent recycled content and 75 percent of the construction waste will be recycled. The store will also utilize skylights and windows coupled with photometric sensors tied to the sales floor lighting to cut electrical usage during the day. Special features will also include a green pest control program, green cleaning program and will use reduced mercury lighting. The new Cub Foods location will also offer tours and have a LEED education program in place.

    Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. will oversee construction on the long-awaited neighborhood development. The 6.6-acre site will feature the 60,000-square-foot Cub Foods and three buildings totaling 14,175 square feet of additional retail space. The retail buildings are designed with the same materials as Cub Foods to provide aesthetic continuity to the project. The project's retail and office developer is Minnetonka, Minn.-based Oppidan.

    "Our goal was to transform the property into a safe, stable attractive community center that will also enhance property values," said Paul Tucci, lead developer for Oppidan, the project's Minnetonka, Minn.-based retail and office developer.

    Established in 1968 as one of the nation's first discount grocery stores, Cub Foods was purchased in 1980 by Supervalu and operates 57 stores in the Twin Cities.

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