Target will build two prototype green certified stores this year and plans to have them at more than 100 locations next year. The Minneapolis-based retailer is building the initial prototypes at Waconia, MN and Otsego, MN and intends to have them open for business in October. Last year, Target installed solar roofs on some of its California stores.
Target is part of a group of 20 retailers – including Starbucks, Best Buy, and Lowe’s – that have been working with the USGBC since mid-2006 to test-pilot a new bulk certification program. The program allows chain stores to get their prototype buildings certified by the USGBC, rather than each individual location. The USGBC would then test each certified store for quality control through surprise visits and random efficiency testing.
REI recently announced plans to open its second prototype green building store in Round Rock, Texas.
Office Depot says it will open its first LEED-certified retail store in mid-2008. The company will “investigate” having its store prototype LEED-certified as well.
J. C. Penney is opening a new store in Denver that will pilot a series of sustainability initiatives for new store construction.
Best Buy intends to build only eco-friendly stores, certified by the USGBC through LEED.
Wal-Mart opened its first high-efficiency store last year.