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Giant grocery stores will invest $114 million in PA over the next 18 months

Giant Food Stores has announced major plans in Pennsylvania over the next 18 months with a capital investment of $114 million. These plans include a new e-commerce distribution center, two new stores and 35 renovations.

“We are doubling down on growth and innovation for our customers, building on the incredible momentum of 2019 and continuing to invest in our greater Commonwealth,” said Nicholas Bertram, President of Giant Food Stores. “Giant Direct’s accelerated growth has paved the way for additional investment opportunities that expand the geographic reach of our e-commerce. At the same time, our Giant Heirloom Market format has allowed us to reach a whole new demographic in Philadelphia.

Ecommerce Execution

Giant’s new distribution center — to support its Giant Direct e-commerce brand — will be located in Philadelphia. The existing 124,000 square foot facility will be completely renovated to streamline home delivery and in-store pickup for online shoppers.

Giant will partner with fellow Ahold Delhaize USA, Peapod Digital Labs, to develop the facility, which is expected to create more than 200 new jobs.

Store openings

The grocer will open a new 52,000 square foot Giant store in the company’s home market in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which will create approximately 150 jobs in the community. Construction of the Swatara Township store in Dauphin County begins early this year.

In Monroe County, a 66,000 square foot Giant store is set to open in 2021 in Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania. This store will employ approximately 200 team members.

Giant had previously announced plans to open a fourth Giant Heirloom Market, the grocer’s small-format urban banner, this year in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood.

A previously announced giant urban flagship location in Philadelphia’s new Riverwalk development will also open in 2020.

Store renovations

Thirty-five locations will undergo makeovers with optimized product assortments, streamlined order picking, improved merchandise displays and modern decor. Some will also add a new beer and wine restaurant.

“Investing in our store base remains a priority for us as we work to improve the in-store experience for the millions of customers we serve each week,” Bertram added. “From our development projects in Philadelphia to our new stores in Pocono Summit and Harrisburg or our renovations across the state, our goal is to provide the best, most personalized shopping through innovation, technology and a refreshed design.”

Giant Food Stores, based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, operates 181 stores, 132 pharmacies, 102 gas stations, more than 106 online pickup centers and grocery delivery service across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than 32,000 associates. The Giant Food Stores family of brands includes Giant, Martin’s Food Markets, Giant Heirloom Market, Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct. Parent company Ahold Delhaize USA is #4 on progressive grocerThe 2019 Super 50 list of the best grocers in the United States.