Giant in Walnutport Almost ready to open
submitted by Laura E. Jacobs
Designed for the Way Families Live Now with Focus on Fresh Ideas
Beer & Wine Eatery, Fuel Station, and Curbside Pick-Up Service Offered
CARLISLE, Pa., April 30, 2019 – GIANT Food Stores will celebrate the grand opening of its new highly-anticipated Walnutport store located at 300 S. Best Ave. on Friday, May 17 at 8 a.m. The new 55,000 square foot GIANT will operate 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week and bring approximately 200 full and part time jobs to the Walnutport community.
Steve Bowlby, a 27-year grocery veteran, has been appointed store manager of the newest GIANT, and he will bring his team and community leaders together in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 17. As part of the celebration festivities, the first 200 customers in line will receive a free GIANT reusable shopping bag and other grand opening giveaways.
“There’s nothing more exciting than opening a brand-new GIANT, especially here in Walnutport where the support from our neighbors has been fantastic,” said Bowlby. “We have built an amazing team of friendly and enthusiastic associates who reflect the generous spirit of the Walnutport community. Our team is putting the finishing touches on what we hope is a special shopping experience designed with today’s family in mind.”
Acknowledging the different journey each customer takes to bring food to the family table, GIANT has designed the new Walnutport location to serve customers whenever and however they want. Busy Walnutport customers can choose to visit in-store or order their groceries online for easy curbside pick-up with GIANT DIRECT, Powered by Peapod, at peapod.com.
The Walnutport store will feature fresh ideas exemplified by an expanded farm fresh produce department that has over 350 quality produce items. Freshness is also harvested in a large variety of locally grown items and organic selections, including in-store fresh cut vegetables and fruits.
In addition, the new store will offer GIANT’S signature fresh departments including a full-service deli featuring Boar’s Head meats, an Asian hot bar, a variety of hot rotisserie chickens, a selection of grab and go meals, and seasonally-right fresh salads. Whether it’s flavorful burgers, grilled juicy steaks, spicy hot chicken or tasty tangy ribs, GIANT has the best selection of meats and USDA prime cuts for every occasion and every budget, including Nature’s Promise Organic meats and chicken. From delicate to meaty selections, GIANT’S seafood department has the perfect assortment of shrimp, tuna, salmon, or catfish, salmon fillets, or just-caught clams. GIANT seafood is delivered fresh daily, and all fresh seafood is sustainably sourced.
The store will also feature a decadent full-service bakery with skilled decorators, signature cakes, artisan breads, and donuts made-fresh daily. Many dessert favorites are packaged for single-serve convenience. For special occasions or just because, there is also an eye-catching floral department with fresh-cut flowers and lovely arrangements right at the front of the store.
“We take great pride in our unique local selections, and we are honored to feature PA Preferred items throughout each of our departments,” continued Bowlby. “For example, in our bakery, customers will find dessert items crafted by local favorite Kiffle Kitchen.”
The new Walnutport GIANT also features a Beer & Wine Eatery, stocked with an immense selection of more than 300 varieties of beer and wine, curated with a focus on Pennsylvania craft beer and intriguing wine selections. The Beer & Wine Eatery will especially showcase hyper-local beers within the special Mix-a-Six case, where customers can mix and match to find new favorites. Customers are welcome to pull up a chair in the Beer & Wine Eatery to enjoy fresh-made fare including meal combos, sandwiches, wraps, subs, salads, sushi and a hot bar. The new eatery seats 30 and will be open Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Just in time for graduation celebrations, the new Walnutport store offers convenient catering options with Entertaining by GIANT. Pulling off a graduation celebration has never been easier with fresh in-store hand-crafted sandwiches, wings, salads, appetizers, entrees, sides, graduation cakes, desserts and more. Customers can call 1-888-442-6812, place an order at the store, or simply order online at giantfoodstores.com.
Quality and convenience also extend to the new Walnutport GIANT fuel station. For every $100 spent on groceries using a BonusCard, customers receive ten cents off per gallon of gas when they fill up as part of Gas Extra Rewards. Rewards earned in one month must be redeemed by the end of the following month. Rewards points are tracked at the bottom of the GIANT receipt. There are six pumps total, each with a Pay-at-the-Pump feature. Diesel fuel will also be offered along with an air station.
Grand opening local community spirit
GIANT also extends its commitment to the Walnutport community through its philanthropic platform, Living Here, Giving Here. In that spirit, GIANT will celebrate the opening of its Walnutport store with local community groups in a special presentation on May 16 where the organizations below will each receive a $1,000 donation:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Diamond Fire Company
Northern Lehigh Food Bank
Northern Lehigh School District
Walnutport Police Department
“GIANT is committed to supporting the local communities it serves and these organizations are helping to build a healthier Walnutport community each and every day,” added Bowlby.
The Walnutport store is also assigned a feeding agency partner to receive weekly food donations through the company’s food rescue program, including its acclaimed “Meat the Needs” initiative.
The opening of the Walnutport GIANT is part of a $70 million capital investment the company announced last year to grow its store network. GIANT has also recently announced a series of strategic investments to its store fleet and family of brands, including the opening of the first GIANT Heirloom Market in Philadelphia, where three additional locations are planned to open this year; the grand opening of its new GIANT DIRECT e-commerce hub in the city of Lancaster; the opening of five new MARTIN’S stores along the I-81 corridor; and a new store opening later this year in East Stroudsburg.
About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores, is passionate about building strong families and healthy communities. With a customer-centric approach in all it does, GIANT serves millions of families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia through its nearly 180 neighborhood stores, 132 pharmacies, 99 fuel stations and its online grocery ordering and delivery services. GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ more than 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community and over the last five years, GIANT, with the help of its customers and vendor partners, has proudly donated more than $100 million to local nonprofits. The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN’S Food Markets, GIANT Heirloom Market, and GIANT DIRECT, Powered by Peapod. GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites.