Giant Food Stores announces urban flagship location

Supermarket operator Giant Food Stores is accelerating its growth in one of its most important markets.

Giant announced will open a two-level, 65,000-sq.-ft. urban flagship in downtown Philadelphia.

The news comes on the heels of the company’s launch of its new format, Giant Heirloom Market, in Philadelphia. It is in addition to a $70 million investment Giant announced last year to grow its portfolio across the Commonwealth by constructing six new stores, remodeling two locations and opening four new fuel stations through the end of 2019. Giant will soon open a store in East Stroudsburg and plans to open two more Heirloom Markets in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Queen’s Village.

The flagship will be part of the new Riverwalk mixed-use development project, on the banks of Schuylkill River. It will be located in the first of two towers under development at 60 North 23rd Street by PMC Property Group. Located in the Logan Square neighborhood within walking distance Philly’s Center City, the new Giant will be tailored to the needs of urban shoppers. The offerings will include curbside pickup of online grocery orders.

“Like the city of Philadelphia, Giant continues to grow and innovate – becoming part of this new incredible Riverwalk project helps cement our commitment to Philadelphia,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, Giant Food Stores. “We’ve always been dedicated to bringing quality groceries to the people of our home state of Pennsylvania, but this new Philadelphia store – as well as our new Giant Heirloom Markets throughout the city – represent the future of Giant: fresh solutions for the way families live now.”

The flagship will welcome customers with a first-floor glass lobby marked by dramatic, high open ceilings. Natural light and city views will enhance the shopping experience and an outdoor terrace will give customers a place to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and food. A dedicated onsite parking garage will be available exclusively to Giant customers.

The store will feature a produce marketplace with over 600 varieties of fresh produce, with a spotlight on local items. Inspired by Giant Heirloom Market, it will also feature community vendor partnerships with Philadelphia-area food purveyors. The store will boast the largest plant-based department in the company.

“The features planned for the new Riverwalk Giant speak directly to the needs and desires of our city demographic,” said Ron Caplan, president of PMC Property Group. “We’re thrilled to offer our future residents and customers such an incredible and innovative amenity.”

The new Giant is expected to open by fall of 2020. Metro Commercial represented Giant in the deal.

Giant, part of Ahold Delhaize USA, operates a total of 181 locations, including 158 stores in the state of Pennsylvania. Store banners include Giant, Martin’s Food Markets, and Giant Heirloom Market.