press release

February 5, 2015

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – Whether already struck by Cupid’s arrow or enjoying with family and friends, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets is ready with plenty of ideas to make this Valentine’s Day extra special. And to make it easier, each store has set up a designated Sweetheart Express Checkout, reserved just for Valentine’s Day purchases, including flowers, bakery treats, cards and candies allowing customers to get in and out of the store quickly.

Choose the perfect bouquet

According to the National Retail Federation, the average adult spent approximately $40 on Valentine’s Day last year. Come to GIANT/MARTIN’S and warm up someone special with one of many HOT Valentine’s Day gift ideas. GIANT/MARTIN’S is featuring single and dozen rose bouquets, rose bunches and premium roses to satisfy anyone’s budget or choose from store made arrangements, mixed flower bouquets, flowering plants, balloons and much, much more! GIANT/MARTIN’S sources all of its flowers from farms whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability so you can be sure that your flower purchase is not only brightening the day of a loved one, but also being a better neighbor to the environment too.

If you’re looking for something a little more special, GIANT/MARTIN’S team of florists can help you put together a custom arrangement. Just call your local GIANT/MARTIN’S to place an order or have a floral associate help you choose the perfect bouquet.

New GIANT/MARTIN’S World Menu products

Spice up your homemade romantic dinner with GIANT/MARTIN’S exclusive brand new World Menu products. These internationally, inspired items feature quality ingredients and bold flavors, including many Italian and Asian favorites. Found throughout the store with a large variety in the frozen department, World Menu products bring the tastes from around the world to your kitchen for quick and easy meals in just minutes. Try ricotta and spinach tortellini paired with broccoli rabe & smoked provolone or enjoy chicken pot stickers with sweet & sour chicken for a new take on take-out.

Cooking for two?

Check out GIANT/MARTIN’S Recipe Center on the web for thousands of “lovely” entrée, appetizer and dessert ideas for all skill levels. Ingredients for all are available in- store.

GIANT/MARTIN’S shrimp primavera is an easy dish that will get you from the kitchen to table in less than an hour. To zest things up this Valentine’s Day add in cayenne pepper or hot sauce.

Shrimp Primavera


  • 1 Tbsp GIANT/MARTIN’S canola or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 14 oz. GIANT/MARTIN’S can diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. can GIANT/MARTIN’S tomato paste, mixed w/ 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dry oregano
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper or hot sauce
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 lb fully cooked shrimp, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. GIANT/MARTIN’S pasta (spaghetti, linguine or small shells)

Recipe Steps

Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook one minute. Add green pepper and sauté until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Stir well and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions. When pasta is almost done, add cooked and peeled shrimp to the sauce just to heat through but do not overcook. Squeeze lemon juice and stir in. Ladle shrimp and sauce over pasta.

Sweets for your sweetheart

Stop into our award-winning bakery department for GIANT/MARTIN’S special real whipped cream strawberry cake or choose from a delectable variety of cookies, cakes and other pastries. Don’t forget the produce section to make your own covered strawberries! Strawberries are buy one, get one free the week of February 8 at all GIANT/MARTIN’S stores.

Score points by grabbing a gift card

GIANT/MARTIN’S also offers a wide variety of gift cards to your Valentine’s favorite chain restaurants, major retailers, movie theatres and more! Customers who use their Bonus Card will also earn four times the Gas Extra Rewards points on select gift card purchases.

If you plan ahead or wait until February 14, think GIANT/MARTIN’S for all of your Valentine’s Day-related goodies!


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.