Our Story

Our Story

Our story started in 1923 as a small fresh meat market in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and we’re proud of where we came from. Fresh thinking is still our focus, and our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

1923

David D.J. Javitch opens a two man butcher shop called Carlisle Meat Market. His goal? To offer the best products at the fairest prices.

1937

Javitch buys a store in Lewistown, PA and names it the GIANT Food Shopping Center. This store offers customers dry goods and perishable food under one roof, a new concept at the time.

1950's

GIANT begins to move beyond city locations, leading to a path of steady suburban growth.

1970

Our company’s growth picks up speed with the purchase of the MARTIN’S chain in Hagerstown, MD.

1979

Two new savings strategies are introduced to benefit customers: Bonus Buy™ Savings and Everyday Low Prices®

1997

A focus on one-stop shopping begins, and customers are introduced to in-store conveniences like time-saving technology, gas stations, full-service floral departments, expanded fresh departments and a bigger selection of natural and organic products.

2000

The BONUSCARD® is launched to reward our loyal customers.

2004

Sensing a shift in consumer behavior, we introduce our own exclusive brand of affordable organic and Free from items, Nature’s Promise™

2005

The Gas Extra Rewards program is launched to help customers save even more by visiting our fuel stations.

2011

We introduce Peapod home delivery and the first Beer Garden & Eatery opens in Indiana, PA.

2012

The launch of our mobile app puts a new focus on digital savings.

2016

We announced a commitment to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing and continued responsible retailing initiatives.

2018

Green initiatives continue with the addition of the GIANT Reduced Emissions Program, which allows customers to reduce their carbon footprint just by fueling up at GIANT.

Our Promises

Better place to Shop

In our stores, it’s easy to find the products you want at good prices every day. On top of that, we offer remarkable quality, exciting promotions, and employ friendly associates who are always ready to help.

Better place to Work

A positive workplace cultivates positive associates, so we’re committed to offering great working conditions, opportunities to grow, and a supportive team that recognizes and respects every member.

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Better Neighbor

We’re a hub in the community, so we make it count with healthier choices, responsibly sourced products, charitable giving, and a focus on well being for the community and the environment.

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Building Healthy Communities

Through Our Family Foundation, we help our neighbors in need with a focus on three key initiatives: fighting hunger, improving the lives of children and building healthy communities. We know what a difference it makes when we all work together. You can also apply now for a donation.

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Care for the Environment

We’re not just hoping for a better future: we’re making it happen. From using energy efficient technology to reducing waste in our stores, we’re working to make our environment healthier, cleaner and safer. Together, we can take steps to reduce our carbon footprint.

How We're Reducing Our Impact on the Planet
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Product Sustainability

Protecting the planet means protecting our future. At MARTIN'S FOODS we work with suppliers to obtain responsibly sourced products and are continuously looking for new ways to improve our processes. 100% of the seafood sold from our service counters is sustainably and responsibly sourced. In addition, 100% of our Nature’s Promise and Stop & Shop seafood items are sustainably sourced – including frozen shrimp and canned tuna.

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Request a Donation

We offer donations or support to local nonprofits. Apply for yours here.

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