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GIANT CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF GIANT DIRECT, POWERED BY PEAPOD IN LANCASTER; ANNOUNCES $150,000 DONATION TO POWER PACKS PROJECT

Grand opening culminates with Community Day Celebration on February 16


Carlisle, PA (Feb 12, 2019) – GIANT officials celebrated the grand opening of its new GIANT DIRECT, Powered by Peapod e-commerce hub in the city of Lancaster today. GIANT Food Stores President Nicholas Bertram and Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace commemorated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting at the facility, located at 235 North Reservoir Street.

“Today’s grand opening is a pivotal moment that reflects a renewed commitment to Lancaster and an investment in a special neighborhood,” explained Bertram. “We are grateful to Mayor Sorace for her guidance and support, and we thank all of our Reservoir Street neighbors for their patience as we brought this one-of-a-kind ecommerce hub to life.”

In addition to expanding the reach of GIANT’s next day delivery service to 40% more residents in the greater Lancaster area, the new hub - in partnership with Peapod Digital Labs - will be the first of GIANT’s e-commerce centers to offer on-site pickup service, where online orders are delivered directly to customer vehicles waiting outside. For customers who require, or prefer, an alternative to ordering online, the new hub features a walk-up vestibule with easy-order tablets.

“The city of Lancaster was happy to work with GIANT to bring the new e-commerce hub to North Reservoir Street,” said Mayor Sorace. “In addition to giving neighborhood residents a source of fresh food within walking distance, the new hub is adding 150 quality jobs to the local economy, many of which have been filled with residents of the city of Lancaster.”

As part of the grand opening celebration, GIANT announced a three-year, $150,000 donation to the Power Packs Project. The Power Packs Project aims to improve the mental and physical health of the Lancaster County children in the program by helping their parents provide nutritious meals over the weekend when the school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. Promoting healthy children and alleviating hunger in the communities it serves are two areas of priority for GIANT.

“GIANT’s donation will help us give families in Lancaster County the education and ingredients they need to serve their children nutritious food over the weekend and send them to school on Monday ready to learn,” explained Jennifer Thompson, executive director of the Power Packs Project. “We’re excited to have GIANT as a partner in our mission to fight childhood hunger and food insecurity.”

On Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m to noon, the GIANT DIRECT, Powered by Peapod e-commerce hub will host a Community Day Celebration. This free event is open to the public and local residents can come and enjoy:

  • Online ordering demonstrations
  • Promotional giveaways and prizes
  • Free hot chocolate, soft pretzels and popcorn
  • Face painting and balloon artists for the young at heart

The first 200 attendees will receive a free bag of groceries. Rumba 100.5 FM and FM97 will be on site providing live music.

“At GIANT, we work hard to be good neighbors to the communities we’re a part of, and we’re especially proud to partner with Power Packs Project,” said Bertram. “We look forward to meeting many of our neighbors at the Community Day Celebration on Saturday as well as in the weeks ahead.”

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About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ nearly 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets, and GIANT Heirloom Market. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.

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Christopher Brand
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Ashley Flower
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