Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based The Giant Co. will open its first store in Benner Township on Dec. 16, expanding its home state footprint. The new, ground-up, 50,000-square-foot store will be located at 2699 Benner Pike in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the Ahold Delhaize banner announced on Thursday.
“At The Giant Co., we are a neighborhood grocery store, but we are also members of the communities we serve,” said John Ruane, interim president of The Giant Co., in a statement. “The opening of our Benner Township Giant builds on our legacy of serving the State College community for more than 30 years, offering families convenience, meal solutions and savings to meet their lifestyles. Opening just in time for holiday celebrations, our new store reinforces our commitment to fulfilling our purpose of connecting families to a better future.”
Thomas “Woody” Woodring, a 43-year grocery veteran, has been appointed store manager of the new store, which will hire more than 100 people for full- and part-time positions, the grocery retailer said in a statement.
As part of the opening celebration, the first 200 customers will receive a reusable shopping bag filled with product samples and grand-opening coupons.
“We are excited to open our doors to the greater Bellefonte community, and just in time for the holiday season,” said Woodring. “Our new store will feature the very best of Giant’s For Today’s Table brand, but especially our customer promises—simplify shopping, inspire fresh ideas and create healthier communities. Our team is here to help, and we will strive to create meaningful shopping experiences that helps families gather around the table.”
The new store will feature grocery essentials as well as departments in meat and seafood, bakery and floral. Benner Township customers will find Giant’s signature Beer & Wine Eatery, as well as a hot foods bar with smoked meats and sushi made in-store and an onsite fuel station.
“We know price is top of mind for our customers, and it is for us too,” said Woodring. “Giant Choice Rewards is a great way for customers to shop and save. It helps families stretch their dollars by offering hundreds of dollars in savings each week. Customers choose rewards that matter the most to them, delivering an easy and personalized shopping experience that saves time and money.”
The store will offer Giant Direct easy pickup or delivery.
Founded in 1923, The Giant Co. family of brands includes Giant, Martin’s, Giant Heirloom Market, Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct.