35 Facts About Giant Eagle


Giant Eagle is headquartered in an office park in the Pittsburgh suburb of O'Hara Township.

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Giant Eagle quickly expanded across western Pennsylvania, weathering the Great Depression and World War II.

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Around the mid- or late 1990s, Giant Eagle later reached Cleveland by acquiring the Rini- Rego Stop-n-Shop stores in the area.

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In 1998, Giant Eagle acquired the International Seaway Foods and converted the Rini- Rego Stop-n-Shop Stores into Giant Eagle Stores.

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Giant Eagle purchased or opened other Northeast Ohio stores outside the Stop-n-Shop area, such as the former Apples supermarkets in the nearby Akron area.

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Giant Eagle emerged as one of the dominant supermarket chains in Northeast Ohio, competing mainly against the New York-based Tops, from which it purchased 18 stores in October 2006.

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Giant Eagle purchased independently owned County Market stores, giving it a store in Somerset, Pennsylvania, a new store in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and its first Maryland stores: one in Cumberland, one in Hagerstown, and two in Frederick.

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Giant Eagle has aggressively expanded its footprint in the Greater Columbus area, capitalizing on the demise of the former Big Bear supermarket chain, and taking Big Bear's traditional place as Columbus's upmarket grocer.

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Giant Eagle first entered what it calls its "Columbus Region" in late 2000, opening three large newly built stores at Sawmill and Bethel Rd.

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In 2004, Giant Eagle purchased nine former Big Bear stores in Columbus, Newark, and Marietta from parent company Penn Traffic.

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Giant Eagle has since expanded to several additional locations, acquiring other abandoned Big Bear stores and in newly constructed buildings using the current Giant Eagle prototype.

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Giant Eagle opened its 20th Columbus-area at New Albany Road at the Ohio Rt.

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In 1991, Giant Eagle introduced the "Advantage Card", an electronic loyalty card discount system, as a sophisticated version of the obsolete stamp programs.

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In 2017, Giant Eagle began implementing fuelperks+, an enhancement to the existing fuelperks program that reintroduces the benefits of the previous foodperks benefit which had been discontinued in 2013.

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In late 2021, Giant Eagle began to roll out another new system, myPerks and myPerks Pro.

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Giant Eagle offers more than two dozen departments across its stores.

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Giant Eagle has banking partnerships with Citizens Bank in Pennsylvania and Huntington Bank in Ohio and West Virginia, both of which have their branches open inside Giant Eagle branches seven days a week except for federal holidays.

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Giant Eagle rebranded some of its stores as Market District in an attempt to attract upscale shoppers.

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The Giant Eagle name appears above the logo on the rebranded stores.

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That store is a result of Giant Eagle's closing their existing Westlake location in October 2018 for six months to do extensive renovations.

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Giant Eagle Express offers a cafe with prepared sandwiches, Giant Eagle's own Market District coffee, salad bar, and a wireless internet connection.

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Giant Eagle began adding pharmacies to their stores in the 1980s, along with other "store-within-a-store" concepts photo, floral, and video rental.

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Giant Eagle Pharmacy offers several immunizations throughout the year for pneumonia, influenza, and Shingrix.

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Giant Eagle partnered with Arlington Lens Supply in 2010 to sell contact lenses online via their website.

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Giant Eagle has a contract to operate Starbucks kiosks in some of its stores; the workers are employed by Giant Eagle, but become certified baristas after completing the process.

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Giant Eagle was the largest shareholder of the Phar-Mor chain during its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, although it was operated separate from the main Giant Eagle chain.

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The Shapira family who owns Giant Eagle provided Phar-Mor founder Mickey Monus with the financing necessary to start his chain.

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Giant Eagle once operated Iggle Video locations inside many of its locations to serve as its video rental shop.

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In October 2004, Giant Eagle began a long-term experiment with in-store optometry centers dubbed "Giant Eagle Optical".

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In December 2008, Giant Eagle opened the rebranded Valu King supermarket in Eastlake, Ohio.

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In 2012, Giant Eagle opened a new low-cost supermarket concept called Good Cents, located in Ross Township, Pennsylvania.

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Giant Eagle currently uses the slogan "That's Another Giant Eagle Advantage" with its advertising, focusing on the eAdvantage offer of the week.

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Giant Eagle sells Topco-produced Valu Time products, which are substantially cheaper than other private-label and name-brand merchandise.

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Giant Eagle has the highest market share of any supermarket chain in the Pittsburgh area, giving it a de facto monopoly in some parts of western Pennsylvania; only stores supplied by United Natural Foods such as Shop 'n Save, FoodLand, and County Market have much of a presence in the area.

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Kroger and Giant Eagle still compete head-to-head in Morgantown, Columbus and Indianapolis.

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