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Giant expanding Shrewsbury location, adding new stores
Giant is expanding its franchise, with several new locations and remodels, including one in Shrewsbury.
The Shrewsbury Giant, at 14635 Mount Airy Road, will be remodeled with a 4,000-square-foot expansion, according to a news release.
Christopher Brand, a spokesman for Giant Food Stores, said the original 54,500-square-foot space will be extending into an adjacent space for a total of 58,500 square feet.
The expansion will create more options for customers, such as more local products, natural and organic selections and healthier snacks, the release states, and a new layout will make it easier to navigate the store.
Brand said Giant has been seeing trends moving toward healthier, organic food and snack options. When suppliers send new items to stores and there’s enough demand, he said, the stores expand space to include more of the products.
When given the choice, customers also typically prefer local products, he said. Brand added that the area is lucky to have proximity to a lot of local growers in central Pennsylvania.
The expansion is expected to be complete by the fall, he said.
New stores: The company announced Tuesday, April 10, that six new stores will open in the state — in Monroe, Northampton, Bucks and Delaware counties and in State College, beginning this summer through late 2019.
Additionally, two locations will be remodeled, the one in Shrewsbury and another in West Chester, Chester County.
Five new fuel stations will be constructed in Lancaster, Montgomery, Monroe and Northampton counties, as well as in Bethlehem.
Officials say total costs of the new facilities and renovations are $70 million in capital investment over the next two years.
According to a news release, part of the company's growth strategy is to open in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, and Walnutport, Northampton County, for the first time. Both locations are expected to open in 2019, along with new fuel stations.
Giant was founded in 1923 in Carlisle as the Carlisle Meat Market, according to Brand, and currently has 171 locations in four states, the release states.
Officials say the other four new store locations are replacing previous Giants.
These new projects are anticipated to bring about 300 more jobs to their communities through the hiring of full-time and part-time associates, according to the release.
Investments: Giant's new projects follow other recent investments.
In February, a new Peapod warehouse was completed and opened in partnership with Giant in New Coventry, Chester County. Also, Giant's Beer & Wine Eateries, which began opening in 2011, have grown to 59 in the state, the release states.
A portion of the company's investments will go toward its regional food bank partners, which focus on child hunger in local Pennsylvania communities.
According to the release, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will receive an $800,000 grant for its approach to address food insecurity among children and their families, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley will receive $216,000 for expanding its Backpack Buddies program.