In related news concerning its Giant/Martin’s division, Ahold Delhaize announced earlier this month that it plans a major capital improvement program at 13 of its Pennsylvania stores. The Carlisle, PA-based “brand” of Ahold Delhaize USA said it will construct six new stores, remodel two locations, and open five new fuel stations in Pennsylvania totaling a $70 million capital investment over the next two years. As part of its growth strategy, the company noted that it plans to enter the East Stroudsburg and Walnutport communities for the first time.
“We are positioning the company for long-term growth, and we are excited to grow our presence within East Stroudsburg and Walnutport to better serve the families in those communities,” said Nicholas Bertram, Giant president. “This year Giant is celebrating our founding in Pennsylvania 95 years ago, so we’re especially proud to make these new investments in our home state.”
The East Stroudsburg store at 300 Lincoln Ave. and the Walnutport store at 300 S. Best Avenue are both anticipated to open in 2019. Both locations will include new fuel stations.
The other four new stores include: 176 West Street Road, Feasterville-Trevose, which replaces the store at 1055 Bustleton Pike and is anticipated to open in the summer 2018; 2121 South Atherton Street, State College will replace the store at 2222 East College Avenue and is anticipated to open in late 2018/early 2019; 1661 Easton Road, Warrington, which replaces the store at 2395 York Road, Jamison; and is anticipated to open in early 2019; West Chester Pike & Route 476, Broomall which replaces the store at 2910 Springfield Road and is anticipated to open in late 2019. Additionally, two other store remodels are targeted for Giants stores at 14635 Mt. Airy Road, Shrewsbury (including a 4,000 square-foot expansion; and 698 Downingtown Pike, West Chester. The new remodels will feature broader variety and a product assortment that is relevant to customers in each store, such as more local products, a deeper assortment of natural and organic selections and healthier snack options. Each remodel will bring a freshly designed layout that the retailer said will make it easier to navigate and shop, so customers can get in and out of the store quickly.
In addition to the construction of new stores, three new fuel stations will be built to serve s in the existing Pennsylvania locations of Lititz, Horsham, and Bethlehem at these specific addresses: 825 Lititz Pike, Lititz; 314 Horsham Road, Horsham; and 2182 W. Union Blvd., Bethlehem. Following completion of construction within the year, the company will operate 103 fuel stations. Giant projects that these new projects will bring approximately 300 additional jobs to these communities through the hiring of full-time and part-time associates.
This investment announcement follows the February completion of a new Peapod wareroom opened in partnership with Giant in North Coventry, PA. The wareroom opening was in response to delivery and pickup demand and it will enable Peapod and the Carlisle, PA-based merchant to serve up to 25 percent more shoppers in the greater Philadelphia area. Peapod said it has experienced double digit growth in the Philadelphia region for the last three consecutive years. Giant noted this investment is an addition to its ongoing capital spending in beer & wine eateries that the retailer began in 2011 and now number 59 in the Keystone State.
Giant is also extending its investment to fighting child hunger in local Pennsylvania communities. The grocer has committed $1 million over two years to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley. Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will receive an $800,000 grant to accelerate its multipronged approach to address the issue of food insecurity among children and their families, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley will receive $216,000 to expand its Backpack Buddies program.
“As we announce a significant investment in our store fleet to better serve our customers, we are also committed to help our regional food bank partners to better serve the communities we share,” continued Bertram. “Together, we can expand access to healthier, fresher food so those in need can nourish their families and meet basic needs to help them get back on their feet.”