press release

September 3, 2015

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Jamie Miller
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New Giant Potomac Yard Store to Open September 4

Landover, Md. (August 7, 2015) – Giant Food today announced that the doors will open at its new Potomac Yard store at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4. The new Giant, located at 621 East Glebe Road in Alexandria will replace the Giant store at 425 East Monroe Avenue store located 1.2 miles away, which closes Thursday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. The brand new store is three times larger than the East Monroe store and will offer customers the convenience of a Starbucks café and pharmacy. The Potomac Yard store will employ approximately 150 associates.

“We are delighted to bring a brand new store to Notch 8 in Potomac Yard, a new mixed-use development along the Potomac River in Alexandria,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “The Potomac Yard Giant will include innovative features and design, with a variety of new amenities that enrich the shopping experience for our Alexandria customers.”

Giant customers will find a more contemporary shopping experience in the new 57,716-square foot store. The newly designed market-style produce section will offer a fresh-cut fruit and vegetable preparation center and smoothie bar, and will include a large organic produce display. The store will also have a full-service deli department with an expansive offering of products, including a service case with Boars Head premium meats and cheeses, a sandwich service center, an assortment of hot foods, a salad bar, and a gourmet cheese island. For customers’ convenience, the store will offer “Order It,” a deli kiosk where customers can digitally place deli orders and continue shopping while their deli order is filled. In addition, the seafood department will feature a wide selection of fresh and frozen seafood, along with a live lobster tank, and sushi freshly prepared by Giant’s in-house sushi chef.

Adjacent to the Starbucks café, customers will find an extensive bakery section where they can pick up fresh baked products and a variety of Nature’s Promise artisan breads from the new muffin cart, bagel bin, and bread bar. The Potomac Yard Giant will also feature more than 100 offerings of natural and organic foods, including Giant’s own Nature’s Promise products as well as many gluten-free offerings. In addition, an expanded international section will include a unique selection of Kosher, Hispanic, Italian, Irish and Asian goods.

The store will also provide an expansive selection of domestic and international wines for all tastes and budgets, as well as a wide assortment of beer, including craft, domestic and imported. The Potomac Yard Giant will continue to offer a large variety of general merchandise, seasonal items, and health and beauty care products. Customers will also find beautiful blooms and custom arrangements created by Giant’s specially trained florists in the floral department.

The store’s Starbucks café will offer complimentary Wi-Fi and convenient seating. The Potomac Yard Giant will also feature a full-service pharmacy where customers can continue to save by using the new Giant Prescription Savings Card.

Giant at Potomac Yard will also offer in-store technologies including “SCAN IT!” hand-held devices, which allow customers to scan and bag their groceries while they shop to allow for speedier checkout. In addition, the store will include nine mainline registers along with 10 self-checkout centers to make customers’ shopping experience time-saving and convenient. A PNC Bank will also be onsite.

About Giant Food

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals.For more information on Giant, visit www.www.giantfood.com