Giant Food Store is one of the most popular supermarket chains in Pennsylvania region. The company has 47 locations across Southeastern Pennsylvania and now comes to Philadelphia.
The first Philadelphia store will be open July 20 in the 2500 block of Grant Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard in the Northeast.
The 74,000-square-foot Giant is part of a 156,000-square-foot retail redevelopment project.
” It was made possible by a change in city zoning law, facilitated by Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, that allowed the former industrial plot to be rebuilt from scratch by developer Peter Abrams of Abrams Realty Development.
Grocery clerks had warned that the change would give a nonunion chain an unfair advantage in a city where all other major supermarket chains are unionized”, local press said.
With so many stores in the suburbs, “the next logical jump for them, in terms of their distribution, their advertising, everything, was into Northeast Philadelphia,” he said.
The Grant Avenue location will be the eighth new Giant store in Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2008, said company spokesman Chris Brand.
“This is a market that we have been interested in for some time,” Brand said, declining to say whether the company planned to add more locations in the city.