Giant/Martin’s held a groundbreaking ceremony where the retailer’s president Nicholas Bertram, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and PMC Property Group president Ron Caplan formally announced plans to build a 65,000 square foot store set to anchor the Riverwalk mixed-use development project. The two-level format is expected to open in the fall of 2020 and will create over 200 job opportunities.
“Like the city of Philadelphia, Giant continues to grow and innovate – becoming part of this new incredible Riverwalk project helps cement our commitment to Philadelphia,” stated Bertram. “We’ve always been dedicated to bringing quality groceries to the people of our home state of Pennsylvania, but this new Philadelphia store – as well as our new Giant Heirloom Markets throughout the city – represent the future of Giant: fresh solutions for the way families live now.”
The store, which will feature high open ceilings to allow natural light and city views into the space, will be located in the Logan Square neighborhood within walking distance to Center City. It will also have an outdoor terrace and an onsite parking garage exclusively for Giant customers. The produce marketplace will have over 600 varieties of fresh produce with the spotlight placed on local product and the location will boast the largest plant-based department of any other Giant/Martin’s in the company.
“Giant has become an integral part of the Philadelphia region, both as a business serving our communities and as a tremendous partner to our area’s nonprofits. Not only has Giant done a great deal to improve the health and wellbeing of Philadelphians over the years, its recent growth has also brought hundreds of high-quality jobs to our neighborhoods. The announcement of Giant’s new flagship store is an exciting development for the city,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. ‘’
Plans for the Riverwalk store highlight Philadelphia’s central role in the company’s recent growth strategy and is in addition to a $70 million investment Giant/Martin’s announced in April 2018 to grow its store network across the Commonwealth by constructing six new stores, remodeling two locations and opening four new fuel stations through the end of this year. Giant/Martin’s will soon open a new store in East Stroudsburg and has plans to open two more Giant Heirloom Markets in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Queen’s Village.
Giant/Martin’s has 158 stores in the state of Pennsylvania and employs nearly 29,000 associates in the state.