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Giant Eagle, Inc.
Type Private
Founded 1931
Headquarters Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Key people David Shapira, President and CEO
Industry Retail (Grocery)
Products groceries, bakeries, deli, banking, Iggle Video
Revenue $6.06 billion USD (2005)
Employees 25,500
Website www.gianteagle.com

Giant Eagle, Inc. is an American supermarket chain with stores located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Giant Eagle was founded in 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Supermarket News ranked Giant Eagle No. 22 in the 2007 "Top 75 North American Food Retailers" based on 2006 fiscal year estimated sales of $6.5 billion.[1] In 2005, it was the 32nd largest privately held corporation, as determined by Forbes.[2] Based on 2005 revenue, Giant Eagle is the forty-ninth largest retailer in the United States.[3] As of June 2006, the company had 144 company-owned and 72 franchised stores. The company also operates 110 fuel station/convenience stores under the GetGo banner. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Pittsburgh,_Pennsylvania. ... “Pittsburgh” redirects here. ... David Shapira is an American businessman and leader of Giant Eagle, Inc. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Bakery foods A baker is someone who bakes and sells bread, cakes and similar foods. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Binomial name Harpagornis moorei Haast, 1872 Haasts Eagle (Harpagornis moorei), was a massive, extinct eagle that once lived on the South Island of New Zealand. ... Exterior of a typical British supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of an upscale supermarket. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... “Pittsburgh” redirects here. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... GetGo is a chain of gas stations/convienience stores started by the grocery store Giant Eagle. ...


The company operates its corporate headquarters in a suburban Pittsburgh office park in O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania. OHara Township is a township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania six miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh. ...

Contents

History

Eagle Grocery was founded by the families of Goldstein/Shapira, Porter, and Chait in 1918 in Pittsburgh. In 1928, the families sold the Eagle Grocery company to the Kroger Company. In 1931, however, the families regained ownership of the Eagle Grocery stores and combined with the Moravitz and Weizenbaum families' OK Grocery chain to form Giant Eagle. The chain continued to prosper even through the 1930s and 1940s, an era of poverty and war. In the 1950s, the average size of a Giant Eagle grocery store was 15,000 ft². Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


The chain entered Ohio in the 1980s, reaching Cleveland in the 1990s, by acquiring the Stop N Shop stores in the area. Stop N Shop stores were family owned and operated in different areas of Cleveland. For an example if a person lived in Parma, Ohio, they shopped at Rini/Rego, if a person lived in Garfield Heights, Ohio, they shopped at Reiders. The family operators of Stop N Shop formed a holding company named International Seaway Foods as the main umbrella for Stop N Shop. In 1998, Giant Eagle acquired the International Seaway Foods and converted the Stop N Shop Stores into Giant Eagle Stores. The company entered the Toledo, Ohio, market by opening two stores in the area in 2001 and 2004. Giant Eagle emerged as one of the dominant supermarket chains in Northeast Ohio, competing mainly against the New York-based Tops, of which it purchased 18 stores in October 2006. Nickname: Motto: Progress & Prosperity Location in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State County Cuyahoga Founded 1796 Incorporated 1814 (village)   1836 (city) Government  - Mayor Frank G. Jackson (D) Area [1]  - City  82. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Parma is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and is the largest suburb of Cleveland. ... Garfield Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio County Lucas Founded 1833 Government  - Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (D) Area  - City 84. ... Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are nicknames for the metropolitan area surrounding Cleveland in Ohio. ... Tops Markets, LLC, usually referred to as just Tops, is an American supermarket chain based in Williamsville, New York, with stores in the western and central regions of that state, northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio (the latter having once been Finast). ...


Giant Eagle purchased independently-owned County Market stores, giving it a replacement store in Somerset, Penn.; a new store in Johnstown, Penn.; and its first Maryland stores: one in Cumberland, one in Hagerstown, and two in Frederick. The Cumberland store closed in December 2003, and the Hagerstown store closed in August 2005.


Giant Eagle has aggressively expanded its footprint in the Greater Columbus area, capitalizing on the demise of the former Big Bear supermarket chain and taking Beg Bear's traditional place as Columbus' upmarket grocer. Giant Eagle first entered what it calls its "Columbus Region" in late 2000, opening three large newly-built stores at Sawmill and Bethel Rd., Lewis Center, and Dublin-Granville Rd. with two more following in 2002 and 2003 at Gahanna and Hilliard-Rome Rd. In 2004, Giant Eagle purchased nine former Big Bear stores in Columbus, Newark and Marietta from parent company Penn Traffic. Giant Eagle has since expanded to other several additional locations, both in abandoned Big Bear stores and in newly-constructed buildings using the current Giant Eagle prototype. In 2007, Giant Eagle will be opening its 20th and 21st Columbus-area stores in the Columbus suburbs of New Albany (New Albany Road at the Ohio Rt. 161 freeway) and in Dublin (at Hayden Run and Cosgray Roads). Big Bear was a regional supermarket chain in the midwestern United States, headquartered for many years in Columbus, Ohio. ... The Penn Traffic Company operates 109 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. ...


Giant Eagle has the highest share of any supermarket chain in the Pittsburgh area, largely due to being a de-facto monopoly in the region (only Aldi and stores supplied by Supervalu such as Shop 'n Save, FoodLand, and Save-A-Lot even have a presence in the area, let alone significant market share), but has lost some market share in recent years due to Wal-Mart's construction of supercenters in the area. The company was also rumored to be considering a relationship with regional department/grocery store chain Meijer in an attempt to expand in the Midwest. [citation needed] Look up De facto in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A monopoly (from the Greek language monos, one + polein, to sell) is defined as a persistent market situation where there is only one provider of a product or service, in other words a firm that has no competitors in its industry. ...  , short for ALbrecht DIscount, is a discount supermarket chain based in Germany and one of the largest retail chains worldwide. ... Supervalu Inc. ... Shop n Save is a grocery store chain with 54 stores in Pittsburgh and 16 stores in Northern West Virginia. ... FoodLand is the name of at least two American supermarket [[chain]s. ... Save-A-Lot is a grocery store chain that is the thirteenth-largest retail chain and sixth-largest chain under a single banner with more than one thousand stores in the United States and $4 billion in sales. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... For the unrelated chain of hypermarkets that is owned by Kroger, see Fred Meyer. ...


Loyalty program

Like many grocery chains, Giant Eagle ran a trading stamp program, which it named "Profit Sharing Blue Stamps." This program led to a strong sales growth for some time. In the 1960s, Giant Eagle eliminated the program to focus on a simple low-price strategy; and as a result, in the 1970s the company advertised a pledge that it offered the lowest prices of all the grocery stores. In 1995, Giant Eagle introduced "Advantage Card", an electronic loyalty card discount system (already popular in many chains), as a sophisticated version of the obsolete stamp programs. The card was later modified to double as a video rental card for Iggle Video. Trading stamps are small paper coupons given to customers by merchants. ... In marketing generally and in retailing more specifically, a loyalty card, rewards card, points card, or club card is a plastic card, visually similar to a credit card or debit card, that identifies the card holder as a member in a commercial incentives programme. ...


Operations

There are 216 store locations in the United States: 100 in Western Pennsylvania, 110 in Central, Northeast and Eastern Ohio, 2 in Morgantown, West Virginia, and 2 in Frederick, Maryland. Each store carries between 22,000 and 60,000 items, approximately 5,000 of which are manufactured by Giant Eagle. Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Location in Maryland Coordinates: , Country United States State Maryland County Frederick Founded 1745 Government  - Mayor William J. Holtzinger (R)  - Board of Alderman Marcia Hall (D) Alan E. Imhoff (R) David P. Koontz (D) Donna K. Ramsburg (D) C. Paul Smith (R) Area  - City  20. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29...


Giant Eagle offers over twenty-four different departments across its stores. The range of services includes Iggle Video (a store for renting videos, DVDs, and video games, though this is currently being phased out), dry cleaning, banks such as Citizens Bank (in Pennsylvania, mostly former Mellon Bank branches) and US Bank (in Ohio, due to Tops having a separate contract with Charter One that predated Citizen's acquisition of that bank in 2004; it is not known if Ohio stores will switch to Charter One now that Tops has since closed all of their remaining Ohio stores not sold to Giant Eagle), in-store day care, and pharmacies. Video is the technology of processing electronic signals representing moving pictures. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that is used for playback of movies with high video and sound quality and for storing data. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Citizens Financial Group, Inc. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Mellon Financial Corporation, NYSE: MEL based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is engaged in the business of institutional and high-net-worth-individual asset management, including the Dreyfus family of mutual funds; business banking; and shareholder and investor services. ... U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is a financial services holding company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Tops Markets, LLC, usually referred to as just Tops, is an American supermarket chain based in Williamsville, New York, with stores in the western and central regions of that state, northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio (the latter having once been Finast). ...


The chain has built large prototypes, and it has experimented with many departments unusual to supermarkets. Larger stores feature vast selections of ethnic and organic food, dry cleaning services, Iggle video, drive-thru pharmacies, in-store banking, Eagle's Nest (for daycare purposes while shopping), as well as in-store coffee shops and prepared foods. Prepared foods are also sold at larger GetGo locations that can accommodate a GetGo Kitchen.


Giant Eagle has rebranded two of its stores as Market District, an attempt to woo upscale shoppers. The two stores are located in the upscale communities of Shadyside in Pittsburgh and Bethel Park in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The stores offer free Wi-Fi, Churrasco-style foods, a kosher deli, a smoothie bar and other options not offered at other Giant Eagle locations.[4][5] Despite the wording of the one report, the Giant Eagle name is still evident on the logos for the rebranded stores.[1] Street in Shadyside, 2001. ... Bethel Park is a home rule municipality in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area, approximately 8 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. ... Pittsburgh skyline The Allegheny County Courthouse Allegheny County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Official Wi-Fi logo Wi-Fi is a wireless technology brand owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance intended to improve the interoperability of wireless local area network products based on the IEEE 802. ... Churrasco is Spanish and Portuguese term referring to beef or grilled meat more generally, differing across Latin America but a primary dish in the countries of Argentina, Brazil and Nicaragua. ... Blueberry Smoothie from Lollicup A smoothie is a blended, chilled, sweet beverage made from fresh fruit and fruit juices which is blended with crushed ice, frozen fruit, or frozen yogurt. ...


GetGo

GetGo's logo

Giant Eagle created the GetGo brand chain of self-service gas stations - some in conjunction with existing Giant Eagles, but most having their own convenience store. To compete with other local convenience store chains, Giant Eagle has instituted the Fuelperks! program, in which customers are rewarded by saving $0.10 per gallon they buy on a fill-up with every $50 they spend in Giant Eagle using their Advantage card. Most GetGo's are built from the ground-up, though Giant Eagle has bought several existing gas stations that are near Giant Eagle locations and has converted them into GetGo's, including some former Shell stations in Ohio and most former Cross Roads locations in Pennsylvania. Some GetGo's also have a WetGo automatic car wash and a GetGo Kitchen, the latter of which is used to help GetGo compete better with its main rival in Pittsburgh and up-and-coming rival in Cleveland: the more established, fast growing chain Sheetz. There is also one location in West Virginia and one in Maryland. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... GetGo is a chain of gas stations/convienience stores started by the grocery store Giant Eagle. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Royal Dutch Shell plc is a multinational oil company of British and Dutch origins. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Sign showing gas prices in front of the Sheetz store in Mount Jackson, Virginia, at the beginning of the Hurricane Katrina-related price spike. ...


Giant Eagle Express

Giant Eagle express is a recently opened concept store of Giant Eagle. As of May 2007, there is only one operating store located in Harmar, PA. This store type is thought of as an attempt by Giant Eagle to stave off Tesco's expansion into the United States with a similar store concept.[citation needed] The store is larger than a GetGo, but much smaller than a regular Giant Eagle supermarket store. However, the store offers many of the same services as a Giant Eagle, such as a deli and a drive-through pharmacy. Giant Eagle Express also offers a café with prepared sandwiches, Giant Eagle's own Market District coffee, and a wireless internet connection. Outside, GetGo gasoline is available.[6] May 2007 is the fifth month of that year. ... Harmar Township is a township located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ... Coffeehouse in Damascus A coffeehouse, coffee shop, or café shares some of the characteristics of a bar, and some of the characteristics of a restaurant. ...


Employees

The chain has many workers unionized under United Food & Commercial Workers Local 23 of Pittsburgh, and UFCW Local 880 of Cleveland. The Frederick, Md. Parma Hts, Oh. and Columbus, Oh. stores are not unionized, much like some independently owned stores throughout Pennsylvania and the Youngstown, Ohio area.


Optical

In December of 2005 Giant Eagle launched Giant Eagle Optical outside of their McIntyre Square Location. Currently there are three locations in the Pittsburgh area; North Hills-McIntyre Square, South Hills-Donaldson's Crossroads, East-Monroeville. The stores accept most major vision plans and offer a wide variety of designer frames as well as exclusive giant eagle brands. They also participate in the Fuelperks! program and are staffed by ABO certified opticians.


Advertising

Giant Eagle uses the slogan "Make every day taste better", after having eliminated their previous slogan, "It takes a giant to make life simple." The former was introduced in August 2001, while the latter was first seen around January 1993. The "It takes a giant to make life simple" slogan spawned the "Fe Fi Fo Fum" commercials, which featured everything from the general store, the produce and deli departments to a spot featuring Jay Bell and Jeff King of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The slogan replaced the previous "A lot you can feel good about...especially the price" motto. Jay Stuart Bell (b. ... Jeff King can refer to: Jeff King, a multiple winner of the Iditarod race. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers...


The chain, under pressure from Wal-Mart, has implemented a lower prices campaign throughout its stores, featured on products customers buy most. Giant Eagle has also reconfirmed its commitment to value by selling Topco-produced Valu Time products, which are substantially cheaper than other private-label and name-brand merchandise. These co-exist with the Giant Eagle branded items, which are priced lower than national brands yet higher than Valu Time. Before these brands existed, Giant Eagle generally used Topco's Food Club label as the generic product. It is the first mass produced high-end sex toy that offers a thrusting dildo feature along with three (3) attachable vibrators. ...


Trivia

Giant Eagle is commonly referred to as "Jian Iggle" in the Pittsburghese dialect, hence the name "Iggle Video" for the store's video rental service. Pittsburgh English, popularly known as Pittsburghese, is the dialect of American English spoken by many residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and surrounding Western Pennsylvania. ...


Giant Eagle has an "Accu-scan" policy that basically states if an item is ringing up other than advertised, the first item is free and the remaining identical items are rung up at the expected advertised price. If employees take advantage of a pricing error, they are usually fired over this same policy that is extended to customers because management will frequently view it as fraud.


References

  1. ^ 2007 Top 75 North American Food Retailers, Supermarket News, Last accessed February 24, 2007.
  2. ^ The Largest Private Companies. Forbes.com (November 9, 2006). Retrieved on 16 November 2006.
  3. ^ Top 100 Retailers: The Nation's Retail Power Players (PDF), Stores, July 2006.
  4. ^ Giant Eagle woos foodies with 'Market District'. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 27, 2006). Retrieved on 16 November 2006.
  5. ^ Giant Eagle gets creative with marketing. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (June 28, 2006). Retrieved on 16 November 2006.
  6. ^ The Express Experience, 30 May 2007.

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External links

  • Giant Eagle's official website
  • Market District's official website
  • Giant Eagle Optical's official website
  • Giant Eagle Express official website

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