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More than 50 Giant, Martin's stores now sell beer and wine in Pa.

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Cumberland County-based Giant Food Stores and its sister chain Martin's Food Market are selling beer and wine at more than 50 stores in Pennsylvania.

They crossed that threshold with Giant's announcement today that it has added three Beer & Wine Eateries across the commonwealth, including one on Cocoa Avenue in Derry Township, Dauphin County. The other two are at stores in Berks and Bucks counties.

The chain will hold grand opening celebrations with beer and wine tastings at the three stores from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

The eateries seat 30 and are open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

They bring to 51 the number of Giant and Martin's stores now selling beer and wine in Pennsylvania.

Giant has been among the most active participants in state auctions of expired restaurant liquor licenses. It has spent more than any other bidder — $8.1 million — to secure 30 licenses over the last year. Giant has spent as much as $556,000 (for a license in Cumberland County) and as little as $39,001.

Giant was founded in 1923 in Carlisle. Today, Middlesex Township-based Giant operates more than 170 grocery stores under the Giant and Martin's banners in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, employing more than 33,000 people.

It is a division of Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize, which formed from a merger of former parents Ahold and Delhaize Group.

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Jason Scott

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Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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