GIANT Food Stores LLC will invest $114 million over the next year in projects in Pennsylvania, company officials announced during a Thursday morning press conference at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
The investment will be used to create a new GIANT DIRECT ecommerce fulfillment center outside of Philadelphia, open two new stores, including one in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, and remodel 35 existing stores, company President Nicholas Bertram announced at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, accompanied by state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin.
“We’re doubling down on growth and innovation for our customers, building on the incredible momentum of 2019, and continuing to invest in our great Commonwealth,” Bertram said.
Last year saw major changes and growth for the Middlesex Township-based company, including the opening of 17 new stores and the launch of two new brands. Last January, the grocer debuted its new GIANT Heirloom Market format in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia, followed by locations in University City and the Northern Liberties. In February, the company opened a first-of-its kind GIANT DIRECT ecommerce hub in Lancaster, and then rolled out the GIANT DIRECT concept to 125 locations.
“The accelerated growth of GIANT DIRECT has set the stage for additional investment opportunities that extend our ecommerce geographic reach,” Bertram said. “At the same time, our GIANT Heirloom Market format has enabled us to reach an entirely new demographic in Philadelphia.