Cumberland County-based Giant Food Stores unveiled plans Tuesday to spend $70 million over the next two years to build new stores and fueling stations in Pennsylvania, as well as remodel existing stores.
Giant said it will build six new stores, remodel two existing stores and open five new fueling stations. The new and expanded facilities are expected to create about 300 jobs across the company.
As part of the plan, Giant will open new stores for the first time in the East Stroudsburg and Walnutport communities in Monroe and Northampton counties. Those two stores are slated to open in 2019 with new fueling stations.
The company’s other four new stores will replace existing stores. Two of the new stores will be in the Warrington and Feasterville-Trevose areas of Bucks County, while the other two stores will be in State College, Centre County, and Broomall, Delaware County.
Giant also plans to remodel and expand its Shrewsbury store in Hopewell Township, York County. The York County store will grow by 4,000 square feet. In addition, the supermarket chain said it will renovate a store in West Chester, Chester County.
The company said the remodeled stores will include a deeper assortment of local products, plus more natural and organic products and healthier snack options.
On the fueling side, Giant will build three additional stations, to serve stores in Warwick Township, Lancaster County; Horsham Township, Montgomery County; and Bethlehem, Lehigh County. With the additions, Giant will operate 103 fueling stations.
Giant, which is part of Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize, has 171 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The chain employs more than 30,000 people.