This year, Giant Eagle celebrated the grand opening of 18 new in-store Huntington Bank branches in Cleveland and surrounding areas.
Over the next four years, Huntington will open 45, seven-day-a-week, full-service in-store branches in Giant Eagle supermarkets in the Cleveland area, creating more than 270 new jobs. And as part of the companies’ exclusive, 15-year in-store branch agreement announced last fall, Huntington will also add at least 500 jobs throughout the state of Ohio.
“We are excited about the added convenience these new Huntington Bank branches will offer our customers and for the jobs they create,” said Tina Flowers, Giant Eagle VP. “For Giant Eagle, it’s about improving our customers' ability to complete multiple errands under one roof, whether they are purchasing their weekly groceries, dropping off a prescription in our pharmacy or meeting their banking needs with Huntington.”
The companies held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Lakewood Giant Eagle branch to commemorate all 18 area in-store locations opening in 2011. Already, 10 locations have opened, with the remaining eight set to open by October 2011. To commemorate the opening of the new Cleveland area in-store branches, Huntington made a $10,000 donation to the Cleveland Foodbank, with whom both Giant Eagle and Huntington have a long-standing philanthropic relationship.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift from Huntington, and for the longstanding partnerships we’ve enjoyed with both them and Giant Eagle,” said Anne Goodman, Cleveland Foodbank president and CEO. “The support from organizations such as Huntington and Giant Eagle allow us to continue our mission of alleviating hunger throughout the Cleveland area.”
Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bancshares Inc. operates a banking network of more than 600 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including Internet and mobile banking, telephone banking and more than 1,300 ATMs.
Pennsylvania-based Giant Eagle Inc. operates 170 corporate and 58 independently owned and operated supermarkets throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.