The urban-focused Giant Heirloom Market is slated to open in Philadelphia later this year
To mark its 95th anniversary, Giant Food Stores LLC has revealed plans to introduce an urban-oriented store concept. The inaugural Giant Heirloom Market, currently under construction, is slated to open later this year in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Giant Food Stores President Nicholas Bertram shared the news at an event in Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park, joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, local elected officials, community partners and Giant Food associates. Bertram also presented a $1 million donation to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, on behalf of the grocery store chain’s associates, vendor partners and customers.
“As we celebrate our 95th anniversary, we can’t help thinking about the next chapter in Giant’s story,” said Bertram. “Philadelphia is a natural choice for us to debut our new Giant Heirloom Market format, as we’re able to draw upon our passion for food and our fondness for local purveyors, all while leveraging innovation to bring something special to our new Graduate Hospital neighbors.”
Although Giant Food has been present in Philadelphia since the banner opened a store on Grant Avenue in 2011, the Giant Heirloom Market will be its first-ever downtown location. When open, the store will employ about 60 associates. What’s more, according to Giant Food, the Graduate Hospital location is just the first of several stores planned for Philadelphia.
“More and more companies are looking to do business in Philadelphia due to our abundant resources, welcoming spirit and diverse neighborhoods,” noted Kenney. “The City of Philadelphia is honored to have been selected by Giant to debut its new store format, Giant Heirloom Market. We are thankful for Giant’s significant investment in our region as they contribute hundreds of jobs to our economy, and we look forward to giving them a true City of Brotherly Love welcome later this year.”