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Posts tagged ‘Giant Eagle’
Posted: May 3rd, 2013

The Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle grocery chain, which has five locations in the Erie area, is offering a quicker pathway to a free tank of gas as the summer driving season approaches.

Effective today, participating locations, including stores in Erie, Meadville, Franklin and Oil City, will temporarily double the benefits of its Fuel Perks rewards program.

Advantage Card holders, who typically receive a 10-cent discount for gas at GetGo service stations for every $50 they spend on groceries, gift cards or pharmacy purchases, will see those rewards double to 20 cents through May 29.

The offer, along with other incentives, “demonstrate commitment to delivering value to area customers,” said Rob Borella, the company’s director of corporate communications.

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Posted: October 11th, 2012

The Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle chain has announced new price freezes that the company says are designed to limit uncertainty at the cash register.

The company, which has numerous locations in Erie and Crawford counties, said it is freezing prices through the end of the year on some of the most commonly purchased items.

Some of the products and their prices include: whole fryer chickens for 97 cents a pound, boneless chicken breasts for $2 a pound, and Giant Eagle white bread for 99 cents a loaf.

Rob Borella, the company’s senior director of marketing and corporate communications, said the program was designed to hold down already reduced prices.

“Consumers have been feeling the impact of rising food costs, driven by commodities like corn and been that have been affected by fuel and transportation costs, even things like the drought from last summer,” Borella said.
“This is intended to help customers better manage that uncertainty and lower their costs.”

Giant Eagle’s move follows by about six weeks an announcement by Wegmans, which has two grocery stores in Erie County, that it was rolling out its latest seasonal “freeze list” of 65 prices that won’t be changed through the end of the year.

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Posted: September 4th, 2012

A new Panera Bread location is being planned for Harborcreek Township.

Township officials have granted final approval for a new 12,165-square-foot restaurant and retail space on property near the new Giant Eagle Store on Buffalo Road.

Connie Cruz, the township’s zoning assistant, said parcel would be occupied by Panera Bread and a yet-to-be-determined retailer.

Plans call for Panera to be built east of Taco Bell on land now occupied by a defunct oil-change facility.

The new Panera would be the fourth in the Erie area. There are existing Panera locations on Keystone Drive and West 12th Street. A third location is under construction at 4014 Peach St.

Demolition is expected to begin this fall, followed shortly thereafter by construction.

The township also has granted approval to Giant Eagle Inc. for a new GetGo convenience store to be built west of Walgreen on Buffalo Road. Demolition and construction for that project are expected to begin this fall.

Harborcreek Supervisor Dean Pepicello, who oversees the township’s zoning department, said the new Giant Eagle, which opened in June, has begun to transform the neighborhood.

“I think the Giant Eagle coming into Eastway Plaza helped remove a big eyesore,” he said. “Now, we are starting to see new retail and restaurants.”

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Posted: May 6th, 2010

The GetGo station on the northwest corner of West 26th Street and Peninsula Drive opens Friday with free coffee and a free carwash for anyone who buys 10 gallons of fuel or more.
A story in today’s newspaper incorrectly reported that promotion would be held Thursday.
The reopening of the station, which has been closed since December 2008, coincides with the local launch of a promotion by GetGo owner, Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle.
The chain’s Foodperks program allows GetGo customers to earn a 1 percent discount on their grocery bill at Giant Eagle for every 10 gallons of gasoline they purchase.

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Posted: April 5th, 2010

Buffalo-based Tops Friendly Markets, which recently purchased the assets of the bankrupt Penn Traffic Co., has announced plans to sell the Quality Markets store in Titusville to Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle.
The company also announced plans to sell Giant Eagle existing Bi-Lo stores in Johnstown, DuBois, Brookville and St. Marys.
“As part of our initial evaluation of all Penn Traffic locations, it was determined these stores were on the outer edge of our geographic footprint and would best be served by another retailer with more familiarity with those markets,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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Posted: September 30th, 2009

The Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle grocery chain has announced another round of price cuts.
The chain, which operates numerous locations in Erie and Crawford counties, recently announced price cuts on chicken, ground beef and prescription medicine.
Today, the company followed up with announced cuts to fruit and vegetable prices.
Giant Eagle’s continued effort to promote lower prices follows on the heels of a grocery store survey published in the May edition of Consumer Reports magazine. That survey found Giant Eagle finished in a tie with Whole Foods for the highest prices among 56 grocery chains.
Now, Giant Eagle said it is cutting prices an average of 23 percent on more than 100 frequently purchased produce items.
The chain said it expects those cuts to produce annual savings of $32.5 million for customers at 220 stores throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
Prices have been cut on items such as apples, tomatoes, lettuce and carrots.
“We know that 70 percent of Giant Eagle customers purchase produce items throughout the year, so we’re delivering price reductions on items that customers have told us matter the most, said Rob Borella, senior director of corporate communications for Giant Eagle.
“Importantly, these items are also healthy and nutritious choices and have the uncompromising quality people have come to expect from us.”
– Jim Martin

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