Giant Eagle® Focus On Sustainability Remains Strong

Retailer adds Robinson Market District® to growing list of LEED® certified stores; Offers Opportunities for customers to receive free reusable bags.

PITTSBURGH – As Earth Day approaches, multi-format food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle, Inc., is celebrating its continued dedication to operating in a sustainable fashion by, among other things, offering customers an opportunity to receive a free reusable bag.

Promotional Offer for Free Reusable Bags

To help protect our environment and reduce landfill waste, Giant Eagle, Inc., is providing customers with multiple opportunities to receive a free Giant Eagle reusable bag, which is sold in-store every day for $0.99.

From April 14th to April 20th, Giant Eagle customers have the opportunity to receive a free reusable bag when purchasing any two participating products under numerous popular brands with a Giant Eagle Advantage Card®. Participating brands including Cascadian Farm, DelGrosso organics, Giant Eagle Nature’s Basket®, Heinz organics, Honest Tea, If You Care, Knudsen, Martha Stewart Cleaners, McCormick Organic Spices, Method Cleaners, Muir Glen, Organic Valley, Seventh Generation and Stonyfield.

Continued Development of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Buildings

The company recently added the Robinson Market District to its steadily growing list of LEED-certified retail locations. The Robinson Market District was officially awarded gold LEED certification in November 2010, becoming the first Pennsylvania supermarket to receive gold status. The Robinson Market District joins Giant Eagle’s six previously certified stores, including the Brunswick, Ohio Giant Eagle (the world’s first LEED-certified supermarket); Shadyside (Pittsburgh) Market District; New Albany, Ohio Giant Eagle; the Township of Pine (Pittsburgh) Giant Eagle and GetGo®; and the Baum Boulevard (Pittsburgh) GetGo.

Giant Eagle Continues Dedication to Sustainability

As a U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified building, the Robinson Market District was designed and built to save energy, improve water efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions, and provide responsible stewardship of resources. The 150,000 square-foot location features daylighting with over 130 skylights and windows, an ENERGY STAR® roof to minimize heat absorption, a desiccant dehumidification system, water efficient lavatory fixtures, drought resistant landscaping, non-ozone depleting refrigerant in all refrigeration and air conditioning systems, low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials and coatings, a robust recycling program, and Green Seal compliant janitorial products. The construction of the store included wood from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests, materials with high recycled content, and products that were extracted processed and manufactured regionally.

Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership awarded the Robinson Market District a Gold Level Certification in January 2010 for its use of green refrigeration technology.

A History of Sustainable Efforts

In 2010, Giant Eagle recycled over 67,000 tons of cardboard, 1,372 tons of plastic film, 820 tons of mixed paper and over 2,239 tons of cooking oil, fat and bones. The company is also involved in various U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiatives, including the Green Power Partnership, the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, the SmartWay Transport Partnership and the ENERGY STAR Partnership. Honors Giant Eagle has recently received include induction into the Progressive Grocer Magazine Green Grocer Hall of Fame and receipt of the 2010 U.S. EPA Montreal Protocol Award, awarded to organizations making outstanding contributions in protecting the ozone layer.

When seasonally available, Giant Eagle offers a combination of locally grown produce, sourced through in-state farmers, with names of the farms and their locations identified, as well as a variety of organic options. In addition, Giant Eagle’s own Nature’s Basket line of store brand products provide customers natural and organic value alternatives for items like produce, milk, eggs, yogurt, cereal, tortilla chips, baby food and poultry.

At Giant Eagle, we are constantly researching and evaluating new developments that will save natural resources while making our stores a more pleasant place to shop. Our efforts include energy efficient store lighting, renewable energy, energy management controls and power monitoring and white roofing. Giant Eagle and its Team Members are committed to working with customers to continue and improve its sustainability efforts. To learn more about the company’s environmental efforts, visit

April 21, 2011

About Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Inc., ranked 29 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list and recipient of Grocery Headquarters’ 2007 Retailer of the Year Award and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and food distributors with approximately $8.6 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 170 corporate and 58 independently owned and operated supermarkets in addition to 162 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.