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Giant Eagle Delivers a Cleaner Future with Company's First GetGo Branded Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Offering

Area’s newest CNG offering is conveniently accessible via Route 228, I-79 and I-76

PITTSBURGH – Building on its longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, multi-format food, fuel, and pharmacy retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. unveils its first GetGo branded compressed natural gas (CNG) offering at the Cranberry Crossroads GetGo located at 1737 State Route 228, in Cranberry Township.

At today’s press briefing, Giant Eagle officials demonstrated the new CNG technology by fueling a passenger vehicle at the area’s first retail CNG offering with convenient access to Route 228, I-79 and I-76.

“We take seriously our commitment to contributing to the communities we serve, and being a steward of the environment is an important way that we accomplish this,” said Giant Eagle Vice President of GetGo Operations Dave Daniel. “We have offered various alternative fuels at select GetGo locations for a number of years, and are excited to be introducing CNG into this mix. We’re excited to make CNG widely available outside of downtown Pittsburgh.”

According to data from the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG typically is priced one-third below the cost of gasoline and diesel. In addition to cost savings, CNG reduces particulate matter emissions by 94 percent, carbon monoxide emissions by 75 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 49 percent, and carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent. GetGo has partnered with People’s Natural Gas to make this environmentally friendly and cutting edge fuel option available to Cranberry area customers.

In addition to the environmental benefits, commercial CNG vehicles run 50 percent quieter than diesel trucks. In 2011, Giant Eagle opened its first two CNG stations in the Fairywood area of Pittsburgh, and with Volvo, added 11 new CNG trucks to the fleet.

"Pennsylvania should be a leader in CNG expansion, and CNG-powered vehicles can become a big part of Pennsylvania's clean air strategy," (Public Official). "Public-private partnerships like this one are helpful and can become a part of this effort, especially at this early stage. We should all look for opportunities for Pennsylvania to become a leader in the CNG fueling sector."

CNG is sold in gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs), with each GGE having the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline. Vehicles using CNG typically have similar fuel economy ratings to standard gasoline or diesel vehicles. Based on current market pricing, Giant Eagle will likely introduce the fuel for sale to consumers between $1.90 and $2.00 per GGE.

About Giant Eagle Giant Eagle Inc., ranked 29 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.9 billion in annual sales. Giant Eagle is also a recent recipient of Grocery Headquarters’ Retailer of the Year Award and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 229 supermarkets and 190 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland.