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Grandview Yard Market District Becomes Newest Addition to Lifestyle Development Near Downtown Columbus

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali on hand for appearance to meet and sign autographs for hundreds of pre-registered Market District customers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. today celebrates the grand opening of its newest Market District in Columbus, Ohio. The company is quickly expanding its central Ohio presence with recent openings including the Grandview Yard GetGo, Britton Parkway Giant Eagle and GetGo locations, and now the newest Market District store, located at 840 W. Third Avenue. The 93,000 square foot Market District is open 24 hours a day, and will offer restaurant-quality dishes, as well as unique meat, produce, cheese and grocery selections from around the globe.

"Our third Market District in central Ohio continues to build on Giant Eagle's reputation for delivering the best food experience for our customers,” said Giant Eagle spokesperson Rob Borella. "Grandview has been an important location for us since 2004, and we are excited to be an integral part in the transformative Grandview Yard development."

Star of ABC’s The Chew, culinary expert and restaurateur, Mario Batali will participate in the grand opening celebration of the Grandview Yard Market District. Batali will be in-store Friday, September 5, for a pre-registered customer appearance, book signing, and cooking demonstration, promoting his specialty Spicy Ricotta and Tomato “In Corozza” sandwich. This sandwich will be for sale exclusively at the Grandview Yard Market District during the grand opening weekend with proceeds benefiting the Mario Batali Foundation. Batali joins a long list of the world’s most prominent chefs who have been wowed by the Market District experience. Martha Stewart called Market District a “veritable retail wonderland,” and Guy Fieri called Market District “the Disneyland of grocery stores”.

The new Grandview Yard location features the Sizzling Wok station, which specializes in made-to-order stir-fry dishes as well as authentic pho and pad Thai. The store also showcases an in-store restaurant with a wealth of freshly prepared foods including stone hearth-baked pizzas and “Smoke & Fire” meats.

In addition, the new Grandview Yard location brings unique culinary elements to consumers, including an expanded selection of international grocery items, a wide array of conventional, organic and specialty produce, and a vast variety of bulk foods. Customers will be educated and entertained by the ongoing cooking activities and interactive events at the demonstration station.

The spacious and inviting in-store restaurant area combines a modern dining experience in a contemporary rustic atmosphere for customers to relax and enjoy themselves. A unique highlight of the restaurant area is the full service wine and beer bar that seats 25 and features wine by the glass as well as microbrews, craft and specialty beers.

All Your Wants, Needs & Everything In Between

Market District offers a world-class shopping and dining experience cultivated by Team Members who bring the store to life by sharing new products, recipes and culinary ideas. Their knowledge and skills complement the company’s certified cheesemongers, butchers and other trained food professionals.

At the new Grandview Yard Market District, Team Members share a passion for food by offering the best of everyday and specialty items like these to captivate and delight customers:

    • Avenue Sandwich Shop, featuring made fresh to order sandwiches that are an intersection of fine cuisine and neighborly flavor. Mapping out the best sandwich tradition, each is named to reflect the streets, character and communities of central Ohio.

    • A sweet shop features the finest hand-dipped chocolate novelties, gourmet confections and nostalgic candy classics like Necco Wafers and Pixie Stix, as well as fresh-roasted nuts, hand-dipped caramel apples, just-spun cotton candy and fresh, homemade kettle corn.

    • A bulk foods section that includes 12 varieties of olive oil and vinegars, 28 varieties of teas, 48 spices and more than 60 bulk foods items, including rice, beans, grains, granola, cereals, dried fruit, trail and party mixes and more.

    • A smoke and fire slow-roasting rotisserie includes fire-grilled, juicy roasted meats, ribs, chicken and more.

    • Market District sushi chefs transform fresh seafood into classic Japanese maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and bento with organic rice.

    • An artisan cheese shop offers more than 400 handcrafted domestic and imported cheeses, including fresh hand wrapped mozzarella, European goat and sheep’s milk cheeses, an array of enticing Goudas, Normandy Camembert, French Brie and iconic blues.

    • Market District offers our very own in house roasted meats, as well as the finest in charcuterie, showcasing imported cured meats from all around the world including Italy and Spain.

    • Our Delicatessens take particular pride in the roasting, smoking and curing process. Choose from our NYC style corned beef, pastrami & brisket, our famous roasted turkey breast or smoked turkey breast, or good old fashioned roast beef.

    • Fresh cut meat, including dry-aged beef, chicken sausage made in-store, grass-fed beef, bison and game, Nature’s Basket antibiotic free meats and poultry and more.

    • High-quality seafood from sustainable sources such as Alaska salmon and Gulf of Maine cod; a wide assortment of shellfish, including wild American shrimp, jumbo sea scallops, live clams, oysters and lobsters.

    • Straight-from-the-hearth artisan breads and NYC bagels baked fresh daily, alongside a large selection of baked cookies made daily with quality ingredients. The bakery also features signature Market District buttercream, which is made from scratch with real butter in many delicious flavors.

    • A spacious and inviting in-store restaurant that seats 110 in the second floor café, as well as 84 in the spacious outdoor patio area.

    • A beer and wine store with more than 2,600 wines from around the world and a selection of more than 800 beers to enjoy with a delicious Market District meal. In addition, a full state liquor agency that will carry more than 800 spirits.

    • An expanded health, beauty and wellness department filled with natural and organic cosmetics, vitamins, supplements and personal care products, and staffed with a licensed skin care professional and a registered dietitian conducting ongoing wellness events and activities.

In addition to specialty and unique offerings, the Grandview Yard Market District also features many of the products, convenience-based services and other savings opportunities that customers have come to expect from Columbus area Giant Eagle and Market District locations. Savings include great weekly specials, a strong pharmacy offering with free blood pressure medications and free PRENATAL PLUS® vitamins, the opportunity to earn fuelperks!® when scanning a Giant Eagle Advantage Card® and more. There will also be an Eagle’s Nest children’s activity center and a full service Huntington Bank branch located in-store for customers’ convenience.

Grand Opening Festivities

In addition to the grand opening ribbon cutting event featuring company executives and celebrity chef Mario Batali, customers will find new and exciting offerings and celebrations at Market District in the weeks following, including an Ohio State University themed weekend and an Oktoberfest celebration featuring a beer event with local breweries.

About Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Inc., ranked 33 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.7 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with more than 420 retail locations, throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland