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Latest Giant Eagle Market District Brings World Class Food Experience to Portage Crossing Development in Time for Holiday Entertaining Planning

Store grand opening activities highlighted by a book signing by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio for pre-registered Market District customers on December 4

AKRON, Ohio – Whether Akron area customers are looking for premium caviar or artisan and imported specialty butters to complete their holiday entertaining plans, or are simply looking for the freshest salmon and delicious house-made fudge, they can now find it all at the newest Giant Eagle Market District. Located in the Portage Crossing development at 2687 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, the Market District is 93,000 square feet, employing approximately 350 dedicated Team Members who will welcome customers to this new world of food 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Portage Crossing Market District is the second location set in the Akron area, complementing the Green Market District that opened in November 2013. While the Portage Crossing Market District features many of the sights and smells of the Green location, the new store also has offerings that are unique to the area. The Avenue Sandwich Shop, for example, features made-fresh-to-order sandwiches named to reflect the streets, character and communities of the Akron area, such as the “Riverfront” and “Falls River Square” sandwiches.

“We are excited to open our fourth Market District in Northeast Ohio in the past 16 months, demonstrating our commitment to offering the best of both traditional and unique fare, and our passion for educating customers about the endless culinary possibilities available to them,” said Giant Eagle spokesperson Rob Borella. “With a delicious combination of foods from around the world as well as those close to home, the Portage Crossing Market District and the Team Members who bring it to life can help customers master any eating occasion.”

The Portage Crossing Market District’s restaurant offerings include hand-rolled sushi, stone hearth pizza and a Sizzling Wok. Customers looking for ready-to-eat meal solutions can also visit the Smoke & Fire rotisserie, hot soup bar and the Avenue Sandwich Shop.

The newest location also features an extensive beer, wine and liquor department featuring 800 beers, 2,300 varieties of wine, and more than 1,000 spirits. In addition, there is a full-service wine and draft beer bar and a restaurant café featuring seating for 104 indoors and 88 outdoors.

Those interested in finding ingredients for home-made meals will be wowed by the wide variety of meat and seafood offerings, a charcuterie, a bulk foods area, and a vast produce section featuring a variety of conventional and organic items.

Customers with an itch for education can visit the cooking demonstration area, where Market District chefs will share recipe ideas daily. The store also features Market District’s take on more traditional departments, such as bakery, dairy, and health, beauty and wellness, complete with a pharmacy with drive-thru access.

In addition to specialty and unique offerings, the Portage Crossing Market District also features many of the products, convenience-based services and other savings opportunities that customers have come to expect from Northeast Ohio 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 a Starbucks kiosk and a full-service Huntington Bank branch located in-store for customers’ convenience. The Portage store will replace the nearby Cuyahoga Falls Giant Eagle, which will close on Wednesday evening.

Food for Thought-ful In-Home Chefs

The Portage Crossing Market District’s restaurant offerings include hand-rolled sushi, stone hearth pizza and a Sizzling Wok. Customers looking for ready-to-eat meal solutions can also visit the Smoke & Fire rotisserie, hot soup bar and the Avenue Sandwich Shop.

The newest location also features an extensive beer, wine and liquor department featuring 800 beers, 2,300 varieties of wine, and more than 1,000 spirits. In addition, there is a full-service wine and draft beer bar and a restaurant café featuring seating for 104 indoors and 88 outdoors.

Those interested in finding ingredients for home-made meals will be wowed by the wide variety of meat and seafood offerings, a charcuterie, a bulk foods area, and a vast produce section featuring a variety of conventional and organic items.

Customers with an itch for education can visit the cooking demonstration area, where Market District chefs will share recipe ideas daily. The store also features Market District’s take on more traditional departments, such as bakery, dairy, and health, beauty and wellness, complete with a pharmacy with drive-thru access.

In addition to specialty and unique offerings, the Portage Crossing Market District also features many of the products, convenience-based services and other savings opportunities that customers have come to expect from Northeast Ohio 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 a Starbucks kiosk and a full-service Huntington Bank branch located in-store for customers’ convenience. The Portage store will replace the nearby Cuyahoga Falls Giant Eagle, which will close on Wednesday evening.

Grand Opening Festivities

Head judge of Bravo’s Emmy-award winning televised cooking competition Top Chef and James Beard Award winner Tom Colicchio will participate in the grand opening celebration of the Portage Crossing Market District. Colicchio will be in store Thursday, December 4, to join Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet in preparing a special dish. He will also take part in a pre-registered customer in-store appearance, book signing, and cooking demonstration, promoting his book Craft of Cooking.

In addition to the grand opening ribbon cutting event featuring company executives and celebrity chef Colicchio, the Portage Crossing Market District will be making a donation to a local food bank. Customers will also find new and exciting offerings and celebrations at Market District in the weeks following, including weekly beer and wine events.


About GetGo and Giant Eagle

The Giant Eagle Market District destination store concept offers an enhanced food shopping experience geared toward food enthusiasts. Market District offers specialty and unique items not found elsewhere in an environment where customers’ passion for food can be cultivated by a staff of food experts. In 11 locations in southwestern Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Market District stores feature teams of chefs and other culinary professionals preparing fresh foods from scratch every day. Market District also offers customers the rare opportunity to find natural, organic, specialty and other unique items paired with the convenience of favorite national brands and everyday needs all under the same roof. Further information can be found at MarketDistrict.com.

Giant Eagle Inc., ranked 35 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.6 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 231 supermarkets and 195 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland.