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New Market District Enhances Food Shopping Experience with Pittsburgh's First Table-Service Restaurant Inside a Food Store

Ted Allen, Host of Food Network’s Chopped, joins in Waterworks Market District Grand Opening

PITTSBURGH – At Giant Eagle’s Market District stores, it truly is all about the food.

With the Thursday, January 22 opening of its newest Pittsburgh-area Market District at the Waterworks Mall in O’Hara Township, Giant Eagle will introduce the first area table-service restaurant experience inside a supermarket.

“Food stores like Market District continue to evolve beyond the traditional grocery store experience, featuring fine cuisine with offerings that cater to both the meal planner as well as the seasoned diner,” said Market District Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom DeVries. “The introduction of the heightened in-store restaurant experience at our fifth Pittsburgh-area Market District reinforces our goal of being a purveyor of both the world’s latest culinary trends as well as classic recipes with a modern twist.”

The new 24 hour store has been expanded to 103,000 square feet, employs approximately 420 dedicated Team Members who possess an amazing passion and knowledge of food.

Food for Thoughtful Food Enthusiasts

Waterworks Market District customers will be wowed by the wide variety of meat and seafood offerings, a charcuterie, a 300-plus item bulk foods area, and a vast produce section featuring a variety of conventional and organic items. Additional offerings include a sweet shop offering the best in homemade fudge and pastries, a cheese shop with more than 400 artisan and imported cheeses and grocery specialties from 20 countries around the world.

At the in-store restaurant, customers can choose from an array of delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with seating for 180 customers. Sample menu offerings include Asian barbeque chicken salad, hand-rolled sushi, herb-roasted salmon, prime rib, French dip sandwiches, plus burgers, sandwiches and wraps served to your table by Market District Team Members aided by an innovative electronic direct table delivery system.

The restaurant will be complemented by a beer department with 800 varieties of domestic, craft and imported beer and a full-service wine and draft beer bar, featuring 18 beers on tap and wine by the glass.

“We are excited to be the first area food store to offer a restaurant with the ability to serve customers their beverage of choice, whether it is a fresh cup of tea, specialty soda, craft brew, or a glass of fine wine” said DeVries.

“In addition to a greater selection of fresh and prepared foods with increased departments and items on the shelves, the new Market District store is an effort to modernize the atmosphere and create an inviting environment that encourages both exploration and relaxation.”

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 a health, beauty and wellness department complete with dietitian sources, and a pharmacy with drive-thru access.

In addition to specialty and unique offerings, the Waterworks Market District also features many of the products, convenience-based services and other savings opportunities that customers have come to expect from Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle locations, including savings on great weekly specials, a strong pharmacy offering free blood pressure medications and free PRENATAL PLUS® vitamins, the opportunity to earn fuelperks!® when scanning a Giant Eagle Advantage Card® and more. The Waterworks Market District also features an in-store Starbucks kiosk and Citizens Bank branch.

Grand Opening Festivities

Host of Food Network’s Chopped, James Beard award winner, and celebrity food and wine expert Ted Allen will join Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet in the grand opening celebration. Additionally, Allen will make an appearance and greet pre-registered customers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near the health, beauty and wellness department, and acclaimed “veggie” and food carving artist James Parker will demonstrate his ability to create decorative centerpieces and garnishes.

In addition to the grand opening ribbon cutting event at 10:30 a.m., the Waterworks Market District will be making $1,000 donations to the Boyd Community Center and the Greater Pittsburgh Community 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 Giant Eagle Market District

The Giant Eagle Market District destination store concept is 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 12 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 232 supermarkets and 195 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland.