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New Strongsville Market District Brings a World Class Food Experience to Cleveland's West Side

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

CLEVELAND – Multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. today celebrates the grand opening of its newest Market District in Strongsville, Ohio. The Strongsville Market District, located 15919 Pearl Road will be the first Market District location serving the west side of Cleveland. The 107,000 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.

“As a company we are excited to be expanding our Northeast Ohio presence. The addition of the Strongsville location marks our third area Market District in just 15 months,” said Giant Eagle spokesperson, Rob Borella. “The newest location showcases our unique passion for food, with expertly trained Team Members who will help customers to unlock their own culinary potential”.

Star of ABC’s The Chew, culinary expert and restaurateur Mario Batali will participate in the grand opening celebration of the Strongsville Market District. Batali will be in-store Thursday, October 9, for a pre-registered customer appearance, book signing, and cooking demonstration in Market District’s state of the art cooking school, promoting his specialty Spicy Ricotta and Tomato “In Corozza” sandwich. This sandwich will be for sale exclusively at the Strongsville 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 Strongsville Market District is the first Cleveland location to offer a state of the art, hands-on cooking school. The cooking school, located on the mezzanine level of the store, provides a place for cooks of all levels to explore new food ideas, share food knowledge, learn techniques, and take a range of classes taught by Market District and celebrity chefs and cookbook authors.

The new Strongsville location showcases a spacious and inviting in-store restaurant area that combines a modern dining experience in a contemporary rustic atmosphere for customers to relax and enjoy themselves. A unique highlight of the full service restaurant area is a new electronic direct table delivery system where Market District Team Members deliver meals directly to customers’ tables. The restaurant also offers a full service wine and beer bar that seats 12 and features wine by the glass, microbrews, specialty beers, as well as 18 craft and local beers on tap.

In addition, the store offers a wealth of freshly prepared foods including stone hearth-baked pizzas and fresh hand-rolled sushi. The Strongsville Market District 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.

All Your Wants, Needs & Everything In Between

Market District offers a world-class shopping and dining experience cultivated by approximately 425 Team Members who bring the store to life by sharing new products, recipes and culinary ideas. Among the passionate group are certified cheesemongers, butchers and other trained food professionals.

At the new Strongsville 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:

    • 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.

    • A sweets shop features the finest hand-dipped chocolate novelties, gourmet confections and nostalgic candy classics like Necco Wafers and Pixie Stix, as well as 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, 24 varieties of teas, 48 spices and more than 60 bulk foods items, including a variety of nuts, fresh ground nutterbutters, salts and peppercorns, dried chilies, mushrooms, granola, trail and party mixes and more.

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

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

    • Delicatessens roasting, smoking and curing is done with great care and pride. Choose from NYC style corned beef, pastrami & brisket, the famous roasted or smoked turkey, 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 including NYC bagels prepared fresh daily, alongside a large selection of home-style and boutique style 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 107 in the cafe, as well as 23 in the spacious outdoor patio area.

    • A beer and wine store with more than 2,400 wines from around the world and a selection of more than 900 beers to enjoy with a delicious Market District meal. In addition, a full state liquor agency carrying more than 1,000 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 Strongsville Market District also features many of the products, convenience-based services and other savings opportunities that customers have come to expect from Cleveland 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 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 a Pig Roast sponsored by a local farmer and weekly beer and wine events.

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