53 Cleveland Area Giant Eagle Stores Celebrate Grand Opening Expanded Services and New Products Are Now In Place

    CLEVELAND, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Giant Eagle is here, and starting
 tomorrow, will make life simple for people in greater Cleveland.
     Tomorrow, the 53 area Stop-n-Shop stores will officially change their
 banner to Giant Eagle.  With this change comes new brands such as Aunt
 Martha's pies from The Bake Shop, River City Chicken and Pizza Di Casa from
 The Kitchens at Giant Eagle; new services, including expanded health and
 beauty products sections, the Eagle's Nest play area for children and
 pharmacies (see following list for locations); the Giant Eagle Advantage
 Card(R); and expanded hours of operation for 22 of the Giant Eagle locations
 (see following list for 24-hour stores).
     To celebrate the grand opening, a plethora of activities has been
 scheduled at all 53 stores.  Current and retired Indians players, Slider,
 Cleveland Browns Alumni, and Miss Ohio are just a few of the celebrities who
 will stop by the new Giant Eagle stores to greet customers and sign
 autographs.  Area radio stations will also host remote broadcasts from the new
 Giant Eagle locations.  Hundreds of prizes and giveaways are in the works.
     "We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of 53 new Giant Eagle
 stores throughout greater Cleveland," said Anthony Rego, Vice Chairman of
 Giant Eagle.  "The new services and new brands, the Giant Eagle Advantage
 Card(R) and expanded hours of operation are just the start of what shoppers in
 Northeast Ohio will see as a part of this transition.  These are just a few
 examples of our new mission:  To Make Life Simple."
     "Most importantly, our sense of family and tradition of service to our
 customers will not change," added Chuck Rini, Sr., Executive Vice President of
 Giant Eagle.  "We take pride in what we have spent the last forty years
 building and promise that our customers will continue to see the same people
 with even better service and products in the stores."
     In addition to Giant Eagle's commitment to its customers, the company
 focuses heavily on community involvement.  Giant Eagle has provided millions
 of dollars in support for local causes, events and non-profit groups in
 communities it serves.  Northeast Ohio will be no exception.  The company
 recently donated $50,000 to the Cleveland Museum of Art for community
 programming surrounding the renovation of the Armor Court.  Other initiatives
 are being planned for the Cleveland-area stores, including the introduction of
 a special school support program called "Apples for the Students."
 Representatives from area schools are invited to attend an informational
 meeting about this program on September 25 at the Cleveland Playhouse from
 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
     According to Rego, customers who had Stop-N-Shop Preferred Shoppers Club
 Cards should have already received their Giant Eagle Advantage Card(R) in the
 mail.  From September 13 through October 31, shoppers can earn a free
 Thanksgiving turkey (or a grocery gift certificate) every time they use their
 new card to make purchases.  Shoppers without the Giant Eagle Advantage
 Card(R) can fill out an application at any store.
     Founded in 1931, Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle has grown to be the number
 one supermarket retailer in the region with over 200 corporate and independent
 stores in western Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio, and West Virginia.  By
 offering modern stores, a wide range of departments and services, and
 involvement in numerous community activities, Giant Eagle strives to "Make
 Life Simple" for the customers it serves.
                22 Rini-Rego Giant Eagle Locations Open 24-Hours
     2201 Kresge Dr.                4700 Great Northern Blvd.
     Amherst                        North Olmstead
     31990 Walker Rd.               34325 Center Ridge Rd.
     Avon Lake                      North Ridgeville
     8515 Tanglewood Square         6000 Royalton Rd.
     Bainbridge                     North Royalton
     50 West Bridge St.             1871 North Ridge Rd.
     Berea                          Painesville
     14650 Snow Rd.                 8201 Day Dr.
     Brook Park                     Parma
     13820 Lorain Ave.              22160 Center Ridge Rd.
     Cleveland                      Rocky River
     7200 Brookpark Rd.             5231 Detroit Rd.
     Cleveland                      Sheffield Village
     14013 Detroit Rd.              4401 Mayfield Rd.
     Lakewood                       South Euclid
     7960 Plaza Dr.                 17887 Southpark Center
     Mentor                         Strongsville
     6079 Andrews Rd.               30275 Detroit Rd.
     Mentor on the Lake             Westlake
     6925 Southland Dr.             27505 Chardon Rd.
     Middleburgh Heights            Willoughby Hills
                  Nine Rini-Rego Giant Eagle Stores Add Pharmacies
     2201 Kresge Dr.                4700 Great Northern Blvd.
     Amherst                        North Olmstead
     31990 Walker Rd.               22160 Center Ridge Rd.
     Avon Lake                      Rocky River
     13820 Lorain Rd.               5231 Detroit Rd.
     Cleveland                      Sheffield Village
     1051 Meister Rd.               17887 Southpark Center
     Lorain                         Strongsville
     7960 Plaza Blvd.

SOURCE Giant Eagle

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