PITTSBURGH, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for a delicious holiday season, the December 5 introduction of Market District Express brings the best of Giant Eagle's Market District food stores into the company's first innovative neighborhood restaurant dining and food shopping experience. Located on Route 19 and Circle Road in McMurray, the new store concept combines fresh, chef-created meals to eat-in or take-out with a carefully curated selection of traditional and specialty groceries.
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"As a company, Giant Eagle is always looking for ways to continue to enhance and expand our multi-format strategy to anticipate and exceed ever-evolving customer needs," said Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet. "Market District Express is the next step in the development of our concepts, combining a modern dining experience in a contemporary rustic atmosphere, with a grocery selection that allows area customers to shop close for their everyday needs."
At approximately 15,500 square feet, the new bite-sized Market District concept is open from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, and offers easy to navigate aisles and soaring wood beam ceilings that provide a bright and airy feel. Market District Express has an indoor dining room seating 84. Just outside, the patio seats 46, and features two linear fire tables that are the perfect place for a meal with friends and family accompanied by a glass of wine or a specialty beer.
Putting the OOOOO! in Hand-Prepared Food
"We've brought our passion for food to this new smaller footprint while continuing to refine our take on restaurant dining," Karet added. "The chefs at Market District Express have created an exciting menu of meals prepared to order, brought directly to your table and served with unsurpassed quality and freshness."
The breakfast menu features unique twists on popular breakfast fare like vanilla-buttermilk French toast and breakfast burritos topped with tomatillo chipotle salsa made with organic and farm fresh ingredients. Customers can also choose from custom-made omelets, fresh-baked bagels, mixed berries, and breakfast sandwiches for those on the go.
The lunch and dinner menu offers a wide selection of made-to-order sandwiches, sides and entrees including stone-hearth baked pizzas, gourmet burgers, fresh made-daily soups, herb-roasted salmon, flat iron steak and pommes frites and rosemary paillard of chicken, served to your table by Market District Express Team Members aided by a new electronic direct table delivery system.
Additionally, the restaurant at Market District Express offers hand-made sushi rolls made with the freshest ingredients, a licensed Starbucks coffee kiosk, and the company's first self-serve frozen yogurt bar with multiple flavors and a wide assortment of toppings.
The Best of the Unique and Everyday
Market District Express also offers a large variety of farm-fresh conventional and natural and organic produce, unique seasoned and international foods, an assortment of specialty cheeses, olives and charcuterie, more than 300 varieties of domestic, imported and craft beers, a dairy department, deli meats, self-service meat and seafood cases, candy, frozen products and floral.
The Market District Express grocery offerings are focused on the most popular brand names, Market District branded products and specialty items. An in-house bakery features tempting, gourmet pastries and desserts. The Chopping Block provides fresh pre-cut vegetables and meats and bulk foods including beans, rice and grains, granola and cereals, dried fruit and party mixes.
Featuring many of the products and other savings opportunities that customers have come to expect from Giant Eagle and Market District locations, Market District Express includes an in-store pharmacy with drive thru access and promotions such as seasonal free antibiotics and free prenatal vitamins, the doubling of manufacturer coupons up to 99¢ and the ability to earn fuelperks! via the Giant Eagle Advantage Card®. Customers can redeem fuelperks! at the adjacent 16-pump GetGo open 24 hours a day, and get a carwash at the nearby WetGo.
About Market District Express
Market District Express brings the best of Market District into an intimate neighborhood setting. With one location in Southwestern Pennsylvania and additional locations planned, Market District Express provides an extensive, chef-created and handmade menu full of fresh, delectable dishes served with unparalleled service and unsurpassed quality as well as a variety of produce, cheese, meat, dairy, traditional and specialty groceries, beer and more, sourced from around the globe and just around the corner.
Giant Eagle Inc., ranked 29 on Forbes magazine's largest private corporations list, is one of the nation's largest food, fuel and pharmacy retailers and distributors with approximately $9.9 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 420 retail locations throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland.
SOURCE Giant Eagle