Giant Food Stores, a division of Ahold Delhaize, said it is investing $22 million in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, which includes launching a new e‐commerce hub at its former North Reservoir Street location, remodel completions at four stores, lower prices across its stores, and the opening of a new fuel station.
The new e‐commerce hub concept will drive the development of the former store property and will bring approximately 150 new jobs to the community. The new e‐commerce hub will serve as a grocery delivery center and will be designed with a unique format that offers curbside pickup orders, where online orders are delivered right to customers’ cars parked outside of the hub. The format will also feature a walkable pickup point to meet the growing local demand for online grocery. The e‐commerce hub will encompass 38,000 square feet, enabling Giant and its online grocery partner Peapod to serve up to 40% more shoppers.
“We look at this e‐commerce hub as an investment not just in property, but in the people of Lancaster who have waited too long to hear news from us about our future plans,” said Nicholas Bertram, Giant president.
This will be the fifth such facility Giant has opened in Pennsylvania with Peapod.
“Grocery shopping is changing and the pace is accelerating; as a customer‐centric company, innovation is the cornerstone of our go‐to business strategy,” added Bertram. “Our e‐commerce hub will drive growth while helping our customers to shop how they want, when they want, and most importantly, where they want.”
Other initiatives include extensive remodels at four locations in Lancaster and Lititz, which features expanded health and beauty care departments.
The latest investment in Lancaster is in addition to a $70 million investment announced earlier this year to grow its store network across Pennsylvania by constructing six new stores, remodeling two locations and opening four new fuel stations over the next two years.