Giant Eagle Company History Timeline

1931
In 1931, the five families Goldstein, Porter, Chait, Moravitz and Weizenbaum combine forces to form Giant Eagle.
Executive chairman David Shapira is the grandson of one of the men who founded the company in 1931.
In retrospect, Kroger should have made the term last for the length of their lives, because in 1931 the three men joined the owners of OK Grocery -- Hyman Moravitz and Morris Weizenbaum -- and launched a new chain of grocery stores called Giant Eagle.
1933
Irwin Porter, a son of one of the founders who had joined the company in 1933 and steadily rose through the ranks, was named chairman of the board, while Shapira became president and CEO.
1936
The first Giant Eagle supermarket opens on Brownsville Road in 1936.
1945
Saul Shapira joined his father-in-law s grocery business in 1945.
1968
1968 Giant Eagle acquires the former Kroger warehouse in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, more than doubling its storage capacity the company opens its first 20,000-square-foot store.
1981
In 1981, with 52 stores in operation, Giant Eagle acquired Tamarkin Cos.
1982
1982 Phar-Mor Inc., a deep-discount drugstore chain, is created.
1984
In 1984 Giant Eagle began converting Valu King stores in Ohio operated by Tamarkin to Giant Eagle stores.
1988
Giant Eagle is proud of its involvement in the communities served by its stores. It donates to area food banks and charities, and in 1988 created a program called Apples for the Students whereby portions of sales are used to help procure computers and other equipment for area schools.
1997
The company s largest acquisition to date, that of Cleveland, Ohio-based wholesaler and supermarket chain Riser Foods Inc. for 403 million in 1997, contributed to the growth of the business with its 36 stores operating under the Rini-Rego Stop-n-Shop name.
1998
In July 1998, Giant Eagle announced plans to build a 23 million distribution center in Pittsburgh to consolidate the company s existing perishable foods operations.
1999
Not only would 160 existing jobs be retained, but 45 new jobs were to be created by the time the warehouse opened in November 1999.
2002
Indeed, Giant Eagle had, in June 2002, completed the acquisition of the Bradley House of Catering, one of the largest independent catering companies in the Pittsburgh area.
2004
In February 2004 Giant Eagle was recognized as a 2004 Energy Star Retail Partner of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
In 2004, Giant Eagle purchased nine former Big Bear stores in Columbus, Newark, and Marietta from parent company Penn Traffic.
2005
Looking back to 2005, the supermarket chain is United States 49th largest retailer.
2006
Giant Eagle emerged as one of the dominant supermarket chains in Northeast Ohio, competing mainly against the New York-based Tops, from which it purchased 18 stores in October 2006.
Initially, only two stores were opened with this rebranding in 2006, in Pittsburgh and in Bethel Park.
Envisioning Giant Eagle as truly one-stop marketplaces, in 2006 the company began testing a nurse-staffed health clinic in one of its locations in addition to its relatively new eyecare facilities.
2008
A new Giant Eagle opened in Lancaster, in November 2008, and the former Big Bear located at Blacklick Crossing is undergoing an expansion and remodeling.
2013
In December 2013, the grocery chain acquired Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy to enhance the services offered by its Giant Eagle Specialty Pharmacy business.
2014
Giant Eagle is indeed a giant among regional grocery chains, with an estimated 9.3 billion in fiscal 2014 ended June sales.
2016
A larger version of GetGo but smaller than the average Giant Eagle store was opened in May 2016, called Giant Eagle Express which offers much of the same services as the larger stores, but operates on a smaller scale.
2018
On September 27, 2018, Giant Eagle announced it would purchase the Ricker's convenience store chain in Indiana, marking the largest acquisition for GetGo since the chain's launch.
2019
The store is scheduled to be opened in 2019.
Founded
1931
Company Founded
Headquarters
Pittsburgh, PA
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