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Giant Eagle opens Market District flagship store in Pittsburgh

Published 04 November 2009

Giant Eagle, a supermarket chain based in Pennsylvania has opened its flagship Market District destination store in the new Settlers Ridge lifestyle shopping center in Robinson Township in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The 150,000 square feet store’s design was inspired by the open-air markets of Europe, the rich, industrial heritage of Pittsburgh and a true passion for food. The highlights of the store are a hands-on cooking school under the direction of chef and cooking school manager Carey Palenchar, a graduate of L'Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis. 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. An array of fresh produce housed in the majestic 65-feet high “great hall” that features domestic, specialty, locally grown, seasonal and 125 organic fruits and vegetables, a hydroponic garden in the centerpiece “great hall” that uses overhead growing lights and a water circulation system to produce grown-on-site herbs and lettuces, an authentic Asian food station including fresh meats from a genuine Tandoori oven, spicy peanut dishes from satay grill, sizzling wok and curry favorites, and fresh-baked naan are a few features in the store. A Rosti Bar features the national dish of Switzerland, a shredded Yukon Gold potato dish that is prepared with a variety of delectable toppings, alongside a Crêpe Bar with true French pancakes stuffed with a variety of sweet and savory fillings from meats and cheeses to whipped cream and fruits, all made to order daily. A Sweet Shop featuring fine chocolates, gourmet confections, hand-dipped chocolate novelties, and nostalgic candy classics, among others. Authentic and handmade Italian Gelato made daily with flavors like toasted almond pear, caramel coffee, tiramisu, coconut basil, and strawberry balsamic, a “Smoke and Fire” slow-roasting rotisserie that includes fire-grilled, tender, juicy roasted meats, ribs, chicken and more, hot and cold food bars, featuring a smorgasbord of home-style favorites, authentic international dishes, wings, garden-fresh vegetables and gourmet toppings. Authentic sushi chefs making classic Japanese maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and bento with the freshest of seafood and organic rice, an artisan cheese shop with more than 400 artisan and imported cheeses hand-selected and aged on-site by certified cheesemongers including Beemster Goudas, Point Reyes Farmstead Original Blue, Sevre et Belle Bucherondin, handmade Mozzarella and French Comté. A charcuterie showcasing domestic and imported cured meats from countries such as Italy and Spain, and unique products such as Saucisson pork from the mountains of France, an extensive selection of fresh meat and seafood, including dry-aged beef, steaks and roasts; fresh game meats like duck, venison, buffalo and rabbit; locally-bred Jamison lamb; homemade chicken sausage; fresh Alaskan King crab, shrimp, scallops, seasonal Copper River salmon and Mahi Mahi, a cornucopia of international foods with more than 10,000 natural and organic items, 7,000 international items and 4,000 unique specialty groceries. A bulk foods section that includes seven rotating varieties of olive oil, balsamic vinegars, 24 varieties of teas, 40 spices and hand-selected foods including granolas, trail mixes, rice, beans, seeds, dried fruits, grains, candies and snacks, artisan, fresh-baked breads showcased alongside made-from-scratch cookies and donuts, and boiled and hearth-baked bagels in the Market District bakery. A beverage bar with coffee roasted on-site, seasonal specialty drinks, as well as mulled cider, eggnog, and fruit smoothies made with fresh-squeezed juices, an in-store chef demonstration kitchen complete with seating for 40, a bar-style seating area, two flat screen monitors and an enhanced sound system for viewing demonstrations where culinary experts showcase recipes from across the store. Customers can then hone their refined cooking and presentation skills with unique, high quality housewares including chic table settings and clever gadgets to gourmet cookware, kitchen appliances and serving utensils. An expanded health, beauty and wellness department that is filled with natural and organic cosmetics, vitamins, supplements, and personal care products, and staffed with a licensed esthetician and a licensed dietician/nutritionist conducting ongoing wellness events and activities will be available to customers. A spacious in-store restaurant that features free Wi-Fi access, real tableware and a vast selection of more than 250 microbrews, craft and specialty beers to enjoy with a delectable lunch or dinner meal.