Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Giant Eagle plans to enter greater Indianapolis later this year with two store concepts. The multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailer will open a Market District food destination store and GetGo convenience restaurant and fuel station in The Bridges development in Carmel, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis.
“We are thrilled to bring our Market District and GetGo concepts to Carmel and greater Indianapolis,” said Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet. “We could think of nothing better than to deliver the best food from around the world to this great community, and to offer a dining and convenience experience that we are confident will be a wonderful complement to Indianapolis’ ever-expanding food scene. As we look to become contributing members of the Indianapolis area, we are also actively evaluating opportunities for additional locations.”
Inspired by the open-air markets of Europe, Giant Eagle says Market District combines the best of the everyday grocery needs with unique offerings and services not found elsewhere, all while cultivating customers’ passion for food through chef demonstrations and interactive events, including in-store appearances by some of the world’s most prominent chefs.
Market District has been lauded by food celebrities as “the Disneyland of grocery stores.” After her visit, Martha Stewart characterized Market District as a “veritable retail wonderland,” according to Giant Eagle. Indianapolis native Marc Summers describes Market District as “the most amazing supermarket in the country,” and Adam Richman refers to the store as “heaven’s gift to foodies.” Other culinary celebrities who have been wowed by the Market District experience, Giant Eagle says, include Rachael Ray, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Michael Symon and Tyler Florence.
Giant Eagle says it is equally as excited about its plan to also open a nearby GetGo convenience restaurant and fuel station. The GetGo store experience is focused on delivering the best in fresh foods quickly and made to order, high-quality and 100 percent-guaranteed fuels and a variety of convenience services in a friendly and inviting atmosphere that breaks from the traditional “convenience store” stereotype, according to the company.
GetGo customers can choose from old-fashioned handmade subs, breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps and more to take home or enjoy at the in-store cafe. These GetGo meals can be accompanied by any one of hundreds of hot and cold drink options, including both Pepsi and Coca-Cola fountain products, frozen carbonated beverages, milkshakes, iced tea, a variety of bottled beverages, all-natural fruit smoothies and GetGo brand coffee, lattes, mochas and espressos.
Additionally, GetGo features a range of convenience offerings, including free air for vehicle tires, free Wi-Fi, surcharge-free ATM, retailer gift cards, an in-store wireless center with no-contract phones and prepaid wireless cards as well as bright and spacious restrooms.
“These wonderful shopping and dining experiences are brought to life by our passionate Market District and GetGo team members,” Karet said. “From expertly trained chefs to the friendly and helpful folks at checkout, it’s our people who truly make the difference for our shoppers.”