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Giant Eagle opened its first Market District in Northeast Ohio this week – a 94,000-square-foot culinary, dining and shopping destination – in Solon, which marks the seventh such format for the Pittsburgh-based food retailer.
Renowned chef Michael Symon, host of ABC's "The Chew,” was on hand to help celebrate the grand opening of the concept store with Giant Eagle's CEO Laura Karet, who was scheduled to cook one of the Iron Chef's recipes in the Solon Market District's state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen.
Staffed by 400 associates ready and willing to deliver exceptional service by sharing new products, recipes and culinary ideas, the Market District team boasts a number of graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, Ohio State University and University of Akron, all of which complement certified cheesemongers and other food professionals.
Customers from across the area will be warmly welcomed to a new world of food, where they will be invited to sample restaurant-quality dishes and find unique meat, produce, cheese and grocery selections from around the globe. While the store offers unique items not available elsewhere, it also sells everyday items like brand-name detergents, cola products and a number of other items you would expect to find in a traditional Giant Eagle supermarket at the same low prices.
The Solon Market District also features many of the products, promotions and other savings opportunities that Cleveland-area Giant Eagle shoppers are familiar with, including weekly specials, a strong pharmacy highlighted by the $4 and $10 generic prescription drug program, doubling of manufacturer coupons up to $0.99 and fuelperks! customer rewards.
Among the features of the Solon Market District:
-- A large fresh produce department that features domestic, specialty, regionally grown and seasonal fruits and vegetables, including more than 120 organic varieties.
-- A gourmet burger station which features hamburgers made from fresh-ground beef, housemade burger sauce and hand-cut french fries. The house special features a Solon Burger with smoked Gouda cheese and pepper smoked bacon, $5.99.
-- Curbside Express enables online grocery ordering at MarketDistrict.com/Curbside and provides a flexible schedule for easy pickup at the front of the store.
-- A sweet shop with hand-dipped chocolate novelties, gourmet confections and nostalgic candy classics like Necco Wafers and Pixie Stix, as well as fresh-roasted nuts, hand-dipped caramel apples, just-spun cotton candy and fresh, homemade kettle corn.
-- A smoke and fire slow-roasting rotisserie includes fire-grilled, juicy roasted meats, ribs, chicken and more.
-- A variety of hot and cold food bars feature a smorgasbord of home-style favorites, authentic international dishes, spicy wings, garden-fresh vegetables and gourmet toppings.
-- Sushi chefs specializing in Japanese maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi and bento with organic rice.
-- An artisan cheese shop offering 400-plus handcrafted domestic and imported cheeses, including fresh hand wrapped mozzarella, goat and sheep's milk cheeses, and other classics from Europe and the Americas.
-- In-house roasted meats, as well as the finest in charcuterie, showcasing imported cured meats from Italy and Spain, unique artisan products such as Fra' Mani Handcrafted Salumi and La Quercia from Iowa.
-- A wide array of fresh meat and seafood, including dry-aged beef, chicken sausage made in-store, hard-to-find meats such as grass-fed beef, bison and game, Nature's Basket antibiotic free meats and poultry and more; high-quality seafood from sustainable sources such as Alaska salmon and Gulf of Maine cod; a wide assortment of shellfish, including wild American shrimp, jumbo sea scallops, live clams, oysters and lobsters; and salmon burgers, crab-stuffed salmon and jumbo lump crab cakes.
-- More than 10,000 international, natural and organic, and unique specialty groceries.
-- A bulk foods section that includes 12 varieties of olive oil and vinegars, 28 varieties of teas, 48 spices and more than 60 bulk foods items, including rice/beans/grains, nut meats, granola/cereals, dried fruit, trail/party mixes and confectionary.
-- Hearth-baked artisan breads alongside made-from-scratch cookies and donuts, as well as boiled and hearth-baked bagels.
-- A beverage bar with coffee roasted on site, seasonal specialty drinks, mulled cider, eggnog and fruit smoothies made with fresh-squeezed juices.
-- An ongoing schedule of in-store events to entertain and educate shoppers, including live music and daily cooking demonstrations from resident and celebrity chefs.
-- An in-store restaurant featuring free Wi-Fi and real tableware.
-- A beer and wine store with more than 1,800 wines from around the world and a selection of more than 800 beers to enjoy with a delicious Market District meal. In addition, a full state liquor agency carries more than 1,000 spirits.
-- An expanded health, beauty and wellness department filled with natural and organic cosmetics, vitamins, supplements and personal care products, and staffed with a licensed skin care professional and a licensed dietitian conducting ongoing wellness events and activities.
Ranked 29th on Forbes magazine's largest private corporations list with approximately $9.9 billion in annual sales, Giant Eagle is one of the nation's largest food retailers and distributors. Now celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Apples for the Students program, Giant Eagle has 229 supermarkets and 188 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland.