Giant Food Stores will open three new stores and open three fuel stations in the Greater Lehigh Valley, part of a $70 million capital investment the company plans to make in some of its Pennsylvania stores the next two years, the company announced this morning.
The move marks the Carlisle-based supermarket chain’s entry into the East Stroudsburg and Walnutport markets for the first time.
The Giant stores will be at 300 Lincoln Ave., East Stroudsburg, and 300 S. Best Ave., Walnutport. The East Stroudsburg site is the former home of a Kmart store that closed last year.
Those stores, which will include fuel stations, are expected to open in 2019, the company said.
Giant will add a new store at 1661 Easton Road, Warrington, a former Redner’s supermarket that closed last week.
The company plans to add a new fuel station this year at an existing Giant at 2182 W. Union Blvd., Bethlehem.
“We are positioning the company for longtime growth, and we are excited to grow our presence within East Stroudsburg and Walnutport,” Nicholas Bertram, president of Giant, said in a statement.
Although the company did not say how many new jobs the three new regional stores will add, it said 300 full-time and part-time people overall be added as a result of its projects across the state.
The three other new stores will be in Feasterville-Trevose, Broomall and State College.
The company said it plans to continue investing in beer and wine eateries at its stores, which now number 59 in Pennsylvania.
Giant said it is expanding its fight to combat child hunger in local communities. The company will commit $1 million over two years to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Second Harvest will get a $216,000 grant to expand its Backpack Buddies program.
Founded in 1923, Giant has 171 locations in four states and more than 30,000 employees.