Giant Eagle has its talons firmly wrapped around parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The grocery chain, a market leader in Pittsburgh and eastern Ohio, operates about 180 company-owned stores and 50-plus franchised supermarkets, as well as about 190 GetGo convenience stores, which feature fresh foods and sells gas at discounted prices. The regional chain also has stores in Maryland and West Virginia. Many Giant Eagle stores feature video rental, banking, photo processing, dry cleaning services, and ready-to-eat meals. Executive chairman David Shapira is the grandson of one of the men who founded the company in 1931. The founders' families own Giant Eagle.

Geographic Reach

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle's nearly 420 retail locations are located throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia, and Maryland. It has more than 220 supermarket locations.


In addition to its Giant Eagle supermarkets and GetGo convenience stores, the company operates a number of secondary formats: 12 upscale Market District stores in Pittsburgh, and one Giant Eagle Express store. GetGo, launched about a decade ago, is a growth vehicle for Giant Eagle. In addition to gas and food the fast-growing convenience store chain offers WetGo car washes, DVD rentals, and ATM machines. 

Financial Performance

Giant Eagle is indeed a giant among regional grocery chains, with an estimated $9.3 billion in fiscal 2014 (ended June) sales.


With the economy on the mend, Giant Eagle is looking to enter new markets. The chain opened its first GetGo store in Pennsylvania in 2014, and plans to jump into the Indianapolis market in 2015 with a 125,00-square-foot Market District store and a GetGo convenience store in Carmel, the first of at least six stores planned for the market.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In December 2013, the grocery chain acquired Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy to enhance the services offered by its Giant Eagle Specialty Pharmacy business.

Company Background

When Joe Porter, Ben Chait, and Joe Goldstein sold their chain of 125 Eagle grocery stores in Pittsburgh to Kroger in 1928, the agreement stated that the men would have to leave the grocery business for three years. 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. Eventually, the chain would knock Kroger out of the Pittsburgh market.

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101 Kappa Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-2833
Phone: 1 (412) 963-6200
Fax: 1 (412) 968-1510


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Laura S. Karet
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer: John R. Lucot
  • Executive Chairman: David S. Shapira

Major Office Locations

  • Pittsburgh, PA

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