Giant Heirloom Market opens downtown grocery store near Philadelphia’s Fashion District

As the Giant supermarket chain continues its expansion in Philadelphia, one of its most anticipated new stores celebrated its grand opening in downtown on Thursday.

The Carlisle-based company has opened its fourth Giant Heirloom Market at 801 Market St. inside the former home of the Strawbridge & Clothier department store, which had a long run from 1928. It has become primarily an apartment building offices in the mid-2000s.

The new Heirloom Market, located on the ground floor, is a short walk from Philadelphia’s Fashion District. Other Giant Heirloom Market locations are in Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties, and University City.

“It seems only fitting that our growth and investment in the city this year culminates with this new store at a legendary location that has served Philadelphians and visitors to our city for decades,” said Giant President Nicholas Bertram. “This store will reach residents and workers in the Fashion District and beyond, as well as visitors to nearby historic sites and museums in Philadelphia. Always keeping in mind our goal of connecting families for a better tomorrow. , we know our customers will be delighted by the beautiful architecture and features of this Giant Heirloom Market.”

Giant restored the 32,000 square foot space and retained many of its interior design elements, including chandelier lighting, signage, decorative trim and the famous “Il Porcellino” boar statue that adorned the department store. .

Much like other Giant Heirloom Market locations, the downtown store will feature a large beer and wine selection, gourmet cheeses with pairing recommendations, a lounge area with TVs, and 16 vending machines. The store will stand out from the crowd with its Tap Hall housed inside the building’s historic elevator lobby, which features 32 self-serve beers and wines.

Customers on the go can take advantage of Giant Direct to schedule next day pickup or delivery by ordering online.

The new store will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will employ approximately 100 people.

Giant now has eight stores in Philadelphia and opened four this year alone, including the flagship grocery store in Logan Square and a new supermarket at 1403 S. Columbus Blvd. along the Delaware River. The company also opened an e-commerce distribution center in Southwest Philadelphia and plans to open additional stores on North Broad Street at the corner of Spring Garden Street and on South Broad Street at the corner of Washington Avenue.