US-based supermarket chain Giant Food Stores has invested $22m to expand its business in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The investment will be used to establish a new e-commerce hub at North Reservoir St location, remodel four stores, lower prices across its stores and open a new Lititz fuel station.
The e-commerce hub concept is expected to create approximately 150 new jobs in the community and drive the development of Lancaster property.
Located in a 38,000ft2 of space, the centre will serve as a grocery delivery centre offering curbside pickup orders, under which, online orders will be delivered to customers’ cars parked outside of the hub as well as a walkable pickup point.
The centre will serve as hub enabling the supermarket chain as well as its online grocery partner, Peapod, to serve up to 40% more shoppers.
The retailer has also completed the first phase of investment, which includes extensive remodels of four Pennsylvania locations, including three Lancaster and one Lititz.
As part of the investment, the supermarket chain has expanded its product portfolio in stores by adding fresh produce, meat and seafood.
The new service counter and display case in stores now display a range of beef, chicken, pork, lamb, veal, shrimp, fish, and other speciality items.
Giant president Nicholas Bertram said: “We look at this e-commerce hub as an investment not just in property, but in the people of Lancaster who have waited too long to hear news from us about our future plans.
“We have been listening closely to the community, and we would like to sincerely thank Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace for her counsel during the past several months as we developed these plans for more economic opportunity and growth within the city.”
Giant has also started the construction of a new off-site fuel facility in Lititz and expects to open it in August.
The company has partnered with GreenPrint for a reduced emissions programme at all its fuel stations to reduce carbon footprint.