PITTSBURGH — GetGo has opened its first convenience store inside a sports arena. On April 21, the retailer opened a GetGo Café + Market inside PPG Paints Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
“We have been partners and friends with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a number of years, and we’re thrilled to bring together two iconic Pittsburgh brands to open our newest, one-of-a-kind GetGo experience in PPG Paints Arena,” said Laura Karet, president and CEO of Giant Eagle Inc., the parent company of GetGo. “Convenience should never mean compromise, and we couldn’t think of a better opportunity to bring fan favorites right to the fans.”
“Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania are passionate about the Penguins and love great food. We’re thrilled to be able to combine the two in our new location and look forward to an amazing partnership,” she said.
“GetGo has become a pillar in the Pittsburgh community and we are proud to partner with them to bring our vision of a one-stop shop to life at PPG Paints Arena,” said Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse. “It has been our goal to make guest experiences as safe and efficient as possible as fans return. GetGo brings a convenient experience with quality products that Pittsburgh fans already know and love.”
Executives of the Penguins and GetGo attended the opening, which was also the debut of GetGo mascot Lil Tot.
GetGo Café + Market is also the first of its kind for the arena. Located behind Section 116 on the FedEx Level, the 2,800-square-foot store spans the combined spaces of three former concession stands. It offers fresh, made-to-order food as well as coolers stocked with grab-and-go items and beverages. The made-to-order menu includes chicken tenders, GetGo’s buffalo tenders, mozzarella sticks, macaroni and cheese wedges, buffalo cauliflower and tots and burgers, chicken sandwiches and subs, like the Buffaloaded Buffalo Chicken Sub and Philly Cheesesteak.
The partnership with the Penguins goes beyond the new store in PPG Paints Arena. GetGo will be featured in the team social media and mobile app, in-game media and Penguins radio during games. Players and team mascot Iceburgh will make appearances at new GetGo grand openings and during special events. Additionally, through GetGo Great Start, fans in the arena win a free appetizer if the Penguins score a goal within the first five minutes of a game.
In other company news, GetGo held its spring hiring campaign May 4-6 to hire hourly team members, overnight team members and shift supervisors in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus and Indianapolis markets.
“GetGo offers a fast-paced, supportive work environment with competitive wages, flexible scheduling, bonus program and benefits,” said Rob Saunders, director of GetGo HR field operations.
- GetGo is No. 29 on CSP’s 2021 Top 40 update to the 2020 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by store count.
Pittsburgh-based GetGo operates nearly 270 c-stores in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. It is the convenience-store division of supermarket retailer Giant Eagle.