Grocery retailer Giant Eagle Inc. entered the convenience-store business in 2002 when it converted 27 Crossroads stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania to its GetGo brand. It built 13 small stores with fuel in its supermarket parking lots and constructed new stand-alone stores of 4,500 square feet. Today, there are 196 GetGo convenience stores, mainly in Ohio and Pennsylvania, with a few in bordering towns in Maryland and West Virginia. The chain's latest concept is a hybrid of the upscale grocery store and the convenience store called Market District Express at 15,500 square feet.
The company's business models previously included five concepts: Giant Eagle Supermarket, Market District, GetGo, Giant Eagle Express, and Good Cents discount food stores. However, the Giant Eagle Express in Indiana, which combined a scaled-down grocery store, a fresh food deli restaurant and beer outlet featuring craft and specialty brews, closed in March 2015. The Indiana site includes an island of gasoline pumps that will remain open as a GetGo outlet. The closing comes at the same time Giant Eagle says it will close the eight Good Cents stores in the Pittsburgh region.
Giant Eagle continues to add GetGo convenience stores every year. Several dozen locations have a WetGo automatic car wash. In June 2014, the chain opened its first GetGo in Pennsylvania to offer beer.
|No. of Stores:||196|
|Average Store Size:||1,000-2,500 sq. ft.|
|Rank Last Year:||46|
|States of Operation:||Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia|