Giant-Carlisle to open first Philadelphia store

PHILADELPHIA — Giant-Carlisle plans to open its first store in Philadelphia next week, the grocery chain said.

Giant-Carlisle, officially known as Giant Food Stores and owned by Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold, announced that it would open the 74,000-sq.-ft. store on July 20. The company already operated stores in the Philadelphia suburbs, but the new store is the first within the city itself.

In addition to the usual selection of food products, the store will emphasize health and wellness, with an assortment of natural and organic products in a dedicated section called Nature’s Promise Marketplace and the Healthy Ideas labeling system, which ranks foods according to their nutritional value.

The store also will have a full-service pharmacy that will include informational materials about healthy living, drugs, disease and diet. The company said the store would offer the same health and beauty products found in drug stores, but at prices 15% to 20% lower than in chain drug stores.

An on-site gas station will allow customers to save money with Gas Extra Rewards, which lets them get 10 cents off per gallon of gas for every $100 in grocery and out-of-pocket pharmacy purchases at any Giant using a BonusCard during promotional periods.