Profile: Giant Eagle Market District
I recently had the opportunity to visit and tour one of the largest and most complete food markets in America; Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson Township, a suburban area of Pittsburgh. If you love fresh food and awesome ingredients you would absolutely LOVE this place.
Throughout the process of learning how to prepare and eat whole foods I’ve gone from only grabbing fruit in the produce isle to practically LIVING there. Seriously I should pay rent. So for me visiting a marquee store like this one in which the produce section is the size of my entire grocery store at home gave me the same feeling as some of you ladies get when visiting the LV store.
I describe this store as your local grocery store SQUARED and times 10. Here are a few reasons why:
Daycare. Scratch that. FREE daycare with computers and game consoles. Parents you are now free to roam the cabin.
Produce. Produce. Produce! Every variation of pepper, mushroom, greens, I could think of were fresh and on display. The menu at home would only be limited to your imagination. I could imagine myself creating challenge menus just to see if I could stump the market inventory.
How many markets to YOU frequent that grow their own lettuce in the produce section?
Varieties of lean meats, including wild organic options, grass fed, free-range, you name it. This isn’t so much of a departure from your local market except that the place was spotless and the service was really excellent.
Experience: Yes, this is an in-store cooking show. I didn’t get to see it in action, but there were multiple cameras I guess for recording and broadcast. Great for vendors and I’m sure the shoppers appreciate the tips and goodies.
Extras. My local deluxe markets don’t age their own cheese, have Olive Oil tastings or an elaborate wine vending machine. I grabbed a couple bottles just to see the machine work.
Touring at the Giant Eagle Market District was a pleasure that I would love to repeat… DAILY! LOL. Seriously though, the store is top notch compared even to my local NYC area deluxe markets (Whole Foods and Wegman’s). Once shoppers get past the hurdle of seeing the increased price of high quality food as an expense and more of an investment in long term health stores like this will be more prominent across the nation. Giant Eagle Market District is currently in 4 locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Find out more at www.marketdistrict.com. Tell them Be Moore sent you.