Another Giant? Why?

Giant already operates 17 stores within a 10-mile radius of Newtown. So why would it want to operate yet another in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center?


Another Giant? Why?

That’s the question that many around town are asking after Giant announced last week it will be taking over the local Genuardi’s by the middle of the year.

Giant, a supermarket chain headquartered in Carlisle, plans to purchase 16 Genuardi’s stores in the Greater Philadelphia region, including the one in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center. The $106 million transaction also includes Genuardi’s stores in Langhorne, Jamison, Chalfont and West Chester.

The fact that Giant already operates 17 stores within a 10-mile radius of Newtown – one just two miles away from the current Genuardi's – has caused many to wonder why the supermarket is seeking to open even more locations in the area.

Based on the more than of the story, it seems many residents were hopeful a Whole Foods was preparing to occupy the space. But the Whole Foods rumor was just that – and now many are frustrated by they foresee will be a lack of grocery store variety in the area.

Some members of the community have speculated that perhaps the store will change hands again after the deal is completed. But that, according to Giant spokesman Christopher Brand, is simply not the case.

“We expect to operate all 16 stores as Giant food stores,” Brand said of the deal with Genuardi’s.

Based on the comments, it seems many residents were hopeful some variety would be coming to the area.

“Wegmans or Trader Joes or Whole Foods would be fantastic. Giant is very disappointing,” wrote one Patch user.

“I'd also prefer a Trader Joe's, Wegmanns or Whole Foods over Giant. Why would they want to have two stores about one mile apart? Makes no sense,” wrote another Patch user.

But Brand said it’s not uncommon for the supermarket chain to seek to operate several stores in one area.  “Our goal is always to provide stores and to grow our business to serve our customers,” he said. 

Giant recently completed a renovation of its store off the Newtown Bypass in the Summit Square Shopping Center and currently operates stores in Yardley, New Hope, Levittown, Southampton, Morrisville and more.

“Certainly it’s our aim to provide convenient locations for our customers because we represent what we believe is a one-stop shop,” Brand said.

Betsy Hunt January 12, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I'll keep driving to Princeton...and Warrington...for Whole Foods
Lisa January 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I guess I too will need to investigate what else is around. I didn't like Giant before it was renovated and while now it is very pretty, I still don't like it. Nothing again Acme, but I don't like they way the stock their shelves, you can find a product in three different places in that store, none where you think it might be. Plus it is cold looking and large. But I will most likely go there until I find my new spot. I guess Giant has a huge task in front of them of winning over us loyal Genuardi Customers. Are they up to the task?
Stevi January 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I was very pleased when Richboro voted down a new Giant in town, now I'm sad that Newtown will be inflicted with not one but TWO. At the rate that Giant is expanding they seem to want to be the ONLY grocery store option for ALL the customers which is both foolish and impossible. I greatly dislike Giant's stores, their product selection, their low quality meats... There are reasons I avoid the TWELVE STORES within 5 miles of my house... and now they're adding 3 more?! <sigh>
pamela January 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Giant...sigh...another Giant, really? I will not shop at their stores, I did once, it was enough. The drive to Wegman's is worth my time, gas, money and energy. I also smell Monopoly in the air. I suppose that the only way they can get customers is to be the only option in town.
angel January 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
my thoughts, too!
angel January 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
me too! like whole foods! wegmans prices are consistantly lower than g, g, and a! local produce shops are good for fresh veggies too
angel January 12, 2012 at 03:40 PM
they will get away with 2 because technically they will be located in 2 different towns-langhorne and newtown :/
angel January 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
anyone want to start a sustainable, organic co-op? we could use a report about the local cattle raisers, too
MR January 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
MR January 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
An organic, local co-op would be divine... Or a Whole Foods! In the meantime, I will continue to support the Whole Foods in Princeton, The Grape Vine in Newtown, and Earth Foods in Buckingham...
Kara Seymour January 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
where is Earth Foods?
MR January 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Earth Foods is located at 4950 York Rd, Holicong (sorry, I said Buckingham before)... It's a very small store, but they do carry some good products. It's similar to the Grape Vine although they do not sell any produce...
Joanne January 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Sadly communities have very little to say about the commercial operations in their towns, thanks to PA state laws that favor developers and big corporations. Newtown has an additional problem thanks to how often our zoning board prostitutes itself to any business that asks for variances. This is what you get with "business friendly Republicsns" in charge for decade after decade.
Hmmmm January 13, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Competition at the same level will be good for pricing and service. Look, I'd love a Wegman's but it isn't happening. Let the free market determine our options.
Ellen January 13, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Big Bear Natural Foods! There's one in Lambertville and one on Route 1 next to the Lowe's. It's no Whole Foods or Trader Joes but they have a decent selection of fresh and packaged organic healthy foods.
MR January 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
It's not a "free market" if one store has a monopoly on the selection.
Hmmmm January 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
How is it a monopoly when the competition (Acme) is 500 feet away? A free market is a competitive market and that's exactly what we have and should want.
MR January 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM
The thing that you are missing is there is no true difference between the selection or the pricing at the Acme and the Giant. It's basically like having two identical stores in the same shopping center. A Whole Foods would actually provide variety and choice. And, not to mention, the number of other Giant stores that are taking over the area... one store with a different name and the exact same merchandise, the Acme, doesn't really make the " free market" that you speak of very effective.
James Mayer January 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Just think of Clemens. 13 stores were bought and converted to Giant and honestly I am very happy for that. I was speaking to a Clemens now Giant employee and she said that Clemens was nice, but Giant has better benefits and what not for their employees. Giant won me over from Clemens. The name is changing and yes the store brands are changing as well, but that's really it. You can still buy everyday items there and I gaurentee you'll still see the same employees.
James Mayer January 14, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Lets think here. Only 1 Giant has closed due to low sales in the last 15 years. That to me shows that they know what they're doing. Also, this monopoly you smell isn't really one at all. More and more stores are selling groceries now. Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar stores, need I go on? All them weren't selling groceries (or at least as much as they do now) 10 years ago. So if there's a CVS down the street selling grocery items, that's not a monopoly since Giant has items that CVS sells and vise versa. And speaking of drug stores, when you see 2 CVS stores on the same street within 2 minutes of eachother, do you scream "MONOPOLY!!" I think everyone needs to calm down. It's just a grocery store.
Hmmmm January 14, 2012 at 03:40 AM
For those who shop on price, Giant is much better than Acme. For those who shop at leisure for prepared food selection and/or "organic", when price or time isn't an issue for you, there are plenty of close options.
Ellen January 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
There is a winter Farmer's Market in Wrightstown today, if anyone wants fresh, local produce go check it out. It's in the field next to the Wrightstown Municipal Building on Route 232.
LA January 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Just found this email address for TJ's and sent them a begging email. Maybe if a lot of us requested their presence in Newtown, they'd pay attention. http://www.traderjoes.com/about/general-feedback-form.asp
angel January 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
monoply or not, food isn't what it it use to be or should be. too many money-hungry people involved (government, labs, etc). there is no flavor in many veggies and fruits(even when i harvest seedlings that i plant in my backyard). that is because they are coming from manufactured seed labs that produce artifically, genetically modified versions. it's like eating fake food. now i have to look for organic, natural varieties to plant. the big stores don't care what they offer us they care about making money from us.
Hmmmm January 15, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Whole Foods cares as much about making money as Acme or Giant. They just do a better job making you feel good about it.
angel January 15, 2012 at 04:11 AM
true. still like wegman's and wf these days:) happy shopping!
Gerry Couch January 15, 2012 at 04:49 AM
One Giant was plenty! Maybe if we boycott both of them they will go away! I don't think Giant Lot is large enough to accomadate a Wegmans. I was dissapointed when Safe- way bought Genaurdi's now Giant buys them, that is pretty much the end of the line.
Linda McFadden January 15, 2012 at 06:17 AM
I agree, Prices at Giant are much better than Acme or Genuardis. Shop and Bag in Richboro even has better prices than the Acme or Genuardis. And I have read several comments saying Giant is low end, but who cares, Food is expensive now, gotta love the lower prices
MR January 16, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Of course Whole Foods cares about making money just as much as the Acme or Giant- that's what makes them a viable business. They are able to make their customers feel good about it because they sell better products which makes them worth every extra penny spent. Newtown is such a great little town with quite a lot going for it. It's just too bad that our only shopping choices are going to be two Giant stores and an Acme and that so many of us will be traveling to other towns so we can shop at Whole Foods (or Wegman's).
Joe January 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Giant is a Pennsylvania based store chain. It's a good thing to support local businesses. Giant is a large employer of local folks also. I'm sure if enough people mention to Giant Managemant what they would like to see in their store, Giant would have to respond to customer demands. Wegmans and Whole Foods have great specialty items but are also pricey.


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