press release

May 4, 2015

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets have been named 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters, a national monthly business publication with a circulation of more than 33,000. The recognition was given for the company’s deep commitment to community, its dedicated associates, its emphasis on buying local, and its focus on nutrition. As part of this distinction, GIANT/MARTIN’S is the cover story for Grocery Headquarters’ May issue, which can be found here.

“On behalf of all of our associates, I want to thank Grocery Headquarters for recognizing our efforts by naming us Chain Retailer of the Year,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Our associates are driven to engaging our customers, connecting to the many communities we serve, and bringing our stores to life. Our store teams are the foundation of our growth and success, and we are just thrilled by this honor.”

“GIANT/MARTIN’S historically has operated stores in smaller and rural communities where it built a reputation on offering quality meat, other perishables and groceries at very competitive prices,” says Richard Turcsik, executive editor of Grocery Headquarters. “In recent years GIANT/MARTIN’S has made quite a name for itself in more urban and suburban locales and is now the market leader in greater Philadelphia and Richmond. Yet despite its phenomenal growth, GIANT/MARTIN’S stores remain deeply rooted in their local communities, supporting numerous local charities as well as local farmers and manufacturers.”

Grocery Headquarters highlights GIANT/MARTIN’S commitment to offering customers a better place to shop with its new low prices and produce program, buying local and enhancing its private label offerings. The profile also focuses on GIANT/MARTIN’S charitable support of local communities, launch of new technology innovations, dedication of its associates and the availability of in-store nutritionists to help customers live healthier lifestyles.

“GIANT/MARTIN’S does not rest on its laurels, continually offering competitive prices to make it a market leader, along with services and amenities, including in-store dietitians, healthcare clinics, Peapod home delivery and hand-held scanners to help shoppers expedite their visit,” Turcsik continued. “All that innovation and dedicated associates makes GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets an easy choice to be honored as our 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year.”


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.