press release

April 20, 2012

Christopher Brand
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Carlisle, PA – “All of us who are part of the GIANT Food Stores’ family were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of one of our own, former president and chairman Lee Javitch. We extend our deepest condolences and a sincere thank you to the entire Javitch family for the legacy they built.

“As the son of the company’s founder David Javitch, Lee grew up in the grocery business from working in his father’s store to rising through the leadership ranks to become GIANT president in 1968 and chairman from 1979 - 1982. He presided over GIANT during a period of great growth and GIANT today operates 183 stores in four states.

“Lee always took a great interest in his colleagues, helping to guide them through their careers. He cared about the happiness and well- being of all associates, and he emphasized how critical each associate was to the success of the business.

“Lee Javitch was an icon in the grocery industry, and created a legacy of generosity and service that defined an organization. He inspired GIANT/MARTIN’S associates and developed a focus on customer service that became the foundation for our company’s success. Indeed, his passionate involvement in the community still motivates us today.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Javitch family at this time.”


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S is a leading retail grocer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, operating under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets and employing nearly 30,000 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. GIANT/MARTIN’S was recently awarded the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its leadership in the fight against hunger. 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 and Find us on Facebook at and