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Grand opening date is also set for April 18

Altoona, PA - Giant Food Stores announced today that Craig Simpson has been appointed as store manager of the new Martin's Food Market located at 200 E. Chestnut Avenue. The store will open the doors of its brand-new Altoona location on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. This newly-built 62,000 square foot store will replace the existing Martin's located less than one mile away at East 25th and Ivyside Drive. This location will close for business on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.

"The new store will feature much of what customers have come to expect in Martin's newer prototype stores, especially in the areas of health and wellness and customer convenience," said Craig Simpson, store manager. "We will also double the number of store associate positions to 170 as compared with approximately 85 at the old Altoona store."

A Martin's associate for the past 14 years, Simpson got his start in grocery retail at age 16 as a bagger. He's been working in the industry ever since he graduated from high school in Windber, PA. Most recently, Simpson held the assignment of store manager at Martin's in Duncansville, PA. He resides in Huntington, PA with his wife and three daughters.

Martin's Food Markets is operated by Giant Food Stores, headquartered in Carlisle, PA. In operation since 1923, Giant purchased its first Martin's Food Market, located in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1970. As a company, Martin's is proud to work with hundreds of local organizations in the communities it serves and has a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children.

Giant Food Stores, LLC, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S., currently operates stores in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia under the names of Giant Food Stores, TOPS Markets, Martin's Food Markets and FoodSource. For more information, visit the company's websites at or

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