(April 6, 9:48 a.m.) Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Inc. focused part of its energy the last two years on revamping its one Giant Eagle Express store, a gas station and small grocery store combination that now includes fresh cooked meals as well an expanded grocery produce section.

The grocery chain also has plans to expand the store concept by opening three to five more Giant Eagle Express locations in the next two years, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Giant Eagle Express store, which opened May 2007, is a 14,000-square-foot grocery store attached to a GetGo gas station, and also features a drive-through pharmacy. The store’s new image includes a focus on fresh foods, and the company dropped some canned and frozen items to make way for an expanded produce section, as well as soups, prepared foods and a coffee bar. It also added a 40-seat dining area with free Wi-Fi Internet connection. The store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among its new prepared foods are several that include fresh produce items, including an asparagus risotto with fresh asparagus, chicken marsala with Tuscan roasted redskin potatoes and peppers; eggplant parmigiana; a beef or chicken burrito with peppers, pico de gallo and Ancho salsa; meatloaf and mashed potatoes; and several other main dishes that include corn-on-the-cob or Brussels sprouts as sides.

The store’s lunch menu includes fresh sandwiches and wraps, which include toppings like lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Giant Eagle Express stores add more produce
The Giant Eagle Express store format from Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Inc. features a drive-through pharmacy, a 40-seat dining area with free Wi-Fi Internet connection, a strong focus on fresh foods and more.

Courtesy Giant Eagle Inc.