Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The store boasts an expanded kosher selection.
After a transition week for renovations, GIANT opened early Sunday morning in the former Genuardi's space in Wynnewood. Aside from a Starbucks and pharmacy, the supermarket also has a kosher section that boasts more than a thousand new items in the meat, deli, seafood and bakery departments, according to a Giant press release. Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia oversees the kosher section. Even before 8 a.m., a line of people were ready and waiting for the grand opening. Several hundred folks received small prizes: reusable shopping bags, bread and English muffins. See the photo gallery above for a look inside the new Giant store. Giant is the third largest private sector employer in Pennsylvania, with over 26,000 full and part-time…
Friday, July 13, 2012
The former Genuardi's will reopen on Sunday at 8 a.m. as GIANT, with giveaways for customers.
After closing last Thursday evening for the last time, the Wynnewood Shopping Center Genuardi's will officially reopen as GIANT at 8 a.m. Sunday. The store, which includes an expanded kosher selection according to GIANT, will host several small giveaways on Sunday. GIANT Food Stores announced the purchase of 16 Genuardi's stores in January. The sale was approved by the Federal Trade Commission in mid-June, and shortly thereafter, GIANT began the process of transitioning the 15 stores. "With the remodels, key departments such as produce, bakery, deli, meat and seafood have been updated to provide a clean look along with an improved infrastructure to bring added quality, selection and savings to customers," a GIANT press release states. …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Giant Food Stores begins its conversion of 15 Genuardi's stores on June 29.
The Genuardi's supermarket in Wynnewood will close for the last time on July 5, and reopen July 15 as a Giant. Giant Food Stores announced Thursday, June 21 that it will begin the conversion of 15 former Genuardi’s Family Markets in the greater Philadelphia area on June 29 to Giant Food Stores. During the conversion process, five stores at a time will temporarily close for about a week. The three-phase staggered approach is expected to be completed on July 22. The Wynnewood store, located in the Wynnewood Shopping Center, will close July 5 at 6 p.m. and re-open July 15th at 8 a.m. as a Giant. The converted stores will receive updated refrigeration systems, improved lighting and new signage, according to Giant. All 15 stores will also be …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Giant is the third-largest private sector employer in Pennsylvania, according to a Giant press release.
Updated 3:45 p.m. on 6/15: Comments from Giant and Genuardi's public relations representatives have been added. The Federal Trade Commission has approved Giant's acquisition of 15 Genuardi's stores, according to a press release issued by Giant on Friday, June 15. On Tuesday, when Patch spoke with Chris Brand, Giant's community relations manager, Brand expected the acquisition to be final in the "coming weeks." The press release issued June 15 states that 1,700 former Genuardi’s employees have been offered jobs under the stores' new owners, a number that represents "nearly all who applied for employment with GIANT at the stores GIANT is purchasing." MaryAnne Crager, public affairs manager at Genuardi's, told Patch on Friday that the company…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
After the FTC approves the transfer, the Wynnewood Genuardi's will be closed for one week for conversions—but the exact timing is not yet decided.
Giant’s takeover of 15 Genuardi’s stores, including the Wynnewood store, will likely happen “in the coming weeks,” according to Chris Brand, community relations manager at Giant Food Stores. On Jan. 5, Giant announced the purchase of 16 Genuardi’s stores from Safeway, the supermarket's parent company. At that time, Giant expected the transaction could take up to six months, Brand said. Now almost at the five-and-a-half month mark, Giant is waiting for final approval from the Federal Trade Commission. In order to obtain clearance from the FTC, Giant agreed to sell the Genuardi’s store in Newtown, Pa., Brand said, bringing the total acquisition down to 15 stores. Patch reported earlier this week that Genuardi's corporate office had not yet …
Monday, June 11, 2012
GIANT has been doing some minor painting, but has still not announced its timeline for takeover of the Wynnewood Genuardi's.
Editor's note: Giant spoke with Patch and said the transfer could be complete in the "coming weeks." Read the update to this story. Genuardi's employees and corporate officials are still as in the dark as the rest of us as to the timeline of the chain's takeover by GIANT, according to MaryAnne Crager, public affairs manager at Genuardi's. "We expect it to be soon—we actually expected it to happen by now," Crager said on Monday. GIANT Food Stores announced in January its purchase of 16 Genuardi's stores, including the Genuardi's in Wynnewood. But as of yet, GIANT has not moved in, and it's been quiet on the exact timing of the transfer. So far, GIANT has been doing minor painting and removing signs, but that's been the extent of their …
Friday, January 20, 2012
The Narberth Fire Co. responded.
A car fire, which happened shortly after noon on Friday in the parking lot of the Genuardi's supermarket in the Wynnewood Shopping Center, was quickly extinguished, officials said. Responding was the Narberth Volunteer Fire Co., and the fire was out within 15 minutes, a witness said.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Aside from a need to re-apply for their positions, management has told workers nothing, several said.
A week after the official word came down that 16 Genuardi’s supermarkets, including the Wynnewood location, were being sold by parent company Safeway Inc. to Giant Food Stores, employees at the store say they must re-apply for their positions. Beyond that, they say they have been told nothing. Several check-out clerks and employees at the deli and meat counters in Wynnewood say many colleagues are worried about their jobs, and complain that they have been kept in the dark about the impact of the sale—which had been an open secret for many months before last week’s announcement. For obvious reasons, none wished to give their name for publication. “From a paperwork perspective, you can sort of understand why you would have to re-apply to …
Monday, January 9, 2012
A look at the demise of a supermarket superstar.
It could have been worse for the Genuardi's in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. In Lansdale, for example, the Towamencin Shopping Village now has a vacant and empty anchor. Nearby in Upper Gwynedd, there's another that is still full of life, but desperately needing a makeover. By comparison, the Wynnewood store is thriving, but nowhere near the level it once was. The Genuardi's supermarket chain was once a bustling, top-of-its-class supermarket that offered superior customer service and even more superior grocery selections. It was the Wegman's of its day; a precursor to Whole Foods. When the family-owned chain sold out to Safeway in 2001, its customer service, premier selections and history went with it. Now, a decade later, Safeway is …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Following recent Genuardi's closures, some people believe sales of remaining stores, including Wynnewood, are imminent.
No one at Genuardi's will confirm it, but rumors are floating that Genuardi's owner Safeway is looking to sell its Delaware Valley stores, including the one here in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. Two local Genuardi's supermarkets have closed in the past month: the Eagleville location on Oct. 8, and the Kimberton store on Oct. 15. The two stores, located in Montgomery and Chester counties, respectively, are the only Genuardi's stores that have closed in 2011. Last year, seven Genuardi's stores were closed, including ones in Newtown Square, Chesterbrook, Lansdale and Glen Mills. Currently, there are Genuardi's locations in Wynnewood, St. Davids, Springfield and 24 other locations. Food Trade News reported this month that multiple sources …