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New Pike Giant Will Offer Tastings, Prizes

by ARLnow.com June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm 5,887 26 Comments

The new Giant food store in the Penrose Square development on Columbia Pike is “rolling out the red carpet” for its Grand Opening on Friday.

The grocery store will be offering wine tastings, tapas samplings and prizes to customers from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Prizes include free bags of Giant brand products and free groceries for a month.

The 60,000 square foot store, located at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Adams Street, will open its doors at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24.

Flyer image courtesy Jordan Higgins

  • Jon B

    Cannot wait for this to open!

  • Hikin the pike

    Doors open at 6am…I will be there! Will you?

  • Steve

    Does anyone know if this is a big giant or a tiny one like the other ones in Arlington?

    • Jeff

      60,000 square feet, which is bigger than any of the Harris Teeters in Arlington and the same size as the Bailey’s Crossroads Giant.

  • brandon c

    @steve: it was pretty huge looking when I peered in there. It’s the largest in Arlington as far as I can tell. I would have been fine if they just kept the original size of the old one as long as they got rid of the lingering fish and rotten milk smell that was always in there.

    • BlueSkies

      Agreed – I found both cheese and cans of soup out of date there. I mean, cans of soup? Really? So I’m not too excited about Friday.

  • Joe

    That whole Penrose square development is a mess.

    • esmith69

      Can you post some more information about why you believe the entire development is “a mess”? Not really a very helpful comment without some specifics.

    • South Arlington

      The predecessor Adams Square was a mess. Penrose Square is a HUGE improvement.

  • Ren

    Never thought I’d be so excited about a grocery store opening. Though I was kind of getting into the Food Star.

    • Tabby

      By “getting into” you mean what? 😉

  • Bobb-o

    @Joe… What is a mess about it? Thats a pretty ignorant comment bro

  • Arlingtonian

    I can’t wait! It’s going to be so nice to be able to WALK to the grocery store and back again.

  • esmith69

    As far as my preferred grocery store list goes, Giant is definitely not at the top–never really felt they had very good prices. It will be nice to have a full-service store within walking distance though, and for me anything is better than Harris Teeter and their ridiculously slow checkout lines.

    • Tabby

      +1 but do you find the Shirlington one slow? I don’t. Glebe Rd, though, crazy parking.

  • Joe

    The building is ugly as crap. There parking garage is too small and indoor parking sucks any way. The entire project is a complete cluster F. Typical Arlington crap: build high rises no matter how gruesome or inappropriate.

    • South Arlington

      Yes Joe, let’s all lament the 3/4 vacant aging strip mall that used to be there, along with the vacant Safeway with crumbling asphalt. That was way better than the new Penrose Square, right Joe? It seems like the olds will never be happy until all progress is halted and we revert back to Columbia Pike ten years ago, staying a slum that only poor people would want/have to live at.

  • enna

    Giant isn’t my favorite either – but I’m thrilled to have a grocery store to walk to again!
    I don’t find Shirlington HT slow, but it may be the times I go.

    Does anyone know what the permanent store hours will be at Giant?

  • Pat

    Tend to agree with Joe. The entire project is an eye sore. I’d much prefer a renovated strip mall. This isn’t progress.

  • YTK

    YAAY!! Harris Teeter — you and your high prices can get lost now!!!

  • YTK

    Hey I MISS the A&P (SuperFresh) that used to be there before Giant’s came — I will NEVER miss the stinky Safeway that was acropss the street (where Sienna is now) but I’m glad Giant’s is back.

    NOW that area is going to be ripe for the picking as far as the less-conscience-endowed are concerned (ther already were muggings in that area in the Adams Square days), so how about a Satellite Police Station in the Giant’s or some other store in Penrose Square??

  • YTK

    Hey Joe– you are right– UGLY building — WAY too many Hi Rises in that THREE block area — WAY too many units — do we think Metro will add more buses to the corridor? Ha!! All we will get is more pollution from more traffic.

  • meganfran

    60,000 sq ft is a big store, unless you’re comparing it to a Costco. Just looking in the store you can tell it’s really nice. And my impression of Giant vs Harris Teeter is that Giant’s a better deal. Plus they have those Shell gas points, so for those of us who have to drive a lot for work, that’s an added perk. I saw a Grand Opening flyer which said there will be wine tastings, samplings and prizes during the afternoons Fri-Sun. I am so there.

  • Auntie Mame

    I don’t understand how Joe could possibly think this new development is better than what was there before. Anyway, I took a walk down there last night and peeped through the windows. It’s a beautiful store and I’m excited about the opening. I like being able to walk instead of having to drive to either the Giant on S. Jefferson St. or the one in North Arlington near the library, or go to HT, who’s prices are not as good as Giant’s.

    The new housing in Penrose Sq. and Sienna, as well as the Halstead, I’m sure are quite nice, and the new retail businesses that have opened, and will open, along the Pike are great, but I’m afraid our little South Arlington neighborhood may turn into Clarendon II, and price a lot of us out of living there.

  • MamaDukes

    Yay Giant!!!

  • enna

    Giant is OPEN for business! I don’t know what time they opened today, but the Red carpet is rolled out and the staff was friendly and engaging.
    The parking lot ticket machines won’t become operational until August. After that, the first hour is still free.
    The store is bright and clean and beautiful, with much larger selection than the previous Giant.
    When I was there tonight, there were many food and wine tastings.

    Finally our neighborhood is complete again! 🙂

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