For the second year in a row, GIANT has been recognized among the best places to work for LGBTQ equality, receiving perfect marks on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index.
“GIANT is honored to once again be recognized for our commitment in fostering a better place to work,” said Matthew Lutcavage, vice president of human resources, GIANT Food Stores. “Our team members and our customers are at the foundation of all that we do, and we strive to create an environment where both are not only valued but are treated fairly and with respect each and every day.”
We’re excited to announce the promotion of Madelina Fordham to Director of Operations!
Madelina has more than 25 years of experience in the retail and grocery industries and is a respected leader in our company and the community, with an undeniable passion for people.
Serving most recently as the Operations Manager for our Perishable Distribution Center, Madelina has also held the positions of Store Manager and HR Business Partner since joining the company in 2015. In her new role, she’ll oversee the operations of 16 stores and work with her team to serve families throughout eastern Pennsylvania.
Congratulations, Madelina - we’re so proud of you!
The 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show is underway, giving families near and far the chance to learn about and celebrate the Commonwealth’s rich and robust agriculture industry. As our home away from home, and with a theme of “Imagine the Opportunities,” there was no better place to announce our strategic growth plan. With the help of PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, PA Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin and Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, we shared our plans for a new ecommerce fulfillment center in Philadelphia, two new stores, more than 30 store remodels and 550 new jobs. Also announced, our new paternal leave benefits, just one way we’re continuing to invest in our more than 33,000 team members and promote work-life balance. Here’s to an exciting future, powered by growth and innovation, all to better serve our customers and communities.
Calling all college students: Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer internship plans! With more than two dozen exciting opportunities available across our stores and support office, applications are now being accepted for our Summer 2020 Internship Program. If you’re a sophomore or above and interested in gaining incredible hands-on experience in your chosen area of study, make the most of your winter break and head over to our Careers page to apply for our internship program today! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMg3y
Big news coming out of our Camp Hill, Pa., store as we announced our partnership with The Berenstain Bears and the grand opening of our very first Berenstain Bears Treehouse! Mike Berenstain, second-generation author and illustrator of The Berenstain Bears series, joined the GIANT team at a special unveiling event, complete with a reading and book signing for local children, who were among the first to explore the new space. Brother Bear and Sister Bear also stopped by to celebrate!
The Berenstain Bears were a natural fit for us as we began to reimagine this area within our flagship store because for more than 50 years, they've been supporting families and communities through their books. We’re excited to offer this special space to the families we serve and make trips to the grocery store more fun for our young customers!
Not all heroes wear capes; sometimes, they make them!
To help ease the fears of kids visiting the emergency room during their visit, yesterday more than 30 of our team members visited Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pa. to make special courage capes. In a little over five hours, our team created 400 courage capes, decorating colored t-shirts with fun images and inspiring words like courage, bravery, and strength. When kids arrive at the pediatric emergency department, they can choose their favorite cape to wear for a little extra courage during their stay.
Thanks to all of our team members who volunteered their time and talent to make trips to the hospital a little less scary for kids!
Just in time for the holidays, today we opened the doors to our new 74,000 square foot store in Broomall, Pennsylvania! Offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that includes a fresh bar with gourmet coffee and smoothies, dry-aged beef and smoked meats, a fresh mozzarella station and so much more, this store is a testament to our team’s passion for innovation and our customers. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Store Manager Scott Grygo and his team welcomed a long line of excited customers inside – with a little help from Philadelphia’s beloved Mummers and 76ers Mascot Franklin the Dog – and presented $1,000 donations to five of our nonprofit partners. It was a fantastic way to spend a morning and a truly fitting celebration for our 17th store opening this year!
We celebrated #GivingTuesday by volunteering alongside four of our nonprofit partners and surprising them with $5,000 donations: the Rachel Way Gluten & Dairy Free Food Pantry in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley Food Pantry in Bethlehem, Pa., the Warren County Backpack Program in Front Royal, Va., and the Mountain Lion Backpack Program in Altoona, Pa.
We're so inspired by the incredible work these organizations are doing to eliminate hunger in their communities. It was our honor to give back to them today for all they give throughout the year.
Drug Store News recently held its first-ever Top Women in Health, Wellness and Beauty Awards in Chicago, shining a light on women who are making a difference in retail.
Congratulations to all of the honorees recognized at the event, especially our Manager of Beauty and Baby Kristin Frantz, Regional Pharmacy Manager Grace Fisher, Manager of Health and Wellness Emily Steinkamp and Director of Pharmacy Leigh Shirley.
We have so much to be thankful for this year, and at the top of our list, our amazing team. We’re so grateful for each of our more than 32,000 team members and all they do to support our customers and communities throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving!