"They're nicer," says Sandy Glatter, director of product development for Giant Eagle, as she points them out at the front and back of the Bethel Park store.
The name is Market District, signaling a major concept shift for the grocery store giant that's been in the works for more than two years, Glatter
Market District -- the stores will be officially introduced to the public on Thursday during ribbon cuttings at 10 a.m., followed by grand opening celebrations and a celebrity chef visit on Saturday -- promises Pittsburghers a local shopping experience like no other, says Glatter
"It's a destination for people who love food and want to learn about food from people who have the same passion," she
Here's an example straight out of the meat case: Duckling, venison, quail, rabbit and "poisson."
"Maybe customers have seen something about a food or ingredient, they read about it or heard about it," Glatter
The store in Bethel Park has been open but "under construction" for a long time to transition the business into the new concept, says Glatter
"We encourage people to taste," says Glatter
A major change from Giant Eagle
's normal operating procedure is the artisan bakery placed at the very front of the store as customers walk through the doors, Glatter
says.The bread dough is made in the wee hours of the morning -- "we make all our own starters," Glatter
says -- and baked in a Bongard oven from France.
"It's the most popular oven among artisan bakers," Glatter