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You've Got A Giant On Your Side
|Type||Subsidiary of Ahold|
|Headquarters||Suite 115, 8301 Professional Place
Landover, Maryland, U.S.
|Key people||Gordon Reid, President|
Giant Food of Maryland, LLC, also known as Giant, is an American supermarket chain with 170 stores and 156 full service pharmacies located in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. It is headquartered in an unincorporated area of Prince George's County, Maryland, near Landover.
Giant often is known as Giant-Landover to avoid confusion with sibling company Giant-Carlisle.
Giant was founded in 1936 by Nehemiah Meir "N.M." Cohen and Samuel Lehrman. The first store was at Georgia Avenue and Park Road in the District of Columbia.
Israel "Izzy" Cohen inherited the family mantle in 1964 and built the company into the 12th-largest food chain in the United States.
Cohen died in 1995 at the age of 83. A holding company was formed because "none of the members of my family have had any experience or interest in operating Giant Food..." Three years after Cohen died, Giant was bought by Royal Ahold, a Dutch conglomerate. Ahold promised few changes to the chain, but Ahold was soon plunged into turmoil after a financial scandal. Starting in 1994, they expanded into the Philadelphia/Delaware/South Jersey area, but under the name Super G, as to avoid confusion with future sister chain Giant of Carlisle. In 2005, the decision was made to phase out the name and convert the South Jersey stores to the Stop & Shop banner, however, these stores did not perform well and they have since closed, sold to ShopRite franchises. The Delaware locations were converted to Giant-Landover, and the Pennsylvania locations, due to proximity to the Giant-Carlisle locations, were closed.
In 2004, Ahold merged Giant and Stop & Shop and eliminated more than 600 positions at Giant's Landover headquarters. Also that year, Giant-Landover merged with sister company Stop & Shop to create Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover, which itself is a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold. In 2006, Giant signed a five-year agreement with Starbucks Coffee to open Starbucks locations in several of Giant's stores. Giant introduced a new logo on August 21, 2008, as part of a larger rebranding campaign; the logo is shared with Stop & Shop.
In September 2012, Giant sold its 760,000 sq ft (71,000 m2) distribution facility in Jessup, Maryland. The company outsourced distribution to C&S Wholesale Grocers, relocating its operations to Pennsylvania.
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