Of course I had to go to the new Giant in Camp Hill on opening day, not just because it was like the West Shore getting a Macaroni Grill, but because I am a freak who loves grocery shopping. I don’t know if Giant realizes it, as no one I know received the marketing materials that folks in Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg did, but the Trindle Rd. Giant is the supermarket of choice for much of Midtown Harrisburg.
I managed to get a few photos before a woman in plastic gloves yelled at me. I told her that I had passed many other employees who had seen me and not said anything. Do you really think I’m scouting for Weis? You’re open. Anyone can walk in here and see what you’ve got.
Incidentally, they did seem to have at least one Giant employee per every five customers. Around 2 in the afternoon, it was cart-to-cart.
Mike talked about the little carts, which I dug as well — it helped to keep me organized and from over-spending (well, not really).
I have yet to try the check-yo’self-out tools, but I like to go through the checkout line the old-fashioned way.
Let’s talk amenities. There’s tons of “to go” food – wing bars, olive bars, deli takeout, coffee, bakery, cheese shoppe, gourmet chinese food. There is a section where chefs prepare items, and aisles full of culinary tools and appliances behind them.
At the deli, instead of taking a number, you can use an automated ordering program, much like Sheetz’ MTO, keep shopping and pick up your meats and cheeses at a window 10-15 minutes later.
There are samples galore – you could go in hungry, take a stroll, and leave feeling satisfied.
This place is nuts. I might move in.