Market District celebrates its grand opening on June 29. Located at 5550 Centre Avenue, near the burgeoning EastSide corridor, the 100,000 square-foot market will employ 300 people, many of whom are trained food specialists and chefs. A second Market District also opens this week at 7000 Oxford Drive in Bethel Park.
Open 24 hours, Market District will carry thousands of natural and organic products, fresh flowers and plants, and Artisan breads and baked goods. Market District will also house a café, bank and pharmacy.
“People ask, ‘is this an answer to Whole Foods?’ One key difference is that it is a foodie’s paradise combined with one-stop shopping. You can do your weekly shopping, get unique things no one else sells and basics like detergent or grape juice,” says Dick Roberts, spokesperson for Giant Eagle.
The only U.S. supermarket to carry Brazilian churrasco, the store will also feature specialty meats like Italian ham, French pork, dry aged steak and harder to find game including duck, quail and pheasant.
A 1,400 square-foot cheese cave and emporium will stock more than 500 varieties of domestic and international cheeses, while a dedicated Kosher section, designed with input from area rabbis, will carry prepared deli items and frozen products from Israel.
“It is really a true food aficionado’s paradise,” says Roberts.
The market will serve as a venue, presenting celebrity chef cooking classes, led by such noteworthy figures as Rick Bayless and Sara Moulton, demos and tastings, and live music.
“This will become a destination location,” adds Roberts.
Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Dick Roberts, Roberts CommunicationsPhoto copyright © Jonathan Greene