Staunton, Va. - Martin's Food Markets will open the doors of its brand-new 68,000-square-foot Staunton, Va., location at 1015 Richmond Road on Wednesday, September 20, at 8 a.m., during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony that will also feature Staunton's own Stonewall Brigade Band, the longest running community band in our nation.
"Our Staunton store will offer our customers exceptional customer service, selection and savings all in a one-stop shopping experience," said Jim Cox, store manager.
Martin's customers will find plenty of exciting features in the new store that are geared toward providing a more efficient, consumer-friendly shopping experience - at affordable prices. In addition, key departments such as bakery, deli, meat and seafood are set off with their own look and feel, giving unique identities to the various sections of the store.
"Our newest Martin's not only offers our customers an expanded selection of items in virtually every department, but does so in an inviting atmosphere and with friendly associates to help meet the needs of busy families," Cox continued. "Whether it's a supervised child play area, a drugstore within the store, or a strong emphasis on customer-friendly technology, we hope to provide solutions to our customers' everyday shopping needs."
Open 24 hours daily, the new Martin's store will employ approximately 250 full- and part-time associates at the new store. The store's amenities and departments include:
Convenience and Solutions - one-stop shopping and brand-new technology, amenities and innovations will make the shopping experience faster and more convenient:
o easySHOP - allows customers to use a hand-held device to scan and bag items in their cart as they shop.
o easySCAN - allows customers to quickly scan and bag their own groceries at self-service checkouts.
o easyWEIGH - allows customers to weigh produce, bulk foods and other random weight items, then enter a PLU (price look-up) before printing a barcode label for checkout.
o Shopping Solutions Kiosks - allows customers to use the interactive touch-screen to check out personalized BonusCard savings offers, locate an item in the store, order prescriptions or place deli orders, and print recipes.
o The Tree House - allows customers to shop while qualified staff trained in CPR and First Aid supervise children ages 3-9 in a setting featuring games, toys and computers.
o Martin's Gasoline - with convenient fuel pumps located right in the Martin's parking lot, customers can fill their tanks with gas and their trunks with groceries - all in one trip!
o Corner Bakery Shoppe - featuring upscale desserts and a variety of other sweet indulgences, artisan breads, award-winning cakes and donuts, and photo-imaging cakes.
o Virginia's Finest - featuring a variety of Virginia's manufactured products and locally-grown produce from wines to pasta to produce and meats.
o Butcher Shoppe - offering Certified Angus Beef and ready-to-cook products.
o The Cheese Shoppe - choose from varieties of world-class cheeses plus local favorites, and have the selections store-cut and wrapped for the best possible quality.
o The Florist - a rose case featuring a full variety of roses every day.
o Seafood Market - featuring a vast selection of steaks, filets and shellfish including an on-site lobster tank with free steaming while you wait.
o Market Square Deli - offers the freshest assortment of Boar's Head deli meats and freshly prepared salads for your table.
o Enhanced Customer Service Area - designed to meet customer needs and offers many services and conveniences, including Western Union transactions, money orders, postage stamps, ATM, lottery tickets (including new Player Activated Lottery Terminal), and bill payments.
Health and Wellness - increased emphasis on health and wellness products, programs and services at Martin's Food Markets at affordable prices.
o Nature's Promise Marketplace - section devoted entirely to health and natural products, including Martin's exclusive Nature's Promise line of more than 3,500 frozen, dairy, grocery and special diet selections (e.g. a gluten-free product area), including the recently launched Nature's Promise Meats, as well as information for leading a healthy lifestyle.
o Your Neighborhood Drugstore - aside from filling prescriptions, this large "drugstore within a store" features tips for healthy living, including information about drugs, disease and diet, as well as a special Diabetic Center, beauty products, Hallmark cards and even Staples brand office supplies.
Living Here. Giving Here - In continuing its ongoing commitment to being a good corporate citizen, Martin's celebrated the opening of its new store by providing $1,000 donations to each of the following Staunton-area organizations:
Augusta County Fire Department $1,000
City of Staunton Fire Department $1,000
Staunton Police Department $1,000
Staunton City Public Schools $1,000
Guardian Angel Regional Catholic School $1,000
Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind $1,000
Staunton Public Library $1,000
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank $1,000
Special Olympics $1,000
Boy Scouts of America $1,000
American Frontier Culture Foundation $1,000
Restoration Ministries of Virginia $1,000
"Martin's has been a strong supporter of local organizations, schools and food banks in our communities," said Denny Hopkins, vice president of advertising and marketing. "We look forward to continuing that tradition and our strong connection to our neighbors in Staunton with this new store."
Martin's Food Markets is operated by Giant Food Stores, headquartered in Carlisle, PA. In operation since 1923, Giant purchased its first Martin's Food Market located in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1970. Giant opened its first Martin's Food Market in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1984 in Winchester. As a company, Martin's is proud to work with hundreds of local organizations in the communities it serves and has a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children.
Giant Food Stores, LLC, headquartered in Carlisle, PA, is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Giant currently operates 103 stores as Giant Food Stores, 119 stores as Tops Markets and 26 stores as Martin's Food Markets. With nearly 38,000 associates, Giant serves a six state market area. For more information about Giant and Martin's, visit www.GiantFoodStores.com or www.MartinsFoods.com.