- Giant is getting set to move into the ground floor of this building on Columbia Pike this spring. (Photo: TBD Staff)
A new Giant grocery store at Columbia Pike and South Barton Street in Arlington should be open by late June or early July. The new grocery option will likely come as a relief for Pike residents, who have seen both Giant and Safeway close stores in the neighborhood during the past few years.
An old Giant store on the site closed in 2009 to make way for the construction of Penrose Square. A few years earlier, a tiny, cramped Safeway store closed nearby when construction began on the neighboring Siena Park building.
Penrose Square developer Carbon Thompson is expecting to turn the 60,000 square foot space for Giant over to the grocery company by the end of April, and the store is hoping to be up and running within a couple of months. Penrose Square is also now leasing the apartments, and the first tenants are expected to move in sometime in June.
Giant is happy to get back to serving the Columbia Pike neighborhood, says spokesperson Jamie Miller. "We realize there’s a demand and a need in that community, and we’re very pleased to be part of the multi-use development," he says. "We think the comm is going to be very excited about this brand new store with all the bells and whistles.
Although the area is served by an older Food Lion grocery store, many residents have opted to head to more updated stores in Bailey's Crossroads or Shirlington since Giant and Safeway closed.
The Giant pharmacy that is currently operating out of a temporary space across the street will be moving into the new store, there will be full meat, fish and bakery departments in addition to a large selection of prepared foods, says Miller.