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Aug. 23: Perry Hall Giant 'Premiere Night,' Donation

The new grocery store is expected to donate $2,500 to the Perry Hall Methodist Church Food Pantry.

Grocery stores may not be known for their parties—but the Perry Hall Giant's on Thursday night could be an exception.

Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Aug. 23, the store at 8905 Belair Rd. will hold an "exclusive, red-carpet Premiere Night featuring special activities including live entertainment, gifts, food sampling, and more," according to a media release. 

State and county politicians, Perry Hall "dignitaries" and Giant company officials are expected to attend, the release stated. Community members are also invited.

The store replaces the , which had been vacant for more than a year. Area and have praised the Giant as a job creator and foot traffic generator for the hard-hit .

The store's ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Afterward, company officials plan to present a $2,500 check to the .

"Tremendously, it impacts our ability to have food there to help people. I have a limited budget and the bulk of it goes toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. Anytime I can get any donations, it really makes a big help," said Margaret Hubbard, who directs the pantry.

"I try to do what I can with the money I have—$2,500 buys a lot of food," Hubbard said. 

The new Giant features several technological upgrades, as well as expanded gourmet and specialty food departments. The Baltimore Sun reported that the store will serve as a prototype for remodled stores in the Baltimore-Washington area.

According to a media release, the Giant will feature “SCAN IT!” hand-held devices, that customers can use to scan and bag items while they shop, instead of waiting until the check-out line. An “ORDER IT!” deli kiosk also eliminates the deli counter line by allowing customers to digitally place orders and pick up their items after they're sliced or portioned. Half of the 16 total check-out lines will be self-service. The store will also include a large selection of natural, organic and gluten-free items.

Where do you do most of your grocery shopping in Perry Hall? How do you decide where to shop? Tell us in the comments.

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Sherri August 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Wow, the scan and bag idea sounds great! I've always been partial to bagging my own groceries so I could double up when necessary and group like items together. I wonder if the cashier/checker does the discounts ie...(coupons, Giant card)? The deli kiosk sounds good too, but I'm afraid the back-up will form there now. I'm very excited about the Grand Opening!! Happy Shopping!
Andrea H August 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I have used both these features at the Giant by White Marsh mall. You enter your Giant card before getting a scanner, and can do coupons at the self checkout, even the reusable bag coupon! Saves a ton of time. I have never seen the deli kiosk crowded, just enter your order if you have a lot of shopping to do, and they announce when it's ready. Of course, when they first open, everything may be a bit more congested.
You August 23, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I have been using the "scan it" since it came out at the White Marsh store. Its great! It also allows you check all the prices or items to make sure they are what they are marked to cost. I find mistakes all the time in Giant on pricing, this way I can inform the store on the spot.
You August 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
This store can't open quick enough for me. The past two years the White Marsh store has been getting too many questionable people for my taste. I have been solicited in the White Marsh store many times by kids and "low income" people asking me for money. Also I have seen lots of trashy people eating food off the shelves while shopping; which I never used to see. Even saw someone twice stealing packaged steaks (whom got caught prior to leaving). Not to mention the random homeless or drugged out people outside of the store loitering and begging for money or liquor. Its a shame how the area around the mall is slowly getting trashier and run down.
Karen Martin August 23, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I'm a Mars in Carney and Safeway shopper (especially since the Safeway came out with the USave coupons that go directly on your card) Where else can you get bananas for .49/pound now adays.
Jeffrey Smith August 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Tom ... I definitely agree with you. I was extremely impressed by both the layout and food options available in the new store. The salad bar was amazing, as were the seafood selection, and fresh meats. This will be a welcome addition to the community!
Tim August 24, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Awesome. Going to roll into it this afternoon later, pick up a couple things and scout it out (need bagels for tomorrow morning anyway)

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