History of Giant Eagle by Josh Shapira

August 1, 2017

Note: Original June 13 meeting canceled due to power outages in Sq.Hill.

Speaker: Josh Shapira, Member of One of the Giant Eagle Founding Families
Manager, City of Pittsburgh Stores

See History of Giant Eagle on their website for more information.

Following from Wikipedia.

After World War I, three Pittsburgh-area families–the Goldsteins, Porters, and Chaits–built a grocery chain called Eagle Grocery. In 1928, Eagle, now 125 stores strong, merged withKroger Company. The three families agreed to stay out of the grocery business for at least three years.

Meanwhile, the Moravitz and Weizenbaum families built their own successful chain of grocery stores named OK Grocery. In 1931, OK Grocery merged with Eagle Grocery to form Giant Eagle, which was incorporated two years later. Giant Eagle quickly expanded across western Pennsylvania, weathering the Great Depression and World War II.

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