Peters Township approves plans for Giant Eagle Express
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Peters council members Monday night got their first look at a new, 15,000-square-foot Giant Eagle Express planned for Route 19.
The Express will include a small grocery store, pharmacy, alcohol sales, and an outdoor cafe.
Council voted 5-0 to approve a subdivision plan for the 4-acre site at the corner of Circle Drive and Route 19 south. Council members Frank Arcuri and James Berquist were absent. The Giant Eagle Express had to be subdivided from an adjoining GetGo due to state restrictions on liquor and gasoline sales on the same property.
The Giant Eagle Express is a neighborhood grocery store that features a mix of prepared foods and typical grocery store staples, along with beer and wine sales.
The company has two other similar locations in Indiana Township and Harmar.
The adjoining GetGo would feature 16 gas pumps and a car wash.
Project engineer Kevin Brett was unsure when the market would open.
Another GetGo, located less than a mile south of the proposed site, will close, and the property owner, Bill Gray Volvo, will use the site to expand the car dealership, township Manager Michael Silvestri said.
The new site had previously been occupied by the South Hills Ford dealership, which will be torn down, Mr. Brett said.
"Everything will be demolished on the site," he said.
Several council members said they were astonished that no nearby property owners came to the council meeting to express concern.
Council President Robert Lewis asked Mr. Brett about noise, lighting and operating hours.
Township planning director Ed Zuk said the business will likely be open 24 hours a day and said the company has for years been planning to develop the property.
First Published July 10, 2012 12:00 am