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Giant Eagle Expanding McIntyre Square Store, Adding Beer Sales & Drive-Thru Pharmacy

The store is also adding an employee parking lot to free up more space for customers.

Giant Eagle is expanding its store at McIntyre Square by taking over the space formerly occupied by the Dollar Wave.

"They're looking at redesigning a drive through for the pharmacy, on the south side of the building," said Bruce Betty, Land Use Administrator for the town of McCandless. "They want to get a liquor license and they want to move the restaurant toward the front of the building." 

The Pennsylvania Supreme court ruled in 2010 that grocery stores and other chain retailers can buy and use restaurant liquor licenses. Giant Eagle now sells beer at more than 20 stores throughout the region, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported.

To free up more parking, the grocery store chain is also adding an employee parking lot.

"We have approved a new parking area for them," said Betty. "As you're coming into McIntyre Square off of Peebles, on the left hand side that will be an employee parking lot."

Betty expects the expansion will get underway sometime early in 2013.

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North Hills Hooligan December 11, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Sorry McK.... the Brighton Rd. Giant Eagle shamefully is in Ross.
Nina Lyons December 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Don't get me started... I don't see how expanding the Mcintyre will make it all better. Parking is bad.. service is bad. Check out lines are loooong.. the sewer system in the back ot the store backs up and smells so bad you can't shop. Its just not a good place to shop! They should have given us a Market District down here long ago.. but no.. they put it in Pine and its smaller than the McIntyre store. Well... I will shop at the old shabby shop and saves... at least the prices are much lower than GE... so I don't mind the shabby.
Keith L December 11, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I'm pleased about the beer sales, now I can shop for all my alcohol needs at the one place (with the wine and liquor store next door). I hope they make big improvements to the entire entry area. It's currently a congested mess and the constant dangerous conflicts with traffic and pedestrians is an accident waiting to happen. I wish they would expand the whole drive-thru concept to include on-line grocery ordering. A store employee collects your items and you pick them up at a drive-thru.
bob haller December 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
The mc intyre location is gold. My neighbor was a builders square manager, it was on the lower level under giant eagle. it was their top store on the east coast. the giant eagle is a top store too in the region. I believe this is why mc candless crossing will not have a market district.. 2 grocery stores in the same shopping center is not a good idea. Remember festival foods in mc intyre square?? Gabes is there now. McKnightmare I absolutely REFUSE to use a self check out!! Unless a store wants to give me a discount!
Joan O'Brien December 12, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Customers soud get a discount for checking out their own groceries & bagging therm! I wish these lanes were staffed by people who need jobs. As to the parking lot, iti s crowded & the spaces should hav been bigger when zoning was aproved.

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