The Market District Express/GetGo is a go in Peters Township

Posted August 26, 2013

Rick Shrum

After months of inactivity, workers are working and trucks are trucking again at the corner of Route 19 and Circle Drive. Suddenly, steel is up and buildings are taking shape on the site where South Hills Ford once operated.

Dick Roberts, spokesman for Giant Eagle, said design changes by the company halted the project, which calls for a smaller version of the company’s Market District store, 16 GetGo gasoline pumps and a car wash.

Commonly shopped grocery items, including produce and prepared foods, will be available in the 14,000-square- foot Express, which also will feature a pharmacy and a cafe at which beer will be served.

The complex will be 2 1/2 miles from a standard-sized Giant Eagle on McMurray Road in Peters.

Construction began last fall and accelerated quickly, with the site cleared, earth moved and graded, and metal framework for the pumps installed. Then it stopped, abruptly, this spring. Work resumed recently.

In an email Aug. 16, Roberts said there isn’t a target date for opening, but it should be this year. He also said the project will not affect a GetGo convenience store/gas station less than a half-mile to the south, on the opposite side of Washington Road.

The company said this will be its first Market District Express, a compact version of the Market District stores in Bethel Park and Robinson Township in Allegheny County.

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