Inspired by the open-air markets of Europe and a true passion for food, Giant Eagle®, Inc. opened its Kingsdale Market District food store - the 132,000 square-foot culinary, dining and shopping destination - Thursday, October 14, in Columbus.

Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel’s popular show, Man vs. Food, has proclaimed Market District as ’heaven’s gift to foodies.’ Martha Stewart called the store ’a veritable retail wonderland.’ Food Network celebrity and Columbus native Guy Fieri exclaimed that Market District is ’the Disneyland of grocery stores.’

Market District appeals to food enthusiasts who enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of fresh, new and exciting foods. The Kingsdale Market District, the fourth for the multi format food retailer and first in Ohio, delivers a food utopia to central Ohio residents with a mix of the best in everyday offerings and unique foods from around the world. It also offers the region’s first Ohio State University Medical Center FastCare retail health clinic, which will offer seasonal flu shots and screening events during the site’s first few weeks.

The store features the special and unique, as well as popular national brand items at everyday low prices. Offerings include a crêpe station, a rösti bar, a sweet shop and the finest in charcuterie domestic and imported cured meats. The Kingsdale Market District also has an in-store demonstration kitchen, which will host national culinary celebrities on an ongoing basis.

Market District was first introduced to western Pennsylvania consumers in June 2006 and opened its third location, at 150,000-square feet, in Robinson Township, just west of Pittsburgh, last November. Now, Ohioans are going to be able enjoy this unique food experience.