After months of construction, the Annapolis Giant Food at Riva Road and Forest Drive celebrated the end of its renovations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.
To educate customers about the store's new layout and features, Giant will be raffling off a month of free groceries to one lucky customer who explores the store's new layout this weekend.
"The store will provide a treasure map to all customers during special event hours (Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.), encouraging them to explore the changes throughout the store and give them the chance to win free groceries for a month," according to the press release.
A spokesperson for Giant Food said each treasure map will need stamps from all the locations listed in order to be complete, and "at the end they will be given a little raffle ticket, and once the weekend is over they will pick someone from those raffles to get a free month of groceries."
She added that all customers who hand in their completed treasure maps will go home with a free, reusable grocery bag.
Giant Food district manager John Hicks said the renovations at the Annapolis store are part of a larger, multi-year investment plan to remodel or replace every single store.
Hicks said, "I did this exact same talk two weeks ago at our Crofton store, and today along with us here at Riva Road Annapolis, Prince Frederick, MD, Catonsville, MD, and Cedar Lee in Northwest DC are having their grand re-opening ceremonies right now as we speak."
Annapolis store manager Ray Cameron also took a moment before the ribbon cutting to present a $1,502 check to Naval Academy Primary School principal Devon Clouse, and another check for $4,034 to Indian Creek School director of development Traci Ramsey and Kristen Krall for their fundraising efforts with the A+ School Rewards Program.
The program asks parents and supporters of local schools to register their bonus cards, and every time the person shops during a portion of the school year a percentage of his or her purchases goes to the school, according to the Giant Food website.
Ramsey said Indian Creek's large check was the result of one "very enthusiastic volunteer who actively marketed the program."
"This is about a 600 percent increase from what we received last year," Krall said.
What changed at the Giant Food in Annapolis during the last few months?
- Full-service floral department
- Increased produce selection
- Redesigned service deli
- Expanded natural and organic section, including gluten-free products.
- Greater variety of fresh baked goods in the bakery
- Expanded variety of general merchandise products (health and beauty)