Grocery wars heat up between Giant Eagle, Bottom Dollar

by: Robin Taylor Updated:

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None - PITTSBURGH -- Giant Eagle may be taking on Bottom Dollar Food by opening a discount grocery store chain of their own. Target 11 Consumer Investigator Robin Taylor tells us the battleground could be Ross Township.

Giant Eagle owns a discount grocery store chain called Valu King, and with the competition they're getting from Bottom Dollar Food, executives are thinking about opening Valu King stores in Pittsburgh.

Bottom Dollar is leasing the old Goodwill store on McKnight Road in Ross Township and plans to put their 13th store there.

The Pittsburgh Business Times is reporting that Giant Eagle may put the region's first Valu King in that same plaza in the old Roomful Express building.

I talked to a spokesman for Giant Eagle who said the company has not signed a lease, adding there are no confirmed plans to bring Valu King to Pittsburgh.

Giant Eagle operates five Valu King stores, one in Erie, another in Johnstown, Pa., and three other Valu King grocery stores in eastern Ohio.

The stores follow the typical discount model, with low prices on national and regional brands, but they also carry fresh produce and fresh meat.

I'll keep you posted and let you know if Valu King is really coming to Pittsburgh.