Architecture & Interior Design

​Giant Eagle Market District at Grandview Yards

At 100,000 square feet, this grocery store was the vision for a new Giant Eagle Market District prototype. Our design team reimagined the appearance of a grocery store using inspiration from the appearance of a historic warehouse or factory. With large multi-lite windows and a red brick exterior, this store is reminiscent of the historic produce warehouses. Those buildings were the original “market district” and this design celebrates its features.

Project Team


​Nick Doichev, AIA
VP Architectural Design / Corporate Commercial Practice Leader & Principal
2015 Retail Facilities Honor Award of Excellence - Ohio Masonry Association
LEED Silver
AETOS Construction Company / Giant Eagle
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
August 2014
Project Size
​100,000 SF

Project Challenges and Outcomes


Design a grocery store that not only reimagined the appearance of this big-box retail store, but brought a completely different consumer shopping experience.


On the exterior of the building, the striking linear steel canopy stretches across the front of the store and defines and covers the outdoor market area. The canopy also displays the store signage, which resembles that of an old factory billboard sign. The typical monolithic façade of a grocery store has been transformed into a dynamic outdoor market.

Inside, warm rustic tones, exposed brick, and reclaimed wood express comfort and familiarity to the shopper. The outdoor seating for the café includes a sunken patio complete with lounge furniture, a fire pit and a water feature to give the patrons the experience of dining at a local restaurant.

After exceeding the LEED project goal of Certification, the project achieved LEED Silver through several different features. The sales floor of the store is dotted with over 30 parabolic skylights. While also providing a more pleasant shopping experience for the patron, the natural light from the skylights allows the electrical lighting to be used only when necessary, ultimately saving on energy costs. Low flow fixtures, local materials and energy efficient equipment also contributed to the sustainability of the project.

Overall, this new prototype store creates not only a shopping experience, but a dining experience, a social experience and an event space. It has turned the image of a grocery store away from utilitarian and towards an enjoyable market experience and turned shopping from a chore into a destination.