Local officials, long-time community partners, members of the founders’ families, and Giant team members and customers gathered to commemorate the supermarket chain’s diamond anniversary at the Tivoli Giant in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10.
D.C. City Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1) addressed the crowd and congratulated Giant on their milestone. On behalf of the D.C. City Council, Councilmember Graham declared Feb. 10, 2011, as “Giant Food Day” in the District.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Mayor Vincent Gray, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent proclamations and congratulatory letters, which were read at the event. Students from nearby Tubman Elementary School lead the crowd in a lively rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
“Giant is honored that so many from our community gathered to celebrate our long history and to look toward our future,” said Jamie Miller, manager of public and community relations for Giant Food of Landover, Md., in a press statement. “We’re very excited about our 75th anniversary and look forward to celebrating with Giant associates, customers and community partners throughout 2011.”
Giant will celebrate its history over the course of 2011 by highlighting significant events from its past. Each month, customers will be greeted with 75th anniversary-themed promotions, events, and in-store celebrations. A new, commemorative logo has been introduced in honor of the anniversary and will be prominently displayed throughout the year.