Three families — Goldstein, Porter and Chait — built a small grocery company called Eagle Grocery. The business became a success, and the Eagle chain expanded to 125 stores. In 1928, the families sold Eagle Grocery to the Kroger Company. As part of their arrangement with Kroger, the families agreed to leave the grocery business for three years.
In the meantime, two families — Moravitz and Weizenbaum — had been building their own successful chain of grocery stores named OK Grocery.
In 1931, the five families—Goldstein, Porter, Chait, Moravitz and Weizenbaum — combined forces to form Giant Eagle. The first Giant Eagle supermarket opened on Brownsville Road in 1936. Throughout the 30s and 40s, through the hardships of the Great Depression and World War II, the chain of Giant Eagle supermarkets and OK Grocery Food Stores grew steadily throughout the Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods.
For more information, please visit the Giant Eagle website.