What even is Philly anymore? The first Giant Heirloom Market in the country opens Friday, January 25, at 2303 Bainbridge Street with kombucha on tap, “artisanal breads,” lots of vegan items, and a blend-your-own olive oil and vinegar station. It’s the fancy version of the ubiquitous Pennsylvania-based grocery store chain, which has 170-some supermarkets here and in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Along with the organic products and what a press release promises are “flavor-focused foods,” the new store will carry local products from a few Philly favorites, including High Street on Market, the Old City all-day restaurant known for its phenomenal bread (it has a quick-serve location in the Franklin’s Table food hall).
South Philly staple Isgro Pastries will also be selling its wares via the Giant Heirloom Market — hopefully the ricotta cookies are making an appearance — along with bread masters Sarcone’s Bakery. One Village Coffee out of Souderton, Pennsylvania, is on the list too.
The 9,500-square-foot store will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with an “onsite Produce Chef to encourage exploration and to cut fresh vegetables and fruit on demand.” And while you’re demanding a sliced kiwi, you can be browsing the wines and beers: This Giant will sell both.
Sprout Farmers Market, a Whole Foods-esque grocery store, opened on Broad and Washington last year.