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    GetGo Is Determined to Take the Cons Out of Convenience

    GetGo Café + Market concept is a refinement of the retailer’s original vision.

    By Danielle Romano, Convenience Store News

    PITTSBURGH — Accounting for 17 locations across GetGo’s 199-store footprint, the GetGo Café + Market format is part of the metamorphosis of Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle’s evolving GetGo model.

    The concept, which can currently be found in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, taps into an opportunity at the intersection of fast food/quick-service restaurant, traditional convenience store, and fuel station, GetGo spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski told Convenience Store News.

    Speaking especially to millennials and time-starved consumers, GetGo Café + Market not only caters to the changing convenience retail landscape, but also harkens back to the company’s commitment to meeting customers’ shifting needs.

    “With every GetGo Cafe + Market location we build, we’re striving to reshape how customers perceive ‘convenience’ — we’re taking the cons out,” Jablonowski explained. “We never want our customers to feel like they have to sacrifice.”  

    The goal behind GetGo Café + Market wasn’t total reinvention; instead, it was refinement of GetGo’s original vision of “Get In. Get Out. Get Going.”

    The company sought to communicate to consumers that it had upped its foodservice game and also created a fun and comfortable environment for customers to leisurely enjoy.

    GetGo enlisted Chicago-based thinktank Adrienne Weiss Corp. (AWC), which has worked with the retailer over the last 15 years to develop the original GetGo concept, as well as Giant Eagle’s Market District grocery stores, Market District Express format, and a pharmacy concept.

    For GetGo Café + Market, AWC and GetGo collaborated to create an environment that brought the brand’s promise to life by developing a new store interior and exterior, signage, uniforms, printed collateral, electronic menuboards, and everything else customers may see or touch in the store.

    “We take all of these assets and push them through a filter of the GetGo brand story, so the customer experiences one holistic experience,” explained Greg Weiss, president of AWC. “ … The experience of walking into a GetGo Café + Market, ordering delicious food and eating in a comfortable and fun environment, is truly an elevated convenience store experience.”

    When it comes to foodservice, GetGo Café + Market shies away from traditional with a selection of made-fresh-to-order subs, breakfast sandwiches, burgers and wraps. The stores also feature a smoothie and espresso bar. On the packaged side, there’s an assortment of better-for-you snacking options like nut mixes, protein bars, and protein shakes.

    To further its message of quality foodservice, select Café + Market locations in the Pittsburgh market will soon add “Great to Go by Market District” items to the foodservice selection. These items will encompass grab-and-go prepackaged, chef-inspired sandwiches, salads and bowls.

    Still, the prototype has not forgotten to include customary convenience store fare, including fresh coffee, candy, snacks, tobacco products, an extensive variety of beer, and fountain beverages.

    Among the other amenities are: indoor/outdoor café seating; surcharge-free ATMs; free air for tires; an expansive selection of retailer gift cards; lottery for purchase; and onsite parking.

    “GetGo Café + Market is now a place where the food is even better, the atmosphere is even more inviting, and the food and convenience offerings are even broader. We did not want to make a brand-new experience that the customers were unfamiliar with; we wanted to refine an experience they already enjoyed. GetGo has built a great brand since 2003 and we wanted to leverage that brand equity, not replace it,” Weiss commented.  

    Look in the June issue of Convenience Store News for more on GetGo. 

    By Danielle Romano, Convenience Store News
    • About Danielle Romano Danielle Romano is associate managing editor for EnsembleIQ's Convenience Store News and CSNews.com. Prior to joining CSNews full-time in January 2015, Romano served as a freelancer for CSNews, with a concentration on social media, while working as product content copywriter/editor for Myron Corp., a promotional product company. Romano has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from William Paterson University.

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