Architecture & Interior Design

​Giant Eagle Market District at Grandview Yards

This 100,000 square foot grocery store was the prototype for the new Giant Eagle Market District concept. The DLA+ design team re-imagined the appearance of a grocery store taking inspiration from nearby historic produce warehouse architecture of the original Columbus “market district,” with design features celebrating that legacy.

Project Team


​Nick Doichev, AIA
Senior Vice President - Architectural Design/Principal and Corporate Commercial Market Practice Leader
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 created a completely different consumer shopping experience.


On the building exterior are large multi-pane windows and red brick with a striking steel canopy defining and covering an outdoor shopping area and displaying the new brand and signage. The all too familiar monolithic grocery store facade 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.

Overall, this new prototype store not only creates a shopping experience, but also a dining experience, a social experience and an event space. It has transformed the experience of a grocery store from a chore to an enjoyable destination.