Big Bird takes off

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You probably don’t think of the grocery store as a destination. After you visit the newest Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson this will be your only grocery shopping destination.

I had heard about the store on the radio and received an invite to attend the grand opening. I didn’t make it there until a week ago. Talk about a fabulous grocery store. If you drive to the airport or to the Mall at Robinson I’ll bet you have noticed the new exit that was under construction. Well that exit takes you right to the new shopping area where Giant Eagle is the anchor.

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Also located in the new shopping complex is a new Cineplex, several new restaurants and if you’ve been looking for Original Cin, the hot dress boutique, it has relocated from the South Side Works to Robinson at Settlers Ridge Center Drive.

 

When we arrived at the grocery store, oh by the way I went with a friend after twisting his arm to shop out of our neighborhood. He couldn’t understand why I wanted to go shopping so far away. I asked him to trust me and needless to say he did.

When we arrived we were handed a map. This was a clear indication that this was not our grandma’s or our mother’s grocery store. We didn’t know where to start with our fancy carts that were equipped with cup holders and separate storage sections.

Not being in a particular hurry we wanted to see it all. When we landed in the prepared food section we had flashbacks of being on a cruise ship. There were so many stations with a wide array of cuisines. Pizza, curried chicken, sushi, salads tossed to order and a bakery to die for. They even had wedding cakes on display. What a way to earn some fuel perks!

The store has a wellness center and a café and they sell beer. There is a cooking school and on some Fridays they serve after-work appetizers at 5 p.m.

When I go to this store again I’ll make sure to check out the Gelato bar and dine in the store.

We decided to check out one of the new restaurants outside the grocery store. It is called Cadillac Ranch and from the outside it looks like a pretty cool place. It must be that old Cadillac they had on display that pulled us in. Don’t get me wrong the restaurant is nice but nothing special. There are plenty of big screens with plenty of sports and if you’re in the mood you can ride the mechanical bull in the back. Long story short, this reminded me of a country version of the Hard Rock Café. The food was average and so was the price. I think by summer of 2010 this area will be popping. If you’re not in a hurry get in the car and take a ride and visit the new big bird. I can guarantee that “you gonna love it.”

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I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the ladies of the “Women of the Hill” for a job well down. I enjoyed every minute of your performance at the August Wilson Center and all of your stories. You were all bold and beautiful.

(E-mail the columnist at debbienorrell@aol.com.)

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