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Giant Food Debuts First In-Store Fast Casual Restaurant in Ellicott City, MD

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Giant Food, the greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, is opening its first in-store fast-casual restaurant at its Ellicott City, Maryland, store in partnership with Maryland-based chain Nalley Fresh. The new location will offer customers a selection of highly customizable, healthy and fresh meal options to further elevate the in-store shopping experience.

Nalley Fresh is a chef-driven concept that makes everything fresh daily and features a wide variety of customizable salads, wraps and bowls. The new in-store restaurant counter, which will be open daily from 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., will allow customers to create personalized meals from house-made, specialty proteins and over a hundred different topping options, including dressings, sauces and broths.

Nalley Fresh offers a wide selection, including vegan and vegetarian protein options, international flavors and more. Customers can build their own custom creation or choose one of Nalley Fresh’s signature dishes designed by founder and chef Greg Nalley.

“We are thrilled to bring Nalley Fresh to our Ellicott City store and provide our customers with an unbeatable one-stop shopping experience,” said Gregg Dorazio, director of e-commerce at Giant Food. “We know our customers will enjoy the convenient, healthy and delicious meal offerings, and we’re proud to welcome this local concept right in-store at Giant.”

Chef Greg Nalley first ventured into the restaurant business after receiving a life-changing cancer diagnosis in 2001 that inspired him to pursue his longtime dream of running his own restaurant. He went on to open the first Nalley Fresh location in 2011, applying customization aspects to a diverse and healthy food profile. Giant Food’s partnership with Nalley Fresh marks the restaurant chain’s 10th location. The new location will also be able to fulfill third-party delivery orders (e.g. DoorDash, UberEats) for added convenience.

“We are very excited to partner with a local brand like Giant Food to provide the Nalley Fresh experience for their customers,” said Greg Nalley, founder and owner of Nalley Fresh. “We look forward to providing nutritious, delicious food that is backed up by premier customer service in a friendly and fun atmosphere.”