1936: Founded as Washington's first supermarket by N.M. Cohen and Samuel Lehrman and their families. 1941: Giant opens its first store in Virginia (Arlington). 1946: Giant expands to Maryland. 1948: Company purchases the Sheridan Bakery, renames it Heidi Bakery. 1955: Establishes the Giant Construction Co. to build stores and GFS Reality to handle site sales and leasing. 1958: Opens the first “Super Giant” department store; establishes Landover, Md., headquarters. 1961: Giant becomes ...

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