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Giant Eagle pulls Marshall GetGo appeal

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Giant Eagle Inc. has withdrawn its court appeal of a decision that prevents the company from building a GetGo convenience store and gas station in Marshall.

O'Hara-based Giant Eagle said it wanted to demolish a Kings Family Restaurant off Route 910, near the Interstate 79 Wexford interchange, and replace it with a GetGo with 16 fuel pumps and a convenience store. The plan riled some residents and business owners, who said they objected to the traffic increase a gas station would bring.

Marshall's zoning hearing board in January denied Giant Eagle's request for three variances related to setbacks and buffers needed to build the GetGo. The grocery chain appealed the decision in March with the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, but withdrew its challenge on April 28.

The company would not comment on whether it will modify its plans to meet township zoning requirements.

“We continually evaluate numerous opportunities to bring our high quality GetGo food and fuel experience to new areas,” spokesman Dick Roberts said.

“We appreciate the feedback we received regarding the possibility for a new GetGo in Marshall Township, and are taking it into consideration as we determine next steps for potential expansion throughout the North Hills.”

Marshall's three-member hearing board found that Giant Eagle's request did not meet criteria required for variances.

“We stand behind the decision that the zoning hearing board issued. Giant Eagle has the right to make whatever decision they choose with regard to the zoning decision,” zoning hearing board member Betsy A. Zimmerman said on Wednesday.

Giant Eagle had a sales agreement for the property with Kings, which did not return calls for comment. The restaurant remains open.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

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