Giant Eagle has changed a longstanding policy regarding open carry within their stores.

The statement says the company holds its team members and customers safety in the highest regard.

According to the release, the company cited the heightened concern customers may feel when they encounter anyone other than law enforcement carrying a weapon.

Giant Eagle says they have a long-standing policy that guides team members on instances when someone shares a concern about an open carry a firearm in the store.

Giant Eagle says their company preference is that customers not openly carry firearms in any Giant Eagle, Market District or GetGo locations.