Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Safeway Tentatively Will Open April 16th; Old Store Will Close Days Before New One Opens

It was revealed at last night's SWNA meeting (unfortunately I was unable to attend, but ANC 6D Commissioner David Sobelsohn has kept me updated) that there will be an approximate 10-day gap between the closing of the old Safeway and the opening of the new Safeway at Waterfront Station, which means Southwesters will have to find a different place to do grocery shopping during that time period. (Perhaps Shuttle-Bug service can be altered to allow seniors and others with mobility issues to access another Safeway in the interim?) The reason for the gap in service is the two Safeway stores have a shared wall that needs to be demolished. A tentative date of April 16th is the scheduled opening date of the new Safeway - right after Tax Day. Also, the current Safeway manager John Ignacio will be replaced with a new manager once the new store opens in April. Once I get more details on these developments, I'll share.

Update: Here is a statement from Craig Muckle, Safeway's manager in charge of its Eastern Division's Public Affairs and Government Relations:
The existing store will close about 10 days early because there is a shared wall between both locations that needs to be taken down prior to the new store opening. During that down time, we will be removing our equipment from the old store (I will note that this equipment will not be used in the new store). Once the wall is taken down, we have asked for a new fenced-in construction staging area to be created that will ultimately limit the impact on shoppers once the new store is opened. Although this will be create a bit of a hardship, we believe that this will be a good solution for enhancing access and safety while the construction continues on the rest of the site.

We have been fortunate that we have not had to close during the vast majority of construction. The optimum solution is to not close a store in order to construct a new replacement location, but that is not always feasible or practical. We have at least two current situations in and around the metro area where we have had to close an existing store to construct a replacement. We understand a closure of any kind is a hardship and are sensitive to those concerns, but we would not close the store early if we thought it was avoidable.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any news on when 4th street will re-open to foot or car traffic?

Anonymous said...

The word on the street continues to be by March (could be in Feb.)

The street needs to open first, so the moving trucks can begin moving the DC agencies into the two new buildings, currently understood to be to be opening in April.

DavidSW

Anonymous said...

Do you know which agencies are moving into the 2 new buildings?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have some DC agency names that I've read that are moving into the two new buildings:

Dept of Transportation
Dept of Planning
Office of the CFO
Dept of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Office of Tax and Revenue

DavidSW

SWill said...

Here is a link to a post from March 2009 that lists the DC government tenants moving to Waterfront Station.

Anonymous said...

Thank you both!

Anonymous said...

A new, effective manager will be a much needed improvement to the Safeway. Hopefully the manager can ensure that employees actually show up. This past Saturday when it was snowing there were three cashiers. If customers can get to the store, shouldn't we expect the employees to as well?