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Community News

Gleaming New Safeway Store Opens in Petworth

Accompanying images can be viewed in the July 2014 issue PDF at page 6

By P.L. Wolff

Where there had once been in the heart of the Petworth neighborhood a small Safeway store at the rear of a large parking lot on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Street, NW, there is now the much-anticipated new, 62,500 square-foot store occupying the street level space of a recently opened mixed-use building three blocks north of the Metro station which includes the Swift Residences’ 220 rental apartments directly above and parking below.

The June 26th opening festivities attracted scores of neighborhood residents who welcomed this vastly improved shopping environment than what they contended with for so long; many wasted no time to try out the in-store Starbucks while looking forward to being able to start shopping there the following day, Friday the 27th. Store hours are from five in the morning to midnight every day.

Overall, the new store will offer twice as many items as the previous store, including more than 1,200 produce items, 150 cuts of fresh meat daily, 15 varieties of fresh baked bread, 35 types of fish, 350 beers and 500 wines. Many of these products are regionally sourced from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Other culinary features include a sushi chef, salad bar, cheese specialist, hot bar, prepared food section, soup selection, sandwich bar, and an olive bar. In addition, there is an extensive ethnic food section with many Hispanic specialties. Bolillo rolls will be baked fresh from scratch daily for tortas, and a variety of baked goods from Delicias Bakeries in Hyattsville will be available as well.

Approximately 225 persons are employed at the store, a large number of which are DC residents, including about 40 from the Petworth neighborhood.

 

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