On Friday, the Wedgwood Safeway threw a preview party with music from Roosevelt High School and Eckstein Middle School to begin their Grand Re-Opening festivities. Saturday morning, these festivities continued with a brief message from new store manager, Steve Smith, a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, and free “Wedgwood Safeway” reusable grocery bags. A representative from Children’s Hospital also took part to thank Safeway for their employee’s charitable donations.
The store remodel was a complete overhaul of the store’s interior. All of the store’s wiring, conduit, and plumbing was replaced. A commendable feat given that the store managed to stay open throughout the whole project. By making use of a previously unfinished basement and pushing the store front out a bit, the new store has 10,000 square feet of new space. This new space allowed for a full bakery department, new floral department, larger deli, and a pharmacy with private rooms for all your necessary shots. The completion of the project was the last of Safeway’s Seattle stores to be updated with their Lifestyle design concept, which began in 2004.
While the store is now officially open, over the next couple months Safeway will begin adding new product. There are also plans to meet with a local rabbi to learn how they can better serve our important Jewish community in the NE Seattle area.
The WCC is thankful to Safeway for allowing the land use committee to comment on the store’s designs prior to beginning the project.