Bethesda's downtown Safeway will reopen October 13, according to a spokesman for the supermarket. The supermarket closed last year for renovation, and will be reborn as a modernized, more urban version, part of Safeway's reinvention to compete head on with newer competitors that have captured more of the urban consumer. The previous store was built in 1956.
The newest Safeway designs put parking on the ground floor and shopping on the 2nd floor, with designs by Rounds VanDuzer Architects, designed to be Montgomery County's first LEED certified supermarket. The first floor garage will be disguised behind hand-shaped glass panels created by the Washington Glass Studio of Hyattsville, whose work will add hints of color and shapes of herbs along the sidewalk, with the new building pushed to the front of the lot to eliminate the street-fronting parking lot that once served the store. The 48,000 s.f. store will be double the size of the previous building.
The new Safeway will feature a "cheese expert,", olive bar, Starbucks, outdoor cafe, Bergmann's dry cleaners, pharmacy and on-site bakery. Safeway operates 66 stores in Maryland and 15 in the District of Columbia.
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