New Petworth Safeway Groundbreaking Planned for September 19th

The temporary Safeway pharmacy is located at 4034 Georgia Ave.

According to information shared by Councilmember Bowser on the Petworth listserv, the long despised Safeway located at Georgia and Randolph is schedule to close at the end of their business day on Saturday, September 8th. Construction of the new development is expected to last about 20 months.

During the construction period, Safeway will maintain a pharmacy at 4034 Georgia Avenue — located just a few doors to the south from Yes! Organic Market. The pharmacy will open for business on September 10th.

The project will develop a 62,000 s.f. Safeway with 220 apartment units above.  The development will replace the existing 21,000 s.f. Safeway building.

The full email from Councilmember Bowser is below.

Dear Neighbors-

I’m writing to share updates from Safeway on their Petworth Project (Georgia Ave and Randolphs Street):

The old store will close on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

Safeway will begin operations at the temporary pharmacy location on Monday, Sept. 10 beginning at 9 a.m.

Its hours of operations will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The temporary pharmacy will be located at a nearby storefront: 4034 Georgia Ave. NW. Safeway is completing renovations of this location.

Safeway will provide a shuttle service between the temporary pharmacy and the Safeway on Piney Branch.

They intend to initiate that service on Monday, Sept. 10. After consulting with Store Manager Stewart Jones, they will start service on the following schedule:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
We will review the bus schedule every 90 days to make adjustments if necessary based on customer demand

The employees at Petworth Safeway will work at other locations during the construction. The new Safeway and residential building will be constructed over a 20-month period.

A groundbreaking celebration is planned for September 19th. We will provide more details in the weeks to come.

Below is an animation of the project.

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Petworth Safeway from Interface Multimedia on Vimeo.


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2 Comments on “New Petworth Safeway Groundbreaking Planned for September 19th”

  1. Diane Says:

    I’m probably one of *very* small number of people who will miss the current Safeway, where I might not always have been able to buy everything I wanted but was always treated well by friendly staff and could get in and out without having to walk a mile through a bunch of stuff I’d never consider buying anyway. I know the new place will be nice and I’ll probably be glad for the larger selection of food and other products, but I will miss the friendliness and reasonable size of the old store where I’ve shopped for the last decade-plus.

  2. Dave Says:

    This is great news! I look forward to its opening!

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