The Safeways in DC all have nicknames. We all know of the Social Safeway, Secret Safeway, and Un-Safeway to name a few. Yesterday afternoon, the PQ Living writing staff were kindly invited to a VIP Reception at what we’re now knighting as the City Safeway, although Super-Stocked Safeway might be a better name after witnessing today’s sneak preview. The corner of 5th and L Streets NW never looked so good.
This beautiful store has wide aisles, an enormous wine section (wine steward included!), large fresh produce section, coin counting machine and really everything else you would expect from a showcase store. Everything was lined up so nicely, we weren’t sure if this was a food museum or a retail store. Safeway management was especially proud of their nut bar. That’s right: a Nut Bar. All sorts of nuts for sale – some even had toppings.
The DC VIP list included several council members, DC Representative Norton, and more Safeway corporate management and staff than we’ve ever seen in a grocery store before. There were speeches galore, most trumpeting what a difference this store will make in this part of DC.
We’re not sure how long this will last, but lots of items had the price cutter red tags indicating Club Card sale items in this store. Some items had amazing sales. We know we’ve had some comment on our stories who think this store is too far away from the PQ to be an everyday grocery store. For those of you who feel that way, give this store a chance – one visit is likely to change your minds. We were able to walk from the Verizon Center to this Safeway in under 15 minutes and you’d be surprised how many groceries you can fit in one of those grandma carts.
But we didn’t need grandma carts because on this day we were fine toting a few groceries home and feeling a lot more urban doing it. We hope readers get to check out this store soon and find this City Safeway to be a great asset to our neighborhood. T minus 1 and counting.
Ed. Hint: Most hyperlinks link to photos so click around a bit to get an inside taste of the store!
Ed. Note: WaPo also has a story on the new store.