Welcome to part two of our four part series looking at the most local and large chain grocery stores. Today we look at the Waterfront Safeway at the intersection of 4th and M Streets, SW, which is about 2 miles and three subway stops from the core of Chinatown. By car, it is a straight shot down 7th Street with a left hook onto Maine Avenue and then M Street. By metro, get off at the Waterfont-SEU station on the Green line.
Plusses: Very good parking availability, consistently good quality food (produce, meat and fish), in-store security, Coinmaster, friendly staff, Metro stop in parking lot (Waterfront/SEU-Green Line), low cost fish, cheesy 80s hits on the intercom, Safeway card provides discounts.
Minuses: Smallish international selection, Saturday and Sunday midday waits are longer than one would expect, no beer or wine available.