The Safeway is finally, officially open. We thought we’d put up a round-up post so readers can get the bigger, broader picture of what the opening brings to our neck of the woods. Check after the break for more.
The City Safeway opens to the public for business today. We like this recent story in the Washington Business Journal as it looks deeper than the opening into Safeway’s strategy to renovate stores in DC and also play off the real estate on which those stores sit. Does this portend a future trend as land becomes more valuable and living densities rise in core urban areas?
After a few sneak previews, the blogosphere is weighing in on the new Safeway. Here are a few links to track down different views:
The (Mount Vernon) Triangle – Safeway Flickr Stream – Lots and lots of photos
Life in Mount Vernon Square – New Safeway .. is Incredible! - One community site’s viewpoint
Penn Quarter Living – City Safeway…T Minus 1 – Our own sneak preview with photos
Washington Post - Gourmet Safeway Opening Downtown - WaPo write up
Mount Vernon Triangle CID - Urban Lifestyle Safeway to Open September 12 - Press release
Downtown BID - Safeway Coming - News announcement
WashBiz Blog - Early Briefing: A New Bloomie’s and Safeway – WaPo blog…the “New Bloomie’s” refers to a new Bloomingdale’s opening up in Georgetown Park which is kinda’ cool too. This city’s really picking up some steam.
Whether it’s a place to exchange news with neighbors, pick up a last minute tote to that dinner party or do your weekly shopping, the fact is that today the City Safeway at 5th and L Streets NW really, truly opened to the public and it is no longer just a notion or a paragraph in a brochure. In time, the community will integrate and embrace the store and make it their own. We think it will be interesting to watch this process evolve as the Mount Vernon Square/Triangle meets the Penn Quarter meets Shaw representing a real melting pot and broad cross section of the city’s demographics. After all, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be in America.
See you at the Safeway!