July 8, 2013
Dear Safeway Neighbors and Others:
We are excited to report that construction of the new store is finally beginning. It's been a long, grueling process, but the day has finally come that the store will close and demolition will begin.
Here is what to expect:
The store will close July 8th. Construction fencing will go up around the perimeter and there will be no public access as it becomes a construction site. The store and gas station will be completely demolished. This will take about 6 weeks and close by neighbors may hear the demolition during the construction hours (weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm.)
Construction is scheduled to begin in early October. The crews will be working every weekday except on federal holidays. Construction workers will park outside of the neighborhood at the 51st St Safeway. The new store should open mid-summer 2014.
The 51st St. store will be open during this time. You may also want to visit the new Berkeley Safeway which will give you a taste of what you can expect from your new store. You can also visit www.Safeway.com to have your groceries delivered to your home.
I will be writing regular updates during the construction to help neighbors and merchants anticipate noise and traffic impacts. Please let me know if you would like to be removed from this list. The website (www.safewayoncollege.com) will be your resource for up to date info on our progress.
Thank you for your support for building a new store. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.