The Safeway store at 415 14th St SE is expected to close March 10th, said Safeway’s Eastern Division Director of Government Affairs Stephanie Ridoré.
“We have been making plans for a new and exciting Capitol Hill Store to replace the current location,” she said in an email. “We are moving forward with the plans and making arrangements to begin the project which is expected to last approximately two years.”
Real estate development firm Foulger-Pratt has plans to redevelop the site, to be called ‘Beckert’s Park,’ into a 402,012 square foot mixed-use building. It will include a 60,000 square foot Safeway store (an increase of 10,000 square feet), 325 units of housing in five stories and 8,000 square feet of additional retail including a Starbucks above below-grade parking. The marquee entrance will be placed at the corner of 14th & D Streets SE.
Detailed plans, including elevations, maps and artist’s renderings, are publicly available through the Office of Planning.
Safeway will be running sales leading up to the closure, including a 30% sale on some items that has already begun. Ridoré said the HR team will be working with each affected associate and the labor unions to try to find another location for each affected associate from this store to transfer to that is consistent with the company’s labor agreements.
The pharmacy will close as of Tuesday, February 27th. All prescriptions will be transferred to the pharmacy in the nearest Safeway, located in Hechinger Mall (1601 Maryland Ave NE).