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Safeway Opens First Downtown Store in the District

Friday, September 12, 2008
News Release

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Friday joined executives from Safeway on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the grocery store chain’s first downtown store in the District.

“We’ve been working for years to transform our downtown into a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week neighborhood and a full-service Safeway is exactly the kind of retail we need,” said Mayor Fenty. “This store is going to be an important retail anchor for the CityVista project and much-need asset for the surrounding community.”

Built in the heart of the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood at 490 L Street NW, the 56,000 square foot store is part of the District’s $200 million CityVista mixed-use project.

When fully built out, the project will include more than 680 housing units, including 138 affordable units, and 130,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail. The Safeway store employs about 150 people and about two-thirds of them are District residents who live nearby.

CityVista is a partnership between the District government – led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development -- and its private sector development partners, which include Lowe Enterprises, CIM Group, Bundy Development Corp. and the Neighborhood Development Co.

The CityVista store is Safeway’s 17th District location and the first new store the company has built in the District in 11 years. Safeway is in the midst of an aggressive campaign to renovate many of its existing stores and its plans include well in excess of $45 million for improvements to eight city stores during the next three years.