The Bethesda Safeway will open its doors on Thursday, Oct. 13. The new store replaces a Safeway built in 1956 and will occupy the same corner of Bradley Boulevard and Arlington Road. Customers can witness the grand opening, marked by a ribbon cutting and festivities, Thursday morning.
The store will no longer be fronted by a parking lot—parking’s been relegated underground with additional open-air spaces in the back—but will start at the sidewalk, creating a more urban and pedestrian-friendly feel. The supermarket also marks Safeway’s first foray into commissioning local art, which the Market Report wrote about last month.
The 48,000 square-foot store nearly doubles the size of the old and will be LEED certified. Safeway promises lots of fancy features, including a cheese expert to man the specialty cheese department, a bakery “more reminiscent of a patisserie,” and plenty of mahogany wood throughout the store. There will, of course, be an olive bar.