Update, April 1:
A Safeway spokesperson confirmed that the 34,066 square-foot store, which opened in 1981, will close “on or around April 30.”
“Certainly, like all retailers, we’re constantly evaluating every effort of our business,” the spokesperson said. “We have a regular review of all our store operations. This location was simply underperforming.”
The spokesperson said she could not disclose recent customer numbers, as they’re considered “competitive information.” Safeway’s associate-relations team is working with the store’s employees to find alternative placements that are consistent with union contracts, she added; customers who fill their prescriptions at the pharmacy should ask on-site staff for information.
“Our intent is to provide uninterrupted prescription services and continuity of care,” the spokesperson said.
GDS has not returned City Desk’s requests for comment as to the future of the development site.
A Safeway located in Tenleytown that’s owned by Georgetown Day School will reportedly close on April 30.
The school acquired the grocery store’s site in 2014 as part of a long-term effort to concentrate its two campuses in one place: Currently, its high school is at 4200 Davenport St. NW while its lower and middle schools are at 4530 MacArthur Blvd. NW. The Safeway is right across from the high school at 4203 Davenport St. NW.
Safeway and GDS have not returned City Desk’s requests for comment. But in an email sent to a Tenleytown community listserv earlier this afternoon, a spokesperson for the school says it’s “confirmed” that the store will shutter at the end of next month.
“We are surprised by this news and sorry to see them close so early on in our sub-lease,” GDS spokesperson Alison Grasheim wrote in an email to a Tenleytown community listerv this afternoon. “We are immediately beginning to explore ways to best serve our school community and the community at large in the weeks to come.”
GDS has plans to redevelop the site as well as a nearby Martens Volvo–Volkswagen dealership into mixed-use space that would feature more than 300 apartment units. As the Washington Business Journal noted last month, the development, combined with an Urban Investments Partners project on Wisconsin Avenue NW, would eventually result in “more than 500 new apartment units [in Tenleytown] in just a few years.”
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