Safeway nearing completion |

Safeway nearing completion

Two motels will be razed at the South Shore to make way for a bigger and better Safeway store.

Bumping up is holdings in commercial square-footage space this year, the supermarket giant bought the Copenhagen Cottages on Fawn Avenue and the 19-unit Slalom Inn on Ski Run Boulevard.

Safeway demolished the Copenhagen Cottages last week and plans to tear down the Slalom Inn this week, transferring the two development’s commercial floor space to its new store which is being built at Johnson Boulevard.

The new store, which is being constructed on a vacant lot just steps away from the old Safeway building, is scheduled for a Dec. 20 opening.

Gary Oswald, a Safeway business consultant, said the new store will be 55,500 square feet compared to the old store’s 30,000 square feet.

“The bigger store will have a bigger selection of products plus a full-service bakery, deli, pharmacy and floral department,” Oswald said. “We’ll also have Chinese takeout and a small Starbucks coffee shop in there too.”

Oswald added that business at the original store has been strong while the inconvenience of construction carried on throughout the summer.

“Surprisingly, our sales held up,” he said. “We were down a little in July and in some months were were actually up over last year.”

This summer, shoppers had to jockey around a cramped parking lot which was half closed at times for repaving and reconfiguration of spaces.

Just south of the parking area, the new store is taking shape.

Oswald said the interior construction and stocking will be the focus when the store is enclosed from the outdoor elements.

Once the new store opens its doors, the old building will be demolished and the footprint paved over for more parking.

Oswald expects the demolition to start in mid-January.

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