The Safeway at 4865 MacArthur Boulevard NW will close on May 4, according to the company.
“Safeway will not be reopening our store on the site,” Beth Goldberg, senior manager of community and public affairs for Safeway’s eastern division, told The Georgetowner. “We have entered into a ground lease agreement with Trammell Crow Company and transferred control of the property rights to TCC.”
The long-suspected closure of the grocery store for a major redevelopment of the property in the Palisades neighborhood will leave residents with the nearest Safeway two miles away in Georgetown.
Plans for the 64,815-square-foot, mixed-use development at MacArthur Boulevard and 48th Place NW do not include a food store.
In a statement regarding the Palisades Safeway, which sits in her ward, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh wrote: “Dear neighbors, I was very sorry to learn that Safeway is closing in early May and that the property has been sold. My office will be watching to see what will be occupying that site and will use our best efforts to see that, whatever comes, the community will have a full opportunity to be engaged and will ultimately be well served.”
In 2014, Safeway merged with the Albertsons grocery company, which is owned by Cerberus, a private equity firm.
There is a neighborhood party on April 27 planned for the Palisades Safeway employees. Meanwhile, there is a liquidation sale going on —beginning at 25 percent off selected items with the sale expected to hit 75 percent off of whatever is left on the shelves. Check with the store manager for details.