A reader sent in a tip this week that late last month, Safeway signed a lease for the vacant retail space at 375 32nd Avenue near the corner of Clement.
The space was formerly occupied by a Fresh N’ Easy Neighborhood Market, but closed in 2016 after the chain, owned by UK parent company Tesco, shuttered all of their U.S. stores.
The space has a CVS Pharmacy next door at 377 32nd Avenue which will remain. We don’t know many details of the lease other than there are some provisions limiting how much floor space they can devote to vitamins and greeting cards, presumably to leave those categories for CVS.
Safeway also has two other locations in the Richmond District at 7th and Cabrillo and on La Playa near Fulton by Ocean Beach.
The Ocean Beach store was due for a large remodel, including the addition of a housing development on the north end. But those plans, other than a sprucing up of the current location, were abandoned in 2015.
Ironically, Safeway opened the first supermarket at the 375 32nd Avenue location back in the 1970’s (readers, keep me honest here on timing!), taking up the entire building. It then became an Albertson’s but they moved out in 2004. The building stayed vacant until 2011, when the space was divided up and opened with Fresh N’ Easy and CVS as occupants.
With the addition of this third Safeway location, “middle” outer Richmond residents will now have two large grocery stores to choose from including Grocery Outlet located on Geary at 27th Avenue.
No word yet on when Safeway will open up their new 375 32nd Avenue location but we’ll keep you posted.