Safeway expansion starts |

Safeway expansion starts

Grocery store growing

— The Safeway store in Steamboat Springs broke ground this week on a much anticipated 8,322-square-foot addition to its existing building near the corner of U.S. 40 and Pine Grove Road.

The addition will create a second front entrance to the store, opening onto the delicatessen and expanded bakery beyond. However, assistant store manager Chris Perez said Thursday that plans to include a “China Express” take-out restaurant in the deli addition have been abandoned. And plans to locate a Starbuck’s coffee shop may or may not happen.

Perez said the grocery’s bakery will benefit from an expansion that will allow it to devote one mixing bowl to turning out fresh French bread at more frequent intervals throughout the day.

Safeway originally proposed its addition during October 1999, but some miscommunications contributed to a slow journey through the city planning process. When the project obtained final approvals last summer, company officials said it was too late to begin construction before winter.

Perez said the store will temporarily lose some of its parking this summer because it will be used as a construction staging area. However, the store will continue operations uninterrupted throughout the construction process.

The addition is tentatively expected to be completed by Oct. 26, he said.

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Steamboat Safeway store manager Bill Solinger has been transferred to the Glenwood Springs store, Perez said. He and the rest of the staff are awaiting the arrival of a new manager.

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