Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 16, 2010 at 10:03am

First Photo of Starbucks in Renovated Fancy Proctor Safeway

Almost here!


Time, effort, and designs revisions were involved in creating the renovated Safeway in Proctor.

May all of the Safeways in Tacoma be renovated as nicely. Can't wait to see it open.  They will have a eating and sitting area as well.

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by Erik on 4/16/2010 @ 10:19am
Here was the variance request the North End Neighborhood Council supported:


by fredo on 4/16/2010 @ 10:24am
good shot erik. does proctor need another starbucks just one block from an existing outlet?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/16/2010 @ 10:43am
I think it is a good idea, gives us something that Seattle has. You can't swing a cat in some parts of Seattle without hitting a Starbucks.

by Erik on 4/16/2010 @ 11:54am

I just received this from Hilltop Action Coalition about their efforts to renovate their Safeway:

Community members on the Hilltop, Safeway is due to do some pretty significant upgrades, please read the info below and send comments for Regional Safeway back to me if you have any:

Thanks so much for your patience, this issue has been around for a long time, and much has been happening, but not much that I could report because of the possibility that my reporting, and people's reactions impacting the deal.

Lauren Walker, Eric Crittenden, Bob Levin and I visited the Renton Safeway to look at what was done to it, as Safeway reps told us that their neighborhood and 'footprint' was similar to ours, so the improvements they were looking at for at our store may be similar. I had hoped to get the pictures I took that day out onto a website, but that plan fell thru. Then, at a March meeting of the Hilltop Public Advisory Committee which HAC attends along with many other partners in the revitalization of the Hilltop business corridor (which includes Safeway) we discussed Safeway in general. A number of community members, business and social service representatives, and City people met with a representative from Safeway who outlined their plans which are already underway (check out the store for more changes). Below are items (from the minutes of the meeting) that outlined changes that are proposed to be made (my comments are in brackets [ ] , my comments are my recollections of what was said, so don't take them as FACT):

The Safeway representative reviewed the upcoming plans for renovations for the SAFEWAY and responded to several questions regarding the extent of the renovation, what could be done to make it a larger renovation/remodel project, at what point would SAFEWAY consider coming back for additional expansions etc. The following are some key elements:

· Renovation work will be approximately 1.5 million dollars

· Move primary entrance to improve pedestrian access [it will be on the East Side of the building, where the 2nd entrance is]

· Create an improved looking and functioning Customer Service area [which will be just inside the new entrance]

· Replace existing checkstands

· Add a small floral department [more of a display-type, rather than a department, however, things will be for sale]

· Replace bins and reorganize produce department [the floors of the produce dept. will be wood, and they are adding a new 'cooling system' that keeps the produce fresher longer]

· Refurbish and/or replace the dairy and meat cases

· w/in existing footprint, create a satellite bakery supplied out of another store

· Addition of a sandwich prep area in the back to have a “grab-n-go” section of pre-made sandwiches, salads and some meat/cheese selections [this will be where the soda section was, and if you go in the store you'll see they've moved soda to the front, by the checkstands]

· Addition of a wine section, magazine and card / promotion section

· New flooring and Lighting

· New exterior paint, signage and restriping the parking lot.

· Work to begin this Spring, take about 6 to 8 weeks and the store will remain open while work is being done.

Other important information shared about this store and grocery in general were:

· The dry good / canned areas of the store are essential to maintain their overall shelf space as they carry the other departments of the store…this is often why existing renovations without expanding the footprint must be limited to not take away shelf space from these items.

· All of the capital investment decisions in expansion/renovation must be balanced by recapturing the investment in dollars in increased sales per square foot.

· 11th and M store ranks towards the bottom in comparison to other district/city SAFEWAY stores.

· SAFEWAY generally works on a 5-7 year evaluation cycle of stores for expansion/renovation.

At the end of the discussion there was some agreement by the Safeway representative to look into a change in the exterior plans to potentially include an awning for the new entrance and some other landscaping improvements that will let the surrounding community know that internal upgrades and renovations have occurred. City staff and Councilmember Walker will continue to stay in contact with SAFEWAY and follow up on these potential changes.

We hope this helps you understand the future, although this is not everything we wanted, we are very grateful to Lauren (Walker) for the approach she took in talking with them, especially since many of the other approaches have met with just resistance.

There are facts that we have learned along the way that impact the attitude here. Such as:
If Safeway closes a store no other like-store can occupy that location for 5 years, and when that happened in South Tacoma it really hurt that neighborhood
That some of why Safeway chooses to renovate a store has to do with competition near the existing store. Proctor Safeway has Metropolitan Market next door, and that competition has inspired them to keep pace.
Part of their decision is based on whether they will make the money they invest back in sales, and they aren't sure. If they do make the 1.5 million back, they would look at other improvements. The representative was very clear about the decisions are based on economics, they are in the business to make money, and if they make money out of this store, they will improve it more to make more money.

All that said and done, we are asking that if you have 'positive' things that you'd like to say to Safeway, and would like to email them, or a letter to me with those in it, I would forward them on to the Safeway representatives that Lauren and the team have met since the process began.

It's not all that we wanted, but it's more than we've had. ...It's a start.

Jeanie Peterson
Director of Community Initiatives
Hilltop Action Coalition (HAC)

Office: 1224 South I Street
Tacoma, Washington 98405
253 383-3056 ext. 112
FAX 253-383-2672

HAC@harbornet.com (Jeanie's office)
hilltopactioncoalition@yahoo.com (Terri Keys/HAC office)
hac@associatedministries.org (Terri Keys/HAC office)

Hilltop Action Coalition is a program of Associated Ministries

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead,

by Erik on 4/16/2010 @ 11:58am

"good shot erik. does proctor need another starbucks just one block from an existing outlet?"

The "market" says yes. I think the adjacent sitting area is going to bring a lot more people to the area.

And now the Northwest Shop has re-opened. Things are looking good for Proctor.

by Nick on 4/16/2010 @ 1:55pm
Great news about the hilltop renovations - I saw something going on as I drove past a week or two ago but didn't realize what was going on.

I predict they will definitely see a return on their investment. I can't count how many times I or my friends have chosen not to go there simply because of its "scary" appearence/condition. Even going to a store farther away for this very reason.

Also, it's currently the closest major grocery store to downtown.

by Erik on 5/4/2010 @ 10:31pm
Breaking: "Signature Cafe" opens in Safeway in Proctor: