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Jul. 23, 2008 at 10:42pm

Proctor Safeway

I read somewhere that proctor is getting a new Safeway. Why? I love Proctor Safeway. It is not snooty, we have a snooty, upscale store across the street, not to mention a nice Safeway in Westgate. Why do we need another super nice store? I read in some blog today that the Safeway in HIlltop is horrible and it is. I lived in Hilltop in 96, briefly, only six months or so, but when I was there, the produce was awful, it just didn't look like a store I was used to. Why do we get a new one?

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by Erik on 7/23/2008 @ 11:54pm
I read somewhere that proctor is getting a new Safeway.

Chrism39,

The Safeway in Proctor is going to be renovated. There is an existing Safeway there now.

Check out the prior threads on it for the drawings and earlier design.

www.exit133.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=...

www.exit133.com/4125/new-designs-for-a-s...

The design should be an improvement to what is there now which presents a set back blank wall that faces Proctor.

The new design includes what main streets in mixed use centers should have: glass on the main street.

Safeways offer pretty basic foods.

by chrism39 on 7/24/2008 @ 9:34am
I just do not see why we need a renovated safeway when we already have very nice stores. The hilltop community would be better served by a renovated store then we would.

by Erik on 7/24/2008 @ 10:33am
I just do not see why we need a renovated safeway when we already have very nice stores. The hilltop community would be better served by a renovated store then we would.

You could call Safeway and ask them.

I suspect it is because they do not believe there would be enough business in Hilltop to justify the expense.

Right now, Hilltop has a retail vacancy rate of around 40 percent. It took alot of effort to even get Save A lot to locate there.

There are plans to fill up some of the empty lots with some multi use buildings, but alot of them have stalled out based on perceived lack of demand.

As a contrast Stadium has tons of apartments in the area. Hilltop is going to have to get alot more housing development in the area if they are going to have their retail recover.

by chrism39 on 7/24/2008 @ 10:49am
I see the problem in two ways, one I like our safeway, I like that it isn't upscale and snooty. The other problem I have is that how are people who live in that neighborhood that lack transportation supposed to eat healthily when the store has terrible produce, ect?

by fredo on 7/24/2008 @ 1:30pm
People who don't want the Proctor Safeway changed have an opportunity to challenge Safeway's variance requests but this would probably be an uphill battle. The Proctor District Association and the No. End Neighborhood Council are supporting the variances. The remodel will bring in about $11M worth of construction work so the building trades are probably going to be on board as well.

by ensie on 7/25/2008 @ 8:15pm
I certainly wouldn't mind having a closer Safeway that carries more stuff. The one on Proctor is the closest to my house but it lacks a lot of the produce and additional items that the one on 6th Ave. or the one on Pearl has. I prefer Safeway's prices to Met Market or Thriftway.

I'm not knocking the idea of an additional grocery store in Hilltop wouldn't be a good idea, but the remodel is great.

by chrism39 on 7/26/2008 @ 8:52pm
What produce does it lack? I love that Safeway, I hate change.

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