Safeway is currently constructing a new 65,017-square-foot store with an attached 11,500-square-foot structure containing retail tenant lease spaces for a project total of 76,517 square feet. The new store will provide outdoor seating and outdoor sales in front of the store. Inside the store, banking, pharmacy, cafe, and a deli will be provided. The store will continue to operate 24 hours a day and will continue to sell alcoholic beverages.
The project site at 525 and 625 El Camino Real is located in the C-4 (General Commercial, Applicable to El Camino Real) zoning district, and is approximately 251,343 square feet (5.77 acres) in area. The demolition and construction will occur in phases as the Safeway store remains in operation.
In early 2007, Safeway requested a conditional development permit revision for the approved grocery store and retail services building. The revisions included relocation of the cart storage to the exterior of the building as a result of minor modifications to the interior grocery store layout, an expansion of the grocery store front arcade, a reduction of nine off-street parking spaces, and changes to the exterior colors and sign plan. These requests were reviewed and approved by the City Council on March 13, 2007.
In 2001 Safeway and the neighborhood began working collaboratively on a design proposal. The project received the required City Council approvals in late 2005. In 2007, Safeway applied for and received a conditional development permit revision.
The project has started construction. Safeway has provided documents relating to the construction process.