More video/photos: Admiral Safeway grand-opening day

(Our grand-opening coverage from earlier today is here and here)

The Admiral Safeway grand-opening celebration continues, with The Toucans playing till 7 pm – we went back to get them on video. The store is still crowded with shoppers/visitors. If you couldn’t make it to the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30, we recorded it all on video, 19-plus minutes with a few speeches from Safeway officials and longtime Admiral neighborhood advocate Dennis Ross, who helped cut the ribbon:

Other Admiral community leaders we bumped into included Admiral Neighborhood Association president Katy Walum:

And Rev. Peter DeVeau from nearby St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church:

Rev. DeVeau told us he had toured the store earlier in the morning – and they accepted his offer of a pre-opening blessing.

Many more photos ahead, including perhaps the most famous Admiral-area resident we spotted:

No, former mayor Greg Nickels didn’t speak – he was just there looking around, like hundreds of others. Some came early enough for the ribbon-cutting, and were first through the doors when a last-minute decision moved it inside:

Biggest smile at the ribboncutting: Safeway’s Sara Osborne, who has been the community/media-relations point person on the project, among other roles, dating back more than three years:

Back to the store itself: Here’s a view of the northwest corner, near the main entrance:

Looking southeast across the checkstands (which include self-checkout stations, unlike the old store):

Near the deli, in the south section of the store – which, true to what was discussed in Design Review, can be viewed from the windows along Lander – you’ll find a salad bar:

$6.99/pound, in case you were wondering. For dessert – options include gelato:

In that same area of the store, you’ll find this open bread-baking oven:

In charge of all this, as seen in our video of the ceremony – and in our story from back when he and other Safeway workers helped out with the Lafayette Elementary playground – the new store’s manager, Curt Baxter, most recently the Roxbury Safeway manager, and also a prior manager of the old Admiral Safeway:

One more thing, also noted extensively in the video – the store didn’t just score enough points to go for LEED Silver environmental certification, it exceeded them. Osborne says it’ll be a while before they get official word (they’re still waiting for the official word on their Pinehurst store). The many “green” aspects of the store include pervious pavement in the surface parking lot:

Here’s the rooftop parking:

Some of its spaces are reserved for “green” cars; Osborne tells us they’re hoping they will get a Zipcar, too. And if you need transportation information, you’ll find it on the central west wall of the store:

Or, ride your bike – plenty of places to park – this is one of the racks, on the north side:

Speaking of which: You might not have noticed, but there are still some finishing touches to go. Lots of landscaping destined for the spots where you’re just seeing bark; also, the interpretive plaques regarding nearby Hiawatha are still being made, according to Osborne – three will be on the south side of the store, facing Hiawatha, while she says half a dozen more are destined for Hiawatha Community Center itself.

17 Replies to "More video/photos: Admiral Safeway grand-opening day"

  • Alki Resident August 11, 2011 (6:44 pm)

    The store is just beautiful,I think the Toucans should be a permanent fixture to the front of the store.Makes shopping more enjoyable.I think it was nice that the Rev. was allowed to bless the store.

  • dsa August 11, 2011 (7:01 pm)

    How many surface level HC spaces are there? I only see one in the photo.

  • Admiral Lady August 11, 2011 (7:24 pm)

    I was at the opening, then went back at 530pm. Got a loaf of fresh baked bread. WOW! Sooo good. Great job Safeway!!!

  • Admiral Janeway August 11, 2011 (7:58 pm)

    It’s a beautiful store. I went at 7:00. The place was packed. The parking lot was full – ground and rooftop parking. Huge lines for each cashier.

  • Erich August 11, 2011 (8:00 pm)

    My wife tells me that when she went by today there were protesters outside. Came here hoping I could find out the backstory on that. Anyone know what they were protesting about?

    • WSB August 11, 2011 (8:46 pm)

      Erich – I plead guilty to not going back outside after all the hoopla to find out what union the protesters were representing. They weren’t there when I went to the store for an early mini-tour at 7 am, then we were due back at 11 for the “media tour” followed by the ribboncutting and I saw the banner outside. We swept off immediately to something else without going that way again (they were by the California entrance). We had covered several labor protests during construction – those involved the carpenters’ union upset about non-union construction workers. If I can find anything online on a union website I’ll be back with a link.

  • Walnut Woman August 11, 2011 (9:28 pm)

    I love the salad bar….BUT the “sneeze protective glass” is too long so you can’t reach the back items in the salad bar, you have to crouch down and even if you have long arms like me can’t get at the back things, I hope they fix it because it is an awesome salad bar!..parking was a bit crazy…

  • N.A. Neighbor August 11, 2011 (9:34 pm)

    Nice touch, Safeway, for including Mr. Ross in the celebrations today. He’s a tireless advocate and a neighborhood fixture. Seeing him in the video made me smile.

  • JanS August 12, 2011 (12:39 am)

    about 6pm I was outside on 42nd SW waiting for a ride…and watching the crazy drivers going in and out of the parking lot, speeding down the street like it was only one way, speeding in and out of the parking lot without looking for oncoming cars. Y’all need to slow down just a hair and be patient. Yes, the store was busy, and yes, parking was at a premium…but it was truly crazy. I’m surprised that someone crossing the street in the middle of the block (no sidewalk on the construction side for a half block)didn’t get hit, or a few cars didn’t run into each other.

  • JanS August 12, 2011 (1:48 am)

    Interesting about getting “a Zipcar”. I spoke with someone at Zipcar months ago, and they assured me that there would be three cars at this location. Still waiting, of course. There was a car at PCC, but they took that away, so now the closest car is at Shoofly Pie Co. I tried to impress on them that one shouldn’t have to pay $4.50 RT for a bus to get to a Zipcar, and then pay for that. Sigh…guess we’ll see…

  • SomeGuy August 12, 2011 (2:28 pm)

    I know I’ll get flamed for this, but about 60 seconds of The Toucans satisfies my steel drum hankerings for an entire year.

  • Tiffany August 12, 2011 (3:51 pm)

    love it went with daughter and mother in law cant wait to take husband just beautiful

  • Alki Resident August 12, 2011 (6:50 pm)

    Two requests-on the parking on top of store.The south end cart return is on a slight slope,enough that carts hit my car as I was trying to park.So had to get out and put cart back in order to finish parking.ALSO,there needs to be arrows one way only so cars arent heading towards each other looking for parking.Not enough room to get by which causes backups.

  • Vic August 13, 2011 (2:12 pm)

    I moved to Florida on the 10th. My biggest regret was not being able to see the new Safeway.

  • Mike August 13, 2011 (2:38 pm)

    it’s unfortunate they didn’t make enough parking spots for this new rebuilt Safeway. Sadly it’s only going to be worse when people start to add more businesses and move into living spots in that new structure. Both lots were full when I went the day after they opened, parked by someones house, I’m sure they’ll be loving that more and more!
    So, to Safeway management, you failed on this one. Guess I’ll just keep going elsewhere like I’ve been doing since they shut down for the rebuild.

  • JA August 14, 2011 (6:21 pm)

    Meh… a Safeway is a Safeway is a Safeway. We have two terrific locally owned grocery stores in West Seattle, locally owned fruit stands and a wonderful weekend farmer’s market. I prefer my grocery dollar go to those businesses, rather than another corporate behemoth.

  • KG August 14, 2011 (10:41 pm)

    The parking lot is a complete disaster. Who designed this mess? Nothing but compact spots for a lot filled with minivans and SUVs. There’s not enough room for cars to pass as they enter and exit the roof lot. I witnessed several near accidents before I finally gave up and left, without ever going in. This former loyal customer is taking my grocery dollars where I can at least park my car!

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