23 Mar 2018


Safeway Alternatives

It’s almost the weekend and you’re bound to have a Safeway-shaped hole. Here to help you out is Barred in DC, our newest contributor, who’ll be sharing news from Hill East. Enjoy! -Maria Helena Carey

Photo of the UnSafeway by @fom_wanderings via Instagram

The Safeway closed Saturday, March 10, after over a half-century at 14th & Kentucky SE. A new ground-level Safeway in a 5-story building known as Beckert’s Park will emerge in mid-2020. The construction is supposed to take about 25 months. Along with the Safeway, Beckert’s Park will be comprised of 325 apartments, 2 retail spaces (reportedly a bank & an eatery), a patio for Starbucks, and plenty of underground parking– more than there is now. DC’s Office of Planning has all the information you want to know about this new project. Although the grocer, formerly known as the UnSafeway, had its detractors, lots of folks appreciated the neighborhood feel with familiar faces and convenience.

While demolition and construction goes on, there are a number of alternatives, both walking distance and not:
Within Walking(ish) Distance
  • Harris Teeter
    • 1350 Potomac Ave. SE
    • 0.3 miles away from Safeway (9 min walk / 2 min drive)
    • Open 7a-midnight
    • Pharmacy, lots of samples, pizza and hot bar, garage parking
  • Yes! Organic
    • 410 8th St. SE
    • 0.5 miles away (11 min walk /  4 min drive)
    • Open 7a-10p
    • Smaller store, pricier, lots of organic/vegan/vegetarian options, street parking only
  • Trader Joe’s
    • 750 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
    • 0.5 miles away (11 min walk / 4 min drive)
    • Open 8a-9p
    • Store brands dominate, great frozen/easy-prepare foods, cheap wine, garage parking
  • Eastern Market
    • 225 7th St. SE
    • 0.7 miles away (14 min walk / 5 min drive)
    • Open 7a-7p Tues-Fri, 7a-6p Sat, 9a-5p Sun, closed Tues.
    • Farmer’s market Tues 1-7p, all day Sat & Sun
    • Multiple vendors with fresh fish, meat, deli meat, pastries/cookies, some vegetables, some short-term spots in back
Other Nearby Grocers
  • Harris Teeter Navy Yard
    • 401 M St. SE
    • 1.5 miles away (8 min drive)
    • Bigger and newer than Potomac Ave H-T, garage parking
  • Safeway (Hechinger Mall)
    • 1601 Maryland Ave. NE
    • 1.6 miles away (9 min drive)
    • Open 6a-midnight
    • Pharmacy (your scripts were transferred there), some familiar faces, similar products, surface parking
  • Aldi
    • 901 17th St. NE
    • 1.9 miles away (9 min drive)
    • Open 8a-9p
    • Very cheap, more limited selection, surface parking
  • Whole Foods
    • 600 H St. NE
    • 1.8 miles away (11 min drive)
    • Open 7a-11p
    • Duh, Amazon-owned, great beer selection at bar, growler fills, garage parking
  • Giant
    • 300 H St. NE
    • 2.1 miles away (10 min drive)
    • Open 6a-midnight
    • Pharmacy, similar to Safeway, garage parking
  • Peapod by Giant, Safeway Delivery, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh, Instacart

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