Safeway plans to open Bellingham location in October

Safeway Inc. expects to open its new store in Bellingham’s Sunset Square shopping center in October this year, the company has announced.

Renovations of the grocer’s future location, which was once a Cost Cutter store, should begin in May. Safeway says it plans to invest nearly $13 million to remodel the Sunset Square space.

The future 67,000-square-foot Safeway store will feature all of the grocer’s specialty departments, including an organic and natural foods section, a floral stand, bakery, deli, and wine department. It will also include an in-store Starbucks kiosk.

Remodeling plans also feature a new store exterior with an outdoor market area, as well an enclosed outdoor space with seating and free Wi-Fi.

Along with the grocery store, Safeway will operate a fueling station on the corner of Sunset Drive and James Street.

Safeway took over Cost Cutter’s pharmacy operations last October, and is currently operating its pharmacy in a space adjacent to the future grocery store. The pharmacy will remain open during construction.

Safeway Inc. also operates a store in Lynden.

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Another view of the future Safeway store in Bellingham's Sunset Square shopping center.
Another view of the future Safeway store in Bellingham’s Sunset Square shopping center.
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