4th Safeway to open in Baltimore tomorrow

Maryland Watch

July 21, 1998

Safeway Inc. will open its fourth grocery store in Baltimore tomorrow in Lauraville.

The 41,325-square-foot, freestanding supermarket, on Harford Road south of Moravia Lane, will employ about 140.

Safeway opened a store in April 1997 on North Charles Street, south of 25th Street, and one in 1996 on Boston Street in Canton. A Safeway has been on West Pratt Street since 1987.

"We feel it's important to do business in the city," said Craig Muckle, spokesman for the chain's eastern division. "We look for opportunities both in suburban and urban environments, and we've been quite successful with that strategy."

The chain is looking at other potential city sites.

The new store will have a pharmacy, a floral department, a bakery, a seafood counter and a deli with prepared sandwiches and hot food.

One of Safeway's major competitors, Giant Food Inc., also is building in the city, on Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore, as part of plans to expand into under-served urban areas. That store will be the first new city location for Giant in 21 years.

Pub Date: 7/21/98

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