Kings Contrivance Safeway closes

June 14, 2006|By TYRONE RICHARDSON | TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER

The Safeway sign in the Kings Contrivance village center has been torn down and the 40,733-square-foot structure will soon meet the same fate, paving the way for a new supermarket chain scheduled to open as soon as July next year.

The Safeway closed its doors June 3 to make way for a Harris Teeter supermarket.

In January, Kimco Realty Corp., a New Hyde Park, N.Y., company that owns the village center, announced that the North Carolina-based supermarket was coming. Harris Teeter is viewed by retail experts as an upscale supermarket chain, with 149 stores across the nation. A Harris Teeter is scheduled to open in Darnestown in Montgomery County in September.

Anne Dodd, village manager for Kings Contrivance, said the current supermarket structure and the adjoining building that once housed a Friendly's restaurant will be demolished after Safeway's lease expires this month.

A 55,000-square-foot supermarket will be built, said Jo Sorenson, a spokeswoman for Harris Teeter.

Dodd said the village is waiting for a plan from Kimco to help meet the needs of residents with the supermarket closed. Village officials have met with the village center CVS drugstore to have it expand its food line to include eggs, bread and other staples, Dodd said.

A sign on the window of the closed supermarket building directs customers to shop at other Safeways, including those in Long Reach and Harper's Choice village centers.

Efforts to reach Kimco Realty Corp. for comment were unsuccessful.

tyrone.richardson@baltsun.com

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