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Safeway Community Markets to Open in Berkeley, Los Altos and San Anselmo on March 1

Company Press Release

Safeway will proudly open four new stores in Berkeley, Los Altos and San Anselmo on March 1. Safeway Community Markets will keep alive the heritage of a local specialty market and provide customers with unique offerings. These stores will carry specialty items, including Mary’s Free Range Chicken, Mountain Fruit Jelly and Andronico’s “adult brownies,” to name a few. They will also offer services such as full-service catering, with a seasonal and fresh menu that is created from scratch in our kitchen by our trained chefs.

“We are excited to introduce Safeway Community Markets and welcome the employees to the Safeway team,” said Tom Schwilke, President of Safeway Northern California. “These stores will resonate well with the needs and wants of the community. Customers will find tons of local, fresh and organic options with everyday low prices.”

In celebration of the store openings, four local non-profit organizations will be presented with a $5,000 charitable contribution from The Safeway Foundation during the store opening festivities. The Safeway Foundation focuses on giving locally to help strengthen neighborhoods and change lives. The check presentation will take place in each store with representatives from Safeway and the recipient organizations in attendance. Press is invited to attend. See details below.

Schedule for opening remarks and check presentations on March 1:

Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Avenue, 9:00 a.m. Store Director: John Spain. Non-profit recipient: Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS)

Berkeley: 1850 Solano Avenue, 10:00 a.m. Store Director: John Howard. Non-profit recipient: Center for Ecoliteracy

Los Altos: 690 Fremont Avenue, 9:00 a.m. Store Director: Ethan Baker. Non-profit recipient: Hidden Villa

San Anselmo: 100 Center Boulevard, 10:00 a.m. Store Director: Sean Thomas. Non-profit recipient:

Highlights of the new Safeway Community Markets include:

Thousands of Local Items

Safeway is California’s largest local produce buyer. Our stores offer thousands of local items that are clearly marked “Local” for customers to easily identify. We partner with local produce growers, such as Cal-Organic Farms, and carry a broad selection across the entire store, including local favorites like Clover Stornetta Dairy Farms, Mary’s Free Range Chicken and Three Twins Ice Cream.

Thousands of Organic Offerings

Safeway offers more than 150 fresh organic produce items every day. We also have thousands of organic choices across the entire store, including O Organics™.

Certified Angus Beef

Our full-service butcher block features certified Angus beef cuts, a more premium cut of meat. It’s perfectly aged, guaranteed tender and has more marbling for juiciness and flavor. Our butchers are on hand to discuss custom cuts, cooking techniques and cut and prepare anything to order.

Full Service Deli

Safeway Community Markets offer in-store prepared entrees and salads from our skilled chefs. We also offer an extensive line of Boar’s Head premium deli meat and cheeses and fresh sushi. Our friendly deli staff will prepare made-to-order sandwiches using our freshly baked bread. We also have many ready-to-serve options ranging from hot or cold soup, green salads and “grab and go” meals. Our Berkeley Shattuck store will have an Acai bar.

Bulk Foods

The bulk foods section features an expanded assortment from grains to nuts to special treats. Buying from our bulk bins is a great way to keep up your healthy lifestyle and meet any dietary need. Whether it’s a cup of quinoa or a pound of almonds, you can buy only the amount you need for a whole week or just one recipe.

Beer, Wine & Liquor

The wine selection includes a variety of options and expanded import offerings, such as Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhone, Dupeuble Beaujolais and Fontsainte Rosé, to name a few. The stores offer an assortment of liquor and an expanded Sake section, as well as craft and locally brewed beers like Trumer Pils, Bear Republic and Gordon Biersch. Shoppers who purchase any six bottles of wine and or liquor will save an additional 10% every day.

Full Service Floral Designers

Delight your senses with our wide assortment of fresh, colorful flowers, blooming plants and home décor items. Whatever the occasion, our in-store floral designers will help make it special!

Full-Service Catering and Delivery

Whether it’s for an office luncheon, a holiday party or grand reception, our cooks and catering staff will create great food and a great experience for you and your group. From delicious appetizers to hand-sliced charcuterie selections, hand-picked artisan cheeses and fresh salads and entrees, we can create the perfect menu for your event and customize it to your needs. We can accommodate any style of event and offer an array of services beyond great food.

Grocery Delivery Services

Safeway’s grocery delivery program offers one-hour delivery windows, a “Shop By History” feature that saves all previously purchased items for easy repeat purchasing and free delivery on the first order.

Jobs to the Community

Safeway continues to add thousands of jobs to the Bay Area each year, including full and part-time positions. Applications can be found online at

About Safeway

Safeway is one of the most well-recognized grocery retail brands with a long-standing reputation for quality and service, proudly serving Northern California since 1926. The company operates 282 stores in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii. Safeway is one of the top private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to The San Francisco Business Times. Safeway operates as a banner of Albertsons Companies.