August 14th, 2020

‘State of the Art’: Capitol Hill Safeway Opens

“The brand-new Beckert’s Park Safeway (415 14th St. SE) is set to open at 6 a.m. Wednesday, August 12. But it won’t close anytime soon –the new Safeway will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Representatives of Safeway and developer Foulger-Pratt broke ground June 27, 2018 on the new store, which occupies a total of 60,236 square feet. It serves as the anchor for the mixed-use project called Beckert’s Park, which includes additional retail space and 325 residential units, 33 of those affordable.

The Store Director will be Matthew Frye, who comes from Safeway’s Southwest Waterfront location to oversee a team of 350 employees.

The development is named for the Beckert family, who purchased the property in the 1850s. They operated the Washington Brewery and an amusement park called Beckert’s Garden on the site until about the 1870s, later operated as the National Capitol Brewery. After DC passed prohibition in 1917, new owner Albert Carry transformed the brewery into an ice cream factory, which remained there until the property was sold to Safeway.

The grocery store has deep roots in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, once operating a smaller store at 228 Seventh St. SE, across from Eastern Market.

As part of the ribbon-cutting celebration, Safeway presented donations to three local organizations: The Hill Center, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and the DC Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network hub, Serve Your City DC.

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