An article in this week's Washington Business Journal (paid subscribers only), describes how Safeway is in the process of redoing their stores across the city as "urban concept" stores. From the article: "The newest Safeway, at the CityVista condo complex at Fifth and K streets NW in Mount Vernon Triangle, exhibits all the features of its 'lifestyle' format, which Steve Neibergall, eastern division president, said represents the company’s commitment to fresh perishables and customer service. Safeway began the makeovers nationwide four years ago, and nine of the D.C. stores have been redone, he said, refashioned for between $2 million and $6 million apiece, sometimes to include pharmacies, floral departments and in-store Starbucks cafes. 'We want to be a place where you go to get more than groceries,' Neibergall says. All 17 stores in D.C. will be done by 2011, including completely rebuilt stores at the former Waterside Mall in Southwest and an 18th as part of new development at the Fort Totten Metro." As mentioned in my post from earlier this week, the new 55,000 SF Safeway at Waterfront Station is currently under construction and is anticipated to be complete in 2010. The new one can't come soon enough, as the current Safeway is run down and its shelves are understocked. I haven't shopped there since Harris Teeter opened on Capitol Hill a few months ago.