In anticipation of opening its new urban-style store next year at Waterfront Station, Safeway is petitioning the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to obtain a liquor license and the hearing is scheduled for August 24th. A retailer’s Class B license will allow them to sell beer and wine, just like they do at some other Safeway locations in the city, including the new urban-style Mount Vernon Triangle store. However, first they need to get voluntary approval from ANC 6D. Back in September, Southwest...TLQTC reported that the ANC expanded their Safeway Task Force to help deal with some of the deficiencies at the current store, which include increasing safety in and around the store, opening more check-out lines during peak times, opening restrooms to customers, and properly labeling items with the correct prices. Since most of these issues have yet to be resolved, the ANC will probably use the voluntary agreement process as a bargaining tool to get Safeway to comply with their demands for better customer service in the current store. The ANC will discuss the liquor license at tonight’s ANC meeting, which starts at 7pm at St. Augustine’s Church. The agenda can be found here. Public input in the meeting is encouraged!
Update: At tonight's ANC meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to protest Safeway's request for a liquor license. This will give the ANC time to negotiate a voluntary agreement with Safeway that will benefit the community. In addition, the commissioners voted to hold a town hall meeting sometime in September so more members of the community can express their opinions about the pending liquor license application for the new store.