Well, the new Waterfront Station Safeway at 1100 4th Street is now open for business (along with 4th Street itself!), after having a preview event on Thursday and Grand Opening on Friday. From today forward, the store will be open from 6am - 11pm. Free samples were aplenty and there were large crowds in the store (at least on Thursday when I made a shopping trip). Groceries were 10% off and coupon books were mailed out to residents with other discounts through May. I also received a free reusable bag for spending more than $40 after using a coupon from Safeway's weekly flier. Thursday was my second visit at the store, after getting a sneak peek a couple weeks ago. When I went on Thursday and again on Friday morning, I could tell that several of the staff were recently trained or were still in the process of being trained, so it will take a while for all the bugs to be worked out that's expected when a new store opens. The food court area seemed a little cramped at spots and there wasn't a price list yet at the sushi bar, but for the most part it was an enjoyable experience. I did recognize some of the employees from the old store (it's been a couple years since I shopped at the old Safeway), but there were several new faces as well. For instance, while at the store yesterday morning with a neighbor, we spoke with Jessie, the produce manager who was brought in from a store in VA, and he was diligent about keeping inventory of produce & noting which items needed replenishing. He said for us to check up on him in a month to make sure he was still doing a good job, so we'll take him up on his offer. I'm just thrilled that I can now walk to a quality grocery store! What do you think of the new store?