What’s Next for a Empty Safeway Store in Downtown Bethesda?

Property manager says she’d adore another grocer to franchise a space

Safeway during Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue

Safeway during Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue


Former congregation of a sealed Safeway grocery store nearby a dilemma of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda are inspired for information about what’s entrance to fill a empty space.

Jean Cleary, a comparison skill manager for Polinger Co., that owns a building that housed a store, pronounced she gets a doubt “a thousand times a day.” She doesn’t nonetheless have an answer.

“We are actively posterior tenants,” she pronounced Tuesday.

Although there has been some seductiveness in a roughly 42,000-square-foot store, no one has committed to leasing it, according to Cleary.

The Safeway that assigned a space for about 27 years sealed in mid-March since it was underperforming, according to a orator for a grocery company.

Cleary pronounced Polinger would like to reinstate a Safeway with another grocery store though is open to any reside that would work for a bustling Bethesda corner. While Safeway’s franchise doesn’t run out until a year’s end, Cleary pronounced a new user could pierce in before then.  

The sealed Safeway sits during a travel turn of a mixed-use building that also includes a Bethesda Place Apartments, Cleary said.

Other grocery stores in Bethesda embody a Safeway on Bradley Boulevard, Harris Teeter on Battery Lane, Giant on Arlington Road and Trader Joe’s on Wisconsin Avenue.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached during bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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