In the works for over seven years, the plans to overhaul and supersize the outdated Sunnyside Safeway at 625 Monterey Boulevard could finally be approved this week. As proposed, the store will be expanded from 19,000 to 45,000 square feet, building across the store’s existing surface parking lot and adding parking upon the roof.
The expansion project will incorporate a pharmacy, the first in the neighborhood commercial area, and new departments will include meat and seafood, floral, a bakery and an organic produce section.
Additionally, a Starbucks kiosk will be incorporated inside the store if the formula retailer is approved.
And while the store currently closes at midnight, Safeway is requesting permission to eventually stay open until 2am, a point of contention between the immediate neighbors and neighborhood and which will be open to debate.