New Safeway location to open along Jasper Avenue in the fall

The store will include a bakery, meat and seafood, a deli and a floral department.

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Edmontonians in the Jasper Avenue area will have another place to grocery shop this fall.

Sobeys announced Monday that a 25,000 square-foot Safeway will be opening at Jasper Avenue and 122 Street. Construction of the company’s 22nd store in the Edmonton area is already underway.

The store will include a bakery, meat and seafood, a deli and a floral department. Sobeys didn’t confirm if it would house a Starbucks.

Scott Chollak, Sobeys’ vice president of operations in Alberta, said in an email statement that providing a convenient way for residents in the area to shop was a key motivator for the store’s location.

“Although the location is at the core of a major urban centre, the area around this store is in many ways a small neighbourhood,” he said. “Many customers in the community walk to their local grocery store. The store is located on Jasper Ave, a key corridor in and out of the city core. This area has long-held confidence and awareness of the Safeway brand, and is an excellent location for our full-service Safeway urban concept.”

The store appears to be going in at the former site of the natural-foods retailer Planet Organic, which closed all four of its Edmonton locations in March last year.

The last time Safeway opened a store in the area was at the Sherwood Park Mall on April 28, 2017.

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