From Tom Hay
The word is out that the Safeway store at 1800 20th Street NW will be closing August 7. The location, north of Dupont Circle near the intersection of Connecticut and Florida Avenues, was one of Safeway’s “Townhouse” concept stores.
According to a Washington Business Journal story, the store’s lease was up and the landlord wanted a new tenant despite Safeway’s desire to stay. No word yet on what the plans are for the space. The other Dupont Circle Safeway located at 17th and Corcoran will remain open.
Washingtonians love giving nicknames to their Safeway stores. Locals often referred to the 20th Street location as the “Secret Safeway” due to its inconspicuous location on the ground floor of an office building. The 17th Street store has always been the “Soviet Safeway,” as it has sometimes has long checkout lines and understocked shelves on certain days of the week. The Georgetown store on Wisconsin Avenue earned the name “Social Safeway” years ago due to its well-to-do and high-profile shoppers.