Store plans to be open by early August
Senior staff writer
Safeway Foods, with one location at Raymond and Shelby streets, is moving into the former Marsh supermarket in Beech Grove with an expected opening early next month.
The announcement came Monday in Beech Grove City Hall with Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Safeway Foods President Brad Cross and Managing Partner Scott Weaver.
Weaver said Safeway already has hired all but two store employees who were out of work when Marsh filed bankruptcy and the Beech Grove site at 1815 Albany St. was closed.
More employees will be sought during a job fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
The building is in good shape, according to Cross, who said all refrigeration units are operational. Safeway could open the store in the first week of August. Daily hours will be from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Buckley emphasized that the city provided no incentives to Safeway but did keep up the parking lot and the property.
Buckley and Hogsett praised Safeway Foods for stepping in and preventing Beech Grove from becoming a food desert.
“This area would have been compromised,” Hogsett stated. “It would have been food insecure for many residents.”
Buckley stated, “Safeway brings quality products at a decent price. We want Safeway to be involved with our schools and pantries.”