The humble Safeway in the Outer Richmond hears the siren call of expansion! Richmond SF blog says the city's favorite nonorganic chain retailer bought the lot at Fulton and La Playa a couple years ago, and have been drawing up their plans for expansion ever since. Those plans would have the Safeway grow outward from its current seat in the middle of its parking lot moat — more or less covering the parking lot entirely while doubling square footage of the store (the parking lot space to the north of the store would remain untouched, to be sold to a residential developer when the economy picks up steam again). The store would then add an entire level of parking underground. The beachside Safeway 2.0 is meant to draw material and design inspiration from the the Cliff House and Beach Chalet, as well as Mendocino's Sea Ranch for "attractive yet durable materials." Plans may also include space for smaller, local retailers on the Fulton Street side of the building.
· Safeway shares plans for La Playa store expansion [Richmond SF]