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Mid-Century Modern Safeway Supermarkets

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former Safeway sign
Independence, MO
former Safeway
sign [gone]
Mission, KS
former Safeway
Kansas City, KS
Safeway
Gunnison, CO
Safeway
Monte Vista, CO
Safeway [gone]
Spokane, WA
Safeway
Coquitlam, BC
Safeway
Vancouver, BC
This former Safeway sign in Independence was reworked for Sun Fresh Market. By 2016, it had been reworked for a Price Chopper store. [map]

This former Safeway in Mission housed a Wild Oats Natural Marketplace until closing in 2007. This sign was adapted by Wild Oats but it was painted black after they left. This photo is from 2010. The sign was removed around 2013.

This former Safeway building and sign in Kansas City were adapted for Christ's Church of the Jesus Hour. [map]

I believe all three of these signs were from the 1960s and would have been accompanied by Marina style stores (see below).

The Safeway sign in Gunnison is probably from the 1960s. This store is still open. [map]

This Safeway parking sign in Monte Vista is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

The Safeway sign in Spokane was abandoned when this photo was taken in 2008. By 2011, it was gone. These signs are extremely rare now. There were others in Redding, CA and Willits, CA, both gone. The only one that I know of that is still in use is at the Market St. location in San Francisco, CA (see below).

This Safeway building in Coquitlam is nothing special but this sign appears to be vintage. [map]

This Safeway building in Vancouver is modern but this sign is from the 1960s. [map]

All of the Safeway buildings shown in the section below were built in the "Marina" style, named after San Francisco's Marina Boulevard store. The design was created by Tod Hart who was responsible for several other Safeway designs. Most of these buildings have been repurposed for other supermarkets or other uses. While there were seemingly hundreds of these stores built, they are becoming much rarer now.

Safeway
San Francisco, CA
This Safeway supermarket on Marina Blvd. was built in 1959 and was the first of this type. The exterior mosaic murals on the east side of the building were created by John Garth. The murals depict food being transported from the four corners of the globe. Garth created murals for three other Safeway stores. For more, see this website. [map]

Safeway
San Francisco, CA
This exterior of this Safeway supermarket has been updated but it still has both Safeway mosaics and the rocky facade. [map]

Safeway
San Francisco, CA
The Market Street Safeway in San Francisco opened in 1954. It is still operating as a Safeway. The building was updated in the Marina style in the 1960s. The building has been updated since then. This tower sign is still the original. [map]

Safeway
Lovelock, NV
This Safeway was built in 1965. The round Safeway signs on the building have been replaced with this more square type. There were also Safeway letters along the roof on the side of the building previously. The sign inside the store and the turntable cash registers appear to be original. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Safeway
Fresno, CA
This former Safeway opened in 1964. This location became the Ventura Market around 1985. Since Ventura and Safeway have the same number of letters, they were simply replaced. Much of the original interior remains. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

former Safeway
Elko, NV
This former Safeway supermarket now houses a CVS Pharmacy. [map]

former Safeway
Red Bluff, CA
This former Safeway supermarket has housed the Tehama County Library since 1986. [map]

former Safeway
Sacramento, CA
This former Safeway supermarket has housed Tognotti's Auto World since the late 1970s. [map]

former Safeway
Salt Lake City, UT
This former Safeway housed a Grand Central supermarket later on. The building now houses the Ken Garff dealership's body shop. The adapted sign looked like this originally. [map]

former Safeway
Wichita, KS
This former Safeway supermarket is now used as the Midtown Community Resource Center. The old Safeway sign is missing. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

former Safeway [gone]
Wheat Ridge, CO
This former Safeway housed the Family Thrift Center when this photo was taken in 2012. In 2014, the building was demolished.

former Safeway
Denver, CO
This former Safeway was behind chain link fencing when this photo was taken in 2012. In 2013, the building was being renovated for a Vitamin Cottage. The store is now going by the name of Natural Grocers. [map]

former Safeway [gone]
Sedalia, MO
This former Safeway supermarket housed a Woods supermarket when this photo was taken in 2006. Woods closed in 2008. The building was demolished in 2013.

former Safeway
Albany, OR
This former Safeway housed a Dollar Store from 2006-2010. The building was still vacant when this photo was taken in 2016. [map]

Safeway
Lakeview, OR
This Safeway was built in 1962. It still had vintage letters on the front of the store in 2009. It has a unique cowboy sign. For more, see this website. [map]

former Safeway
Portland, OR

2008:

2015:
This former Safeway is one of many Marina style buildings left in the Pacific Northwest. This one was built in 1967. In 2013, this became a Hong Phat Food Center. For more, see this website. [map]

former Safeway
Eureka, CA

2008:

2016:
This former Safeway opened in 1966. It featured the original mosaic logo sign on the front of the building until it closed in 2011. Since 2015, the building has housed Shafer's Ace Hardware. For more, see this website. [map]

former Safeway
Anacortes, WA
This former Safeway now houses West Marine boating and fishing supplies. [map]

former Safeway
Kent, WA
This former Safeway now houses a Grocery Outlet. It was built in 1963. The original Benson Center/Safeway sign has been adapted. [map]

former Safeway
Bothell, WA

2008:

2015:
This former Safeway was remarkably well-preserved inside and out in 2008. In 2011, the store closed. It was announced that this building would be demolished since a new location opened nearby. In 2015, the building was still standing and vacant. [map]

Safeway [gone]
Vancouver, BC
This Safeway opened in 1966. Around 2012, the store was demolished and sign removed. Condos and a new Safeway were being built. I don't know of any other locations that still have this style sign. For more, see this website.

Safeway [gone]
Walnut Creek, CA
This Safeway was built in 1965. These photos are from 2014. Around 2016, the building was remodeled for a Whole Foods. For more, see this website.

Safeway
Reedsport, OR
This shopping center and Safeway were built in 1961. [map]

More Mid-Century Modern Safeway Buildings and Signs:
Albany, CA
Millbrae, CA [vintage]
Mount Shasta, CA: 1, 2
Novato, CA
Oakland, CA [gone]
San Francisco, CA
San Mateo, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Stockton, CA
Vallejo, CA
Arvada, CO
Honolulu, HI
Bonners Ferry, ID
Silver Spring, MD: 1, 2
Excelsior Springs, MO
Kansas City, MO
Raytown, MO
Anaconda, MT
Butte, MT
Hamilton, MT
Lincoln, NE [vintage]
Omaha, NE: 1, 2
Omaha, NE [vintage]
Las Vegas, NV
Muskogee, OK
Tulsa, OK
Ashland, OR
Hillsboro, OR
Lake Oswego, OR: 1, 2, 3
Bellevue, WA [gone]
Edmonds, WA: 1, 2
Oak Harbor, WA [vintage]
Olympia, WA: 1, 2 [gone]
Lander, WY
Calgary, AB
Medicine Hat, AB
Winnipeg, MB [gone]
Winnipeg, MB: 1, 2 [sign gone; building repurposed]
unknown location [vintage]

This is just a sampling. If you know of other examples, I'd love to hear about them.