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Mid-Century Modern Safeway Supermarkets (page 1)

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former Safeway sign
Independence, MO
former Safeway
sign [gone]
Mission, KS
former Safeway
Kansas City, KS

Safeway
Gunnison, CO
Safeway [gone]
Monte Vista, CO
Safeway
Chadron, NE
Safeway [gone]
Spokane, WA
Safeway [gone]
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 was probably from the 1960s or 1970s. By 2018, the panels were replaced with modern "Safeway Bakery & Deli" panels.

This Safeway parking sign in Chadron is still there. The building has been remodeled. [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 was nothing special but this sign appeared to be vintage. This photo is from 2015. By 2018, the building had been demolished and the sign was gone.

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

The Safeway buildings shown on the following pages were built in the "Marina" style, named after San Francisco's Marina Boulevard store. That original store was designed by Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons and built in 1959. Variations were later designed by Tod Hart. 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.

These pages are organized alphabetically by state. The last page has some non-Marina style buildings.

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. I believe this store was built in 1967. For more, see this website. [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]

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]