Safeway to add, remodel Carrs stores

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The operators of the state’s largest grocery chain, Carrs Quality Centers, have started renovation projects at several Anchorage stores with plans to upgrade statewide stores in future years.

Safeway Inc.’s plans for upgrades include about 28 locations as well as a replacement store in South Anchorage, said Glenn Peterson, district manager for Anchorage, Wasilla, Ketchikan and Juneau.

"We’re going to touch virtually every store in Alaska in the next two to three years," he said.

Safeway plans to build the new store at 88th Avenue and Abbott Road, replacing its Dimond Boulevard and Old Seward Highway location. The new store will measure 64,000 square feet, compared with the current store’s 40,000 square feet, and be just slightly smaller than the Huffman Road store in Anchorage, Peterson said.

Construction could begin by spring, and Peterson hopes to open the replacement store by the holidays.

The new Carrs store will be built a few blocks away from competitor Fred Meyer’s new Abbott Road store, scheduled to open next month.

Currently, Safeway is remodeling its store in Eagle River and the Jewel Lake store in Anchorage, he said. Work is scheduled to begin next month at the Carrs store on DeBarr Road in Anchorage, he said. Later this year renovations will begin at two other Anchorage stores, at Huffman Road and Gambell Street, plus in Wasilla and Ketchikan, Peterson said. The Juneau store renovations could begin early next year, he said.

Upgrades vary by store and include altering store layouts, adding new freezers, equipment and fixtures, and incorporating changes like a new food court area, he said.

Peterson would not say what the projects cost, including the new store. However, Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch during an Anchorage Economic Development Corp. forecast luncheon listed $7 million for Carrs renovations.

According to Peterson, who had worked for Carrs 25 years, the renovations show Safeway’s commitment to its stores in the state.

"They are definitely excited about the Alaska market."

01/21/2002 - 8:00pm