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The Washington Post reports that now that Washington, DC, "is undergoing an economic and demographic resurgence, Safeway is at the center of a battle among grocers to cash in on the Washington area’s boom."

According to the story, "At the moment, Safeway is building two new local stores, both with hundreds of apartments on top, and is planning to build or rebuild four stores beginning this year or the next in Alexandria, Rockville, Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville. Another four stores are in the pre-planning stages for redevelopment, and the chain has already made clear to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) that it would like to build a new store at the former site of the Walter Reed hospital, which the District is planning to redevelop.

"Much of this course was plotted in 2005, when Safeway - acknowledging that it had allowed some stores to flag - decided that it would do one of three things with each of its Washington area locations to address new competition: close the store, upgrade it with more offerings or rebuild it altogether."
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