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Bartell Drugs and Safeway announce new stores in Snoqualmie Ridge

Jul. 8th, 2016, 5:00 pm - Jul. 8th, 2017, 6:00 pm

For immediate release: June 24, 2106


BELLEVUE, WA — June 24, 2016 — As site work begins on Ridge Plaza, the new grocery anchored retail center located in Snoqualmie, Washington, Safeway and Bartell Drugs have announced that they will be the primary tenants in the center at Douglas Avenue and Snoqualmie Parkway. Safeway and Bartells anticipates their stores will open in mid-summer, 2017.

EDG Commercial Real Estate is the owner and developer of Ridge Plaza. Tom Erlandson, President, says, “After 3 years of hard work and extraordinary cooperation with the City of Snoqualmie, EDG is thrilled to be delivering this project to the community where we work and live. The commitments made by Safeway and Bartells to this project insures we will have the premier grocer and drug store in the Pacific Northwest anchoring our project for years to come. Our grand opening in the summer of 2017 will be a true celebration for the City of Snoqualmie.”

“The addition of a 43,000-square-foot grocery store, food establishments, and 15,000-square-foot drug store will further serve Snoqualmie’s growing population, which is now over 13,000,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “Not only will these new businesses help meet the needs of our residents, but the boost in sales tax will help support and protect our local City services.”

The Safeway store’s exterior, designed by Fuller Sears architects, will reflect the aesthetic theme of Snoqualmie Ridge. The store interior will boast wall-to-wall specialty departments, including a Starbucks with a light-filled seating area and an indoor/outdoor fireplace, full-service deli with a fresh sushi bar, expanded wine department with premier selections, and full service meat, bakery and floral departments. Safeway will also be including its top tier produce department, abundant with organic and local fruits and vegetables.

The new store will employ 125-150 people, and will be seeking applicants for full-time and part-time position two months before it opens its doors.

Safeway will also construct a 6 pump fuel station with the store.

Bartell Drug’s new store will feature a selection of thousands of popular health, beauty and lifestyle products, and a convenient drive-through pharmacy window. It will also continue Bartell’s commitment of offering locally-made products, including Theo Chocolates, Sahale Snacks, and Oberto Jerky, as well as a wide variety of local microbrews and Washington wines.

“Bartell Drugs is excited by the opportunities presented by this store opening,” states Bartell Drugs President and CEO, Brian Unmacht. “The new Snoqualmie Ridge location will continue our unique blend of expert pharmacy services along with a great selection of local products.”

Bartell Drugs currently operates more than 20 stores serving customers on the Eastside. With a total of 64 stores in the region, it is the oldest family-owned drugstore in the country.

About Safeway
Safeway is part of Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is dedicated to helping people across the country live better lives. In 2015 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave more than $270 million in food and financial support to the more than 2,200 communities it serves, improving the lives of millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities, and veterans outreach. Albertsons Companies is committed to making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

About EDG Commercial Real Estate:
EDG Commercial Real Estate is a real estate development company, headquartered in the City of Snoqualmie, with successful biotech, office and retail developments throughout the Western United States.

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Media Contacts:

Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or

Sara Osborne, Senior Communications Manager, Safeway and Albertsons, 425-201-6475 or

Tom Erlandson, President, EDG Commercial Real Estate, 206-264-4595 or


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