Albertsons spent $2.4 million to convert its store at 19500 Highway 99 into a Safeway. A grand re-opening is planned Wednesday. (Jim Davis / HBJ)

Albertsons spent $2.4 million to convert its store at 19500 Highway 99 into a Safeway. A grand re-opening is planned Wednesday. (Jim Davis / HBJ)

Albertsons converts Lynnwood store into Safeway

LYNNWOOD — A celebration is planned Wednesday for the conversion of a long-time Albertsons grocery store into a Safeway.

Albertsons merged with Safeway in 2015 and the company decided to rebrand the store at 19500 Highway 99 into a Safeway.

The remodel cost $2.4 million. The store never shut down during the remodel and the company plans to hold the party to thank “customers for their loyalty and patience during the remodel,” said Tairsa Worman, a Safeway spokeswoman in an email.

Customers will continue access to brands that they could buy when the store was an Albertsons, but also have access to all of Safeway’s premium brands such as O Organics and Open Nature, she said.

The remodel includes an expanded produce department, an expanded wine and spirits department and a renovated Starbucks kiosk with added seating.

The grand re-opening is planned for 8 a.m. Wednesday. Safeway will give free groceries to a 100 randomly selected shoppers as well as reusable bags and slices of cake. The store will also honor the Lynnwood Boys & Girls Club and the Edmonds School District’s Nourishing Program.

The store employs 100 people and is managed by Dave Hayes, who has been with the company more than 39 years.

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