Poll: Belmont Safeway.....Time For a Remodel?

The Safeway store on El Camino Real in Belmont is exploring a comprehensive remodel.


For those of us who have been around a while, it seems like the at 1100 El Camino Real is still a fairly "new."

But at his State of the City address last week, outlined a few potential future Belmont projects, and Safeway was at the top of the list.

The store is exploring a potential comprehensive remodel, including a revised site plan, enlarged the store, additional podium or rooftop parking, additional retail shops on the site, and a public plaza area.

What to you think about the possible expansion of the Belmont Safeway store? Tell us in today's poll.

Marc Abrams May 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Agreed that a remodel would be great, but the Safeway at 2100 Ralston Ave (at Alameda de las Pulgas), is in much worse condition. On top of that, the whole Carlmont shopping center is falling apart and needs to be completely redone. For example, the floors at Lunardi's are falling apart and the aisles are not wide enough to fit two carts side by side (and when they are restocking produce, no space at all!) The rest of that shopping center needs to be done from the ground up. The stores look like a strong gust of wind will blow them all down... a huff and a puff and ...woosh, gone!
Belmont Parent May 17, 2012 at 05:50 AM
No on remodel and expansion on the Safeway on El Camino. Yes on remodel of the Safeway on Alameda / El Camino.
Sherri Garoutte May 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Agree the Safeway at Ralston/Alameda is much more in need of some re-doing. Also agree the Safeway on El Camino still seems new to me! Guess we've been around here awhile :-)
Steve Hayes May 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
FYI - the Plan I heard involved closing the store on the Alameda - a remodel of that store is not on the plate. One giant store will replace the two that now exist. What do people think of giant stores?, personally I do not favor them since I do not go to the store for exercise. However, our "downtown" will never be much the way it is currently configured.
Brian Logan May 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
If you think that Safeway needs a remodel, you should visit the ones in Mountain View? It's a quick trip back to the 1950s. They are horrible stores.
Donna Ruk May 17, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Wow! It seems like just yesterday that the store was built. I am not sure about parking. The lot now is too small for the store. At times the traffic is a complete nightmare. I can not believe that the city would allow parking on the roof!! That would be very out of place for this area. The area is surrounded by homes, small businesses, and small two story buildings a huge building with parking on top would be out of scale for the area. It would bring more traffic on Ralston just what we don't need! I think the people who live in the area need more information about the project. This could really effect the quality of life for people who live in the area.
Kris May 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Anyone familiar with the huge Safeway project in Burlingame can see where this is headed, sounds very similar. Check it out and see if this is what we want in Belmont...I think not! KB
Paul B. May 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The store at Ralston and Alameda is in dire need of a complete remodel the one at El Camino just needs to incorporate the surrounding stores and parking correctly perhaps under ground parking is the answer, it definately needs larger Veggie & Fruit aisles. The barn at Alameda & Ralston needs so much I don't know where to begin, parking, the structure, traffic flow etc.
Pearl May 18, 2012 at 03:15 AM
No, on remodeling the Safeway at Ralston and El Camino. And, does anyone know the name of the new owner of the "Walgreens" shopping center at Ralston and El Camino? My neighbor told me it has recently been sold, and that the new owner wants to build a "Sequoia Station" type shopping center there. NOT, PLEASE!!!!! : (
Will S. May 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I agree with Steve that if they improve the one on El Camino, the one on Alameda will likely close.


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