News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Wanted: Local home for Scout Christmas tree lot

November 4th, 2015 by Mike

Local Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas trees for the past 34 years from the parking lot of the Safeway at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street.

That’s not working this year, writes Bob Brotherson,  Scoutmaster.

“Troop 151 needs a location with power and parking in order to continue with our Tree Lot. The troop uses funds raised to finance their outdoor education program, which includes monthly camp-outs, Boy Scout Summer Camp, long-term camping programs, and community service projects.

“Any help in finding a new location would be great,” writes Brotherson, who needs a location in the next few weeks or he’ll have to cancel the Tree Lot.

“Boy Scout Troop 151 was started in the Maple Leaf neighborhood in 1928,  and has sold Christmas Trees since 1934.”

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Could our Safeway become a "Haggen Northwest Fresh"?

December 20th, 2014 by Mike

(Spoiler alert: Doesn’t look like it.)

Eric emails: “Thought you might be interested in this story. ‘The Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast Safeway may be changing to a locally owned Haggens.'”

He references a story in Friday’s Seattle Times which notes that Haggen, out of Bellingham, “has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestment brought about by the merger of Safeway and Albertsons announced in March.

For the last three years, Haggen has been remodeling the remaining Haggen and Top Food stores to highlight its ties to the Pacific Northwest by rebranding the stores as Haggen Northwest Fresh.

“Our Pacific Northwest grocery-store chain has been committed to local sourcing, investing in the communities we serve, and providing genuine service and homemade quality since it was founded in 1933,” John Caple, chairman of the Haggen board and partner at Comvest, said in a statement. “We will continue our focus on sourcing and investing locally even with this exciting expansion.”

However, “our” Safeway – yes,the one with the murals of Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Roosevelt in its underground parking garage – is neither on Haggen’s store acquisition list nor  its map of stores to be converted to Haggen from either Safeway or Albertsons.

The closest potential new Haggen stores are the current Safeway in Shoreline (15332 Aurora Ave. N.) and the current Albertsons in Lake Forest Park (17171 Bothell Way N.E.).

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Could our Safeway become a “Haggen Northwest Fresh”?

December 20th, 2014 by Mike

(Spoiler alert: Doesn’t look like it.)

Eric emails: “Thought you might be interested in this story. ‘The Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast Safeway may be changing to a locally owned Haggens.'”

He references a story in Friday’s Seattle Times which notes that Haggen, out of Bellingham, “has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestment brought about by the merger of Safeway and Albertsons announced in March.

For the last three years, Haggen has been remodeling the remaining Haggen and Top Food stores to highlight its ties to the Pacific Northwest by rebranding the stores as Haggen Northwest Fresh.

“Our Pacific Northwest grocery-store chain has been committed to local sourcing, investing in the communities we serve, and providing genuine service and homemade quality since it was founded in 1933,” John Caple, chairman of the Haggen board and partner at Comvest, said in a statement. “We will continue our focus on sourcing and investing locally even with this exciting expansion.”

However, “our” Safeway – yes,the one with the murals of Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Roosevelt in its underground parking garage – is neither on Haggen’s store acquisition list nor  its map of stores to be converted to Haggen from either Safeway or Albertsons.

The closest potential new Haggen stores are the current Safeway in Shoreline (15332 Aurora Ave. N.) and the current Albertsons in Lake Forest Park (17171 Bothell Way N.E.).

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Liquor sales coming next week to a grocery near you

May 23rd, 2012 by Mike

You might have seen the changes at Safeway – wine being shoved aside or restocked, with stacks of liquor under wraps nearby.

The wraps come off a week from Friday, on June 1.

“Starting June 1st check out our hot prices on a large selection of liquor,” according to a mailing Safeway sent out earlier this month. The nearest stores, on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 75th Street, and at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street, both have liquor displays ready to unveil.

The QFC at Roosevelt and Northeast Northgate Way also plans to sell liquor, an employee said.

The nearest state-owned liquor stores, at Northgate and University Village, will close next week.

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WOW! It really is a GRAND reopening

November 11th, 2010 by Mike

There’s still an hour and a half left of the neighborhood grand opening party at the Pinehurst Safeway, but if you want to grab some of the great coupon deals – including 10 percent off tonight only – go now.

There are literally hundreds of people at the store, 12318 15th Ave N.E. Traffic is jammed; we had to park on a side street several blocks away. Choirs and bands are playing, the radio station Star 101.5 is broadcasting, and you have to wait for a cart. Tonight’s sale ends at 8 p.m.

Did I mention the coupon deals really are great? The “official” opening in the morning is accompanied by a 12-hour sale, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Safeway’s grand (re)opening this afternoon

November 11th, 2010 by Mike

The Safeway in Pinehurst, one of the three closest supermarkets to Maple Leaf, reopens quietly at 4 p.m. today after being closed for a massive remodeling.

The “official” grand opening ceremony is tomorrow, Friday Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. But the public can start shopping – and picking up “fabulous” coupon books at the door, this afternoon.

The Safeway, at 12318 15th Ave N.E, closed last February for a top-to-bottom remodel that resulted in the corporation’s first “green” store inspired by the community:

Features of the “green” store result from ideas, priorities from the community. The store design will be Safeway’s first Craftsman-style design, including a community indoor-outdoor fireplace.

In addition the store has grown from 27,000 square feet, as it’s been since 1965, to 50,000 square feet, and now includes a Starbucks.

Oh, and about those coupons. Neighborhood residents will find the Safeway to the south, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street, will accept them all as well.

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Safeway's grand (re)opening this afternoon

November 11th, 2010 by Mike

The Safeway in Pinehurst, one of the three closest supermarkets to Maple Leaf, reopens quietly at 4 p.m. today after being closed for a massive remodeling.

The “official” grand opening ceremony is tomorrow, Friday Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. But the public can start shopping – and picking up “fabulous” coupon books at the door, this afternoon.

The Safeway, at 12318 15th Ave N.E, closed last February for a top-to-bottom remodel that resulted in the corporation’s first “green” store inspired by the community:

Features of the “green” store result from ideas, priorities from the community. The store design will be Safeway’s first Craftsman-style design, including a community indoor-outdoor fireplace.

In addition the store has grown from 27,000 square feet, as it’s been since 1965, to 50,000 square feet, and now includes a Starbucks.

Oh, and about those coupons. Neighborhood residents will find the Safeway to the south, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street, will accept them all as well.

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Mobile mammography coming to neighborhood Safeway

October 7th, 2010 by Mike

The mobile “MammoVan” for breast cancer screening is coming to the Safeway at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street next Monday, Oct. 11.

Sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the van offers all-digital mammography. The cost is covered by most insurance plans.

Can’t make that date? For a schedule of this month’s Safeway appearances, click here.

For a story about the MammoVan and its partnership with Safeway by our news partners The Seattle Times, click here. Here’s a piece of the story:

There are plenty of reasons why women don’t get mammograms: money, hassle, difficulty taking time away from work or family.

Safeway Chief Executive Steve Burd is hoping that his company’s investment in a state-of-the-art mobile digital mammography van will wipe out those excuses and increase early cancer detection. In the long run, he and other business leaders believe such preventive measures will help control health-care costs.

For a brochure about the program, click here. To make an appointment, call 206-288-7800.

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Maple Leaf art

August 22nd, 2010 by Mike

Spotted on the side of a not-too-dirty car at the Safeway, Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street.

We believe it to be a bear. (Older residents might recall Kilroy.)

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Bank robber hits credit union inside Roosevelt Safeway

June 25th, 2010 by Mike

Police are looking for the bank robber who held up the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union inside the Safeway store at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street last Friday.

Officers said a man walked up to the teller window at the store, 7300 Roosevelt Way N.E., about 5:30 p.m. on June 18. He handed the teller a note stating “this is a robbery,” according to police reports.

The robber took cash from the teller, and he took his note back, too, the report indicates. “There was no evidence left behind by the suspect.”

We’ve asked the FBI for more information and a copy of the bank’s surveillance photo.

A different robber, the “F-Bomb Bandit” who turned out to be a 16-year-old girl, robbed the Alaska credit union inside the  QFC up the street at 11100 Roosevelt Way N.E. in February. Two months ago Seattle Police arrested a man suspected of being the “Grim Reaper Bandit” shortly before midnight outside that QFC, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Both the Maple Leaf Pharmacy and Reckless Video in Maple Leaf were robbed late last year by a man who police said wanted drugs.

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