Representatives of the Cupertino Library Foundation Board, Bob Adams and Bev Lenihan, accept a $2,500 grant from Safeway Foundation
Representatives of the Cupertino Library Foundation Board, Bob Adams and Bev Lenihan, accept a $2,500 grant from Safeway Foundation at the grand opening
of Safeway’s mega-store in Cupertino May 1st. The Cupertino Library Foundation was recommended by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce for its
focus on enriching programs and services for the Cupertino Library and the community.

After years of anticipation, Safeway has finally opened at the Homestead Square Shopping Center. The store, at 20620 Homestead Road, held a soft opening May 1 and opened its doors officially May 2 at 8 a.m.

The 55,000-square-foot store is open 24 hours and boasts familiar Safeway amenities, including a bakery, deli, pharmacy and floral, produce, meat, seafood and wine sections. The store also boasts a Signature Cafe and Starbucks. Unique to the store are more Asian, Indian and organic items, as well as 300 different choices of cheese, according to store management.

“It’s a great match,” said Wendy Gutshall, Safeway spokeswoman. “It’s our first store in Cupertino, and we are very happy to be here. It has great proximity to surrounding businesses and De Anza College.”

The May 1 soft opening also featured the Safeway Foundation donating $2,500 to the Cupertino Library Foundation.

Cupertino Library FoundationSafeway officials, store management and Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong offered a few remarks. Safeway will fill a recent shopping void in the city.

Cupertino has been left without a traditional large-scale supermarket in the city limits since the PW Market saw all of its chains close in August 2010 and the Lucky on De Anza Boulevard closed in 2012. The Lucky site is now home to a 99 Ranch Market.

The new Safeway could also be the new go-to shopping destination for some residents in southern Sunnyvale. According to the Sunnyvale city manager’s April 7 blog, the Safeway store on Hollenbeck Avenue is scheduled to close in early summer, leaving Sunnyvale with three Safeway stores, all of which are located on El Camino Real. Homestead Square Shopping Center is located at the southwest corner of De Anza Boulevard and Homestead Road.

The center is wrapping up its first renovation in 40 years, which began in 2010. When the makeover was pitched to Cupertino elected officials, developers from Sobrato Organization planned to knock down more than 95,000 square feet of space to build up 147,709 square feet for its tenants, including four new commercial satellite buildings and three new major tenant spaces.

Safeway now anchors the middle of the shopping center, with a new-look Michaels arts and crafts store nearby. A new Rite Aid was also constructed on the site and sits along Homestead Road. The former T.J. Maxx at the center moved into the old Mervyn’s building at the Cupertino Crossroads Shopping Center in spring 2012.