Saturday, April 30, 2016

Albertsons Florida Remodel Updates - April 2016 - Part 2

     Yesterday AFB contributor Ross T. sent in some additional photos of the Largo Albertsons. These pictures were taken within a day or two of when the pictures you saw in the April 2016 Part 1 remodel post were taken, and show a few different perspectives of this store. So, let's take a quick look...

     Some badly faded Albertsons signage still remains on the exterior for the Pharmacy and Liquor stores. By the end of the remodel, this signage should be replaced. At least I hope it would be.

     And going in through that pharmacy entrance we see the remodeled pharmacy counter.

     Ross was pressed for time while he was in here taking these pictures, so please pardon the blurriness in some of these pictures. You can still make out some details in the blurry photos. I believe this is the view from first walking in the main entrance, which leads immediately into the produce department.

     The deli, now in the front right corner after relocating from an island between the grocery aisles and right side wall, which you can see part of off to the left side of this picture. Where the deli is now was originally home to produce cases.

     Looking toward the bakery and beer & wine, which is in the back corner (although some wine was placed next to the cheese display in the foreground of this picture). One of the Safeway Signature signs they have for the bakery here is advertising the "French bread baked in store daily". I don't know if Safeway also had this before the Albertsons acquisition, but Albertsons had a program where they would bake fresh loaves of their house French bread throughout the day, especially in the early evening when people came in for after work shopping. One of the staples of Albertsons' bakery (other than the famous cookies) was that French bread, which I was also a fan of. From the looks of it, the same French bread will be carried over into Safeway. 

     It looks like some bulk foods were added as well.

     These coolers are a part of the new organic department, which you can see a wider view of here. This aisle is the one that used to run along the back of the deli island, and housed the beer coolers. You can see the original configuration here.

     And finally, a look at the new Starbucks up front. It looks like Customer Service has been relocated to an island next to the registers from the front wall as well.

    Thanks again Ross for you continuous updates from the Largo store! As always, AFB will be here to continue covering these remodels as they near their completion.

So until the next time,

The Albertsons Florida Blogger


  1. I bet those "Open During Construction" banners will be some of the last things to make it to Florida holding the Albertsons nameplate... but Safeway is (as I've said, and repeated, lol) looking like a good replacement! Glad to see those chocolate chip cookie bags are staying (as I've read on Acme Style) - they really make me crave the product more than those bland white bags used in the interim. Plus it's good to hear some of the Albertsons staples (such as the French bread) are staying as well - if Safeway can keep everything Albertsons is known for and make it more inviting and modern, I think they'll be successful!

    1. You're probably right about the banners, although now that I think about it, the weekly circulars will probably still say Albertsons until the week before the switch as well. Other than those things, the only other traces of the Albertsons name left are the employee's nametags/uniforms and the POS systems (although those things probably won't switch over to Safeway until the day of or night before the switch is made official). Other than that, the Safeway name is on everything else as of now.

      I've never seen the plain white cookie bags in use in person (although I wasn't in an Albertsons from June 2012 to October 2015 to know if they showed up at any time between then). I feel the purple bags are more attractive to a shopper walking by than the bland white. Back in December, the Altamonte store was still using the original purple bags with the Albertsons logo on it. I hope many of the things the Florida Albertsons were known for are kept after the Safeway switch is made official (the French bread, the cookies, the meats, the deli deals, quirky sales and giveaway promotions, etc.) as they were popular and brought many people into the store. The meats were probably the strongest thing Albertsons Florida had going for it out of all of that, so hopefully Safeway won't mess that up!

  2. They took down the scaffolding this week, revealing the new facade. The banner was removed with the scaffolding, so there is currently no signage in front of the store. I'm guessing the new Safeway signs will be going up soon, especially if the grand opening is later this month.

    The bakery products, including the bread and cookies, are still Albertsons branded. I will keep you posted on whether that continues after the Safeway switch. I will try to return soon to get more (and better) pictured.