South San Francisco, CA March 3, 2022
While it’s been a long time in the making, the Safeway Shopping Center on Spruce Avenue and El Camino Real in South San Francisco has finally been demolished after standing vacant for ten years. In 2014, after 7 years of planning, a new development, Centennial Village, was approved by the City Council to be built on this 14.5-acre site. The original shopping center had been built in 1965 and housed White Front, Treasury, Bentwood Markets, Safeway, Ballys, Service Merchandise, Longs, CVS, and other landmarks through the years.
Neighbors have complained for years about the blighted area and lamented the loss of the local Safeway store, yet realized Spruce Avenue, one of two main arteries connecting the east and west side of El Camino, would be heavily impacted with construction at the same time Chestnut Blvd was seeing traffic issues with the building of the new Police Station. Plans for the Centennial Village did not materialize, to the frustration of many. With a change in property ownership, a new plan was approved last December which brought about a lively discussion from our followers HERE.
And while this demolition was a long time in the making, there is a certain passing feeling of nostalgia as we remember the past while moving forward to new beginnings. Lucinda, a former employee at the Longs Store, has shared her desire to see this area rebuilt and recently asked if anyone had current photos. We greatly appreciate ROGER CAIN doing a perimeter walk to capture these photos today.
To see more of Roger’s historical photos on ESC CLICK HERE
To follow the progress of the proposed developments for this site from ESC, please CLICK HERE
The new shopping center will have a new 63,700 square feet Safeway as the anchor store. The shopping center is slated to be completed in the summer of 2023, with more development planned on this site.
To read more about that project please CLICK HERE
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