Bel Air Safeway to reopen 10 months after collapse
More than 10 months after it closed in January when its roof collapsed under more than 30 inches of snow, the Safeway store in Bel Air’s Brierhill Shopping Center is scheduled to reopen today. “It has not been smooth,” said Shawn Dekker, Safeway construction manager. “In the beginning after the collapse, every time we’d take something down, we’d find more structural damage.” Dekker said crews found damage that required structural upgrades, new exterior walls, a new ceiling grid and tile, and other improvements. Ultimately, the company remodeled the entire store, which cost about $7 million. The finished store includes updated decor, new signage, expanded departments and new equipment. The Brierhill location is Safeway’s only Harford County store. “They’ve turned it into a beautiful new store for the community,” said Beth Goldberg, senior manager of community and public affairs for Safeway Inc.’s Eastern Division.