Bel Air Safe­way to re­open 10 months af­ter col­lapse

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - — Erika But­ler, Bal­ti­more Sun Media Group

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.

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