Then & Now: Safeway grocery store

With several hundred people anxiously awaiting, the new
Safeway store on North Burlington was officially opened
Dec. 8, 1965, when Miss Nebraska Karen Hansmeier cut the
ribbon. From left are: P.K. Hendrix, division manager; Stan
Hopkins,store manager; Hansmeier; and Elmer Harder, public
relations director.

Then: The Safeway grocery store chain built a $200,000 structure at 611 N. Burlington Ave. in 1965 to combine two Hastings locations into one. The 23,000-square-foot structure served as grocery store for nearly 50 years.

Now: Owners locked the doors of the building to customers for the last time Monday and merchandise was transferred to the newly-constructed Russ's Market store to the west. The old Russ's (Safeway) building will be demolished to make way for a parking lot for the new store. Old equipment in the building will be sold or scrapped. The building will need to have asbestos removed before it can be demolished. Steve Richardson, store manager, says the plan is to have that completed by the end of July.

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