For decades, Safeway and Giant Food have been competitors in the District, but as the companies navigate the thorny process of redeveloping stores in wealthy Northwest neighborhoods, they are looking to the same housing developer: the Bozzuto Group.
Both grocers would like to transform dated stores into mixed-use developments despite sometimes vicious opposition to new development from residents living nearby.
Giant worked for more than a decade — creating one of the region’s longest running development feuds — to win approval to redevelop its Cleveland Park store, at 3336 Wisconsin Ave. NW, before tapping Bozzuto from a wide pool of interested developers last year.
After clearing final legal challenges, the partners broke ground on the $125 million project two weeks ago. Called Cathedral Commons, it encompasses two blocks and is to feature a 56,000-square-foot Giant grocery store, 137 apartments, more than 500 parking spaces and nearly 70,000 square feet of other shops and restaurants.