Safeway is coming to Central Florida as part of the merger with competing West Coast grocer Albertsons.
The area's lone Albertsons supermarket in Altamonte Springs will be converted to Safeway by early spring, along with two other stores in Florida.
The Altamonte Springs store is located on S.R. 436 just east of Altamonte Mall.
Safeway is committing $10 million to remodeling the three stores, also in Largo and Oakland Park, which will include adding a Starbucks location in each of the supermarkets.
"When complete, our new Safeway locations will have contemporary décor packages, new digital signs and menu boards, a natural/organic zone and living well products," said Albertsons Cos. Houston division president Sidney Hopper in a statement. "The stores will also feature expanded specialty foods selections, more local products, expanded floral and wine areas, enhanced food service offerings and new Starbucks in each location."
Albertsons was once a strong presence in Central Florida but pulled out almost its entire local presence in 2012, shuttering six stores.
It now faces steep competition from leaders Publix, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie, as well as a growing number of specialty grocers. Whole Foods Market is opening a store just a few blocks west in Altamonte Springs next week.
Safeway, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, is the nation's second largest supermarket chain after Kroger. It's a dominant presence on the West Coast and a player throughout the Central states, but has barely any presence in the Southeast or East Coast.