Safeway has officially announced that it will be returning to Bellingham this fall.
The company is investing $13 million in remodeling the former Cost Cutter building at Sunset Square as well as putting in a six island fueling station in the northwest corner of Sunset Drive and James Street, near Starbucks.
Construction is expected to begin in May, with an opening planned for either October or November, according to a company news release.
The new store will have 67,000 square feet of space, allowing the company to include all of its specialty departments. This includes a scratch bakery, fresh deli, wine department, an organic and natural foods section, a Starbucks kiosk and a pharmacy.
Safeway also plans to offer several specialty categories, including gluten-free products, humane-certified options, grass-fed beef and local products. It will also have a gathering place with seating and free WiFi.
The pharmacy, which is currently in operation next door to the soon-to-be-remodeled store, will remain open during construction.
This story will be updated.