Safeway has plans to expand or rebuild many of its stores in the Washington, D.C., area. Currently, four stores are slated for building or rebuilding -- in Alexandria, Va., and Rockville, Upper Marlboro and Hyattsville in Maryland. Four more stores are in the early stages of redevelopment. "There's a lot more choices than there were seven years ago, and the quality has certainly improved with the Harris Teeters and Whole Foods and the Wegmans," said Tim Baker, vice president of real estate at Safeway.

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