Safeway buys 32-acre site for second Kingman store

Safeway has purchased a 32-acre site off Stockton Hill Road and Gordon Drive and plans to open its 89th Arizona store at the location sometime in 2002, a company official said.

Escrow closed on Thursday for the site, said Dave Hollingsworth, a real estate broker who represented the Nagel estate and the Voit family, the property owners.

"It's a major accomplishment for the city of Kingman to get Safeway to do one of their superstores here," Hollingsworth said.

"They attract other major users.

It will be a step in the other direction for obtaining new shopping."

Safeway plans to build a superstore covering about 12 acres and sell the remainder of the site to a developer who will bring in other businesses, according to Debra Albery, public relations director at Safeway's Arizona headquarters in Tempe.

The supermarket chain plans to keep open its existing store, which opened in 1974 at a shopping center at Stockton Hill Road and Detroit Avenue.

But since it will open an additional store in Kingman, Safeway will not build a store in Golden Valley because it would be too close to the new store site, Albery said.

She declined to discuss whether Safeway was negotiating on a Golden Valley site, saying, "We don't comment unless we have deals."

Safeway decided to open a second store in Kingman because the existing store does well and the company believes the population is big enough to support two stores, Albery said.

The company selected the Stockton Hill Road/Gordon location because of its convenience to nearby residences and the price of the property, Albery said.

Neither Albery nor Hollingsworth would disclose the sale price.

Albery said she has no idea when construction on the store will start.

The superstore will cover 55,000 square feet and employ 120 full- and part-time workers, compared with 37,000 square feet and 90 employees at the existing store.

"The store that we have currently (in Kingman) is one of our smaller stores," she said.

The Phoenix division oversees 88 stores in Arizona and one in Gallup, N.M., with the closest superstore located in Fort Mojave.

"It would have similar departments but a lot more space than currently in our (smaller) stores, and, therefore, a wider selection," she said.

Once the store is built, Safeway will sell the excess property to a developer who will develop the rest of the shopping center, Albery said.

When completed, the shopping center will cover 374,000 square feet and be the largest in Kingman.

The city council gave the green light to Voit on March 15, 1999, by voting 6-0 to rezone the property from rural residential to commercial, service business.

At the time, the Voit Development Co.

of Woodland Hills, Calif., planned a shopping center with major anchors such as a supermarket, a home improvement center, a multi-screen cinema as well as five restaurant pads.

Since then, Hollingsworth has been trying to line up tenants for the shopping center.

He said Safeway officials first looked at the property about a year ago.

"We have negotiations taking place all the time on new stores throughout the state," Albery said.

"We have been doing seven or eight new stores a year, and that keeps the real estate department (of Safeway) very busy."