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A shopper at takes advantages of the sales prices at Safeway's Watergate location. The grocery store, which opened in 1966, closed earlier this year. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Major employers

Safeway

Safeway already has 111 stores in the Washington area and it has plans to build at least three more: two in Northwest D.C. and another in Wheaton. All three stores will be part of larger mixed-use projects. The grocery chain is also building up its health care and wellness programs. Safeway began selling Open Nature, a line of natural foods that are free of additives and preservatives, at the beginning of 2011. In September, it created a chief medical officer position and began offering flu vaccines at its stores.

Trivia

According to the company's corporate history, Merrill Lynch formed a holding company and acquired the assets of Safeway Stores, Inc. in 1926. The new company was incorporated in Maryland. At year end, Safeway was operating 766 stores and was one of the first companies to offer cash-and-carry service.

http://www.safeway.com

Chairman, president and CEO: Steven A. Burd

Employees (local): 180,000 (10,700)

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