New Marczyk market coming to former Safeway storefront in Southmoor Park

It will anchor that troubled Happy Canyon shopping center.

Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 E. 17th Ave., fired up the grill outside on an unseasonably warm February Day. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 E. 17th Ave., fired up the grill outside on an unseasonably warm February Day. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Marczyk Fine Foods, the urban neighborhood market known for its distinct redbrick storefronts, will open its third location and expand beyond central Denver.

A release from the company said co-founder and CEO Pete Marczyk signed a lease for a new store in the Happy Canyon Shopping Center in Southmoor Park — the one Tony’s Market had planned to take over but did not, following the property owners’ trouble with the law. The store will be located in the southwest corner of the former Safeway building at 4950 E Hampden Ave.

The vacant Safeway on Hampden Avenue near I-25 is undergoing renovations on Aug. 28, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The vacant Safeway on Hampden Avenue near I-25 is undergoing renovations on Aug. 28, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The move will broaden the company’s footprint in the city. It currently operates shops on East Colfax and 17th avenues. The new storefront marks the second time the company will take over a former Safeway site: The Marczyk’s on Colfax was an adapted Safeway building from the 1930s, according to the release.

“It is certainly new territory for Marczyk’s to locate in the suburbs, but we have been pioneers since the beginning,” COO Paul Marczyk said in the release. “The 17th Avenue location was a little ahead of the neighborhood, and Colfax — that was certainly something fresh for the street. The team is excited for the opportunities.”

The release said design and construction of the project will be managed by Denver-based Sprung Construction and Tryba Architects. The new store is slated to open in late 2020.

 

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