Safeway – Denver, CO

One of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, Safeway Inc. has a strong track record of expansion and acquisition with more than 1,600 stores in the U.S. and Canada. By 1999, the company had outgrown its Denver-area distribution facility, so Safeway began looking for a firm to design and build a new refrigerated warehouse.

The Safeway team had already invested substantially in a well-planned design, but the budget and timing for the project just weren’t working out. Safeway talked to Tippmann and became confident that Tippmann’s specialized expertise and local relationships could give them an outstanding facility in spite of the obstacles — a tight time frame amid a boomtown market.

The new 135,000 square foot facility is located on Safeway’s distribution campus, adjacent to their existing facility, and features a modern, state-of-the-art computer-controlled refrigeration system. Arnie Collins, P.E. for Safeway notes, “We wanted to establish a long-term relationship with a company that demonstrated greater sophistication and expertise in this area, and that’s what we were able to accomplish with Tippmann.”

Facility Highlights:

  • 135,000 square foot distribution center
  • Computer-controlled refrigeration system