The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

November 16, 2008

Another Look Into the Old Bellevue Safeway

Filed under: Bellevue, History, shopping — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 11:22 pm


Boys Not Sacked, Girls Just Bag It (Click for a larger version)

 Here’s another interesting item that I came across some time ago when doing research in the microfilmed Bellevue American archives, but my first attempt to get photos came out blurry, so I had to make a second attempt to grab it.  This is an article which came from a November 1969 edition of the Bellevue American (unfortunately, I forgot to note the exact date) talking about three Bellevue High School students who were working as bag girls at the old Safeway in downtown Bellevue.  In this day and age, when we shop at the grocery store we generally don’t give more than a passing thought to who happens to be bagging our groceries at the checkout line, but apparently back in 1969 this task was generally delegated to boys, and it was apparently unusual enough to see girls bagging groceries to warrant a newspaper story.  I don’t know if any of the three girls pictured here are still around the area (and even if they were, I suspect they’d be married with different last names,) but they’d be nearly sixty years old by now. 

The text of the news article these photos came from has been placed after the jump.



  1. Nice find – thank goodness that we’ve progressed beyond that being a story.

    I have a lot of memories of that Safeway, but do not miss it at all.

    Comment by Joe "" Kennedy — November 16, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

  2. Brian, when you get the chance, you must visit the Bothell Safeway. It may be the last of it’s kind in the Seattle area. It will be gone soon; after ten years they’re finally building a new one up the road and according to the county, the building will be demolished to extend main street to the library!

    Comment by Colin H. — November 17, 2008 @ 10:28 am

  3. I know of at least one other still operating 1960s Safeway in the area (in Renton, although the original Marina storefront has been remodeled into oblivion) and several former locations that have been repurposed (there’s the Michael’s Toyota in Bellevue next to I-90, and I just found out this weekend about one on Mercer Island which appears to be in use as some sort of storage facility, which I’ll be posting on a bit later.)

    Comment by Brian Lutz — November 17, 2008 @ 10:32 am

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