The Auburn Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South reopened at 5 a.m. Monday (June 22) after repairs were completed on the store’s roof.
The roof partially collapsed May 15 and had remained closed until this week.
Nobody was injured by the collapse, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority. Crews reported the collapse was about 10 feet by 50 feet and had occurred in the stocking area. Puget Sound Energy helped to restore utilities.
“The sheetrock ceiling in the backroom of the store failed, and its destruction impacted all utilities in the store,” a Safeway spokesperson said at the time.
The store had been expected to be closed for several days, but obviously, days turned into weeks and more than a month.
Because of the closure, city staff worked with other grocery stores in town to coordinate and added operating hours and staff to help with increased customer demands.