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Safeway Hours, Weekly Ad, Best Time to Shop, and Payment Methods

Safeway is the preferred grocery store for many people with tons of great products. It can be tricky navigating the store when it’s busy, though. However, you can have a quick and efficient shopping trip with the right knowledge of Safeway’s hours and the best time to shop.

Most Safeway stores are open every day from 6 am- 11 pm. Safeway generally only closes on Christmas Day and closes early on Christmas Eve at 7 pm. Safeway restocks shelves daily, and the weekly ad runs with new deals from Wednesday through Tuesday. The best time to shop at Safeway is between 6 am and 9 am on Wednesdays.

Keep reading to find out more about how you can have the best shopping experience at Safeway.

What Are Safeway’s Hours?

Most Safeway stores are open from 6 am to 11 pm. However, certain locations may have different hours, so confirm with your local store. Safeway customer service is available seven days a week, from 5 am to 10 pm, or 6 am to 11 pm, depending on the time of year. You can return most items to Safeway stores with a receipt.

Safeway is open for most of the day on nearly every day of the year. The standard store hours at most locations are 6 am to 11 pm.

However, some Safeway stores open earlier or close later. For example, some stores are open from 5 am to 2 pm, and a few select stores are open 24/7.

Safeway’s customer service hours are also quite accommodating. If you need help with anything related to your Safeway purchase or Safeway account, you can contact the Safeway Customer Support Center.

Safeway customer service is located in Phoenix, AZ, so its hours change during Daylight Savings. Customer service representatives are available from 5 am to 10 pm during Daylight Savings and from 6 am to 11 pm after Daylight Savings ends.

If you wish to return an item to Safeway, you can do so as long as you still have your receipt.

You will need to go back to the store from which you purchased the item(s). However, note that alcohol and baby formula cannot be returned, but everything else is generally accepted.

Here is a table displaying typical Safeway hours:

DaySafeway Hours
Monday6 am- 11 pm
Tuesday6 am- 11 pm
Wednesday6 am- 11 pm
Thursday6 am- 11 pm
Friday6 am- 11 pm
Saturday6 am- 11 pm
Sunday6 am- 11 pm

What Are Safeway Holiday Hours?

Safeway is open during regular hours (6 am- 11 pm) on almost every major holiday throughout the year. Safeway generally only closes on Christmas Day. Individual stores can adjust their hours, so some locations may be closed or at reduced hours on other holidays. On Christmas Eve, all Safeway stores close early at 7 pm.

Most Safeway locations are open during regular hours for just about the entire year.

Specifically, Safeway stores are open from 6 am – 11 pm on New Year’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and more.

Of course, individual store managers may choose to close their stores early to celebrate some of these holidays.

On Christmas Eve, Safeway is open from 6 am to 7 pm. This early closing time gives employees some extra time to spend with loved ones on Christmas Eve. On the following day, Christmas Day, most Safeway stores are closed.

Here is a table showing the Safeway hours on major holidays:

HolidaySafeway Hours
New Year’s Day6 am- 11 pm
Good Friday6 am- 11 pm
Easter6 am- 11 pm
Memorial Day6 am- 11 pm
4th of July6 am- 11 pm
Labor Day6 am- 11 pm
Thanksgiving6 am- 11 pm
Black Friday6 am- 11 pm
Christmas Eve6 am- 7 pm
Christmas DayClosed (most locations)
New Year’s Eve6 am- 11 pm

What Are Safeway Pharmacy Hours?

Most Safeway Pharmacies are open from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the Safeway pharmacy is open 9 am- 6 pm and 10 am- 6 pm on Sunday. The Safeway Pharmacy hours vary by location, so check with your local store to confirm.

In general, all Safeway Pharmacies close earlier on the weekends. However, on weekdays, most locations are open late enough so you will have time to pick up a prescription after work.

There are many reasons why you may want to use Safeway Pharmacy. First, Safeway Pharmacy accepts all major insurance plans.

Second, the pharmacy has its own app that customers can use to refill their prescriptions easily.

Finally, the pharmacy is quite accessible because there are so many Safeway locations across the country.

Here is a table to display typical Safeway Pharmacy hours:

DaySafeway Pharmacy Hours
Monday9 am- 9 pm
Tuesday9 am- 9 pm
Wednesday9 am- 9 pm
Thursday9 am- 9 pm
Friday9 am- 9 pm
Saturday9 am- 6 pm
Sunday10 am- 6 pm

What Are Safeway Deli Hours?

The Safeway Deli is open from 7 am to 9 pm every day of the week. You can order a variety of foods from the Safeway deli, including sandwiches, soups, and fried chicken. You can also order many different party trays ahead of time if you are serving a larger crowd. The Safeway Deli also prepares holiday meals for Thanksgiving.

Employees at the Safeway Deli prepare fresh sandwiches and party trays every day. You can browse the Safeway Deli menu online, and most items can be added to your cart for an online pickup or delivery order.

The Safeway Deli sells much more than sandwiches. You can buy the basic deli meats and cheeses, of course. The deli also sells soups, salads, and pizza, made fresh every day. Select locations even sell sushi.

Here is a table displaying the Safeway Deli hours:

DaySafeway Deli Hours
Monday7 am- 9 pm
Tuesday7 am- 9 pm
Wednesday7 am- 9 pm
Thursday7 am- 9 pm
Friday7 am- 9 pm
Saturday7 am- 9 pm
Sunday7 am- 9 pm

Does Safeway Have Senior Hours?

Most Safeway stores do not have senior hours anymore. Senior hours were implemented at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior hours were on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 am to 9 am. Although these hours are no longer designated for seniors, the stores will likely not be busy at those times.

Many grocery stores designated senior hours during which seniors and immunocompromised individuals could shop.

The senior hours provided those at a greater risk of disease to shop without getting too much contact with others.

If you want to shop when stores are less crowded, you can use Google Maps to figure out the best time to shop. Even though anyone can shop at any time now, most people shop later in the day anyways.

Keep on reading to find out exactly how to do this!

When Does Safeway Restock?

Safeway has a universal restocking schedule, and most stores restock their shelves daily between 12 am- 6 am. So if an item is out of stock on a given day, it will likely be back in stock within the next day or two unless there is a shortage.

To have the best selection of items, you should shop when products are likely to be well-stocked, and few people are shopping.

In general, the best time to shop at Safeway is between 6 am- 9 am on Wednesdays. This is because Safeway’s weekly ad also starts running on Wednesdays, and new deals are released.

However, any day will be quiet if you are shopping just after the store opens. You can also shop an hour before closing to avoid the crowds, though many items are likely to be picked over.

A helpful way to determine the best time to shop at your local Safeway is to use Google Maps.

You can search for a Safeway near you and then view a specific location to see the “Popular Times.” Using this feature on Google Maps will help you identify when your store is the least busy.

Does Safeway Have Weekly Ad?

Safeway has a weekly ad featuring the best discounts, including the $5 Friday deals and mix or match deals. However, these offers are only available for shoppers with a Safeway Club Card. Safeway’s weekly ad runs from Wednesday through Tuesday, with new offers every Wednesday.

You must be a member to have the discounts from the weekly ad applied to your order.

To become a Safeway member, you can sign up online or in the store. You can then have the weekly ad emailed to you, and you can also view it online.

In addition to the basic Club Card, you can sign up for the Safeway for U program. When you enroll in Safeway for U, you will earn points as you shop. Then, you can redeem these points for rewards that include free gas and groceries.

If you regularly shop at Safeway, you should definitely sign up for the Safeway for U program!

You can earn points each time you shop and redeem them for great discounts. Then, you can combine those rewards with the special deals from the weekly ad to save even more money.

What Payment Methods Does Safeway Accept?

Safeway accepts credit cards, debit cards, cash, gift cards, personal checks, SNAP/EBT, and mobile payments in stores. If you are shopping at Safeway online, you can only pay with a credit card, debit card, or EBT card. Apple Pay and Google Pay are both accepted at Safeway stores.

You can pay for your groceries with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card. Most debit cards are accepted as well.

If you have an Apple device, you can use Apple Pay at Safeway stores. Android users can also use Google Pay.

Either way, these contactless payment methods can save you some time while checking out at the store.

In addition, gift cards are sold in most Safeway stores. They are usually on shelves by the checkout lanes or near the greeting cards.

Most gift cards can be loaded with a custom amount between $5 and $250. You can pay with a Safeway gift card at over 2,000 locations.


Now you know to make the most out of your time at Safeway. Check out the Safeway weekly ad to find the best deals on your favorite items and have fun exploring all that Safeway has to offer!

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About the Author

Alex Burgess is a registered dietitian and content creator with over two years of experience. She loves sharing nutrition information and has a passion for studying gut health.

During her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends, cooking a new recipe for her family, or watching her dog frolic at the dog park.

November 11, 2022