The proposed plan would create a separate business unit for the 14 Haggen stores that today are part of the original Haggen “legacy” store chain, Albertsons says. They would continue to be operated separately from Bellingham under their existing Haggen name along with a legacy Safeway location in Oak Harbor, Washington, that was converted to a Haggen location in 2015. The remaining 14 stores are stores that Haggen acquired from Albertsons in 2015. Following the transaction close, these stores will be transitioned over time back to the Albertsons banner, six of which will be operated by Albertsons’ Seattle division and eight by the Portland division. Antitrust clearance of the acquisition has been obtained. Albertsons expects to close on the transaction in the coming weeks, pending customary legal and bankruptcy court approvals.
“Haggen’s original core group of Pacific Northwest stores set the gold standard in the markets they serve for quality fresh products and exceptional service,” said Albertsons Chairman and CEO Bob Miller. “We are proud to now be associated with this tradition, and want to assure Haggen’s dedicated shoppers that the stores will continue to offer customers the freshest local products available and exceptional service, with the same great employees at the stores.”
Albertsons says it plans to hire substantially all store employees and also honor existing labor agreements to staff the stores.
The following Washington stores will remain part of the standalone business unit operated under the Haggen banner:
• 2814 Meridian, Bellingham
• 757 Haggen Drive, Burlington
• 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway, East Auburn
• 1401 12th Street, Bellingham
• 1313 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia
• 210 36th Street, Bellingham
• 2900 Woburn Street, Bellingham
• 26603 72nd Avenue NW, Stanwood
• 1301 Avenue D, Snohomish
• 1815 Main Street, Ferndale
• 17641 Garden Way NE, Woodinville
• 2601 East Division, Mount Vernon
• 8915 Market Place NE, Lake Stevens
• 3711 88th Street NE, Marysville
The former Safeway store at 31565 SR 20 No. 1 in Oak Harbor, Washington, will continue as part of the Haggen standalone business unit and remain under the Haggen banner.
The following stores will return to the Albertsons divisions and carry the Albertsons banner:
• 1800 NE 3rd Street, Bend, Oregon
• 1675 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon
• 8611 Steilacoom Boulevard SW Tacoma, Washington
• 16199 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego
• 1690 Allen Creek Road, Grants Pass, Oregon
• 61155 S Highway 97, Bend, Oregon
• 14300 SW Barrows Road, Tigard, Oregon (subject to reaching agreement with the landlord)
• 1128 N. Miller, Wenatchee, Washigton
• 450 N. Wilbur Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington
• 3075 Hilyard Street, Eugene, Oregon
• 17171 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, Washington
• 3520 Pacific Avenue SE, Olympia, Washington
• 3925 236th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washigton
• 17520 SR 9 Southeast, Snohomish, Washington
“We are excited about the opportunity to have the backing of Albertsons and look forward to be part of the Albertsons grocery family. Haggen has been a part of the Pacific Northwest and the Bellingham community for more than eight decades and we will continue the traditions of operating great Haggen stores focused on community involvement, fresh northwest products and great service,” said Haggen CEO John Clougher. “Our customers can be assured that the Haggen focus on sustainably sourced and locally produced products will not change. Haggen has operated as a partner to the communities it has so proudly served and will continue to do so. We thank our dedicated stores crews, loyal customers, vendors, partners and others that have supported us. We are looking ahead to a promising future.”
Three Haggen stores are not part of the deal and will close; those stores are located at 19701 Highway 213, Oregon City, Oregon; 201 37th Avenue SE, Puyallup, Washington; and 114 E. Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles, Washington.
Haggen’s troubles began last year after it purchased 146 former Albertsons and Safeway stores in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The purchase took the chain from 18 stores to 164. Following an unsuccessful entry into that marketplace, Haggen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.