15 Haggen Northwest Fresh stores begins operation as standalone business unit in the Albertsons Companies family of banners

Bellingham-based company will continue to offer freshest local products to western Washington communities

BELLINGHAM, WA, 2016-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies and Haggen announced that the 15 core Haggen Northwest Fresh stores will begin the first day of operation today as a standalone business unit in the Albertsons Companies family of banners. Haggen will continue its commitment to provide the best in fresh and local products to its guests in western Washington as it has throughout its eight decades in business.

“Founded in Bellingham in 1933, Haggen is here to stay in the Northwest,” said John Clougher, who will continue to lead the 15 Haggen stores as GVP and General Manager. “Our friendly employees are as passionate as ever about providing our guests the highest quality local products and exceptional service. Our support for regional farms, ranches and fisheries underpins our commitment to a sustainable local food economy. We look forward to serving our loyal guests and inviting our neighbors in to see how we will continue to evolve and invest in these communities.”

As a decentralized organization, Albertsons Companies invests in its local operations and empowers them to make decisions locally while still leveraging the scale of a large company. This strategy has produced great stores for Albertsons Companies and the banners that have joined its family, including respected names like Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Star Market, the United Family of Supermarkets and, most recently, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Randalls and Vons.

“We are committed to investing in Haggen’s brand and stores, and applying our proven playbook to foster continued growth of its deep roots in the Northwest,” said Bob Miller, Albertsons Companies Chairman & CEO. “This is a great opportunity to grow a brand that shares many of our values, including offering exceptional service and the best in fresh, local products.”

The following Haggen Northwest Fresh store locations will comprise the core stores that will operate as a standalone business unit:

Address City
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
31565 Sr 20 #1 Oak Harbor

 

Albertsons Companies also announced in March that it signed an agreement to acquire 14 Haggen stores that will transition back into its Seattle and Portland operating divisions under the Albertsons banner in the coming weeks; these stores were acquired by Haggen from Albertsons in 2015.

 About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. Throughout its eight decades in business, the stores have supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

Media Contacts:

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Haggen filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

Receives $215 Million in Debtor In Possession Financing to Support Process

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, today announced that in order to reorganize around its core profitable stores, it has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington. The company has received commitments for up to $215 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from its existing lenders to maintain operations and the flow of merchandise to its stores during the sale process.

The Company has made customary first-day motions with the Bankruptcy Court intended to support the continuation of its day-to-day operations for customers, employees, vendors and suppliers, and other business partners during the restructuring. As part of that, it is seeking Court approval to continue employee wages and certain benefits and honor certain customer programs. The motions are expected to be addressed by the Court in the coming days.

“After careful consideration of all alternatives, the company concluded that a reorganization through the Chapter 11 process is the best way for Haggen to preserve value for all stakeholders,” said John Clougher, Chief Executive Officer of Haggen. “The action we are taking today will allow us to continue to serve our customers and communities while providing Haggen with a process to re-align our operations to be positioned for the future.”

The Company has engaged Sagent Advisors to market for sale some locations in the five states it operates and to explore market interest for various store locations. Discussions are underway with interested parties to sell many of the company’s remaining assets.

Haggen grew from an 18 store regional grocer to 164 stores through the purchase of Albertson’s locations in December 2014. The associated conversion process of the stores made Albertsons cooperation and good faith implementation of the terms of the deal in the Asset Purchase Agreement essential.

This did not occur, as set forth in the Company’s recently filed lawsuit against Albertsons, which details a number of Albertsons’ actions, which ultimately led to Haggen’s failure in its efforts to convert newly acquired stores and ultimately resulting in the Chapter 11 filing.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. In the first half of 2015, Haggen made an acquisition expanding from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on its core values as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

Media Contact

Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 908-4250

Haggen to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, today announced that in order to continue to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position, it has decided to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction in which Albertsons LLC and Safeway divested 146 stores. Additional stores will be sold or closed in the future as part of Haggen’s right-sizing strategy. The company has not determined how many jobs will be affected as a result of the closures and sales.

“Haggen’s goal going forward is to ensure a stable, healthy company that will benefit our customers, associates, vendors, creditors, stakeholders as well as the communities we serve,” said Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest, Bill Shaner. “By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner.”

Through the acquisition, Haggen expanded from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies and 2,000 employees in the Pacific Northwest to 164 stores and 106 pharmacies employing more than 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Haggen’s original stores continue to perform well.

John Clougher, Haggen CEO Pacific Northwest, added, “Though Haggen has grown substantially, we remain committed to our core values and to support regional farms, ranches and food producers and strengthen the communities around our stores.”

Clougher and Shaner continued:

“We’re grateful to have an outstanding team along with the support of our vendor partners, financial backers and friends in the community as we take our next steps forward.Looking ahead, we will work hard every single day to earn the trust and business of our guests. We will continue to support community events and donate to schools. We will offer our customers the freshest and most local products we can find and the genuine service they deserve. And we will engage in lively discussions about how we can improve. We will remain actively involved in making our communities even better, and we will stay committed to the values that have always guided Haggen.”

Click here for the list of stores slated for closure.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. In the first half of 2015, Haggen made an acquisition expanding from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on its core values as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com, and get social with Haggen Northwest Fresh at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and Haggen Southwest at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Contact

Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 908-4250

Haggen partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year

As presenting sponsor, Washington grocery chain is the event’s largest supporter in the state

BELLINGHAM, Wash.,2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen, Inc. has announced its partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the nonprofit’s annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year. This year also marks Haggen’s seventh as presenting sponsor of the Chapter’sWalk MS events in Western Washington.

Haggen is Walk MS’s largest corporate supporter in the state through the organization’s Greater Northwest Chapter, which serves more than 15,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington. The fundraiser consists of 11 local walks across Washington throughout April, in addition to 13 other Walk MS events in communities throughout the Chapter territory.

Through the company’s long involvement with the National MS Society, Haggen has raised and donated more than half a million dollars in support of people with MS living in the communities they serve. In 2014, Haggen raised $55,000 through the sales of Walk MS ‘feet’ at Haggen checkout stands.

“The National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, does outstanding work to raise funds for critical MS research and improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in our state and beyond, and we are proud to once again give them our full support,” said John Clougher, Haggen CEO, Pacific Northwest. “We encourage Haggen’s Washington shoppers to support Walk MS by buying a Walk MS ‘foot’ and reusable bag, or by participating at their local walk.”

“Haggen is an incredible community partner. In addition to their generous presenting sponsorship, we’re so appreciative of the energy each Haggen employee gives through the Walk MS ‘foot’ sales, and for the support Haggen shoppers give the fundraiser. We are thrilled and honored to have their support again this year,” said Patty Shepherd-Barnes, Chapter President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter.

2015 Haggen Walk MS Fundraiser – April 8-21, 2015

From April 8 through 21, shoppers at all Washington Haggen stores can support the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by making a donation during checkout to receive a paper Walk MS “foot.” The foot will hang in the store with the donor’s name listed. In addition, shoppers may purchase limited-edition, reusable Walk MS bags in support of the organization. Individual stores will hold separate fundraising events, such as hotdog feeds, car washes and recipe contests.

In 2014, Walk MS events throughout the Greater Northwest Chapter territory attracted more than 11,000 participants and raised more than $2.1 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration for all Walk MS events is available online at http://www.walkMS.org.

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

Media Contact
Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 250-4750

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Haggen partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year

Haggen partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, as a sponsor of the annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 18th consecutive year

Haggen partners with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign

Washington State Beef Commission, Double R Ranch and Food Lifeline join with Haggen to provide nourishing beef meals to neighbors in need

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, Haggen has partnered with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign, a joint effort to provide nutritious Northwest beef to community members in need. Throughout the month of March, Haggen is giving customers three simple ways to help raise funds for Beef Counts:

  1. Buy Double R Ranch Beef at Haggen in March. For every pound of beef sold at Haggen this month, Washington’s Beef Community will make a donation—up to $10,000—to Food Lifeline. Haggen and Double R Ranch will match this donation with a goal of raising $20,000 to providing 40,000 servings of protein-packed beef to neighbors in need.
  2. Donate at the cash register. Customers can add a cash donation to their grocery bill during their regular shopping trip. There’s no limit to how much can be donated through this method, and every penny will go directly to Food Lifeline.
  3. Share photos tagged with #WABeefCounts. When people share an image of their Double R Ranch beef meal with the hashtag #WABeefCounts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, local farmers and ranchers will donate an additional $5 to Beef Counts, up to $2000.

“As a grocer, the issue of hunger is very close to our hearts here at Haggen,” said John Clougher, CEO Haggen Pacific Northwest. “We’re lucky to have access to some of the best beef in the world right here in Washington, and we’re resolved to help Food Lifeline achieve its goal of receiving high-quality protein for our neighbors in need.”

Washington State ranks 22nd in the nation in overall food insecurity, with one out of every six Washington households food insecure at some point during the year. Half of all food bank recipients are seniors and children in critical need of the protein and minerals found in beef to sustain a healthy, well-balanced diet. The USDA recommends that most people eat five to six ounces of high-quality protein per day, but less than 11 percent of food bank donations are protein-based.

“We felt very strongly that mobilizing Washington’s beef community behind this mission would make a real impact on the severe lack of high-quality protein available to families in need,” said Jay Theiler, executive director of marketing for AgriBeef, Co. “We are fortunate to have had a fantastic partner in Haggen all these years, a company committed to local sourcing and making a positive impact in the community they call home.”

The beef will be provided to Food Lifeline by Double R Ranch and AgriBeef, Co. Food Lifeline will then distribute this beef to its network of 276 local food banks, meal programs and shelters. Each family receiving the beef will also receive a brochure that details proper cooking methods, healthy recipes, nutrition facts, and safe beef handling and storage information.

“Thanks to the generosity of Haggen, its customers, and Washington ranchers and farmers, thousands of hungry people will get the high-quality protein they need via Food Lifeline’s 275-agency network of food banks, meal programs and shelters,” says Linda Nageotte, President and CEO of Food Lifeline. “Beef Counts is a critical program that helps us meet the growing needs of children, families, seniors and many others who face hunger every day in our community.”

About Haggen

Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

About Double R Ranch

Double R Ranch Northwest Beef is a premium beef brand from AgriBeef Co., in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the pristine Okanogan region of Washington State, the Double R Ranch is recognized for its high quality cattle genetics and for its commitment to animal well-being and environmental stewardship. The Double R Ranch’s preservation of its picturesque land and native wildlife, and the recycling of resources to create a model of sustainable beef production represent the “Heart and Soul” of the brand.

About Food Lifeline

Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved. Working with the food industry and its surpluses, we come up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. We provide 88,000 meals a day to 276 local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to hunger. For more information about Beef Counts at Food Lifeline or to make a tax-deductible donation,  www.foodlifeline.org/beefcounts or call 206-545-6600.

About the Washington Beef Commission

The Washington State Beef Commission is the beef promotion, research and consumer education arm of the state’s beef industry.  It is funded entirely by the assessments of Washington’s over 9,000 family farmers and ranchers.  Visit www.wabeef.org for beef recipes and to learn more about Washington’s beef community.

Media Contact
Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 250-4750

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Haggen partners with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign

Haggen partners with Food Lifeline and AgriBeef, Co. to support the Washington Beef Commission’s Beef Counts campaign

Haggen opens the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015

Regional grocery chain takes ownership of first acquired store in Oregon at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 20 

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — West Coast regional grocery chain Haggen will take ownership of the Albertsons store at 16199 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego, at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 20. The new Haggen is scheduled to open its doors to Lake Oswego shoppers at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.  The store is the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015.

Once the acquisition is completed, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The 26 Washington store conversions began in mid-February, and 83 California store conversions will begin in mid-March. The Nevada and Arizona stores will be the last to convert in the late spring. Each week, between one and 12 stores will be converted.

John Clougher, Haggen CEO Pacific Northwest, said, “We’re excited about the changes we’re making to enhance these stores, and we’re confident customers will like the new look, the new offerings, and their new full-service grocery destination.”

Haggen will take ownership and convert the 20 stores across Oregon in March, April, May and June, based on the following tentative sequence and schedule:

March

  • Lake Oswego (16199 Boones Ferry Road; former Albertsons)
  • West Linn (1855 Blankenship Road; former Albertsons)
  • Milwaukie (10830 SE Oak; former Albertsons)
  • Beaverton (8155 SW Hall; former Albertsons)
  • Tigard (14300 SW Barrows Road; former Albertsons)
  • Tigard (16200 SW Pacific Hwy; former Albertsons)
  • Clackamas (14800 SE Sunnyside Road; former Albertsons)
  • Sherwood (16030 SW Tualatin Sherwood Road; former Albertsons)
  • Springfield (5415 Main Street; former Safeway)

April

  • Keizer (5450 River Road N; former Albertsons)
  • Eugene (3075 Hilyard Street; former Albertsons)
  • Eugene (1675 W 18th Avenue; former Albertsons)
  • Grants Pass (1690 Allen Creek Road; former Albertsons)
  • Klamath Falls (211 North Eighth Street; former Safeway)
  • Klamath Falls (2740 S 6th; former Safeway)
  • Grants Pass (340 NE Beacon Drive; former Albertsons)
  • Ashland (585 Siskiyou Boulevard; former Safeway)

May

  • Bend (61155 S Hwy 97; former Albertsons)
  • Bend (1800 NE 3rd Street; former Albertsons)

June

  • Baker City (1120 Campbell Street; former Albertsons)

NOTE: The conversion schedule is subject to change.

The conversion schedule for each store will follow a similar timeline. The Safeway or Albertsons store will close down at 6 pm. Haggen will take ownership of the store just after midnight and begin the conversion. Both interior and exterior signage will change at all locations and every store interior will receive a fresh coat of paint.  Then about two days after the closure, the store opens as Haggen.

Clougher noted that the store offering will also change. “Haggen has built its 81-year-old business on providing excellent, locally sourced, fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood. That focus will definitely be reflected in the new stores.”

Opportunity for Communities to Meet Haggen Leaders

Haggen’s commitment to being local extends beyond its sourcing and into the communities around its stores. To get to know its neighbors and these neighborhoods better, Haggen is inviting community members that are interested in partnering with the brand to meet with company leaders soon after the conversions of the acquired stores. At these informal, public meetings, local farmers and producers can discuss selling their wares on Haggen’s shelves, non-profit organizations can learn about Haggen’s community giving, and small businesses can explore co-marketing programs.

“We hope community members will join us for a fun evening to learn about how we can work together to strengthen our community,” said Clougher.

Additionally, with each grand opening, Haggen plans to partner with five local non-profits, donating $1,000 to a single organization on the first day the store opens and 2% of daily sales to four additional organizations on four consecutive Saturdays.

Clougher said, “We have a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We want to demonstrate that commitment as soon as we open our doors.”  

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

Media Contact
Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 250-4750

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Haggen opens the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015

Haggen opens the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015

Haggen begins the process of acquiring 146 stores as a result of Albertsons LLC and Safeway merger

Pacific NW grocery chain takes ownership of first acquired store at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen today announced that it has begun the process of acquiring 146 stores as part of the divestment process brought about by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) review of the Albertsons LLC and Safeway merger. The FTC approved the divesture on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, and the merger of Albertsons and Safeway Inc. was completed on Friday, January 30, 2015. Haggen will take ownership of the first Albertsons store in Monroe, Washington, at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning.

With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.

“This momentous acquisition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rapidly expand the Haggen brand across the West Coast,” said John Caple, chairman of the Haggen board of directors and partner at Comvest Partners, a private investment firm that owns the majority share of Haggen. “Now that the deal has closed, our team is focused on seamlessly converting these 146 stores to the Haggen brand over the next five months.”

The Haggen team, led by John Clougher, CEO, Haggen Pacific Northwest, and Bill Shaner, CEO, Haggen Pacific Southwest, has outlined its plans to convert the stores. Under the settlement, the divestitures to Haggen must be completed within 120 days from the purchase of the first store.

Haggen will convert the stores moving from north to south, with a few exceptions. The first conversion begins on Thursday at the former Albertsons located at 19881 SR 2, Monroe, WA. Soon after, another 18 stores in Washington will be converted during February and March, with the final seven Washington stores scheduled in June. The 83 stores in California will be converted from March to May. The 20 Oregon stores will transfer to the Haggen brand throughout the months of March, April and May. The Nevada and Arizona stores will be the last to convert in the late spring. Each week, between one and 12 stores will be converted.

As the stores are transformed into the Haggen brand from the Albertsons, Safeway, Pavilions or Vons brands, each store’s employees will be invited to become Haggen employees. “Retaining the existing store employees was an essential part of the acquisition and we hope they all accept our invitation to join the Haggen family. These are great teams and these new employees will be an incredible asset to our growing company. Plus, these familiar faces will help ease the brand transition for long-time customers,” said Bill Shaner.

The amount of time it will take for a conversion will vary store by store. Some stores can be converted within two days after the change of ownership, while others will take longer. Both interior and exterior signage will change at all locations. John Clougher said, “We’re excited about the changes we’re making to enhance these stores, and we’re confident customers will like the new look, the new offerings, and their new full service grocery destination.”

Shaner noted how the store offering will change. “Haggen has built its 81-year-old business on providing excellent, locally sourced, fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood. That focus will definitely be reflected in the new stores,” he said.

As a full-line grocery store, Haggen will offer a core assortment that meets the needs of regular shoppers. Plus, they will supplement that selection with products that are locally relevant. “Haggen is still small enough to be very nimble and responsive to each store’s customers. What you find in a Bellingham store will differ from what you’ll find in a store in San Diego. Being locally focused is a core value of Haggen,” said Shaner.

The acquisition of the 146 stores by Haggen has been well supported by grocery industry partners. “We are incredibly grateful for key partners that have helped to make this acquisition a reality, including Unified Grocers, SUPERVALU and Charlie’s Produce,” noted Clougher. Unified Grocers will be the primary supplier in the Pacific Southwest and a secondary supplier in the Pacific Northwest. SUPERVALU will be the primary supplier in the Pacific Northwest. Charlie’s Produce will be the primary and preferred supplier for produce for all Haggen stores. Haggen plans to announce many regional and local distributors in the coming months.

Additionally, Starbucks and Haggen have agreed to continue operating the 78 Starbucks stores located in Haggen’s acquired properties, with remodeling planned for these existing cafés. Haggen will also be adding cafés to other locations. Clougher said, “We are proud to be continuing and expanding our partnership with Starbucks – another great Washington company committed to building stronger communities.”

Clougher added, “With the help of both our long-standing and new partners and employees, we are excited to offer our locally sourced produce and groceries, genuine service, and homemade quality to customers throughout Washington and Oregon and now in California, Nevada and Arizona.”

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

Media Contact
Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 250-4750