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.

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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

Price comparison study reveals Giant’s prices were lower relative to Safeway, Shoppers and Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland

Price Comparisons Show Giant Prices Lower for Frequently Purchased Products

Landover, Md., 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. is committed to providing customers with the highest quality products at great prices. Today, Giant announced the results of a price comparison study revealing that Giant’s prices were lower relative to Safeway, Shoppers and Harris Teeter, several of our top competitors in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

In its continuing efforts to ensure low, everyday prices for customers, Giant selected frequently purchased national and private label brand products and compared its prices against those of other leading supermarkets.

For a selection of groceries, which included store brand sugar, cucumbers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, store brand shredded cheese, Barilla Pasta, Tide Liquid Detergent, Folgers Coffee, and ten other popular items, Giant prices were 23 percent lower than Safeway and 13 percent lower than Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C. (See flyer for the list of items and prices compared.)

“We know that customers have many options when it comes to shopping for groceries, and getting the best value for their hard-earned money is a top priority,” said Dean Wilkinson, vice president of sales and merchandising, Giant Food. “These price comparisons are just one example demonstrating how Giant is helping customers save. Giant has also lowered prices on thousands of items. We encourage them to compare for themselves and save.”

For more than 79 years, Giant has placed customer satisfaction at the heart of its business. Giant helps customers watch their savings stack up by offering Low Everyday Prices on thousands of their favorite everyday products;Bonus Buy Savings, featuring time-limited promotions that offer customers outstanding value; and our Gas Rewards promotions where customers can save up to $2.20 per gallon for up to 35 gallons per fill-up at participating gas stations. Giant is constantly improving the customer experience with enhanced offerings across the store including fresh, organic, local, and ethnic product lines, as well as quality own brand products that are a great value and rival national brands in quality.

Customers can find the best deals in Giant’s weekly circular—and, of course, at your local Giant store.

To learn more about Giant’s initiatives and how you can “Watch Your Savings Stack Up,” visit www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

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