Have you been following all the stories about Albertsons and Haggen from this summer? It’s admittedly a lot to keep track of. You may recall that many Albertsons stores sold their space to Haggen a few months ago. Both the Albertsons stores in my neck of the woods (Federal Way & Milton) are currently Haggen. Apparently, Haggen was less than thrilled with the way the transition happened and is suing Albertsons for millions of damages. Albertsons is also suing Haggen for millions of dollars for unpaid inventory. Sheesh, right?
Yesterday an article in the News Tribune caught my eye. Haggen has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and is now closing many of its new stores, including the one located on Pacific Highway in Spanaway. (You can see the full list of stores closing over at The Oregonian.) If you live in that area, you may wish to take a peek to see if there are any “going out of business” type sales. I sure do feel bad for the employees as well as the customers in that live in these neighborhoods, that may be losing a grocery store!
I’d love your thoughts on this story. What has your experience with the transition been? Did your Albertsons store end up getting changed to Haggen? Do you regularly shop at Haggen now?
To get caught up on the story, you may wish to read the following articles:
Bankrupt Haggen grocery chain seeks to sell assets (The News Tribune)
Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over big grocery deal (The Seattle Times)
- Haggen begins rolling takeover of Albertsons and Safeway stores; Oregon rebranding slated for March (The Oregonian – from early Spring)