Grocer Haggen will close its Stockdale Highway store sometime over the next 60 days as part of an overall corporate plan “to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position,” it was announced Friday.
It’s among 27 closures announced in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington state Friday, most being stores acquired as part of a deal in which Albertsons and Safeway divested 146 stores.
The company did not give a closing date for the location near Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road and said it’s still determining how many people will be losing their jobs. The store used to be an Albertsons.
Additional Haggen stores will be sold or closed in the future as part of the company’s “right-sizing strategy,” it said in a news release.
“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,” Bill Shaner, Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest, said in the news release. “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.”
When Albertsons acquired Safeway, the parent company of Vons, federal officials forced Albertsons to divest a number of its stores. As a result, former Albertsons supermarkets at 7900 White Lane, 3500 Panama Lane and 8200 Stockdale Highway converted to Haggen earlier this year.
In an interview with The Californian in March, Shaner promoted Haggen as a "one-stop-shop" with healthier, organic products, widely recognizable brands and a pricing structure competitive with Albertsons.
Think Whole Foods Market meets Albertsons, he said.
He promised the result should be good news for local producers, suppliers and growers.
It was not immediately clear what will happen to the store building, which is in the Town & Country Village Shopping Center. Messages left for Haggen and Town & Country’s management did not immediately return calls seeking more information.