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Haggen to Take Over Several Area Grocery Stores

Carlsbad CA— The Albertsons at 955 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad will close its doors for the last time at 6:00pm Sunday May 10th, 2015. On May 12th the store will open as Haggen. This is the second Albertsons store, in Carlsbad, to be converted.

West Coast regional grocery chain Haggen (pronounced “hay-gunn”) took ownership of its very first store in California, the Albertsons located 7660 El Camino Real, in Carlsbad, at 12:01 am Monday, March 9.

Produce Section at LaCosta Haggen store (courtesy photo)

Produce Section at LaCosta Haggen store (courtesy photo)

The new store, refreshed to reflect Haggen’s focus on fresh, locally sourced products alongside everyday big brands, opened its doors to La Costa shoppers on Wednesday, March 11. The store was the first of 100 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada will acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015.

Two more local grocery stores are set for the conversion in May.

In Del Mar, the Albertsons store at 2707 Via De La Valle will close at 6:00pm, Sunday May 10 and reopen as Haggen, Tuesday afternoon, May 12.

In San Marcos, the Vons store located 671 Rancho Santa Fe will close 6:00pm on Thursday, May 14 and reopen as Haggen on Saturday afternoon, May 16.

The pharmacies at the Del Mar and San Marcos locations will remain open during the conversions.

The Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen announced in late December that it had entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the divestment process brought about by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) review of the Albertson’s LLC and Safeway merger.

The company with locations in Oregon and Washington has become a major regional grocery chain by adding locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Haggen has expanded from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees.

As each new store is transformed into the Haggen brand, employees will be invited to become Haggen employees.

Deli (courtesy photo)

Deli (courtesy photo)

“We’re proud to continue employing all the wonderful associates our customers look for when they shop and offering shoppers the essential items they need, specialty items they want, and locally relevant items that reflect the community,” said Bill Shaner, Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest.

Haggen’s commitment to being local extends beyond its sourcing and into the communities around its stores. Haggen plans to partner closely with local farmers and producers to sell their products on Haggen’s shelves; with community members to give back through non-profit organizations; and small businesses to explore co-marketing programs.

“We’re excited about the changes we’re making to enhance these stores with more locally sourced food offerings, genuine service and homemade quality, and we’re confident customers will like the new look, convenience and value offered at our new Haggen one-stop, full-service grocery destinations,” continued Shaner “Haggen has built its 81-year-old business on providing excellent fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood. That focus will definitely be reflected in each of the 100 stores we’re opening in California, Nevada and Arizona, introducing shoppers to Haggen’s unique mix of healthy, hassle-free offerings.”

To download a complete list of California stores making the transition click [here] Watch a time-lapse video of the quick store turnaround of a store in Washington below: