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Troubled Haggen closing grocery store on 1st & 128th as part of ‘realignment’

Haggen announced [1] that they will be closing 100 of their stores, including the North Burien one located on 1st Ave South near SW/S. 128th Street.

The store located in the Five Corners shopping center will apparently remain open.

The grocery chain announced a plan to exit from the Pacific Southwest market and realign its operations around 37 core stores and one stand-alone pharmacy in the Pacific Northwest as part of a Chapter 11 process.

The small Bellingham grocery chain this year took over 146 stores from Albertsons and Safeway (read our previous coverage here [2]). It had previously announced it would close or sell 27 stores.

“Haggen is asking the Bankruptcy Court for approval to conduct Store Closing Sales,” reads a press release. “All employees of the non-core stores and the Pacific Southwest support office will receive 60 day notice of the pending store and office closures. During this process, all stores will remain open. Employees will continue to receive their pay and benefits through the normal course of business as previously approved by the court.”

The company also added:

Haggen is supportive of employees securing work elsewhere and is continuing to work with Albertson’s in its request for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to waive the restriction in the FTC Order which restricts the hiring of Haggen employees. Because this is a modification of an order entered by the FTC, the waiver will require Commission approval, which the FTC staff is seeking to obtain on an expedited basis. This has been a priority for Haggen management to ensure its employees can take advantage of every opportunity available to them.

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