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Two Tucson grocery stores among 27 being shuttered by Haggen

Only months after new signs were hung outside, the lettering on two Tucson grocery stores will soon be removed. Two former Safeways recently taken over by Haggen on Tucson's East Side are among more than two dozen the company will close over the next two months, the chain announced Friday.
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Aug 14, 2015, 4:13 pm
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They should have learned from Krispy Kreme what happens when you expand too far too fast.

Aug 15, 2015, 11:40 am
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Not surprised at all. I gave the Haggen’s at Broadway and Houghton two tries - both times I left frustrated with the high prices as compared to the Safeway that had been there before. They didn’t research the market before entering it; this is a major failure on a corporate level.

Aug 15, 2015, 12:11 pm
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This is an example of corporate stupidity that rises to the level of potential “case study” for a business school. Haggen, spurred by a Justice Dept ruling that said Albertson’s had to divest several Safeways, took over a well-liked Safeway at Broadway and Houghton, reopened it with no improvements (and even reduced quality at the formerly excellent bakery) and with much higher prices, and now is turning tail because the loyal Safeway customers got disgusted and went elsewhere. Meanwhile, workers will lose jobs, including a group of disabled people who worked for the Safeway as baggers, in what had been a model program to employ the disabled. It’s a shame local media have covered this by just rewriting the company press release.

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