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 stores the company will close over the next two months, the chain announced Friday.
Haggen will close the stores at 8740 E. Broadway and 10380 E. Broadway as part of a "right-sizing" plan, the Pacific Northwest company said.
A former Albertsons rebranded by the company will remain open at 1350 N. Silverbell Rd., but the company said "additional stores may be sold or closed in the future."
The company "has not determined" the number of employees affected by the closures, a press release said.
Earlier this year, the company grew by leaps and bounds, acquiring 146 stores in five states as a result of Albertsons' recent swallowing up of Safeway. Twenty-seven stores are on the list of those that will be closed by the company.
Haggen, an upscale grocery often compared to Whole Foods (if slightly less costly), also took over Arizona stores in Scottsdale, Anthem, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Lake Havasu City, and Flagstaff. Stores in Anthem, Flagstaff and Prescott Valley were also on the list of those to be closed.
Prior the the purchase, the chain had only 18 stores in Oregon and Washington. The deal, prompted by regulatory concerns in Albertsons $9.2 billion merger with Safeway, had Haggen buy 146 of the 168 stores divested by the grocery giants. The expansion meant Haggen's workforce grew from 2,000 to about 10,000, with 164 stores throughout the West.
"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," said Bill Shaner, CEO of the company's Pacific Southwest operations.
Haggen was family-owned from its 1933 founding until 2011, when a majority interest was handed over to private investment firm Comvest Partners. Albertsons, now the second-largest grocery chain in the nation following its takeover of Safeway, is owned by Cerberus Capital Management.