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Haggen to have closing sale for four non-core stores

A Haggen store in Spanaway held a store closing sale in August 2015. The Bellingham-based grocer will begin store closing sales this month for four of its non-core stores, two of which are in Washington
A Haggen store in Spanaway held a store closing sale in August 2015. The Bellingham-based grocer will begin store closing sales this month for four of its non-core stores, two of which are in Washington Staff photographer

Haggen is planning to have store closing sales later this month for four of its non-core stores, two of which are in Washington.

The Bellingham-based grocer filed a motion to begin the closing sales in late March at its stores in Burien, Federal Way, West Linn, Ore., and Clackamas, Ore., according to court documents. Haggen also plans to sell the pharmacy inventory of two of the stores. The pharmacy assets at the West Linn store are slated to be sold to Safeway, while the assets at the Federal Way store are being sold to Rite Aid.

The Federal Way closure will impact 71 employees, while the closure in Burien will impact 54 employees, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification issued by the state.

The four non-core stores were not sold at a November 2015 auction, but were allowed to remain open.

This is another step in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy that Haggen is going through. The company’s 32 core stores, including all five in Whatcom County, are scheduled to be auctioned off on Friday, March 18, but a union local that represents Haggen workers has said the grocer is finalizing an agreement to sell the core stores to Albertsons.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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