Haggen in Anthem to close its doors in next 60 days
ANTHEM – After being open just three months, Haggen in Anthem has been placed on a list of Haggen stores to be closed. The closedown will take place in the next 60 days.
Haggen sent out a release on Aug. 14, stating that multiple stores across the West will soon be closed or sold. The release notes that Haggen has not yet determined how many jobs will be affected as a result of the closures.
Haggen in Anthem was included in a list of stores being closed, along with four other Arizona stores: two in Tucson, one in Flagstaff, and one in Prescott Valley. Sixteen California stores, five Oregon stores, and one Washington store are also scheduled to close. The stores will continue to operate until the closing process is complete.
The Haggen company has faced multiple problems since their expansion from 18 stores to 164 stores last year when Haggen bought 146 stores after the Albertsons/Safeway merger. Last July, Albertsons announced a lawsuit against Haggen over contract negotiations. Haggen has also faced opposition from employee representatives after cutting positions and work hours for employees in the past few months.
In the Aug. 14 release announcing store closings, Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest Bill Shaner called closing and selling stores a “tough choice,” adding that they would be aiming to invest “in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner.”
“Haggen’s goal going forward is to ensure a stable, healthy company that will benefit our customers, associates, vendors, creditors, stakeholders as well as the communities we serve,” said Shaner in the release.
Haggen has not yet announced if they have potential buyers lined up for the stores that are closing.