Haggen, the grocery store chain, announced Friday that 10 Arizona locations will be closed down as the company tries to focus on their core stores in the Pacific Northwest.
The company, based in Bellingham, Wash., is awaiting approval from the Bankruptcy Court to conduct store-closing sales. The closures will affect at least 100 locations in multiple states, including Arizona, California and Nevada.
The local business, Surplus Asset Management, will close down and liquidate all 10 Haggen grocery stores in Arizona. All items will be marked for auction by SAM Auctions, including shelves and equipment which will be sold in warehouses in Phoenix each week.
According to Haggen, all employees will receive 60 days notice, and Haggen is working to waive the restrictions Albertson's has on hiring Haggen employees.
Haggen will focus resources on the 37 core stores in the Pacific Northwest where 16 of the historical stores have seen strong sales growth over the past year, the company reports.
Haggen's expansion of over 100 new stores took place from March through June earlier this year. The company went from 18 to 164 stores, supporting over 10,000 employees when converting Safeway and Alberson's locations into Haggen stores.
Going forward, Haggen's Chief Executive Officer, John Clougher announced that they will "remain concentrated in the Pacific Northwest where we began.