Haggen grocery chain? Sues Albertsons for $1 BILLION, Haggen files for 11 bankruptcy- closing all CA, AZ, NV stores-Store Acquisitions and Auction Results

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    Apr 27, 2015 5:33 AM GMT
    I was getting ready to do monthly shopping @ my nearby Albertsons when tonight I find work crews everywhere this evening had roped off the entire parking lot and store entrance. Had to ask a work crew about this and they mentioned a new market going in named Haggen. Never heard of this so I had to look it up and sure enough, found they bought some Albertsons stores as part of their merger with Safeway and my, very busy, LA Albertsons will now be this niche market, from the Northwest I guess. Interesting but with new "subway to the sea" coming in (Santa Monica), I wonder if they thought my part of west la needed this upscale market. We already have a local farmers market. I am not thrilled, food and grocery prices are already way too high in CA, my neighborhood is average middle class, not Beverly Hills. Most people, including myself, cannot afford high priced organic food. When they open on Tuesday, I will get the grand opening priced items, they are really going to have to compete with a nearby Vons/Albertsons for regular customers, this Haggen chain must have scoped out my neighborhood before getting this location icon_sad.gif



    Haggen grocery chain begins rollout of new markets in Southland
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-opening-20150325-story.html
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    May 10, 2015 6:19 AM GMT
    Interesting how Haggen has evolved. In my college years in the Pacific NW, Haggen & Fred Meyer were competing with each other to attract shoppers with their low prices.
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    May 10, 2015 6:28 PM GMT
    We had a few Haggens open here in SD recently and I finally stopped in one the other day. Their prices were uniformly higher than the Vons' they replaced, as well as the local Ralphs', and they don't hold a candle to Sprouts. Their flyers reflect this, and they trumpet their "reputation" for good produce beyond credibility. Though I did manage to scarf up a few lingering mark-downs bearing the Safeway label, I'm not convinced to shop there.

    Did anyone else get as good a laugh as I did when I read of Whole Foods' latest gambit to increase its profits a day or so ago? A "slimmed-down," less-expensive version; in other words, Trader Joe's!
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    Sep 02, 2015 9:19 AM GMT

    I am bringing this back, Haggen is a failure here in SoCal, they certainly did not do their homework before taking on such a huge endeavor. I went to Vons last week and they were packed, lines down the isle, then went to Haggen to get plums and no body was in the store, in the same time frame. Some of their Haggen brand food is crap, everyone's biggest complaint, price gouging icon_confused.gif

    Sounds like this was a complete disaster, well duh, Albertsons and Safeway dumped their under performing stores so they could merge. Haggen was the dumb one for taking on these, trying "whole foods-organic" crowd, where there was no crowd. Extremely poor planning and lack of forth sight

    Should be interesting to see if Haggen has any chance in hell of staying here in CA icon_rolleyes.gif


    Grocery wars: Albertsons sues Haggen for $41 million over unpaid inventory
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-672937-albertsons-stores.html


    Grocer Haggen closing 27 stores, including 16 California supermarkets
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-store-closings-20150814-story.html


    Union Files Lawsuit Against Haggen, Vons, Albertsons
    United Food and Commercial Workers Allege Fraud, Misrepresentation, and Contract Violation
    http://www.independent.com/news/2015/aug/25/union-files-lawsuit-against-haggen-vons-albertsons/


    $1 billion lawsuit: Beleaguered Haggen sues Albertsons for undermining its rollout
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-680412-albertsons-stores.html

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    Sep 02, 2015 1:23 PM GMT
    Thank God that we have Wegmans here in the northeast US. Awesome super stores with outstanding quality products and the stores are immaculate. They also treat their workers very well and offer good benefits. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 02, 2015 3:52 PM GMT
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    I am bringing this back, Haggen is a failure here in SoCal, they certainly did not do their homework before taking on such a huge endeavor. I went to Vons last week and they were packed, lines down the isle, then went to Haggen to get plums and no body was in the store, in the same time frame. Some of their Haggen brand food is crap, everyone's biggest complaint, price gouging icon_confused.gif

    Sounds like this was a complete disaster, well duh, Albertsons and Safeway dumped their under performing stores so they could merge. Haggen was the dumb one for taking on these, trying "whole foods-organic" crowd, where there was no crowd. Extremely poor planning and lack of forth sight

    Should be interesting to see if Haggen has any chance in hell of staying here in CA icon_rolleyes.gif

    Grocery wars: Albertsons sues Haggen for $41 million over unpaid inventory
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-672937-albertsons-stores.html

    Grocer Haggen closing 27 stores, including 16 California supermarkets
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-store-closings-20150814-story.html

    Union Files Lawsuit Against Haggen, Vons, Albertsons
    United Food and Commercial Workers Allege Fraud, Misrepresentation, and Contract Violation
    http://www.independent.com/news/2015/aug/25/union-files-lawsuit-against-haggen-vons-albertsons/

    $1 billion lawsuit: Beleaguered Haggen sues Albertsons for undermining its rollout
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haggen-680412-albertsons-stores.html


    You're right to bring this back, and I almost feel sorry for Haggen's being the fall guy in this deal. But, their prices remain high and their house brands and produce are nowhere as good as they were proclaimed to be. They're feeling the heat here in SD, too, where six stores are closing, the largest number in any one CA city.
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    Sep 02, 2015 4:31 PM GMT

    There ARE alternatives.....
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    Sep 02, 2015 7:29 PM GMT
    Radd said
    There ARE alternatives.....



    This is LA too........

    From LAX-PCH/105 freeway to N 101/210/2 freeways Pasadena, all west of the 110 freeway, an approx. 25 mile radius, there are ONLY 2 Wal-Marts, one is downtown, near Dodgers stadium and the other in the African American neighborhood called Crenshaw. In the north end of LA County, N of 101 freeway, "the valley", in the Mexican neighborhoods of Panorama City/Pacoima, there are 2 Wal-marts, within a block of each other

    These stores are obviously strategically placed, at least here in LA

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    Sep 02, 2015 7:44 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThank God that we have Wegmans here in the northeast US. Awesome super stores with outstanding quality products and the stores are immaculate. They also treat their workers very well and offer good benefits. icon_biggrin.gif


    +1

    I love shopping and eating at Wegmans. They have very little employee/labor litigation because they, as you mentioned, generally treat their employees very well.
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    Sep 02, 2015 8:50 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWe have Albertson's grocery stores here in the state of Washington too. Personally I don't think their prices are that low. They're kinda high in comparison to other options in the area. There's one located literally two blocks from me. But I hardly ever go there because other stores like Fred Meyer have better prices.



    Safeway-Vons has always been the best value out of all of them, at least here on the west coast. That era has ended though with the Albertsons-Safeway merger.

    Absolutely, inflated prices by all now, as with all consolidation, market manipulation and lack of choice, much like our hated ISP choices, do not favor the public consumer.

    Some of us do not have much choice where we shop. Its a trade off. You might have a store near you, even walkable, but that store prices are too high. If you want better prices at a store, you have to drive out of your way, and that takes up gas. The way these stores have it rigged, there really is no savings. Its no coincidence that consumer products, like groceries are tied to the price of oil and gasoline.

    I haven't shopped bulk stores since this Albertsons-Haggen debacle, but I can only imagine that Costco, Sams, Smart Final, Wal-Mart and those like them are just packed with shoppers to the rafters lately. The problem here in the Los Angeles area, all these stores are far away or not even existent. I am VERY lucky to have at least a Smart Final close by. These bulk stores are made for families with homes, most of LA rents, which means single people, demographically, it makes more sense for these regular neighborhood groceries, that charge higher prices than to use gasoline and drive to get cheaper prices.

    You can cut the cable cord but either way, the consumer is screwed, we all have to eat to survive, and they know this of course icon_evil.gif


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    Sep 10, 2015 7:46 AM GMT
    What a disaster! Do they even have a TV commercial? Nope. Not very good at introducing themselves into SoCal icon_eek.gif


    Grocer Haggen files for bankruptcy and replaces executive after failing to win over shoppers
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-bankruptcy-20150908-story.html


    David J. Livingston, founder of supermarket research firm DJL Research, pointed to the company's previously small-scale operations and limited resources as poor preparation for its extensive West Coast expansion.

    “They were just clueless from the very beginning,” he said. “You couldn't do worse than what they're doing.”

    Late Tuesday, the company said it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Haggen said it had received as much as $215 million in financing commitments from its existing lenders to keep its operations running.





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    Sep 10, 2015 1:32 PM GMT
    We're having our own grocery meltdown here on the East Coast. A&P, which also owns the Food Basics, PathMark, Super Fresh and Waldbaum's brands, recently declared bankruptcy for the second time. Of the 350 or so stores about half were bought up by its competitors, the rest will likely close.

    Of the 8 stores in my area, only one was bought, by Acme which is owned by Albertson's and is currently a non-player in our region. They built a giant store here in the past ten years and it is already closed.

    A&P was once the nation's largest grocer, with over 10,000 locations across the country. In my travels I still see many former A&P stores being used as drug stores and other smaller retailers. Our DMV is also housed in one. Their store facade from the middle of the 20th century is fairly iconic and easily recognized.

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    Sep 10, 2015 3:10 PM GMT
    The bright side: Haggen's' closing sales will deliver some REAL bargains to smart shoppers. In SoCal, look for Ralphs to pick up some of their slack, and Vons to reopen some of their former locations.
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    Sep 11, 2015 4:55 AM GMT
    MGINSD saidWe had a few Haggens open here in SD recently and I finally stopped in one the other day. Their prices were uniformly higher than the Vons' they replaced, as well as the local Ralphs', and they don't hold a candle to Sprouts. Their flyers reflect this, and they trumpet their "reputation" for good produce beyond credibility. Though I did manage to scarf up a few lingering mark-downs bearing the Safeway label, I'm not convinced to shop there.

    Did anyone else get as good a laugh as I did when I read of Whole Foods' latest gambit to increase its profits a day or so ago? A "slimmed-down," less-expensive version; in other words, Trader Joe's!


    Actually, Trader Joe's is the UPSCALE version of ALDI Grocery store Chain....LOVE to go there!

    In Columbus, we have KROGER, which is the largest grocer in the country, Meijers, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Aldi, Save-A-Lot, Whole Foods, Fresh-Tyme, Sam's , Costco, Gorton's , and a slew of smaller neighborhood groceries....and several farmers markets and numerous specialty and ethnic stores....it really is AMAZING and QUITE nice....
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    MGINSD saidWe had a few Haggens open here in SD recently and I finally stopped in one the other day. Their prices were uniformly higher than the Vons' they replaced, as well as the local Ralphs', and they don't hold a candle to Sprouts. Their flyers reflect this, and they trumpet their "reputation" for good produce beyond credibility. Though I did manage to scarf up a few lingering mark-downs bearing the Safeway label, I'm not convinced to shop there.

    Did anyone else get as good a laugh as I did when I read of Whole Foods' latest gambit to increase its profits a day or so ago? A "slimmed-down," less-expensive version; in other words, Trader Joe's!


    Actually, Trader Joe's is the UPSCALE version of ALDI Grocery store Chain....LOVE to go there!

    In Columbus, we have KROGER, which is the largest grocer in the country, Meijers, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Aldi, Save-A-Lot, Whole Foods, Fresh-Tyme, Sam's , Costco, Gorton's , and a slew of smaller neighborhood groceries....and several farmers markets and numerous specialty and ethnic stores....it really is AMAZING and QUITE nice....


    I love Columbus. Did the Wild Oats store in Marble Arch become a Whole Foods?
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    Sep 11, 2015 10:48 PM GMT
    Stopped by one of the 3 Haggen's that are closing w/in 3 miles of where I live after my swim today. Some of the other shoppers and I were joking that even with their bankruptcy markdowns up to 40% - for now - their prices are STILL outrageous. Not a pretty sight, and I feel bad for the clerks and stockboys who will be losing their jobs. Unless it was all planned to fail, which I wouldn't rule out given the tricks businessmen can come up with, the entire affair was grossly mishandled from the get-go.
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    Grocery chain Haggen is leaving California, Nevada and Arizona
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-haggen-california-20150924-story.html


    The Bellingham, Wash., company said Thursday that it is closing all its stores in the state as part of a larger exit of its Pacific Southwest holdings, including in Arizona and Nevada. That would affect at least 100 outlets, with 67 in California. That follows the closure of 27 stores announced last month, including 16 in the Golden State.

    Haggen plans to keep 37 stores in Washington and Oregon, which is its home base.

    “Although this has been a difficult process and experience, we will remain concentrated in the Pacific Northwest where we began,” Chief Executive John Clougher said
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    Nov 17, 2015 1:47 AM GMT
    Gelsons, Smart Final and Albertsons (reclaim) clean up

    Sprouts? Who shops here? Sounds very vegan and another expensive store icon_rolleyes.gif

    Hmmm, no Stater Bros. for me icon_sad.gif


    Haggen Store Acquisitions and Auction Results
    http://www.keyt.com/news/Haggen-Store-Acquisitions-and-Auction-Results/36449110



  • Rower1950

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    Nov 17, 2015 2:42 AM GMT
    Until Dorothy Haggen died in 2008, Haggen including its Top Foods stores, provided great customer service and low prices 24/7 in its Washington and Oregon stores. Then Don and Rick Haggen sold controlling interest to The Comvest Group.

    The boy wonders who took over management after Dorothy Haggen died cut store hours, reduced the number of employees per store, raised prices and reduced the quality and variety of products while building and buying stores to expand the chain in the southwest.

    My neighborhood Top Food closed last year. Nobody I know misses it.
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    Rower1950 saidUntil Dorothy Haggen died in 2008, Haggen including its Top Foods stores, provided great customer service and low prices 24/7 in its Washington and Oregon stores. Then Don and Rick Haggen sold controlling interest to The Comvest Group.

    The boy wonders who took over management after Dorothy Haggen died cut store hours, reduced the number of employees per store, raised prices and reduced the quality and variety of products while building and buying stores to expand the chain in the southwest.

    My neighborhood Top Food closed last year. Nobody I know misses it.





    I am NOT a fan of private equity groups, at all. They are usually considered divestiture "hacks", meaning they buy troubled businesses and or business spin offs and hack them to pieces, unless they are well established and can make money (Chrysler at one time)

    I hate working for one of these too. Their "corporate office HQ" is usually on some floor of a high rise building in a big city. You cannot find financials on these groups because they are private firms (a republican wet dream). Be careful when applying and working for "small business" without doing your homework, the company's 'parent' just might be one of these equity groups.


    Looks like Comvest is also in the education and healthcare businesses icon_rolleyes.gif


    http://www.comvest.com/portfolio/comvest-equity-fund/

    EVCI Career Colleges Operates post-secondary schools Education Active
    Haggen Operates a chain of high-end grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest Consumer & Retail Active
    AxisPoint Health Payer-focused provider of care management services Healthcare Services Active

    Best known private equity group: Blackstone Group
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    Nov 17, 2015 9:06 AM GMT
    these retail stores; Safeway, Albertsons, King Soopers... they don't grow or make anything, they only put stuff on the shelves. the people buy the junk and they put more on the shelves.
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    Nov 18, 2015 4:46 PM GMT
    pellaz saidthese retail stores; Safeway, Albertsons, King Soopers... they don't grow or make anything, they only put stuff on the shelves. the people buy the junk and they put more on the shelves.


    Exactly! You are so perceptive! It's called "retailing."
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    Nov 18, 2015 4:54 PM GMT
    ELNathB saidGelsons, Smart Final and Albertsons (reclaim) clean up

    Sprouts? Who shops here? Sounds very vegan and another expensive store icon_rolleyes.gif

    Hmmm, no Stater Bros. for me icon_sad.gif

    Haggen Store Acquisitions and Auction Results
    http://www.keyt.com/news/Haggen-Store-Acquisitions-and-Auction-Results/36449110


    Sprouts is actually a high quality, VERY inexpensive fresh produce, health food chain, that beats Whole Fools and Trader Joe's all to hell. I shop there all the time, as it consistently has the lowest priced and best produce throughout SD Cty.

    https://www.sprouts.com/

    I steer clear of Stater's; they seemed pricey the one time I went to one in Palm Springs. Gelson's, especially the ones in "Pali" and on PCH south of Laguna, is fun for people watching, as the rich ladies wander about w/ one eye on the produce and the other on the stockboys.
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    Nov 19, 2015 3:28 AM GMT
    There has been a lot of movement with grocery stores in Southern California. All of the Fresh & Easy stores are either closing or closed. All of the Ralph's in my area are closed (well, as of Nov. 20th). It is a very competitive industry and I have heard that food prices in the Southland are generally lower than other areas because of it. Their are exceptions of course.
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    Nov 19, 2015 5:10 PM GMT
    Fresh and Easy tried but failed to introduce a British style of food store in America, but failed. Why? Because the stores were often understocked and shelves bare, reminiscent of post-WW2 Britain. Ralphs is doing fine in SD Cty., and Vons very well, but Albertson's seems to be morphing more and more into Vons every day. I shop Gonzalez Mexican market for really good prices on produced, meat, and Hispanic foods not available elsewhere.