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Barrows Road Haggen reverts back to Albertsons name

KAREN C - The former Albertsons supermarket on Southwest Barrows Road is back open under its old name after the store was operated by Haggen Food & Pharmacy for the past year.The Barrows Road Albertsons supermarket is back open.

Albertsons has operated a store at 14300 S.W. Barrows Road for several years, but for the past two years, the store has been operated by competitor Haggen Food & Pharmacy.

The Haggen supermarket chain was purchased by Albertsons earlier this year and the store — located less than a mile south of Beaverton in Tigard — was transformed back into Albertsons on June 9, Albertsons said in a release.

A grand re-opening ceremony complete with free cake, food samples and a ribbon cutting with Tigard Mayor John L. Cook, is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday.

The new store features a designer floral showroom and premier produce department featuring the best locally grown produce, with an increased variety of organic fruits and vegetables, according to the company. The store will also include an expanded service deli, specialty cheese and fresh cut section, and an improved Starbucks with extra seating.

“We are thrilled to unveil the new and improved Albertsons in Tigard,” said Greg McNiff, Portland Division President for Safeway Albertsons. “The enhancements we’ve made will give shoppers an enjoyable experience and the finest selection of natural and organic each time they visit us. We’re so glad to be back in the community again.”

Albertsons - Grand Re-Opening Event

What: Albertsons grand re-opening

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, June 16

Where: Albertsons, 14300 S.W. Barrows Road

Albertsons operated two stores in Tigard before selling them both to Haggen.

Neither the former Albertsons on Southwest Durham Road, nor its former store in Sherwood are expected to re-open, Albertsons said.

Albertsons sold the stores to Haggen in 2014 along with more than 100 others across the western United States as part of its merger with Safeway, but the new owners failed to find a foothold with customers.

Haggen and Albertsons were later involved in a public legal battle over the handling of the sale. Albertsons sued Haggen for $36 million, saying the grocer failed to pay for several of the stores it took ownership of. Haggen fired back with a $1 billion countersuit alleging that Albertsons lied about its pricing in order to drive customers away from Haggen after the takeover.

Haggen eventually filed for bankruptcy and shuttered its stores in Tualatin and Sherwood, as well as its Durham Road store in Tigard.

Albertsons eventually purchased Haggen outright and took back several of the stores it had sold to Haggen, including its Barrows Road location and its former store in Lake Oswego, 16199 S.W. Boones Ferry Road.

By Miles Vance
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