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REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Haggen Food & Pharmacy store on Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego was scheduled to close Wednesday for a week-long conversion and reopen as an Albertsons on June 9.

Albertsons conversion underway in Lake Oswego

The Haggen Food & Pharmacy store on Boones Ferry Road was scheduled to close Wednesday for a week-long conversion and is expected to reopen next Thursday as an Albertsons.

According to Albertsons spokeswoman Jill McGinnis, the company will donate much of the store’s current inventory to the Sunshine Division Food Bank and then begin working on the transition today.

A ribbon-cutting and cake ceremony is planned for the store’s June 9 reopening, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. and is expected to include comments by Mayor Kent Studebaker.

McGinnis said the store will receive a variety of ugrades, including new paint and lighting, a kombucha station and a second loading dock. The service deli, bakery, specialty cheese section and Starbucks seating area all will be expanded, and the store will have an increased focus on natural and organic items in the produce area.

The existing pharmacy will remain, McGinnis said, and Albertsons will also keep serving three customer-favorite Haggen bakery items: scones, cinnamon swirl bread and jumbo cinnamon rolls.

The store became a Haggen in 2015 after the Federal Trade Commission ordered Albertsons to sell off some of its stores as part of a merger with Safeway. But things didn’t go well for Haggen in the following months, and the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2015.

The Lake Oswego store was one of 33 “core” locations that Haggen planned to auction off earlier this year before reaching an agreement to sell most of them — including the supermarket at 16199 Boones Ferry Road — back to Albertsons.

LO’s Alex Ohly is TriMet’s Bus Driver of the Year

OHLYLake Oswego resident Alex Ohly was honored as TriMet’s Bus Driver of the Year in a ceremony last week.

Ohly has been driving TriMet buses for 26 years and has earned 21 National Safe Driving Awards and 15 Superior Performance Awards during his tenure. Ohly drives bus route 88, which runs from Beaverton to the Willow Creek transit center. He says he’s surprised and honored to receive the award, and that his fellow TriMet workers also deserve praise.

“I am really happy to get this, but there are so many dedicated people (at TriMet),” he says. “When riding the bus, riding the MAX, you don’t see what so many people are doing right every day. I’m glad to work with so many dedicated, caring people at TriMet.”

Ohly says he likes to drive, but his favorite part of the job is being able to work with people and help them get where they’re going. He says his best advice for new drivers is to be patient.

“Just be patient with people,” he says. “A lot of people are tired, getting up too early for work and working too late, too hard. Just try to understand them and try to work with them. It’s really rewarding when you finish the day and you see you have helped somebody somewhere.”

Ohly has lived in Lake Oswego for 22 years. He says his favorite thing about the city is its huge number of trees. He’s 64, but has no plans to retire — in fact, he says he hopes to keep driving for as long as he can.

“I enjoy what I’m doing every day, in and out,” he says. “I would miss it — I could have retired years ago, but I just enjoy doing it. As long as I’m enjoying it, I’ll just continue to drive and do it, and I’m enjoying it so far.”

— The Review