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Albertsons to begin Lake Oswego conversion next week

Haggen store will close June 1 for a week-long transition, then reopen June 9 as an Albertsons


REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Haggen Food & Pharmacy store on Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego will close June 1 for a week-long conversion and reopen as an Albertsons on June 9.The Haggen Food & Pharmacy store on Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego is scheduled to close June 1 for a week-long conversion and reopen June 9 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 on June 2.

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 Lake Grove store became a Haggen in 2015 after the Federal Trade Commission ordered Albertsons to sell off some of its locations 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 Grove 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.