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Sorry, Tigard won't be getting back its 99W Albertsons

Albertsons won't re-open Tigard, Tualatin or Sherwood anytime soon, though work continues on Barrows Road location.

SUBMITTED - The Tigard Albertsons supermarket on Southwest Durham Road was one of several across the Portland area that were converted to Haggen and then closed after the company went bankrupt. This summer, Albertson plans to re-open the store.The Tigard Albertsons supermarket near Southwest Durham Road is not getting ready to re-open, despite what you may have heard.

For the past few weeks, rumors have swirled that the former Albertsons-turned-Haggen grocery store at 16200 S.W. Pacific Highway could be getting ready to re-open, but Albertsons denied those rumors in a recent e-mail to The Times.

The Pacific Highway location closed its doors last November after Haggen failed to find any bidders interested in purchasing it, although Albertsons did take back several other former Haggen stores across the country.

Albertsons later purchased Haggen outright, but there don’t appear to any immediate plans to re-open any of the closed Albertsons stores in Tigard, Tualatin or Sherwood, according to Jill McGinnis, a spokeswoman for Albertsons and Haggen.

“I don’t have the (Pacific Highway location) on my radar,” she said.

The rumor seems to be fueled by the company’s recent buy-out of Haggen Food & Pharmacy.

The two supermarket chains had a turbulent, if brief, relationship. Haggen purchased more than 140 Albertsons stores in 2014, including Albertsons locations in Tigard and Sherwood in order to get federal approval for an Albertsons-Safeway merger.

Albertsons and Haggen then sued each other over problems associated with that purchase. Albertsons sued Haggen for more than $36 million, saying the grocer failed to pay for several of the stores it took over. Haggen filed a $1 billion countersuit, claiming Albertsons lied about its pricing in order to drive customers away from Haggen after the takeover.

Haggen eventually declared bankruptcy, sold many of its remaining stores and was then purchased by Albertsons outright earlier this year.

Rumors then began that the company was considering re-opening the stores that Haggen had closed down, including its location on Pacific Highway.

That’s not to say that Albertsons isn’t returning to Tigard in another way.

Work is underway to transition the Albertsons-turned-Haggen supermarket on Southwest Barrows Road back to its Albertsons brand name by next month.

“Albertsons is excited about being back to serve the Tigard community,” McGinnis said in a written statement.

That store, at 14300 S.W. Barrows Road, is expected to switch back to Albertsons in June.

Several other Haggen stores across Oregon are expected to transition back to the Albertsons brand later this year:

· 16199 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego

· 1800 NE 3rd St., Bend

· 61155 S Hwy 97, Bend

· 1675 W 18th ave., Eugene

· 3075 Hilyard St., Eugene

· 1690 Allen Creek Rd., Grant Pass

· 450 N Wilbur, Walla Walla, Wash.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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