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Haggen closing Tigard, Sherwood locations

The Barrows Road grocery store is among those the company hopes to salvage.


FILE PHOTO - Haggen announced closure of 100 of its stores, including locations in Sherwood and on Pacific Highway in Tigard.Haggen, less than a year after a spectacular burst of growth, is now in the midst on an equally incredible shrinking act.

The grocery store chain announced on Sept. 24 that it would close another 100 stores, including short-lived locations in Sherwood and on Pacific Highway in Tigard.

Another Tigard store, located at 14300 S.W. Barrows Road near the Beaverton boundary, survived the company's latest and deepest cuts.

The company is culling its recent large-scale expansion across the West to down to 37 Washington and Oregon stores its leaders believe will be profitable.

Haggen currently is shutting down its more established Tualatin location, a move previously announced, and this week added more Oregon stores to the chopping block, including locations in Beaverton and Milwaukie.

The closures are part of the Bellingham, Wash.,-based company's earlier announced reorganization in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

With these closures, the grocery store will entirely abandon its unsuccessful push into California, Arizona and Nevada, where it took over Albertsons and Safeway locations.

The latest 100 stores will be closed over the coming few months.

The company is looking for potential buyers of those closing locations and also is working to help employees who will lose jobs, Haggen officials have said in its closure announcements.

When the dust settles on the announced closures, Haggen's stores will include 16 the company already operated as well as 21 acquired in the expansion, plus one stand-along pharmacy, according to a company news release.

Haggen's sudden expansion late last year, and its nearly as dramatic deflation in recent months, was tied to Albertsons' need to shed stores to meet federal anti-monopoly requirements as it bought Safeway.

Haggen and Albertsons also have traded lawsuits following the sales.

The total number of employees affected by the expected closures at the nearest stores include: Beaverton: 57; Tigard: 62; Tualatin: 73; and Sherwood: 62, according to John Asher of the state's Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.