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Puyallup, Federal Way Haggen stores could be sold

According to recently filed court documents, six more Haggen stores were added to the list of locations they could sell.

First reported in The Oregonian, the additional stores are three in Washington and three in Oregon. The Washington stores added to the list are the chain’s store at 11012 Canyon Road E. near Puyallup, its store at 31009 Pacific Highway S. in Federal Way and a store in Burien. The Oregon stores added to the list are in West Linn, Happy Valley and Eugene.

The stores could be sold. If they aren’t sold, they will remain Haggen stores.

Haggen issued a statement Thursday to clarify its position about the six stores: “In support of its ongoing marketing effort and global bid procedures, Haggen has identified six stores that will be marketed as both individual non-core stores and as part of the 37 core stores.”

On Monday, the Bellingham-based grocer announced it was selling one Nevada and 27 Southern California stores to Smart & Final LLC and eight Southern California stores to Gelson’s Markets for around $92 million. The company also established a bid process for the rest of the stores, with an auction scheduled for November.

After spending more than $300 million to acquire 146 stores from Albertsons and Safeway in December, the company struggled to convert many of those stores to the Haggen brand. The company also was hit with a $41.1 million lawsuit by Albertsons for failing to pay for inventory.

In August, the Haggen company announced it would close 27 stores, followed by its own lawsuit against Albertsons for up to $1 billion in damages, alleging Albertsons sabotaged the deal. On Sept. 24, Haggen announced it was closing 100 stores.

The Bellingham Herald contributed to this report

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