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Haggen hosts community meeting March 25

Haggen grocer hosts community meeting March 25

Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen is scheduled to complete its remodel of the Puyallup Albertsons at 11012 Canyon Road East on Thursday (March 12).

The two-day conversions at each store will include changes both cosmetic and among the items offered for sale. Haggen sells some 500 items under its own store brand, and Haggen CEO John Clougher told The News Tribune he intends to expand the stock of fresh-from-scratch bakery items.

“We feel we compete with the conventional supermarket, and when we convert these stores we expect little change in the grocery aisle,” he said. “We plan on bringing in thousands of new items to complement on the Northwest Fresh side.”

Haggen’s commitment to being local extends beyond its sourcing and into the communities around its stores. To get to know its neighbors and these neighborhoods better, Haggen is inviting community members who are interested in partnering with the brand to meet with company leaders soon after the conversions of the acquired stores.

The Puyallup store’s meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m.March 25 at the IAFF Local 725 Union Hall, 427 North Meridian.

At these informal public meetings, local farmers and producers can discuss selling their wares on Haggen’s shelves, nonprofit organizations can learn about Haggen’s community giving, and small businesses can explore co-marketing programs.

“We hope community members will join us for a fun evening to learn about how we can work together to strengthen our community,” Clougher said in a release.

Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores.