Why did Bellingham-based Haggen file for bankruptcy in Delaware?

Filed on 13. Sep, 2015 in Contents, News

Haggen is based in Bellingham and all its stores are on the West Coast. But when the grocery chain’s lawyers filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, they did it in Delaware. The struggling grocer isn’t alone in filing for bankruptcy in Delaware even though its headquarters are elsewhere. The bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, [...]

Haggen should have warned workers of bankruptcy, unions say

Filed on 10. Sep, 2015 in News

updated: At 8:40, Sept. 11, to include Haggen’s statement. Haggen should have told its employees about its plans to file for bankruptcy before those workers learned about it from news reports, a union president said in a letter to his members in Washington state. Todd Crosby, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, [...]

Haggen files for bankruptcy after failed expansion | updated

Filed on 09. Sep, 2015 in News

Haggen files for bankruptcy after failed expansion | updated

Updated at 5:16 p.m. Haggen has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just months after acquiring 146 stores from Albertsons and Safeway. The Bellingham-based grocer filed the petition on Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The company plans to reorganize around its core profitable stores and has received commitments for up to $215 million in financing [...]

Bellingham-based VSH CPAs opened an office in Mount Vernon

Filed on 08. Sep, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business, News

After 20 years of operating in Bellingham, VSH CPAs recently opened an office in Mount Vernon. Mark Roetcisoender leads the company’s Skagit County office, which opened two weeks ago at 1404 E. College Way, in the Baird Wealth Management Complex. VSH CPAs hired Roetcisoender in July. He previously worked at Williams & Nulle, an accounting [...]

Baby boomers are preparing to sell their businesses

Filed on 07. Sep, 2015 in Features, News

Baby boomers are preparing to sell their businesses

Marty Maberry’s grandparents started Maberry Packing by planting a field of strawberries outside of Lynden in 1944. Now Maberry, 59, grows about 1,000 acres of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and owns two processing and packing plants in Whatcom County. He’s the third generation in the family business and he doesn’t plan to be the last. [...]

Hoppingham: Chamber of Commerce launching hops and harvest festival

Filed on 03. Sep, 2015 in Contents, Events, News

In an effort to draw more attention and tourists to North Bellingham, the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry is launching a new annual event called Hoppingham: a Hops and Harvest Festival. Hoppingham, a celebration of Bellingham’s craft beer community, aims to attract beer enthusiasts, tourists and locals, according to a press release from the [...]

Tulalip job fair to help people take next step

Filed on 02. Sep, 2015 in Events, News

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal editor TULALIP — More than 50 businesses and other employers are signed up for a job fair Sept. 10 at the Tulalip Resort Casino, looking for candidates to fill positions in industries ranging from healthcare to public service to aerospace. People who need jobs or are seeking to [...]

Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over “systematic efforts to eliminate competition”

Filed on 01. Sep, 2015 in News

Haggen sued Albertsons for allegedly engaging in “coordinated and systematic efforts” to eliminate Haggen as a viable competitor in five states. The Bellingham-based grocery chain filed a lawsuit for $1 billion in damages on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The suit alleges that Albertsons made “false representations” to Haggen and the FTC in its deal to sell [...]

County unemployment rate rose to 6 percent in July

Filed on 31. Aug, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June, according to the latest report from the state Employment Security Department. The latest report estimates that the private sector lost 400 jobs during the month and the public sector lost 2,500 jobs. The unemployment rate has risen slowly from a [...]

City of Bellingham offering free storm debris drop off

Filed on 31. Aug, 2015 in News

The City of Bellingham is offering free drop off of storm debris this week at the Geri Field parking lot in the Civic Athletic Complex. Free tree limb drop off for Bellingham residents started at noon on Monday, Aug. 31, according to a press release from the City. The site, located at the corner of [...]

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