Albertsons is top bidder on 12 of 13 Haggens in Washington

Albertsons outbid competitors on 12 of the 13 Washington state stores that Bankrupt grocer Haggen auctioned off this week.

Bellingham-based Haggen auctioned off 55 stores throughout Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Arizona between Nov.9-11, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Nov. 13.

Albertsons plans to convert former Haggen stores in Milton, Puyallup, Renton, Monroe, and two stores in Burien to Albertsons-brand stores. Former Haggen stores in Gig Harbor, Spanaway, Port Orchard, Shoreline, Renton, and Everett, would be converted to Safeway, a brand that Albertsons merged with in January.

Albertsons sold 146 stores to Haggen earlier this year to get Federal Trade Commission approval on its merger with Safeway.

The one Washington store that Albertsons didn’t buy — a former Haggen in a Spokane suburb called Liberty Lake — went to Yoke’s Fresh Market, a grocery chain based in Spokane.

This week’s auction’s didn’t include any of Haggen’s Whatcom County locations.

The notice that Haggen filed in court didn’t include prices for the auctioned stores.

Interested parties have until 6 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, Nov. 19 to object to the proposed sales.

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