Bidders vying for Central Coast Haggen locations
November 10, 2015
By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra2theSea
Central Coast Haggen grocery stores are among those locations being auctioned off this week in Los Angeles through the bankruptcy court.
Last year, Haggen grew to 164 locations after it purchased 146 stores from Safeway and Albertsons, but then failed to turn a profit. In September, Haggen announced plans to close 127 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada as part of an ongoing bankruptcy.
Several grocers placed baseline bids on Central Coast Haggen locations.
Spencer’s Fresh Markets put a baseline bid on the Arroyo Grande Haggen location, according to the list. The Foothill Boulevard Haggen in San Luis Obispo and the Los Osos Haggen are included in the auction, but have no baseline bids posted.
In Santa Barbara County, Albertsons bid on the Lompoc store location and the Turnpike Road store in Goleta.
In its first attempted foray to the Central Coast, Sprouts Market made a bid on the Fairview Avenue Goleta location. Roxy’s Market is seeking to purchase the Cliff Drive Santa Barbara location. Final bids should be available in the next few days.
In addition to the locations up for auction this week, a judge is expected to rule shortly on a bid from Smart & Final to purchase 28 stores including locations at Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, Creston Road in Paso Robles, El Camino Real Atascadero, State Street in Santa Barbara and the Linden Avenue in Carpinteria locations.
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