Haggen store opens at former Vons location
Haggen, a grocery store chain from the Pacific Northwest, will officially open today in the former Vons location at 1191 E. Creston Road in Paso Robles. The location is one of the 83 stores in California it is acquiring and convert ingto the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015.
Timeline for the Paso Robles store at 1191 E. Creston Road:
6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5 – Safeway (Vons) store closed
12:01 a.m., Monday, April 6 – Haggen takes ownership and begins conversion
Tuesday afternoon April 7 – Store opens as Haggen
Once the acquisition is completed, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.
“We’re excited about the changes we’re making to enhance these stores with more locally sourced food offerings, genuine service and homemade quality, and we’re confident customers will like the new look, convenience and value offered at our new Haggen one-stop, full-service grocery destinations,” said Haggen CEO of the Pacific Southwest Bill Shaner. “Haggen has built its 81-year-old business on providing excellent fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood. That focus will definitely be reflected in each of the 100 stores we’re opening in California, Nevada and Arizona, introducing shoppers to Haggen’s unique mix of healthy, hassle-free offerings.”
As each new store is transformed into the Haggen brand, employees will be invited to become Haggen employees. “We’re proud to continue employing all the wonderful associates our customers look for when they shop and offering shoppers the essential items they need, specialty items they want, and locally relevant items that reflect the community,” said Shaner.
Haggen also said they they plan to partner closely with local farmers and producers to sell their products on Haggen’s shelves.