Haggen Grocery Chain will Shutter 27 Stores Including Six in San Diego County

Haggen Grocery Chain will Shutter 27 Stores Including Six in San Diego County

The Bellingham, Washington based grocery chain Haggen recently announced that it will be shuttering twenty seven of its 164 stores which include six in San Diego County.

Earlier in a massive expansion move Haggen took over several Albertsons and Vons stores.

The company did not mention any specific number of jobs that will be affected by the closure. Last month it said that almost seven hundred employees will lose their jobs in Southern California. The company said it plans to operate the stores for approximately two months. As of now its executives want to take the actions which will make the company stable and healthy.

Haggen's chief executive for the pacific southwest region, Bill Shaner, said, "By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner."      It not only closing stores that the company is looking at. To achieve what the company is looking for it also aims to bring in a change in the management. Right now, Haggen has two CEOs one for its northern region and one for its southern region.

Haggen which became a heavy weight chain suddenly in the beginning of the year now looks forward to avert a downward spiral which might slow down the business. In case the grocer fails to generate sufficient revenue, it cannot meet the expenses of stocking its shelves with new merchandise or upgrade its existing facilities.