Albertsons-Safeway-Haggen

The sale of a mere 168 stores is a drop in the bucket for the soon-to-be-combined Albertsons and Safeway, and their combined 2,400+ stores. But 168 stores changing hands is a pretty big deal, for the millions of Safeway and Albertsons shoppers who will soon have to get used to new ownership and newly renamed, revamped and renovated stores.

Albertsons and Safeway announced on Friday that they would be selling 168 Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Tom Thumb stores in eight states, as part of a plan to avoid antitrust issues as the two companies seek federal regulatory approval for their merger.

A couple dozen stores in Texas, Montana, Wyoming and Washington state will be split up among three buyers – Supervalu, and the retailer cooperatives Associated Food Stores and Associated Wholesale Grocers (see the complete list of stores changing hands below). But the vast majority of the stores – 146 in all – will be sold, and converted, to Haggen.

The small, 18-store Haggen chain with a presence in Oregon and Washington is about to expand across the west coast, in one fell swoop. Its purchase will give it many more locations in Oregon and Washington, as well as stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.

After the anticipated close of the transaction early next year, Haggen plans to begin converting all of its newly-acquired Albertsons and Safeway stores to the Haggen banner. “With this pivotal acquisition, we will have the opportunity to introduce many more customers to the Haggen experience,” Haggen board of directors chair John Caple said in a statement.

So what is the “Haggen experience”? Well, it’s not quite like the Albertsons or Safeway experience, so shoppers who find their stores rebranded will have some adjusting to do. With a fresh, locally-sourced focus, Haggen competes with the likes of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, though it carries plenty of name brand items you’d find in a standard grocery store as well.

Haggen has a loyalty card, which will be a change for customers who currently shop at Albertsons, which got rid of theirs. It doesn’t offer digital coupons on the card, though, which will be a change for customers of Safeway, whose Just for U program has made its Club Card more than just a standard discount card. As for Haggen’s coupon policy, it allows stacking of manufacturer’s and store coupons, but it doesn’t allow overage or offer double or triple coupons.

Reviewers on Yelp generally have good things to say about Haggen, though many note that you get what you pay for. “There are cheaper places to shop in town,” one writes, “but the Haggen shopper is not one solely concerned with price.” Another adds, “good selection, but more expensive than Safeway.” Opines a third reviewer, “don’t come here if you’re poor. I am poor and I only buy my bread here.”

Haggen’s major expansion comes just a few years after some contraction. The Haggen family sold their 80-year-old chain to a private investment firm, which promptly shut down a dozen stores. Now, the new owners promise they have turned the company around and are in a much better position to successfully expand the chain’s store count nearly tenfold.

Albertsons, meanwhile, anticipates that its purchase of Safeway will be complete by next month. Safeway and its other owned stores will not be converted to Albertsons. “These are strong brands, and our only plan is to make them even better for you,” Albertsons promises. And the sale of the 168 stores will allow it to keep its pledge not to close any stores as a result of the merger. “We look forward now to the transaction’s close,” Safeway CEO Robert Edwards said in a statement, “so we can begin working together to enhance the loyalty of grocery shoppers by delivering high quality products, great service and lower prices to become the favorite local supermarket in every neighborhood we serve.”

Except in the neighborhoods it no longer serves. Instead, shoppers there will be welcoming a small regional grocery chain – with big plans for the future.

Are any of your stores affected? Take a look at the complete list of stores that will be changing hands:

New owner: Associated Food Stores

Albertsons 1301 Harrison Avenue Butte MT
Albertsons 3112 East Grand Avenue Laramie WY
Safeway 1525 West Park Anaconda MT
Safeway 3801 S. Reserve St. Missoula MT
Safeway 800 W. Broadway St Missoula MT
Safeway 1375 Cy Avenue Casper WY
Safeway 300 Se Wyoming Blvd Casper WY
Safeway 169 Coffeen Sheridan WY

 

New owner: Associated Wholesale Grocers

Albertsons 3630 Forest Lane Dallas TX
Albertsons 6464 E. Mockingbird Lane Dallas TX
Albertsons 4349 W. Northwest Highway Dallas TX
Albertsons 3524 Mckinney Ave. Dallas TX
Albertsons 10203 E Northwest Highway Dallas TX
Albertsons 7007 Arapaho Road Dallas TX
Albertsons 1108 N Highway 377 Roanoke TX
Albertsons 8505 Lakeview Parkway Rowlett TX
Tom Thumb 3300 Harwood Rd. Bedford TX
Tom Thumb 4000 William D. Tate Ave. Grapevine TX
Tom Thumb 4836 West Park Blvd. Plano TX
Tom Thumb 3001 Hardin Blvd. Mckinney TX

 

New owner: Supervalu

Albertsons 303 91st Ave. N.E. Everett WA
Albertsons 14019 Woodinville-Duvall Rd Woodinville WA

 

New owner: Haggen

Albertsons 174 East Sheldon Prescott AZ
Albertsons 1980 Mcculloch Blvd Lake Havasu City AZ
Albertsons 7450 E Highway 69 Prescott Valley AZ
Albertsons 1350 N Silverbell Road Tucson AZ
Albertsons 34442 N Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ
Albertsons 11475 E Via Linda Scottsdale AZ
Albertsons 1416 E Route 66 Flagstaff AZ
Albertsons West 1132 Branch Street Arroyo Grande CA
Albertsons 8200 El Camino Real Atascadero CA
Albertsons 3830 W Verdugo Ave Burbank CA
Albertsons 955 Carlsbad Village Dr Carlsbad CA
Albertsons 7660 El Camino Real Carlsbad CA
Albertsons 150 B Ave Coronado CA
Albertsons 3443 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles CA
Albertsons 8985 Venice Bl – Ste B Los Angeles CA
Albertsons 1608 Broadway St El Cajon CA
Albertsons 30922 South Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach CA
Albertsons 5038 W Avenue North Palmdale CA
Albertsons 2130 Pacific Coast Hwy Lomita CA
Albertsons 1500 N. ‘H’ Street Lompoc CA
Albertsons 25872 Muirlands Blvd. Mission Viejo CA
Albertsons 3049 Coast Highway Corona Del Mar CA
Albertsons 14837 Pomerado Road Poway CA
Albertsons 12475 Rancho Bernardo Rd Rancho Bernardo CA
Albertsons 1516 S. Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach CA
Albertsons 615 N. Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach CA
Albertsons 21035 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance CA
Albertsons 2115 Artesia Bl. Redondo Beach CA
Albertsons 10633 Tierra Santa Bl. San Diego CA
Albertsons 2235 University Ave San Diego CA
Albertsons 422 W Washington St San Diego CA
Albertsons 7895 Highland Village Place San Diego CA
Albertsons 10740 Westview Pkwy San Diego CA
Albertsons 14340 Penasquitos Drive San Diego CA
Albertsons 730 Turquoise St San Diego CA
Albertsons 5950 Balboa Ave San Diego CA
Albertsons 28090 South Western Ave San Diego CA
Albertsons 1636 W 25th St San Diego CA
Albertsons 2010 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara CA
Albertsons 3943 State St. Santa Barbara CA
Albertsons 9870 Magnolia Ave Santee CA
Albertsons 2707 Via De La Valle Del Mar CA
Albertsons 1736 Avenida De Los Arboles Thousand Oaks CA
Albertsons 6240 Foothill Blvd Tujunga CA
Albertsons 7800 Telegraph Road Ventura CA
Albertsons 5770 Lindero Canyon Rd Westlake Village CA
Albertsons 21500 Yorba Linda Blvd. Yorba Linda CA
Albertsons 5135 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley CA
Albertsons 2800 Cochran Simi Valley CA
Albertsons 21672 Plano Trabuco Rd. Trabuco Canyon CA
Albertsons 350 W San Ysidro Blvd San Ysidro CA
Albertsons 3500 Panama Lane Bakersfield CA
Albertsons 7900 White Lane Bakersfield CA
Albertsons 8200 E Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield CA
Albertsons 2400 Las Posas Rd Camarillo CA
Albertsons 920 N. Ventura Rd. Oxnard CA
Albertsons 8850 Foothill Blvd. Rancho Cucamonga CA
Albertsons 1910 N. Campus Ave. Upland CA
Albertsons 771 Foothill Blvd San Luis Obispo CA
Albertsons 1321 Johnson Ave San Luis Obispo CA
Albertsons 2627 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica CA
Albertsons 6235 E Spring St Long Beach CA
Albertsons 2910 Bicentennial Parkway Henderson NV
Albertsons 575 College Drive Henderson NV
Albertsons 190 N. Boulder Hwy Henderson NV
Albertsons 1120 Campbell Street Baker City OR
Albertsons 8155 S.W. Hall Beaverton OR
Albertsons 16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy. Tigard OR
Albertsons 14300 S W Barrows Rd Tigard OR
Albertsons 1800 N.E. 3rd Street Bend OR
Albertsons 61155 S. Hwy 97 Bend OR
Albertsons 1675 W. 18th Avenue Eugene OR
Albertsons 3075 Hilyard St. Eugene OR
Albertsons 340 N E Beacon Drive Grants Pass OR
Albertsons 1690 Allen Creek Road Grants Pass OR
Albertsons 14800 S E Sunnyside Rd Clackamas OR
Albertsons 16199 Boones Ferry Road Lake Oswego OR
Albertsons 5450 River Rd. N. Keizer OR
Albertsons 16030 S W Tualatin Sherwood Rd Sherwood OR
Albertsons 1855 Blankenship Rd West Linn OR
Albertsons 10830 S.E. Oak Milwaukie OR
Albertsons 3520 Pacific Ave S E Olympia WA
Albertsons 8611 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. Tacoma WA
Albertsons 31009 Pacific Hwy South Federal Way WA
Albertsons 2900 Wheaton Way Bremerton WA
Albertsons 15840 1st Avenue South Burien WA
Albertsons 12725 First Ave. S. Burien WA
Albertsons 17171 Bothell Way N.E. Seattle WA
Albertsons 2800 Milton Way Milton WA
Albertsons 19881 SR 2 Monroe WA
Albertsons 114 E Lauridsen Blvd Port Angeles WA
Albertsons 11012 Canyon Rd. East Puyallup WA
Albertsons 14215 SE Petrovitsky Rd Renton WA
Albertsons 3925 236Th Ave N E Redmond WA
Albertsons 2222 NW Bucklin Hill Road Silverdale WA
Albertsons 17520 SR 9 Southeast Snohomish WA
Albertsons 450 N. Wilbur Avenue Walla Walla WA
Albertsons 1128 N. Miller Wenatchee WA
Albertsons 111 S. 38Th Street Tacoma WA
Safeway 8740 East Broadway Tucson AZ
Safeway 10380 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson AZ
Safeway 3655 W. Anthem Way Anthem AZ
Vons 850 Linden Avenue Carpinteria CA
Vons 4200 Chino Hills Pkwy Ste. 400 Chino Hills CA
Vons 505 Telegraph Canyon Rd Chula Vista CA
Vons 360 East H St Chula Vista CA
Vons 870 Third Ave Chula Vista CA
Vons 240 S. Diamond Bar Blvd Diamond Bar CA
Vons 2800 Fletcher Pkwy El Cajon CA
Vons 5630 Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa CA
Vons 25636 Crown Valley Parkway Ladera Ranch CA
Vons 30252 Crown Valley Parkway Laguna Niguel CA
Vons 28751 Los Alisos Blvd. Mission Viejo CA
Vons 1130 Los Osos Valley Road Los Osos CA
Vons 3901 Portola Pkwy Irvine CA
Vons 72675 Highway 111 Palm Desert CA
Vons 36-101 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage CA
Vons 671 Rancho Santa Fe San Marcos CA
Vons 3681 Avocado Avenue La Mesa CA
Vons 660 E. Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley CA
Vons 550 E. First St. Tustin CA
Vons 17662 17th Street Tustin CA
Vons 13439 Camino Canada El Cajon CA
Vons 1191 E. Creston Road Paso Robles CA
Vons 2100 Newbury Road Newbury Park CA
Vons 23381 Mulholland Dr Woodland Hills CA
Vons 26518 Bouquet Canyon Road Saugus CA
Vons 27095 Mcbean Parkway Santa Clarita CA
Vons 163 S. Turnpike Rd Goleta CA
Vons 175 N. Fairview Ave. Goleta CA
Vons 1031 Nevada Hwy Boulder City NV
Vons 820 S. Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas NV
Vons 7530 W. Lake Mead Blvd Las Vegas NV
Vons 1940 Village Center Circle Las Vegas NV
Safeway 585 Siskiyou Boulevard Ashland OR
Safeway 2740 S. 6th Klamath Falls OR
Safeway 5415 Main Street Springfield OR
Safeway 211 North Eighth Street Klamath Falls OR
Safeway 7601 Evergreen Way Everett WA
Safeway 4831 Point Fosdick Dr Nw Gig Harbor WA
Safeway 1233 N. Liberty Lake Road Liberty Lake WA
Safeway 31565 Sr 20 #1 Oak Harbor WA
Safeway 3355 Bethel Rd. S.e. Port Orchard WA
Safeway 4300 ne 4th Renton WA
Safeway 15805 Pacific Ave. S. Tacoma WA
Safeway 15332 Aurora Ave N Shoreline WA

5 Comments

  1. I like the “Just for U” program that was being used by Vons. I hope does not go away, otherwise even though I do like both stores, I can’t afford to shop at either store on a regular basis, with out coupon benifits of not having to remember to bring cut out ones. That Haigans is even more expensive. They look nice, but can’t afford their even higer prices.

  2. Are you kidding? We can barely afford our groceries as it is, and when we can, yes we go to Sprouts – but only when the prices are cheaper, like in the summer for fruits and veggies. Albertsons is the place we can afford our groceries here in San Diego (Tierrasanta). Looks like ALL of the Albertsons we shop at are changing and we don’t like Vons that much – especially not produce or meat. Guess we’ll be eating less and NOT be the happy shoppers we have always been with Albertsons. Just love it when we have no say so in things. THANKS A BUNCH!

  3. Colleen Poor says:

    Gee just what we need another store chain that’s more expensive and trying to push the local, organic stuff. Even though they say they carry brand named items, the poof will be in the sales slip at the end of the shopping trip. Where they’re taking our Vons is not a community with high price shoppers. We’ll give them a try but I avoid Albertsons except for some things due to their prices.

    • Colleen, you’re not going to be happy. I live in Washington, and they are more expensive then Albertsons. By a long shot.

  4. Pingback: Changes are comin’….. To Vons and Albertsons! | CA Coupon Diva

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