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

Albertsons1301 Harrison AvenueButteMT
Albertsons3112 East Grand AvenueLaramieWY
Safeway1525 West ParkAnacondaMT
Safeway3801 S. Reserve St.MissoulaMT
Safeway800 W. Broadway StMissoulaMT
Safeway1375 Cy AvenueCasperWY
Safeway300 Se Wyoming BlvdCasperWY
Safeway169 CoffeenSheridanWY


New owner: Associated Wholesale Grocers

Albertsons3630 Forest LaneDallasTX
Albertsons6464 E. Mockingbird LaneDallasTX
Albertsons4349 W. Northwest HighwayDallasTX
Albertsons3524 Mckinney Ave.DallasTX
Albertsons10203 E Northwest HighwayDallasTX
Albertsons7007 Arapaho RoadDallasTX
Albertsons1108 N Highway 377RoanokeTX
Albertsons8505 Lakeview ParkwayRowlettTX
Tom Thumb3300 Harwood Rd.BedfordTX
Tom Thumb4000 William D. Tate Ave.GrapevineTX
Tom Thumb4836 West Park Blvd.PlanoTX
Tom Thumb3001 Hardin Blvd.MckinneyTX


New owner: Supervalu

Albertsons303 91st Ave. N.E.EverettWA
Albertsons14019 Woodinville-Duvall RdWoodinvilleWA


New owner: Haggen

Albertsons174 East SheldonPrescottAZ
Albertsons1980 Mcculloch BlvdLake Havasu CityAZ
Albertsons7450 E Highway 69Prescott ValleyAZ
Albertsons1350 N Silverbell RoadTucsonAZ
Albertsons34442 N Scottsdale RoadScottsdaleAZ
Albertsons11475 E Via LindaScottsdaleAZ
Albertsons1416 E Route 66FlagstaffAZ
AlbertsonsWest 1132 Branch StreetArroyo GrandeCA
Albertsons8200 El Camino RealAtascaderoCA
Albertsons3830 W Verdugo AveBurbankCA
Albertsons955 Carlsbad Village DrCarlsbadCA
Albertsons7660 El Camino RealCarlsbadCA
Albertsons150 B AveCoronadoCA
Albertsons3443 S Sepulveda BlvdLos AngelesCA
Albertsons8985 Venice Bl – Ste BLos AngelesCA
Albertsons1608 Broadway StEl CajonCA
Albertsons30922 South Pacific Coast Hwy.Laguna BeachCA
Albertsons5038 W Avenue NorthPalmdaleCA
Albertsons2130 Pacific Coast HwyLomitaCA
Albertsons1500 N. ‘H’ StreetLompocCA
Albertsons25872 Muirlands Blvd.Mission ViejoCA
Albertsons3049 Coast HighwayCorona Del MarCA
Albertsons14837 Pomerado RoadPowayCA
Albertsons12475 Rancho Bernardo RdRancho BernardoCA
Albertsons1516 S. Pacific Coast HwyRedondo BeachCA
Albertsons615 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.Redondo BeachCA
Albertsons21035 Hawthorne BlvdTorranceCA
Albertsons2115 Artesia Bl.Redondo BeachCA
Albertsons10633 Tierra Santa Bl.San DiegoCA
Albertsons2235 University AveSan DiegoCA
Albertsons422 W Washington StSan DiegoCA
Albertsons7895 Highland Village PlaceSan DiegoCA
Albertsons10740 Westview PkwySan DiegoCA
Albertsons14340 Penasquitos DriveSan DiegoCA
Albertsons730 Turquoise StSan DiegoCA
Albertsons5950 Balboa AveSan DiegoCA
Albertsons28090 South Western AveSan DiegoCA
Albertsons1636 W 25th StSan DiegoCA
Albertsons2010 Cliff Dr.Santa BarbaraCA
Albertsons3943 State St.Santa BarbaraCA
Albertsons9870 Magnolia AveSanteeCA
Albertsons2707 Via De La ValleDel MarCA
Albertsons1736 Avenida De Los ArbolesThousand OaksCA
Albertsons6240 Foothill BlvdTujungaCA
Albertsons7800 Telegraph RoadVenturaCA
Albertsons5770 Lindero Canyon RdWestlake VillageCA
Albertsons21500 Yorba Linda Blvd.Yorba LindaCA
Albertsons5135 Los Angeles AvenueSimi ValleyCA
Albertsons2800 CochranSimi ValleyCA
Albertsons21672 Plano Trabuco Rd.Trabuco CanyonCA
Albertsons350 W San Ysidro BlvdSan YsidroCA
Albertsons3500 Panama LaneBakersfieldCA
Albertsons7900 White LaneBakersfieldCA
Albertsons8200 E Stockdale HwyBakersfieldCA
Albertsons2400 Las Posas RdCamarilloCA
Albertsons920 N. Ventura Rd.OxnardCA
Albertsons8850 Foothill Blvd.Rancho CucamongaCA
Albertsons1910 N. Campus Ave.UplandCA
Albertsons771 Foothill BlvdSan Luis ObispoCA
Albertsons1321 Johnson AveSan Luis ObispoCA
Albertsons2627 Lincoln BlvdSanta MonicaCA
Albertsons6235 E Spring StLong BeachCA
Albertsons2910 Bicentennial ParkwayHendersonNV
Albertsons575 College DriveHendersonNV
Albertsons190 N. Boulder HwyHendersonNV
Albertsons1120 Campbell StreetBaker CityOR
Albertsons8155 S.W. HallBeavertonOR
Albertsons16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy.TigardOR
Albertsons14300 S W Barrows RdTigardOR
Albertsons1800 N.E. 3rd StreetBendOR
Albertsons61155 S. Hwy 97BendOR
Albertsons1675 W. 18th AvenueEugeneOR
Albertsons3075 Hilyard St.EugeneOR
Albertsons340 N E Beacon DriveGrants PassOR
Albertsons1690 Allen Creek RoadGrants PassOR
Albertsons14800 S E Sunnyside RdClackamasOR
Albertsons16199 Boones Ferry RoadLake OswegoOR
Albertsons5450 River Rd. N.KeizerOR
Albertsons16030 S W Tualatin Sherwood RdSherwoodOR
Albertsons1855 Blankenship RdWest LinnOR
Albertsons10830 S.E. OakMilwaukieOR
Albertsons3520 Pacific Ave S EOlympiaWA
Albertsons8611 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.TacomaWA
Albertsons31009 Pacific Hwy SouthFederal WayWA
Albertsons2900 Wheaton WayBremertonWA
Albertsons15840 1st Avenue SouthBurienWA
Albertsons12725 First Ave. S.BurienWA
Albertsons17171 Bothell Way N.E.SeattleWA
Albertsons2800 Milton WayMiltonWA
Albertsons19881 SR 2MonroeWA
Albertsons114 E Lauridsen BlvdPort AngelesWA
Albertsons11012 Canyon Rd. EastPuyallupWA
Albertsons14215 SE Petrovitsky RdRentonWA
Albertsons3925 236Th Ave N ERedmondWA
Albertsons2222 NW Bucklin Hill RoadSilverdaleWA
Albertsons17520 SR 9 SoutheastSnohomishWA
Albertsons450 N. Wilbur AvenueWalla WallaWA
Albertsons1128 N. MillerWenatcheeWA
Albertsons111 S. 38Th StreetTacomaWA
Safeway8740 East BroadwayTucsonAZ
Safeway10380 East Broadway BoulevardTucsonAZ
Safeway3655 W. Anthem WayAnthemAZ
Vons850 Linden AvenueCarpinteriaCA
Vons4200 Chino Hills Pkwy Ste. 400Chino HillsCA
Vons505 Telegraph Canyon RdChula VistaCA
Vons360 East H StChula VistaCA
Vons870 Third AveChula VistaCA
Vons240 S. Diamond Bar BlvdDiamond BarCA
Vons2800 Fletcher PkwyEl CajonCA
Vons5630 Lake Murray BlvdLa MesaCA
Vons25636 Crown Valley ParkwayLadera RanchCA
Vons30252 Crown Valley ParkwayLaguna NiguelCA
Vons28751 Los Alisos Blvd.Mission ViejoCA
Vons1130 Los Osos Valley RoadLos OsosCA
Vons3901 Portola PkwyIrvineCA
Vons72675 Highway 111Palm DesertCA
Vons36-101 Bob Hope DriveRancho MirageCA
Vons671 Rancho Santa FeSan MarcosCA
Vons3681 Avocado AvenueLa MesaCA
Vons660 E. Los Angeles AveSimi ValleyCA
Vons550 E. First St.TustinCA
Vons17662 17th StreetTustinCA
Vons13439 Camino CanadaEl CajonCA
Vons1191 E. Creston RoadPaso RoblesCA
Vons2100 Newbury RoadNewbury ParkCA
Vons23381 Mulholland DrWoodland HillsCA
Vons26518 Bouquet Canyon RoadSaugusCA
Vons27095 Mcbean ParkwaySanta ClaritaCA
Vons163 S. Turnpike RdGoletaCA
Vons175 N. Fairview Ave.GoletaCA
Vons1031 Nevada HwyBoulder CityNV
Vons820 S. Rampart Blvd.Las VegasNV
Vons7530 W. Lake Mead BlvdLas VegasNV
Vons1940 Village Center CircleLas VegasNV
Safeway585 Siskiyou BoulevardAshlandOR
Safeway2740 S. 6thKlamath FallsOR
Safeway5415 Main StreetSpringfieldOR
Safeway211 North Eighth StreetKlamath FallsOR
Safeway7601 Evergreen WayEverettWA
Safeway4831 Point Fosdick Dr NwGig HarborWA
Safeway1233 N. Liberty Lake RoadLiberty LakeWA
Safeway31565 Sr 20 #1Oak HarborWA
Safeway3355 Bethel Rd. S.e.Port OrchardWA
Safeway4300 ne 4thRentonWA
Safeway15805 Pacific Ave. S.TacomaWA
Safeway15332 Aurora Ave NShorelineWA


  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. 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.

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