Haggen sign


First on Coupons in the News:

No, your Albertsons, Vons and Safeway stores that became Haggen earlier this year will not become Albertsons, Vons and Safeway stores again, now that Haggen has gone bankrupt. (Update: Well, they just might – see the latest story here). But other grocers are now staking their claims on three dozen of the 127 stores that Haggen has announced it’s giving up, as it bails on California, Arizona and Nevada and heads back to its Pacific Northwest home with a much smaller store count.

In newly-released bankruptcy court documents, Southern California grocer Gelson’s has been named the stalking horse bidder for 8 closing Haggen stores, and growing warehouse grocer Smart & Final is the stalking horse bidder for 28 stores, most in Southern California, with one in Las Vegas (see the full list below).

Gelson’s $36 million total bid, and Smart & Final’s $56 million offer, will serve as the baseline bids for those stores, ahead of auctions scheduled to be held on November 9th. Their offers will be considered final if no higher bids come in.


Apart from the stalking horse packages, nearly 100 other Haggen locations are available to the highest bidder. 91 stores that Haggen has announced would be closing, will go on the auction block. And a handful of additional stores may play into the mix as well. In court documents, Haggen slipped six of the “core stores” it said it would be keeping, onto a list of “non-core stores” that it plans to make available for sale. All of those are listed below. Haggen tentatively plans to keep them, unless a better offer comes along. So if you’re a Haggen fan in the Northwest and were relieved to find your store would survive the sale process – don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet.

Meanwhile, if the two stalking horse bids are successful, it would represent a big expansion for the upscale Gelson’s. The 18-store chain would grow by nearly 50% with the acquisitions.

The bids from Smart & Final, meanwhile, come just a week and a half after the discount retailer announced plans to expand by more than 100 stores over the next four years. Acquiring 28 former Haggen locations in one fell swoop would put Smart & Final well on its way toward that goal. With 266 stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho – most of the markets where Haggen operates, for now – chances are good that Smart & Final may bid on additional Haggen locations as well.

Smart & Final may be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, for shoppers who were put off by Haggen’s high prices. Gelson’s, in contrast, is even higher-end than Haggen aspired to be, with pricey specialty brands, sushi and imported foods that make it a favorite of celebrities.

Despite their differences, though, both Gelson’s and Smart & Final already have one thing going for them – they’re already familiar to area shoppers. Haggen was an unknown in California, Arizona and Nevada when it bought 146 stores from Safeway and Albertsons earlier this year, and most shoppers never warmed to it. Now, with 127 Haggen signs about to be taken down in their neighborhood – they’ll never have to.


Address City State Original banner
2627 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica CA Former Albertsons
1736 Avenida De Los Arboles Thousand Oaks CA Former Albertsons
30922 South Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach CA Former Albertsons
2707 Via De La Valle Del Mar CA Former Albertsons
7660 El Camino Real Carlsbad CA Former Albertsons
730 Turquoise St San Diego CA Former Albertsons
25636 Crown Valley Parkway Ladera Ranch CA Former Vons
36-101 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage CA Former Vons



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1191 E. Creston Road Paso Robles CA Former Vons
5770 Lindero Canyon Rd Westlake Village CA Former Albertsons
5038 W Avenue North Palmdale CA Former Albertsons
21672 Plano Trabuco Rd. Trabuco Canyon CA Former Albertsons
21500 Yorba Linda Blvd. Yorba Linda CA Former Albertsons
360 East H St Chula Vista CA Former Vons
13439 Camino Canada El Cajon CA Former Vons
850 Linden Avenue Carpinteria CA Former Vons
8200 El Camino Real Atascadero CA Former Albertsons
3943 State St. Santa Barbara CA Former Albertsons
2100 Newbury Road Newbury Park CA Former Vons
5135 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley CA Former Albertsons
7800 Telegraph Road Ventura CA Former Albertsons
615 N. Pacific Coast Hwy. Redondo Beach CA Former Albertsons
21035 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance CA Former Albertsons
4200 Chino Hills Pkwy Ste. 400 Chino Hills CA Former Vons
1636 W 25th St San Pedro CA Former Albertsons
955 Carlsbad Village Dr Carlsbad CA Former Albertsons
2800 Fletcher Pkwy El Cajon CA Former Vons
3681 Avocado Avenue La Mesa CA Former Vons
10740 Westview Pkwy San Diego CA Former Albertsons
150 B Ave Coronado CA Former Albertsons
10633 Tierra Santa Bl. San Diego CA Former Albertsons
350 W San Ysidro Blvd San Ysidro CA Former Albertsons
1321 Johnson Ave San Luis Obispo CA Former Albertsons
3049 Coast Highway Corona Del Mar CA Former Albertsons
9870 Magnolia Ave Santee CA Former Albertsons
1940 Village Center Circle Las Vegas NV Former Vons



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8740 East Broadway Tucson AZ Former Safeway
10380 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson AZ Former Safeway
3655 W. Anthem Way Anthem AZ Former Safeway
1416 E Route 66 Flagstaff AZ Former Albertsons
1980 Mcculloch Blvd Lake Havasu City AZ Former Albertsons
174 East Sheldon Prescott AZ Former Albertsons
7450 E Highway 69 Prescott Valley AZ Former Albertsons
34442 N Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ Former Albertsons
11475 E Via Linda Scottsdale AZ Former Albertsons
1350 N Silverbell Road Tucson AZ Former Albertsons
West 1132 Branch Street Arroyo Grande CA Former Albertsons
3500 Panama Lane Bakersfield CA Former Albertsons
7900 White Lane Bakersfield CA Former Albertsons
8200 E Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield CA Former Albertsons
3830 W Verdugo Ave Burbank CA Former Albertsons
2400 Las Posas Rd Camarillo CA Former Albertsons
505 Telegraph Canyon Rd Chula Vista CA Former Vons
870 Third Ave Chula Vista CA Former Vons
240 S. Diamond Bar Blvd Diamond Bar CA Former Vons
1608 Broadway St El Cajon CA Former Albertsons
163 S. Turnpike Rd Goleta CA Former Vons
175 N. Fairview Ave. Goleta CA Former Vons
3901 Portola Pkwy Irvine CA Former Vons
5630 Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa CA Former Vons
30252 Crown Valley Parkway Laguna Niguel CA Former Vons
2130 Pacific Coast Hwy Lomita CA Former Albertsons
1500 N. ‘H’ Street Lompoc CA Former Albertsons
6235 E Spring St Long Beach CA Former Albertsons
3443 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles CA Former Albertsons
8985 Venice Bl – Ste B Los Angeles CA Former Albertsons
1130 Los Osos Valley Road Los Osos CA Former Vons
25872 Muirlands Blvd. Mission Viejo CA Former Albertsons
28751 Los Alisos Blvd. Mission Viejo CA Former Vons
920 N. Ventura Rd. Oxnard CA Former Albertsons
72675 Highway 111 Palm Desert CA Former Vons
14837 Pomerado Road Poway CA Former Albertsons
12475 Rancho Bernardo Rd Rancho Bernardo CA Former Albertsons
8850 Foothill Blvd. Rancho Cucamonga CA Former Albertsons
1516 S. Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach CA Former Albertsons
2115 Artesia Bl. Redondo Beach CA Former Albertsons
2235 University Ave San Diego CA Former Albertsons
422 W Washington St San Diego CA Former Albertsons
7895 Highland Village Place San Diego CA Former Albertsons
14340 Penasquitos Drive San Diego CA Former Albertsons
5950 Balboa Ave San Diego CA Former Albertsons
28090 South Western Ave San Diego CA Former Albertsons
771 Foothill Blvd San Luis Obispo CA Former Albertsons
671 Rancho Santa Fe San Marcos CA Former Vons
2010 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara CA Former Albertsons
27095 Mcbean Parkway Santa Clarita CA Former Vons
26518 Bouquet Canyon Road Saugus CA Former Vons
2800 Cochran Simi Valley CA Former Albertsons
660 E. Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley CA Former Vons
6240 Foothill Blvd Tujunga CA Former Albertsons
550 E. First St. Tustin CA Former Vons
17662 17th Street Tustin CA Former Vons
1910 N. Campus Ave. Upland CA Former Albertsons
23381 Mulholland Dr Woodland Hills CA Former Vons
1031 Nevada Hwy Boulder City NV Former Vons
2910 Bicentennial Parkway Henderson NV Former Albertsons
575 College Drive Henderson NV Former Albertsons
190 N. Boulder Hwy Henderson NV Former Albertsons
820 S. Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas NV Former Vons
7530 W. Lake Mead Blvd Las Vegas NV Former Vons
585 Siskiyou Boulevard Ashland OR Former Safeway
1120 Campbell Street Baker City OR Former Albertsons
8155 S.W. Hall Beaverton OR Former Albertsons
340 N E Beacon Drive Grants Pass OR Former Albertsons
5450 River Rd. N. Keizer OR Former Albertsons
2740 S. 6th Klamath Falls OR Former Safeway
211 North Eighth Street Klamath Falls OR Former Safeway
10830 S.E. Oak Milwaukie OR Former Albertsons
16030 S W Tualatin Sherwood Rd Sherwood OR Former Albertsons
5415 Main Street Springfield OR Former Safeway
16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy. Tigard OR Former Albertsons
8515 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. Tualatin OR Original Haggen
1213 E Wishkah St Aberdeen WA Original Haggen
2900 Wheaton Way Bremerton WA Former Albertsons
12725 First Ave. S. Burien WA Former Albertsons
7601 Evergreen Way Everett WA Former Safeway
4831 Point Fosdick Dr Nw Gig Harbor WA Former Safeway
1233 N. Liberty Lake Road Liberty Lake WA Former Safeway
2800 Milton Way Milton WA Former Albertsons
19881 SR 2 Monroe WA Former Albertsons
3355 Bethel Rd. S.e. Port Orchard WA Former Safeway
14215 SE Petrovitsky Rd Renton WA Former Albertsons
4300 ne 4th Renton WA Former Safeway
15332 Aurora Ave N Shoreline WA Former Safeway
2222 NW Bucklin Hill Road Silverdale WA Former Albertsons
111 S. 38Th Street Tacoma WA Former Albertsons
15805 Pacific Ave. S. Spanaway/Tacoma WA Former Safeway


SURVIVING HAGGEN STORE LOCATIONS (for now, see asterisks):

Address City State Original banner
1800 N.E. 3rd St Bend OR Former Albertsons
61155 S. Hwy 97 Bend OR Former Albertsons
14800 S E Sunnyside Rd Clackamas OR Former Albertsons
3075 Hilyard St. Eugene OR Former Albertsons *
1675 W. 18th Ave Eugene OR Former Albertsons
1690 Allen Creek Rd Grants Pass OR Former Albertsons *
16199 Boones Ferry Road Lake Oswego OR Former Albertsons
19701 Highway 213 Oregon City OR Original Haggen
14300 S W Barrows Rd Tigard OR Former Albertsons
1855 Blankenship Rd West Linn OR Former Albertsons *
1406 Lake Tapps Parkway East Auburn WA Original Haggen
2814 Meridian Bellingham WA Original Haggen
1401 12th Street Bellingham WA Original Haggen
210 36th St. Bellingham WA Original Haggen
2900 Woburn St Bellingham WA Original Haggen
4545 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA Cordata Pharmacy
15840 1st Ave South Burien WA Former Albertsons *
757 Haggen Dr. Burlington WA Original Haggen
31009 Pacific Hwy South Federal Way WA Former Albertsons *
1815 Main Street Ferndale WA Original Haggen
17171 Bothell Way N.E. Lake Forest Park WA Former Albertsons
8915 Market Place NE Lake Stevens WA Original Haggen
8611 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood WA Former Albertsons
3711 88th St NE Marysville WA Original Haggen
2601 East Division Mount Vernon WA Original Haggen
31565 State Route 20, #1 Oak Harbor WA Former Safeway
1313 Cooper Point Road SW Olympia WA Original Haggen
3520 Pacific Ave SE Olympia WA Former Albertsons
114 E Lauridsen Blvd Port Angeles WA Former Albertsons
201 37th Ave. SE Puyallup WA Original Haggen
11012 Canyon Rd. East Puyallup WA Former Albertsons *
3925 236th Ave NE Redmond WA Former Albertsons
1301 Avenue D Snohomish WA Original Haggen
17520 State Route 9 SE Snohomish WA Former Albertsons
26603 72nd Ave NW Stanwood WA Original Haggen
450 N. Wilbur Ave Walla Walla WA Former Albertsons
1128 N. Miller Wenatchee WA Former Albertsons
17641 Garden Way NE Woodinville WA Original Haggen

* Locations included on a list of “non-core stores” that Haggen says may also be made available for sale

Image source: Haggen


  1. When is the new Samrt and Final opening on Ave “N” in Palmdale…locally we’re hearing 4/19. Is this true? Is so, us on the west side and Quartz Hill are very excited about this NEWS!

  2. PLEASE-No Smart & Final in the Burbank spot. we already have one in Burbank. We need a nice store, maybe Gelsons or another store with name brands & a large variety.

  3. Any news on the info what’s going on with the store at 28090 S Western san pedro /PV store who bought it ??

  4. Really, another Smart and Final on technically the same street in Mira Mesa! We need a regular American grocery store like States Bros, Winco or even a Sprouts! Come on

  5. Oh please not another smart n final in Palmdale. We already have one in west palmdale. Gelsons or Sprouts would be nice!

  6. A question to your opening comment, why wouldn’t they be able to?
    Is there a clause or a law that prohibits Albertsons from purchasing back these stores or would it be left up to the FTC to approve??

    • Well, the opening comment was meant to suggest that it’s not realistic to expect the stores to simply change back to the way they used to be. One could certainly try to make a case to the FTC that a community would be underserved if a store goes dark, it would result in too many lost jobs, etc., so maybe it would be better to approve a sale back to Albertsons than to let the store sit empty. It’s probably unlikely that Albertsons would be interested, or the FTC would approve, but nothing’s impossible!

  7. Heard from employee that the Puyallup store on Canyon Rd will be put up for auction on 16th of Oct

  8. Dont think Smart and Final would be beneficial in our small townCCarpinteria. Trader Joe’s please!!!!!

  9. Here is where you can request a location from TJ’s!!!


    It would likely get return customers who only like to shop on the Mesa and it would relieve the congestion in the other TJ’s parking lots!

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  11. We don’t want a smart n final in chino hills Gelsons would be nice or bring Von’s back. Please. Keep it union

  12. I don’t see our store on Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara listed anywhere…luckily, I think it’s too small for a Smart and Final, but wasn’t picked up by Gelson’s either…does anyone know the fate of our store?

  13. Is this Tom…the Tom that I worked with at Albertson’s Eastland?
    Contact me…..

  14. Hopefully Smart and Final does not come to the Ventura store. Customers are not warming up to this idea. It’s a non Union store that would put about 75 people out of work. We have a lot of pro Union customers that shop at that location because it is union. It is not good news.

    • Yaaaaay!!!! Finally a grocer with great quality, pricing, and assortment. My cousin works for SF and its a great place to work with opportunities to advance careers. Welcome and thank you Smart & Final!

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