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Haggen closing stores, but not in Kitsap

haggenAfter a massive expansion, Haggen is shrinking again.

The Bellingham-based grocery chain announced it will close or sell 27 of the 146 stores it recently acquired from Safeway and Albertsons.

Only one of the stores slated for closure — Haggen’s Spanaway location — is in Washington.

Haggen took over Albertsons stores in Silverdale and East Bremerton, and a Safeway store in Port Orchard this year, entering the Kitsap market for the first time.

Media reports indicate Haggen’s rapid expansion has run into turbulence. Stores laid off employees in California (LA Times story) and cut hours in the Puget Sound region (Seattle Times story).

What’s been your experience with Haggen stores in Kitsap so far?

Haggen hosting meet-and-greet Thursday

Haggen’s first two Kitsap County grocery stores have been up and running for about 10 days now. 

IMG_7058In an effort to get to know their new neighborhood better, Haggen representatives are hosting a community meeting Thursday in Port Orchard.

Haggen is holding these meetings in all the new markets it’s moving into this year.

According a news release, Haggen wants to hear from small farmers and producers interested in selling wares in the stores, nonprofits interested in Haggen’s charitable work, and small businesses interested in co-marketing campaigns, as well as community members.

The meeting is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. Thursday at the Port Orchard Pavilion, 701 SW Bay Street.

Haggen is taking over 146 former Albertsons and Safeway locations this year, including three in Kitsap County.

The Bellingham-based grocery chain converted a Silverdale Albertsons and a Port Orchard Safeway to the Haggen Northwest Fresh brand on March 7. An East Bremerton Albertsons will follow in June.

A Gig Harbor Safeway became a Haggen on March 11. A community meeting is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. March 23 at The Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th Street NW.

If you’ve already been shopping at the Haggen stores I would love to know what you think. Drop a comment below.

Grand reopening set for Perry Red Apple

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No longer Garguile’s, the Red Apple on Perry Avenue will debut Oct. 3 under new ownership.

The East Bremerton grocery store changed hands at the end of August when its longtime owners, the Garguile family, declined to renew a lease on the building.

Perry Avenue Mall owner Michael Thai stepped in to operate the grocery. A grand reopening event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 3. Mayor Patty Lent and Bremerton Chamber of Commerce officials will attend.

The Garguiles ran the Red Apple for more than 25 years. Thai is looking for a new owner for the Perry Avenue shopping center.

Larry Steagall photo, 2008

Poulsbo Safeway set for May opening

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The new Safeway store under construction off Highway 305 in Poulsbo is now slated for a May opening, a corporate representative said this week.

The grocery and gas station was initially scheduled to open in December.

A new traffic signal is in place at the corner of Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue but hasn’t been activated.  The gas station is also installed but won’t open until the store is finished.

Construction appeared to progress slowly at times this winter. The Safeway representative acknowledged some challenges with the hillside site.

We hope to have a full update soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about the project from our 2012 story.