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Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Haggen invites local farmers to gathering

The Bellingham-based grocer Haggen’s Northwest Fresh is inviting local growers to attend a meet-and-greet gathering next week in Wenatchee.

Company execs plan to mingle on Feb. 25 with area civic and business leaders, local growers and food producers, and customers from across North Central Washington. The gathering is 5 to 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave.

Founded in 1933, Haggen prides itself on supporting regional farms, ranches, fisheries and local food-product manufacturers “to create a lasting and sustainable local food economy,” said a press release.

Haggen has begun converting the Wenatchee’s Albertsons into a new Haggen’s Northwest Fresh store. The Wenatchee Haggen will be the third of 26 Albertsons and Safeway stores in the state to be converted by the end of June. Haggen announced in December it would buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in five western states as part of merger plans between the two grocery giants. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission gave a thumbs-up to the merger after two third parties — Haggen and a California company — agreed to buy the stores.

The purchase expands Haggen’s list of 18 stores with 16 pharmacies in Washington and Oregon to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The company will grow from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000.


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