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Haggen chain to buy 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, Safeway stores
Haggen chain to buy 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, Safeway stores

A supermarket David is gulping down a Goliath. Next spring, Southern California shoppers will see a new name replacing some of their old grocery standbys: Haggen Inc. The tiny Pacific Northwest chain is buying 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons and Safeway stores, including 83 in California. The Federal Trade Commission ordered them sold as part of the merger of Albertsons and Safeway earlier this year. That translates into an eye-popping 811% expansion for the Bellingham, Wash., company, which currently operates 18 stores in Oregon and Washington. "This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Bill Shaner, the newly appointed chief executive of Haggen in the Pacific...

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