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Originally published July 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM | Page modified July 31, 2013 at 8:02 PM

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Haggen to close stores in Bellevue, Shoreline

These Haggen stores struggled even after remodeling and rebranding, but the chain says some other locations are doing well.

Seattle Times business reporter

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The Bellingham-based grocery chain Haggen said it will close its stores in Bellevue and Shoreline in the next six to eight weeks. Both stores had been TOP Food & Drug locations before being rebranded with the Haggen name in the past couple years.

“Instead of closing these stores when they were struggling as TOP branded stores, we decided to do all we could do to try and turn these stores around. We invested in both remodeling and rebranding, dedicating our collective resources to give these locations one last chance. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to turn these stores around,” co-president Clement Stevens said in a news release.

The statement said “many” of the nine other remodeled stores have done well.

Haggen plans to convert its TOP Food store in Olympia next, with a grand reopening set for August 14.

After the closures, Haggen, which sold a majority ownership stake to a Florida investment fund in 2011, will operate 23 stores in Washington and Oregon. Seven are TOP Food stores.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com. Twitter @AllisonSeattle.

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