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Haggen grocery to close 27 locations: six in San Diego County

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 SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Haggen grocery chain that took over numerous  Albertsons and Vons stores earlier this year announced Friday that it would  close or sell 27 outlets, including six in San Diego County.
   The local locations are San Marcos on Rancho Santa Fe Road; El Cajon on  Fletcher Parkway; La Mesa on Lake Murray Boulevard; San Ysidro on West San  Ysidro Boulevard; and Chula Vista stores on Third Avenue and Telegraph Canyon  Road.
   Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen said it hadn't been determined how  many jobs would be affected, though it announced separately last month that  around 700 employees would be laid off in Southern California. The company  plans to keep the stores operating around two more months.
   "Haggen's goal going forward is to ensure a stable, healthy company  that will benefit our customers, associates, vendors, creditors, stakeholders  as well as the communities we serve," said Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest, Bill  Shaner. "By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be  able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen  banner."
   The chain was criticized by customers for its high prices when the  stores began opening in the San Diego region earlier this year.
   By acquiring stores that were divested by Albertsons and Safeway, the  owner of Vons, Haggen expanded from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies and 2,000  employees in the Pacific Northwest to 164 stores and 106 pharmacies employing  more than 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.
   Many industry analysts at the time questioned whether the grocer had bit  off more than it could chew.
   The Haggen announcement said its original stores are still performing well.

Some of the footage in this story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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