Pacific Northwest retailer Haggen is about to grow, and Charlie’s Produce plans to grow along with them.
Haggen, which owns 18 grocery stores in Washington and Oregon, recently entered an agreement to acquire 146 stores in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, after the Federal Trade Commission-recommended divestiture during the Safeway-Albertson’s merger.
On Jan. 5, Haggen said Seattle-based Charlie’s Produce, which supplies Haggen’s stores now, will be the primary supplier to the new stores.
According to a company news release, if the Haggen deal finishes by the end of January, as expected, Charlie’s Produce will open a division in Southern California to supply the new southwest stores. It already has distribution centers in Seattle and Spokane, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; and Anchorage and Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
After the acquisition, Bellingham, Wash.-based Haggen expects to have 42 stores in Washington, 22 in Oregon, 83 in California, 7 in Nevada and 10 in Arizona.
“This is a very exciting time for Charlie’s as we expand our geographic footprint beyond the Pacific Northwest and into the Southwest,” said Charlie’s Produce co-founders Charlie Billow and Ray Bowen, in the release.
Also in the release, Bill Shaner, Haggen CEO, Pacific Southwest, said, “This acquisition is an incredible opportunity to introduce Haggen to customers throughout the West Coast. We are a brand that strives to offer guests the best of the region, each season and every day, and Charlie’s Produce shares that commitment."
“This partnership is a win for Haggen, a win for Charlie’s Produce, and a win for regional farmers,” said John Clougher, Haggen CEO, Pacific Northwest.