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Haggen grocery store chain files for bankruptcy

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 12:58:54-04
The small grocery-store chain Haggen has filed for bankruptcy.
 
The Bellingham Herald reports that Chief Executive John Clougher said the reorganization will allow the Bellingham-based Haggen to continue to operate while enabling the grocer to "re-align" its operations.
 
Creditors have committed up to $215 million to keep the company running while it sells stores.
 
The struggling grocer, which went from a family business to a West Coast power virtually overnight after buying 146 stores from Albertsons, released a statement saying it would focus on profitable core stores while in talks to sell many of the company's remaining assets.
 
Earlier this month Haggen sued Albertsons for more than $1 billion in damages, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in systematic efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states.
 
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Delaware, accused Albertsons of anti-competitive practices.