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6 local Albertsons, Vons stores being sold to Washington grocery chain

The Albertsons grocery store on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo.
The Albertsons grocery store on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Six grocery stores in San Luis Obispo County — four Albertsons and two Vons stores — are being purchased by a Washington state-based grocery chain.

Haggen Inc., which owns 18 stores and 16 pharmacies, announced Friday plans to expand to 164 stores and 106 pharmacies across Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.

Most of the California stores involved in the sale are in the southern part of the state. The stores in San Luis Obispo County are the farthest north in the state.

The Albertsons stores include locations in Arroyo Grande, at 1132 W. Branch St.; in Atascadero, at 8200 El Camino Real; and in San Luis Obispo, at 771 Foothill Blvd. and

1321 Johnson Ave.

A manager at the San Luis Obispo store on Foothill Boulevard declined comment and referred questions to a spokeswoman. Lilia Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for Albertsons’ Southern California division, said employees were notified of the deal Friday.

She would not disclose how many employees would be affected but said each store has 60 to 120 employees.

All store employees will have the opportunity to become employees of Haggen as their individual stores are transitioned to the Haggen brand, according to a news release from the company.

The Vons stores involved in the deal include the Los Osos location at 1130 Los Osos Valley Road and the Paso Robles location at 1191 E. Creston Road.

The sales are required under the federal review of Safeway’s sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons, according to The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald. Details of the deal haven’t been released.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission.

After the close of the transaction in early 2015, Haggen will convert all of the acquired Albertsons and Safeway stores to the Haggen name, The Herald reported.

The acquisition is expected to grow Haggen’s workforce to more than 10,000 people from about 2,000.

This is the largest of several sales related to the $7.6 billion sale of Safeway to investors led by Cerberus Capital Management.

Associated Food Stores is buying eight stores in Montana and Wyoming, Associated Wholesale Grocers is purchasing 12 stores in Texas, and Supervalu is buying two Albertsons stores in Everett and Woodinville, Wash.

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