No buyers yet for three SLO County Haggen locations

The fate of three soon-to-be-vacant Haggen locations in San Luis Obispo County is still up in the air, after no successful bids were entered for the stores in bankruptcy court this week.

Spencer’s Fresh Markets was listed in court documents as a baseline bidder for the Arroyo Grande store at W. 1132 Branch St., but a list of successful bids released on Friday did not include the local grocer. No bids were entered for the San Luis Obispo at Foothill Boulevard and Los Osos locations.

It is not known why Spencer’s bid was unsuccessful. Requests for comment from owner John Spencer, his company’s media representative or Haggen were not returned Friday afternoon.

The three remaining Haggen stores in San Luis Obispo County are officially set to become Smart & Final Extras, as part of an agreement by Smart & Final LLC with the struggling Haggen grocery chain to buy 28 stores in California and Nevada, including the locations in Atascadero, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo at Johnson Avenue. The purchase price of all 28 stores is $56 million, according to a Smart & Final news release.

The purchased stores will be converted into Smart & Final Extras, which feature more bulk organic options and household items, according to the news release. The stores are also larger than traditional Smart & Final warehouse stores.

The bankruptcy court approved the sale of all 28 stores Friday.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie