Monday, October 15 , 2018, 4:06 am | Fair 54º

 
 
 
 

Familiar Grocery Chains Open in Former Santa Barbara County Haggen Locations

Santa Barbara Cliff Drive, Five Points Shopping Center locations still waiting for new stores

The former Haggen — and Albertsons before that — at 2010 Cliff Dr. in Santa Barbara will open in the coming months, but whether it would be a Vons or Alertsons hadn’t been decided this week.
The former Haggen — and Albertsons before that — at 2010 Cliff Dr. in Santa Barbara will open in the coming months, but whether it would be a Vons or Alertsons hadn’t been decided this week.        (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

Half of the former Haggen grocery locations in Santa Barbara County have reopened under new banners, with the rest expected in coming months.

Sprouts Farmers Market is aiming for a July opening at 175 N. Fairview Ave. in Goleta, and Smart & Final Extra! hopes to have opened at 3943 State St. in the next few weeks.

The former Haggen — and Albertsons before that — at 2010 Cliff Dr. in Santa Barbara could be a Vons or an Albertsons, since the company hasn’t made an official decision, according to Carlos Illingworth, director of communications and government affairs for Albertsons and Vons.

Managers of the Mesa Shopping Center told Noozhawk in January that a Vons would be opening there in April.

“We are excited to be returning, and will announce the banner and grand opening date at the appropriate time,” Illingworth said. “Customers should rest assured that they will be familiar with the banner.”

Albertsons LLC has been scooping up stores as Haggen makes its way through the Chapter 11 process.

The Bellingham, Wash.-based chain was forced to close more than 100 stores during a failed expansion into the Pacific Southwest, in which Haggen picked up stores from Albertsons and Vons so the two companies could merge.

Haggen closed most of its stores by November 2015, within a few months of opening.

With its purchases, Albertsons opened a Vons at 163 S. Turnpike Rd., which had been operating there before Haggen came along. Albertsons also reclaimed its former store at 1500 N. H St. in Lompoc.

Sprouts Farmers Market spokesman Diego Romero said the Arizona-based national chain would know the exact opening date at the former Vons on Fairview Avenue in Goleta in April.

Earlier this month, Smart & Final Extra! opened in the former Vons at 850 Linden Ave. in Carpinteria.

The former Albertsons in Santa Barbara’s Five Points Shopping Center should open in the next few weeks, Smart & Final spokeswoman Phyllis D. Banks said.

Several former Haggen stores in Santa Barbara County are reopening as Albertsons, Vons, Smart & Final Extra! or Sprouts Farmers Market stores. The Cliff Drive location will reopen soon as an Albertsons or Vons. Click to view larger
Several former Haggen stores in Santa Barbara County are reopening as Albertsons, Vons, Smart & Final Extra! or Sprouts Farmers Market stores. The Cliff Drive location will reopen soon as an Albertsons or Vons.  (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

That makes five Smart & Final stores in the county, along with ones in Goleta, Santa Maria, Carpinteria and one at 217 Gutierrez St. in Santa Barbara.

Haggen has blamed its failure on Albertsons in a $1 billion lawsuit, which alleges the fellow grocer sabotaged its entrance into new markets by providing false retail data for pricing, taking store inventory and more.

Earlier this month, Albertsons made a play to also purchase Haggen’s core stores in Washington and Oregon.

The plan proposed in a filing with bankruptcy court would create a separate business unit for 14 Haggen stores that would remain under that same banner, while the rest would be transitioned to an Albertsons or Vons.

Idaho-based Albertsons will operate 352 stores after the recently-acquired ones open this year, making Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions the largest grocer in Southern California, according to Illingworth.

“Our goal is to be the favorite local full-service supermarket for our customers, and we are confident we’ll achieve that by focusing on running really great stores,” he said.

“Customers can expect us to be fresher, fuller and friendlier across all departments. Leveraging the best of Albertsons and Vons, we have rolled out several merchandising enhancements and integrated successful strategies from one banner to the other.

“Albertsons customers will find an increased variety and selection of organics, as well as industry-leading OWN Brands across all categories. Vons stores will now offer fresh cut fruit, vegetables, yogurt parfaits and guacamole — all prepared daily in the store, as well as our new fried chicken, breaded in the store. Hundreds of new local wines and craft beers have been added to both banners.”

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of John Sener
John Sener
"I am known for tenacity, diligence, honesty, and sound decision making with the ultimate goal of closing every transaction to the satisfaction of all involved parties."

Full Profile >