3 new Haggen grocery stores opening in the Valley

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Valley shoppers will soon have some new options for buying groceries. Three metro Phoenix grocery stores are closing their doors as Albertsons/Safeway stores, and re-opening Thursday as Haggen stores.

Employees at the stores have been working around the clock to swap out products and switch tags.

The new Haggen locations are:

-SW corner of Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

-11475 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale

-655 W. Anthem Way, Anthem

Seven other Arizona Albertsons/Safeway stores will be converted to Haggen by early June.

Haggen has acquired grocery stores in six states, including here in our state.

It's all thanks to a Federal Trade Commission required divestment brought about by the merger of Safeway and Albertsons.

Previously, Haggen had only 18 stores in Oregon and Washington. With its expansion to 164 stores across the country, it is growing from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees.

Haggen hopes to fill a niche between standard grocery stores and high-end stores, like AJ's and Whole Foods.

The company tries to sell local goods, when possible. Haggen also hopes to have 250 or more organic product items. And the company plans to have more than a thousand new items total.

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