TOP Food and Drug stores to close in Kent, Auburn

TOP Food and Drug stores will close within the next few months in Auburn and Kent. - COURTESY GRAPHIC
TOP Food and Drug stores will close within the next few months in Auburn and Kent.
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TOP Food and Drug stores in Kent, Auburn and Yakima will shut down within the next three months.

Bellingham-based Haggen Inc., announced the three store closures Tuesday in a media release as part of its long-term transformation plan to improve its overall business performance and strengthen its competitive position.

“We continue to drive against our plan to transform all of our stores to deliver the best in quality and service to our valued customers. Unfortunately, this transformation necessitates the closings we are announcing today,” said Clement Stevens, co-president and senior vice president of merchandising. “We are confident these changes will better position Haggen to deliver on its commitment to its customers for the years to come.

“We realize how this difficult decision to close stores will impact many of our valued employees and their families. With the help of our local unions we are diligently working to place employees at other Haggen stores and other local retailers.”

Stevens added one more statement:

“We greatly appreciate the patronage of our customers. We hope customers of the Auburn and Kent TOP stores will consider shopping at our Haggen in Lake Tapps. We also hope Yakima shoppers continue to shop at other independent grocers that support local farmers and food producers.”

Founded in 1933, Haggen operates 20 stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names.

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