Arlington Haggen store closes

ARLINGTON — The Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Arlington will close its doors for the last time in Saturday, July 19, after a liquidation sale that's been going on for nearly two months.

Marysville's Wenceslao Soto snags one of the few remaining items on the shelves of the Arlington Haggen Food & Pharmacy.

ARLINGTON — The Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Arlington will close its doors for the last time in Saturday, July 19, after a liquidation sale that’s been going on for nearly two months.

The sale started June 4, after the store’s pharmacy shut down May 29. This closure comes after the Bellingham family who owns the Haggen and TOP Food & Drug chains had already closed eight TOP Food stores in the Puget Sound area over the previous 18 months.

The company cited its two most recent closures, of its Arlington Haggen and Edmonds TOP Food stores, as the result of a failed lease-renewal negotiation and is seeking to find positions for the two stores’ combined total of 150 employees at other locations.

“Haggen greatly appreciates our customers, and we hope that those who patronized these two stores will consider shopping at our other Haggen locations,” Clement Stevens, co-president and senior vice president of marketing and merchandising for the company, said in a statement.

At the Arlington Haggen at 20115 74th Ave. NE, the shelves were nearly bare in its final week in business, but customers were still looking for bargains.

Marysville’s Wenceslao Soto hadn’t even heard about the store’s closing before he drove past and saw the banner signs announcing its going out of business on July 15.

“I was really surprised, and I wanted to see what kind of final deals they had,” Soto said. “As soon as I stepped inside though, I was like, ‘Oh my God, everything is gone.'”

Arlington’s Robyn Swesey estimated that she’s been a regular shopper at the store since it opened.

“They had great, high-quality specialty items that you just couldn’t get at other stores,” Swesey said, as she shopped for her husband and son. “Their organic produce section was the best. Plus, it was just a beautiful store, so well-appointed and clean and nice.”

Although the Edmonds TOP Food store was the last in Snohomish County, 16 Haggen stores remain open, including one in Marysville.

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