New West Coast grocery chain will offer one-stop grocery shopping experience
IRVINE, Calif. , April 13, 2015 – Haggen, the Pacific Northwest grocer known for its local and sustainable sourcing, continues its California expansion with the opening of its newest location at Orchard Hills Shopping Center in Irvine on May 9.
At 48,000 square feet, the store will offer enhanced, fresh, local offerings, homegrown quality and affordable prices, along with exceptional service and the same friendly faces that customers have come to know. As the existing Pavilions converts to a Haggen, employees will be invited to become Haggen employees.
The store plans to close at 6 p.m. on May 7 and open as a new Haggen the afternoon of May 9. The pharmacy will remain open during the conversion process starting late-morning on Monday, May 8.
“Haggen is a thoughtful company that’s committed to meeting the grocery needs of our Irvine neighborhood,” said Easther Liu, Chief Marketing Officer of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “They’ll be a great addition to Orchard Hills Shopping Center and we’re excited to be a part of Haggen’s California expansion.”
Haggen’s pledge to being local extends beyond its sourcing and into the communities around its stores. Haggen plans to partner closely with local farmers and producers to sell their products on Haggen’s shelves; with community members to give back through non-profit organizations; and small businesses to explore co-marketing programs.
“We’re excited about the changes we’re making to enhance these stores with more locally sourced food offerings, genuine service and homemade quality, and we’re confident customers will like the new look, convenience and value offered at our one-stop, full-service grocery destinations,” said Bill Shaner, Haggen CEO Pacific Southwest. “Haggen has built its 81-year-old business on providing excellent fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood. That focus will definitely be reflected in the new Irvine store and each of the 100 stores we’re opening in California, Nevada and Arizona.”
The Irvine Haggen location is one of the 11 stores opening in Orange County as part of its larger conversion of 83 stores in the first half of this year. Haggen has also selected Irvine for its Pacific Southwest headquarters as it continues its southbound expansion plan.
Haggen will open in the Pavilions location at 3901 Portola Parkway on May 9 in the Orchard Hills Shopping Center. For more information, please visit www.haggen.com.
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores and establishing a second headquarters in Irvine, California. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.
About Irvine Company Retail Properties
The Irvine Company Retail Properties owns, develops, reinvests and manages regional, neighborhood and community centers in Newport Beach, Irvine and Silicon Valley.
With three distinguished regional shopping centers including Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place – along with 36 neighborhood and community centers – Irvine Company Retail Properties is the coastal California destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Recent additions to the retail portfolio include: Nespresso, Urban Decay, SoulCycle, TLT Food, Urban Seoul, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Babette’s and more. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineCompany.com.