Auction of 33 core Haggen stores pushed back

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The fate of grocery chain Haggen has been delayed for a few days, as the auction to sell its remaining 33 stores in Washington and Oregon has been pushed back to Feb. 11.

The Bellingham Herald reports that court documents filed Tuesday show the auction has been moved from Feb. 5 to Feb. 11. The filing does not give a reason for the change.

The auction will be held in a law office in New York City as part of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed earlier this year after purchasing nearly 150 stores from Albertsons and Safeway.

The Bellingham-based company failed to convert the stores, many of which have been auctioned.

Whether the name disappears will be up to buyers who could keep the brand, which is well-known in the Pacific Northwest.

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