Gelson's buys 6 Haggen stores

Gelson's Markets has won final approval to buy six former Haggen locations in Southern California.

The Encino, California-based grocer operates 18 supermarkets in the region, and will now add stores in Los Angeles' Santa Monica; Orange County's Ladera Ranch; Rancho Mirage; San Diego; and Thousand Oaks.

"We're excited to become part of these communities, a process that may take time in order to customize stores for each neighborhood," said Gelson's President and CEO Rob McDougall. "Our goal is to retain as many local Haggen workers as possible while also giving opportunities to existing Gelson's employees, as well as others who wish to join the Gelson's family."

Haggen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September after a disastrous expansion effort when it purchased 146 former Alberstons-owned stores in mid-2014 for $9.2 billion.

At the time, Haggen had just 18 locations (the same number as Gelson's). But Haggen underestimated the competitive landscape and filed for bankruptcy after first filing a lawsuit against Albertsons, accusing the chain of sabotage.

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