Haggen's Southwest CEO steps down

In conjunction with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Haggen announced the departure of Bill Shaner, former CEO of the Pacific Southwest division.

Shaner was hired in December 2014 to lead Haggen's expansion into southern California, Arizona and Nevada, Seattle Times reported. He was quoted in a press release just last month, describing the supermarket's plan to streamline and improve operations.

With Shaner's departure, Haggen will return to a single CEO, John Clougher.

The Washington-based grocer has experienced rough times since buying 146 Albertsons, Vons, Safeway and Pavilions stores last summer for $9.2 billion. The company went from an 18-store chain to a regional player in five states: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada.

Last week, Haggen sued Albertsons, claiming the sale included underperforming stores, something Alberstons knew and didn't disclose to Haggen prior to the acquisition. Story

 

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