Prescott Haggen to close Dec. 3

Max Efrein/The Daily Courier<br>The Haggen in Prescott, located in the Depot Marketplace, 377 N Montezuma St., is currently set to close Dec. 3 and is continuing to ramp up the clearance sales as the date approaches.

Max Efrein/The Daily Courier<br>The Haggen in Prescott, located in the Depot Marketplace, 377 N Montezuma St., is currently set to close Dec. 3 and is continuing to ramp up the clearance sales as the date approaches.

The closing date for Haggen's Prescott location has been pushed to Dec. 3.

The original letter to the employees at that location stated the store would be closing on November 24 and the employees would get their walking papers on December 8.

For unknown reasons, the "everything must go" clearance sale - which has been starting about one month before each Haggen location has been slated to close - started two weeks later than expected, resulting in the new closing date.

One managerial employee at Prescott's Haggen, who had previously been a long-time Albertsons employee but did not wish to be named because of company policy, is skeptical about the store's stock of goods lasting until the new closing date.

"[Haggen ownership] have not seen the store," she said. "This is a really well-run store with a lot of experienced people, so we stopped restocking a lot of things when we knew the store was done."

A large majority of the store's shelves are already empty at this point and some items are selling for as much as 60 percent off.

As for the employees, only about 15 are left of the about 80 the store started with at its opening on June 1.

Those not laid off in the shuttering process have been hunting for new employment around town with the closure looming and have gradually been leaving as they receive offers, said the Haggen employee.

"There's one that got a call today, and today will be his last day," she said.

Although many have been able to find employment, they haven't necessarily received offers for positions of equal or greater value to the positions they held with Haggen, explained the Haggen employee.

"Even after 28 years with Albertsons and my seniority, I would start at the bottom if I went to another grocery chain in town," she said.

What may happen to the two stores?

The fate of both the Prescott Valley and Prescott Haggen locations has yet to be determined.

Neither store received a bid during a recent auction held by Haggen to shed many of its stores.

Sagent Advisors, an independent investment bank in charge of selling Haggen's unwanted property, is still working on selling the Prescott Valley location, which is owned by Haggen, said Haggen public relations representative Deborah Pleva.

The Prescott location, on the other hand, is only being leased by Haggen. Therefore, what will be done with it will be determined by the property owner - a company based in New York - said Bebe Wright, who works with Arizona Commercial, the property management group that handles the common area maintenance for the storefronts in the Depot Marketplace.

Wright said they are waiting to hear back from the property owner on what might happen with the soon-to-be-empty shopping center anchor.

"We expect to hear from them soon," said Wright.

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