The Keizer Albertsons reopened as a Haggen in late April, but now will be closing within two months. (Craig Murphy/ KEIZERTIMES file photo)

The Keizer Albertsons reopened as a Haggen in late April, but now will be closing within two months. (Craig Murphy/ KEIZERTIMES file photo)

By CRAIG MURPHY

Of the Keizertimes

Haggen opened a Keizer grocery store in the spring.

That store will be closed in the fall.

On Aug. 14, Deborah Pleva with Weinstein PR sent out an announcement on behalf of the Washington-based grocery store chain that 27 of the company’s locations will be closing within 60 days.

The Keizer location at 5450 River Road North is one of five Oregon locations being closed. The store, formerly an Albertsons, was briefly closed in reopened in late April with Haggen signage. Darren Dye remained as the store manager and all employees who wanted to stay were kept.

According to the announcement, most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction of Albertsons and Safeway merging. The Safeway in Keizer is not affected by the latest news. It wasn’t specified in the announcement if the Keizer Haggen would be sold or closed, but a list of impacted stores was labeled as a “List of Haggen stores scheduled to close.”

The announcement notes the company is doing the closures to “improve its business and strengthen its competitive decision” and that future closures could take place in the future as part of the company’s “right-sizing strategy.”

While no reason was given for the 27 particular locations being, a possible clue was given.

“Haggen’s original stores continue to perform well,” the statement notes.

Bill Shaner, CEO of Haggen Pacific Southwest, said the company’s goal is to ensure a healthy company.

“By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner,” Shaner said in the announcement.

Messages for company leaders as well as store manager Dye were not immediately returned.