Auction of 33 core Haggen grocery stores delayed again

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The auction of 33 stores in Washington and Oregon owned by grocery store chain Haggen has been delayed for a third time.

The Bellingham Herald reports ( ) the auction date has been moved from Feb. 11 to Feb. 22.

No reasons have been given for the rescheduling.

The auction will be held in a New York City law office 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.

Union officials say auction delays place an "unacceptable uncertainty" in the lives of Haggen workers.