Gelson’s Seals Deal for Laguna Haggen

The scarce inventory on the last day of operations by Haggen in South Laguna.
The scarce inventory on the last day of operations by Haggen in South Laguna last month.

High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief Executive Rob McDougall said in a statement.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

“We have many shoppers coming to our Dana Point store from Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo; we’re thrilled to be able to open a store closer to these shoppers,” McDougall said of the Laguna Beach store.

The Laguna Beach store is expected to reopen by April, spokesman Bron Heussenstamm said.

(Look for more details in Friday’s edition.)

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  1. Hurrah! Laguna residents need a source of a wide variety of top quality meats, poultry, fish, groceries, bakery products, and produce without driving to Gelson’s in Dana Point or Bristol in Corona del Mar. I don’t think it will hurt Ralphs’s or Whole Foods. Now if we could just get a good Chinese restaurant with Dim Sum!

  2. What Laguna needed was a daily store, not another store that is even higher priced than Haggen was. I wish Stater Brothers came in, but maybe after this Gelsons struggles and closes it might happen.


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