LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — If you shop at Albertson’s in Lake Oswego, you’ll soon be in for a big surprise — the store is undergoing what’s being called the fastest grocery store transformation in US history.
Customers tried to get a sneak peak of the new Haggen store hours before the grand opening Thursday. The news comes at a shock for many — on Tuesday it was an Albertson’s, and just 40 hours later it will be transformed into a Haggen.
“I’m driving by because I want to see what they are going to do,” Lake Oswego resident Debra Haynes said. “I can’t imagine what they will do in only 40 hours because that’s not very much time.”
The Bellingham-based grocery chain bought the Lake Oswego store amid a merger between Albertson’s and Safeway. The merge will take them from 18 to 164 stores, with 20 in Oregon and 26 in Washington.
“They will see most of the products, if not all, they have been familiar with and some of the ones we bring to the mix, more local products,” Glen Foresman, the VP of Design and Construction, told KOIN 6 News.
Some local residents said they are excited about the change.
“They are semi-local because they are based out of Washington, I consider that to be local,” Haynes said. “I’ve got to support the local.”
Because it is a small company, and the only stores are in Oregon City and Tualatin, it’s still new for many people.
“I’ve not really shopped there much so I don’t know,” Lake Oswego resident Jae Ghio said. “If it has better prices and better food, I’m for it.”
The big reveal will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday. The next grocery store transformation will take place in West Linn.