Clarissa Ryerson-Bodman says she’ll now have to travel much further to shop, “I walk most places so it’s a little inconvenient.”
“There’s not many grocery stores around from what I know in the center,” Quentin Vermeersch says, “It’s only the co-op and this one.”
Residents in Ashland are shocked to hear their Haggen store on Siskiyou Boulevard will soon close. Joseph Masterson is devastated.
“I came here today to fill out tax information to you know finish getting a job here,” Masterson says, “just was told by the store manager.”
The Ashland location is the latest to close in Southern Oregon following closures in Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls. The company says it will focus it’s efforts on 37 stores in the Northwest.
Chamber officials in Ashland are now joining the city of Klamath Falls in looking for companies to fill the vacancies.
“With that space being so centrally located, we certainly hope that there can be a thriving business that goes into that venue,” VCB and marketing director Katharine Cato says.
Residents are hopeful a new grocery store will move in.
“I’m hoping that it can be a more natural store but not super expensive.”
Employees at the Ashland location say they’ve been given their 60 days notice, so it’s expected the store will close before the end of the year.
Haggen officials tell NBC5 that the second, Grants Pass location is considered one of the 37 core stores and therefore will not be affected by this latest round of closures.