Haggen, the Bellingham-based grocery chain whose failed expansion effort landed it in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, now plans to offer for sale its 32 “core stores” in Washington and Oregon.

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Haggen, the Bellingham-based grocery chain whose failed expansion effort landed it in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, now plans to offer for sale its 32 “core stores” in Washington and Oregon.

The company had hoped to retreat to those successful stores after selling or closing about 130 others across five Western states, nearly all acquired earlier this year in a bold acquisition of 146 locations from Albertsons and Safeway as those two giants merged.

But in a court filing this week Haggen sought permission to take bids for those 32 locations in its home markets. A financing agreement “requires Haggen to explore potential outside opportunities for all of its operations, including the core stores,” the company said in a statement.

“These stores are performing well and are continuing operations, including regular payments to suppliers and partners,” the statement continued.

The group Haggen identified as its core stores includes locations in Seattle, Redmond, Woodinville, Snohomish, Tacoma and Bellingham that “collectively represent the debtors’ most valuable store locations,” according to a court filing.

Haggen already has agreed to sell 36 stores in California and Nevada to Gelson’s and Smart & Final, the so-called “stalking horse” bidders who last month agreed to pay $96 million.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, in a conference room at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, the company is auctioning off another 95 stores. Albertsons is the “baseline bidder” for 36, suggesting the company required to dispose of those locations is interested in getting them back.

For the core stores, Haggen proposes to hold an auction Jan. 8, possibly with a “stalking horse bidder” to establish a minimum price. Comvest, the private equity firm that owns Haggen, could itself be a bidder for those stores.

Unlike some of the acquired Albertsons locations that have simply been shuttered, it seems likely the core stores would remain in operation if Haggen’s claims about their financial success are accurate.