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The Seattle Times reports that a Delaware court overseeing the Haggen bankruptcy has approved the company's "plan to auction off the bulk of its stores in early November." The planned auction date is November 9.

Haggen already has said it plans to sell three dozen stores to Gelson's and Smart & Final "in two so-called 'stalking horse' deals, designed to set a baseline price for the auction."

While the plan has drawn objections from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) because Smart & Final is not a union shop, the judge said that there had been “good and sufficient notice” and that the stalking horse deals are the “highest or best offer” that Haggen could get.
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