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New market occupies former Top Food location in north Auburn

Auburn Area Chamber Commerce representative joined Mayor Nancy Backus, City leaders and Saar
Auburn Area Chamber Commerce representative joined Mayor Nancy Backus, City leaders and Saar's Super Saver Foods staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
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Saar's Inc./Auburn Savers Market opened its doors this week in the old Top Food & Drug building on Auburn Way North.

Company officials and Auburn leaders cut the ribbon Wednesday morning for the grand opening of the general and specialty grocers' Auburn store, which offers Asian, North African and Hispanic ethnic foods.

The Oak Harbor-based grocer submitted a building permit application to the City of Auburn on Feb. 24.

The company spent about $85,000 rearranging elements of the building's existing floor plan. Shelving, cash registers, produce and meat departments have stayed where they were, though the company made minor layout changes to office space and to some of the cold cases. It installed new storage area doors and a new ceiling.

Saar's, a privately-held company founded in 1998, operates stores in Lakewood, Oak Harbor, Port Orchard, Renton, Seattle and Tacoma.

The company's reputation is to go where other grocers could not make a go of it, marketing its stores to different ethnic mixes within neighborhoods based on their demographics.

Bellingham-based Haggen Inc., announced last October that it would close its north Auburn Top Food & Drug store and stores in Kent and Yakima as part of its "long-term transformation plan to improve its overall business performance and strengthen its competitive position."

The company kept its Lakeland Hills store at 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E., but has renamed it Haggen Northwest Fresh.

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