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Haggens going out of business a positive for local food banks

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A poignant sign greets you when you walk into the Liberty Lake Haggens. A poignant sign greets you when you walk into the Liberty Lake Haggens.
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -

"Please be kind to our employees, we will be losing our jobs."

That's the poignant sign that greets you when you walk into the Liberty Lake Haggens. They might be closing their doors soon, and all 70 of their employees could be shutting those doors behind them permanently.

But these folks aren't the type to let their spirits be broken easily.

"I don't think there's anything that can bring us down," Jean Stimpson told KHQ. She's worked at the store's bakery for 15 years.

"It's a sad situation, but we're trying to make it positive," Store Director Dan DiCicco said.

The way they're spinning it is by focusing on others this holiday season.

"We're struggling, but on the flip side, we can help the food bank," DiCicco explained.

The store has had a huge influx of shoppers since their going out of business sale started, and they're asking the people who come to take advantages of the sale to pick up a few canned food items and donate them to the local food bank. They plan on continuing the food drive until they close.

"It's natural for us to want to help the community," Stimpson said. "Before we close, to be able to help them again."

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