Haggen, a chain of retail grocery stores, traces its history back to 1933, when Ben and Dorothy Haggen and Doug Clark started a single grocery store in Bellingham, Wash., with $1,100. Since then, the company has expanded to become one of the largest independent grocery stores in the Northwest. With a work force of over 3,500 employees, Haggen operates more than 30 supermarkets throughout Washington and Oregon. It also operates Haggen Food and Pharmacy and TOP Food & Drug stores. The company s stores feature bakery, floral and pharmacy departments. Its wine counter provides wine consultancy services and offers various types of wines, including chardonnay and sauvignon. Haggen s product range includes baked goods, seafood, and meat and dairy products. The company provides products under several brands, including Full Circle, Valu Time, Top Care and Top Crest. Some of the company s store offer catering, dry cleaning and banking services. Haggen s WellAware classes provide information on diabetes and food labels, as well as tips on healthy nutritional practices. The company s School Bucks programs raises money to support educational institutions. Haggen maintains several locations in Bellingham, Wash.