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Bankrupt grocer wants to sell two stores

COLUMBUS and MERIDIAN — Belle Foods is asking a federal bankruptcy judge to let it sale grocery stores in Meridian and Columbus.

The Southern Family Market in Columbus and a Piggly Wiggly store in Meridian plus 10 locations in Alabama are on the list for sale if an U.S. Bankruptcy judge in Alabama agrees.

The grocery corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month and announced plans to close 13 stores by Aug. 3.

Company officials say they are trying to reconcile $42 million in debt with the moves.

Prior to the bankruptcy filing, Belle Foods operated 57 stores in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.

The stores scheduled to remain open include the Piggly Wiggly in Starkville.

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