BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Officials of Belle Foods last week said they were confident the company would emerge “leaner and stronger” after filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code July 1. Belle cited slowing sales and issues with creditors including C&S Wholesale Grocers, the supplier whose stores founded the basis of the chain. As part of the process Belle received approval to close 13 of its 57 stores last week. Officials said the closing stores ...

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