BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Belle Foods, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 1, has sought court approval to close 13 of its 57 stores.


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The stores – 12 doing business as Food World and one under the Piggly Wiggly banner – would close on or before Aug. 8, Belle said in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court here. The papers seek approval for Hilco Merchant Resources to begin going-out-of-business sales at the 13 stores beginning Thursday.

The closing stores include six Food World locations in Florida (Niceville, Mary Esther and four locations in Pensacola); six Alabama Food Worlds (Homewood, Florence, Hueytown, Mobile, Gadsden and Decatur) and a Piggly Wiggly in Tifton, Ga.

In a separate filing, Belle requested a 15-day extension of the period in which it can file financial statements with the court, citing the case’s complexity.

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