Bashas' announces 14 store closings

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CHANDLER -- Bashas' food stores said it plans to ask permission from a judge to close 14 underperforming stores as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

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On July 12, the chain announced it had filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court citing the economy, pressure from a union and the national credit crisis.

Bashas President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Proulx said in a news release that the company needs to close some underperforming stores along with stores in newer areas that just didn't grow or develop.

The company is trying to transfer employees affected by the closings to another company location, according to Edward (Trey) Basha, a senior vice president and Basha family spokesman.

Bashas' wants to close 10 stores in metro Phoenix and one store each in Winslow, Tucson, Marana and Willcox.

The grocery stores slated for closure by Oct. 10 are:

10 Metro Phoenix stores: Bashas': 6720 E. Broadway (Power & Broadway), Mesa Bashas': 2840 S. Alma School Road (Alma School & Queen Creek), Chandler Bashas': 6760 W. Deer Valley Road (67th Ave. & Deer Valley), Glendale Bashas': 1050 E. Pecos Road (Pecos & McQueen), Chandler Bashas': 4874 S. Val Vista Road (Queen Creek & Val Vista), Gilbert Bashas': 2075 N. Pebble Creek Pkwy. (McDowell & Pebble Creek), Goodyear Food City: 1245 E. Southern Ave., (Southern & Stapley Dr.), Mesa Food City: 4344 W. Indian School Road, (43rd Ave. & Indian School), Phoenix Food City: 450 S. Country Club Drive, (Broadway & Country Club), Mesa AJ's: 4975 S. Alma School Road, (Alma School & Chandler Heights), Chandler

4 outside of Metro Phoenix: Bashas': 1500 N. Park Drive (Park & Henderson), Winslow Bashas': 100 South Houghton Road (Broadway & Houghton), Tucson Bashas': 12100 N. Dove Mtn. Blvd., Marana Food City: 900 N. Rex Allen Drive, Willcox

Bashas' was founded more than 77 years ago by brothers Ike and Eddie Basha Sr. Since then, it has become the largest family-owned grocer in Arizona, and the 12th largest employer in the state.

Bashas' owns and operates more than 130 stores in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.