Bashas' said Monday it plans to close its grocery store at Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine Road in Marana, along with 13 other stores in Arizona.

On July 12, the family-owned grocer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in response to "the national crisis, an especially challenging Arizona economy, and the enactment of a threat by the international and local grocery workers' union to drive Bashas' out of business if the company didn't adhere to the union's demands," a release said.

The company is seeking court approval to close the stores by Oct. 10.

"We've been working on a restructuring plan to ensure the long-term survival of our company and to preserve as many jobs as possible," said Mike Proulx, Bashas' president and chief operating officer, in a release. "In order for us to be a stronger company, we need to close some more underperforming stores, along with stores in newer areas that just didn't grow or develop."

Bashas' is doing what it can to relocate its employees at the stores to be closed.

"We're working hard to try to place as many (employees) as possible into another one of our stores," said Edward "Trey" Basha, a senior vice president and Basha family spokesman.

"We're a people-centered company, but we have to make smart business decisions," Proulx said. "We're here for the long haul, and we will rebound. Moving forward, we'll be concentrating our energies and our capital on improving our more than 130 stores in Arizona."

The Bashas' at Broadway and Houghton in Tucson is also slated for closure, along with 10 Bashas', Food City's and an AJ's in Phoenix, one in Winslow and a Food City in Willcox.

The company plans to emerge from Chapter 11 in the first quarter of next year.

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